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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Dec 5 (1w, 14h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, Glide Wax: NA , Grip Wax: NA
Certainly better skiing than you might expect. I would say in the Fortune area we received about 5 cm over the last 24 hours and there is a layer of ice in most places underneath that. Poles go though to that ice/pavement but skis will certainly stay on top of it for classic. Skating will work well too if you ski with some touch don't try to go too fast.

Nov 23 (3w, 5d) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P5, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, Glide Wax: Doesn't matter., Grip Wax: Really doesn't matter
Of course, I knew that the skiing was going to be terrible. But I know that there are some people who are willing to ski in even the worst of worst conditions. So, just for them, I skied from P5 to the T at Fortune to be able to report back. Briefly, in the general category of "rock skiing", the conditions to day would fall withing the lowest sub-category: "poor". It is icy and rutted, with bare patches in some places. The obvious thing to do is get yourself to the Nakkertrak!

Nov 21 (3w, 3h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P5, Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, Gatineau Pkwy, Glide Wax: Vauhti Wet, Grip Wax: Guess: Vauhti K Universal Gold Klister
Skated this evening from P5 to the bottom of Black Lake hill (after all, nobody wants to climb Black Lake hill when you can turn around). Conditions were still worth the trip but who knows what will happen overnight and on Friday. When I was out there some kind rain/snow sleet hybrid was visible through the light from my headlamp, and when I was finished skiing I my clothes felt wet. If we are lucky, maybe at higher elevations we will get some snow out of this. If we don't, we're still lucky because we can head to the Nakkertrack!

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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