Located in the White River National Forest, just a little more than an hour from Denver, you will find Keystone, home to three magnificent mountain peaks: Dercum Mountain, North Peak and the Outback. Keystone includes more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain across 135 trails that are accessed by 20 chairlifts. There’s something magical about this resort for families, friends or loved ones. Here are eight reasons to head to Keystone Colorado this ski season.
1. The greens are more than greens.
Slope designations are individual to every resort, and that’s important for skiers and riders to keep in mind. Keystone’s “front side” (Dercum Mountain) is definitely long and provides some pitch. It’s a great next step from the teaching areas, both at Mountain House and up on Discovery at the top of the mountain.
2. Kids stay free.
Kids ages 12 and younger ski free at Keystone every day all season. To qualify, children must stay two or more nights in one of Keystone’s accommodations, which span from hotel rooms to townhomes and cozy ski-in/ski-out condos.
3. Elevated eating.
I have stayed at many different ski resorts, but I don’t recall any with such unique dining experiences. Take two gondolas to Der Fondue Chessel, a Bavarian-themed fondue restaurant with a live polka band and amazing food choices, including bison sirloin sea scallops and an array of chocolate fondue choices such as cookies and cream–dark chocolate, peanut butter cookies and whipped cream. Take in the snowy scenery on a horse-drawn sleigh ride to a quaint dining location reminiscent of the earliest days of Colorado. For stylish food and cocktails, try Zuma–it has the best Moscow Mule and pot stickers in town. If you’re in the mood for steak, seafood or ancho chipotle buffalo ribeye, head to Bighorn Bistro & Bar for a relaxing dining experience with views of one of the largest outdoor skating rinks in Colorado. From coconut-almond lattes to Ebony and sIvory (Irish cream and coffee topped with whipped cream, then sprinkled with white- and chocolate-covered espresso), you will find one unique drink and food offering after the other at Inxpot in River Run Village. And if you are craving the highest AAA Four-Diamond dining experience at 11,444 feet, head to Alpenglow Stube for dinner or Sunday brunch to feast on contemporary cuisine with European accents.
4. Night skiing.
Have you tried night skiing? It is a blast! Night skiing is offered most evenings during the ski season, making Keystone home of the longest ski day. Daily adult tickets and free kids ski tickets include night skiing for no additional fees.
5. Activities and adventure galore.
Experience the world’s highest tubing hill at Keystone’s Adventure Point, located atop Dercum Mountain. Try snow biking on the ultimate snow toy, a guided cat ski tour or enjoy ice skating at two locations. Be sure to check out the Keystone Kidtopia snow fort–the largest of its kind–and take the family to the “Schoolyard,” a one-of-a-kind ski trail filled with sharp turns and changing terrain.
Track your entire ski experience with this navigational app for all the Vail resorts. Your skiing stats will be automatically tracked thru the Epicmix app throughout the day. View your vertical feet per day and compare with friends and family.
7. Women’s only options.
Keystone offers one-of-a-kind, women’s-only lessons, called Ultimate 4, that are great for moms or girls’ getaways. This program guarantees no more than four students per instructor, and all the instructors are female. The classes are timed a little bit differently than other lessons, with the idea that moms can drop off kids and have some time to themselves (amazing!). For girlfriends, it’s great to enjoy a slower morning, eat breakfast and maybe visit the hot tub before heading to a lesson.
8. The staff.
Looking to feel right at home? The staff at each end of Keystone–from restaurant employees to shuttle drivers and those working the gondolas–will consistently greet you with a smile. The Keystone Ski School offers adult, women-only, children’s and private lessons for the ultimate ski learning experience. You will find the best of the best service with a smile at the resort.
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