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This is a no-drop event. We will start at P17 in Wakefield and ski along Trail 53 to P19, where we will pick up Trail 51. Trail 51 is not a skating trail, so you will need to turn around and return on 53 if you want to skate. There are some rolling hills, and it's not recommended that you pick this event if you are a beginner skier. It does take some skill on the hills.
The pace will be moderate, and we will stop if necessary, but please be aware that it will be cold and we will need to keep moving to stay warm. I will not let anyone fall behind and ski alone.
I am assuming with the 50cm or more we got up here Monday that the trails will be groomed. If people wish to ski more you can take 51 west and head toward Taylor Lake. It's awesome!
Weather will be cool in the morning and so far is supposed to climb to -9, with flurries. I live up here so I keep pretty close tabs on weather, and I'm not prone to cancelling my outings unless there are earthquakes, floods, blizzards, tornadoes and hurricanes all at the same time. I ski in freezing rain and enjoy the glide.
To prevent us from freezing, we will be leaving the parking lot promptly. Please be ready to ski at 10:00. It's about a 30 minute drive from downtown Ottawa and can be slower, so be sure to give yourselves plenty of time. If you're there and ready early you can always join me for a quick warm-up and trail scouting jaunt.
The ski trail access fee is $20 per day. There are no cabins and there is a washroom at P17 and another at P19.
I have been looking into finding a ski instructor who can take a small group of us looking to learn some basic classic Nordic skills, and have not had much luck finding someone available weekends. I have decided that I will offer a quick pointers session that can give people a bit more comfort on the trails. I am not a qualified ski instructor but can offer people some basic understanding of the sport.
We will start at P17 and ski along Trail 53, and I will give pointers to each of us as we go. There will be some small hills, so we will learn some basic hill and stopping techniques as well. Bring your skis properly waxed for the conditions and be dressed for moving slowly in the cold. I will have some kick wax with me in case adjustments are needed. There will be a discussion about basic waxing principles, and the use of skin skis.
There is a $20 trail-use fee for skiing in Gatineau Park.
Please feel free to ask questions any time, but I won't be able to answer them Sunday morning, as I will be leading another event.
Let's visit the castles of Makuri Island. This week's ride is a 23 km cycle with three (3) great sprints.
For me to be able to add you to the group on Zwift, you must follow me on the Zwift Companion app: JULIE LEPAGE ZO-COGEV.
We’ll activate the “rubber band “ feature on Zwift so that no one gets dropped, as long as riders keep pedaling!
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