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Feb 5 (2013-02-05) by Ron Lorenson from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #1 (blue) [23.8km], Glide Wax: Toko cold powder , Grip Wax: Start Green over a base of green klister and Vauhti tar
Matt described it yesterday - the ridge is the place to go for great skiing. I set out to verify that the tracksetting has reached McKinstry - it hasn't yet - another skier told me the tracksetting reaches only to the old McKinstry (at the 2km to shelter sign).

I decided to bend to the temperature and go classic. my route was:
P10 => FP => #1 => lookout => #1 => Blanchet + 1km => #1 => CP => FP => P10. Up to Blanchet the classic tracks were hard, fast, and flawless. After Blanchet the tracksetting was as good as it could be but suffered from the problems of a newly opened trail: Demsis has concentrated on compaction with only a single classic track; the trail is uneven and there are still branches buried in the snow. With the exception the newly-opened section, the skating lane everywhere was hard, fast, but with enough surface to allow lots of control.

On the way back Demsis treated this old classic skier with new double tracks on both sides of the CP and FP - they were soft and well-formed -a great way to go back home to P10. As is only just, the skating lane was left undone; however, it was still quite good.

There are are snowmobile tracks on #9 (Western) so maybe the real skiers will soon be able to ski a real trail.

Burma is still closed. #2, #24, and #1b have not been trackset but have a hard base with about 3 cm of new snow on top and would be quite skiable.

After skiing the north end on the weekend and after my experience of today, my advice is to ski the ridge - that's where you're going to find the best snow and the best tracksetting.

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.