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Jan 31 (2017-01-31) by Ken Trischuk from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #3, #9, #18, #20, #21, #11, #12 [31km], Glide Wax: blue, Grip Wax: blue
A slightly belated report from yesterday afternoon - but conditions haven't changed much (except maybe a bit colder this morning). An excellent ski around some of the groomers and out onto the backcountry trails. I circled around trying a bit of everything and found some excellent conditions. My wax choices were too warm for the conditions and the skis a little sluggish in terms of glide (but I still managed to enjoy myself). That probably still holds true today.

The groomed trails were firmly set and fast. A little dusting of snow was occasionally falling but nothing to build up too much in the classic tracks.

The backcountry trails were in great shape with the new snow over the weekend helping to cover the frozen tracks nicely. There were a few open water hazards here and there on the backcountry trails but they were fairly easy to spot and negotiate around. Interesting to see that someone is consistently skiing some of the old "lost and forgotten" trails which the NCC has abandoned. Hopefully those new to the backcountry network are carrying their 1970's ski trail maps (available on the XCOttawa site!) if they decide to follow these tracks in the woods.

If you can dress for the cold, the skiing looks excellent this week.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..


General: Fees Resource General Info History NCC Grooming Report info@ncc-ccn.ca 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 info@ncc-ccn.ca.

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Current Weather

Observed at: Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Int'l Airport
Date: 10:00 PM EDT Saturday 21 April 2018
Clear
Clear
Temperature: 5.6°C
Wind: NNE 6 km/h
Humidity: 30%
Dew point: -10.7°C
Pressure: 102.8 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Visibility: 24 km
Sunrise: 6:07 EDT
Sunset: 19:55 EDT
Normals:
Max 13°C. Min 3°C.

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Forecast

Ottawa (Kanata - Orléans), ON (Issued: 3:30 PM EDT Saturday 21 April 2018)

Saturday night
Clear. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 1.
Sunday
Sunny. High 14. UV index 5 or moderate.
Sunday night
Clear. Low plus 2.
Monday
Sunny. High 18.
Monday night
Clear. Low zero.
Tuesday
A mix of sun and cloud. High 19.
Tuesday night
Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5.
Wednesday
Showers. High 13.
Wednesday night
Periods of rain. Low plus 3.
Thursday
Periods of rain. High 8.
Thursday night
Cloudy periods. Low plus 4.
Friday
A mix of sun and cloud. High 12.