50+ Winter Games

The 50+ Winter Games, held every February in Summit County, Colo., is a chance for older adults to compete in a variety of winter sports, including alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, skating, hockey, show shoe and more. Seniors from across the country come to test their skills, meet new friends and go for the gold.

Winter Games 2017 Schedule


The 2017 50+ Winter Games will take place Sunday-Tuesday, Feb. 12-14.

Sunday, February 12

  • 4pm- Silent Auction. Don't miss the chance to bid on the many great items donated by our local businesses.
  • 5pm-Opening Dinner. Join us at the Summit County Community and Senior Center for a delicious pasta dinner to kick off the 2017 50+ Winter Games!

Monday, February 13


Skating Events- Show off your speed skating, figure skating and hockey shoot skills at Keystone Lake. All contestants must arrive in time to complete a separate ice skating liability waiver. 
  • 9am- John Roberts Memorial Hockey Goal Shoot. Hockey Sticks, pucks, and carpet for footing on the ice will be provided. Competitors will shoot into a broom ball goal (smaller than a hockey goal) from a distance of approximately 50 ft. RULES: One practice shot will be allowed if requested. Contestant is given 10 attempts. One point is scored for each puck that hits within the goal for the first five attempts. The next five attempts count in the order they are shot if needed as tie breakers. Awards will be by gender and age category.
  • 9:30am- 1 Lap Skating Race. The race consists of a single lap around a marked course approximately .2km (600ft). Time is from start to finish around the loop. Fastest time determines the winner. The start of this event is a modified individual start. Two skaters, selected by officials, start simultaneously.  Each is timed around the loop from start to finish.  In case of a false start, in the opinion of the starter, the contestant will be allowed one more chance. If the contestant has a second false start, they are disqualified. Awards will be by gender and age category.
  • 9:40am- 3 Lap Skating Race. This race consists of three laps around a marked course approximately .2km in length, totaling .6km. Time is from start to finish of third lap. Fastest time determines the winner. The start of this event is a modified individual start. Two skaters, selected by officials, start simultaneously.  Each is timed around the loop from start to end of third lap.  In case of a false start, in the opinion of the starter, the contestant will be allowed one more chance. If the contestant has a second false start, they are disqualified. Awards will be by gender and age category.
  • 10am- Singles and Doubles Figure Skating. The figure skating competition consists of a two minute (or less) period of skating which will be judged. The highest score in each age category and gender win. Contestants must bring their own music. A CD player will be provided on site. Contestants must provide a separate playback device if using anything but a CD. Contestants will have two minutes to demonstrate their prowess. Judges will rate the contestants performance on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest. Judges' rating is final. 
Alpine Events- Bring the speed to slalom, rally, and obstacle course races at Dercum Mountain.

  • 10am-Giant Slalom. Held on the mountain at Keystone at the race course at the top of the Flying Dutchman ski run. The course is rated intermediate and is approximately 1500 ft long with a vertical drop of 400 ft. The better time of two runs, on on each of the two courses, will be used for the competitor's time. Skiers or snowboarders may compete. Participants must provide their own equipment and lift ticket. Bib numbers will be used to record competition times and must be visible for skier identification. Individual start times will be in order of arrival at the start gate.  Awards will be by gender and age category. All contestants mush sign a waiver. Non-pass holders may purchase a day pas for $52. Please register in advance otherwise the race will be delayed. Practice runs and "slipping the course" will not be allowed. Additional competive runs will only be allowed for timing equipment failure. Both skis must round the gate on the proper side. Any missed gates will result in disqualification.
  • 11am- Rally Race. Held on the mountain at Keystone at the race course at the top of the Flying Dutchman ski run on the left (west) side of the starting shack.  The rally is open to skiers of all abilities. The objective is to match the coarse time predetermined by a Winter Games Official and posted at the starting gate. The time will be slow in relation to competitors' times in the Giant Slalom, thus giving everyone a chance to match the time and possibly win. Each racer is allowed one run and must round all gates. Any missed gates will result in disqualification. Times will be recorded by Winter Games Officials on site. Competitors may not refer to any timing device while competing in event. Skiers and snowboarders are welcome to compete.  
  • 12pm- Obstacle Course Race. The course is located near Mountain House at the base of Peru lift to the skiers left near the end of the Haywood Run. The object is to clear all obstacles in the shortest time. No obstacle can be dislodged or damaged. Each obstacle represents something a skier might encounter on a backcountry ski trip. Obstacles may be in an uphill, downhill, or traverse position. The obstacles have been designed so that they can be cleared by age appropriate contestants. Obstacles must be cleared properly and failure to clear any obstacle will result as disqualification and no time will be entered. If an obstacle is not cleared, an official will stop the contestant and they may return to the obstacle and try again, but clock will not stop. There is no penalty for touching or contacting obstacle as long as it is not damaged or dislodged. Officials will make reasonable efforts to direct contestants to obstacles and explain proper clearing of obstacle. In the event a contestant falls, officials may render assistance in getting contestant back up. Only one contestant on the course at a time. Ski-skates are not permitted. Skis must equal or exceed the distance from the floor to the contestants' chin when standing. Snowboards and snowbikes are allowed. No ski jumping is permitted on course.  Damaging or dislodging of obstacles will result in a 10 second penalty per obstacle. Awards will be by gender and age category.

Tuesday, February 14


Nordic Events- Mix things up in Nordic, biathlon, snow shoe races and snowball toss at the Frisco Nordic Center.
  • 8am- Volunteer Arrive
  • 8:30am- Nordic Ski Center Opens for Competitors
  • 9am- 10k Freestyle Race. This new, longer freestyle event is a challenging 10k race on a combination of blue and black trails at the Nordic Center. It will be the same race setup that will be used for the Frisco Gold Cup the week prior. This replaces the 5k freestyle race done in the past. This race will be a mass start so the contestants should like up at the start according to their skill level. Contestants shall start the race when the starting signal is given. All contestants wishing to participate can register online, or by mailing in the registration form, or submitting their name to the designated Winter Games Official prior to 8:30am the day of the race.
  • 9:30am- 2k Classic Beginning Intermediate and, the Beginning Classic Ski Race. Also a mass start. Racers will complete a loop approximately 2.5km in length. Time to finish line from the starting signal will determine contestants standing by Genter/Age category. For those contestants who have never competed in a classic Nordic race, seperate awards will be given (refister for 1K Beginner Race). Completion time will be determined when contestant completes the loop. Any deviation from the marked course will result in disqualification. Classic technique only.
  • 10:30am- 5k Classic. Also a mass start. Racers will complete a loop approximately 5km in length. Time to finish line from the starting signal will determine contestants standing by Genter/Age category. Completion time will be determined when contestant completes the loop. Any deviation from the marked course will result in disqualification. Classic technique only.
  • 10am to 12:30pm- Biathlon. Time is open for competitors to plan the biathlon around other races. Competition is a timed, two lap classic Nordic ski race with two stops to shoot an air rifle at targets. Each lap is less than 1k in length. The first target shoot is done in the prone position. Competitor is given 4 shots and 3 of 4 must strike the target. The second target is done in a standing (offhand) position. Competitor is given 3 shots and 2 of 3 must strike the target. For each shot under the required 2 or 3 that fails to strike the target, 20 seconds will be added to the contestant's total time. From the starting line you will ski about 40 yards to the shooting area. Target will be 40 ft away. Then you will ski another .5k to the next shooting area then ski to the finish. Classic skis only may be used. A compressed air rifle will be provided and must be used. Contestants unfamiliar with the air rifle should request familiarization from officials prior to race. Any assistant required during race will be given, but clock will not stop. Contestants will be handed a loaded and charged air rifle with safety on when in position to shoot. After the first shot, contestants recharge the air rifle, chamber a pellet, and shoot again. Contestants may not carry the air rifle on ski portions of the race. All contestants must engage the designated targets or face immediate disqualification. Contestants final time will be total time plus any penalty time. 
  • 10am-12pm- Snowball Toss. Contest may start anytime between 11am-1pm. Contestants start making their own snowballs (water, snow, and rubber gloves will be available. They may take as many shots at a practice target as they wish. Contestants will get 10 throws at the contest target. The first fine count toward the contestants record and the next five throws will be to break any ties. No assistance making snowballs will be permitted. Contestants must throw behind designated line and hit a circular target 30 inches in diameter with a six inch hole in the center. The target will have a gold ring surrounding the hole and a black ring surrounding the gold ring. If a snowball passes through the hole, contestant will score 3 points. If any part of the snowball strikes or is within the gold ring, contestants will score 2 points. If any part of the snowball strikes or is within the black ring, contestants will score 1 point. If target is missed, zero points will be awarded. Awards will be by gender and age category.
  • 12pm- Long Snowshoe Race. Also a mass start. Racers will complete a loop course apporximatelly 2.5 km in length. Completion time will be determined when contestant completes the loop. Any deviation from the marked course will result in disqualification. Poles are permitted. 
  • 12:15pm- Short Snowshoe Race. Also a mass start. Racers will complete a loop of approximately 1km. Completion time will be determined when contestant completes the loop. Any deviation from the marked course will result in disqualification. Poles are permitted. 
Award Presentation- 2pm at the Summit County Community and Senior Center. 

Registration


Download the Winter Games Registration Form (pdf), fill it out, and mail it to the Summit County Community & Senior Center, P.O.  Box 1845, Frisco, CO 80443. Or drop it off at the Senior Center at 0083 Nancy's Place in Frisco. 
Poster of the 50+ Winter Games

Registration Costs


Only $50 for three days of fun.

  • Welcome Dinner

    $15
  • Compete

    : $35 (covers participation in all events)
Winter Games History
The Summit County 50+ Winter Games has been a longtime tradition. The Winter Games originally started in 1981 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. In 1982, the games were held at Devil's Thumb Ranch near Winter Park. The Games moved to Summit County in 1983. The hosts were Arapahoe Basin and the Frisco Peninsula Nordic Center. In 1984, Keystone became the Winter Games home as well as the Nordic Center in Frisco. In 1985-1998, the Games were held in Breckenridge, with the Nordic events held at the Breckenridge Nordic Area. In 1999, Keystone Resort and the Frisco Nordic Center became home for the Games, where they are still held today.
                                 
Summit County Senior Citizens, Inc.
All proceeds from the Summit County 50+ Winter Games benefits the Summit County Senior Citizens (SCSC). SCSC is based at the Summit County Community & Senior Center and provides a wide range of activities, programs and services for seniors in our community.

Winter Games T-Shirts
Participants can pick up their very own, very awesome, Summit County 50+ Winter Games T-shirts at the Community and Senior Center in Frisco. Not only will you look smashing and stay warm in one of these fabulous long sleeved shirts, but your purchase will further support Summit County Senior Citizens Inc.

Sponsor the Games
Winter Games sponsors provide much-needed financial and in-kind support to help defray the cost of the event. Four categories of sponsorship are available, depending on the level of support. Learn more about becoming a sponsor.

2016 Winter Games Sponsors
The 50+ Winter Games would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

Gold Medal Sponsors
 
 Keystone logo  SClogo3color.jpg  Kaiser
 Town of Frisco  Alpine Bank Potcake Creative
 Epic Promise  Vi at Highlands
 Grand Vacations
 The Raven  Stone CPA  Arapahoe Cafe
 Castle Peak Logo  Arriesgado logo  

Seniors Inc. Logo

 
 


Silver Medal Sponsors

           
EVERIST MATERIALS, LLC JANET SCERVINO
SWIFT SNOW & ASSOCIATES U S BANK
ST. ANTHONY SUMMIT MEDICAL CTR
 
  
Bronze Medal Sponsors
  
ARAPAHOE SKI AREA BUTTERHORN BAKERY
BRECKENRIDGE GUEST SERVICES BRECKENRIDGE REC. DEPT.
COLORADO MOUNTAIN EXPRESS SANDRA CLOUSE
DIANE HENDERSON KEYSTONE RIVER GOLF COURSE
KEYSTONE RANCH GOLF COURSE SUNSHINE CAFÉ
SKI COOPER WALGREENS
 
  
Contributing Sponsors
  
A & A PET SUPPLY AB SKI & SPORT
ABBEY'S COFFEE ANTLERS LIQUOR
AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE BAGALIS RESTAURANT
BACK COUNTRY BREWERY BAKER'S BREWERY
BAINBRIDGE, SANDY BAINBRIDGE, STEVE
BOATYARD PIZZERIA & GRILL BRAUM, MARION
BRECKENRIDGE BACKSTAGE THEATER BRECKENRIDGE RECREATION
BRECKENRIDGE MUSIC FESTIVAL BREEZE SKI RENTAL - FRISCO
BRECKENRIDGE DISTILLERY CABIN FEVER
CARLOS MIGUEL'S MEXICAN BAR & GRILL CHINA SZECHUAN
CHRISTY SPORTS - DILLON CHRISTY SPORTS - FRISCO
CHRISTY SPORTS - KEYSTONE CHRISTMAS STORE
CORPUS SANUS SPA CITY MARKET
DICKEY'S BARBEQUE PIT DOS LOCOS
DILLON RIDGE LIQUOR DILLON DAM BREWERY
ELLIS, CHRIS DYNAMIC BODYWORK & MASSAGE
FIFTH AVENUE GRILL FLYING CRANE BOUTIQUE
FOOD HEDZ WORLD CAFÉ FRISCO LIQUOR
FRISCO BAY MARINA FRISCO ADVENTURE PARK
FRISCO, BRECK,GOLD RUN,  NORDIC CENTER GRECO'S PASTERIA
GORSUCH GROUNDWATER, BETH
HIGH COUNTRY DESIGN HARDIN, ART
HELEN GERSTEIN JERSEY BOY'S PIZZA
HACIENDA REAL, MEXICAN RESTAURANT HUDSON GMS
INXPOT KEYSTONE NORDIC CENTER
KEYSTONE ADVENTURE CENTER LAKE DILLON THEATER
NIMS, DIANE LAST CHANCE PIZZA
LOG CABIN CAFÉ LAU, EVEY
MINT STEAK HOUSE MARY'S MOUNTAIN COOKIES
MI CASA/HEARTHSTONE RESTAURANT MODERN TRENDZ
MURDOCH'S RANCH & HOME MOUNTAIN LYON CAFÉ
NAPA AUTO MURPHY'S IRISH GRILL
NEW MOON CAFÉ NATIONAL REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
NOODLES & COMPANY NEXT PAGE BOOKSTORE
PEARL IZUMI OLIVE FUSION
PRECISION SKI OLLIE'S RESTAURANT
Q 4 U BARBECUE PIONEER SPORTS
REMAX (RON TALPERS) PUG RYANS
RUBY TUESDAY QDOBA MEXICAN GRILL
SERENITY SPA & SALON RED MOUNTAIN GRILL
SILVERTHORNE REC CENTER RIO GRAND RETAURANT
SNAKE RIVER SALOON & STEAKHOUSE ROCKN'-R-TRADING POST
SOUPZ ON SILVERHEELS RESTAURANT
TENNESSEE PASS COOKHOUSE SMASH BURGER
TIGER RUN RESORT TWIST
VERMULEN, BONITA TWO BELOW ZERO
VINNY'S EURO-AMERICAN CUISINE VIRGIN ISLAND SKI RENTAL
WILSON, BILL WALMART
WHICH WICH
  
   
   
   
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