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Saturday, March 6, 2010


In an effort to consolidate our online presence, we have revamped our website and integrated the blog into our homepage.

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The stuff that used to appear here will now show up under "Grooming Report" and "News" on our homepage.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

4 Days to Vasaloppet- A Championship flight to Stockholm

Inspire your kids and grandkids: Click here for a glimps of the Young People's Vasaloppet:
My äpölogies for åny misspellings with this Swedish keyboard. Left Denver early Monday for Stockolm with a layover in Chicago, arriving in Stockolm about 16 hrs later. We were treated with special travelers on our flight: The Olympic Gold medal winning Swedish women's curling team! They were greeted to a champions welcome at the airport--the rest of us were shuttled off to customs...I will enjoy Stockholm a couple of days and then head up to Orsa7Mora for one last workout before the race on Sunday.
Varmaste hälsningar,
Greg Peterson

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March 2 Grooming Report

Jon groomed out everything at Skyway/county Line this morning.  High temps are getting to around 32 degrees, so snow is warming up in the middle of the day -- skate lane is getting a bit mushy, and get out the pink wax!  Classic tracks are holding up nicely, but you will need some Violet for kick wax.  Highs tomorrow should be in upper 20s, with lows around 15 degrees.  Al also groomed Ward this morning -- if you want to ski Ward, make sure to get out the next couple of weeks, as March 14 will be our last day for grooming there.  Snow is getting really slushy in the early afternoon hours down there, so get out early. 
Our next grooming will be Friday afternoon/evening (3 pm) for Skyway/County Line and Friday morning (9 am) for Ward.  Happy skiing!

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

February 28 Grooming Report

Al groomed this morning amidst slight falling snow -- probably just an inch or two by tomorrow morning -- he groomed out Winslow/Sunset, Lion's (lower), Scales Lake, Loop 3, Dog Trail, Kannah Crossing, Vista (valley only) and Arroyo.  Grooming report is attached for more info.  Very slight chance of snow tomorrow with Tuesday looking good -- highs in the 20s, lows around 12 degrees.  Next grooming scheduled for Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. at Skyway and 9 am at Ward.  After that, we won't groom until Friday late afternoon around 3 pm.  Happy skiing!

Are you a member of the Grand Mesa Nordic Council?  You can join for as little as $25/year -- click on the following link to join today!

Board Meeting this Tuesday

Want to find out what the GMNC board is up to? Do you have a proposal or idea to share? Maybe you just want to meet the board and find out what we're all about. Join us for our next board meeting, Tuesday, January 5th at 6:30 p.m. at Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado's meeting rooms. (Ground floor next to Spoons Restaurant, 3090 North 12th in GJ.)

For more info on the meeting, email or call Dave Knutson, 970- 261-1496.

Hope to see you there.

Christie Aschwanden
President, GMNC

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Comradery and Moonlight

Just over forty showed up for a fantastic chili corn chowder, huge tortillas, snacks and a bonfire at our 20th anniversary tonight. Thanks to Leslie for bringing up Palisade Cafe and Grill's chowder and tortillas. Tom for the wood and extra tables. Peter for starting the bonfire and everyone who enjoyed skiing the Mesa and gathering later to celebrate. 

I headed over to County Line after the clean-up and enjoyed the best moonlight ski this year. There were five vehicles in the parking lot. Whoever else was there knows what I mean...  no wind; moonlight illuminating the trees;  soft, smooth, white meadows of snow; and stars poking through the clouds. It was  a night to linger.

Dave Knutson
Fundraising Volunteer
Grand Mesa Nordic Council
970.527-3969 260-3260c


Thanks to everyone who came out for our informal 20 year anniversary bonfire party. We had about 45 people in attendance and many fine stories were recounted around the campfire. Our hungry skiers quickly polished off the delicious green chili chowder, graciously donated by Palisade Cafe and Grill. The yummy desserts and drinks that members brought were also quickly devoured. The bonfire was hot and the company was warm.

The skiing was also fantastic, thanks to our hard-working grooming crew.

Thanks for supporting the GMNC!