If you -- or "a friend" -- find yourself balance-challenged on the slopes, The Delta County Tourism Cabinet in Colorado has released a few quick tips on other ways to enjoy winter that might be more your speed.
Snowmobiling -- Let an engine do the work on Grand Mesa's more than 400 miles of winter trails. Good to check out: the 123-mile-long Powderhorn to Sunlight Trail is the longest in the lower 48. Rentals are available at Thunder Mountain Lodge, and guided tours are available at Grand Mesa Lodge, Alexander Lake Lodge and Mesa Lakes Lodge.
Dog Sledding and SKijoring -- On February 7 and 8, 2015, Delta County will host the 9th annual Grand Mesa Summit Challenge in Cedaredge, a set of sprints at an altitude of 10,300 feet -- the highest dog sled races in North America. The event is free to spectators.
Snowshoeing and Cross-country Skiing -- Travelers in the Delta County area can snowshoe and cross-country ski on more than 30 miles of trails in the Skyway, County Line and Ward Lake Trail Systems, which are groomed by the Grand Mesa Nordic Council. The council also maintains eight different trail heads on the Grand Mesa for both groomed and backcountry (ungroomed) skiing. Powderhorn Mountain Resort offers a Nordic Pass, which provides access to the West Bench Trail system for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Mesa Lakes Lodge also has cross-country ski rentals.
Ice fishing and hunting -- Alternatively, travelers can work for their dinner with elk hunting at West Elk Wilderness. The fifth-largest wilderness area in Colorado, it also offers the chance to spot antelope, deer, bear and mountain lion. Island Lake, the largest of Grand Mesa’s Lakes, is a popular ice-fishing destination. Outfitters and guides are available from Bryce Outfitting.