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Mar 9 (4M, 6d) by Ken Trischuk from P7
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #30, Champlain Pkwy, #3, #9, #8, #17, #28 [38.5km], Glide Wax: Violet, Grip Wax: waxless
A spring tour of the backcountry trails today with the sun shining and +13C (!) when I left the car. No issues with parking at P7 - maybe 10 cars when I started at noon and 3 or 4 when I returned.

Ridge road, Burma and the parkways looked like they had all been freshly groomed first thing this morning but I didn't get out until after lunch time. The top surface was transitioning to a slushy, spring corn but the base was still solid below. My waxless skis seemed to handle better out of the track as the classic tracks were compact and glazed whereas the skate lanes had some texture for the fish scales to bite into.

The backcountry trails were beautiful but none too fast. The flats had me occasionally slipping out of the track and sinking into the soft snow. I might have been fine with a slightly wider ski. Up and down hills were no problem as they've been better compacted than the flats by skiers all winter. Descents were slow by normal standards which made them easy to control. The wet, heavy snow made it tricky to make quick movements but I was never going fast enough on the slushy snow to worry about that - even on some of the steeper pitches.

By the time I was returning along the Bourgeois Lake part of the parkway, the base was starting to soften a bit and things slowed up even more. Some colder nights ahead could give some great crust cruising conditions but today (in the afternoon) the crust would have been non existent. Still lots of snow to ski on but I hope this warming trend is temporary. Fingers crossed for one more big powder day before we move inexorably towards spring.

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.