Venturing out on a cross-country ski trip, laughing for hours...

Youth skiing

Skiing staffOn March 21, ten youth and staff from Grand Mesa Youth Services Center (GMYSC) took a day trip to the Grand Mesa. The trip was planned to celebrate youth in the program that are demonstrating leadership at the facility, in school, and in treatment groups.  To help validate hard work does not go unnoticed, GMYSC partnered with The Nature Center and the Nordic Council and ventured out on a cross country skiing trip on the County Line Trail atop the Grand Mesa. During the trip, the youth were able to experience skiing for the first time, while taking in the crisp air and breathtaking views the trail had to offer. 

Learning a new skill is never easy; but the youth tackled it head on and supported each other throughout the day. During lunch, everyone stopped at an overlook and took in the beauty of the valley. By the end of the day, the youth had trekked over 6 miles, laughed for hours, and ended the day enjoying ice cream at one of the local dairies. Staff at Grand Mesa enjoy the additional opportunities to build relationships with youth in the program and are looking forward to planning the next outing in April.