If you haven’t decided on where to spend your holiday break this year, you might want to consider Keystone Resort. Keystone is home to world class skiing and riding and is the most kid-friendly resort in Colorado! Home to Keystone ‘Kidtopia’, there are daily, free events that are all centered around kids. Enjoy incredible dining options, endless activities and some of the best snow in the Rockies! Here are 5 reasons to book your winter holiday getaway today!
The Most Bang for Your Lift Ticket Buck
Keystone is one of the few resorts in Colorado to offer night skiing, with select days offering 12 straight hours of skiing or riding. Take all the breaks you want – we bet you won’t get tired of the incredible terrain at Keystone Resort day or night.
There are activities for EVERYONE
Let’s face it, some families have trouble finding common grounds. Susie likes to stay inside, while Johnny is an outdoor adventure junkie. Keystone is home to millions of activities, from daily Kidtopia events to ice skating, snow tubing, sleigh rides and even indoor activities such as pottery painting or a game of pool in the lobby. Plan a family game night and then an outdoor activity the next night. Find some common ground in activities that everyone will enjoy!
That ‘Holiday’ Feeling
Keystone doesn’t hold back on the holidays – enjoy the holiday lights in the village, Christmas trees, ice sculptures, holiday music, carolers, and even visit with Santa and his reindeer! Check out the amazing ‘Chocolate Village’ at the Keystone Lodge, where the entire scene is made out of chocolate! You’ll feel like a kid again when you experience the magic of Keystone during the holidays!
The World’s Largest Snow Fort
Where else can you explore the world’s largest snow fort on top of a mountain peak? Here at Keystone, kids rule! Have a snowball fight or just get lost in this huge snowfort located atop Dercum Mountain.
Fireworks Every Saturday
Another cool part of Keystone Kidtopia are the Saturday night fireworks that can be seen from multiple villages at Keystone. Head up for night skiing and watch them from the gondola, or step outside on your River Run Condo balcony for an amazing show over the mountain. You can also see them from select properties in Mountain House, North Keystone and Lakeside Village!
With so many winter activity options available for the whole family in Keystone, it’s a little hard to fit it all into a long 3-day weekend. But if you are lucky enough to get even three days here, you are lucky enough! Here are some ideas on how to maximize three perfect winter days in Keystone on a family ski vacation.
You were able to book a discounted rental car since you booked your lodging with SummitCove Rentals, so pick it up at DIA and then hit the road and head West to Keystone Ski Resort! After a little over an hour of driving, get off of I-70 at the Silverthorne/Dillon exit 205 and stop at the City Market grocery store to pickup some essentials for the weekend like eggs, bagels, soda water, granola bars and sandwich supplies. There is a liquor store next door if you want to pickup a 6-pack of Colorado Craft beer. Now the family is complaining of hunger, so head into one of Summit County’s most well-known restaurants, the Dillon Dam Brewery. After dinner, drive 7 miles further into Keystone and stop by Mountain View Sports to pickup your discounted ski rentals that you reserved in advance. When you’re all fitted up, head across the street to the SummitCove check-in office to pickup your condo keys. After a quick run down on the condo, directions and everything you need to know your stay, you are officially ready to start your vacation! Park the condo in the heated parking garage at The Springs Condos and take the elevator up to your two bedroom vacation rental condo! Turn on the fireplace, unpack the groceries and if you have time, head down to the pool area for a quick dip in the hot tub or steam room or for a round of pool in the lobby. Hit the hay and set your alarm for your first day on the slopes tomorrow!
Having eaten at the Dillon Dam Brewery the night before, you could nibble on leftovers in your River Run Village condominium refrigerator for breakfast. But since you also, smartly, picked up some groceries at the Dillon City Market, whip up your omelets and bacon (or bagels with cream cheese) to fuel your day on the ski slopes at Keystone Resort. Pack a granola bar in your pocket for a mid-morning snack on the mountain.
You’ve registered your kids for a full day of ski school, so walk from your condo to the River Run Village Children’s Ski and Snowboard School, near the gondola. Wave good-bye to the kiddos and enjoy your kid-free day on the slopes until about 3 p.m. You can stop for an amazing lunch and much needed break at the Four-Diamond Alpenglow Stube. Be sure to get a photo from the overlook!
While your husband tosses kids’ wet clothes into the condo’s dryer, scoot out to your late afternoon massage at the spa at the Keystone Lodge and Spa. Chances are, the kids are exhausted — especially if you’re in the high-altitude mountains from sea level! So, take it easy tonight with dinner at a Village restaurant or even get a pizza delivered from the best pizza joint in the county, Pizza 101. If you’re feeling energetic, shuttle over to the Snake River Saloon, your tastebuds will thank you for the extra effort. Hunker down with a family movie before bedtime!
One adult can trot over to Inxpot for lattes, breakfast burritos and cinnamon rolls to go, while the other adult gets the kids up and at ’em. After feasting comfortably in your condo’s dining area, gear up for a family ski day on the slopes. For lunch, everyone will find something that appeals at the Outpost Lodge. Or, plan on packing a lunch with cold cut sandwiches, granola bars, string cheese and apples. You can leave your backpack in a rented locker and head back there for your lunch break. Enjoy the slow green runs of Schoolmarm and the Family Ski Trail for lots of fun that everyone can enjoy.
At 2:30 p.m. make your way over to Adventure Point for your tubing reservations. Try not to shriek louder than your children as you sail down the steep slopes! Stop at the Keystone Kidtopia snow fort to admire the awesome ice sculpture. Kids will have fun throwing snowballs at their parents!
After a relaxing soak in your condo’s outdoor hot tub (or brief late afternoon nap), bundle up for a gondola ride to Der Fondue Chessel, where you’ll gorge yourselves on vegetables and bread dipped in the most savory melted cheese, as well as meat, seafood or still more veggies cooked on your table-top Raclette grill. In between courses, get up and do the chicken dance with the oom-pah-pah band. Save room for a variety of chocolate fondue for dessert. Waddle to the gondola for the ride home.
For your final day, either strap your skis back on if conditions are phenomenal, or consider one of my favorite family activities in the area: dog sledding with Good Times Adventures in Breckenridge (about 30 minutes away). Even young children can drive the dogsled!
This afternoon, head to the Keystone Adventure Center at the Keystone Lodge to rent skates to take some turns on frozen Keystone Lake. (If you prefer to stick closer to “home,” you can also skate at Dercum Square in River Run Village.
To celebrate a successful three full days at Keystone, splurge on a family meal at the Ski Tip Lodge. This former 1800s stagecoach stop is now a cozy bed and breakfast offering a marvelous three-course gourmet dinner menu (with simple kid-pleasing items like burgers and pasta, too). Gathering around the fireplace for an array of delicious desserts is a lovely way to cap off a Keystone getaway!
We all know that sometimes teenagers can be hard to travel with. They might be too old for camps and ‘kids’ activities, yet they are too young to be out exploring on their own. The good news is that Keystone has plenty of activities that your entire family will love! Here are a few tips to keep your teenagers entertained and happy on your next Keystone Vacation.
Book a Condo or Private Home Instead of a Hotel Room Hotels are great for a quick overnight somewhere, but a ski vacation deserves a bigger and more well-equipped property. Everyone will be lugging around extra gear, so its nice for everyone to be able to spread out and have their own space. If one of your kids loves to get up early, and the other sleeps late, put the early riser on the couch to watch TV without disturbing his or her sibling. It’s also amazing to have a full size kitchen and refrigerator; allowing you to save money by cooking some meals at home and even bring home leftovers when you go out!
Choose Accommodations with On-Site Entertainment: Look for properties with entertainment right in the building- a pool table down in the common area, an awesome pool area, or a theatre room with comfy leather seats and a big screen TV to watch movies, like the one at The Springs, in River Run Village. This way the kids are able to stay close without having to leave the building.
Allow Some Electronics and Toys: Even though you are expecting everyone to be outside during the entire vacation, hitting the slopes or the hot-tubs, there will be some down time. Let the kids bring their favorite gaming system or IPad to play with an hour or so a day. You know they will be itching to upload photos to Facebook to make their friends back home jealous!
Let Everyone Plan at Least One Half Day of the Trip: Let everyone suggest one family activity during your trip. This ensures everyone will get to do something they want to do, and be involved in the planning. Chances are they will pick a fun adventure such as snow tubing or ice skating that will everyone will enjoy!
Book Them For an Adventure Session: Keystone offers all types of Ski & Ride Lessons, ranging from first-day beginners to experienced regulars who just need a few tips. Keystone Adventure Sessions are geared towards more advanced riders and allow quick access to the best terrain and conditions on the mountain. Participants will be teamed with other like-minded, like-skilled ski/ride enthusiasts, who want to get the most out of their day, going places that they might not necessarily go alone, based on the joint interests and ability of the group. They will have the chance to make new friends and explore some new terrain that Mom and Dad might not want to take them down!
There are many things to consider when you’re trying to plan a family reunion, such as where will the reunion be held, how many people will be attending, where will everyone stay, and much, much more.
Keystone Colorado is a great place to consider holding your next family reunion. With activities for everyone of all ages, and at any time of the year, there is always something to do in Keystone. Once you’ve decided on a particular area of Keystone, based on the interests of those attending, you’ll know exactly where to find lodging, activities and everything you need to host a fantastic and memorable family reunion in Keystone. It is a trip that you will all hold fond memories of and stories to tell for years.
Here are a few tips in helping to organize your family reunion in Keystone, Colorado. First, you’ll want to plan early, sometimes a year in advance, depending on the size of your family and those attending. Second, make sure there are plenty of activities and things for everyone of all ages to do and take part in. Third, definitely ask for help in planning your family reunion. There are so many tasks and things that need to be done to host a successful family reunion, that you’ll find it helpful to have someone else taking part in the planning. Fourth, lodging is one of the first things to take care of and check off your planning list. You’ll want to make sure there is plenty of lodging in the area you’d like everyone to be. Finally, have fun and enjoy planning your family reunion! Others will soon be as excited as you when they see how much fun you’re having planning the reunion!
Keystone Resort offers everything from award winning dining, villages with lots of action in the center of everything, golfing, hiking, boating, mountain biking, cycling, shopping and much more! Call one of our vacation planners today to start to learn more about family reunion lodging options through SummitCove Property Management. We’re thrilled to help you plan and execute your family reunion in Keystone, Colorado and help you make it one of your most memorable yet!