Copper Mountain's Neighbor Frisco is the Ultimate Winter Playground

With laudable neighbors such as Vail and Breckenridge, the town of Frisco sometimes gets overlooked when, in actuality, its central location is just a few miles from Copper Mountain and the true heart of Summit County.

With laudable neighbors such as Vail, Breckenridge and Keystone, the town of Frisco sometimes gets overlooked when, in actuality, its central location is just a few miles from Copper Mountain and the true heart of Summit County.

I have lived in Denver for 10 years and fell in love with Frisco when we stayed just a stone’s throw away from the network of bike paths that wind around crystalline Dillon Reservoir.  

My favorite memory was when I pulled my young kids in their bike trailer around the reservoir. My husband claims his least favorite memory was hauling those same children 20 miles round-trip. He attested the bike path was uphill--both ways.

We all have our moments.

Fortunately, there are plenty of them in this all-season town that is ensconced by the Arapahoe National Forest. Copper Mountain is just 6 miles Frisco’s historic Main Street, a bevy of shops, over 40 restaurants and lodging that includes the elegant Frisco Hotel and the quaint Frisco Inn on Galena.  Here are a few other considerations:

Ride the Summit Stage to Copper Mountain. This transit service is more than a bus and conveniently offers free transportation to Copper Mountain and other areas throughout Summit County including the towns of Dillon, and Silverthorne. (970) 668-0999.

Shops. Stroll Frisco’s Main Street, home to artisan shops bursting with handcrafted jewelry and clothing such as the Cornflower Boutique & Gallery (411 Main Street).  Expand your alpine wardrobe by stopping by Rivers Clothing Company for some fashionable mountain wear (503 Main Street), tour the free Historic Park & Museum (120 Main Street) or satisfy your fudge craving at Foote's Rest Sweet Shoppe (510 Main Street).

Nordic Center. The Frisco Nordic Center is a scenic 1,800-acre playground south of Main Street and set on a peninsula overlooking Dillon Reservoir’s glistening white panorama. My daughter and I recently attempted their 45 km of cross-country and snowshoe trails and miraculously didn’t get lost, which we attributed to their well-marked routes. The Nordic Center offers sales, rentals of equipment and ski and skate lessons.

Frisco Adventure Park.  Be sure to walk across the street to this winter wonderland, which has a tubing hill, beginner ski and ride hill and dinner sleigh rides. After watching a short safety video, grab your tube and head up the magic carpet before careening down the lightning-fast 1,200-foot tubing lanes. Screaming is mandatory.

Then, lather, rinse and repeat. After falling victim to Frisco’s many charms, we’ll see you again next year.

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