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Crust Cruising Season is Here!


Great news, crust cruisers! Last week’s snowstorm + current warm weather has the crust setting up quite nicely. It was still a tad soft in spots this morning by 8:30am, but should be getting better and better over the next few days. Get up early for best conditions.



Busted Lung 50K Cancelled

The difficult decision was made yesterday to cancel the Busted Lung 50K event scheduled for Saturday April, 5th.  The action was  based on the fact there were only a few racers who pre-registered for the event.  In consideration of the expense and manpower required to host a quality 50K event we could not proceed in hopes that a large field of skiers would just show-up and register Saturday morning.

Thank you to those who committed early for your understanding.

The Busted Lung will definitely happen next season, so mark the same weekend on your 2015 calendar  and  please pre-register.


Register now for the Busted Lung 50K

Just a reminder that early registration closes one week from tomorrow (April 3rd). The Busted Lung is a fundraising race for the GMNC so please talk it up.

Don’t worry if you can’t ski 50K because there is a 30K and 15K option for this freestyle event. There will be great prizes at the post race raffle and awards ceremony to be held at the Rockslide Brewery following the race.

For you out of town racers, the Doubletree hotel has extended their awesome $89 room rate for Busted Lung racers. To reserve your room go here.

Members of the Grand Mesa Nordic Council will receive a $10 discount on their entry fee, so register now.

For more detailed information stay on this website and go to 2013-2014 race schedule….Busted Lung 50K.

If you have questions or need further information please contact Toby at

Hope to see you there!!

Members Potluck this Saturday

All GMNC members are invited to attend the end of the season potluck and get together this Saturday from 12pm-2pm at the Skyway warming hut. GMNC will provided the drinks.  This will be a great opportunity to meet some of your fellow nords  and some of the Grand Mesa Nordic Council board members.

Come early and go for a spin. It looks like Saturday will be an awesome spring day on the Mesa.


Mesa Meltdown Results Posted

It was a fabulous day for ski racing at Skyway as the Mesa Meltdown wrapped up the GMNC Race Series. Results are now posted. But please note, racing is not ending on Grand Mesa this year with the Meltdown as we have added an awesome new season-ender marathon on April 5th. The Busted Lung 50K will not count for points in this year’s series but will count for great challenging fun. Help us inaugurate this event and take advantage of Skyway’s excellent late season conditions!

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.

Barnelopet Rescheduled

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 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:


SeriesPlace Name Gender SeriesPoints
1 Christie Aschwanden F 60
2 Jordan Miner F 47
3 Helen Carlsen F 38
4 Michelle Peterson F 35
5 Kimberly Livingston F 31

SeriesPlace Name Gender SeriesPoints
1 Terry Daley M 56
2 Dan Schultz-Ela M 42
3 Dave Aschwanden M 40
4 Toby Morse M 30
5 Steve Ela M 27

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

Barneloppet Cancelled

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.

Stay tuned!