It can be easy to forget what it’s like to start from the beginning when you’ve done something for so many years. Like skiing or snowboarding. We all started at the beginning and maybe it was over a decade ago or just last year, but it happened. In addition to that uncertainty and anxiety learning how to ski/snowboard when you’re surrounded by hundreds of other people who know what they’re doing, there’s that thrill of conquering your fears and completing your first run without falling on your rump.
Think you can never go back to the beginning? When you’re Gregg from Slopefillers, you find a way.
So when we receive letters like this one from a young woman named Lola, it warmed our hearts. This is what it means to learn to ski and master those uncertainties like she did. Not only did she enjoy her first experience on the slopes, but she advocates others to do the same. It’s our pleasure to share Lola’s letter with you and hope it inspires others to follow her lead and take that first step on a new beginning.
“Skiing is an amazing sport that is exciting, exhilarating and painful. It was exciting because I got to do a sport that was new to me, exhilarating because after you learn the basics you feel like you can do anything and be on top of the world. It was sort of painful because when you fell your legs might hit one of your skis and the bottom of the ski is metal. But it was from fun falling because you got a chance to try again. I would encourage everybody to try skiing.”
First off, we have to confess something. We’ve been keeping a secret from everyone. A really big secret. Now that the cat’s out of the bag and the weekend is over, we can finally let it out in a big way.
A massive project months in the works, the team from Coors came out to The Peaks late last year looking for the next venue on their prize-winning extravaganza and were very impressed with what they saw. The trick was keeping it all under wraps because the main aspect of this contest (anyone who finds a gold can is flown/driven out to a secret location for an all expenses paid weekend with three friends) was secrecy. It wasn’t until Friday at 5:30pm we were allowed to say anything publicly and by then the party was already in full swing.
Thanks to everyone who came out and spent the weekend with us and the staff from Coors Light for their efficiency setting up and taking everything right back down again. And no, they didn’t leave the giant water slide.
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!
The snow is quickly melting and while many of us are probably putting our skis away and taking out our summer gear there is one last winter deal that you do not want to miss out on.
Skiing can be expensive; although once you have the gear all you have to pay for is the pass. But if you ski every weekend it can add up real fast. That’s why Calabogie Peaks is offering a great deal where you can put down a $49 deposit before April 15th and then pay the balance in mid-September, which allows you to lock down the lowest price in advance. It also makes it a lot more affordable when September rolls around and you start dusting off those skis.
If you purchase the Ultimate Seasons Pass and ski 9 times then you’ve made getting the pass worth it. If you ski more than that, it’s as if you are skiing for free! I enjoy having a season’s pass because then if I only ski for a couple hours I won’t feel guilty for leaving and not have gotten my money’s worth of turns. It also won’t make you feel guilty if you just feel like sitting and socializing in the pub in between runs.
I highly recommend purchasing an Ultimate Seasons Pass before April 15th. If you are sitting there thinking, “I wish I would have skied more this year” then this is the perfect opportunity for you. Once you buy the pass you will have all the motivation you need to get out there as much as you can. Skiing is a great winter activity to keep you active, healthy and outdoors.
No more excuses, make sure next winter is your best ski season yet and lock down your seasons pass now!
Ah, the holiday season is upon us. As I write this, the mountain is covered in skiers, boarders, newbies, and veterans alike. (And I’m not kidding, there are quite a few soldiers from Petawawa taking advantage of our 20% military discount.) Everyone’s taking advantage of the conditions and we’re proud to say there’s more snow on our mountain than any other in the area right now. See for yourself on our webcams!
Here’s what open at Calabogie Peaks as of Monday, December 22nd:
Bailey’s (Upper and Lower)
Face of Tiger
Mini Terrain Park
Ole K&P (Upper and Lower)
Slopeside Terrain Park
and Whistlin’ Paddy (Lower).
That’s 18 runs ranging from Beginners to Intermediate to Advanced with 2 terrain parks taking jumps and twists as you read this very post. Now here’s the plan for Tuesday. Our snowmaking team will open up the following runs
Whistlin’ Paddy (Upper)
Lower Black Donald
and the premiere opening of our newest run,
the Canthooks Connection.
During Christmas week, snowmaking will be making snow on the rest of remaining terrain with some opening during Christmas week:
and Bear Paw
If you and the gang are looking to get in some good old fashioned outdoor fun to get a break from all the zaniness of the holidays, we are your ultimate Big Mountain destination close to home. Stay up to date using our Online Terrain Report and be sure to pick up your tickets online and save 10% (but remember that holiday and weekend prices apply from now until January 5th). See you topside!
There’s so much to enjoy in the summer months, from enjoying the casual days outside by the beach to hiking the many trails winding throughout the Highlands. For some, summer is a time to engage in that most precious of moments: weddings. Over the years, Calabogie Peaks has provided many memorable weddings for young couples seeking for that perfect, tranquil spot to exchange their vows. But don’t take our word for it; check out what the Ottawa Citizen wrote about our wedding services in this year’s Weddings & Romance supplement back in February 2014. Wedding Dreams Come True At Calabogie Peaks
Express your love for that special person in your life and surround yourself with the best the world has to offer: family, friends and beauty. Nature provides a glorious backdrop for unforgettable lifetime memories at Calabogie peaks Resort, one of the Ontario’s leading mountain lakeshore resorts. Celebrate your special occasion where country warmth and luxury are combined with culinary perfection and limitless seasonal activities.
Whether your plans are for a large event or a smaller, more intimate gathering, exchange your vows and celebrate your magical occasion at any one of Calabogie’s breathtaking intimate venues. Gather lakeside at the beach, on their private wooded island, pondside behind their majestic boutique hotel, by the forest edge, or closest to the sky at Calabogie’s mountaintop location. Calabogie’s reception halls, all adorned with stately furnishings, have panoramic views of the mountain and surrounding areas.
Close to the city but far from distractions, Calabogie Peaks is an inviting destination year-round. “We offer guests an experience that differentiates use from other locations,” says Liz Murphy, co-owner of The Peaks. “Imagine exchanging vows midsummer in the shade beneath majestic lakeshore trees, with a soft summer breeze blowing in from the lake, and your friends and family with you for this special moment. Or choose the ‘take my breath away’ location at the top of the mountain. Whisk your wedding group up the Lakeview chairlift and say ‘I do’ at the top of the world.”
“Many choose The Peaks as a destination wedding location and combine it with a host of activities offered on-site,” adds Murphy. Warm weather offers golfing, tennis, hiking, boating and beach activities. Winter includes skiing, boarding, snowshoeing, skating and more.
Come make memories at the mountain! For more information, go to www.calabogie.com and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for booking availability.