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Dec 3 (7M, 1w) by Craig Storey from South: Stadium
Trails Skied: Nakkertrak-1, Nakkertrak-2, Nakkertrak-3, Nakkertrak-4, Nakkertrak-5, Nakkertrak-6 [0.99km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax: Klister base + hard wax
Great skiing on the Nakkertrak yesterday. Snow varies from firm man-made to tilled sugar with a hard base underneath. Skating was nice everywhere, but you had to push off gently on Powerline where the tilled snow would scrape down to firm base. No rocks or dirt exposed just crust due to the rain and daily Sun exposure. Conditions are fairly fast but not out of control. In fact your skating skis might even feel slow. That's most likely due to the structure. Artificial snow can cause lots of drag with some fine fresh snow structures. Something to be aware of for upcoming races.

Classic tracks were generally great. Stadium, Jackrabbit and Peri's were tilled then pressed nicely. Powerline had shallow tracks and the base was icier. Worse there were skaters who seemed to be skiing on the tracks to get an edge so tracks were getting trashed by 10am. (Grr! Pray for the souls of those caught messing up the tracks!) Today's grooming will probably fix both issues.

Klister binder with Teho Green worked very well. You could get away with klister binder and violet or multigrade klister too. Stick binder and hard wax might have worked, but would be likely to wear off after a few laps.

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.