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Dec 31 (3M, 4d) by Ian Naish from P12
Trails Skied: #2 (blue), #2 (from #40 to #1), #40 [5.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: blue extra v40
-3C air temp when we left P12 at 0930. Trail had just been groomed but the snow on trail 40 was unfortunately like late spring consistency, sporadically collapsing underfoot. Lots of herring-boning on the climb, but conditions improved once we switched onto trail 2. However, still very slow going until we got up onto the ridge, when things moved better with the snow not as waterlogged. Descent on 2 to Western Shelter was very nice. Cabin was clean and we had a lovely fire. (Note to skiers bringing logs in from the woodshed : please split the wood into quarters prior to bringing them in for burning. Half logs are too big for the stove. They have to be carried out again, split, and then brought back in for burning).
Headed back to 40 on 2 as we were quite tired from the inbound trip. Snow was clumping on the skis intermittently as the air temp was around 0 degrees C. Descents on 2 and 40 were fast but tricky as the no longer pristine grooming had tracks were mashed-up from the herring-boning.
Happy New Year to all skiers and the Demsis folks!

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.