The Grand Mesa Nordic Council (GMNC) is a member-supported, nonprofit organization formed in 1990, dedicated to promoting fun, safe, diversified cross country skiing experiences on the Grand Mesa for skiers of all ages, abilities, and interests. We operate under USFS special use permits in the Grand Mesa National Forest.
GMNC grooms and maintains 50 km (31 miles) of ski trails on the Skyway, County Line, and Ward trail systems on the Grand Mesa. The Grand Mesa is the largest flat-topped mountain in the world, and has an elevation of over 10,000 feet. It is known for its long season and heavy snowfalls, often more than 300 inches per year. GMNC’s trail systems include world class skate/classic ski trails as well as marked trails for ski touring. It is estimated that GMNC trails provide winter recreation for approximately 25,000 skier days per season, including use by local schools and programs such as The Nature Connection and the CMU Nordic ski team.
GMNC relies entirely on voluntary contributions and grants to fund trail grooming operations, staff, equipment purchases and maintenance, trail maps and signs, and maintenance of the Skyway warming hut. GMNC is governed by a volunteer board of directors from the local communities in the Grand Mesa region. Numerous additional volunteers are instrumental in creating our vibrant Nordic ski community.