Although Ridge Road was not recommended, which meant there were few skiers, it was in very good shape for most of its length as was the 1B. The first 40m near P7 were walked and the big hill at the junction of 30 and 1 but that is all. Even getting down to Western was OK, except for the last 20m or so, though there was no-one in there or in Shilly Shally. As the day progressed the +5 temperatures softened everything and the hills slowed down. The parkway from Champlain lookout to the Fortune parkway was in excellent shape. Conditions should be good tomorrow (Sunday) and into the beginning of next week until the temperatures fall significantly below freezing. I noticed when going up the lower part of trail 9 that it had been extensively walked on, though right now it was still soft enough to ski (up).
Klister worked perfectly but likely so would have skins or fish-scales and many people were doing very well skating.
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).