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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Apr 17 (6d, 13h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, Glide Wax: Not required!, Grip Wax: Vauhti Universal Klister
Megan and I went out for an early evening ski from P10. We encountered quite a few people with big smiles on their faces. And why not? The snow is granular, sugary, and fast. We skied from P10 to the Fortune junction without having to take our skis off (there was one very thin spot near Fortune Lake) and then to Huron, where the snow ran out. We also went the other way about as far as the top of Black Lake, where it is also thin. Most of the parkways in the area were still completely covered. If you want the title of last person to post a trail report, it is there for the taking, and actually, quite worth the trip up to the park.

Apr 16 (7d, 20h) - Megan McTavish - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, Glide Wax: Vauhti Blue., Grip Wax: Vauhti Super Binder, covered with Vauhti K18 or K15
The conditions are "surprisingly good" out there. The translation for that being, it wouldn't be considered good if it was January, February or March, but given that it is April 16th and there is no snow in the city, it is good. The snow yesterday made it skiable. Under the snow it is very icy, but we got just enough to fix that problem for now. It is also very pretty out there with the sparkly tree branches and the beautiful sunshine. Skating is probably best right now. Enjoy the last few days!

Apr 15 (1w, 11h) - Mark Rajack - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Glide Wax: Vauhti LF Purple, Grip Wax: Vauhti Carrot
The fresh snow provided a very enjoyable ski this evening. Underneath the snow is very icy and quite bumpy in certain places; the road remains exposed in what I assume are the usual spots as well.
We would suggest turning left at the top of the T with Champlain as the conditions are still better on that side.
Also, avoid the frazil ice that is barely covering the roadway in places, while it does provide good stability and glide, you will hit the road with your edges as you kick off it. Rock skis still need their edges :o)

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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