Even Keystone's numerous dining outlets offer unique family options including Der Fondue Chessel, a Bavarian-themed restaurant at 11,444 feet, accessed by an enchanting two-gondola ride. The mountaintop dining experience is a delicious three-course meal served fondue and raclette-style and complete with fun kid-friendly extras like a nightly rendition of the "Chicken Dance" by the house polka band. For those families looking to experience the old-West flavor of Colorado, Keystone's horse-drawn sleigh ride dinners offer a glimpse of what the first settlers in Summit County experienced, but not without a luxurious meal of comfort food favorites and live music.
"Kids Ski Free is the next step in our evolution of family-friendly programs that add value and enhance the ski experience on and off the snow," said Tim Estes, VP of Hospitality at Keystone. "By making this program so accessible, we open the door to more families, allowing them to spend time together in the mountains and enjoying the great outdoors. We truly believe this sets us apart and makes Keystone the best-in-class family ski destination."
The family commitment continues on the mountain with a renewed focus on progression. Because many families include skiers and snowboarders of different abilities, Keystone offers a variety of terrain and programs to take skills to the next level. New for winter 2012-2013, a Burton Riglet Park and board rentals will be offered in the resort's Mountain House area. Designed for the youngest snowboarders, ages three to six, Burton's revolutionary board and park design operate under the mantra of "if they can walk, they can ride" and introduce the basics of snowboarding in a fun and interactive environment. Keystone's famed A-51 Terrain Park, this year ranked the #2 Park in North America, is also a adding a new level of progressionary features. Designed to better connect Keystone's beginner parks to more advanced intermediate offerings, the new features will provide first-time and beginner park enthusiasts a clear path of progression and perhaps a chance to one day be amongst the numerous professional skiers and riders who trail in A-51.
On the lesson front, Camp Keystone offers a revolutionary take on the traditional Ski School program that includes a guarantee of the same instructor for any child booking three or more days of lessons. Camp Keystone, housed at the Mountain House base area, which offers a designated lift and teaching area, also includes special theme days and instructional techniques that incorporate games to keep children engaged on-snow longer. Learning can also be a family affair with Keystone's Mom, Dad and Me Lesson, a private lesson for the family that includes instruction for Mom and Dad to aid in continued progression of their children's skills. For families looking for a bit more adventure on the slopes, Keystone Adventure Tours (KAT) provide an in-bounds cat skiing experience accessible to high-intermediate skiers and riders. Guests enjoy a full-day program that transports them to the backcounty and is complete with powder ski rentals, a catered lunch and guides who will help enhance technique and find that next perfect powder line.With an incredible line-up of family-focused activities, events and programming, Keystone offers a best-in-class family ski experience, now more accessible and affordable with the Kids Ski Free offer. Without limiting restrictions, kids will truly ski free every day of the 2012-2013 season at Keystone Resort, beginning with Opening Day on Nov. 2, 2012. Reservations may be made by visiting keystoneresort.com or calling 800-328-1323. For more information about Keystone Resort, visit keystoneresort.com or call (877) 204-7889. Follow the resort at @keystonemtn on Twitter or at www.Facebook.com/Keystone. About Vail Resorts Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada, and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com. SOURCE Vail Resorts
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