Jan 03, 2008 — The Ottawa area is also breaking records for early snow: well over 45 inches have fallen in December alone. While shovelers wonder where to put it all, skiers are ecstatic over one of the best early seasons in memory. Meanwhile, skaters are impatiently awaiting the foot of ice needed to get out on the nearly 5-mile-long Rideau Canal Skateway. Lucy Martin caught up with National Capital Commission spokeswoman Kathryn Keyes yesterday morning for an update on the perennial question, "Can we skate yet?" The answer?... not quite.