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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Mar 26 (18h, 58m) - Mark Rajack - Starting Point: P5, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, North Loop, #1, Glide Wax: Vauhti LF Yellow, Grip Wax: Hairies
It was a warm and wonderful day to be out, enjoying the spring skiing. Skied from P5 up Ridge Rd, back on Fortune to P8 and on to P5.
Grooming was not complete, on our loop, only the Fortune Parkway to P8 had been groomed. The rest of ridge road and the parkway around P5 was very icy.

Mar 25 (2d, 18h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P5, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , Gatineau Pkwy, Glide Wax: Vauhti Violet., Grip Wax: N.A.
Got out for a short but very nice lunch hour ski on the Gatineau Parkway between P5 and the top of Pink (too lazy to go down and back up again!). The parkway is firm and generally fast, with primarily packed yet fresh snow. For classic skiing it was quite clearly hard wax conditions. I suspect that Vauhti K12 on top of Vauhti K Base binder would have worked very well...maybe moving to K9 as the afternoon goes on.

Mar 23 (4d, 15h) - Katie McMahon - Starting Point: P2, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #5 (green), Glide Wax: vauhti LF Green, Grip Wax:
It feels like the middle of winter out there! Conditions are icy where there has not been fresh grooming. The parkways seem nicely groomed.

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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