Keystone is definitely one of the most kid-friendly ski resorts, and this season Keystone continues and enhances its kid-friendly focus. Keystone continues Kidtopia, which includes a snow fort, snow tubing, street performers in the resort’s Village centers, après gatherings for kids, a weekly Kidtopia parade and ice skating dance parties at Keystone’s two ice skating rinks.
This season, Kidtopia goes indoors as well with weatherproof family entertainment options at the new Kidtopia headquarters. For more info about Kidtopia, go to www.keystoneresort.com/activities/kidtopia.aspx.
Also new this season is The SchoolYard, a family ski trail that will debut on Keystone’s signature green cruiser, Schoolmarm. According to Keystone, the family ski trail is designed to engage skiers and riders of all ages, while promoting on-snow progression with specialty features, such as gliding over Rockin’ Rollers, navigating bumps for the first time with Magic Moguls, and learning to maneuver over changing terrain in Tornado Ally. Additional on-snow programming, including ski with Riperoo, will take place throughout the week in this specialty area.
In case you didn’t catch this last year, Keystone will continue its Kids Ski Free program. To qualify, children must stay two or more nights in one of Keystone’s accommodations. Go to www.keystoneresort.com/kidsskifree for more information.
Camp Keystone is back on track this season, as well. Keystone offers any child booking three or more days the guarantee of the same instructor daily. According to Keystone, the multi-day program gives children the chance to bond with their instructor while maintaining consistency and continual learning in the comfort of a familiar environment.
The day at Camp Keystone features game-aided learning, which Keystone says encourages additional time outdoors on the snow learning new skills. At the end of the day, parents can participate in a Mom, Dad and Me private lesson where parents learn best practices and overall basics, aiding them in continuing the progression of their child’s skiing or riding ability, as well as letting the kids show off their new skills. For more information about Camp Keystone, go to www.keystoneresort.com/ski-and-snowboard/ski-and-ride-school.aspx
Speaking of ski school, Vail Resorts’ EpicMix incorporates EpicAcademy this season, which is an app technology that tracks on-snow progression and skill building. EpicMix saves your stats from previous ski school lessons to create consistency and continuous learning, as well as the chance to earn pins along the way. To find out more about EpicMix, go to www.epicmix.com.