by Kristin Franks
Nestled perfectly in the beautiful ski town of Keystone, the Timbers is a perfect escape for families looking for an upscale, chic mountain condo. Providing ski in/ski out accommodations, the condominium unit is situated at the end of a long private road, but offers easy access to the lively River Run Village with excellent shopping and dining options for families.
The condo complex boasts gorgeous exposed timber wood construction with marble flooring and deep hues of brown and red furniture. The architecture embraces the dramatic beauty of the towering pines and majestic Rocky Mountains, providing unique and luxurious accommodations for guests. As you enter the lobby, a creation of impeccable interior design, you truly feel you have stepped into your own private and cozy mountain lodge. Sit by the fireplace and enjoy hot chocolate or tea, play a game of chess, roast marshmallows in the outdoor fire pit or don your bathing suit and take a dip in one of the onsite pools or hot tubs.
All of the units offered at the Timbers provide families more than enough room with multiple bedding options, two bathrooms, a washer and dryer, and a fully equipped kitchen including a microwave, dishwasher, fridge and cooking utensils. The resort shuttle offers families easy access to the shops, entertainment, and dining at River Run Village. The shuttle also provides transportation to the ice-skating rink, children’s camp, adventure center, and spa for mom and dad.
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- Chic mountain condo
- Easy access to River Run Village
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
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With luxurious accommodations in a perfect location for families, each unit provides the utmost comfort and style, making it feel like you've never left home. Ranging from studios to four-bedroom units, each is decorated impeccably with comfy couches, gorgeous tile floors, stone fireplaces, and wooden tables and chairs exuding a quaint rustic mountain style. Ceiling fans provide extra air circulation and are also located in the bedrooms. Large wooden balconies provide stunning views of the towering pines and majestic snow-covered mountains. Balconies are fully furnished with tables and chairs, so you can take in the crisp mountain air and scenery in the warmer months.
All units feature a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, dishwasher and fridge, as well as cooking utensils and dishes. Families will love this homey touch making it easy to dine in the comfort of your own room with the whole family. All units also feature an in-room washer and dryer. Be sure to pick up some laundry detergent at the local grocery store, so you can take advantage of this convenience and won't have to lug home your family's entire wardrobe of dirty clothes.
A stone fireplace in the living room offers extra heat in the winter, and a light switch easily turns it on and off. In most units the living room features a flat screen television, DVD player, cozy dining area, sleeper sofa, and pullout bed. Complimentary Wi-Fi access, bathroom amenities, and full use of the pools, fitness center, sauna, steam rooms, and hot tubs are included in all room rates. Master bathrooms feature a huge, jetted Jacuzzi and separate shower, while the master bedroom features a king-size bed, HDTV, and elegant dressers and drawers to stow clothing and other items.
The two master suites in our condo were super! The extra two bedrooms were excellent, and the kitchen was well-equipped and clean. I recommend this rental to anyone. The hot tub and sauna were much-appreciated. Oh, and ski in and ski out—yay!
We stayed here recently for a family ski trip. Great location close to the slopes. It's not really ski-in or out, more of a short walk to the slopes - at least not with the snow we had during our stay. There are nice indoor ski lockers on premises, but they are down 27 stairs from the snow, so not the most convenient. There is nowhere outside to leave skis,snowboards except leaning them against a wall. This property is just on the other side of the Lone Eagle condos, which are as far as I can tell the only ski-in, ski-out property in Keystone. There are others that are close, but not as many properties as I have seen at other resorts. It is also a short walk to the base village area, making this one of the most covenient properties at the resort. There is indoor parking available as well. Rooms are well appointed if a bit dated. A few minor complaints, like not enough lights and outlets in the bedrooms. Nice balconies in most rooms. Beds are fairly comfortable. Pull out couches in our unit were old and really thin, better to sleep on the couch itself than the pull out mattress. Kitchen was great with full complement of utensils, full stove, microwave and refrigerator. Able to cook some meals to save money and just for convenience.
The common areas were excellent. Indoor-outdoor heated pool, sauna, steamroom, small gym, nice common room with a fireplace, free coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Free daily paper. Nice outdoor pool and hot-tub area with plenty of seating. The elevator is very slow, but the steps are easy to get to as long as you don't have to go up too many flights.
We would definitely stay here again. The snow wasn't great when we were there, so that might change things a bit.
Rooms are quiet and well insulated, warm.
Rooms on first or second floor are probably the most accessible. There isn't much of a view anywhere. Ski lockers are on the first floor, bridge to cross over to the slopes on the second floor. Rooms are numbered sequentially so they make no sense. See picture for detail
You won't find onsite children's program at Timbers, but there are plenty of seasonal activities for parents and children to enjoy together. In any season, Keystone is the perfect Colorado mountain escape for the family, offering endless activities and tons of fun.
The mountains that make up Keystone offer more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, with the longest run winding down the mountain for just over three miles. There are tons of trails for skiers and riders of all levels, although if you're just a beginner, you may want to stick to the easy bunny trails.
About 70 percent of the mountain's trails are more difficult terrain, so avid skiers and riders will be in their glory. If you're looking to brush up on your skills or are just starting out, there are plenty of ski and rider lesson options for all ages and skill levels, including private lessons and group lessons for children, teens and adults. Camp Keystone offers skiing and riding lessons for kids, a variety of on-snow activities, themed days, and a fun kids' night out. Kidtopia, a huge snow fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, is a must see; the massive snow fort features slides, a maze, ice sculptures, and a lookout tower.
Other winter activities for families include scenic gondola rides, snow tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice-skating. For a signature Keystone Resort experience, families can take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-covered valley, and enjoy a gourmet meal at a cozy back ranch cabin.
Warm Weather Activities
In warmer months, get out and enjoy the crisp mountain air and gorgeous surroundings with any of the outdoor family activities offered. Scenic lift-rides allow you to enjoy incredible views, breathtaking scenery, and the Colorado Rocky Mountains from 11,000 feet. The Adventure Center, located in Lakeside Village, is the perfect escape for kids, offering tons of exciting activities like paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking, biking, and hiking. If you're up for the challenge, the rock-climbing wall is an exciting and safe activity for kids and adults alike.
In summer, the Keystone Stables offers horseback riding and pony rides for younger tykes. Saddle up and check out the sky-high mountains and majestic lakes from a different perspective. Other warm-weather activities for families include tubing, river rafting, tennis, mini-golf and zip lining.
Making it extra convenient for families, all condo units at The Timbers feature fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances including a fridge, stove, microwave, and dishwasher. Head to the Rockin' R Ranch located in River Run, just a shuttle-stop away, for any groceries or alcoholic beverages needed; this convenience is perfect for those preferring to enjoy a home-cooked meal. If you're looking to dine out with your family, there are plenty of dining options from which to choose. You'll find lots of great restaurants for families in River Run Village as well as scattered throughout Keystone Resort; the biggest challenge you'll face is deciding which restaurant to dine at!
Planning & Tips
The Art of Smart Timing
Whether skiing in winter or exploring the great outdoors with hiking and biking in the warmer months, Keystone is a great family destination in any season. During the winter months, rates are at their highest and rooms fill up fast. If you're looking to plan a winter ski trip, be sure to book well in advance, so you and your family can book the room you'd like. If you're looking for the cheapest rate, plan a trip in the spring or summer when rates are at their lowest; summer is a great time for families to visit with tons of outdoor activities, festivals and concerts.
The closest airport to Keystone is the Denver International Airport, about a 90-minute drive from town. There are a number of transportation companies that will take you to and from Keystone. Book in advance, and be sure to leave enough time to check your bags and pass through security, so you're not running through the airport to catch your flight.
Throughout Keystone, a shuttle service makes numerous stops throughout the town, making it easy for guests to get around. If you're not sure about where you're going or how to get there, the drivers are always happy to help. If you don't want to walk to the bus stops or wait around for the shuttles (they come around every 15 to 20 minutes), you can always rent a car instead. There are a number of car rental companies available. All of the rental car companies are located on airport property.
For Mom and Dad
The Keystone Spa
Located at the Keystone Lodge, the spa offers the perfect setting for mom and dad to have some relaxing alone time together. Offering a number of baths, body therapies, facials, and massages, there's plenty of pampering to choose from. If you're looking for services that you can enjoy together, the spa offers couples soaks in the infinity-edged hydrotherapy tub as well as couples massages in a special massage suite for two.