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Feb 2 (2017-02-02) by Elisabeth Fink from South: Stadium
Trails Skied: Pond Loops [0km], Glide Wax: LF5, Grip Wax:
Nice morning ski today. Against better knowledge, I tried to do some skate skiing. Most areas around the stadium are now mostly classic only, but if you can squeeze past (or double pole), it's worth going up there! The pond loop was in excellent shape. Groomed during the night with a light dusting of fresh snow on top. Trail quite hard packed, which made for a surprisingly fast skate ski despite the colder temperatures (-18). When I had finished, they had started putting up a fence which separates the pond loops from the main area, so the lower parking might be a good starting point. If you're on classic, getting away from the busy area should be easy and it's been a very day up there so far. Get a ski in before Easterns! Probably classic is best, all tracks looked in excellent shape, also with the light dusting of fresh snow, which will probably get skied down soon.

I had freshly put on LF5, but if I had had it, I'd have gone for LF4.

On the pond loop, I found some mystery animal tracks that neither me nor several others could identify. If you happen to have an idea, let me know! The shot with my hand is just for size reference, I'm a glove size 7, so the tracks are quite big!

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.