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Keystone Mountain Resort Expands Family-Friendly Programming

October 16, 2016
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The famous snow fort that is part of Kidtopia at Keystone Mountain Resort, Colorado © 2016 Karen Rubin/

Keystone Resort, one of the easiest major resorts to reach from Denver International Airport, one of the few major resorts that offers night skiing, as well as combined access to Arapahoe Basin with its lift ticket, is famous for its family-oriented Kidtopia programs.

Keystone Resort offers a wide variety of comfortable and family-friendly lodging options, from affordable hotel rooms to welcoming, family-sized condominiums. Plus, an unmatched Kids Ski Free program, free daily events, and unique offerings and special events perfectly complement the more than 3,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain.

Here are some of the many things to look forward to this winter at Keystone, one of the Vail Resorts (and included on Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass, details at

Keystone’s Kids Ski Free Program Turns 5
Keystone has long been the place where kids rule, and this year the resort’s unmatched Kids Ski Free program turns 5 (which just so happens to be the same age that kids can officially become a part of this awesome program). With more than 100,000free kids’ lift tickets provided to families since the inception of the program in 2012, there is a whole lot to celebrate as Kids Ski Free enters its fifth year. This year guests can look forward to free Kidtopia events and parties, including a special weekly birthday bash with Ripperoo, plus free skiing of course! Every day, all season long kids 12 and younger ski for free at Keystone with no blackout dates when parents book just two or more nights in one of Keystone’s numerous accommodation options, which span from affordable hotel rooms to family-sized condominiums. When it comes to family, no one does it better than Keystone!

Keystone’s Mountain House is Base Camp for Families
Having served as the original base area when Keystone’s founders, Max and Edna Dercum, first brought their family to the resort, this winter the Mountain House base area is ready to welcome a new generation of ski families to Keystone. Centrally located, the Mountain House base area offers an oasis for ski families and the perfect base camp for any ski day, offering smaller crowds, free and convenient family parking and an updated family restaurant concept. Plus, with free preferred parking just for families at Mountain House, it’s easy to get from the lots to the lifts, providing direct access to the resort’s family ski and ride zone, The Schoolyard. Families can also take advantage of conveniently located lift tickets, rentals and Camp Keystone – the resort’s kid-centric Ski and Ride School experience, where interactive displays, game-aided learning and a 24-foot slide that propels kids into their adventure on the snow will have little rippers begging to go back to “school.” When you’re ready to hang up the skis and boards for the day, relax fireside or continue the fun with Kidtopia activities that take place twice-a-week at Mountain House during Sunday’s Ice Cream Birthday party with Ripperoo and Wednesday’s Giant Snowball Launch.

NEW Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular – Dec. 16-18, 2016
Keystone’s Kidtopia continues to redefine the family resort experience with free activities and events on and off the snow every day of the week starting Friday, Nov. 25. This winter Keystone presents the inaugural Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular, a weekend of festive on-mountain fun for the entire family. This free event will showcase a variety of activities and Kidtopia programs that make the resort a top destination for families, including nightly firework displays, a torchlight ski parade led by Keystone’s Ski & Ride School, and a mountaintop celebration where guests can enjoy free snow tubing, snowcat photo opportunities, live music, hot cocoa and fireside stories with Santa. Kidtopia will animate the mountaintop with Bigfoot adventure walks and a ski patrol-dog meet and greet, plus a special lighting ceremony of the world’s largest Snow Fort to create an unforgettable weekend.

The Kidtopia Experience March 5-11, 2017
With the addition of the Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular, this winter season is bookended by two awesome Kidtopia events as the Kidtopia Experience returns for an extended week-long celebration. Start your family spring break early and be a part of all the kid-centric festivities and live outdoor music at the Kidtopia Experience, March 5-11.

Behind-the-Scenes Chocolate Tours with Keystone’s Very Own “Willy Wonka”
Keystone Resort’s executive pastry chef Ned Archibald welcomes guests for a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into his world of decadent desserts and chocolate making at the resort. Take a break from the slopes one morning to experience these can’t-miss tours designed for kids (and parents), and meet the man himself, tour his chef’s workshop and make delicious treats of your own to take home. No golden ticket required; these Chocolate Tours are free to attend. Offered on select dates throughout the season. Schedule TBD.

On-Mountain Family Adventures, Minus the Skis and Boards

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Adventure Point, just steps away from the Kidtopia Snow Fort, features up to eight lanes of high-speed tubing action for kids and kids at heart. © 2016 Karen Rubin/

With Keystone’s enclosed River Run Gondola, mountaintop adventures like snowcat tours, snow tubing and fondue dinners are accessible to the whole family regardless of skiing ability. The Mountaintop Snowcat Tour is a must-do family activity that provides an exclusive glimpse of Keystone’s high-alpine bowls, where breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and surrounding mountain ranges await. Adventure Point, just steps away from the Kidtopia Snow Fort, features up to eight lanes of high-speed tubing action for kids and kids at heart. To cap off an evening of mountaintop adventure, guests can enjoy two gondola rides en route to Keystone’s North Peak, where Der Fondue Chessel offers an exciting and interactive dining experience for the whole family, complete with accordion-wielding musicians in lederhosen, all at 11,640-feet elevation.

Experience the Mountain Together with a Family Private Lesson
Whether your family is new to skiing and snowboarding or you’re seasoned snow veterans, those looking to develop new skills, improve technique or explore the mountain like never before can enjoy the Keystone Ski & Ride School’s Family Private Lesson together. Taking advantage of shared on-snow time, bonding is just an added bonus to these specially designed lessons. Private lessons can be reserved for up to six family members (or friends) of similar ability, and with instructors who specialize in working with the whole family you can rest assured that everyone’s ski and snowboard needs will be met on the snow.A family private lesson at Keystone is the perfect way to create memories together and take your shared passion to the next level, so this new product is a can’t-miss for snow-loving families.

Keystone Resort’s more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, average of 300 days of sun a year, convenient lodging and variety of on- and off-snow activities all combine to provide the ideal location for winter vacations. As one of the closest ski resorts to Denver, Keystone is the ultimate family resort destination. Convenient touches like free parking, including front-row family parking, and complimentary red wagons to help parents tote gear and kiddos to and from the slopes help make a winter family visit to Keystone easy and hassle-free. For more information visit


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Snow Conditions Prime at Vail’s 4 Colorado Resorts in Time for Season Opening

October 25, 2015

Tubing at the Adventure Center at family-friendly Keystone Resort in the Colorado Rockies Snow Conditions Prime at Vail's 4 Colorado Resorts in Time for Season  Opening

Tubing at the Adventure Center at Vail Resorts’ family-friendly Keystone Resort in the Colorado Rockies © 2015 Karen Rubin/

Summit County / Eagle County, Colo. – The official arrival of winter weather has blanketed Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone Resorts with seven to 12 inches of fresh snow.  Additional snow and cold temperatures are forecast for the approaching week, which offer conditions suitable for snowmaking at Vail Resorts’ four major Colorado resorts.

Slated to open Friday, Nov. 6, Keystone Resort will be the first among Colorado’s ‘ major resorts to open.  Winter has officially arrived at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone,” said President of Vail Resorts Mountain Division, Pat Campbell.  Now is the time to plan for an unforgettable winter.  Epic Passes offer unlimited, unrestricted access to the slopes – and thanks to early-season snowfall and snowmaking, the resorts anticipate great conditions for opening day.”

With cold temperatures predicted, Vail Mountain expects to begin making snow as early as today and into the weekend and the resort’s opening day is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20.  Opening day for Breckenridge is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13; Beaver Creek’s opening day is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Epic Pass Offers Unlimited, Unrestricted Skiing for $809
The Epic Pass offers guests access to unrestricted, unlimited skiing for the 2015-16 winter season to the premier ski resorts in the U.S. Available for just $809 for adults and $419 for children (ages five to 12), pass holders gain unlimited, unrestricted access to more than 32,000 acres at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Perisher in Australia for the 2016 season there; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and up to five free consecutive days when staying at in-resort accommodations at Verbier, Switzerland.

Save Up to 30 Percent on Lodging
Guests who reserve lodging accommodations by opening day receive up to 30 percent savings.  From family-friendly accommodations at Keystone and ski-in, ski-out lodging at the foot of Breck’s famed Peak 8, to award-winning, luxury accommodations in the heart of Vail and Beaver Creek, guests are invited to customize a vacation experience of a lifetime at Colorado’s four major resorts by visiting

Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone collectively offer the winter enthusiasts the best of Colorado’s skiing and riding, accommodations, dining, shopping, entertainment, and activities .  With more than 13,000 acres of combined skiable terrain across more than 650 trails, the four resorts offer unprecedented access to the slopes.  For current snow and weather conditions, additional information or to plan a vacation, visit and

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. The Company’s subsidiaries operate nine world-class mountain resorts and two urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Perisher, Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. The Company owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is and consumer website is

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Vail Resorts Offers Unlimited Professional EpicMix Photos for a One-Time Price of $30 for the Entire Season

November 20, 2012

EpicMix photographer captures the view and the memory atop Keystone mountain. Vail Resorts is making it even easier for guests to keep those professional-quality photos forever by offering unlimited high-resolution downloadable images all season long for a one-time rate of $30 © 2012 Karen Rubin/

Last year Vail Resorts revolutionized the vacation photo experience with the launch of EpicMix Photo and skiers and snowboarders at the Company’s world-class resorts were able to share photos with family and friends through their social networks. This year, Vail Resorts is making it even easier for guests to keep those professional-quality photos forever by offering unlimited high-resolution downloadable images all season long for a one-time rate of $30.

EpicMix Photo allows Vail Resorts guests to get their photos taken by professional EpicMix photographers and combine them with vertical feet and digital pins earned through the EpicMix platform and share them socially on Facebook and Twitter. EpicMix professional photographers are strategically placed on-mountain at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar to capture the best, most memorable images of a mountain vacation experience.

“A picture is worth a thousand words and last year our guests shared more than two million posts of their mountain vacation experience with their social networks using EpicMix,” said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. “We know that our guests also want to keep those photo memories to help them remember their vacation experience of a lifetime so we are offering them unlimited access to download their EpicMix Photos for the entire season for only $30.”

Additionally, Vail Resorts will offer prints for sale at several locations, including children’s ski schools at all of the Company’s resorts except Kirkwood, where the first generation of EpicMix will be available this year. Prints can be purchased in either 5×7 or 8×10 formats for $20 each.

New for 2012-2013 EpicMix Racing: Every Champion Has a Story to Share Also new this year, Vail Resorts announced the third generation of its wildly popular ski and snowboard application EpicMix—EpicMix Racing. Vail Resorts guests can see how they stack up against World Champion ski racer Lindsey Vonn and share their results with family and friends. EpicMix Racing will launch in mid-December and will provide skiers a new way to experience ski racing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly and Northstar in California and Nevada. When EpicMix first debuted two years ago, it offered guests a way to track their vertical feet skied and awarded digital pins for special on-mountain accomplishments. In its second season, EpicMix Photo was introduced and enabled guests to visually capture and share their experience on the snow. Now with EpicMix Racing, skiers and snowboarders can try their skill running gates on a race course and automatically have their times compared to ski racing great, Lindsey Vonn, with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded based on achievement. Race times, digital medals, overall leaderboards and leaderboards with just family and friends will all be available on both the EpicMix website and mobile application.

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Vail Resorts Unveils Epic Deals, Improvements for 2010-11

July 2, 2010

Keystone Resort's KIDTOPIA Festival returns this winter including the world’s largest snow fort, disco tubing, glow stick parades and more © 2010 Karen Rubin/

It may be summer, but it may not be too early to plan for snow.

In fact, Vail Resorts’ seasonal Epic Pass, lets holders ski and ride free all summer long, June-October, at Las Leñas, Argentina when you stay at select lodging properties. The 2010-2011 pass  is available now for $599 adults; $299 kids 12 and under.

Back for its third winter season, one of the great advantages of the Epic Pass program is that you have unlimited, unrestricted access at any of Vail’s resorts – Vail, Beaver Creek,  Breckenridge, Keystone in Colorado and Heavenly (on Lake Tahoe on the Nevada-California border), plus Arapahoe Basin

This coming season will also see the debut of the Epic 7-Pack for seven days at all the same world-class resorts for $449 for adults; $219 for children 12 and under.

On the rooftop of 230 Fifth Avenue in New York City last week, members of Vail resorts’ marketing team told us about some of the upcoming changes, members of Vail Resorts marketing team also described Vail Resorts’ program of direct flights (and special deals) on American Airlines from LaGuardia Airport into Eagle Airport (EGE), just 30 minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek, and are hoping to repeat its Kids Fly Free program. Check for the latest offers.

What is more, if you are staying at Vail’s lodging, you also get to ski free on the day of arrival at Vail and Beaver Creek.

Vail is also trying to work out a deal with the airlines so skiers don’t pay the baggage fee for their ski equipment, though many skiers are taking advantage of renting the latest equipment rather than lugging their stuff from home. Vail is a part owner in the SSV rental shops; a rental deal as part of the fly-in packages may also be in the works.

Look for more collaborations between Vail Resorts and its subsidiary RockResorts, as well: a “Slopes to Seas” gives their snow vacationers a discount on its warm-weather destinations. In addition to its properties in Vail (2) and Beaver Creek (2), Aspen (the historic Hotel Jerome), Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Stowe, Vt, and the new one that just opened this summer in Breckenridge,  RockResorts has boutique-style luxury resorts in New Mexico, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos,and Bahamas and is opening Tempo Miami, Florida; and Balcones del Atlántico, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. (Visit

Vail Resorts was aggressive in its value-added packages last season, and was successful in seeing a rebound in bookings, and the deals seem to be ongoing for the 2010-11 season:

Ultimate Four, a premium group lesson program for children ages 3–12 years with only 4 children per instructor. Your kids will be able to explore the mountain all day long while fine tuning their skills in a small-group setting, starting at $210*.

Lunch for Less on-mountain meal offered at all five of mountain resorts for just $9.95 including an entrée, side and drink every day. Also look for Vail Resorts’ Appetite for Life program which serves organic dairy and locally grown food. Back again, experience the signature Epic Mountain Burgers and Yogurt Parfait desserts. Look for gluten free items too. It’s the largest program of its kind.

Check out custom websites from Keystone and Heavenly for the latest and greatest offers both on and off the mountain: or “Countdown to Savings” on

What else is new? Plenty In all, Vail Resorts is investing $75-85 million in enhancing the guest experience:

An alpine coaster is being constructed at Breckenridge Ski Resort. The alpine coaster will be located at the Peak 8 Fun Park and the three-foot elevated track will wind guests of all ages through loops and curves within the canopy of Peak 8 set amongst a spectacular mountain backdrop. The coaster will open in August and will operate in the summer and winter!

Also, RockResorts, a Vail Resorts subsidiary, is opening One Ski Hill Place, which adds a new level of luxury and true ski in/out convenience, to a ski holiday at Breckenridge.

One Ski Hill Place, is one of two real estate properties that Vail Resorts is opening this summer and fall including: One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort property, features studio to four-bedroom wholly-owned units situated at the base of Peak 8 in Breckenridge; the Ritz-Carlton Residence, Vail, offers a limited collection of whole and club residences located within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, Gore Creek and the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead.

Vail Mountain’s High Noon Lift (Chair 5) is currently being replaced with a new high-speed quad lift that will continue to serve the legendary Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls, cutting ride time in half from 12 minutes to six and has an uphill capacity of 2,400 people per hour.

The tubing hill at Adventure Ridge on Vail Mountain is being expanded with additional tubing hill lanes and a new enclosed lift to provide guests with an easier and more enjoyable experience.

A new 14,750-square-foot restaurant is about to get underway at Heavenly Mountain Resort, conveniently located at the top of the Heavenly Gondola. The lodge is architecturally designed to complement the beautiful mountain landscape and will ramp up the quality and variety of food and beverage offerings in a comfortable setting for guests.

Renovation of guest rooms at the Keystone Lodge with upgraded amenities in all guest rooms including new flat screen televisions as well as new tinted windows that that will reduce solar gain during the day and heat loss after the sun goes down.

For the 2010-2011 ski season Vail Resorts is upgrading and increasing its fleet of more than 130 snowcats, which collectively groom hundreds of thousands of acres of snow throughout the winter months. The Company is also adding new snowmaking equipment to continue to deliver the best snow quality experience in the industry.

Epic Adventures

  • If Ski School had recess, this would be it! The Adventure Sessions matches you with a top guide and a small group of similarly skilled skiers and riders – you’ll get the most out of your day, go places that you may not have been before, cut lift lines and pick up tips and technical information along the way. Starting at $119*.
  • Find fresh tracks and secret stashes on a powder day in Vail’s seven legendary Back Bowls, stretching seven miles wide. On an average day, there are only two skiers per acre, and on a busy day, only four!
  • launches you into the ‘other side’ of the resort, highlighting the mountain’s most adventurous and challenging terrain.
  • Ride to the top of the highest chairlift in North America, the Imperial Express SuperChair to 12,840 feet and ride the famed expert terrain of Breckenridge’s Lake Chutes.
  • Keystone offers guided snowcat tours giving skiers and riders special access to nearly 300 acres of Keystone’s most challenging terrain in Independence Bowl.
  • Heavenly offers some of the best tree skiing on the planet. Venture off any of the groomed trails and experience “the Hidden Heavenly.” Find them all at
  • Relax and unwind with locally inspired facilities, indigenous spa treatments and one-of-a-kind experiences at one of many RockResorts Spas…then get out and do it all again tomorrow!

Fun for All Ages

  • Ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola to Vail’s Adventure Ridge for family fun with the rebound trampoline, new tubing hill, ski biking by headlamp and much more. Then enjoy an eclectic menu at Bistro Fourteen where kids always eat for just $10!
  • Beaver Creek offers complimentary family activities six nights a week. Choose from a family snowshoe tour with cocoa and cookies, rail jams, skate night, and more.
  • Tour a century-old, authentic gold mine 1,000 feet below ground to learn more about Breckenridge’s 150 years of history.
  • The KIDTOPIA Festival returns to Keystone this winter including the world’s largest snow fort, disco tubing, glow stick parades and more.
  • Heavenly’s Adventure Peak offers sledding, ski bikes and a new, state-of-the-art tubing lift that will provide even more fun for the entire family.
  • Environmental education: With programs like SKE-Cology + Ski with a Ranger + Hike-cology + Nature Tours + Volunteer Vacations, Vail Resorts offers unique learning programs for you & your kids.

Finally,  Vail and Beaver Creek have been selected to host the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. This will be the third FIS World Championships for the resorts, which previously hosted the 1989 and 1999 Championships.

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