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Essential On-Mountain Information

Keystone, CO: January 31-February 2

 This page has your essential information for the on-mountain experience

(and everything leading up to it)!


Essential Information for Faculty/Staff/Alumni:  Click here.


What is Winter Carnival and why should you participate?

One of DU's longest standing traditions is Winter Carnival and this year marks its 53rd anniversary.  Activities at the inaugural Winter Carnival included an on-campus snow sculpture contest and a Snow Queen competition. The 1961 Snow Queen winner, freshman political science major Nancy Sand of Oceanside, N.Y., was announced at the Friday night DU-North Dakota hockey game.

Winter Carnival has been an annual tradition ever since, and was canceled just once due to poor skiing conditions in 1981) The carnival's location has changed several times, moving to Steamboat Springs for a number of years and then to Crested Butte in the 1980s when Steamboat Springs accommodations became harder to find. At that time, the event expanded from a two-night to a three-night affair because it was easier to book accommodations. In 1990, the event returned to its roots in Winter Park, and just last year (2013) moved to Keystone Resort.  

Over the years, Winter Carnival planners have continued to dream up new and varied events. Previous years' festivities included a Rail Jam at nearby Ruby Hill Rail Yard, where more than 120 participants signed up to compete, and a "Grill and Chill" on the Driscoll Lawn, as well as on-mountain activities such as ice skating in the village, snow tubing, and a free concert.

Trust us, you don't want to miss out on this tradition!  There is something for everyone, whether it's on campus during the first few weeks of winter quarter or on-mountain at Keystone Resort. 

Information taken from The University of Denver Magazine (January 13, 2011).


Registration Packet Pickup:

  • Driscoll Underground (recommended pickup days/times)
    • Tuesday, January 28: 11am - 3pm
    • Wednesday, January 29: 10am - 1pm
    • Thursday, January 30: 11am - 3 pm
  • Keystone Conference Center
    • Friday, January 31: 10am - 7pm
    • Saturday, February 1st: 8 - 11am

What do I need to bring to pick up my packet?

A photo ID or DU ID, as well as your itemized confirmation/receipt.

Can I pick up a packet for my friend?

Unfortunately, no.  Each individual needs to sign an Assumption of Risk (waiver) form, so you must pick up your packet in person.

Can I make changes to my registration?

Unfortunately no.  At this point, tickets have been purchased for all items.  You can, however, buy tickets for many of the activities once you get to the mountain.  See information below about the DU group discount.



Where will the buses pickup at DU?

In front of the Shwayder Art Building/Ritchie Center, along Asbury Avenue.

How far in advance of the departure time do I need to be at the bus pickup location?

Thirty minutes prior to your departure time (indicated on your registration).

What do I need to bring to get on the bus?

A photo ID or your DU ID.

Will my equipment (skis/boards/etc.) fit on the buses?

YES!  But please pack lightly, as the shuttles around Keystone do not have specific spots for luggage (i.e. under the bus, on top, etc.).

Where will the buses drop me off in Keystone?

They will drop off at the River Run Check-In/Front Desk and the Conference Center.  More detailed information will be sent to those riding the buses about getting to your lodging.

Where do I catch the bus back to DU on Sunday?

The buses will pick up all registered riders at the River Run Check-In/Front Desk.


Concert (Friday, 9pm):

When I bought my ticket, no band was listed.  Who is playing?

This will be announced in early January.

Can I still buy a ticket for the concert?

YES!  You can buy them at the door (cash only).  Tickets will be $10.

What should I bring to the concert to get in?

Your concert ticket, a photo ID (with your date of birth), and cash.  

What else do I need to know about the concert?

  • Doors open at 8:30pm.
  • There are FREE SHUTTLES from sites all around Keystone that will bring you to the Conference Center and take you home after.  We strongly encourage you to not drive.
  • There will be snack cart at the event, and there is an ATM on-site.


Tubing Info:

Where do I go for tubing?

Tubing is located at Adventure Hill, which is a gondola-ride from the base/River Run Village. You can go straight there if you've been skiing or boarding, or your tubing ticket also acts as a lift ticket and will get you onto the gondola and then into tubing.

What can I wear to tubing?

Ski gear is the best thing to wear when tubing...gloves, goggles, sunglasses, waterproof clothing and snow boots. Ski boots will be allowed; however you will not be able to link up and go down together. We do recommend that you bring a change of shoes if possible.

What time should I arrive for my tubing session?

Please arrive either at the gondola or Adventure Point 30 minutes prior to your session.


Getting Around Keystone:

If I don't have a car, how can I get from my condo to the lifts, the conference center, etc.?

Keystone offers several FREE shuttle routes around its property, and they from 7am-2am.  Get the schedule here.

What if I'm out later than the shuttles are operating?

You can call a taxi.  Get the information here.

What if I want to go to the Silverthorne outlets to shop?

There is a shuttle ($10) that picks up at the Keystone Lodge and takes you to the outlets and back each day.  Take a look at the schedule here.


DU Group Discounts for On-Mountain Activities:

For which activities or rentals can I get a discount?

  • Equipment Rentals, including skis, snowboards, snowshoes, cross-country skis, ice/hockey skates.
  • Activities, including ice skating admission fees, Nordic Center trail passes (cross-country skiing and snowshoeing), sleigh rides.
  • Spa Services at the Inn at Keystone.

How do I get these discounts?

  • SKI and SNOWBOARD RENTALS: Reserve at
  • NORDIC CENTER RENTALS and PASSES: Present your university ID card at the Nordic Center to 15% off your rentals and passes, or provide the DU Group Code (GG3DU4).
  • Browse spa services here, and make sure to provide the DU Group Code at time of payment: GG3DU4


Additional Activity Tickets/Vouchers:

If activity tickets sell out in the registration form, will any additional become available at a later point?

There is always a possibility that tickets may become available at a later date.  Make sure to follow DUPB's Facebook page for announcements of this kind.