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Feb 19 (2014-02-19) by Ron Lorenson from P12
Trails Skied: #24, #40, #38 [5.6km], Glide Wax: Swix LF7, Grip Wax: Swix VF 40
I took Cindy's advice to get out before the warm weather and, yes, I did have a great day. Because I felt the window of opportunity would be narrow I made my tour short. I decided to visit an "ancient friend". I have talked about "old friends", they're favourite places that I try to visit at least once a year. An "ancient friend" is a trail that I haven't skied for decades - a trail that I skied when I was a real skier and so was everybody else. The "ancient friend" in question is #38 (Beaver) - in times past it used to be one of the Lorenson family's favourite trails. It's an interesting trail but, since I've adapted to flawless tracksetting, I found it to be a challenge - I've forgotten how to squeeze between trees downhill on irregular tracks with heavy unbroken snow at the side. When I finally got to the trackset comfort of #1 I felt that I had returned home. It's an interesting trail, with interesting challenges, but it's quite a change from the parkways.

My route was: P12 > #40 > #38 > #1 > water tank > #24 > #40 > P12.

#40, #24 , #2, #33, #1 as far as #24 have been trackset. The tracksetting is excellent albeit a tad predictable. The snow is wet but my fluor wax gave me an acceptable grip - the glide is quite fast. Classic skiing was easy and fast. However, skating would probably be a better option.

As of 12:00 conditions were still quite good.

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.