With thanks to a new member - skitraveler (yep one "l") it seems that CME now have a bit of competition in Summit Express. I haven't used the latter but it seems they run a 2-hourly scheduled service to and from DIA and are a bit cheaper than CME.
Here's the website anyway:
Another shuttle company based in the Mountains is Summit Express. They operate shuttles every two hours from the Denver International Airport to Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain. For my trip to and from Keystone they were on time and seemed to be very reliable. Not sure if the rates will stay the same this winter but last year $55 per person seemed like a great value over Colorado Mountain Express at $82. Visit the website at www.summitexpress.com .
Another option outside of Colorado Mountain Express is Powderhound Transportation for those looking for a shuttle to Keystone. They are usually more expensive than CME for individuals however for groups they can usually be quite a bit cheaper. Powderhound offers private transportation services so travelers are not subject to all the unwanted stops and set times like with Colorado Mountain Express. There is no set schedule and they are definitely the most convenient due to the privacy. An excellent option for families with young children as well.
Keystone is and easy hour and a half for people living in Denver. But it's also very popular as a destination resort for people living in other states and countries.
Denver International Airport is the easiest arrival point for most folks. From there you might chose to rent a car, or if you're like me, leaving the driving to the experts. Colorado Mountain Express serves Summit County resorts; Keystone, Breckenridge and Copper Mountain. For $65 one way the professional drivers load your stuff into comfortable, well equipped vans for the 1.5 - 2 hour ride to your destination. For $34 the van will deliver you to the Frisco Transfer station. This is a great deal if you have someone in the County to pick you up. (Must be reserved online, at least 24 hours before departure). The vans accommodate skis and lots of luggage. The drivers are always friendly and knowledgable. And finally, the weather can be tricky on the mountain so it's great to have someone who knows the ins and outs of harsh weather driving.
Vans leave on the half hour in winter and every 90 minutes the rest of the year. Tips are appreciated.
If, like myself, you are a non-driver, or haven't brought your car with you, the the Summit Stage bus service is an ideal way to get around. This bus service runs 7 days a week throughout the year covering the Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon and Keystone area and is absolutely free.
For schedules, most hotels and lodgings services have up-to-date timetables or use the contact details below:
If you are visiting Keystone, flying into Denver, then the most convenient method of geting there is the CME Shuttle service. This is a minibus service which will take you from the airport to the front door of where you are staying and is bookable either online in advance or at the desk in the airport foyer (just opposite the fountain).
Given that Keystone is almost 100 miles from Denver Airport taking a taxi would be a very expensive option and so the $60 fare is very good value for money, especially if you have skis and other luggage.
The drivers are friendly and helpful (and a 5 dollar tip is generally appreciated!) and should you require a "rest break" - (for "rest break" in my case read "Cigarette Break") just ask, as the journey is at least 2 hours.
The service covers all of Summit County and Vail/Aspen & surrounding areas.
So you want to go somewhere outside of Keystone proper but you took the shuttle from the airport and don't have a car? No problem! The Summit Stage is a 1/2 hour out and back route that goes to Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne. This is a free bus with ski racks in winter and bike racks in summer.
Catch the Summit Stage at Mountain House.
Once you have settled into the resort, there is really no need to ever get into your car. The resort shuttle service is a free ride to virtually any location in the resort. Routes are built around a color scheme. Most colored routes hit the Lodge or River Run Village. From there you connect with routes that take you to further out destinations.
In winter some routes operate every 20 minutes. Off season, the shuttles run about every half hour.
If your destination is not on the system, or if you want to go somewhere after the evening run has finished, no problem! Call the EASE bus (x4200 from any white phone). A bus will pick you up, usually within 10 minutes, and deliver you anywhere in the resort. This service is also free. Tips are accepted but not expected.