Trail Etiquette

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Trail etiquette helps everyone enjoy the trails to the fullest and lessens the need for more grooming. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind while being courteous to your fellow trail users:

Snowshoeing -We encourage you to enjoy snowshoeing off of the groomed trails, or on Skyway’s designated 1 km trail for snowshoeing. If you must snowshoe on the groomed trails, please walk single file along the outside of the skate lane to prevent collisions with skiers and to avoid damaging the skate and classic tracks. Snowshoes can quickly deteriorate GMNC’s grooming work and increase grooming expenditures significantly.

Climbing Up Hills – Classic skiers should step into skate lane when herringboning up hills. When you herringbone over the top of the classic tracks, you obliterate them and make it difficult for other skiers to use them.

Right of Way – In general, those going uphill should yield to skiers coming downhill, and faster skiers should yield to beginners and children. On steeper sections of trail, the uphill skier should consider stopping and moving to the side of the trail. When in doubt, allow courtesy and common sense to prevail.

Walking and Hiking – Please do not walk or hike in boots on the groomed trails. Booting severely damages the grooming and creates deep “post-holes” which are dangerous to skiers.

Grooming In Progress – If you encounter the snowcat on the trails, it’s recommended that you step aside well off the trail, or if the groomer stops, for you to go around. This is particularly true with dogs and it’s helpful if you hold onto your dog by the collar. We try to groom at times that minimizes skier/snowcat interaction, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. We want to make sure everyone is safe on the trails, including our four-legged friends.

Skiers with Dogs – Please keep dogs in sight and under voice control at all times. Also, please pick up after your dog by removing any waste from the trail. More information about dog trails and dog etiquette can be found here.

Snow- or Fatbikes – The USFS prohibits Fatbikes on the Skyway, County Line, and Ward Trail Systems. GMNC spends each season maintaining and grooming the trail system for Nordic skiing and snowshoe use. Fatbiking quickly deteriorates this grooming work and increases GMNC’s grooming expenditures significantly. Snowmobile trails are recommended.

If we practice a little common courtesy while enjoying the outdoors, everyone can enjoy our world-class trails on the Grand Mesa!

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