Short ski to check out the snow after starring gloomily out the window for the last couple of days. Didn't expect much but was surprised to find some grooming on the parkway. Appears the groomer left the barn at P8 and drove up the parkway through Mica to P6 and then back again and also did the Doldrums. They only groomed a 10ft wide track with classic tracks diwn the sides and a skating lane up the middle. I would guess it was done midday when it was clear we weren't going to get as much rain as expected. Probably an exploratory run for the groomer just as it was for me. The classic track had melted down a bit when I got there at 9pm and the corduroy was none too crisp... But the base was firm to slightly soft. The temperature was 1C as I skied so the snowpack was solidifying as I skied. Skied down to P5 and then back and drove around to P8 to see if it was groomed. Will conditions be good for skating in the morning? Or be a frozen block of ice that is unskiable? We'll have to see but I would think it would be worth a gamble to check out. As Craig suggested there is still LOTS of snow so lots of good skiing as it cools down in a few days.
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).