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Apr 3 (2011-04-03) by Ken Trischuk from P6
Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, MacKenzie-King Rd [11.4km], Glide Wax: Vauhti yellow, Grip Wax:
Another beautiful day for a ski. Skied from P6 up to the lookouts and think I timed things pretty well. A little icy in the shade and a little slushy in the sun so a mix of both worlds. A few patches of parkway road surface are opening up. Mostly still small pockets but most notable at he Brule lookout where a short walk (or grass ski) is required. These pockets will open up quickly with the strong sun warming the asphalt but for now the coverage was good.

Trail from MacKenzie to the "T" was quite nice - fairly flat and smooth. Noticable difference after I passed the "T". With the increase in the volume of skiers things got well chewed up and soft so a little more effort was required for that bit. Many thanks to Megan's suggestion in her report yesterday on the yellow glide wax. I had forgotten I had such a thing at the bottom of my wax box. It worked much better on the softer, slushy snow than yesterdays choice of purple.

Perhaps endulged too long enjoying the sun at the Brule lookout and things had started to soften quite a bit on my return trip. A few spots were more akin to water skiing but they were short stretches so I didn't need a boat to pull me. How long will this skiing last? Looks warm all week so we'll see what's left by next weekend. Could be some walks (long? short?) to get to the snow.

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.