Nordic Center Updates
The Frisco Nordic Center is open for the 2022/23 winter season.
The Frisco Nordic Center is open with a 1.5k loop of artificial snow groomed for classic and skate. Snowshoe trails are closed due to lack of snow.
About the Frisco Nordic Center
If outdoor winter play is your thing, chances are the Frisco Nordic Center has something you’ll enjoy. The Nordic Center is located just minutes south of Main Street on Colorado Highway 9 toward Breckenridge, within the Peninsula Recreation Area.
With a cozy lodge surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountain peaks, the Frisco Nordic Center offers skate-skiing, classic cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing in a pristine alpine setting. Here you’ll find 28 km of ski trails and 8 km of snowshoe trails.
The Frisco Nordic Center also offers gear rentals, lessons and clinics, and ski tuning every day throughout the winter season, which typically lasts from around Thanksgiving through mid to late April. We offer day passes, punch card passes, and season passes for our Nordic Center trails.
Frisco Nordic Center
616 Recreation Way
Frisco, CO 80443
The Frisco Nordic Center is open 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm.
PO Box 4100
Frisco, CO 80443
New – Season Pass Daily Check-In
What is the Difference Between Nordic Skiing and Cross Country Skiing?
The terms “Nordic skiing” and “cross country skiing” are often used interchangeably. Classic and skate are two different techniques under the Nordic skiing umbrella. The terms, “alpine skiing” or “downhill skiing” refer to the type of skiing you do at a ski resort with ski lifts, such as Copper Mountain. Both Nordic skiing and alpine skiing are great fun, but very different.
Things to do at the Frisco Nordic Center
Whether you want to bring your own gear and do your own thing on our cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails or rent gear and learn a winter sport or two, we’ve got you covered. The Frisco Nordic Center offers ski lessons and clinics for individuals and groups who want to learn about classic or skate skiing.
Ready to train with fellow Masters skiers? Our Masters Ski program is for you.
Here in Frisco we’re all about doing something a little offbeat, and maybe you are, too. If that’s the case, we also offer skijoring lessons to experienced cross-country skiers and their dogs. Yes, really. You and your dog(s) can learn this centuries-old sport, where dogs tow their humans through the wilderness on cross-country skis.
We also offer guided snowshoe tours for ages 8 and older, where your guide leads you through the pristine quiet of our wooded snowshoe trails.
Tips for visiting the Frisco Nordic Center
To help you plan your cross-country ski or snowshoe routes, check out our trail map by clicking on the button below.
A waiver must be completed before you can ski on the trails at the Frisco Nordic Center. Click the button below to complete your waiver online.
Trail conditions and other Frisco Nordic Center updates
How to rent gear and purchase trail passes at the Frisco Nordic Center
You can rent classic cross-country skis, skate skis, and snowshoes at the Frisco Nordic Center to use on your favorite trails or on our own groomed trails. We also sell season passes, punch card passes, and day passes for the Nordic Center ski and snowshoe trails.
Accessing the free multi-use Rec Path in winter from the Frisco Nordic Center
As of April 1, 2022 Recreation Path grooming has ceased for the season. In winter, the multi-use Summit County Recreation Path (aka “the Rec Path” to locals) is groomed twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.
You can access the Rec Path from the Frisco Nordic Center for free, but it does cross some of the Frisco Nordic trails, which are fee-based. Unlike the Frisco Nordic trails, dogs are allowed on the Rec Path, where you can also walk, snowshoe, ski, and ride fat bikes.
Fat biking at the Frisco Nordic Center
Cue the sad trombone music: Fat bikes are not allowed on the Frisco Nordic Center trails. However, the free Summit County Rec Path trail does allow fat bikes and you can access the Rec Path from the Nordic Center. Look for signs at the Nordic Center directing you to the Rec Path, which passes right next to the Nordic Center Lodge. Also the Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge (about a 10-minute drive on Highway 9 heading south from Frisco) allows and rents fat bikes for use on their trails.
A love note to dog owners from the Frisco Nordic Center
Dear dog owners: It’s not you, it’s us. As Coloradans, we love dogs as much as you do. But unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on any of the cross-country or snowshoe trails at the Nordic Center.
However, we’ve still got you: Dogs are allowed on the Rec Path, which you can access from the Nordic Center. Also, here’s a handy list of dog-friendly hiking trails in Frisco that you and your canine companions can explore in winter.
Road Conditions & I-70
If you are traveling to the Frisco Nordic Center on I-70 please be aware that heavy traffic will likely exist on all weekends, holidays, and during snow storms.
The Colorado Department of Transportation provides road condition updates on their website.
Frisco Nordic Center Events
We host events and races at the Frisco Nordic Center for winter sports enthusiasts of all ability levels, including the Frisco Freeze Fat Bike Race and the Up and At ‘Em Ski Series. Events may be canceled or postponed due to circumstances related to COVID-19. Check our calendar of upcoming events for details.
Frisco Nordic Center webcams
Check out the amazing views from the Frisco Nordic Center in real time. It’s the next best thing to being here–though obviously nowhere as cool as actually visiting to see for yourself.
U.S. Forest Service Information
The Frisco Nordic Center is located in the White River National Forest and operates under permit with the USDA Forest Service. Click here to learn more about filing a discrimination complaint with the USDA.