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Moving to Summit CO (Frisco) advice

post #1 of 18
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I was pleasantly surprised when my wife liked Frisco when we first visited last week and we have a tentative agreement to rent a place for the next two month (while we look for a place to buy and figure out if we definitely want to live here for at least the next 13 years while our daughter is in school).

With that said, I am looking to find out as much information as I can about Frisco and the surrounding area including:
info on the BC scene
the best masters race program (targeted to improving my ability to carve on hard snow and overall skiing rather than just running gates)
best places for gear (for above and biking)
pick-up or local basketball leagues
where to buy a car
good programs/activities for kids (5 year old)
must dos & avoids

Will leave it here for now, but will probably come up with some more questions later.

Thanks,
Matt
post #2 of 18
Get in touch with Lisamarie and MarkXS. IIRC they live in the area...
post #3 of 18
UGASkiDawg. Good source of Frisco info.
post #4 of 18
1. backcountry - not as hardcore as somewhere like Utah or Jackson, but there's plenty of folks around. If you're just looking to drive to the top of Loveland Pass you'll find plenty of folks to do that with.

2. There's really just a few programs to choose from. Lately it seems like most folks have gravitated to the programs at A Basin and Loveland. I'm sure within 5 minutes of talking to any coach you'll figure out if it's the program for you.

3. Wilderness Sports, Mountain Sports Outlet

4. Basketball probably isn't legal in Summit Co. I don't know anyone who plays it. If you're interested in team sports, I'd recommend checking out rec league hockey. (If you insist on playing a gym sport, go the rec center in Breck or Silverthorne.)

5. Denver

6. The school system offers good lessons in how to roll joints. Most kids gravitate toward that program, though 5 might be a bit young for it.

7. Do: Daylight Donuts. Don't: Breck Brewery.

(13 years in Summit Co.?!?)
post #5 of 18
Hello MEfree30. I will be watching this thread with interest as I will also be relocating to Summit County this fall. I have questions also about the pros and cons between the Masters programs offered at A-Basin, Copper Mt. and Loveland. Good luck with your new adventure. James.
post #6 of 18
I agree with Vinn.

Do: Foodhedz, My Thai, Cafe Alpine, Backstage Theater, some of the NRO music in Breck,

Don't: Malbec, Clint's Bakery,
post #7 of 18
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Get in touch with Lisamarie and MarkXS. IIRC they live in the area...
+1 on LisaMarie. She has a fitness studio in Frisco. She hasn't been around Epic since February, BUT, guess who I found as a moderator on ANOTHER FORUM a few weeks ago. I kinda snuck up on her and suddenly she had to explain the whole "Hermanator" thing again.
post #8 of 18
there are enough BC opportunities that you could never ski them all. they can be as hard and gnarly as you want or as easy as you want. Loveland pass is not even close to what most would consider good BC, just too many people and too many people without any knowledge. Best place to buy a car would be the summit daily imo.

Leave town on busy summer weekends.
post #9 of 18
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Leave town on busy summer weekends.
Leave town on busy winter weekends. Go ski Monarch when Summit Co. is slammed.

Leaving town on busy summer weekends is truly the worst thing about Summit Co. now. What's the old phrase, 'come for the winters, stay for the summers'? I think summertime is even better in Summit Co. than winter and it's a shame that it's completely overrun every single weekend. Even five years ago you'd get really nice, peaceful weekends. Now Summit Blvd is a non-stop flow of cars from morning till night.

There was a particular morning in May when I walked into Daylight Donuts and couldn't get a table. May.

Having said that, there are still some places to get away to. And all of the new events going on in the summer that draw all of those people are kind of cool. It's nice to wander downtown and accidentally run into an art fair.
post #10 of 18
MEFree30, Frisco is a bit like that town in the Haut Savoie, you know the one, down the valley from Tignes/Val d'Isere, near La Rosiere and Les Arc, top of the N90. You've probably never heard of it...
post #11 of 18
I agree with Vinn too.

One point on where to buy a car: If you're talking new, there's a GM dealer (1 dealer, all the traditional brands: Chevy/Pontiac/Buick/Caddy/GMC), a Chrysler dealer (1 dealer, Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge), a Subaru dealer (same store as the Chrysler guy), and a Ford dealer. That's it. Note the severe lack of VW, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, or anything else. For that matter the Ford store doesn't (at least when I checked a year ago) handle the Escape Hybrid.

So anything new or newish-in-warranty with high-tech engine or fuel systems cannot be competently serviced up here. Having had to get my VW TDI towed about 80 miles down to Denver to get a diesel injection pump problem fixed after a total inability to service at supposedly the "best mechanic in Summit County" (whose owners own a VW tdi as their daily driver), I speak from experience. I would also include any hybrid in the "can't deal with it here". Sure, oil changes, suspension work, tires etc. can be done up here, but anything requiring factory diagnostic tools and training is impossible up here. Be sure to join AAA and pay extra for the AAA PLUS membership level that includes towing up to 100 miles, if you have a Denver-only brand/model.

Ski tuning (if not doing yourself): Precision Ski in Frisco. Good rates, pros, they do what you ask and do it well.

skier31 you don't like Clint's cafe in Breck? I like that place a lot; often a regular pre-show tea-and-snack stop when I was doing shows at the Backstage or whenever I'm downtown. Though Cool River Cafe is also great, and has a nice view out the river. But closes earlier.

BTW re daysailer1's note, Lisamarie still does training but it's now a virtual studio - time-rentals at various places in Frisco (mostly Summit School of Dance and sometimes at Trinity Wellness Studio) rather than renting a dedicated facility. Same phone / web / email. Lisa's involved with a lot of paid writing and site content work these days, as well as working for the Summit Historical Society at the museums in Breck, so less EpicTime available. Kids might like some of the stuffed animals and weird old stuff at the Edwin Carter museum in Breck, and I know the tour guide likes 5-year-olds!

Boatload of other Bears who live here too - they'll probably come out of the woodwork if the thread catches their eyes. Hint: lots of them hang out in the Instruction forums.
post #12 of 18
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Bsm

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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat View Post
MEFree30, Frisco is a bit like that town in the Haut Savoie, you know the one, down the valley from Tignes/Val d'Isere, near La Rosiere and Les Arc, top of the N90. You've probably never heard of it...
Don't tell that to my wife:...she couldn't get out of Bourg fast enough but was the one who suggested we try Frisco after having lunch here last week.

I definitely see the similarities, but BSM has the advantage of only being 2800 feet with a relatively mild/short winter while I think the winter here at 9 K will be more like that at the top of Varet/base of Aiguille Rouge tram. I will also miss the Basketball Borain club as playing hoops at 9 K may kill me.

Frisco has the advantage of only being an hour+ to Denver which appeals to my wife along with the American life style. More golf variety around here even if the season is short.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
thanks to everyone for all the help...

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4. Basketball probably isn't legal in Summit Co. I don't know anyone who plays it. If you're interested in team sports, I'd recommend checking out rec league hockey. (If you insist on playing a gym sport, go the rec center in Breck or Silverthorne.)

(13 years in Summit Co.?!?)
probably a good law...after not playing for a month, I was feeling winded playing a pick-up game in Boulder, but I did call the Silverthorne rec center and was told they have adult pick-up Tue & Thur with various turnouts (including waits at times).
post #14 of 18
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I agree with Vinn too.

One point on where to buy a car: If you're talking new, there's a GM dealer (1 dealer, all the traditional brands: Chevy/Pontiac/Buick/Caddy/GMC), a Chrysler dealer (1 dealer, Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge), a Subaru dealer (same store as the Chrysler guy), and a Ford dealer. That's it. Note the severe lack of VW, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, or anything else. For that matter the Ford store doesn't (at least when I checked a year ago) handle the Escape Hybrid.

So anything new or newish-in-warranty with high-tech engine or fuel systems cannot be competently serviced up here. Having had to get my VW TDI towed about 80 miles down to Denver to get a diesel injection pump problem fixed after a total inability to service at supposedly the "best mechanic in Summit County" (whose owners own a VW tdi as their daily driver), I speak from experience. I would also include any hybrid in the "can't deal with it here". Sure, oil changes, suspension work, tires etc. can be done up here, but anything requiring factory diagnostic tools and training is impossible up here. Be sure to join AAA and pay extra for the AAA PLUS membership level that includes towing up to 100 miles, if you have a Denver-only brand/model.
Tough time to be a car dealer in Summit...went to 3 lots and 2 of them had nothing to show me when I asked for something good with gas & snow (including the Ford dealer who didn't have any hybrids).
post #15 of 18
Dear MEfree30,
Some of your questions are a bit hard to answer without knowing you, your income, and your abilities. For sure, some of the anwers given above would not be the ones I would give. As one example, I know of only one store in Summit County that focuses on backcountry skiing, which is Mountain Outfitters in Breckenridge. And yes, there is almost limitless BC available from entry level up to the extreme end of extreme. Precision Ski in Frisco is the place to go for ski tuning and maybe golf stuff (I have never played golf), but not much else. The detailed info on cars above seems good. I can rent you and your family one of the best-placed condos in Frisco if you want (depending on your dates). Good luck!

P.S. I have never seen a basketball in Summit County, but possibly the high school owns one.
post #16 of 18
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6. The school system offers good lessons in how to roll joints. Most kids gravitate toward that program, though 5 might be a bit young for it.

Now's thats some funny stuff right there.

The best thing for a 5 YO is lots of skiing In the summer bike riding, maybe fishing:
post #17 of 18
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... Don't: Malbec,...
Really? I had a great meal there a few months ago.
What's up?
post #18 of 18
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Really? I had a great meal there a few months ago.
What's up?
dunno, me too - enjoyed it. It is a bit pricey and wannabe-NYC/LA for the area, maybe that's it. Wouldn't be on my regular dinner-night-out (the cheap Chinese/Japanese or one of the Mex places would be more like it) but for occasional good dinner and wines or meeting with friends it would be a good choice.
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