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Feb 1 (7M, 3w) by Jo-Ann Holden from P12
Trails Skied: #50, #2 (from #40 to #1), #24, #40, #1 (blue) [29.4km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
I was unable to ski today, so I'm posting on behalf of 20 or so skiers in my group who found the conditions disappointing, to say the least. They had originally planned to ski at P11, but it was not recommended, and had not been groomed for 4 days. Instead the group dispersed and headed to various locations including P12, P16 and P19. All reported poor conditions. The trails were littered with leaves and had been stomped by hikers.
We are among a growing group of skiers who are fortunate to be old enough to ski on weekdays. On weekends the parking lots are filled to capacity with weekend skiers and large teams. It is often difficult or impossible to find parking unless one arrives early or late in the day. Being able to ski weekdays seems to mean that we are the ones who are subject to unpredictable trail conditions. So much effort is put into the weekends! You might think that the trails are deserted on week days, but this is true only relative to the hectic conditions of the weekends. There are many of us who have yearly passes and would like the consistent conditions that weekend skiers 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.