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Jan 21 (2012-01-21) by Ron Lorenson from P17
Trails Skied: #50, #51, #52, #53, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared) [41.3km], Glide Wax: Dibloc blue LF over graphite, Grip Wax: Swix blue (V30) over Vauhti tar -30 to -10
It was the sort of day that takes the Calvinism out of skiing: no pain, no discomfort, no effort - just perfect weather and great tracksetting. The sort of day to do the Wakefield triangle counter-clockwise:
P17 => #53 => #51 => P19 => #50 => #55 (shared) => Renaud => #54 green
=> #55 => #50 => #52 => P17
I must of be another of the people who Paul didnít meet on #53. I agree with his comments - it was amazing. It would have been pleasant (as always) to meet him but if we had met we probably would have taken time from our skiing to compare superlatives.

The tracksetting was superb everywhere - well done - and with the lack of freezing rain the tracks were softer being more powder than granular. At no place did I encounter icy or hard conditions. I was impressed with how well #54 green had been done considering the problems with the trail damage.

As Paul has noted the freezing rain did not hit #51 or #53 - itís all snow. I started to notice crust between P19 and Renaud but it was quite minor. At the end of Lac Philippe there was a noticeable crust but I donít think it would have been a detriment to doing #54 black - particularly with back country skis.

The snow depth off track on #53 was about 80 cm - more than enough to stand up to rain predicted for Monday.

Oh yes! The Brown Lake hill was what I wished for - easy and pleasurable

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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 - Orlťans), 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.