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Jan 5 (5M, 2w) by Craig Storey from P5
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , #1 Penguin Climb, #1, Gatineau Pkwy, #4, #14 [22.9km], Glide Wax: Violet, Grip Wax: Now that's tricky..
What a beautiful ski day! More Spring like than the usual January cold and as such a LOT of people were out enjoying themselves. I figured that out when the right lane of Hwy 105 was backed up almost to Haute Plaine at 8:45am! (We need those trains back!!)

The grooming on the parkways was perfect, Ridge was excellent. Where it hasn't been groomed yet, it was harder going, but still lots of glide and lots of fun. Conditions are fast but the snow is soft, not sluchy just starting to glaze at 11 as temperatures neared 0C.

Classic waxing was tricky. We debated what worked and what didn't. A klister binder on the parkways was an advantage where more there is ice mixed in to the tracks, but on Ridge the tracks are fresh snow and that klister base tended to ice up. In the end we decided that Vauhti K-base hardwax covered with K12 would have been the best bet for the various mix of snow types. Zero skis, hairies, skins, and many other things would have worked too..just a matter of experimenting more.

If you haven't skied yet, get out and enjoy!

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

General: Fees Resource General Info History NCC Grooming Report Groomers

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.