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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Dec 18 (15h, 35m) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: VC, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, North Loop, Glide Wax: Vauhti Violet, Grip Wax: NA
I skied from the Visitor Centre past P8 and then up the Fortune Parkway. The snow is just wet enough that it is packing down and getting a bit bumpy, but I didn't find it to be a problem. It isn't fast, however. None of the trails I skied had been groomed so far today, but it was still reasonably good for either skating or classic.

Dec 18 (19h, 1m) - Mark Rajack - Starting Point: P8, Trails Skied: North Loop, Glide Wax: Vauhti Violet, Grip Wax: Vauhti Super Pink
Matt and I skied back and forth between P8 and P9 last night, testing out boots as the snow was falling in both classic and skate.

The classic skiing was better out of the track as the tracks were too soft. The centre of the parkway proved to be the most ideal with the snow being packed down by the other skiers.

The powder made the skating a bit slow and choppy, but it was warm out and just a great evening to be skiing!

Dec 16 (2d, 12h) - Sheila Kealey - Starting Point: P1, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #5 (green), #27, Glide Wax: Vauhti Blue, Grip Wax: Vauhti K9: +2-1C (red)
We skied classic from Asticou this morning, and there is still decent coverage low in the park. Parkways were better than trail 5, and had fairly recent grooming. Tricky wax conditions (around 0, variable tracks), but Vauhti K9 (red) was working well!

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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Gatineau Park: Gatineau Parkways are now closed to traffic for the winter.
Gatineau Park: Last Ski of 2009!
Gatineau Park: Fall 2013 Parkway Closure Schedule
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