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Cross-Country

Join us on both weekend and weekday cross-country day trips.  Our cross country day trips to Gatineau Park start in early December and run through into April, conditions permitting.  

Weekend Day Trips

We alternate Saturday and Sunday weekend day trips, leaving from the RA Center west wing lobby at 9 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sundays. Most of our day trips are to Gatineau Park, but for a change in 2016 we will also go to Petite Rouge, as well as have a moonlight ski in the NCC greenbelt.

Mid-week Day Trips

We have at least 2 weekday trips each month and we vary the days to accommodate members who have flexible work schedules. We leave at 9:30 a.m. from the west wing of the RA centre. Most trips are to Gatineau Park, but we are also planning a day trip to the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Centre.

If you can snowplow . . .?

We welcome skiers of all levels. Gatineau Park does have hills so our only requirement is that you should be able to comfortably execute a snowplow stop and a snowplow turn before joining us. The first few outings are on easy trails, as even the experienced skiers need to get their muscles back in shape. As we move to intermediate trails through the season, there is often a shorter or easier way to get to the same destination.

Arrangements

We car-pool on our day trips. Participants are required to meet at the RA Center 15 minutes before departure time rather than go directly to the trailhead. This ensures that all skiers sign in and receive the trip briefing. It also allows the trip leader to get an accurate headcount. Participants share gas costs and pay modest trail fees. We ski for two to three hours and then adjourn to a nearby restaurant.

A reminder that the weather in Ottawa is not necessarily a reflection of the ski conditions in Gatineau Park, so don�t be deterred by the conditions in Ottawa. For those with waxable skis, conditions can vary throughout the day, so be prepared to change your wax. Please wax before leaving home and bring waxes that are at least 1 to 2 colours above or below that recommended by the NCC.

XC Trip Leader Responsibilities & XC Sign-in Sheet

To see the list of responsibilities for a cross-country trip leader, click here.  For the XC sign-in sheet, click here.

Cross-Country Ski Etiquette

Here are the rules of etiquette for cross country skiers. Following these rules minimizes injury, and shows consideration for other skiers.

 1. The skier going down the hill has the right of way.
 2. When going uphill, keep to the right and look uphill for skiers coming down.
 3. To request the right of way, call �track� or �piste�.
 4. Keep to the right on two-way trails.
 5. When skiing on double tracks, keep right except to pass.
 6. Yield the trail to skiers that overtake you from behind or that call �track�.
 7. If you fall, move off the track as quickly as possible, and fill in your sitzmarks.
 8. If you stop, move to the right, completely off the trail.
 9. Maintain a reasonable distance between yourself and the skier in front of you.
10. Begin downhill runs only after the skier ahead of you has cleared the slope.
11. Keep the trails clean. Take your litter home.
12. Pick up people you hit, or at least say you�re sorry.

Cross-Country Skiing Tips

  1. Can't get your boot to clip into the ski? It may be a snow or ice buildup at the bar in the front of your boot. Take the tip of your ski pole and clean out the snow between the bar and the front of your boot.
  2. If you find you are going too fast and out of control, sit down and roll to the side. It's a lot better than falling from a standing position.
  3. If snow is clumping under your skis, to clean the bottom of your ski, lift the ski and rub the bottom over the toe of your other shoe.

Cross-Country Teaching Videos

CANSI  CROSS-COUNTRY LEVEL 1 STANDARD

https://vimeo.com/37277766
CANSI is the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors. This video displays the correct form for:

  1. Diagonal stride
  2. Double poling
  3. One skate
  4. Snowplow turn

KEITH NICOL VIDEOS

These videos were made by Keith Nicol, a CANSI (Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors) level 4 instructor.

  1. Basics of the diagonal stride http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3Vue10ItXg
  2. XC skiing balance excercises on downhills http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMrxZn-Eq78&list=UUvzMsCXwyhz_ZdFKoQWZPeg&index=12
  3. Improve your snowplow turns http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rGOKDjTZEs
  4. Learn the step turn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yRGLRAR7QI
  5. Stopping - snowplow with one foot in the track http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yRGLRAR7QI
  6. Free skate techniques http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brGZlZkCwyk
  7. Improve your diagonal skate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOwnnE_BGRY
  8. Improve your 1 skate or V2 skate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFPttSGcaSI
  9. Improve your Telemark turn on cross-country skis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U8jiKghcAg

Cross-Country Schedule

DateTime EventDetailsNotes
Sat Dec 5,1509:00***CANCELLED***XC Ski Gatineau Park

Beginner ski. Route TBD.

Trip Leader:Glen Campbell 

 
Wed Dec 9,1509:30***CANCELLED***XC Ski P10 to HuronP10 to Huron cabin (B, 11km).

Trip Leader: Jane Rau 

 
Sun Dec 13,1512:00***CANCELLED***P19 to Renaud CabinP19 Lac Philippe to Renaud Cabin (B, 6km).

Trip Leader: Anders Sorenson 

 
Thu Dec 17,1509:30***CANCELLED***XC Ski P1 to Pink LakeP1 (Asticou) around Pink Lake (I, 12km). No cabin.

Trip Leader: Jane Rau 

 
Sat Dec 19,1509:00***CANCELLED***XC Ski P16 to Herridge/HealeyP16 (Pine Road) to Herridge or Healey cabin (B, 9km).

Trip Leader:Michele Babin 

 
Sat Dec 26,1511:00**CANCELLED***XC Ski Gatineau ParkNote late start of 11:00. "Leader's Choice" destination.

Trip Leader: Glen Campbell 

 
Fri Jan 1,1611:00XC Ski P19 to Renaud CabinNote late start. P19 (Lac Philippe) to Renaud cabin. Beginner 6 km round trip on an easy trail with a few gentle hills. You can ski further if you want. After we'll go to a restaurant.

Meet in the parking lot near the west entrance to the RA (RA is closed Jan 1).

Trip Leader: Glen Campbell 

 
Sun Jan 3,1612:00XC Ski P16 to HealeyP16 (Pine Road) to Healey Cabin (B, 11km).

FOR THIS OUTING ONLY, skiers may also meet the leader at P16 but must email Louise at social_2015{at}raski.ca by 9 p.m. Saturday. You must send Louise your name and phone# along with the name and phone# of your emergency contact. The onus is on skiers to find Louise and the group in the parking lot. We will not wait. New members must meet at the RA. One caveat - occasionally, the route and parking lot will change when we meet at the RA.

ALWAYS check the SnowPhone before leaving home.

Trip Leader:Louise Cameron 

 
Wed Jan 6,1609:30XC Ski P10 to HuronP10 to Huron with various route options (B, 11 km; I 16+ km).

FOR THIS OUTING ONLY, skiers may also meet the leader at P10 but must email Jane at xc_2015{at}raski.ca by 9 p.m. Tuesday. You must send Jane your name and phone# along with the name and phone# of your emergency contact. The onus is on skiers to find Jane and the group in the parking lot. We will not wait. New members must meet at the RA. One caveat - occasionally, the route and parking lot will change when we meet at the RA.

ALWAYS check the SnowPhone before leaving home.

Trip Leader: Jane Rau 

 
Sat Jan 9,1609:00***CANCELLED***XC Ski P7 to Huron P7 (Kingsmere Rd.) to Huron (B with short I, 14km). More ambitious skiers may want to start at P5 also on Kingsmere Road - this is an intermediate route. We would all meet up at Huron.

Trip Leader: Anders Sorenson 

 
Sun Jan 10,1612:00***CANCELLED***XC Ski P19 to Lusk CabinP19 Lac Philippe to Lusk Cabin (B, 10km.

Trip Leader: Cathy McGregor 

 
Sun Jan 17,1612:00XC Ski P9 to Huron P9 (Meech Lake Rd.) to Huron cabin with various route options. (I/B, max 16km)

Trip Leader: Tom Wiley 

 
Tue Jan 19,1609:30XC Ski Camp Fortune to WesternCamp Fortune to Western cabin. (I, 14km).

Trip Leader: Jane Rau 

 
Sat Jan 23,1609:00XC Ski P19 to HerridgeP19 (lac Philippe) to Herridge cabin. (I, 21km).

Trip Leader: Jean Francois Melancon 

 
Sat Jan 23,1609:00**Additional Ski**XC Ski P16 to Healey

Don't forget to wax before you get to the parking lot.

We will ski from P16 into Healey cabin for a snack/lunch and then stop at la Vallee restaurant (formerly Tulip Valley) afterwards for those who wish.

Trip Leader: Jane Maxwell 

 
Sun Jan 31,1612:00XC P6 to Pink LakeP6 (Kingsmere) to Pink Lake (I with beginner option, 11km ). No cabin.

Trip Leader:Michele Babin 

 
Sat Feb 6,1609:00**Route Change**XC Ski P19 to Taylor LakeWe will start at P19 and ski to Taylor Lake. En route we will pass by the brand new Renaud cabin - a great spot on a nice day. We will then ski on to Taylor Lake or Lusk Lake, depending on the conditions. Distance 12km.
NOTE: due to the mild weather, we may change the route. Keep checking the SnowPhone for updates.

Trip Leader: Tom Wiley 

 
Wed Feb 10,1609:30XC Ski P10 to HuronP10 (Dunlop Rd.) to Huron or Western cabin via trail #3 (I, 16+km).
NOTE: due to icy conditions, route may change

Trip Leader: Jane Rau  

 
Sat Feb 13,1609:00***CANCELLED***XC Ski from Asticou - ROUTE CHANGECancelled due to cold weather.
Due to the cold, we'll ski from Asticou and do some of the short side trails in the trees. Short ski on easy trails.

Trip Leader:Glen Campbell 

 
Sun Feb 14,1612:00***POSTPONED to Monday***XC Ski from P7***Due to the cold snap the XC outing on Sunday has been postponed to Monday***
Join us on Sunday for a leisurely ski from P7 parking lot to Keogan or Huron cabin. Bring a snack or lunch and dress warmly! We'll head to Old Chelsea afterwards for a late afternoon snack and hot drink. Meet at the RA Centre at 12 noon
Trip Leader: Jane Maxwell 
 
Mon Feb 15,1611:00XC Ski P7 to Keogan or HuronPlease note later start time.
Meet at the RA Centre west lobby at 10:45 a.m. for a 11:00 departure. Bring a lunch. We will head to Old Chelsea afterwards for a hot drink and snack.
Trip Leader: Jane Maxwell 
 
Tue Feb 16,1619:00XC Moonlight Ski P20 - Andrson Rd - postponedWe'll try this on Thursday night, after the snow storm!

Meet at the RA at 6:45 for 7:00 p.m. departure. Join the snowshoers for an easy moonlight ski in the Greenbelt (Mer Bleue). We'll carpool to the trailhead and go for something warm afterwards. Bring along a flashlight for safety, but hope that you don't have to use it!

FOR THIS OUTING ONLY, skiers may also meet the leader at P20 on Anderson Road but must email Louise at social_2015{at}raski.ca by 9 p.m. Monday. You must send Louise your name and phone# along with the name and phone# of your emergency contact. The onus is on skiers to find Louise and the group in the parking lot. We will not wait. New members must meet at the RA. One caveat - occasionally, the route and parking lot will change when we meet at the RA.

Trip Leader: Louise Cameron 

 
Thu Feb 18,1618:45Combined Moonlight ski/snowshoe in the GreenbeltPostponed from Tuesday. Meet at the RA at 6:45 for 7:00 p.m. departure. Skiers and snowshoers will join up for for an easy moonlight excursion in the Greenbelt (Mer Bleue). We'll carpool to the trailhead and go for something warm afterwards. Bring along a flashlight for safety, but hope that you don't have to use it!

FOR THIS OUTING ONLY, skiers may also meet the leader at P20 on Anderson Road but must email Louise at social_2015{at}raski.ca by 9 p.m. Monday. You must send Louise your name and phone# along with the name and phone# of your emergency contact. The onus is on skiers to find Louise and the group in the parking lot. We will not wait. New members must meet at the RA. One caveat - occasionally, the route and parking lot will change when we meet at the RA.

Trip Leader: Louise Cameron/Doris Dallaire 

 
Fri Feb 19,16 Val David XC/SS/DH Weekend TripTrip Leader: Francoise Lecrouart  
Sat Feb 20,16 Val David XC/SS/DH Weekend TripTrip Leader: Francoise Lecrouart  
Sun Feb 21,16 Val David XC/SS/DH Weekend TripTrip Leader: Francoise Lecrouart  
Sun Feb 21,1612:00XC Ski P19 to LuskP19 (Lac Philippe) to Lusk cabin (B, 10km).

Trip Leader: Michele Babin 

 
Thu Feb 25,1609:30***CANCELLED***XC Ski Nakkertok SouthTry some different trails at Nakkertok Nordic XC Centre. We'll be skiing from Nakkertok south. Admission is $12 senior/$14 adult (exact change) per person. Bring a packed lunch.

Trip Leader: Jane Rau  

 
Sat Feb 27,1609:00***CANCELLED due to lack of interest***XC Ski la Petite RougAvoid the crowds at the Gatineau Loppet and try the trails at the Centre Touristique La Petite Rouge. La Petite Rouge is a 90 minute drive from Ottawa and has 25 km of trails. Trail fee is $8 per person. Bring a packed lunch.

Visit petiterouge.com for more information.

Trip Leader:  

 
Sun Feb 28,1612:00XC Ski Greenbelt - Stoney SwampFor a change from Gatineau Park, come out and try some of the easy trails in the Greenbelt. Joint activity with snowshoers. We will meet at the RA Centre at 11:45 for noon carpool departure to P9 on Moodie Drive.

I haven't had a chance to check out the trail conditions and they are probably changing hour to hour. If the trail is not skiable, we'll go for a nice walk in the wood, so bring your other boots, just in case.

Doris will be meeting us at the parking lot, and If you wish to meet us there, you must email Louise at social_2015{at}raski.ca by 9 p.m. Saturday. You must send Louise your name and phone# along with the name and phone# of your emergency contact. The onus is on skiers to find Louise & Doris and the group in the parking lot. New members must meet at the RA. One caveat - occasionally, the route and parking lot will change when we meet at the RA.

Trip Leader: Louise Cameron 

 
Sun Feb 28,1612:00XC Ski P19 Taylor Lake LoopWe'll ski from P19 (Lac Philippe) along the Taylor Lake loop via trails 55 and 50 with a stop in one of the cabins (I, 13 km).
Trip Leader: Jean-Franois Mlanon 
 
Fri Mar 4,1609:30XC Ski P12 to HuronP12 (Meech Lake Rd.) to Western or Huron cabin (I, 14km).

Trip Leader: Jane Rau 

 
Sun Mar 6,1612:00XC Ski P7 to HuronP7 (Kingsmere Rd.)to Huron cabin (B with short I, 12km). Optional back country at leader's discretion.

Trip Leader: Anders Sorenson 

 
Wed Mar 9,1609:30***CANCELLED***XC Ski P6 to Pink Lake***Due to rain forecast Wed ski is cancelled*** P6 (Kingsmere) to Pink Lake via #15 (I, 11km). No cabin.

Trip Leader: Jane Rau 

 
Sat Mar 12,1609:00XC Ski P19 to Renaud P19 (Lac Philippe) to Renaud cabin via Taylor L. (I, 13km) or direct to Renaud (B, 6km).

Trip Leader:Jean-Francois Melancon 

 
Sun Mar 13,16 Sunday River DH/XC/SS Trip CANCELLED  
Tue Mar 15,16 Sunday River DH/XC/SS Trip CANCELLED  
Sun Mar 20,1612:00XC Ski P6 to King MountainP6 (Kingsmere) to King Mountain (B, 7km). No cabin.

Trip Leader:Tom Wiley 

 
Sat Mar 26,1612:00XC Ski Gatineau Park - 3rd Annual Biathlon - NEW START TIMENOTE THE LATE START TIME!
We'll start at noon and not 9:00 to allow the snow to soften.
Meet: RA west wing lobby at 11:45 am for departure at noon. We'll ski from P6 (Makenzie-King estate) to the Pink Lake lookout (9 km round trip on parkways). Then we;ll do a short hike (15 minutes?) to look at the ruins at the estate.

Trip Leader: Glen Campbell 

 
Sun Apr 3,1612:00***CANCELLED***XC Ski Gatineau ParkNote: Note: spring weather may result in an earlier start. Trail TBD.

Trip Leader: Glen Campbell 

 
Sat Apr 9,1609:00XC Ski Gatineau Park - CANCELLEDWill be icy

Trip Leader: Glen Campbell 

 
Sat Apr 16,1609:00***CANCELLED***XC Ski Gatineau Park Note: spring weather may result in a later start. Trail TBD.

Trip Leader: Louise Cameron 

 

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