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Jan 27 (2018-01-27) by Terry Gray from P1
Trails Skied: 50 [5.3km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
This report is actually for the Larose Forest. Left P1 around 9:30 when the temperature was -8* and skied just past the fork in the trail where the classic tracks from P2 meet the skate trails. The ice had been broken up and the trails were freshly groomed and track set. Classic tracks were quite good - a little hard and icy for sure but they were holding up very well. The skate skiers I talked to said the trail was also hard and fast for them - a little tricky to get a good edge sometimes but still quite skiable.

Despite the good conditions I only met 2 classic skiers and 6 skate skiers on the trail. I checked out the new "petit chalet" about 150 yards south of the fork past Concession 8 built by shop students at Ecole secondaire de Casselman. It is quite nice - no fire going today but all the materials are there if you want to get a little toasty and know how to use a woodstove.

So all in all a good day of skiing - freshly groomed trails but no difficult climbs or scary downhills that you can get in Gatineau Park in these conditions. Hopefully the weather cooperates tonight so I can try the eastern trails in the Larose Forest tomorrow.

About Skiing in the Green Belt..

The National Capital Greenbelt has over 100km of trails and another 25km of recreational pathways, most of which are suitable for cross-country skiing in the wintertime. All of the trails are suitable for beginner and family outings.

Thanks to the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club, Orleans Nordic Ski Club and Kanata Nordic Ski Club for their volunteer grooming of various Green Belt trails from time to time. The city of Ottawa and the NCC would like to encourage urban skiing, so if you appreciate the grooming let your councilor, the city and the NCC know!

ONSC grooms The Hornet's Nest (Tauvette street to Montreal Rd), Mer Bleue and Pine Grove Forest (the section off Leitrum Rd). Trails are classic skiing ONLY, no skating is allowed on these trails. The Hornet's Nest is groomed at least weekly and the others as time permits. Updated trail conditions are available at the snow phone; 613-837-SNOW.

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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.