Why Spring is a Great Time to Ski at Keystone Resort

Ciao Bambino readers know from previous articles over the years that we love Colorado’s Keystone Resort with kids. For families who don’t want to ski in the more extreme cold conditions of the winter months, spring is the ideal season to head to Keystone. Warmer weather, hours of sunshine, and plenty of soft snow make a spring ski vacation enjoyable on and off the slopes.

“The beach” at Labonte’s Smokehouse Barbecue

Spring Skiing with Kids at Keystone Resort

Outdoor Dining

Who can resist the smell of barbecue at the end of a long run? Reapply sunscreen and enjoy your barbecue while sitting on an Adirondack chair slopeside at Labonte’s Smokehouse Barbecue, a.k.a. “the beach.”  

Another outdoor dining option is the Kickapoo Tavern, located just steps from the gondola at the edge of the village. Our kids loved sitting at a picnic table on the deck and playing with another diner’s dog. Kids can also visit the playground while waiting for their food. Parents will enjoy the best burger in town and local craft brews. 

Kids Ski Free

Keystone’s Kids Ski Free program — kids 12 and under ski and ride for free — is a fabulous value. There are often great specials on accommodations in the spring as well. 

Keystone offers a phenomenal ski school program for young children

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Ripperoo, Keystone’s Mascot


Keystone’s daily family entertainment, called Kidtopia, offerings get bigger and better every year, with indoor and outdoor fun for all ages. New this year: Families can ski and ride with Keystone’s mascot, Ripperoo. Kids love the new ski-through “mine” in Ripperoo’s Forest, a family adventure zone adjacent to the School Yard run. Other new and fun activities include the giant snowball launch competition, the scavenger hunt, and my kids’ personal favorite, an ice cream social with Ripperoo.

Night Skiing

From March 4th through April 4th, Keystone offers night skiing until 8 p.m. This extended ski day, coupled with warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours, presents the unique opportunity to grab many more runs after 4 p.m., when the majority of Colorado resorts close. When Daylight Saving time hits, the sun doesn’t go down until after 7 p.m. — nothing beats skiing or riding and catching a mountaintop sunset.

Need Help Booking a Holiday at Keystone Resort?

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Editor’s note: Keystone Resorts provided Sandy with a media package, including accommodations and lift tickets. As always, our opinions are our own on Ciao Bambino. Photos courtesy of Keystone Resort.

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