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Jan 10 (2018-01-10) by Elisabeth Fink from P8
Trails Skied: North Loop, #32, #3 [9.1km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Excellent conditions this afternoon. Started at P8, up to P9 the parkway was well skied in, but kept in excellent shape. Up trail 32 the bottom was a bit dirty, but it improves drastically after the first sharp turn. Lake Fortune parkway was in great shape, easy skate climb today. Burma (#3) had been very well skied in already, so in particular this first steep climb from the parkway was soft and very uneven. Still a great rollercoaster trail with good step turn practice, but those piles of loose snow might be unpleasant for a night ski. Close to #1 coming from the north there is also some soil coming through on a steep part (see picture).

I went then on to the parkway at Etienne Brule, parkway there to the Champlain lookout was much less skied in and the tracks had iced up a bit from the sun. Taking ridge road back to the Lake Fortune parkway was nice, no major problems.

Weather was perfect with -7 when I got there and -6.5 when I left. When I had reached the lookout, the wind was picking up a bit, making that long descend a bit chilly. Altogether so far the best skate skiing day this season! Since it has to be freezing rain, I'm hoping for enough of it to protect the snow from tomorrow's rain! With another big dump on the way, whatever damage the rain does in the end will get fixed soon it seems.

There's still time to sneak in an evening ski, you won't regret it!

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

General: Fees Resource General Info History NCC Grooming Report 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


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Current Weather

Observed at: Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Int'l Airport
Date: 9:00 PM EST Wednesday 1 February 2017
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: -7.5°C
Wind Chill: -9
Wind: S 3 km/h
Humidity: 81%
Dew point: -10.2°C
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Visibility: 24 km
Sunrise: 7:23 EST
Sunset: 17:09 EST
Max -6°C. Min -15°C.

Temperature Trends



Ottawa (Kanata - Orléans), ON (Issued: 5:14 PM EST Wednesday 1 February 2017)

Wednesday night
Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries this evening and after midnight. Clearing before morning. Low minus 16.
A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of flurries in the afternoon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h early in the afternoon. High minus 5.
Thursday night
Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early in the evening. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light late in the evening. Low minus 14.
Sunny. High minus 6.
Friday night
Clear. Low minus 15.
Sunny. High minus 6.
Saturday night
Cloudy. Low minus 12.
Flurries. High minus 2.
Sunday night
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 12.
A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 9.
Monday night
Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 17.
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of snow. High minus 7.