Looking down Pole Creek at Snow Mountain Ranch
Pole Creek from the Snow Mountain
Shawna DePlata photo

History of the Grand Nordic Ski Club

     The Grand Nordic Club, formerly Fraser Valley Nordic Club was founded in 1993 and now embraces a mission to serve the Nordic community of Grand County by providing educational, recreational, social and adventurous opportunities. We are the people's advocate for cross-country skiing in the County. The non-profit club currently has about 225 members and invites newcomers to join. The $35 individual or $50 family annual membership gives many personal benefits such as discounted season passes and merchandise, invitations to club social events and races in addition to the community benefit of providing a local voice for Nordic skiing. Click here to see benefits and to download a membership application.

What's it like to ski in Grand County?

     We have more than 300 kilometers of groomed trail combined in the five major Nordic ski areas in the County (see our Nordic Skiing Links page). Skiing possibilities are almost unlimited away from the system of groomed trails. There is almost always snow here in Grand County, even in dry years. Often we ski from late October or early November through mid April on groomed trails and for longer periods in the back country. The air is thin, with elevations ranging upwards from 8000 feet. The sky is the limit at the top end of the elevation, if you are into back country skiing. The photo above was taken from the Nordic Center at Snow Mountain Ranch with the Continental Divide in the backgroundand and looks down Pole Creek. Click on the image for a larger view.

Looking down Pole Creek at Snow Mountain Ranch
Group Ski at Devil's Thumb

     There are plenty of local races (see our Calendar page), if that's what you like to do. But, if you just want to ski alone that's easy too. Most of us who ski here think of the place as our own private ski preserve. A kilometer or two away from the Nordic center's clubhouses and you will hardly see anyone, even on the busiest weekends! The photos below were taken from Nordic centers in Grand County. Click on the thumbnails for larger views.
Simon on classic skiis
Hey mom, the classic tracks at Devil's Thumb are really BIG!
Karen Waeschle photo
Skiing under the Thumb
Skiing under the 'Thumb' at Devil's Thumb Ranch
Mel Dyck photo
Clint Roberts at the Stampede
Working hard at the Snow Mountain Stampede!
Valerie Kahn photo