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.
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
This winter Keystone Kidtopia is ALL-SEASON long! Kidtopia started this past Wednesday and runs until March 24, instead of just five weekends like last season. Every day features different activities, such as street performers in the resort’s River Run and Mountain House Village centers, kids’ après ski gatherings, a weekly Kidtopia Riperoo parade, fireworks every Saturday, arts & crafts, ice skating dance parties at the both of the resort’s two outdoor ice skating rinks and more!
The World’s Largest Snowfort on Dercum Mountain is expected to open in mid-December and is arguably the best feature of Kidtopia that kids and adults will love. Kids will have a blast exploring the fort, havin g snowball fights, sliding down ice-slides, and being king of the castle!
Keystone Resort is now more kid-friendly than ever, with kids activities scheduled every day. Gather up your family and visit Keystone this winter for some family fun!
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.
If you’ve never been zip lining, its something you must try, whether you are a local or visitor in the Summit County Area. It’s exciting, adventurous, and one of the best ways to enjoy the spectacular Colorado scenery! You will fly with the birds, taking in the spectacular views of Mt. Arkansas, plus three of the famous ‘Fourteeners’, the highest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Massive, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Democrat. Top of the Rockies Zip Lining is owned and operated by our winter snowmobiling tour partners, White Mountain Snowmobile Tours. Their private 2,000 acre property includes more than fifty old patented gold mines including the Golden Treasure, the Colorado Belle Placer, the General Grant and the Emerald mine. These mines are not operating gold mines, but several of the mine shafts will be visible as guests tour this unspoiled historic area. You also have a great chance to see wildlife, as the area supports abundant wildlife including herds of elk and deer! Enjoy the spectacular views from the deck before take-off. Fall is one of the best times for zip lining, as the leaves are changing colors and the best vantage point is up high in the sky! Guests will soar over Big English Creek, vast canyons, waterfalls, alpine meadows dressed in wild flowers, groves of elegant aspens and pine forests. One of the lines even goes over the historic Leadville Railroad!
The first take-off platform is at 11,000 feet of altitude and the entire course is all above 10,000 feet. Guests will travel to “The Top of the World” surrounded by true Rocky Mountain back country splendor and views. Take a deep breath of the crisp clean mountain air and just go for it! Step off the platform and glide effortlessly into the adventure of a lifetime. The attraction features the latest and safest technology including double cables for safety, faster zips with the latest hands free “zip stop” technology and several long runs traveling anywhere from 400 to 850 feet. Friendly certified guides are there to make sure your tour is safe, enjoyable and informative.
Top of the Rockies Zip Line is located Halfway between Copper Mountain Resort and Historic Leadville, Colorado. It is the closest zip line operation to Summit County and only about 35 minutes from Keystone Resort! To get there from Keystone, head west on Hwy-6 to Silverthorne where you will hop on I-70 west. Drive about 8 miles to Exit 195 (Copper Mountain/Leadville). From the Exit, go south on Highway 91. Pass the Climax Mine at the top of Freemont Pass at about 10 miles, then continue downhill for about 5 miles. Slow down when you see the green MILE MARKER 7 sign on the left. The entrance to our Base Camp is just south of that sign. Watch for oncoming traffic, then turn left into our driveway.
For anyone who has never been to the Lake Dillon Theatre CO in Dillon, CO, it is certainly worth the visit at least once while you are visiting Keystone, Colorado. The theare is a very small, intimate venue that completely involves its audiences and offers a wide variety of fun and interesting shows throughout the year. Every night is unique and offers cultural experiences that you won’t find anywhere else in the high country! Currently playing at the LDTC is ‘Marry Me a Little’, showing now until September 23rd. “This romantic musical romp tells the serendipitous tale of two lonesome lovers through the music of famed composer Stephen Sondheim. The two express their feelings, both bright and bitter, on relationships and the never-ending dream of finding true love, without ever knowing they are one floor apart in the same apartment building!”
Marry Me a Little is a treasure trove of musical gems, each unique enough to stand on their own, but together they weave and overlap to make an evening of unforgettable musical theatre. The show is recommended for all ages, so don’t hesitate to bring the entire family to this fun event. Why see a movie when you can see the real thing?!
We’re getting ready here at Keystone Ski Resort for a great 2012 2013 Ski Season. The chilly nights in Keystone have us excited for winter! Wax up those boards and skis and get stoked because Keystone Park Crew is dumping 10 tons of snow in September in the park! Register for the upcoming Backyard BBQ Rail session on Saturday, September 15th to compete for your chance to win some HUGE prizes and just get back on those skis and get ready for the season!! Entrance in the competition is just $15.
Keystone is getting everyone hyped up for ski season with this event, both spectators and participants alike. They will be offering some AWESOME prizes and a super fun atmosphere with live music from DJ DC, a huge backyard BBQ (perfect to close out the summer!), drinks and vendor tents showcasing the latest and greatest for next season’s equipment! Winners for both men’s and women’s skiing and snowboarding categories will win a Summit Epic Pass plus the incredible opportunity for free entry into the Transworld TransAm competition (for snowboarders) February 9, 2013 at Keystone or free entry into Breckenridge’s Freestyle competition (for skiers) in the beginning of January 2013. For the spectators, Keystone will be giving out tons of free stuff, along with a chance to win a free Summit Epic Pass and GoPro Helmet Cams. If you haven’t already purchased your ski pass for the season, you can purchase one anytime during the event at last spring’s prices; after that the prices will rise! What an awesome deal!
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado will be hosting a weekend-long trail project at the Keystone Homestead on September 15 & 16. Volunteers of the project will be working to help alleviate drainage issues at the historic Keystone Homestead, which is currently used by Keystone Resort for its dinner sleigh and wagon rides, along with other recreational activities such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The weekend includes fun and rewarding trail work, youth activities, live music, free camping and meals, along with the chance to meet other locals and volunteers.
Keystone’s trail system, with views of the Continental Divide and Ten Mile Range, is described by hikers and mountain bikers as “world class.” The popular trails typically have more than 100 daily visitors during the summer months. High traffic and water have caused significant damage to several trails. The weekend project will focus on restoring damaged trails that originate at the historic Keystone Homestead and continue onto National Forest land. If you have ever used the trails in Summit County, this is a great way to give back and show your support for our great trail system.
Volunteers are invited to join one or both days of this service weekend. 100 volunteers are needed each day. Free camping will be available at Keystone Homestead on Friday and Saturday nights and free meals will be provided for registered volunteers starting at breakfast Saturday morning through Sunday lunch. Local musician, Randall McKinnon, will be performing live on Saturday evening. While adults 13 and older work on the Tower Trail, younger children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in the Young Stewards Program, which will include environmental education, outdoor games, and age-appropriate stewardship activities and work on their own trail project.
If you are interested in volunteering, you must pre-register for one or both days in order for the organizers to plan for necessary tools, supplies, and food. Register via Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado’s Project Calendar at www.voc.org, or by calling 303-715-1010. The minimum age to participate in the project is 6. Don’t miss out on your chance to volunteer and give back during this fun weekend in Keystone!
Looking for a fun weekend of arts, culture, great deals, and fall color viewing? Come visit Keystone September 7-9 and attend a variety of events at the 2nd annual Fall for the Arts happening in Summit County. The weekend features over 20 different arts organizations, putting on events and workshops in conjunction with the colorful autumn leaves to bring together a community-wide cultural celebration of the arts across Summit County. Everything from music, visual art, art history, dance, theater, food and kids’ activities will be included in this 3 day celebration of the arts. Many of the activities and events are free and are located throughout the county, including at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin! Don’t forget, Saturday, September 8th is also the last summer session of River Run Rocks! with Redline Radio headlining the free concert in River Run Village.
Keystone Warren Station Center for the Arts is hosting ‘Music in Motion’, a concert featuring the Summit Community Orchestra, The Dercum Center, the Coral Society and CoMotion Dancers. Summit Community Orchestra will be playing Pirates of the Caribbean with kids from the Scale the Summit Music Camp, kids ranging from 8 years old to 18 years old. It’s a night you won’t want to miss! The Art Gallery at Keystone Lake, in Lakeside Village, will be open over the weekend and hosting an art show with work from local artists to coincide with the concert.
For the first time ever, Arapahoe Basin will be hosting a celebration featuring a clambake, lobster boil and live music event during Fall for the Arts weekend on Saturday, September 8th. The Clambake will feature a huge buffet of delicious food, including clam chowder, mussels, chicken, and all the fix-in’s while you listen to live music all afternoon. Reservations are required.
The town of Breckenridge and the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance are teaming up to offer free admission at tours at the museums. On Saturday, Art enthusiasts can take a walking tour of 10 galleries during the 2nd Saturday Gallery Art Walk, featuring live artists and workshops. The National Repertory Orchestra is gearing up for a wine and cheese concert at a private home, and the Backstage Theatre will bring books to life in a new program for kid’s ages 5-12. Other activities include a photography workshop, distillery tours, ceramics studio, gourmet cuisine, glass-blowing demonstrations, wine tastings, cooking classes, music and much more!
In Silverthorne, renowned author Mary Ellen Gilliland will be giving away copies of her latest local history book, “Breckenridge,” at a presentation about “the fun and folksy history of ranching” along the Lower Blue. Friends of the Summit County Libraries present Hare-Raising Tails, a puppet show for families, and Women of Watercolor will display their original watercolors at the Silverthorne outlets, where the Summit Concert Band will also play.
In Dillon, the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival is hosting two public concerts on Sept. 11 and 14 in addition to a private soirees on the 9th. Summit Public Radio & TV presents a classical concert featuring all-local talent on Sept. 9. The Town of Dillon is bringing live music to the Dillon Amphitheater on the shores of the Dillon Reservoir, with the John Truscelli Band on Friday night and Something Energetic Saturday night. Also in Dillon, “Marry Me a Little,” a musical comedy, presented by the Lake Dillon Theatre Company, which opens on Friday Aug. 31. The Summit Historical Society invites guests to experience history at the Dillon Schoolhouse Museum or you can sign up for a historic boat tour out on the Dillon Reservoir on Saturday.
Frisco’s newest event, FallFest, will carve it’s way on to Frisco’s Main Street on Saturday the 8th. This all day Main Street festival has something for everyone including art shows, lumberjack shows, farmer’s market, wood carving, and live music. The event celebrates our mountain environment and benefits Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. At the Blue Spruce Inn, Elmer Koneman will give a visual projection tour of 24 opera houses around the world. If you are looking to get creative, The Summit County Arts Exhibit Committee will be painting a mural on the fence next to the Moose Jaw. Be on the lookout for the Mountain Majesty Chorus, a women’s a Capella group, singing along Main Street on Saturday.
This is a great weekend to be in Summit County! Visitors can enjoy plenty of cultural activities, while taking in the beautiful fall colors and taking advantage of lodging deals and 2-for-1 specials at participating restaurants. The final schedule of events for the weekend will be published Sept. 7 in the Summit Daily and can be seen online at www.fallforthearts.org. SummitCove Lodging is offering great deals on condos in Keystone for this weekend, so call us and make your reservation today!