Calabogie Peaks

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It is not just Calabogie Lake that draws folks from all around north Ontario to this year-round facility. Instead, it is the skiing and snowboarding that the Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort has been providing guests since it first opened in 1969. Having the highest vertical drop in the Province does not tarnish its reputation, either.

Motorists can take Highway 400 west from Ontario until they are near Renfrew, switching to more local roadways nearer to Calabogie Lake. Highway 508 reaches the resort on the northwest corner of the lake, west of the town of Calabogie. Anyone flying here can use Ottawa's International Airport as an arrival/departure point.

Enjoying the Amenities

The Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort has grown a lot since 1969, but it is still smaller than other facilities in the Province. Its location near the lake and town it is named after has made it a year-round venue, but it maintains the family atmosphere that contrasts with larger corporate resorts. Guests here will notice that starting with the lodging accommodations at the hotel or mountainside condos. Three different room sizes, a fitness area, an indoor pool, and outdoor saunas allow families to enjoy themselves when they are not going downhill (including cats or dogs under the pet policy).

The Canthooks restaurant sits inside the Calabogie Peaks Hotel, providing bar and restaurant access beginning in the early afternoon, allowing skiers and riders a place to refuel after a long morning session. Other cafes and pub access offer a respite from the slopes and some quick drinks or food to recharge drained customers. Calabogie Peaks has a rental shop and tune-up & repair center, allowing guests arriving with or without gear, functioning or not, to enjoy the pow. Lockers are available, with online renters snapping up seasonal storage quickly.

Those wanting to enjoy the winter snow without bombing down the slopes can trek on the Manitou snowshoeing trail or the Madawaska Nordic trail, both of which are near the Calabogie Peaks ski area. Pond skiing is a popular activity for families here, and winter sports fans can also do some ice fishing at Lake Calabogie.

Ontario's Big Drop

The Calabogie Peaks ski venue has a base elevation of 505 feet and a summit height of 1,285 feet. It creates the 780-foot vertical drop that regional skiers and snowboarders flock here for, as they will not find a longer vertical in the Province. An average annual snowfall of 80 inches requires help to maintain decent base conditions. There is snowmaking coverage on 95-percent of the terrain here, helping to increase depth, fill gaps, and extend the season.

The Calabogie Peaks ski area has 80 skiable acres covered by 24 trails of various ratings (skiers and snowboarders with some experience will have the most runs catered to their abilities). Its longest run is 6.961 feet in length. Ratings are 30-percent green/beginner, 45-percent blue/intermediate, and 25-percent black diamond/advanced.

Three snow parks (Mogul Field, Rail Parks, and Ski/Board Cross Track) offer terrain features to conquer. Two quads and a surface lift keep Calabogie Peaks visitors moving uphill.

Calabogie Peaks Snow forecast

  • Saturday
    0.2 in rain
    Rain showers
    12 mph
  • Sunday
    0.07 in rain
    7 mph
  • Monday
    0 ft
    2 mph

Facts about Calabogie Peaks

Number of slopes:24
Easiest Green slopes:6
Intermediate Blue slopes:10
Advanced Black slopes:10
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:0
Longest slope:6890 ft

Lifts (Total: 3)
Chair lifts:2
Magic carpet:1

Vertical drop
Calabogie Peaks Vertical drop
Highest Point: 1286 ft
Vertical drop: 781 ft
Base Point: 505 ft

Country: Canada
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