The anti-mega-ski-resort experience
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Baldy Mountain Resort, near Osoyoos B.C., has world-class ski terrain and snow with an unplugged vibe
Osoyoos, B.C. – It's otherworldly here at the top of the Eagle Chairlift. The sun is seeping through the broken cloud above, yet there's also a layer of cumulus below shrouding the Okanagan Valley. In between, atop Mt. Baldy, at 7,000-foot elevation, 2,133 metres for those thinking metric, the light is surreal.The snow glistens, the frost on the flocked trees twinkles and the vibe is definitely dreamy top-of-the-world.
My wife, Kerry and I are at Baldy Mountain Resort for a completely unplugged day of skiing.
So, after oohing and aahing at the scene and snapping a few photos, we swoosh down Baldy Trail, an easy, sweeping, groomed run that follows the top of the mountain westerly, then veers east back to the base. Kerry and I also ride the Sugarlump quadruple chairlift so we can glide down Beaver Trail, Fairweather and Wizard. When we bump into Baldy marketing manager, Stephanie O'Brien, it's back up the Eagle chair for an intermediate run down Powder Keg and then some black-diamond powder turns through the tranquilly gladed Southridge and Honky Tonk.
Here some things you might not have known about this resort that flies under the radar, but really shouldn’t.
1. The history
Baldy is the little mountain that is located just east of Oliver and northeast of Osoyoos in the southern Okanagan Valley. The two-chairlift, 35-run ski resort has a history dating back to 1968, but after falling into bankruptcy five years ago, it was closed for the 2013-14 season, opened partially in 2014-15 and roared back in 2016-17 under a new ownership group headed by Chinese-Canadian Victor Tsao of Vancouver.
2. The vibe