Colorado with Kids: Keystone Resort

One look at Keystone Resort’s website will show you that it is the perfect winter playground for families.  The pages are peppered with children in brightly colored ski jackets having the time of their lives.  We know how websites can often make things look better than they really are so when we were invited to visit Keystone during a media event, we decided to put Keystone Resort to the test and it passed with flying colors.

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Kids Ski Free

One thing that I am learning during our inaugural ski season is that a ski vacation is not a low budget adventure from driving into the mountains to hotel costs to renting equipment and purchasing a lift ticket.  There are definitely ways to save money on a ski vacation but not much will save you as much as the Keystone Resort Kids Ski Free program.  As long as you stay in a Keystone Resort owned and operated property for at least two nights, children under the age of 12 ski free.  There aren’t any blackout dates and there are dozens of different types of properties and price points to choose from.  To bring my two children, that would save me over $200 during the two day period.

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The joy of the first ride on the ski lift!

Skiing for all Levels

Keystone offers a Ski and Ride School for all ability levels.  There is a range of prices and session lengths to choose from.  The mountain has everything from easy trails to much more difficult trails (like the kind I don’t think I will ever see the likes of) and everything is well marked.

When we visited Keystone, I had only been on skis once the weekend before but we didn’t have time to take a lesson while we were there.  We still wanted to hit the slopes but I was scared to hop on a lift and head down a green trail right away.  While I was studying the trail map, I found the Discovery Learning Area.  You do not have to be in ski and ride school to use this learning area but you do need a lift ticket.  There are two magic carpets as well as a small lift that are perfect for practicing your new skills.  When you are ready, you can head up to some of the more advanced beginner trails.

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Activities off of the Slopes

What happens if you discover that you or your offspring are not big fans of skiing or maybe you just want a break from the slopes?  Does that mean your ski vacation is a bust?  Absolutely not!  I have learned that a ski vacation does not just mean spending time on skis.  Keystone offers an endless list of activities when you are ready to take off the skis.

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Our favorite activities off the slopes in Keystone were tubing and ice skating.  The tubing hill at Adventure Point is no ordinary tubing hill.  Before you can even start tubing, you have to take a gondola ride up to the top of Dercum Mountain.  While you are up there, make sure that you make time to stop by the Snow Fort.  Your children will not believe their eyes when they see this awesome fort made out of snow.  They will giggle as they crawl through tunnels or sit in the throne made completely of ice.  If  you are ice skating your afternoon away at the Dercum Square Ice Skating Rink, be sure to grab a cookie at the Cookie Happy Hour.  Every Saturday through April 6th, you can take part in Riperoo’s Village Parade.  Ride in a tube, dance down the street and enjoy the fun.

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It’s the Little Things

We love the little things that make a difference.  Things like the fact that the free parking lot in the River Run Village is just a few short minutes from the slopes and there are wagons to help you drag all of your gear.

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We loved the fact that the restaurant choices range from ridiculously expensive and fancy to quick service and low key giving us a number of choices.  The shuttle service was efficient, timely and made sense.  You can get from point A to point B without an issue and every shuttle driver we encountered was courteous and had answers to all of our questions.

Our visit to Keystone was a wonderful family weekend.  We had so much fun that I am taking two friends up there when they come into town to visit.

*Thank you to Keystone for hosting our stay.  All opinions are mine.

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Comments

  1. 1

    Thanks for the great review and photos! My first experience in skiing was at Keystone as a single young adult, and I have fond memories of that trip. It’s great to see so many activities are available for a family. I’m adding it to our must see list now!

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    My husband loves Keystone but we haven’t been there together, as a family yet. It looks like a great place to ski as a family. Thanks for your tips and information.

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    It looks like so much fun, I just wish skiing wasn’t SO cold!

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    My son is really hoping to head to Colorado to ski at some point. This may be just the place for great first trip.

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    Keystone sounds like a fabulous resort – that snow fort looks particularly awesome!!

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    I’m glad you had a great time at Keystone. We stayed at one of the lodges but skied, ice skated and tubed somewhere else. A bit sad and after looking at what they had to offer..I now wonder what we were thinking. I love that snow fort too and that Cookie Happy Hour sounds so tempting.

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    I have read so many great things about Keystone and their Kids Ski Free program lately! It looks beautiful and first class and I’d love to visit some time.

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    My guys tried skiing this year, so maybe next year we might have to try this place out! I’ve never done a destination ski vacation even pre-kids and it sounds so fun!

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    That looks like so much fun! I may have to check that out for my littles this year – but not sure I’ll be able to fit it in, maybe over spring break…

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    Okay, you are totally making me regret the whole “Colorado Native who has never been skiing” thing. That looks like so much fun!

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    I love the idea of ice skating and tubing and dining in case the whole thing with skis doesn’t work out. What a cute ice sculpture bench photo!

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    We love Keystone too Jen! Such a family friendly place! I’ve said this before but I just love how you are embracing your new home state!

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    Andrea Guthmann says:

    Looks like so much fun!

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    Can you believe I’ve lived here my whole life and not done some of the awesome things your family did on this outing? Crazy.

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    I’ve skiied Keystone probably 50 times and been on what I thought was every area of the mountain from North Peak to the Outback. Now it’s time to teach my kids how to ski and I had no clue where we should begin. Thanks for pointing out the Discovery area as I was unsure it was open to us outside of ski school!