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Gatineau Park XC Trail Update from NCC

December 11, 2013 in Cross Country Skiing

Deer on Gatineau Park Ski Trail

Deer on Gatineau Park Ski Trail

Dave McMahon posted this note from the NCC on their latest grooming efforts on Gatineau Park cross country ski trails:

Here’s what we have done over the last 24 hours and what we plan on doing for the next 24 hours. Yesterday, we compacted the parkways using the magic carpet pulled by snowmobiles and off road vehicles. We also compacted most of the other trails with snowmobiles. This morning in order to please the classic skiers that have not had the best conditions lately, we tried cutting ½ inch off the tracksetter blocks. With these modifications, we will be able to set tracks that are about 1 inch deep. This will enable us to re-set new tracks on the parkways without touching the pavement. We tested the modifications this morning on the North loop and the Fortune parkway and it seems to be working well. We will keep working on a few modifications on the prototype and should be able to offer new classic tracks on the parkways by tomorrow. We will also take this opportunity to re-pack the center section of the parkways with the magic carpets.

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