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Warren Station welcomes winter

Keystone welcomes winter with a family carnival featuring bluegrass and adult beverages for parents, and plenty of fun and games for kids. Taking place in the tent-like Warren Station on the east side of River Run Village Saturday afternoon, the carnival features the musical stylings of Chris Thompson and Coral Creek, a Front Range group that delivers a high-energy, genre-spanning acoustic and electric show. Expect country/newgrass, rock and island music originals, along with personalized renditions of work by Jimmy Cliff, Peter Rowan, The Grateful Dead, The Band and Bob Dylan, among others. "There will be plenty of room to dance," said Maja Russer, director of events and marketing for the Keystone Neighbourhood Company, which is putting on the event. Grown-ups who are not inclined to dance can kick back with a cold beverage from the bar and enjoy the show while the kids play.For the kiddos, there's face painting, balloon art from Freya the Winter Fairy, a bounce house and indoor games including giant chess, giant checkers and corn hole, plus complementary hot cocoa and roasted nuts. The Welcome Winter Family Carnival combines the best of past events into one big holiday celebration while doing its part to welcome winter back to the High Country, Russer said. Though it is not guaranteed to bring snow, she did indicate that Freya the Winter Fairy is "tight with Ullr." (Ullr is the Norse god of snow, revered in Summit County for his ability to draw fresh powder from the sky.)

With snowmakers working their magic, Keystone has been able to open more than 170 acres of skiable terrain in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Night skiing and the mountaintop tubing hill kicked off Wednesday, as did the A51 terrain park in Packsaddle Bowl.Keystone's Kidtopia activities - which will expand to daily operations this year once the season is in full swing - also kicked off for the holidays this week. On Saturday, families can enjoy a 4 p.m. parade with Keystone's Ski & Ride School mascot, Riperoo, followed by s'mores. On Sunday, Keystone's house DJ plays the Dercum Square ice rink. (Check www.kidtopia.com for more info, activities, times and dates.) "We really are offering up the whole vacation package for families and friends," Keystone spokesperson Tucker Burton said. "It's going to be a great Thanksgiving week."Other activities: www.kidtopia.com


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The Summit Daily Updated Nov 22, 2012 11:25AM Published Nov 22, 2012 11:21AM Copyright 2012 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.