Mountain of Youth
At Keystone Resort, kids have no age limit. It is a place where play is the root of all good, and play is for everyone. Keystone is a family playground where kids of all ages can discover the magic of playing in the mountains. Located in Summit County, Colo. and just 75 miles west of Denver, the 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 offer, 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. Keystone’s signature Kidtopia activities elevate any visit with a variety of free, daily family offerings throughout the winter season. Convenient touches like a Family Ski Trail, designated free family parking, and complimentary red wagons for carrying gear and excited kiddos, all enable families to play easier.
NEW: Keystone and Breck Set to Offer One of the Longest Ski Seasons in the Country
For the first time ever, this year guests can enjoy one of the longest ski seasons in the country at Keystone and Breck, with skiing and riding operations planned to kick off at Keystone in October and run through Memorial Day at Breck, as weather and conditions permit. This summer Keystone Resort has been hard at work upgrading snowmaking on its opening terrain to a state-of-the-art, automated, energy-efficient system that will assist the resort to operate more productively in narrow early-season snowmaking windows. This investment in snowmaking will also help to position Keystone to be one of the first resorts to open in Colorado and the U.S. each season. With Keystone getting the season started, Breck will close it out with late spring skiing and riding. Following Breck’s announcement last season to run winter operations through Memorial Day moving forward, skiers and riders can celebrate the end of the winter season at Breck’s Spring Finale with access to signature High Alpine terrain offerings throughout May. Thanks to Breck’s elevation, High Alpine terrain and propensity for snow, the resort typically offers exceptional spring conditions for skiing and riding.
NEW: Keystone Kickoff
A new early season tradition kicks off at Keystone Resort opening day, and lasts throughout most of November. The Keystone Kickoff is a commencement ceremony that celebrates skiing, snow and the opening of everyone’s favorite mountain playground. Taking place both on and off the mountain, guests can make their first turns of the season and also revel in their favorite fall activities. With outdoor concerts in River Run Village, costume parties for Halloween and snow-stoked tailgates, early season skiing at Keystone will be a guaranteed favorite annual early season tradition.
Kids Ski Free Makes Keystone the Place to Be
Easy on the wallet and easy on the rules, Keystone’s long-standing Kids Ski Free offer has been providing kids with free lift tickets since 2012. Every day, all season long, kids 12 and younger ski for free at Keystone with no blackout dates when family’s book just two or more nights through Keystone Resort. Lodging accommodation options span from affordable hotel rooms to family-sized condominiums.
No Kidding, Free Family Fun for Everyone
Keystone’s Kidtopia takes kidding around seriously, offering free activities and experiences on and off the snow every day of the week throughout the entire season. Starting Nov. 23, through Closing Day, families have continued options outside of skiing and snowboarding to connect and create lifelong memories. The Kidtopia lineup is free and includes activities such as the world’s largest snow fort, village parade and fireworks, hands-on-learning activities, ice cream parties and meeting Keystone’s Ski Patrol rescue dogs.
Kidtopia Holiday Spectacular
Back for the 2019-20 season, Keystone’s signature winter Kidtopia event features festive fun throughout the holiday season to complement the family experience at Keystone. This celebration welcomes the holidays with the lighting of River Run Village on Nov. 30, and continues throughout December with things like the opening of the World’s Largest Snowfort on Dec. 14, a Chocolate Village made with over 7,000 pounds of chocolate, a breakfast with Santa on Dec. 24, and a Fireworks Show and Torch Light Parade on New Year’s Eve. The highlight of the event, the Mountaintop Spectacular, takes place Dec. 21, and consists of a mountaintop celebration, including the lighting of the snow fort, visits from Santa and a ton of other festive fun activities that make the resort a top winter playground for Colorado families.
Explore the World’s Largest Snow Fort: Opens Dec. 14 – Lighting Dec. 21
The World’s Largest Snow Fort returns to Keystone’s Dercum Mountain this winter 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 Chocolate Village: Dec. 9 – Jan. 6
Keystone Executive Pastry Chef Gabriel Geers utilizes more than 7,000 pounds of imported chocolate for the Keystone Chocolate Village, a hand-crafted holiday tradition at the resort for more than 20 years. The chocolate alpine village contains several fascinating features including a working chocolate gondola, cascading chocolate waterfall, a life size chocolate Christmas tree, and many other winter scenes. This chocolate masterpiece is free to attend daily, and is located in the lobby of the Keystone Lodge and Spa throughout most of December and the first week of January.
First Tracks Fridays
Keystone Resort lodging guests can receive exclusive early lift access one full hour before the lifts open, granting them first dibs to skiing and snowboarding. In order to play first on the mountain, guests must simply book a lodging reservation that includes a Thursday evening stay between Dec. 20, 2018 and March 29, 2019. Those guests then gain access to First Tracks Fridays for an hour of the first skiing and snowboarding privileges prior to the resort’s opening.
Keystone’s New Restaurant Concept: Go Big Burger
A one stop shop that’s conveniently located at the base of the Peru Express chairlift with drool-worthy hamburgers, too-big-to-finish-yourself fries and ooie-gooie, over the top ice cream candy milkshakes. Go Big Burger Bar is a delicious family dining experience located slope-side in the Mountain House base area.