Thousands of skiers and snowboarders will travel to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains this winter for some fresh powder, fantastic lodging and family fun.
Keystone, Colo., attracts more than one million skiers annually, many of them families seeking a variety of activities. Located only two hours from Denver’s International Airport, Keystone spans three major peaks and boasts 121 trails; 3,000 skiable acres; and a variety of restaurants. It’s also known for offering family-friendly activities, such as:
1. Gondola Ride to Der Fondue Chessel
The famous Der Fondue Chessel restaurant, located at the top of North Peak Mountain, offers dining options that include traditional Swiss cheese fondue, Caesar salad, meats and seafood cooked on Raclette grills, and chocolate fondue. Strolling musicians play Bavarian songs, including the Chicken Dance. A Gondola Ride 11,444 feet provides a spectacular view of Keystone on the way to the restaurant, which is open throughout the winter season.
2. Dinner or Scenic Sleigh Rides
Visitors can choose either a dinner or scenic sleigh ride departing from the Keystone Adventure Center at Lakeside Village. The dinner option includes a 20-minute horse drawn sleigh ride to a ranch homestead where visitors learn Keystone history and enjoy hot chocolate, beef barley stew and homemade biscuits. The other option – a 60-minute scenic sleigh ride through Soda Creek Valley – also provides Keystone history and a stop at the homestead for a refreshing drink.
3. Skate on Keystone Lake
Keystone is home to the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor skating rink in North America, which makes it the go-to place for ice skating with a view. The five-acre lake offers live music, holiday lights and a variety of activities during the winter months, such as skating around the lake with glow sticks during Glowbug Mondays.
Kidtopia at Keystone Resort offers kids the ultimate snow fort at the top of Dercum Mountain. In addition, kids can dance to live music in the plaza; participate in arts and crafts activities or a scavenger hunt; enjoy free cookies at Dercum Square Ice Rink; and go tubing during an 80's night.
5. Tubing at Adventure Point
The more adventurous families can take the River Run Gondola to Adventure Point during the day or night to experience six tubing lanes, which vary from gentle to steep. A state-of-the-art conveyor belt delivers tubers (and their tubes) back up the hill. Reservations are recommended, and participants must measure 42 inches tall (around four years old). Smaller children can visit an old-fashioned Family Tubing Hill at the Keystone Nordic Center.
For more options, view the Keystone Event Calendar for a list of upcoming Keystone events and activities.