‘World-class’ Nordic center proposed for Frisco | SummitDaily.com

‘World-class’ Nordic center proposed for Frisco

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkLarge events at the Frisco Nordic Center have outgrown the existing facility. The town council has asked designers to continue refining plans for a massive expansion of amenities on the Frisco peninsula.

FRISCO – Nordic skiing center operators Gene and Therese Dayton have traveled the globe on their skinny skis. But they maintain that Summit County is the top location for the growing sport.”I think we have a real opportunity here,” Gene Dayton said. “We’ve been to nine countries, and we’ve always come back home to better snow.”

The Daytons, as operators of the Frisco Nordic Center, have watched Nordic skiing’s popularity grow in Frisco during the past 15 years. They’re hoping that a massive facilities expansion on the Frisco peninsula will continue that trajectory.Designers have created preliminary sketches of a $6 million, 21,000-square-foot, world-class, year-round facility the Daytons estimate could double their business in a three- to five-year time frame. The center currently draws about 20,000 skier visits annually at its existing 2,000-square-foot building.”It’s the base facility that seems to be the nucleus that attracts people. I think they’ve really covered what defines ‘world-class’ by accommodating skiers and families of skiers from 6 years old to 91 years old,” Gene Dayton said.

The Frisco Town Council gave an informal thumbs-up to the draft plan Tuesday night and asked consultants to continue their work on the project.The proposed center would include almost 9,000 square feet of space for Nordic-related activities like equipment rental and storage, retail sales, a lounge and waiting area and changing rooms.A 6,000-square-foot hospitality area with adjacent outdoor deck and patio space would house special events, weddings, town functions and meetings all year long.

Funding the project will most likely require voter approval of a bond measure in November 2005.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or jsutor@summitdaily.com.

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