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Mar 5 (7M, 3w) by Ken Trischuk from P7
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, Champlain Pkwy, #14, Camp Fortune Race Course [25.3km], Glide Wax: violet, Grip Wax:
Skied out of P7 this morning. Excellent fresh grooming on 30 and Ridge road. Interestingly they had not groomed the short steep shoot at Wattsford lookout (up to 31). Not sure if this was intentional (as its getting thin and icy and they'd be pulling up gravel if they tilled too deep) or just a quirk of the paths the groomers took this morning. I skied up it okay on some light, fresh snow but descending would have been.... swift. As it was, 31 (the back way down to P7) was perfectly groomed so I went down that when I came back.

I also took a detour onto the Fortune Practice loop. It hasn't been groomed in a week or 10 days but todays conditions were perfect. There was a hard base under 2 or 3 cm of nice, fresh powder. Made for easy skiing on a fun loop. I was a little concerned on a couple of the steep descents for fear I might get all the ice and no powder... but it didn't work out that way so all was good. There were a few bare patches on the course which were easy - as a skier - to avoid. I'd expect they won't groom these tracks again until (if) we get another layer of snow.

After a lap of the practice course I went out on Ridge and skied a bit of the parkways before heading back. I looked at a few of the backcountry trails. They looked skiable for the adventurous(and some had) with the fresh powder over a hard base... but I would think the steep descents might be swept clean of the powder after only a few skiers.

I also tried a bit of crust cruising but kept finding patches of open water on a few of my favourite bogs and swamps so it made it difficult to link anything together. More snow in the forecast so hopefully the backcountry trails aren't done for the season.

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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