Frisco Journals

Frisco, CO - Base for Skiing Summit County

A March 2003 trip to Frisco by Foxboro Marmot

Quote: On a ski vacation, we like to try a number of mountains. It isn't worth paying to stay at the base of one when half the time we'll be driving off to another. Frisco looked like a good base.

Holiday Inn Frisco Summit County

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn Summit County"

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The Holiday is a good base for those looking to sample Summit County skiing. It's right off I-70 at exit 203, which puts it within a half-hour of Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Copper, Beaver Creek, Vail and Breckenridge. There are plenty of quick/cheap eats spots in the strip mall area of Route 9 on the way to Frisco center, a small assortment of places in Frisco itself, and all the nightlife you need about 8 miles down the road in Breckenridge. This hotel understands their clientele. Our typical Holiday Inn room had a couple extras--a small fridge and microwave, perfect for skiers on a budget because Safeway is just down the street. The room also had a rack which could hold four pairs of s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2003

Holiday Inn Frisco Summit County
1129 N Summit Blvd
Frisco, Colorado 80443
970-668-5000

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The Pika is a bagel joint, pure and simple. It's popular place with locals--ski bums, Summit County EMTs, Frisco workers. It's the kind of place where people come in and their bagel is already toasted, cream cheesed and wrapped, waiting for them. The kind of place that has free doggie bagels for your favorite four-footed friend. The kind of place where skiers hurrying to get first tracks swing into, grab breakfast and charge off. You might be able to get some really good information on slopes and trail conditions from people eating here... but some of them will steer you away from their favorite runs. They don't want you churning up their snow! Pika's proud of their bagels. They cl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 5, 2003

Pika Bagel and Bakery Cafe
401 Main Street
Frisco, Colorado 80443
(970) 668-0902

Butterhorn Bakery & Cafe

Restaurant | "Butterhorn Cafe"

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The Butterhorn is a light and airy place for breakfast on Frisco's Main Street. The menu covers all the usual breakfast possibilites and combinations of eggs, pancakes, bacon and toast seemed to be the popular choices.

Unlike the Pika across the street, which attracts a stream of locals grabbing breakfast and heading out to face the day, the Butterhorn had more of a vacationing crowd. This is a place for people who want to have a leisurely breakfast while skimming the newspaper and planning the day. Not that the service is slow! It's a comfortable spot to hang out and relax with just one more refill on that coffee before heading out.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 5, 2003

Butterhorn Bakery & Cafe
408 West Main Street
Frisco, Colorado 80443
(970) 668-3997

Breckenridge Cattle and Fish Comoany

Restaurant | "Breckenridge Cattle and Fish Co."

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Every so often we want to splurge a bit. We decided to try the Breckenridge Cattle and Fish Co. in The Village at Breckenridge Resort for a top-notch dinner. The restaurant tries for an air of elegance, but somehow falls short. The waitstaff is attentive, yet not quite there when you look for them. The view of Maggie Pond and the Ten Mile Range might be inspiring in daylight, but at night not much more than some hotel and condo buildings are visible. Lastly, the dining room is nice and tries for plush, but falls short without any real character. Our food was tasty and attractively presented but somehow soulless, a generic "good quality hotel restaurant dinner" similar to what you'd g...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 6, 2003

Breckenridge Cattle and Fish Comoany
655 South Park Avenue
Frisco, Colorado

Mi Zoppo

Restaurant

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Looking for cheap eats that'll warm you up? Try Mi Zoppo in the strip mall section of Frisco on Route 9, just off the I-70 interchange. Mi Zoppo specializes in rich, hearty soups with bread and salads. The eight varieties of soup steaming away during our visit were full of vegetables, meat and fish--no watery broths here! The Cajun seafood chowder was thick and spicy, perfectly offset by the filling but somewhat bland small bread loaf that accompanied it. Mini-bread loaves were big sellers the evening we stopped by; the shop eventually ran out an hour before closing time. Rather than fire up the oven or serve soup without bread, a worker scampered next door to the Safeway for rolls. Fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2003

Mi Zoppo
Route 9
Frisco, Colorado

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Silverheels at the Ore House is a lively bar and reastaurant specializing in "creative southwestern fare." The bar, separated from the main dining area, features tapas from 11:30am to 11pm daily. These small treats were continously being prepared and gobbled up by the good sized crowd that filled the lounge early on a Wednesday night. The dining room is calmer and quieter. We tried the Chicken Anasazi, highlighted on the menu as a Bon Appetit Magazine requested recipe. It was fabulous! Boneless chicken breast topped with crab, cream cheese and tomato covered with a chipotle cream sauce... each bite cycled though a number of different yet complimentary flavors and a little spicy kick. We're still ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 8, 2003

Silverheels at the Ore House
603 Main Street
Frisco, Colorado 80443
(970) 668-0345

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DO NOT under any circumstances buy lift tickets at the mountains. Discounted tickets for Breckenridge, Keystone, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin were available at our hotel and at most ski shops throughout the area. The savings can be considerable. For example, a one-day ticket for Breckenridge is $63 at the mountain; Keystone is $61. The discounted rate is $55. For more skiing, prices are even better. Tickets good for three days of skiing out of five are $135, or $45 a day, and may be used at Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe. You can even use the multi-day ticket one of the three days at the obscenely overpriced Vail ($71 for a one day ticket) or Beaver Creek ($67). We ski out west each year, but...Read More

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