It’s nearly November, and that signifies time to go snow skiing for many of my friends.
Growing up in the south, where we see snow next to never, I’m no expert at this sport.
I’ve only been once, but have plans to hit the slopes at Keystone Resort this January with my daughter. She loves snow. Me, not so much (yes, she loves me…I don’t love snow…just clarifying that part). But I figure I owe it to her to get out on the ski’s while she’s young enough to pick up the ability easily (it could very well be way too late for me, but if anyone could teach me, I believe the folks at Keystone are the ones).
And here’s a bonus: kids ski free at Keystone Resort. Every day. All season. No blackouts.
Pretty cool, right? You have to stay a minimum of two nights to get the offer, but I think that’s how long it would take to get a real feel for the place anyway.
These are some of the highlights the resort shared with me about plans for this year:
“This season the Resort is again taking the next step in creating unique family ski experiences with the introduction of the first-ever family ski trail. The Schoolyard will debut on Keystone’s signature green cruiser, Schoolmarm. The trail will be designed to engage skiers and riders of all ages, while promoting on-snow progression with specialty features.
Whether it’s gliding over Rockin’ Rollers, navigating bumps for the first time with Magic Moguls or learning to maneuver over changing terrain in Tornado Ally, the Schoolyard will be an area for the whole family to take their skiing and riding to the next level. Additional on-snow programming will include ski parades with Keystone’s mascot Ripperoo that will take place throughout the week in the specialty area.
The Resort is also introducing Free Family Font-Row Parking in its main parking lot, just steps from Keystone’s gondola. Other family-oriented amenities will include convenient wagons and gear chauffeurs available throughout the resort to help guests easily transport skis and snowboards to and from the lifts.”
Keystone Resort is located in Keystone, Colorado, just an hour from the Denver airport.
Other important facts:
- Keystone is home to over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain accessed via 20 chairlifts as well as the largest night ski operation in Colorado
- The mountain layout consists of three magnificent peaks great for progression and learning how to ski or ride. They include the Discovery and Ranger Learning Areas, four children’s adventure trails, Schoolmarm (the meandering green run 3.5 miles in length), many intermediate blue runs and long black groomed runs such as Star Fire
- Camp Keystone guarantees the same instructor each day for any child booking three or more days of lessons. Camp Keystone offers a designated lift and teaching area, special theme days and instructional techniques that incorporate games to keep children engaged on-snow longer. They also offer a Mom, Dad and Me Lesson, a private lesson for the family.
- Keystone Resort provides experiential and fine dining options for adults and families. Family favorite, Der Fondue Chessel, is accessed via two gondola rides, and provides old-fashioned Swiss and Bavarian charm, a four-course fondue dinner and Bavarian music complete with a nightly rendition of the chicken dance. Sleigh ride dinners are another family favorite; pulled by 2,000-pound draft horses to an authentic rustic cabin homestead where the knowledgeable wranglers entertain with stories while guests sit back and enjoy cowboy tunes and a hearty meal full of comfort-food favorites. Keystone also has three AAA Four-Diamond rated restaurants including The Ranch, the Ski Tip and the Alpenglow Stube.
Opening Day is THIS FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2013. Reservations may be made by visiting keystoneresort.com or calling 800-328-1323.
Can’t believe I’m saying this, but ‘see ya on the slopes’!