Dear Nakkertok Members,

While snow has arrived early in the National Capital Region this year, we have not yet had enough snow to open up the trail network at Nakkertok South. I am writing, however, to let you know that the Nakkertok Early Season Ski Loop (NESSL) will become operational this evening for a training session of the Nakkertok Racing Program and will then be opened to all Nakkertok Members starting on Friday, November 25th.A major “thank you” to our groomers and the volunteers who make up the Nakkertok Trails and Facilities Team for making the NESSL a reality.

As of Friday, November 25th, the NESSL will be open for all Nakkertok Members. Starting on Sunday, November 27th, Nakkertok Members will require a ski pass to access the NESSL (see below for details on how to secure a ski pass).

The NESSL will have the following “open access” times:

  •         Monday to Friday – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  •         Saturday and Sunday – 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

In addition, we invite all Nakkertok Members to join us at the Nakkertok Nuit Blanche Social Event on Saturday, November 26thfrom 7:00 – 11:00 PM at Nakkertok South to take a look at the NESSL and have an initial ski on the loop.
 Please join us in celebrating this tremendous accomplishment!

Outside these hours, the NESSL will generally only be open to groups who have reserved block times for training. Such groups may consist of Nakkertok or non-Nakkertok members. Members of Nakkertok Programs will receive a separate message from their programs describing how those programs plan to make use of the NESSL.

Please always check the Nakkertok Trails Twitter feed on the Nakkertok website to confirm that the NESSL is open before you head out to Nakkertok South. We will also soon send you a link to the NESSL Calendar that will allow you to see if any additional “open access” opportunities for skiing on the NESSL have opened up because there has been no booking of the NESSL during a restricted access period.

As noted above, Nakkertok Members will be required to have purchased a ski pass to access the NESSL starting on Sunday, November 27th. You have two options:

  • Starting on Friday, you can purchase a NESSL early season snow pass on Zone4. The pass is valid from today until Nakkertok announces that it has opened its broader trail network for skiing. The pass costs $60 for adults and teenagers,  $40 for youth aged 6-12, and there is no charge for children under six (tax not included). Families purchasing four or more early season ski passes will receive a 15% discount. Individuals controlling access to the NESSL will have a list of all Nakkertok Members who have purchased an early season snow pass on Zone 4 and will provide you with a pass (similar to a Gatineau Park pass) when you arrive to ski at the NESSL for the first time. Please bring your receipt and photo ID with you to pick up your pass. If we get less than two weeks of skiing on the NESSL before the broader trail network is opened, early season snow pass holders will receive a pro-rated refund to a maximum of 2/3 of the cost of the early season snow pass.


  • Purchase a day pass on site (cash only – exact change required).. You can purchase an early season day pass on site from individuals controlling access to the NESSL. They will provide you with a coloured wrist band valid for that day. The pass costs $15 for adults, $10 for teens and seniors and $5 for youth aged 6-12 (tax included). There will be no fees for children under 6 years of age. In the unlikely event that you cannot connect with the appropriate individual on site, we ask that you please put your day use fees in the fee box near the entrance to the ski loop.

Please remember that for safety purposes, there will be a limit on the number of people who can ski on the NESSL at any one time. The number will be determined by the length of the loop at the time.

Nakkertok’s new snowmaking infrastructure is going to allow us to provide significantly more value to Nakkertok Members and we sincerely hope you will take advantage of the early season skiing opportunities provided by the NESSL. We acknowledge that our first year of operations will be a learning experience and we appreciate your patience and understanding if we hit any bumps along the way.

Robert Hornung
Nakkertok President