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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Jan 16 (4d, 23h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P2, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #24, #27, Glide Wax: Vauhti Mid, Grip Wax: Guess: Vauhti Super Base plus Vauhti GF Violet
Great conditions in the park this evening - fast and forgiving for either classic or skate. If you head out, dress for it because there is more wind than you might think.

Jan 15 (5d, 7h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #31, #1 (blue), Glide Wax: VauhtiMid, Grip Wax: Vauhti K base hard wax, Vauhti GF Silver
Some great skiing for classic or skate is yours for the taking today. Conditions are generally fast, with an icy base and some sugary snow on top. Ridge Road from P7, Fortune and Champlain Parkways all freshly groomed for classic and skate.

Jan 3 (2w, 3d) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, #1 Penguin Climb, #1, #1B, #24, Glide Wax: Vauhti Wet, Grip Wax: Guess: Swix universal silver klister, covered with Vauhti GF red hard wax.
Had a rare opportunity to get out the Firetower today, starting from P7. It got just cold enough overnight that in many places things froze up. In some places (like P7 to Keogan) this led to fairly icy, glazed and rutted conditions that I wouldn't recommend. In other places, however, (like the Parkway network in general and Ridge Road beyond Champlain) things were much better, with fresher smoother snow that was still reasonably fast. Classic waxing will again be tricky. In some places the tracks are glazed and icy, while in others there is still damp, fresh snow. Might be a day for skins if you are a lazy waxex (not that I a judging you or anything....)

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).

More Reading Related to the Gatineau Park. . .
Gatineau Park: The Trail Beckons: 100 Years of Cross-Country Skiing in Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park: Team Blizzard Discount 2018 Gatineau Park Ski Passes On Sale
Gatineau Park: UPDATE: 2017 Fall Gatineau Parkway Closures
Gatineau Park: Team Blizzard Discount 2017 Gatineau Park Ski Passes On Sale
Gatineau Park: Car Thieves Back to Work in Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park: Comments from Marty Hall on Sept 15th NCC Meeting
Gatineau Park: Pictures of Skiing December 1
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