Friday, June 30, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Andy's Latest Blog Post 

Burn Pile

I have talked to Andy about the community burn pile, and it will continue in the same location this year. I don't post the location for obvious reasons, but any local can tell you where it is. The Community Burn pile was established about 25 years ago, to discourage cabin owners from summer burning on their own property.

Wapiti Clean-up?

I didn't get back to the mountain this afternoon until workers had gone home, but it appears that the excavator that did the site prep for the new cabin on Tin Horn, has moved down into Wapiti for some clean-up.

BMR Construction

The realities of real estate development and construction for this year are not what you were told in the snowyhype. A late melt did not help the situation. Clearing began today on the proposed site of "mini cabins". The "hoops" are being jumped through, and BMR still hopes to have something built before next winter.

Logging Trucks on McKinney Road

Logs are being hauled out of Mica Rd , down McKinney road. Yesterday, I passed three empty trucks coming up - only one was on my side of the road. I passed 7 loads heading down later in the day.

This morning, I passed 4 empty trucks coming up - just one on my side of the road.

Most disturbing - a log came off a load near the old "Tamarack" cabin.

Trucks are hauling shorter lengths.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday Before the Wet

Terry's Garden

Some flowers need more protection than others........the deer and rabbits love Terry's garden.

New Construction in the Village

Ron and Ben didn't want their picture on the blog, but they are well on the way doing site prep for their family cabin on Tin Horn. They are from the coast, but well versed in the Baldy life, having stayed at the Hospes cabin over the last 15 years.

"Welcome to Baldy" is something you would say to a newcomer - but this family is well initiated in the Baldy Community.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fire Season - It's Here

Smoke visible from Oliver this afternoon from a fire near Cawston.

Big White episode is a reminder that lighting can spark a fire in the Alpine - even when the ground is still wet.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017


Tin Horn resident dog Harley encountered a porcupine - they are around, and I don't think Harley will go near one again!

Sofie C. Photo

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Webcam capture of another day of what is forecast to be a string of days of good weather.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Today's Colour

A little early for the wildflowers up here, but lots of colour down the road.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Talk to Fortis

I haven't received the e-mail, but this was forwarded to me by a fellow cabin owner.

From Canada West Ski Areas Association

Welcome to the new faces at Mt. Baldy near Osoyoos BC. Andy Foster is the new Assistant GM now living on the mountain. Originally from the UK, Andy has spent many years of his career in Vancouver and Whistler, most recently with Richie Bros. Victor Tsao attended CWSAA conference this year. He runs an international law firm in Vancouver and is the Chairman of Mt. Baldy.
Andy Foster - Main Street Osoyoos -- Background on the left - Hardware formerly owned by Mt. Baldy founding President Paul Fairweather.

CWSAA CEO Christopher Nicolson with Victor Tsao at CWSAA Spring Meetings.

Baldy Residents - Change of Mailing Address

When Oliver changed their addressing system, Canada Post didn't know what to do with the Baldy residents who live in the RDKB, but pick up their mail in the RDOS in Oliver. We have retained our old RR#3 addresses for several years.

We aren't moving, and will still get our mail in the same place, but effective July 17th, our mailing addresses will be our Street Address, Mount Baldy B.C. V0H 1T8 Canada Post will forward mail addressed to the old address for one year.

The envelope with letter and change of address cards is in your mail box, if you haven't already picked it up.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Category 3 Fires (large ones) Prohibited as of Noon

Category 3 fires to be prohibited in southeast B.C.

CASTLEGAR - Effective at noon (Pacific Time) on Thursday, June 15, 2017, Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
Anyone conducting a Category 3 open fire anywhere in the Southeast Fire Centre must extinguish any such fire by noon on June 15, 2017. This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

A map of the affected area is available online at:

Specifically, prohibited activities include:

* the burning of any material (piled or un-piled) larger than two metres high or three metres wide

* stubble or grass fires over an area larger than 2,000 square metres

* the burning of more than two piles of any size

This prohibition does not apply to: campfires that are smaller than a half-metre wide by a half-metre wide; cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes; or open fires that are two metres by three metres or smaller. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at:

Please ensure that any allowable fire (a Category 2 fire or campfire) is not lit or kept burning during windy conditions and that sufficient tools, water and people are on hand to contain the fire. Make sure that the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local government authorities to see if any other burning restrictions or bylaws are in effect.

The Southeast Fire Centre covers the area extending from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. It includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit:

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

* Twitter at:

* Facebook at:


Karlie Shaughnessy
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 365-4014

Carlee Kachman
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 365-4056
Fire Centre Bulletin 2761

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Thanks Sherry Davison for this wildflower photo from the back roads today.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sowet Owl

East of Westbridge Sunday.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Spring Bulbs

I stuffed a few bulbs in the bank late October - this is the third to bloom this week.

Did you lose one? Bowl full of rice and phones at Kevin and Terry's

Kevin and Terry have collected a number of cell phones on their recent walks - parking lot, under the lift line, and a recent recovery of a phone on Whiskey Jack Road.

If you lost a phone at Baldy this winter, or this week, contact Kevin and Terry with a description. If you don't have their contact info, e-mail me and I will connect you.

Baldy Family - Congrats Warren and Brittany

Warren is a long time member of the Baldy Family, with years on the ski patrol. We haven't seen that much of him recently. He is a busy owner/operator of a construction company, a paramedic, and a fireman. ....and as of June 3rd, he and his wife Brittany are parents.

Congratulations  on the safe arrival of your son, Dawson Brown. 8lbs. 5ozs.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Sometimes I wonder..........

Strange things on the road sometimes. About a month ago, it was vehicle hauling an ocean kayak up McKinney Road. This morning, it was a convoy of vehicles hauling snowmobiles up the road. This is what the mountain looks like today................

There was a cattle drive on McKinney road today - I missed it, but saw the signs, and of course the cattle left their marks on the road.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stay away from the edge..........

Lots of erosion on the road to Oliver today, and one section of road washed out - has been repaired.
Some of the spots are marked, others are not, and things could change. The washout was a result of a plugged culvert that cleared itself with a huge volume of water. (approx 22km)

On the plus side - a little selective grading on McKinney road this afternoon, and the flagger told me the grader would be working on the road tomorrow. I didn't recognise the operator. At least there were enough workers and supervisors on the road today - I'm sure they felt the potholes.

Osoyoos Lake Rising - The Power of Mother Nature

Osoyoos Lake continues to rise, and all the water falling from the sky last night doesn't help. The Similkameen River joins the Okanagan River south of Oroville. When the Similkameen is particularly high, it can effectively block the flow of the Okanagan, and Osoyoos Lake gets water from both ends. There are reports of this happening recently.

June 1972 - you could toss a stick into the Similkameen at the confluence, and watch it head  back up the Okanagan.

One winter, a Lombardy poplar was taken down at the family home - dropped on the ice. I spent many hours cutting firewood and piling it on the beach. When I was ready to haul it to the cabin, the lake had risen and taken all the wood away. That summer in the boat, I could see that the waterfront homes down the lake had great bonfires, and piles of my wood!

I may go back to the old family home in the coming days and see where the water levels compare to 1972, and where I was told the 1948 mark was.

The Okanagan River Channel and flood control gates were designed in hopes of preventing another flood like 1948. The system works well most of the time, but Mother Nature will do as she pleases.

Facts - Opinion - Challenges

  • Last winter, there were springs coming to the surface on the mountain. It took a long time for them to eventually stay covered even with the nightly efforts of the groomers. One of those springs I have only seen a couple of times in more than 40 years.
  • The ground had a fairly high moisture content when it turned cold and started snowing.
  • The snowpack went well above normal in April with more than 3 ft of new snow
  • Not unprecedented, but one of those years when the snow melt has been delayed.
  • The cool wet spring and continuing moisture has the ground saturated.
"Snowy" promoted a summer construction plan that was rather ambitious , and likely more than can be accomplished in the short building season. There are many hurdles to overcome before construction can begin, and it will be some time before the ground is dry enough to dig.

Time will tell what is achievable for this year - the original promo was not realistic in my opinion.