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Mar 22 (14h, 35m) by David Brownrigg from P1 grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #5 (green), #26 [17.8km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: universal klister
Good spring like conditions on the GP, #5, #26 this afternoon. Tracks in the sun varied from slushy to mostly damp to almost dry in the shade. Downhills tended to be a bit jerky if there was a mix of dry and wet going from fast to having the wet snow grab my skis. Universal klister worked well with only minor slippage.
Mar 22 (19h, 3m) by Don Fugler from P5 grooming 
Trails Skied: #1 Penguin Climb, #6, #34 [6.8km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Just a quick toot this morning up Penguin and around 19-34-6. Trail 1 is hard and fast but entirely manageable. The backcountry trails range from icy in open areas where they melted in the sun to soft tracks in the deep woods. For those of you old enough to remember T-bars and poma lifts at ski hills, sometimes the trails felt like the lift tracks in spring - very fast ruts that challenge you to keep your balance.

We shall see how this all survives with the coming of warmer weather.
Mar 21 (1d, 12h) by Tom Conklin from P5 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy [19.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: -3 to -8
ROUTE: P5 up to the Champlain Parkway and on up past Lariault to about halfway up the big hill and then back the same way.

CLASSIC: Solid and fast going out, starting to get a lot slower on the way back. No problems on the downhill and pretty much effortless on the uphill. Blue wax worked well on the way out. Violet (+3 to -3) would have been better on the way back.

SKATE: Looked great.

TRAFFIC: Interesting difference today - lots of people on the trails, very few people in the parking lot, especially on the way out.
Mar 21 (2d, 15h) by Ian Naish from P12 grooming grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: #2 (blue), #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #24, #33, #40 [8.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: violet
Another perfect day out. Temperature was -4C when we left P12 at 1130 and 0C on our return at 1330. Wax worked well, with little backslip, and was perfect on the return from Western via 2,1, 24 and 40. A few problems with hazards from short and long snow ridges from the groomer, especially on trail 33 near 2 (I feel the same way as Harris, as the ridges are definitely hard; sorry Gary!). The downhills were all very fast, but control was easy (as long as you avoided the ridges). There's still loads of snow, so we've probably got a few good days left despite the increased solar radiation.
Mar 21 (2d, 16h) by Garry Tarr from P10 grooming grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #1B, #2 (blue) [13.1km], Glide Wax: CH8, Grip Wax:
As the sun transforms the snow and grooming continues every night, the skate skiing in Gatineau Park just keeps getting better! Today I did a quick cruise of the central section of Ridge Road, starting from P10, ascending the FP, then heading west on Ridge and 1B to the intersection with 2, down 2 to the hill just above Western, then back along Ridge to the crest above Penguin, and finally returning via Ridge and the FP. For scenery, these are some of my favorite trails. The surface was soft enough to give perfect control, but it felt like I had rocket skis with effortless glide (in fact I have 15 year old skis that could have used some fresh wax...). The only minor negative was that grooming stopped on the hill just above Western (see photo). I didn't bother to descend the last 100m to the cabin, but in view of the cones and tape visible down the hill below me, I think I would have walked if I'd decided to go down. As others have noted, the groomer used on Ridge seems to be having some minor mechanical problems, and in places there are ridges of snow in the skate lane. They are easily avoided, and nothing to worry about. The classic tracks were nicely formed and offered fast, effortless descents, but weren't icy. The classic skiers I saw seemed to be getting good grip. With perfect snow conditions combined with sunshine, no wind, and temperatures just below freezing, it was a six-star day. I didn't see many other skiers, but P10 was nearly full when I departed. Get out and ski if you possibly can, it really doesn't get any better than this!
Mar 21 (2d, 20h) by Karl Saidla from P2 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #5 (green), #15 (blue), #29 (alternative), #29 (shared) [24.6km], Glide Wax: Rode Blue, Grip Wax: Rode Black Base mixed with Super Blue, Rode Super Blue
Fantastic conditions on the 15, the 5, the 29, and Gatineau Parkway. Classic tracks are hard but not icy, and the skate lanes are firm and fast. Everything we skied appeared to have been groomed overnight. There are a couple of thin/bare patches in exposed parts of the 15 but they are generally well marked.
Mar 20 (3d, 14h) by Harris Kirby from P10 grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1B, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #1 (blue) [15.4km], Glide Wax: Swix Blue LF6, Grip Wax: n/a
Snow conditions continue to be outstanding and the grooming in generally good with a few exceptions described below. The snow was surprisingly cold and slow this morning, particularly on the LF6 glide I'd chosen, which made for a bit of a slog. But that's no complaint when one considers that often the slog at this time of year is due to slushy snow. More evidence on the trail-side out toward McKinstry, of beavers hard at work harvesting trees while the snow is still around. Be wary on the downhill turns of 4" to 6" high snow ridges on the inside curves caused by the groomer. There was at least one bad tumble into the trees today when a ski caught one of the ridges.
Mar 20 (3d, 18h) by Karl Saidla from P11 grooming 
Trails Skied: #50, #36 (black), #36 (blue) [22.1km], Glide Wax: Rode Blue, Grip Wax: Rode Black base binder mixed with Rode Super Blue, then Rode Super Blue.
The 36 and 50 out to about Herridge were in generally excellent shape this morning with fast and firm tracks. For the most part it is not icy except on some of the big downhills and along parts of the 36 that are right next to the lake. There are a few thin spots and small bare patches right along the lake as well, so keep your eyes out for those.
Mar 19 (4d, 16h) by Ian Naish from P10 grooming grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #3 [15.9km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: blue extra v40
Left a half full P10 at 10:30, returned at an overflowing P10 at 13:30. Air temp was -11C when we departed and -3C on return. Conditions were perfect, both tracks and weather, although the wind was icy at the start. Lost my cellphone and realized that halfway up the big hill on 3; raced back down, chased down a skier who had found it, but then lost my spouse for the next 15 minutes. Back up the FLP again to 3 and the trail was the best I'd experienced this season. The grip wax was perfect. We stopped at Huron Shelter for a snack and returned on 3 and the FLP. Lots of evidence of back country activity on all trails off 3, including some swamp ski and snowshoe activity on unmarked trails. All in all, one of the best skis of the season, and more to come this week, I think.
Mar 19 (4d, 18h) by Don Fugler from P5 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: #1 Penguin Climb, #6, #19, #34 [7.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Took the Penguin climb to the 19 - 34 - 6 loop. Both the groomed trail #1 and the backcountry trails were excellent. We have mid-winter conditions with more reasonable temperatures and great sun. it is a good time to ski.

Jo-Ann, we have different opinions on tracking the steeper hills. For me, the downhills are the reward for the climb. I like to lay a set of turns on the steeper pitches. If there is a track laid, that leaves less room for play. There is no right answer on this issue but I, for one, am happy when there is no track on those slopes.
Mar 18 (4d, 8h) by Craig Storey from P17 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: #50, #52 [21.7km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax: Vauhti Teho Green covered with Vauhti Carrot
I think we found our missing February weather! Great to have hard wax conditions for a full week in March. I waited until it warmed up a bit and headed back to P17 for the second day in a row. Yesterday I skated the Wakefield triangle, today I thought I'd classic 52-50-36 and return, possibly with the rest of the triangle at the end.

The ski started off so well. Perfect grooming, perfect grip and good glide, perfect temperatures (-5C and no wind). Near the top of 52 I was just feeling warmed up when I skied over someone's kleenex, stumbled and broke my pole. Grrr...real skiers use the back of their glove!

After a few choice words I decided to continued on with one pole. I had to laugh, every Sunday all winter I coached 5 year olds and we ski without poles, and without complaints. So this was a usual Sunday ski. I made it to Herridge before I decided that the full distance wasn't in the cards. Not quite the ski I envisioned, but a great day on the trails non the less.
Mar 18 (4d, 11h) by Jo-Ann Holden from P10 grooming grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #1 (blue) [21.3km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: VR40, V40
One of the best classic skis this year! P10 was only half full at 9:45 and it was still about minus 14 and sunny. The cold snow and beautiful grooming made for a "relatively" easy trip, classic tracks were firm without being icy, and the wax was charmed from start to finish. The Fire Tower was also in beautiful shape, and by the time I made it back to McKinstry there were quite a few skiers enjoying the fire. The return trip called for stickier wax as the sun was doing it's magic on the tracks.
One observation, and it is not a new one: There are many fewer classic tracks than 10 years ago. Many gentle downhills and uphills alike are often missing the tracks. This was noted on the stretch between MCKinstry and the Fire Tower, as well as on some areas of Ridge between the Wolf Trail and McKinstry, and even the stretch between Huron and Western. I have also noticed it on many other trails, such as trail 50, on the last downhill leading to Herridge from P16, for example. Why is this? One of the joys of skiing is riding the tracks and it is also a great deal easier when classic skiing to ski all but the steepest uphills in the track than on hard corduroy. The NCC has encouraged us to note places that are missing tracks, but there are too many to note and I don't usually carry pen and paper while skiing.
End of rant - it was a fabulous ski, missing tracks notwithstanding.
p.s Garry skated the same route and reports excellent skate conditions.
Mar 18 (5d, 13h) by Harris Kirby from P11 grooming grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: #50, #52, #36 (black), #36 (blue) [29.1km], Glide Wax: Swix Blue LF6, Grip Wax: 2x Swix VG45 covered with a thin layer of Swix VG40
A marvelous day to ski in Gatineau Park. The snow was firm and fine and stayed relatively cold. The non-abrasive snow allowed the grip wax to remain on the ski well and lasted the whole 5 hours. Snow coverage is excellent with only a couple of very short thin spots along trail 36. No icy patches were encountered on any of the trails and even in full sunlight the track remained unglazed.
Mar 17 (5d, 8h) by Ken Trischuk from P7 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #30, #3, #9, #4, #8, Camp Fortune Race Course, #17, #20, #11, #12 [42.4km], Glide Wax: blue, Grip Wax: extra blue
Beautiful day. I skied out of P7 and mostly toured the backcountry trails. The fresh (soft, dry) powder we got earlier in the week has gotten a little bit crusty in the colder weather but it was still nice to get off the beaten path and ski some of the twisty trails. All the trails had been well skied in and I only found myself breaking trail on one of the lost and forgotten trails.

The main goal today was to ski the old Shamrock trail for obvious reasons. I was clearly not the only one with this thought as - despite it no longer being a marked trail - it was well skied in by others before I got there. From there I just kept pointing the skis in various directions and skiing whatever came to mind. A day where you don't want to go home... but eventually have to.

Used a few of the groomed trails (1, 3, the race course and the Fortune parkway) in order to connect to more of the backcountry trails. They seemed in excellent shape with lots of people out enjoying the sunshine and (somewhat) cold breezes.

I did find a few open water hazards here and there on the backcountry trails. A reminder that we didn't actually get that much new snow. For the most part they were in the usual spots or areas you could see coming so they were manageable.
Mar 17 (6d, 17h) by Ian Naish from P19 grooming grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: #50, #51, #55 (green - shared) [22.6km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: blue extra
Another beautiful day, despite the cold wind, which required the face to be partially covered in order to be comfortable. Tracks (both classic and the corduroy) were in very nice shape and the grip wax worked well except for a bit of slip on trail 51. There was some, but not much, leaf debris on the trails as well as a couple of hazards on trail 51 (see pic).
Mar 16 (7d, 14h) by Jo-Ann Holden from P19 grooming grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: #50, #51, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared), #55 (green - alternative), #55 (blue - alternative) [30.1km], Glide Wax: Swix LF violet, Grip Wax: VR40
An invigorating, mid winter ski and for me, the first one in a very long time on waxed classic skis! Skin skis are all very well but there is nothing like old-fashioned classic skiing! It was a great treat to finally make it to Lusk Lake, The recent snow and fresh grooming were perfect but oddly the hills all seemed to have shrunk - perhaps because of the wonderful conditions. Tracks were firm, no ice whatsoever, just perfection. The descent down from Lusk was fun, but the climb to Taylor Lake involved a surprisingly cold headwind! It was a relief to head into the sunny, sheltered forest. Trail 55 blue, and 51 were both in top condition, although again the hills seemed to have shrunk. What a gift to have these trails back in operation! A memorable, beautiful ski day!
Mar 16 (7d, 14h) by Garry Tarr from P16 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: #50, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared), #36 (blue) [27.4km], Glide Wax: CH7, Grip Wax:
It's been pointed out that my 50's Lake Tour has been missing an accessible lake, so today I set out to correct this oversight. I left P16 a bit after 9AM. I was the second car in the parking lot and I made the first tracks on the corduroy all the way from P16 to the campground on lac Phillippe. I was greeted by a screaming cold west wind drifting snow across the trail at P16, and this wind was a factor throughout the trip. Although the snow was cold and powdery glide was amazingly good since I was the first skier on the firm, freshly-groomed corduroy. I continued along 50 all the way to P19 and the shores of my missing lake, Lac Meunier (a mud puddle just west of the parking lot). I then backtracked to the intersection with 55 green, and continued along this trail to the shores of Taylor Lake where I was nearly blown backwards by the wind. I retreated to Renaud Cabin for a lunch stop, then followed 54 up to Lusk Lake. The hills on 54 were in excellent condition, with no icy patches. I then retraced my path on 50 along the Lac Phillippe shore. I now had a tailwind and soon I also had the intense March sun warming my back. The sun also noticeably softened the snow surface despite the low temperatures, giving better glide. After a quick break at Herridge I snuck down Trail 36 to the shore of Meech Lake. This is the only place the downhills were glazed- just slightly. I then returned to 50 and enjoyed the long descent to P16. The final hills had all been deeply tilled and were in excellent condition- edging and control were no problem. Lakes visited: Meech, Trudel (a beaver pond glimpsed through trees), Mouseau (Harrington), Phillippe, Meunier, Petit Renaud, Renaud, Taylor and Lusk. Despite the superb conditions I saw very few other skiers, even in the sunny afternoon. Get out and enjoy, there are probably only a couple of weeks left in the season!
Mar 16 (7d, 15h) by David Brownrigg from P17 grooming grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: #51, #53 [13.4km], Glide Wax: universal, Grip Wax: blue, polar as a binder
Fabulous sub-zero, January like conditions on the 53, 51 loop from P17. Mostly dry snow tracks with some stretches of coarse, icey snow. Blue wax worked well giving good grip and glide. Recommend a binder or at least bring extra wax. Looks like the cold will hang on 'till Monday!
Mar 16 (7d, 16h) by Craig Storey from P7 grooming grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: #1 Penguin Climb, #1, #1B, #1 (blue) [18.1km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Amazing conditions this morning. Yesterday the top surface got a little glazed and crusty by the afternoon, but the groomers were out last night and this morning it was mid-winter perfect. Everything was groomed to full width. Glide was a bit slow at the start of the ski but improved throughout the morning.

Get out this weekend and enjoy some of the year's best conditions!
Mar 16 (7d, 17h) by Tom Conklin from P17 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: #53 [8.9km], Glide Wax: -3 to +3, Grip Wax:
ROUTE: P17 to P19 and back. Easy Peazy (is that with an "s"?).

SKATE: Pretty much perfect conditions. Very hard, well-groomed surface, but not icy. Fast conditions even though I am waxed for the warmer conditions, but I am definitely not complaining. There was enough control on the steeper parts.

CLASSIC: The tracks looked really solid and not icy almost everywhere.

TRAFFIC: Maybe 20 cars in the lot (1/3 full) when I was coming and going.

WEATHER: It is windy in the open spots but you hardly notice it for most of the trail.
Mar 16 (7d, 18h) by Ian Naish from P10 grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #3, #20 [17.3km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: blue v40
left a rapidly filling P10 at 0930. Temp -10C and windy. Tracks were in superb condition and wax worked well. Back country trails were in very nice shape, as noted by Craig yesterday. Looks like a great skiing weekend coming up.
Mar 15 (1w, 12h) by Craig Storey from P7 grooming grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1 Penguin Climb, #1, #1B, #2 (blue), #6, #9, #17, #31, #11 [31.7km], Glide Wax: HF Blue, Grip Wax: Skin Skis
Arguably the best skiing day this year? As Karl said A+. Great grooming, perfect temperatures and nice fresh snow.

I ventured off groomed trail today and did a big loop (#30-1-6-22-4-race course-9-3-9-2-1-17-11-31-30). You'll probably need to look at a map for that one! Lots of fun was had, and I need to thank those that broke trail before me, Karl among them, as the tracks were perfect. Not many March days where the snow is this good.

On the return the skate lane and tracks that faced south were getting glazed and sucky. But with cold night and another grooming it will be perfect mid-winter skiing this weekend. Did ski your favourite part of the park before the February thaw? Day dream about another trip to the Fire Tower? This weekend will be perfect, so enjoy!
Mar 15 (1w, 13h) by David Brownrigg from P2 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #27, #15 (blue) [18km], Glide Wax: universal, Grip Wax: violet
Always pleasantly surprised to see how Demsis can make bad ski conditions good. Arrived at P2 and found perfectly shaped classic tracks with dry snow. This after all the wet stuff we got over the last 2 days. Started out with blue extra wax which I thought would be perfectly suited to the conditions but quickly had to change over to violet. As expected violet worked well in the shaded areas but not so great in the sun. A mostly effortless run up the GP to the #15 junction and back on the 15. Climbs were mostly easy with a few spots where I had to step out of the track to get better grip on the loose snow in the skate lanes. Glorious sun and mild temps!
Mar 15 (1w, 19h) by Karl Saidla from P7 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: #1, #30, #17 [12km], Glide Wax: Rode GLF Orange., Grip Wax: Rode Violet worked this morning.
Ski conditions report card from P7 - Classic A +, Skate A +, Backcountry A +. Everything groomed. Perfect weather. Waxing simple so far.
Mar 15 (1w, 20h) by Ken Trischuk from P10 grooming grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #3, #9, #17, #11, #12 [30.6km], Glide Wax: violet, Grip Wax: carrot
An early morning ski to enjoy the fresh snow and revitalization of the trails. The groomers were just pulling back into the barn as I drove down the Meech lake road. In terms of fresh grooming I was maybe a little early as the tracks hadn't quite set up yet... but they were quite nice as I returned a couple of hours later.

I skied a loop with a mixture of a bit of everything. Up the Fortune parkway and Burma on fresh groomed tracks. Then I jumped on Western which had been broken out by a few skiers last night but still had a cm or two of fresh snow on top. Another loop on Merry go round and a bit of Franks where again I found a few skiers had managed to break out some of it while other spots I was left breaking trail. Either way it was great fun in the deep soft powder. A few "craters" at the bottom of some of the super steep drops told me the previous skiers had had some fun as well! Final loop up to Shilly Shally and then out the back door on 12 and 11 before turning for home (all the while wondering if work would really miss me this morning...).

Great little bonus snow to get out and enjoy the small trails. The snow was soft and dry powder on the ungroomed tracks. Hopefully things won't change too much for the next couple of days as we head into the weekend.
Mar 14 (1w, 2d) by Don Fugler from P12 grooming 
Trails Skied: #2 (blue), #9, #40, #21 [10.8km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Took the fresh, ungroomed trails up - 40 - 2- 21 - 3- 9 - 1 -2 - 40. The backwoods trails were deep and fluffy, and luckily they had been tracked by earlier skiers. On 1 and the flat part of 2, we were experiencing clumping under our skis. The descent down 2 was as good as it gets with lots of snow with which to play.
Mar 14 (1w, 2d) by Karl Saidla from P5 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , #1 Penguin Climb, #1 [10.1km], Glide Wax: Rode GLF Orange, Grip Wax: I skated, but I woud try Rode Violet to start
When I woke up this morning I wondered what kind of snow we'd have....slow, wet and heavy, or light and fluffy? The answer is light and fluffy. Thanks to overnight grooming on Ridge Road and the Parkways it is reasonably firm, but new snow (the light and fluffy kind) is accumulating all the time. You'll have a great day of skiing today no matter what variety you opt for or where you go.
Mar 13 (1w, 2d) by Jo-Ann Holden from P11 grooming   photos!
Trails Skied: #50, #36 (blue) [21.2km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: Skin Skis
A very scenic, gently exhausting ski this morning on trail 36 and 50, to Herridge and back. Slow and scenic. No grooming but the snow was falling fast on the night's already impressive accumulation. Everything was powdery at the start, with noticeable lumpy ice beneath the new snow, as there had been no grooming. Conditions were fine, though and the snow kept falling. And the temperature rose to wax hell - zero. It was a good test of skin skis, as 7 of us had skins, and one had fish scales. It seemed everyone's skis were different. Some clumped, some didn't, some glided, some didn't, and one collected impressively huge balls of snow on the uphills. The trip was so wet that we spent a long period of time at Herridge, feeding the fire and toasting our drenched gloves. The return was slower, and wetter, and the sticky trails were getting chewed up. However we all considered it a huge success, especially as the snow did not turn to rain.
Mar 13 (1w, 3d) by Tom Conklin from P8 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: North Loop [3.4km], Glide Wax: 2 to -2, Grip Wax:
ROUTE: Just the Doldrums today - doing some training.

SKATE: Today is a day when you learn that the right wax makes a world of difference. With lots of new wet snow I thought it would be a bit of a slog but my wax technician did a spectacular job. There was actually good uphill glide today.

CLASSIC: Looked slow especially with pretty much skied in tracks - it was hard to see if there had been any grooming done at all.

TRAFFIC: Remarkably quiet in P8, maybe 20 cars at most. We got there around 1:40 so we may have hit the sweet spot between morning and after work skiing.

Great to meet Foster on the trail today. Good to see his Mom, aunt and cousin too.
Mar 13 (1w, 3d) by Harris Kirby from P7 grooming 
Trails Skied: #1, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #31 [9.5km], Glide Wax: Swix LF6, Grip Wax: Vauhti Violet over Yellow
The Snow Gods were smiling and the whole trail system has received a pretty nice dump of fresh new snow which, when it is groomed, will significantly enhance the skiability of the trails. Today the Wax Gods were not doing their "thing" for me! With constantly falling humid snow and temperature hovering around zero the Vauhti violet was the best I could muster but it just didn't want to let go so there was some icing that slowed the pace. Maybe a bit of a Carrot cover would have improved the glide (Any improvement would have been welcome;-), but I didn't think of that 'til later:-(
Mar 13 (1w, 3d) by Michael Wright from P3 grooming 
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #5 (green) [16km], Glide Wax: Vauhti Violet, Grip Wax:
Went for a skate today, while my wife was classic, from P3. We did some of the Gatineau parkway and all of #5. There was a good amount of fresh snow, perhaps 7-8 cm, and there was not any grooming yet (at least before noon).

I found the snow very nice for skating, I was gliding very well through the fresh stuff with Vhauti Violet. It was deep, and while the glide itself was good, my tips were pushing snow and slowing me. The area will probably get skied out as the day progresses though.

As for classic, the tracks were being maintained by skiers. Watch what grip wax you pick because my wife and several others had serious issues with snow clumping and sticking to their skis. Swix red, violet, or violet special were not the choices this morning!
Mar 12 (2w, 4d) by David Brownrigg from P3 grooming 
Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #5 (green) [16km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: universal klister
Even with the new snow from Thursday, I found the Gatineau Parkway classic tracking from Gamelin to just beyond the St Raymond overpass to be basically grey ice. After that tracks were a mix of glazed hard pack snow with with some good dry spots. Universal klister was only effective where the sun wasn't shining. Moving onto the skate lanes and looser snow made for better grip on the uphills..
Mar 11 (2w, 5d) by Garry Tarr from P17 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: #50, #52, #53, #55 (green - shared) [34km], Glide Wax: CH8, Grip Wax:
It was another superb ski day today in Gatineau Park. I departed a nearly-full P17 around 10AM and skate-skied 53, 50 and 55 green to a lunch stop at a nearly-full Renaud Cabin. I returned to P17 following 50 along the Lac Philippe shore to 52. All the way I encountered fresh grooming which, with temperatures just a bit below freezing, gave great glide and great control. The classic tracks were a bit less glazed than they were yesterday, so they weren't quite as fast for descents, but it was probably easier for classic skiers to get grip. The three steep downhills on 52 had been tilled deeply enough to allow edges to bite in the turns, but were enjoyably fast. I hit one icy patch on the downhills but it was short enough that my skis crossed over it before I lost control. By the time I reached the last long climb on 52 through the orchard near Brown Cabin the hazy sun had started to soften the snow surface a bit and slow things down. In the past few years the NCC and Demsis have done a lot of work to re-route service snowmobiles from the skate lanes so that the snowmobiles do not carve up the grooming. However on the stretch from Brown Cabin to P17 snowmobile tracks are still in evidence on the trail. It would be nice if the NCC could figure out a way to get snowmobiles to this cabin without using trail 52. Overall it was perhaps the best ski day of the year for me. It looks like the great conditions will hold through the coming week. Enjoy!
Mar 11 (2w, 5d) by Don Fugler from P5 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: #1 Penguin Climb, #6 [4.9km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
I tried Skyline early this morning. It was hard and fast. This works well on the mild downhills and there is just enough grip to slow down on the trickier descents. If you fall over, it is still soft on the verges. If speed makes you apprehensive, it might be best to take the 19-34-6 alternative loop. The run down Penguin was equally fast but very wide so there is more room to play.
Mar 10 (2w, 6d) by Garry Tarr from P16 grooming grooming 
Trails Skied: #50, #54 (green), #55 (green - shared), #36 (blue) [27.4km], Glide Wax: CH8, Grip Wax:
About 10 days ago it looked like the ski season was coming to a dismal end with only a few centimeters of crushed ice left on the parkways. With around 20cm of fresh powder falling over the past week in the park, today had perhaps the best snow conditions I've seen this year. I did the Lakes Tour on skate skis, starting at P16 and going up 54 to Lusk Lake and along 55 green to Lac Renaud and Taylor lake before returning to P16 on 50. On my return I did a quick detour to the Meech Lake shore on 36, using a combination of doubling poling the flats and skating on the steep uphills where there are no tracks to avoid damaging the classic tracks. Conditions were uniformly excellent with freshly groomed corduroy giving a fast yet forgiving surface. The classic tracks were slightly glazed, making for nice fast descents. Leaf debris was minimal. On the flats in places I found it easier to double pole in the tracks than to skate. Coverage is complete on the usual spring trouble spots like the open curve near Lac Renaud. The steep hill leading back to P16 had been well tilled, making for an easily controlled descent. At the very end of my ski I could start to feel a bit of suction slowing the skis down, particularly in places with southern exposure. Ski traffic was also starting to polish the skate lane to the point that my edges didn't hold very well. In mid-March even on a cloudy day the sun has enough power to soften the snow. It's sad that despite the superb conditions I didn't see many other skiers out. I'm expecting there will be grooming again tonight, so tomorrow morning should provide exceptional skiing. Get out and enjoy these last few days of the season!

About Skiing in the Gatineau Park..

General: Fees Resource General Info History NCC Grooming Report info@ncc-ccn.ca 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 info@ncc-ccn.ca.


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Current Weather

Observed at: Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Int'l Airport
Date: 7:00 AM EDT Friday 23 March 2018
Mostly Cloudy
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Temperature: -4.4°C
Wind Chill: -10
Wind: WNW 14 km/h
Humidity: 69%
Dew point: -9.2°C
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Visibility: 24 km
Sunrise: 7:00 EDT
Sunset: 19:17 EDT
Max 5°C. Min -5°C.

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Ottawa (Kanata - Orléans), ON (Issued: 5:00 AM EDT Friday 23 March 2018)

Mainly cloudy. 30 percent chance of flurries this morning and early this afternoon. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h this afternoon. High plus 2. UV index 3 or moderate.
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