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Feb 8 (2017-02-08) by Jo-Ann Holden from P8
Trails Skied: North Loop [3.4km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
After all the weather hype around yesterday's storm, I imagine skiers will be wondering whether the trails survived the predicted mess of rain and freezing rain. Well Chelsea received only a very thin crust of ice with several cm of powder snow beneath it and ice pellets on top - and the temperatures did not go above zero. All good!
The NCC grooming report indicated that all trail were "recommended" but the last grooming appeared as February 6th - well before the freezing rain event. This morning would have been a perfect opportunity to indicate the actual time of grooming and thus encourage skiers to come and enjoy the excellent conditions!
Only one bizarre thing on the north loop: A snowmobile chose to use the very center of the skate lane, apparently when the grooming was very fresh. This is despite there being already a large, dedicated snowmobile lane paralleling the classic tracks. ?!?!?!? Why?!?? It was hardening up as the temperatures dropped and certainly impacted the enjoyment and possibly even the safety of the skate skiers.
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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.