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Mar 24 (2014-03-24) by Ron Lorenson from P12
Trails Skied: #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #24, #40, #1 (blue) [14.6km], Glide Wax: Swix LF6, Grip Wax: Start racing green over Vauhti tar
After my tour of yesterday my legs screamed "no more"; my inner self screamed "you can't let these conditions go to waste". I compromised with a short tour that maximized the joy of the downhills on my return:
P12 > #40 > #24 > #1 blue > Wolf ridge > #1 east > #24 > #40 > P12

My inner self was right about the conditions. #40, #24, and #1 up to #24 have been groomed and the tracks and skating lane (on #1) are in great shape. #1 blue (past #24) hasn't been groomed and shows the use from yesterday: the skating lane is quite chopped up; the classic tracks still have that dusting of new snow - in fact, the classic skiing was better on the ungroomed #1 blue than on the newly groomed trails. Coming downhill in the middle lane was a bit rough due to the use.

My Start Racing Green gave me good grip; the Swix LF6 was probably too warm for the snow and was on the slow side.

Skate if you must but to me classic is a much better option for today.

The skating lane on #1 blue between the two crossings of the Wolf snowshoe trail has been walked on with foot potholes making a slightly rough trail rougher. To me there are two signs of spring: the dog scat thaws; and, the walkers show up on the ski trails. Thawing dog scat is a natural process whereas ...

On the subject of spring, you know that lovely spring spot - the bench at the top #40 where the sun is so warm. I have attached a picture of it which shows the snow depth and which suggests that spring is still not here and that the dog scat should remain firm for a while 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.