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Apr 4 (2M, 3w) by Jo-Ann Holden from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #3 [11.3km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: n/a
Fortune/Burma/Huron: I followed the tracks of one single excellent skater who had impressively long glide. I was the only car at P10, and was skiing alone. Fortune was predictably soft and wet so I was quite surprised to find a crust on the snow and bushes from about Fortune Lake and higher. Burma was covered with a thin, fast crust. It probably would have been prudent to stay on the parkway, but instead I decided to be extremely CAREFUL as I felt like the only person in the park. It was not possible to snowplow, with the wet and crusty snow, but step turning was also tricky as it was easy to catch a tip. I actually side-stepped (!!) a few of the downhills (and felt extremely embarrassed, guilty and apologetic doing it. Sorry!). But then again I had my only two crashes of the year today, one of them on Ridge Road, on the straight run down to Huron while avoiding some branches. Oh yes, there was a lot of debris on the trails today, including a fairly large birch tree just above Gossip Corner on the Fortune Parkway.
I couldn't tell if it was raining all morning, or if the trees were shedding their load, but I dared not stop often as I was worried about getting cold. Too bad, because there were animal tracks everywhere! As I finished up I could hear the wind start to howl, and chinks of glassy ice were blowing off the trees. On the last Fortune downhill, which was now slow and mushy, and required vigorous double poling, a few other skiers showed up. This was an awesome ski for all the wrong reasons! What a beautiful park we have! As I drove away the sun came out. And FYI there is still tons of snow in the park. I hope they will groom this up after it freezes tonight.
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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 info@ncc-ccn.ca.

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