Sunday, December 09, 2018

Saturday Grooming

The Green and Orange trails were packed wider Saturday.  Conditions are still bumpy for skating.  There's a classic track but it's been driven over by ATV's in some spots.  Good skiing for December but more snow will help smooth things out.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Trails Groomed Thursday

The Green and Orange trails, plus the second half of the Blue connecting them have been packed and trackset.

Monday, December 03, 2018

Early Bird Winners - 25$ Gift cards at GearHeads!

And the winners are...
Matthew Lalonde and Justin Biggs! Congrats and thanks for the early registration. You can pick up your gift cards at GearHeads.
Also a big thanks to Margo and Mark of GearHeads for their awesome support of PAXC!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Grooming Done

The Green trail has been packed and trackset for classic.  Trails are still bumpy and the odd rock and wet spot showing, but overall not bad for late November.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Survey for Cross Country Ski de fond Canada’s brand

Hello Cross Country Ski de fond Canada clubs,

Please share this message with your members.

In the 20 months I have had the pleasure of working for Cross Country Ski de fond Canada (CCC), I have evaluated all facets of the organization. The resounding message from stakeholders across the country is that CCC needs to change, revitalize, and move in a new direction.

Today, we need your participation as we embark on the most important part of our revitalization – brand identity. Our brand is more than our logo. It identifies who we are as a community and communicates a common vision for the future. Our brand must align with our strategy and core values. It will force us to make decisions on where to focus.

Like any successful brand, Cross Country Ski de fond Canada’s brand will be built from the inside out. As a result, we are seeking input from our entire community. This process will provide us all with an opportunity to come together and discuss, decide and create the future we want.

Please help us revitalize and define this wonderful Canadian sport by being part of this next step. Please join the discussion and take part in this exciting journey by taking our brand survey. 

I wish you a wonderful 2018-19 season.

Shane Pearsall
CEO, Cross Country Ski de fond Canada

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Bonjour clubs de Ski de fond Canada,

Veuillez partager ce message avec vos membres.

Au cours des 20 mois où j’ai eu le plaisir de travailler avec Ski de fond Canada (SFC), j’ai évalué toutes les facettes de l’organisation. Le message retentissant des intervenants de partout au pays est que SFC doit changer, se revitaliser et adopter une nouvelle direction.

Aujourd’hui, nous avons besoin de votre participation alors que nous abordons la partie la plus importante de notre revitalisation: l’identité de la marque. Notre marque est plus que notre logo. Elle identifie qui nous sommes en tant que communauté et communique une vision commune pour l’avenir. Notre marque doit s’harmoniser à notre stratégie et à nos valeurs fondamentales. Cela nous obligera à décider où concentrer nos efforts.

Comme toute marque réussie, la marque de Ski de fond Canada sera bâtie à partir de l’intérieur. Par conséquent, nous sollicitons les commentaires de toute notre communauté. Ce processus nous donnera l’occasion de nous réunir tous ensemble pour discuter, décider et créer l’avenir que nous voulons.

Aidez-nous à revitaliser et à définir ce merveilleux sport canadien en participant à la prochaine étape. Joignez-vous à la discussion et prenez part à ce voyage passionnant en répondant à notre sondage.

Je vous souhaite une merveilleuse saison 2018-19.

Shane Pearsall Directeur général, Ski de fond Canada

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Instructor CANSI level 1

 Become a certified CANSI Cross Country Ski Instructor! 
Are you an avid Cross Country skier? 
Have you mastered the basic techniques of Classic skiing? 
Are you ready to improve your Skate skiing? 
Then you’re invited to the Level I Instructor Preparation courses: 
 At Highlands Nordic (near Collingwood) on Dec 15 
 At Mooney's Bay (in Ottawa) on Dec 22 

These optional courses will help prepare you to be certified as a Level I instructor or a Level I “Classic-only” instructor – this year or next year. Take a two day certification course and pass, and you’re ready to teach for a club, school or at a resort. 
The Level I certification courses offered this year are: 
 At Highlands Nordic (near Collingwood) on Jan 26/27 
 At Mooney's Bay (in Ottawa) on Jan 12/13 

Successfully complete the Level I Instructor Certification and you are entitled to all the benefits offered by the association: liability insurance, access to fantastic CANSI training courses, on-line learning and teaching materials, newsletters, jobs board, Pro equipment deals and more. 

Register for any of these courses at or contact for more information 

Friday, November 23, 2018

Trails Packed

The green trail was packed last night.  We also did a few passes out around the red and orange trails.  Conditions are still bumpy and not enough snow to set a classic track yet.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Letter from the PAXC president

Hello everyone! It is now time to prepare for Winter 2019 ski season. Each year, the trails have to be cleared of fallen trees and fallen branches, the weeds mowed, and brush trimmed. This is a lot of work that can be shared among club members to make it faster and more pleasant. Please consider joining the handful of volunteers Saturday October 13th. The more, the merrier and the faster. You don’t need to be a specialist to help: we need arms to throw away branches, or snip away the interfering branches. If you have a few hours, and working gloves, please come at about 8:30 am at the PAXC parking lot; someone will coordinate the work. For further information, please contact Damien at:  dmccarthy0701 [at] gmail. com. Please consider coming, to make sure the trails will be ready before the snow.

Registration is open ( Registration fees will stay the same as last year:
5$ discount for early registration before Dec. 1, 2018 (and a chance to win one of two $25 gift cards for GearHeads - thanks GH!)
Adults $80 (after Dec. 1)
Youth $40 (after Dec. 1)
Ski School $55 (after Dec. 1)

Keep in mind that part of the registration fees you pay goes to Ski Canada; not all of it is going to the club. Also, there is an extra charge to register online. We cannot register in person. However, there is a donation box at the chalet, in which you can contribute for the trail maintenance costs, if you only ski a few times a year.

Junior racers can sign up for the team as well here: 

Our club has received a $15,000 grant from Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) to help us with building a proper garage to store grooming machines and maintenance equipment. We are very grateful to MEC for their generous gift. The garage is in the process of being built, but we need more funds to do the metal siding, and purchase and install 2 overhead doors, and do some landscaping around it. If you are willing to help complete the project, please consider adding a gift of money as you register for the season. Thank you! The PAXC exec is also pursuing other funding opportunities to continue to improve the club and the skiing experience.

There is a need for new Ski School instructors, as some have moved away. Russell Schroeder will not be coordinating the Ski School after this year, and we will need a replacement. Please consider helping as an instructor this year, for a few years maybe. If we do not have ski instructors, we can’t have a ski school to help your family enjoy skiing. An easy course on one weekend will help you become an instructor (PAXC will pay for course fees). If you want to be involved, and have further questions, please contact Russ Schroeder at russdschroeder at

The PAXC executive for this season is:
President - Christian Renault (crenault5 at
Registration - Alicia Berthiaume
Maintenance - Steve Bursey
Secretary - Kathleen Mottershead
Finances - Scott Nichol
Ski School Coordinator (stepping down next year) - Russ Schroeder
Member-at-Large - Tammy McCarthy; Damien McCarthy; Jean Pelchat (representing racing team)

We hope to see you on Saturday October 13that 8:30 am at the trailhead!

Christian Renault, 
PAXC president

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Walls are Up!

Thanks to Christian for all of the layout and leading the construction of the walls.  Damien was instrumental in sourcing materials.  Jean, Clay, Mark, Jeff, Alicia, and Tammy did a great job helping them out with putting it all together.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Floor is Poured

The floor is now ready for the new storage garage.  Thanks to CH concrete and RGT Clouthier Construction for good rates on materials.  Great work by Dugan Hawkins for doing the form work, Damien McCarthy for placing rebar and Chad Paquette for doing the concrete finishing.