To me, family vacations are synonymous with life-long memories, bonding moments, endless laughter, and stories I’ll never forget. And to me, all of the above would be synonymous with the holidays as well. Some of the most fun I’ve ever had on family vacations also coincided with the holidays. One of those was a Christmas ski-trip that’s still talked about at family gatherings to this day. Why not combine your vacation with the holidays, right here at Keystone Resort?
Keystone Resort is the premier destination for Holiday adventures, whether you’re traveling up from the Front Range, taking a cross-country flight, or embarking on a multi-state road-trip, there’s a mountain of possibilities awaiting you here.
And it’s not just the skiing and riding that’ll make your holidays at Keystone memorable – though let’s face it, early morning Christmas runs certainly won’t hurt. Signature restaurants, shopping, scenic and dinner sleigh rides, ice skating, snow tubing, night skiing and riding, and the A51 terrain park are all some of the additional winter fun to be had.
By the time Thanksgiving arrives, Keystone will have been open for nearly a month. Let someone else do the cooking (and perhaps more importantly, the cleaning-up) for your family’s Thanksgiving feast. Many of our restaurants will have a custom tailored menu for turkey-day. One such option is to hop on the River Run Gondola before taking the Outpost Gondola to North Peak, where you’ll find the Alpenglow Stube perched at 11,444-feet above elevation. This is the highest AAA Four-Diamond dining experience in North America. How many other Thanksgiving meals require a two-gondola-ride adventure?
Don’t want anyone else cooking your Thanksgiving bird? No problem. Host your family and friends at one of our many lodging options that contain full-sized kitchens. We have options for every budget and family size. A personal favorite that I feel would be an ideal setting for Thanksgiving would be the Settlers Creek Townhomes, which feature spacious, high-end kitchens in a quiet, wooded mountain getaway. After your Thanksgiving meal, relax in the on-site hot tub or pool.
Are you looking more for a white Christmas? Desire a winter wonderland getaway where the holidays seem to come to life? Set within the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, Keystone provides the perfect picturesque location. Whether it’s embarking upon a horse-drawn sleigh ride, going ice skating on a 5-acre outdoor rink, bringing the little ones to meet Santa Claus, going night skiing on Christmas Eve, or relaxing in an outdoor hot tub after a day of taking turns on our 3,148 acres of terrain, the options are endless.
One feature not to be missed is Chef Ned’s Chocolate Village. On display at our Keystone Lodge and Spa from Dec. 19, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015 and free to attend, our Executive Pastry Chef Ned Archibald utilizes 8,000 pounds of imported chocolate for the Chocolate Village, complete with various winter scenes.
After enjoying the Chocolate Village, head outside to Keystone’s 5-acre ice skating rink at our Lakeside Village. A lit Christmas tree stands at center ice on America’s largest outdoor Zamboni-maintained ice skating rink (it even features a hockey rink).
Looking for a unique way to ring in the New Year and begin 2015? Live music, dining specials and fireworks are some great ways families can celebrate New Year’s Eve at Keystone. Ski or ride until 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve or wake up New Years Day and catch first chair at 8:30 a.m. Do you have some resolutions you’re trying to cross off the list? Try something new, like an unforgettable guided powder skiing or riding experience in our back bowls ona Keystone Adventure Tour.
Families, friends, couples – however you plan on traveling – if you’re seeking a truly unforgettable holiday experience, Keystone is the place to be.