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Feb 12 (8M, 3w) by Garry Tarr from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #1B [12.3km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax:
Grooming today in the central section of the park was the reverse of yesterday- Ridge Road and Burma were groomed but the parkways were not. I skated up the FLP then east on Ridge to the top of Penguin, then west on Ridge up the Khyber Pass to 1B, returning via 1A. The FLP was skied flat and a bit skittery, and the classic tracks were slightly glazed. Ridge offered perfect fresh corduroy and fresh classic tracks. 1B was a delight. I didn't try Burma, but it looked to be in great shape. The groomers have filled in the ditches in the Khyber Pass, creating a wide flat snowy surface through the tight corner. This was a good thing, since I encountered a long line of ascending skiers when I turned the corner!

Today I discovered something I should have figured out long ago- on a clear night the snow surface radiates heat and can become quite cold, even if the air temperature is relatively high. My purple glide wax felt very sticky and glide was minimal until about half way through the trip, when the snow temperature finally caught up with the air temperature. Yesterday with the same air temperature and same wax I had great glide throughout my trip- but yesterday night was cloudy.

As expected P10 was filling up by 9AM, and was jammed by 11AM. Given the fantastic ski conditions, it's easy to see why!

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.