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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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TRIPS
  • WEEKLONG - SOLDEN, AUSTRIA     Jan. 27 – Feb. 5, 2017 - UPDATED SEPT. 12: HOW TO REGISTER &  UPDATED INFO PACKAGE.
    The infinite number of slopes and ski trails 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.  Seven nights in Sölden and one in Munich, including an afternoon walking tour of central Munich.
    Registration Opens: Mon. Sept. 26 at noon. Register on-line, by phone, or in person.
    Registration night:   Weds. Sept. 28, 7:00 p.m., RA Centre, Outouais room. Doccument and payment finalization for registered participants.

  • 2-DAY XC / SNOWSHOE / DH WEEKEND - MONT TREMBLANT     Fri. - Sun. Feb. 10-12, 2017 -
    Staying Le Grand Lodge.  Direct access to intermediate cross-country trails at Domaine St-Bernard, and a short drive away from beginner cross-country trails of the Domaine and Mont Tremblant.  100 km of cross-country trails, plus good snowshoe trails.  Downhillers are also welcome, and can ski at Tremblant, with a free shuttle bus from the hotel.
  • 3-DAY DH / XC / SNOWSHOE WEEKEND - MONT STE-ANNE / LE MASSIF      Fri. - Mon. Feb. 24-27, 2017 - Updated Sept. 17 with cost
    Combined cross-country/downhill/snowshoe weekend. Staying slopeside at Chateau Mont Ste-Anne.  Downhill: 2 days at Mont Ste-Anne, and one day at Le Massif.  Cross-country: 3 days at Mont Ste-Anne cross-country ski centre, with 200 km of trails. 

NEXT EVENTS:

Hiking: Tues. Sept. 27: Pink Lake
Meet: 9:15 a.m. in the RA west wing lobby for departure at 9:30, or at 10:15 in the Pink Lake lower parking lot, but if you meet there, notify the trip leader (Marian Barton) at hikes-2017{at}raski.ca 

             Sat. Oct. 1: Lac Philippe to Lusk caves
Meet: 9:15 a.m. at the SE corner of the Supreme  court on Wellington St. for departure at 9:30, or at 10:30 at the Parent beach parking lot, Lac Philippe, but if you meet there, notify the trip leader (Louise Cameron) at xc-2017{at}raski.ca.  Advanced hike, 14 km round trip.  Bring a lunch & water.  If you want to go into the caves, bring a flashlight and footware for water.


RA SKI PHOTOS  

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."

Photos from our weeklong trips:
  Aug. 2016: Portillo, Chile  |  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


RA SKI PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

Sept. 2016 Mousette Park - At Museum of History 2016-09-17 Ramparts_1 2016-09-13 Larriault hike 2016
  Sept. 24 - Biking to Mousette Park                                          Sept. 17 - Ramparts hike                                                  Sept.13 - Lauriault trail hike


RA SKI CLUB SLIDE SHOW OF EVENTS 2015-2016
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.


CROSS-COUNTRY NEWS

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 NEWS

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.

SNOWSHOEING NEWS

Sorry, snowshoeing is over till next winter.


SOCIAL NEWS - Hiking, Biking, ...

Biking Safety Rules
For our guidelines on biking safely, click here.


2015-16 WINTER PROGRAM GUIDE

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. 


TRIP REPORTS

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.

Tue, Sep 27,16
Intermediate Hike - Pink Lake 

Wed, Sep 28,16
Weeklong Registration - documents/ 

Wed, Sep 28,16
Pub Night 

Sat, Oct 1,16
Advanced Hike - Lac Philippe to Lusk Caves 

Tue, Oct 4,16
Easy Hike - Mer Blue 

Mon, Oct 10,16
Advanced Hike - Lusk Falls 

Thu, Oct 13,16
Intermediate Hike Kingsmere to Keogan 

Thu, Oct 13,16
SkiFit class 

Tue, Oct 18,16
Intermediate Hike - McCloskey Trail 

Thu, Oct 20,16
Pub Night 

Thu, Oct 20,16
SkiFit Class 

Sat, Oct 22,16
Leader needed - Intermediate Hike - Champlain, Etienne Brule 

Thu, Oct 27,16
SkiFit class 

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