Saturday, December 02, 2006

Keystone Almost 100% Open

More than a foot of snow fell in Summit County this past week, prompting local ski areas to open more terrain this weekend. Keystone Resort will open all five of its bowls today - North Bowl, South Bowl, Erickson Bowl, Bergman Bowl and its newest addition, Independence Bowl.

"We are not quite 100 percent open, but getting there, so I think we're up to 87 percent, 90 percent somewhere around there," said resort spokesperson Amy Kemp. "...There's incredible, incredible skiing."

Keystone is running the $5 Outback snowcat shuttle to provide access to North and South bowls; however, skiers and riders will have to hike to Erickson, Bergman and Independence bowls from the top of North Peak.

Guided snowcat tours are expected to start in the next few weeks, Kemp said.

The Forest Service gave Keystone final approval in September to expand its snowcat tours and hike-to skiing into Independence Bowl, which opens up 278 additional acres of steep, north-facing terrain. The bowls will only be open during the day, but the front of Dercum Mountain will remain open until 9 p.m. tonight as Keystone wraps up its annual 36 Hours of Keystone event.

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