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Dec 30 (10M, 3w) by Tom Conklin from P18
Trails Skied: 44, 45, 46 [9.5km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: -8 to -15
ROUTE: Started at P18 and did pretty much all of 44 then crossed Hawthorne and did almost all of 45 and what the tree markers call 46. Overall the route was high on the chocolate and cheese ball calorie consumption scale: a good workout of pretty good length.

CLASSIC: The tracks on 44 are skied in and quite good for the most part. Some people are walking on the ski tracks but overall they are consistent. There is a lot of trail trash (leaves, needles and sticks etc.) some of which gets lodged in your ski wax. Trail 45 has been track set and it is really quite good, with the exception of some trail trash. If you want to ski only on track set trails, use P19 on Leitrim.

TRAFFIC: There were a couple of cars at 9AM and about 6 cars at 10:30.

WEATHER: It is still cold but with layers and a good hat and mitts it really is quite comfortable. I wore long johns, running pants and two upper layers with my thin running coat and I was actually sweating a bit at the end. My toes were a bit cold but nothing horrible. Take a chance on a cold day like this and you may be surprised how comfortable it is.

About Skiing in the Green Belt..

The National Capital Greenbelt has over 100km of trails and another 25km of recreational pathways, most of which are suitable for cross-country skiing in the wintertime. All of the trails are suitable for beginner and family outings.

Thanks to the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club, Orleans Nordic Ski Club and Kanata Nordic Ski Club for their volunteer grooming of various Green Belt trails from time to time. The city of Ottawa and the NCC would like to encourage urban skiing, so if you appreciate the grooming let your councilor, the city and the NCC know!

ONSC grooms The Hornet's Nest (Tauvette street to Montreal Rd), Mer Bleue and Pine Grove Forest (the section off Leitrum Rd). Trails are classic skiing ONLY, no skating is allowed on these trails. The Hornet's Nest is groomed at least weekly and the others as time permits. Updated trail conditions are available at the snow phone; 613-837-SNOW.

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