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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Apr 12 (7d, 18h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #3, Glide Wax: Vauhti LF Yellow, Grip Wax: Vauhti Universal Klister mixed with Vauhti Red Klister
If you are wondering whether to go skiing this afternoon, the answer is yes. We've got summer temperatures, and still quite good coverage overall in the higher parts of the park. P10 was essentially full of cars this morning, meaning that many others agree!

Bare spots are starting to appear in exposed areas of the parkways and trails, but they are generally few and far between, at least right now. There were only 1-2 places where you might have chosen to take off your skis on the trails we traveled today.

Apr 11 (1w, 21h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, Glide Wax: Vauhti LF Yellow, Grip Wax: Vauhti Universal Klister, Vauhti Red Klister
For those wondering about skiing this weekend, we can confirm that there is still enough snow to do some semi-reasonable skiing. We skied last night from P10 to have supper at Huron. There were no bare spots on Fortune Parkway, and only a couple on Ridge Road near the bottom of Khyber Pass.

Some sections of the parkway were starting to get blue and were actually icy, while some others were quite smooth and skiable. Classic waxing might be a bit tricky given the ice and so on...but will get easier the warmer it gets.

Apr 9 (1w, 3d) - Megan McTavish - Starting Point: VC, Trails Skied: North Loop, Glide Wax: Vauhti LF Yellow, Grip Wax: Vauhti K - base Klister, Vauhti K15 (guess)
I got out for a short ski from the Vistor's Centre. I just went through the sugarbush and then from P8 to P9 and back. Megan and I also skied last night from the Hautes Plaines area, mainly on the parkway below the Pink Lake Climb.

There is certainly still a considerable amount of snow left, with no significant bare patches on an part of the Parkway network that I have skied lately. The base is solid and icy in places, although certainly a bit icy and rutted. The little bit of new snow we got last night slowed things down considerably, but also made the skiing easier. If you want to ski classic there are still remnants of classic tracks on most sections of the Parkway. Choose your days based on the weather, but I am pretty sure we will have some nice conditions for skiing in parts of the park this weekend.

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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