Keystone Resort announces opening day festivities, upgrades and deals
Fourteen days, two weeks, one fortnight. The countdown to snowmaking is on at Keystone Resort, and employees are getting stoked for the start of the 2014-15 season.
The resort scheduled its opening day for Friday, Oct. 31 (a day earlier than last year), and festivities include a Halloween-themed weekend with costume contests, on- and off-snow trick-or-treating and giveaways.
Resort spokeswoman Laura Parquette said avid skiers and riders usually camp out for opening day to score the first of the first tracks. A DJ will be playing tunes at the gondola, and donuts will be served that morning until they run out.
Keystone’s mountain operation teams will turn on the snowguns Monday, Oct. 6, to add snow to the slopes with recently upgraded snowmaking equipment, and the resort’s three peaks have already seen the first accumulation of natural snow, with overnight temperatures regularly dropping into the 30s in the last couple weeks.
New this season, the Last Lift bar at Mountain House will offer a mug club for regular patrons (or those who want to feel like locals) and will host twice weekly kids après ice cream socials and craft events as well as weekly movie nights with new and vintage ski and snowboard flicks.
The Bighorn Bistro at the Keystone Lodge will start family brunches on Sunday mornings this season, and kids will have their own dining room with a buffet, crafts, entertainment and a PJs-encouraged dress code. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy their own classic Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas.
KIDS DEALS AND ACTIVITIES
Starting opening day, the resort’s Kids Ski Free offer will return for a third season. Children 12 and under can receive free lift tickets, with no restrictions or blackout dates, when parents book two or more nights in any of Keystone’s owned or operated lodging units.
In the last two years, the resort provided more than 60,000 Kids Ski Free lift tickets. Call 800-328-1323 or visit keystoneresort.com to make reservations.
In its fifth year, Keystone’s Kidtopia will continue offering mostly free events and activities to families, including an indoor play area, family movies, weekly parades and fireworks shows, a mountaintop snowfort, two ice skating rinks, a tubing hill, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, scenic sleigh rides, ski biking, mountaintop snow cat tours, an indoor tennis center and resort pools.
ON THE SLOPES
The resort continues to promote its family-focused offerings including the ski and ride school, three designated learning/teaching areas, and special ski areas for families and beginners. Before gliding over the area’s terrain-based learning features, families can take family portraits with the EpicMix Photo team, and meet the patrol and avalanche dog teams as well as Keystone’s mascot, Riperoo.
One of only a handful of in-bounds cat experiences in Colorado, Keystone Adventure Tours (KAT) will celebrate 10 years this season with a renovated yurt in Keystone’s Indy Bowl, a new fleet of Salomon powder ski rentals and special offers.
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