Monday, March 19, 2018

BMR Facebook, and events....

Contrary to BMR Facebook, there is no meditation on the 21st - the mountain is open every day this week. The final meditation session will be March 28th.

Baldy is open every day to and including March 26th. Closed Tuesday Wednesday - 27-28, then daily March 29th to and including closing day April 1st - last day of the season.

Friday March 23rd after skiing - live music in the bar.

The Baldy Band is playing in the Baldy Bar Saturday the 24th - 9:00pm to midnight ish.

Last coed snowshoe of the season March 25th. last Ladies Day of the season, March 26th

Dummy Downhill March 31st, Slush Cup April 1st.

Have you eaten in the bar lately? I avoid cooking whenever I can, and in recent days I've had a late afternoon/evening meal a couple of times in the bar. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes one night, ribs and caesar salad last night. yum.

Ladies Day

Three skiers with me today, and the rest on snow shoes. Bonus for me, there was a RMT from Ontario in my group - thanks Marylou for the treatment you gave me in the lodge while we waited for the snow shoe groups to come in.

The food................the dessert was so awesome I forgot to take a photo of it before I started eating it!

Hello Baldy Babes,
Monday is our day! Today greeted us with mild temperatures, calm winds, sun/clouds & challenging terrain. We really enjoyed the trails to the cabin & back, although a bit late getting back for lunch. Lasagna & salad and dessert, Pavlova with ice cream, kiwi, banana, strawberries topped with basil. Francesco, you are amazing!
Next Monday is our final Baldy Babes for the 2017-18 season. Weather permitting, we will ride the Eagle Chairlift to the top of the ski area, celebrate with champagne on top of Mother's Knob then snow shoe down Jolly Jack to Gruhl's Pool and out Beaver Trail behind Sugar Lump.
Here are some photos from today. Thank you Sam for our group photograph.
Take Care, Marian

Who Skis Baldy at Spring Break? You might be surprised.

Very interesting conversation this afternoon with a member of the patrol at Whistler. Some head shaking moves when Vail Resorts took over. When you have good policies, procedures and information systems, it doesn't make a lot of sense to implement things that are not as good as what you already have, just in the name of standardizing.

Quite a contrast between winter and summer patrols. The injuries he attends to on the mountain bike trails are much more severe than most of the winter incidents he attends. While tending to serious injuries, the questions from the patient are not so much about themselves, but "how is my bike?"

He married an Oliver girl, and the family enjoys time skiing at Baldy. His wife's  Grandmother was Paul Fairweather's sister. A day ticket for his 7 year old is $80 at Whistler.

We were standing at the top of the Eagle talking about living in Squamish, and the father/daughter duo standing beside us spoke up. They have a home at Blackcomb, and a place in Osoyoos. The Blackcomb place is rented for the month, and they are skiing Baldy! 

Too many of our "Kids of Baldy" are in Grade 12 this year, so some of our Spring Break regulars may change schedules next year. It is great to see so many little people here..........the next generation.

It's about being prepared..............back country

I had a young friend visit last night - to update his SPOT device via my laptop. He loves the back country, and we talked about the gear he carries, and the precautions he takes. A SPOT device recently saved a skier...........

Back country enthusiasts - no matter what their mode of transportation - need to be prepared, have a plan, and someone needs to know where you are going. Search and Rescue is called out by the RCMP. Loading up and driving up from Oliver takes time, longer if they are already deployed elsewhere.

When you go sledding - get stuck - get lost - get separated from your companion - and call the ski area for help, that suggests to me that you went out unprepared.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Mt. Baldy Alpine Club - Wind Up

There was a good turnout today for the free introductory camp. More Baldy racers for next season.
Wind Up and awards this afternoon. Paul Rauhala received a gift thanking him for his leadership, hard work and dedication to rebuilding the club. Special thanks to coaches Owen Stewart and Yanni Lou Gagnon. Parent helpers make the program work - thanks to all those who helped - Andrew Simmonds received a gift for his extra efforts.

Most improved female

Most improved make.


Sisu - grit and determination.

Sunday Afternoon

March 18th Sunrise - Al Haley

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Winemakers Cup

Your dog............

If your dog was loose on Porcupine this morning, you can come over to my driveway and pick up the big dump.

Friday, March 16, 2018

St. Patrick's Day and Winemaker's Cup

Wear green on Saturday, and stop by the base of Tenning's to witness the Okanagan's finest from the Wine Industry - racing - some seriously some not. They know how to have fun.

Friday Evening..........


There are still some fresh tracks to be had.............just enough cloud around to keep the snow cool.

Yanni Lou set the course today for the Wine Maker's Cup

Press Releases

Andy Foster
General Manager - Baldy Mountain Resort
+1 (250) 485-7593


Oliver, British Columbia: It’s big news for Baldy Mountain Resort. In a world where small businesses struggle to compete against the large corporations, the ski industry is no different. In 2014 Baldy Mountain Resort was forced to close for an entire winter season. The local community was undeniably devastated, the resort was not just ‘the local hill’, it offered terrain and snowfall amounts to rival the bigger resorts, but with a friendly atmosphere and local vibe. Since reopening with new ownership, the resort has bounced back to life. Vibrant events and amazing powder days have put smiles not only on the locals faces, but also to those who visit from further afield. It is these far flung visitors that the new ownership is hoping to grow.

Resort General Manager Andy Foster said “Baldy offers an amazing visitor experience, especially for skiers and snowboarders. But it’s hard for us to be recognized over the bigger corporate ski resorts. Even in British Columbia we are relatively unknown, on the international scale people just don’t know about us, and so they don’t know what they’re missing. Those that visit know we’re one of the best value ski resorts in Canada, not just for prices but for the entire experience on offer”. It is the international potential that makes a recent announcement so powerful. The resort will operate in a strategic alliance with Hsin Chong Group Holdings, who develop real estate and outlet malls all over the world. Foster added, “by aligning ourselves with a larger international organization we will receive some of the benefits of the larger resorts, while still operating as the local Oliver ski hill. We’re excited to work together to push the resort forward”.

The first big step is additional Real Estate development at the resort, which offers an amazing opportunity for those seeking to invest in a year-round mountain destination. “The McKinney Subdivision is a huge step in enhancing the community on the mountain. In the future we will be looking to further develop our own on-mountain accommodation to support the strong growth we’re experiencing” said Foster. The initial residential lots are available for purchase now at early bird pricing, which is well below market value. There is great investment potential both long-term and also in the short term as only a limited amount of on-mountain accommodation is currently available for visitors.

Visit for more details on the development call Wade Wilk, Construction manager, at +1 (250) 498-4086 or email

Baldy Mountain Resort offers some of the best value skiing in Canada. With a variety of terrain for all levels and consistently great snow conditions the resort is popular with first time skiers and snowboarders through to expert level riders. Being closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays allows for the resort to offer the unique ‘Big Pow Thursday’ with a two day and three night accumulation of snow. More information at

Andy Foster
General Manager - Baldy Mountain Resort
(250) 485-7593


Oliver, British Columbia: Not very often in your lifetime does there come the chance to turn your dreams into reality and now is that time at Baldy Mountain Resort. The McKinney subdivision is now open for purchase, get in fast to take advantage of early bird pricing.
At Baldy Mountain Resort you can enjoy everything that nature has to offer, just two hours south of Kelowna and 4.5 hours from the lower mainland. As the resort continues to grow and finalize this next stage of real estate development, the first residential lots in the new McKinney subdivision, at the base of the mountain, are now available.

Baldy Mountain Resort has chosen to sell these lots at well below market value, seeing great benefit in allowing people to develop much needed accommodation on the mountain. In time Baldy Mountain Resort will look to develop its own on mountain accommodation to compliment the strong growth being seen at the resort.

“Baldy is here for you to enjoy. It’s relaxed and inviting, unpretentious and unhurried” said resort General Manager Andy Foster. He added “we’re located in the heart of the South Okanagan Wine Country.  The exhilaration of the fresh powder for skiing and boarding is at your doorstep, with wildlife viewing and hiking outside your front door”. Wade Wilk, Construction Manager for the project, said “we know you are going to find the resort community warm and inviting.  You’ll enjoy the convenience of being steps to the day lodge and mountain base, looking out over the vistas of the south Okanagan Valley.“

Baldy Mountain Resort have partnered with a few choice cabin builders to allow some easily accessible options at below market prices. The resort has also announced the option to include top quality furniture, appliances and building materials at well below cost price.

Wilk said “Baldy Mountain Resort is growing, and we think you will enjoy being in right at the start of a new era.  This is truly a ground floor opportunity – the way the other BC ski resorts were in the 80’s. These lots in the McKinney Subdivision are great value for a premium resort location.”

For more information call the mountain at +1 (250) 498-4086 and ask for Wade Wilk or email

Baldy Mountain Resort offers some of the best value skiing in Canada. With a variety of terrain for all levels and consistently great snow conditions the resort is popular with first time skiers and snowboarders through to expert level riders. Being closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays allows for the resort to offer the unique ‘Big Pow Thursday’ with a two day and three night accumulation of snow. More information at

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Dates to Remember

  • March 16th Karaoke
  • March 17th -Wear green, green beer, green appies
  • March 17th Jam night with Milan
  • March 17th St. Patrick's Day
  • March 17th Wine Maker's Cup
  • March 18th - Baldy Racers Wind-up and Free Introductory Camp
  • March 23 - Live musician, Ron Pashkewych, in the bar for Apres Ski, 3-6 PM
  • March 24th - Baldy Band in the bar 9:00pm to after midnight
  • March 24th - Pajama Party in the Bar
  • March 25th - Last Co-Ed Snowshoe of the season
  • March 28 Meditation
  • March 31st Dummy Downhill
  • April 1st - Slush Cup
  • April 1st - no foolin', last day of the winter season