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Mar 31 (8M, 3w) by Garry Tarr from P8
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , Gatineau Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy [21km], Glide Wax: CH8, Grip Wax:
I found very good skate conditions this morning on a return trip from P8 to Mulvihill Lake. The snow has almost completely transformed to wet granular, and was soft enough to hold an edge but still gave very good glide on all but the sunniest sections. A friend I encountered at P8 reported remarkable skating earlier in the morning on the Doldrums when the surface was a bit firmer. Coverage was complete, but the groomer had dragged dirt onto the skate lane between P8 to the beaver pond, and this short section will break through soon as the sun beats down on the black dirt. The classic tracks were a bit shallow (not surprisingly) but still usable in most places. The usual hitting-the-brakes suction effect was apparent on moving from shade to full sun on the descents. I highly recommend rilling your ski bases. I didn't see many other skiers out, which is a bit sad since it is still well worth skiing, and indeed worth the drive from Ottawa. Grab it while you can, bike season will be here soon enough!

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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