Saturday, October 22, 2016

This Morning - Jake ( not the Mayor of Camp McKinney), Kirsten and Sam (not me)

I might have done it in my younger days, but this trio is a little braver than me for early season. Looks great up top this morning. Thanks for the pic Joey.

OK boys - helmets?

Red Dogs View This Morning

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Little Boiler

Thanks Barbers for the photo of the new boiler - smaller than I expected, but it has been more than a decade since I last researched them.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Undisclosed Location - "Le Chateau"

Thanks to J and W for stocking up a firewood supply at "le  Chateau."

Remembering Bob Bourgeault - with thanks to Oliver Daily News

The cabin that is now owned by the Rauhala family, was built by Bob Bourgeault for his family in the early days of Baldy. Bob was a well liked, respected teacher at SOSS, a volunteer ski patroller at Baldy, and he and is wife Arvie were very generous with their time for so many things in the Oliver Community. Soft spoken, gentle, and always greeted me with a smile.

Bob and Arvie left Oliver and moved to Maple Ridge recently to be closer to their family.

Our thoughts are with Arvie, Jeanne, Margaret, Steven, Michelle and families.



It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Rene Bourgeault.
Born 06/07/35 – Passed away in the presence of his family 10/17/16. Survived by his wife of 59 years Arvie Bourgeault, his children Jeanne Jennings (Brad), Margaret Shisko (Andrew), Steven Bourgeault (Susie), Michelle Taylor (Marty). Proud “Papa” to 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents Hector and Margaret Bourgeault and sister Lillian.
Survived by brothers Ken and Gene Bourgeau.
Bob, recently of Maple Ridge, was a long-term resident of Oliver, B.C. He contributed to his community in multiple ways as teacher, coach, town councillor, ski patrol member and active participant in the Catholic Church. Recipient of the Oliver Citizenship award in 1998, along with his wife Arvie, the couple were recognized for their extensive contributions to the community. Bob was also an avid curler, golfer and world traveller. Of all his accomplishments Bob was most proud of the house he built, the home he created with Arvie and his role as a loving and supportive father.
Vigil 5:30 pm Friday, October 21, 2016 and Service at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Both at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 22561-121st Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bob’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Donate online at or call 1-800-667-3742.
Condolences can be sent to Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel, 11969-216th Street, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5H9 or online at

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Firehall Brewery and Family - Looking for a Christmas Rental

The Ruhland Family sold their cabin at Baldy a few years ago, and would really like to spend Christmas at Baldy this year. If you aren't using your cabin at Christmas, here is Joanne's message.

Hi Sandra, Not sure where on your blog you can post this, but our family is looking for a cabin to rent this Christmas weekend. If you know of anyone who might rent out their cabin (7 adults plus Sid's 2 little boys), please tell them to contact Sidney Ruhland at the Firehall Brewery in Oliver. 778-439-2337 Thank you, Joanne Ruhland

Colour for the weekend

Festival of Colours continues Saturday and Sunday Noon to 4:00pm. The sumac and alder are past their prime, but it looks like the Tamarack will hold out it's colour for the weekend. Check BMR Facebook for updates - Houdini the Owl from SORCO may make an appearance one day - not sure how he was after his last trip to the mountain.

Free lunch, Sugarlump chair rides - bring a donation for SORCO and/or something for the foodbank.
Bring your photo id or credit card you used to buy your season pass to get your pass photo taken.

Past It's Prime

The old portable has seen better days - Office for Tim, then Matt, staff meeting room, fix it room - search command post......Today, it was demoted to a storage trailer down near the staff shack.

On my way to town, I met the truck bringing up a wood fired boiler that will go in it's place - hoping to reduce Fortis' share of the operating costs.

Note the white mountain top in the background!