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Military Appreciation Day

4th Annual Winter Sports Clinic (WSC) for Injured Soldiers and Veterans took place at Calabogie Peaks on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
Read some personal stories.

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The Winter Sports Clinic was Calabogie Peaks, providing adaptive ski lessons for those who would otherwise never have the opportunity to prove their skills and determination. Austen is just one example of the program’s success – great job!
Thank you to instructor Al in the adaptive ski program! Austen had a great first experience at Calabogie on the weekend!
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As a member of the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing, (CADS) National Capital Division, our Calabogie Adaptive Ski Program takes pride in providing people with disabilities – such as young Eric, shown in this video skiing down the Peaks for the first time – an opportunity to learn the basics of downhill skiing. In addition to supporting Calabogie’s “Weekday School Program”, approximately 20 CADS Certified volunteer instructors assisted by 40 to 50 trained volunteers offer a Sunday morning and afternoon skiing program to children and adults with disabilities.
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Veterans take to slopes as part of rehabilitation (with video)

‘You’ve got people learning to live with new bodies’
By JAKOB KUZYK, OTTAWA CITIZEN

Regaining Personal Courage
by Jennet Posey

The Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing‘s 4th Annual Winter Sports Clinic was a weeklong event designed for injured soldiers and veterans.  This international event was host to twelve Canadian soldiers and 4 American soldiers. Our daily activities included not only learning to ski but having an opportunity to learn how to snowboard as well.  I was beyond excited to be fortunate enough to attend the event so I packed my bags eagerly and heavily with warm clothes anticipating chilly weather and the unknown snowy ski slopes.
In the military, there was a team of leaders that showed us what personal courage was and how to achieve it.  Now on the home front, we have a different yet similar team that is helping to shape and redefine personal courage amongst veterans. This year’s 4th annual Winter Ski Clinic in Calabogie, Ontario is the perfect example. I can attest to this because I myself being a combat veteran learned to redefine personal courage for myself over the past week. Read More >>

Going Solo

CalabogieAdventures_banner_v2-128x300My fiancé was away this past weekend and with fresh snow in the forecast I was not ready to pass up on a day of skiing just because I didn’t have anyone to go with.
I find people tend to have excuses as to why they can’t or don’t ski, such as:

  •  “It’s too expensive.”
  • “I don’t have the time.”
  • “I’m working.”
  • “I don’t have anyone to go with.”

None of these excuses are acceptable.

  • There are always deals on tickets, you can buy equipment for cheap off Kijiji, find someone to borrow from, or rent them directly from Calabogie Peaks
  • What are you doing with your time?
  • Go when you are not working
  • You don’t need a partner to go skiing

I use to ski by myself a lot, before I met Mike. I tried to find people to go with but it never seemed to work out. Did I let that stop me? No. This past weekend I headed to the Peaks for some solo skiing. I was one of the first people on the chair which meant I got to enjoy having the first tracks in fresh snow. Even though I was there by myself, it didn’t feel like it. I was surrounded by people who were in love with the sport just as much as I was. Skiing alone has many advantages, like being able to set your own pace, choosing your own runs (instead of the last minute “do we go left or right? You choose. But I choose last time…” etc), using the singles line to avoid the long wait of a busy lift line and skiing your favourite run all day long. I am not going to lie, I skied Black Donald quite a bit.

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Black Donald is my favourite run for two reasons.
1.    It has the best view possible of Calabogie Lake.
2.    It is named after a historical graphite mine.

“From 1895 to 1954, the Black Donald Graphite Mine was one of the richest in the world, located in Calabogie and the only one in North America to produce high-quality graphite suitable for lubricants. In 1901, lake waters rushed into the workings, and in 1917, fire destroyed the mill. Production ceased in 1954, and in 1967 the headpond of Ontario Hydro’s Mountain Chute dam flooded the site one last time. Today, a ghost town of some sixty buildings lies under the waters of Black Donald Lake, west of Calabogie.” (http://www.magma.ca/~rgwood/sites.html)

Given its significant historical value, the Pub upstairs at Calabogie Peaks was also named after the Black Donald mine.
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One thing I love about skiing alone more than anything is the conversations with the strangers you meet on the chair lift. I have always believed that strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet. The more I talk to strangers, the more I believe it. I met some amazing people on the chair this past weekend ranging from a 5 year old enjoying her first time skiing to an 80 year old who has travelled the world due to his love for the sport. I left the resort with new contacts and conversations that touched my heart. The best thing about it is that when skiing alone, everything is your choice. You can choose whether or not you want to talk to people on the chair, you can choose which run you want to go on, you can choose how fast or slow you want to go and you can choose how long you want to ski for.
Regardless of what your decisions are while there, I just hope that more people will make the decision to get out skiing even when they don’t have anyone to go with.

My only warning about solo skiing is that if you enjoy taking pictures, you will either end up taking a lot of selfies or you will end up wanting a GoPro. That is all.

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Calabogie Peaks Resort & Instructors Sweep North America Disabled Skiing Awards

cads-awardsClay Dawdy, Program Director for the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing (CADS) (right) and Bob Gilmour, Operations Director (left) present Paul Murphy, President – Calabogie Peaks the “Ski Resort of the Year” plaque awarded at the association’s annual general meeting at Sun Peaks, British Columbia.
The award recognizes Calabogie Peaks Resort long term commitment to enriching the lives of people with disabilities. This includes the building of new meeting and equipment room facilities, wheel chair ramps, and wheelchair accessible washrooms that were constructed this past season to support the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing’s Adaptive Snowsports programs.
Clay Dawdy also received the association’s “Karl Hilzinger” ward presented for his exceptional service at the division and national level for the past 30 years. And Gilmour was voted the “Outstanding Disabled Ski Instructor” by 170 of his peers at the United States “Winter Sports Clinic for Military Veterans” at Snowmass Colorado.
Visit our website to learn more about the Calabogie Adaptive Ski Program at Calabogie Peaks Resort.

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