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Mar 22 (3w, 3d) by Ken Trischuk from P10
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #3, #28 [12.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: waxless
Took the afternoon off to enjoy the sun and see how the snow pack was doing. Found a spot in a mostly full P10 although it appeared most people were finishing up as the snow softened and the faster conditions of the morning had ended.

Skied up the Fortune parkway on reasonably good snow but it quickly changed to grey icy snow as I topped out at the lake. Spotted the dreaded yellow line through the ice in a few spots which is bad news. Turned up Burma which had been flagged as closed but uphill progress was fine. Top of the first steep hill was mostly gravel but I could step around it. As I progressed along 3 there were a few other patches of gravel here and there... but not a big problem. Decided to venture up 28 to the Ramparts which was getting thin but manageable. Had to walk up the last climb to the lookout but it was a nice spot to enjoy the sun.

Skied the rest of Burma to Huron and found a few more gravelly patches which had to be navigated (or walked). Skied down the parkway and back to P10. Slow, slushy going as the temperature had risen to +17C! Again - more signs of grey, watery, ice here and there and some patches of asphalt starting to show.

More warm(hot?) weather ahead and tomorrow is the last day of official grooming so one last chance to enjoy fast, fresh snow tomorrow morning if you're after that. From there on it may become more of a chore to find ski-able snow.

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.