December 12, 2013
It should be another great day for skiing the Mesa. No grooming changes to report since yesterday. All trails with the exception of Will’s Hill have been groomed in the past two days. Whether classic or skate, conditions should be great.
This weekend GMNC will hold the Winterstart races. Tom is still looking for two or three people who might be able to help with timing. If you would like to help out, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great day.
It seems that Winter may have already started but we’re making it official with WinterStart race this Sunday 12/15 beginning an all new season of racing and an all new Series. This long-running Series begins again as always with a 5K Classic race at 11 AM followed by a 5K Freestyle at 12:30. What’s different this year is we have some of the best snow conditions in memory! Could still be green wax but bring your sunscreen. Registration is race day only in the Skyway parking lot. Remember, we encourage skiers of all abilities to join the fun and challenge yourself over a great timed course. See you all up there! Not racing but want to help out, give me a call at 434-9753.
Thanks to the WinterStart sponsors JUSTIN’S NUT BUTTERS, ENSTROM’S TOFFEE and CRAVENS COFFEE!
Tom, GMNC Race Director
Unofficial results of the First Snow NRL race are now posted here (pdf): First Snow NRL skate results, 12/8/13.
Results from yesterday’s classic race here: First Snow NRL classic race results 12/7/13
Thanks to our many amazing volunteers who came out to make this weekend of racing possible.
Gerry Smith has posted some really nice photos at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grand-Mesa-Nordic-Council/204234104216
NRL Results, Day 1 Plus new course tomorrow
Results of day 1 of the First Snow NRL race are now available: GrandMesa Results_Classic_ 12-7-2013
We will have a slight change of course tomorrow. The 5km will start in the same area as today but will head up Lyons then left on Sunset and to the finish (Sunset part same as today). The 3km will go up Lyons and return on Winslow. The 1km will be an out and back loop.
The course will be open for inspection at 8am, and will close at 9:50am.
**NOTE: please check the CDOT website, http://www.cotrip.org/ before you leave. With the snow coming down, there’s always a chance that CDOT will close the road for avalanche control. If that happens, the race will be cancelled. Updates here.
A start list for tomorrow’s race will be posted here later tonight.
New Start Times for the NRL Races
Due to the expected low temperatures, we’re juggling the start times for this weekend’s races. We’re moving back the start times and compressing the time between categories so that we’ll finish the race sooner (and our generous volunteers will spend less time standing in the cold).
Coaches meeting is at 9:30 am Saturday at the warming hut (skyway).
Please note the new start times. Full start lists will be posted tomorrow evening.
10:30am Male Sr, U20, U18, U16. Individual start, 15 second intervals. (more…)
First Snow NRL Races at Skyway this Weekend
This coming Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 7th & 8th) the Grand Mesa Nordic Council will host a USSA NRL (National Ranking List) race. Below you will find some important information for those dates.
Racers of all ages and abilities can compete. The final event each day will be a citizens race — all comers welcome. Full information about the races, start times, registration, etc. is available here: http://www.gmnc.org/programs/first-snow-nrl-race-dec-78-2013/
We’re still looking for volunteers. Volunteer positions include registration/bib pick-up, parking, starters, trail hosts and course marshals, Timers, Food coordinators ( also food item donations). Most of these positions are pretty easy and a great way to see the top skiers in the state duke it out. If you can volunteer either Sat. or Sun. please email Toby at email@example.com
Due to these races there will be some trail closures on both Sat. and Sun. Saturday- Lions loop to Sunset and Sunset will be closed until 1pm. Sunday-Arroyo to Lions to Sunset will be closed and Arroyo to Lions to Vista Valley and Vista Ridge will also be closed. Trails should reopen by about 1pm. We will provide public access along Lions to the Scales Lake Rd, however if you have the option please access Scales Lake from Countyline and Tower.
Parking will be very tight at Skyway, so if you’re not there for the race. Countyline both days unless you are arriving later than 1pm.
Thank you for you cooperation. This is a great opportunity to showcase all that the GMNC has to offer.