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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.

Learning Is A Family Affair

A day skiing or riding on the mountain can be a multi-generational memory maker! Liz Murphy, the Marketing Director of Calabogie Peaks Resort, says it’s hard to think of any other sport in the world that multiple generations can enjoy together for a full day of fun. “Our three kids began skiing with their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and mom and dad. The experience brought everyone closer and generated enthusiasm to keep going back. They learned very quickly, gained a lot of confidence and loved the fact that they could keep up. It didn’t take long before we were trying to keep up with them.”

Calabogie Peaks Resort’s President, Paul Murphy, and his son Michael, aged 4, back in 1987.

Calabogie Peaks Resort is committed to making learning fun, safe and result-driven encouraging a lifelong enjoyment of skiing and snowboarding. To keep up with the demand for beginner programs and terrain, The Peaks has almost doubled the Beginner Bowl, affording learners with progressive terrain for graduated learning.

In the Parent and Tot program, a child 2- to 4- years old can learn to ski with Mom and Dad by their side in a hands-on private lesson or a small group weekly program. The lessons reduce the anxiety for both the parent and child by teaching parents how to manage the newest little tike on the hill.

When your little skier is ready, the Ski Wee Program (4 – 6 yrs.) teaches in small groups and is nothing but FUN FUN FUN!  Our All Mountain Program (6-17 yrs.) is perfect for skiers and boarders looking to cruise the mountain with their instructors and friends. Choose from other programs that fit your style at www.calabogie.com.

No equipment – no problem. With an exceptional fleet of skis and boards, our rental technicians outfit customers with safe and size appropriate gear.

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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!

Building Up: Improvements for the 2016/17 Winter Season

Every year around this time, we’re asked one question above all others. Ok, two questions and the one that comes after, “When are you going to open?” is always, “What improvements are you making to The Peaks this season?” Never one to sit on our laurels and offer the same old, same old as before, the entire team has been hard at work with these upgrades for the coming winter season.

  • Thanks to a grant from both the Canadian and Ontario governments, a new paved walkway winding behind the Hotel, the Pines and the Cedars is complete with brand new lights linking our ski in/ski out accommodations to both main entrances to the lodge. More than a simple upgrade of the existing walkway, this new wheelchair and stroller friendly path will provide greater accessibility for all our guests year round.

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  • On the note of lighting, our parking lots are also receiving new or additional lighting to make it easier to everyone to see their way back to the car when the chairlift shuts down for the day.
  • Our roadways and parking lots are also getting levelled out for a smoother ride while on the property.
  • If you were beyond satisfied with our existing snowmaking capabilities, we’re not done yet. The team is working on laying down additional pipelines to allow for more water to rush up from Calabogie Lake and spray the mountain with more snow at a faster rate. Particularly for some of our harder-to-reach mountain terrains.
  • We’re currently in the process of installing new onsite signs across the property, making it easier for our guests to locate their condos as well as remind them about the convenience of our Canthooks Restaurant under the clock tower.
  • The kitchens for both Black Donald’s Pub and Mountain Cat Café have upgraded facility equipment to keep up the pace of our hungry customers taking a break between runs. Will they help make a tastier burger? There’s only one way to find out…

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  • The Top Hut is getting a facelift as more and more of our guests take advantage of the roaring fire at the top of the mountain. See for yourself the next time you find yourself at the tallest ski mountain of Ontario.

Now here’s one thing that isn’t changing from last year: our lift ticket prices. That’s right, you can purchase your ticket to ride the chairlift at last season’s prices, making us even more affordable for your family ski weekend or that weekday trip with your co-workers.

It won’t be much longer now before you’ll be playing hooky and mountain your gear to the rough of the car for a day at Calabogie. See you soon!