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By Chance: The Founding of Keystone Resort

In 1950 there were very few skiers in the United States, let alone in the flat-land state of Iowa where the Bergman's resided. It's part of what makes the story of the founding of Keystone so exceptional, and the title of the book of how it all came to be, "By Chance", so appropriate.

Bill and Jane BergmanBill and Jane Bergman, co-founders of Keystone along with Max and Edna Dercum, first discovered Summit County in the mid 1950's.  It was the beginning of a long and prolific love affair with the 360 degrees of splendor provided by Mother Nature.  The stories accompanying the history of bringing the resort and community to fruition inspire, delight, entertain and explain the founding values of "family togetherness and shared fun" still evident and integral to Keystone.

Bill and Jane, now 89 years young, reside in their beloved Keystone.  They love to sit on their deck over-looking the Snake River, listening to the rushing water, watching the children from the Keystone Science School walk by experiencing the forest and river first hand.

Their combined devotion to Keystone and the mission of Keystone Science School inspired their decision to donate 100% of all proceeds from the sale of their book "By Chance" to Keystone Science School.

In addition, their first Keystone home, the Alhambra Cabin where both Keystone and A-Basin were "brain stormed", was relocated from its original location on Montezuma Road to Keystone Science School in the 1980s. It is now called Pika and is used for staff housing.

It is the sincere hope of Jane and Bill, your purchase of "By Chance" will serve to preserve and enhance future Keystone Science School programming and facilities, and increase your understanding and appreciation for this rare and wonderful community they call home.

Read an article published in the Summit Daily News about their contributions to Keystone,

Keystone Ski Resort Founders Bill and Jane Bergman share their story


By Chance cover "By Chance" is being sold for $25 and 100% of the proceeds benefit Keystone Science School. You can purchase the book by:

1. Order a book to be shipped. The total is $30 which includes $5 shipping and handling. Please call 970-468-2098 to make your payment and share your shipping address so we can be sure it is mailed to the correct address.

2. Visiting Keystone's Science School's School Store on campus

3. At The Ski Tip Lodge in Keystone, CO.

Nestled in the heart of Summit County's pristine ski country, is a world away from where you have been. Whether you are here for a ski trip, up from the Front Range for a day or attending a conference in Keystone, the Ski Tip Lodge will transport you to another time and place. It is the quintessential Ski Lodge experience. The former 1800's stage coach stop maintains the perfect balance between the charms of the past with rustic, yet comfortable accommodations, while still providing you with the impeccable guest service and world renowned cuisine that you expect in today's luxury hotels.

4. Stopping by inxpot conveniently located in the heart of River Run Village in Keystone, Colorado.


Keystone Science School would like to express our sincere thanks and deepest gratitude to Bill and Jane Bergman for their longtime support.

We would also like to thank Keystone Resort for publishing the book and their continued partnership.

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