Keystone Resort’s Family Friendly “Kidtopia”

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Keystone Resort with Kids - A family friendly guide



‘Mom ! This snow feels like the softest tissues under my skis !’  From the mouths of babes. I couldn’t help but agree as we easily glided through the feather-weight powder on Keystone Resort’s family-friendly School Yard run. As guests of Vail Resorts, we were lucky enough  to spend 3 days, not only checking out the slopes, but also the fantastic Kidtopia family programming (Kids Ski Free!) within this Colorado mountain town. Read on to learn about everything we enjoyed.


Family-Friendly Keystone Activities
Family-Friendly Keystone Accommodation
Family-Friendly Keystone Dining
Getting To Keystone Mountain Resort

Things to Do At Keystone Resort


Keystone Resort with Toddler

Keystone Kidtopia Family Programs

When the kids are not enjoying the world class ski and ride school (did I mention kids ski/ride for free?), Keystone hosts a variety of activities including crafter-noon,  Ripperoo’s Village Parade, a scavenger hunt, cookie time, a fireworks night, a matinee movie, the great snowball launch and much more (see 2016/2017 schedule)

Where: Various locations around Keystone Resort
Runs: Nov. 25th, 2016 – season end 2017
Cost: Most activities are free.
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Keystone Mountain Resort with Kids


Adventure Point Tubing Park Keystone

Kids of all ages will have tons of fun with the mountain top tubing on Keystone !

Where: At the top of River Run gondola
Hours: See website for hours (reservation required)
Cost: $33 per person (for one hour)

Tubing at Keystone Mountain Resort



The World’s Largest Snow Fort Keystone

Where: At the top of River Run gondola
Hours: Daily 10:30am – dusk (opens Dec. 10th, 2016)
Cost: Free with lift pass or passenger ticket


world's largest snow castle
Photo Credit:  Ben Lindbloom



Ice Skating at Keystone Resort – Dercum Square

Where: Dercum Square, River Run Village
Hours: Daily mid-November to mid-March 2017 (weather dependent)
Cost: Free (including cookies at 4pm), skate rental $15/adults, $10/kids (12 and under)
Learn more at


Ice Skating at Keystone Resort

Ice Skating and Hockey at Lakeside Village

Enjoy fun-filled ice time on Keystone’s five-acre lake. Centrally located in the heart of Lakeside Village, Keystone Lake boasts the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor skating rink in North America. Join a pick up hockey game or just glide around the ice. Complete with holiday lights and festive music, this picturesque setting is one of the best spots to snap that perfect family photo you’ll admire for years! Minors 17 and younger must have a waiver signed by their parent/guardian before participating.

Where: Lakeside Village
When: Daily Nov.24th to mid-March 2017 (weather dependent)
Cost: Adults $13, Child $9, Seniors and Children 4 & under – Free
Skate Rental: Adult $11, Child $5, Seniors and Children 4 & under – Free
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Family-Friendly Accommodation in Keystone


family friendly condos keystoneRed Hawk Townhomes – (website) – for the self-catering family

Nightly Winter Rates: from $300
Highlights: short walk to gondola, complimentary wifi, fitness room, pool/hot tubs, on-site laundry, recreational room with pool table and board games
Hotel Class: 4 star
Rooms:  2 – 4 bdrm suites with full gourmet kitchens
Reviews:  86% of family reviewers rate as very good or excellent on Tripadvisor (part of River Run Village)
Note: we enjoyed our main floor suite (#2220) because of its proximity to the ski lockers and for the fact that we never had to trudge up stairs or wait for an elevator.




keystone lodge and spaKeystone Lodge and Spa – (website) – for a full service vacation experience

Nightly Winter Rates: from $170
Highlights: short shuttle to gondola, free slopeside ski check, skip the gondola line pass , fitness room, hot tub/sauna, on-site cafe and restaurant
Hotel Class: 4 star
Rooms:  king, double queen, and loft suites
Reviews:  79% of family reviewers rate as very good or excellent on Tripadvisor
Note: The loft suites are a nice choice for families as they have a king bed upstairs and a separate living area below with a sofabed


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Family Friendly Dining in Keystone

The great thing about a resort town is that almost every restaurant can accommodate a family.  That said, here are a few kid-friendly dining favorites:

Zuma Roadhouse (website) – American $$ – $$$ – see reviews

Kickapoo Tavern (website) – American $$ – see reviews

Luigi’s Pasta House (website) – Italian $$$ – see reviews

Pizza 101 (website) – Pizza $$ (takeout only) – see reviews

Haywood Cafe (website) – American $$ – see reviews


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Getting To Keystone Resort

Keystone resort is located 90 miles west of Denver International Airport (DEN).  Please see driving directions or optionally take the convenient Colorado Mountain Express shuttle.

Keystone offers a free in-resort shuttle service that runs every 15 minutes or so.

And finally, my favorite way to get the kids and gear around Keystone was their little red wagons, conveniently located around the resort.

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