Skate Skiing in Summit County: Lessons at the Frisco Nordic Center

The trails at the Frisco Nordic Center offer views of the Tenmile Range, Gore Range and Lake Dillon.

The trails at the Frisco Nordic Center offer views of the Tenmile Range, Gore Range and Lake Dillon.

It seems many of the aerobic freaks who win randonee events also Nordic ski. Also, many cyclists use it for cross-training in the winter. It’s not my goal to become an aerobic freak or race bikes, but staying fit while playing outdoors (rather than in a gym) is pretty appealing. And so I discovered skate skiing at the Frisco Nordic Center in Summit County, Colorado.

I admit, it was much harder than I anticipated. When it came time to add poles to the equation, I really flailed. But like those on vacation who feel obligated to get in a full seven hours when purchasing day lift tickets, I was determined to get my money’s worth of skate ski lesson, rental and trail pass.

The personal attention offered in a private skate ski lesson at the Frisco Nordic Center is worth the money.

The personal attention offered in a private skate ski lesson at the Frisco Nordic Center is worth the money.

Skate Ski Lessons at the Frisco Nordic Center

Skate ski lessons at both the Frisco and Breckenridge Nordic Centers are done as private lessons.

Initially it seems frustrating that a group rate isn’t available, but the personal attention you get in 1.25 hours of a private lesson is enough to get you going for the remainder of the day (if your legs are up to it).

Trails at the Frisco Nordic Center

The backdrop of the Tenmile Range is pretty stunning. With all the logging taking place around the Frisco Nordic Center, lake views are more abundant but the wind can get brutal. Lake Dillon sparkles in the background on a sunny day, and is easily reached via intermediate trails.

I’ve heard Frisco is fairly flat compared to the Breckenridge Nordic Center. I had a pretty easy time getting around on skate skis my first day, so my guess is that’s true. More challenging trails with hills snake toward Crown Point while the easier trails lead to Frisco Bay.

Overall, I shelled out a lot less dough and likely burned a lot more calories than someone new to alpine skiing. But it still felt a little too much like running on a track. I suppose those are the words of someone truly spoiled by her environment. Off to run Straight Creek

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