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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 12, 2022 starting at 10:00 am. At 51 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. The Gold Rush celebrates Frisco’s historical mining heritage as a one-time center of Colorado’s mining boom, and embraces the ski culture that defines Frisco’s mountain community today.

The event includes a 20k skate ski race, 10k skate ski & classic races, 5k skate ski race, and 1k kids’ fun ski; a new trail is featured for the longer courses.

 “The Frisco Nordic Center has been adding miles of new trails for both summer and winter recreation, and is excited to show off our newest trail – ‘Giber’s’ for both the 10km and 20km edition of the Gold Rush. 20km skate race participants will enjoy a single 20km lap,” stated Pete Swenson, Nordic Center and Trails Manager.

Maverick Sports will provide timing for all races, other than the 1K fun ski. All 5k, 10k, and 20k racers will receive a pair of Frisco socks with their race registration. The awards ceremony and post-race party will include a warm bowl of soup, a beer from Outer Range Brewery for guests 21 and older, and a chance to win prizes for all registered participants.

2022 Registration Information

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

Kids 1K Fun Ski: Youth (under 18) – $10

5K Skate Ski: Adult (18+) – $30
Youth (under 18) – $20

10K Skate or Classic Ski: Adult (18+) – $50
Youth (under 18) – $40

20K Skate Ski: Adult (18+) – $60
Youth (under 18) – $50

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

Spontaneous Combustion

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 12, to watch the bonfire and fireworks (at 8:00 pm) light up the Frisco sky. This is a free event, and food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase to benefit Summit County Preschool.

The Town of Frisco is accepting Christmas trees to fuel the Spontaneous Combustion bonfire through Saturday, February 12, 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. 

Event Schedule

Gold Rush

  • 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

Spontaneous Combustion

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

More information about Spontaneous Combustion may be found in the events calendar at or by emailing

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