5 Reasons to base your next family ski trip in this Colorado ski town
1/Location, location, location
Frisco is smack in the middle of three world-class ski resorts: Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain. You can get to each one within 15 minutes. Keystone is the largest mountain in the area and a good option for skiers of all levels. It also has a 60-acre terrain park, ice skating, and tubing. Breckenridge offers just under 3,000 acres of skiing over five peaks, plus hockey classes for kids under 6, sledding, and a children’s museum. Copper Mountain boasts 140 trails, as well as ice skating, snowmobiling tours, and an exclusive year-round ski and snowboarding training center. All three resorts offer ski lessons and child care for young ones who don’t ski.
KidTripster Tip: Keystone and Breckenridge are both owned by Vail Resorts, so you can buy one pass for both resorts and only stand in line once. You will have to buy a separate pass for Copper Mountain.
2/More winter fun
Frisco Adventure Park is your one-stop-shop for family fun. The park has tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sledding. If you’re in town on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday, check out the sleigh rides. Your kids will love sipping on hot chocolate (adults, you can add schnapps to your drink!) during the one-hour scenic ride under the stars. Or you can take a sleigh ride to a three-course dinner, complete with a live show.
For a small town, Frisco has a wide variety of restaurants. From pizza joints to sandwich shops to authentic Mexican restaurants, Frisco has something to please every palate. Try Ollie’s Pub and Grub with its game room for the kids, complete with a pool table, foosball, and a pinball machine.
KidTripster Tip: Sunday nights are a great time to take the family to dinner. Many restaurants offer deals to generate stronger Sunday sales. You can find deals for free pizza or money off your bill!
4/It's more economical
A room at Keystone or Breckenridge will set you back at least $200 in the middle of ski season. But in Frisco, you can find a place to stay for $150/night. It’s obviously not ski-in/ski-out, but the extra savings can be worth a little inconvenience. Activities, like tubing, are also cheaper.
5/Even more skiing and snowboarding
For the true skiing and boarding family, you could venture out even farther to other ski resorts. Vail, Arapahoe Basin, and Loveland are all within a 30-minute drive of Frisco. Vail is upscale with tons of dining, shops, and après ski options. Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are smaller and more old-school with limited dining. All offer ski lessons for adults and kids.
KidTripster Tip: Hit A-Basin in the spring, and it’ll look more like a summer BBQ than a ski resort. You’ll see families and friends tailgating on the “beach” while throwing frisbees and playing yard games.
Amy Sward lives in Denver with her husband and her 2-year-old ski bunny.