Gatineau Park

Trails Skied: #50, #51, #53, #55 (green - shared), #55 (green - alternative), #55 (blue - alternative), Glide Wax: Swix LF7 , Grip Wax: Vauhti carrot over base of tar and klister

If Paul wants to do the Wakefield triangle that’s OK for him - but, for me, it was more of an easy gliding day to do the #55 loop around Taylor Lake. I needed an easy, classic “classic-day” as a change of pace from a week of skating.
My route was: P17 => #53 => #51 => P19 => #50 => #55 (counter-clockwise) => #50 => P19
=> #51 => #53 => P17

As Paul noted it was beautiful out there. The new snow was wet and stuck to the trees - the experience going through areas of snow-covered evergreens was special.

The new snow could be slow and had that “real” texture treasured by “real” skiers; however, in places it was also fast, Under overhanging trees the snow didn’t hit the trail so the fast granular track was still there; in the areas touched by the sun the tracks developed a glaze. Going down hills going from slow to fast and back was wonderful balance training. With a bit of frost in the snow overnight the classic trails should turn into an experience-not-to-be-missed.

Track-setting was ideal everywhere. I must have missed Paul by about five minutes since I passed the tracksetter just past the 50/55 intersection so, unlike Paul, I didn’t get the benefit of the new tracks.

One comment on the tracksetting. In all the years that I’ve been doing #55 the blue section has been a misery. Even in good snow years there was gravel, rocks, and open springs showing. Today it was in great shape - even the open spring had been expertly covered. Thanks to André and the tracksetting team for a great job on a problem trail.

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