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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Today (10h, 54m) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Glide Wax: Rode GLF Blue., Grip Wax: Rode Special Violet Klister covered with Rode multigrade violet or violet hardwax
We were out on the Fortune parkway this morning. It appeared to have been groomed this morning, which made for fairly forgiving conditions while we were out. The tracks were reasonably firm but starting to get a bit sugary as people skied in them, with the skate lanes in similar condition. Burma looked to be in great shape and groomed this morning as well. The fast conditions will be enjoyed by anyone who is interested in racking up kilometres like they did in the old days.

Jan 15 (2d, 6h) - Sheila Kealey - Starting Point: P7, Trails Skied: #1, #1B, #24, Glide Wax: , Grip Wax:
We skied from P7 to McKinstry - it was a perfect day! Sunny, great weather, and superb grooming. Other skier reports for much of the park's trail network reported excellent grooming as well.

Jan 14 (3d, 7h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1, #3, Glide Wax: Rode GLF Green., Grip Wax: Binder or klister base, plus Rode Super Blue
It was one of those days that it felt COLDER than it actually was, but was still enjoyable with warm clothes thanks to the good grooming. Everything is obviously very hard, but the skate lanes were smooth and the classic tracks were generally in very good shape. If you have the patience to put on binder or klister underneath you can have great kick and glide. Ridge Road, #1, and #3 all passed the test for me.

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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