Final Ski of the Year - Gatineau Park Cross-Country Skiing, trails 15 and 5.
March 23, 2014
The winter of 2014 was deep, long and cold over much of North America. For me, this meant lots of great cross-country skiing conditions in the hills of Gatineau Park, near Ottawa, Canada (and by extension, near to where I live).

I usually don't take my camera when going on cross-country ski outings, but today I decided to do so - in tribute to a good year of skiing and because it was such a beautiful and sunny "winter-in-March" day.
P3 Parking lot
Parkway Skiing
Ski-pass
Only moderately busy
Perfect Snow Conditions
Pink Lake
Karen wuz here
Pristine Tracks
Shield Cliffs
The 15 Junction
Trail 15
Skiing along 15
Wintertime Marshland
Ski-pin
Some road-crossings required
Swoopy Track
Awaiting Spring
Bright spring skiing
Forest hillocks
Across open fields
Unsteady groomer operator
Metropolis Skiing
As it turned out, shortly after this ski, the end of the long and cold winter finally arrived - making this my last ski in Gatineau Park for the 2013-2014 winter season. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Gatineau Park 15-5 ski loop - click map to view
P3 -> Parkway -> 15 -> 5 ->P3 - Ski Data
Start Time: 12:31PM
End Time: 2:51PM
Duration: 2h19m
Distance: 17.54 km (10.9 mi)
Average Speed: 7.6 km/hr (4.7 mph)
Start Elevation: 330ft (101m) *
Max Elevation: 715ft (218m) *
Min Elevation: 284ft (87m) *
End Elevation: 289ft (88m) *
* : +/- 75 feet
Total Elevation Gain: 641ft (195m) *
Total Elevation Loss: 682ft (208m) *
 
 
* : +/- 75 feet
Elevation Graph
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