What’s New 2019-2020
The 2019 offseason at Baldy Mountain Resort has been one of growth, improvement and setting the foundation for the future. We had a record season pass sale this year, we’ve made valuable partnerships with other like-minded ski areas to offer even more value to our passholders, the mountain has seen more hours of off-season maintenance and improvements than ever before, we’ve got exciting events that launched last year returning, and of course the Farmer’s Almanac is calling for “A parade of snowstorms,” to cover the mountain in classic Baldy Mountain powder this season.
ERA Pass Alliance
This year all Baldy Mountain Resort passholders will receive eight free ski days to four other Southern BC ski areas, a value of over $500. We have partnered up with Apex Mountain Resort, Manning Park, MT Seymour and MT Washington on the ERA (Enhanced Reciprocal Agreement) Alliance. Passholders from all five partner ski areas will each receive two free ski days at the other four areas. There are blackout dates on Christmas Holiday, Family Day and Spring Break but otherwise skiers are free to travel and ski some of Southern BC’s finest ski areas. More info at www.baldyresort.com/benefits
Record Pass Sales
Our goal since re-opening 3 seasons ago was to first get Baldy Mountain Resort back on a solid financial footing, and then continue taking baby steps forward with growth. This past spring and summer our Early Bird and Pre-Season Season Pass sales campaigns were a huge hit delivering record revenues to the mountain. This puts us on solid financial footing to continue growing forward. Many thanks to our guests for the great response to our new value-added options and new affordable pass options.
New Affordable Pass Options
We studied the data and listened closely to what our guests were telling us and for this season we created new affordable pass options to help as many people as possible get up to the mountain to have some fun on the slopes this winter. That included a new Student Pass for skiers and riders aged 19-24 at a ridiculously low price of $319. We also added a Family Pass option this year taking 15% off the price of our passes for families with kids under 12. In addition, we recognized the demands on time and finances that new parents face and launched the Okanagan’s first Parent Pass allowing moms and dads of young kids to share one season pass for less than the price of two adult passes. Looking after the kids as they grow up, we also broke out our youth passes to include a child( 0-6), Junior (7-12) and Teen (13-18) pass categories making it even more affordable to get your kids up to the mountain. Not forgetting our long-time skiers, we also introduced a Masters Pass for those rippers over the age of 75.
New Management Team Members
Baldy Mountain Resort is pleased to welcome our new operations manager Carrie Sherrer to the team. Carrie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the ski industry as the past general manager of Mt Timothy. We are also happy to announce a new facilities manager at Baldy with the hiring of Austin Simpson.
Internally Andrew Zwicker was promoted to Marketing Manager and Christine Cuttle was moved up to Ticket Office Manager.
Summer maintenance and improvements
Brushing was the name of the game this summer. Our team spent more hours than any summer in recent history out on the mountain brushing out old lines through Baldy’s classic glades and creating a few new ones to explore this winter along the way. The good news is that our awesome tree skiing terrain will be open and in great skiing shape even earlier in the season, and some old favourite lines have been re-opened and will ski beautifully this winter.
Summer brush cutting video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWDVbxWbiCo
We also worked on completing our fire break project with FESBC. Funding approved by the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. (FESBC) facilitated the protection of Baldy Mountain Resort, the community, and the resort’s future sub-divisions with a 350-metre-wide fuel break. The last wildfire moved through the area in the 1930s. Since that time, a stand of dense fire-prone trees has grown back. The over $279,000 in funding from FESBC was critical in protecting the community from future wildfires.
“As a high-risk area, prone to large-scale catastrophic wildfire, we undertook this project to not only protect the resort, and community of over 100 cabins, but an area of abundant natural beauty,” said Andy Foster of Baldy Mountain Resort. “While the main aim was to build a fuel break, it was also vital to the resort to have minimal impact on the aesthetics of the mountain so the resort can be enjoyed for years to come.”
The harvesting work covered 90 hectares on the southern perimeter of the resort and was completed by Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd., Lusted Logging, and Mike Closs Logging. Surface fuel clean up was completed by W.G. Shaw and Sons Ltd., and Venholm Holdings Ltd., in partnership with the Osoyoos Indian Band.
Returning exciting events
Last year we launched a couple of exciting new events at Baldy Mountain Resort that received a resounding cheer of support from our guests. This year we are happy to be bringing back the “Uncork, Winter Wine Festival at Baldy Mountain,” and the Baldy BrewHAHA Comedy and Craft Beer Festival. Uncork paired up classic wine tasting events with a large dash of unpretentious, fun, Baldy Mountain culture. This event will take place on Saturday, February 8th this season. Come spring time the suds will flow as the 2nd annual Baldy BrewHAHA returns on Saturday, March 21st featuring fantastic comedians and the best local craft beers you can get. In between we have a host of fun regular events.
Check www.baldyresort.com/events for more info.
Uncork Winter Wine Carnival 2019 Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyxoHqZkkDY
2019-2020 Promo Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFwCbNGsPpw
Baldy Community Video by TOTA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDy3SyiS9Gk