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Feb 19 (3d, 6h) by Frank Roscoe from P20 
Trails Skied: 45, 52, 53 [11.3km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Both Pine Grove forest and Mer Blue were groomed and track set on Tuesday February 19. Conditions look good, lots of snow.
Feb 18 (4d, 3h) by Ann Marie Foley from P22 
Trails Skied: 22 [2.4km], Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax: Skins
This is a report for Larose Forest. Left P7 at noon with quite a few cars in the parking area but really not many skiers on the trails. Lots of people snowshoeing and fat biking on their designated trails. Sunny skies and fresh grooming. Only reason for a good rating is that the side of the trails need further compaction so that poles do not sink 10-15cm. Larger baskets on your poles would serve you better. All trails appear to be freshly groomed since the snow last week. A great place to go for an easy ski or to take someone new out on the trails.
Feb 17 (6d, 13h) by Tom Conklin from P18 
Trails Skied: 44, 45, 46 [9.5km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: -3 to -10

44 (from P18 - Davidson): There is one skied-in track for most of the 44 loop. Because it is a multi-use trail there are boot and snow shoe tracks all over the place in many places obliterating the ski track. There is so much snow that poling is difficult almost everywhere. There is also a fair bit of debris but it doesn't really affect the forward progress.

45 (usually from P19 Leitrim): Better than 44 but not much better. There are two skied-in tracks almost everywhere with a much smaller amount of boot and snowshoe damage. The snow is so deep though that poling is difficult at best and really irritating at worst. Having said that, if you don't mind leisurely progress it really is beautiful.

43: A number of skiers were heading across Davidson to the Pine Grove Trail (43). Perhaps it is less trafficked by hikers on that side.

TRAFFIC: There were two other cars in P18 at 9 and about 12 at 10:30.
Feb 15 (1w, 10h) by David Brownrigg from P1 
Trails Skied: 10 [4km], Glide Wax: universal, Grip Wax: blue extra
This report covers the Larose Forest trails from P1 on Indian Creek road. Good skiing on snow covered but skied on classic tracks. Was snowing and ice pellets as I headed out. Ice pellets usually make for fast conditions and the going was surprisingly quick given the fresh snow on top. When I started out it was -4c and blue extra wax worked like a charm. As the temperature climbed past zero not so much. Should've brought some purple wax. All in all a pleasant ski with light winds.
Feb 6 (2w, 2d) by David Brownrigg from P1 
Trails Skied: 10 [4km], Glide Wax: universal, Grip Wax: swix blue - polar as a binder wax
This is a Larose Forest Report. Skied out from P1 on Indian Creek road this afternoon. Tracks were shallow and crusty with a light dusting of snow. Not ideal conditions but skiable. Eventually came upon fresh grooming where the upper loop meets up with the cross trail over towards hwy 8. There the skiing improved remarkably giving excellent grip and speed. A pleasant surprise as I expected the county would wait to regroom after tonight's freezing rain and rain. Skied as far as concession 8 and back to P1.
Feb 5 (2w, 3d) by David Brownrigg from P20 
Trails Skied: 51, 52 [7.5km], Glide Wax: n/a, Grip Wax: universal klister
Seeing that skiing was not recommended in Gatineau Park decided to risk Mer Bleu. Expected to find a watery mess but was pleasantly surprised to see tracking and a few cars in the parking lot. The lot itself was mostly hard ice with no huge puddles. The skiing was a bit slow due to sinking wet snow (expected that) and the tracking was fair to good mostly on 51 but 52 was walked on by snowshoers. After a few passes by a few more skiers 52 was better. Universal klister was definitely the way to go giving superb grip and glide.

Big freezeup coming tonight so as long as the tracks hold up a maybe a few more flurries we can continue to ski at Mer Bleu. Ran into a few ladies who recognized me from a ski on Burma last year. They were in a group that shared their homemade granola bars with me. Barb and Jenna, hope I got your names right. Nice talking to you.
Feb 4 (3w, 4d) by David Brownrigg from P2 
Trails Skied: 10 [4km], Glide Wax: universal, Grip Wax: blue extra
This report covers the Larose Forest trails off of hwy 8 south of Bourget, ON, parking lot #2. All trails were snow covered from yesterday\'s storm but last Friday\'s tracking was still visible. A very thin layer of ice made for fast skiing despite the layer of snow. Open area sections tended to be more uneven and sinking with the forest sections tracking much firmer. Blue extra wax gave flawless grip and glide.
Feb 3 (3w, 5d) by Tom Conklin from P18 
Trails Skied: 44 [3.1km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Lots of new snow and no grooming so the tracks were skier-made. For the most part the tracks were fine for a leisurely ski. There is one track with another coming in and out but which is much more difficult to travel on. The snow is deep so you sink in occasionally and your poles will often sink in quite far.

There were quite a few people out but you rarely come across them. There are a fair number of walkers and people on snow-shoes so there is competition for the path. Even when someone has passed over the second, dubious track on snow shoes it is still possible to reform the classic track.
Feb 3 (3w, 5d) by Terry Gray from P16 
Trails Skied: 40, 42 [4.7km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Afternoon classic ski just as the snow was changing to freezing rain. Connector from parking lot to main trail was very rough, but once on the main trail the skier-made tracks were a little slow in spots but decent enough. They are doing some logging along this trail so there is some debris in spots. I decided to take the trail through the golf course back to the parking lot and that was a mistake - tracks were washed out in spots and skis and poles kept sinking into the snow. Avoid this trail and stick to the woods if you go there.
Feb 2 (3w, 6d) by James McDonald from P19 
Trails Skied: 45, 46 [6.4km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
The skiing is absolutely perfect. Lots of falling snow and fluffy powder. Good skier made tracks which are so fast if you feel like you're being pushed from behind the whole time. (No skate ski path) whatever you think you have to do today can wait; go outside and ski!
Feb 1 (3w, 4h) by Frank Roscoe from P19 
Trails Skied: ONSC Trails, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 50, 51, 52, 53, 53A, 60, 61, 62, 63 [48.4km], Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
All ONSC groomed and track-set trails - Hornet’s Nest, Mer Bleu and Pine Grove - were groomed and track-set on Friday. Lots of snow and cold enough to set the tracks nicely.
Have a good weekend ski.
Jan 31 (3w, 1d) by David Brownrigg from P19 
Trails Skied: 45, 46 [6.4km], Glide Wax: universal, Grip Wax: Terva Tar Kick Wax -10 to -32c
Good skier made tracks over top of snow from earlier in the week and last Friday's grooming by the ONSC. Tracks were a bit soft at first but were made firmer as more skiers got out and packed things down. Terva tar wax for extreme cold worked very well giving excellent grip and glide.
Jan 28 (4w, 4d) by David Brownrigg from P20 
Trails Skied: 51, 52 [7.5km], Glide Wax: universal, Grip Wax: Terva Tar Kick Wax -10 to 30c
First ski for me at Mer Bleu this season. Good to excellent skier made tracks on what appears to be a groomed base from several days ago. Tracks are mostly deep and well formed with the only stretch with almost no tracking is the narrow trail through the pines back towards the parking lot. Very cold but little to no wind in the bush.

About Skiing in the Green Belt..

The National Capital Greenbelt has over 100km of trails and another 25km of recreational pathways, most of which are suitable for cross-country skiing in the wintertime. All of the trails are suitable for beginner and family outings.

Thanks to the Nakkertok Nordic Ski Club, Orleans Nordic Ski Club and Kanata Nordic Ski Club for their volunteer grooming of various Green Belt trails from time to time. The city of Ottawa and the NCC would like to encourage urban skiing, so if you appreciate the grooming let your councilor, the city and the NCC know!

ONSC grooms The Hornet's Nest (Tauvette street to Montreal Rd), Mer Bleue and Pine Grove Forest (the section off Leitrum Rd). Trails are classic skiing ONLY, no skating is allowed on these trails. The Hornet's Nest is groomed at least weekly and the others as time permits. Updated trail conditions are available at the snow phone; 613-837-SNOW.

General Info: Trail Descriptions and Driving Directions | Trail Maps |

Green Belt Trails Legend

10P2-Carling Ave4
11P3-Corkstown Rd1.5
12P3-Corkstown Rd2.7
20P4-Trimm Dr3
21P4-Trimm Dr2.3
22P4-Trimm Dr2.4
22P4-Trimm Dr2.4
23-2.7kmP5-Eagleson Rd2.7
23-2.3kmP5-Eagleson Rd2.3
TCTTrans Canada Trail (old Railroad) Eagleson - Robertson2.7
24P5 or P63
25P6-Richmond Rd3.5
P8P8-Moodie Dr1.5
26-1.5kmP9-Moodie Dr1.5
26-2.2kmP9-Moodie Dr2.2
26P10-Hunt Club Rd4
27P10-Hunt Club Rd2.7
28P11-HWY 4162
29P12-HWY 4162.8
ONSC TrailsONSC Trails5
40 1.8
42 2.9
50 5.3
51 3.8
52 3.7


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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.