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Keystone

Keystone is a resort without a strong identity, but it’s not a resort without a huge fan base. Go figure. In recent seasons, Keystone has regularly tallied more than one million visits, so a whole lot of skiers do find their way to this “family favorite” resort that chronically gets eclipsed in name recognition by its sexier sisters: Vail, Beaver Creek and neighboring Breckenridge. A reader concedes, but doesn’t complain, that Keystone is “often overlooked,” noting, as do others, that “it’s larger than I expected.” That’s to be expected, as this is a hill that sneaks up on you the first time you ski its fully legit, if not fully radical 3,148 acres. Many readers commend Keystone as “a great place to learn to ski,” which leads to other complaints of “too many beginner skiers.” Here’s a solution: Head to the far reaches of the mountain, as “The Outback provides great treeskiing without crowds.” Keystone’s reputation as “a family resort” is fueled by being “small enough to have a home-town feel, but large enough not to get bored.” There’s no boredom to be found at its famed terrain park (ranked No. 4), which includes beginner to pro-level features. “A-51 is sick!!!” is a theme often repeated, as is the use of multiple exclamation points by park-praisers. Keystone continues to effectively, if also quietly, build upon its friendly vibe and affordable comforts, while also offering two of the finest restaurants within sight of a ski slope: The Alpenglow Stube and the Ski Tip Lodge. Go figure, again. —G.D.

What’s New: Upgrades to Ripperoo’s Forest, the kid’s learning area; Keystone Lodge room renovations.

Mandatory Run: Ride, don’t hike, into the Outback Bowls in a snowcat for $5.

Don’t Miss: Families should check out the snow fort atop Dercum Mountain.

Keystone Snowcat Tours

Keystone Snowcat Tours
Keystone Snowcat Tours
Great for the whole family, a few friends, or a romantic evening for two, snowcat tours take riders through the back mountains of Keystone Resort.

Great for the whole family, a few friends, or a romantic evening for two, snowcat tours take riders through the back mountains of Keystone Resort. They’re not just scenic tours: learn about the history of the mountains, and find out how mountains resorts came to be. Bundle up in a cozy snowcat and see a different and breathtaking view of the Continental Divide, Ten Mile, and the Gore ranges. Reservations are required.

Keystone Mine Tours

Keystone Mine Tours
mine tours
Mine tours are offered year-round near Breckenridge.

If you need a break from athletic activity, go on a mine tour, offered year-round near Breckenridge. Explore the inner workings and the rich history of an authentic mine. Learn and discover what it was like to be a miner more than 100 years ago. Adult tickets are $19 and kids are $13.

Keystone, CO | 800.354.4386 | countryboymine.com

Keystone Ice Skating

Enjoy the ice on Keystone’s five-acre lake in Lakeside Village.

Skating is one of the best family activities during the winter months. Enjoy the ice on Keystone’s five-acre lake in Lakeside Village. The lake is the largest Zamboni-maintained outdoor skating rink in North America. Glide around the ice or join in on a pick up hockey game.

Keystone, CO | 800.354.4386 | keystoneresort.com

Keystone ATV tours

Keystone ATV tours
atv at keystone
ATV tours at Keystone get you away from the crowds, and into the middle of nature.

ATV tours get you away from the crowds, and into the middle of nature in front of some of the best scenic mountain views in the state. Running May through October near Leadville, Colo., ride with friends, family, and a guide through Colorado’s backcountry. For a two-hour tour, it’s $105 per driver, $55 per passenger, and children six and under are free.

 

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