Gatineau Park Update Dec. 29th

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Status of Gatineau Park’s Cross-Country Ski, Snowshoe, and Snow Bike Network, and Grooming Operations

Overall ski conditions

Highlights:
It’s cold! A large part of the network has been mechanically maintained at least once over the last week.

Although there has been lots of snow, the snow cover, once compacted, remains thin. The snow base was of only 8 cm thick on December 22 at the intersection of Fortune Lake Parkway and trail 1.

Waxing tip:
Here is a tip that should result in both fast and grippy skis during this deep cold period. Leave your skis outside to cool off after applying a few layers of Green wax. Then, apply one last layer of Green Special while outside and lightly cork it on. This last layer will serve as an intermediary between your warmer wax and the snow.

Gatineau Park’s South Sector

Parkways and trails: The parkway network will be renovated Friday and Saturday evening in order to offer the best conditions possible. Snow conditions permitting, the parkways will also be trackset.

Because the snow base is so thin, the maintenance crew will not be able to groom more trails before at least 10 more cm of new snow falls.

Gatineau Park’s North Sector

Trails: Trail 50, between P19 and trail 55 (chemin du lac Taylor), as well as trail 55 (chemin du lac Taylor) will be renovated on Friday and Saturday evening in order to offer the best conditions possible. Snow conditions permitting, these trails will also be trackset.

Because the snow base is so thin, the maintenance crew will not be able to groom more trails before at least 10 more cm of new snow falls.

Backcountry trails

Good news: A handful of backcountry trails are now recommended but be careful, you may still encounter rocks or patches of ice.

You may find the latest ski trail conditions on our Website.

Other winter activities

The snow cover is relatively thin on the snowshoeing and snow biking trails. The whole network is presently recommended; however, expect to encounter rocks and ice. Despite the cold, the winter bike conditions are particularly good with exceptional grip.

You may find the latest snowshoeing and winter biking trail conditions by following these links: Snowshoeing – Snow biking.
All trails dedicated to winter walking have been compacted during the week and are in good condition.

Different trails for different activities

Be courteous to other users. Use only the trails dedicated to your activity.

Season passes still available.

Please be cautious and shortened your outings in this icy cold weather!