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.

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!

It’s A Calabogie Blizzard!

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Happy New Year, everyone, and boy have things changed from a month ago. Not only is the mountain open, but we’re proud to say Calabogie Peaks has more trails available than any others in the region. As I write this, there are 14 trails open to happy skiers and boarders with two more (Fiddler, Al’s Alley) and our Mini Terrain Park scheduled to open soon. And the word is getting out there as people are heading to Calabogie to get their snow fix.

We’ve teamed up with the Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO, for short) for their #WinterWander campaign showcasing all the engaging, exciting, and captivating places you can experience right here in the Ontario Highlands. But why read what we have to say when we can show you what everyone else is saying about The Peaks on social media?

 

 

 

 

 

And the pictures! Here’s just a small sampling of how everyone else sees The Peaks…

Courtesy of Stephen Nason and family.
Courtesy of Stephen Nason and family.
Courtesy of Rebellito Ramonil.
Courtesy of Rebellito Ramonil.

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Thanks to everyone who shared their day at Calabogie Peaks with us and the rest of the world. Keep them coming and let’s make the most of this winter!

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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