Highway 65 closure
A large rockslide in the canyon between I-70 and Mesa has prompted the closure of this section of Highway 65 through the weekend.
Skiers accessing the Grand Mesa from the Grand Junction side will have to go to DeBeque and then take the DeBeque cut off to Mesa and beyond. Be sure to leave extra time as it will be slow going with weekend traffic to Powderhorn.
The 12th Annual Barnelopet Ski Day for Kids has been rescheduled! Sorry to disappoint everyone with the weather cancellation of the Barnelopet but we’re going to make it happen after all. Please plan to bring the kids for a great day of cross country skiing on the new date, Saturday March 22 at Skyway.
This free day for kids ages 3-16 begins with registration from 10 to 11, free lessons at 11 and a fun race at Noon with distance based on ability. Rental skis may be available from Skis For Kids by contacting email@example.com For other questions call 434-9753 or 249-1869. This event is brought to you by the Sons of Norway and the Grand Mesa Nordic Council.
Mesa Meltdown Wraps Up Race Series
The GMNC Race Series ends this Saturday March 8 with the Mesa Meltdown 20K and 5K. New series winners will be crowned after adding points earned in the 20K. After 3 of the 4 races completed, the leaders for men and women are as follows:
The 20K and the 5K will start together in a mass start at 11 AM. Both races are freestyle but there should be a classic track set for the entire course. The weather forecast looks great so come up and get your last competition licks in! If anyone would like to volunteer to help time or if there are any other questions, please give me a call at 434-9753. Thanks!
Tom, GMNC Race Director
Barnelopet CANCELLED due to challenging conditions
The annual Barnelopet kids ski event on Saturday March 1 is unfortunately being cancelled due to severe conditions with the forecast calling for snow and wind. Our biggest concerns are safety of participants for the drive to Skyway and for the feasibility and safety of getting the trailer with rental skiis up there. There will still be GMNC and Sons of Norway volunteers there if at all possible but the event as scheduled will not be happening. We are looking into options for re-scheduling but nothing has been decided as of yet. Sorry the weather is not cooperating with us this year because we love our kids day on Grand Mesa!
Tom, GMNC Race Director, 434-9753
Due to adverse weather conditions forecast for the Mesa tomorrow, the Barneloppet Kids events will be cancelled. At this time we do not have word whether the event will be rescheduled for later in the season.
Highway Closure tomorrow
Please be advised that CDOT will close HWY 65 tomorrow at 7am for avalanche control work. Officials said they are planning on having the work done between 12pm-2pm tomorrow afternoon.
The First Mesa Mutt
Congratulations to “Canaan” AKA “The Canaan Dog” for becoming Grand Mesa Nordic Council’s first canine member.
Rock on Mesa Mutt #1!!
Skyway Skuffle Results Posted
The Skyway Skuffle 10K Freestyle culminated a great weekend of collegiate and citizen racing under sunny skies on a superb GMNC groomed course. U of Wyoming, Colo. Mesa U, Air Force Academy and Western State Colo. U all fielded teams that competed with our usual crew of enthusiatic citizen racers. Nutrition and door prizes were provided by our generous sponsors PRO BAR, Justin’s Nut Butters, Ela Family Farms and Rockslide Brewery. Results have now been posted: RESULTS
Cosmic Series Mountaineering Event Coming Saturday
Calling all Mountaineers!
Powderhorn is hosting its 2nd annual Cosmic Series mountaineering event this Saturday at 8:30am. Both the Full-Course and Recreation Track courses spend the majority of the time climbing in the woods on skin tracks not on ski runs, but rather winding through the many boulder fields at Powderhorn – it has a very “backcountry” feel with the exception of a few sections on the edge of groomed runs.
For more details click here
New Board Members
Please welcome the newest members of GMNC’s Board of Directors. Both Clint Roberts of Grand Junction and Nathan Moreng of Grand Junction have agreed to serve on the board at last nights meeting held at the Delta rec center.
Below you will find Nathan’s bio. We will post a bio for Clint shortly.
Nathan Moreng Nathan joined the Board in December 2013. He has worked on the hut crew with “Dave Knutson and friends” since it was first acquired by GMNC. Living in Grand Junction since 1989, Nathan and wife Robin introduced their three kids to cross country skiing at Skyway when it was groomed only by snowmobile. Now days, he enjoys classic skiing at Skyway/ County Line, backcountry at Lake of the Woods and West Bench, and downhill at Powderhorn. In non-winter, he hikes and backpacks in Colorado and SE Utah and has an interest in the Anasazi culture (Ancestral Puebloan). Nathan and Robin enjoy traveling to the occasional exotic destination. He looks forward to contributing to the GMNC Board.