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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Feb 19 (3d, 15h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P5, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , Gatineau Pkwy, Glide Wax: Vauhti Mid, Grip Wax: Vauhti GF Violet
Short ski this morning from P5. It's a bit blustery so dress a bit on the warm side. Gatineau Parkway and trail 15 look to have been groomed overnight but there is a lot of windblown snow, especially in the classic tracks - so hope someone else skis before you and accept your slower speed with grace!

Feb 12 (1w, 2d) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #30, Glide Wax: Vauhti Cold, Grip Wax: Vauhti GF carrot, Vauhti Green
We've got incredibly good conditions right now for every kind of skiing. I skied from P7 this morning and Ridge Road looked like it was photo-shopped. The snow is very dry so it is not exceptionally fast but it is firm and about as easy as could ever be for grip waxing. I think an A plus Gatineau Loppet is on the menu.

Feb 12 (1w, 3d) - Craig Storey - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #1, #1B, #3, Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax: Vauhti Carrot / K15
Beautiful skiing conditions! It really can't get much better. The grooming was day old on Parkways and fresh this morning on Ridge and Burma.

Garry mentioned the effect the overnight weather has on glide the next morning. Cloudy nights tend to be more humid and thus glide is better the next morning. Clear nights result in more moisture loss from the snow and thus more friction and slower glide. It was obvious today when you stepped off the parkway onto Ridge - the freshly groomed sections were much faster. (Unless you had too much structure!)

The only disappointment was the Sun was only out for a few minutes, otherwise it was just another in a long string of best skiing days of the year.

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: Gatineau Park skiing photos, April 17th, 2008.
Gatineau Park: Volunteers Needed for Gatineau Park Trail Cleaun-up
Gatineau Park: Gatineau Park Grooming to Stop April 15th, Snow or no Snow.
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