Women on Skis

 

Come and join us in our 34th consecutive season for x-country ski outings in various ski areas around Ottawa/Gatineau. ‘Women on Skis’ welcomes a wide range of skiers: some experience on skis is expected. You will receive skiing tips, meet new friends, have fun skiing and enjoy après-ski lunches.. See our 2017 schedule

and our photo gallery and Google Photos

Our aim is to encourage women of all levels to get out and enjoy winter, to network with others who have similar interests and to experience some of the best cross-country trails in Canada.

Women on Skis is a non-profit program run by a group of experienced volunteer skiers who raise funds for women’s health and social issues. In recent years we have supported St. Joe’s Women’s Centre, Hospice Care Ottawa, Cornerstone, Eco Equitable, Sexual Assault Centre and Elizabeth Fry. This year we have three programs in mind and will be asking you, at the first session (Terry Fox Centre) to let us know which of the three you would like to see our funds support. The selection is as follows:

  • Brigid’s Place – give supportive housing for chronically homeless women
  • Dress for Success – empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
  • Harmony House – a second stage shelter for abused women and their children. They provide temporary safe housing until the woman can get permanent housing.

FEES: Registration for the season is $35. This includes 5 outings: Terry Fox Centre, Nakkertok Ski Club (x2), P6 Gatineau Park, and P16 Gatineau Park. You can also register for individual sessions – Terry Fox is $20 and all others are $10. Registration Form 2017

Additional trail fees apply to Gatineau Park ($16/$12 adult/sr) and Nakkertok Ski Club ($15/$12 adult/sr).

Find out more about this year’s Outings and Special Events, and we invite you to take a look at our Photo Gallery and also our Google photo page .

What To Wear and Bring on Outings:

  • Layers of clothing are preferable, to allow flexibility depending on changes in temperatures. You should have freedom to move and be well protected from cold snow and wind
  • a small pack with waxes, scraper and a cork
  • a small personal first aid kit
  • snack and liquid replacement
  • spare mitts and socks
  • money to cover trail fees and meal expenses, if applicable
  • ID including a daytime emergency phone number

At all locations you should have waxed, stretched, warmed up and be ready to ski by 10:00. The early birds will not stand around getting cold waiting for the slow pokes.

Any last minute changes will be posted on this website womenonskis.ca by 8am the morning of, or you can call Marg: 613-225-6050 or Gloria: 613-731-5577.

Our thanks to Nakkertok Ski Club in supporting this website.

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“Through Women on Skis I have met my dear friend Helen, fallen deeply in love with cross-country skiing and found role models in some amazing skiing women.”

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