Tag Archives: Calabogie Peaks

Start At The Beginning: A New Skier’s POV

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.”

Great job, Lola! You’ll be an expert in no time.

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!

The Peaks, Coors Light Games, and a Weekend No One Will Ever Forget

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.

This past weekend, we were the host site for the 2016 Coors Light Games.

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.

what a time to be alive – scouts out ✌🏼️ ✈️#bravethegames #coorslightgames #teambeerscouts

A photo posted by Brooke (@brookeshmon) on

Liver definitely won this weekend #bravethegames #coorslightgames

A photo posted by @daviddockrill on

Basically sums up how my weekend was #bravethegames 🍺

A video posted by Brittney Hayward (@brittneyhayward) on

Proper way to wrap up a work day. @kardinalo #bravethegames

A photo posted by Jon Ra-chune-as (@thechune) on

You can catch the 2016 Coors Light Games this Saturday, September 3rd on TSN.

#MyDayAtCalabogie

MyDayAtCalabogie_1600x500_Jan2016

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

A photo posted by Solmaz (@thecuriouscreature) on

 

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

A photo posted by Solmaz (@thecuriouscreature) on

 

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

A photo posted by Solmaz (@thecuriouscreature) on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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!

Eblast_Jan6_FilmReel

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.

Calabogie

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 (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

OpeningWeekend_socialmedia_all

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!

22921269454_0205bede33_o

22922460833_4204e75909_o

23253799520_8a10c5da11_o

23253800770_8d93ac01ea_o

23253810400_2cc19b04e5_o

23441009842_37017bf798_o

23441408182_630f2b4d35_o

23467074421_10aa8aa3e1_o

23523454776_b5e2273a3f_o

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

A photo posted by Ryan Whetung (@ryanwhetung) on

 

#Ski season begins in #Ontario! Nice work @calabogiepeaks! @armadaskis @armadawomens A photo posted by Ryan Whetung (@ryanwhetung) on

The Call of the Mountain Path

IMG_2341

Calabogie Peaks Social Media Guy here. I’m going to get a little personal today (but don’t worry, it’s nothing strange, just something that’s very near and dear to my heart). I’m a sucker for hiking. It calls to me and has done so more and more over the past few months. When I started working here back in November of 2013, the view from the base of the mountain took my breath away. Under normal circumstances, you’d think I would have been riding the chairlift as soon as the motor started running or tied up my boot laces post haste and started marching… but it’s not as simple as that.
Everyone has their unique challenges in life. Obstacles they must overcome as part of a personal conflict, be it mental, physical, or both. My employment here at The Peaks ended up being more than a fantastic professional opportunity, but a personal challenge that would take 18 months of training, perseverance and determination. Within days of sitting at this desk, I knew I was going to hike directly up the mountain and see the view from the other side. Not only that, I was going to document it and share it with all you fine readers.
Last weekend, I did exactly that. Starting from the base, I marched my way up the Juniper Junction’s ski trail, connected to Whistlin’ Paddy, and pushed up to the top of the Lakeview chairlift. There’s a reason why I’m sharing this with you beyond good marketing for our fantastic trails and it’s not just because it’s been at least 10 years since my last big hike – my right foot is filled with eight screws and lined with a metal plate locking my heel in place along with continuous nerve damage sustained from a nasty accident years ago. Four-and-a-half years ago at this time, I was completely dependent on walking with crutches or a cane undergoing physical therapy and here I am planning to reach not only the peak of the mountain but the peak of my recovery. It was going to be a painful, demanding experience and after months of planning and preparation (all in secret, as I kept all of this from everyone here in the Front Office and all my friends and family – save for my incredibly supportive wife), last Friday was finally the day.
With my trusty walking stick, binoculars, two bottles of water, a handful of granola bars, a camera over my shoulder, a cellphone in my pocket and a GoPro strapped to my chest, I set out to document this challenge. Have a look!

This is what hiking is all about. It’s not just the fantastic views, the appreciation of nature’s roots surrounding you, or the tranquility of a life beyond humankind. It’s the exhilaration of success when you stand on the tip of a giant rock overlooking a valley as wide as the Earth itself. I’ve missed that feeling after all these years, to be standing in a place where we are the minority, experiencing a moment only I can witness thanks to my own physical and mental efforts. Even with the bugs! I have the same feeling as I did when I completed a marathon, just without the desire to collapse on the ground or feeling like my lungs wanted to relocate to a bigger apartment. What made that moment even better was the realization that I was never expected to experience it again. It was to be nothing more than a memory of a time long gone. Not anymore and I couldn’t be more proud of myself.
This was my challenge to myself and everyone has theirs. Call it your bucket list, a New Year’s resolution, whatever it is in the back of your mind. While I could settle with the self-satisfaction of my own accomplishment, I want to take this to the next level. If my story can encourage at least one more person to overcome their challenge, that success will be all the more sweeter.
What is your challenge and how will you overcome it? Share it with us and let’s help others feel the confidence and willpower to #challengeyourself.

IMG_1394 IMG_1394-150x150 IMG_1397 IMG_1401 IMG_1404 IMG_1417 IMG_1442 IMG_1453 IMG_1458 IMG_1462 IMG_1466 IMG_1469 IMG_2338-300x225 IMG_2340 IMG_2341