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Mar 6 (2011-03-06) by Jo-Ann Holden from P5
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, North Loop, #1 Penguin Climb, #1 [16.1km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: VR40, Swix Blue Extra
We skied late, after the Saturday crowds. It was such a relief to have such a quantity of snow down, after yesterday's rains. The weather was surprisingly raw, damp and windy despite the minus 6 temperature, and the wax was tricky. I never quite warmed up despite climbing Penguin.
It was a good ski, nontheless.

AS we started out we met two grooming machines in tandem, rolling and setting tracks.

Most of the Penguin hill was in excellent shape (and evidently well used, too) until two thirds of the way up, where there was a huge section of ice (see photo)from yesterday's thaw. It should have been much more clearly marked at both the top of bottom of the hill. As it was, there were a number of festive ribbons here and there in the trees.

Ridge was generally very good, although it did appear to have been groomed when still fairly wet - those regular telltale ski-width lines were in quite a few sections of fairly shallow track. There were some icy patches on some of the hills as well a section of unskiable ice from yesterdays thaw a bit east of Keogan.

Fortune was very good also, although the tracks were quite shallow and the skate lane rather chewed up from the day's traffic. The one thing that really slowed me down, though, was the beautiful sunset!

The classic tracks on the Doldrums appeared to have been groomed somewhat earlier. On the final stretch to P8, there were numerous chunks of hard snow alongside the classic track. It was a nice fast finish!

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 - 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.