We just returned from our first family ski tip and stayed at the Keystone Lodge and SPA (3/31 – 4/5). We had such a great trip and highly recommend the Lodge for anyone, but especially for families. As a single parent of four young children (7-10) the kids ski free under 12 program was key to my decision to take a vacation to Keystone. We skied 4 days and saved $900 in lift tickets – that’s unbelievable no matter how you look at it. We skied about 5 hours each day and felt no pressure to stay all day and get our money’s worth. I’m giving the Lodge high marks for the following reasons 1) price – our rate the last week of the season was $150 – wow. 2) Lodge Shuttle Bus to Gondola (not to be confused with the Keystone Shuttle Bus you use at other properties and the Lake side condos). Here is how it works – walk down stairs tell them you want to ski – sit for 2-5 minutes and then shuttle (really a Tahoe truck I think) and they take you to within 20 feet of the Gondola); when you are done skiing you ask the ski check kids you want to go back – sit for 5 minutes and they come and get you. 3) Free Ski check at the Gondola – free and super convenient – for a week we never carried our skis more than 20 feet. That is so nice when your kids are too small to carry them far. 3) Pool – my kids love pools. It was the clincher in choosing the Lodge. The pool and hot tub set up at the lodge is very smartly done. You even get access to the sauna and steam room at the spa. 4) Staff friendliness – really, really good. Those are the big reasons why we recommend the Lodge. But there were other smaller things such as complementary roller bed and mini fridge; super convenient and free valet parking; a nice and clean room. We also enjoyed the Bighorn Steakhouse one night and played cards in the lounge several nights. The staff pushed together two large leather couches for us to sit on while we dealt the cards in front of the fire place. On our last night they treated my children to ice cream. A few other thoughts on Keystone, we found most of the Blue ski runs to be doable – just a bit harder than the green runs. Try Spring Dipper first it’s the easiest Blue run. The towns of Dillon, Frisco and Breckenridge are an easy short and beautiful drive. Going back to Denver we took Loveland pass –it was spectacular. Oh and about the room views. They views from the Lodge are great by Chicago standards (ha) but not “great” for the area. The views from the Lakeside condos are in my opinion great and a high floor is better than a low floor. I got the view I wanted – of the pool. We got are fill of views the other 10 hours a day we were out and about.