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Mar 15 (4M, 4w) by Ken Trischuk from P12
Trails Skied: #24, #40, #1 (blue), #38 [13.8km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax: Teho green as a binder and Extra blue grip
An amazing shift from Saturday's conditions. I skated on Saturday afternoon in 2 or 3 inches of slushy snow - slow going but a beautiful afternoon. Today the trail was hard packed and fast with much colder air (but still a beautiful day!). I skied from P12 up to Ridge road and out to the firetower. The grooming had been done overnight (I suspect) so the base was hard but there was enough grip for nice classic skiing.

I should have heeded Karl's advice and gone with a klister binder but I went with the "easier to apply" Teho green. This worked reasonably well for a while but eventually I had to make a few stops (after some of the long descents) to add a little more grip. Add to that, the extra blue I used as my grip wax started to be a little too cold when I was skiing on snow in the direct sun. There weren't may spots like this but when I got into the open, the snow temperature climbed into the purple range and I had none on me. I double poled or skated these spots until I got back into the shade so I was able to carry on without too much difficulty.

Lots of people out on the trail to the tower, Too tempting a run on such a sunny day. On the way back I tried the short detour down the snowshoe trail to the backcountry trail 38. This proved to be more of a crust cruise along the sides of the trail then an actual backcountry trail ski. The crust was in superb shape even at 3 in the afternoon so I skated much of the trail dodging the smaller trees and finding my own way back to trail 40 and the final descent to the car.

Back to warmer temperatures by tomorrow afternoon but it still looks like another nice day to get out if you can.

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.