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Welcome to the RA Ski & Snowboarding Club Web Site - "More Than Just a Ski Club"

RA Ski is a non-profit ski club, run by volunteers, and operating since 1967.   RA Ski organizes a variety of cross-country, downhill ski and snowshoe outings, as well as social and other events throughout the entire year, including hiking, biking, theatre, and golfing.  The ski club is one of many activities associated with Ottawa's RA Centre. For more information about the RA Ski Club, please visit the FAQ page.

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Despite the sunny showing of recent days, we have already been “thinking snow” for 2017 – a request for bids went out to our travel partners in early April. The proposals are in and we’ll be finalizing the dotting of Is and crossing of Ts very shortly. In the meantime - if you are the least bit tempted to join our 2017 excursion - keep your calendar open during Jan. 27 – Feb. 5. Watch this space for details…! — feeling excited.


Cycling:  Sun. May 29 Sat. May 28 - Bate Island to Shirley's Bay - NOTE DATE CHANGE
Bate Island at 9:45 AM for departure at 10. Bate Island is under the Champlain Bridge about a third of the way across from Island Park Drive.
Date changed to avoid Ottawa marathon. We'll cycle along the bike path on the Ottawa side, and have a picnic lunch at Shirley's Bay. Don't bother bringing a bathing suit - it's more a place for boating than for swimming.  40 km round trip on flat bike paths. Leader: Roger Duffy

We've made a slide show of our all our ski and non-ski activities for the 2015-2016 year.
Click here. This is a big file as we had a lot of events, so it will take a few minutes to download. It's PDf format, so just scroll down.


To see all our photos, click here
To see the photo larger, double-click on it, then click on the down arrow on the lower-right, then click on "View all sizes."
    2016: Trois Vallees, France
    Aug. 2015: Portillo, Chile 2015: Morzine, France 2014: St Anton, Austria
    Aug. 2013: Portillo, Chile 2013: Grindelwald, Switzerland Aug. 2012: Portillo, Chile
    2012: Winter Park, Colorado


2016-04-23 Urban Hike May 2016 Dows Lake - Group photo May 2016 Dows Lake - Tulips_3
   Apr. 23/16 - Urban hike                                    May 23/16 - Cycling to Dow's Lake - Group photo               May 23 - Tulips at Dow's Lake

Jan. 29 - Feb. 6, 2016   $2569    
The Registration Package, containing full information, is available here.

For the Gatineau Park XC ski conditions, click here.
For the Gatineau Park XC trail map, click here.

Videos: How to XC Ski
We've put links to nine short teaching video on our XC page of the RA Ski website.  These excellent videos were made by Keith Nicol, a level 4 XC ski instructor.  Click on our XC page.

XC Trip Leader Responsibilities & XC Sign-in Sheet   
For the XC sign-in sheet, click here.
For the XC trip leader responsibilities click here.


Downhill Sign-in Sheet   
For the DH sign-in sheet, click here.

My Helmet Saved Me!

Portillo 2013 - Wear a helmet
The RA Ski Club strongly recommends that downhill skiers wear a helmet.  Read the story here.

Downhill Safety Tips

  1. Always wear a helmet. (See above.) A helmet protects your brain. (You don't have a spare.) Plus a helmet keeps your head and your ears warm.
  2. Before heading downhill, look uphill to make sure no one is coming.
  3. When skiing downhill, don't ski right to the edge of the trail.  Leave enough space for a skier to pass you between you and the edge.


Sorry, snowshoeing is over till next winter.

SOCIAL NEWS - Hiking, Biking, ...

Biking Safety Rules
For our guidelines on biking safely, click here. Email:   weeklong_2015{at}


The November 2015 Winter Program Guide, containing our whole Winter 2015-16 program, is now available for download.
Click here.

This file may take a couple of minutes to download - so please be patient.
In order to view this PDF version, you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. 


Download this 8.5 x 11 poster and post it on a bulletin board at work.
(Be sure to get permission first.)


Click here to download the poster.

We send out a weekly Ski-Mail e-mail, containing club news, upcoming events, along with last-minute additions or changes.  To subscribe, click here.


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Cycling Trip Report - Bate Island to Shirley's Bay Sat May 28,16 

Trip Type: Cycle
Because of the running of the Ottawa Marathon on Sunday the 29th of May, the RASki bike ride scheduled for that day was moved ahead one day and today was it. All week long rain and high temperatures had been forecast for the weekend so I, as trip leader, had been on edge for days wondering whether to go or to cancel. I suppose I should have paid more attention to Alfred E. Newman when I was growing up and followed his advice, which was, "What, me worry".

Although warm, starting from the Champlain Bridge at Bate Island and riding by the Ottawa River, the ride was quite comfortable with not a hint of rain, no wind to fight, and no runners to squish. Eleven participants came out. As this was the first major ride for some of us, three people said they might not go the whole way. Well, they blew it. Everybody made it to Shirley's Bay with some of us remarking that it didn't seem all that far after all.

Lunch was had in the cool shade of the gazebo where friendships were renewed as many had not seen each other since the ski season ended. All very nice, but there was more to come. By prior invitation we all stopped for a garden social at Maureen's home in Britannia where we were treated to snacks, -ades and ales. Oh but life is tough. Continuing on to the end, some cutting out to take the short route home, the rest of us arrived back at our start point, happy that we had ignored the weatherman and made the effort to join in. Thanks for coming everybody.

Trip leader: Roger Duffy

Cycling Trip Report - Dows Lake Tulips,  Mon May 23,16 

Trip Type: Cycle

Nine of us gathered at the RA for cycling on this sad day. (Last day of skiing at St-Sauveur - the last place to close in the East.) However the sky was a brilliant blue, and the temperature a comfortable 25 C, so that took out some of the pain.

We cycled to Mooney's Bay, taking a break to view Hogs Back Falls. Then headed down the canal, crossing at Hartwell Locks, and down to Dow's Lake to look at the tulips. Surprisingly, there were still a lot of tulips at their peak. Then we had the first of three detours. We had to take the Parkway as the bike path was closed from Bronson to Bank St. due to reconstruction of the wall of the canal.

There was another detour just before the footbridge that crosses the canal to Ottawa U, and a third detour to avoid the closed underpass from the canal to Ottawa U, due to construction of a station for light rail. So after a short wait for the return of three of our cyclists who went on ahead and took the wrong route, we cycled over to Laurier St., through Ottawa U, and east along Somerset to Strathcona Park, where we had a picnic. The new footbridge across the Rideau River is now open, so we took it and returned to the RA along the east side of the Rideau River.

Photos are on the web here.

Leader: Glen Campbell

Keep up to date on events

You can get the latest status on club events by checking the "upcoming events" list on the right of this page or by checking the snowphone.  The upcoming events list will show time changes, cancellations and other important changes to events.  If an entry is changed, it will show updated before the entry.

We'll also keep you informed with Newsletters , Maillist and Calendar

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Check out our photo album1.

 McKinstry 2006

1. Note: some employers (ie. gov't departments such as Canada Revenue Agency may be blocking the pictures)

Upcoming Events

List of events for the next month. Click on the event for more info. Events marked updated have been changed in the past 7 days.

Sat, Jun 18,16
Bike - Mousette Park to Aylmer 

Wed, Jun 22,16
Baseball with the Champions 

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