Friday, September 29, 2017

It's that time of year again...............

Busy weekend in Oliver.................

Garlic Festival, Cask and Keg, Art Show and Sale, Festival of the Grape - and the Baldy Marathon.

Good luck finding a place to park within walking distance of the Community Center.

Monday the focus can go back on what we are all about - snow sports. The brief warm spell appears to be ending.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Nordic Club - appeal brings out some volunteers........

Cawston fire contained - Penticton News

Cawston fire contained - Penticton News: The BC Wildfire Service says a wildfire burning east of Cawston is now under control.

Garbage and Recycling

There are plenty of on line resources to answer all your waste disposal and recycling questions. Stuff goes into the garbage transfer station that does not belong there. Some depots in the RDKB are not convenient for weekenders at Baldy, but your home jurisdiction has places for you to recycle stuff. If you hauled the small appliance or propane tank to your cabin, you can haul it back to your local recycle depot.

T2 Market on Sawmill Road in Oliver is a bottle return it depot, and they have convenient recycle bins etc for foam packaging, plastic bags, batteries, small electric appliances, electronics and much more.

$3000 Reward - someone knows where it is stashed.....

So sadly, despite the picture's we supplied to the police, we are getting nowhere with apprehending the thieves of Baldy Mountain Resorts Side by Side - pictured below.
In an effort to mitigate the loss we are now offering a $3000 cash reward for the return of the vehicle. There will be no questions asked and I can be contacted through Facebook messenger or at the office - 250.498.4086
It saddens us to have to do this but the vehicle is important to the operations of the mountain.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

What a concept............

King of Saudi Arabia issued a decree today - women will no longer be prohibited from driving. Implementing the change may take until next summer..............

Tuesday evening...........

Fairview fire five hectares - Penticton News

New start this afternoon.

Fairview fire five hectares - Penticton News: UPDATE: 5:40 p.m. The Fairview Mountain fire is estimated to be five hectares in size, according to the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Want to work at Baldy this winter?

BMR website has info and resumé upload.

Press Release - Countdown to Baldy Marathon

For Immediate Release: 5 days until Baldy Marathon and Festival of the Grape!  

Oliver, BC; Sept 26, 2017- Who is ready to run and drink wine this upcoming weekend?!
Oliver, BC is the place to be this weekend and the weather is looking FANTASTIC. 
With the 1st Annual Baldy Marathon kicking off on Oct 1st, followed by the renown Festival of the Grape, there is no time for hesitation- register for the Baldy Marathon today! Runners will indulge in their choice of 10K, 20K or full marathon through the scenic wine country of the Okanagan Valley. Along the Okanagan River with the soothing sounds of water, mature trees, and calling birds that will keep you zen as you head towards the picturesque Osoyoos Lake. The course is almost entirely flat, with limited time spent on roads or pavement. What more can you ask for in a foot race? How about starting and finishing at a world-renowned wine festival!
Your Baldy registration includes full entry into the Festival of the Grape (including a commemorative wine glass and food/beverage vouchers), Baldy Marathon t-shirt, goodie bag, finisher medal and access to the free race-day shuttle. All this for one race registration? HECK YES! Registration is still open so hurry on over to

Don’t leave the kids at home! The Baldy Marathon includes a Kid’s Fun Run and the Festival of the Grape also happens to be a family-friendly event, with a dedicated kids zone and grape stomp. 
NEW: Contest Alert 
Do you and your running pal need accommodation for race weekend?! 
 We have 1 suite available at Spirit Ridge at Nk'Mip Resort for the night of Saturday September 30th, 2017. Accommodation is scarce due to the Festival of the Grape - Oliver, BC and the Baldy Marathon so take advantage of this AMAZING opportunity!
To enter: 
 1. Visit the Baldy Marathon Facebook Page 
 2. Tag your Baldy running pal on the contest post 
 3. Share the contest post 
 4. Both of you need to be registered for the Baldy Marathon race (either 10K, 20K or Marathon)

* We will be checking registrations before the winner(s) are chosen.
 * Winner will be chosen on Sept 27th, 2017 at 5:00PM PST.

Stephanie O’Brien 
Marketing. Baldy Mountain Resort


Monday, September 25, 2017

CWSAA Fall Meetings

Canada West Ski Areas Association fall meetings are coming up this week. Back in the day, I always looked forward to those meetings. Lots of good information and discussion. Along with the usual topics like risk management, safety and crisis communications - this agenda item caught my eye.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

No Fish Lake - Thanks Bryan Gough

Hard work, determination, and tools including a "jack-all" - Bryan has opened the road at No Fish Lake. He started working on it earlier in the summer, but we've all been staying out of the bush with the restrictions  -  a long day today, and the road is open.

If you know where it is ;) and go there, have a look at the water rings on the trees - amazing amount of run off water in there this year.

North end of the lake - July 31st

North end of the lake today

South end of the lake today, part way through Bryan's clearing.

Logging and the bush.........

Logging has resumed, watch out for logging trucks on the road. Chip trucks on the Baldy to Hwy 3 road.

Campfire Ban Lifted

Campfire ban to be rescinded in southern B.C.

KAMLOOPS - Effective at noon on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, campfires will once again be allowed throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, Southeast Fire Centre and Cariboo Fire Centre. A return to more seasonal weather conditions and recent precipitation has reduced the wildfire risk in these areas.
The BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, which are fires larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres, remain prohibited in these three fire centres. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at:

The use of sky lanterns, binary exploding targets, air curtain burners, fireworks (including firecrackers) and burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description remain prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, but will be allowed in the Kamloops Fire Centre and Cariboo Fire Centre as of noon on Sept. 22. The use of tiki torches and chimineas will be allowed in all three fire centres as of noon on Sept. 22.

People wishing to light a campfire must have ready access to eight litres of water or a shovel during the entire time the campfire is lit. They also must completely extinguish the campfire and the ashes must be cold to the touch before they leave the area for any length of time.

Open burning prohibitions apply to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department. Always check with local authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are in place before lighting any fire.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Although the off-road vehicle prohibition in the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre was rescinded on Sept. 20, 2017, the public is reminded that area restrictions are in effect in the vicinity of some wildfires in these fire centres.

More information about current area restrictions and open burning prohibitions can be found online at:

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit:

You can follow the latest wildfire news on:

* Twitter at:

* Facebook at:


Kamloops Fire Centre Information
BC Wildfire Service
250 554-5965

Southeast Fire Centre Information
BC Wildfire Service
250 365-4014

Cariboo Fire Centre Information
BC Wildfire Service
778 799-2101

Connect with the Province of B.C. at:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Congratulations Andy! You've earned the title, and our respect.

Baldy Announces New General Manager: Andy Foster

Baldy Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Foster to the role of General Manager.
Andy has been an integral member of the Baldy Mountain Resort (BMR) team as the Assistant General Manager during the first quarter of this year. Foster continues to demonstrate that he is prepared to do everything possible to take BMR to the next level.
A highly motivated professional with over 12 years of progressive operational and managerial experience. Andy Foster brings a strong skill-set in events, marketing, sales, tourism and quality control with a focus on achieving results and client satisfaction. Foster thoroughly understands how to create and deliver exceptional customer service through strategic planning underpinned by robust and efficient managing and implementation.
With a passion for events and marketing; alongside a true enjoyment of client interaction, Foster maintains a proven track record of creating and maintaining long-lasting customer relations starting in the Sea to Sky corridor and reaching across North America.
“Bringing Andy to work at Baldy Mountain Resort has been part of our long-term vision for quite some time,” explained Baldy Mountain Resort Board Chairman, Victor Tsao. “The original plan was to first have him work with the past Director of Operations, but he has quickly shown aptitude in the managerial role and is excelling at maximizing the current systems in place. We are thrilled to continue to maximize Andy’s expertise and his passion for enhancing customer experience year over year.  We are confident that Andy’s leadership will help ensure every patron at BMR walks away saying “Wow”, time and time again.”
Baldy Mountain Resort
Baldy Mountain Resort was founded in 1968 and is known as the Okanagan’s most family-friendly mountain. As Mount Baldy is an old volcano and is perfectly situated in the middle of the Wine Capital of Canada, it is the optimal place for a getaway in all four seasons.

For more information please contact
Stephanie O’Brien
Marketing Director

Last full day of summer..................

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Rare sight on McKinney Road................

  • Argo and Emcon had graders on the road today, and both are parked where one would assume they will be working on the roads again tomorrow
  • I will hold my comments on the results so far
  • Heads up on last cattle guard before the start of pavement on McKinney Road - the deteriorating cattle guard is worse - there is a loose " tire eater " near the center on the uphill side.
  • on my way home this afternoon, I passed a M.O.T.H truck heading down - hopefully they had a good look at the road and will have something to say to the contractors

Wednesday - early morning and later in the afternoon

Update from B.C. Wildfire on the Bush

I asked BC Wildfire about fire wood cutting restrictions. Here is the response.

It's not restricted per se, but it's a high risk activity that must be conducted in accordance with the following guidelines:

High Risk Activities

Under the Wildfire Act (Section 6) "a person who carries out a high risk activity on or within 300m of forest land or grass land on or after March 1 and before November 1, unless the area is snow covered, must determine the Fire Danger Class for the location of the activity".
There are three steps to determine your obligations around high risk activities:
Step 1. Find out if your proposed activity is considered a high risk activity. If it is,
Step 2. Find out what the fire danger rating is at your proposed location of operation. Then,
Step 3. Based on what the fire danger rating is, determine whether there are restrictions on high risk activities.

Step 1. What is a high risk activity?

Your first step is to determine if your proposed activity is considered a "high risk activity".
High risk activities are defined in the Wildfire Regulation under "Definitions".
In the Wildfire Regulation, high risk activities mean each of the following:
(As per Wildfire Regulation consolidated July 13, 2006)
(a) mechanical brushing;
(b) disk trenching;
(c) preparation or use of explosives;
(d) using fire- or spark-producing tools, including cutting tools;
(e) using or preparing fireworks or pyrotechnics;
(f) grinding, including rail grinding;
(g) mechanical land clearing;
(h) clearing and maintaining rights of way, including grass mowing;
(i) any of the following activities carried out in a cutblock excluding a road, landing, roadside work area or log sort area in the cutblock:
    (i) operating a power saw;
    (ii) mechanical tree felling, woody debris piling or tree processing, including de-limbing;
    (iii) welding;
    (iv) portable wood chipping, milling, processing or manufacturing;
    (v) skidding logs or log forwarding unless it is improbable that the skidding or forwarding will result in the equipment contacting rock;
    (vi) yarding logs using cable systems;
(j) to (q) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 213/2008, s. 1 (b).]
If you have determined that your proposed activity is listed above as a high risk activity, your next step is to find out what the fire danger rating is at your proposed location of operation. See Step 2.

Step 2. What is the fire danger rating at the location of my operation?

Under Section 6 of the Wildfire Regulation, those conducting high risk activities are required to use representative weather data to determine the fire danger rating for their location. The source of this data could be internal weather stations, other third parties, or the detailed fire danger ratings provided (at the bottom of the Fire Danger page) for every Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources weather station.
These detailed fire danger ratings may be applicable to the location of the high risk activity, or may be adapted by persons using this data to the specific location of the high risk activity.
It is also possible to gain access to daily fire weather data and forecasts from the BC Wildfire Service using a BCeID. To access these pages you will need to; 
1) Register for a BCeID; available at

2) Contact your fire centre or, Superintendent, Fire Weather, with the following information;
  • Name
  • BCeID user name
  • Company name
  • Your position with the company
  • Company address
  • Contact phone number
  • Email address
    Once you know what the fire danger rating is at your proposed location of operation, reference Schedule 3 (Restrictions on High Risk Activities) of the Wildfire Regulation to find out if there are any restrictions on how and when you can conduct a high risk activity. See Step 3.

    Step 3. Restrictions on high risk activities

    Now that you know what the fire danger rating is (and has been) at your proposed location of operation, Schedule 3 of the Wildfire Regulation outlines Restrictions on High Risk Activities.
    (As per Wildfire Regulation consolidated July 13, 2006)
    Column 1
    Fire Danger Class (DGR)
    Column 2
    Column 3
    After 3 consecutive days of DGR III or greater, maintain a fire watcher after work for a minimum of one hour.Until after the fire danger class falls below DGR III.
    Maintain a fire watcher after work for a minimum of 2 hours.Until after the fire danger class falls below DGR III.
    After 3 consecutive days of DGR IV, cease activity between 1 p.m. PDT (Pacific Daylight Savings Time) and sunset each day.Until after the fire danger class falls to DGR III for 2 consecutive days, or falls below DGR III.
    Cease activity between 1 p.m. PDT (Pacific Daylight Savings Time) and sunset each day and maintain a fire watcher after work for a minimum of 2 hours.Until after the fire danger class falls below DGR IV for 2 or more consecutive days.
    After 3 consecutive days of DGR V, cease activity all day.Until after the fire danger class falls below DGR V for 3 or more consecutive days, or falls below DGR IV.
    This chart outlines the restrictions that may exist on a high risk activity.
    Column 1 identifies the three fire danger ratings for which there are restrictions: Danger Class III (moderate), IV (high) and V (extreme). Note: There are no restrictions on high risk activities when the fire danger rating is I (Very Low) or II (Low).
    Column 2 details restrictions for the various danger classes. For example, if the fire danger rating goes to IV (high), proponents of a high risk activity must "Maintain a fire watcher after work for a minimum of 2 hours". If the fire danger rating remains high for three consecutive days, a person carrying out a high risk activity must "cease activity between 1 p.m. PDT and sunset each day".
    Column 3 describes the length of time that restrictions on high risk activities are in effect. For example, a person carrying out a high risk activity must "Maintain a fire watcher after work for a minimum of 2 hours" until "after the fire danger rating falls below Danger Class III", or in other words, until after the fire danger rating goes down to II (low).
    If you have questions about high risk activities, please contact the Senior Protection Officer Prevention at your local fire centre for further information. 

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    Another Su Casa endorsement............

    Good reasonably priced Mexican dinner, and exceptional cinnamon buns.

    Off-road vehicle prohibitions rescinded throughout B.C.

    KAMLOOPS - The operation of off-road vehicles will once again be permitted on Crown land throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre, effective at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
    Cooler weather conditions and recent precipitation have reduced the flammability of fine fuels in these regions, which has significantly reduced the chance of a wildfire starting from a spark or a hot engine.

    However, the BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that some area restrictions are still in effect on Crown land in the vicinity of large wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre, to help protect public safety and allow firefighting operations to continue efficiently. The use of off-road vehicles will continue to be prohibited in the restricted areas around these wildfires.

    Additionally, campfire prohibitions remain in effect throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre.

    More information about these area restrictions and campfire prohibitions can be found online:

    * Factsheet on fire-related prohibitions and restrictions:

    * BC Wildfire Service website:

    Individuals found to be in contravention of an area restriction may be issued a violation ticket that carries a fine of $767, while individuals found to be in contravention of a campfire prohibition may be issued a ticket that carries a fine of $1,150. If a person's activities causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may also be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

    To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.

    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:

    * Facebook:


    Kamloops Fire Centre Information
    BC Wildfire Service
    250 554-5965

    Southeast Fire Centre Information
    BC Wildfire Service
    250 365-4014

    Cariboo Fire Centre Information
    BC Wildfire Service
    778 799-2101

    1:00 pm Update

    It is still snowing steadily - bigger flakes now - still not building up on the ground.

    Christmas Gift?

    Thinking of buying these for Christmas presents - for you know who!

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    It's All Around Us..........

    Ingemar Stenmark, Franz Klammer, Wayne Wong, Phil and Steve Mahre................

    Powder Magazine reprints a story of some influential skiers - interesting read, but some notable skiers missing..............

    Thanks T-bar Tony for the link.

    Season Pass Reciprocal Program is back at BMR

    BMR has posted a list of participating mountains who will honour Baldy passes for a discount this season. There are some notables missing from the list. Hopefully more to come.

    See comment below - some not so subtle hints from Marie:

    Saturday, September 16, 2017

    McKinney Nordic Club Needs Help - from Oliver Daily News

    MEETING – Monday, Sept 18 @ 10 am @ “Rotary room” at the Oliver Air Cadets 232 which is on Cessna St, big blue building on the back road of the airport.
    If you enjoy using the snowshoe or cross-country ski trails at McKinney, the club needs your help!
    Our club is undergoing a crisis of lack of members and volunteers.
    Two or three core members are not willing or able carry the entire
    We hope to define tasks to keep our club viable and we need to
    have a dozen folks step up and take on 10 hours or so of volunteering
    to cover these jobs.
    If we don’t have a club…..the trails will not be maintained , the
    parking lot will not be plowed and Ski School for the grade 4 & 5’s
    would be lost! I am sure no one wants to see the ski club fade away.
    Many of us have worked hard to build this club over last the last 20 years.
    Please come out to the meeting and bring a friend.
    Everyone is welcome. We want our club to survive!

    Friday, September 15, 2017

    BMR Website - Looking for Accommodation Listings

    Reaching out to any Mount Baldy residents who are offering accommodation for rent this Winter season.

    If you would like to have your rental property information promoted on the Baldy Mountain Resort website please send the below information to

    •            Name of property
    •            Address/location
    •            Type (Bed and breakfast, house for rent etc.)
    •            Logo – if you have one
    •            Description of property and service offered
    •            Price point “Starting from ……..”
    •            URL
    •            Contact Email
    •            Contact Phone
    •            Preferred booking method


    Andy Foster

    General Manager
    Baldy Mountain Resort
    2680 Mount Baldy Rd.
    Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
    T 250.498.4086
    C 250 .485.7593

    From the Archives

    From 1990 - now 32, 60, and 30

    From the 70's - Willi Tenning, Irene Fairweather, Alfred Gruhl

    Thursday, September 14, 2017

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Video 8: Drought and Fire Conditions

    Celebration of Life - October 14th in Kelowna

    Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Ozanne

    May 26, 1932 - August 20, 2017

    Betty passed away at the age of 85 in Kelowna, B.C.  She lived a full and interesting life with no regrets.  She was predeceased by her husband, Ken, in 2010 after 58 years of marriage.

    Betty's enthusiasm for snow skiing and water skiing was contagious among her family and friends. Betty and Ken were accomplished in both disciplines and had an exceptional ability to teach others and share their passion for the sports. She was an intrepid traveler seeking adventure, whether it be conquering new mountains, unearthing the mystery of civilization or getting the perfect deal on some trinket at a resort.  One thing for sure, she could find a new best friend everywhere she went.

    Betty was keenly interested in history, genealogy and her love for gardening was almost unprecedented as she refused to go anywhere until her tomatoes were harvested.  Never one to pass up happy hour under the shade of her willow tree in Magna Bay, she relished in gathering together visiting friends and family to enjoy the pleasures of life on the lake.

    From North Vancouver to Kamloops, Tod Mountain, Mt. Baker, Mt. Baldy, Big White, Magna Bay and Kelowna, Betty enriched the lives of so many people.  Though small in stature, she showed huge strength, courage and perseverance when faced with challenges in life, and will be missed so much by all who knew and loved her.

    Betty is survived by her three sons, Ron (Vanessa), Mike (Sandy) and Jay.  Her grandchildren, Samantha (Lev), Brad and Lauren.  Great grandchildren Jaxon and Kalina.  Sister, Pat Gordon.

    A celebration of Betty's life will be held on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Coast Capri Hotel, 1171 Harvey Ave., Kelowna, B.C. Light refreshments will be served.

    Donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or charity of your choice would be appreciated.

    Fire Stateside South of Bridesville

    Update from Anarchist Mountain Fire Dept.

    Thanks Jim B. for the info.

    There is a new wildfire, 40 acres on Nine Mile ranch on Blue Grouse rd. Started as a house fire. Marian can see it from down town. It is just south of the border south of Sidley Mt rd.. Winds are out of the north. 20mph. 

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    March 2010

    More Volunteers Needed

    HELP. I am coordinating volunteers for the Baldy Marathon and still needing bodies for the Aid Stations. Looking at 4-5 hours shifts on October 1st starting at 8am. You get a ticket into the 21st Annual Festival of the Grape. It will be lots of fun supporting our racers. Shoot me a message if you are interested.

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    Monday Afternoon

    Confirmed Cougar Sighting

    Confirmed cougar sighting this afternoon at the bottom of the village.

    (unconfirmed sighting August 24th, 2 km from the ski area.)

    Big News in the Wine Industry

    Sunday, September 10, 2017

    Maggie's Meadow...........

    Joe, Marie, and "Tuba" went for a walk to Maggie's Meadow this morning. There are brush piles blocking the ends of the old worn out bridge. Thanks for the pics.

    Tankers skimming on Osoyoos Lake...........

    In front of where I used to live in Osoyoos - I believe these are Quebec aircraft, taking water to the K Mountain fire. Four aircraft flying the circuit.

    Joyce Hopkins photo.