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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Apr 21 (3d, 22h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P5, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , Gatineau Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, Glide Wax: N.A, Grip Wax: Guess: Rode Multigrade Universal Klister
Of course, it is a great day to be outside doing anything. If your preferred activity is skiing we would say you will like what you find in the higher portions of Gatineau Park. Early this morning it was pretty crusty and rutted, but by now you can bet it is turning into icy slush - which makes for pretty nice skiing actually.

Apr 20 (4d, 14h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: N/A, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
Good news - Gatineau Park is partially re-opened for the weekend following all that ice. You can read about the details here: http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/posts/gatineau-park-partially-reopens

While we haven\'t gone skiing since the closure and grooming is finished, local observations make it clear that there will be no real shortage of snow for skiing this weekend in the upper parts of the park. We think that most of the main trails at higher elevations and generally north-facing locations should have reasonable coverage - with occasional thin/bare spots. The weather looks like it will be great.

Apr 14 (1w, 3d) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #1 (blue), Glide Wax: Rode GLF Green, Grip Wax: N.A.
After a full week of great skiing, this morning's conditions - while making it possible to ski if you really want to- could only be described as poor. No grooming took place overnight or this morning, so the result, for the most part, is a rutted and icy challenge. We skied all the way out to the Fire Tower from P10 anyway because it was a rare day where we had time. Conditions improved as we got farther out because less skiing took place and there were consequently less ruts. While very hard and fast, the skating was pretty reasonable past the Tawadina lookout. Before that the only thing that felt comfortable was double poling in the tracks. Don't let this discourage you! If we get the snow we are supposed to, tomorrow could be great.

We've maintained a first hand report of the cross-country skiing conditions in Gatineau Park since 2002. The reports were the result of many email inquieries asking "What's the skiing really like today?". It wasn't long before we realized the need for better ski reports. Thus we tried to post fresh reports whenever we skied in the park. Soon skiers began relying on our reports so much so that emails would flood in when we didn't post a report! (Back to square one.)

There were some problems with our trail reports. Mainly, lack of variety - as a team we usually trained together at one location, lack of scope - the team might repeat the same hill 20x and only ski 5km (a small section of a large park) and the team often traveled on weekends when most skiers really want to know the conditions.

To fix this problem we opened up our trail condition reports to the genereal public by creating skiTrails.xcOttawa.ca

Now the only reports you will see displayed on the front page of XC Ottawa are those submitted by team skiers, or by a few vetted individuals when we are out of town.

Historic Ski Reports

The NCC also maintains a grooming report on-line or phone (819) 827-2020. 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.

Looking to know how long short sections of trails are? You should also consult this Gatineau Park Trail Distance Map

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).

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