2013/2014 Race Schedule


The GMNC and Clif Bar once again will bring you a long season of fun ski racing for all types on some of the best snow and terrain you can find. We try to make the races challenging for the top athletes but also comfortable for the rest of us who just want to get out and test ourselves against a fun course. We have kept entry fees low to encourage participation but we are still able to raise valuable funds for regular grooming. Despite the low fee you can still expect plenty of hot soup and some good giveaways thanks to sponsors such as Clif Bar, REI, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Justin’s Nut Butters, Loki Outerwear, and Ela Family Farms.

The Grand Mesa Nordic Race Series is a series of four cross country 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. In addition to the regular Series races, this season we will again be holding a weekend of NRL racing in December and the Colorado Mesa Sprints in January.

All races will be held on the Skyway Nordic Ski Trails on Colo. Highway 65 on top of Grand Mesa.

Registration for each Series race will be on race day only in the Skyway parking area beginning at approximately 10 AM. Entry is $10 for Grand Mesa Nordic Council members, $15 for others. Skiers who race on 3 of the 4 race dates will earn a special commemorative prize, most likely a T-shirt again, to be delivered some time after the series completion.

NOTE: Road closures do happen on Grand Mesa and there can be weather so nasty even us nordic stalwarts find it necessary to postpone a race. Please check the website for late breaking news regarding races before heading up.

Contact: Tom Ela 970-434-9753

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8, 2013
USSA-sanctioned races across multiple divisions, including a citizens race
Sat. classic technique, Sun. freestyle
Details here:  http://www.gmnc.org/programs/first-snow-nrl-race-dec-78-2013/

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013
WINTERSTART  –  Results Posted
SkywayNordicCenter, Grand Mesa, 11AM /12:30PM
5K Classic/5K Freestyle

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
SkywayNordicCenter, Grand Mesa, 11AM
10K Classic

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
SkywayNordicCenter, Grand Mesa
Elimination Heats start 11AM
1K Classic (Collegiate & Citizen divisions)

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
SKYWAY SKUFFLEResults posted
SkywayNordicCenter, Grand Mesa, 11AM
10K Freestyle

Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014
SkywayNordicCenter, Grand Mesa
11AM  (simultaneous mass start for both races)
5K/20K Freestyle

And as always the GMNC will be teaming up with the local Sons of Norway to bring you the annual Barnelopet;

Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014
Free kids lessons and races, ages 3-16
SkywayNordicCenter, Grand Mesa
Registration 10-11 AM, lessons 11-12 AM, races Noon