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Feb 3 (2011-02-03) by Ken Trischuk from P12
Trails Skied: #1B, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #2 (from #40 to #1), #3, #24, #40, #20, #21, #28 [19.4km], Glide Wax: Vauhti Blue, Grip Wax: Swix Extra green
Ditched work this morning to ski some of the fresh snow. Opted for P12 and found a freshly groomed trail 40 to greet me as I arrived. Climbed 40 and 2 to the ridge before turning off onto the BC trails. The fresh groomed tracks were a little soft with the skis periodically sinking in an inch or so as you weighted them but to be expected after a big whack of snow dropped. It will probably take another pass of the groomers and a cold night for the tracks to solidify and leave a nice firm base.

Backcountry tracks had been skied yesterday in the storm so were mostly easy to follow but I was still breaking trail through a few inches of fluff with the occasional knee deep drift. Skis get beautifully quiet in fresh, soft snow so was a real treat. No rocks were seen which was also a pleasure. Did run into one snag when skiing trail 20 across the pond. Seems under the warm blanket of snow is a nice layer of slush. Not more than a few meters out onto the pond my skis were caked with ice. Trudged part way across, scrapped and chiseled off the ice... and then hit another pocket of slush and had to stop again on the far bank to scrap and chisel the ice off again. The slush should start to freeze up now that I've exposed it (you're welcome) but I would wager the next few suckers...err, skiers that follow my tracks will meet the same fate. By the weekend the track should be fine.

Burma was rather perplexing and perhaps I was there too early in the process of grooming the fresh snow. Seems they had groomed it once with a big machine that set both the skate and classic lane. Then a skidoo (or two?) had gone over it again working just the skate lane. For the most part the skidoo had left a pretty ugly mess of bumps and rolls that would be most unpleasant to skate... but the classic track was fine. As I said before though - probably an effort to pack the base with all the fresh snow before putting the finishing grooming over the top (maybe tomorrow?). I would avoid it if I were skating today and hope that by the weekend it will be perfect. When I got to Ridge road the grooming looked quite good out towards Mckinstry but can't report how far they got.

Temperatures were warming throughout the morning and look to remain nice on the weekend. Should be some great skiing in the next few days.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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.