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Keystone Resort, located in Summit County, Colorado and just 75 miles from Denver, is the ultimate family resort destination and has long been the place where kids rule! In winter, the ski resort boasts more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain including three incredible peaks, five above-tree-line bowls, night skiing and an in-bounds cat skiing program. Home to the industry’s-leading Kids Ski Free program, kids 12 and younger can ski and ride for free every day, all season long with just two or more nights of lodging booked through the resort, no blackout dates. Keystone’s signature Kidtopia programming elevates any visit with a variety of free, daily family offerings throughout the winter season, such as arts and crafts events, scavenger hunts, a parade and fireworks, and the world’s largest Snow Fort. Convenient touches like free parking, including designated family parking, and complimentary red wagons to help parents tote gear, and tired kiddos, to and from the slopes help make a winter family visit to Keystone easy and hassle-free.
 
Keystone’s Kids Ski Free Program Turns 5
Keystone has long been the place where kids rule, and this year the resort's unmatched Kids Ski Free program turns 5 (which just so happens to be the same age that kids can officially become a part of this awesome program). With more than 100,000 free kids’ lift tickets provided to families since the inception of the program in 2012, there is a whole lot to celebrate as Kids Ski Free enters its fifth year. Every day, all season long kids 12 and younger ski for free at Keystone with no blackout dates when parents book just two or more nights in one of Keystone’s numerous accommodation options, which span from affordable hotel rooms to family-sized condominiums. When it comes to family, no one does it better than Keystone!
 
Kidtopia: Unmatched Family Programming Begins Thanksgiving Weekend
Keystone’s Kidtopia continues to redefine the family resort experience with free activities and events on and off the snow every day of the week. Guests can look forward to some brand new activities that will join the Kidtopia lineup this year, in addition to family favorites like the Saturday parade and fireworks. Build your own snowman, attend an ice cream birthday party with Ripperoo, catch a movie matinee at Kidtopia headquarters, march in the village parade and much more – the possibilities are endless for kids at Keystone! Whether you’re looking for a high-energy adventure or some down time off the mountain, Kidtopia is a one-stop shop for family fun. Free daily Kidtopia offerings begin on Friday, Nov. 25 and runs through the end of the season.
 
Explore the World’s Largest Snow Fort
The World’s Largest Snow Fort returns to Keystone’s Dercum Mountain this December bigger and better than ever, offering families the ultimate snow playground at 11,640 feet above sea level, featuring a series of tunnels, slides and mazes within the walls. The mountaintop fort is a staple of Keystone’s Kidtopia offerings, providing free family entertainment for all. The Snow Fort is open daily during lift operating hours, and is free to guests with lift access.
 
The Kidtopia Experience March 5-11, 2017
Keystone Resort presents the second annual Kidtopia Experience March 5-11, offering the ultimate setting for a family-style spring break in the mountains. The Kidtopia Experience highlights the resort’s signature family programming during the week, and culminates with the first-ever Snow Pants Dance Party on Saturday, March 11, featuring free live outdoor music performances by Koo Koo Kanga Roo and Pop ROCKS. Lodging begins at just $189 a night, with all kids 12 and younger skiing free with any two or more night stay booked through the resort. All week families can enjoy free, daily Kidtopia events and activities with a musical twist, leading up to special celebrations on Friday and Saturday. For a full schedule of Kidtopia Experience events visit KeystoneResort.com.
 
Behind-the-Scenes Chocolate Tours with Keystone’s Very Own “Willy Wonka”
Keystone Resort’s executive pastry chef Ned Archibald welcomes guests for a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into his world of decadent desserts and chocolate making at the resort. Take a break from the slopes one morning to experience these can’t-miss tours designed for kids (and parents), and meet the man himself, tour his chef’s workshop and make delicious treats of your own to take home. No golden ticket required; these Chocolate Tours are free to attend. Tours take place on select dates throughout the season at the Keystone Conference Center from 9:30-11 a.m. Dates include: Dec. 11, 16, 23; Jan. 13 & 27; Feb. 3 & 14; March 8, 10, and 31.
 
On-Mountain Family Adventures, Minus the Skis and Boards
With Keystone’s enclosed River Run Gondola, mountaintop adventures like snowcat tours, snow tubing and fondue dinners are accessible to the whole family regardless of skiing ability. The Mountaintop Snowcat Tour is a must-do family activity that provides an exclusive glimpse of Keystone’s high-alpine bowls, where breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and surrounding mountain ranges await. Adventure Point, just steps away from the Kidtopia Snow Fort, features up to eight lanes of high-speed tubing action for kids and kids at heart. To cap off an evening of mountaintop adventure, guests can enjoy two gondola rides en route to Keystone’s North Peak, where Der Fondue Chessel offers an exciting and interactive dining experience for the whole family, complete with accordion-wielding musicians in lederhosen, all at 11,640-feet elevation.
 
Experience the Mountain Together with Keystone Ski & Ride School’s Family Private Lesson
Whether your family is new to skiing and snowboarding or you’re seasoned snow veterans, those looking to develop new skills, improve technique or explore the mountain like never before can enjoy Keystone’s new Family Private Lesson together. Taking advantage of shared on-snow time, bonding is just an added bonus to these specially designed lessons. Private lessons can be reserved for up to six family members (or friends) of similar ability, and with instructors who specialize in working with the whole family you can rest assured that everyone’s ski and snowboard needs will be met on the snow. A family private lesson at Keystone is the perfect way to create memories together and take your shared passion to the next level, so this new product is a can’t-miss for snow-loving families.
 
Elevated Dining that Parents Will Love
While Keystone Resort offers the ultimate family destination, that doesn’t mean it’s all hot dogs and chicken fingers when it comes to resort dining. Parents, and younger ones with discerning taste, will be pleased to find that keystone is home to several top-rated restaurants, including unique mountaintop experiences paired with fine dining as well as historic establishments that offer western charm and innovative culinary creations. High atop Keystone’s North Peak and accessed by two gondola rides, the Alpenglow Stube provides fine dining at 11,444 feet – the highest AAA Four-Diamond rated dining experience in North America. Down in the cozy villages of Keystone, elevated dining experiences await as well. The Ski Tip Lodge, originally an 1800’s stagecoach stop and once home to Keystone’s founders, is now a cozy bed and breakfast featuring a dinner restaurant that has been voted one of the best in America by OpenTable. The Keystone Ranch, another AAA Four-Diamond rated restaurant located in an original 1930s ranch homestead that previously served as both a working ranch and home to some of the area’s first settlers, offers a genuine Colorado steakhouse with historic charm, in an extraordinary setting. These signature Keystone dining experiences are perfect for a parent’s night out, or a full family affair.
 
Purchase Lift Tickets In Advance to Save
Skiers and snowboarders looking for the best prices on lift tickets can use their smartphone or computer to purchase tickets online in advance at www.snow.com/lifttickets. By purchasing lift tickets seven or more days in advance online, guests will receive the biggest savings – up to 25 percent – and the lowest price, guaranteed. Advance purchase tickets can be sent directly to a guest’s mailbox, allowing them to bypass the ticket window. Or guests can easily pick up their tickets at the resorts’ Epic Day Express windows. Once a guest has a hard card ticket, they can even load more days onto the card by purchasing additional days online. Guests can also save by booking ski school lessons online in advance at www.snow.com/skischool.
 
New 6-Passenger Chairlift and Restaurant Expansion on Tap for Winter 2017-2018 at Keystone
Keystone Resort announced plans for capital improvements set to debut next ski season, including a new six-passenger Montezuma Express Lift as well as plans to renovate and expand Keystone’s Labonte’s Smokehouse BBQ restaurant. Keystone’s Montezuma Express Lift is a primary lift on Dercum Mountain, serving popular intermediate and beginner terrain. The resort plans to replace the lift with a detachable six-passenger chair that will increase efficiency and capacity by up to 25 percent, while improving skier and snowboarder circulation on the mountain. The resort also plans to expand Labonte’s Smokehouse BBQ with a new, 150-seat indoor facility for the on-mountain dining venue. Located at the base of Keystone’s North Peak, Labonte’s is a popular restaurant serving house smoked meats and barbeque during the ski day. Currently the restaurant features a large outdoor seating area and “ski beach” with picnic tables and Adirondack chairs for dining, as well as a small warming hut. The Labonte’s expansion will provide increased dining capacity for guests, as well as offer a more comfortable indoor dining environment for families, while maintaining the venue’s signature outdoor “ski beach” area that guests know and love. Plans for capital improvements at both Keystone and Breckenridge are subject to U.S. Forest Service approval. Additional details on the design and approval of these proposed improvements will be available in the coming months.
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