1. Frisco is conveniently located less than 30 minutes from six world-renowned ski resorts.
The sought-after powder stashes of Colorado ski resorts are just a quick drive away — so you can spend a day on the slopes, then return to Frisco for some rest and relaxation. Make your way to Copper Mountain in less than 10 minutes and other ski areas in less than 30 minutes, including Breckenridge (15 minutes), Keystone (20 minutes), Loveland (20 minutes), Arapahoe Basin (25 minutes) and Vail (30 minutes).
2. The city boasts affordable lodging and transportation.
Frisco has a wide spectrum of lodging options, including hotels, motels, lodges, inns and vacation rentals — offering many reasonably priced alternatives to staying in larger ski towns. Choose from properties like Frisco Lodge Bed and Breakfast, where guests are pampered with gourmet breakfasts and afternoon wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres, and Hotel Frisco, which has welcomed patrons since 1880. Find more places to stay in Frisco >>
Getting around Frisco and surrounding areas is also easy with a pedestrian-friendly downtown area and free transportation provided by the Summit Stage, which provides bus service to most Summit County ski areas, shopping centers and medical centers.
3. There is a real mountain-town experience on Frisco’s Main Street.
Magnificent snow-crowned peaks supply an extraordinary backdrop for the hamlet’s main drag, where late-19th-century storefronts house dozens of locally owned shops and eateries. Kick back with a book and brew at Next Page Books and Nosh, a favorite independent bookstore and cafe; delight in Foote’s Rest Eatery’s homemade fudge and outdoor fire pits; and peruse secondhand treasures at Rags to Riches Consignment Shop. Find more restaurants in Frisco >>
4. Cold-weather celebrations abound.
Frisco’s extensive calendar of festivals and events is a true testament to Coloradans’ enthusiasm for all things winter. Sample more than 12 kinds of Wassail — a soul-warming spiced cider — at Wassail Days in December; or see fireworks and a gigantic bonfire illuminate the town during Spontaneous Combustion in February, when locals fuel the flames with their Christmas trees.
5. Frisco Adventure Park’s community ski hill, Nordic Center and tubing hill are just a four-minute drive from Main Street.
The Adventure Park has a six-lane, lift-served tubing hill, beginner skiing and riding hill and 45 km of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Wassail Days brings the Soup Cup Classic, a soup-making contest and tasting event, to the Frisco Adventure Park’s lodge in December, while the free Bubble Gum Ski Race Series in February and March allows adults and kids to try ski racing in a non-competitive environment. Visitors can also book scenic mule-drawn sleigh excursions, including dinner and hot cocoa rides, through local outfitter 2 Below Zero.
6. You’ll never run out of things to do in Frisco.
For breathtaking views of Colorado’s snowy kingdom, consider cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or fat biking (cruising on off-road bicycles equipped with oversized tires made for the snowy season) on trails in and near town. The easy Rainbow Lake trail leads to a beaver pond and connects to the Peaks Trail, which runs all the way to Breckenridge. Learn more about Frisco trails >>
For those interested in local history, an afternoon at Frisco Historic Park & Museum is a must. The free museum brings Frisco’s history to life, highlighting the town’s early days as a fur-trapping camp and evolution into a mining and railroad boomtown. Walk through several original, artifact-filled structures, including a schoolhouse, chapel and jail.
All photos: Todd Powell Photography