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Morning photo: The hand of man

Not all natural …

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Buffalo Mountain from the Frisco Nordic Center at dawn.

FRISCO — As it started to get light Thursday morning I glanced out the kitchen window and noticed a thick layer of low-lying fog over part of Frisco Bay. That seemed a bit unusual since the reservoir has been frozen over for a few weeks, and the fog generally stops forming after the ice thickens up. So after getting my son off to school, I jumped in the car and headed up Highway 9 toward Breckenridge. It didn’t take long to discover the source of the fog. The snow-making machines at the Frisco Nordic Center and tubing hill were going all out, and with an atmospheric inversion in place, the frozen mists from the nozzles were being pushed down and out across the Reservoir. Continue reading

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Summit County: Get your early bird X-C pass now

Pre-season pass discounts end Oct. 31; Breckenridge Nordic Center plans Nov. 11 opening, and popular Nordic swaps coming up in early November

Making tracks at the Frisco Nordic Center.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — With significant snowfall forecast down to the valley floors this week, local crosscountry skiers are no doubt also starting to think about the upcoming season. The Breckenridge Nordic Center has set an opening date of Nov. 11 and the Frisco Nordic Center will open a week later, Nov. 18, conditions permitting.

If you want to hit the trails as soon as they open, now’s the time to get your season pass at the early bird rate, with the 15 percent discount available through Oct. 31.

The popular Nordic ski swap is also coming up, first at the Breckenridge Nordic Center Nov. 11 -13, then at the Frisco Nordic Center the following weekend. Passes can also be bought online.

Early Bird Rate for Frisco Nordic OR Breck/Gold Run Nordic

  • $200 Adult (ages 13-59)
  • $145 Senior (ages 60-69)
  • $325 Family
  • $450 Corporate
  • $40 Super Senior (ages 70+)

Early Bird Rate for Joint Pass (Breck/Gold Run Nordic AND Frisco Nordic)

  • $255 Adult
  • $185 Senior
  • $380 Family
  • $500 Corporate
  • $65 Super Senior

Follow these instructions to buy a pass online:

*If you purchased your pass online last season, you will not have to do this step

Three easy steps stand between you and your 2011-2012 Nordic Season Pass!

1. Click Request Account on the following link- http://activenet8.active.com/breckenridgerec/

If the login page appears, click Create New Account.

2. Fill out New Account Request Form

Required fields have asterisks. When complete, click Submit at the bottom right of the page.

3. Check your Personal Email Account for a Confirmation

To activate your account, click on the link in the email. Clicking this link will redirect you to the site where you can login and begin registering for programs.

How to Purchase a Pass Online

1. Click Membership on the left side of the following link – http://activenet8.active.com/breckenridgerec/

If the login page appears, click Passes at the top right of the page.

2. Choose a Pass

Search for the pass you want to purchase and click on the title (blue and underlined).

3. Click Add to My Cart

Log in to your account with your Customer ID and password. Choose the member and confirm pass details. Choose Continue at the bottom of each page.

4. Payment

Finally, enter your credit card information on the Payment Information page. After clicking Continue you’re finished!

4. Early Bird Passes will be mailed to you the first week in November.

Frisco Nordic Center: Ready, set … skate!

Skating and waxing clinics, crosscountry ski racing on tap in Summit County

At the start of the 2010 Frisco Gold Rush.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — January’s near-record snowfalls have set up near optimal conditions not only for downhill skiing and riding at lift-served areas, but also for local cross-country ski areas, where the season is also in high gear, with all trails open and a slew of events and races coming up.

This weekend features Frisco Cup racing at the Frisco Nordic Center, with 16K and 32K skate and classic races on what promises to be a bluebird day. Wax could be the key, as the forecast is predicting highs to soar up near 40 degrees.

If you’re not in racing form yet, consider joining the Level II skate skiing clinic series at the Frisco Nordic Center, beginning Feb. 7 and continuing for three subsequent Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Contact the Frisco Nordic Center at (970) 668-0866 to see if there are still some spots open for the clinics.

You can learn to unravel some of the mysteries of Nordic waxing for skate skiing at Feb. 5 one-hour clinic, which might help if you’re planning on participating in the Big Enchilada of Summit County Nordic events, the Feb. 6 Frisco Gold Rush, billed as Colorado’s oldest cross-country and snowshoe event and benefiting the Summit Nordic Ski Club.

Gold Rush racing begins at 9 a.m. with 5K and 10K classic races, followed by 5K and 10 skate races at 9:45 a.m. and the 20K skate at 10:30 a.m. Snowshoe racers hit the course at 11:30 a.m. for the 7K TUBBS snowshoe contest. Click here to register online.

Visit the Nordic Center online for a full schedule of events.

Frisco to open tubing hill, terrain park in early December

New adventure park revives the tradition of a neighborhood hill

The new Frisco Adventure Park is set to begin winter operations within the next few weeks.

The lanes of Frisco's new tubing hill are taking shape near the Nordic center.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — There was a time not so long ago when many a small town in the Rocky Mountains had its own neighborhood hill, served by a ropetow, with a lodge at the bottom serving hot chocolate and homemade Rice Krispies Treats. Many of those small ski areas went out of business during the era of corporate conglomeration, but the tradition is about to be revived in a post-modern version in Frisco, with the upcoming opening of the town’s new adventure park.

Instead of a ropetow, a conveyor belt will transport visitors to the top of the mellow slope, and instead of Flexible Flyers, the downhill action will be on a manicured tubing hill, and on a series jumps, rails and fun boxes similar to what you might find at one of the local resorts, on a somewhat smaller scale. The terrain park is designed for beginners to intermediates, according to the adventure park website. Continue reading

Summit County nordic centers open for skiing!

Ski swap at Frisco Nordic Center this weekend

A scence from the 2009 Frisco Gold Rush at the Frisco Nordic Center.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — With all the hoopla at local alpine resorts, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact that Summit County also has world-class cross-country skiing in Frisco and Breckenridge, where both Nordic centers have opened for the season.

Frisco has 12K of skating track open, and the center hopes to set a classic track in time for the weekend.
This weekend also marks the ski swap at the Frisco Nordic Center, with proceeds benefitting the Summit Nordic Ski Team. The swap features new and used cross-country and telemark gear, as well as accessories. The swap runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The swap will also be accepting items for sale throughout the weekend.

The Breckenridge Nordic Center is reporting 12K of trails open for both classic and skate skiing. A daily trail pass is $14.Get more information on both Nordic Centers here.

Summit County: Get revved up for skinny skiing!

Skate, slip and glide at the local Nordic centers this weekend!

Grooming under way at Breckenridge and Frisco Nordic centers; early bird pass sales end Oct. 31, and gear swaps are coming up soon

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — The juicy storm that rolled through Colorado set up the big resorts for a great opening day, and also is helping local crosscountry ski areas prepare for what could be an early start. Already, the Breckenridge Nordic Center is taking reservations for lessons and rentals.

Some of the trails have been groomed, but for now, there is only some limited skiing available at no charge in the immediate vicinity of the the lodge and shop, according to a voice message on the center’s answering machine. From the message, it also sounds like some grooming is under way on Peak 7 trails and at the Frisco Nordic Center.

If you want to be ready, get your season pass now. Early bird rates (15 percent off) end Oct. 31. The early bird  adult pass for a Frisco or Breckenridge-only pass is $200. A joint pass for Frisco, Breckenridge and Gold Run is $255. Click here for all the pass prices and instructions for buying your pass online. Continue reading

2010 Romp to Stomp in Frisco: A sea of pink!

Frisco Romp to Stomp, 2010.

Snowshoe event has raised $469,000 since 2003
By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — The white snows of the Frisco Nordic Center blossomed in a sea of pink Saturday as thousands of people joined in what’s billed as America’s largest snowshoe event — the Tubbs Romp to Stomp out breast cancer.

After a heart pancake breakfast, sponsored by Wells Fargo, groups of racers and walkers set out 3K and 5K races and walks, all to raise money for the Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure®.

The organization was founded in 1994, the year after the first Komen Denver Race for the Cure, to carry out the promise of our National organization — to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

The goal for this year’s Romp to Stomp was $125,000. Since 2003, the event has raised a total of $468,968. See the photos after the break and check back, we’ll be updating the gallery the next few days with new photos.

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