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Bubble Gum Series free ski races return to Frisco

A young racer lines up at the gate for the free Bubble Gum ski race series at the Frisco Adventure Park in 2015. The weekly Monday series returns on Feb. 15 with dual slalom races for beginners, veterans and never-evers.
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Bubble Gum Series ski races

What: A free community race series hosted by the town of Frisco, with six races split between dual slalom and obstacle courses for beginners, veterans and total newbies

When: Mondays at 5 p.m.

Where: Frisco Adventure Park, 621 Recreation Way in Frisco

Cost: Free

The series is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 4 p.m. on race day, followed from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with races. Racers must provide their own ski or snowboard equipment and helmets are required. Free hot cocoa and cookies will be served at the day lodge after each race. For more info, see http://www.townoffrisco.com.

Series schedule

Feb 15 — Dual slalom

Feb. 29 — Obstacle course

March 7 — Dual slalom

March 14 — Nordic obstacle course

March 21 — Obstacle course

March 28 — Dual slalom

Break out your skis, boards and Double Bubble — it’s time for the Frisco Bubble Gum Series.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 15, the ski and ride hill at the Frisco Adventure Park will host the inaugural race of the third-annual Bubble Gum Series races. The series features six races, held just about every Monday in February and March: Feb. 15, Feb. 29, March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28. (The series goes on a brief hiatus Feb. 22 for the annual 50-Plus Winter Games, also held on the hills and Nordic trails at the park.)

Never stepped up to race gates before? Not a problem. From the never-evers to seasoned racers, all levels are welcome to compete in the free race series. That’s right: It’s free and open to any, including skiers and snowboarders.

That makes the Bubble Gum series a fun, non-competitive introduction to racing. The community-friendly series provides an opportunity for children and adults to try out racing in a laid-back environment.

Here’s how it works: On race day, all racers have the chance to ski or ride the course multiple times. Racers aren’t timed but instead given pieces of bubble gum to display on their trophy shelf (You’ve never seen a trophy like this) or simply hand out to friends, family and other competitors. The racer with the most bubble gum at the end of the day wins.

“These free races are the ideal way to introduce anyone to racing,” said Vanessa Agee, the town’s director of marketing and communications. “The stakes are low — a piece of gum — and the fun factor is huge. The Frisco Adventure Park ski (and) ride hill is the quintessential community hill, with a cozy lodge, a magic carpet surface lift and close-in parking. It’s an easy and relaxed experience.”

All ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the Bubble Gum series races, and friendly competition between parents, siblings and friends is encouraged. Just remember: If you want to come out on top, you’ve got to hold onto your bubble gum.

To add an extra wrinkle, each week features a different format with different challenges. The races on Feb. 15, March 7 and March 28 feature a dual slalom course — the most traditional of the Bubble Gum Series races. On Feb. 29 and March 21, the races take place on an obstacle course spread across the adventure park ski hill. On March 14, organizers shake up the series once more with a Nordic obstacle course.

Registration is open on race day only from 4-5 p.m. inside the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge. Races run from approximately 5-6 p.m. Racers must provide their own ski or snowboard equipment and helmets are required in order to race. Free hot cocoa and cookies will be served at the Day Lodge post-race.

For the second season, Frisco has partnered with Team Summit Colorado to oversee the Bubble Gum Series.

“Team Summit Colorado is excited to be a partner of the Frisco Bubble Gum race series again this season,” said Rodney Robinson, the ski club’s business development and events manager. “The series aligns with Team Summit Colorado’s vision of whole athlete, whole team, whole community. This opportunity affords us the ability to make ski racing accessible to all Summit County youth, furthering our commitment to growing the ski and snowboard culture in our community.”

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