Grooming Update February 24, 2017

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Status of Gatineau Park’s cross-country ski network and grooming operations

Overall ski conditions


The mild temperatures and intermittent rain have impacted the trail network and as a result, we are facing spring conditions, with sections of trails that might be hard and icy or wet in some areas. The maintenance team advised me that the current conditions make the grooming more difficult, either to work along ditches or to set tracks on trails for classic skiing.

Despite these facts, 97% of our trail network is still recommended. All parking lots stay recommended as starting points.


Grooming operations:

The maintenance team has completed the grooming around noon today, in order to provide good conditions before the heavy rain that is forecasted until tomorrow evening. The team will not work tonight in order to not damage the trails. The team plans to work on the current recommended network during the night from Saturday to Sunday in order to maximize the overnight freezing conditions but could continue working on trails in the morning if freezing conditions happen later during the night. To avoid collisions with skiers,  the maintenance team could limit its work on trails, if grooming continues through the morning.

Should the freezing/thawing conditions continue, the team plans to work on a daily basis next week to evaluate the part of the network to work on after the rain stops, either Sunday or Monday.


Gatineau Park’s South sector 

Parkways and trails: The parkway and trail network in the Southern sector will be groomed during the night from Saturday to Sunday. Thereafter, the team plans to work everyday on the trails (the ones on which there will be a work priority), either for track setting or compacting.


Gatineau Park’s North sector

Trails: All trails in the northern sector will be groomed during the night from Saturday to Sunday as well. The weekly plan is the same as the one for the South sector. Please note that the section of Trail #53 between P19 and Trail #51 is not recommended due to particularly wet sections.


Backcountry trails

The backcountry trails are not recommended. The patrol will evaluate if conditions could potentially allow a future recommendation.


For your safety, please stay on recommended trails. Feel free to consult the ski condition webpage to get a better sense of trail network progress:

Happy skiing and please be safe!


Benjamin Hiard

Agent de programme, activités de plein air

Program officer, Outdoor activities

Parc de la Gatineau / Gatineau Park

(613)239-5678 x6044 (bureau/office)

(819)639-5229 (cel)

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