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Nov 15 (8M, 3w) by Garry Tarr from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy [6.5km], Glide Wax: CH8, Grip Wax:
Today I skated from P10 up the FLP to the T, then up the CP to the Champlain Lookout, returning via the same route. Yesterday brought around 8cm more snow to the Chelsea area, so there is now enough coverage to use "good" skis. In a few places overly enthusiastic skaters had caused the snow to slab out down to bare pavement, but these spots were easily seen and avoided. The snow is now deep enough that pole tips only rarely hit pavement. The FLP was a bit choppy due to a lot of skier traffic since the last grooming, but the CP from Huron to the Champlain Lookout had a nice smooth surface that would be great for practicing skate technique. Even in the parking lot at the Lookout coverage was complete. The snow was also just a bit colder and faster at the top of the ridge than down near P10. The classic tracks still aren't very deep- there just isn't enough snow to set a deep track yet- but they are quite useable. In a few places over culverts the base of the tracks was grey ice. I guess the ground was still warm enough there to melt the snow. With temperatures hovering at the freezing point I saw several classic skiers having wax problems; it would be a good day to use skin skis for classic. I did a short double pole detour from Gossip Corner along Ridge Road to Shilly Shally. I saw no sign of grooming on this section, but there was a skied-in track and I never hit rocks. On my return it looked like a service snowmobile had packed down Ridge Road a little, which should improve the skate conditions there. Overall it's well worth driving up from Ottawa to ski.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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.