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Calabogie Peaks Resort - December 21, 2023

After a busy period of exams, I hadn't been on skis for over three weeks, and was eager to return! My mother and I planned a little day trip to the Calabogie area, where I decided I would take advantage of the last day of early season pricing (30$ instead of 50$), and ski for a few hours at Calabogie Peaks Resort. We arrived at 1pm, and I hopped on the Solar Quad lift.

I didn't visit Calabogie last season, but I also happened to be skiing this hill the exact day, December 21st, in 2021. Conditions and snowmaking operations were much improved this season, as 7 runs were open off one chairlift, as opposed to only 2 in the 2021 holiday period. The open trails are outlined below.

Despite it being a colder day (-10C with a windchill of -14C), it was sunny, and snow conditions were firm but not icy, making for some great carving turns.  

There were some fun side hit jumps, as well as pockets of fresh power, on the sides of some trails, and the low crowds made for non-existent lift lines! I skied until closing at 3:50, having gotten 12 runs under my belt. 

My favourite runs were the intermediate Barrett Chute, in addition to the combination run of upper O'briens to Shantyman to Dillon's Dip to lower Ole K&P. 

The long runs at Calabogie have a different and unique feel when compared to other resorts in the region, and I definitely missed skiing here after a 2 year absence. I hope to return later in the season to further explore its gladed terrain, in addition to the runs on the far left side of the hill (off the Lakeview Chair), which I still haven't had the chance to explore!

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Hi Matteo, the slopes look pretty good. Calabogie definitely has a good snowmaking system and it shows. I feel like the climate there is more challenging than it is in and around Gatineau, but they seem to have good success.

Barrett Chute looks great. I don't always ski around that part of the mountain too much when I go as I often end up on Face of Tiger, which I am not a fan of. They should rename that one "Face of a Cliff", which would be more accurate.

Have there been any changes or improvements at Calabogie this year that you have noticed?
Shane Séguin
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I think the biggest change is the upgraded snowmaking the past two seasons. Every season they have mentioned adding a few extra guns to their fleet. Combined with the good snowmaking temps in late Nov/early Dec, and I think those were why more terrain got open sooner this season. However, conditions at Calabogie haven't been looking the best these past few days, if you check their webcam. I'm seeing some bare/muddy patches on the open runs, though the recent weather hasn't helped with that. Glad to see the comments have opened up on the new format blog posts!
Matteo C
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