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Jan 1 (3M, 5d) by Ken Trischuk from P19
Trails Skied: #51, #53 [13.4km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax: Violet
Beautiful day to kick off the new year. Skied out of P19 along 51, out 53 almost to P17 before circling back and taking the long loop of 53 back to P19. Fresh grooming on 51 and the lower half of 53.

The upper loop of 53 had one set of classic tracks from the junction with 51 to about the halfway point (where the gravel road ends). After that the trail had been packed but there were no classic tracks as yet - still needs a bit more snow. A rudimentary classic track had been skied in by fellow skiers which was workable. Skating this loop would be fine but the lumps and bumps of the ground underneath telegraph through so you'd need to be steady on your feet and watch for a few rocks and twigs poking through the snow.

Waxing was tricky. I was a bit late in the day so violet wax worked reasonably well out of the tracks but was slippery in them (when I had them). Not sure if a red wax would have worked better or been prone to icing... Still, I was in no rush today. Just happy to get onto the trails and enjoy the day.

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.