Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Snow

Spring has disappeared. 21cms new in the last 24 hours or so. Definitely a sorel day, not snow mocs.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ski Patrol Training

We missed her, and Cienna missed Baldy this winter. She did however continue training so that one day she might be a patroller with Mom.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Friends, Sunshine, Eagles, and Crab

A great escape for a few days - friends, sitting on the deck in the warm sunshine, watching eagles, and eating fresh crab. Then........I came home last night, and we had 11cms of new snow.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Province Article - thanks for the link Skippy.

Many smaller ski resorts in B.C. face huge business challenges

By Sam Cooper, The Province April 16, 2014 11:33 AM           

Amid challenging trends, smaller ski resorts in B.C. are looking like an endangered species.
But the industry will consolidate and grow with the provincial government’s new relaxed environmental assessment procedures, industry players say.
It was a spotty ski season, especially up to February, with revenues falling for many of B.C.’s resorts.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort’s owners were already quietly looking to sell last year, before a delayed season opening in January.
In Oliver, Mount Baldy’s Idaho owners tried to raise cash to open this season but failed.
Apex Mountain Resort near Penticton has been put up for sale as well, management confirmed Tuesday.
However Ted Garnett, president and one of the owners at Apex, said in an interview Wednesday that unlike some other resorts in B.C., Apex actually had a strong year, and the owners are not selling because of any business concerns.
“Our owners are getting older and we just feel it’s time,” Garnett, 73, said. “Our (ski visits) are up 5.3 per cent (over last year) ... we are financially secure.”
The challenges in B.C. are common in North America, ski industry analyst Ken Shapiro says, citing stagnation in the number of people skiing and snowboarding.
Shapiro said there has been on average 55 million ski days per year in the U.S. for the past decade with little change.
“It’s a very tough industry dominated by the big players,” Shapiro said. “So the big players get bigger, and the small get smaller. Small ones continue to die.”
Canada West Ski Areas Association CEO David Lynn acknowledges it was a tough year.
In the long term, climate change will probably eliminate some of the smaller, lower elevation B.C. resorts, he said in an interview. And as baby boomers in B.C. age, some resorts could struggle to attract new visitors. But, Lynn said, reports of the demise of skiing in B.C. are greatly exaggerated.
“You can look at those three cases (Mount Washington, Mount Baldy and Apex) and say they indicate the ski industry is in trouble, and my response is ‘no’ — each one has its own circumstances and reasons,” Lynn said. “For the smaller resorts, it is more challenging, because for the bigger ones you have huge economies of scale in business.”
Lynn says that a number of factors favour growth of skiing in B.C., including the Canadian dollar’s recent fall and industry-friendly policies from the provincial government.
He points to changes taking effect in January 2015, for which his association advocated. New development proposals and expansion plans for existing resorts will skip the old, convoluted “environmental assessment” process and instead work with industry-friendly bureaucrats in the Mountain Resources Branch, Lynn says.
“The previous (environmental assessment) program was hindering investment and resort development ... The government recognizes the challenge we face,” Lynn said.
B.C.’s ski industry generates about $600 million in annual revenues and has 10,000 full-time equivalent employees. So the relevant ministers were very attentive to the industry’s concerns in meetings last year, Lynn said.
“They are trying to drive growth in the industry and jobs,” he said.
Wolf Richter, proponent for a new Squamish resort proposal that has been tied up in environmental assessments, said he’s not sure how new rules will affect his plans.
“I think (streamlined environmental assessment) is a trend going in the right direction, because the old rules were literally starting to fester,” Richter said. “There are lots of eyes on you when you are trying to build a resort, so you can pretty much regulate yourself. You will get market share by doing it right.”
“You can talk about aging baby boomers, but it is hardly that the ski industry is dying in any way,” Richter added. “I think the challenges are temporary. We are definitely a major global market, and I think the industry on (B.C.’s) coast will do very well.”
Not everyone is applauding the government’s new resort approval process.
“The province is exchanging ecological integrity for expedient development,” said David Reid of the West Kootenay EcoSociety. Reid’s group is against Jumbo Glacier, a $900-million all-season resort proposed near Invermere in the Purcell Mountains.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Ella's Adventures with Mike and Manny

To see a better quality, HD video, click on the link in the body of the post.
 
 
video
 
I miss having Ella in the cabin next door. She went to Apex to further her ski racing career.
Here is a little update from Mom.
 
We had a busy season with lots of travel.  The U16 Provincials were held in Prince George at Purden Mountain.  Purden is a small ski area that reminded me so much of Baldy right down to the old double chair!  We were there for 9 days as a test event for the Canada Winter Games that will be held there in 2015.  The other big event was the Fidelity Can Am Race that we hosted at Apex.  Hosting a race at your home mountain means no travel but tons of work for parents!  We are still recovering.

Ella's ski season was filled with many ups and downs.  It was a challenging one for her.  However, sometimes it is the challenges and not the successes that really define an athlete and a person.

I wanted to pass along this amazing video.  Please follow the link to vimeo http://vimeo.com/91590121.  Ella was chosen to attend the 2014 Mike and Manny Camp. Olympic and World Cup Racers, Mike Janyk and Manny Osbourne-Paradis host this camp for 10 kids from BC and 5 from the rest of Canada.  They cover all expenses of travel, training, food, and accommodation for 5 days in Whistler.  The kids are coached by Mike and Manny as well as Conrad and Morgan Pritty, BC Team Coaches, and BC Team Athletes.  Talk about inspiration!  This experience is once-in-lifetime opportunity that Ella will remember for the rest of her life thanks to Mike and Manny.

Ski racing is a tough sport!  Despite the successes and the disappointments of the season, we are so thankful to the sport and the amazing opportunities that it has brought to our family!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Operator in training...........

Generally when I post that Argo has a grader on McKinney road, it is a good thing. If you were on the road today, I wouldn't have to tell you that it is a new operator................

Web Security

Announcement today re shutdown of CRA website - interesting article - changes have to be made by affected sites - after that, we are advised to change passwords.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/heartbleed-web-security-bug-what-you-need-to-know-1.2603988

Friday, April 4, 2014

Dummy Downhill

Groomer John is entering "Snoopy" in the Apex Dummy Downhill on Sunday - Snoopy is looking for challengers.

meet u sliders at the heavens for last call.
J Fleming

Missing something?

This board has been sitting there for a couple of days.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Screening Comments

I do screen your comments before posting to the blog. When I first started the blog, it wasn't necessary. The blogger spam filter catches most of the garbage - I cleaned out 147 spam comments today covering all subjects under the sun including drugs for all manner of ailments, and advice according to Dr. Oz. Many are written in poor English, and some are written in foreign languages. The odd one slips through, but I am able to catch it by screening comments.