December 11, 2013
The skiing should be great again today on the Mesa. Ward was groomed yesterday, leaving Will’s Hill the only unopened trail at this point. With the inversion still in place expect temps to be a bit more comfortable at Skyway and Countyline.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Exit 49, the eastbound exit off I-70 will be closed from 9am-4:30pm for road work. This will be the case until work is complete.
From Junction…..get an early start.
Have a great ski!
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.
Best Nordic Skiing in Colorado
Are you wondering where the best nordic ski conditions are in Colorado. Check out the video below by John Wilkinson from last weekend. If you haven’t skied the Mesa yet this season, then this will give you an idea of the phenomenal conditions.
Enjoy! Thanks John!