Thursday, March 31, 2016

Be Vigilant

When the RCMP left the other day, there were likely two individuals fleeing on one stolen sled. I have no information at this time to indicate that those two have been apprehended. Their stolen truck had been towed.

I  certainly hope they are long gone, but keep your eyes open for an abandoned sled, don't pick up hitch hikers. The police who responded were not all the local standard uniform guys, so my hunch is that they were probably after more than your average steal a sled joyrider.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

"You assume all risk of injury or damage to property"...........

Additional signs were put up today at Baldy. Everyone who comes up here should already know that they are entering the ski area at their own risk. Some may need reminding. The last time I checked, the proper fuel for snowmobiles was not for sale at the BCLDB.

Existing Signs

New Signs

Storm on the Way

Jayne and her four legged friends headed back to the village after they saw this storm coming in to the valley.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Snow Family on Ore-House Road

So, is that Angela and the kids on one side of the street, and Don on the other?

Fairview Pass

At one time it was the stage coach route, but for those of you who do use it as a short cut from Cawston to Oliver, there are streams in the ditches, and one freshly patched single lane spot just up from Alaric's gate.

Last Ladies Snowshoe of the Season

Thank- you Roberta, Margaret, Marian and Marie for hosting the ladies in your cabins, and keeping the Ladies Snowshoe going through the last three winters of uncertainty. Thanks Jim and Joe for cooking the lunches the last three weeks.

We know that the real Ladies Day is all about the food, and we remain hopeful that will happen next season.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

First Day of Spring - Don't Poke the Bear!

The noisy boys were here this afternoon when I got home. Not pleased to have to drive on the wrong side of the road into a blind corner near the water treatment plant to get to my home. Several trucks parked on the Strata Road - once again, public using Strata Property as a snowmobile staging area.

The upper cul-de-sac has been less of a problem since a resident confronted and detained some intoxicated hypothermic sledders earlier this season.

Reminder from March 19th 2012 - Same place, same date

Contrary to the statement in this video, it was determined to be snowmobile caused. In my opinion, the person taking the video of this slide was taking a big risk going in to the area.

Mother Nature's Beauty and Power

Yes, the top of Baldy is a cool place to be. In an operating season, this area is out of bounds and not patrolled. Read the Canadian Avalanche articles posted below. Interesting comparison of back country skiers long slow ascent and opportunities to reassess the terrain and conditions, versus today's very high powered sleds that can get you into dangerous terrain with no time to reassess .

M. Fletcher photo.

Interesting Read from Avalanche Canada, and Condition Report Valid for Today

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Avalanche Saturday

Avalanche north of the summit Saturday - likely this is the North Bowl. Five snowmobilers in the area - was triggered by a snowmobile. The person who triggered the slide, talked to my source.

M. Fletcher photo

Stay out of the North Bowl!


Will this be one of those years when a larger piece of equipment is needed to push the banks back?
Use caution at the junction. The stop sign is behind the bank.

Skiing Manning - Thanks for a Great Day!

The best way to Ski Manning, is with a Baldy family!
Top of the Blue Chair

360 degrees of great photo opportunities, but photos aren't the priority when you are trying to keep up with the kids!

Baldy has the "Cupcake Race", Manning has edible medals!


Friday, March 18, 2016

Phoenix Team - First Place Zone Finals

Congratulations to the team from Phoenix - some familiar faces in this photo - sure hope we are skiing together at Baldy next season!

Lee at Whistler Blackcomb

Long time ski pro and Baldy Snow School Director Lee Mounsey would prefer be working closer to home, but this winter has given her the opportunity to return to the Whistler Blackcomb Ski School.
The bonus for her is being able to spend time on and off the slopes with her Mom. Lee's Mom is a great skier, and an artist. A student of Lee's took this photo of Lee next to one of the many pieces of her Mom's artwork at Whistler Blackcomb. (If you are reading this Lee - please send a higher resolution photo, and correct spelling of your Mom's name. thx)

Lee and her Mom - Top of Sugarlump, March 2015

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spring Break

A few families in the village for spring break, but not as many as usual. Found these full time residents drinking coffee in the sunshine this morning.

Heads up, Transfer Station - Wolf Tracks

Fresh wolf tracks at the transfer station. Please, if your garbage does not fit inside the dumpster with the lid closed, take it with you.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

More from Phoenix - from the Top of the Tee

Thanks to whoever found my second camera at Phoenix, and to Ciel for figuring out who it belonged to, and dropping it off in Rock Creek. All day breakfast at the Trading Post in Rock Creek!

Looking at Baldy from Phoenix

View and Base Area from the Top of the Tee

Sunday, March 13, 2016

More Great Shots from the Davisons, and the Power of Mother Nature - Drifts and Tree Wells - from Friday

Happy 55th Birthday Randal - Part of Baldy since 1968

Thanks Roger and Lisa.

Early 70's Blogger, Randal, cousins Karen and Paula - looks like Randal and Karen are still on wooden skis.

Baldy Family

The light in the background was casting a halo on Mark, so we had to adjust the pose.
Four awesome people, parents of one awesome teen and 3 awesome adults raised skiing Baldy.
All awesome skiers. Mark, Sherry, Kirsten and Paul

Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday Road Trip - Ski Phoenix

My record is intact, 52 consecutive years of skiing, and for the first time, I can say I skied Phoenix.
Warm welcome when I arrived from Dave Doumont - his 36th day of this season, skiing Red and Phoenix. Dave taught skiing at Baldy year one, before Wally and Mary Anne Day started the ski school. More recently he coached in the Nancy Greene Program at Baldy. Interesting to hear some of the history of Phoenix, and Dave's involvement in laying out and logging the runs. The power came from the Phoenix Mine, and the mine was responsible for the original installation of the towers. It didn't take long for us to catch up with Teledeano. One of the lift operators was Sieglinde's great nephew, and riding the T-bar reminded us of the good old days at Baldy. Your legs get a work out on the way up too.

"Three Old Pros" with Dean Corbett and Dave Doumont
You'd never know that Dave had a stroke 6 years ago. He hasn't changed - he now wears a helmet, and proudly wears his 50 year CSIA pin. Any thoughts I had about taking it easy on the first day - not a chance, Dave was motoring. That's Baldy over Dave's shoulder.

The welcoming committee Dave Doumont with Randy and Jan Trerise - former CSPS patrollers at Baldy.

Looking back at Baldy from the top of Phoenix.

Interesting discussion with a board member of the Phoenix Mountain Alpine Society - discussing mountain safety among other things. They used to open up the area to sleds after the season - they don't anymore, for good reason.
Burger on the deck in the sunshine before I left, and starting to snow at Baldy when I got home.
SPF 60 today, and I still feel like I got a lot of sun.
Thanks for the tips on the back road home - much quicker.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thinking of the Baldy Racers today................

The change to daylight savings time always reminds me of our Baldy Racers. As the volunteer photographer for many decades, it seems to me that the wind-up party and team photo usually coincides with the time change, and those who are late, get added with photo shop, and some help from Stevely.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sledders slapped with fines - BC News -

Sledders slapped with fines - BC News - Three snowmobilers who were rescued from Glacier National Park in southeastern British Columbia have been handed fines under the National Parks Act.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tuesday thoughts on roads and things

•It wasn't Emcon's Day
•a grader on site sooner would have saved a lot of problems
•the road is better this afternoon, but there is still work to do
•I need more practice with the OJO cam
•I am definitely out of practice with my movie software
Rain-ex working well for washer fluid.

Argo lunch break by the "Grader Working" sign.

Final resting place??

Monday, March 7, 2016

Snowshoe Outings Last Week

North Shoulder of Baldy

South Shoulder of Baldy
Thank-you John Williamson for the note and the photos.

Monday Snowshoe and Pizza

Ten ladies snowshoed in the storm this morning, and finished their outing with Jim's homemade pizza.

Emcon has some work to do...............

Significant erosion on the long straight stretch below the junction, the usual potholes a little further down, and Argo did a little grading at the lower end of the road today.

Another view.

Frustrating when you see it coming, but the right people don't.

Justin Fletcher March 6, 2016

Carly Simon's "Anticipation" playing in Grandma's head.


Anticipation, anticipation is making me late,
is keeping me waiting,,,,,,
We can never know about the days to come 
But we think about them anyway
And I wonder if I’m really here right now
Or just chasing after some finer day.

Anticipation, anticipation is making me late,
Is keeping me waiting,,,,,,
So, I’ll stay right here, 
‘Cause these are the good old dayz,,,,,,,
These are the good old dayz,,,,,,,,,,
These are the good old dayzzzzzz