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Jan 18 (2017-01-18) by Elisabeth Fink from South: Stadium
Trails Skied: Jackrabbit, Powerline, Ice Storm Loop, Sunrise Loop, Jackrabbit Loop, Suuronen/Mallory Loop, Stadium, Lower Lit loop, Chute Charron, Dirk's Dive, Perri's Way, Beep Beep [0km], Glide Wax: LF8, Grip Wax:
Excellent skiing at Nakkertok today. I wasn\'t sure to even try after the discouraging morning reports from the park. Went anyway because I had some waxing to do, but skiing conditions more than exceeded my hopes! The few centimeters of fresh snow together with the freezing drizzle made for fast and very enjoyable skating conditions after fresh grooming.

Big network of freshly groomed trails (Pond loops, lighted trail, number 1, 10, Surronnen switchback, ice storm loop, beep-beep) - see picture for details. Skating on groomed trails was excellent, fast but not as firm as recently. It would have been possible on the ungroomed trails too, but probably as hard as in the park this morning. Ran into some classic skiers who confirmed that classic was also good, though some of the tracks I double poled in where still icy. Some parts of the stadium had a crunchy crust, which seem to have been groomed earlier in the day. Altogether an amazingly great ski, given the low expectations I had with this weather. It was very warm (-2) and still a very light freezing drizzle and foggy, more like Canadian winter meets English autumn. Conditions will probably also be good tomorrow, if a little more frozen over.

About Skiing at Nakkertok..

Nakkertok has a network of about 75km of skating, classical and backcountry trails at two locations just north of Ottawa in the Gatineau Hills.

General Info: Driving Directions | Trail Maps | Trail Conditions | Grooming Activity Report.

Nakkertok South is the main attraction offering groomed skating and classic skiing, chalets, races and children's programming. There are lit trails for night skiing. Club membership, or a day-use fee required for skiing.

Nakkertok North trails are quite demanding, and only occasionally groomed (Fridays). They offer a refreshing backcountry wilderness experience for those with good skiing skills. The trails at Nakkertok North are almost always quiet. The annual Nakkerloppet event in February is a great opportunity to discover these trails by making the North to South crossing.


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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.