Toothy 12,000-foot peaks rake the sky above a bustling base village that could charm the antlers off Rudolph. Come evening, a dazzling Christmas tree glows in the middle of the 5-acre lake.
The scene: Downhillers off the mountain and families snapping holiday photos with the sleigh and reindeer ice sculptures.
The inside scoop: Look but don't lick–the Chocolate Village, a 2,500-pound confection in the lakeside lodge, includes a life-size white chocolate Christmas tree and moving chocolate gondolas.
Through late Mar; keystoneresort.com