News item from Grand Mesa Nordic Council.
14 Sep, 2022
CMU ski team skiing at Skyway on Halloween, 2019
Mesa State College Ski Team skiing at Skyway on Halloween, 2009

Ski season is coming, it’s time to get excited.

How soon will the snow fly? Only time will tell, but here’s your chance to play snow forecaster and get first tracks. Correctly predict our first day of skiing and/or be the first to make ski tracks on our trails and you’ll win a prize — bragging rights and a GMNC trucker hat.

Two awards are up for grabs:

Most Accurate Snow Forecaster 2022
Awarded to the person or people who correctly predict the first day of skiing on GMNC’s trails.

First Skier of 2022
Awarded to the person or people who are first to send in photographic evidence of the season’s first ski on our trails.

Make your guesses here:

-Entries must be made a minimum of 4 days before the date chosen.
-Only one entry per person.
-The first day of of skiing will be determined by photographic confirmation that skiing has taken place. Skiing must be on the GMNC trail system — Skyway, County Line or Ward trails. (Presumably this will be before the grooming has begun.)
-First person or group to submit photos of the first ski will be declared winner of the First Skier of 2022. If multiple people submit acceptable photos, winner will be determined by time of day (photo at 9am wins over one taken at 11am).
-In the event that there are more than 3 entries meeting the winning criteria, we will announce and celebrate all winners, and have a random drawing to award up to 6 prizes total.

To submit verification of your first ski, email a photo to or text it to 970-200-6337. Include the time and place that the photo was taken.

Questions? Email

Annie Murphy skiing at Skyway on October 30, 2010
Annie Murphy skiing at Skyway on October 30, 2010