Cross-Country Ski Races

On the Grand Mesa in Western Colorado

Grand Mesa Nordic Council organizes several cross-country ski races throughout the winter season 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.

Our races emphasize ski racing for fun and personal fitness for skiers of all abilities. We make the races challenging enough for top level athletes but also comfortable for those that just want to get out and test racing skills against a fun course. You can expect plenty of hot soup and some great giveaways thanks to sponsors, such as Justin’s Nut Butters, Kind, ProBar, and Ela Family Farms.

RACE SERIES

GRAND MESA CLASSIC

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Race: 10K Classic
Registration: On the race day in the Skyway parking lot 1 hour before race start time
Entry Fee: $20 members, $30 non-members
Race Start: 11 a.m.
Where: Skyway on Grand Mesa

SKYWAY SKUFFLE

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Race: 10K Freestyle
Registration: On the race day in the Skyway parking lot 1 hour before race start time
Entry Fee: $20 members, $30 non-members
Race Start: 11 a.m.
Where: Skyway on Grand Mesa

LEAP DAY LOPPET

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Race: 15K and 5K Freestyle
Registration: On the race day in the Skyway parking lot 1 hour before race start time
Entry Fee: $20 members, $30 non-members
Race Start: 10 a.m., simultaneous mass start
Where: Skyway on Grand Mesa

OTHER RACES (not part of the Race Series)

RACE FOR THE AGES

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Race: 10K Freestyle
Registration: On the race day in the Skyway parking lot 1 hour before race start time
Entry Fee: $15 members, $25 non-members
Race Start: 11 a.m.
Where: Skyway on Grand Mesa

Prizes for top female and male finishers in skating and classic, as well as for best vintage skis and best era ski apparel.
Pick your favorite ski era and come and race like you were! (We’ll pretend you’re still young and fast.)

NOTE: Road closures do happen on the Grand Mesa and weather can be so brutal that even us Nordic stalwarts find it necessary to postpone a race. Please check this page and our Facebook Page for late-breaking news regarding races before heading up! For more information please contact Tom Ela at 970-434-9753.