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Jan 12 (2w, 5d) by Garry Tarr from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #1 (green) (#2 - #24) [15.6km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax:
A centimeter of fresh powder falling overnight (a major dump by this year's standards) did wonders to freshen up skiing this morning. I skated from P10 up the FLP and CP to the Champlain Lookout, then west on 1A to the Valley Lookout bench. There was excellent fresh grooming as far as the Etienne Brule Lookout, giving great control and glide (glide was helped by temperatures just a bit below freezing). It looked like the groomer had turned around at Brule. This was a smart move, since the coverage between this point and the Champlain Lookout was paper thin. However, with a bit of care I did not ground out. Out of curiosity I ventured west from the Champlain Lookout along Ridge Road. The track there hadn't been groomed in a while, but skiing on the silky fresh powder was delightful if not super fast. The lack of recent grooming also meant the skate lane was a bit bumpy, but that is a minor quibble. I made the second set of tracks on this section, and no one had gone beyond the Valley Lookout bench, where I turned around. There was stubble poking through just west of the bench (see photo- this area always has poor coverage) but I could easily have picked my way through this short section and continued west. Skiers I met near the Champlain Lookout reported rocks were showing in the Khyber Pass area- no surprise. I was using my good skis, so I returned via the Parkways. When I departed P10 a bit after 8AM the lot was at most half full. When I returned around 10AM the only space left was in the center lane. P8 was nearly full at 8AM (!). Get out and enjoy the skiing today if you can, temperatures above freezing later this week are not going to help the thin snow cover.

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.