Frisco, Colo., January 5, 2022 – The Town of Frisco is presenting a full lineup of social and competitive events at the Frisco Nordic Center again this season. Starting in early January, the Up & At ‘Em Series offers an opportunity to race into shape in a low-pressure, self-timed format before jumping into mass start events to finish the series, the Gold Rush Nordic races, and the Frisco Freeze Fat Bike Race. The Frisco Nordic Center is also hosting several other laid-back events for those who want to be active outside and gather with friends, but without the competitive aspect.
Registration is open for all events, and full event details may be found at FriscoNordic.com.
2022 Up & At ‘Em Series
This season, the Up & At ‘Em race series will offer five different 6.5K -10K distance races throughout the winter, where participants can race in classic and skate disciplines. The first three races will be held in a virtual, self-timed format, with the last two races held in-person. Participants can sign up for individual races or for the whole series and must have a Strava account (it’s free) and join the ‘Up & At ‘Em’ group to participate in the virtual races.
The Strava/solo format has received significant positive feedback from the past two seasons and allowed for more participation than ever. In this format, racers must record their runs via watch, GPS device, or cell phone and upload those results to Strava. Racers must email their Strava file to Race Director Linsey Joyce, LinseyJ@TownofFrisco.com , who will organize results by age group for both skate and classic categories.
The course will be marked from Wednesday at 7:00 am through Sunday at 5:00 pm on race weeks and racers must complete the course within that time frame and during daylight hours (to avoid grooming and maintenance operations) for their results to count. The last two races in February and March will be held in person with professional timing and post-race breakfast treats provided.
Race #1: January 4 – 8, 2023 – 6.5km Strava classic ski race
Race #2: January 18-22, 2023 – 7.5km Strava skate ski race
Race #3: February 1 -5, 2023 – 7.5km Strava
Race #4: February 15, 2023, at 7:00 am – 7.5km in person classic ski race
Race #5: March 1, 2023 at 7:00 am – 10km in person skate ski race
All Series registrants will receive a custom gift. Online registration, additional information, and course maps are available on FriscoNordic.com.
Series Registration (5 races)
- Adults 18 and over – $60
- Youth 17 and under – $40
Individual Race Registration
- Adults 18 and over – $15/race
- Youth 17 and under – $10/race
Beginner Skijoring Clinics – Saturday, January 21 and 28, 2023
Skijoring is cross-country skiing while being pulled by your dog(s). The first part of this two-hour class will take place indoors, without dogs, and will focus on equipment, dog care, training, and places to skijor. The outdoor portion of the class will focus on teaching dogs to pull, basic commands, and teaching humans how to handle the equipment.
- Human participants must have intermediate cross-country skiing skills and bring their own dog(s).
- Dogs must be in good health and must be able to peacefully tolerate a group situation with other people and dogs.
- Clinics are limited to 8 participants.
- Ski equipment is available to rent for those who do not have their own.
- Participants can sign up for either date (January 21 or January 28, 2023).
- Class is from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
- $45 per class for Frisco Nordic season pass holder
- $55 per class for non-season pass holders
Registration fee includes a day trail pass for non-season pass holders, instruction from Louisa Morrissey and use of her Skijoring equipment for the dogs. This fee does not include ski equipment for the human. Registration is available at FriscoNordic.com.
Eat, Ski, and Be Merry, Saturday, January 28, 2023
This annual event presented by the Team Summit Nordic Program invites participants to experience the Frisco peninsula at night, on candle-lit trails, while enjoying cozy bonfires, food, and drinks along the way. All proceeds benefit Summit Nordic Ski Club scholarships, programs, and athletes.
Tickets include food and drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) along a candle-lit beginner-friendly 2.5k course. A variety of food will be available at the stops to better accommodate some, but not all, dietary restrictions.
- General Admission (ages 13 and up) – $65 ($80 with ski rental)
- Child (ages 12 and under) – $45 ($60 with ski rental)
- Young children (5 and under) – Free and do not need a ticket
New this year- Team Summit Nordic Program will sell the same number of tickets as in past years but tickets will be for a specific time in order to stagger “entry” to make the experience better and even more magical on the trails. Ticket times will be 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:00 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:00 pm.
Participants may find more details about this event which benefits Team Summit Nordic and register in advance at FriscoNordic.com; no tickets will be sold on the day of the event.
52nd Annual Frisco Gold Rush – Saturday, February 11, 2023
At 52 years and counting, the Gold Rush is the longest running Nordic event in Colorado and consists of classic and skate races open to skiers of all ages and abilities. Gold Rush is where the past and present come together to celebrate Frisco’s historical mining heritage and embrace the ski culture that defines the area’s mountain communities.
Race options include a 20k skate, 10k skate and classic, 5k skate and classic, for youth and adults, and a 1k youth fun ski.
- 10:00 am: 20k Skate ski start
- 10:15 am: 10k Skate ski start
- 10:17 am: 10k Classic ski start
- 11:30 am: 5k Skate ski start
- 11:35 am: 1k Kids’ Fun ski start
- 1:00 pm: Awards
All 5k, 10k, and 20k racers will receive a pair of Frisco Toko beanie with their race registration. All racers will receive a hot meal after their race. Racers 21+ will receive one free beer.
Kids 1K Fun Ski
- Youth (under 18) – $10
5K Skate Ski
- Adult (18+) – $35
- Youth (under 18) – $25
10K Skate or Classic
- Adult (18+) – $55
- Youth (under 18) – $45
20K Skate Ski
- Adult (18+) – $65
- Youth (under 18) – $55
Online registration, additional information, and course maps are available on FriscoGoldRush.com.
7th Annual Frisco Freeze Fat Bike Race – Saturday, February 18, 2022
The 7th Annual Frisco Freeze Fat Bike Race is the only chance this winter to ride a fat bike on the groomed Frisco Nordic Center trails. This fast, flowing, fun course will be entirely on groomed Nordic trails, highlights amazing views of Buffalo Mountain and the Ten Mile Range, and is open to riders of all ages and abilities. Racers will complete two laps for a total distance of 14k. Juniors will race one 7k lap.
Saturday, February 18, 2023
- 1:30pm-2:45pm: Day of Registration and Packet Pickup
- 2:00 pm: Course opens for pre-riding
- 3:00 pm: Race Start
2023 Registration Information
Pre-registration will close at 12:00pm on Friday, February 17, 2023.
- Adult (18+) – $45
- Youth (under 18) – $35
All racers will receive a finisher mug, as well as soup and beer (for racers 21+) post-race.
Awards will be given to the top three racers in open, masters (45+), and junior (17 & under) categories for men and women. The award ceremony will take place immediately following the race on the back deck of the Frisco Nordic Center.
Registration and more information are available at FriscoNordic.com
Frisco BrewSki – Saturday, March 11, 2023
2:00pm – 6:00pm
The 5th Annual Frisco BrewSki is a non-competitive, happy hour ski tour with stops for snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, and beer tastings from Colorado breweries. Skiing will take place on groomed, scenic, and non-challenging terrain at the Frisco Nordic Center. All ages and skiing abilities are welcome.
This event is ideal for Nordic/cross country skis- either classic or skate skis, but participants may also use AT or telemark equipment with skins. Limited ski rentals will be available to rent for $15 at the Frisco Nordic Center on a first come, first served basis, starting at 12:30 pm on the day of the event. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
2:00pm – 4:00 pm skiing and beer tasting
4:00pm – 5:00 pm after party with more beer tasting and prizes
2023 Registration Information
- Adult (18+) – $35
- Youth (under 18) – $15
Register at FriscoBrewSki.com. A portion of the proceeds will go to Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. The first 250 people to register will receive a commemorative gift! Frisco BrewSki sold out in advance in 2022.
Frisco Nordic Center and Frisco Adventure Park General Information
The Frisco Nordic Center is currently open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm every day. Daily trail passes for individuals (13-64) are $27, seniors (65+) are $22, and children (12 and under) are free. Information about Nordic Center programs, lessons, and current trail conditions may be found at FriscoNordic.com or by calling 970-668-2570.
More information about other activities at the Frisco Adventure Park, including tubing, the beginner ski and ride hill, and horse drawn sleigh rides, may be found at FriscoAdventurePark.com or by calling 970-668-2558.