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"Keystone's guide to thanksgiving in the mountains" text over a picture of a woman skiing down schoolmarm ski run at Keystone Resort


Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays here in the Rocky Mountains. Make the most of the beautiful November holiday in Keystone with our guide to Thanksgiving in the mountains!

After a late-October opening this year, Keystone Resort is skiing as smooth as a butterball turkey, so you won’t want to miss the opportunity to get on some high-altitude snow over the holiday week. Not only does Keystone have some of the best skiing right now, but the Rocky Mountain setting makes for a festive holiday season to celebrate with loved ones. Instead of stressing about your plans, enjoy our guide to a family-friendly Thanksgiving in the mountains.

a cozy mountain lodge with large stone fireplace, leather furniture, and an elk rack hanging above the mantle at Keystone RanchEat a delicious Thanksgiving feast. . .or two!

Cook your turkey at the condo, or let one of the River Run Village Restaurants take care of the Thanksgiving cooking. Keystone dining is no longer requiring reservations, so you can indulge on impulse! Be sure to spend time with the family around the dinner table over the holiday. Looking for a unique dining experience that is fun for the entire family? Go dashing through the snow on a dinner sleigh ride at Keystone Ranch, or take the family ice skating before dinner at Bighorn Bistro in scenic Lakeside Village.

Pro Tip: Check out the two NEW dining options in River Run Village, Rotolo’s Craft & Crust and The Argentos Empanadas.

a blue coat ski instructor leads kiddos on skis out of the magic forest at Keystone


Get up on the hill!

Keystone is open for the season, so take a few runs before the big feast and earn that extra helping of gravy. Take a lesson with the entire family at Keystone Ski and Ride School. Want to have the longest ski day in Colorado? Here at Keystone, you can enjoy night skiing or ice skating under the stars over Thanksgiving weekend!

Pro Tip: Order your Epic Pass or lift tickets ahead of time to maximize your time ON the hill!


a few rails rest in front of snowy peaks in the mini spring dipper park

Park Rats, Rejoice! The Spring Dipper Hike Park is back!

Give a shout-out to your local park crew for their hard work opening a nice spread of features in the early season hike park on Spring Dipper. Work up a sweat by hiking the park in the morning, then enjoy a full mountain lap down Schoolmarm to your Thanksgiving feast!

Pro Tip: Put your turkey in the oven while you ride, check on it during your lunch break, then take your last run of the day just in time for Thanksgiving dinner!


Celebrate the sparkle of the holidays at Welcome Winter Family Carnival!

the river run tree illuminates the rest of Keystone's village

Keystone’s Winter Carnival takes place on Saturday, November 26th from 3 pm-6 pm, including the lighting of the River Run tree at 5:15pm. Cocoa and cookies, Salida Circus, and carolers add to the wonder of this night where winter is queen. River Run will sparkle with holiday cheer and ring with echoes of Santa’s laughter. Winter Carnival is FREE for the whole family and includes a scavenger hunt for the kiddos! Parents, the bar will be pouring in Warren Station where we will also have free crafts, live music from Frisco Funk Collective, and a free photo booth! Read up on all the details for this FREE, family-friendly event!

Winter Mountain Activities at Keystone Resort

If you’re excited about the return of the Dercum Mountain Snow Fort, wait until you hear about the SECOND snow fort Keystone is adding this year! In addition to the signature Keystone snow forts, this winter brings the return of snow tubing, ice skating, and much more! Click here for the complete info on winter mountain activities at Keystone to plan your Thanksgiving in the mountains.

No matter what your Thanksgiving trip to Keystone may bring, one thing is for sure, there’s no better way to spend the holiday than in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with loved ones. We can’t wait to see you and your crew on the mountain!