Ski events for everyone!

Published on December 20 2016

It’s well known that the Outaouais is a top-notch cross country skiing destination. Not only do we have a world-famous trails network making many people envious, we have world-class #outaouaisfun ski events that draws high-calibre athletes from the world over to our trails!

However, let’s make one thing clear. You don’t have to be born with skis on your feet to take part in those events. Quite the contrary! Anybody can (and is encouraged to) participate. So why don’t you throw yourself a little healthy challenge after the Holidays?

The Canadian Ski Marathon

Last year, our colleagues Bianca and Geneviève took the Marathon challenge. Yes, the Mararthon is a 160K run and the Coureurs des bois (the category for the most seasoned skiers) camp outside during the trek, know that it is not necessary to do all the sections. Quite the contrary! Shuttles will bring you to and from the different checkpoints et since this is not a race, you can be proud of yourself no matter your time or the distance covered. Read Bianca’s story and you’ll understand how Geneviève and her rediscovered this fabulous sport!

The Gatineau Loppet

Gatineau Loppet, is in fact a full week-end of activities. They are races, but the 5, 10, 15, 27 and 51K distances mean that there’s one that’ll suit you. There are also snowshoe and fatbike races. Our colleague Geneviève tried the 10K in 2015 (in -37 degree weather!) and it got her back to skiing regularly. Her tale will convince you that you can do the same.

The Jackrabbit Classic

This is one for the real fanatics. The Jackrabbit Classic is one of the longest ski treks in North America, at 102.3 km. It runs from Mont-Tremblant all the way to Montebello, on the tracks of legendary skier Herman “Jackrabbit” Smith-Johannsen, who was the first to clear these trails. Ménard, event director at the Canadian Ski Marathon, tried it last year.

So? Anything caught your eye? Come on, you can do it! It’s good for body and soul and will give you just one more reason to love winter in the Outaouais!

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