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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Feb 14 (4d, 12h) - Craig Storey - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, #3, Glide Wax: Blue, Grip Wax: Vauhti Carrot covered with green
Warm sun, a bit of wind and lots and lots of fresh snow! Beautiful day for a ski! Parking lots were empty at 9:30 compare to usual but a lot more people out at 11:30.

Grooming was great, everything is quite wide and flat. As expected ts not firm yet, there's still lots of air in that snow, and as a result its slower than last week. This warmer weather will transform the snow and speed things up ahead of Gatineau Loppet.

Get out and enjoy, this is peak skiing for sure!

Feb 9 (1w, 3d) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #3, Camp Fortune Race Course, Glide Wax: Rode R20, Grip Wax: Rode Special Violet klister, then Rode Blue klister, then Rode Super Blue hardwax.
Great day for skiing if you don't mind a stiff breeze and crunchy, slightly icy trails. Ridge Road, the Camp Fortune race course, the parkways, and Burma were all in good shape for classic or skate. For classic skiing you need some durable wax but it isn't hard to get grip with blue klister and a bit of hard wax on top.

Feb 8 (1w, 3d) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, #1, #30, Glide Wax: Rode GLF Violet, Grip Wax: N.A.
It wasn't exactly the dream scenario for skiing this evening but if you want to head up to the park after work I would probably recommend P10. They were doing some grooming and track setting around 5 pm and had come up from P10 and done at least some portions or Ridge. The result was sugar in the short term - but I think it will harden up considerably tonight. That means for Saturday you can expect fast and firm conditions and probably very nice skiing where it gets groomed. Looking at the track, for classic I would recommend putting some blue klister on and covering it with appropriate hard wax. You MIGHT get away with a serious binder/base wax but I make no guarantees.

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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