Who can submit reports?

Anyone, as long as they create an account by sending an email to info@xcottawa.ca.

Why an not automatic accounts or no accounts required to post?

We tried automatic account setup and the spam overwhelmed us. So an email is required to get an account. It will take about 24hrs for a reply, then you are all set for life!

What are the symbols about?


Are those snow flakes in the title?

Yes, its a rating system!

  • = Excellent
  • = Good.
  • = OK
  • = Poor (Rock Skiing)
  • = Unskiable


What are the rules (etiquette) for Cross Country Ski Trails?

Downhill skiers have the right of way.

Trails are 2-way traffic unless otherwise posted - use caution on hills and keep right.

Always follow the proper direction on one-way trails.

When meeting oncoming skiers, skaters should step into the tracks to provide more room for oncoming skaters.

Where there is only one track, all skiers should keep to the right regardless of which side the track is on.

Faster skiers should step around slower skiers when it is safe to do so. A friendly greeting is also recommended.

If you fall, move off the track and fill in any holes so it is safe for the next skiers.

If walking is necessary, stay to one side and avoid walking on set tracks.

Keep clear of the track when not skiing. Stay well to the edge if rewaxing, chatting or resting. Don't stop at the bottom of hills or on blind corners.

Be courteous and helpful to fellow skiers.



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Current Weather

Observed at: Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Int'l Airport
Date: 9:00 PM EST Wednesday 1 February 2017
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: -7.5°C
Wind Chill: -9
Wind: S 3 km/h
Humidity: 81%
Dew point: -10.2°C
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Visibility: 24 km
Sunrise: 7:23 EST
Sunset: 17:09 EST
Max -6°C. Min -15°C.

Temperature Trends



Ottawa (Kanata - Orléans), ON (Issued: 5:14 PM EST Wednesday 1 February 2017)

Wednesday night
Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries this evening and after midnight. Clearing before morning. Low minus 16.
A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of flurries in the afternoon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h early in the afternoon. High minus 5.
Thursday night
Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early in the evening. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light late in the evening. Low minus 14.
Sunny. High minus 6.
Friday night
Clear. Low minus 15.
Sunny. High minus 6.
Saturday night
Cloudy. Low minus 12.
Flurries. High minus 2.
Sunday night
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 12.
A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 9.
Monday night
Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 17.
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of snow. High minus 7.