Mount Baldy announces Dec. 1 opening day

Ski hills are getting ready to open in the South Okanagan

Thanks to recent snowfalls

Snowfall warnings might cause concerns for drivers, but they’re music to the ears of ski hill operators.

“Mother Nature blessed Baldy Mountain Resort with a big snowfall last night,” reads one excited email. Eighty-three centimeters of snow at the summit and 25 cm at the base — and counting — equals enough snow to open.”

The mountain will be opening Dec. 1, with a opening ceremony on Dec. 2 from 2-3 p.m. at The Hub (formerly the Kiosk) with MLA Linda Larson for a toast to kick off the season.

From Dec. 1 to 4, Baldy is celebrating Back to Baldy with the First Chair Festival . Sip hot chocolate around the fire pits, listen to some great bands, sample some of Firehall Brewery’s finest, and even watch a film premiere.

There’s also prizes, and special goodies, like free skiing on Sunday, for those who dress up like it’s 1968, heartening back to the mountain’s first year.

Click here for the current weather conditions at Baldy.

Apex Mountain announced that due to current snow and weather conditions they will not be opening until Dec. 10.