Sometimes it's nice to have a choice close to home.  Calabogie Peaks with a 760-foot vertical drop offers Ottawa skiers and riders that choice.  It's located less than an hour from Ontario's capital city, and the area's 22 runs and two terrain parks have terrain suitable for all levels. 

Calabogie, which turns 40 years old this season, has been busy over the summer with a number of trail improvements.  The landing area at the top of the Solar Express quad chair has been reshaped to offer a flatter, wider, more beginner-friendly unloading area. 

They also are creating a new access trail from the top of the Lakeview chairlift to O'Brien's, Buckshot, and High Falls runs.  Skating through the woods across the top of the ski hill to access the advanced terrain will be a thing of the past.

Grading is continuing from the top of the Lakeview chair on the long, easy K&P trail.  The flat section across the top of the hill has been re-graded to create a gentle slope, work continues to reduce the pitch on the S-turn, and narrow spots are being widened to remove bottlenecks.  You won't have to pole across the top anymore to get going on the beginner trail. 

Dillon's Dip will be open for skiing and riding this winter.  The big boulder has been blasted away to make an easy transition from K&P and T-Bone.  Pineside Terrain Park is being moved to a higher visibility area so competitions can have bigger audiences. 

There's also a rumor of a new trail, but nothing has been announced as of yet.  Stay tuned to OnTheSnow for up-to-date status reports. Blue cruisers and a fistful of black-diamond runs fan out below the area's two quad chairlifts.  Long green avenues on the right side of the ski hill give novice skiers and riders plenty of room to maneuver and practice.  One of the beginner trails is over a mile long.

Many Midwestern snow sports enthusiasts wish they had an area a third that size within an hour's drive. 

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