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Apr 7 (2M, 2w) by Garry Tarr from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, Champlain Pkwy [21.7km], Glide Wax: CH8 with rilling, Grip Wax:
Skate conditions ranged from fair to excellent today on the upper parkways. I got the very last parking spot in P10 at 8:30AM, and ascended the FP to the T intersection. It was hard to believe this section had been groomed- even at 9AM the snow had been churned into lumpy mashed potatoes by the skiing hordes. However the surface was still soft and forgiving, and glide was surprisingly good with the air temperature just above freezing. At the T I turned east and followed the CP to Black Lake. Here the grooming was definitely fresh. The snow was actually a bit slower here, but it was nice to have smooth fresh corduroy. This section was by far the nicest I encountered today, and also the least crowded. Turning back to the west, I followed the CP to the Champlain Lookout. Past the Huron Lookout the surface turned to chopped up ice, and beneath the Etienne Brule lookout there was an unskiable 50m section of wet smooth ice. From the Champlain Lookout I returned to Huron shelter on Ridge Road. Ridge had been heavily skied, but was still pleasant. Dirt and debris was starting to show in the snow under the pine trees. At Huron I stopped to watch a huge congregation of birds at the feeder. From Huron I retraced my route on the parkways to P10. Overall it was a very worthwhile ski. Usually the best bet for late spring skiing is to stay on the north slopes and go high on the ridge, where there is still snow. With the abundant snow still on the ground this year the best skating seems to be on the GP and CP between P5 and the T. This suggests using P5 or P6 as a starting point rather than battling the crowds at P10.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..


General: Fees Resource General Info History NCC Grooming Report info@ncc-ccn.ca 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 info@ncc-ccn.ca.

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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
Normals:
Max -6°C. Min -15°C.

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Forecast

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.
Thursday
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.
Friday
Sunny. High minus 6.
Friday night
Clear. Low minus 15.
Saturday
Sunny. High minus 6.
Saturday night
Cloudy. Low minus 12.
Sunday
Flurries. High minus 2.
Sunday night
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 12.
Monday
A mix of sun and cloud. High minus 9.
Monday night
Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of flurries. Low minus 17.
Tuesday
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of snow. High minus 7.