Keystone Resort’s Kids Ski Free Program Set to Surpass 100,000 Free Kids Lift Tickets

13 January 2016
  • Keystone’s Kids Ski Free Program will have provided more than 100,000 free kids lift tickets since the program’s inception in 2012
  • A celebration of the milestone will take place Jan. 24-30, with a chance to win one of 10 Golden Tickets valued at $500
  • Lodging rates starting at $155 a night
Keystone, Colo. — Jan. 13, 2016 — Kids know a great deal when they see one, and they’ve been taking advantage of Keystone Resort’s Kids Ski Free program in droves, which this January will officially surpass 100,000 free kids lift tickets provided since the program began. Available each day of the season with no blackout dates, kids 12 and younger who stay two nights or more at Keystone have been saving their parents money for the past four seasons. To honor the 100,000 milestone, Keystone will celebrate all things kids with a week-long Kids Ski Free 100K Golden Ticket event from Jan. 24-30.    
Each family taking advantage of Keystone’s Kids Ski Free Program from Jan. 24-30 will receive a chocolate bar upon check-in, with 10 lucky families receiving a limited edition golden ticket chocolate bar handcrafted by Keystone’s executive pastry chef Ned Archibald. These winning golden tickets will be worth $500 resort credit, valid towards Keystone activities such as Ski & Ride School, signature dining experiences, or owned and operated retail outlets like Keystone Sports. In addition, surprise golden ticket chocolate bars, valid for $50 resort credit, can be won at Kidtopia events throughout the week, with guests encouraged to follow @KeystoneMtn on Twitter to get the inside scoop on golden ticket locations.
Any guest visiting Keystone from Jan. 24-30 can enjoy the Kids Ski Free 100K Golden Ticket Celebration with the following special opportunities:
  • Golden Ticket Family Express line at the River Run Gondola
  • Chocolate Tour Experiences with Keystone’s Chef Ned
  • Free Kids’ Adventure Zones Tours led by the Keystone Ski & Ride School
  • 50% off dinner for kids at the Alpenglow Stube and Der Fondue Chessel
  • Free Kidtopia Events with a chance to win a $50 golden ticket at select events
Behind-the-Scenes Chocolate Tours with Keystone’s Master Chocolatier
Families can participate in a unique, behind-the-scenes Chocolate Tour Experience with Chef Ned, Keystone’s famous executive pastry chef and master chocolatier. The Chocolate Tour Experience will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Friday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. and will provide kids a behind-the-scenes look into Chef Ned’s fun world of desserts, including a tour of his pastry shop, a chocolate making experience and a delicious take-away for each participant. The Chocolate Tours are free, but guests need to register online at
Free Keystone Kids Adventure Zone Tours led by Keystone Ski & Ride School
Keystone’s on-mountain Kids Adventure Zones are designed to engage young skiers and riders while promoting on-snow progression with specialty features such as gentle rollers and gold mines. Keystone’s Ski & Ride School will offer free tours of seven on-mountain Adventure Zone locations on Monday, Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Interested guests can meet at the Kidtopia Snow Fort at 10 a.m. All ages are welcome, including parents, and participants must have a lift ticket and be able to safely navigate intermediate terrain.
Family Dining Experiences Offering Exclusive Discounts
Two of Keystone’s signature dining experiences, the Alpenglow Stube and Der Fondue Chessel, will provide children 12 and younger 50 percent discounts on dinner meals throughout the week. Advanced reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling Keystone’s Activities and Dining at 970-496-4386. The Alpenglow Stube and Der Fondue Chessel are open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday.
On Saturday, 9280’ Tap House in River Run Village offers one of the best views of the Kidtopia Fireworks, set for 7 p.m., from their outdoor patio. Families can enjoy the sights and sounds of River Run Village while enjoying one of the many affordable dinner options.
Kidtopia Kids Win Big
Keystone’s season-long free daily Kidtopia programming provides new ways for families to enjoy their time at Keystone together, such as the daily 4 p.m. Cookie Time, Saturday Ripperoo Parade and Kidtopia Fireworks and much more. Guests participating in select Kidtopia events during the 100K Golden Ticket Celebration will also have the chance to win special golden chocolate bars valid for $50 resort credit by following @KeystoneMtn on Twitter to get the inside scoop on golden ticket locations.
Kids Ski Free
Now in its fourth season, Keystone’s Kids Ski Free program provides kids 12 and younger the opportunity to ski for free at the resort with no blackout dates. Easy on the wallet and easy on the rules, Kids Ski Free is available every day for the duration of the winter season, including weekends and holidays. All guests need to do to qualify is stay two or more nights in one of Keystone’s numerous accommodation options, which span from luxury hotel rooms to cozy ski-in, ski-out condominiums.
Lodging Options for Every Taste and Budget
Guests can take advantage of all that Keystone Resort has to offer through a wide variety of lodging options, with prices beginning at $135 for studio condos and $149 for hotel rooms Jan. 24-30. In addition to the industry’s leading Kids Ski Free Program, guests booking any length of stay through Keystone Resort will receive free night skiing on day of arrival (during normal night skiing operations), free ice skating admission and 20 percent discount on skate rentals, a free yoga or fitness class and a free hour of tennis court access.
Skiers and riders can stay up-to-date with the latest information, terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and the lowest priced lift tickets guaranteed at Follow Keystone for daily updates, real-time information and exclusive promotions, contests and giveaways at, @Keystonemtn on Twitter and @keystone_resort on Instagram. Official video footage from the mountain may be viewed at Guests are encouraged to stay connected all season long by following #KeystoneMoments across platforms and sharing their favorite Keystone memories.
For more information about Keystone, visit or call (877) 204-7889. Follow the resort at @KeystoneMtn on Twitter or at
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About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. The Company’s subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and two urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is



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