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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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Jan. 27 – Feb. 5, 2017
The infinite number of slopes and ski trails for all levels and abilities coupled with the perfect grooming of not less than 145 km of slopes, and 33 state-of-the-art ski lifts and gondolas, make Sölden a truly unique winter sports center.  Skiing enthusiasts can ski uninterruptedly from the village of Sölden up to the glaciers at the elevation of 3,250 m;  with a total length of 15.0 km the ski route from Schwarze Schneide at Rettenbach Glacier is the region's longest ski trail featuring nearly 2,000 m elevation change.

We’ll be spending seven nights in Sölden and one in Munich, including an afternoon walking tour of central Munich. Breakfasts and multi-course dinners are included. Stay tuned…  Options, details, and prices (and the new Registration process!) should be finalized and published in mid- to late-July.

For more info, click here.


RODDLE: Mon. July 25 TUES. JULY 26 - Burrets Rapids to Merrickville
A RODDLE is a bike Ride taken at the pace of a toddle.
In answer to those who have been asking for a 'Stop and smell the roses' type of ride, we are now introducing the Roddle, a bike ride at the leisurely rate of 15ish kms per hour, instead of our usual 20km/hr, with as many stops as we feel like taking.

18 km remote-start ride from Burritt's Rapids Lock Station to Merrickville and back, on a scenic rural cottage road that is paved and without hills.  

There are three places to meet:
1. The RA Centre...9:15 for a 9:30 departure and drive to North Gower to meet up with those who wish to come directly from the west end of the city who will be waiting in front of...
2. The big White Church in North Gower at 10:15 and everyone will drive to the...
3. Burritt's Rapids lock station on the Rideau River, our starting point.

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


July 2016 Andy Hayden Park - Group photo July 2016 Andy Hayden Park - Picnic_1 July 2016 Petrie Island - Group photo
   July 16 - Cycling to Andrew Hayden park                July 12 Andy Haden park - Picnic lunch                         July 12 - cycling to Petrie Island

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.


Visit Trip Reports for more  

Cycling to Andrew Hayden Park Sat Jul 16,16 

Trip Type: Cycle
After ordering perfect temperature, beautiful sunshine and just a little breeze to refresh us, it was noted by all eleven participants that the weather gods had complied. You couldn't ask for more perfect conditions! The eleven of us met at Remic Rapids and more or less left on time, taking time first to rectify a slight brake and tire pressure problem being experienced by one of the cyclists. But RASki members are a talented lot and soon one knowledgeable fellow had the problem solved and we were on our way. It wasn't a very long ride to Andrew Hayden Park but still we were glad to stop at the lovely gazebo for a rest and a snack in the shade, and taking time to socialize with one another. We all decided that we could continue a little further along to Moodie Drive, past what used to be the Nortel building and returning via a different route to the main bike path we had been on in the morning. In all we did about 26 kilometers and everyone seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed their outing. Once back at Remic Rapids parking lot, some of us decided to continue on to Preston Street to a nice little place called Simply Biscotti where we enjoyed a delicious coffee of our choice. After drooling over their lovely selection of awesome treats, the only difficulty was deciding which one to chose! After all, we had to make up for all the calories we used on our ride. It was an excellent outing once again and nice to see so many people come out and enjoy it. Trip leader: Doris Dallaire

Cycling to Petrie Island Tue Jul 12,16 

Trip Type: Cycle
What kind of day do you want for a beach day? A hot, sunny summer day - and we got one! We took our time and stopped (in the shade) several times for water breaks before we got to the island.

Four of the group went to the East Beach for a swim, while the rest of us staked out a picnic area in the shade. After some relaxing, a discussion followed about making the outing a triathlon by taking a hike. Common sense prevailed and we let the heat dictate our actions. After a pleasant time on the island, we got back on our bikes and cycled west.

Ten RASkiers enjoyed that summer day!

Louise Cameron

Cycling to Les Brasseurs du Temps pub Thu Jun 30,16 

Trip Type: Cycle

In spite of having to postpone this outing by a day due to the forecast of showers on the 29th, seven RA skiers showed up at Bate Island under the Champlain bridge on a perfect day for cycling. The sky and the waters were blue, and temperature pleasant.

Our first stop was the inukshuks on the Ottawa River. Then we cycled to the Navy memorial. We crossed the Ottawa River at Portage Bridge, and stopped close to the Museum of Civilization to admire the view of Parliament across the river. Next stop was a burned-out wreck of a ship, close to where the Gatineau River empties into the Ottawa River. After a stop at the Lac Leamy beach, we cycled along the Ruisseau de la Brasserie to Les Brasseurs du Temps pub. There we enjoyed their fine food, beer made on the premises, and the beer museum.

One item I found interesting was that in 1792, every British soldier in Canada was entitled to six pints of beer per day when billeted with an innkeeper, of five when quartered in barracks. Times have changed. The other interesting tidbit was that in 1935 in Hull, the mayor was giving the police chief specific times and places when they were allowed to raid gaming houses. One police chief who complained about this was fired by the mayor.

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.

Mon, Jul 25,16
Roddle!! to Merrickville - see details below. 

Wed, Aug 10,16
Bike ride from Ingleside 

Tue, Aug 16,16
Odyssey Theatre annual theatre under the stars - The Servant 

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