Last updated: February 15, 2019
The Gatineau Loppet will be taking place this weekend. Temperatures will be at seasonal average levels, with slightly stronger winds on Saturday. Several races on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 9 am, will be held on a portion of the Park’s trail network. For more detailed information, check the Gatineau Loppet website.
The sunny conditions on Thursday, the wet snow today and the influx of skiers will create wet snow conditions that are much easier to compact and firm up with the cooler temperatures expected tonight.
The snowstorm this week brought as much as 50 cm of new snow to certain parts of the Park, which was primarily heavy snow, followed by snow mixed with ice and then with light powder snow during the day. All in all, this has produced a type of snow that is more difficult to compact, which has slowed down grooming operations this week. The trail maintenance team has also been working to pile up large banks of snow at the ends of trails to be used later in the season.
Our teams plan to groom all trails in the network over the next two nights. However, depending on conditions over the next two nights, and with the time needed to prepare for the Loppet, it is possible that some trails will be groomed on only one of the two nights.
All starting points are recommended for skiing this weekend.
With the abundant snowfall this week, all backcountry trails are in excellent condition.
The wet snow today, followed by freezing temperatures, could cause trail surfaces to become partially icy. However, the patrol does not expect that this will change overall ski conditions. If necessary, the patrol will reassess the recommendation of these trails over the weekend.
The snowstorm this week brought as much as 50 cm of new snow to certain parts of the Park. Conditions are excellent for snowshoeing. The wet snow today, followed by freezing temperatures, could cause trail surfaces to become partially icy. However, the patrol does not expect that this will change trail conditions overall.
Since the snowstorm, there have been fewer snowshoers on trails 71, 72 and 73 in the northern sector of the Park. Snow accumulation will be greater on these trails, which will mean that snowshoeing will require more physical effort.
All starting points are recommended for snowshoeing this weekend.
The snowstorm this week brought as much as 50 cm of new snow to certain parts of the Park.
Despite the freezing temperatures expected tonight, which will help to firm up the trails, trail surfaces will still remain soft. Since the snowstorm, trails have been only lightly compacted, due to less frequent use. With the constant freezing temperatures expected this weekend, and greater use of the trails on Saturday, conditions could possibly improve
Trails should remain not recommended on Saturday. On Sunday, the patrol will assess if trails can be recommended in the southern sector, except for Trail 70, which may be recommended as well. Trails 71 and 72 will likely remain not recommended this weekend, because these trails have not been compacted enough.
Starting points that may be recommended for snow biking on Sunday: P1, P2, P15
All hiking trails have been compacted for the weekend.
Recommended starting points this weekend: Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, P1, P3, P6
Different trails for different activities
Be considerate of other users. Use only the trails designed for your activity. Thank you for your cooperation!