Keystone king of the kids

Keystone rules for kids. Few resorts make life so easy for families, especially on the wallet, with free lift passes and lots of free activities for the kids.

Keystone kids carts
Keystone’s red wagon free kid’s carts are great © Andrew Maguire Keystone Resort

Keystone’s Kids Ski Free deal applies all-season, including Xmas and New Year. Kids 12 and younger ski free when the family book two or more nights lodging through Keystone Resort. There is plenty of choice, from affordable hotel rooms to spacious family size condos. The free resort transport system makes getting around simple between the village areas and the slopes.

Free family fun is the goal at Keystone’s Kidtopia. The Kidtopia lineup includes activities such as the village parade and fireworks, family game nights, hands-on learning activities, ice cream parties and meeting Ski Patrol rescue dogs. They step it up even more with the Kidtopia Signature Event Series. From November 24 to Xmas Eve the Kidtopia Mountain Spectacular offers a mountaintop celebration and lighting ceremony of the World’s largest snow fort. Later the Kidtopia Culinary Festival from February 8-15 and Kidtopia Music Experience from March 1-10 offer more special themed activities.

Snow Fort at Keystone Kidtopia
America’s biggest snow fort at Keystone Kidtopia © Keystone Resort

Get your little kids and their gear around using the complimentary red wagon carts, a great idea as any parent (or grandparent) of little skiers will attest.

Not surprisingly with all the focus on family the ski terrain is ideal for learning and progression, including a fun Family Ski Trail.

Family cruising at Keystone
Family cruising at Keystone © Keystone Resort

But Keystone also provides plenty of advanced glade and bowl skiing. In fact 49% of the trails are rated most difficuly.

The best zone for better skiers and riders is The Outback. Great tree skiing off the lift, whil the North and South Bowl here are easily accessible via a short hike from the top of the Outback Express Lift. Or even easier, spend $10 (cash only) for the shuttle ride on The Outback’s snowcat. This gets addictive and provides plenty of bang for your ten bucks!
For a more extensive cat ski time, Keystone Adventure Tours offer full day cat skiing trips.

cat skiing Keystone
Spend $10 on the Outback snow cat shuttle at Keystone for this © Keystone Resort

Keystone has one of the best night skiing operations in the West. Extensive terrain is open at no extra charge. This includes top-to-bottom on the front side of the mountain above the village. Saturday nights are the most popular, and watching the weekly fireworks display from high on the mountain is a must do experience.

Night skiing at Keystone
Extensive night skiing is a Keystone highlight © Keystone Resort

Keystone’s award-winning A51 terrain park has you covered with one of the best set ups anywhere. This 60-acre collection of creative and progressive terrain park features is pread across six separate areas – Easy Street, Park Lane, The Alley, I-70 and Upper and Lower Main Street. A designated chairlift accesses more than 100 features including boxes, rails and jumps in a variety of sizes. These cater to all abilities. Each terrain park is designed with progression in mind, so that features flow naturally and progress in size and difficulty level as riders make their way down the run, and from one park to another.

Kid's terrain park Keystone
My first box feature © Chad Schmidt Keystone Resort
Riding Keystone A-51 terrain park
The better you get the more there is in Keystone’s A-51 Park set up © Chad Schmidt Keystone Resort

Put all the above together with a relaxed village centred round a big ice rink and you have a recipe for easy and affordable family snow holidays.

Getting to Keystone

Keystone is located 90 miles west of Denver International Airport (DEN) and 72 miles from downtown Denver. Travel west on I-70 from either location. Take exit 205 toward Silverthorne/Dillon. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left (east) onto Highway 6. Travel 6.2 miles to Keystone Resort.
Eagle County Airport (EGE) is 65 miles west of Keystone, close to Vail. Non-stop flights are available from: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York/JFK, Phoenix, Toronto and Washington D.C.
Shuttles are available from both airports, and there is no need for a car in Keystone with free in resort transport. The Summit County free transport system lets you ski other areas and visit shopping outlets at Silverthorne/Dillon.

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Keystone ice rink at night
The ice rink is the heart of Keystone Village © Jack Affleck Vail Resorts