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Jan 20 (2012-01-20) by Ron Lorenson from P12
Trails Skied: #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #24, #40, #1 (blue) [14.6km], Glide Wax: Dibloc blue LF over graphite, Grip Wax: Swix blue (V30) over Vauhti tar -30 to -15
Went classic: P12 => #40 => #24 => #1 blue west => Wolf Ridge => #1 east => Champlain Lookout => #1 west => green water tank => #24 => #40 => P12.

Everywhere I skied the tracksetting was excellent and inspired. The tracks were firm and fast with good grip. The skating track was even and grooved but quite hard - on the downhills with the hardness the grooves tended to grab the skis so that a bit of caution was in order - with use they should break-up and soften nicely..

The only trail that was not trackset was #33 - from what I saw of it I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s quite icy and uneven

Paul has been going on a bit about the condition of the back-country trails - I totally agree with him - they should not be “recommended” as they are on the NCC web-site. Almost all that I saw were untracked and covered with the type of crust that eats ankles - fractures, bruises, and scrapes. The only one that I saw that had tracks was #9 (Western) with a broken track borded by crust - fine in the track but a challenge if you have to get out of the track such as on a downhill - not exactly the ideal back-country experience.

A great day: good conditions, a good temperature, and a warm sun - ideal for classic skiing.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

General: Fees Resource General Info History NCC Grooming Report Groomers

Maps: Trail Distance Map NCC Winter Trails Interactive trail conditions map

Gatineau Park is ski paradise! The network of ski trails offer machine groomed skate skiing and classic skiing as well as little groomed backcountry trails. Multiple access points allow skiers to access a variety of terrain and scenery. The NCC offers season or daily pay rates.

For suggestions on where to ski, excellent trail descriptions, photos and maps checkout Michael McGoldrick`s website about recreational xc-skiing in Canada`s National Capital Region (with an emphasis on the Gatineau Park).

The NCC also maintains a grooming report on-line. If you encounter people walking on groomed trails, you are best advised to contact the NCC. They are responsible for the enforcement on this so report those trail wreckers whenever you see them by calling 819-827-2020 (Visitor Centre), or email


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Current Weather

Observed at: Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Int'l Airport
Date: 9:00 PM EST Wednesday 1 February 2017
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: -7.5°C
Wind Chill: -9
Wind: S 3 km/h
Humidity: 81%
Dew point: -10.2°C
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Visibility: 24 km
Sunrise: 7:23 EST
Sunset: 17:09 EST
Max -6°C. Min -15°C.

Temperature Trends



Ottawa (Kanata - Orléans), ON (Issued: 5:14 PM EST Wednesday 1 February 2017)

Wednesday night
Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries this evening and after midnight. Clearing before morning. Low minus 16.
A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of flurries in the afternoon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h early in the afternoon. High minus 5.
Thursday night
Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early in the evening. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light late in the evening. Low minus 14.
Sunny. High minus 6.
Friday night
Clear. Low minus 15.
Sunny. High minus 6.
Saturday night
Cloudy. Low minus 12.
Flurries. High minus 2.
Sunday night
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 12.
A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 9.
Monday night
Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 17.
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of snow. High minus 7.