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Feb 1 (8M, 4w) by Ken Trischuk from P12
Trails Skied: #2 (blue), #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #2 (from #40 to #1), #3, #9, #24, #33, #40, #18, #20, #21 [24.9km], Glide Wax: blue, Grip Wax: blue
Beautiful ski on mostly backcountry trails but a few of the groomers as well (to link me to the next BC trail!). Skied up from P12 on 40 and 2 before heading into the woods at the top on 21. Proceeded to ski in "circles" on the various back country trails for a couple of hours, giving them all a bit of a go. Really nice soft snow with a reasonably skied in track to follow made for some great skiing.

On the groomed trails my wax (blue) seemed to work fine with plenty of grip in the tracks. On the powdery backcountry trails I was slipping a bit more than I liked so I added some extra blue which helped (still not perfect). I was able to make good progress so no complaints.

On the groomed trails things seemed pretty much perfect. Solid track and good skate lanes. First time up trail 33 this season and it was a little soft in the center of the trail. I don't think its been groomed too many times this season so it still seems a little soft. The classic tracks were fine as they line up with the tracks of the groomer so get well packed with each pass.

Driving past P8 and P9, the lots looked almost at capacity but P11 and P12 were maybe 1/2 - 2/3 full so plenty of room. Saw lots of people skiing on Ridge road but on the backcountry trails I (almost) had them to myself. Beautiful day out.Even (almost) got some blue sky for a few minutes which seems to have been a rarity (for me) this year.

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.