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Jan 31 (8M, 4w) by Jo-Ann Holden from P17
Trails Skied: #50, #51, #52, #53 [35.1km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: Special Blue klister binder, 6 coats of VR40
Trails 53 ****/51 ****/50 ***/52*****
This was the same trip as Garry's with the difference that I turned back at Herridge thus avoiding the need to carpool! I think I may have had the most fun of anyone on the trip, too, because my wax was AWESOME! It was worth staying up an extra hour last night. It was one of the most fun skis so far this year with fast tracks and no problems climbing. That said, conditions were variable. The tracks on 50 were more glazed than the most recently groomed trails, and my skis picked up a lot of nuts and berries. I had planned to retrace my steps to get in some extra mileage, but trail 52, with it's fresher grooming was irresistible and I hadn't skied it in a couple of years. Such a delight! Perfect conditions! This trail was up to recently one of the most beloved by classic skiers - double track heaven through undulating hemlock and pine forest. I think it is a flawed shadow of it's former self now that it tries to cater to everyone. The tracks appear here on one side, there on another, apparently random and in many many place they are simply not there as they used to be. I had no problems as few skiers were out, but on a busy day it would have been more than irritating to have to constantly exit the only available tracks to allow skiers with right of way to pass. There is really not adequate room to share the trail, as the two skate skiers I met can attest: I pulled over on the last downhill to let them ascend, and they still had to ski over the single set of classic tracks to make room for me. We were all trying yet it was still crowded.
Anyway, it was a fabulous 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.