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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
Today (9h, 60m) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P5, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy , Gatineau Pkwy, Glide Wax: Vauhti Cold, Grip Wax: Vauhti orange, covered with a bit of vauhti blue.
Snuck out this morning for a short ski in the P5 area. The parkways were groomed again overnight, with nothing to report there other than it being perfect again (and maybe a touch slow if you are feeling grumpy). The 15 has had some snowmobile traffic but still no tracks - looking forward to when those go in.

Jan 19 (1d, 9h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: Old Chelsea, Trails Skied: Gatineau Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, #1 (black - Chelsea), Glide Wax: Star NF Cold Liquid, Grip Wax: Guess: Vauhti Orange, covered with touch of bulue
Parkways are pretty much as perfect as they get - and nice crisp day too. I also skied the bottom section of Ridge Road from Old Chelsea. It has been packed from near the old visitor Centre but there are no classic tracks yet. Still some foot traffic on what is supposed to be the ski trail but certainly passable skiing.

Jan 16 (4d, 6h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P6, Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, Glide Wax: Star Warm NF liquid, Grip Wax: It's a day for all manner of of no wax skis
You never know exactly how things will pan out when 25 cm of snow at 0 is in the forecast. This time it's going very well. The snow is wet enough to set up fairly firm, but not so wet as to be agonizingly slow. At the same time, fresh snow at 0 usually isn't worth trying to wax for. The really lazy way out is to skate. The other way is to use some kind of no wax ski. For what it's worth, when it is actually 0 and snowing the best skis for me have always been "zeros", "hairies", "rub skis" or whatever you want to call them.

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).

More Reading Related to the Gatineau Park. . .
Gatineau Park: The Trail Beckons: 100 Years of Cross-Country Skiing in Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park: Team Blizzard Discount 2018 Gatineau Park Ski Passes On Sale
Gatineau Park: UPDATE: 2017 Fall Gatineau Parkway Closures
Gatineau Park: Team Blizzard Discount 2017 Gatineau Park Ski Passes On Sale
Gatineau Park: NCC Survey on Recreational use of Gatineau Park
Gatineau Park: Gatineau Park Ski Trails: Current Conditions
Gatineau Park: Skating on Trail #15, one Skier's Concerns
XC Local: Rideau River Winter Trail Event - March 2nd, 2019
XC Local: Ski Day on the Hill 2019
XC Local: 2019 Canadian National Championships Seeking Volunteers!
XC Local: 2019 Opeongo Classic Loppet
XC Local: Message from Lafleur - (2003/12/12) Skiing Conditions Dangerous!
XC Local: 2016 NCD Awards Banquet, April 2nd at 6pm
XC Local: The Canadian Triple Ski Challenge Reminder
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