Anyone driving past the Frisco Adventure Park lately has undoubtedly seen the plumes of white rising from the top of the hill, as the snowmakers add layers to the snow that has already fallen.
In addition to the weekend crowds, the Adventure Park is preparing for the upcoming week of Wassail Days — a weeklong festival in Frisco with a multitude of events, from sampling wassail cider from various merchants to visits from Santa. On Thursday, Dec. 12, the Adventure Park will offer free 30-minute tubing sessions, free sleigh rides by Two Below Zero and free day trail passes to the Nordic center.
“We want people to get out there and experience what the Adventure Park has to offer in the winter,” said Nora Gilbertson, special events manager for the town of Frisco. “Because there’s plenty to do out there for free in the summer — there’s the bike park, the disc golf course and skate park and all these multi-purpose fields, but I think sometimes people need a reminder to experience what we have there in the winter.”
This is the third year that the Adventure Park has offered a day of free activities. Because of the popularity of the event, reservations are required for the tubing hill as well as the sleigh rides, due to limited space. Participants should arrive at least 15 minutes before their time, for both sleigh rides and the tubing hill.
“It’s very popular,” Gilbertson said. In previous years, tubing has filled up, so she recommends that people get their reservations in as soon as possible.
The tubing hill offers 1,200 foot tubing lanes. There is no age limit for tubing, although the park requires that children be 36 inches or taller. Those going for tubing should dress appropriately, said Gilbertson, as though they would for a day skiing on the mountain — warm enough for the weather and nothing too loose. Goggles aren’t required, but some may want to wear them.
The Frisco Nordic Center offers more than 13 miles of ski trails. While rentals price will remain the same, trail access will be free for the day on Dec. 12.
There will be two free sleigh rides, one at 2:30 p.m. and one at 3 p.m. Each ride lasts for 30 minutes, drawn by draft mules through the Peninsula Recreation Area.
The best thing about the offerings at the Adventure Park is that there are opportunities for all ages, Gilbertson said. “We offer something for everyone.”