Baldy – An unexploited paradise

February 22, 2018 8:20 pm

At the crack of dawn today, 2 of us set out from Kelowna and headed south through Oliver with our final destination as Baldy Mountain Resort. I’ve been following the story of Baldys’ resurrection for the past 2 years and have been itching to get up to this place that won’t back down and has incredible local support. Baldy opened in 1968 and has since grown to become an amazing family resort. There has been a passion for mountain sports around this resort from the beginning. After setbacks and challenges but with support of the locals, Baldy reopened in December of 2016 and has come back with a vengeance! Baldy may not be the biggest in size but we’re betting its got the biggest spirit. Boasting 2 chairlifts, a magic carpet for beginners and a cozy day lodge, this is a resort we will absolutely be back to visit.

You can read more about their story here

Before heading out, we had checked in with the locals to find out where the best kept secret spots were. Turns out they were happy to share! Baldy is currently open Thursday- Monday so we knew that we wanted to start our trip with a POWDER THURSDAY! Our day started with  a ride up the Eagle Chair and straight to the glades. Oh – my – Buddha, Baldy you sure do glades well! Although there are plenty of groomed runs to be found which looked like a lot of fun, we wanted to hit up the treed areas that have been stock pilling snow for the last 2 days. The terrain is amazing and the trees are perfectly spaced for big carves in the amazing powder.

The hill was quiet today so ours seemed to be the only tracks through these glades. Although we heard from locals that this is one of the wonders of Baldy, the amount of powder just waiting to be found. We rode until we had all but tracked this out and then moved past to explore a bit more of the Mountain.

One thing that can’t missed when talking about Baldy Mountain is the views. I’m talking jaw dropping, gorgeous views of the Okanagan Valley. 

It’s not just about the snow at Baldy Mountain Resort, its the people here. From the staff that greet you and make you feel at home to the “littles” zipping around having a good time and to the old timer’s that are knocking back a hot coffee or cold beer upstairs in the Baldy Bar. The walls of the Day Lodge are covered in stories and memories of people that have invested their love into this amazing resort. We wound up our day at Baldy up in the Baldy Bar, sipping back a local Blonde Ale by Firehall Brewery and listening to the best wipe outs and secret spots of the day from tables around.

Whether you’re on the never ending quest for more powder, are looking for a family get away or love that sweet corduroy, Baldy is for you.  Its well worth the day trip, the over night’er and the keep on coming back’er. So get up, get out and go explore somewhere new.

We can’t wait to come back, Thanks for having us and making us feel like one of the family!

Until next time,

Raus

 

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