Apex Matters Early January 2016

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Apex Matters

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Early January 2016

Secrets Of The Snow

This regular column looks for little known stories that will enhance your riding experience at Apex. If you have any ideas for Secrets of the Snow, email apexmatters@telus.net.

Fables from the Barrel

There is nothing better than a beer in front of the fireplace at The Gunbarrel after a day on the slopes. If you are anything like me, you may have wondered about the history of this iconic saloon. Questions like “where did the yellow chair lift come from?” may have crossed your mind while you sip your India Pale Ale. In this edition, we get a little bit of the back story from the proprietor Dave Keeler and two of the original owners Glenn and Brian Spence. 1. Two Locations ~ The first Gunbarrel was built in 1981 in the original village in the upper parking lot. It was built by brothers Glenn and Brian Spence and Gary Gierlich when they were “dared to do better” than what was available on the hill at the time. The new location in the current village was also built by the original owners in 1998. 2. NFL Connection ~ The Gunbarrel signs that are still used today were made by Mac Bledsoe from Walla Walla, Washington. Mac is the father of NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe. 3. Flaming Coffee ~ The Gunbarrel Coffee was invented in the early 1980s by the original owners. They pulled an antique double barrel shotgun off the wall and used it to pour flaming Grand Marnier into a coffee cocktail. Still available today, current proprietors wisely donate $1 from each coffee sold to the Apex Volunteer Fire Department.

4. Speedy Chef ~ One of the biggest events ever hosted by the Gunbarrel was called “Shoot the Chute”, which ran for several years starting in 1982. In it’s 1st year, Gunbarrel chef Randy Haight shot down the Chute reaching speeds of 70 mph recorded by RCMP radar. Legend has it he was riding a garbage bag. The top speed for a skier at the event was 95 mph. 5. Top Honors ~ In the 1980s, the Gunbarrel was voted the best ski bar in Canada nine years in a row by Ski Canada Magazine. (This is where the stories start to become for a mature audience.) And, what about the yellow chair lift? It was brought over from Tod Mountain (now Sun Peaks) to create the perfect ‘aprés ski’ atmosphere. Meet the Gunbarrel’s Dave Keeler Dave Keeler of Vintage Hospitality took over operation of the Gunbarrel Saloon in 2012. Running the Gunbarrel is the perfect mix of business and pleasure for Dave. He started skiing at age 3 and spent most of his early years at Whistler and Mount Baker. He started in the restaurant business at age 13 washing dishes at Victoria Station in Vancouver. He lived in Whistler for seven years prior to moving to the Okanagan in 2006. Dave is a CSIA Level 3 Certified Ski Instructor and CSCF Level 2 Certified Ski Coach. He has two daughters, Chelsea 12 and Caitlin 9, who can be found ripping their way around the hill on most weekends.

January 2016 Specials & Events $4.50 Caesars $7.50 Doubles


4 $6 Chicken Wings $14 House Jugs

5 $2.25 Tacos $2.25 “Low” Balls (Highballs)

$2.50 Off Glasses of Wine


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board bag and/or chalet. Put a tea bag in your boot and it’ll absorb all but the worst 31 of smells (just don’t drink the $4.50 Caesars $7.50 Doubles tea afterwards). Thank you to Whitelines Snowboarding at www.whitelines.com gunbarrel@shaw.ca for the picture and snow hack.

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January 2016 Special Events:

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Ladies Day ~ Wednesdays from January 6 to March 9. Details below.

Day Lift Operations ~ Daily 9am - 3:30pm

Timber Tour #1 ~ January 7-10 - BC Freestyle Competition - Moguls / Slopestyle / Big Air

Tube Park ~ Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday / Holidays 10am-3:30pm. Open for group bookings.

Sponsored by SunFM, Melt Spa and Penticton Laser & Skin Clinic.

Home Hardware Camps ~ Saturdays / Sundays starts January 9 &10. Details below. Avalanche Awareness Day ~ January 16th - Ski Patrol hosts Demos, BBQ & Auctions. Hockey Tournaments ~ Schedules at Main Office. Rink closed during these dates: January 7-10 ~ 16th Annual Apex Shootout Tournament January 14-17 ~ 13th Annual Fire Fighters Tournament January 21-24 ~ Guts Cup Tournament January 28-31 ~ 12th Annual Apex Shotgun Tournament

Gunbarrel Saloon Live Entertainment ~ Join in the GB fun and dance the night away! January 8 & 9 / January 15 & 16 ~ The Young’uns - The Okanagan’s Most Versatile Band since 1989 January 23 ~ Lisa Nicole Band - “A Little Taste of Country” - $5 cover charge at the door January 30 ~ Burn Ins Band - Female Fronted Blues Rock Trio

For more event information or any questions, call 1.877.777.2739 or email events@apexresort.com.

Night Lift Operations ~ Friday & Saturday 4-9pm

Skating Loop & Hockey Rink ~ Open daily and night lit until 11pm. Watch for group booking closures. Snow Bus ~ Runs Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays Arrives at Apex at 9:15am & Departs from Apex at 3:30pm Featuring ~ 77 Runs | 3 Terrain Parks 2000 Vertical Feet | 1112 Skiable Acres 16% Novice | 48% Intermediate | 36% Advanced/Expert | 20 Feet of Cumulative Annual Snowfall

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Apex Snow School Programs:

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Group Lessons & Private Lessons ~ We offer a full range of group lessons, from children’s and adults’ first-turns, to honing up on your double-black diamond skills. If you are looking for a lesson tailored to you, then a private lesson is the way to go. Our Certified Ski and Snowboard Instructors will focus on your individual needs, while getting you the mileage you need to solidify your new found skills and improve your confidence in the process. Ask about booking your instructor for ”lift-line priority” and get the most vertical possible, which caters up to 3 people in a 2 hour private lessons for one flat rate. Stay tuned for possible new programs coming soon! Ladies Day ~ One of our most popular programs for the fun active lady that skis or boards. This program runs every Wednesday from January 6th to March 9th. Come

join us for a skill improvement session, a great buffet style lunch at the Gunbarrel Saloon, and a complimentary glass of wine from Peller Estates. Lesson Time is 9:45am. 5 Wednesdays (*does not include lift ticket) ~ $175* / Drop in - Lift Ticket, Lesson, Lunch & Wine ~ $79 / Drop in - Lesson, Lunch & Wine ~ $39

Home Hardware Camps ~ For those aged 6-15 years. This super popular program for kids and teens will teach them the skills needed to be able to explore the entire mountain! They will be exposed to new terrain, tactics, as well as mountain safety. There are numerous options to choose from to suit any family’s needs: Saturday or Sunday starting January 9 or 10; half day or full day; 5 days or 8 days; lesson only, lift and lesson, or the complete package of lift, lesson, rentals and bus transportation to and from Penticton. Registration forms for the Home Hardware Camps are conveniently available at Home Hardware, located at 150 Fairview Place in Penticton. Rippin Rascals ~ We love kids and we want make sure they have a great time on the hill. That’s why we created Rippin Rascals for those aged 18 months - 5 years. This is their own special place where they can learn from pro’s who specialize in teaching kids. If they need a lesson, daycare, or a combination thereof, we can do it!

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Early January 2016

Welcome to the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Office Open 9-3 Daily


Evidence of the local wildlife can be encountered everywhere you go too, though only the luckiest snowshoers will actually see those that leave their tracks. Watch for sign of snowshoe hare, red squirrel, deer, moose (quite common this year), coyote, weasel and lynx. (Photos below courtesy of Van Pratt)


56 kms of Groomed & Track Set Ski Trails / 25 kms of Marked Snowshoe Trails Day Lodge & Kitchen Facilities / Heated Washrooms / Change Rooms & Showers Ski & Snowshoe Rentals & Lessons Available

Nickel Plate Nordic News

Happy New Year from the staff, ski club executive, and volunteers of Nickel Plate! Wishing you all the best for 2016, and happy skiing at Nickel Plate, where every day is a good day! Check out the Nickel Plate snow report on the new updated website at www.nickelplatenordic.org. Looking for a great gift Idea? Nickel Plate Nordic has gift A Few Safety Tips While At Nickel Plate certificates available! Please inquire at the Ticket Office. with the Nickel Plate Staff Registration is Now Open for Nickel Plate’s Annual Loppet While snowshoeing can be a great adventure, there are few on Saturday, February 6! To register, please visit: https:// safety items those wishing to use Nickel Plate’s snowshoe zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=11114&lan=1&cartlevel=1 trails should consider. Carry at least one ski pole with a large basket for use on trails, and if you wish to venture off-trail Nickel Plate Snowshoe Group carry two. Stepping into a “tree well”, or air pocket beside The snowshoe group meets Tuesdays and Sundays at 10 am and above buried trees, can require some work to extricate at the Ticket Office. An informal carpool meets daily at 9 am in yourself. Two poles can be placed across the snow for support in these situations. Also, one should never travel alone off-trail the day lot across from Home Hardware in Penticton. and in deep snow. Again, for off-trail ‘shoers, carry some repair gear, in case a snowshoe is damaged, a small first aid kit, and Nickel Plate Nordic Snowshoeing adequate food, water and clothing for the conditions. Off-trail with Rick McKelvey users should also know where they are at all times. Did you know that, in addition to more than 50 km of groomed The weather can change quickly in the mountains, and getting Nordic ski trails, Nickel Plate Nordic has over 20 km of marked to high points to get a lay-of-the-land view can be a lot of snowshoe trails? Our five main trails range from novice to work. A map and compass, or a GPS with maps installed will advanced level of difficulty, depending on snow conditions. help you determine your location at any time. Remember, cell All trails are easy to follow, if you look for the green flagging phones are not reliable in our area, because of our distance tape and diamond trail markers as you move along the trail. from cell towers. Telus is quite spotty, while Rogers coverage Once the trails have been used, they are quite easy to follow, is somewhat better. However, cold weather and searching for especially the novice trails - the snow becomes well compacted service will deplete your battery in only a few hours, so you and the routes are quite obvious. After a heavy snow fall, or on cannot rely solely on your phone. The ticket office/rental shop the lesser used advanced trails, however, be sure to follow the closes at 3 pm and it is dark by 4 pm this time of year, so be flagging and other markers. Usually, you can see at least three especially cautious on afternoon adventures. Should you need pieces of flagging at one time, so if you find the trail indistinct, help late in the day you would need to call 911, and it could stop and look forward and back for the flagging. take several hours for help to arrive. Knowing how many hours For the more adventuresome and experienced snowshoer, of daylight you have, carrying a headlamp in case you get into there are almost unlimited possibilities at Nickel Plate Nordic. darkness, and perhaps NOT trying a new or advanced trail late As long as you don’t walk on the groomed ski trails, you can in the day is the best approach. If you are unsure about your go wherever your heart desires. Tramping through the bush in ability to complete the trail in time, the best strategy is to turn deep snow, making your own route, is a great way to spend around early, head back, and try another day! a day, and a great workout. As most of the undergrowth, and If you are new to the sport of snowshoeing, come on up to Nickel hopefully the deadfalls, are covered when the snow is a half- Plate and try it, the sport is booming! Snowshoes can be rented meter or so in depth, travelling through the forest at this time from us, and trail passes or seasons passes obtained at the of year is very easy. If you chose an uphill route on a sunny ticket office. Free guided snowshoe tours leave on Tuesdays day, you will be rewarded with some remarkable views of at 10 am from the rental shop. An informal carpool goes up the the surrounding mountains, from the Cathedrals and Crater hill from the free day lot across from Home Hardware at 9 am Mountain in the Ashnola River valley to the South, all the way daily. Route maps of marked trails are available on our website, to the Coast Mountains near Hope, and those in the vicinity of with difficulty ratings, and paper copies can also be obtained at Manning Park. the ticket office.


Early January 2016

Snowmobiling Near The Nickel Plate Nordic Centre

with the Nickel Plate Staff Every winter, especially in holiday periods and weekends, the Nordic Trails see trespassing and vandalism of the club’s trails from snowmobiles. It costs upwards of $300 daily for the snowcat and operator to groom our trail system and it can be ruined quickly for skiers by one or two snowmobilers who may not realize the damage it can do crossing or running along our trails. We realize most snowmobilers respect the rules and ride in the designated areas in the Apex Recreation Corridor. The entrances near the cross country ski trails are well marked, so please turn around when you see the signs and do not cross any groomed trail with parallel tracks set. The most common entry points we see are the upper meadow loop on the Apex side of the trail system, the Powerline Junction with Nickel Plate Road (Vindicator Trail just above), the K9 Ski and Dog Trail on the right off Nickel Plate Road 50 metres before the Nordic Centre parking lot, and a few spots off of the first three kilometres on Winters Creek Road (Eagles Nest, Silverside and Motherlode Trails, all signed). The Nickel Plate staff use snowmobiles to pull packers behind early in the season before we have enough snow to get the snowcat out grooming and for trail maintenance, search and rescue and first aid emergencies. Snowmobiles are indispensable for those work purposes on our trails. There is plenty of terrain for the two groups to coexist in the area and we want to raise awareness of this long-standing issue and encourage local riders to let friends and visitors know of the designated places to ride and respect other recreational groups licensed use of the area. Thanks for passing this along and we hope you enjoy the great riding conditions we are having this winter.

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Master’s Skiing

Master’s Ski Group at Nickel Plate: Sundays at 10:00 am led by Dave Michael. Come prepared to skate ski (unless the consensus is for classic skiing). Dave will lead the group with easy drills to start in the Start / Finish grid, and then head out for a slow and easy paced ski with technique Masters Ski Group correction while skiing. Please RSVP to info@nickelplatenordic.org or to Dave directly, and indicate if your preference is skate or classic. Numbers of participants will be limited, and sessions will be dependent on participants’ needs.

Nickel Plate Ski Clothing

Nickel Plate ski clothing for 2015/16 is now available through Hayman Sport and Jakroo. Orders placed by December 15th will be received by the end of the month. Group pricing if 6 or more order the same piece. Jackets, training pants, and race suits are available, and hats will be available soon. Sample sizes are available to try on in back of ticket office. Please go to: http://shop.jakroo.ca/Nickelplate-Nordic-2016

We Need Your Help!

Nickel Plate Nordic is hosting the Nordic events for the BC Winter Games Feb. 25-28, 2015. We are in need of volunteers. Volunteers must register through the BC Games website and indicate the specific sport they will support as a volunteer (to support Nickel Plate choose these two options: cross country skiing / cross country skiing paranordic). The link to register as a volunteer: https://www.bcgames.net/pnt2016w/ DesktopDefault.aspx

Weather, Snow & Grooming Conditions Wondering about Snow and Weather conditions at Nickel Plate? For daily reports on grooming, snow, and real-time weather, please visit our website at www.nickelplatenordic.org and click on “Snow Report” and “Current Weather”.

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is on Facebook (Nickel Plate Nordic Centre) and Twitter (@NickelPlateXC). Follow us for regular updates. Check the Snow Report & Weather before heading out. Photo courtesy of Van Pratt

CABIN/CONDO CLEANING For an impeccable green clean at Apex Mountain Resort!

Linda Williamson

Watch for trail markers & flagging while snowshoeing. Photo courtesy of Van Pratt



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Update From The Apex Freestyle Club


Volunteers and fans are needed for these events! Please contact James Rykuiter to help our AFC athletes pursue their dreams and see them compete close up! jrykuiter@live.com

by Ronda Barzilay Apex Freestyle Upcoming 2016 250.878.4272 | rondabarzilay@shaw.ca Feb 4-7 Canada Cup moguls | dual moguls Jump & Bumps have officially started with more than 40 smiling Feb 25-28 BC Winter Games moguls | slope style | big air faces that will spend the winter with our amazing coaches! Welcome back to our amazing AFC Coaches: Debbie Vollet, Gary Vollet, Jeff Queen and Sean Queen. A special welcome to our new coach Stefan Queen! A big welcome to our New Jumps & Bumps Coordinator and Coach - Thomas Dunnigan aka Ted! New for the 2016 AFC programs is our popular new ½ day program, which can be from 10am til 12 noon or 1 til 3pm. You can even upgrade to a full day, if we have room in our groups! For more information, please contact Kenni Kuroda - Head Coach & GM | afckenni@gmail.com | 250.490.1762 A big welcome to Freestyle Athletes from around the province to compete in the BC Series - Timber Tour #1 and Super Youth Competition! January 7 -10 moguls | slope style | big air Come out and cheer on our AFC athletes who are scheduled to compete this weekend! Good luck to all competitors! AFC Athletes Brayden Kuroda Max Todd James Naude Jesse Howden Ethan Phillips Alec Henderson Nate Parsons Cole Patton Andrew Carlow Sheldon Decock Anna Spence Shaina Finlayson Chloe Kober Jamie Rykruiter Courtney MacDonald Ethan Morf Rylan Koturbash Alexander Watgniez Cameron Miller Graden Parsons Quinn Patton Rhya Covert Alex Koturbash Jordan MacDonald AFC Alumni Kassidy Todd Mack Schwinghamer Kyle Parker Joe Durham Hayden Person Koleton Phipps Noah Spence

Keen listeners! Patrol Paul must be speaking on safety! (Photo by Ronda Barzilay)

Anticipation of the great fun ahead! (Photo by Ronda Barzilay)

Junior Comp Athlete getting ready for Timber Tour! (Photo by Ronda Barzilay)

Two of the Jump & Bumps Groups are off for their first run on the Ridge headed for the great moguls in the Sun Bowl. (Photo by Ronda Barzilay)


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Highlights from Canadian Selections hosted by AFC!

Thank you to the organizing committee, volunteers and Apex Mountain Resort! Our AFC athletes and Alumni made us proud! Super Big Congratulations to Jordan Kober for his Gold Medal Finish on Sunday! Congratulations to Mason Barzilay for making finals both days and placing 7th and 10th! Congratulations to Mackenzie Schwinghammer for making finals on Saturday and placing 8th. All athletes were amazing and some with personal bests! Shout out also to Brayden Kuroda, Hayden Person, Max Todd, Kassidy Todd, Shaina Finlayson, Koleton Phipps, Joe Durham, Anna Spence, Kyle Parker, Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Noah Spence, Chloe Kober, James Naude and Jamie Rykuiter. Freestyle events are exciting to watch, so come out to share the excitement! For more detailed information or interviews, please contact Ronda Barzilay - Media Mom - Volunteer 1.888.847.6632, cell 250.878.4272 or rondabarzilay@shaw.ca

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On The World Cup Mogul Circuit

with Andi Naude I hope that you had an amazing holiday season full of fresh tracks, relaxation, and fun! We were so lucky with the snow conditions here at Apex; the skiing was absolutely amazing! Over the break I managed to spend a lot of quality time with my family and friends, skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, skating and tubing. I even found myself up at the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre having a blast on Apex’s Andi Naude, the cross-country skis! Ranked 5th in the World For Women’s Mogul Skiing Now that the holidays have come to a close, I am very keen to get back to business! I am currently in Quebec; training for the next World Cup in Val St. Come, QC, held on January 23rd. Unfortunately, the Lake Placid, NY World Cup, scheduled for January 14th, was cancelled due to lack of snow. As a result, my teammates and I will have extra time to train in Val St. Come. That is all for now, but I will keep you posted! For pictures, videos, and more, make sure head to my website www. andinaude.com


Naude Family Holiday Snowshoe to the top of Mt. Riordan near Apex. From left to right: Andi Naude, James Naude, Colwyn Wren and Justin Naude.


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Gold Medal finish for Jordan Kober - taking centre stage. Silver Medalist Daichi Hara of Japan and Bronze Gabriel Dufresne of the Canadian Mogul Team. (Photo by Ronda Barzilay)



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Apex Ski Club Update with Patricia Large, Apex Ski Club Mom & Volunteer Apex Ski Club is in full swing and has just completed a stellar training session. The Carvers program hosted two well attended 3 day camps during the Christmas Break that catered to kids 5-10 years old. The Carvers Nancy Greene program started January 2 and will run every Saturday and Sunday through to March. The program is designed to give young skiers (between the ages of 5 and 12 years old) an introduction to the basic skiing techniques and skills, to develop the ABC’S (agility, balance, coordination, strength/speed) in as many different snow conditions and terrains as possible, and most of all, to have fun on skis. Reece Howden showing his strong technical skills. Attendance is high and the little ones are excited to rip it up Longtime Apex Ski Club athlete Reece Howden, 17 years again this year! of age, has qualified for the Youth Olympic Games in Ski Cross! “We had 15 athletes trying out in Sun Peaks, BC for the two Canadian spots for athletes competing in Ski Cross at the YOG,” said Ski Cross Athletic Director, Willy Raine, of the selection process. “The skill level these two athletes demonstrated was very strong and Canada will be very well represented with Reece ...” This year’s Youth Olympic Games takes place February 1222, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. The YOG will give younger athletes the opportunity to learn about high performance sport, meet Olympic champions and role models who will share their experiences with the athletes. A Huge Congratulations goes out to Reece and the Howden Family! Apex Ski Club is very proud of Reece for this incredible accomplishment. Marcus Athans U16 flipping out over the incredible start to the season. The Apex Ski Team has had an extraordinary start to the season U12-U18 racers have enjoyed top quality training conditions and facilities and also unbelievable early season weather. The combination has led to a strong start for Apex Ski Club racers and they are all performing at an excellent level. Jorgen Anderson, Program Director and Head Coach of the Apex Ski Club, has given high marks to the season start of training, “In my opinion, that was our best training session in a number of years. The combination of the supportive Apex Mountain Resort, perfect weather conditions, excellent training facilities, BC’s best Junior Alpine ski racing coaches and dedicated, hard working, talented athletes is truly magical. The future looks bright for the Apex Ski Team!” Reece Howden takes lead in Skier Cross.

Asia and Noa Borg making the most of the 10 cm rule. Powder Day!!

Reece Howden with Youth Olympic Game Canadian teammate and Nancy Greene Raine at Sun Peaks Mountain Resort.


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Reece Howden 17 Apex Ski Club Racer and Team Canada Ski Cross for the Youth Olympic Games during February 12-22, 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway.

Apex Ski Club racers are preparing for a number of upcoming competitions. The U16 group will start off the race season at Sun Peaks Resort for the TECK GS/SL January 8-10. During January 16 & 17, the U14/U12 racers will head to Sun Peaks Resort for the TECK GS/SL, which is also the qualifying event for the U14 racers aiming to represent Team Okanagan at the upcoming BC Winter Games. Finally, Apex Ski Club will host the Nancy Greene South Zone Race on January 31. The Apex Ski Club Season Opening Social is slated for Saturday, January 23. Tickets are available at the Edge Bistro and Trading Post. With a collection of wonderful people, amazing silent auction items and an always entertaining live auction, you can bank on a perfect evening. Although the dinner event does sell out, the public are more than welcome to shop at the Silent Auction and participate in the Live Auction without tickets. Please join us! The SOS is the Apex Ski Club’s main fundraiser. Proceeds from this event go directly toward supporting our athletes by keeping registration fees as low as possible. We hope to see all the Apex community out to support the Apex Ski Club! Finally, the support we receive from Apex Mountain Resort truly is the backbone to our program. Our kids, parents and coaches would like to thank everyone at Apex for allowing us to have the best club in the Okanagan!

Apex Ski Club growing STRONG! Photo taken on January 2, 2016.

The Apex Ski Club invites 5-12 years old to join ...

Apex Carvers

This is the quality program that has made the Nancy Greene Ski League famous since 1968!

Saturdays Half Day ~ 9:30 am - 12 noon Sundays Full Day ~ 9:30 am - 3 pm Steady residential income with a management focussed on catering to your property.

Children develop skills and conďŹ dence, through skiing all terrain types, games, skill drills, jumps and bumps, and skier-cross. The program is a very good value for money, as it is offered by the parent run Apex Ski Club. Register online at www.apexskiclub.com.


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Outdoor Hockey Returns!

with Marc Tougas, Apex Hockey Organizer Apexhockey.com is again hosting three outdoor hockey events at Apex Mountain Resort this season. All three tournaments will be held in January 2016. The 16th annual Shootout Hockey Tournament will be held January 7-10, with 18 teams made up of 12 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams. The following week of January 14-17 is the 13th annual Firefighters Hockey Tournament, where 16 teams are made up of 8 Firefighters teams from BC, Alberta, Washington and Oregon, along with 8 women’s teams mostly from BC with players that do fly in from all over Canada. The third and final tournament of the season is the weekend of January 28-31, being the 12th annual Shotgun Hockey Tournament, which is made up of 12 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams from BC, Alberta and Washington State. Proceeds from these and past hockey tournaments go to various local and provincial charities. The local Apex Freestyle Team, the Apex Ski Club, and the local Apex Fire Brigade will benefit from donations from proceeds of these events. We all look forward to enjoying the mountain activities. Many of these participants ski and board during the day, play a game of hockey, and then enjoy the atmosphere Apex has to offer. For more information, please visit www.apexhockey.com.

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Hours of Operation:

Sunday - Thursday ~ 8 am - 7 pm Friday - Saturday ~ 8 am - 10 pm info@apextradingpost.com www.ApexTradingPost.com

Supporting the Apex Community through Traditional Canadian Outdoor Hockey! www.apexhockey.com

January 7-10 ~ 16th Apex Shootout Tourney January 14-17 ~ 13th Fire Fighters Tourney January 28-31 ~ 12th Apex Shotgun Tourney

Than for yo ks supportur !

"Valley Between the Trees" ~ Photo by Leigh Trussler This shot was taken on one of Apex's many early season powder days on the Wildside. To see more of Leigh's photography, please visit www.leightruslerphotography.com or take a stroll through the Apex Mountain Inn to see her permanent display.

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The Outer Edge with the Apex Ski Patrol

Avalanche Control & Public Safety

By Myleen Mallach, Member of the Apex Ski Patrol When those big dumps of snow that we dream about hit Apex, there are serious avalanche concerns that come with it. Many of us locals thrive on our “steeps and deeps”, but that is also the terrain that can swallow us whole on a big epic day. Did you know that close to 50% of our terrain is considered avalanche terrain? Here are some statistics: - South Bowls Area - 10+ avalanche paths in 50.5 hectares - Front Side Area - 8+ avalanche paths in 54.5 hectares - North Side Area - 8+ avalanche paths in 59.8 hectares - The total in-bound Apex Avalanche Area is 164.8 hectares out of 329 skiable hectares, with 26+ avalanche paths. Avalanche control is the stabilization of the snowpack by active methods (explosives, ski cutting, etc.) to reduce the avalanche hazard present. Did you know that these “active” methods take about 15 minutes per avalanche path to clear it as safe? The ski cutting technique uses a minimum of two ski patrollers who intentionally attempt to trigger a slide. This consists of a skier traversing a slope at a certain angle and speed on skis, which is often enough to weaken the bonds between snow layers starting a slide. Needless to say it requires a lot of skill. The attempt to release avalanches on selected small test slopes is done by skiing across the normal fracture zones high on the slope, giving the patrol a good indication of the measures required to ensure all slopes are safe for public access. The ski cutter keeps their momentum and moves from one safe spot to another one on the other side, which you will see as zig-zags across the slopes. A patrol partner watches and test slopes are chosen carefully with regard to potential consequences. The Apex Patrol Staff do this frequently and sometimes get caught and even buried, but they work on established routes and slopes and they travel in pairs with each person being experienced, so injuries are rare but can happen at any time. The explosive technique involves the avalanche control team skiing above the avalanche starting zone and throwing a dynamite charge of around 2.0kg - 4.0kg. This is a dangerous operation, as it involves the direct handling of explosives and the team may get caught in the avalanche. These patrollers have to be certified to handle explosives and know exactly what they are doing. Everything is recorded and safety is key. Now to get down to the scary facts ... Did you know that Apex has experienced two avalanche fatalities, which were both skier triggered? The first one was back in 1976 on Tooth Tusk (which was outside the area boundary at that time) and the second one was in 1983 on Grouse Gulch (which was inbounds and the skier ducked a closed rope line). In 1998, one of our patrol members was buried while ski cutting Essendale, but thankfully two patrollers were with him and they dug him out quickly to safety. (He still celebrates his “2nd Birthday” every year.) This season on our paid ski patrol staff of 9 members, they have a combined experience of over 140 years! So, when one of them is uncomfortable about the avalanche risk, you can bet they know exactly the worst case scenario and how they don’t want you to become another statistic. As for direct avalanche

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experience: one member was completely buried on Great Wall and has been in 5 slides in total over the years; another was in 4 slides on January 5, 2015 alone; another was 3/4 buried on Great Wall; one was buried to his chest with 3 broken ribs while cat skiing; one was in a 150’ slide on Crusher in 2010; and all members have been in surface slides over the years. As for skill sets, these staff members have taken courses on Avalanche Safety, ranging from Recreational Avalanche Courses to Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 and Level 2. The Apex Patrol also had two certified Avalanche Rescue Dogs, but unfortunately the time came for both dogs and their owners to retire from service to the ski patrol at the end of last season. If venturing into the Apex backcountry is of interest to you, then you definitely need to attend an Avalanche Safety Traning Course. Finbar O’Sullivan, an Apex Ski Patrol Alumni and Certified Instructor, teaches these courses at Apex. For more info, call 250-808-9352 or email avalanchesafety@gmail.com. Avalanche control is a serious business and risk management and liability, along with prevention and mitigation, are all a part of keeping the public safe on a daily basis. We all want you out enjoying the fresh powder, just as soon as possible. On Saturday, January 16th, Apex Mountain Resort is hosting an “Avalanche Awareness Day” as part of the national Avalanche Canada Event. Funds raised from this day will go towards Avalanche Canada, as well as our own Apex Avalanche Safety Program. If you have an item to donate to our Silent or Live Auction, or would like to know more, please call Paul Hirschfield at 250-490-7024 or email patrol@apexresort.com.

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Okanagan Valley Throwdown Powered by Muscle MLK Returns to Penticton, January 23-24, 2016 Third Annual CrossFit Competition will take place at The South Okanagan Events Centre The Okanagan Valley Throwdown, an annual fitness competition co-presented by Hoodoo Adventures and Evolution Athletics, and powered by title sponsor Muscle MLK, takes place January 23 and 24 in Penticton. This year, more than 300 participants will compete in a variety of CrossFit activities during the event. While registration for the competition is sold-out, spectators are invited to check out the exciting action at the South Okanagan Events Centre. CrossFit combines Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and high intensity interval training, along with many other sport specific movements and challenges. While the Okanagan Valley Throwdown is geared towards fitness enthusiasts who already take part in CrossFit, either competitively or recreationally, the event appeals to athletes of all abilities, especially first time and recreational competitors. This event attracts individual men and women, recreational groups, competitive and masters (over 40) teams.

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Apex Locals With A Passion To Share By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters

This new column is all about the Apex local. If you have a positive story to share about someone in our community, please email apexmatters@telus.net today. As you may already know, I am not only the owner and publisher of Apex Matters, but I am also an active part-time member of the Apex Ski Patrol. Back in 1993, I was challenged by a friend to join the Apex Volunteer Ski Patrol, a decision that I will never regret. The skills I've gained, the friends I've made, the patients I've helped, and the awards I've won ... oh yes, and the stories I could share. So grateful and honoured to be a part of this group of first responders. I LOVE Apex! All that it was, all that it is, and all that it will become. I am truly honoured to serve this snow-loving community! This past November, I was enrolled in two courses with PEAK Emergency Response Training to recertify my first aid skills required for my part-time patrol job. This is where I met a new passionate Apex local, Jeff Burko. Through his courses, he pushed me to reach my full potential as a first aid attendant. As a result, I can honestly say I am more prepared now than ever to share my skills and truly help those in need at Apex. Jeff started PEAK Emergency Response Training back in 1998. He saw a need to increase training in the back country and specifically the non-urban environment, such as ski patrols. Jeff remains a full time paramedic in the Vancouver area and has so for the past 31 years. Jeff was a ski patroller since he was 17, being one of his passions. He is also a strong advocate for patient care and when at Apex he actively assists the Apex Ski Patrol on accident scenes. Recently, Jeff donated an Entonox pack for pain management use by the ski patrol while out on the hill. A much appreciated increase in patient care is now available, thanks to Jeff and PEAK. PEAK has set guidelines for industry standards for emergency medical response. They provide advanced Jeff Burko of PEAK Emergency emergency medical response training and medical Response Training shares his passion in patient care at Apex. direction to: 16 Mountain Ski Resorts; 12 Volunteer Search and Rescue Teams; Parks Canada Professional Rescue Teams; Kananaskis Country Rescue Teams; 11 CAT and Heli-Ski Operators; and numerous other response teams in BC and Alberta. Concussion management is of particular interest to Jeff and he has developed a concussion management program for the Apex Ski Club and the Apex Freestyle Club. Jeff also provides training and medical direction to both clubs on a voluntary basis, as well as to the Apex Fire Brigade, Apex Ski Patrol and Apex Snow School. Jeff provides training and medical direction services to Apex Mountain Resort on a cost recovery basis. Jeff and his wife bought property two years ago at Apex and this is now their second home. A huge thank you to our new Apex local, Jeff Burko, for extending your passion to share quality patient care.

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Apex Property Owners Association Update

By Julia Valenti, APOA President The late December APOA article in this publication contained viewpoints by APOA members that expressed concerns, as well as accolades, regarding various aspects of Apex Mountain Resort and the mountain lifestyle in general. The article created strong responses from some readers. The thrust of the article was to obtain direction from the members for the Board, as they continue the work to protect property and environmental values. This has always been the work of the Board and it is necessary to query members now and then so the Board can direct its energies to the areas people are most concerned about. No malice was intended in the article as a whole and no malice was intended in the concerns that people expressed in the article. As the writer, I apologize to those that were offended by any particular viewpoints expressed. Perhaps using a format of a members’ survey first, consultative meetings with those who could address those concerns, and then publishing the collaborative results of those meetings would have been more balanced coverage. The Board will continue to be the voice of its members, vetting member concerns in a thoughtful and responsible manner and through the ongoing, general business of the Board. The Board will continue also to represent the members’ concerns to Mountain Management, The RDOS and The Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resources. The responses to the article are valuable and necessary, as people are expressing themselves and we are hearing one another ... that is what is needed. Through cooperation and consultation, positive results can be realized for all. Thank you to everyone who responded with your viewpoints in the initial article - you have given the Board direction. Thank you to those that expressed displeasure at the article - you have been heard and sensitivity towards your viewpoints will be used as we continue our work. Thank you to those that offered support for the article, the Board and the APOA - you are the reason we find satisfaction and accomplishment serving as Board members. The property owners desire a successful resort that provides optimal experiences for all users and functions at its optimal level. The resort does this in a number of areas and appreciation of the effort made is certainly recognized. Those areas that are less optimal are the ones in which the property owners would like to see improvement. There are some considerations to property and environmental values that need monitoring and addressing. This association of property owners is the stakeholder group that takes action to mitigate them. We are certainly willing to work in concert with the resort and governance to create the best possible scenario for all that love this amazing alpine lifestyle and beauty.


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will be the one to discover the situation, because we are few. Do not panic! Take a deep breath and take the time to think and assess the situation. Do not put yourself in any danger, but try to mitigate any immediate danger to the victim as long as you are sure that you are not putting yourself in harm’s way. For example, if there is a car accident on a blind corner where there is a possibility of more vehicles becoming involved, it would be a good idea to set up some sort of traffic control so long as there are no overhead power lines involved and you have the resources to do so. Make the call for help as soon as you can. Be prepared to give dispatch as much information as possible. For example: The nature of the incident, how many patients are involved, and the nature of their injuries. Knowing where you are is very important, as help has to be dispatched to your location. Provide as much information as you can to get emergency services to you as quickly as possible (most of us no longer have landlines). 911 dispatch operators are highly trained and will be able to direct you through the best course of action until help arrives on scene. You may be asked to do things you are uncomfortable with, so provide the operator with enough information so that they can make the right decisions to help you too. Simply talking to a patient and comforting them may be enough to save their life, so please don’t ever drive past someone needing help. There are laws in this country protecting “Good Samaritans” and if you follow the advice above you could save someone’s life and they in turn could save yours. Have a safe and fun ski season!

with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief We have our AGM on January 6th with elections. I will let you know the outcome of this meeting in the next issue of Apex Matters. The importance of your support cannot be understated. We must have members maintain a certain level of service. It is common for those who serve to lose interest after a number of years and for this reason it is important to keep bringing in new people with enough enthusiasm to help keep things on track and in focus. The other way is to have an incident. We have been working very hard to prevent incidents from happening by being proactive and educating the public in matters of safety and prevention. We are always accepting new membership and offer training to the level that they feel comfortable with. Volunteer firefighters operate as a team and become strong and efficient by working with strengths within the membership. For our youth who are unsure of what they want to do or be when they are done with formal education, let me assure you that those who do the hiring value those who have volunteered as firefighters most of all. This is because a potential employer will know that you are a safety minded person, as accidents in the work place are costly to the employer. Also, an employer will know that you can work as a team, operate under pressure, and improvise to solve problems to safely get a desired outcome. These attributes are highly sought after and it is very expensive to train a person to have these necessary skills on the job site. They will hire those that already have these skills over those who do not. Our department is in the business of helping our community and helping our youth become responsible and valued members of society. We again have been very lucky over this busy holiday season. We were not dispatched to any fires or motor vehicle accidents. We did, however, get a call in the very early hours of December 26th for an RCMP assist. There was no siren, therefore, only those of us with radios even knew that it happened. The call was Top Left - Our firefighters enduring adverse conditions for our community. Top Right for a situation way out of our field of training, so I did not activate The AFBS work hand in hand with other emergency services personnel. Bottom - An my crew but did what I felt that I reasonably could do to help example of some training opportunities you could obtain by joining our department. without making the situation worse. Remember, we are here to help and make situations better; occasionally, it takes a lot of knowledge and courage to recognize when a lack of training could make a situation worse yet still to provide assistance to the responders. I think that I was able to accomplish this in this case. I share this situation with our community, because we still need your support and as mentioned before support is easier to get when something happens. Many times volunteer fire departments have to deal with situations where making a sensitive situation public just to gain the needed support is the wrong thing to do. This is why there will be no further details released about this call and that only our members with radios know the true nature of this call and there are even further details which only I am privy to and will thus protect our community by keeping them to myself. Making a call for help also takes a lot of courage and can be made much easier when trust can be established. This is what we have to do, because we can’t help if we don’t get a call. This brings me to the safety tip for this issue. Do you know what to do in the case of an emergency? If something happens and the unfortunate victim is unable to obtain help them self, it is less likely that a trained emergency services personnel member

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Snowshoeing - A butter tarts best friend By Gary Weare, Physiotherapist OK, the Christmas season is over, you had far too many butter tarts, short bread treats, and Christmas Day was over the top. We are all guilty of excess at this time of year. According to the online news aggregator and blog The Huffington Post, the average person will put on an extra 4 pounds over the Christmas season. And, if you go all in, Christmas Day can be a whopping 7,000-8,000 calories (that is an all day, everything count). Four pounds at 3500 calories per pound is 14,000 extra calories we need to burn. It is now January 1st, it is a new year and we all have lots of great intentions and resolutions to fulfill. We live in Penticton where on any given day in the winter there is a myriad of outdoor activities we can participate in: Today I am promoting snowshoeing, an activity that has been around for thousands of years, is easy to do, requires little skill, is not expensive, and can be done solo or as a family outing. According to Dr. Ray Browning at the Centre for Human Nutrition at The University of Colorado’s Health Science Centre (he is also Vail, Colorado’s Mountain Man Champion), “Snowshoeing is the best bang for your buck, fat burning workout in winter. It is an exceptional way to achieve cardiovascular fitness, expend energy and reduce your chance of heart disease.” It has been reported that snowshoeing can burn 2x the calories as walking at the same pace; snowshoers can burn 420-1000 calories per hour. However, don’t think you are going to go for a leisurely trek and burn those 14,000 Cal; you will have to work to pay for those butter tarts. Dr. Declan Connolly of the University of Vermont’s Exercise Physiology Department says that, “snowshoeing utilizes major muscle groups, which when combined with a higher metabolic rate in cold weather and the added resistance of moving through the snow results in a high energy activity.” Keep in mind that your fat burning zone is that steady pace of about 70% effort, that fast hard push (although it is necessary) requires immediately available energy. The steady pace allows the body to pull out those stored butter tarts, shortbread and pumpkin pie and turn them into useable fuel. So, let’s do some simple calculations using the conservative pace of 500 calories per hour based on a 2.5 mph on flat packed trail. If 3500 calories = 1 pound and you put on 4 pounds that = 14, 000 calories that need to be gone. At 500 calories per hour, you have 28 hours of snowshoeing to be done. So put this article down, get your head out of the valley cloud, get up to Apex, Nickle Plate, Carmi or even the trails above Husula Highlands. Pack a lunch, lots of fluid and have fun burning those calories.

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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 3

By Dino Giurissevich of Dino’s Snowshoe Tours & Adventures It sure is nice to have a new snowshoe adventure to add to my diaries, as it alleviates the pressure in trying to detail a route which I have written about numerous times. Actually, this article is more about “igloo building” using snowshoes to get to the igloo building site. This story originally began two seasons ago when friend and fellow mountain bike rider, Pierre, showed me an apparatus which he had used in the past for building igloos. I have to mention here that Pierre is a backcountry skier and getting him on a pair of snowshoes is like having a root canal or winning the lottery - one is painful and the other is near impossible. I was intrigued by the apparatus and certainly interested in building an igloo, but strangely enough nothing more became of it until this year. Before I explain about the actual igloo building itself, a little info on the apparatus is in order. It is called the “ICE BOX” and is built by “Grand Shelters Inc. who are located in Longmont, Colorado. The unit is basically a rectangular “form”, which you incrementally add snow to and hand pack. This process is repeated until the form is full. A rod is attached to the form and is anchored to the centre of the igloo floor. This rod gives the igloo its proper diameter and shape. Once the form is full, it is loosened and slid along to start the next block. More detailed info can be found at the company’s website at grandshelters.com. Saturday, December 5, 2015 ~ Breaking trail all the way, we snowshoed to the top of a local Apex recreation area mountain where the igloo would be constructed. I have decided that the location of the igloo will only be revealed at the end of this article using only co-ordinates, which means you will need a compass or GPS and a topo map, an iPhone with GPS/Map capabilities or Google Earth to discover the igloo’s location. (However, I will reveal the location by name in the next issue) Once at the igloo building site, we removed our snowshoes and “boot packed” an area of about 3m x 3m, followed by snowshoe packing the same area. This would be the base for our igloo. While Pierre assembled the “ICE BOX” igloo building apparatus, I cleared an area for a fire pit, collected fire wood and started a fire. Once the ICE BOX was ready to go, my job was to carefully shove snow into it bit by bit and Pierre’s job was to hand pack it layer by layer. Each block took us about 1015 minutes to complete, which was a little longer than normal because of difficulties caused by a worn out part. We had to be extra careful when moving the form. If the block of snow cracked, we would have to rebuild it again which happened to us a few times. It took us about 4.5 -5 hours to build up to the 3rd layer of the igloo. We then called it a day, as it was time to head back down before dark set in. Sunday, December 6, 2015 ~ Snowshoed back up to the igloo site. Our snowshoe up today was much faster, as we followed our packed trail from yesterday. Again, Pierre set up the ICE BOX, while I collected wood and started a fire. Our igloo building was hampered even more today, as the worn out part worsened. That, and snow had to be collected from further out, which took even more time. It’s amazing how much snow goes into building an igloo block by block. We had fire roasted smokies today, which we washed down with our favourite beverage. A very tasty and satisfying reward for our hard work!

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4 hours of igloo building resulted in the igloo being about 70% complete, an entranceway carved out and the inside of the igloo benched for sitting or sleeping. As darkness set in, we donned our headlamps and headed back down. Sunday, December 20, 2015 ~ Prior commitments were the cause of the time lapse between igloo building sessions. Frank joined us today in the hopes that with the extra help we could finish building the igloo. We were concerned that the rain that fell in our absence may have damaged the igloo beyond repair, but upon our arrival and inspection all was not lost. Once again, Pierre set up the ICE BOX, while Frank and I gathered wood and started a fire. A foot of new snow which had fallen since our last visit made igloo building easier, as we did not have to collect snow from as far out. However, the worn out part was even worse and had to be McGyverd using a piece of rope. Much to our chagrin, Pierre found out a new part he had ordered arrived, but he did not receive this information until after we had left town. Pierre and I worked on the igloo, while Frank built wind breaks for the fire pit. Fire roasted smokies were once again washed down with our favourite beverage. Other than a few wind breaks around the entrance of the igloo, it was now complete. All are welcome to use the igloo, but please respect it and do not do any modifications to it. If you have never been inside an igloo, it is an amazing experience as it is very quiet and the temperature is comfortable. Plans are afoot to build another igloo atop another local mountain. Stay tuned. Approximate coordinates for the igloo are: 11U 0287287 E 5476894 N. The igloo is about 1km uphill from the starting point at an elevation of 2046m and takes about 25-60 minutes to get to. If you are not confident in your way finding skills, please do not attempt to locate the igloo. It really is much safer to book a tour with me!! (a not-so-subtle plug) Till next time. Shoe you later! (PS: Also offering Fat Bike Tours)


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Let’s Finish It ... Your DIY Rescuer!

with Jay Mallach, Custom Finish Carpenter Do you have a home renovation project started and can’t seem to get it finished? Do you lack time, knowledge, or simply need a little assistance with the next step? Or, are you fed up and just want the project done? Not to worry, ‘Let’s Finish It’ will step in and assist to whatever level of assistance you need. Below is a recent small cabin renovation, where the installation of a sliding glass door made all the difference.

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Best Mountain Views!

OPEN till 9pm when the lifts are running!

Sun - Thur 7am - 5pm Fri - Sat 7am - 9pm Holidays & Night Skiing

Specialty coffees, teas, amazing breakfasts, lunches with homemade soups, sandwiches & loads of treats.

“Take & Bake” Pizzas made fresh to order with your favourite toppings on a delicious stone baked crust. Simply throw it in your oven and dinner is ready in 12 minutes.

Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

Helping the Do-It-Yourself Homeowner

Jay Mallach 250.490.6343

No Job Too Small Licensed & Insured



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Located next to The Mountain Shop in the Apex Mountain Village

To order “Take & Bake” Pizza, or book a Group Function: Colin: 250.488.2400 Chad: 250.490.6585

Electric Heat? Wood Heat? No A/C? Seasons Change - We Adapt Hot Today - Cool Tomorrow One System for All Seasons

Heating & Cooling Case Study My home is 1,400 square feet (sf), 60 years old, 2x4 construction with mostly original insulation. Nine years ago, I replaced my electric heating with a Canadian Aerothermal system. The results have been stunning. 1. Comfort ~ The Aerothermal system has eliminated hot & cold spots in my home. 2. Heating Efficiency ~ FortisBC published annual consumption numbers for a 1,200-1,500 sf NEW home as follows: a. Electric Heating - 13,500 kwhr b. Air Source Heat Pump with auxiliary electric - 8,235 kwhr c. Ground Source Heat Pump with auxiliary electric - 5,088 kwhr MY 60 YEAR OLD HOME - 4,456 KWHR or about $475/year 3. Cooling Efficiency ~ I spend approximately $100/summer for air conditioning, operating continuously from June-Sept. 4. Quiet Operation ~ Both indoor and outdoor systems are whisper quiet, sure wish my neighbour’s was! 5. Floor Space ~ No mechanical room is required.

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250.486.6472 1.877.663.8287 CanadianAerothermal.ca

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Accent Fireplace Gallery Our service will not be beat! Ask Our Experts To ... Learn the Benefits of Cooking with Wood Discover the wood-fired difference Uncover the Secret to Superior Smoke Become a Pit Master with Traeger 1295 Fairview Road, Penticton


Taste The Traeger Difference with Accent Fireplace Gallery Specialists Traeger Wood Fired Grills deliver the best in outdoor cooking, allowing you to serve the best meals possible. Here’s why ... Cooking with Wood ~ Whether preparing sweet and saucy Kansas City, flavourful Memphis, bold and spicy Texas, or succulent and tangy Carolina barbecue, ‘smoke’ is the secret ingredient. Traeger transcends ordinary grill capabilities allowing you to grill, smoke, bake, braise, and roast in addition to traditional BBQ. From low and slow to hot and fast grilling, our even temperatures and consistent smoke output will transform you from a backyard novice into a Pit Master. The Wood-Fired Difference ~ Quality hardwood fuel is pivotal in cooking rich, flavourful food outdoors. A wood pellet grill is the only barbecue that can create thick, smooth smoke that evenly circulates, enveloping every inch of food with aromatic and memorable wood-fired flavor. Fire up consistent results every time, and taste the difference.


Great Cabin Recipes

Salt-Crusted Prime Rib

Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 3 hrs Serves: 8-12

INGREDIENTS: Jacobsen Kosher Salt 1 1/2 cups / Black Pepper, coarsely ground 3/4 cup / Garlic, peeled 1 head / Rosemary 1/2 cup / Chili Powder 2 Tbsp. / Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 3/4 cup / Prime Rib Roast one 15-16 lb. (6 bones) / Recommended Hardwood Pellets: Cherry PREPARATION In a food processor, combine the salt, pepper, garlic cloves, rosemary and chile powder and process until fine. Add the olive oil and pulse to form a paste. Place the prime rib roast on a cutting board, boneside up and rub with 1 tablespoon of the salt paste. Transfer the meat to a large roasting pan and pack the salt paste all over the fatty surface, pressing to help it adhere. Let the prime rib stand at room temperature for 1 hour. When ready to cook, start the Traeger on Smoke, lid open, until a fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Increase the temperature to 450°F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes. Roast the prime rib for 1 hour, or until the crust is slightly darkened. Lower the Traeger temperature to 300°F and roast for about 2 hours and 15 minutes longer, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the roast (not touching the bone) registers 135°F. Transfer the roast to a large carving board and let the meat rest for 30 minutes. Carefully lift the salt crust off the meat and transfer to a bowl. Brush away any excess salt. To remove the roast in one piece while keeping the rib rack intact, run a long sharp carving knife along the bones, using them as your guide. Leave on 1/2 inch of meat, more if reserving for leftovers. Carve the prime rib roast 1/2 inch thick and serve, passing some of the crumbled salt crust as a condiment.

The Secret to Superior Smoke ~ Thick and even smoke delivery depends on the quality of your fuel. Traeger has dedicated years to developing a blend of hardwoods with the compact cell structure needed for a balanced, dependable burn. Our natural formulas range from 100% blends of Oak, Maple and Alder for a mild flavor profile to 70% Alder combined with 30% Apple, Cherry, Hickory, Mesquite, or Pecan for a robust smoke, all with a 5% burn (BTU) to smoke ratio. Stop by Accent Fireplace Gallery to check out the Traeger line Recipe is courtesy of Traeger Wood Pellet Grills & Accent Fireplace Gallery. of products. Talk to the experts about the tricks behind Traeger. Open 9-5 Monday-Friday and 10-4 Saturday // 250.770.2903. If you have a “Great Cabin Recipe” that you would like to share, please email to apexmatters@telus.net. Happy Cooking! 1295 Fairview Road in Penticton // accentliving@shawbiz.ca


Early January 2016

Adventures In The Snow Have you been on an adventure in the snow around Apex? Have you captured a photo that you would like to share? Email apexmatters@telus.net with your short story and/or photos.

Hey Ho, Hey Ho ... To The Moose Hut We Go!

A group of Apex cabin owners trekked to The Moose Hut on December 19th on a beautiful sunny Apex afternoon. Lighting up the wood stove in the hut to heat up lunch was the bonus pay-off for the exercise of getting there and back. (Photos by Zloty's)




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TOCK S IN S E IK B T A F ELECTRIC R RENT O F E L B A IL A V A D AN nge of sizes We have a full ra d 24” wheels from kids 20” an ult bikes... up to full size ad -between! and everything in

Pen High Dry Grad Bottle Drive Saturday, January 9th Bring empties to PenHigh between 10-3 OR Call Lisa 250.488.6115 or Rhonda 250.492.0843 to arrange pick up.


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Apex Matters Sudoku Puzzle


All proceeds support a safe, dry grad celebration for Pen High's 2016 Grads. Thanks for your support!

Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically and without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. Answer on page 13.

Tours and Courses

2 hour Half/Full Day Moonlight & Mountain Top Fire Roasted Dinner & Fireside Fondue Winter Survival Youth Programs


1 Hour - $10 Half Day - $15 Full Day - $25 Children at all times - $8

For more information: 250 490 6084 www.hoodooadventures.ca team@hoodooadventures.ca

Answer key to the left is for the White Kennedy Puzzle found on pg 23.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.


11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19.


How high I am, How much I see, How far I reach, Depends on me.

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Snow Hacks

Life Hacks are shortcuts or tricks that make life a little easier. Each edition, we will share a new ‘snow hack’ to make life a little easier at the hill. Email apexmatters@telus.net, if you have any suggestions for ski or snowboard hacks.

Smelly Boots

There’s nothing worse than a smelly boot stinking out your board bag and/or chalet. Put a tea bag in your boot and it’ll absorb all but the worst of smells (just don’t drink the tea afterwards). Thank you to Whitelines Snowboarding at www.whitelines.com for the picture and snow hack.


Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Bob Marley Album: Legend Track: “One Love - People Get Ready”

“Like us” on Facebook!

Myleen brought me to Apex over 16 years ago. I fell in love with this place instantly, it reminded me of Tod Mountain (Sun Peaks) were I grew up and I felt right at home. We all have one love, and maybe two, three or even more. I have three for sure. My wife, my kids (family) and this mountain gem we call Apex. I have made a lot of friends here and we all share this ‘one love’ for this place! Come on up and enjoy the fabulous riding conditions Apex has to offer! 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 whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in.

All of our combined Facebook Friends qualify for a Free Day Pass Draw happening on January 15th.

Fresh BC Talent Quest - SEASON 4

Like us both today & you could win! Winner TBA on Facebook & in Apex Matters. The Christmas Eve winner was Holly Sens!

CatMatch My Name is Alice

Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques Recycling the Elegance of the Past 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls



As seen in Skaha Matters.

People sometimes mistake my shyness for aloofness or snobbery, but the truth is I have led a very stressful life in the past. I am in temporary accommodations at Pet Smart in Kelowna, but dreaming of having my own home and family. I am a raven haired, full bodied beauty who loves having her hair brushed. Some people think I am rather plain looking until they see my feet ... I have a few extra toes, well quite a few, which most people find adorable. Just wanted to be totally upfront about my physical appearance. www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org


Be a Responsible Pet Owner Pets must be kept on leash in the Apex village and parking lot at all times. Please respect the roadways and paths and always clean up after your pet.

Registration Deadline was December 31st. Includes Performers FREE Workshop! Penticton Sandman Inn ~ January 9th Group A ~ 9-12pm/Group B & C ~12:30-5pm Music Industry Info Workshop with: • K.A.S.P. - Multi-Award Hip Hop Artist • INVICTUS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP • Song Search Music Ltd. Doors Open at 6:30 pm // RESERVE Seating: 250.460.2221 Details: cmeliveproductions.com

COOLEY IS MISSING AT APEX! Please help us find her! She disappeared from our cabin at 101 Whitetail Road on Dec 26. We are devastated and our daughter is a wreck. Cooley is very friendly, loving, and has never gone far from the cabin. Cooley is a medium sized Border Collie, with short black and white hair. She was wearing a bright pink collar with bones on it, and both of our cell phone numbers on her ID. Cooley has a tattoo in her right ear. PLEASE HELP US GET OUR DOG BACK! If you found her or have seen her, please call Barb at 250.808.2874 or John at 250.826.4766 or email barb@barbhaley.com. Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2016 Okanagan Matters Publications.


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WORD SCRAMBLE - “Not For Profit Accounting�

1. In place of an income statement, a not-for-profit organization, or nonprofit, will issue a statement of _____________.


2. The balance sheet of a nonprofit will likely have as part of its heading "statement of financial _______________". INOPISTO 3. Contributions received by a nonprofit are reported as part of the organization's ____________________. EUNVSEER 4. When an asset is released from a temporary restriction, there will be an increase in _______________ net assets. SUR TEEN ICTDR 5. This type of supporting services expense must be reported separately by a nonprofit organization.


6. These will cause a decrease in the amount of unrestricted net assets. SNPEESXE 7. This expense is associated with long-lived assets used in the activities of a nonprofit.


8. A ___________________ restricted contribution is one of the classes of donor-imposed restrictions. 9. One type of temporary restriction.______________



10. Another type of temporary restriction. SOUPPER _______________ 11. The statement of ______________ expenses reports expenses by both function and nature. 12. An asset where the principal must be held in perpetuity.



13. The nonprofit organization's statement of activities reports the change in its net __________ during a specified period of time. STASES 14. A classification of supporting services expenses is _________________ and general. GEEMTNNAAM 15. The external financial statements of a nonprofit must focus on the organization as a ___________ rather than reporting by funds. LWEOH 16. One of the classes of net assets is _________________ restricted net assets. TALEMNPREYN 17. The IRS Form 990 must be filed by many nonprofit organizations which have been granted tax-_________ status.


18. If the nonprofit's statement of cash flows is prepared under the indirect method, the first amount listed is the ___________ in net assets. GACENH 19. A financial reporting year not ending on December 31 is referred to as a ___________ year.


Answer Key on Page 21

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Apex Matters Photo Gallery - Full page each issue Courtesy of Shaun Kennedy ~ 250.487.1368 ~ www.MomentsUnderFrame.com