Actually, I’m just kidding. That’s not true at all!
Family ski trips are about eating, and finding a great place to spend the night, and having fun things to do when the sun goes down, and a great ski school, and delicious food and amazing mountain views. And yes, skiing too.
So how do you know which one if the best for your next family ski vacation? Colorado is home to some of the best ski resorts in the world. Some resorts have the most charming towns, some offer a wide range of terrain for serious mountain lovers and others cater to luxury travelers. But what about just a good, all-around family ski vacation experience?
Which is why, after doing plenty of research, I can honestly say that Keystone Resort is the best family ski resort in Colorado. Here’s why.
Keystone Offers an Excellent On-Property Experience
As the closest ski resort to Denver and the Front Range, the majority of people at Keystone on any given day are not staying on property. They may be up for the day from Denver, or staying somewhere else nearby.
But with literally hundreds of privately owned condos and homes available to rent right throughout Keystone Resort, finding quality, affordable accommodations at Keystone for a family is a breeze.
Plus, if you are staying on property, kids up to the age of 12 ski free! Say what?
It’s true, kids ski free at Keystone until the age of 12 if you’re staying on property at the resort. To date Keystone Resort has given away over 60,000 kids tickets.
And be sure to take advantage of the “stock your fridge” benefit when staying on property at Keystone Resort. At the time of booking, simply share a shopping list with the resort staff and they will stock your kitchen for you! When you arrive at your condo, you’ll find your refrigerator and kitchen stocked with all the essentials and snacks requested! We look advantage of this to stock everything we needed for breakfast.
Finally, when you arrive to your condo at Keystone for your ski vacation, simply park your car you won’t need to touch it again. Thanks to a network of regularly-scheduled busses that cover the entire resort on three separate loops, it’s easy to hop on and get to any part of the resort in only a matter of minutes. Plus, most condos are within walking distance to restaurants and the base areas so it’s easy to get around on foot.
The combination of quality accommodations, kids ski free and ease of getting around the resort make staying on property at Keystone Resort an ideal ski vacation option for families.
Keystone’s Ski School is a Powerhouse
Getting kids ready for a day on the ski hill is stressful. Cold weather, carrying heavy gear and walking in clunky boots all add to the challenge.
On a busy Saturday, as I approached the busy Mountain House base area, friendly staff in red and blue jackets were everywhere directing traffic and answering questions. It made all the difference.
Lessons start from both village areas, River Run and Mountain House. You’ll find plenty of staff on hand to direct parents and children to the appropriate location for drop off and pick up. The instructors we’ve had are all excellent at offering feedback on how the lesson went and offering advice for continued ski education.
And So Much More Than Skiing
This is where Keystone really shines. From the ever expanding, free Kidtopia programming to kid-friendly dining around the mountain, Keystone continues to push the envelop when it comes to family-friendly things to do.
Kids love the weekend parades in the River Run base area, and the Saturday fireworks at Lakeside. The Kidtopia Snow Castle at the top of the Gondola is magical for little kids, and ice-skating on the lake is a perfect way to spend a few hours on a day off from skiing.
While there is a wide range of dining options around the resort, for a special treat book the Keystone Sleigh Ride Dinner. You won’t regret it!
For the latest on ski season programming and events, be sure to follow Keystone on Facebook.
What are your thoughts on the best family ski resort in Colorado? I’d love to hear, leave me a comment below!