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Feb 10 (2017-02-10) by Don Fugler from P12
Trails Skied: #2 (blue), #33, #40, #21 [7.1km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
A sunny day with not much wind - might as well try the skiing. The groomed hills, 40, 33, and 2, were hard and fast. There were many leaves in the tracks which were hard to avoid. Backcountry, as experienced by the short stretch of 21 between 33 and 2, is dangerous. There is a centimetre of snow on top of the crust which can give you grip on the flats. Climbing hills is a great idea for breaking the crust. Descending unbroken hills? - too dangerous. The crust is not strong enough to be reliable and your skis and pole baskets will get stuck, and stop you quickly (or part of you). I sidestepped down the steeper bit of 21 to start chewing up the crust. More skier traffic or more snow should resolve this.

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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