Every year, GMNC organizes several races on the Grand Mesa at the Skyway Trail System. Our race events are held on some of the best snow and terrain you can find in the Rocky Mountains!
Grand Mesa Nordic Race Series
The Grand Mesa Nordic Race Series is a series of five Nordic ski races with awards for each race as well as for the cumulative point winners for the whole series. The series emphasizes ski racing for fun and personal fitness for skiers of ALL abilities. We make the races challenging enough for top athletes but also comfortable for the rest of us who just want to get out and test our skills against a fun course. We have kept entry fees low to encourage participation but still allow us to raise valuable funds for our grooming operations. Despite the low fee, you can still expect plenty of hot soup and some great giveaways thanks to sponsors such as Justin’s Nut Butters, Kind, ProBar, and Ela Family Farms! Grand Mesa Nordic Point Series Series points can be earned at 5 races this season:
- WinterStart 5K Classic
- Grand Mesa Classic 10K
- Skyway Skuffle Freestyle 10K
- Grand Mesa Loppet Freestyle 21K/42K
- Mesa Meltdown 20K
Points will be awarded for each racer’s best 4 finishes out of the 5 to declare a Male and Female Overall Series Champion. Any ties will be broken by order of finish in the Mesa Meltdown 20K. (Note that no points will be awarded for WinterStart 5K Freestyle, Grand Mesa Loppet 21K, Mesa Meltdown 5K.)
Location: All races are held on the Grand Mesa at the Skyway Trail System on Colorado Highway 65.
Registration: RACE DAY ONLY in the Skyway parking area beginning at approximately 10 AM for all races except the Grand Mesa Nordic Loppet (Registration available for this event HERE as well as race day registration).
Entry Fees: $15 for GMNC members and $25 for non-members for all races except the Grand Mesa Nordic Loppet. Grand Mesa Nordic Loppet fees:
21k: $25 for GMNC members and $30 for non-members
42k: $30 for GMNC members and $35 for non-members.
Colorado Mesa University Racing
Each winter, the Colorado Mesa University (CMU) Nordic Ski Team hosts its home invitational, the Colorado Mesa Sprints, at the Skyway Trail System. The race draws teams from across the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association’s Rocky Mountain Conference and features two days of racing, including a mass start distance race that includes a citizens category. The race also features elimination sprints, a spectator-friendly event that requires skiers to compete head-to-head around a challenging 1km course.
Barnelopet means “children’s race” in Norwegian. Every year, GMNC teams up with the local Sons of Norway to offer a fun day of skiing and racing for children ages 3-16. Free lessons are provided in the morning and fun races are held in the afternoon.
NOTE: Road closures do happen on the Grand Mesa and weather can be so nasty even us Nordic stalwarts find it necessary to postpone a race. Please check the website and our Facebook Page for late-breaking news regarding races before heading up! For more information, contact: Tom Ela 970-434-9753
2016/2017 Race Schedule
Sunday, December 4
5K Classic @ 11 AM
5K Freestyle @ 12:30 PM
Saturday, December 31
10K Freestyle @ 11 AM
Saturday ,January 28
1K Freestyle, elimination heats @ 11 AM
Sunday, January 29
GRAND MESA CLASSIC
10K Classic 1@ 1 AM
Saturday, February 25
GRAND MESA NORDIC LOPPET
21K/42K Freestyle @ 10 AM
Saturday, March 11
5k/20K Freestyle @ 11 AM