This is part of a series of sponsored posts. Keystone Resorts provided complimentary activities for our family to enjoy during our stay.
After a morning of snow tubing and exploring the snow fort, we were ready for lunch! 9280 Tap House in River Run Village was the perfect choice. The boys enjoyed root beers, while hubby and I enjoyed the beer of the day. French Dip sandwiches, french fries,and hot wings filled the table! The food and service were good! After our late lunch, we hopped the free bus back to the Hyatt Place.
You can imagine after a morning of playing in the snow, tubing, and fort exploring – while still trying to get used to the thinner air….we needed a break. I think even the boys took a short nap!
Keystone Adventure: Get your Gear!
One of the priority activities for Harrison was to play pond hockey. He has only played on indoor rinks in Houston. (Yes, we have ice hockey in Houston.) He brought his skates, stick, helmet, and gloves. We were set to go skating that night. We dressed in our multiple layers, hopped on the free shuttle, and off we went. We were one stop away from the 5 acre lake, when Harold’s phone rang. It was https://www.d2dskis.com/ calling to see if we wanted to get our ski gear early. We were scheduled for 8:00 PM delivery, but they could bring it early if we’d like. So…..we stayed on the bus. Back to the hotel. The guys who delivered our gear were friendly, knowledgeable, and patient. They explained how all the levers worked, how to put the boots on, what to turn to tighten things, or loosen things.
Keystone Adventure: Can we just skate?
We stored our gear in the bathroom, because, well that’s where it would fit and not get knocked over and tripped on. We later found out the hotel had lockers for gear storage! Then, we headed back out to ice skate. Grabbed the skates, stick, helmets, and gloves. Back on the bus we went. Off at Keystone’s Lakeside Village where the lake is located. Into the activity center. And came to a sudden, screeching halt at the end of a v-e-r-y long line. As we made our way to the front of the line, we once again signed the waiver that we wouldn’t sue anyone if we were maimed, injured, or killed while ice skating. Apparently, recreational winter sports require lots of waivers. Once the waivers were signed – off we went to put on skates. Well, three of us had skates. Hubby decided he would let Harley use his pair since Harley had long since outgrown his. Somehow, one of the bolts that holds the blade in place had come loose and was missing. You can’t skate with your skate blade slipping, and sliding out of place. So, now we have two frustrated people. Harley because he doesn’t want to wear rental skates, “they aren’t as comfortable and they never fit right!” Hubby because, “what the hell happened to my skate? It wasn’t like this when we left Houston!” Maybe because we’d watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation just a few too many times, I kept hearing Todd and Margo having this argument: “Where’s the bolt to my skate Todd? I don’t know Margo!”
Keystone Adventure: Now, we can skate!
In the meantime, my hockey player is getting his skates on – and heading out. I put on hand-me down skates that no longer fit Harrison. I skate over to where there is a thick plastic wall put up to form a make shift hockey rink. I’m a little anxious because, well one – I can skate, but I don’t stop that well until I run into something. No fancy, snow-flying, hockey stops for me! And, two. . . there a quite a few older guys on the rink. And by older, I mean probably between 20 and 30 years old – but older than my 13 year old son. I watched for a while. Harrison was hesitant at first, but once someone passed him the puck he was good to go. After about thirty minutes they all threw their hockey sticks in a pile on the ice. Then, one guy started sorting the sticks. Whatever side your stick ended up on was the team you were on. So, here was my 13 year old son, playing a pick up game of pond hockey with a bunch of slightly inebriated locals. He held his own and had a blast.
After I was comfortable with him being out there, I ventured into the bar area where hubby and Harley were hanging out. I ordered a lovely glass of red wine, served in a small plastic cup. Fancy, I know! It was then Harley noticed they had a Wii game. The challenge was issued. Of course he beat me at Wii Tennis. I beat him in bowling. He beat me at golf. By the time we were done with our game of golf, Harrison had come off the ice and was ready to go.
He skated for at least two and a half hours! And, a sixteen year old boy played Wii with his mom. Memories made!
Keystone Adventure: I didn’t fall down!
We were happy to get back to the hotel. The next day was going to be very busy and a good night’s rest is needed. Ski and snowboard lessons commence first thing in the morning! Check back for more Keystone Adventures. We haven’t even been skiing yet!