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RA Ski Club

Ontario Trails Events

Event: RA Ski Club
Trail: Madawaska River
Date: 2018-01-08 to 2019-03-31
Abstract: A non-profit adult ski club operating since 1967. RASki organizes a variety of activities and outings throughout the fall and winter months, and social events throughout the entire year. RASki is run and organized by an Executive Committee of volunteers who donate their time and effort to produce a quality ski program for downhillers, snowboarders, and cross-country skiers.
Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Time: Various Times. See website.
Location: Various Locations See website
Online URL: http://www.raski.ca/index.php3?target=xc
Cost: See website

Cross-Country

Join us on both weekend and weekday cross-country day trips.  Our cross country day trips to Gatineau Park start in early December and run through into April, conditions permitting.  

Weekend Day Trips

We alternate Saturday and Sunday weekend day trips, leaving from the RA Center west wing lobby at 9 a.m. Saturday and noon on Sundays. Most of our day trips are to Gatineau Park, but for a change in 2013 we will go to L’Escapade in Mont Rigaud which has 25 km of groomed trails.  

Mid-week Day Trips

We have at least 2 weekday trips each month and we vary the days to accommodate members who have flexible work schedules. We leave at 9:30 a.m. from the west wing of the RA centre. Most trips are to Gatineau Park, but we are also planning day trips to the Madawaska Nordic Centre and to Nakkertok Nordic Ski Centre. We also have two moonlight ski outings.

If you can snowplow . . .?

We welcome skiers of all levels. Gatineau Park does have hills so our only requirement is that you should be able to comfortably execute a snowplow stop and a snowplow turn before joining us. The first few outings are on easy trails, as even the experienced skiers need to get their muscles back in shape. As we move to intermediate trails through the season, there is often a shorter or easier way to get to the same destination.

Arrangements

We car-pool on our day trips. Participants are required to meet at the RA Center 15 minutes before departure time rather than go directly to the trailhead. This ensures that all skiers sign in and receive the trip briefing.  It also allows the trip leader to get an accurate headcount.  Participants share gas costs and pay modest trail fees. We ski for two to three hours and then adjourn to a nearby restaurant.