Sip a craft beer, go Nordic skiing at Frisco Brewski fundraiser |

Sip a craft beer, go Nordic skiing at Frisco Brewski fundraiser

A gaggle of Wookies and Stormtroopers at the Frisco Nordic Center for the first Frisco Brewski in 2016. The family-friendly event is back at the Nordic center for a Nordic "happy hour" featuring local beers and more on March 11.
Todd Powell / Special to the Daily |

2017 Frisco Brewski

What: A fun-loving Nordic “happy hour” tour at the Frisco Nordic Center with beers from local breweries and costumed teams

When: Saturday, March 11, at 2 p.m.

Where: Frisco Nordic Center, 616 Recreation Way in Frisco

Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for youth

The Brewski is open to participants of all ages, and the first 250 to register receive a Frisco beanie. Price jumps by $5 on event day. Discounted classic and skate Nordic skis will be available for rental at the Nordic center starting at 1 p.m. To sign up or find out more, see

As if you and your friends needed a reason to dress up and go skiing.

This Saturday, the town of Frisco presents the 2017 Frisco Brewski, a happy-hour ski tour at the Frisco Adventure Park and Frisco Nordic Center. The family-friendly event isn’t an on-snow pub crawl, and instead is a laid-back bash for Nordic skiers of all abilities and ages. Costumes are encouraged (and maybe even a little bit required), according to a release from the town, which means you’ll see plenty of return Brewskiers in gorilla suits, tutus, Star Wars stuff and whatever the kids are wearing these days. Beer stations at the event feature the latest brews from Outer Range Brewing, Dillon Dam Brewery and Breckenridge Brewery, along with hard cider from Big B’s. A portion of proceeds go back to the event’s benefactor, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District.

So, to repeat: Brewski is not a race or drink-a-thon. It’s a chance to form a team with friends and family, don costumes and enjoy a fun ski tour through the woods with an occasional stop for beverages and snacks, the release continued. There will be no professional timing, but there will be prizes for best costume, toughest costume to ski in and more. In general, competitiveness will be discouraged — except when it comes to costumes and fun.

“Nothing really compares to witnessing Big Bird and a six-legged horse skiing side by side and chatting over a beer,” said Sara Skinner, the town’s recreation programs coordinator. “That was just one of the scenes last year and we are really looking forward to seeing what Summit County brings at this year’s Brewski. We combined some of our favorite things — costumes, Nordic skiing and beer — and that magic combo seems to be inspiring some serious creativity.”

The skiing portion of the event is from 2-4 p.m., starting at the Frisco Nordic Center before heading onto the groomed and scenic terrain available at the Nordic Center. The after-party at the Nordic lodge is from 4-5 p.m. and wraps up the day with libations and prizes for best costumes.

Classic cross-country or skate skis are recommended for this event, but participants may also use AT equipment. The terrain at the Frisco Nordic Center varies from flat trails to average hills, and participants can choose their own adventure. There is no designated course — the only legitimate destination is fun, the release said — but participants will be provided with a map and suggested route to hit all of the libation and snack stations.

Advance registration is $30 per adult and $20 for youth (20 years old and younger). Day-of registration is $35 per adult and $25 for youth (20 years old and younger) and will be available at the Frisco Nordic Center starting at 1 p.m. on Brewski day. Participants must register as a team of 2-4 people, complete with a team name. The first 250 registered participants will receive a commemorative Frisco Beanie.

Need gear? Discounted rental skis are available for pick-up starting at 1 p.m. at the Frisco Nordic Center. Skis are rented on a first come, first served basis, with limited supplies available.

Online registration is available at or by calling 970-668-2558. For further information, contact Sara Skinner at or 970-668-5276 ext. 3053.

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