Jeff Russell is right about Crust skiing.  The Colorado weather can be fickle and this season has been that so far.  Charlie and I have had a couple days of good crust skiing after several sunny days somewhat melted or congealed the surface and, combined with several cold nights down to about 20 degrees or less, formed a surface firm enough to support our weight.  We were able to ski everywhere on the south-facing front meadows at the YMCA before the recent snow. But north-facing slopes gave way under our weight and we crashed thru.

Groomed trails have been quickly deteriorating with the intense March sunshine.  New snow will be coming to reinforce those trails but resorts with specially groomed trails are closing – Grand Lake Nordic Center March 31, Snow Mountain Ranch April 3 and Devils Thumb April 10.  Some closure is due to lack of snow but mostly lack of staff.  Many trails will remain useable.  Our high altitude also gets the corn snow granules on top of the firm crust that, to me, is hero snow as anyone can carve a good telemark easily when the crust underneath is firm.

Please venture into back country areas knowing that avalanches can occur almost anywhere. Be prepared with proper equipment and knowledge of the area, let someone know where you are going and always take extra food, water, and essentials.  We need the extra snow that may come to replenish our water supplies so keep up the snow dances. 
Sales on Nordic equipment are excellent right now so catch them before the Centers close or the retail stores shift their inventory.  Consider donating your old gear to one of the Grand Nordic donation boxes located at the Grand Park Recreation Center in Winter Park, the Fraser Library or the Granby Library. Or clean out your garage and donate your unwanted Nordic skis, boots and poles to Grand Nordic.  We get this gear out to people who will use it, both kids and adults.  Call 970-887-0547 for more information.

For more area Nordic information go to the website for information on All things Nordic in Grand County where we have More K’s available and More Days to ski.  We cover Nordic areas, ranches, free trails in town or connecting towns, back country suggestions, back country reports and Nordic News, retail shops, programs for Competitive Nordic, Masters Nordic, Adaptive-NSCD, school and youth programs as well as information sources like Headwaters Trails Alliance,  Chambers of Commerce, towns, and the Grand County Tourism Board.  It is a direct link to the individual websites so navigation is easy.

To support our local youth programs and family Nordic skiing, join the Grand Nordic Ski Club at  We donate Nordic skis, scholarships and other assistance to pre-schools, elementary schools, youth recreation programs, Middle School Nordic team, and High School Nordic teams. We also foster cooperation and communication between our youth programs, Colorado Master program and Winter Park Competition Center.  Call Grand Nordic at 970-887-0547 for more information or visit our Facebook page. 

We appreciate all the community support in this and past years.  Thank you Grand County!