Keystone kids get a fort

1st March 2010, by Chris Gill

Cowboys and Indians, eh?   [Keystone Mountain Resort]

Cowboys and Indians, eh? [Keystone Mountain Resort]

In Keystone Colorado they have just opened a huge children’s snow castle on the slopes. 

The resort has been experimenting with a new children’s programme this winter – called ‘Kidtopia’; the idea being to provide more activities and interest for younger children, not skiing and boarding all day.

The castle has been shaped with tons of snow to give it a proper fortress-like appearance, with slides and caverns inside. Its location on top of Dercum Mountain gives it that ‘lookout’ feel too, and was an instant hit with the children when it opened last week. Kids can pretend it is a fort or a fairy castle full of princesses – whatever takes their imagination.

Another key feature is that the castle can be lit up in the evenings, using fairy lights and torches. Other snow carvings, such as a dragon, are proving popular too.

‘The idea is to make Keystone a family-friendly destination. Next year we will be adding even more features’, said resort spokesman Ryan Whaley.

In addition to the outdoor snow-fun, children visiting the resort can enjoy other activities as part of ‘Kidtopia’ – such as face-painting, disco nights in the tubing park and end of season special parties.

Looks like Keystone is onto a winner with the fort, don’t all kids enjoy that sort of thing? (Big kids too!)

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