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Mar 9 (7M, 2w) by Terry Gray from P5
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , #13, #1 (black - Chelsea) [3.9km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: waxless
Left P5 just after 8am, temperature was -2 with a light snow falling. Scenery was wonderful with all the new snow in the trees, but the skiing was a tough slog. The snow on the GP from P5 to P8 was slow and sticky but there was at least some glide possible on my waxless back country skis. I decided to try #13 and #1 Black back to the GP and that was a mistake. Although there was evidence of recent grooming, there was a lot of wet, clumping snow on top of it that required frequent ski cleaning. Conditions only worsened as the temperature got warmer. Ending up hiking over to the GP from #1 in an effort to find some glide, but it was a very slow climb. We need some cooler temperatures.

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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