Skate ski to Fire Tower
- The pessimist: laborious skiing on dirty, soft, fast-disappearing snow with multiple interruption (washouts, bare and almost bare patches requiring sketchy avoidance moves)
- The optimist: beautiful spring ski in glorious summer weather, with long stretches of good quality skiing and only a few short portages.
It's all a matter of perspective... Whatever you decide to do, ski safe and smart: there is a fast-increasing number of hazards. some of them very visible, others less so.
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).