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Photo by Don Benjamin Last weekend a foursome of cross-country skiers traveled down through the forest from the Grand Mesa Visitor Center to Ward Creek Reservoir. They skied more than two miles over a deep base of sunny snow. Shown at the end of their Sunday morning trek are (from front to back) Joey the dog, Art Trevena, Jim Brown, Joyce Tanihara, and Rex Cole and Roger the dog. Trevena and Tanihara are Cedaredge residents. Brown lives in Delta and Cole is from Grand Junction.
Photo by Don Benjamin Colorado native Kean Bliss brought her daughter Pyka all the way from Texas for the three-year-old girl’s first snowy adventure.

The snow's still deep on Grand Mesa

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Cross-country skiers and snowmobilers are still enjoying plenty of snow and sunshine on Grand Mesa. So are ice anglers and sled riders. Most areas of the mesa are still covered by 9-10 feet of snow and the 80-inch base at Powderhorn Mountain Resort ski area allowed them to stay open for an "encore" weekend before closing for the season on April 7.

Mike Wenner, owner of Grand Mesa Lodge, reports that the mesa has received 498 inches of snow so far this season (calculated from the first snowfall on Oct. 4 through April 7). And 136 inches of that bonanza fell in March alone.

"That's it so far," Wenner reported, "And we're not done yet."

With more storms predicted this spring, Grand Mesa is well on its way to reaching, and possibly surpassing, its average snowfall of 527 inches. And the good news for reservoir watchers is that the snow's water content is already approaching 36 inches.

With nine feet of snow on the ground, more expected later this week, and temperatures in the 40s, Grand Mesa remains a go-to destination for families who want to cross-country ski, ride a snowmobile or a sled, and ice fish.

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