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Legendary Arapahoe Basin Worth the Trip Over from Keystone

by Kelsey McCarson

Visitors to Keystone during the fun-filled winter season who want to find ski lessons for their kids have good reason to look toward Arapahoe Basin as a viable alternative to the two available, but more expensive, on-site options.

Local business owner and Texas resident, Karen Fuller, told me she found the trip well worth the rental car and short travel time. She paid less for the lessons, didn’t have to buy a lift ticket and found the instructor-to-learner ratio better than what she’s seen elsewhere in Keystone.

I had a great experience. Our son Lucas got an individual lesson even though I paid for a group lesson, and the instructor was great. It was also an easy drop-off and pick-up process for the parents. I didn’t have to carry skis and boots far from the car.

Ranked the No. 1 thing to do in Keystone overall by Trip Advisor, why not consider it next time you visit the area, too?


Ski School
Cost
Time
Lunch included?
Lift ticket included?
Equipment included?
A-Basin
$160
9:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (but you can drop off as early as 8 a.m.)
YES
YES
NO
River Run
$182
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
YES
NO
NO
Mountain House
$182
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
YES
NO
NO
times and rates were obtained January 2017 and are subject to change

Arapahoe Basin’s legendary slopes have been open for over 70 years. It traditionally features some of the earliest opening and closing dates in the area and includes popular vacationer hotspots like Treeline terrain park, one of the highest elevation terrain parks in North America, and Pallavicini, one of Colorado’s signature fast-and-steep ski runs.

Fuller loved it. She said both times she visited the Arapahoe Basin ski school, her child received a private lesson despite her scheduling and paying for the group one.

I know this can vary though depending on the time of year, and it may not always be the case, but both times I have gone there, my child received a private one-on-one lesson.

And while she made use of a rental car for the short drive, she said the school’s early drop-off time helped her get back to be wherever she wanted to be that day with no issue and plenty of time to enjoy it.

A-Basin lesson time is 9:55-3:30 p.m, but you can drop your child off as early as 8:00 a.m. allowing the adult to go back to ski at Keystone and get on the mountain when it opens at 8:30 a.m. Or you could even just show up right before 9:00 a.m. and ski at A-Basin yourself.

Fuller said the ski school took care of just about everything for the kids. It was easy to find parking and they even kept the beginner-level ski kids in an area where parents could watch. Heck, she didn’t even have to worry about feeding her son a lunch that day because the ski school did that, too.

In short, not only did Karen and her children end up visiting one of the most legendary ski slopes in Colorado, but she was also able to enjoy a worry-free day on her own however she saw fit to do it.

Could she have stayed near the basin for the day to catch glimpses of the kids learning their new skills? Yes.

If you are just dropping off or picking up your kids, or staying for maybe 30 minutes to watch them at the end of the day, there is a drop-off lot that is free and very close to check-in. If that lot happened to be full, there is a paid lot that is fairly close or a free lot that requires just a bit more walking. Every time I went I was able to use the drop-off parking lot.

Could she found somewhere to ski herself or gone somewhere to shop? Yes.

Parents don’t have to stay. They can go ski at A-Basin or Keystone and come back at the end of the day. They could even go shopping at the Outlets in Silverthorne.

Heck, she probably could have just gone back to her condo and taken a nap if she had wanted.

Arapahoe Basin ski school makes things hassle-free.

And how about this fun little tidbit? According to their own website, the current A-Frame lodge in the base area on-site was once a missile testing facility.

Hey, how often does someone get to learn to ski somewhere like that?


HOW-TO
1. Book your lesson online or call 888-ARAPAHOE (272-7246).
2. Drive from Keystone to Arapahoe Basin (more here).
3. Aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before your lesson begins if your child already has equipment or 45 minutes before if you need to rent.
4. Park in one of the four free on-site parking lots.
5. Drop the kids off and enjoy your day!

The Keystone Top 5: Ski-in/Ski-out

Thinking about booking that dream ski vacation? You know, the one where you have the perfect vacation rental in a complex with great amenities and you step right out to the slopes? We’re here to help. This edition of The Keystone Top 5 ranks the ski-in/ski-out complexes so you can make an informed decision.

But…

Before we unveil our top five, we need to share some important insider information: there are only two ski-in/ski-out complexes in Keystone! It’s true. So our Top 5 is actually a Top 2 with three complexes that are the next best thing.

So, without further ado, we present:

The Keystone Top 5: Ski-in/Ski-out Complexes



Coming in at No. 1 is Lone Eagle Above River Run. This complex is on the River Run slope and you’re about fifty yards uphill from the gondola. When you’re ready to hit the slopes, simply head outside, step into your skis, and ski down to the gondola. This convenience just can’t be beat. Lone Eagle also boasts a covered patio for all of its guests to share. It faces the slopes so you can watch family and friends come down while sitting back and enjoying a hot beverage by the fire pit. Other amenities include a pool, hot tub, fitness facilities and an owner’s club with complimentary newspapers and beverages. Plus, the heated driveway and sidewalks make for easy commutes by car or by foot. The properties in this complex feature high-end finishes and private laundry.



And in second place we have The Timbers on River Run. This is the other ski-in/ski-out complex in Keystone and it’s located next to the first one on our list, Lone Eagle. You’re a little over fifty yards uphill from the gondola so when you’re ready to hit the slopes, just step into your skis and ski down. This kind of convenience makes for a smooth vacation. The Timbers also features a swim-in/swim-out pool–enter and exit the heated pool from inside the complex instead of outside when the weather is a bit cold. There’s also a hot tub, fire pit, sauna, steam room and fitness facilities. The lobby features high-end finishes, a fireplace, a baby grand piano and game tables with inlaid chessboards. All properties in this complex feature high-end finishes and private laundry.



Keystone is home to only two true ski-in/ski-out complexes, and those got the top two spots on our list. But there are complexes that come close to being ski-in/ski-out. The Springs grabs the third spot on our list because it’s about a hundred yards from the gondola. Grab your gear, head out of the complex and in less than a minute you’re at the bottom of the River Run slope. The Springs also features great amenities for families with children: a pool with a slide and waterfall, a hot tub, a wading pool with sprayers and a fire pit for making s’mores. Inside you have an indoor children’s play area and a media room for movie watching.



And in the fourth spot we have tie between Black Bear Lodge and Jackpine. Both are about 150 yards from the gondola, and on top of that, they’re also in the heart of River Run Village. In less than a minute you can be at the bottom of the River Run slope or at shops and restaurants in the center of the village.The complexes together feature a hot tub, sauna, fitness facilities and access to the shared pool at Dakota Lodge.



And last, but certainly not least, is Chateaux DuMont. This complex is located in the Mountain House Base Area and is less than 150 yards from the Argentine lift. Many guests prefer the quiet atmosphere in this part of the resort while also getting to take advantage of being so near the slopes. The premier feature of this complex is that every property has its own private hot tub. No waiting your turn or trekking through the cold to soothe those sore muscles after a long day on the slopes. Simply change into your swimsuit and walk through your living room to the hot tub!

Why You Should Rent your Ski Gear Early

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When you finally get to Keystone after a long drive or a long flight, the last thing you want to deal with is long lines. Fortunately, you’re already ahead of the curve if you’ve booked with us. Our 24/7 hassle-free check-in ensures no long lines to get your keycard. Now all you need is your ski gear. And there’s no need to stand around waiting for that either.

We recommend reserving your ski rental gear early. Not only will you save money by doing this, you’ll also eliminate the risk of not getting the gear you need, and, in most cases, you’ll spend less time waiting and more time doing the things you actually want to do.

You have a lot of options for ski rentals in Keystone, but we recommend Mountain View Sports and Ski Butlers.

Why?

First, all of our guests get a discount with both companies.

Second, either of these ski rental companies are geared to meet your needs.

Mountain View Sports

Mountain View Sports features rental rates that are drastically lower than other area ski shops. On top of that you get the benefit of having lifelong pros help you get the right equipment. The owner of Summit County Mountain Retreats says, “[they’re] the only place I trust to rent ski equipment from.” On top of all that, Mountain View Sports is located right next door to our office. That means our guests can quickly pick up their keycard via our 24/7 hassle-free check-in process and then immediately head over to Mountain View Sports for their ski gear. Step outside to the shuttle stop where you can take the Keystone Resort Shuttle directly to your lodging and you’ve got the makings of a smooth start to your vacation.

Mountain View Sports offers all of our guests a 25% discount on ski and snowboard rentals. If you booked with us you received a Reservation Confirmation email with information regarding discounts, including how to get your 25% savings with Mountain View Sports. Didn’t book with us? No worries. You can still save by booking online at least 2 days in advance.

Ski Butlers

Ski Butlers features 12 locations across the western half of the United States and their claim to fame is convenience. Their website is easy to use and when you’re ready to be fitted for your ski gear they come to you. That’s right. They come to you in the comfort your lodging accommodations. They even bring extra boot sizes to ensure the perfect fit. And, if you have a problem with your gear while out on the slopes, they’ll meet you at the base of the mountain to fix that problem. And for all this, they don’t nickel and dime you. There’s no delivery fees, no cancellation fees, and they allow you to switch from ski gear to snowboarding and vice versa as much you want (dependent upon availability).

Ski Butlers offers all of our guests a 20% discount on ski and snowboard rentals. If you booked with us you received a Reservation Confirmation email with information regarding discounts, including how to get your 20% savings with Ski Butlers. Didn’t book with us? No worries. You can still save by booking online at least 7 days in advance.

Christmas in Keystone

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Glittering snow, twinkling lights and the majestic mountains. Keystone is bustling with Christmas cheer! Check out the area events, and for those that still haven’t booked their stay, visit our website to see what’s still available. As of the writing of this post, we have quite a few properties that still have Christmas Day availability.

Area Christmas Events

Chocolate Village

LOCATION: Keystone Lodge and Spa
DATE: December 20-January 8
TIME: Available for viewing 24 hours a day (the trains stop running from midnight-6 a.m.)
  • Don’t miss this delicious event! Keystone Resort’s Pastry Chef, Ned Archibald, heads up this annual tradition featuring over 7,000 pounds of chocolate crafted into a miniature alpine village. It features a working gondola, a running train, cascading waterfall and a 6-foot tall Christmas tree. And each year there’s a new addition–come see what it is this year!
 

Parade and Fireworks

LOCATION: River Run Ski School, Fireworks are visible from River Run and Lakeside Village
DATE: Saturday, December 24th
TIME: Parade starts at 4 p.m.; Fireworks start at 7 p.m.
COST: Free Admission
  • Join Ripperoo as he parades through the village with his ski school friends! Dance your way to the Dercum Square Ice Rink where you’ll get to enjoy complimentary cookies. At sunset enjoy the fireworks light up the sky over Dercum Mountain.
 

Birthday Party with Ripperoo & Starquest

LOCATION: Mountain House Food Court, Kidtopia Headquarters in River Run Village
DATE: Sunday, December 25th
TIME: Birthday Part starts at 3:30 p.m.; Starquest starts at 5:30 p.m.
COST: Free Admission
  • Come celebrate with Ripperoo and his friends! Enjoy ice cream, t-shirt decorating and photo opportunities. If it’s your child’s birthday there will be a special treat for him/her. Then at 5:30, join the Keystone Science School for a night of astronomy. There will be a lesson activity, a chance to view objects in the night sky up close and explore the winter constellations.
 

Santa Visits A-Basin

LOCATION: Base Area
DATE: Saturday, December 24th
TIME: 10-Noon
  • Santa is visiting Arapahoe Basin before his big night of delivering toys! He’ll stop by the A-frame, Pika Place Learning Center, and the Molly Hogan Learning Center. After that he’s heading up the Black Mountain Express Chairlift for some turns on the lower mountain.
 

Main Street

LOCATION: Breckenridge
DATE: All Weekend
  • Main Street in Breckenridge boasts some of the best shopping and eateries around! They have a wide array of restaurants offering Thanksgiving meals (call in advance) and these places are known for their great food. Plus, you have various other activities and theater shows to choose from all weekend. Visit gobreck.com for all the information.
 

Masses and Church Services

  • CHRISTMAS EVE MASSES
    • Keystone Conference Center: 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
    • Riverwalk in Breckenridge: 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
    • Our Lady of Peace in Silverthorne: 7 p.m., 9 p.m. (spanish)
    • St. Mary in Breckenridge: 9 p.m.
  • CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES
    • Our Lady of Peace in Silverthorne: 12 a.m. Midnight (polish), 8 a.m., 10 a.m., Noon (spanish)
    • St. Mary in Breckenridge: 8 a.m., 10 a.m.
    • Copper Mountain: 5:15 p.m.
  • CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
    • Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Silverthorne: 5 p.m. (children’s service), 7 p.m. (candlelight service), 9 p.m. (candlelight service)
    • Dillon Community Church: 4 p.m. (candlelight service), 6 p.m. (candlelight service)
    • Father Dyer United Methodist in Breckenridge: 3 p.m. (family Christmas service), 4:30 p.m. (candlelight service), 6 p.m. (candlelight service), 7:30 p.m. (candlelight service), 9 p.m. (candlelight & communion service)
    • St. John the Baptist Episcopal in Breckenridge: 3 p.m. (pageant, children’s homily & communion), 5 p.m. (festive holy Eucharist & sermon), 7 p.m. (festive holy Eucharist with choir & sermon), 10:30 p.m. (festive holy Eucharist & sermon)
  • CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICES
    • Abundant Life Church in Silverthorne: 10 a.m.
    • Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Silverthorne: 10 a.m.
    • Dillon Community Church: 9 a.m.
    • Father Dyer United Methodist in Breckenridge: 9 a.m
    • St. John the Baptist Episcopal in Breckenridge: 10:30 a.m. (holy Eucharist, carols with guitar, sermon)
 

Need a place to stay? Click the book now button below, then enter in your desired dates of stay. Or, if you’re flexible, enter in only Christmas Day and then view each property’s calendar to see what days before and after the 25th are available.

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Kelsey in Keystone: Bunny Slopes Aren’t Just for Kids

The bunny slope is no joke.

That’s what I concluded after I was forced into attending ski school on my first winter trip to Keystone, Colorado.

I know what you’re thinking. Before experiencing it, I was thinking it, too. The bunny slope is for kids. You’re in shape. You run and lift weights. You’re decently athletic. You’re no couch potato. You’re a weekend warrior.

Those Nike commercials showing regular people doing awesomely hard athletic things like crossfit or sprints or pickup basketball or power lifting? That’s you. You don’t need ski school. You’re an athlete.

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Except that you do. Oh you totally do, and while I probably wouldn’t be a model in one of those commercials, I know right before I went to ski in Keystone, I was in the best shape of my adult life.

I had just spent months training to fight a world champion professional boxer. All the stuff you see Rocky do in the movies? I did it every day for three months. I busted my butt to get ready for that experience, and I was fit, fast and strong. I held my own in there, and while I got beat-up, I landed my fair share of punches, too, even in the last round when my arms were so tired I could hardly keep my arms up.

So I was certain I could just rent my skis, hit the slopes and wing it.

Luckily for me, I went to the mountains with a seasoned ski person. He was adamant I needed to take lessons, and while I am a pretty hardheaded individual, it ultimately came down to this one bit of wisdom conveyed to me.

You’re not going to ski school for yourself. You’re going for all the other people trying to ski around you. Unless you know what you’re doing, they won’t be safe.

I knew he was right, so off I went.

I didn’t go by myself either. Xavier, someone who visits the area often for snowbound fun, headed there with me. This guy can ski. He’s done it for years, and he loves it. He’s visited Keystone for years on vacation and before that he went to similar places with his family every year.

“I just like to get a refresher every now and then,” said Xavier. “I haven’t skied in a couple of years.”

We get to our school, and split up into the different groups. I’m not with the toddlers, but I might as well be. I’m with the people who don’t know how to put on their skis. I’m with the people who can only turn one direction once they get going downhill. I’m with the people who fall down to stop.

I was right where I belonged.

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Whatever you think about it, here’s the truth. You can’t wing it. I mean, theoretically you could, but you’d be more like a baby trying out those first steps than you would be a competent adult making an informed decision to stand. You won’t be graceful or fast or a savant. You’ll be just like everybody else: a baby deer with twigs for legs.

And it’s fun. Believe me! It’s a blast. Oh sure, your feet feel like they’re broken (or worse) after a few hours stuffed in those ski boots you rented. Here’s a quick bit of advice: Don’t cheap out on equipment. The reason they have more expensive boots and skis and such to rent is because they’re better. Instead of limping around the next day like you were trapped in Stephen King’s Misery novel, you’ll walk upright like a normal human being.

Maybe it’s the name that dissuades you. Don’t think of a cute and fluffy cartoon bunny. Think of a rabbit: a gangly, real life rabbit with more muscle in his legs than you probably have on your whole body. Have you ever tried to pick up a wild rabbit? One that doesn’t want to feel the foreign grip of human hands? That’s the bunny slope.

Yes, skiing is awesome. It’s fun. It’s what you came to Keystone to do. But it’s challenging and it has to be respected.

Don’t believe me?

Let me leave you with this. I came to Keystone with visions of Bode Miller or Picabu Street in my head. I’d hit the slopes like a boss, and leave all who didn’t believe in my athletic prowess in my wake.

But after an entire day at ski school, I was done. I had learned so much, but I knew with only a few days at Keystone and part of it work related, I either needed to spend the rest of my days honing my new craft at ski school, or I needed to just relax and enjoy the other fun stuff to do in the area and let my feet recover from the onslaught for which they were not prepared.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not deterred from doing it again. I can’t wait to go back! I know how to put on my skis now. I know how to turn left when I’m going downhill. I know how to stop, at least theoretically, without falling down.

But I also know I need to respect the pursuit. The bunny slope isn’t just for kids. It’s for everybody. It’s for me, and it’s for you, too.

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Black Friday Special

Thanksgiving in Keystone

Bring the family to Keystone and celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by the mountains. Prepare the big meal in one of our kitchens, then spend all day eating, watching football or heading outside to explore the great outdoors. Best part of this deal? You get to come back to your own home without all the mess.

Below is a schedule of area events you won’t want to miss if you’re here for Thanksgiving. (Even Santa makes an appearance!)

Late November Events

Welcome Winter Family Carnival

LOCATION: Warren Station, River Run Village, Keystone
DATE: Saturday, November 26th
TIME: 3-6 p.m.
COST: Free Admission
  • Head over to Warren Station for a family welcome to the start of winter! Adults can savor a cocktail in the ballroom while the kids enjoy carnival favorites like face painting, crafts and a bounce house. There will be kettle corn, hot chocolate and other beverages. Chris Thompson and Coral Creek will be playing bluegrass and American favorites for everyone’s enjoyment.
 

Meet Santa

LOCATION: River Run Village, Keystone
DATE: Saturday, November 26th (and all throughout December)
TIME: 3-7 p.m.
  • Santa Claus is making his first appearance in Keystone two days after Thanksgiving. Meet up with Santa for photos and celebrate the River Run tree lighting!
 

The Lighting of River Run Celebration

LOCATION: Events Plaza, River Run Village, Keystone
DATE: Saturday, November 26th
TIME: 5 p.m.
COST: Free Admission, Free Cookies & Hot Chocolate while supplies last
  • Ring in the holiday season at Keystone with their 4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration! Visit with Santa, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while listening to carolers and holiday music throughout the village. Holiday themed goodies will be available for children. The tree lighting will be at 6:05 p.m.
 

Kids’ Night Out

LOCATION: Kidtopia Headquarters, Dercum Square, River Run Village, Keystone
DATE: Sunday, November 27th (and all Sundays through March 26 except December 25)
TIME: 5-8 p.m.
COST: $95/child (includes dinner and activities)
AGES: 3-12 years
Reservations Required (970-496-4386)
  • Send all the parents somewhere else, it’s time for the kids to have some fun! There will be arts, crafts, movies and more. Enjoy a kid-friendly dinner and make some new friends!
 

Main Street

LOCATION: Breckenridge
DATE: All Weekend
  • Main Street in Breckenridge boasts some of the best shopping and eateries around! They have a wide array of restaurants offering Thanksgiving meals (call in advance) and these places are known for their great food. Plus, you have various other activities and theater shows to choose from all weekend. Visit gobreck.com for all the information.
 

Need a place to stay? Click the book now button below, then enter in your desired dates of stay. As of the writing of this, we had eight properties with availability Thursday through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

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Keystone Vacation Rental Highlight: New Rentals

It comes as no surprise that Keystone is a popular winter destination. That’s why it’s important to book early so you can lock down the vacation rental that’s a perfect fit for you.

Although quite a number of our properties have been booked for this winter, we recently brought on several new properties whose calendars are wide open!

NEW RENTALS

0238 WILD IRISHMAN ROAD

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1797 KEYSTONE RANCH ROAD

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RED HAWK LODGE #2280

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LONE EAGLE #3020

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PINES #2039

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LAKESHORE #1527

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NOW HIRING!

Ski season is almost here and that means we’re preparing to do all it is we do, but at nearly 100% occupancy.

Unlike many of our competitors, we operate an in-house housekeeping and laundry staff. This allows us full control over quality, and when something doesn’t meet our standards we can quickly take care of it. But this also means we must actively search for people who want to be part of a great team so we are fully staffed by the time ski season rolls around.

We are always accepting applications for all of our positions. We have found that staffing needs can change suddenly so we never turn down a request for an application.

Right now we are actively looking to increase our housekeeping staff. Pay starts at $12.50/hr plus tips, and there’s a chance to earn more through bonuses.

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HOUSEKEEPERCOMPENSATION
  • $12.50 to $14 hourly
  • full-time or part-time, flexible schedules
  • potential for bonus
  • 100% of tips kept by housekeeper
RESPONSIBILITIES
  • clean properties
  • make up beds
  • drive to each property
  • organize supplies and laundry
  • perform minor maintenance tasks (i.e. change a light bulb)
  • report issues to management/maintenance
  • assist in laundry as needed
QUALIFICATIONS
  • some housekeeping experience
  • able to work quickly and follow checklist
  • reliable transportation
  • space in vehicle for supplies while working (we provide all cleaning supplies)
HOW TO APPLY
  • Complete our online application.
  • Stop by our office to request an application and fill it out.
  • Set up an interview by calling 970-368-4800, ext. 1.
  

SUMMIT COUNTY MOUNTAIN RETREATS

WHAT DO WE DO? Basically we do all the hard work of maintaining and cleaning properties between guest stays for Keystone homeowners, allowing thousands to enjoy the grandeur that is our mountain resort.

WHO DO WE SERVE? Our customers fall into two categories: clients and guests. Our clients are Keystone homeowners whose properties we manage, and our guests are anyone who books a stay with us at one of the properties we manage.

WHY WORK HERE? We treat employees like the valuable human beings they are. Seriously. We really do. Some companies treat employees as assets to help meet a bottom line. We see employees as unique individuals who desire success and fulfillment. Come work for us and you’ll have the opportunity to grow and advance within our company while being treated fairly and paid a competitive wage. What else could you ask for?

Kelsey in Keystone: Snow Tubing!

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Looking for a terrifically fun and exciting snow adventure that provides the thrills and spills of skiing or snowboarding without having to take lessons or know what you’re doing?

Sound too good to be true? It totally isn’t. It’s freaking snow tubing.

Admittedly, snow tubing sounded fun to me going into it, but it exceeded my stupid high expectations with ease. Hop on a tube—the kind you usually sit in while floating around in water—and cascade down a mountain in a controlled environment that pretty much everyone in your family who might be interested in such a thing can enjoy.

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It’s just like it sounds. You climb into your donut-round snow craft, tell your operator (i.e., the person who helped you sit down on the tube by holding it while you climbed on so you didn’t fall down on your face) whether you want him or her to spin you and then hold on for dear life.

Snow tubing is freaking awesome. It’s as fast as you want, but you feel secure enough while you’re doing it that you can actually enjoy it.

Like I said, I had high expectations going into our snow tubing experience in Keystone. From our luxurious rental property at The Timbers on River Run, we walked over to Adventure Point to schedule our family fun.

When it was time to head over, we took the gondola up Dercum Mountain, walked over to the tubing area and got ready. The friendly staff gave us a quick rundown of what to expect, had us grab our tubes and off we went.

The silly smile you have plastered to your face after your first slide.
The silly smile you have plastered to your face after your first slide.

I’m sure we were there for an hour. I don’t remember how many times I made the gleeful slide down the slope to the bottom, but I know it was all over much too soon.

Here’s the best part…errrr…second best! Obviously, going down is the best part, but after flying down the hill in a fun-filled frolic, riding the fluffy white snow as if it were a satin slide, we didn’t even have to walk up the hill to go down again.

Yes, even for the snow tubers, at the end of the ride there is a nifty conveyor belt to ride back to the top where the fun begins.

I went over and over and over again. I went down alone. I went in groups. Facing forward, backward, to the side, spinning—All of it was a blast!

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There were even times when I just stayed up at the top to see all the different faces of my fellow travelers! My wife’s face was filled with glee just as much as her goddaughter Libby’s was as they cascaded down in tandem.

And it didn’t matter how many times I had gone. Even our friends, who make their way to Keystone every year and snowtubing is a priority, looked just as stoked each time they sat down in their tube for the ride, too.

The fun of snow tubing causes Keystone veterans to do things like this.
The fun of snow tubing causes Keystone veterans to do things like this.

Snow tubing is awesome and it’s for anyone visiting Keystone during the winter. No matter how much you might love other things to do—and there are plenty—make some time for snow tubing. You will not be disappointed!

Kelsey in Keystone is brought to you by Kelsey McCarson, a freelance writer, one-time amateur charity boxer, and hamburger connoisseur. Let him know where to find the best burger at kelseymccarson(a)gmail.com. 

Selfie Snow Tubing Video

Get an insider look at snow tubing with William as he spins down a run!