Wed. Jan. 15 6-8 pm: Fresh Air Evening – Drop in (1291 Wellington West) Wednesday evening to:
Learn about the latest and greatest new equipment
Get waxing tips
Find what to wear for your ski day
Get a discount on all purchases
Get answers about your equipment (bring it in) e.g.
Why don’t my skis perform?
How much camber should I have?
Do I have the right size?
We will have the store to ourselves with experts available to help in any way.
The following Women on Skis events are group skis. If a skier chooses to ski as an individual and not part of one of the WOS groups, WOS may not be able to provide any assistance to the skier. Any skier choosing to ski as an individual is requested to advise a WOS Leader and to identify to the Leader their ski buddy. Skiing alone is not recommended. If you are uncertain of which ski group is appropriate for you , e.g. Jackrabbits, Tourers, or Birdwatchers, we suggest you talk to a Leader. Often joining a slower group can make for a more enjoyable ski.
Thursday Jan. 23: Relais plein air Gatineau Park P2 397 Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes, Gatineaumap
Bring a lunch or enjoy après-ski by the fireplace with hot drinks and homemade dishes from Café des Sentiers
Take Hwy 5 north, exit at Blvd des Hautes-Plaines (exit 8) . Turn left and at Blvd. de La Cité-des-Jeunes turn left again. maplink
Thursday Feb. 6: Gatineau Park P6 (Mackenzie King Estate)
Take Quebec Hwy 5 north, exit at Old Chelsea (exit 12). Turn left, go through the village and then take a left onto Kingsmere Road. Proceed uphill ~3km to Chemin Swamp on your left. Take it to the end, turn right and the entrance will be a short distance further on your left Map link
Following the ski, join us for Lunch at Les Fougères
Directions: Return to the village of Old Chelsea and turn left (north) on Scott Road. Follow northward to hwy 105. Turn right and Les Fougères is immediately on your right. Map link
Friday, Feb 21: Gatineau Park P17.
Take hwy 5 north to exit 28 Wakefield. Follow the first round-about 3/4 following Hwy 366. at the 2nd round-about – exit at 180° and the lot will be 100 m on your left. Map link
Bring a lunch to heat over a wood stove at the newly renovated Brown’s cabin..
Take Quebec Hwy 50 East, exit La Verendrye Blvd., left at lights, right on Gatineau Ave and straight for ~4km, continue on dirt road, through the gate and 1km to parking. Map link
Pot-Luck: bring finger food to share. (Please – finger food only. No cutlery will be available.)
Loonie Book Exchange: Have you a good book or two you’ve finished and would like to share? We will have a book exchange where you may choose a book(s) and contribute a toonie to our supported charity for each book you select. Recent publications only please.
Ski options for other days
In Ottawa/Gatineau we are blessed with many options for cross country skiing. We encourage you to get out with family or your new friends from WOS between outings. If you only have an hour or don’t want to drive far there is likely something near you. See the many options on our trails page.
Would you like to get out more often but not sure where and would prefer to ski with a group?
Friday Feb. 28. – This week we are promoting skiing in our neighbourhoods on community trails. There will be multiple ski meet-ups and at different times so hopefully you will be able to find one that meets your schedule. The new snow promises some great skiing. Say a great thank you to any of those super groomer folk you may meet during your ski.
SJAM Friday 10am meet at the parking area for Westborough Beach. Anita and Lorna will be there.
Ski Heritage East Friday 1pm meet at the trailhead on Fairwinds Terrace in Orleans. Pat M will be there.
And with one more ski meet-up we have the Ottawa River community winter trails covered! Meet at 1:30 this Friday afternoon at the Ron Kolbus Centre Britannia Park. Look for Marthan. All are welcome.
Meet and Ski: This year we will again be inviting you to bring a friend to ski with and meet with others on some of the local trails. Watch this page or our Facebook page or Twitter Mon. – Wed. for invitations to join an impromptu group on the following Thursday or Friday. These ski trips will be on one of the local Ottawa ski areas noted on our trails page. A volunteer leader will choose an appointed meeting place. The trails chosen will be such that people will find their way easily so you will be able to go at your pace and find your own way back if the pace is not to your suiting. There will be no charge for these skis (apart from any trail fees or donations) and the leader will not be responsible for your safety but she will have knowledge of the ski conditions so will have chosen the time and place wisely.
Waxing Tips : View these 2 sites for waxing advice.
Trail fees apply for those without season pass or membership:
Gatineau Park daily pass ($20/$15, adult/sr) is payable directly to the trail operators through a lock box (bring correct change)
Nakkertok Ski Club daily trail fee ($12) is payable to a WOS representative in the lodge.
Any last minute changes will be posted on this website, our Facebook page and on Twitter by 8 am on the morning of the outing. We will also send out an email if you have opted to join our email list (see our registration form below).
Register at your first outing or print a form off this website and mail it with payment to:
Women on Skis:
#606 – 80 Sandcastle Dr.,
Ottawa, ON, K2H 9E7
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