Jenifer Harrington

Enjoy snow and springtime sun in the Colorado mountain town

Elisa Bosley,  –  January 27, 2006

Spring may officially arrive this month, but in Frisco, Colorado, March means snow ― and lots of it. Within minutes of Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin ski areas, the town also boasts the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area just ¼ mile beyond its charming and historic Main Street, which is lined with excellent eateries for pre- and post-snow sport refueling.

Frisco Nordic Center.
43 kilometers of nordic skiing and 15 kilometers of snowshoeing trails through snowy woods and alongside Lake Dillon. Start at the lodge for rentals and lessons. WHEN: 9-4 Nov-early April; night trekking by reservation. HOW MUCH: Trail passes $14; rentals from $14. WHERE: 18454 State 9; 970/668-0866. 

Two Below Zero Sleigh Rides.
Snuggle under antique lap robes as you skim along beneath the stars, anticipating the heated tent camp where a hearty dinner and cowboy entertainment await. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Mon-Sat (check in 30 min. early). HOW MUCH: $70. WHERE: Departs from the Frisco Nordic Center (above); or 800/571-6853.

Food Hedz World Café.
Despite its strip-mall location, this funky new eatery is wowing patrons with fusion cooking by chef David Welch, who previously worked at a four-star restaurant. WHEN: Lunch and dinner Tue-Sat. HOW MUCH: $$$. WHERE: 842 Summit Blvd. (between Safeway and Wal-Mart); 970/668-2000. 

Soothe your après-ski muscles at this tony wine bar and restaurant as you sip a little Pinot, nibble small plates of steamed mussels and duck confit ravioli, and tuck into a dinner of Colorado lamb loin or polenta-crusted ruby trout. WHEN: Dinner daily. HOW MUCH: $$$. WHERE: 320 Main St.; 970/668-8466.

The Juniper Tree.
Wind carefully through this mountain-style home decor haven ― mind the wooden moose head over the faux fireplace. Carving sets, embroidered linen napkins, and cheery crockery draw shoppers looking for alpine-themed indulgences. WHEN: Open daily. WHERE: 507 Main St.; 970/668-5689.

Info: From Denver, drive 70 miles west on I-70 to exit 201, which becomes Main St. Contact the Frisco Chamber of Commerce (970/668-5547).

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