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Today's post was written by Todd Crapper, the Social Media Specialist for Calabogie Peaks and primary blogger for this site. He also works in the Marketing Department as the Graphic Designer and has been with The Peaks with 2013... but doesn't know how to ski. Yet. That will have to change very soon.

Meet The Chef: Tristan Hertzog

MPIBOD0416-1-23Chef Tristan Hertzog, a young executive chef who has risen through the ranks from prep cook to preparing dinner for the Royal Family, is now leading the food and beverage team at Calabogie Peaks Resort.  Chef Tristan comes to Calabogie most recently from the Mission Hill Estate Winery in Kelowna, British Columbia.  With a growing young family Tristan and his wife chose to move east to be close to their extended family in the Ottawa Valley.

With a host of experience garnered from high level establishments including the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant, Canada’s highest elevation restaurant; the award winning Emerald Lake Lodge; an all organic restaurant The Cedar House and The Post Hotel, a Relais & Chateau property, the Peaks is delighted that Chef Tristan will call Calabogie his new home.

As Resort Chef, Tristan will be reviewing and reworking all of the menus throughout The Resort including our banquet and corporate menu selections.

Chef Tristan looks forward to visiting the local farmers markets, seeking out organic food suppliers, foraging for supplies in the field all the while creating menus that best reflect the Ottawa Valley and his personal flare.  In addition to his culinary talents, Tristan is a level 2 Sommelier which will provide yet another layer to the experience that guests of Canthooks Restaurant will enjoy.

Reservations are suggested for dinners at Canthooks Restaurant and can be made at 613-752-2720.

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Calabogie Peaks Resort Building Towards An Even Better Future

The following article was provided in the May 23, 2016 issue of the Ottawa Business Journal revealing an exciting new real estate venture at The Peaks. As our President, Paul Murphy, says…

“Imagine owning a ski-in, ski-out residence or condo that comes with a dock and a half-mile of pristine shoreline.”


With its advantageous location one hour from Ottawa, Calabogie Peaks has long been a popular year-round destination. Under the careful stewardship of the Murphy family, who have owned and operated the resort for four decades, the resort has undergone significant expansion in the last thirteen years and is now poised for future growth.

“We take great pride in knowing that many people consider Calabogie Peaks the ideal place to enjoy recreational opportunities, hold meetings, host family reunions and weddings or just disconnect,” says Paul Murphy. “We are in the business of exceeding expectations every day and the team knows their role is to deliver superior service along with small-town warmth and charm.”

As a unique four-season destination that draws visitors from all over eastern Ontario and western Quebec, Calabogie Peaks offers guests year-round activities on the mountain, lake and land. Winter at the resort boasts skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing while warm weather activities include golf, tennis, unlimited hiking and lake activities. The resort has casual fine dining, full catering facilities, hotel rooms, one to three bedroom condos, indoor pool, outdoor hot tub plus complimentary WiFi and parking.

Upgrading the facilities at Calabogie Peaks has consistently been done with great care so as not to spoil what guests love about the resort. “We have invested almost $10 million to improve everything from accommodations to ski and snowboard facilities to event and hospitality offerings,” explains Liz Murphy. “Having Ontario’s tallest ski mountain as well as half a mile of shoreline on Calabogie Lake are real magnets for our guests. From the positive feedback we get, we’ve learned that people appreciate that we provide experiences here that you simply cannot enjoy in the city. At Calabogie Peaks we offer the chance to unplug and unwind, whether you want to enjoy a bonfire, relax by the lake or play a round of golf.”

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Paul says that it is exciting to look ahead to the next phase of improvements at Calabogie. “We are exploring how we can take this lovely land base and develop it into a place that can host many more visitors. Our growth has always been done in a careful, measured way and we are applying that approach once again as we look at opening up real estate ownership opportunities in a year or so here at Calabogie Peaks. We’re working with one of the world leaders in this field, Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners from Whistler, to help us design this in a way that works for the Ottawa Valley,” he explains, adding that, “Calabogie would become a boutique resort, which is a model that has been successfully implemented elsewhere.”

The Murphys have partnered with both the Township of Greater Madawaska and the County of Renfrew as they embark on their planning. “We are looking at everything from the infrastructure that comes into the resort as well as the way the land on the property works in the overall design. The 1500 acre site has a combination of land formations to host a unique resort anchored by the mountain during the winter and the lake in the summer. Imagine owning a ski-in, ski-out residence or condo that comes with a dock and a half-mile of pristine shoreline,” says Paul.

Plans also include anchoring the new development with a pedestrian village, notes Liz. “It will be similar to the type of village that you see at Tremblant or Blue Mountain, but it will be much smaller, less dense and have a truly unique character. We’ll be looking to add customized commercial spaces for distinctive shops and eateries that are typical of the look and feel of the Ottawa Valley.”

Paul says that their careful approach to planning has included gathering extensive consumer input. “We know our target audience is price conscious so we want to build accommodations that are affordable, attractive and last for ages. Our focus groups told us that they don’t want the density that they see at some larger resorts and that retaining a feeling of connection to nature is more important than nightlife.”

One of the nicest aspects of the planned expansion will be that guests and residents will enjoy a vast range of on-site privileges. “As always at Calabogie Peaks, those staying onsite will be welcome to enjoy all the facilities,” says Liz. “The increase in accommodations will also mean that we will be able to host larger groups for events, weddings and corporate retreats and meetings.”

Consumer input is shaping the planning to offer a mix of town homes, condos and single family residences in the next phase of development at Calabogie Peaks. “Based on the initial success of our nearby Barrett Chute project (www.barrettchute.com) we are confident there is demand for quality properties in this area,” says Paul. “One of the things that we are hearing from buyers is that they are excited about the range of interesting leisure opportunities both at Calabogie Peaks and throughout the surrounding region.”


To learn more about this project, visit our Village at Calabogie Peaks page from our website. Plus you can stay up to date by signing up for our newsletter.

Big Wreck Headlining Mountain Man Music Festival!

The 2nd Annual Mountain Man Music Festival has just cranked it up a notch with the announcement last week of our headliner: Canadian rock sensation, Big Wreck. Playing July 2nd, this is your chance to watch these icons play infamous songs like The Oaf (My Luck Is Wasted), Albatross, That Song, Ladylike, and more.

You can learn more about this show and numerous others playing at the Mountain Man festival from their website, mountainmanfestival.com. Now sit back and enjoy a sample of what you can expect on July 2nd.

Summer Is Coming…

…and it’s time to get ready for the sunny days on the beach, hiking along the winding trails away from the city, relaxing by the pool and everything else that comes with this season.

Normally, we’d post a list of reasons why you should consider coming to Calabogie Peaks with your family, friends, associates, or anyone else you can think of but we decided the best way was to show you what to expect. We’re very proud of this video as it makes all of us want to drop what we’re doing and play a few holes at Ironwoods, explore Calabogie Lake by canoe… See for yourself.

 

Master the Art of Songwriting with the Calabogie Peaks Songwriters Workshop

SongwritersWorkshop2016_logo_blacktextMusic touches us all and for some it’s a calling. To create a song with nothing more than a few words, a rhythm, and a trusty guitar requires a combination of raw talent and experience, but gaining those career-defining lessons can be difficult when you don’t know where to begin. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to host our first Songwriters Workshop here at Calabogie Peaks Resort from June 27th to 29th, right before the Mountain Man Music Festival.

Hosted by professional Nashville songwriters Byron Hill, Gil Grand, and Jeffrey East, this 3-day Workshop will provide the basis for aspiring songwriters of any style looking to make their mark in the industry. You can learn more by checking out our Songwriters Workshop page on the CPR website and read the press release below. To sign up, give us a call at 1-800-669-4861 or email events@calabogie.com.


BYRON HILL, GIL GRAND AND JEFFREY EAST FROM NASHVILLE TO TEACH ASPIRING SONGWRITERS AND SINGERS AT CALABOGIE PEAKS RESORT JUNE 27, 28 AND 29, 2016

“So many promising singers and songwriters have the talent but don’t know how to get to the next level, we want to help them” – Gil Grand

Byron Hill, an award winning record producer, has written songs released on 77 gold and platinum albums and singles and 32 U.S. and Canadian top-ten chart hits among other accolades. Byron was a 2015 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee and his songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, George Strait, Kenny Rodgers, Randy Travis,  Alabama and so many others.

Gil Grand, a songwriter, producer and publisher, is a multiple CCMA winner and nominee including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Record Producer of the Year”.  A much anticipated single will be released in the next week.

Born into a preforming family, Jeffrey East’s songwriting career took off when he allowed his emotions to drift into song.  His passion for the craft has led recording artists Dierks Bentley, Sister Hazel, The Farm, Rainey Qualley, Point of Grace and others to record his masterful pieces.

Connecting with these three award winning songwriters, workshop participants will learn among other things, how to become noticed in the industry, improve their songwriting skills, how to collaborate with others and how to get a demo produced and heard by the right people. The workshop will conclude with a “In the Round” performance which will be opened to the public.

To maximize the writing experience and the intimacy of this event with Byron, Gil and Jeffrey there are a limited number of spaces  for the workshop.  For more information go to www.calabogie.com or contact us at 1-800-669-4861.

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5 Reasons to Experience Calabogie Peaks Right Now

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Have you ever had a list so big you didn’t know where to begin? That’s how it’s going with us at The Peaks right now – there’s so many things to share with you right now. March Break is going on and we’re getting ready for our annual end of season bash, we’re bringing back the Calabogie Boogie, 2017 season passes are on sale, there’s a new music workshop coming this spring… If you think we’re getting ready to close up shop for the season, this list will change your mind.

Let’s start from the beginning and work our way through. Take a look at everything going on at Calabogie Peaks this week.

Over 85% Of Trails Are Open

See for yourself on our live webcams and on the terrain report – right now there are 21 trails ready and waiting to get in some sweet spring skiing and riding. Ditch the thick coats and ride the lifts in your favourite t-shirt because conditions like this are few and far between… and they’re right here at Calabogie.

2016/17 Season Pass Memberships

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Early bird discounts are up and running for our 2016/17 Season Pass Memberships until April 15th. Save up to $220 and enjoy all the perks that come with the Peak’s pass. Go to our website or call the Adventure Centre at at 1-800-669-4861 ext. 1705 for more details and information about layaway plan.

March Break At Calabogie

March Break has begun at The Peaks and we have fun plans for the entire week.

  • MONDAY – CAMO DAY. dress to impress the deer on the mountain
  • TUESDAY – PAJAMA DA. come in your jammies and get a free hot chocolate coupon from the Adventure Centre
  • WEDNESDAY – OTTAWA SENATORS DAY. Are you true blue for and see red? THE OTTAWA SENATORS DAY – wear your Senators gear and have a chance to win Senator’s swag.
  • THURSDAY – ST. PATRICKS DAY WITH MYFM. Hosts Jamie and Jess will be at the mountain to celebrate with all the trimmings. Come paint the mountain green and hoist a pint for the Irish in you.

Get Your Calabogie Boogie On

CalabogieBoogie_2016button_CMYKCalabogie Peaks is going retro and back to its roots. Saturday March 19th is the return of “The Calabogie Boogie”. Dress in your most retro ski outfit for prizes and join in the fun.

  • Best “Retro Ski Outfit” competition
  • Wine tasting on the lower deck of the ski lodge
  • Dummy Downhill – build your creation on skis/snowboard and complete for the longest run – and staying upright.
  • Puddle Jump – this classic test of balance always draws a crowd and lots of cheers as participants skim – or not- across a pool of water at the base of the mountain.

First Annual Calabogie Peaks Songwriters Workshop

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Attention aspiring songwriters! The First Annual Calabogie Peaks Songwriter’s Workshop is pleased to present three award winning songwriters Gil Grand, Byron Hill and Jeffrey East as the featured hosts June 27th, 28th and 29th. Singers, songwriters, music producers and recreational songwriters will gather at The Peaks to learn helpful strategies, improve their song writing techniques, and network with others in the music industry. What a great opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business. Click here [link] to register for this 3-day workshop.

 

 

Everyone’s Talkin’ Calabogie

Browsing around on some Google searches, poking around Twitter, and checking out Instagram is like sitting in an airplane during a long flight. You can’t help but hear what people are talking about and when you find out how much they’re talking about you and saying only good things, you can’t help but feel good about yourself. Because we want you to see how much people are enjoying themselves at The Peaks this winter so you can realize why you could be here too having just as much fun, we’re going to share some of those good vibes today.

A Flurry of Instagram

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousands words. If that’s true, then Instagram is currently writing a new draft of War & Peace about Calabogie. So many fantastic shots and selfies posted over the last couple weeks made it hard to choose a few to show off… that’s why we decided not to choose and simply post the link. There were a couple that peaked (sorry, another pun) our interest with Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away just to give you a preview of the goodies to come when you click the link.

 

❄️⛄️ #calabogie #holidays2015 #lilalove

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Daytripping to Eagle’s Nest

The Ottawa Citizen’s Peter Johansen posted a new article in their print and online editions about a snowshoeing trek to the magnificent Eagle’s Nest lookout. Snowshoeing’s popularity is on the rise lately as people are looking for a more leisurely activity accessible to the whole family or for active couples looking for some quiet time in the back country. Plus it’s a bit of a step back to Canadian traditions. Peter’s attention to the Native Anishinabe sacred beliefs and the origins of this gorgeous location make the trip more than just a walk in the snow to a big cliff; the word “tradition” truly applies. If you’ve never had the chance to make the journey, read Peter’s take and see if Eagle’s Nest will be next on your #WinterWander list.

Active Networking Getaway

It’s not all fun and games for everyone at The Peaks; some come here to get down to business. We’re host to numerous conferences, corporate retreats, and networking seminars from businesses and organizations across the Ottawa Valley, which is why it was really nice to see how much the attendees of last Fall’s ROAR (Rural Ontario Active Recreation) Conference appreciated their time connecting at Calabogie. Combined with weddings, reunions, and special events, we host hundreds of functions a year in all four seasons. Getting out of your typical office/boardroom environment can be just the thing your team needs to remain focused while still getting that kick of fresh air (literally and figuratively) to break out of the box and process new ideas. You can read about it in the Ottawa Business Journal’s latest online issue here.

 

#MyDayAtCalabogie

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A day at Calabogie Peaks is unique experience for everyone. Sure, everyone comes here for the same reason – enjoy a day on the slopes in the full glory of winter – but each of us has our own objectives to check off with every visit. Some come to ski, some to snowboard, others are here to learn how to do either for the first time or improve on their beginner’s skills. We have guests who come out to Calabogie solely to kick back and relax in our hotel and groups who seek a chance to partake team building exercises. There’s more than one way to have a good time at The Peaks.

With winter in full swing, people have been sharing their unique experiences with the hasthag, #MyDayAtCalabogie, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And we love seeing everyone making the most in their own signature way. Take a look!

Fresh powda ❄️ #wanderOH #mydayatcalabogie #winterwander

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Love me a good breakfast parfait. #wanderOH #mydayatcalabogie #winterwander

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Come to me butter chicken poutine 🍴 #wanderOH #poutine #winterwander

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What will you be doing for your next #MyDayAtCalabogie this weekend?

Snow Report Sat. Jan 16 (evening)

WOW is the only way to describe the mountain today. The 5-6cm of “pow” we received last night made for really terrific conditions. Flurries are forecast for this evening and tomorrow looks like a bluebird day at Calabogie Peaks. With a high of -4 C Sunday, you won’t want to miss out on some crisp and quick corduroy. Season Pass members come on out for 1st tracks tomorrow at 8:30.

Our mountain ops guys have lowered the ropes on lots of trails and we now count 15 open plus the terrain park. Kids of all ages were horsing around in the park today on the features, bumps and jumps.

For something a little different pop into Top Hut at the top of the Lakeview Chair. Warm your toes and enjoy your picnic lunch while taking in the million dollar views – or – ski right into Canthooks Restaurant for a delicious lunch and a craft brew.

Lifts spin every day from 9 – 4. Check out the mountain anytime on our web cams – they are live and tell it like it is.
See you soon!

SNOW REPORT Wed. Jan 13 (evening)

Mountain Ops tells us that the temperatures are as perfect as ever for maximum snow production and that the system is cranked up and on cruise control.  The 10 cm of natural that we received yesterday will be topped up this evening with more on Friday promising to make it a weekend of high fives on the slopes!

The groomers report Whistlin’ Paddy and Finnegan’s are set for a Friday opening with Face of Tiger and some terrain features on the weekend.  With the imminent snow fall look for some action in the glades as well.
Rocket Rached takes the stage this Saturday afternoon in Black Donald’s pub for some fun après ski celebrations.

Lifts spin daily from 9 AM to 4 PM and our web cams are live 24/7.

Look forward to seeing you at The Peaks this week.  Pre purchase your tickets online for convenience and remember – if you think about making it a getaway stay – check out our wonderful hotel specials.