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Apr 8 (7M, 1w) by Don Fugler from P5
Trails Skied: #1, #6, #34 [12.3km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Thank goodness for this website. There was no snow in Ottawa yesterday and I didn't go up, but I looked at the pictures here. New snow! This morning I drove up to Chelsea - no snow. It was only on reaching P5 that the snow appeared. The Parkway was groomed and fast. Penguin climb was ungroomed. Trail 34 was gorgeous: lots of snow and fresh animal tracks. Trail 6 was corroded with foot traffic and was dangerous on descents. I would avoid it.

Curiously, the best skiing now (and maybe tomorrow) would be crust skiing across the ponds. The new snow is light and adequate for grip without the ruts or footprints from other users.

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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