Conditions today were safe and skiable on my skate trip from P5 up the GP and CP to Mulvihill and back, but glide was poor. It appears the icy hard gray base had been lightly tilled overnight, and then covered with a very thin layer of snow pellets. With temperatures hovering around freezing this made for sticky skiing and very leisurely descents on even the steepest hills. In places my poles skittered on the hard base. Classic tracks were shallow and in some places indistinct. A friend reported that skin skis gave no grip. On the bright side there was almost no leaf and twig debris, and no exposed pavement. It was great to be out under blue skies with spring-like temperatures. P5 was perhaps a third full at noon. It is worth skiing on the upper parkways, but don't expect to set speed records today! If you go I suggest red wax and perhaps rilling.
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).