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Monday, November 30, 2009

Free ski demo and Winterstart races!

This Sunday, December 6 marks the opening event of the Grand Mesa Nordic Council's winter race series.

The Winterstart features two races, a 5K Classic at 11AM and a 5K Freestyle at 12:30PM. Do them both and double your fun!
(Details here:  

New for this year: a free gear demo, sponsored by Boulder Nordic Sport. This event will give local skiers a free opportunity to ask gear questions and try out the latest gear for xc skiers. The equipment demo will take place at Skyway during the Winterstart Races, from 10:30-2:30. Everyone is welcome. 

Come try out the latest gear including skis, boots and poles. Experts on hand will answer questions and help you find the perfect gear. Brands represented include Fischer, Rossignol, Madshus, Atomic, Salomon, Alpina, Swix, Holmenkol and SkiGo. This is a free demo, not a sales event, but GMNC members who attend will have a one-time opportunity to sign up for members-only pricing through BNS.  

--Christie Aschwanden, GMNC President

Grooming for week 11/30-12/6

On Sunday, Al was able to grade most of the trails, and shoveled snow onto some bare spots on the Lions Loop. For the rest of the week, we will look at Wed. and Fri./Sat for grooming.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Grooming Saturday

Hello all
Cold and breezy trail is still firm so grading of scales lk dog trail and dog loop is what was nesesary. I also shoveled snow on county line trails
Jon Canty

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Weekend 11/28-29

 Excellent skiing today(Fri.) with fast conditions. Jon will work on the Dog trail and Dog loop tomorrow(Sat.) and shovel snow onto the thin spots.
We will have one of the groomers up on Sunday morning, but be patient as we are having some equipment problems.


20th Anniversary Logo Contest

In case you missed it in the newsletter....This is GMNC's 20th year
and to celebrate, we're planning a collector's edition window decal
for members. We need your help.

Enter your design in our logo contest. The design should be simple,
distinctive and easy to see, recognize and understand from a distance
or up close.

Send entries (or questions) via email to

Entries must be received by Dec 2. Online voting starts Dec 4 on the
blog. Final voting and the winner announced at the Winterstart Races
on Dec 6.


Friday conditions are firm so the skate lane on scales lk have been graded along with dog loop and dog trail
Think new snow Jon Canty

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

elk party

As Winslow so aptly put it, "the elk were having a woodsy last night."
You may have noticed some of the party favors they left behind on the
Scales Lake tracks. Anita and I were out relatively early this morning
and had the opportunity to see 15 or 20 of the ruffians fleeing the
scene. A welcome Thanksgiving treat. Happy ski holiday to all! Richard

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Grooming for Wednesday
Scales lake rd has a fresh set of classic track and a graded skate lane.
Dog trail has been graded along with dog loop. Have a happy thanksgiving all.
Jon Canty

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Grooming Monday

Hi everyone
Skate lane and classic was groomed on scales lake dog trail and dog loop.
There was 3 inches fresh at ten a m cold and breezy all day.
Jon Canty

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What a weekend!

The sun was shining and conditions were great for this weekend's training camps on the Grand Mesa. 

The Grand Mesa Gliders camp provided lots of fun for local kids, and at least four teams from around the region came to the Mesa to enjoy our early season snow. 

Grooming for week 11/23-29

Plan was to have trails groomed today (Mon.), but currently down a groomer. Otherwise, we are looking at Wed. P.M., or Thurs. A.M.; then Fri. A.M. and Sat. P.M..
Will update as needed.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Grooming report

Hi everyone
The classic track on scales lake rd has changed sides. The skate lane on scales , dog trail , dog loop has been tilled and graded. A cold night should set it firm.
Jon Canty

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Grooming report

Kenton groomed Scales Lake today. Conditions are excellent.

He also groomed a lesson area by the Skyway trailhead for the Gliders camp this weekend and part of the arroyo trail. Lions loop is getting melted out in the snow and is not recommended for good skis.

Jon will do touchup grooming Saturday late afternoon (or first thing Sunday morning if we get snow). 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Conditions are great!


Hi everyone
The skate lane has been touched up on scales lake rd to the tower 1:00 pm Wednesday
Jon Canty

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Grooming report

Jon touched up Scales Lake Rd and dog loop on Sunday. He also rolled
Lions loop, but beware--Lions has some stumps and rocks. Probably best
to use rock skis on that trail.

Jon will be back up on Wednesday 11/18 to touch up Scales and Dog
Loop. Then Kenton will groom for the kids ski camp late Friday. We'll
do touch up again Saturday afternoon or Sunday.

Get out and ski!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Grooming report sunday am... scales lake, dog loop at county
ine groomed! thanKs Kenton!

This message was sent using the Picture and Video Messaging service from Verizon Wireless!

come on up the skiing is GREAT! sunday morning&life is good.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Up and coming Mesa State College skier Kelsey Follett.

It's Snowing!

Yes, we have snow! Kenton and Jon groomed Scales Lake and the dog trail and they'll be back tomorrow to groom some more. It's snowing pretty hard up there...

Conditions were a bit soft today, but coverage is excellent on Scales and if it keeps snowing we may be able to groom some more trails.


Friday, November 13, 2009

Weekend Grooming Plan

Kenton and Jon will be grooming Saturday morning starting first light. Conditions permitting, they'll groom Scales Lake from Skyway to the tower and the dog loop at County Line and possibly more.

Depending on how this storm plays out, we may groom Sunday too. Updates will be posted here.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hanging in there!

Thanks to some hard work and sweat by our grooming crew, the Scales Lake Road trail is still skiable, despite a week of warm weather. The best skiing is in the trees, from the snowmobile corridor to Kannah crossing.

Snow is coming, hang tight! We'll keep an eye on the weather but expect fresh snow and grooming by Saturday morning.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Grooming Report

Hi Everybody,
Went up today and shoveled snow into the bare spots and graded the skating lane from skyway parking lot to the microwave tower.  Skating is still pretty good and fast. The classic track very marginal, with earth showing through in some spots and the tracks are glazed over. Think snow...
Kenton Shaw,
Grand Mesa Nordic Council

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday Grooming Update

Jon Canty spent several hours shoveling snow today and he also grated the skate lane on Scales Lake to the towers. The sunniest spots are still a little scrappy, but from the snowmobile crossing to the tower the skiing is still quite good.

Kenton will be out tomorrow doing some more shoveling on the sunny spots.

Think snow! Thanks to Jon and Kenton for their hard work.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Snow Report

The snow on Scales Lake Rd is holding up pretty well, considering how warm it has been this last week. Areas with continuous full sun have a few bare spots (ski alert you can easily bypass them without hitting dirt or harming your skis). Once you get past the section near the parking lot, conditions improve. We'll try to get out and do some shoveling before the next snow.

Snow is pretty scrappy over at County Line. Better to stick to Scales right now.

We'll groom again once we get a little more snow. The forecast shows a 20% chance of snow on the Mesa Sunday night and Monday. Do your best snow dance and check back here for updates.


No grooming today.

No grooming today. We will groom after the next snow--tomorrow afternoon or Monday. Updates will be posted here.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November One!

A beautiful day of skiing on Scales Lake Road. 
Hi Christie.  Thanks Kenton and Jon.
Lee Gelatt