Learn to Ski with

the Nature Connection

Our goal is to help kids gain confidence outdoors in the winter

The Nature Connection Ski Day!


At almost 11,000 feet on top of the Grand Mesa, youth learn to fall and get back up again on XC skis — in return they ‘grow their grit’ and make lasting memories! Every 4th and 6th grader in Delta County and Olathe are introduced to cross-country skiing on the Grand Mesa each winter. We partner with the United States Forest Service to provide youth with an Every Kid in a Park pass for 4th graders as well as Junior Snow Ranger booklets. This full day program includes winter ecology and wildlife lessons as well as how to ‘dress like an onion’ while preparing for a day outdoors in the wintertime.

If we have space available in our schedule, we’d love to accommodate additional groups- either a fully-guided day on the Grand Mesa or through lending gear so that educators can lead their own program.

When, where, what?

What to expect on a ‘Ski Day’


Programs begin at County Line or Skyway Trailhead on the Grand Mesa. Our staff will bring a trailer with skis, boots and poles of every size.

We fit kids and chaperones with XC skis, boots and poles. We even bring extra winter clothing for participants needing to borrow gear.

Our staff and volunteers will lead a 1-2 mile beginner-friendly tour through towering spruce forests on the groomed nordic trails.

Program will run for approximately 4 hours. Lunch is not provided.