[R95R, Calabogie Peaks], simply known as "The Mountain" around Ottawa, is planning on skiing and riding well into April. There's no set closing date. They plan to keep going as long as the snow holds out.

Additional good news for eastern Ontario snow sports enthusiasts is that lift tickets for the rest of the season are $29 for adults and $19 for all others. Dickson Manor is running a post-March Break special, $69 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.

The slopeside Dickson Manor Lodge offers fine dining in its Canthooks Restaurant. You also have access to a salt water pool and outdoor heated hot tub, outdoor skating rink, bonfire and cross-country ski trails, if open. There's also the movie theater and Health Club. Ski and ride in the morning when slopes are still firm from overnight temperatures, and enjoy all the other amenities in the afternoon when they start to soften and turn slushy.

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

Calabogie has had an excellent winter with abundant snow, which means good spring conditions. Some call it the best skiing and riding of the winter.