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Mar 19 (4d, 8h) by Peter Tregunno from Kanata Nordic Campground Parking Lot
Trails Skied: 1, 2, 6, 8, 12a, 12b, 12 [6.02km], Glide Wax: Swix CH8, Grip Wax: would be tricky - perhaps a waxless ski?
A couple of late afternoon loops around the upper campground trails. The skate conditions are quite good due to the grooming pass and the softer snow later in the day. Classic tracks are thin though. I'd have to say that we're coming to the end of set tracks - there's lots of hard snow, but making a classic track in these conditions is tough. But skiing in the sun without a toque on - totally worth it.

Deer score was 10 (can't be sure that was 10 unique deer, but they're active now)
Mar 18 (6d, 15h) by Peter Tregunno from Kanata Nordic Campground Parking Lot
Trails Skied: 1, 2, 6, 8, 12a, 12b, 12 [5.77km], Glide Wax: Anything will work, Grip Wax: I'd try a violet or universal cold klister
Conditions are not changed too much from yesterday in the upper trail network. Skate lane is hard, but not impossible to get an edge. Classic tracks are variable from hard to non-existent.

I think that later in the day the snow will soften up (areas in full sun over where getting softer over the noon hour) and conditions will improve for skate. Classic will still be tough without a klister - until it really softens up, waxless skis won't really have anything to bite into. What about skins? Anyone want to lend me a pair to test?

And, for those keeping a deer score - lots of "deer pebbles" and a few white tails running around.
Mar 17 (6d, 9h) by Peter Tregunno from Wesley Clover Parks
Trails Skied: 1, 2, 6, 8, 12a, 12b, 12, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, TCT [13.9km], Glide Wax: Swix CH8, Grip Wax: tough call
Skate conditions late this afternoon varied from ok (hard pack) to quite good (machine groomed granular). Overall, the upper campground trails are in better shape than the lower field trails. The classic track is shallow to non existent - these are tough conditions to groom in!

I suspect that noon to afternoon skiing will be ok early this week as the snow softens up during the morning.

Trail 12 was in better shape than expected - no problem with the downhills when skiing towards the NW (IMO, the right way to ski this trail)

Watch out for the slight trail re-route on 101 N - flood/freeze patches.

The parking lot at 401 is icy. Take care in ski boots.

And yes, the deer are out

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Coaching course ? free to all leaders

All on-snow leaders should have at least a basic level of training. To that end, Kanata Nordic is offering a certified Community Coaching course, from Cross-Country Ski de fond Canada. It’s free to any volunteers who are leading or assisting this season. The course is being hosted at Nakkertok South, Saturday Nov. 24 from 12:30 […]

About Skiing in the Kanata Area..

Kanata Nordic ski club is a volunteer-run club dedicated to promoting lifelong activity, fitness and enjoyment of the outdoors through a variety of cross-country ski programs and activities offered in a friendly club setting. Established in 1979, Kanata Nordic now calls Wesley Clover Parks home with a growing trail-network for all skiers to enjoy. The club is a member of Cross Country Ontario (CCO) and Cross Country Canada (CCC).

The club grooms and maintains approx. 18km of trails at 401 Corkstown Road.

Trails are groomed 3 times per week by volunteer groomers. Tracksetting occurs after each significant snowfall and just prior to Saturday lessons (usually January through March). Trail conditions will vary depending on snowfall and snow conditions.

Trails at the YMCA Bonnenfant Outdoor Centre are NOT MAINTAINED.

A day pass for skiing is $7.00 ($5.00 for snowshoeing) payable at the trailhead or online. Members receive a season trail pass as part of their club membership.

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Kanata Area Trails Legend

11 (Green)1.45
22 (Green)0.45
22 (Blue)0.2
33 (Green)1
44 (Green)1
66 (Green)1.7
77 (Green)0.27
88 (Green)0.47
99 (Green)0.45
1111 (Green)0.7
12a12a (Blue)0.1
12b12b (Blue)0.15
1212 (Blue)1.7
100100 (Green)1.6
101101 (Green)2.2
102102 (Green)0.9
103103 (Green)0.48
104104 (Green)1
106106 (Green)1.5
107107 (Green)0.4
TCTTrans Canada Trail (Green)1.8


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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.