Keystone Kidtopia Snow Fort 2017

The Colorado resort's popular snow castle opens for the season.

The fifth iteration of the mountaintop Keystone Kidtopia Snow Fort is open, and it might be the coolest one yet. (Ha, see what we did there?) It took local artist Rick Seeley and his team nearly two weeks to construct the 3,000-square-foot behemoth at top of the River Run Gondola. And they did it during day-long storms that whipped across the Dercum Mountain summit, dumping a bunch of snow during the middle of December. Not exactly ideal working conditions. The fort is a Frozen fan’s dream come true, with three snow slides—including one spiral slide—mazes, tunnels, a covered wagon, and a stage for performing a stirring rendition of “Let it Go” for all passing sliders to enjoy. Seriously, though, if you’re skiing Keystone, with littles or without, the Snow Fort is a worthy stop to appreciate the artistry alone.

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The resort’s Kidtopia programming continues throughout the season with free events daily, such as movies, tubing, ice-cream parties, snowball launches, and more. Plus, kids 12 and under ski free when their folks book at least two nights at a resort lodging property.



True Believers

As more and more resorts are operated by fewer and fewer companies, there’s a visceral desire to return to what skiing used to be. We traveled to a handful of community hills to remind ourselves why we ski. Their stories will remind you, too.