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Jan 20 (2013-01-20) by Jo-Ann Holden from P8
Trails Skied: North Loop [3.4km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Well, Demsis is a master of frugality, which one must admire. Our classic tracks, which are apparently quite expensive to groom, will not need to be groomed again in the foreseeable future. It absolutely poured rain last night in Chelsea, and there was a short, fierce thunderstorm. Sometime after this, while the temperatures were still mild, and the snow was perfect for soggy snowmen, everything was groomed up to LOOK BEAUTIFUL. Then the temperatures started to plunge. Temperatures are predicted to be extremely low all week (as low as minus 30).
Having spent the morning taking race photos, I had no time for serious waxing before heading out this afternoon, butluckily I had waxed ahead of time, anticipating that Demsis WOULD groom today while the snow was wet, (reverse logic, since they did not groom much yesterday when the snow was fresh and the temperatures were ideal), so the wax worked like a charm: green klister base binder with several coats of hard wax on top. Assuming Demsis won't be grooming again anytime soon, (and why would they, those tracks look SO GOOD!), this wax job should last me the rest of the week, so I will be saving money too! If I don't kill myself on the icy downhills or go deaf from the racket of skiing on ice (always a hazard for musicians) it will be a fantastic week of skiing!
Note: I didn't ski very far: the wind gusts, especially in the open area around P8 were wicked! I was blowing backwards! I'm saving my energy for tomorrow's ski when the winds will hopefully be less. The skis are waxed up and ready to go!

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
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.