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Jan 18 (5h, 8m) by Ralph Quapp from Wesley Clover Parks
Trails Skied: 101, 104, 106, TCT [6.5km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax: Blue
Just following Dr Ski's instruction. Not too cold and too much wind (yet). Tracks are set and generally good and fast - some imperfection on the hill of the TCT that can catch you of guard in the dark.
Jan 18 (12h, 24m) by Peter Tregunno from Wesley Clover Parks
Trails Skied: 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, TCT [7.88km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
A powder day! We haven't had many of these this year!

Skated most of the lower field trails. Nothing is groomed, yet. A good 5 cm of perfect white fluff on a hard base makes for pretty good conditions. The classic tracks are skied in - looks like grip and glide are easy to find.

Dr Ski says you need to get out this afternoon/evening before it gets all Arctic this weekend.
Jan 18 (15h, 35m) by Nancy Shaver from Kanata Nordic Campground Parking Lot
Trails Skied: 1, 2, 6, 8, 12 [5.77km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
It's a 5-flake day out there! The new snow is perfect powder, thick enough to refresh the trails, which are not yet groomed, I am sure they will be later this afternoon. The only caution is that the base under it is still uneven in places, so I actually fell twice, in very unchallenging areas, just due to my ski catching unexpectedly. The parking lot is not yet plowed, but I had no trouble in it in a small car with snow tires.
Jan 17 (1d, 10h) by Nancy Shaver from Kanata Nordic Campground Parking Lot
Trails Skied: 1, 2, 6, 8, 12 [5.77km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
The light dusting of snow yesterday helped conditions, but the strong winds also blew a new crop of oak leaves off the trees, so all around conditions on the upper trails are still mediocre. It's probably better for skate, the classic tracks had a lot of leaves, and are wearing thin.
Jan 16 (2d, 4h) by Dena Chanzer from Wesley Clover Parks
Trails Skied: 101, 103, 104 [3.68km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Ski conditions were interesting this afternoon as temperatures had dropped significantly and there were very strong winds. The trails for both skating and classic were still in good condition and the drifts were not deep. I headed for the practice loop to get out of the wind. The sun was warm and the wind was limited. There was just enough fresh snow to soften the track. I really enjoyed skating in fresh snow and racing around the circle a number of times (in both directions). Conditions were ideal to check out the tracks I left in the snow. Did I land on a flat ski, and then edge sharply with a strong kick? How far did I glide?

Next I ventured out of this quiet glen into the fierce wind to try a loop with some hills, and then headed for the forest trails to get out of the wind again.

Really enjoying having groomed trails in Kanata, and even today there were a number of fellow skiers enjoying the trails as well.
Jan 15 (3d, 4h) by Michael Duivenvoorden from Wesley Clover Parks
Trails Skied: 3, 100, 101, 102, 104, 106, TCT [10km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Pulled off 417 on way home for a quick skate at 401. trails Skied are all good. 106 in the woods has a few bumps due to lack of snow and a handful of dirty locations which are quite avoidable. A nice loop is left on 101 from the parking lot, clockwise around the field, left at “J” onto the TCT, ski to Corkstown Road, back on TCT, do loop on Watts Creek trail, back to 106 entrance off TCT, 106 to 104, 104 clockwise back to fence along Watts Creek Trail, turn left, ski to 106 junction, turn left back to “J”, back onto 101 to continue clockwise to parking. If time permits do it again, or do a couple loops of the Pretzel Course.
Jan 15 (4d, 13h) by Peter Tregunno from Wesley Clover Parks
Trails Skied: 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, TCT [9.48km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Another day, another lunch hour ski. Good to see other people out today - the weather is perfect!

Skated most of the field trails, everything is in pretty good shape. Classic track looks mostly solid (these low snow conditions make for challenging grooming). Only a few bits of dirt/gravel poking through on 106 (Roller coaster). Again, 107 (little roller coaster) didn't look like it had a grooming pass.

I'd suggest giving the pretzel course a try (I did a few laps playing with cornering at speed). The arrows are still up from this past weekend's racing; hopefully it stays on the "trails to groom" list!
Jan 14 (4d, 6h) by Ralph Quapp from Wesley Clover Parks
Trails Skied: 101, 102, 104, TCT [5.9km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax: Blue
Groomer cleaning up all the traces from the weekend. Considering the small amount of snow, great job! Classic tracks are shallow, but usable. Skate corduroy looks fast. Almost no debris or leaves.
Jan 14 (4d, 11h) by Nancy Shaver from P3
Trails Skied: 1, 2, 2, 6, 8, 12 [5.97km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Conditions today are mediocre. Classic tracks have been set over most of the upper trails, but there is a lot of debris on the trails in places, and the base is still thin so it has been scraped off to create more debris in some locations. In a few spots the classic tracks are so far to the side that they are under shrubs and can't be skied. It's still worth getting out though, but we need some fresh snow to renew the trails, there's not much that could be done with them until it snows again.
Jan 12 (6d, 4h) by Michael Duivenvoorden from Wesley Clover Parks
Trails Skied: 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, TCT [9.48km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: Green
Skated today. Having a couple of centimetres fall this week and colder temperatures the trails at 401are in good shape with a firm base. In the open wind swept snow is on the slower side. The wind was not to bad; recommend you head to 103, 104, 106 and the TCT to get out of the wind. 106 in the woods lacks snow but is passable. Classic tracks generally looked good,with a few shallow locations.

perfect for a quick ski on your way to work,at lunch time, or after work.
Jan 11 (1w, 7h) by Nancy Shaver from P3
Trails Skied: 1, 2, 2, 6, 8, 12 [5.97km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
I didn't find it felt that cold out today (was -15 while I was out), it wasn't that windy, and the trees blocked it anyway. I skied the upper trails. Conditions were only fair for classic, as the trails had been set for skate, but were somewhat rough in a lot of places even for skate. There was debris on the trails (leaves, branches)in a lot of places too. It was still definitely worth getting out.
Jan 11 (1w, 11h) by Peter Tregunno from Kanata Nordic Campground Parking Lot
Trails Skied: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, TCT [15.1km], Glide Wax: Swix CH5, Grip Wax: anything green
A quick lunch time ski!

Kudos to the grooming crew. Holding off on grooming until it got cold was the right call, and now the trails are starting to really come together.

Yes it was cold. The trees blocked the wind and made the ski very enjoyable.

The campground trails are still rough in places, with no classic track set, yet. Watch out for rocks just below the surface on trail 12 on the western uphill.

Over on the lower trails, the grooming is mint. Nice classic track on most of the lower trail system, and a solid skate lane. The TCT is really nice - easy to get up to speed, easy to stay at speed - and mostly out of the wind. The field trails are suffering from a bit of drifting (man, windblown snow is slow!) - and the wind started to push me backwards! 107 (little roller coaster) isn't open, but that's ok because 106 (roller coaster) is fun.

I was spoiled over the Christmas holidays skiing at North Bay Nordic. Having a clubhouse to change footwear is really really nice (oh yeah that being social thing too). And now that the campground trails are open, so is Kanata Nordic's clubhouse (just push hard on the door).

Remember the Pretzel Sprint race is taking place on Sunday. All other trails are open - so come on over and watch a couple of races and get some urban skiing in.

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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.