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Mar 19 (4w, 6d) by Ken Trischuk from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #1 (blue) [23.8km], Glide Wax: blue, Grip Wax:
Left work a little early (but not too early as it stays light pretty late!) to get a ski in while it was still cold... and then home before the curfew kicked in. There was still some space at P10 when I got there so I grabbed a spot. Air temp was ~0°C but the snow was mostly hard packed with enough "texture" on the surface to hold an edge. Made for fast skiing but controllable when you needed it. Skied to the lookouts and then out along Ridge. Made fast work of it so kept going all the way to the firetower.

The track had been recently groomed (not sure when) so was pretty good most of the way out. A couple of icy spots here and there and a few spots that are in the direct sun had slushed up a bit during the day but were starting to refreeze as the sun set. Someone had mentioned that the bottom of the last steep pitch up to the Wolf trail has turned to gravel(photo). True enough but there was just enough room around the edge to by pass the gravel when climbing. I managed to ski around it on the way down but it was none to graceful. Wiser people appeared to be walking down that pitch which is probably the better choice. Beyond the Wolf bench the skiing was excellent. Lighter traffic meant there was still some corduroy to be had and the steep climbs were a little more bearable on the icy base.

This report is probably only useful for the early birds over the next few days. As the temperatures start to climb (soar?!) through the day and the hard icy snow will soften pretty rapidly. The easy kms will start to be progressively more hard fought - but at least the day will be nice!

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.