Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Have you seen this flower before? - "Northern Dune Tansy"

This one is a little different - on your left , coming up the Baldy Road, just below the parking lot.

Progress for Stevely at Dubh Glas Distillery

The long awaited shipment arrived yesterday for Baldy Patroller Stevely. Story and photos on Oliver Daily News.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lifted from Alanna's Facebook Post

On my way up to Mount Baldy yesterday late afternoon I came across THREE cougars on the road just on the flat stretch, about 1 1/2 km from the village. Apparently it's a mother with her cubs according long time Baldy residents, Randal Smith and Mark Schroeter. I'll have to say it was one of the most amazing things I've seen.

Crystal Mountain won't open - West Kelowna News -

Crystal Mountain won't open

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in West Kelowna just announced they will not be opening for the 2014/15 season.
The announcement came on the resort's Facebook page at about 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
"Thank you all for patiently waiting for an update from us. I'm sad to announce that the mountain will not be in operation for the upcoming 2014-2015 winter season," reads the post.
Crystal Mountain's 2014 season was cut short when a chair lift collapsed, injuring several people.
"But this is not a goodbye, we plan to be open for the 2015-2016 season. Season pass holders will receive their refund as promised. For questions, please message our Facebook page," the page says.
More details to come.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Article from Oliver Daily News

Mt. Baldy – will it open in December ?

cody22 Classic shot of Cody Kasper by Cathy Gale

Real Estate company trying to sell hill: G-Force has found an entrepreneur/manager who has significant experience in transforming a ski resort in a small community into a vibrant sustainable and profitable operation with significant benefits to the local community. Gary Powroznik, Managing Director of G-Force says “The operator we have found is one of the most impressive I’ve spoken to about solutions to the challenges traditionally facing regional ski resorts in smaller communities.”
G-Force is seeking a suitable investor or group to provide new capital and combine with the current major lender and the new operator to complete a sale of the Resort’s assets. “We are talking to potential investors. The ideal investor will already see, or could see, how a vibrant growing resort at Mount Baldy could leverage both commercial and intangible benefits for the local communities that it serves, ” said Powroznik.
Local hill manager Matt Koenig:
The situation at Mt. Baldy is still unresolved. G-Force is a court approved sales agent authorized to sell the operation, there are numerous interested parties with various ideas. These parties are at various phases of completion with the frontrunner working through their last financial hurdles. Ultimately everyone involved shares the same vision and recognizes the importance of reopening the ski hill for this season, and simply must wait until financing is in place to proceed with work to prepare for the upcoming ski season.

From the Osoyoos Times

Mount Baldy has plans for December opening, but local investor still needed

By on September 10, 2014

Skiers ride a lift to the top of Mount Baldy. (Keith Lacey file photo)
Skiers ride a lift to the top of Mount Baldy. (Keith Lacey file photo)
Mount Baldy ski resort needs a relatively small investment to be able to open in December, but a suitable locally oriented investor has still not been found.
“We’re very close to having a deal to sell the resort, but there’s a couple key pieces that have yet to fall into place,” said Gary Powroznik, managing director of G-Force Real Estate, the company trying to find a buyer for Mount Baldy Resort’s assets.
A missing piece is a locally oriented investor with the funds to carry the resort through the pre-season.
Powroznik can’t give odds on a December opening, but he’s hopeful and plans are moving forward, he said.
“Nothing is for certain in life, but the stars really are lined up on this,” said Powroznik. “We’re experienced at doing this very thing and getting businesses re-established and turned around and getting teams together. I think the chances are pretty high in my view. There’s lots of people working on it. If you’ve got a couple hundred thousand dollars you want to invest, just let me know. I think that would do the trick for me.”
The ski resort 35 kilometres east of Oliver was closed during the 2013-14 season because the previous American owners experienced financial difficulties.
In July, the Supreme Court of B.C. granted a conduct of sale to a secured creditor to sell most of the assets of Mount Baldy Ski Corporation and related companies in a foreclosure action.
Because the court process wasn’t concluded until mid-July, it has been difficult to find a buyer over the summer with money to help fund the pre-season.
Powroznik said he has secured an important piece of the puzzle with an experienced resort operator who has been working with Mountain Manager Matt Koenig on a plan to open it quickly when a locally minded investor is found.
“The money is not normally the most difficult to get,” said Powroznik. “It’s the top operator.”
A locally-minded investor who can see synergies with the mountain would be very interested to see the plans as they stand right now, Powroznik said, adding the goal is to run the resort for four seasons and not just during the winter.
“Down the road, the people that are looking at this now can see a much more long-term robust resort,” said Powroznik. “Right now to get it going, sometimes just a few hundred thousand dollars can make a real difference.”
Osoyoos Times

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sunset Tonight from McKinney Road

Cow and Calf Tonight

Cow and Calf -  Moose separated by my truck on the road tonight. I don't know what the hunting regs are, but I'm not saying where I saw them.


Time is marching on. 10th of September already, and no announcement from G-Force, or anyone else for that matter. It was 0C when I got up this morning - the forecast is for things to warm up again, but maintenance needs to start soon.

Salsa and Pepper Jelly

A Baldy kitchen beats an Okanagan kitchen any day for doing those hot jobs, like canning. Since I don't have any exciting new things to post, I went to visit Sherry and her Mom yesterday to find something to post.

That Time of Year