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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Feb 23 (2d, 1h) - Megan McTavish - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1 Penguin Climb, #1, #30, Glide Wax: blue, Grip Wax: violet klister
Skiing was beautiful on Ridge Road earlier this morning. I lucked into being the first one on the freshly groomed trail. The parkways had not been re-groomed and were a bit icy/rutted for skating. The classic tracks looked fine, although hard (klister necessary).

Feb 22 (3d, 2h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P5, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , Champlain Pkwy, Glide Wax: Rode Blue, Grip Wax: N.A.
Megan just got back from a ski and reports good conditions and grooming in progress on the Gatineau and Champlain Parkways. She says it was not too hard for skate- just nice and fast. The classic tracks looked harder.

Feb 14 (2w, 4d) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #30, Glide Wax: Rode GLF Violet, Grip Wax: Will be changing quickly but for now I would try Rode Multigrade Violet.
If you can get out there before it gets above 0 you'll have a terrific day of skiing. Ridge Road and the Fortune/Champlain parkways were groomed overnight, getting rid of the ice from yesterday and producing fast and firm yet forgiving conditions for skate or classic. The sun and the mild weather will have people smiling this Valentine's Day, even if romance is not in the cards.

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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