Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nothing like a chopper to draw a crowd............

For a Tuesday, the village is a busy place with contractors and cabin owners. When Eclipse flew in, it did draw a bit of a crowd. Fortis needed a pole placed up on the mountain, and didn't want to take their line truck up the Baldy Trail. They walked an excavator up to dig the hole, then Eclipse flew the pole and lowered it in to place.


Thanks Will for your more unique angle of the chopper today.

Clean Air Recreation at Seymour

Mt Seymour Announces Smoke Free Policy for the 2016/17 Season

Monday, September 26, 2016Mt Seymour Resorts Ltd Announces Smoke Free Policy for the 2016/17 Season
North Vancouver, BC: Mt Seymour Resorts will be introducing a new smoke free policy for the 2016-17 season. The new policy prohibits guests and staff from smoking anywhere within the Mt Seymour Controlled Recreation Area including lift lines, chairlifts, ski runs, snowshoe trails, parking lots, buildings and around the Base area.

This new smoke-free policy was created in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health and will prohibit smoking and vaping for all guests and staff within our Controlled Recreation Area. We have a responsibility to our guests and employees to provide a safe and healthy environment for work and play.

We recognize that this maybe a challenge for some staff who currently smoke or vaporize and we will help them access the resources they need to quit smoking if that is their wish. There are many programs available through the Province of British Columbia which provide counselling, support and 12 weeks of free smoking cessation products.

Eddie Wood, General Manager of Mt Seymour Resorts Ltd, commented, ‘Our guests visit Mt Seymour to enjoy our spectacular scenery, breath in our clean mountain air, and take part in recreational exercise. We believe that the majority of our guests do not want to breath in second-hand smoke and as a family mountain we want to provide the best experience we can for our guests.’

Media Contact
Sandra Kadel
Social Media & Communications Coordinator
Mt Seymour Resorts Ltd
Email: skadel@mtseymour.ca

Monday, September 26, 2016

Think About It

Several people have said to me in recent days - I'm just here to enjoy it. Our common best interests in "enjoying it" involve Strata members volunteering for Strata Council. It is a thankless job. The last few years even more difficult with some "one issue" candidates, perceived conflicts of interest, and a return to some of the hostilities we saw when Strata owned the ski hill.

Some of the current Strata Directors are not standing for re-election - totally understandable - they have had enough.

We need new blood for Strata - calm, common sense, business like volunteers willing to take a turn on council. You don't have to be local to run.

The council meetings don't need to be loud and long. Decisions can be made with careful consideration and consensus.

The AGM need not be long and hostile. You may not agree with what is presented, but debate the issue, don't take aim at the individuals who have volunteered their time to work on our behalf.

The trend has been - low attendance at the AGM, lots of proxies, and trouble finding people to run. Many don't go because of the tone and length of previous meetings.

The reason the AGM is held at Thanksgiving, is that when it was at a different time of year, we had trouble getting a quorum. Even at Thanksgiving there have been scrambles to get proxies from cabin owners here for the weekend, but not going to the AGM.

I am one of the many who will not be on the mountain for the meeting. I would be absolutely thrilled to come back and find out the AGM was calm, and new people had stepped forward to run.

Wishful thinking? Yes. Surprise me!

Remember, people are way more productive when they know they are appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by, Bryan Gough.

Bryan has sent me old Baldy photos from time to time, you may recall my reference to his time as the Forestry Lookout fellow at Baldy and other mountain tops.

Bryan made a surprise visit today - lots of good conversation about people and places we both know.

After all these years, I didn't know about the little Oasis not far from the Baldy Road where Bryan had stopped for lunch on his way up. Turns out the brother has been going there for more than 30 years - he and Bryan agreed that it is a special place, one where Bryan and others have opened the road up from time to time, but where one doesn't want to make it too obvious and have it spoiled by heavy traffic.

So no, I'm not going to tell you where it is, but I will check it out. Thanks Bryan for the photos and map.

Bryan was fortunate to spot this Great Horned Owl on his way out of the picnic spot.

We looked at the holes and dirt piles on the bank by place - (lots around the village)- he says it appears to be typical of the "Northern Pocket Gopher".

CWSAA Road Trip

Check out the photos - we've had a visitor from Canada West Ski Areas Association.
Joey's  son Jake posed for one.


What some call the "Kettle" is really the "Cut"

When Borderline Ski Club took over the Ski Area Operation in 87?, we all paid double the normal amount for a season pass to raise the money to replace the haul rope on the Baldy Tee. We did not have the resources to operate the McKinney. It was a challenge teaching beginners from Tower 3 down, and the lift lines would back up. When Borderline was ready to re-open the McKinney Tee, there was a work party to cut the trees that had grown up on those slopes. Jerry Forney's crew left a gladed area skiers left at the top of the Kettle for the kids, and the Kettle run itself was never totally re-opened. Back in the day, the bottom of Kettle was a little slow and you really had to tuck to get back to the lift.

March 2011

The late Ethel Jones - just rescued from the powder - in her late 80's

At least one of these is going to university this year, at least one in Grade 12.

When the 300cm tall measuring post at the snow station was completely buried.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Happy Birthday Mike!

Believe it or not, Mike turns 80 today. Just try to keep up with him! Have a great day Mike.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Tough Week for People with Baldy Connections

  • BMR's social media consultant had her car smashed by a tree while the family was out hiking, thankfully it happened while they were away from the car

  • Kettle Valley Woodcraft broken into Thursday night - right beside the highway??

  • Sara - (daughter of the "Vortex" family) - and her family lost their home to fire last night. All got out safely - house near Twin Lakes, outside the fire protection districts. No contents insurance.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Attitude and Colour

Bull hanging around the canyon yesterday, and a few shots of colour. It's that time of year when you spot a photo worthy tree, and when you go by the next day, the photo op is gone. Made a few stops yesterday.

Good Times from 2011

Looking forward to seeing this gang on the slopes this winter, although I'm guessing Christian on the far left might be the tallest one now - Photo 2011