Frisco Gold Rush celebrates 34 years |

Frisco Gold Rush celebrates 34 years

Richard Chittick
Summit Daily file photo/Brad Odekirk

Last year at the start of the Frisco Gold Rush snowshoe race, the ambient temperature outside was 2 below zero. Forget about the wind chill or anything else. It was just plain cold.

It didn’t matter, though, as a large field for the event showed up from all across Colorado to contest not just the snowshoe race, but the 10 and 20k Nordic skate races as well as the 5k Nordic classic competition.

This year, forecasts are looking downright balmy as the long-term outlook is calling for highs in the low-20s when the 34th edition of the Gold Rush gets started on Sunday.

“This is our big race of the season so we all get really excited about it,” Frisco Nordic Center manager Rob Weeks said.

The event, which is a fund raiser for the Summit Ski Club, serves as the final race in the 15th anniversary Salomon Nordic Series.

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According to Weeks, the event is the largest and oldest Nordic skiing and snowshoe race in the Rocky Mountains, with an average turnout of 300 to 350 competitors.

“I think it’s just the location, primarily,” Weeks said.

“Frisco is the premier racing venue in the state, and people get really excited about the great terrain we offer. We can cater to everyone’s needs.”

Weeks noted that the Gold Rush is a great race for beginners.

“That’s what is so great about the Frisco races – there are four different races to choose from,” Weeks said. “Anyone can come out and try the 5K or the 10k, or they can just come out and walk the snowshoe course. It’s a great way to get into it.”

Early registration for the event is still available at the Frisco Nordic Center, Frisco Town Hall, Great Adventure Sports, or on the web at Early registration is available until Saturday.

Early registration is $18 for all events with the exception of the 20k skate, which is $20. All participants 14 and under will receive a discount.

Registration will be available at the event on Sunday for an additional $5.

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236 or at

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