This morning visiting dignitaries officially opened the opening in the fence at Champlain Park, then went down to Remic Rapids for the SJAM Ski Festival.
Here’s part of the story, in photos and video.
Early Morning Gathering at the Fence.
Video of Getting into Position for Ribbon Cutting
Ribbon Cutting with I think left to right: Gary Lacey (Executive Director, Capital Stewardship, NCC), Sue Holloway (four-time Olympian), Her Excellency Anne Kari H. Ovind (Norwegian Ambassador), Jeff Leiper (City Councillor for Kitchissippi Ward), Dave Adams (kneeling, Winter Trail Manager and Head Groomer), Yasir Naqvi (MPP Ottawa Centre), Young Spiderman (possibly a relative of Yasir), Unknown.
Public Photo Opportunity.
Public Photo Op from the Other Angle.
Video of Mascot Dovercat Leading the Winter Parade to Remic Rapids
Skiiers on the way to Remic Rapids.
Entering the Festival Area Panorama.
Parks Canada Giant Mascot.
Stylish Fire Container.
Remic Parking Lot Kiosks Panorama.
Video looking around the Remic Rapids Parking Lot, at all those kiosks and flags.
SJAM Winter Trail Kiosk.
Giant Team Skis.
Parallel Starting Tracks.
Video of Grooming the Track in the Crowd.
Video of Dave Adams skidding a skidoo on the ice.
Dave’s Grooming Equipment barely Marks the Ice.
Curvy part of the course.
Video of Dave Grooming the Curvy Part, Fast!
Humps for fat tire bikers to try.
Fat Bike Course Panorama.
Uphill part of the longer ski course.
Video of Getting One Last Groom done of the Uphill Longer Ski Course
The Longer Course loops at Carleton bridge.
For the actual ski competitions, you can find media elsewhere; Dennis posted some nice photos on twitter:
and you can find more by searching, try https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=sjamwintertrail