Gatineau Park

Trails Skied: #50, #51, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared), #54 (black), Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:

Another beautiful day minus the sun, started from P19=>#50 to the end of lac Phillipe=> #54 Black=>#54 green to lusk chalet=>back on #54 green=>#55=>#50=>#51=>P19.

Nice tracks on #50, #55, #51, #54 green all groomed this morning. Now we get to #54 Black all I can say Ron I had some workout. The trail as you can see in the first picture looks more like a snowshoe trail very narrow and crusty on the sides. I only met 2 skiers now I know why, the uphills were difficult to climb your poles would sink at least a foot deep, and doing the herringbone your skis would sink down also. The downhills although I only had to go down one big one were also challenging, as soon as you are out of the track your skis would sink down or lose control.

I dont think many skiers have been on that trail lately see second pic, which would of helped flatten out the trail a bit. This is were a snowmobile pass on this trail would help especially if its crusty. Still an enjoyable ski, like Ron mentioned trail #54 Green was in good shape.

Gatineau park 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.

Gatineau park map

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).

Gatineau park map