Snowshoe and Stay in Frisco, Colorado

Although the annual Tubbs Romp to Stomp snowshoe race for the Susan G. Komen foundation has changed its name this year to Snowshoe for a Cure, the event promises to deliver the same pink fun in the same location at the Frisco Nordic Center on March 5.

Breaking crusty trail at the Frisco Nordic Center.

Breaking crusty trail at the Frisco Nordic Center.

Those planning to travel to Frisco for the day to participate in the event should consider staying for the weekend to experience all that this fun town has to offer. Not only is the town uniquely and ideally situated between lake and mountain, but Frisco’s Main Street is chock full of shops, restaurants and bars to explore before and after the race. Plus, a multitude of outdoor activities abound just minutes from Main Street to entertain the whole family year-round.

The city has grown considerably over the last few years and even those who have been to Frisco in previous years might be surprised to find some new delights. Here are some suggestions on how to turn a single race day into a memorable weekend getaway:

Stay

An array of lodging options is available in Frisco from lakefront condo rentals to small hotel chains. Inhabiting a renovated Victorian home just one-half block off of Main Street, The Inn on Galena is a charming bed and breakfast with cozy rooms, an atrium with a hot tub and sauna, complimentary happy hour and warm, friendly service. Also on Main Street is the Hotel Frisco, a ski lodge with a dramatic stone fireplace, cozy library and outdoor hot tub.

The Frisco Adventure Park has snow tubing, Tumble Bubbles, a sledding hill and a cozy day lodge.

The Frisco Adventure Park has snow tubing, Tumble Bubbles, a sledding hill and a cozy day lodge.

Savor

Start the day with a hearty meal at the casual and creative Bread + Salt, one of Frisco’s most recent additions.

Prepare for the day’s adventures with a stop at Butterhorn Bakery for snacks and sandwiches to go—perfect for picnics. Refuel after playing in the snow with a beer and a bite at The Boatyard American Grill, where you can people watch in the sunny bar lounge up front.

Ward off a food coma with a stop at Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters for a coconut milk chai latte and select a bag of coffee beans to take home as a souvenir.

Dinner proves a tough decision with enticing options up and down Main Street. Try Bagali’s for Italian comfort food, Pho Bay II for unfussy Vietnamese favorites, or The Moose Jaw for a burger fix. Also new to the dining scene is Tavern West, a farm-to-table American bistro with a cozy, rustic dining room featuring a stone fireplace and wraparound bar.

Sip

There’s no shortage of spots for imbibing and unwinding on Frisco’s Main Street. Prost beer hall is a longtime favorite for its cabin-like interior, Bavarian beer selection and live music (don’t miss their creative selection of grilled sausages and soft pretzels, too).

Welcome to Prost Beer Hall.

Welcome to Prost Beer Hall.

The Moose Jaw is known as one of the best dive bars in the county complete with cheap beer and billiards. Of course no mountain town is complete without a brewery, and Frisco is no exception. Sample award-winning craft brews at the two-story Backcountry Brewery across from the marina.

Sightsee

Even if you come to Frisco for snowshoeing, you don’t want to leave without sampling some of the other fun activities around. Spend a few hours at the Frisco Adventure Park, located right across the street from the Frisco Nordic Center, home to one of the best snow tubing operations around (reservations recommended). Horse-drawn sleigh rides, wacky Tumble Bubbles, a sledding hill and beginner ski hill are also offered.

The impressive snow tubing hill at the Frisco Adventure Park is sure to bring a smile to the faces of all ages.

The impressive snow tubing hill at the Frisco Adventure Park is sure to bring a smile to the faces of all ages.

Skiers and snowboarders can access six mountain resorts within a 30-minute drive. Located just seven miles from downtown Frisco, Copper Mountain is the closest and is easily accessible on the city’s free transit system.

Don’t forget to spend some time poking around the shops on Main Street which include clothing boutiques, outdoor gear stores, home goods stores and an adorable bookshop. If you find yourself at the eastern end of Main around sunset, venture down the pier at the Frisco Bay Marina for a breathtaking view of the Dillon Reservoir and the surrounding mountain peaks.

Soothe

Frisco has an array of day spas, salons, yoga studios and holistic wellness providers right on Main Street to help its uber-active residents manage muscle soreness and joint pain. Sue Lane Beauty uses natural products to conduct facials and massages, including the Ashiatsu Barefoot Bar Therapy, a transforming deep tissue massage. In addition to a variety of massage and facial services, Frisco Bodyworks also provides acupuncture, body scrubs and body wraps.

Bluebird skies at Copper Mountain.

Bluebird skies at Copper Mountain.

Snowshoe

In addition to the Frisco Nordic Center–which offers 45 kilometers of trails, snowshoe fittings and rentals and guided snowshoe tours–the town of Frisco is also bordered on three sides by public land offering access to an incredible network of trails that meander all over Summit County. Stop by the Visitor Information Center for a map and tips on the best trailheads for starting out, some of which are just minutes from Main Street.

 

Serene moonrise over Dillon Reservoir.

Serene moonrise over Dillon Reservoir.

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Katie Hearsum

Katie is a lifestyle and travel writer based in Denver, CO. Her career has led her from horseback riding on a dude ranch in the Rocky Mountains to mountain biking in Bolivia to kayaking in Laos and back again. She considers chocolate a food group and has never met a pair of yoga pants she didn’t like.

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