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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. This year guests can look forward to free Kidtopia events and parties, including a special weekly birthday bash with Ripperoo, plus free skiing of course!  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!
 
Keystone’s Mountain House is Base Camp for Families
Having served as the original base area when Keystone’s founders, Max and Edna Dercum, first brought their family to the resort, this winter the Mountain House base area is ready to welcome a new generation of ski families to Keystone. Centrally located, the Mountain House base area offers an oasis for ski families and the perfect base camp for any ski day, offering smaller crowds, free and convenient family parking and a new kid-friendly restaurant concept. Plus, with free preferred parking just for families at Mountain House, it’s easy to get from the lots to the lifts, providing direct access to the resort’s family ski and ride zone, found on the iconic Schoolmarm trail. Families can also take advantage of conveniently located lift tickets, rentals and Camp Keystone – the resort’s kid-centric Ski and Ride School experience, where interactive displays, game-aided learning and a 24-foot slide that propels kids into their adventure on the snow will have little rippers begging to go back to “school.” When you’re ready to hang up the skis and boards for the day, relax fireside or continue the fun with Kidtopia activities that take place twice-a-week at Mountain House during Sunday’s Ice Cream Birthday party with Ripperoo and Wednesday’s Giant Snowball Launch.
 
NEW Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular – Dec. 16-18, 2016
This winter Keystone presents the inaugural Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular, a weekend of festive on-mountain fun for the entire family. This free event will showcase a variety of activities and Kidtopia programs that make the resort a top destination for families, including nightly firework displays, a torchlight ski parade led by Keystone’s Ski & Ride School, and a mountaintop celebration where guests can enjoy free snow tubing, snowcat photo opportunities, live music, hot cocoa and fireside stories with Santa. Kidtopia, Keystone’s season-long free family programming, will animate the mountaintop with bigfoot adventure walks and a ski patrol-dog meet and greet, plus a special lighting ceremony of the world’s largest Snow Fort to create an unforgettable weekend. The Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular offers families an entirely new, and uniquely Keystone, mountain experience.
 
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 9-11:30 a.m. Dates include: Dec. 11, 16, 23; Jan. 13 & 27; Feb. 3 & 14; March 8, 10, and 31.
 
The Kidtopia Experience March 5-11, 2017
Kids rule at Keystone every day of the year but families won’t want to miss this week-long celebration off all things Kidtopia with special parades, fireworks displays, face painting, crafts and live outdoor music. Start your family spring break early and be a part of all the kid-centric festivities at the Kidtopia Experience, March 5-11. Schedule of events coming soon!
 
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, 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 run through the end of the season.
 
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.
 
Secure Your Ticket to Ride this Winter with Vail Resorts Epic Pass
It’s never too early to start planning for next winter, and now is the best time to purchase the Epic Pass for the 2016-2017 winter season, providing skiers and riders access to more than 32,000 acres of terrain across 13 world-class resorts in the U.S. and abroad – including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin. With a variety of passes including the Keystone A-Basin Pass, Summit Value Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Pass, guests can choose the perfect one to fit their ski lifestyle, whether they’re planning one family ski trip or a 100-day season. The industry’s most valuable season pass line-up can be found online at EpicPass.com
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