You will not find a more family-friendly ski resort than Keystone, Colorado. Located a mere 100 miles west of the Denver International Airport, Keystone’s three distinct mountain peaks, 20 lifts and 128 runs will challenge skiers and riders of all levels and ages.
Rising to a summit elevation of 12,408 feet and a base elevation of 9,280 feet, Keystone offers 3,148 acres of skiable space and even the opportunity to night ski. In fact, Keystone resort has the longest day of skiing in Colorado!
Endless opportunities and activities abound at Keystone, including snow tubing, dining, shopping, sleigh rides, ice skating and even snow biking! In the snow tubing area for kiddos and adults alike, explore the massive snow fort. Families will also want to take advantage of Keystone’s Kidtopia, a free program with events and activities just for kids.
Keystone’s lodging choices are some of the most convenient for those who want to hit the slopes fast! River Run Village is surrounded by condos and lodging options with plenty of lockers and storage for ski equipment. Or rent all the boots, skis, helmets or boards that you need in the rental shop.
There are good reasons why families flock to Keystone Resort: all the kid-centric runs, slopes and programs. Upon your arrival at Keystone Resort, you will want to look into Keystone's Kidtopia program.
Night skiing offers extra hours to be on the slopes. Take in spectacular sunsets from the summit, and then squeeze in a few more turns on multiple lighted runs that stay open till 8:00 p.m. Be sure and dress in layers as temperatures drop drastically when the sun goes down.
Tubing, ice skating, even snowbiking are all available at Adventure Point in Lakeside Village. The tubing down from Dercum Mountain is widely considered one of the best tubing options in Colorado.
Scenic sleigh rides through Soda Creek are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and some hot cider.
Keeping the theme of family-centric events, a fun annual event is the annual Slush Cup held in April. There's a smaller pond for 6-12 year olds and the event features a DJ and prizes for the best skimmers (and best costume!) over the pond.
The Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival takes place every August and many great bluegrass bands and craft breweries for a memorable 2-day weekend.
Bacon Bacon Bacon! If you love bacon or know someone who is, you must head to the annual Bacon and Bourbon Festival, normally held in June.
Located in Keystone’s River Run Village, this local coffeehouse is known for its piping hot beverages, warm breakfast burritos and light pastries. Take in the eclectic environment or take your breakfast sandwich, coffee or croissant with you and be on the slopes in no time.
New Moon Cafe
This laid-back eatery has an extensive breakfast menu featuring hearty meals or more traditional breakfast options, such as scrambled eggs and toast.
Situated near the entrance to River Run Village (in the Gateway Building) is Haywood Cafe, a breakfast spot known for its variety of eggs benedict dishes.
Don’t slow down from enjoying those fresh powder runs. Located on the North Peak, The Outpost Lodge houses Timber Ridge, one of Keystone’s premier, on-mountain dining options. Feel free to eat and run, or relax and take in the mountain views from the deck at 11,444 feet. You can also get warm by its expansive fireplace.
Grab a slice or a whole pie to feed your hungry skiers and riders. Located in the Snowdance Plaza, Pizza 101’s extensive menu includes some pretty hilarious names for pizza with serious ingredients.
Fresh ingredients and gluten-free fare make this eatery in River Run Village a favorite respite from a morning spent shredding the slopes.
Named by OpenTable.com as one of the Top 100 Scenic Restaurants in America, Alpenglow Stube is an on-mountain dining experience unlike any other. Ascend to 11,444 feet of Keystone’s North Peak via a gondola and then dine on meals created with locally-sourced ingredients.
Der Fondue Chessel
Perched on top of Keystone’s North Peak at 11,000 feet is Der Fondue Chessel, a restaurant paying homage to the Swiss winter tradition, fondue. Der Fondue’s quaint and cozy environment makes it a perfect place for couples, families and large groups.
Winner of several prestigious awards, including AAA 4-Diamond recognition and a Wine Spectator DiRoNA winner, Keystone Ranch’s accolades are well-earned thanks to a dedication to the craft of elegant dining and serving the finest quality foods.
Kickapoo’s laid-back environment, proximity to Keystone’s three mountains and expansive patio make this spot a must for après ski. A fun play structure where kiddos can blow off some steam is located across from Kickapoo Tavern’s deck; children can play while their parents enjoy a cold beer and traditional pub fare. Kickapoo is open for lunch and dinner and features a kids’ menu in a family-friendly environment.
Snake River Saloon
A Keystone dining institution since 1975, Snake River offers guests a relaxed but fun afternoon following a day of skiing and riding. Live entertainment, drink and appetizer specials make this the perfect choice for après ski.