EAT

For pre-ski breakfast and a great cup of joe, head to Bread + Salt —it’s about as hipster as Frisco gets. The fare is a modern take on diner food, with a dose of southwest flavor. For one of the most memorable meals of your life, make reservations with Two Below Zero . Two Below hauls guests (in a horse drawn sleigh) to a warm, tented dining experience, complete with live music.

SLEEP

Hotels rooms can be cramped and uncomfortable for large groups, families or extended stays, so book yourself a spacious condo through Summit Mountain Rentals. Their properties can be tailored to suit your specific needs and all come equipped with every detail. With ample room, excellent locations, and multiple floors, these condos provide the space you need to make the most of your down time off the mountain. They also come with a non-resort price tag—definitely more bang for your buck. No matter, it’s worth it just to avoid the traffic on I-70.

PLAY

If hitting the slopes is your goal, Frisco is just a stone’s throw from Copper, Breckenridge, Keystone, and is within striking distance of Vail and Beaver Creek. If you are looking for a unique off-slope experience, sign up for a class at Gatherhouse . Owner and artist John Hudnut will guide you through the graceful and complex art of glassblowing: You can make an ornament, trinket, tumbler and more. He’s a warm and quirky character whose solid confidence and humility add up to give you a breadth of knowledge and deep respect for handblown glass—an unexpected and artistic adventure. If you are bookish, head to Next Page Books and Nosh (nextpagebooks.com), one of the few bookstore/cafes left in Colorado and enjoy some down time with your favorite author and a snack.

—Jordan Martindell