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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Feb 28 (1d, 9h) - Ingrid Hagberg - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: #1, #1B, #1 (black - Chelsea), #1 (green) (#2 - #24), #1 (blue), Glide Wax: Vauhti Blue, Grip Wax: N/A
What a lovely day for a ski! There was perfect grooming from P7 all the way along Ridge Road to the firetower. It warmed up pretty fast and the glide got a lot faster as the day progressed. We skated, but carrot would probably grip pretty well today and you could mix it with K19 if it drags.

Feb 28 (1d, 10h) - Sheila Kealey - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: #1, #1B, Glide Wax: Vauhti Blue., Grip Wax:
Excellent skiing conditions this morning, and it\'s not minus 20! The bright sun is warming the snow, so you\'ll finally feel some good glide (it\'s been a while with the slower snow and the cold temps). We started at P7 and headed out Ridge, 1A/B - the rest of the team kept heading toward the Firetower - a great day for that. We skated, but classic tracks looked excellent.

Feb 27 (2d, 9h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P5, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, #5 (green), #15 (blue), Glide Wax: Vauhti Green or Vauhti LF Green, Grip Wax: Vauhti K19 covered with Vauhti Fluor Green or Vauhti K21
Skied this morning, mainly on trail 15 and Gatineau Parkway. Everything was in excellent shape. Waxing is as simple as it gets, but the slow was still quite slow feeling this morning. On the bright side, it will sure feel good when things finally speed up a bit.

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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