New Event, Festive Month-long Offerings Make Keystone Resort the Ideal December Family Vacation Destination

19 October 2016
Keystone, Colo. — Oct. 19, 2016 — Nestled among the White River National Forest in the Rocky Mountains, Keystone Resort’s awe-inspiring surroundings provide the perfect backdrop to a family holiday visit. With a lineup of special happenings in addition to skiing and snowboarding, including the lighting of the World’s Largest Snow Fort, fireworks, chocolate tours and horse-drawn sleigh ride dinners, guests can enjoy a holiday getaway throughout the month of December. Lodging rates begin at just $165 per night with savings up to 40 percent if booked by Saturday, Nov. 5.
Following are some of the top ways that families can enjoy the winter wonderland at Keystone this December:
The New Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular
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. This winter Keystone presents the inaugural Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular Dec. 16-18, 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 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.
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 castle 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 Snow Fort is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 10 and will remain open until the snow melts.
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 Friday, Dec. 16 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 this can’t-miss tour 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; this Chocolate Tour is free to attend. The tour takes place at the Keystone Conference Center from 9-11:30 a.m. Other dates throughout the winter include: Dec. 11, 16, 23; Jan. 13 & 27; Feb. 3 & 14; March 8, 10, and 31.
Keystone Chocolate Village
Keystone Executive Pastry Chef Ned Archibald utilizes more than 5,000 pounds of imported chocolate for the Keystone Chocolate Village and it has been a hand-crafted holiday tradition at the resort for the past 20 years. Featuring a working chocolate gondola, cascading chocolate waterfall, four-foot tall chocolate Christmas tree, and many other winter scenes, this chocolate masterpiece is free to attend. Located in the lobby of the Keystone Lodge & Spa from Dec. 20, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017.
Kids Ski Free – Even During Holidays
Returning for a celebratory fifth season, Keystone’s Kids Ski Free program is easy on the wallet, easy on the rules and hard to beat. Available every day for the duration of the season, including weekends and holidays, families need only to book two or more nights of lodging through Keystone Resort for any child 12 and younger to ski for free.
Ski Like a Local, No Matter Your Zip Code
Priced at $649, the Epic Local Pass pays for itself in only four days, and includes unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and a total of 10 holiday-restricted days at Vail and Beaver Creek, plus unlimited access with a few holiday restrictions at Park City in Utah, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe. Now with five free days at Whistler Blackcomb in 2016-17 with holiday restrictions. The Epic Local 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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Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 10 world-class mountain resorts and three 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; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Perisher in Australia; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts 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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