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Base Elevation: 505 ft (154m)
Summit Elevation: 1,285 ft (392m)
Vertical Drop: 780 ft (238m)
Skiable Terrain: 80 acres (32.4h)
Annual Snowfall: 80 inches (203cm)
Longest Run: 6961 ft (2.1km)
Snowmaking Technology: SMI Patented Fun Guns
Water Pipeline: > than 70,000 ft
- Expert/Advanced: 30%
- Intermediate: 40%
- Beginner: 30%
- "Pineside" at the top of Dillons Dip
- Beginner Bowl
- Double Mogul Field
- 2 Doppelmayr Quads
- 1 Carpet Lift
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience at Calabogie Peaks. Safety on the slopes is a necessity and should be a priority for every skier and snowboarder. Calabogie Peaks continually communicates its safety initiatives through customer outreach, staff education and endorsement, a dedicated mountain patrol staff and on-mountain activities and demonstrations.
The safety of guests and staff – both through education and enforcement – is a top priority every day. We encourage you to be proactive about your safety and the safety of those around you. Check out our safety tips to find out how you can do your part to promote safety on the mountain.
Alpine Responsibility Code:
There are all types of sporting enthusiasts that use the mountain, including skiers, snowboarders, telemark skiers, cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Observe the “Alpine Responsibility Code” and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.
Calabogie Peaks does not mark all potential obstacles or hazards. When marked; poles, flags, fencing, signage, padding or other forms of marking are used to inform the skier/rider of the location of a potential obstacle or hazard. These markers are no guarantee of your safety. It is part of your responsibility under the Alpine Responsibility Code to avoid all obstacles and all hazards.
The Ontario Snow Resorts Association recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding. Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage. The primary safety consideration and obligation under the Alpine Responsibility Code, is to ski and ride in a controlled and responsible manner.
Please consider the following safety tips when you head out for a day of skiing or snowboarding:
- It is wise to wear a helmet in order to help prevent head and spinal injuries
- Be aware of other skiers and snowboarders and keep a safe distance between you and others
- Stay focused and concentrate on your next move
- Respect the different levels and abilities of others on the slopes
- Do not attempt another run if you are tired or injured
- Ski each run according to your level
- Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day
- Maintain your equipment to ensure that it is functioning properly
The ski mountain was founded by an Ottawa group in 1970. The original few trails were serviced by 2 T bars located where the Solar lift is today. A two seat chair lift was installed in 1976. The original buildings were modest– a portion of the current base lodge (still in operation) and a small snowmaking facility that has since been torn down.
The mountain was acquired by Harold Murphy and investors in 1982. This group expanded the business in phases. In the mid 1980s, the first onsite accommodations were built. The base lodge was expanded and a new mechanical garage was constructed on Calabogie Road. In 1986, the ski business acquired the golf course and waterfront property. At the time of acquisition; it was a wetland. The wetland was reclaimed to form the beautiful shoreline and boat docking facilities that exist today. The waterfront was a major strategic step in the transformation of the ski business into a four season resort.
The next phase of growth occurred in 2000 and 2001 when the Resort replaced all of the ski lifts. Two new Dopplemayr quad chairlifts and a magic carpet lift were installed. This phase of growth included the creation of a new novice ski area called the beginner bowl. It is also the home of the tube park.
The largest phase of growth occurred in 2004 when Calabogie Peaks Hotel, a boutique hotel, and the Cedars condominiums were constructed. This transformed the business into a 24/7 four season destination resort. These expansion launched the Resort’s entry into the wedding and conference business; which are now one of the Resort’s two core businesses.
The most recent phase of growth began in 2009 when the Resort installed a new snowmaking system and redesigned the mountain trails.
The new snowmaking system uses SMI patented Fan Guns, which are the leading technology in the snowmaking industry. The new snowmaking system has been a great success and has already been expanded twice – in 2010 and 2011. Calabogie Peaks has developed the reputation of "the snowmaking capital of the Ottawa-Gatineau region". Calabogie is synonymous with guaranteed snow and ‘no ice’.
The redesign of the mountain has opened numerous new trails; and expanded existing trails. Calabogie is the only regional ski business that owns vast mountain terrain for future expansion – only 50% of the mountain has been developed. Calabogie introduces new terrain and snowmaking each year to bring skiers and riders something interesting, new and fresh.
The Peaks reflects the log term vision and passion of Harold Murphy who passed away in 2011. The company remains under the ownership and direction of Harold's family.
During the mid to late 1800s, the Calabogie area was one of the most sought after places for commercial lumbering. The giant forests of New Brunswick and Maine had been depleted and the Ottawa Valley was ripe for the picking. With the population in Upper Canada growing, the need for building supplies was exploding. Also, the British Navy used the tall and straight white pines, unequalled in quality, as masts for its many ships.
The Government supported development by building slides and booms and ultimately power dams at strategic points along the river. These enhancements turned the Madawaska River into a super highway that carried the pride of the forest to the Ottawa River. The French and Irish lumberjacks, or shanty men, were a breed of their own, working the wildest of weather, harsh forest conditions and the wild white water. When the spring run off started surging and swelling the banks of many rivers, the dangerous and demanding job of routing logs down rivers promised a thrilling yet sometimes deadly job.
Calabogie Lake, a widening of the Madawaska River created by dams at either end of the lake, became a holding and sorting station for the logs before they were floated down to the Ottawa River and on to a multitude of locations including across the Atlantic.
Just west of Calabogie was the site of Canada's most important graphite mine. The Black Donald Graphite Mine, which was discovered in 1889, did not actually start producing until 1895. By 1927, having increased output during the First World War, the mine was producing 90% of Canada's graphite. The mine continued to produce sporadically until the next World War. In 1954, the production slowed and the mine was flooded about fifteen years later.
"Calabogie" is believed to be Gaelic for marsh or bogs, has a long and rich history in the lumber and mining industries.
What does the future hold for Calabogie Peaks?
Watch for residential homes and townhomes to be constructed at the resort. Calabogie Peaks is the only resort in the Ottawa-Gatineau region with a mountain village and community. As Ottawa grows west toward Calabogie, the Resort offers the unique venue of a recreation based residential community within an hour’s drive of the nation's capital.
The combination of the ski mountain and lake, one hour from Ottawa, makes Calabogie truly unique.
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