Sometimes a dominant branding message works too well. For instance, Keystone is the “family resort” in the expanding Vail portfolio. Indeed, Keystone is one of the most family-friendly resorts on snow. But it’s also a lot more—for skiers willing to head to the outer reaches of the resort.
For starters, Keystone is bigger than Breckenridge, has essentially the same vertical as Beaver Creek and boasts terrain variety darn close to Vail. We find that Keystone is vastly underrated by most people because it’s considered a family resort, but there’s actually a surprising amount of advanced and expert terrain. Give credit to just about any run on North Peak (fave: Cat Dancer) or The Outback (check out The Grizz glades) or pick any bowl rimming the resort’s high alpine.
Yes, weekends and holidays can be bumper-to-bumper on the frontside, but efficient lifts move things along. River Run Village has enough going to get you to closing time, even if it’s not as hopping as, say, Vail or Breck. Anyway, you’ll be tired after a day of checking out all that new-found advanced terrain. - Greg Ditrinco
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LIFTS Last season. the Montezuma Express was replaced with
a high-speed six-pack, which added even more efficiency to an already swift lift system.
FAMILY EXPERIENCE Kids 12 and under ski free when you book two nights lodging through Keystone rez. The deal is good all season. No blackouts.
TERRAIN VARIETY On a powder day, from the top of Dercum Mountain, take an early-morning hike up to The Windows. It’s an easy intro to hike-to turns for your young hotshots.
ON-HILL EATS The phô bar at The Outpost atop North Peak is equal parts filling, belly-warming, delicious, and healthy.
FAMILY ACTIVITY The Kidtopia Snow Fort is a must for kids of all ages. Look for it at the top of the gondola on Dercum Mountain.
BREAKFAST NOOK The Inkspot for yummy egg bowls, breakfast sandwiches, and the resort’s best coffee.