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.
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.
At 11,640 feet, Dercum Mountain rises up over River Run Village, but don’t be intimidated by its height. Dercum Mountain offers long groomers perfect for beginning skiers and riders, including the family-friendly ski trail, Schoolmarm. Additionally, you can find plenty of green runs that will have you cruising all day long.
Dercum Mountain is also home to 60 acres of Keystone’s award-winning A51 terrain park where riders can shred more than 100 features. With six specific areas of jumps, boxes, and rails, it’s no wonder this terrain park is ranked #4 by TransWorld Magazine.
Advanced riders and skiers will love the challenge of Keystone’s North Peak, situated just behind Dercum Mountain at 11,660 feet. Take on the terrain of long bump runs or hit The Outback—Keystone’s highest peak at 11,980 feet.
Visitors can experience the rush of Keystone’s North and South Bowls. Keystone’s three main peaks—Independence, Bergman, Erickson—offer exceptional powder laps and tree runs across its 1,000 acres. Advanced skiers and riders can take it up a notch with Keystone’s cat skiing programs, offered through Keystone Adventure Tours, which include an expert guide.
Skiers and riders of all levels can tear it up across Keystone’s 3,148 skiable acres, three distinct mountain peaks, 20 lifts, and 128 runs. Keystone’s base elevation of 9,280 feet, its 3,128 feet of vertical rise, and peak elevation of 12,408 feet offer plenty of powder and exhilarating runs.
Kids will love the mountaintop snow tubing at Adventure Point. During the day or under the lights, Keystone's multi-lane hill offers a convenient lift for more laps per hour.
Perhaps the highlight for any child's ski experience is the world's LARGEST snow fort on top of Dercum Mountain! The Kidtopia Snow Fort is the perfect stop before going tubing or while taking a break from the slopes. The nearby Summit House offers breakfast, lunch and snacks and hot chocolate.
The Keystone Nordic center has access to more than 35 miles of trails throughout the White River National Forest, making it a prime destination for any cross-country skier or snowshoer. You can end your day at the Nordic Soup Bistro to warm up!
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.