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Feb 11 (2012-02-11) by Ron Lorenson from P17
Trails Skied: #50, #51, #53, #55 (green - shared), #55 (green - alternative), #55 (blue - alternative) [36.2km], Glide Wax: Start Green over graphite, Grip Wax: A base of green klister mixed with tar and Start "super" green
Just another ďclassicĒ classic day great tracksetting, good snow, the right-kind-of-temperature, and warm sun - itís not getting boring yet.

Took a selection of my favourite classic trails in the Lac Philippe area:
P17 => #53 => #51 => P19 => #50 => summer camping gate => #55 shared
=> #55 blue (the pass) => #55 green alnternative => #50 => P19 => #51
=> #53 => P17.
Everywhere the tracks were exceptional - hard, firm, and fast with a dusting of snow. Everywhere there was good glide and good grip. #55 classic was superb - why it was so much better than the other trails I donít know but it was so good that the skis just took over - I had it mostly to myself seeing only two skiers and two snowshoers while my skis were delivering me to #50. The skating track on #50 looked great - flat, fast, with a lot of control. If youíre thinking of doing #55 loop I recommend the clockwise direction - the downhill in the pass is in good shape and quite controllable.

Itís quite possible that there really isnít a skiers heaven, but .... if there is ... itís always mid-February there just like today.

The only contrary comment is that P17 is extremely icy without any gravel - itís dicey to the point of dangerous walking from your car to the snow.

Comment: In the first five years on Demsisí contract, the trails in the Lac Philippe were a mess suffering from a litany of problems. There was no guarantee that if you went to that area you would have anything close to skiable conditions. I had got to the point that I was giving up on trails for which I had a lot of affection. This year, whenever Iíve skied the Lac Philippe area, the conditions have been exceptionally good. I donít what has caused this change but itís greatly appreciated.

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
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Temperature: -7.5°C
Wind Chill: -9
Wind: S 3 km/h
Humidity: 81%
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Visibility: 24 km
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Ottawa (Kanata - Orlťans), ON (Issued: 5:14 PM EST Wednesday 1 February 2017)

Wednesday night
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Flurries. High minus 2.
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Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 12.
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Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 17.
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of snow. High minus 7.