Gatineau Park

Trails Skied: North Loop, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #2 (from #40 to #1), #24, #40, #1 (blue), Glide Wax: Swix LF10 both waxless and skating, Grip Wax: Fish scales with silicon spray

As a defence against a shortening season I decided to get double value from my ski days. Today I had a skate day and a classic day.

My skate day was two iterations of the north loop from P8 starting around 9AM. There was recent tracksetting. Initially conditions were fast and hard granular corduroy ; at the end of my second iteration the surface was beginning to soften which increased control without robbing speed. Quite enjoyable! When I passed P8 at about 3PM the north loop still looked good with complete coverage.

My classic day involved using my waxless Fischer Crowns on the following route:
P12 => #40 => #24 => #1 => Wolf Ridge bench => #1 => #2 => P12
There was no new tracksetting anywhere on this route; however, it didnít matter - conditions were firm and good. The skating lane was flat and looked like it was reasonably fast; the classic tracks stayed firm all day. Thereís still an awful-lot of snow on the ridge - thereís the occasional small bare spot but I never had to take my skis off and portage. #2 has a lot of snow depth and is definitely a delight to come down. This was the first time that I really found enjoyment from using waxless skis - they almost performed like my wax skis. Tomorrow I expect to go up there again and maybe Iíll head out to the tower.

Itís not finished yet!

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