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Jan 7 (10M, 2w) by Jo-Ann Holden from P17
Trails Skied: #53 [8.9km], Glide Wax: Swix Green, Grip Wax: Vauhti Green Fluor
We skied at high noon today, starting from P17 when the temperature had risen from minus 28 all the way to minus 18! The parking lot was packed! We got some good agility training in, dodging pine cones, twigs, squirrel poop, leaves and general debris left over from the last two fairly windy days. There were also two large rocks almost exposed in the skate lane that had been thoughtfully marked with saplings. Over the 9 k section there were a few nice clean treeless sections, but generally the conditions were crappy. The designation "recommended" really does little to describe the reality of the trails. Luckily we were desperate to get some exercise, and had congenial friends to ski with, so despite the poor conditions had a good ski. (Note: the photos didn't show the worst spots).

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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