Web Cam

Live streaming web cam is a hassle on my browser, so I have removed it for now - you can see it by clicking on this link.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Looking South East from the Canyon

Time for a dumpster rant..........

I don't go to the transfer station very often, but the last two times there has been a fair bit of stuff in the dumpster that should have been in the recycle. The stuff isn't all coming from Baldy - one truck and trailer backed up to the bank and unloaded their dandelions!

Spring Flowers

My daffodils may emerge in July or August.

Truck Stolen from Tri-plex

Apparently the dog blanket and kleenex from the Santa Fe were not the only things that disappeared during the wee hours of Thursday morning.

It's probably long gone, but keep your eyes open for the truck that disappeared. Many of you know the truck - 2014 Dodge half-ton - maroon- head ache rack, tool box, one mud flap missing, distinctive home made seat covers.

The truck was still there at 10:30 pm Wednesday night, and the owner says it was gone when he let the dog out in the morning. Other tri-plex tenants told the owner that it was still there when their friend dropped them off very early Thursday morning.

Weird.......Lock your car ??

 "A dog blanket was stolen from our Santa Fe Wednesday night right in front of our cabin. At 2 am Wednesday night I woke up to head lights in our bed room window but did not think any thing of it. This a. m. I found it missing? Guess they needed it to stay warm?"

"The Guru" and the "Grand Pubah of Powder"

Baldy's own weather guru has more weather/snow related links bookmarked on his computer than most people. He has subscribed to powder alerts for years, and sent me the latest update from one of his favourites this morning.

In a nutshell, Larry is forecasting El Nino for next year, but not confirming that until September. El Nino has been good to Baldy in the past.

For the whole report:


BMR Blog

New blog post from BMR on the Baldy Marathon.



Calling all ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; skiers, snowboarders, and tobogganers alike! The countdown is officially coming to a close. Our special offer price for the early bird season passes will be sold online: 

MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 beginning at 09:00 AM PST  "

The Baldy Community - Part One

There are many contributing factors as to why the Baldy Community is unique. I don't have a complete list in front of me, but this morning I wrote down 112 of the cabins on Baldy, and prepared the following stats.

Cabins owned by family of the original owners:       6

Cabins owned by people who were brought to Baldy by existing cabin owners and rented or stayed on the mountain with family and friends before buying or building their cabins.    44

People in the village who have worked as groomer operators at Baldy -  5

Past and present Baldy ski instructors in the village          21

Past and present ski patrol in the village                             14

I could do a stat on how many cabin owners have relatives in the community, but for that much detail, it would be better to work from an actual list of cabins.

Suffice to say that there are enough connections in the village that many owners know many other owners.

BMR May 1st

BMR Facebook says that pricing for the 2017-2018 season will be announced May 1st, and a limited number of early discount price passes will go on sale that date, online only.

Go to www.skibaldy.com , Mountain Heading, Sub-heading passes and tickets.

9:10 am capture from webcam. Wind not as strong today as it was yesterday.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring Photos from Ian Mounsey

Thanks for these Ian.

Nice to be able to enjoy looking at the blossoms, without having to worry about the weather and timing like I did back in my fruit industry days.

Valley Colour

Most of the mountain residents are making frequent trips to town - we need warmth and colour! Cherries, Peaches and Saskatoon Berries are in bloom - and there is colour on McKinney Road.

I don't like getting too close to the Balsam Root - often covered in Ticks.

Western Sagebrush Buttercup in the Ranunculus Occidentalis family - Thanks Marian

‘Snowy Joey’ O’Brien hired as Manager of Community Services

Pass Herald Reporter
The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass’ new Manager of Community Services, Joey O’Brien, has a legacy of turning bankrupt or almost-there ski resorts into profitable businesses, but he has one strong message to convey: he’s much more than just a “snow guy.”

While the Pass Powderkeg Ski Hill makes up about 15% of his responsibilities, the umbrella of responsibilities will have him overseeing sports and recreation, Family and Community Support Services, the pool and some elements of tourism.

He will also have the challenging task of examining the Pass’ many aging facilities and come up with a strategic plan for maintenance, or demolition. One such controversial matter is looking at the worn-out Blairmore’s Albert Stella Memorial Arena, home to a skateboard park, a rock climbing wall and gymnastics facilities.

“My mandate to look at the Stella complex and figure out whether the right thing to do is to blow it up and decide what to do with the major activities that occur there, or to spend some money and put some polish on it until we have a more comprehensive plan on what to do,” he says.

O’Brien has been on the job for about a week now and while he is still formulating his vision for the Pass, he makes it clear that attracting tourism to the area is high on the list, an attitude and agenda welcomed by Crowsnest Pass.

Antigonish-born O’Brien grew up in an entrepreneurial family. His father owned a number of businesses and O’Brien himself had a ski hill as his first business by age 19. By 21, he had over 100 people working under him.

O’Brien is largely credited with bringing numerous bankrupt or failing ski resorts back to success, turning them into profitable enterprises that contribute to both the social and economic wealth of the region.

He saved Ski Martock in his home province of Nova Scotia from the brinks of bankruptcy, and later did the same with Fortress Mountain in Kananaskis, Alberta. His latest rescue is B.C.’s Mount Baldy Ski Resort, which he got back up and running after it filed for bankruptcy.

In 2015, he started his own business focused on environmental sustainability, SustainDriven. The consulting and event operations company contributed to making the 2014 Alberta Winter Games the world’s greenest multi-sport games in history.

But, again, O’Brien is more than just a “snow guy”, even though his nickname may be “Snowy Joey”, a quip that has stuck since 1982 when he was doing live radio spots.

While most of us look at the Pass Powderkeg and think snow, skis and winter, O’Brien sees it as more than just a one-season operation. In the ski business, he says, you can no longer be successful long-term by providing services for just a single season.

“I don’t look at it as a winter-only occasion. Most of the investment that’s occurring in the ski industry these days is to make them three- or four-season facilities,” he says. “Using the ski resort as an anchor to create those types of activities is one of the things I’d like to accomplish over time, building a complete economic model for four seasons, not just for a ski resort.”

While he holds many accolades and accomplishments in the private sector, working for a municipality is a new experience for him.

“My one area of greatest weakness is never having worked in government and my area of greatest strength is never having worked in government,” he says. “I bring a private sector, ‘do it now, we know how to make money’ attitude.”

With a Council mandate focused on attracting tourism and beautification of the Crowsnest Pass, O’Brien certainly seems to fit the bill as Manager of Community Services.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nancy Greene Team in the 80's

I'll need some help with some of the names - these racers are now in their 30's and 40's

Seated left, Guy Cooper, behind ?___________, __________, Matt Mavety, Chris Dimma with ? in front, __________, Coach Sieglinde Sutherland, ___________, _____________, ____________, __________, ___________, ___________ Dale Dumoret, Randy Dumoret.