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Jan 7 (2w, 5d) by Garry Tarr from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #1B, #1 (green) (#2 - #24) [16.8km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax:
What a perfect day for skiing! I grabbed one of the last parking spots in P10 at 10AM, and skated up the FLP to Ridge, then headed west up the Khyber Pass to the 1A/1B intersection. The FLP was freshly groomed with a cold powdery surface (about 8cm of dry powder fell in Chelsea yesterday evening). Glide was a bit slow, but improved as the temperature rose. There was a surprising deep rut down the middle of Ridge Road (see photo). I suspect this was produced by a service snowmobile since the rut disappeared at Huron. Ridge had a slightly crunchy- and fast- surface compared to the parkways. I had been hoping to ski Burma, but found it hadn't been groomed. Conversely 1B was groomed at last, so I followed it west to the intersection with 2. The steep descent on 1B was a bit bumpy, but safe and fun. I continued west on Ridge to the first intersection with the Wolf Trail. This far west the surface was a bit soft and powdery, but great for practicing technique. On my return trip I followed Ridge to Huron, then the CP and FLP to Ridge. I went east on Ridge to the top of Penguin Hill, then retraced my steps to the FLP and P10. There had been a lot of skier traffic on this part of Ridge, compacting the snow enough to give very good glide. There were crowds of skiers out everywhere enjoying the fabulous conditions. P10 was, of course, nearly full on my return (see photo. As a season pass holder I would suggest that the NCC consider posting parking lot trolls at P10, P8 and the other heavily-used parking lots on weekdays when conditions are this good, to generate some more grooming revenue.
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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.