Sitting seven miles from Copper Mountain Resort and positioned within 30 minutes of a half-dozen of Colorado’s major ski resorts, you’ll find Frisco. Nicknamed “the Main Street of the Rockies,” this quaint mountain town nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Summit County is steeped in small town charm, surrounded by Arapaho National Forest and sliced by a storybook Main Street lined with locally-owned restaurants and shops. When your ski legs need a rest, head to Frisco, where these four family-friendly adventures await.
Find fun at Frisco Adventure Park. Whether zooming down the 1,200-foot-long multi-lane snow tubing hill, enjoying a scenic horse-drawn sleigh ride while sipping hot cocoa, or rolling on top of the snow in a Tumble Bubble — which resembles a huge inflatable human hamster wheel — you can’t help but have a blast at Frisco Adventure Park. It’s an ideal first-stop for beginners, too, as Frisco Adventure Park offers beginner ski and snowboard lessons with skilled Copper Mountain instructors so newbies can grasp basic skills in unintimidating terrain before hitting the big slopes. Want to work up a sweat in the snow? Try skate skiing, classic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at nearby Frisco Nordic Center.
Meander Main Street. Frisco’s Main Street, bookended by the 10,000-foot Mount Royal and the Frisco Bay Marina, is a snow-dusted six-block stretch lined with dozens of locally-owned restaurants, bars, boutiques and B&Bs. Let the kids pick out a souvenir inside Around the World Toys while you purchase them adorable outfits at locally-owned Stork & Bear Co. Craving something sweet? Nibble homemade fudge and ice cream at Foote’s Rest Sweet Shoppe housed in the historic building that was once Frisco’s Post Office. Get a java jolt at Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters before ducking into Next Page Books and Nosh, Summit County’s last remaining independent bookstore.
Step into the past. Find out all about this turn-of-the-20th-century mining town at Frisco Historic Park and Museum. Visitors can take a free, self-guided tour through the historic park exploring old cabins and houses while imagining what life was like centuries ago in Frisco, originally utilized by the Ute and trappers for settlement and later by the mining and railroad industries.
Fall for the food. Don’t let Frisco fool you, this pint-size Rocky Mountain town will impress discerning foodies. For breakfast, kick start the day at Bread+Salt with unique dishes like the truffle scramble or challah French toast with vanilla cinnamon batter and crème anglaise. Treat yourself to lunch or dinner at The Uptown at Main, indulging in the truffle frites and fresh P.E.I. mussels swimming in a white wine-tomato broth infused with garlic and fennel or the braised pork shank served over smoky cheddar grits and sautéed spinach.
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