Grooming Update March 24, 2017

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

Overall ski conditions

Highlights:

Snow is back and so is the hope of extending our ski season—97% of the ski trail network is recommended. A sunny weekend is forecasted, therefore spring conditions on trails are expected. All parking lots remain recommended as starting points. However, we have ice or rock issues on trails in some sectors, such as trails starting at parking lots P2, P11 and P12. The rain and warmer temperatures forecasted at the beginning of next week may damage the conditions on these trails. These parking lots might not be recommended.

Grooming operations:

The maintenance team went out last night and plans to work every day this weekend. Should it rain during the night from Sunday to Monday, the maintenance team will postpone its work to the following day or the day after.

Gatineau Park’s South sector

Parkways and trails: The parkway and trail network in the southern sector will be groomed this weekend. As suggested above, according to the maintenance team, working on trails around the Relais plein air is difficult due to the icy conditions.  The same issues arise on the hilly sections of Trails  #2 black and  #40, as well as Trail  #35. The grooming machine hits soil and rocks on Trail  #3 near the intersection with Trail  #20.

Gatineau Park’s North sector

Trails: The trails in the northern sector will also be groomed this weekend. The grooming machine has a hard time working on the section of trail  #51 between P19 and trail  #53 due to the ice and rocks on it.

Backcountry trails

Following today’s snowfall, the patrollers will evaluate if backcountry trails could be recommended.

 

For your safety, please stay on recommended trails. Feel free to consult the interactive map to get a better sense of trail network progress: https://ncc-ccn.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=9fb8f1b699fb4653b14ec9f06e3f7ed7

 

Happy skiing and please be safe!

Benjamin Hiard
Agent de programme, activités de plein air
Program officer, Outdoor activities
benjamin.hiard@ncc-ccn.ca
 613-239-5678, ext. / poste 6044
 819-639-5229