We had a tremendous family ski trip to Keystone this winter. This award-winning Colorado ski resort offers families optimal terrain and accommodations, an exceptional Keystone kids’ ski school program, as well as off-mountain fun for all ages. Keystone also offers fantastic parents-only perks including the spa at the Keystone Lodge and a dinner worthy of a very special date night at the historic Ski Tip Lodge.
We all know skiing is expensive so insult to injury is spending yet more money on a sitter after a day of ski school fees. For that reason, a sitter is only worth it IF parents will be treated to an extraordinary dining experience. The Ski Tip Lodge is exactly that … incredible in every way and a one-of-a-kind evening with a very distinct Keystone sense of place.
Once a stagecoach stop in the 1860’s, the Ski Tip was also Colorado’s first ski lodge, thanks to the ski industry pioneers Max and Edna Dercum, who founded both Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. Remnants of the old days are everywhere and include ski memorabilia and photographs of the resort’s development over the years.
The multi-room rustic-elegant restaurant and lounge area is filled with cozy nooks and crannies. It’s intimate, but not suffocating. Open fireplaces complete the magical scene. Guests are engaged in lively conversation, not whispering. To that end, the Ski Tip is a wonderful venue for couples and small gatherings of friends.
It’s the kind of place where you want to sit for hours and savor every moment of the experience.
Food and Wine
Make no mistake about it, dinner at the Ski Tip is (and should be) a lengthy affair. The prix fixe four-course menu is always changing. There is not single theme — the menu features an array of seasonal products and ingredients. Our menu included Southwest Pork with Tortilla Soup or Caramelized Cauliflower and Roasted Garlic Soup. … Red Rubbed Colorado Lamp Chop and Pork Tips and Soy Molasses Marinated Muscovy Duck Breast and Duck Leg Confit, among other divine options. And yes, they were all amazing!
Vegetarian options are available as well. Dessert — taken by the fireplace — is a special treat. We loved the fresh Meyer lemon sorbet with cherry syrup and homemade cobbler.
We spent hours enjoying our wine and choosing what to drink at the Ski Tip is phenomenal as they stock boutique and larger production fine wines at reasonable pricing, not just the super-luxe (and expensive) cult brands.
The service at the Ski Tip is the icing on the cake. Our waiter was attentive, patient, engaging, knowledgeable, and engaging. His descriptions of the menu were unbelievably detailed. This is the exact service experience you want for date night. We were treated like kings.
A meal to remember for sure! The four-course menu is $69 per person. Although kids are welcome at $40 for a three-course menu, I love the Ski Tip for adults. That said, I’m sure any family would enjoy their experience as the ambiance is so inviting and warm.
The Ski Tip is also a 10-room Bed and Breakfast. We didn’t see any rooms but it would be lovely to have hours to relax in this cozy setting although a diet may be required at the end of it! Dinner is served year-round. Reservations are recommended; call 800-354-4386 to inquire about availability.
Editorial Note: Keystone Resorts provided a complimentary meal at Ski Tip Lodge as part of our media package. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photos courtesy of Keystone Resort and Amie O’Shaughnessy