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Dec 27 (10M, 3w) by Don Fugler from P5
Trails Skied: #1 Penguin Climb, #6, #34 [6.8km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
On the drive up I was thinking "Do all of Skyline. It's probably very good." But when I got there, it was -20C, I was skiing on my own, and no one was around. I reasoned that if I lost it on one of the trickier downhills, I would not be found until tomorrow when I would be a human popsicle. So I took the more benign 19-34-6 route instead which is less likely to send you off into a tree. It was very nice. The descent on #1 was fast and glorious. At the Penguin bottleneck, there were two 10 year old kids making a ski jump with a snow shovel. That might be a surprise in the dark until it gets groomed away. I did not see any accompanying adults. Quite strange.

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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