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U.S. Forest Service

The Grand Mesa Nordic Council’s trails are entirely on US Forest Service land. The GMNC operates on these lands under a Special Use Permit that explicitly defines the rights and responsibilities within the ski area. Before each ski season, the GMNC submits an Annual Operating Plan that outlines all planned events, lessons, and any changes to signs or other infrastructure. This fall the GMNC updated its Master Development Plan, a vision of where the organization hopes to grow and change over the next decade.


For: USDA FOREST SERVICE Grand Valley District

Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, & Gunnison National Forest

Master Plan is intended to guide the management, development and future of the Grand Mesa Nordic Council, ensuring that the trails and programs of the GMNC provide a high-quality skiing experience for the members and the public.

This permit covers 31.2 miles and is described as the Grand Mesa Winter Trail System on Colorado Hwy 65 between Skyway Point and Ward Creek Reservoir. This permit issued is for maintenance and operations on Nordic ski trails.