Trail User Guidelines
The GMNC trails are managed primarily for Nordic (cross-country) skiing. Trail user guidelines help minimize user conflicts, reduce grooming costs, and ensure a safe winter recreation experience for our Nordic community. Here are a few rules and tips.
Snowshoeing – Snowshoers are requested to use Ward trails, designated trails at County Line, or any of the many non-GMNC trails on the Grand Mesa. If you snowshoe on groomed ski trails, 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 degrade GMNC’s grooming and significantly increase our grooming costs.
Hikers – Do not hike on the groomed ski trails. Hiking severely degrades the grooming and makes travel difficult for skiers.
Classic Tracks – Do not herringbone, skate ski, ski in wider touring skis, snowshoe, or walk on the classic ski track.
Stopping – Move to the edge of the trail and avoid obstructing traffic.
Right of Way – In general, downhill skiers have the right-of-way, faster skiers should yield to beginners and children, and dogs should yield to everyone. When in doubt, use courtesy and common sense.
Passing – Generally pass on the left. When approaching skiers from behind, call out “on your left” to alert the other party to your presence.
Assist others with directions and ski information.
Grooming In Progress – If you encounter the groomers on the trails, step off of the trail if necessary. We try to groom at times that minimize skier/groomer interaction, but sometimes it can’t be avoided.
Snow Bikes and Snowmobiles – The USFS prohibits snow bikes and snowmobiles on the Skyway, County Line, and Ward Trail Systems.
- Skiers are responsible for skiing in control and within their abilities.
- Ski at your own risk. Skiing is fundamentally dangerous. Be aware of changing weather hazards, cold, wind, snow and whiteout conditions. Stay hydrated, carry food and warm clothes. You are responsible for your own safety at high altitude. GMNC provides no services other than trail grooming. This map is for general orientation only.
- Buy a CORSAR card. Funds from the sale of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue (CORSAR) cards help ensure that a Search and Rescue team is available to rescue you if ever in need. To purchase a card go to: https://dola.colorado.gov/sar/cardPurchase.jsf