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10 Tips for Celebrating Mardi Gras in the Rockies

Mardi Gras is just around the corner, Tuesday February 13th to be exact, and at Keystone we have a Mardi Gras Party and Gumbo Cook-Off you don’t want to miss. Here are 10 tips to make the most of your Mardi Gras celebration in the mountains…

#1 EAT – Gumbo…lots of it!

It’s FAT TUESDAY and we have gumbo vendors dishing out the best gumbo in Summit County. Pace yourself and try all vendors before voting for your top choice.

#2 TASTING WRISTBAND – Buy it – in advance!

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! Be sure to purchase your wristband for unlimited gumbo. You will save a couple bucks and get to go straight to will call when you arrive.

#3 LODGING – Book it!

What better way to enjoy Mardi Gras in the mountains then renting a condo in River Run Village. Book lodging through Keystone Resort, or Key to the Rockies. Stay for the Keystone Culinary Festival and get rates starting at $199 from Keystone Resort.

#4 KIDS – bring them!

New this year, gumbo for the entire family. Kids get to participate in the gumbo-cook off with their own kid’s choice coupons. Stay until 5:00pm to see who is crowned the winner! We have a special appearance by celebrity kids Chef Nicholas Hornbostel who will be tasting gumbo to help decide the best gumbo in Keystone. Make sure to ask him his favorite recipe and snap a photo with him for a lasting memory!


We have put a twist on the classic hurricane! Grab yourself a Keystone Kane to start your Mardi Gras party off right. Don’t like the Kane? We will have Coors and New Belgium beer specials along with red and white wine.

#6 BEADS – Sport your best!

Bring your best Mardi Gras beads, masks or costumes. Dress to impress with your best New Orleans attire.


Chris Daniels and the Kings takes the stage at 3pm. Keep warm while dancing to some New Orleans tunes.

#8 LAYERS – You’ll want them!

Mardi Gras in the mountains means snow and sunshine. Wear layers to be prepared for any Colorado weather. Don’t forget your boots!

#9 SKI & RIDE – the snow has arrived!

Bring your ski or snowboard gear and take some runs before indulging in gumbo. Keystone Resort lifts start turning at 8:30am!

#10 MAKE A WEEK OF IT AND VISIT – the Keystone Culinary Festival

This winter Keystone presents the inaugural Kidtopia Culinary Festival! Grab your spatulas and head to Keystone for this week-long celebration of all things food and family fun!

See you at Keystone for a Mardi Gras Party you and the whole family will enjoy!