Colorado with Kids: What To Expect at Keystone Mountain’s Tubing Hill

There is no shortage of activities at Keystone Mountain’s Kidtopia.  Before moving to Colorado, I never thought that a ski trip would be something we would do.  It is pricey and we don’t vacation on our own while our kids spend all day in the daycare center of kids club.  I didn’t think that there would be a lot of activities that would hold my children’s attention for long enough but I discovered that ski trips are not just about skiing or snowboarding.  Ski trips are also about playing in the snow and ice, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and, our new favorite activity, tubing.

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Keystone’s tubing hill at Adventure Point is not just any tubing hill.  Getting to the hill is an adventure in itself.  You take a gondola up about 11,000 feet to the top of Dercum Mountain where you exit.  Don’t get off the gondola at the first stop; you are only half-way there.  When you get to your stop, hop off the gondola with the help of an attendant and head towards the Kidtopia Snowfort.  From there, you will dodge snowboarders and skiers to get to Adventure Point where you enter a hut.  In the hut, you will sign a waiver for your whole family and then you will watch a video.  As soon as it is time for your hour of tubing, you will be allowed out on the hill.

Choose a tube, choose a hill and have fun!

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Things to Know Before You Go

Reservations are highly recommended.  To guarantee your tubing time, you will want to call ahead and make reservations.  We booked a 2:00 tubing time at 8:30 in the morning of the same day but it wasn’t very crowded.

Have your credit card ready.  When you call to book your reservation, they will take a credit card to guarantee your tubing time.

Don’t schedule things back to back with your tubing hill reservation in between.  You are expected to check-in about an hour before your scheduled time.  Once you check-in, you are free to do what you want until your scheduled time.

If you are checked in, I recommend that you head to the gondola and begin the 15 minute trip up the mountain.  This will guarantee that you won’t miss your time.  Once you get to the top of Dercum Mountain, visit the snow fort or get your picture taken with one of the EpicMix photographers.  You can also head to the tubing area to get your waivers filled out so you are ready to get your hour’s worth.

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Looking down from the top of the mountain. Luckily, this is not the tubing run!

The tubing hill is not for the faint of heart.  The kids will scream with delight and the parents might scream in fear!  The run doesn’t take you very long but it is fast!  You will carry your tube with you up a magic carpet and there are people standing by to help the younger kids.  The magic carpet makes it so that you don’t have to drag your tube up the hill and it gives you more time to enjoy the downhill runs!

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Children must be 42 inches to participate.

Be prepared for quick weather changes.  The weather might not be same at the top of the mountain as it is where you hopped on the gondola.  We were there in subzero temperatures.  The higher up the mountain we went, the colder, snowier, and more miserable it got.  It isn’t always like that, but we were there on a cold, snowy weekend.

Bundle up!  Luckily, nobody forgot their scarf or hat because it was so cold.  Ski gloves, neck gaiters, and all that other gear is important even if you are just tubing.  We also learned after our last tubing trip that we needed to wear sunglasses or ski goggles.  The goggles will keep the snow from blowing in to your eyes and you can keep them open for the entire run.  Or not.  But at least you will have the choice!

See some great video of the tubing hill from Kara, from The Vacation Gals.

*Thank you to Keystone Mountain for hosting my family. I was not compensated for the post and there was no expectation of review, positive or otherwise.  All opinions are mine.

This post is part of Travel Tips Tuesday with Suitcases and Sippy Cups and Walkingon Travels.
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Comments

  1. 1

    Fun! When we went last year, we didn’t have a chance to try the tubing. Definitely have to make a revisit trip. 🙂

  2. 2

    Thanks for the great tips. We are getting ready to take our kids on their first ski trip this weekend!

  3. 3

    Brrr – it looks SO cold! Was it fun? I’d be the parent screaming in fear if my sledding is any indicator 🙂

  4. 4

    i really need to suck up the cold and do this!

  5. 5

    Looks like fun! You are certainly embracing your new home with gusto!

  6. 6

    Off to measure my 5 yo and plan for a less frigid day to visit the tubing hill! This is how I hope to start out on the mountain too! We own in Breckenridge, but only go in the summer & fall, ha.

  7. 7

    I’m not a skier, but this? The next time my family goes to Keystone, I could see myself doing this. You make it look fun!