Keystone Resort Announces the Grand Opening of Kidtopia Festival’s Ultimate Snow Fort

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* Mountain-top snow fort features snow dragon, drawbridge, slides, towers, maze and ice throne * Free admission with lift ticket, season pass, or foot passenger ticket

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Catching the attention of kids and grown-ups alike, Keystone’s Ultimate Snow Fort celebrates its grand opening on Friday, February 19. A huge snow sculpture on top of Dercum Mountain, the Ultimate Snow Fort looks like a castle and features a snow dragon, a drawbridge, snow slides, towers for kids to climb, a maze, and a throne carved from ice. Guests with a current lift ticket, season pass, or foot passenger ticket have unlimited access to the fort.

The Ultimate Snow Fort is the signature piece of Keystone’s new Kidtopia Festival, a unique winter-themed festival featuring family programming and activities throughout the ski season, much of which is free.

During the Kidtopia festivals, kids can participate in activities including: A glowstick parade down the mountain; Disco Tubing at Keystone’s lift-served tubing hill; BBQ night on top of the mountain; a parade in the village led by Keystone’s Mascot Ripperoo; live music; arts and crafts; a glowbug skate night and more. Also, beginning February 19, kids will be able to explore the Ultimate Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, complete with a snow dragon, drawbridge, and lookout tower. Remaining Kidtopia Festival dates are February 18-21, March 15-21, and April 1-6.

Keystone Resort also offers additional values for families with its free Adventure Passport for all guests staying at resort properties. The Adventure Passport provides Keystone guests with an array of free and discounted activities to help them experience the Rocky Mountains. The Adventure Passport includes a free intro to snowbiking, free ice skating, a discounted sleigh ride, discounted snowshoe tours, discounts on margarita, wine, martini tastings, free yoga classes, and more.

Families looking for a great lodging deal can book the Kids Ski Free package which is available now through the end of the ski season. Children 12 and younger can ski free with the purchase of an adult three-day lift ticket and four nights of lodging starting from $229 with no blackout dates. Visit http://www.keystoneresort.com/Plan-A-Vacation/Vacation-Deals-and-Packages/Configure-Offer-Without-Price-Point.aspx?ProductID=KRES_2010_KIDS-SKI-FREE&Search=01-03-2010,04-10-2010&lastsearch=,1,10,?cmpid=PARPR00001 [Kids Ski Free package].

For downloadable HD b-roll video of the Ultimate Snow Fort visit http://public.me.com/vail.resorts and click the “keystone” folder.

Media Contacts:
Ryan Whaley, 970.496.4107, rwhaley(at)vailresorts(dot)com
Katie Adamson, 970.496.4065, kadamson(at)vailresorts(dot)com

For more information, visit http://www.keystoneresort.com or http://www.keystonekidtopia.com.

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