Gatineau Park Update: February 9, 2018

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

 

Overall ski conditions

Highlights:

Since the end of last week, the recent snowfalls, combined with heavier snow, has facilitated the grooming of the trail system.

The maintenance team was able to bring the network back to normal, including trails # 33, # 36 blue and the icy section of the Champlain Parkway near the Mackenzie King Estate. Even trail # 36 black is now recommended.

Thanks to the tireless team of groomers, 100% of the groomed ski trails are now recommended. The snow base is 23 cm at P8 and 27 cm at the intersection of Fortune Lake Parkway and trail # 1.

Light precipitation is expected this week-end. The groomers will work on the entire network overnight Friday and Saturday. All starting points are recommended.

Backcountry Trails:

Backcountry trails are all recommended. There is now enough fresh snow to support your skis and poles; the conditions are excellent. That said; remain cautious, especially on descents.

Follow the evolution of the ski trail conditions on our Website.

Snowshoeing, snow biking and winter hiking

All trails are now recommended for snowshoeing and snow biking:

—For snowshoeing, the conditions are excellent;

—For snow biking, the compaction carried out by snowshoers, along with cold nights, made it possible to recommend the majority of the trails shared with snowshoers. Conditions could vary in the North sector, especially on trail # 71. Make sure the trail base is firm enough (tracks no deeper than 2.5 cm) and lower the pressure on your tires as needed.

Follow to the evolution of snowshoeing and winter biking trail conditions by following these links: SnowshoeingSnow biking.

Different trails for different activities

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

Please be safe and enjoy winter activities in the Park!