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Mar 16 (2014-03-16) by Ron Lorenson from P17
Trails Skied: #51, #53 [13.4km], Glide Wax: Dibloc Blue LF, Grip Wax: Start racing green over Vauhti tar and base klister
After the thaw I judged it to be perfect day for fast easy gliding. Where better to go for fast rolling terrain that avoids challenging descents than the 51/53 loop: P17 > #53 > P19 > #51 > #53 > P17. Besides I've got the precedent of Ken's recent ski around the loop - I've always respected his judgement in choice of locales.

It was everything I was looking for. The tracksetting is as good as it could be given the conditions. The tracks were fast and hard. The snow varied from almost crushed to almost powder - the tracks were closer to powder close to Masham around the long loop - harder close to P17. It was just such easy skiing - some people were indulging themselves with double-poling. It was a great day - cold air, warm sun.

My wax survived the abrasive conditions. I started off with a thin layer of base klister; then ironed the tar into the klister base; then added kick wax on top.

Yesterday Jo-Ann posted a picture of vanishing snow from March 2004. As a counterpoint I've posted a picture, taken today, of the first signs of the end (a sunny bank beside #51). Not to panic - it's the judgement of this old guy that #51 is the first trail to lose its snow and this bank is the first on #51 to lose its snow. However, the end is nigh - we've probably only got 6 - 7 more weeks of skiing - let's not miss any opportunities.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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.