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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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  • WEEKLONG - SOLDEN, AUSTRIA     Jan. 27 – Feb. 5, 2017
    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. Stay tuned…

  • 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
    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. 


Hiking: Sun. Aug. 21 - O'Brien to McDonald Bay. Intermediate hike
9:30 a.m. at the SE corner of the Supreme Court on Wellington St., or at 10:15 at P11 Meech Lake Road. (If you are meeting at the trailhead you must contact the trip leader first.) Leader: Chris Hutton, e-mail: treasurer-2017{at}

Golf: Sun. Aug. 28 - Pineview Golf course
Best ball game - You don't have to be a great golfer! Cost is $39.00 per person, cart rental is $32.00 for two people or $16.00 single. Let Doris know by Tuesday Aug. 23rd if you are planning to come and she'll organize the tee times. We'll go for refreshments afterwards and there will be prizes - categories to be determined.
Contact: Doris Dallaire at 613-592-6925 or via email at snowshoe-2017{at}

We've made a slide show of our all our ski and non-ski activities for the 2015-2016 year.
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.


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."
    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


Aug. 2016 - St LAwrence River_2 July 2016 Lac Leamy - Statues in the park_2 2016 Trois Vallees_23
   July 23 - Cycling at Long Sault parkway                            July 23 Cycling to Lac Leamy                              Jan. 2016 - Weeklong at Trois Vallees, France


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 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.


Sorry, snowshoeing is over till next winter.

SOCIAL NEWS - Hiking, Biking, ...

Biking Safety Rules
For our guidelines on biking safely, click here. Email:   weeklong_2015{at}


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. 


Download this 8.5 x 11 poster and post it on a bulletin board at work.
(Be sure to get permission first.)


Click here to download the poster.

We send out a weekly Ski-Mail e-mail, containing club news, upcoming events, along with last-minute additions or changes.  To subscribe, click here.


Visit Trip Reports for more  

August 10 2016 Biking the Long Sault Parkway Sun Aug 14,16 

Trip Type: Other
Due to the hot weather, this could be considered a biathlon since we spent as much time swimming and enjoying the beaches along the St Lawrence as biking the Waterfront Trail. Six ski club members met at the RA where we organized rides, meeting Roger at our destination in Ingleside. Once there we took a few minutes at the house to change and fill water bottles before heading out. Our first stop along the trail was Philpotts Island were the old highway 2 disappears into the river. We had fun walking along the road until we were swimming. Next was the interpretive centre at lock 21, then on to Mille Roches beach for lunch under the trees and more swimming. We decided that the extra 10 km to the Lost Villages museum and back would have to wait for a cooler day. Once back at 50 St Lawrence, we enjoyed drinks and a light meal before saying goodbye. I very much enjoyed having the club members visit my home and thank you all for making the trip. Cathy McGregor

Keep up to date on events

You can get the latest status on club events by checking the "upcoming events" list on the right of this page or by checking the snowphone.  The upcoming events list will show time changes, cancellations and other important changes to events.  If an entry is changed, it will show updated before the entry.

We'll also keep you informed with Newsletters , Maillist and Calendar

Recent Ski-Mail e-mails

Click here to see recent messages (you do not have to belong to Yahoo to see these)


Check out our photo album1.

 McKinstry 2006

1. Note: some employers (ie. gov't departments such as Canada Revenue Agency may be blocking the pictures)

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 6,16
Urban Hike - Mud Lake 

Sat, Sep 10,16
Tour of Beechword Cemetary 

Tue, Sep 13,16
Easy Hike. Lauriault/Waterfall trails, Mackenzie King Estate 

Sat, Sep 17,16
Intermediate Hike - Etienne Brule Lookout to Ramparts 

Wed, Sep 21,16
Weeklong Information Session and pub night 

Thu, Sep 22,16
Intermediate Hike - Keogan to Western 

Sat, Sep 24,16
Bike ride - RA to Moussette Park 

Sun, Sep 25,16
Intermediate Hike - King Mountain 

Tue, Sep 27,16
Intermediate Hike - Pink Lake 

Wed, Sep 28,16
Weeklong - Document finalization session and pub night 

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