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Frisco Gold Rush and Spontaneous Combustion – A day of Community Celebration

The Frisco Nordic Center and the Town of Frisco will be hosting the Frisco Gold Rush Nordic races on February 11, 2023 starting at 10:00am. On its 52nd year, the Gold Rush has the distinction of being the longest running Nordic event in Colorado and celebrates Frisco’s historical mining heritage while embracing the ski culture that defines Frisco’s mountain community today. The event consists of classic and skate races open to skiers of all ages and abilities, including a 20k skate ski race, 10k skate ski & classic races, 5k skate ski race, and 1k kids’ fun ski on Frisco’s world-class Nordic trails.

 “With several distances and two disciplines to choose from, this event can be as laid back or as competitive as you want it to be. Whether this is your first Nordic ski race or you’re racing for a podium, this is such a fun way to be part of a long-standing Frisco tradition,” stated Pete Swenson, Nordic Center and Trails Manager.

Maverick Sports will provide timing for all races, except for the 1K fun ski, which will not be timed. All 5k, 10k, and 20k racers will receive a Frisco Toko Beanie. The awards ceremony and post-race party will take place on the Nordic Center deck and will include some warm food for all racers and beer from Outer Range Brewery for guests 21 and older.


Online registration is available on The 2022 Gold Rush race fees are as follows:

Kids 1K Fun Ski:
Youth (17 and under) – $10

5K Skate Ski:
Adult (18+) – $35Youth (17 and under) – $25

10K Skate or Classic Ski:
Adult (18+) – $55Youth (17 and under) – $45

20K Skate Ski:
Adult (18+) – $65Youth (17 and under) – $55

More information about the Frisco Gold Rush may be found by visiting or emailing

Spontaneous Combustion Community Bonfire

Gold Rush participants and their friends and family will have a great reason to stick around Frisco after the races. The Frisco Gold Rush will be followed by Spontaneous Combustion, a community bonfire and fireworks display at the Frisco Bay Marina. The Town of Frisco invites the whole community to the Marina lot at the corner of Summit Boulevard/Highway 9 and Marina Road at 6:00 pm on Saturday, February 11, to watch the bonfire and fireworks (at 8:00 pm) light up the Frisco sky. This is a free event, and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase to benefit Summit County Preschool. Parking will not be available at the Marina and attendees are asked to park on Main Street and side avenues and utilize the crosswalk at Main Street and Summit Boulevard/Highway 9 to get to the event.

The Town of Frisco is accepting decommissioned Christmas trees to fuel the Spontaneous Combustion bonfire through Saturday, February 11, until 4:00 pm.  Trees must be stripped of all lights, tinsel, garland, tree stands, and decorations prior to drop off at the Marina dirt lot at the corner of Summit Boulevard/Highway 9 and Marina Road. The tree drop-off is open 24 hours a day. 


Gold Rush

  • 10:00am – 20k Skate Ski start
  • 10:15am – 10k Skate Ski start
  • 10:17am – 10k Classic Ski start
  • 11:30am – 5k Skate Ski start
  • 11:35am – 1k Kids’ Fun Ski start
  • 1:00pm – Awards

Spontaneous Combustion

  • 4:00pm- Christmas tree drop-off closes
  • 6:00pm- Start of bonfire
  • 8: 00pm- Fireworks

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