Keystone is one of the most family-friendly ski resorts in the world, but there’s far more to do with your kids while visiting than just ski! We’ve got a few of our favorite family activities listed below for you to check out while you are visiting Keystone!
Ice Skating at Keystone Lake
A must-do while visiting Keystone- check out North America’s largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor skating rink, 5 acres of fun! Whether you want to try your toes at a triple axle or shoot the puck in a pickup hockey game, you are sure to have a great time skating on the Lake! The rink is the highlight of Lakeside Village– it’s surrounded by restaurants, shops and a number of properties available for rent, including Lakeshore 1561 which features amazing views! After you’ve had enough on the ice, stop by the bar in the Keystone Lodge and enjoy a warm nightcap or hot chocolate. The rink is open daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Admission and skate rental prices are as follows: Adult $12/$10, Youth $9/$5, and Seniors $6/$3. You are also welcome to bring your own skates!
Cupcakes and Canvases
If you are looking for a way to get creative, this class is the perfect outlet to let your little ones explore their artistic sides! This 2 hour class is led by an art teacher who helps you and your kids create artistic masterpieces… all while enjoying delicious cupcakes! The $15 registration cost includes all the supplies including a canvas, brushes and paint, cupcakes and guidance from a teacher. There are 2 more sessions this season, on February 10 and March 10, so sign up today!
Tubing at Adventure Point
Take a ride to the top of the River Run Gondola and head to Adventure Point- a tubing hill with a modern twist. Pick from 5 lanes and then let your kids decide- straight or spin and get ready to hold on! Once its over, no more trucking up a steep hill, let the magic carpet whisk you back to the top to do it again! Looking to get funky? Check out snow-tubing on Thursday Nights, which is disco themed under the lights and disco ball!
Explore the Nation’s Largest Snow Fort
Your kids will LOVE exploring this larger than life snow fort, based at the top of Dercum Mountain. The fort is built with a dragon theme and has features like lookout towers, a drawbridge, ice sculptures and tunnels. Can we say snowball fight? (Play nice kids!) Better yet, the fort is free to enter, all you need is gondola pass or lift ticket to get to the top of the mountain!
Winter Zip Line and Snow Cat Tour
If your kids are a little bit older (ages 7 & up) and are looking for a fun adventure, you should try the winter zip lining & snow cat tours with our partners, White Mountain Tours and Top of the Rockies Zip Lines. A complimentary shuttle will pick you up in Keystone and after a short and scenic 25 minute ride, you will arrive at the spectacular 2000 acre private property near Leadville. The area has views of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, and rests on the splendid slopes of Mt. Arkansas, an almost “Fourteener” at 13,795 feet. Strap in and enjoy 5 sections of zip lining and an informative snow cat ride, of course stopping at an original yurt for hot chocolate along the way- this is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip! All SummitCove guests receive a discount from White Mountain Tours in the Key to Keystone Coupon Book! Complimentary coveralls and boots are available if needed, but personal warm winter apparel is appropriate and recommended. Guests must bring goggles or sunglasses as eye protection is not provided. Helmets, transportation and hot chocolate are included in the tour price.
Keystone has received a foot of snow over the past week, allowing the Resort to open up some new terrain today! Sections of North Peak are now open for shredding, including The Last Alamo, Mozart Flats, and Prospector with the Ruby Express and Santiago Lifts running on the Peak. There are currently 308 acres of terrain to explore and 21 runs open at Keystone Resort. Night Skiing is going on until 8pm all weekend and ’til 6pm on Sunday, giving you almost 12 hours of skiing and riding time. Snow is in the forecast for the entire weekend, setting us up for some great skiing over the upcoming Holidays! If you are looking to get away for your Christmas Break this year, be sure to check out the Holiday Events Calendar. There is so much to do in Keystone over the Holidays. Take your family to visit the Chocolate Village at the Lodge & Spa, explore the Kidtopia Snowfort, attend Holiday concerts, go ice skating, and awe at the beauty of lights with Keystone Aglow. SummitCove is currently offering some spectacular deals on lodging; check out our 12 Days of Keystone Sale, where each day features a new deal on Keystone Lodging.
One of our favorite things about Keystone Resort is Night Skiing! Keystone offers visitors with one of Colorado’s longest ski days- you can ski or ride long after nearly all the other mountains close. Your lift ticket is good all day and into the night! Watch the sun set over the beautiful Rocky Mountains while enjoying a few more runs. The serenity of the mountain at night is a completely different unique experience than what you get during the day. Check out the schedule below for night skiing hours and dates and be sure to try it at least once during your visit to Keystone!
2012/2013 Keystone Night Skiing Schedule Wednesday, November 21 – 25, 2012 November 30 – December 1, 2012 December 7 – 8, 2012 December 14 – 15, 2012 December 21 – January 6, 2013 January 9 – April 7, 2013 (Wednesday – Sunday and select Holiday Mondays) Open 7 days a week during March
Hours: (On Days With Night Skiing) Open until 8p Wednesday – Saturday Open until 6p Sunday and select Holiday Mondays A51 Terrain Park closes at 6p all night ski nights
Located in Keystone, Colorado at the entrance to River Run Village and just a few doors down from the SummitCove.com check-in office is Serenity Spa & Salon. They are a full service resort day spa and salon that promotes a relaxing, stress-free atmosphere, where their guests always come first; from hair care services and treatments to a wide variety of massage, skin care, body, hand and foot care treatments. Whether you are looking for a relaxing afternoon with your girlfriends or a much needed massage to soothe those sore skiing muscles, Serenity Spa is the place to go in Keystone!
Serenity Spa & Salon features AVEDA, Rhonda Allison and Being True products known for their high quality and environmentally friendly, natural ingredients that are made from plant and flower extracts and essences. As their guest you can expect to be treated with the highest level of customer care. You can expect to “experience the difference” at Serenity Spa & Salon, which has been voted #1 in the ‘Best of Summit: Day Spa’ for the last seven years! All SummitCove guests receive a money saving coupon for Serenity in their Key to Keystone Coupon Book!
We invite you to “Experience the Difference…” at this luxurious AVEDA Day Spa & Salon next time you are in Keystone Resort!
In no particular order, here’s our list of 30 things to try while you are visiting Keystone, CO this winter. After you get in a day of skiing or snowboarding of course!
1. Snowshoeing.Rent snowshoes from Mountain View Sports and hit the trails at the Keystone Nordic Center, Keystone Gulch, Frisco Peninsula, or up near Montezuma.
2 Shopping.There are so many places to shop in Summit County, whether you are looking for high end luxury shops or the best deals. Shop in River Run Village, the Silverthorne Outlet Mall, or Frisco or Breckenridge Main Streets.
3. Find the Yeti.Keystone is home to the SummitCove Yeti, who makes appearances from time to time, usually when you are least expecting it! When and where is a mystery, but if you see him, grab your camera, get a photo with him and post on the SummitCove Facebook page!
4. Snow-Tubing. This is one of the most family friendly and fun activities around- everyone is sure to have a good time. Magic carpets carry you and your tubes up, so there’s no trudging up the hill like traditional sledding. The Keystone Adventure Center and Frisco Adventure Center both offer snow-tubing in the winter months.
5. Have a drink on a sunny patio or in an Adirondack chair. Colorado is known for 300 days of sunshine and many don’t realize how many BEAUTIFUL winter days we have. When the sun shines hit LaBonte’s Cabin or Summit House for a beer or Bloody Mary in an Adirondack Chair with a view or Kickapoo Tavern or Inxpot for an après-ski drink and appetizer.
6. Night Skiing. See the mountain with a whole different perspective. Lights guide you down the mountain as you feel the fresh air rushing upon your face. There are less people out and you’ll notice an eerily awesome quiet to the mountain- you’ll have to try it to know what we are talking about! Keystone is one of the few resorts in Colorado to offer night skiing; meaning you get more bang on the lift ticket buck. We recommend skiing til mid-day, going in for a quick hot drink or cup of chili to warm up and then heading back out there for round two!
7. Dog Sledding.Kids will have the time of their lives, seeing the dogs in action and helping mush their own sled. Try Alpine Adventures or Good Times Adventures for guided tours through the Rocky Mountains.
8. Winter Zip Lining. This is a new winter activity this year offered through the same owners of White Mountain Snowmobiling Tours. Top of the Rockies Zip Lining takes you through the back-country near Leadville, zipping down lines, over rivers, train tracks, and taking in spectacular views. A must-do for adrenaline junkies!
9. Snowmobiling. You’ve never experienced snowmobiling like this before! Wide open powder fields, groomed trails, family rides and views for miles. Check out White Mountain Snowmobile Tours for the best snowmobiling tour around, they even provide you with all of the necessary gear! Look for your coupon from WMST in the Key to Keystone Coupon Book.
10. Sleigh Rides. Nothing beats the feeling of fresh winter air nipping at your nose while bundled up sipping hot chocolate, listening to the soft patter of horse hooves, while taking in amazing scenery of snow heavy evergreens and mountain views.
11. Ice Castles (Silverthorne). You will be amazed by the maze of icicles and formations that form this spectacular winter wonderland, all built by hand! Located in Silverthorne, the ice castles are open to visit for a small charge and usually open in late December or January and stay open as long as the weather permits.
12. Winter Festivals and Free Concerts. Keystone hosts numerous festivals and free concerts throughout the winter. Bluegrass on the Snow, River Run Rocks!, Keystone Kidtopia and the Festival of Lights are some of the most popular events of the year!
13. Go See the Snow Sculptures in Breckenridge. (Jan 15 – February 3rd). This year will be the 23rd year of the International Snow Sculpture Championships. Larger than life sculptures are made from scratch, watch the progress as artists from around the world build works of art from a square block of ice.. working through the night in the cold of winter!
14. Ice Skating or Pond Hockey. The Keystone Lake Ice Rink is the largest outdoor, Zamboni maintained rink in North America! There is also another smaller, outdoor rink located in Dercum Square at River Run Village.
15. Hot Tubbing While Its Snowing.This SCREAMS ski vacation! Cold snowflakes hit the hot steam for a unique and refreshing feeling; personally I think its THE best time to be in the hot tub.
16. Ski-Biking. If you are looking to take a day off of skiing or riding, but would still like to be out on the mountain, you’ll definitely want to try ski-biking. Part bike, part ski, 100% new adventure. Rent and take lessons at the Keystone Adventure Center.
17. Full Moon Cultural Cuisine Dinners at Arapahoe Basin.This is a really fun and a truly unique dining experience. You take the Black Mountain Express Lift up and then snowshoe down in the moonlight, after enjoying a one of a kind gourmet meal of course. Reservations are required and events sell out early.
18. Kidtopia Kidsfest. Where else do they have an entire festival and winter season, dedicated to kids? Glow Bug Skating Night, dog sledding, fireworks displays, teen adventure nights, scenic sleigh rides, cookie decorating, dancing to live music in the plaza, arts and crafts, disco tubing, meet the Avalanche Dog & more. Keystone even builds a life size snow fort at the top of Dercum mountain every winter for kids to explore and have snowball fights!
19. Enjoy a Wide Range of Fine Dining Options. Snake River Saloon, Alpenglow Stube, Ski Tip Ranch, Keystone Ranch, Bighorn Steakhouse, and Der Fondue Chessel are some of our favorites in Keystone. Reservations are recommended.
20. Snow Kat Skiing & Tours. Grab a few friends and family members and take a snow-cat ride through the back mountains of Keystone Resort. Untouched powder and breathtaking views of the Continental Divide, Ten Mile Range and the Gore Range are just a part of the fun.
21. Nordic (Cross-Country) Skiing. A great way to take in the scenery, look for wildlife and a enjoy a slower pace of skiing! Also is a great workout. Try the Keystone or Frisco Nordic Centers.
22. Gondola Rides. If you aren’t skiing or riding, it is still fun to take a ride up to the top to soak in the spectacular views at above 11,000 feet or visit one of the on-mountain restaurants via the River Run Gondola.
23. Mountaintop Dining.. Alpenglow Stube & Fondue Chessel. Fine dining with altitude, this is an experience that you’ll always remember. When else can you take a gondola to dinner?!
24. Experience Live Music. Snake River Saloon, The Goat, Warren Station, 320 South in Breck, the Riverwalk in Breck and many other places in Summit County offer live bands on a regular basis. Many Colorado bands frequent this area and there are some really good acts to see!
25. Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows Next to the River Run Firepit. Warm up after a day on the mountain next to the over sized fire pit in the village. People watch and sip a hot beverage for a relaxing afternoon.
26. Drive to the top of Loveland Pass on a full moon or clear day. It’s just 8 miles to the Summit of Loveland Pass from Keystone, meaning you can easily experience unparallelled views without much work. We suggest going during a full moon or clear day to avoid an icy road.
27. Hot Springs. Natural hot springs are littered around Colorado and are a must try at least once in your life. Leadville, Buena Vista, and Idaho Springs are all just a short drive from Keystone.
28. See a show at Lake Dillon Theatre CO. This intimate venue features shows year round, everything from comedies to musicals. Most shows are family friendly and are a unique and cultural experience for everyone!
29. Have an Epic Mix Photo Shoot.FREE, professional photographers take your photos all around the mountain! Have a contest to see who can get the most photos or have one taken from every spot! Epic Mix is available to all season and day pass holders. Online versions of the photos are free with the option to pay for high quality downloads and prints.
30. Bowling. Take the family out for a bowling night while you’re here, Lakeside Bowl in Dillon.
If you’re hosting your wedding in Keystone, Colorado your guests are most likely from out of town, and it’s probably fair to call your wedding a “destination wedding.” That being said, there are endless activities in Keystone for your guests to enjoy during their stay. The more they get to experience Keystone in their short stay, the more memorable their experience will be. We recommend picking out a few activities and invite your guests to do them with you! Create an itinerary ahead of time and e-mail it out to your guests. Provide them with all the details, including the meeting time, costs, and where they should make a reservation if applicable.
We’ve compiled 2 Top Ten lists of must-do activities for guests at your Keystone destination wedding, based on the seasons:
1. Let the River Run Gondola take you up 11,640 feet and take in beautiful panoramic views of Lake Dillon, Breckenridge Ski Resort, and surrounding mountains, for free during the Friday Afternoon Club.
2. Explore the expansive Lake Dillon and rent a pontoon boat or kayak at the Dillon or Frisco Marinas.
3. Hike the backcountry areas in Montezuma to experience old mines, ghost towns, wildlife sightings and spectacular views.
4. See live music at one of the many summer concerts and festivals, like the River Run Rocks Concert Series, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, or the Bluegrass and Beer Festival.
6. Marvel in chocolate heaven and check out the Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge and Spa.
7. Enjoy a beer or hot chocolate in an Adirondack Chair with views at the Summit House or LaBonte’s Cabin.
8. Bring out the kid in you and have a snowball fight at the larger than life Snow Fort on Dercum Mountain.
9. See some live music at the Snake River Saloon, The Goat, or Warren Station.
10. Try winter zip-lining, snowmobiling or dogsledding for a fun adventure.
We think these lists are a good start for first timers visiting Keystone. Use this to put together a Keystone activities itinerary for your guests. SummitCove is always glad to assist you and your guests during both the planning stages and once you arrive in Keystone. We can even create a custom landing page for your Keystone Wedding that includes photos, activity ideas, and itineraries when you sign up for our Wedding Gifts Program. The program offers you and your guests with discounted lodging, unlimited customer service and cash back for the bride and groom.
Keystone Resort, Colorado is known to be one of the most kid-friendly and family oriented resorts in Colorado. It is also one of the only resorts in the state to offer night skiing, giving you more value in your lift tickets. You will find that Keystone has families at heart and provides a fun and relaxed atmosphere, allowing you and your family to make some amazing memories that will last a lifetime.
Keystone Kidtopia A festival designed specifically for kids!Each year Keystone builds a larger than life snow fort for kids to explore, or even throw snowballs. Other Kidtopia activities include Ski with a Ranger Day, Arts & Crafts, Disco Tubing, Glow Bug Skating, Nastar Racing, Face Painting, Parades, and Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows by the firepit. Your kids won’t want to go home.
2 Outdoor Ice Rinks Kids will have a blast skating in the fresh air outdoors under the starry sky. Keystone Lake boasts the claim of being the largest outdoor, Zamboni maintained ice rink in North America! There is also a new skating rink located in Dercum Square at River Run Village, just outside the door from Expedition Station, Buffalo Lodge and Dakota Lodge! Warm up with hot chocolate afterwards!
Adventure Point Tubing Hill The whole family will love this activity as you fly down the hill on inner tubes at Adventure Point, during the day or at night, under the lights! With a unique state-of-the-art conveyor lift, the amount of rides is up to you, but it sure beats having to hike!
Family Friendly Dining Options Bring the kids to one of the most memorable, on-mountain restaurants in Colorado, Der Fondue Chessel. Ride the gondola and enjoy authentic Bavarian Cuisine and live entertainment in a cozy mountain lodge atmosphere. Other kid-friendly Keystone Restaurants include the Kickapoo Tavern, Luigi’s Pastahouse, Snake River Saloon, Dos Locos, Pizza on the Plaza and the Haywood Cafe.
Family Friendly Events and Festivals Each winter Keystone holds numerous festivals and events, and the majority of them are kid-friendly. Enjoy free concerts in River Run Plaza at the River Run Rocks concert series or enjoy live music or plays in Warren Station. During the Holiday Season, kids will love the Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge and Spa, a handcrafted holiday tradition that features 2,500 pounds of chocolate crafted into a miniature alpine village, a working chocolate gondola, a cascading chocolate waterfall, 6 foot tall white chocolate Christmas tree with chocolate presents. Other fun holiday events include the Festival of Lights and Santa and his Reindeer visiting the village.
Camp Keystone More than just ski school! Camp Keystone offers kids with lessons, on-snow activities, kids’ night out, theme days and more! If you book 3 or more days, your child is guaranteed to have the same camp counselor, making it even easier for them to have fun and learn more.
Kid Friendly Terrain Keystone offers plenty of green and beginner runs, and features 3 different learning areas on the mountain with 6 magic carpet lifts. Kids adventures zones are scattered across the mountain, offering fun features for kids to master!
Sleigh Rides Bundle up for the ride of a lifetime in an old-fashioned horse drawn sleigh, see the stars and enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland scenery while you sip hot chocolate and enjoy the night.
Need a little inspiration in your life? CampExperience inspires education, provides unbelievable networking and was created for women interested in building their lives, careers and connections. Attendees are a mix of business owners, entrepreneurs, business leaders, corporate women and active moms that that are looking for community connections and personal growth.
This 3 day women’s “camp” is held every October in Keystone, Colorado and is not exactly roughing it. Yoga and zumba classes in the morning, delicious catered meals throughout the day, keynote speakers, professional development workshops, crafts and other fun activities and networking events are all part of the amazing CampExperience. You can also stay with SummitCove at one of our properties near the conference center for the best lodging deal in Keystone – check out available properties here!
CampExperience motto is we are “women who have, helping women who need.” Every year CampExperience chooses charity partners that split 100% of their on-site charity “Bow-tique” shopping and personal services donations as well as generation donations and money. They believe that each of us have the ability to make a difference for others, and that this positive impact is multiplied as we work together with other women.
Betsy Wiersma is the founder of CampExperience which has been running since 2006. Betsy is an award-winning special event producer, international speaker and serial entrepreneur specializing in WOW! She is a social entrepreneur who invented CampExperience to bring together amazing women and support homeless women and children. Betsy will be the keynote dinner speaker on Saturday from 6:30 – 8:00pm.
So if you are looking for a little inspiration, networking, or education CampExperience is the place to be! Check out their website at www.campexperience.com
Piggybacking off of the popular ‘Taste of Colorado’ Festival in Denver, The Taste of Keystone has become a well-known and long standing tradition in Keystone and is sure to impress any ‘foodie’. This year the event is in it’s 24th year and is taking place tomorrow, September 2nd in Keystone’s Lakeside Village. The Labor Day Weekend event features live music and amazing food tastings from some of the best restaurants in the country, all based right here in Keystone Resort Colorado. Participating food vendors include Bighorn Steakhouse, Alpenglow Stube, Black Bear Grill, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, Keystone Summit House, pastry chef Ned Archibald, Edgewater Café, Pizza on the Plaza, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Keystone Adventure Center, and Dos Locos. You can expect a nice variety of scrumptious tastings all afternoon at the event. Tickets are just a dollar each and the dishes typically range from just two to five tickets. Examples of the cuisine include the Ski Tip’s char-grilled tiger shrimp with avocado, Olathe corn salsa, cherry tomato and crème fraiche. There’s no better way to grab a taste of the good life!
There will also be a silent auction going on throughout the day, concluding at 2:30 p.m. with the winners announced at 3pm. Proceeds from the auction go to help support Summit County’s Mountain Mentors Program (www.summitcares.org). Tastings and live music, featuring the ever-popular WhiteWater Ramble, begin at 11 a.m on Sunday and run until 3pm. The event is billed as zero waste, meaning all plates, cups and utensils are biodegradable and recycling containers will be available throughout the venue.
Other activities happening in Keystone this weekend include the River Run Merchant’s Tent Sale, featuring huge discounts on both summer and winter items from retailers such as Gorsuch, Christy Sports, Keystone Sports, Kidz Cabin and more. Other resort activities include hiking, mountain biking, paddle boating, stand-up paddleboarding, and golf.
Friday Afternoon Club (FAC): [Fried-eh afternoon kluhb]
1. An exclusive club for Keystone Resort Visitors, offering exclusive member-only perks such as free scenic gondola rides, free breathtaking views, free access to live concerts, free yard game rentals including, but not limited to; horseshoes, ladder golf, and bocce ball and exclusive food and drink deals.
This Friday, August 31st is the last day to see what the Friday Afternoon Club is all about! Enjoy free gondola rides all afternoon from 3 – 7pm and take in the breathtaking views atop Dercum Mountain at Keystone Resort. While at the top, enjoy a free live concert from the Luv Brothers while taking advantage of some great food and drink specials at Summit House. Enjoy a beer with a view while relaxing in an Adirondack chair or take the kids a scenic nature hike. Free lawn game rentals will be available, so challenge your friends or family to a game of ladder golf or horse shoes. After a great Friday afternoon at Keystone, spend the night in one of our River Run Condos! Don’t miss your last chance to be a part of the summer Friday Afternoon Club, happening tomorrow afternoon in Keystone!