The Guides below were originally designed for the parents of Learn-to-ski and Racing program participants but can be a good primer for anyone starting off in cross-country skiing, or looking to further their knowledge. They’re a good read and will help make your skiing experience a lot more enjoyable!
Yes! Both Nakkertok South and Nakkertok Val-des-Monts have snowshoe trail networks. The snowshoe system will be indicated by little triangles on our maps, prepared by Nakkertok’s in-house trail map expert, Bill Anderson.
Snowshowers: please respect the hard work of grooming the ski trails. Please avoid stepping on any ski trails whenever possible and don’t linger on ski trails. Please do not use any of our trails with regular boots in winter, as they sink in too deep and leave big gouges. These new trails are for snowshoes only.
Can non-members ski at Nakkertok?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:59:30-05:00
Yes. However, unless they are signed up for a Club event, Adult non-members using our trails pay a day fee, as listed on our Fees page. Payment by cash or cheque should be made payable to Nakkertok Ski Club. Please sign in to the guest registry (to comply with the club’s insurance coverage) and deposit your cash or cheque (made out to “Nakkertok XC Ski Club”) into the envelope provided noting the guest(s) names and registry information. If the gate is locked, non-members are welcome to park in Bradford Bunker Parking lot (2 driveways before gate on the left as you approach the Nakkertok banner). There is a sign-in board at trail head. Non-member Day Skiers should not leave belongings in any of the lockable chalets.
Generally speaking, no, as dogs can destroy the tracking on the ski trails and endanger other skiers. However, dog owners can use our new Pooch Path to enjoy skiing with their favorite pet. Consult this page for more information.
What do I do in an emergency?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:49:11-05:00
The “Upper Lights,” including the Stadium, Charon Jct., and Plateau, and the “Lower Lights” down by J’Hus and the Weber Farm are all now on timers and will come on automatically at 6:00 pm and turn off at 10:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Please do not change any settings or breakers in the electrical shed (grey building at west end of parking lot).The lighted trail requires constant maintenance: we are aware that there are lights that don’t work and are trying to repair them. If you want lights at other times please refer to the instructions posted at the panel in the electrical shed (for the upper lights) or use the switch at pole # 17 (for the lower lights). You must then return everything back to the way it was when you leave or explicitly pass this responsibility on to someone else.
Skiing at night increases the odds that you are responsible for closing up an area. In addition to turning off trail lights if you turned them on:
If you are one of the last to leave the Ski Barn and main parking lot area, you should
turn off the Ski Barn lights if they’re on (these are not on a timer)
lock both front and back doors of the Ski Barn from the outside
close and lock the upper gate on your way out. (The reason for the gate is to deter “unfriendlies” from going up and driving their toys on the trails or dumping off their unwanted household items as was done before we purchased that land. During the ski season we are using only the upper gate–the lower gate can be left unlocked.) Note that there are 2 OWL Rafting vehicles parked in the Ski Barn parking area during the winter–these are not vehicles of skiers
If you are one of the last to leave the Johannsenhus area, lock the back door (from the inside), then the front door.
What do I do if I’m one of the last to leave the area near Johannsenhus? Near the Ski Barn?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:44:39-05:00
If you are one of the last to leave the Johannsenhus area, lock the back door (from the inside), then the front door. If you are one of the last to leave the Ski Barn area, you should : turn off the Ski Barn lights if they’re on, lock both front and back doors (from the outside), and close and lock the upper gate on your way out. ( The reason for the gate is to deter “unfriendlies” from going up and driving their toys on the trails or dumping off their unwanted household items as was done before we purchased that land. During the ski season we are using only the upper gate–the lower gate can be left unlocked.) Note that there are 2 OWL Rafting vehicles parked in the Ski Barn parking area during the winter–these are not vehicles of skiers. In addition, if it’s after 6 pm on Friday through Sunday and you find the Ski Barn empty, please turn off the lights and lock up as described above. The complete open and close procedures for South are posted inside the barn.
What do I need to know about race days?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:42:52-05:00
Races provide a large portion of the club revenues, but they can turn the club a bit topsy turvy two or three times a year. Check the website for a list of events. There are always empty trails available at Nakk North when races take place at South. You are welcome to come and cheer on the racers – our junior team is one of the best in the country! Better yet, join in the race yourself!
Anything I should know about ski etiquette?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:41:25-05:00
The rules are much the same as elsewhere: Slow skiers stay to the right and allow faster skiers to pass on the left. Downhill skiers should be given the right of way. Many of the trails at Nakkertok are narrow, so please be aware of other skiers when skiing with friends or family. A good shout at the trail intersections, particularly the one marked Beep-Beep, will help avoid accidents. Skiers should fill in any sitz-marks left in the ski track.
Can I climb on the Pisten Bully?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:39:41-05:00
No, please! The Pisten Bully is very happy in its new warm home in the Barn. It has been working much better, and it is much easier to make repairs and do regular maintenance. We please ask that you not climb up or in it. However, if you want a Bully ride, you are more than welcome. Just wave us down and jump in.
Is my stuff safe in my car?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:38:27-05:00
In the last year we have had some problems with theft from the parking lots. While it is no where near the level experienced in Gatineau Park, members are advised not to leave valuables in the car while skiing.
Why are there so many low branches after the first heavy snowfall or freezing rain?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:37:13-05:00
Each fall there is an incredible amounts of work done on the trails. However, when we have an early heavy snowfall or freezing rain, we get branches hanging dangerously low. Not only are these branches dangerous for skiers’ eyes, particularly at night, but they catch and break the groomer’s lights and mirrors. Please feel free to use one of the folding saws hanging on the pegboard above the work bench or a pole saw from the back wall (in the Ski Barn) to cut this stuff down on your ski.
Are there bears at or near Nakkertok?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:35:31-05:00
There have been a few bear sitings in Cantley, so you should take precautions. We strongly suggest you take a look at this black bear FAQ (from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department – couldn’t find one as good in Ontario) for more information.
What do I need to know about the driveway and parking?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:34:21-05:00
Members are reminded that drivers coming down the driveway into Nakkertok and ascending the hills have right of way. Please be careful – shoulders may be soft and icy. On weekend days, members are asked to back into the parking spots to make things easier when departing. Also, on these busy LTS days, the middle area of the main parking lot will be blocked off to allow for better traffic flow and access for emergency vehicles. Drivers are asked to follow the one way signs/arrows and the directions of any parking volunteers. There will be a designated drop off zone in front of the barn.
What do I need to know about the driveway and parking lots?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:33:16-05:00
Drives coming down the driveway into Nakkertok and ascending the hills have right of way. Please be careful – shoulders may be soft and icy. On weekend days, members are asked to back into the parking spots to make things easier when departing. Also, on these busy LTS days the middle area of the main parking lot will be blocked off to allow for better traffic flow and access for emergency vehicles. Drivers are asked to follow the one way signs/arrows and the directions of any parking volunteers. There will be a designated drop off zone in front of the barn. Thank you for your cooperation.
Who owns the rest of the land at Nakkertok South?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:31:07-05:00
In 2003 the Weber Family sold 300 acres of their property to the Van Wijks to ensure that Nakkertok would continue to have a place to ski. The Van Wijk’s also were able to purchase the 50 acre property where the current parking, stadium and the barn are located.
Who owns the land at Nakkertok Val-des-Monts?Dejan Custic2019-11-04T20:09:06-05:00
The majority of the network at North is owned by the municipality of Val-des-Monts. The remaining trails are on land owned by a number of corporate and individual land owners who have given permission to the Club to ski on their property.
What is involved in trail clearing?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:29:01-05:00
Trail clearing is a fun way to get out on a crisp fall day and work with like-minded individuals in the bush. It is something our teen racers and older preteens can enjoy. Experienced chain saw and brush cutter operators are always welcome but so are members who can wield a lopper and handsaw, build bridges and haul brush felled by others. Nakkertok has both power and hand tools, but it is great if you can bring your own. Remember to bring gloves, good boots, and pack a hearty lunch. Trail clearing takes place every Saturday and Sunday from the end of September through November. Contact Trails@nakkertok.ca.
Is there a Lost and Found area?Dejan Custic2017-02-01T12:27:44-05:00