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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Jan 26 (12h, 30m) - Katie McMahon - Starting Point: P2, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #5 (green), #26, Glide Wax: Vauhti Lf Green, Grip Wax: Vauhti K19 covered with Vauhti Green
Ski conditions from the Relais Plein Air are great! Parkways and bike paths looked freshly groomed for both classic and skate. Surprisingly fast-ish conditions for being so cold. Enjoy!

Jan 25 (2d, 21h) - Ingrid Hagberg - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: #1 (black - Chelsea), #9, #4, #1 (blue), #11, #22, Glide Wax: Vauhti Blue, Grip Wax: Carrot
Went out for a wonderful backcountry ski this morning. I can't comment much on the state of the groomed trails, because we weren't on them for very long, but they seemed to be in good condition. The back country trails could use a little more snow, but are in good shape overall. The downhills are pretty bumpy in some places, and watch out for the occasional rock.

Jan 23 (4d, 20h) - Liza Rozina - Starting Point: P1, Trails Skied: #5 (green), #15 (blue), Glide Wax: Vauhti LF blue, Grip Wax: Vauhti Carrot
Great day for a ski! Barely any tracks left on trail 15, and watch out for the rocks! There are a few peeking out in some places, and there are a few patches of dirt. Overall great ski conditions!

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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