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Gatineau Park Ski Conditions. . .
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Nov 20 (20h, 31m) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, Glide Wax: Vauhti Mid, Grip Wax: Vauhti K base binder plus Vauhti K12
Overall, things are holding up well. I skied classic from P10 and the tracks were variable (sometimes a bit glazy, greasy, and or icy) but hardwax with binder was still working well. The skating looked reasonable too.
 

Nov 19 (2d, 17h) - Craig Storey - Starting Point: P6, Trails Skied: Champlain Pkwy, MacKenzie-King Rd , Glide Wax: , Grip Wax: Vauhti Carrot
The Sun was shining, it was warm and conditions were good this morning. The snow was powdery at 9:30 but starting to glaze and transform and get slower by 11:30. Tracks were firm for both classic and skate. Skate surface was slick but you could edge easily. Classic tracks were glazed, with the "occassional" oak leaf thrown in.

There was an issue with the maintenance team snow machines ripping up 50% of the skate surface on Champlain parkway from Mica to Black's Lake. This caused loose chunks to scrape away and it was possible to hit pavement where the machines had churned up the snow. Not sure how much of the loop that affected but they had not gone up Black's Lake hill and everything above was well covered and firm.
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Nov 16 (5d, 21h) - Karl Saidla - Starting Point: P10, Trails Skied: Fortune Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, Champlain Pkwy, Glide Wax: Vauhti Cold (Blue), Grip Wax: Vauhti Carrot
Good conditions for any kind of skiing on the parkway network today, but I would give the edge to classic skiing right now. The tracks are more or less perfect with poles not even hitting pavement much of the time. The skating is certainly acceptable but it's a little bumpy and inconsistent. The sun and lack of wind made for a great winter morning.
 

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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