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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications

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Early January 2014

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Happy New Year!

A special thank you to Ullr for that wonderful Christmas present ... that fresh dump of snow Christmas Eve morning was absolutely delightful. I trust you've taken some quiet time to reflect over the Holidays, made a list of resolutions to make and likely break, but more importantly, have enjoyed some time at Apex. From skiing to skating to tubing to snowshoeing, Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher there's so much for everyone to enjoy. Okanagan Matters Publications With the Sochi Olympics just around Apex Matters & Skaha Matters the corner, we have a great year ahead of us. Let's be sure to cheer on our all of our Canadian athletes. Wishing you the best in 2014 ... See you in the snow!

“Like us” on Facebook! All of our combined Facebook Friends qualify for a Free Day Pass Draw happening on January 10th. Like us both today & you could win! Winner TBA on Facebook & in Apex Matters. The December 24th winner was Tracy Sharpe! Apex Mountain Resort Presents ...

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January is Hockey Month at Apex ApexHockey.com presents Traditional Outdoor Hockey since 1999. Thanks to the organizational skills and vision of Marc Tougas, local hockey player and Penticton Fire Fighter. Marc has been welcoming hockey players to Apex Mountain Resort for the last 15 years. "Bring the whole family or bring one, its' fun for all. Boarding, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, skating, hockey and tubing are just many of the outdoor activities available. Apex Village offers a variety of nite life hang outs, and not to mention the great food! So, stay warm, bring your skates and skis, and we'll see you up there", says Marc Tougas. The Apex Mountain Outdoor Hockey Tournament schedule has be confirmed for January 2014. • 15th Annual Apex Mountain Shootout ~ Jan 9 - 12 • 11th Annual BC Firefighters Tournament ~ Jan 23 - 26 • 8th Annual Apex Mountain Shotgun ~ Jan 30 - Feb 2 In total there are 24 women’s teams and 34 men’s teams from all over BC, Washington and Oregon. 15 of the 58 teams are new to these tournament and will be experiencing Apex Mountain Resort for the first time. Some of the other 58 teams are returning after some time away. It will be great to have some of these teams back. We are hoping for great powder weather, so that these participants can enjoy the slopes. For complete tournament info, visit www.apexhockey.com.

Please Note: The outdoor full NHL sized hockey rink will be closed to the public during the dates listed above. However, The Brewski is a craft beer event taking place in the Gunbarrel you can still enjoy some winter outdoor skating on the 1 km Saloon on February 22, 2014. We have 10 craft Breweries/ Adventure Skating Loop open daily from 10am - 11pm. Cideries participating so far, with the possibility of more! Food will be provided by the Gunbarrel Saloon, along with live music of "Towers and Trees" from Victoria playing the night away. For more information and tickets, contact Kerissa at 250-490-7235.

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RDOS Invites Residents To Recycle Old Christmas Lights & Also Recycle Christmas Trees

Don’t chuck those old Christmas Lights in the garbage! Recycling programs exist across the Regional District for all lighting equipment and bulbs. Christmas tree lights contain valuable recyclable metal wire. Year-round, you can recycle lamps, light strings, flashlights and any type of light bulb at the J&C Bottle Depot in Penticton, the T-2 Market Bottle Depot in Oliver and the Osoyoos Bottle Depot. The Campbell Mountain, Oliver and Keremeos Landfills will also accept all lighting equipment and bulbs. For more information on this recycling program, visit www.lightrecycle.ca. After recycling your old incandescent Christmas lights, replace them with new LED light strings. LED light strings last ten times longer, use up to 90% less power and reduce the risk of fire. Give your Christmas tree a second life this holiday season by recycling it at one of many convenient locations throughout the RDOS. All landfills in the Regional District will accept free of charge clean natural Christmas Trees - that is, free of tinsel, fake snow, ornaments and lighting. Landfills can also accept, free of charge, up to 500 kg. (1,100 lbs.) per load of yard or clean wood waste. The trees will be chipped and given new life as animal bedding or compost. Local Landfills are located at Campbell Mountain (Penticton), Oliver and Okanagan Falls. If you have any questions, please contact the RDOS Solid Waste Department at 250-490-4129, toll free 1-877-610-3737 ext. 4129, by e-mail at info@rdos.bc.ca or visit www.rdos.bc.ca. If you would like to recycle your Christmas Tree Apex style, the Apex Freestyle Club is always in need of pine boughs. Simply cut up your tree and deliver the pine boughs to the Apex Mogul Hut at the bottom of Kristi's Run off the T-bar. Thank you from the AFC.

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Fresh BC Talent Quest © Season 2

with Denis Chaykowski, Event Producer The Fresh BC Talent Quest Show is inviting local young performers from ages 8-18 years of age to enter Season 2. All forms of entertainment and all skill levels welcomed. From solo artists, groups, traditional dance, tap, belly dancers, to hip hop, instrumentalists, choir groups, magicians, etc. Registrations will continue throughout December and into January, as local schools and performers get ready for their up coming school musical productions and Christmas concerts. After Christmas and into January, Fresh BC talent Quest will be busy filling up the last remaining spots in all age groups categories. The final cut off date is January 31, 2014. First place and runner up cash prizes in each age category are up for grabs, as well event t-shirts presented to all performers on behalf of all of our sponsors. Other prizes and perks during the event for performers. Season 1 saw over two dozen performers (solo artists, duo’s, groups and instrumentalists) get involved. This year proves to be another great success. Mr. Bill Kolter, a judge for the finals and Penticton Peach Festival Entertainment Director, announced its “first ever” for Penticton Peach Festival by inviting 6 performers to perform on the Peach Festival Main Stage this summer. Fresh BC Talent Quest in partnership with the Penticton Peach Festival are committed to continuing and providing this opportunity to our Fresh BC Talent Quest finalists. A former Pen High student, Travis Turner our special guest performer (Little T) and judge from Vancouver, reminds our young performers: to “never give up on your dreams” to be a singer, performer, actor, or anything you want to be. Follow your dreams. I did! For more information on Travis “Little T“, search on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or google his website. Registration forms are available at following Penticton locations: • The Maeve Lily School of Music - #102 - 233 Haynes St. or 778-476-5917; • Classic Guitars - 465 Main St. or 250-492-5007; • Penticton School of Dance - 221 Fairview Rd. or 250-4924440; • Opus Cafe Bistro at the Cannery in Penticton - 1475 Fairview Rd. or 788-476-5856. Ask for the Fresh BC Talent Quest forms (by name) at these locations or you can register online as well. A nominal entry fee of $10 is required to secure your spot. Registration forms can be mailed to Denis Chaykowski, 570 Martin St, Penticton, BC V2A 5L4. There is a limit of 10 entries per age group; Group A (8-10 yrs), Group B (11-14 yrs), and Group C (15-18 yrs). Semi-Finals and Quest Finals - all age groups judged accordingly. We are looking for artists (9-99 yrs) to design a new Fresh BC Talent Quest logo for the front of our t-shirts, sweatshirts, and/or hoodies. Your design and concept should “stand out” and appeal to our performers, as well as others who would want to own a “one of a kind” event t-shirt. If you would like more information on this new logo contest, email Bryan at bryancgraphics@gmail.com or visit www.cmeliveproductions. com. Contest deadline is December 31st. For more information on the Fresh BC Talent Quest event, contact Denis Chaykowski of C-Me Live Productions at 250460-2221 or cmelive@yahoo.com.

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APEX FREESTYLE NEWS by ronda barzilay AFC athletes are training hard on Kristi’s Run, Okanagan Run and in the park! AFC is your ticket to ride like a champ - you too can join us and learn how to throw sick tricks, take big air and stay safe while doing it right! A big shout out to all the volunteers and Apex Mountain Resort that made the first competition, Canadian Selections, a huge success! A big thank you to our coaches that helped our athletes be ready for Canadian Selections and big Congratulations to the AFC athletes for some very strong performances! Congrats to our AFC Alumni Kyle Parker and Mason Barzilay, who both had a strong performance at the US Selections in Winter Park, Colorado and are now busy getting ready for upcoming competitions. Kyle and Mason will competing in the Apex BC Series this January and then will be off to Castle Mountain for the first Canadian Series of the Season. Do not miss our local AFC athletes compete against more than 80 athletes from all over BC from 7 to 20 years of age in Timber Tour - BC Series I, January 16th - 19th, 2014. Apex Mountain Resort is the first of four stops on the BC Tour The Age Categories as follows: Timber Tour - Age as per policy (July 1st of each year) F1 & M1 19 & over F2 & M2 16 - 18 years F3 & M3 14 - 15 years F4 & M4 12 - 13 years (some exceptions may apply to come up from Super Youth)

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Mark your calendars upcoming events hosted by the Apex Freestyle Club Please plan on coming up to Apex to catch some of this great action and watch our AFC athletes perform. NorAm Mogul Competition ~ February 13th -16th, 2014 This is only stop in Western Canada for this prestigious international event. Athletes will compete in moguls and dual moguls hoping to gain points that will propel them to the National Team, and possibly to compete in the World Cup Circuit. Senior Nationals ~ March 26th - 31st, 2014 Apex Mountain Resort is hosting one final event for 2014 in welcoming the best that Canada has to offer at the Senior National Championships, with the single mogul National Championship competition on Saturday and the head-to-head dual competition runs on Sunday. We still have room in some of our amazing freestyle programs! Jumps & Bumps - Starts January 4th! Jumps and Bumps introduce skiers to the aspects of freestyle skiing in a non-competitive, fun environment. Coaches introduce kids to the skills necessary to become an accomplished skier in all terrain, conditions and circumstances. Our goal is to get participation up substantially in this program because it acts as the feeder for all other aspects / programs offered by the club. Some of our other great programs… • FREESTYLERZ (formerly Development) • Junior Comp • COMP Team Volunteers are needed and appreciated for all of these events from baking cookies, chopping courses, to building fences, timing and more… All of our great events at Apex are so successful thanks to everyone who pitches in to make them happen! If you have any questions please feel free to pop Marnie an email! Volunteer Co-ordination Apex Freestyle Club marnietodd@gmail.com

A Tip from Stu, AFC Slopestyle Coach Cork 360 ~ It’s all in the Carve Media Mom ~ Ronda Take off is everything. Neutral in your boots, not forward or back rondabarzilay@shaw.ca seat. You’re looking to make a very mellow S-turn approaching 1.888.847.6632 your takeoff. Line up your first turn with where you would like apexfreestyle.com to land, leading turn is going to be the opposite way of which way you spin. So ... Straight in, aiming at landing, carve out your first 1/4 of the C-shape. Following your initial carve, flow right into the next carve during the transition of jump. Holding the carve during takeoff is crucial. Spin with the turn, you want to be low and tight in the air. Recommended on wide takeoffs and/or rolling knolls. Seeing tricks being done in person/videos and visualizing yourself doing them is the best way to learn in our sport and under the supervision of a qualified coach. Always start small and break tricks down into building blocks, so there are no wasted jumps. It all leads to knowledge, improvement, and a great ski story for the buds! Happy New Year to everyone, big shout out to the Apex Ski Patrol, Maintenance, The Edge Bistro and everyone behind Canadian Selections Starting Action the scenes that make it possible for us to have so much fun Koleton Phipps Inverted Both athletes were captured by Ronda Barzilay during Canadian Selections at Apex . at Apex.


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Come Meet Hank & Get Your Edge On

with Chad & Colin Happy New Year everyone! Hope the snow at the start of the Holidays treated everyone out there as well as it treated the crew at The Edge Bistro. The Holiday season is always fun on mountain and Apex has been working hard to keep the mountain looking great for all us skiers and snowboarders. At The Edge we even built a new mascot to greet you and welcome you to our Fast, Fresh, and Friendly bistro. Pop by to say Hi to “Hank,” and grab a great coffee or a delicious lunch of fresh deli sandwiches and homemade soup. As always, you can pop in and refresh, rejuvenate, and relax while refuelling for your next session on mountain. As the Holidays fly by, please remember if you want to treat your family to a great dinner our “Take & Bake” pizzas are an awesome and easy way of impressing guests with a simple but delicious feast. Come on by anytime to check-out the menu and your options. Once again have an awesome New Year and we look forward to seeing all the locals and visitors alike, as we cruise our way into the best part of the ski and snowboard season. Keep ripping it up out there and Get Your Edge On ...

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Happy New Year Skiers! with Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director

Apex Ski Club hosted the Annual Okanagan Zone Slalom on Sunday, December 22. What a great weekend the club had! 140 young racers attended the event. Kids from U18 to U12 competed on the Okanagan Run. Apex Ski Club was well represented taking Podiums and top ten placing at all levels. U16 Ladies ~ Belle Grant had her best runs to date placing 6th & 7th. Elsa Knutson, who just arrived from Hood River, Oregon, placed 8th & 10th. Well done Ladies! U14 Boys ~ Marcus Athans put on a show taking two Silver medals. Kyle Blaser Ladouceur skied very well with two 7th place runs. U14 Ladies ~ Agatka Koczij had a great day with two top ten, placing 8th & 9th. U12 Ladies ~ Noa Rogers took a Bronze in her first run and in her final run, a Gold! U12 Boys ~ Isaac Athans skied very consistent hitting the podium twice with a Gold and a Silver. Heming Sola took Gold in Race 2. Well done Heming! Devin Blaser Ladoucer had a great day with Silver and Bronze. Jake Erickson placed 5th & 8th. Adam Koczij was 6th, while Peter De La Mothe was 7th & 6th and Conner Robinson was 9th. Congrats to all the other kids who had a great day! You got that first race under your belt and the future is bright! Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped to put on a great event. We couldn’t have done it without your input.

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Apex Carvers ~ Christmas Camps were very successful! Kids from ages 5-12 took part in two 3 day camps during the Christmas Break. Skiing consecutive days gets the kids in great shape for the season. We are still taking registration for this year’s Apex Carvers. We have an 11 week program starting Saturday and Sunday, January 4th and 5th. The next Carver Camps will be during Spring Break in March. Please go to www.apexskiclub.com for registration and more information. SOS Fundraiser ~ The Annual Apex Ski Club “Season

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with Accent Living & Leisure Specialists Do you still have an old wood stove polluting the environment? Time to upgrade to a new efficient stove and burn less wood! Replacing an old wood stove or fireplace with a more energy efficient appliance can save fuel, money and protect you and your family’s health. Older stoves that were manufactured before 1990 burn wood inefficiently which wastes firewood, pollutes the air in your neighborhood, and creates dust inside your home. Newer stoves can reduce smoke and dust, as well as cut heating expenses. Energy efficiency benefits of replacing old wood stoves and fireplaces: • Saves money, fuel, time and resources. • 50% more energy efficient. • Uses 1/3 less wood for the same heat. • Cuts creosote build-up in chimneys that helps reduce the risk of fire. • Produces 70% less particle pollution indoors and out. Environmental benefits of replacing old wood stoves and fireplaces with new appliances: • Reduces indoor and outdoor wood smoke pollution, which has been linked to cancer, asthma and other serious health conditions. (Google “health effects of wood smoke” for more information.) • Improved combustion efficiency reduces CO2, methane and black carbon emissions. • Saves billions in health benefits each year. Now, doesn’t that all make good sense and reason enough to upgrade to a new wood stove? Right now you can enjoy 10% off ALL wood stoves during the month of January at Accent Living & Leisure in Penticton. They are open 9-5 Monday through Friday and are located at 1295 Fairview Road. For more information on wood stoves, call 250.770.2903 or email accentliving@shawbiz.ca. You can also view our website at www.accentfireplacegallery.ca.

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My Olympic Pipe Dream Reality with Matt Margetts Well, unfortunately Dew Tour was a bust for me. This year has been a little different, a little more stressful than previous years, because it is the most important year of most of our competitive ski careers. It is normally an individual sport. We compete for ourselves, our families, friends and our sponsors. But this year we are not only competing for those important things, we are competing for spots on our Olympic Teams for our Countries. We are all competitors, but we are all friends. We all get along, we joke around in the start gate, and bug the hell out of each other. We are fans of each other, we look up to each other, some of us even idolize each other. Most of us have had, or still have, posters of the people that we now compete against on our walls growing up as kids. We practically support everyone we compete against, but this year it is a little different. We all want the best for each other, but at the end of the day if your friend, teammate, competitor, idol or enemy wins a contest or even beats you by one spot that can be the end of your Olympic Dream. Normally at the Dew Tour they take twelve people into finals, but this year because it is a US Olympic Qualifier they took sixteen. All I had to do was land a run, not my hardest run, just land one half decent run out of two runs, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it happen this year. I had a couple spills in training, nothing serious, but enough to shake me up and I wasn’t able to bounce back in time to land a run. I hit the reset button and headed back to Copper Mountain for the US Grand Prix World Cup at Copper Mountain, Colorado. I thought it was going to be nice to get back into a pipe that I had a little more time in and was a little more used to, but like I told you in my last months write up, pipes change everyday, after every cut, and this one felt so different. The shape felt so different than it was the week before and completely different then the Breckenridge pipe. It felt like an 18ft pipe from the olden days. It felt tiny and it was tighter, meaning the walls felt closer together. It had quick transitions, which means you have less time and needed to be on it. It was short and fast. Qualifying is pretty stressful. It’s like gambling, you can be cautious and put down a safe run that can squeak you into finals, depending on how the judges score you according to the others. Or, you can risk it all and do your hardest run to qualify high. If you land your good, but if you fall your done, meaning no finals for you. I landed my first run, which was a safe run with no doubles, which just squeaked me into finals. On finals day, I woke up and it was puking outside and we didn’t compete until 7pm. It snowed all day. Competing in the evening is pretty nerve racking, because you have to wait around all day and try and be ready all day. I hate early morning contests, because it is tough to get into it and do your hardest run before 8am in a cold icy 22ft pipe, but at least you get it out of the way and have the rest of the day. Competing in the evening is the polar opposite, because you have to wait around all day.

Training was pretty hectic, the pipe was relatively fast for how much snow had fallen, but the flat bottom was full of snow and was so bumpy. I landed my first run, which was a pretty safe run considering the conditions. For run two, I wanted to step it up and go as big as I could and add in a double or two, but on my second hit I went big and popped too hard and landed right in the flat bottom in the center on the pipe. I finished tenth. Two out of three contests I have made the finals, which places me 2nd in Canada and 11th on AFP World Tour. Now I have a week off for Christmas which I am spending in Clinton BC with my girlfriend Sasha’s family and then in Penticton with mine. I head to Calgary for the next World Cup Event over New Years. Happy Holidays Everyone! Until next time, I have a fun contest you can enter at www. SBCSkier.com/win, called “Does your gear suck?” If so, you can win a full setup, including Völkl skis, Orage jacket and pants, goggles, sunglasses and a helmet from Smith. Check out the link above for the easy photo entry info. This time, I get to be the judge! Stay tuned at www.mattmargetts.com.

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Enjoying A Little Down Time

with Andi Naude It is great to be home with my family, skiing at Apex, after an amazing trip to Ruka, Finland. I saw the spectacular Northern Lights for the first time in my life, and also a really cute wild reindeer! I am so fortunate to be able to travel and experience life in distant lands. On the last day in Ruka I managed to get out on the cross-country ski trails for a great 10km ski. It was fantastic and another highlight Apex’s Andi Naude, of my trip. It is really important to keep a 2013 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year! balance between serious training and fun. The competition was very tough, I was happy with my skiing, but only finished in 16th place. I know what to work on for the next World Cup in Calgary on January 4th. I am super excited for this next stretch of five competitions leading up to the Games. Maybe I will be lucky and earn a spot! Fingers crossed! It is always a treat to come home to such an amazing ski hill, especially with the added bonus of 25cm of fresh Apex powder on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day, my family and I were still skiing untracked powder! The Christmas Torchlight Parade, fireworks, and bonfire were super fun as always! I hope you have a happy and relaxing holiday. See you on the slopes. And, thank you for all the support!

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Wax On - Wax Off

with Ray Keetch, Manager of Apex Mountain Shop Why do we wax our skis and boards you might wonder? Most folks believe waxing is only to make your ride glide better. This is partially true, but the real reason you should be waxing is to increase the life of your board or ski! We are gliding around on either an extruded or a sintered base. An extruded base is a solid piece of P-Tex material and if wax is applied it will sit on top of the base material until the abrasive snow removes it all, most likely within a couple of runs. A sintered base also is a P-Tex material, but it has been sintered. This means it has been subjected to heat and pressure. This turns the solid base into a porous structure that has the ability to absorb wax. Mind you, it literally only absorbs micrograms with each waxing. They say it can take up to 150 waxes before the wax penetrates the entire depth of the P-Tex. Waxing a sintered base will make your base very subtle and far less likely to rip, should you hit something out on the slopes. The only wax that is important is the wax that penetrates the base, so it is very important to scrape as much wax off the base as you possibly can after you wax. Wax also has a safety built in and will start to smoke should your iron be to hot. There should be very little to no smoke at all when waxing. So, here are the steps you should take if you are looking after your own skis: 1. Clean your base with a citrus based wax remover. 2. Either drip wax on your ski by holding your wax against the iron or rub the wax on to the base like it is a crayon. 3. With a waxing iron, melt the wax into the ski. Remember, no smoke and keep your iron moving. Do not let it sit on the base, as it will ruin it! 4. While the wax is still warm, scrape it off. This is called a soft scrape and it removes any impurities that have made a home in your base. 5. Re-apply wax again, iron it in and let it sit at room temperature until cool. Then scrape as much off as you can with a plexi scraper. 6. With a firm nylon brush, rub out as much wax as you can. 7. Now polish the base with a cork or soft cloth. You cannot wax too often. Like I said, it will take many waxes before the base is saturated and that is the goal!

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Apex Fire Brigade Update with Mike Polywkan, Apex Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. At the spring seminar when talking to a lot of the firefighters, they find responding to incidents as being exhilarating. That may be so, but our preference would be to prevent mishaps rather than responding to them. For this reason, the Apex Fire Brigade will be having our very first fire prevention week at the end of January. We will be in our gear touring the village and larger buildings, as well as industrial kitchens to get more familiar with locations of safety gear and hazards in case a situation arises. We have worked with the Sundance complex to help them come up with a fire safety and building evacuation plans. We have also provided them with some training, as they have Countless hours year round are spent by the Apex Volunteer Fire Brigade members some of their own equipment. For any strata that wishes to to keep our mountain homes safe from disaster. Many training hours, upgrades and participate in this program, please give me a call at 250-292- preparations for better systems and proceedures have been put in place. Thank you! 8570 and we will make the arrangements. This program is not so much about fighting fires, but more importantly, saving lives! Can you imagine how much of a relief it would be to our crew if we arrive on scene and are met by a building safety coordinator, letting us know that the building is evacuated and everyone is safe and accounted for. We are committed to the safety of our community, but this also requires the cooperation of the community. There are some fire panels in some buildings that we cannot access in the summer without a forcible entry. This would not be a very good option for a false alarm, but how would we know if it was a false alarm if we didn’t have access to investigate. Thank you so much for your support, and remember, it is your fire department. We have also recently held our elections and I would like to personally thank the community and our group of firefighters for having the confidence in me to re-elect me as Fire Chief and Training Officer. Our societal president, Gary Vollet, was also unanimously re-elected for all of his hard work with the fire department since its inception. I would also really like to thank Rick Valenti for taking over the Secretary position, which was held on the interim by Michelle Raynier when we needed someone. Thank you Michelle! Sam Anderson has also stepped down as our Treasurer because of other commitments and I would like to thank her for her service. The treasurer’s position was accepted by Mark Rufiange and I am very excited by his enthusiasm. This is very good for our department. My duties have become larger than I had imagined, so I created a position to help make things easier. Gord Reum has accepted the position of Deputy Training Officer. With your help, I know that our practices will be even more productive and fun. I would like to end this with some fun fire facts and quotes • Out of this danger, we pluck this flower, safety. ~ William Shakespeare • The Great Chicago Fire was not started by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow. That story was made up. •

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APOA Update

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By Suzie Anderson, APOA Secretary The Rock Oven Grill was humming with happy friends and property owners at Apex on Saturday, December 14th for the Season Opener Social. The APOA Executive wanted to express gratitude and to celebrate with our members who rose to the occasion last Spring. This is when we hired the professional forester Mark Marton, who evaluated the state of the logging done and the planning that was in place at that time. Stan and the APOA Board furnished yummy appies and drink specials and a merry time was had by all. Much water has gone under the bridge since last May! Jeff Brown gave a detailed report of where we stand at present. There is still much work to be done and the Forestry Committee, chaired by Jeff Brown with Denis O’Gorman and Barry Leigh, has been busy with results to celebrate. Jeff gave a detailed report and began by thanking all the members who wrote letters to the Ministry protesting and asking for reconsideration and responsible logging practices from the Province. He reported that the Ministry actually asked him to “Stop all the Letters!”, because they are so time consuming! Who says the squeaky wheel doesn’t get results?! So, long complex story short, there has been no logging this year of Green Mountain or Dividend. Logging practices are being reviewed and revamped by the Province. Our Forestry Committee’s input has two major themes: 1) The Forestry Stewardship Plan (FSP) has not provided local stakeholders with a short, medium, long term plan of harvesting which makes it impossible for recreation users (stakeholders) to adequately comment on near-term harvesting proposals. 2) APOA Forestry Committee presented the case for better-defined measures for protection of recreation trails, scenic areas, water quality, and wildlife habitats. WE WILL BE HEARD! Thanks to the diligent APOA Committee. Jeff called for help from the membership, as there is still much due diligence to be done towards an eighty year long range plan to be in place. He also stressed the need for users of trails to record and mark them, so that they can be recognized and included in any harvesting plans to come. It’s time to stop taking our play ground for granted. Are there any mappers out there? More good news came from James Shalman, General Manager of Apex Mountain Resort, with the announcements of new trails cut on the Wild Side and the much sought after “potty stop” at the Triple Chair. Yahoo to all the Mommies & Daddies to come and to those of us who will now say, “I remember the good old bad old days when ...!” Many APOA Memberships were renewed and this is a reminder that they are due January 1st. We are a group folks who care a bunch about our Mountain and now we know that there is power in being pro active. $30/year is a bargain to be an active part in the Association. Please check the APOA website, www.ApexPropertyOwners.com, for updates from the Forestry Committee and other juicy tidbits. To conclude this, I am reminded of the inspirational quote by Margaret Meade, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Happy Trails Everyone!

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Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Stone Iris Album: Kicking the Can Track: “I Wanna” (explicit lyrics) This band from Edmonton came onto the scene with their first release in 2010. Their sound is of blues rock or jam band with a touch of reggae. They seem to be consistently touring to perfect their passion of playing music. I found them to be a great band for long road trips. Stone Iris also played in Penticton last summer, if you saw them - great! If you didn’t, I would suggest you check them out. Their groove will definitely make you move. Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Tunes To Turn To” with his focus on Canadian bands. YouTube his tunes and join in.

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Ski The Gaps ... Not The Trees By Phil Burman, BHsc (PT) Registered Physiotherapist, former Ski Bum. Each season, we see dozens of people in Physiotherapy who have sustained injuries while skiing or boarding. After a while, the stories people tell start to sound familiar. My colleagues have written articles about strength, conditioning and balance, but there are some other factors in play too. Continuing the theme of ‘Injury Prevention’, here are a few things you can learn from the mistakes of others. • ‘One more run’ - The most common time to injure yourself is on the last run of the day, either by being tired already, or by charging hard because you don’t need ‘to leave something in the tank’ for the next run. So take it easy at the end of the day. • The next most common time to get injured is either first thing in the morning, or after lunch. Remember to warm up. Cruise that first run to get the blood pumping, and get your feet under you. • If you’ve washed your lunch down with a beer, take it easy, and stay out of the trees. • Certain other chemicals will also limit your ability to make safe decisions. Be smart. • When you are charging through the trees, remove your pole straps from your wrists. It is better to lose a pole than lose an arm. • …and when skiing trees, look at the gaps between the trees. You’ll go where you’re looking, so don’t stare at that Pine. • Stay away from tree wells. People have died in tree wells. At best, getting stuck is really frustrating. • Always ski with a buddy. • Ski to your ability - just because your buddies drop into Peashooter, you don’t have to. • When you finish skiing the Gun Runs, look up the Grandfather’s Trail before you drop in. You don’t want to crash into oncoming traffic. And, beware of the flat landing onto the Cat Track. • Before you ski the Terrain Park, check it out first. Have a ‘dry run’ without taking any air. • When you hit jumps, spot your landings. • When you stop on any run, make sure you can be seen. Don’t stop below a knoll. • When traversing a run, look uphill first. The people coming down are going much faster than you. • Parents - when your kids are on the Apex Race Team, you don’t need to keep up to them anymore. • Before you step into your skis, be sure to knock all the snow off your boots. If you’re only half clipped in, you’re more likely to come out again, when you least want to. • Ensure your bindings are adjusted (DIN setting) to your weight & ability. • Have your skis tuned. We are fortunate to have some expert technicians locally, so use them. • When strapping on your board, sit on a bench or a knoll. Don’t kneel, or twist when standing. Your knees will thank you.

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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 3 “Summits, Sommets & Solstice” By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Guide Saturday, December 14 ~ My plan was to snowshoe up Riordan from the 3 Ponds parking lot. Today, I was going to try a new model of snowshoes that Faber has introduced, the “Sommet”. The Sommets 8x26 weigh 3.55 lbs compared to the Mountain Masters 9x30 that weigh 5.75 lbs, which I have been using for many years. The Sommets have a pull strap binding system which I found fairly easy to use, but not as easy as the ratcheting binding system found on the Mountain Masters. I snowshoed across the road and into the trees, breaking trail the whole time. Here I found the Sommets sank a little further, but some of this I attribute to the snow conditions as the base was not as firm as it was a month ago when I first snowshoed this route. One of the things I do when snowshoeing, as habit and to make it a safer route for others that may follow, is I break any dead branches that are at head level. Also, if I use this same route next time it will be much easier, faster and safer to snowshoe, especially at night. On this route there is a challenging steep section I always like to take. The Sommets performed quite well here, as I found the lightness made them easier to lift and maneuver around trees and tight areas. Again, they did sink a little further into the snow, but having less mass/area that is to be expected as there is less flotation. From here, I snowshoed up a well used trail to Sara’s Bowl. I thought I would give the Sommets a workout in some deep powder. I found the Sommets to be okay “powder running”, but not as good as my Mountain Masters. Again, this can be attributed to the size of the snowshoe, less area/mass, less flotation. My route back down was a loop which ended back at the parking lot. All in all, as always, a great snowshoe. I would rate the Sommets as a very good light snowshoe that may be better suited to packed or semi packed trails and/or for a lighter snowshoer. I certainly did enjoy the lightness and nimbleness qualities of the Sommets. I will definitely try them again in other snow conditions. As a friend pointed out to me, the Sommets’ lightness would make for an excellent snowshoe for snowboarders, accessing the back country. Wednesday, December 18th ~ Our destination for tonight’s “Full Moon Snowshoe” would be to the summit of Riordan Mountain. Four of us braved -13˚ temps, a moderate breeze with mainly clear skies, as we snowshoed the same up-route which was made easier by my having snowshoed it this past Saturday. Once among the trees and out of the wind, the temperature was much more palatable, especially on our faces. A few stops along the way for photo ops of the spectacular full moon were certainly the order of the night. LEAVE HOME

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Once at the top of Riordan which took us just over an hour, we enjoyed some deliciously infused hot chocolate serving as our reward for reaching the summit. Our route down would be a fun and steep powder bowl, known as “George’s Bowl”, where we would do some “powder running”. Two of our group decided to entertain us in this bowl with numerous face plants and rolls. A little bush whacking and we were out on the old ski lift/run. From here, we basically retraced our snowshoe steps back down to the vehicle/starting point. A stellar lunar snowshoe! You must experience it! Check my website at www.dinostours. com for my calendar of Full Moon Tour dates. Saturday, December 21st ~ Lorna and I would join about 15 of the “old farts” tonight for their annual “Winter Solstice” snowshoe trek to the top of Green Mountain near Apex. The start of this snowshoe was at the last cattle guard before the avalanche barricade. The trail follows a 4x4 road all the way to the top and is quite an arduous climb. It took us about an hour and a half to reach the summit. At the summit, one is treated to fascinating snow ghosts, or snow encrusted trees, which especially in the dark take on live forms of various stone-age creatures. (The only small disappointment was that the sky was cloudy, so we missed any celestial viewing.) To top this off, hot drinks and treats were passed around liberally, as we toasted the shortest day of the year ... the days all get longer from here on in.

Close up of a Snow Ghost on Green Mountain during the Winter Solstice.

From here, the group split up as some did a little exploring around the summit, some retraced the route back down and some did some fantastic “powder running” and eventually rejoining the route back down. A most enjoyable solstice snowshoe with some old and some not-so-old farts. See you old farts again.

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By Vince Rabbitte, Apex Ski Instructor "One kind word can warm three winter months." ~ Japanese Proverb The importance of the mind game in sport must not be under estimated. Skiing develops the mind and invigorates the intellect, provides enjoyment and enables the skier to delight in the camaraderie of others on the pristine slopes. Wonderful socialization is also an important part of this sport. This led me to examine how the greatest philosophers would have thought about skiing in terms of movement and motion as they understood the concept. Plato was born somewhere in 428-427 BC, and most probably in Athens. He belonged to a wealthy aristocratic family. His family was involved in Athenian politics and Plato was also a founder of the Athenian Academy. Luckily, he was influenced by the mode of skeptic thinking that prevailed in Greek discussion at that time. Plato saw that everyone lived in an ever changing world of shapes. The forms they discovered was not limited to geometry. Plato saw there is a corresponding form in everything in nature ... in the mountains, in trees, and in the precision and speed of movement on the moguls and in aerial flight. In order to appreciate these forms, an individual must undergo a comprehensive education to develop their skills. To explain and understand the essence of the forms, one has to go back to the text “Republic”. In the Republic, a number of prisoners had been held in chains in a prison, unable to move. There was a fire behind them casting shadows on the wall. That was all the unfortunates could see and the shadows became reality to them. One prisoner managed to escape and when he returned he informed the other unfortunates of how wonderful it was outside the cave. There was sunshine, trees, flowers and streams! They would not believe him. They were sure he was telling lies! The true coach has to see beyond the shadows and determine that real success lies in sound basic training, intense focus, patience, a sense of humour, a warm understanding of his competitors and the will to win.

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Happy New Year on behalf of the Providence family.

Monthly Update From MLA Larson By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen

I am often asked the question, “how do you like Victoria?” Well, Victoria is a beautiful city and I enjoy my time there, but MLAs have a range of responsibilities that also bring us to different regions of the province. As a member of two parliamentary committees, I attend meetings with MLAs from both parties. In addition to this, as Parliamentary Secretary, I spend time working with the Ministry of Health to make sure that we are addressing issues facing seniors not only in my riding, but throughout the province. At home, I have taken advantage during good weather to get out in the Boundary almost every week, as well as to the Similkameen Valley, and any place where there was an event or meeting that I could fit into my calendar. Our constituency office handles a very interesting assortment of issues. The majority of our calls come from people who have problems of a more personal nature, and need help working through a particular government agency or department. We act as a resource to guide people through the appropriate procedure or system. We are not an agency that can change or bend existing rules for people, but we can advocate on their behalf, and direct them to the appropriate department. Sometimes we even get to see things to a happy conclusion. It is those days that make the hard work so rewarding. Another important aspect of the work we do in my constituency office relates to issues that impact water, forestry, highways, and agriculture. We do our best to help communities with concerns that fall within provincial jurisdiction, and arrange meetings with the ministers or ministry staff when we can. The holiday season brings joy to most, but unfortunately sadness to others, as we reflect on the past year. It is an important time to gather with friends and family to celebrate or remember loved ones who have passed. For many seniors who are alone, this can be a very difficult time for them. Take a moment out of your busy lives to check up on a senior in your neighborhood who is alone during the holidays. As a community, we can all take the time to make sure their sidewalks and pathways are clear of ice or snow, and reduce the risk of injury when they go out to get groceries or visit friends. It’s the small things we do for others, showing kindness and compassion, which truly reflect the spirit of the holiday season.

From left to right: Office Staff Colleen Misner, MLA Linda Larson, and Patt Vermier. Our Open House was well attended in spite of the snow on Friday, December 20th. We got to meet several constituents and enjoyed hot apple cider, punch and cookies while we met everyone. It was nice to put faces to the names of a few people. A gift basket donated by Linda was drawn at the end of the day and included several items made by local businesses from all across our riding. Our office is now closed for the Holidays and will re-open on Monday, January 6, 2014. Anyone needing assistance before then may call Service BC at 1.800.663.7867. Happy New Year from Linda and staff!

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Volunteer help is needed as Mayor Litke officially proclaims the month of February as Heart Month in Penticton ... Submitted by the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Kelowna Office To celebrate Heart Month, the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be holding a Person-to-Person Fundraising Campaign. This means the Foundation will be relying on the dedication of thousands of volunteers to selflessly give their time by knocking on a few of their friends and neighbours doors to collect donations, and help with the prevention and reduction of death and disability from heart disease and stroke. Jessica Samuels, the Okanagan/Kootenay Area Manager for the Heart and Stroke Foundation explains, “It’s fantastic that the City of Penticton is supporting Heart Month. Every seven minutes in Canada, a life is taken by heart disease and stroke. To be successful in raising important funds during this time many volunteers are needed. I would like to appeal to local residents and businesses to please join our Penticton team and help people in your area, and across Canada, live longer and fuller lives. All it will take is 2-3 hours of your time anytime during the whole month of February – you can even raise funds online without having to go outside! Please volunteer to Put your heart into it and really make a difference.” The Heart and Stroke Foundation protects lives by funding life-giving scientific research and medical advances, the promotion of healthy living, education and social change. Nearly 1,500 hospital and university-based researchers depend on the Foundation year after year nationally. If you would like to help, please contact Anita Dunford at 250 8606275 or 1-866-432-7833. You can also email to adunford@hsf.bc.ca or visit www.heartandstroke.ca/help.

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