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Cross Country Skate Ski - Gatineau Park

Cross Country Skate Skiing is a great way to stay active and enjoy the Winter season!

Sessions are designed to build your cross country skiing abilities week to week through a skills progression program.

This class is designed for skiers who have a basic understanding and some prior experience in cross country skiing. This would include being confident and balanced while on skis and feeling comfortable with some of the skate skiing techniques such as V1 and V2 strokes.

What are you waiting for? Grab your skis and headlamp and join us up in Gatineau and Chelsea!

All participants must adhere to physical distancing procedures and safety protocols when on site. 

Registration deadline is Thursday, January 14th @ midnight!


Winter 2021 Details: 

COVID-19 Protocol & Guidelines

We are committed to providing the highest levels of safety for our community.  


To ensure participant and staff safety, we have implemented mandatory 'Safe Return to Play Protocol & Guidelines' for all Club Activities.  In order to participate with the Ottawa Sport & Social Club and stay in good standing, the following guidelines MUST be followed.  A zero-tolerance policy is in place for those who challenge these decisions.   


To ensure a successful season, please remember to practice safe physical distancing and a positive attitude!

All participants are required to read, understand and adhere to the following:


1 - League Modifications

2 - Player Guidelines

3 - League Representative Guidelines

4 - Self Screening Tool (done before each hike). 


As well as:

  • Facility specific COVID-19 Protocols (you can find these protocols in the facility link in your schedule once live). 

Start/end dates

Starts Thursday, February 11 and ends Thursday, March 18.

Due to the shift of the program start, an additional 2 makeup dates will be scheduled on a different night. The 2 makeup dates will be announced 1 week before the start of the program.

# of weeks

8 weeks.

Hike Times

Skiiers will meet at a designated location at 6:00pm.

Classes will run from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.


Individual Registration: $175.00 + HST.

Bye dates



The meet up location and trail will be posted online and sent to participants two days prior to the class, along with specific COVID-19 protocols.

Ready to Play? Decide on your night of the week & skill level from the grid below!

Skill Level Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Intermediate :

- Click the skill description for more info!
- Prices listed are before taxes
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- After the posted registration deadline, late fees will apply.

Is the class/league/night/skill division you are interested in sold out?
Please send an email with your name, phone number and desired sport to and we will add you to the wait list! We will contact you if/when a spot opens up.

How to request to play with a friend or two

Sport Info

What you need to know about Cross-Country Skate Skiing!    

About Your Instructor!

Robyn is a ski instructor from Chelsea. She lives on the edge of the Gatineau Park and loves the outdoors. She wants to share her love of skate skiing in the Gatineau Park with you this winter.

Come join her for an introduction to skate skiing so you'll be able to use your new skills on different trails in the park. You'll learn new techniques and explore different places to ski each week. It's a fantastic way to stay fit while experiencing the beauty and serenity of the Gatineau Park.



Participants will be sent the meeting point and trail details ahead of time. Participants will meet the OSSC Representative and will embark the trail as a group.

This is a novice to intermediate level class. Participants should already have some experience in cross-country skiing and know now like to learn how to skate ski.

Mandatory Group Requirements



  • This program will have a maximum of 24 participants per group (would be revised if there are changes to Quebec Provincial guidelines).  Once the first week has gone by, no additional participants will be added to the program.  

1) All participants are required to sign the waiver.


2) Hike day wellness checks “COVID-19 Self Screening” must be completed by all players prior to participation.

3) Participants must maintain physical distancing of 2-meters before, during and after all activities.  This includes arriving on-site, hiking, resting/sitting, and departing the location.


4) No Spectators are allowed under any circumstance (this includes kids, family, friends, etc). Only registered participants are able to participate.

For more information regarding Roster Sizes & Specific Team Numbersclick here.



Participants are required to wash/sanitize their hands before and after each hike. Do not share water bottles, snacks or warm clothing with others.

You will be skiing under the moonlight, so ensure to bring a headlamp with you.

Dress lightly with active wear as you will not be standing around long and will warm-up very quickly.

Participants must have their own pair of skis, boots, and poles and wear clothing that suits the weather.

Rental equipment is available for the season at several locations in Ottawa at an extra charge. Your instructor Jodi can also arrange equipment rentals at a reduced price:

Program Schedule

Week 1: Skate Ski Basics - Upper body 

Week 2: Skate Ski Basics - Lower body 

Week 3: Total body coordination 

Week 4: Endurance

Week 5: Hills - What Goes Up…

Week 6: Speed Sections

Week 7: Up's & down's + lots of turns

Week 8: Shily Shaly

*Location and class lessons may change


COVID-19 RULE MODIFICATIONS - Please refer to the sport rules page to view league rules.  It is the responsibility of all players to read and understand the sport specific rules as well as the general rules & club policies.


Each week participants will meet their class instructor Robyn in the Gatineau Trails around the Chelsea area. 

The specific meeting point for each class will be provided beforehand. 

If you have any questions before the start of classes, you can reach your instructor Robyn at