Monday, October 31, 2016

Christmas Eve 2011 - Santa Skis Baldy - with Nicole

Halloween Happenings

First trick, finding your way in to the lodge. Services being tied in today for the trailers.

Welcoming Committee

Construction Zone

Treats - more than 30 people had picked up day pass vouchers when I stopped by.

New subfloor, new carpet being installed in the bar today.

Food Service Area Changing - less seating.

I wouldn't want to meet this guy in the dark!

The Buzz on BMR Facebook

Great pic at lunch rock from Charmian Bland.

Samantha Aebi Wow...what a great photo and blast from the past! I can help you with the who's who. Front - Kirstin Mozak (Giltrap), Samantha Aebi (Giltrap), Todd Potter, Marnie Bland. Back - Vic Hospes, Mike Nicholas, John Rotheisler, Sage Larivée, James Nicholas, John Webster

Sunday, October 30, 2016

February 6, 2010

John Prudence - 2009-2010 Season

Hey John - was great to have you around this fall with the brushing crew. I know the work up north pays a lot better, but maybe you can bring those not so little kids of yours for a ski some time this winter. Take Care.

This just in from Facebook - The size of John's boys today!

The Baldy Tee

I'm guessing that is Sayre in the backpack, so 20ish years ago, before the chair, Todd and Mark took their kids skiing on their backs.

Amazing Tree

I finally found the big Western Larch tree today. There are others, but this looks like it is old enough to have survived the fire more than 85 years ago. Thanks Bryan Gough for the map, and Dianne for coming along for the ride. Jim C., we know you wouldn't take your Ford on that road, but if you can tolerate a Toyota, I'll take you there..........

I know the truck............

There is a pick-up parked by the shop today that belongs to a fellow who knows the mountain better than most, and is awesome with a chainsaw. My best guess? There are a couple of highly skilled saw operators working in the gladed areas today, dealing with the blow downs and snap offs from the last 3 years.

Friday, October 28, 2016

For you Wes B

Inspection done - Eagle is good to go.

BMR Contest

Check the BMR sites for info on the Baldy is contest - contest ends October 31st. Pair of Head Skis to the winner.

Show up in costume at the lodge on Halloween from noon to 6:00pm - candy, day passes, and a chance to get your season pass photo done if you haven't already done so.

Sign up for the BMR newsletter - info there on Dec. 1 - 4 events.

Relax - it is only October

This date last year, we had no snow on the ground, then progressed to one of the top 10 snow years I can remember. We have snow now that will stay - patchy at lower elevations, but a weather pattern that continues to hover just above and below freezing.

We have had Halloween blizzards before, but I look more to the November 11th weekend for serious snow. I remember a big dump mid-November when I was a kid and the Highways crews were on strike. I so wanted to be snowed in, but the road was cleared at the end of the weekend.

There are a pair of Baldy snowbirds who usually arrive back mid-November, and I let them know if they need BBC to open up their parking area for them. The answer is usually yes by that date.

The chairs are ready, I presume the magic carpet is ready, although the guys have been diverted to other things at times this week.

I haven't talked to anyone in the shop, but it appears that work has shifted from "Red Cat" to "Yellow Cat", so when there is enough snow, they will be ready to roll.

Still lots of work to do for the lodge-rental shop etc. The trailers were put in place in the last couple of days, there is fresh sawdust in the cafeteria.

I popped into the lodge yesterday and asked Shayna and Doreen if they were still smiling - I did get a little smile out of both of them, but they are very busy.

I talked with a friend yesterday who went home Sunday without getting her pass - the line was too long.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Accomodations Wanted

Bob McAtamney - sold the condo - oops - now looking to rent around Christmas.

Looking for accommodation for family group of 10/12 around Xmas. call Bob McAtamney
at 250 499 5616

BMR Newsletter

Have you subscribed to the BMR newsletter? New issue out today with events planned for Dec.1st to 4th.

Whistler Blackcomb Warning on CBC Radio this morning.

WB communications person on the radio this morning warning the public that they don't plan to open until November 24th, and that those who venture onto the mountain are at their own risk - if they get into trouble, call 911, RCMP will call SAR. WB not patrolling until they open.

Today on the mountain.........

One unit is apparently the office/welcome center, the other the rental shop.

Depending on the snow, I have room for one or two cars in my driveway - Graham and Kelsey, Sharon, Georgina, Marion, Sue.........I don't have room for all my friends, but you can book ahead ;)

Eagle Load Test Today

The garbage cans are full of water, the lift inspector is here, and the load tests are well underway. Measuring, timing, speed testing - checking the service brake and e-brake settings with a full load. Still snow up top - guys couldn't make it up with the ATV, came back for a sled.

Photo Stolen from Mark Schroeter's Facebook Page

He walks softly in the woods, has great game cam photos, and never discloses his location, but this photo is quite something. I'm pretty sure from the tree type that it is at a lower elevation than Baldy.

"Went for a hike , couldn't figure out where the noise was coming from ,so I looked up. hmmm, time to leave."  Shuttleworth Creek

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Child in Grade 4 or 5? - check out the program - BMR is Participating

Halloween - Noon to 6:00pm Day Lodge at Baldy

Check BMR on Twitter and Facebook. Put your costume on, stop by the lodge on October 31st between Noon and 6:00pm. You could come away with something sweet, and a day ticket voucher. If you haven't picked up your season pass yet, you can also do that. Maybe take the mask off for the season pass photo. ;)

Busy Day

Part one of portable complex is here.

Because someone wants cell service.

Mt. Baldy Alpine Club

The Nancy Greene program at Baldy has been a successful introduction to racing and ski improvement program, and great environment for making life time ski friendships. At Baldy, it is not all about the gates - if there is fresh powder, the racers get some time  there too.

Paul Rauhala has met with Joey to talk about the upcoming season, and sends this update to you, the parents, and your fun loving kids.

Exciting News from the Mt Baldy Alpine Club

It's the talk of the Okanagan and worth repeating: Baldy Mountain Resort (BMR) is officially open for business, and the Mt Baldy Alpine Club is ready to start the new ski season!

BMR has kicked off this season with excellent and affordable ski passes for the whole family. And for the first time in Baldy history, the resort will open seven days a week starting Dec 1st. The bonus? The BMR management team is running strong and is committed to helping our club move forward and offer your children a great on-snow experience.

The Mt Baldy Alpine Club wants to be the Pinnacle of activity on the mountain for years to come; we're aiming to develop a membership that adds to the old community spirit of Mt Baldy's proud past.

Where do you come in? We need to plan for the new season and determine how many coaches we will require. So consider this an invitation to you and your children to join our club once again.

Our program is designed for:
children who already ski or snowboard that want to have fun on snow with other kids on the weekends
children who have a desire to continue to improve technique and be challenged
children and parents who are after a program that is diverse, so you can try other options on the snow to make this sport a lifelong part of your healthy family lifestyle
parents looking for a program that is about safety and doing it right (e.g. Avalanche training)

Our program will offer four key components that will be a work in progress:

1. snowboarding/ freestyle
2. ski racing from Nancy Greene (and in the future up to the FIS level)
3. slackcountry for experienced backcountry skiers of all ages
4. fat biking in the winter and mountain biking in the summer

Our program fee will cost $320.00, which starts at the beginning of January and ending in March.

We have always run our programs on Sunday's, but if Saturday is a better option and there is a demand for this day, we will take this into consideration.

Our club will also be hosting another Avalanche Awareness Program, Christmas Camp, and Spring Camp to recruit more interested skiers and snowboarders for the season.

Please email me your questions at, and if possible contact me ASAP with your interest in membership and our programs before Dec 1st to help us in the planning stages of the exciting ski season ahead.

Paul Rauhala
President Mt Baldy Alpine Club

Not Thursday, but Throwback......




Monday, October 24, 2016


Thinking the Aussie count in the village may be up to 3. Smoke coming out the chimney of another cabin.

Our Mailboxes Spared...........

The bank of mailboxes directly across from the Petro-Can at the bottom of McKinney Road is taped off after a break in. One of the store staff told me there were other areas hit including a bank of boxes in the Village on the reserve.

Our boxes were upgraded to ones that are a little more tamper resistant, and there was no sign of a problem there this afternoon.

Mild Monday

Plus5C at 7:00pm - after a few days away, I can still see my tire tracks from Wednesday, and the new stuff settled to 5cms on my deck. Great to see the snow this early.

The Load Test

The load test is done with garbage cans full of water replacing humans. It is done at prescribed intervals for each chairlift. Sugarlump was done two years ago - I could post pics of the crew getting wet from 2014, but I'll wait to take new ones this week. It is the Eagle's turn for the load test later this week.

Road Trip

Five nights away, thanks to all the contributors who helped me keep the blog fresh over the weekend. Nice day for the drive home from the coast today. Baker was a white standout - no smog, and a snow cloud on top.

That moment on the Fairview Pass when you see that home is not that much farther to go.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Bonus at Elevation

We've had quite a stretch with the temp in the village hovering between minus1C and plus2C. The precip has ranged from very white to very wet, leaving the village base around 23cms. Higher on the mountain, the temp has been more favourable for snow, and the depth is much better. Here is one of Cienna and friend at the top of Sugarlump this afternoon. Kyle Fossett photo.


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

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."