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Feb 2 (4w, 2h) by Ken Trischuk from P12
Trails Skied: #1B, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #2 (from #40 to #1), #3, #9, #24, #40, #18, #20, #21 [23.9km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax: VR40
Quick report from last nights ski. Dashed up after work to get a ski in and home before curfew. Managed a couple of hours on good conditions. Climbed out of P12 and then did a few circuits at the top on various groomed and backcountry trails. Hadn't skied out of P12 this year so it was nice to check out the trails. Grip and glide wax were pretty good but the snow was still fairly cold even if the air temperature had warmed up.

Some of the primary trails have dirt and gravel being worked up into the snow - perhaps just an indication of how little snow we've received considering its February. Easy enough to dodge going up hill but were a little trickier to spot especially after the sun had set. The back country trails were quite nice although some fresh snow will make them better. Most of the tricky open water spots (on 21 and 18 in particular) seem to have mostly frozen over.

A little more snow in the forecast should improve everything. Would have liked to continue skiing around for a bit longer but had to head back down and get home before the curfew. Hopefully that is lifted soon and I can enjoy some nice skiing in the evenings again.

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.