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Frisco: the Base Camp of Summit County

Frisco is affectionately referred to as “Main Street of the Rockies” due its dramatic setting at the foot of Mount Royal and the Ten Mile Mountain Rage. You can gaze to the north and see Buffalo Mountain, a prominent bald and rounded peak that is the first peak in the Gore Range that stretches for miles. Looking to the east across Lake Dillon you’ll see Gray and Torres peaks, popular 14,000-foot peaks during the hiking season. While in Frisco you truly are surrounded by everything that makes the Rocky Mountains so spectacular. But it’s not just the views that make Frisco a great vacation spot, it’s location in close proximity to five of Colorado’s best ski resorts and countless other outdoor activities is what makes Frisco the best base camp for your Rocky Mountain adventure.

Copper Mountain is the closest ski destinations to Frisco and is an easy 10-minute drive or bus ride from the center of downtown. Called “Colorado’s Favorite,” Copper sports over 2,490 skiable acres with more than 140 marked trails and 23 chairlifts. The summit elevation is an impressive 12,313 feet and you can ski a single run to the base for 2.8 miles. Copper also has 25 kilometers of cross country ski trails that wind through the White River National Forest and a number of other activities including ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides.

Breckenridge Ski Resort is an easy 20-minute drive or bus ride from Frisco offering world-class skiing on 2,908 acres of terrain serviced by 34 lifts. The highest point on this resort sits at an impressive 12,998 feet and is serviced by North America’s highest ski lift the Imperial Express Super Chair.  With 187 trails, the longest being 3.5 miles, Breckenridge has something for everyone. Don’t skip the opportunity to explore the historic main street of Breckenridge for Après Ski and a little shopping before hoping on the bus and heading back to base camp Frisco.

Keystone is also just a 20-minute drive or bus ride from Frisco with the most skiable acres, 3,148, out of the five resorts in close proximity to Frisco. Twenty lifts service 128 trails, the longest of which is 3.5 miles. The highest elevation of the resort is 12,408 feet and affords some of the best views in Colorado.

Arapahoe Basin, the local’s favorite resort, is a little bit further of a drive but still only 27 minutes from Main Street in Frisco. One of the earliest ski resorts to open in the country, A-Basin is a popular early and late season destination. With 1,331 skiable acres serviced by nine lifts, this resort offers some seriously challenging terrain that can start as high as 13,050 feet.

Loveland Ski Area is the last of the five resorts within an easy drive of Frisco and can be accessed by a 25-minute drive on Interstate 70. Often compared to European resorts due to its setting mostly above tree line, Loveland offer the unique experience of free snowcat skiing along the Continental Divide. With 1,800 skiable acres, 94 trails serviced by 11 lifts, and the highest summit elevation of all the resorts on this list at 13,010 feet, Loveland is not a resort for the faint of heart.

Ski resorts aren’t the only destinations that are close to Frisco, miles of cross country skiing and snowshoeing can be found right outside of town and the shopping and dining found in downtown Frisco is some of the best in Summit County. The Frisco Adventure Park has a tubing hill that makes for an excellent family activity when you’re not skiing and miles of some of the best groomed cross-country ski trails in the area. The next time you are planning a winter vacation to Summit County make sure you check out Frisco for your base camp and be right in the middle of all of the action! Explore our large list of available rental properties in Frisco or give Summit Mountain Rentals a call at 970-453-7370 to plan your Rocky Mountain vacation today!