Monday, April 30, 2018


Baldy has been closed for a month now, and the blog is still averaging 95 unique devices checking the blog each day. (This counter feature only counts Mike C, Jim B, and Joe F. once each day). Your year 'round source for all things Baldy.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

First Dummy Downhill - Baldy's 25th Anniversary

Jacket a little faded in this retro 2018 photo...

Friday, April 27, 2018



The forecast moisture for Saturday and Sunday has been dramatically reduced - a relief for us, and more so for those below.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Road Update

Still single lane traffic - Baldy Road, not far from the Canyon Bridge - new colour spray paint.

If you haven't been to Rock Creek lately, there is some major movement on the hill before Bishop's corner. Sorry about the dirty windshield.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

The big shovel.........

I couldn't wait any longer to access parts and tools for the irrigation at the community garden. The bro dug a trench for me today.


Spring delivered to Sam and Sherry, thanks Bill.

Snow Structure

Avalanche Canada interview on CBC Daybreak South this morning - discussion on how the sun and warming temperatures affect snow structure.

"Warming and solar radiation will drive the avalanche danger in the coming days. Watch for conditions that change throughout the day, and be cautious of overhead hazards."

Saturday, April 21, 2018

More Saturday

Straight up, straight down repeat, repeat

A little slalom.........then why not tour McKinney Subdivision - don't need to stay on the roads, loop up the sides.

They weren't the only ones - one consolation, we've had much worse.

I doubt that the conditions are any good...........

Check Oliver Daily News

Evacuation order late last night for homes adjacent to Inkaneep Creek near Osoyoos Lake. Properties include OIB homes, and "The Cottages."

Apparently a mudslide has blocked the creek upstream.

Another water/mud event at Fairview Mountain.

Sportsmen's Bowl - 33 homes evacuated - Photo from Oliver Daily News

Our friends from OFD and Schafer Buses involved in the evacuation.
Thanks to Oliver Daily News for the photo - more images on ODN. including Sportsman's Bowl Road looking like a river.

Many challenges to come - lots of snow in these hills - has to go somewhere.............

Friday, April 20, 2018



My daffodils may bloom in July or August this year, and who knows when my raised garden bed will emerge from the snow.

I rent a raised bed in the Oliver Community Garden. There are a couple of large beds, and a few small ones not spoken for, so if you are interested, now is the time to book a plot.

Heather looks after the booking - you can contact her at:
The gardens have a website - in the process of updating.

Seasonal rental for a large bed is $25, small bed $15, plus a $5 annual membership in the society.

Rental includes access to garden tools on site, and automatic irrigation.

Kelly from Pacific Silica has just donated some mushroom compost to enhance the soil.

Members commit to some time in the general upkeep of the gardens.

There is a work party and orientation on April 28th at 11:00am.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Since January 14th?

I first saw this January 14th - have asked if anyone knows who owns it - was told someone knows, but it is still here.


Two sleds asked to leave this morning by mountain staff. Don't know if it was the same two who parked on strata property.

No sled sign in background.

Sleds parked on Shaft.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CWSAA 50th Conference and Retirements

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Mike Barker of Manning, and Bob Falle of Selkirk College.
They are retiring this year after long distinguished careers, contributing greatly to their employers, and the ski industry as a whole.

Mike encouraged a young Matt Koenig to take the Ski Area Management program at Selkirk College, and get some experience at other ski areas before deciding to be a Manning lifer. Upon program completion, Matt came to Baldy for a year, and we are fortunate to still have him here.

For the story on Mike Barker:

There are several "Sroamies" who ski Baldy - here is the link to Bob's story.

Wing back Wednesday...........

Always good to see you in the neighbourhood Bill!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Stay Home Kind of Day

Road info from Castanet:
  • Coq northbound closed
  • Connector heavy snow
  • Hwy 33 - closed near Mission Creek bridge - washout
  • Hwy 3A - still closed from Friday mudslide
Oliver Daily News:

Highway 97, bottom of graveyard hill - water coming down the road that leads to my cousin's childhood home, and crossing the highway where I used to catch the school bus  many moons ago.  It is a stretch for my memory, but this is the first or second time this has happened in my lifetime.

Monday, April 16, 2018

More Evacuation Alerts North of Oliver

Many homes given evacuation alerts tonight, including some Baldy family.

Osoyoos Osprey Cam

Link on the side bar. The Osprey are back - no eggs in the nest yet, but by chance I saw them doing the deed a couple of days ago.


Thought for the day...........
On the bright side, I won't need a ladder to wash windows this spring...........

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Mudslide closes Hwy 33 - just north of Rock Creek

8:30pm - both lanes open


May those who even entertained the idea of "slab on grade" construction at Baldy reconsider. These two homes beside mine both have 8 feet of exposed basement at the front, tapering to a couple of feet at the back.
The windows on this side of the cabin have been shoveled out multiple times this season.

Saturday, April 14, 2018



Baldy Road Update

The cones are set back farther than the first day - location gives vehicles from both ends the opportunity to see each other , and alternate for the one lane past. The fracture line is along the road for a bit - don't get too close.

Baldy Family - Rest in Peace, Margaret Speirs

Our thoughts are with the Speirs family - Margaret passed away April 11th. Dr. Harvey and Margaret Speirs built the family cabin a long time ago, and their children, spouses and grandchildren now occupy two cabins on Baldy. Grandsons Ordie and Baxter were featured on the blog recently as young participants in the slush cup.

Margaret Margi Speirs

November 6, 1942 - April 11, 2018

Margaret Robertson (Davis) Speirs passed away on the morning of April 11th at the age of 75. She will be greatly missed by her husband and best friend, Harvey; her children John (Dana), Susie (Dave), George (Tanya) and Heather (Chris); her many grandchildren Merritt, Morgan, Mac, Maddy, Monty, Draason (Melissa), Brysha (Paul), Cameron, Julia, Ordie, Baxter, Harrison, Ella, Theo, Ivy, McGarry and Meredith; and her sisters Carol (George) and Diane (Dave).

 was born in Winnipeg, and graduated in Social Work from the University of Manitoba. Harvey was her childhood sweetheart, meeting at age 15 at Kelvin Technical High School in Winnipeg. It was love at first sight. They married in 1964, lived in Winnipeg, then moved to Kenora, Ontario – the place where Margi spent her summers at her family’s beloved Lake of the Woods cabin. Soon after they moved to Rochester, Minnesota, and Margi cared for her 4 children while living in family residence, and Harvey finished medical school.

In 1973, they moved from city life to the Okanagan and to their hobby farm on Naramata Road. Margi always loved the outdoors, gardening, running the orchard and the vineyard, and, of course, animals. Over the years, the farm was home to horses, milk cows, ducks, pigs, goats, donkeys and peacocks. Margi always had at least 3 big dogs in the back seat of her car.

She was a devoted mother, and no matter what interested her kids, she was all in. When her daughters showed an interest in horses, she started Penticton’s first Pony Club association. She happily took her children to horse shows, 4H competitions, sports events, music festivals. We were proud to have her supporting us.

Harvey and Margi were best friends and loved nothing more than spending time together. They toured the world on their tandem bike, skied and snowshoed together at Mount Baldy, ballroom danced, and enjoyed puttering around the farmyard together.

Margi had a mischievous sense of humour, and was a warm, generous, kind wife and mother. She will be sorely missed.

We would like to thank their childhood and lifelong friends, Dave and Sig Novak, for all of their love and support. An open house to celebrate Margi will be held at the Speirs’ residence, April 28th from 1pm-4pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the SOS Medical Foundation or to the SPCA.

Mt. Washington Alpine Resort to Ban Smoking


CONTACT:                    Sheila Rivers                                       



Mt. Washington Alpine Resort to Ban Smoking
Smoke-free policy will take effect June 1st, 2018

MT. WASHINGTON ALPINE RESORT April 13th – Mt. Washington has announced the Resort will become entirely smoke-free starting June 1st, 2018. “In survey after survey, our guests inform us one of their top reasons for visiting Mt. Washington is the fresh air and pristine alpine environment.” states Sheila Rivers Mt. Washington spokesperson  “Evolving to a smoke-free resort will ensure that all of our guests experience the 100% natural environment they expect when visiting one of Canada’s most beautiful destinations.Smoking is currently banned in lift lines, on chairlifts, and within 3 metres of building entrances and intakes. The new policy will extend to all Resort property, including parking lots, ski runs, bike, hiking and Nordic trails and public spaces within the resort area boundary. The policy covers all smoking, including vaporizers and marijuana.

With the hot, dry summers British Columbia has been experiencing, the smoke-free policy goes beyond personal health. “There are several benefits to the smoke-free policy including the safety of the Resort and Strathcona Provincial Park,” comments Jesse Percival, Ski Patrol Director. “Removing the smoking hazard will greatly reduce the risk of human-triggered fires, allowing everyone to breathe easier this summer.” 

The new policy will apply to both guests and staff. Mt. Washington will be providing employees with the tools and support needed to transition into the smoke-free environment. “Our cessation program will assist participants to reach their smoke-free objective,” comments Tina Pringle, Director of Human Resources. “It is our goal to provide a safe and healthy working environment for all of our employees,”

To view the policy in full, please visit


Mount Washington Alpine Resort is located just 30 minutes from the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and hosts over 300,000 visits per year.  In the winter guests enjoy five chairlifts, and five carpet lifts accessing over 1,700 acres and 1,657 vertical feet of alpine terrain.  The resort also has 55 kilometers of designated cross-country skiing and 25km of snowshoeing trails along with a dedicated Nordic lodge.

Summer activities at Mount Washington include lift-accessed mountain biking, a new quad bungy trampoline, scenic chairlift rides, disc golf, miniature golf, boardwalk chess and checkers, shopping and dining.  The resort also plays host to over 30 weddings per year plus numerous group and corporate events.

Off-island visitors can use WestJet, Air Canada, Central Mountain Air, and Pacific Coastal Airlines which provide air service to the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) or they can fly right into Comox Marina via Harbour Air.  Additional carriers serving the Victoria Airport (YYJ) includes Alaska Airlines out of Seattle.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Change is coming............

I will be closing my Facebook account by the end of the month. There are some things I like about Facebook, and many things that I don't like.

I will not be monitoring the BMR Facebook page. I will be talking to Andy about accessing more event info without looking at Facebook.

Over the summer there will be changes to the blog, and likely a move away from Google's Blogger.
That will  mean a change of web address for the blog, but I will give you plenty of notice, and keep the current blog page up until December to redirect to a new address.

It will take time to make the changes - it won't be done before the snow melts.........whenever that may be.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018


As the snow recedes from the ditches along McKinney Road, the spring colours emerge from the snow - beer cans. Last year there were 150 counted on one side of the road between the mountain and Oliver.  It appears that this year is a little less.