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Did You Ski Yesterday? Add your name to the list!
By:  Team XCOttawa.ca   (2005/11/16)


Often when it rains in town and the temperature is around 0C, it's snowing in the park and skiing is possible (with rock skis!) from P10. Some early season snowfalls see a hundred skiers melt away all the snow in a matter of hours. In other towns there is a tradition of documenting the first person to ski each year, so we thought we would start that tradition for Ottawa.

So who was the first person to ski in Ottawa this year? Well one of XCOttawa's own, P-O, thought he might have been, but it turns out his father Jean-Louis Dorego beat him out!

>> P-0: I woke up at like 7 and no snow so I wnt back to sleep...
>> I woke up at 8:30 and saw that it just started to snow. I waited a bit
>> and at around 10:00 10:30 I went to P10. I Skied up P10 then took
>> the #1 trail to huron and then went back on the parkway and came back
>> to P10. A pretty nice ski, but I wasn't the first trails, my dad
>> was... :( He always seems to win...

Rumour has it that former XCOttawa and Carleton ski star Alicia Berthiaume was also spotted out enjoying the early snow.

So who else skied yesterday? Drop us an email at info@xcottawa.ca and we'll add you to the list of the first people to ski this season.

Eager Ottawa Area Skiers...

  • Jean-Louis Dorego
  • Pierre-Olivier Dorego
  • Alicia Berthiaume
  • Arno Turk
  • Jo-Ann Holden
  • James Young
  • Dave McMahon
  • Lise Meloche

Comments on the conditions..

Arno: I skied at P10 yesterday from 3:15-4:15pm. Up to the upper T junction. Classic skiing was great with Start Universal Silver Klister!

Jo-Ann: Pretty mushy stuff by mid afternoon, but a few skiers had skied to the top of Fortune, where the snow was a bit firmer. Too bad it's warming up tomorrow. Photo: Fortune looking toward Ridge Road

James: I went skate skiing (with rock skis of course) at lunch time from P10 up to Champlain parkway and back. I spent 90% of the time on the road and the rest on grass. Since there was a thin layer of ice below the 1-2 inches of snow on the road, it was surprising good.

Dave and Lise: We had a good 2hour ski in the Gatienau Park on 4cm base along the parkways Tuesday night. Make sure you bring skis, and running shoes if you visit. You never know what you are going to find.

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