Calabogie, eastern Ontario’s largest snowsports resort, is currently conducting its 2012/13 season pass sale, and through April 9 you can save up to $200 off the regular season price.

Through the above date an adult Ultimate Pass, good anytime the area is open, is $350 CA ($350.50 US), a youth/student pass (6-25) $225 CA ($225.33 US), and a senior pass (65-79) is $250 CA ($250.36 US).  If you ski or ride eight days during the season the pass has paid for itself and the rest of the season is free.  The Ultimate Weekday Pass is $225 CA for all ages.  It has blackout dates over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Feb. 18, 2013, and March 11-15, 2013.

The Ottawa Citizen, in an article this past season, rated Calabogie Peaks as one of the top five places to ski and ride within a three-hour drive of Ontario’s capital city.  The ski resort, with a 760-foot vertical drop, is less than an hour.  Other resorts listed in the article included Tremblant, Mont Sutton, and Whiteface Mountain in New York, which is good company to keep.

Calabogie has spent the last three summers adding new trails, making improvements to old trails and improving its snowmaking system.  It offers 22 runs and two terrain parks.  The resort’s longest trail is about a mile-and-a-quarter long.  Snowshoeing and groomed cross-country trails are also available for guests.

It offers a good close to home choice for Ottawa winter sports enthusiasts.