West Bench ski getaway

A lone skier glides along an ungroomed trail in the transition zone between aspen forest and pine forest. While there are plenty of tracks, this trail is not as heavily used as the expertly groomed trails on top of Grand Mesa at Skyway, County Line or Ward Lake Nordic ski areas.



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A lone skier glides along an ungroomed trail in the transition zone between aspen forest and pine forest. While there are plenty of tracks, this trail is not as heavily used as the expertly groomed trails on top of Grand Mesa at Skyway, County Line or Ward Lake Nordic ski areas.

In an effort to spread out Nordic skiing pressure and parking congestion on top of Grand Mesa, two of us took a shorter drive to the West Bench Trail, which is on the way to the top of the…




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