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Mar 19 (2011-03-19) by Ken Trischuk from P19
Trails Skied: #50, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared) [20.9km], Glide Wax: don't think it mattered too much..., Grip Wax:
Skied out of P19 today on a lovely spring skiing day. Skied 50 - 55 - 54 up to Lusk cabin and then back to 55 and out to Taylor lake before returning along 50 to ski a ways south before finally returning to the car. Started a little late but conditions were pretty good regardless. Trail 50 had been groomed this morning and was a little soft when I got to it but pretty nice skiing regardless. 55 and 54 had not been groomed but in the warm sun the top layer had softened nicely and the skating was excellent. The climb up to Lusk cabin had a number of icy patches which were well marked with flagging. For the most part they were softening in the sun but the particularly steep pitch half way up is well shaded with trees and remained icy. Worst case you could walk up/down but I skied on the snowbank with good success. The deck at Lusk cabin is in excellent shape and I partook of it for some time feeding the local "landlords" and enjoying the warm sunshine.

Finally dragged myself back to the skiing and went out to Taylor lake. The main trail to the lake is fine but the trail along Taylor to the yurt is starting to show signs of gravel. No surprise I guess as it faces due south and the sun is working hard along there. I was still able to ski out to the yurt but it won't be long before you'll have to walk that stretch. By the time I got back to trail 50 it was late in the day. The shady spots were still quite nice but sunny stretches the base had been churned into a mashed potatoe consistency. Slow going back to the car but then again I wasn't in a rush...

As others have noted, lots of snow. I would wager next weekend there might be some short portages opening up in predictably sunny spots but still some good skiing to be had. Two weeks? Only the weather gods know for sure.

About Skiing in Gatineau Park..

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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.