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Jan 31 (8M, 4w) by Garry Tarr from P17
Trails Skied: #50, #51, #53, #36 (blue) [34.6km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax: skin skis
Some friends and I set up a shuttle trip today, skiing from P17 to P11 via 53, 51, 50 and 36. This was of necessity a classic trip. It was readily apparent that 53 and 51 had been groomed today, 50 yesterday and 36 two days ago. Classic skiing was excellent on 53 and most of 51, with a sugary granular base to the tracks. Near P19 the classic tracks on 51 almost disappeared into ice cube rubble. On 50 the tracks were still good, but with significant amounts of leaf and twig debris thanks to the efforts of industrious squirrels in the pine groves. The debris tended to grab both skin skis and grip wax, posing a slight tripping hazard. A light glaze on the tracks gave rocket fast descents. On 36 the lack of recent grooming left the tracks so glazed neither grip wax nor skin skis really worked on the ascents. Skiers who had not used a binder base were soon left with no grip wax. There was enough texture on the steep downhills to provide adequate control, but it was still a bone-rattling ride. 36 is one of the most scenic trails in the park, but I wouldn't recommend it until there is either some fresh snow or fresh grooming. Overall it was a fun adventure ski despite some less-than perfect conditions.

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.