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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Feb 12 (14h, 44m) - Megan McTavish - Starting Point: P2, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #15 (blue), Glide Wax: Green, Grip Wax: Rode Green
I skied early this morning and it was great, despite the cold weather. Trail #15 was enjoyable, but there was no classic track. The Gatineau Parkway had perfect skating, perfect classic tracks on one side and none on the other.
I also skied a bit in the "backcountry" and we got enough snow that it is back to being good.
Should be a good weekend!

Feb 11 (2d, 15h) - Sheila Kealey - Starting Point: P5, Trails Skied: #1 Penguin Climb, #1, #1B, Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: Rode Blue Multigrade
Excellent skiing this morning! I headed for the woods to get out of the wind, and Ridge road was freshly groomed and tracks were in great shape (Parkways at P5 not groomed). Don't let the cold discourage you, dress in layers (because you will get warm) and start where you can get into the trails quickly. P5 and P7 are good options.

Feb 10 (3d, 17h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, #1, #1B, Glide Wax: Vauhti Blue, Grip Wax: Rode Super Blue or Rode Multigrade Violet
Skied this morning from P7 along Ridge out to the 1a/1b and then back via Champlain Parkway. Grooming was in progress while we were out there, with very good conditions for skate or classic in general. The only area we encountered that had not been groomed yet was the 1b.

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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