Sunday … a classic mid-Winter bluebird day. Fresh snow on the ground and so cold, you could see your breath. Driving West from Ottawa while the temperature outside fluctuated between -23c and -28c-. When we arrived at Calabogie Peaks at 8am, the thermometer was now at cool -29c. Calabogie was white, but it would seem that Ottawa got more snow than the Renfrew County. No matter, this isn’t a powder day…its race day.
It was Morgane’s first race of the season, she had to skip the previous day’s Slalom race at Camp Fortune due to a Grade 9 exam. She was anxious for her first race, especially after getting hurt last year. Also she was wondering how she would place? She was hoping that it wasn’t going to be at the bottom of the standings. I was also anxious driving to the hill for a totally different reason, it was my first time skiing since that blackout episode on the previous Wednesday night. This was one of the reasons why I wanted the whole family to come to the hill in case I would have health issues again. Anyway, I wasn’t going any racing this time, it was Morgane that had a GS today. There isn’t a ‘no skinsuit’ rule due to cold weather like at the Ottawa Masters; regardless how cold it is, you’re wearing a skinsuit.
My wife got a parent’s pass for the racing club and Tara was skiing for free with her Grade 4 passport. Most other parents weren’t even planning to ski. I headed out to get a few runs before the race got started. It was a cold day for my wife’s first day of the season. I told her not to hurry so they could be outside for Morgane’s run. I got a few runs on the Lakeside Quad which runs right above the course on Whistlin’ Paddy. The Upper part of the run as well as the entire runs of the left side were still closed. Calabogie Peaks was talking about 20 runs out of 29 open, but nothing left of the Lakeside Quad was open. The course started on the narrow Bailey’s Blvd at the junction of Barret Chute. There was no good way to see the kids ski from this side of the hill, although I found a place to cut across for the second run. Not more base, but I managed okay. The fresh groomed Barret’s was fun to ski on and pretty steep for a blue run. Snow is great when you are amongst the first one of the hill; it helps when its early and cold.
Hurry Up and Wait!!!
The race was suppose to start at 9:45am and Morgane was the sixth on that start list. After a quick warm up break, coach and girls from the team hurried up toward the race. Although you could reach the start of the course faster on the Solar Quad as it doesn’t run as high Lakeside Quad; the latter goes higher, but the top is mostly flat. The advantage of the Lakeside is that you get a great view of the race.
So we hurried up and waited!!! Morgane was 6th on the start list, race and forerunner were suppose to get started at 9:45am. Race started with 40 minutes delay. -25c at the start and Morgane was frozen with all this waiting around. Coaches tried to get the racers moving. I volunteered to bring team’s jackets down. After the first run, Morgane and the family went it to warm up. I went back up for the boys’ jackets although I could barely feel my feet.
Same scenario in the afternoon, but a few degrees warmer. I saw the rest of the family ski Barret’s Chute and know they did a few runs on the other side. As for myself, waiting at the start, bringing jackets down and making a few runs on Barrett’s Chute. Skier right’s was a nice drop, steepest skiing I did this Winter (which doesn’t mean much considering the skiing I’ve done since October). After the race teardown was done, the entire family skied on Whistlin’ Paddy. The temps had warmed up to a warm -15c, but surfaced had gotten harder. It doesn’t help when you turn where the course was. All in all, it was a good day. Morgane was satisfied of her results as he wasn’t even close to the bottom.
Previous features on Calabogie Peaks with old brochures or TR with pictures
Monday Mad Addict’s Attic : Calabogie Peaks
Last year’s Trip Report : Calabogie Peaks ON – February 12-13, 2011 : Art Tommy, White Velvet and Memories