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Mar 23 (2013-03-23) by Garry Tarr from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #3 [15.9km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax:
A skate ski from P10 up the FP to Ridge, west to Burma, down Burma to FP, then back up to Ridge, east on Ridge to the top of Penguin Hill, then back via Ridge and the FP. I found amazingly powdery, cold winter snow which was only starting to soften a little by the end of my ski. There was precious little evidence of grooming, although the NCC website claims the FP was groomed at dawn. That said, the skating was excellent everywhere, with a smooth surface and enough "give" for easy edging. You could feel just a little of the hard base on the final downhill on Burma, but control was great. The main problem was dodging snow bombs falling from the pine trees! When I left at 9AM P10 was nearly full but there were not too many skiers on the trails. By 11AM the hordes had arrived and were clogging the FP.

For those skiing this afternoon, I expect conditions will still be powdery but with a somewhat wet surface, particularly in the sun. A softer glide wax and rilling would help, but it probably won't be fast. Since there was hardly any grooming last night my hunch is there will be grooming everywhere tonight, which could make for fantastic skiing in the early morning. The unpacked snow at Chelsea is still knee deep, suggesting the season could go on for weeks yet.

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.