Monday, January 16, 2017


  • positive feedback on the PDP - 8 participants
  • Level 2 requires minimum 5 registered - not there yet
  • Ladies, please register in advance on line - it helps with the meal planning
  • the clouds are moving in

"It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood."

Thank-you Marie Fletcher for the sunrise photos from this morning.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Slack Country is Back - February 18-19

That classic Cathy Gale photo of the one and only Cody Kasper.



The third installment of the Slackcountry Cup will take place at Mt. Baldy Resort on February 18-19, 2017.
ATTENTION: Pre-registration will open February 1st 2017, and can be done online or in store at Pentagon Boardshop in Penticton, BC. If you don’t pre-register there will be a limited amount spots available on event day.
*Subject to first come, first serve. Must be 18 years of age or older, or accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Jolly Traverse

Before the magic carpet, before Sugar Lump, we had the T-Bar for teaching terrain. We would teach a diagonal side-slip to get the students down the first steeper section, and to prepare them for the "big hill" , specifically Jolly Jack. As the first photo shows, much of the traverse is a slope of granite chunks. We need more snow before the cat can push the snow road across the granite. The groomers have gone part way at the top and bottom. Just in case you think some of those wider glades were made for skiing....some were cut decades ago to recover a cat that went over the edge - Jolly and Stemwinder. The last ownership group was opposed to summer work and winter grooming of this popular trail. Brett didn't want a cat track to interfere with his out of bounds hike and ski above. I'm using the diagonal side slip below the travelled portion to get across until we get more snow.

For three seasons, Ken and Eleanor worked the traverse with shovels and a snow blower to prep the trail for the cat.

Tuba on the Trail

All Tuba needs now are snowshoes........Checking out possible routes for the Ladies Day Snowshoe, with Marian and Marie.

Admiring from a Distance


Courtney can get more ski days in when the last 4 puppies find their forever homes.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Chairlift Conversations

Early days at Baldy - "groomer" was cat towing a culvert roller.
25 years ago - experiment with "chain harrows" and acquisition of a "powder maker" - set of expanded metal drum rollers, with wooden bearings.

Thanks to modern grooming equipment, and good operators, we have a fresh surface to ski every day.

Have you noticed the new sign?

New sign at the entrance of the McKinney subdivision. Now advertising lot sales. I was under the impression that not all of the subdivision requirements had been met. If you are interested, there is a contact on the website.


I have file photos almost identical to the scenery ones I take these days. These pics from this afternoon. We haven't had what I would call a "classic Baldy inversion" with spring conditions up top. Slightly warmer up top for awhile today, until the air started moving.

Action Packed Weekend

Saturday - January 14th Tobogganing Party - 3:00 - 4:30 with Oliver Parks and Rec - find out about winter programs.

Saturday and Sunday 14th-15th - Live Music in the bar 3:00-5:00pm

Saturday January 14th - CSIA PDP - sign up at if you are late registering, touch base with Angie.

Sunday January 15th - World Snow Day

Monday January 16th - Never Ever Days, and Ladies Day

Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Blog Feature

I get many calls throughout the year, looking for contact information for various services of interest to Baldy Community Members. I don't want to get in to the advertising business, but I will post contact information for services provided by businesses with a Baldy connection, provided that I have experience with the provider, or sufficient positive customer experiences from others. Tab above for contact info.

A sample of the links you can find with inconsistent information - when is the last time we track set cross country trails.........

Be Careful What You Wish For.......from SAM Magazine

Historic Snowfall Interrupting Operations Out West

SAM Magazine—Tahoe, Calif., Jan. 11, 2017—Is it possible to have too much snow? Ask anyone in the Sierras or Colorado right now, and they’ll say yes. A storm of rare strength,mammoth esize moisture content, and duration has been dumping feet of snow on many areas in the West, causing major roads and resorts to close until they can dig out and manage severe avalanche danger.
In California, several Tahoe-area resorts didn’t spin lifts for much of the first part of this week. Kirkwood, Squaw, Alpine Meadows, June Mountain, Sugar Bowl, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Northstar, and Boreal were closed today after more than three feet of snow fell in just 24 hours. Road crews are having trouble keeping up, and power is out across much of the area. Mammoth Mountain has measured as much as 15 feet in the past week, which, coupled with high winds, has made for a challenging few days, operationally.
At Arapahoe Basin, Colo., on Tuesday, the ski area closed at 1 p.m. and asked everyone—staff included—to evacuate the area at the behest of the Colorado department of transportation. Avalanche danger was so high, CDOT closed Loveland Pass, the road that accesses A-Basin, from Keystone to Loveland—a rare move.
Also in Colorado, Monarch Mountain didn’t open Monday or Tuesday because of significant snow that closed Monarch Pass—the only access to the resort—so crews could perform avalanche control. The ski area has seen 68 inches of snow in the past week.
Crested Butte has been in Ma Nature’s bullseye for much of the season, and this week is no exception. On Monday afternoon, with heavy snow falling and high winds, the resort closed operations early for safety reasons. More than seven feet of snow has fallen at The Butte in the past 10 days.
On Wednesday night, the roof of the Ten Mile Room at the Village Hotel in Breckenridge collapsed under the weight of snow that had accumulated on top of it. According to reports, no one was seriously injured. The collapse did cause a small gas leak that was quickly contained, but the hotel evacuated and relocated guests from 70 nearby rooms as a precuation.
Resorts in the Pacific Norwest, Utah, and Wyoming have all been getting walloped with several feet of snow over the past week. It’s deep, and it isn’t even done yet. Snow is expected to fall across vast swaths of the West through Friday.
As long as things settle down, all this snow could mean big business over the MLK holiday weekend.