Saturday, February 16, 2019

Helicopter Rides Today

Passengers reporting the trip well worth it, and complimenting the pilot. Nice to see Adam here, helping out with the pre-flight instructions. He usually comes to Baldy once a year - he must have known this was helicopter weekend. He likes helicopters almost as much as MMT.

Adam on the left - 5 passengers per trip.

Stirs up a lot of snow coming in to land.




Baldy's Got Talent - March 9th

Get the details from BMR Facebook or website. This was a very successful event for years - different format this year, great opportunity to let the young and talented perform.

Pots and Pans boys - don't get any ideas - this is a family friendly event.

A few shots from 2013

Friday, February 15, 2019

Snow Shoe

It's headlamps, not moonlight, but who cares - it is snowing!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Nancy Greene Ski League Zone Finals Coming to Baldy March 2nd and 3rd

Baldy has a good reputation for hosting well organized ski races, and this upcoming one may be the largest race event hosted by Baldy since the BC Winter Games in 1985.

For years, Baldy has provided cupcakes to the competitors - "it's all about the cupcakes", and this year BC Alpine actually posted it as the Cupcake Race on their official calendar.

Families will be coming from Revelstoke, Sun Peaks, Harper, Silver Star, Big White and Apex. About 100 racers each day will compete, and when you add their families, there will be lots of skiers on the mountain.

Baldy was awarded the opportunity to host this event based on our previous races, and the hard work of Paul Rauhala of the Alpine Club.

With such a large event, there is a need for lots of cupcakes - more than the club parents can produce.
If you are willing to bake some cupcakes - please notify Paul.

Silken and Nils aged out of the racing program years ago, but Paul has stayed on to build the program back to where it was, and to recruit and train other parents to take on more roles.

We are fortunate that with Paul's contacts and other parents of former racers, we have a core group of volunteers.

Cupcakes we need for sure, and there will be tasks for other volunteers as well. If you are willing to bake, or volunteer some time helping with the event, please contact  paul@okaped.com

These events are great for Baldy - bringing families from bigger resorts to experience all that is special at Baldy.

From "Vancouver is Awesome" - The Squamish Chief

Marge told me what Rod was working on a long time ago, but asked me to keep it under wraps. It's in the press now, so here it is.

Ski resort near Squamish five years away ‘if everything falls into place’

Keili Bartlett


As Garibaldi At Squamish (GAS) continues to pitch a four-season mountain resort on Brohm Ridge, its vice-president of planning, Rod MacLeod, presented the latest details to Squamish residents on Feb. 6.
The resort itself has yet to be named. MacLeod said that the Squamish Nation will likely play a role in naming the resort.
An anticipated 5,000 jobs will be created for construction, with 4,000 annually for build-out. MacLeod said the resort has committed jobs and training for members of the Squamish Nation, and will have elders identify historic herb gathering areas for protection.
There may be potential for Squamish Nation-led tours, he said.
Gravity Logic, the same company behind Whistler’s Mountain Bike Park, has been hired to do a mountain bike feasibility study and high-level plan for the mountain biking trails.
“The potential here is to design mountain biking into the resort right from the beginning, as opposed to having it as an add-on,” MacLeod said, adding that chairlifts will be designed to handle both bikes and snow gear.
The version of the draft presented by MacLeod would see the ski runs on the north side of Brohm peak (but not on the spine of the ridge, which is winter mountain goat habitat). By phase four of the project, which could be between 30 and 50 years away, there could be 20,000 beds at the resort’s accommodations. Even then, the resort would be smaller than Blackcomb and Revelstoke, although bigger than Cypress, MacLeod said.
First, GAS would build its gondola and some accommodation based on the uphill capacity, in accordance with provincial resort standards. Planners with the project are meeting with highway authorities about placement of an interchange, approximately 10 kilometres from downtown Squamish, followed by another 10 kilometres to the resort at nearly 1,100 metres elevation.
The timeline, MacLeod said, “depends entirely on how the public and the market perceives this resort and buys into it, literally and figuratively.
“We’re only five years away from opening, is the hope, if everything falls into place. We’re building good momentum, so we’re pretty confident it’s going to start happening.”
While GAS has received its Environmental Assessment Certificate, the company has 40 conditions to meet, as well as local governmental approval and First Nations consultation to complete.
However, GAS requested a three-year extension in Sept. 2018 for seven conditions of its environmental assessment certificate. Although the deadline for granting an extension, originally Jan. 26, has passed, the Environmental Assessment Office expects to decide in the next few weeks, David Karn, with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, told The Chief in an email.
As for water supply, the Environmental Assessment Office has approved sourcing water from Paradise Valley. GAS will have more studies to do to ensure the creeks, some home to salmon habitat, will not be impacted. They might also explore drilling wells on the mountain.
As MacLeod showed photos taken of the view from the proposed gondola and restaurant, someone in the crowd let out an appreciative whistle.
“That’s as long and steep as anything on Whistler Blackcomb,” MacLeod said, pointing to the peak. “That’s a big, big lift. Steep terrain, north facing. The snow is going to blow over the top of the ridge here and deposit in here. It’s going to be the place to go for powder skiing.”
One big step for the resort going forward is up to the District of Squamish. GAS is asking council to consider expanding the municipality’s boundary to include the resort. The province requires six steps for a municipal boundary change: local government contacting the ministry, process design, process initiation, community engagement, local electoral decision, and adapting to the new structure.
“We think the best for local government would be for the District of Squamish to expand its boundary and take in the base area and be the local government so Squamish gets the taxation benefits and gets the other benefits of the resort, plus has a say in how the resort is developing,” MacLeod said. “We’ll be going to council, we hope, as soon as the budget process is done to present to them, ask them to allocate staff time to start work on moving toward a boundary extension.”
Around 30 people were at the Feb. 6 presentation. During the question period, they asked about snowmobile access, highway congestion and how retail at the resort could affect Squamish businesses.
While the project has met with members of the Black Tusk Snowmobile Club, MacLeod said it is too dangerous for snowmobilers, skiers and snowboarders to share the same area.
He said the resort village will include retail, accommodation, restaurants and an adventure desk for booking tours with Squamish guides and outfitters.
How that will affect Squamish retailers, MacLeod said, he anticipates a cluster effect.
“I think the downtown business will be booming just with the people who live here. On top of that, we’re going to bringing in a ton more people from Vancouver and potentially international visitors. It ought to make it all better,” he said. “Squamish is busy right now for two, three, four months of the year. We’re going to be in that opposite part of the year, bringing more people here in the winter time.”

Rest in Peace Eric Mauger

Our thoughts are with Janice, Kevin, Carleen, and their families. Eric was a member of the CSPS ski patrol at Baldy. We had a long talk in Buy Low not that long ago - talking about the good old days.





MAUGERERIC

SEPTEMBER 17, 1933 - FEBRUARY 10, 2019

    On Sunday February 10, 2019, Mr. Eric Lloyd Mauger of Oliver passed away peacefully at McKinney Place surrounded by family at the age of 85 years.
    He was predeceased by his parents and his brother.
    He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife Janice, his children Kevin (Ali)
    and Carleen (Ralph) his grandchildren Heather, Arlaina and Craig, great grandchild Jesse and his nieces, nephews and extended family.
    Eric enjoyed a long career with B.C. Telephone as a central office technician.  He was a devoted member of the Masonic Order and Shriners Club. Over the years Eric volunteered with Cub Scouts, Little League, Babe Ruth Baseball, Canadian Ski Patrol and was a community helper in may ways.  Eric loved the outdoors, particularly fishing, hunting, skiing and golf.  He also enjoyed fly tying and fishing rod repairs.
    Donations gratefully accepted for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (www.llscanada.org/ 604-733-2873 or 1-833-222-4884).
    Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
    Private arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Whiskey Jack

Sherry Davison Photo

Pig Roast - Monday February 18th

Check the details on the BMR event page. Mark has a huge barbeque/spit permanently mounted in his yard. A little more challenging to roast a pig in this weather - he'll be up in the wee hours getting the fire going for the lunch at 12:30.




Chopper Time - February 16th

On the BMR event list - helicopter rides February 16th. Other years we have done it later in March - better chance of sunshine. At the moment the forecast looks like it may snow on Saturday - event is weather dependent.

Coming in for a landing - March 27th 2010.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday






Early Days

Grandpa Vic Fairweather marked this slide 1968, but I think from my clothing it was later than that - some poor bunny was sacrificed for that hat,


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Search and Rescue Avalanche Probe Training

OOSAR usually does winter training down the road at this time of year, but will be up here next weekend to do some of their training, (deeper snow).

Terry Smith April 1973