January in the Okanagan can be tough because the sun often forgets we are down here down by these beautiful lakes.
On January 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 16% of the time, partly cloudy 6% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 73% of the time. https://weatherspark.com/averages/28296/1/Kelowna-British-Columbia-Canada
So, to make up for it, us locals have no trouble finding the sun by heading up into the mountains on snowmobiles, sleds, snowshoes, and skis. Yesterday was a great day; we had a sliding party just off the road to Oyama Lake. Why there? Because that was how far the snow was ploughed and it was easy to get there in cars with 20 kids, 20 adults, 6 dogs, tubes, sleds, sliders, and snow racers. Warming up by a camp fire we had non-stop fun with a view overlooking the incredibly beautiful Woodlake and Kalamalka Lake.
Next Sunday, we head up to BlueSky at Black Mountain to watch the 4th Annual Rockets Skate. I never get tired of this event. All the Kelowna Minor Hockey ATOM teams create videos to determine which team wins the coveted day of skating with the Kelowna Rockets. It starts out as lessons and ends up in an ultimate good ole hockey game where I think the ATOM team usually prevail after much effort of racing through the legs of the towering Rockets.
This very inspiring event is always great fun. Melcor Developments Ltd. provides hotdogs and drinks at their outdoor Community Rink at BlueSky with all donations going to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. If you get cold, the Grill is open for hot toddies and soup.
Come check it out – Sunday, January 24, 12-2:00 and you are welcome to skate on the rink after the event.