Epic SchoolKids Colorado

2017/2018 Epic SchoolKids Resort Guide

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  • With 5,289 acres of terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls, a world-class village with a plethora of shops, spas and restaurants, and luxurious lodging options, Vail is the ultimate ski experience for kids and grown-ups alike.

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Beginner Terrain
Kid-Friendly Dining
  • Mid-Vail Restaurants
    • Located at the base of Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) and Wildwood Express Lift (#3), Mid-Vail was the first restaurant on Vail Mountain and offers and a wide-range of dining options—from burgers and fries to to a world class lunch at the 10th. Soak up the sun on Sarge’s deck and enjoy outdoor BBQ, tropical cocktails from the tiki bar or filling cuisine hot off the grill. Open daily from 10am - 3pm, Mid-Vail is the perfect, centrally located locale to refuel between runs.
  • Bistro Fourteen
    • Bistro Fourteen offers casual, sit-down dining with a full bar at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19). Perfect for lunch, après, or a post-Adventure Ridge appetite, Bistro Fourteen's variety of menu items has something for the whole family, including a full $10 kid’s menu.
  • Marketplace at Eagle’s Nest
    • Fast casual fare complimented by unmatched views of the Holy Cross Wilderness and the breath taking Gore Range. Located at Eagle’s Nest, This full-service dining court offers breakfast burritos, pastas, soup & salad bar, a deli, burrito station, baked potatoes, grilled items and signature Greek gyros.
  • Two Elk Restaurant
    • Vail Mountain’s flagship restaurant, Two Elk, sits at an elevation of 11,240 feet. The gateway to the back bowls, Two Elk is renown for it's world famous ski mountain cuisine and breath taking views. Find it near the top of Chairs 14, 17, 21, and 36.
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  • Beaver Creek has a variety of activities on and off the mountain to keep kids smiling. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy these special Beaver Creek traditions while making your own in the process.
  • Kid Friendly Activities
    • Cookie Time 
      • Every afternoon at 3 o’clock, an unmistakable aroma sweeps the village. Chefs serve from heaping trays of warm, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies: 495,000 cookies a year to be exact!
    • Candy Cabin
      • Located at the top of the Strawberry Park Express Lift and the Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express lift, Candy Cabin offers delicious treats and beautiful, sweeping views. Children and adults alike can enjoy candy options ranging from classic gummies to locally produced artisan chocolates from 5th generation chocolatier Michael Mootz.
    • Ripperoo Sighting! 
      • Stop by Ripperoo’s Retreat, located near the top of Gold Dust trail, and get an EpicMix Photo taken with everyone’s favorite ski mascot: Ripperoo!
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Beginner Terrain
  • Buckaroo Express Gondola: Learning area
    • Learning Areas are a great place to begin learning the ropes. The Ski School learning area is where beginners start their lessons, and the surrounding runs like Cinch and Hay Meadow are mellow beginner friendly runs.
  • Drink of Water Lift (#5)
    • Servicing green runs for those skiers still learning, Drink of Water Lift offers fun exploration options like Mystic Island, Mystic Maze, and Booth Gardens. 
  • Cinch Express Lift (#8)
    • Offering access to greens and blues as well as the Zoom Room designed for learning Park 101, Cinch Express is perfect for skiers looking to progress their skills.
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Kid-Friendly Dining
  • Mamie’s Mountain Grill and Umbrella Bar
    • Located at the top of Bachelor Gulch™ Express Chairlift #16, Mamie’s Mountain Grill allows you take in the views of McCoy Park™ while enjoying grilling choices like handcrafted Angus burgers, tasty Euro dogs and more. Dine on the sunny deck and experience the new European inspired Umbrella Bar.
  • Spruce Saddle
    • Offering lobster tacos, freshly rolled sushi, pho, organic salad bar, handcrafted pizzas & sandwiches, house made soups & chili’s, daily grilled items, and more, Spruce Saddle raises the bar on gourmet mountain dining. Located at the top of Centennial™ Express Chairlift #6.
  • Talons Restaurant
    • Beaver Creek’s newest on-mountain venue is situated at the confluence of Larkspur Bowl, Grouse Mountain and Birds of Prey. Talons serves a European-inspired menu, including a smokehouse during normal business hours.
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  • Home to five legendary peaks for every speed and ability, Breckenridge not only offers great terrain, but is the perfect place to learn. “Breck” will take your little skier to new heights, and because it’s situated above an authentic mountain town you’ll have the perfect place to après ski after you’re done for the day.

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  • Paid Parking:
    • Gondola South Lot, Gondola North Lot, & Gold Rush Lot
      • Monday-Thursday: $5
      • Friday-Sunday, and peak days: $12
      • Beaver Run Lot
        • Monday-Thursday: $15  
        • Fri-Sunday, and peak days: $20
      • Car Pool Incentive
        • Drive up with 4 or more people in your vehicle and receive a $5 discount at the above lots!
      • (Peak Days include Christmas, New Years Week, Martin Luther King Weekend, Presidents Week, and all of March.
  • Free Parking:
    • Airport Road Lot
      • Satellite Parking with free shuttle to Gondola
      • All Paid Lots are free after 2pm
  • Get additional information on parking, parking passes, and maps at Breckenridge Resort.

Beginner Terrain
  • The bases of Peak 8 and Peak 9
    • Laced with several wide, gentle trails, the bases of Peak 8 and 9 are perfect for families who are still learning or parents who want to help their children improve on the basics.
  •  Frontier
    • The perfect run for beginners. It allows families to practice in a nice and relaxing atmosphere and leads to similar runs such as Ripperoo’s Village, Red Rover and Silverthorne.
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Kid-Friendly Dining
  • Pioneer Crossing
    • Situated at the top of Peak 7 right next to the Independence SuperChair, Pioneer Crossing has over 490 seats, floor-to-ceiling views, and a creative, homey menu offering upscale campfire food.
  • Ski Hill Grill
    • Ski Hill Grill is Breck's flagship on-mountain dining experience located at the base of Peak 8. The convenient and central location makes this restaurant the gathering place for friends and family to meet.
  • TenMile Station
    • The beautiful and cozy TenMile Restaurant at the base of Peak 10 offers delicious dining experiences. Crafted from local organic ingredients, TenMile Station’s menu featuring a variety of dishes with flavors drawn straight from the West, is sure to please.
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  • Dash through the snow on a horse-drawn sleigh, play in the world’s largest snow fort, ice skate on the Keystone Lake and explore Keystone’s three snowy peaks. Family memories made here are guaranteed to last a lifetime.
  • Kid Friendly Activities
    • Kidtopia Headquarters
      • Need a small break from all that adventure? This is the perfect place to connect off the slopes. Located in River Run Village adjacent to the Dercum Ice Rink, and open daily, Kidtopia Headquarters is sure to be a family favorite!
    • Snow Fort
      • Explore the world’s largest Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain.
    • Cookie Time
      • For kids, and kids at heart, enjoy complimentary fresh baked cookies, every day at 4pm by Dercum Square Ice Rink! 
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  • Parking at Keystone is FREE!
    • Montezuma Lot – Within walking distance of River Run base area.
    • Porcupine Lot – Within walking distance of Mountain House base area.
  • Reserved Family parking closer to the slopes for families with small children and cars with four our more people.
  • Red Family Wagons available at corrals for hauling gear and kids alike.

Beginner Terrain
  • River Run Gondola to Schoolmarm (The Family Ski Trail)
    • This beginner run allows for plenty of room for young skiers to get lots of turns plus great views.
  • Kids adventure zones off of Schoolmarm
    • Keystone’s six Kids Adventure Zones, are designed to teach your little ones new skills and improve their confidence on the mountain.
  • Scout and Endeavor Learning Areas
    • Scout and Endeavor are learning specific areas for beginner skiers of all ages. Utilize the “magic carpet” lift on Endeavor and, as skills advance, progress to the Ranger lift on Scout.
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Kid-Friendly Dining
  • Mountain House
    • With slopeside convenience, the Mountain House offers delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and après options. Grab a great breakfast burrito, burger or salad in between runs.
  • Outpost Lodge
    • With three eating options to choose from, you’re sure to find something great at the Outpost. Grab an Epic Burger at the TimberRidge Food Court for lunch, try our Pacific Rim noodles, or just relax on our spacious deck with fantastic views of the Ten Mile Range.
  • Summit House
    • The Summit House’s central location on top of Dercum Mountain makes it a great place to meet up with friends and family, catch a bite to eat, grab a quick drink or just to check out one of the best views in Summit County.
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