Go classic and skate skiing on any of the three trail systems situated on the Grand Mesa, namely County Line, Skyway, and Ward. All fifty kilometres or thirty-one miles of these pristine trails are groomed by the Grand Mesa Nordic Council Trails.
Whether you are skating or classic skiing, the Skyway warming hut at the Skyway Trail System welcomes you with open arms. Situated a mere 100 yards from the nearby trailhead, this staging area is the ideal place for children and adult lessons, as well as the Nordic ski races.
Do leave your furry pets behind as they are very much discouraged on these trails. Fret not though as Ward, County Line, and any of Grand Mesa’s trails are very much dog-friendly.
Cross country skiing by Grand Junction
The County Line Trail System is similarly perfect for classic skiing and skate skiing. Families prefer this trail mostly because of its safe parking facility as well as the easy ski trail provided by the flat Tower Trail. Meanwhile, the Ward Trail System is best for those who prefer to do backcountry skiing. Mesa Lakes, Ward Lake, and Griffiths Lake are perfect snowshoeing off-trails.
Considered as the world’s largest flat-topped mountain, the Grand Mesa has an elevation of more than 10,000 feet. Its heavy snowfalls and long season offers 300 inches of snow every year. Days for winter recreation are plenty. Skiers can enjoy 25,000 days of classic ski trails and marked ski touring trails each season.
Trail MapL: Grand Mesa Nordic Council (PNG)