Frisco is the Perfect Basecamp for Winter Adventure
Eight Ski Resorts Near Frisco
Frisco is located at the epicenter of winter recreation with eight ski and ride resorts within four minutes to 45 minutes from Frisco’s charming Main Street. We even have free transportation to four of those resorts right from Main Street. Frisco also sports a lift assisted tubing hill, 27km of groomed Nordic trails, backcountry skiing, the nearby Janet’s Cabin backcountry hut, and miles of trails on public lands for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Boredom is just not possible in Frisco, but you might catch a case of F.O.M.O (fear of missing out). But not to worry, Frisco is welcoming and laid back with wallet-friendly lodging, so come check us out for your next winter adventure.
Copper Mountain: Frisco’s Home Mountain
Frisco is Copper’s town and Copper is Frisco’s home mountain. It is a quick seven minute drive from Frisco’s Main Street to Copper Mountain. The best way to get from Frisco to Copper is on the free Summit Stage bus making a trip to Copper easy and quick while you make Frisco your basecamp.
Frisco/Copper Information Center
300 Main Street
Frisco, CO 80443
The Information Center will have limited hours on some holidays and will be closed on January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 24 & 25.
PO Box 4100
Frisco, CO 80443
Why Frisco Loves Copper
Copper is a unique mountain resort with a laid-back and inclusive vibe that represents the best of Colorado. The lifties are kind. There are a variety of great places to grab a beer and a bite to eat. There is free ice skating in Center Village (just bring your own skates). In winter and summer, the Rocky Mountain Coaster weaves through forests topping out at speeds up to 25 miles per hour as one of North America’s longest alpine coasters. Summer at Copper may even be better than winter with golfing, mountain biking, hiking, and general relaxing in the lovely Colorado summer mountain vibe.
And the list goes on. Here’s a bit more about Copper by numbers:
- Location: Copper Mountain is just 75 miles west of Denver
- Base Elevation: 9,712 feet/2,946 meters
- Summit Elevation: 12,441 feet/3,792 meters
- Lifts and Trails: 24 lifts servicing over 140 marked trails (21% beginner, 25% intermediate, 36% advanced, 18% expert). Check out Copper’s winter trail map.
- Skiable Acres: 2,507 acres of skiable terrain making Copper one of the largest ski and snowboard resorts in Colorado. And Copper’s naturally-divided terrain offers world-class skiing and riding for all ages and abilities (so straying onto a black diamond while you are still in a wedge is unlikely).
- Average Annual Snowfall : 305 inches/774 centimeters
- Snowmaking: 364 acres/148 hectares
- Longest Run: 2.8 miles/5 kilometers (Soliloquy to Roundabout)
- Villages: Three villages – Center, East, and West offering a variety of lodging and dining options
Plan a Trip to Copper
Contact Copper‘s guest services staff at 970-968-2318 for more information on lodging, hotels and specific activities or call the Frisco-Copper Information Center at 800-424-1554 for ideas on making the most of your trip by linking together Copper and Frisco experiences.
Ski Resorts Near Frisco
Frisco Adventure Park Beginner Ski and Ride Hill – 4 minutes
The Frisco Adventure Park Beginner Ski and Ride Hill is Frisco’s own beginner ski and ride hill just 4 minutes from Frisco’s Main Street. This beginner hill is reminiscent of the friendly community hills of years’ past where families learned to ski and ride together, and the lodge and parking were a stone’s throw from the hill. The hill was founded in 2010 with this throwback vibe, and new skiers and riders will find a hill free of crowds and full of learning opportunities.
What to Expect
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 970-668-2558. A limited number of tickets are offered daily and often sell out. The ski and ride hill is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Copper Mountain – 7 minutes
At just seven minutes from Frisco’s Main Street, Copper Mountain is Frisco’s big mountain and where you’ll find most Frisco and Summit County locals skiing its over 140 run, 23 lifts and 2,490 acres of skiable terrain. Here in Summit County, Copper is known as the “local’s mountain” or “skier’s/rider’s mountain” because of its welcoming atmosphere and incredible terrain, which really does offer something for every level of skier.
Breckenridge Ski Resort – 15 minutes
Just 15 minutes down the road is Breckenridge Ski Resort, which doesn’t need much introduction as it is one of the most visited ski resorts in North America. The 2013 expansion to Peak 6 added 540 acres of beautiful terrain for a total of 2,908 acres. The upper bowls of Peak 8 offer great skiing and great views of the valley and a peek to the west even affords a looksie at Copper Mountain.
Keystone Resort – 20 minutes
A 20 minute drive takes you to Keystone which is the largest resort in Summit County offering 3,148 skiable acres. While skiing and riding are inherently great family activities, Keystone has taken it to a whole new level with designated close-in parking for families, red loaner equipment wagons and daily Kidtopia activities for the munchkins.
Loveland Ski Area – 20 minutes
20 minutes in the other direction brings you to Loveland Ski Area, a mountain with a laid back vibe, stunning views and 1,800 acres of fabulous terrain. There are no shuttles or long walks to lifts here – just pure and wonderful skiing and riding.
Arapahoe Basin – 25 minutes
25 minutes delivers you to Arapahoe Basin which is known as “A-Basin” or “the Basin” by its many devoted fans. There are no condos or glitzy shops at the Basin, just unadulterated fun on snow with nine lifts and more than 1,400 skiable acres.
Vail – 30 minutes
30 minutes over Vail Pass is Vail Mountain clocking in at a behemoth 5,289 acres. It is a spectacle of skiing and riding choices, which will turn your legs to spaghetti. Vail typically dukes it out with Breckenridge for the most visited resort in North America, and if you are imagining swanky shops, great people-watching and fun après ski scene, then you have a very accurate imagination.
Beaver Creek Resort – 45 minutes
45 minutes from Frisco sits Beaver Creek with 1,800 acres of terrain and where you can often find untouched powder, even a few days after a storm. And if you’ve never been handed a free warm chocolate chip cookie after skiing here, then you haven’t really lived. Beaver Creek has a way of bringing luxury and sport together in an exceptional way- even for us mere mortals.
Photo Credits: Copper Mountain, Curtis Devore and Ian Macy