Alleluia! The arrival of summer time last weekend will be followed by the official arrival of spring on Sunday.
Those who hate changing the time of their clock twice a year (including Constant Companion Carmen) keep hoping that this will be the last time. Twice a year? Really?
The sheriff compares it to the proverbial glass of water: half full or half empty?
For those who never grew up – and hope never to grow up – an extra hour of daylight means an extra hour of after-supper playtime.
When the sheriff was a kid in small town Ontario, we played street baseball after supper, piling gravel on the sidewalks and in the middle of the tar and gravel road for bases. It was always under the lamppost so the sheriff and his sister could see flying bullets when it was dark (until mom called “Johnny, Gail” and we had to come in).
On Tuesday, the US Senate voted unanimously to make daylight saving time permanent across the country next year. “More daylight hours to spend outside after school and after work,” said Sen. Ed Markey, the legislation’s original co-sponsor.
The sheriff has always favored double daylight saving time – two hours of street baseball after supper – but he’s willing to compromise.
It’s warm enough now to sit on the swaying bench on the sunporch listening to a cacophony of bird calls, watching their wings splash in the birdbath, and hearing the horses munching their hay from evening to sunset. Sun.
Meanwhile, Big White Ski Resort issued an extreme powder alert on Tuesday after receiving 20 centimeters overnight.
A reminder that the men and women of the Big White Fire Department will be spending the weekend camping atop the Village Center Children’s Center
trying to raise $10,000 to support the Thrive Foundation, BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund.
You can also win a 2022-23 season pass before they go on sale by following @BigWhiteSkiResort on TikTok and dueting the #bigwhitejingle video. A winner will be drawn at the end of the season.
Speaking of end of season, here is the list of end of season dates: Apex Mountain Resort, April 5; Baldy Mountain, March 27; Big White, April 10; Silver Star, April 3; Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, April 10; and Sun Peaks, April 10.
“Nickel Plate Nordic Center is gearing up for April 3,” said general manager Tricia Wilson.
Telemark Nordic Center “will try to stay open until we can no longer safely groom ourselves so we don’t have a specific date to choose,” chief executive Mike Edwards said on Wednesday. “The snow is starting to fall quickly. We still have good conditions on most trails and expect to be open for another week anyway.
Nickel Plate had this daily snow report: “We have entered fuel economy mode for the season. All indoor trails will continue to be groomed, including Eagle’s Nest, Vindicator, Last Chance and Buck’s, but not all will be groomed daily. We will try to keep Motherlode, Winter’s Creek Road and Panorama open as well, but maybe only (bellboy) once a week. It will be a bonus!
Madeleine, a leader of the Central Okanagan Outdoors Club, went snowshoeing at Nickel Plate on March 11.
“An impressive amount of snow. I was actually there last Friday (March 4th) after a heavy snowfall on Thursday. And there was even more snow yesterday, enough that even with four GPS phones we found ourselves off trail as the snow was knee deep. After a small discussion on the small path to take, we finally return to the Mine Jump Trail until the return of Lake Nickelback. It was awesome. A bite to eat and a beer at Apex’s Gunbarrel Saloon is always a fun way to end the day. :)”
The Sheriff and CCC toured a series of West Kelowna parks and the Okanagan Rail Trail/Kal Crystal Waters Trail on our e-bikes this week. Spring
In warm weather news, Vernon outdoorsman Brian Sutch sent a warning: ‘Just a warning for tick season as I saw mountain buttercups in bloom along the canal Gray above Bella Vista.” The flowering of the buttercups seems to coincide with the awakening of the ticks each spring.
Those who want to park and ride (or walk) the Okanagan Rail Trail in the North Okanagan will soon have a new starting point.
Coldstream District Administrative Manager Trevor Seibel announced Monday the start of construction of the $1.8 million Coldstream Station at 16506 Kalamalka Rd.
“An event plaza, public restrooms, public parking, visitor information and wayfinding signage will provide a central gathering area with access to the Okanagan Rail Trail,” he said.
It’s not about the $300,000 Zero Kilometer project of the Friends of the Okanagan Rail Trail, the North Okanagan Regional District and the Okanagan Indian Band, he pointed out. The entrance component of the Okanagan Rail Trail will be located in a former rail yard off College Way near Kalamalka Beach and will be connected by trail to Coldstream Station.
Kilometer Zero plans show a spacious off-road plaza for groups to coordinate trail activities, shade structures and seating, a hilltop viewpoint, entry kiosk and facilities interpretation and art, but no parking.
Last October, FORT announced that its $100,000 fundraising campaign was halfway through and was still looking for companies/
community support for okanaganrailtrail.ca/donate. No updates were available this week.
The “K’ek’maplqs” or “Little Head of the Lake” area is important to the Syilx people, and the Okanagan Indian Band is an important partner in site planning and stories to be shared.
JP Squire, aka the Ski Sheriff, is a retired journalist. Email: [email protected]