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Six ways to experience Baldy Mountain Resort this winter

One of the favourite local activities in Osoyoos during the winter months is visiting the nearby Baldy Mountain Resort.

Just a 45-minute drive from the heart of Osoyoos, this hidden gem is a winter paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

This high alpine treasure, packed with powder and incredible views, offers plenty for those looking to spend a day on the mountain.

We’ve pulled together a list of some of the various ways you can experience Baldy Mountain Resort during the 2022-2023 winter season.

Skiing / Snowboarding

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You wouldn’t expect anything else to lead this list, of course — the staple of Baldy Mountain Resort is undoubtedly hitting the slopes on skis or a snowboard.

With 25 feet of powder per year (and sometimes more), excellent daily grooming, and a wide variety of terrain to choose from, Baldy Mountain will leave riders of all skill levels grinning from ear to ear.

The official opening day has been marked for December 16, however, due to current snow conditions, the Resort has opted to open up for two bonus weekends prior to that date.

The Mountain Resort is opening on December 3rd, 4th, and 9th, 10th, and 11th for any keeners looking to get an early jump on the year.

Cross-Country Skiing

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Baldy Mountain Resort offers 5 km of cross-country ski terrain, for visitors to experience at their own pace. Cross-country skiing trails can be easily reached from the main lodge, are clearly marked and are free to ride!

Enjoy the serenity of this natural experience on some of the most generous powder in the South Okanagan/West Kootenay area, while getting a great workout.

Remember to always have a map with you which can be picked up at guest services. 

For your safety, it is important to note that these trails are not patrolled, are not groomed by the mountain staff and are to be used at your own risk.

Brand New Tube Park

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The 2022-2023 season will see the grand launch of Baldy Mountain Resort’s brand-new tube park!

Track one is ready for sliding and gliding, as riders will let gravity pull them down, while excitement lifts them up!

The tube park, located just off the Magic Carpet near the ski school area, will have a parent viewing area for those wanting to watch sliders and take some pictures as well.

Disc Golf

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While golfers eagerly await a return to the greens next year, maybe they want to try their hand at frisbee golf because Baldy Mountain Resort’s epic course stays open right through the winter.

Whether you are a seasoned disc golf veteran or simply wanting to give something new a try, playing this course in the snow will certainly make for a memorable day.

Easily accessible and located close to the lodge, the full 18-hole course is a great activity for non-skiers to enjoy together, and it’s a fun option for riders who are wanting to wind down after some exhilarating runs on the hill.

Free disc rentals and scorecards can be found in the ticket office, and the course is available all week!

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Snowshoeing

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The mountain, located in the West Kootenay Boundary, offers snowshoe trails for beginners and experienced hikers alike.

Snowshoeing is a great activity for those who want to go at a slower pace and take in Baldy Mountain’s incredible views while others are skiing or riding.

One of the bucket list items for your Osoyoos winter should include snowshoeing along the mountain’s Bare Patch Trail to the viewpoint in order to take in some breathtaking scenery.

Bring your own snowshoes or you can rent a pair from the rental shop.

After a refreshing trek on the mountain, head to the renovated Baldy Bar and wind down with a cocktail and some warm food.

Baldy Adaptive Sports

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Baldy Mountain Blue Jays Adaptive Sports offers unique skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing opportunities for individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities at Baldy Mountain Resort. The resort’s program consists of a team of certified volunteer instructors who are trained to be innovative and creative in adapting teaching methods for our students. Whether students are stand-up skiers/snowboarders or sit skiers, the instructors are prepared to adapt to their needs.