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

History of the Grand Nordic Ski Club

     Nestled in the snowy mountains of Grand County is a passionate group of cross-country ski enthusiasts called The Grand Nordic Ski Club. The club was formed in 1993, combining Fraser Valley Nordic with other Nordic entities in the valley in order to reflect the broader mission - to serve all Nordic skiing enthusiasts in Grand county. Dedicated; The Grand Nordic Ski Club is the heart and soul of cross-country skiing in Grand County. Our members tirelessly promote the sport through education, ski touring, racing, youth sponsorships, and more. We are blazing trails so people of all abilities can enjoy the magic of our mountain winters. For over 30 years, the club has preserved a beloved pastime for generations to come.

     The non-profit club currently has about 300 members and invites newcomers to join. The $35 individual or $50 family annual membership gives many personal benefits such as discounted daily trail passes, merchandise, free trail passes and rentels on our free lesson days, and discount pricing on our Ranch 2 Ranch Trek, in addition to the community benefit of providing a local voice for Nordic skiing. Click here to see benefits or to become a member.

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. Headwaters Trail Alliance also grooms some free trails around 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 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.

     There are 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. A kilometer or two away from the Nordic center's clubhouses and you will hardly see anyone, except on the busiest weekends!

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

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