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Feb 4 (2017-02-04) by Elisabeth Fink from P12
Trails Skied: #40, #1 (blue) [10.9km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: VR30 at the beginning
Great ski in the park this morning! All freshly groomed from P12 and along ridge road. It was snowing lightly when we got there and had just started to fill the tracks a bit. The side of the trails were in some parts a bit on the soft side so you pole would sink in, but nothing bad.

It was actually warmer (-11 at arrival) than in Ottawa, so my wax wasn't the perfect choice since I usually assume a few degrees less. Still worked out well to McKinstry and even on the way back I still had OK grip. It had stopped snowing around 10 and also started to warm up. Definitely a good day to be out skiing in the park! Skate lanes on ridge road looked great.

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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