There’s only one ski school in Keystone – owned and operated by the resort. Standards are high – particularly when it comes to lessons for children.
Mountain House is the home of the ski school’s Camp Keystone programme, which mixes ski lessons with rotating theme days, competitions, costumed instructors and the like. There’s also the chance to book a one-hour Mom, Dad and Me session at the end of the skiing day so you can see how your child is improving, and discuss how to build on what he/she has already learnt.
For adults, instruction is offered on a day-by-day basis, reflecting the fact that most skiers are here for a long weekend, rather than a full week. They’ll teach you how to get to grips with all the terrain on offer in Keystone – from your first turns on a groomed trail, to powder-skiing, tree-skiing and bump-skiing. They’ll even introduce you to jumps on the beginner lines of the A51 terrain park.
The Ultimate 4 programme of semi-private ski days is one of its best products: you get to join a small group of four like-minded and similarly-skilled skiers, with one instructor and a looser more laid-back teaching style. You also get to explore more of the mountain. However, at 2012 prices, it’s actually cheaper to book a private instructor for the day if you’re travelling in a group of four.