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Feb 7 (2017-02-07) by Ian Naish from P12
Trails Skied: #1, #1B, #2 (blue), #2 (from #40 to #1), #3, #20, #21 [19.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: blue vr40 with blue extra v40 kicker
Left P12 at 10:05. Quite a few other skiers were heading up 40 at that time. Air temp was around -12C. The grip wax worked very well. The climb up 2 to 21 was easy on the fresh snow; descent on the return also easily controlled. Back country trails 21 and 20 had not been travelled before our small group went on them but breaking trail was not much effort. When we arrived at trail 3 (Burma), there was a fairly large snowdrift to negotiate at the end of 20. After a snack at Huron Shelter the wind was howling and it was the first time we felt the cold as trail 1 was a bit exposed. Once on 1B and back on 2 there was no noticeable wind chill. It was a great trip, but I recommend not under-dressing for the conditions, so use a warm toque and several layers of clothing or it might be a bit chilly.

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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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