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Jan 31 (2017-01-31) by Elisabeth Fink from South: Stadium
Trails Skied: Jackrabbit, Ice Storm Loop, Jackrabbit Loop, Suuronen/Mallory Loop, Stadium [0km], Glide Wax: LF4, Grip Wax: Vauhti K-base, Swix V05 Polar, Swix VR30
Really great morning to go out to Nakkertok today. The temperature was quite a bit colder than in Ottawa (-25 when I got there), which made for great classic skiing. Tracks are all in great or good shape, some fresh grooming but due to the low temperatures it's all holding up well. Skate skiing might be medium to slow, especially on the not freshly groomed trails. It seemed easily possible on those too, they weren't skied out much at all.

I finally got really good grip today, it was definitely worth going up very early to iron in a base binder. Someone had just started a fire at 7 am when I got there, what a nice treat on a chilly day like today! While I was up there it started getting more and more sunny, so despite the cold, if you have a chance, head up there!

When I was heading out, some trucks were pulling up on the parking with some set up for Easterns. So I expect it'll get increasingly more busy over the next few days. But trails are really in great shape.

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.