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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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HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:

ICE DRAGON BOAT RACES
Sat. Feb. 18
Meet at the Dow's Lake pavillion at 11:00 a.m. See North Ameerica's first ice dragon boat festival. We may spend hours there or depart after 15 minutes. We'll see how it goes. After, we'll head to an eatery on Preston Street.


TRIPS
  • 3-DAY DH / XC / SNOWSHOE WEEKEND - MONT STE-ANNE / LE MASSIF      Fri. - Mon. Feb. 24-27, 2017, Jan.11 Update
    Registration Deadline: Friday Dec. 9.
      DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED!

    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. Click here for the application form.
    Single room available, and double occupancy applications accepted pending having a roommate.
  • WEEKLONG - SOLDEN, AUSTRIA     Jan. 27 – Feb. 5, 2017:  Seven nights in Sölden and one in Munich. SOLD OUT! 
           Trip Rendezvous Night: Wednesday January 11 at 7 PM, RA Centre - Outaouais Room


NEXT EVENTS:

SNOWSHOE:  Sun. Jan. 22 - Wakefield
Meet: RA west wing lobby at 11:45 a.m. for departure at noon.  We'll snowshoe from the rec centre to behind Vorlage.  Intermediate trail, but we'll take time to enjoy scenery & wildlife. Refreshments in Wakefield after.  Leaders: Qun Yu and James Brennan

DOWNHILL: Mon. Jan. 23 - Meet'n'ski at Vorlage
Meet: 8:30 a.m. in the RA west wing  lobby for departure at 8:45.  Leader: Roger Duffy

XC: Sat. Jan. 21 - P19 (Lac Philippe) to Herridge cabin
Meet: 8:45 a.m. in the RA west wing  lobby for departure at 9:00.  21 km round trip on an intermediate trail. For a shorter, easier option, skiers can just go to Renaud cabin, 7 km round trip. Restaurant after. Leader: Jean-Francois Melancon

SOCIAL: Sat. Feb. 18 - Dragon boat races (spectator only!)
WHERE: Meet at the Dow's Lake pavillion at 11:00 a.m.  See North Ameerica's first ice dragon boat festival. We may spend hours there or depart after 15 minutes.  We'll see how it goes.  After, we'll head to an eatery on Preston Street.


RA SKI PHOTOS  

All our photos are here.   To see the photo larger, double-click on it, 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

Jan. 2017 Huron - RA skier_3 Jan. 2017 Mont Blanc - View of the freeway Jan. 2017 Tremblant - Lift at bottom of Duncan  
  Jan. 15 - XC ski from P9 to Huron cabin                                    Jan. 19 - DH bus trip to Mont Blanc                        Jan. 19 - DH bus trip to Tremblant


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

Useful Links:
  - Gatineau Park XC ski conditions  
  - Gatineau Park XC trail map
  - XCOttawa - Gatineau Park ski reports from XC skiers

Videos: How to XC Ski
We've put links to 9 teaching videos on our XC page.  These excellent videos were made by Keith Nicol, a level 4 XC ski instructor.  

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.

SOCIAL NEWS - Hiking, Biking, ...

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


2016-17 WINTER PROGRAM GUIDE

The November 2016 Winter Program Guide, containing our whole Winter 2016-17 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. 

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, Jan 23,17
Meet n' Ski - Vorlage 

Wed, Jan 25,17
XC Ski Greenbelt 

Wed, Jan 25,17
Jack Pine Trail - Greenbelt 

Fri, Jan 27,17
Weeklong Departure 

Fri, Jan 27,17
Departure to Austria 

Sun, Jan 29,17
XC Ski P6 to Pink Lake 

Fri, Feb 3,17
Meet n' Ski - Mont Cascades 

Sat, Feb 4,17
XC Ski P12 to Huron 

Sun, Feb 5,17
Weeklong Return 

Tue, Feb 7,17
XC Ski Greenbelt Moonlight 

Tue, Feb 7,17
Snowshoe in the Greenbelt 

updated
Wed, Feb 8,17
DH Meet n 

updated
Wed, Feb 8,17
XC Ski Nakkertok 

Fri, Feb 10,17
le Grand Lodge Mont Tremblant 

Fri, Feb 10,17
Snowshoe at Domaine St-Bernard 

Sat, Feb 11,17
le Grand Lodge Mont Tremblant 

Sat, Feb 11,17
Domaine St-Bernard 

Sun, Feb 12,17
le Grand Lodge Mont Tremblant 

Sun, Feb 12,17
XC Ski P19 to Lusk Cabin 

Sun, Feb 12,17
Snowshoe at Domaine St-Bernard 

Wed, Feb 15,17
XC Ski Ottawa SJAM Parkway Trail 

Wed, Feb 15,17
Snowshoe Ottawa SJAM Parkway Trail 

Thu, Feb 16,17
DH Meet n' Ski - Edelweiss 

updated
Sat, Feb 18,17
Ice Dragon Boat Racing (spectator only!) 

Sun, Feb 19,17
XC Ski Greenbelt 

Sun, Feb 19,17
Snowshoe in the Greenbelt 

Tue, Feb 21,17
DH Meet n' Ski - Camp Fortune 

Tue, Feb 21,17
Skating + Pub Night 

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