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Apr 6 (2019-04-06) by Ken Trischuk from P19
Trails Skied: #50, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared), #54 (black) [24.7km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: universal
I got out to an early start, hoping to take advantage of the still frozen snowpack before it warmed up too much. Skied down 50 to the end of Lac Phillippe. From there I skied up 54 Black to Lusk lake, explored old trail 10 for a bit before looping back to Lusk cabin. Found the rental occupants of the cabin still asleep so I left them to their slumber and skied down to Renaud cabin. Sun was trying to peek out so I took up occupancy at the Renaud lake bench... but the sun never truly broke through so I eventually retreated to home (probably passing Terry on my way out!).

Fresh grooming on the main trails was solid and fast in the morning and started to soften about 10am. The backcountry was quite nice with the snowpack solid enough that I could crust cruise where needed. This was a good thing as there were parts of 54 that have started to open up in small water hazards. I could easily bypass these on the surrounding crust before regaining the trail further up. Came to a much larger water hazard on old Trail 10 where the end of Lusk lake had opened up completely. This forced a larger detour and by the time I got part way around, the crust was starting to soften. Not wanting to tempt fate I decided to retreat to the ski trail and eventually back onto the groomed track lest I find myself post holing with my skis and forcing a long trudge out of the woods.

Universal worked well for grip in most spots and didn't ice up on the backcountry trails even with the fresh dusting of snow. There were a few icy sections where water collects but no bare trail on the groomed tracks. That may start to change this afternoon. Hopefully another cold night tonight means some fast trails first thing which slowly deteriorate in the warm sunshine.

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.