Baldy Mountain Resort, aka ‘Baldy’ Opened for Skiing on December 1st!
20 projects and a million dollars in 150 days was the task. We managed to get it all done with five days to go and then waited for the snow.
The Baldy resurrection was a success. It opened to great fanfare on December 1st.
With the twenty-five feet of natural snow last season and a great start to this season you should be dreaming of pillowy lines through open bowls and face shots in perfectly spaced trees.
Baldy is located on the south side of Mount Baldy in South Okanagan, just north of the Canada-US border. Baldy has a base elevation of 5,650 feet above sea level, which is 2,000 feet below the mountain peak.
The towns of Osoyoos and Oliver embrace and proudly showcase their vintner industry, sophisticated resorts, championship golf courses, the nation’s warmest lake, and a wide range of cultural, intellectual and artistic experiences.
BMR rests on a vast and rugged landscape of hills and grasslands that invite hiking, mountain biking and wildlife viewing within easy access to the city. Osoyoos Lake, the warmest freshwater lake in Canada, is easily accessed from downtown for sightseeing and a full range of water activities. The backside of Baldy can be seen from Oliver and is just a short 40-minute drive from this town. Local access is via all-weather public roads from Oliver and Highway 3.
Join us as we enjoy, once again, this gem of a ski area that was founded in 1968.
Baldy Mountain Resort History
The Beginnings of Baldy
Baldy Mountain Resort is a modest ski resort overlooking the Okanagan Valley in southern British Columbia just north of theWashington state border. Its road access is via McKinney Road from Oliver and from BC Highway 3 north of Bridesville and BC Highway 33 west of Rock Creek, in the Boundary Country. Air access from Penticton Regional Airport.
In 1968, its first season, the hill operated with the McKinney T and beginners rope-tow for two seasons. Sunday afternoon rides to the summit were offered for a dollar. If the cat operator had time on a Sunday afternoon, they’d give skiers a ride to the summit. Eventually, the T’s were replaced with modern hydraulic spring box tees.
The T-bar base at 5650 ft above sea level is the highest base altitude of any ski resort in Canada. The Baldy T-bar, with 1400 ft vertical, was added in 1970.
The Eagle Chair
Mount Washington’s Blue Chair was purchased and replaced the Baldy T-Bar in time for the 1999-2000 season.
The Sugarlump lift opened in the 2007-2008 ski season. Sugarlump is a fixed-grip quad chairlift with a total uphill capacity of 750 persons per hour.
McKinney T-Bar Retires
The McKinney T-bar closed when the Sugarlump Chair opened and in 2012 a trail was cut leading from Sugarlump to access the McKinney terrain.
The ski hill did not open for the 2013-14 season due to financial difficulties.
Mount Baldy did operate during the 2014-15 season, opening in the middle of January 2015 with the Sugarlump lift and magic carpet.
The resort closed for the 2015-16 season.
Baldy Mountain Resort Opens Dec 1, 2016
It’s official. Baldy has new ownership, pre-season maintenance is well underway and we’re looking forward to seeing you opening day this December 1st, 2016.
The resort is renowned for its powder and glade skiing. There is a ski school, a day lodge, and lounge, and ski equipment and snowshoe rentals are available in the Snow Sports Centre.
There is no night skiing at Mount Baldy Ski Area nor is there is any snowmobiling allowed on the Mount Baldy Controlled Recreation Area. Nordic trails are also open December through March and ski touring is allowed but remember that this is now considered backcountry and avalanche terrain.
Baldy by the Numbers
Natural snow in 2016
Got Personality? We Want You to Work at Baldy!
Whether you’re after full-time or seasonal employment, Baldy Mountain Resort may have what you’re looking for. A wide variety of challenging job opportunities are available, both winter and summer. We are currently hiring for all positions.