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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 (sort of) 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 2017 we will also go to Montebello, 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.

For a FEW trips, members can meet us at the trailhead. See description of the outing for details. However, if you are meeting us at the trailhead, you must notify the trip leader in advance.

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 Nov 26,1610:00XC Ski Gatineau ParkIf you are going to ski you MUST contact Jane Rau at XC-2017{at}raski.ca by 10 pm on Friday and provide your name and cell phone number. If there is no interest, the ski is off. Rather than meet at the RA we will meet at P8. We will ski on the parkway.
Trip Leader: Jane Rau 
 
Sun Dec 4,1612:00***CANCELLED***XC Ski Gatineau ParkMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 11:45 for a 12:00 departure. Beginner's ski. We will likely ski from P8 to P9 - a good route to start the season.

Trip Leader:James Brennan and Qun Yu 

 
Tue Dec 6,1609:30XC Ski Gatineau ParkMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure.
We will ski wherever we can find some snow.

Trip Leader: Jane Rau 

 
Sun Dec 11,1612:00** Route Change**XC Ski P5 along parkwaysMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 11:45 for a 12:00 departure. If you wish to meet us at P5 you must provide the trip leader with your cell ph# and emergency contact information by 9 PM the night before. You can contact the leader directly or via xc-2017{at}raski.ca.
We will ski from P5 along the Gatineau Pkwy to the Champlain Pkwy or towards Pink Lake depending on conditions and participants. No Cabin (B, short).

Trip Leader: Michele Babin 

 
Sat Dec 17,1609:00XC Ski P16 to Herridge/HealeyMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure.
P16 Pine Road to Herridge or Healey Cabin (B,9km).

Trip Leader:Glen Campbell 

 
Thu Dec 22,1609:30XC Ski P1 to Pink Lake (I,12km)Meet in the RA west wing lobby at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure.
We'll ski P1 Asticou to Pink Lake via trail #15 (I, 12km). No cabin. Shorter beginner option also available.

Trip Leader: John Bishop  

 
Mon Dec 26,1611:00**CANCELLED**XC Ski, P16 Pine Road to Healey cabinMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 10:45 for a 11:00 departure. "We'll ski from P16 (Pine Road) to Healey cabin. 10 km round trip on an easy trail with a big hill at the start.

Trip Leader: Glen Campbell  

 
Sun Jan 1,1712:00XC Ski P19 to Renaud Cabin Meet in the RA west parking lot at 11:45 for departure at noon. Note that the RA building is closed New Years Day. Well ski from P19 (Lac Philippe) to Renaud cabin, 7 km round trip on a very easy trail. You can ski farther if you want. destination.

Trip Leader: Jean-Francois Melancon 

 
Tue Jan 3,17 Deadline for registration for Mont Tremblant Weekend tripRegister for the Feb 10-12 weekend at Le Grand Lodge at Tremblantby Jan 3. As of Dec 15, all rooms are booked.  
Wed Jan 4,1709:30**MOVED TO THURSDAY**XC Ski P16 to Herridge/HealeyMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 9:15 for depature at 9:30.If you wish to meet us at P16 you must provide the trip leader with your cell ph# and emergency contact information by 9 PM the night before. You can contact the leader via xc-2017{at}raski.ca.
We will ski P16 Pine Road to Herridge or Healey Cabin. (B,9km).

Trip Leader: Jane Rau 

 
Thu Jan 5,1709:30XC Ski P16 to Healey/HerridgeMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 9:15 for depature at 9:30.
We will ski P16 Pine Road to Herridge or Healey Cabin. (B,9km).

Trip Leader: Jane Rau 

 
Sat Jan 7,1709:00XC Ski P7 to HuronMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure. If you wish to meet us at P7 you must provide the trip leader with your cell ph# and emergency contact information by 9 PM the night before. You can contact the leader directly or via xc-2017{at}raski.ca.
We will ski P7 (Kingsmere Road)to Huron Cabin. (B with short I,12km). Real keeners who like hills can start from P5

Trip Leader: Anders Sorensen 

 
Wed Jan 11,1709:30CANCELLED - XC Ski GreenbeltMeet in the parking lot beside the Trailhead store on Carling at Woodroffe (Fairlawn Plaza) at 9:15 AM for a 9:30 AM departure or at P3 on Corkstown Road at 10:00 AM.
If you are meeting at P3, you must contact the trip leader by 9 PM the day before at hikes-2017{at}raski.ca and provide your mobile ph# and emergency contact information.
The Greenbelt trails off Corkstown Road are now being groomed and maintained by Kanata Nordic. XC trail fee is $7.
Joint XC/SS outing.

Trip Leader: Maureen Adamache 

 
Sun Jan 15,1712:00XC Ski P9 to Huron Meet in the RA west wing lobby at 11:45 for a 12:00 departure. If you wish to meet us at P9 you must provide the trip leader with your cell ph# and emergency contact information by 9 PM the night before. You can contact the leader at chair-2017{at}raski.ca.
We will ski P9 Meech Lake Road to Huron with various route options (I/B, max 16km).

Trip Leader: Bill Buck 

 
Tue Jan 17,1709:30XC Ski Camp Fortune to WesternMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure.
We will ski from Camp Fortune to Western Cabin (I, 14km).

Trip Leader: Louise Cameron 

 
Thu Jan 19,1707:00Tremblant/Mt.Blanc/Domaine St-Bernard Bus Trip DH/XC /SSMeet at 6:45 a.m. for 7:00 SHARP departure. Tremblant bus trip DH/XC/SS combined, bus only $59.00. XC skiing at Domaine St-Bernard trail fee $20.50 with a reduction if you have a current Gatineau Ski Pass. Snowshoe trail fee is $10.25. Use SkiMax ticket at Tremblant, Mont Blanc offers 40% off regular ski pass fee for Members' Thursday - use your RA Ski members card.   
Sat Jan 21,1709:00XC Ski P19 to Herridge

As of noon Friday the ski is still on but check the SnowPhone before leaving. Meet in the RA west wing lobby at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure.
We will ski P19 Lac Philippe to Herridge Cabin (I, 21km). There will also be a shorter, easier route option available.

Trip Leader: Jean-Francois Melancon 

 
Wed Jan 25,1713:00XC Ski GreenbeltMeet at P9 on Moodie Drive just south of Bells Corners at 12:45 PM for a 1:00 PM departure.
The Jack Pine Trail is an easy, flat trail to enjoy the birds and wildlife.
Joint XC/SS outing.
Trip Leader: Maureen Adamache 
 
Sun Jan 29,1712:00XC Ski P6 to Pink LakeMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 11:45 for a 12:00 departure. If you wish to meet us at P6 you must provide the trip leader with your cell ph# and emergency contact information by 9 PM the night before. You can contact the leader at chair-2017{at}raski.ca.
We will ski from P6 Mackenzie King to Pink Lake with various route options. (I, 11km). No cabin.

Trip Leader: Bill Buck 

 
Sat Feb 4,1709:00XC Ski P12 to HuronMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure. If you wish to meet us at P12 you must provide the trip leader with your cell ph# and emergency contact information by 9 PM the night before. You can contact the leader directly or via xc-2017{at}raski.ca.
We will ski from P12 Meech Lake Road to Huron Cabin (I, 14km).Option to do some back country at leader's discretion.

Trip Leader: Michele Babin 

 
Tue Feb 7,1719:00Cancelled - XC Ski Greenbelt MoonlightDue to the freezing rain forecast for this evening, this outing is cancelled.

Meet in the RA west wing lobby at 6:45 for a 7 PM departure. We will got to P18 on Davidson Rd (near Hawthorne) for a not too long moonlight ski in the Greenbelt. Joint activity with snowshoers.
Afterwards, we will go for something warm.

Trip Leader: Louise Cameron 

 
Thu Feb 9,1709:30XC Ski **New Date and New Route** P19 Taylor Lake LoopMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure.
We'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-Francois Melancon 

 
Fri Feb 10,17 le Grand Lodge Mont TremblantCross country ski or snowshoe the trails at Domaine St Bernard and Mont Tremblant.
Downhill skiers can also ski at several local hills.

Trip Leader: Louise Cameron  

 
Sat Feb 11,17 le Grand Lodge Mont TremblantCross country ski or snowshoe the trails at Domaine St Bernard and Mont Tremblant.
Downhill skiers can also ski at several local hills.

Trip Leader: Louise Cameron  

 
Sun Feb 12,17 le Grand Lodge Mont TremblantCross country ski or snowshoe the trails at Domaine St Bernard and Mont Tremblant.
Downhill skiers can also ski at several local hills.

Trip Leader: Louise Cameron  

 
Sun Feb 12,1712:00XC Ski P19 to Lusk CabinMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 11:45 for a 12:00 departure. If you wish to meet us at P19 you must provide the trip leader with your cell ph# and emergency contact information by 9 PM the night before. You can contact the leader directly or via xc-2017{at}raski.ca.
We will ski from P19 Lac Philippe to Lusk Cabin (B, 10km).

Trip Leader: Anders Sorensen  

 
Wed Feb 15,1710:00XC Ski Ottawa SJAM Parkway TrailCANCELLED due to winter travel advisory warning. We will reschedule. Meet at the Island Park parking lot at 10:00. We will ski the new tracked Sir John A MacDonald trail to the War Museum or as far as we wish. This is a joint XC/SS outing with snowshoers. (B) Trip Leader: Maureen Adamache   
Fri Feb 17,1710:00XC Ski SJAM trailMeet at parking lot at Island Park (just east of Champlain bridge) at 10 a.m. We will ski the new groomed Sir John A MacDonald trail to the War Museum. Joint XC/SS outing. (B) (8 km return)Leader: Maureen Adamache  
Fri Feb 17,1710:00SS SJAM trailMeet at parking lot at Island Park (just east of Champlain bridge) at 10 a.m. We will snowshoe on the new Sir John A MacDonald trail towards the war museum. Joint XC/SS outing. Leader: Doris Dallaire.  
Sun Feb 19,1712:00XC Ski GreenbeltMeet at the RA west wing lobby at 11:45 for departure at 12:00.
Avoid the crowds at the Gatineau Loppett and try some trails in the Greenbelt. We will head to P19 on Leitrim Rd (just east of Hawthorne Rd). Joint activity with snowshoers.

Trip Leader: Louise Cameron 

 
Thu Feb 23,1709:30***CANCELLED***XC Ski P10 to HuronMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure. No early sign in.
Route may change due to warm weather forecast.
We will ski from P10 to Huron cabin via trail #3. (I, 14km). Beginner option along parkway and trail #1.

Trip Leader: Jane Rau  

 
Fri Feb 24,17 Mont Ste-Anne, QuebecFour day combined trip DH/XC/SS.

Trip Leader: Louise Lefebvre 

 
Sat Feb 25,17 Mont Ste-Anne, QuebecFour day combined trip DH/XC/SS.

Trip Leader: Louise Lefebvre 

 
Sat Feb 25,1709:00**CANCELLED**XC Ski from P19 Cancelled due to really, really yucky weather.

Meet in the RA west wing lobby at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure.
Conditions are pretty iffy right now. The plan is to ski an Intermediate route from P19 although even the starting point may change depending on conditions. Exact details won't be determined until we meet at the RA.

Don't forget to check the SnowPhone before you leave home.

Trip Leader: Tom Wiley 

 
Sun Feb 26,17 Mont Ste-Anne, Quebec  
Mon Feb 27,17 Mont Ste-Anne, QuebecFour day combined trip DH/XC/SS.

Trip Leader: Louise Lefebvre 

 
Fri Mar 3,1709:30**ROUTE CHANGE**XC Ski from P10 or P19Meet in the RA west wing lobby at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure.
Given the rain and overnight freeze-up we will likely ski from P10 or from P19. Exact details will be decided when we meet at the RA.
Check the SnowPhone before leaving home as there is a possibility that we still might cancel.

Trip Leader: Tom Wiley 

 
Sun Mar 5,1712:00XC Ski P7 to HuronMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 11:45 for a 12:00 departure.
We will ski from P7 Kingsmere Rd. to Huron (I, 12km). Optional back country at leader's discretion.

Trip Leader: John Bishop 

 
Thu Mar 9,1709:30XC Ski Easy Route TBDMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure.
We will probably do an easy ski on the parkways.

Trip Leader: Jane Rau 

 
Sat Mar 11,1709:00***CANCELLED***XC Ski MontebelloCancelled - trails closed due to poor conditions.
Meet in the RA west wing lobby at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure.

Please contact Jane Maxwell at xc-2017{at}raski.ca by Wed. March 8th latest if you wish to participate so she can book a table for lunch and know whether the trip is viable.

Enjoy the lovely trails and setting of the Chateau Montebello. Joint activity with snowshoers. Trail fee $10.

Trip Leader: Jane Maxwell 

 
Sat Mar 11,1710:00***CANCELLED***XC Ski Gatineau Park - too cold

Meet at RA at 10:00. We'll ski some easy trails in Gatineau Park. Route TBD when we meet.

Trip Leader: Jane Maxwell 

 
Thu Mar 16,1709:30**NEW**XC Ski P12 to Western

Meet in the RA West Wing lobby at 9:15 for a 9:30 departure.
We will ski from P12 to Western cabin with an optional backcountry (maybe trail 21)if conditions permit.

Trip Leader: Tom Wiley 

 
Sat Mar 18,1709:00P19 to Renaud CabinMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure.
We will ski from P19 Lac Philippe to Renaud Cabin via Taylor Lake (I, 13km) or direct to Renaud Cabin (B, 6km).

Trip Leader: Jean-Francois Melancon 

 
Thu Mar 23,1710:30**NEW**XC Ski P12 to Western

Note later start. Meet at the RA West Wing at 10:15 for departure at 10:30. Since start point and route may change at the last minute, please meet at the RA not the trailhead.
We'll ski from P12 to Western on groomed trails. Big hill at the start.(I, 12km)

Trip Leader: Tom Wiley 

 
Sun Mar 26,1712:00P6 to King Mountain Meet in the RA west wing lobby at 11:45 for a 12:00 departure. If you wish to meet us at P6 you must provide the trip leader with your cell ph# and emergency contact information by 9 PM the night before. You can contact the leader directly or via xc-2017{at}raski.ca.
We will ski from P6 to King Mountain (B, 7km). No cabin.
Note: spring weather may result in an earlier start.

Trip Leader: Tom Wiley 

 
Sun Apr 2,1712:00XC Ski Gatineau ParkMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 11:45 for a 12:00 departure.
Trail TBD
Note: spring weather may result in an earlier start.

Trip Leader: Glen Campbell 

 
Sat Apr 8,1709:00XC Ski Gatineau ParkMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure.
Trail TBD.
Note: spring weather may result in a later start.

Trip Leader: Glen Campbell 

 
Sat Apr 15,1709:00XC Ski Gatineau ParkMeet in the RA west wing lobby at 8:45 for a 9:00 departure.
Fourth annual RASKi Biathlon.
Note: spring weather may result in a later start.

Trip Leader: Louise Cameron 

 

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