As you would expect, Keystone has children's fun and facilities well planned. Daycare is available for children aged 2 months and up between 8am and 5pm with the added bonus of additional evening care available by the hour from 5pm to 8pm. From age 3 a snowplay scheme is available where outside fun includes sledding, building snowmen and snow forts, gondola rides and a visit to the stables as well as indoor games, play and lunch cover.
Ski school starts at age 3 with the Mini Mice scheme, then Mogul Mice from age 4 and Superstars up to school age. Before and after classes children have an indoor entertainment program including games, puppet shows and play in a special playroom. There are magic carpet lifts on the mountain to ease the early lift riding experience.
School age children up to age 14 are graded according to ability, with beginners in Discoverer, intermediates in Mountain Explorer, and the Mountain Diamond Club for the most advanced who can choose between rotating classes with themes such as moguls and racing.
Snowboarding is available for children aged 8 and up with 4 or 5 hours on-board tuition plus indoor supervision. In common with other Vail resorts children's ski and snowboard school incorporates their specially developed 'Ski-cology' environmental education program designed to teach children about the resort's ecology as they learn to ski and 'board. Other schemes help children to learn how to use a trail map properly and give the opportunity to try out new sliding devices.
Special areas themed for children to slide through and play in are located off the Spring Dipper, Upper Paymaster and Silver Spoon trails. Older children tend to enjoy the scene around the Area 51 snowboard park which incorporates a Shack where they can hang out, take a break, watch tv and get a non-alcoholic drink; it's open until 9pm daily.
Children of all ages enjoy the Adventure Point tubing park and there are plenty of family-friendly eateries with dozens more choices for leisure and eating in the greater Summit County.
4 stars out of 5 overall