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VISIT THE GRAND MESA
The Grand Mesa offers big-sky views, top-notch Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, downhill skiing and tubing.
This flat-topped mountain is also a giant — its elevation measures 11,332 feet tall, plus its home to national forest land and some 300 lakes.
According to Grand Junction’s National Weather Service, anywhere from 200-400+ inches of snow falls each year on the Grand Mesa, location dependent.
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There’s lots of opportunity to go Nordic skiing if you live in the Grand Valley.
The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Center (GJVCB) — http://www.visitgrandjunction.com — suggests a back-country experience on the Grand Mesa, namely at its ungroomed West Bench Trail.
According to the GJVCB, “To get there, take Interstate 70 east into Debeque Canyon and take exit 49, the turnoff to Powderhorn/Grand Mesa. This is Highway 65, the Mesa’s Historic and Scenic Byway. Travel another 28 miles through the town of Mesa, past the Powderhorn Ski Area and up a couple of switchbacks past the sledding hill at the old ski area. Continue up the switchbacks, and after the road flattens out, you’ll find a wide spot on the right side of the road at Jumbo Lake.”
The Grand Mesa Nordic Council offers grooming reports, clinics and lessons, as well as racing for kids and adults. The council maintains Nordic ski trails (for skate skiing and classic) located at eight separate trailheads on the Grand Mesa, too.
Two popular groomed Nordic Council trails include Skyway and County Line; dogs aren’t allowed on the Skyway trails system however.
See http://www.gmnc.org for details and trail maps!
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