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Skiing With A Toddler

Our little one is 21 months old and we recently took her skiing for the first time. My husband and I both started skiing at a young age so naturally we wanted her to start as soon as possible. We miss skiing and I know we can ski without our daughter, but we like spending time as a family so we figured if she seemed interested enough in it we would start skiing with her this winter.

By no means are we experts at skiing and we haven’t been skiing with a toddler long enough to dish out advice but I’m still going to tell you about our experience because you may find some of it helpful.

We started off by showing her magazines of people skiing and snowboarding. We read books that had skiing in it and if we allowed screen time at this age we would have showed her videos.

Next, we took her to the “ski swap” with us where we purchased her skis and boots. She got to try them on and watch other little ones do the same. On the drive home she insisted in holding onto her “boots” that she got at the “swap” (we heard these words the WHOLE way home, repeated OVER and OVER – it was cute).

We left her ski boots in the living room where she could use them if she pleased. She put them on quite often and enjoyed walking around the house in them. Once we got the bindings put on her skis we would do the same (on carpet). She seemed to be pretty excited about skiing so we felt better about taking her knowing that she would most likely enjoy it.

We are fortunate to live close enough to Calabogie Peaks that we set off thinking we would only do one run, and if that was it, then that was fine with us. When our daughter finished her first run, we asked her if she wanted to go again and she signed “more”.  My husband ended up doing 4 runs with her before WE had to decide it was time to be finished even though she requested to go up “one more time”.

We didn’t use any ropes or harnesses because of how small she is. We decided for the first few times holding onto her would be best until she becomes a bit more comfortable on her skis. We may not end up using one at all this winter; we are just going to take it slow.

We took her into the chalet for lunch to give her the full ski experience.  There she got to meet other children and watch people skiing through the windows.

When we got home (an hour before her usual nap) she requested to go straight to sleep. It took her seconds to fall asleep and she had a good long nap.

I’d say our first time skiing with a toddler was quite successful. She seemed to really enjoy it even though you can’t really tell by the pictures (the noise of the snowmaking machines worried her a little bit). We can’t wait to take her out again!


Raised in the Ottawa Valley and a permanent resident of the Calabogie area,  Michelle Kobzik is passionate about the outdoors and the environment. She is an Early Childhood Educator for the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board and just as passionate about her job as she is for the outdoors.  She also enjoys writing and taking pictures so when you combine the two you get her blog: www.mish1100.wordpress.com
Keep imagination alive and play outside!

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.

 

 

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.

SNOW REPORT – Sunday Jan. 10 (afternoon)

We watch the weather at Calabogie Peaks like a hen waiting to lay an egg.  We are delighted to tell you that our own weather station and all our aps tell us that the warm blip on the radar will be “Hasta La Vista baby” and change over to snow about 9 PM this evening.

Groomers will be on the mountain all night putting down beautiful corduroy for Monday visitors.  In a critical supporting role our snowmakers will head out in the wee hours of the morning to continue their aggressive course of snowmaking and terrain expansion.

We are heading back into winter temps and ideal snowmaking conditions for the next two weeks.  Our mountain operations team currently have 11 trails open with so much more to come.  Check out our up to the minute terrain status report to see what’s open, where we’re making snow and general ski and ride conditions.

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

See you soon!

Snow Report (Evening December 29th, 2015)

What a beautiful day – 35 cms of pow turned the resort into Alice in Winter Wonderland overnight.

Guests sledded in from Ottawa, the Seaway and Ottawa Valley to carve and ride on the natural stuff all day  – such a treat in ON.

The maintenance team has been out all day ploughing the Resort’s roads, parking lots and accommodation communities – they’ll be at it all night just to finish.  One man’s love is another’s labour.

Snowmaking changed the play book last night to work around unpredicted high winds.  The firepower was concentrated in areas less affected by the winds – Shantyman and O’Briens.  Later in the morning, after the winds went down, the guns were re-aimed to Barrett Chute and the west side trails.

Snowmaking has been non-stop laying down fresh snow for 24 hours and we plan to open Barrett Chute, TBone and Lower Old K&P in the next two or three days – and possibly more. Conditions are great and getting better; watch the web site for exciting developments; we open trails when they are ready; and that can be early or mid day.

The weather outlook continues to make us proud!  There is another 5 to 7 cms on the horizon; and the temps stay down so that snowmaking remains flat out for the entire 2 week horizon.

The Solar Chair and the Beginner Bowl carpet lift open at 9:00AM and spin till 4:00PM. We expect to have Lakeview spinning for the weekend. Lift tickets are 20% off tomorrow at the Adventure Center – a bargoooon!

Updates from Ski & Ride School:

Private and group lessons are available all day. Christmas Camps continue for ages 6 to 17; you can enroll for one or as many days as you like through the holidays. For more information email us at programs@calabogie.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tickets to the New Year’s Eve bash with One Night Stand are moving fast. Get all of the details here.

Snow Report (December 28th, 2015)

The long wait is finally over and snow is flying from our snow guns as well as falling from the sky. To help keep our customers up-to-date on our snowmaking progress, we’ve added the Snow Report page to our website. Written by Paul Murphy himself, here’s the latest on how the mountain’s looking for your holiday skiing.


 

Big toothy smiles again today – guests are blown away by how much snow we have!

Snowmaking started at 7pm last night and the guys opened the fan gun water banks at 9 pm. Put on your seat belts. Hydro One will be happy – 2 megawatts of power will flow through Calabogie’s veins delivering more snow. Did you know that’s enough power to supply 750 to 1,000 homes?

The weather outlook continues to tell us snowmaking is 24/7 all week and possibly longer. The firepower is aimed at Old K&P, Fiddler and Barrett Chute – get ready girls :).

Mother Nature is landing on schedule to drop 25 cms in the next 2 days – isn’t  it amazing how she has turned from summer to winter in a week? Typical woman 🙂 In Jackson Hole; they use the expression its ‘puking snow’. Dare we 🙂

The Solar Chair and the Beginner Bowl carpet lift open at 9:00AM and spin till 4:00PM. Lift tickets are $20 at the Adventure Center.

Updates from Ski & Ride School

Private and group lessons are available all day. Christmas Camps continue for ages 6 to 17; you can enroll for one or as many days as you like through the holidays. For more information email us at programs@calabogie.com

Upcoming Events

Tickets to the New Year’s Eve bash with One Night Stand are moving fast. Get all of the details here.

More Snow Than Mother Nature: Opening Weekend 2015/16

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There’s no denying the weather’s been warmer than usual for this time of year. The beginning of December is supposed to be a time when we’re scraping frost off our windshields in the morning, tossing on winter boots, bundling up in coats rather than jackets, and heading out to The Peaks for some downhill go-time. With temperatures hovering just above the freezing mark for the past two weeks, the chances of snow landing on the mountain – let alone sticking to it – seemed slim if not impossible.

Luckily, we eat impossibility for breakfast.

As a testament to both our snowmaking equipment and our Snow Crew spending long nights when the thermometer dropped low enough, we were able to make a LOT of our own snow along Beginner’s Bowl, Shantyman, and O’Briens (as well as the base along Solar Quad). So much that when the warmth stuck around at night and started to melt our hard work, there was still plenty kicking around to make our Opening Weekend of the 2015/16 season a fantastic one.

Thanks to everyone who scratched their skiing/snowboarding itch with us this past weekend and shared their experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. While the weather doesn’t look like it will co-operate with us anytime soon, the fact we were able to have three runs coated with powder for that spring skiing feeling in December was sweeter than sugar. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the Snow Crew to pull off another miracle and get everyone back on the lift ASAP – keep clicking on our website to learn when we’ll do it all again.

Now it’s our pleasure to share some of the good times our friends had on The Peaks this past weekend. This first series is provided to us by Mark from United Riders (also posted on their Pinterest page) followed by an assortment of embedded photos from across social media. Enjoy and we’ll see you again soon!

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Lucas, on the Magic Carpet lift at @calabogiepeaks #skiing

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Seeing Is Believing: The 2015 Fall Colours

As a hiker, it’s been a source of great pride to see so many of you taking an interest in coming out here to Calabogie and walking the trails these past couple of weeks. Combined with the impressive crowds during our Thanksgiving weekend Fall Colours Chairlift Rides and the number of hiking maps downloaded from our website, people have taken advantage of the weather to witness nature in perhaps its finest display.

When I tell people I’m a hiker, the first reaction is that I must be a hardcore, stocked-to-the-gills-with-official-Nike-gear kind of hiker. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I hike in jeans, strap a water bottle to my hip, bring a few quick and easy items in a backpack (couple of granola bars, a change of shirt, a towel, and a cell phone in case of emergencies), grab my walking stick and I’m off. I like to clarify this because while you can be a dedicated, athletic hiker (or a cross country runner, as was the case in my youth), the beauty of this activity is that it’s the definition of casual. Which is exactly what we saw from tweets shared with us over the past couple of weekends.

Now with my three-month old son to enrich my life, I secure him across my chest and bring him along to experience the trails with me in the hope it will become a tradition as he slowly develops the ability to walk with me. Years ago, it was the solitude and time away from crowds, deadlines, even responsibilities. A hike was my time to myself with nothing but my thoughts and some squirrels to keep me company. Times have changed and as a dad I know understand it’s also about getting away from the distractions we take for granted: pulling the kids away from the TV and spending some quality time outside, sharing an hour with someone special for a little hand holding under the canopy, snapping some amazing panoramas with your grandparents… the possibilities are endless.

It’s also about the accomplishment when you reach the trail’s destination, be it the top of the mountain or the gorgeous vista of Eagle’s Nest. It’s quality time in a place no video game, painting, or poem can reproduce and it’s why you have to see it to believe it.

Thanks for stopping by this weekend and I look forward to see everyone back on the trails next Autumn… and on the slopes this Winter.

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Falling In Love With Autumn

As a growing hiking enthusiast, this may be the best time of year to charge up the camera batteries, strap on a backpack, and grab your walking stick for a journey into the woods. Not only because the cooler temperatures have basically eliminated the bugs (which were quite nasty this year, though the trails about The Peaks were actually quite hospitable to those of us who prefer not to become bug food), but to experience the fall colours firsthand.
It’s something we take for granted and not only because it signals the end of one season and the slow approach of another. It’s a natural event unique to our part of the world, a kind of gentle fireworks display marking the approach of something bigger to come. Timing is key to the perfect experience because this is not something spread out across many weeks and it all depends on weather conditions from weeks before. If it gets too cold too early, the leaves shift into duller colours and quickly fall before we can finish tying our shoes. Too warm and the leaves remain green until a sudden frost hits the air and we’re literally looking at half the time to absorb this occasion. Plus some areas change faster than others for no reason whatsoever. Mother Nature makes us work for it, that’s for sure, but when the time comes and you’re in the right place at the right time, it’s magical. I love it!

The beauty of sitting in the midst of the Ontario Highlands is the wide open expanses of fall colours spread across rolling hills. Take the view from Eagle’s Nest, for example, a local favourite. It’s an impressive view at any time of year, but it becomes a magnificent array of yellows, oranges, and browns as far as the eye can see. Only the view from a plane or the space station can beat it.

While I haven’t been able to get outside as often as I would have liked these past few months, the reason is also why I’m especially looking forward to getting onto trails like the Manitou Mountain Trail and Skywalk with my three-month old son. His vision is acute enough that he enjoys looking out the window when it’s all green trees and blue skies, so imagine what he’ll see with the perfect blend of Autumn. It’s a similar mindset fellow blogger, Michelle Kobzik, had last week when she took her five-month old to the top of Dickson Mountain.
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If hiking is not your thing or simply out of your realm of possibility, we can help with that. Our annual Fall Colours Chairlift Rides are taking place this Thanksgiving weekend between 11am and 4pm. Catch a ride to the top of the mountain for only $10 per person (or $30 for a group of four) and walk your way down along Ole K&P or stay a while at the Top Hut and relax before catching a ride back down. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention joining us for lunch or sticking around for a Thanksgiving dinner at our Canthooks restaurant. It’s a time to give thanks for friends and family; why not take time to appreciate the world around us too?