There's skiing and eating under the moonlight
Snowsports and fine dining sound about as weird as… well, snowsports and fine dining. But that's exactly what you'll get at Copper Mountain. Just a seven-minute drive from Frisco, the Moonlight Dine + Ski series is the way to go. Basically, you ride a lift up, ski down, and can keep doing laps until the sun sets over the Tenmile Range. After said sun sets, you'll be able to do some runs via just the light of your headlamp.
Post-ski, saunter up to Solitude Station set at 11,375 feet, where you’ll be greeted with prosecco and/or hot cider. Mingle with locals and tourists alike while you sip a few cocktails in the dimly lit dining room. Indulge in a lavish buffet, which rotates by the day, but includes offerings like bacon-wrapped filet mignon, Mediterranean mac and cheese, and Moroccan pan-seared salmon, along with delectable desserts, like chocolate-covered strawberries assorted petit fours, French macarons, and chocolate pralines. After dinner, don't get too comfy. You'll need to gear up and ski back down to enjoy a complimentary après cocktail.
The lunch and happy hour at Uptown can't be missed
Here, the spacious dining room offers bar seating and a mix of low tables and booths. If you're in the mood for seafood, consider slurping some oysters on the half-shell (there’s nothing like an afternoon aphrodisiac, amirite?!) or a basket of sesame fried shrimp to dunk into soy-ginger aioli and cocktail sauce. For something lighter, the Cobb salad is tossed with a mix of fresh greens, crumbled cheese, a hard-boiled egg, and thick bacon. Toast to the afternoon with a pair of classic margaritas. For you lunchtime stragglers, take advantage of a lengthy happy hour menu from 4 to 6pm daily.
Where else can you hike Quandary Peak?
Although the activity tends to dominate summer, you don’t have to wait for the snow to melt to hike in Colorado. If you’re seeking a thrill with a bit of a chill, there’s a 14’er with your name on it less than 20 miles from the Town of Frisco. The highpoint of the stunningly scenic Tenmile Range, which unfolds from Frisco to the Continental Divide, ensures rewarding panoramics once your reach the summit. With routes aplenty, beginners should consider the East Ridge, the easiest route, while experts can take on the challenge via the West Ridge. And, for the bold, wintertime provides the options to glissade or ski down.