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I normally ski a smaller hill nearby (Mount Pakenham) but decided to try out Calabogie. I'm comfortable on most terrain but I found Calabogie to be challenging because the grade of some trails switches very suddenly without warning. A number of times I was on a blue trail(even once on a green trail) and there were parts of the trails that were definitely black ratings. For example the bottom part of Shantyman should probably should be rated as blue or black (it's way too steep for a beginner). Bailey's and Causeway (both blue) blend into Finnegan rather seemlessly and without obvious signs, so if you're new to the hill you could easily end up on a black run without realizing it (that's what I did). Even the Old K&P had many sections that I definitely do not consider to be beginner friendly. Fortunately, as mentioned, I'm comfortable with all types of terrain so it wasn't a problem for me, but I can see from the other reviews and also from the number of people being carried off in sleds (about 2 in 2hrs) that the signage/trail classification leads to dangerous situations. I totally sympathize with the other review on here where someone described a hairpin turn on a green run. They just kind of sneak up on you, which is hard for a beginner to handle. For these reasons, I would not recommend this resort for beginners.
With that being said, the signage for specific features was great. There were some moguls, terrain park features, the snowcross park, etc that were very clearly marked with "expert only". ...It's just the steepness of the normal slopes that is poorly signed. It also would have been nice if the type of terrain was noted in the map. For example, Buckshot had signage at the top of it saying that it was thin coverage and ungroomed, but it said nothing about this on the trail maps.
Speaking of trail maps, there are non posted on the mountain themselves. I had one of those handy maps that they give out at the ticket booth, but sometimes it's nice to look at a map at the top or bottom of the hill instaed of fishing around in your pocket for your map.
Also as mentioned by other reviews, the website said that all trails were open but because only 1 lift was open (during the week), effectively you cannot get to some of the trails. This is false advertising. I'm also not sure why they would run solar quad instead of lakeview, since lakeview seems to cover 100% of the trails and solar quad leaves out a few.
Grooming was not great compared to Pakenham. I was surprised to see some bare patches on the mountain (and I'm not talking about the intentionally ungroomed rock cuts). The same day that I skiied Calabogie I also went to Pakenham for night ski and the Pakenham snow was way better.
The roof in the chalet was leaking and it looks like a lot of the resort is in various stages of disrepair. Hopefully some money gets invested into fixing things up before the place completely falls apart.
Overall, I had a pretty good experience. Very friendly staff. Resort (parking, lift tickets, food, etc) is easy to navigate. Short/no lines during the week. Cute little cafeteria. Well laid-out design. Just make sure you're on your toes with the runs since they really aren't adequately marked.... Avis complet
I have been skiing 50 years and still do. Calabogie is the best for me. The very best grooming possible. No one does snow like Calabogie. The maintaining and progressing improvements are obvious. The staff are friendly, lots of smiles. You can feel very safe here. Location, costs, facilities, are all what one expects to see and have. Calabogie facilitates enjoyment.... Avis complet
amazing hill. i come here over and over again, and it never ceases to amaze me... Avis complet
Nice little hill, and the front-line staff are pleasant, but the management decisions are so disappointing. This 'resort' is being run into the ground. Full price tickets for 1/3 open terrain. Smaller lift runs on weekdays so even if more terrain is open and advertised as open, no way to access it. Misleading (frankly, FALSE) info re: open runs to lure people in, but in reality, much of the mountain is closed off and no ownership taken for the error. Emails aren't answered, for positive or negative feedback. Lodge is in poor repair and poorly serviced throughout the day. Make sure you have a pocketful of Kleenex before you enter the bathroom, because good luck finding any toilet paper.
It's a shame that a hill with a lot of potential and front line staff who are trying their best is being mismanaged into a joke. ... Avis complet
Great spot, very glad I decided to check it out. Spent 30 years limiting my skiing in Ontario to Blue Mountain, Horseshoe, MSLM, and others north of the GTA - Decided to check this out yesterday solo and enjoyed it a ton. Just started my kids skiing and not sure I'd bring them here just yet as some of the green runs are a little too steep for my 5 yr old. Runs are in great shape, lots to choose from so you won't get bored, Chalet is room...
It sucks that mid week skiing means that only one lift is open and you don't get to ski the entire mountain. While the crowds were fewer, you miss out on more runs... ... Avis complet
Very well kept resort. Hotel very clean. All runs very well groomed, even in the minus 20 temperatures. Overall experience and value is unmatched in Ontario. ... Avis complet
overall an amazing hill with some great staff... Avis complet
I have been to Calabogie Peaks many times and I find it the best place to go in Ontario. Sure it may not compare very well to the resorts out west or in Quebec but it is still a solid hill. The face of the tiger is a nice and steep trail which is not usually groomed, therefore it is my favorite. There are plenty of options for beginners, intermediates, and some for the experts. There is almost never any long lift lines, the most you may see might be 1-2 minutes. It has a little bit of everything, including glades, steeps, terrain park, and even the occasional cliff that you can drop. I would recommend!... Avis complet
My wife and I have been to Calabogie Peaks two times during the Christmas/New Years holiday season, first in January 2013 and more recently in late December 2014. Calabogie is an easy and pleasant 2-hour drive from Kingston ON, where we were staying.
We like Calabogie a lot. It's very relaxed, with friendly, helpful staff. You can drive right up and easily access your car and leave your gear in it if you like. Generally the entire resort is clean, and although not super fancy, has nice ambiance. The views of the valley from the top of the mountain are really pretty.
The lift ticket purchase and gear rental processes were very fast. When you rent boots you just leave your regular shoes/boots on the shelf where you take your ski boots from, and it's very cool to not have to worry about them getting stolen.
The skiing itself was fine and we liked the ski school a lot. We never experienced long lift lines, even though we were there during a holiday period.
One thing that might be less than optimal for some people was that the easiest green run is actually pretty hard for a green. This won't matter for a lot of people but if somebody in your party is a lower level skier this might be a problem. For this reason we think next time if we take our young kids with us we'll probably go to Mt. Pakenham, which is not far away and reportedly better for lower level skiers who are ready to leave the bunny slope but still need easy green runs.
They don't have night skiing at Calabogie but they do have tubing, next to the bunny slope.
The cafeteria is clean enough, with food common to ski lodges, (burgers, chili, etc.) including Canadian favorite poutine. You can bring outside food in, and I belive many people just leave their coolers in the lodge on shelves and whatnot.
We stayed at the hotel there both times and were happy with it. There's an indoor pool, outdoor hot tub and a small workout room. Both times our rooms were really nice, with pretty views of the slopes. Calabogie also has slope-side condos but I don't know about those. Both times we got discounted "stay and ski" packages and one time they even comped each of us an extra day's lift ticket on top of the existing discount.
We've eaten at the Canthooks restaurant in the hotel for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I think it has high-end aspirations and the menu always looks good, but I'd say on both times for dinner the food didn't quite live up to its billing and is a bit overpriced for what you get. Plus, although the wait staff was courteous, the service was slow for us. Frankly they seemed understaffed. Canthooks is not a bad restaurant at all, but could use a bit of improvement to justify the relatively high prices it charges. Canthooks also has a small bar, and there is a decent pub in the lodge as well. There are only a few other lower-end eating establishments in the town, which is very small, and doesn't seem to have much else going on, at least in winter when we were there.
In conclusion, although it's not perfect, overall I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Calabogie Peaks to anyone for a solid ski/boarding experience. I would give it 4.5 stars.... Avis complet
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