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Apr 10 (2011-04-10) by Jo-Ann Holden from P12
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #24 [14.8km], Glide Wax: LF10, Grip Wax: Waxless
Trail 40-24-Ridge to Huron-Champlain PKwy-Fortune to P10.
The fresh air, exercise and scenery were great. It felt like skiing with a fever: the temperature itself was very warm, but there were cold currents wafting from the hills.
If I had been skating, I would have enjoyed the actual skiing more. The granular snow of yesterday was hard to find, and in its place was a lot more ice than expected. Grip was poor except when it was deadly slow. There were no classic tracks on any sort until near Western and all traces of a former classic track was crunched down by snowmobiles. It was icy enough on trail 40 that Garry offered to pick me up at P10 to save me having to ski back down to P12 (I would have walked a good Km of it to save my knee).

Ridge is getting dirty, bare, rocky and was generally not inspiring for classic. Water is starting to create tunnels through and beneath the trails. The creeks are all wonderfully noisy! There were about 5 carry-overs in total and a few more I should have removed my skis for. That said, there is still a lot of snow and ice left, it's just not high calibre snow. The lower parkways have lost a lot of snow since yesterday. At some points the snow is down to single ski width (great for balance drills!).

I'm ready for torrents of rain and high temperatures to arrive over the next couple of days, so we can move on, get the bikes out on the parkways and switch seasons. This was likely the last ski of the year for me. It's wonderful that it lasted this long!

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.