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Jan 24 (2011-01-24) by Jo-Ann Holden from P12
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #24, #40 [18km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: VR30
A very mixed bag today. I skied during the balmy part of the afternoon (minus 21) and dressed warmly. It was a bit unusual, route-wise, because I started at P12 was picked up at P10. It was wonderfully warm until the final ice-cream headache/cold hands on the Fortune Parkway descent.

Trail 40: ungroomed, may have seen some sort of work several days ago, but this is ancient history now, with the weekend behind us. Some classic tracks remained on the less hilly spots (photo), but long stretches of track were obliterated and packed into concrete. Downhills were starting to resemble bodsled runs. A few cm of fresh snow still persisted in some areas.

Ridge, from Wolf Trail to Champlain: Beautiful condition! Firm, regulation classic tracks and a nice skate lane, too. All fairly fresh and, except for the skidoo ruts were as perfect as you could imagine (photo).

Ridge from Fortune to Champlain: An absolute nightmare. Almost impossible to get an edge in. Ruts, moguls, pathetic classic remnants which disappear into ditches, impossible to believe this is a primary trail!! I have seen many years with less snow than we have now, but never such terrible, unabashed neglect of a major trail. Shameful! (3 photos)

Champlain Parkway and Fortune Parkways: Quite good, but classic tracks are a bit worn and thin from the weekend traffic.

So the bottom line is this... if you don't mind skiing through all the neglected areas, you can arrive at some very beautiful skiing out on Ridge Road.

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 - Orlans), 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.