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Mar 13 (6M, 2w) by Michael Wright from P3
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #5 (green) [16km], Glide Wax: Vauhti Violet, Grip Wax:
Went for a skate today, while my wife was classic, from P3. We did some of the Gatineau parkway and all of #5. There was a good amount of fresh snow, perhaps 7-8 cm, and there was not any grooming yet (at least before noon).

I found the snow very nice for skating, I was gliding very well through the fresh stuff with Vhauti Violet. It was deep, and while the glide itself was good, my tips were pushing snow and slowing me. The area will probably get skied out as the day progresses though.

As for classic, the tracks were being maintained by skiers. Watch what grip wax you pick because my wife and several others had serious issues with snow clumping and sticking to their skis. Swix red, violet, or violet special were not the choices this morning!

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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