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Mar 18 (2012-03-18) by Ron Lorenson from P12
Trails Skied: #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #2 (from #40 to #1), #24, #40, #1 (blue) [16.7km], Glide Wax: Swix LF10, Grip Wax: Fish scales with silicon spray
The end is in sight - at least from P12.

With the memory of the conditions yesterday I thought that today would be good to take my waxless Fischer Crowns to the tower for their first time. Going up #40 I began to realize that today was a very different day from yesterday. There was significant deterioration: there are a lot more bare spots and just before the bridge after #38 the creek will, by now, have washed out the trail requiring an inconvenient bushwacking detour. #24 and #1 blue to the Wolf Ridge have coverage at the minute; however, the meltwater is starting to run under the snow and there are tunnels under the snow waiting to trap the unwary. The tracks have largely melted away and the glide is not spectacular. I gave up at the Wolf Ridge and headed back along #1 to the bench at #2. I then headed down #2 to P12 - this was an interesting experience as legions of walkers had trashed the trail. It has always been a source of mystery to me why the first whiff of warm weather brings walkers out on the ski trails - there are so many other options for walking locales and it can’t be pleasant breaking through wet snow on every other step. Skaters on #1 seemed to be having moderate success.

The forecast in Chelsea for tonight is 5 C and with Matt and Karl’s reports I might use the parkways and Ridge for one last skate.

I’m not big into keeping records but I can’t ever remember finishing skiing as early as the 18th March. Regardless, even with the short season I've had many days of great skiing.

Bon été à tous et un espoir que l’hiver prochain soit meilleur.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

General: Fees Resource General Info History NCC Grooming Report Groomers

Maps: Trail Distance Map NCC Winter Trails Interactive trail conditions 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.

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 - Orléans), 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.