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Apr 8 (2018-04-08) by Jo-Ann Holden from P19
Trails Skied: #50 [14.7km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: Vauhti K15, and VR60
A mid winter classic ski with hard wax - so much nicer than skin skis - and Garry skated, so this is a joint report.
Conditions to the intersection with 55 green were very icy , particularly the classic tracks, which were filled baseball sized ice chunks.
However after the intersection conditions improved dramatically! It was largely mid winter powder snow, superbly groomed. The only problems on this section were random patches of pine cones and some small twigs. It meant you had to keep your eyes open, particularly in the tracks. There were one or two bare patches, in pine groves, but they were easy to avoid. After Healey there was a noticeable drop in grooming quality. It was slower, with powder snow over an icy base. It did not appear to have been groomed this morning. More bare patches on this stretch, although all could be avoided without removing skis. We turned around at the junction with 36.
We stopped for lunch at Healey cabin, and found 2 groups of hikers and a fat biker. There was also fresh wolf scat and wolf tracks on the recently groomed trail.
Miraculously, my wax had lasted to this point, but I upgraded to VR60, which more of less lasted to the final 2 k stretch. This miracle was entirely due to the overcast conditions. Thank you!
The last stretch was extremely difficult for me (no classic wax) but fortunately short.
On the way home, we checked in at P16, and were surprised to see fairly good coverage on the first hill.
Even without grooming, the central section of trail 50 should provide very good skiing tomorrow once temperatures rise above zero.
This ski was up there as one of the nicest skis of the year. It's remarkable to have such good skiing in April.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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Maps: Trail Distance Map NCC Winter Trails Interactive trail conditions map

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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Current Weather

Observed at: Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Int'l Airport
Date: 9:00 PM EST Wednesday 1 February 2017
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
Temperature: -7.5°C
Wind Chill: -9
Wind: S 3 km/h
Humidity: 81%
Dew point: -10.2°C
Pressure: 101.4 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Visibility: 24 km
Sunrise: 7:23 EST
Sunset: 17:09 EST
Max -6°C. Min -15°C.

Temperature Trends



Ottawa (Kanata - Orléans), ON (Issued: 5:14 PM EST Wednesday 1 February 2017)

Wednesday night
Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries this evening and after midnight. Clearing before morning. Low minus 16.
A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of flurries in the afternoon. Wind becoming west 20 km/h early in the afternoon. High minus 5.
Thursday night
Partly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries early in the evening. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light late in the evening. Low minus 14.
Sunny. High minus 6.
Friday night
Clear. Low minus 15.
Sunny. High minus 6.
Saturday night
Cloudy. Low minus 12.
Flurries. High minus 2.
Sunday night
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 12.
A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 9.
Monday night
Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 17.
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of snow. High minus 7.