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Apr 11 (2014-04-11) by Ron Lorenson from N/A
Trails Skied: North Loop [3.4km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Just passing on the following grooming report from the NCC:

It’s warming up! In the last few days, the sun, wind and warm temperatures have slowly transformed the skiable surface. The result, transformed snow mixed with large ice sheets. At higher altitude, the snow is still looking pretty good, but the problem we have is getting to it with the groomers! The machines are based near P8, they need to use the North loop to reach the best snow. At the moment, the groomers are equipped, just like in the fall, with rubber tracks. Without these, the groomers could be damaged while going over the type of surface they encounter this time of year (really hard ice, rocks, pavement…). The problem is that these tracks don’t offer the same amount of traction as the regular ones. This is why, at the moment, with the ice that is found on the North loop, the stretch of Gatineau Parkway between P8 and P5 and the lower part of the Fortune parkway, the groomers cannot climb the hills. This morning we tried going up towards P10 and we weren’t successful. We will continue to closely monitor the weather and if we can groom, we will, but at the moment, things don’t look like they are going to change.

No matter if the trails are groomed or not, conditions should be excellent tomorrow. Spring skiing at its best! This time of the year, it is important to look at the weather forecast and time your outings with the softening of the snow.

Enjoy the spring skiing!

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.