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Cross Country Ski or Snowshow Tour - Countyline - Overlook

This will be more of a backcountry tour. Countyline trails are not yet groomed, but even though there is not enough snow to groom, there is enough snow to ski. If skiing, bring your "rock skis." The trails at Countyline are relatively flat, so you don't need metal edges.

There will be a 5.5K option (about 3 1/2 miles) which means taking the Overlook Trail to the scenic overlook and back. The other option will be to ski the CountyLine perimiter. This is about 9K (about 5 1/2 miles).

Dogs are allowed at Countyline. If bringing your dog, make sure their paws can handle the snow. If you have a long-haired breed, they should wear dog booties.

What to bring:

◦Clothing - 4 layers on top, 2 on bottom

TOP: Base layer (thermal t-shirt (not cotton))
Turtleneck (not cotton)
Sweater (or fleece or vest)
jacket (NOT a heavy coat!) - an athletic windproof, water-resistant, or waterproof jacket

Long underwear/tights
Thin shell - loose-fitting, water-repellant (NOT heavy snowpants!)

Mittens - waterproof (gloves NOT recommended)
socks - wool or wool-blend (avoid cotton!)
neck gaitor
Classic Skis or Snowshoes, Boots, Poles
Hydration Belt with water bottle and snack

In the car:
extra socks
post-ski footwear
extra snacks and water
dry t-shirt
back-up mittens or gloves

Updated report on Grand Mesa Nordic Council web site

Travel Time:

From Grand Junction it takes about 55 minutes to get to the Countyline trailhead. Travel up Highway 65 to the very top of the Grand Mesa. From Grand Junction, this trailhead is past Mesa Lakes Resort and past Skyway. If you end up at the Visitor's Center, you've gone too far. From Delta, the trailhead is past the Visitor's Center. The parking lot is right off the highway - be careful!



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  • Annie M.

    We had such a great time. What a fantastic day to ski. The view from the overlook was spectacular. Great to meet Pete and Julie!

    November 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone interested in meeting earlier, like 11 or 11:30? If not, I might do a short loop and meet the group at the bulletin board at 1. I have a bit longer drive than I think the rest of you, so I don't want to push it too late into the afternoon.

    November 24, 2012

  • Annie M.

    Sometimes it is hard to recognize people with their winter gear on. I will be wearing all red with a "Grand Mesa Gliders" coat and hat on (like what I am wearing in my profile photo). My husband Chris has a Chariott to tow our son. Because parking is right off the highway and some will have dogs (and the speed limit is 45 mph!), we will meet ON the trail, by the bulletin board (down the hill from the bathroom) You should keep your dog(s) leashed until you get on the trail so they are kept safe.

    November 19, 2012

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