All Kids Ski Free Dec. 1 to Kick off Keystone Resort’s Colorado Family Ski Month

19 October 2016
Keystone, Colo. — Oct. 19, 2016 — Keystone Resort presents the inaugural Colorado Family Ski Month this December, a family-friendly celebration of the winter activities that define living in the Centennial State. Whether a lifelong resident or recent transplant, the first-ever event is the perfect showcase of all things Keystone for Coloradans. Beginning with free skiing and riding for all kids 12 and younger on Thursday, Dec. 1, the family-sized adventures continue with the grand opening of the Snow Fort, month-long signature family activities, and the new Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular weekend.
Carve out some serious family bonding time this December in honor of Colorado Family Ski Month and take advantage of the following events and activities:
All Kids Ski Free on Dec. 1
That’s right! In celebration of our local Colorado families, and in honor of Keystone’s Kids Ski Free program turning 5 this winter, the resort is kicking off Colorado Family Ski Month with free skiing for all kids 12 and younger on Thursday, Dec. 1. While Kids Ski Free at Keystone all season long when parents book just two nights or more of lodging with the resort, on Dec. 1 all kids 12 and younger can ski for free just by showing up with an adult season pass or lift ticket holder.
The World’s Largest Snow Fort Opens
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, the mountaintop castle is a staple of Keystone’s Kidtopia offerings, which provide 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 Snow Fort is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 10 and will remain open until the snow melts.
Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular
This winter, Keystone presents the inaugural Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular, featuring a weekend of festive on-mountain fun for the entire family from Dec. 16-18. 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 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.
Keys to Kidtopia
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 starting Friday, Nov. 25. Throughout the month of December, select Kidtopia offerings will feature special Colorado themes in honor of Colorado Family Ski Month, including opportunities to create unique Colorado keepsakes at Face Painting and Craft-er-Noon activities, and learn interesting facts about Keystone and Colorado at Starquest Night Sky Exploration. For a full lineup of daily Kidtopia offerings, including family favorites like the Saturday parade and fireworks, visit
Free Specialized Ski & Ride School Clinics
Bumps, turns and trails. The Keystone Ski & Ride School will host free clinics throughout December, including an introduction to moguls, skiing parallel and linking snowboard turns, and terrain selection and mountain safety. Clinics will be held beginning at 11 a.m. on Dec. 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18. Participants must be aged 16 and older, and register in advance by calling 800-255-3715.
Santa Claus is Coming to Keystone
The big guy himself will be on-hand beginning Saturday, Nov. 26 and will make appearances throughout December, before he embarks upon his prior obligations. From photo opportunities, skiing, parades and a PJ Brunch, to the Mountaintop Spectacular, Santa Claus will be in resort Dec. 10, 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23. Locations of his appearances are available at
Behind-the-Scenes Chocolate Tours with Keystone’s Very Own “Willy Wonka”
On select dates in December, 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. December dates include Sunday, Dec. 11; Friday, Dec. 16; and Friday, Dec. 23. Other dates throughout the season include Jan. 13 & 27; Feb. 3 & 14; March 8, 10, and 31.
Keystone A-Basin Pass Offers Colorado’s Best Value Starting at $339
The pass features the best deal on unlimited access to Keystone and A-Basin, with limited holiday restrictions. The pass is offered at $339 for adults and $259 for kids (ages five through 12). Visit to view all 2016-2017 Epic Pass options. The Keystone A-Basin Pass is on sale for a limited time only.
Book Now, Save Now
Now is the time to book a winter adventure for the whole family, as lodging rates begin at just $165 per night with savings up to 40 percent if booked by Saturday, Nov. 5. Keystone Resort offers a wide variety of comfortable and family-friendly lodging options, from affordable hotel rooms to welcoming, family-sized condominiums. Plus, an unmatched Kids Ski Free program, free daily events, and unique offerings and special events perfectly complement the more than 3,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain.
Keystone Resort’s more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, average of 300 days of sun a year, convenient lodging and variety of on- and off-snow activities all combine to provide the ideal location for winter vacations. As one of the closest ski resorts to Denver, Keystone is the ultimate family resort destination. Convenient touches like free parking, including front-row family parking, and complimentary red wagons to help parents tote gear and kiddos to and from the slopes help make a winter family visit to Keystone easy and hassle-free. For more information visit
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