Apex Matters Late January 2014 Issue

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications


Head To Apex & Play In The Snow! Ski, snowboard, x-c ski, snowshoe, or enjoy a ride in the tube park.

Volume 11 : Issue 4 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

Late January 2014



Quick Facts: 2500 copies are printed twice a month from December 2013 through March 2014. Distribution covers Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton & Summerland. Full distribution route information, along with the current advertising package, is available at www.ApexMatters.com.



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15th Shootout Success

with Marc Tougas The 15th annual Shootout Hockey Tournament at Apex Mountain Resort was a huge success again this year. Winners of the “A” men’s division were the almighty Molson Canadians from Penticton. The “B” Men’s Division was split between the Shockers from Burnaby and the Guzzlers from the Vancouver area. The “B” final was not played due to extreme weather conditions ... “Snow” and the fog in the heads of the participants from the party at the Gunbarrel the night before. The women’s division was won by the Ice-O-Topes from the Vancouver area. There were 18 teams, mostly from the Vancouver area and three from the Okanagan Valley, participating in this year's event. Proceeds from this event will go to the Apex Freestyle Club, the Apex Ski Club, and Youth Minor Hockey players from the South Okanagan. We had lots of help from our sponsors; Molson Coors, Jackson Triggs, Apex Mountain Inn, Rock Oven Grill, Gunbarrel Saloon and Neil Jamieson of Underwriters Insurance for hosting the Friday Night Wine and Nibs event at the Rock Oven Grill. Next up for Outdoor Hockey at Apex is the 11th annual Firefighters Tournament where 22 teams from all over BC, Washington and Oregon will be participating. This tournament will be taking place Jan 23rd - Jan 26th. It seems every time we host a tournament it snows like crazy ... So, let it snow! 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, you can still enjoy some winter outdoor skating on the 1 km Adventure Skating Loop open daily from 10am - 11pm.

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Apex Ski Club Update with Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director Great Success at Sun Peaks Giant Slalom Races for Apex Racers! Five skiers brought home medals from the Okanagan Zone’s first Giant Slalom Race of the season the weekend of January 11-12, 2014. Sun Peaks Ski Club hosted over 140 racers aged 10 through 18 from Apex, Big White, Prince George, Revelstoke, Silver Star and Sun Peaks. Each racer took part in three giant slalom races. “We are so proud of our team! They overcame some tough conditions, lots of fresh snow, wind, and cold temperatures. The U14 gang will be coming back later in March for Provincials. This was a nice chance to experience the track.” Says, Head Coach Jorgen Anderson. Under-12 Racers ~ Under tough conditions on Sunday, Noa Rogers pulled together two excellent runs to place third in the under-12 women’s giant slalom race. Alison Sinclair placed 8th in her first giant slalom race as a U-12. In Saturday’s first under-12 men’s giant slalom races, Heming Sola and Luke McMillan of Big White had exactly the same time - down to the hundredth of a second - tying for first place. In the second race, Heming Sola and Devin Blaser-Ladouceur placed second and third respectively. On Sunday, Heming Sola again reached the podium finishing third. Also competing in this category were Issac Athans, who was very consistent placing 4th, 5th and 5th. Adam Koczij had a great event placing 10th & 9th. Peter de la Mothe, Connor Robinson, Jake Erickson and Quinten Pearson all had excellent races. Under-14 Racers ~ Minnie Gentes had her first top ten finish in ski racing, placing 10th in Saturday’s first under-14 women’s race. Kayley Davies placed 8th in the second race. In Sunday’s two-run race, four Apex racers cracked the top ten with Kayley Davies placing 6th, Molly Wells 8th, Minnie Gentes 9th and Tyrah Henderson 10th. Also competing were Kristen Anderson, Agatka Koczij, Melissa LaPrairie, and Hanna Marsh-deBoer. Marcus Athans had an excellent weekend with two first place finishes and one second place in the men’s under-14 races. Joining him on the podium for the first time was Chase Davies who placed third in the second race. Also representing Apex were Kyle Blaser-Ladouceur with a top finish of 6th. Noa Borg had his first top ten finish coming 9th. Aaron Leaman also had a top ten finish on Sunday coming in 10th. Tamatea Westby, Parker Sinclair and Matthew Siggs all had excellent races over the weekend.


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Top L-R - Agatka, Molly, Tyrah & Minnie at Sun Peaks GS Race. Btm L - Apex takes 40% of Top 10 U-14 Women’s GS. Btm R - Marcus Athens - Gold & Chase Davies - Bronze.

Apex Carvers ~ Our regular weekend program is now well underway! Kids are shredding it up all over the mountain. Make sure you have a look up the Okanagan Run at 11:50 Saturdays and 2:50 on Sundays when “The Snake” will be in full force. Under-16 Racers ~ Competing in the under-16 women’s What’s the Snake? It’s a great group of young carvers kids category from Apex were Belle Grant, Elsa Knutson and Ella having their cool down run. Have a look! Very cool watching Pasin who placed 8th, 9th and 12th respectively in Saturday’s these little ones coming down Okanagan Run. race and 10th, 8th and 12th in Sunday’s race. Reece Howden SOS Dinner and Auction ~ Make sure you get your tickets and Keefer Wells represented Apex and placed 5th and 7th for from Chad and Colin at The Edge Bistro or Mike at The Trading the Saturday race and 5th and 8th on the Sunday race. Post for our annual SOS Dinner & Auction on Saturday, January 18th in the Gunbarrel Saloon. Big Thanks to Apex Mountain Resort for their WE AIM 2 WIN continued support of Alpine Ski Racing! Building Skills & Self Esteem to Last a Lifetime



See you on the Slopes!


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Apex Ski Club Social January 18th, 2014 at the Gunbarrel Restaurant

Support Our Skiers Buffet Dinner! Silent Auction! Live Auction! The Apex Ski Club Social is a FUN event for club members and the ski community to get to know each other and support our skiers! It is the major annual fund-raiser for our ski club. Enjoy a buffet dinner at the Gunbarrel and take part in the silent and live auctions, featuring many great items generously donated by club members and local businesses. Members and nonmembers welcome! The more the merrier!

Tickets only $35 Available from:

The Edge Bistro The Trading Post Store Jen (250) 487-8465 Keri (250) 490-6910

Save the date! January 18, 2014

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Volunteers are needed and appreciated for all of these events from baking cookies, chopping landings, to building fences, by ronda barzilay timing and more … All of our great events at Apex are so successful thanks to everyone who pitches in to make them AFC athletes are training hard on Kristi’s happen! If you have any questions, please feel free to pop Run, Okanagan Run and in the park! Marnie an email! Volunteer Co-ordination - Apex Freestyle Apex Freestyle Club will host the first of the Timber Tour - BC Club - marnietodd@gmail.com Freestyle Series I competitions - January 16th - 19th. This is the first competition of the season - one of two qualifying Canadian Series - Castle Mountain, AB - January 22-26, 2014 events for the Canadian Junior Nationals. This is a great Good luck to the AFC Alumni and AFC Mogul Team who will opportunity to see some really talented youths ripping it up. represent BC and Apex at this National Event. We will update There will be over 130 competitors ages 7 and up competing you with the results in the next issue of Apex Matters! from Apex Freestyle Club, Whistler/Blackcomb Freestyle Club, Silver Star Freestyle Club, Big White Freestyle Club, Congrats to our AFC Alumni Kyle Parker and Mason Barzilay Vancouver Freestyle Club, Mount Washington Freestyle Club, who both had a strong performance at the US Selections in Yukon Freestyle Club, Canadian Sports Institute Mogul Team Winter Park, Colorado and are now busy getting ready for upcoming competitions. and the BC Provincial Freestyle Team.


This event will have three sub events which will be Big Air, Senior Nationals - March 26-31, 2014 Moguls and Slopestyle. Apex Mountain Resort is the first of four stops on the BC Tour . Apex Mountain Resort is hosting one final event for 2014 in welcoming the best that Canada has to offer at the Senior The Age Categories as follows: National Championships, with the single mogul national Timber Tour - Age as per policy (July 1st of each year) championship competition on Saturday and the head-to-head dual competition runs on Sunday. F1 & M1 19 & over F2 & M2 16 - 18 years We still have room in some of our amazing freestyle F3 & M3 14 - 15 years programs! F4 & M4 12 - 13 years (some exceptions may apply to The Jumps & Bumps have started! It is not too late to check come up from Super Youth) out the great programs offered by AFC!! Ask about our great Super Youth - Age as of Competition Training day as per NEW rates for 2014!! BCFSA policy F5 & M5 11 - 12 years Check out these smiley faces! F6 & M6 9 - 10 years F7 & M7 7 - 8 years Good luck to all the athletes! The Mogul and Air Site are within walking distance from the Apex village. Do not miss the opportunity to see these amazing athletes laying down some awesome tricks! If you have any questions about the Apex Freestyle Club, please contact our Head Coach Kenni at afckenni@gmail.com or call 250.490.1762. apexfreestyle.com A special thank you to Apex Mountain Resort and the many volunteers who make the development of these freestyle athletes possible! Apex Freestyle Club promotes the love of the sport of skiing in a fun and safe environment encouraging each athlete to pursue their skiing passion of throwing down some tricks or one day representing Canada on the podium! Nor Am - Moguls & Dual Moguls - February 13-16, 2014 Canadian Selections which was recently held at Apex was Left to right - Happy Freestylers Cassidy, Makayla & Alex. the qualifying event for a NorAm spot. The BC Mogul Team Sporting the NEW Jump & Bumps jersey’s donated by Nicholas and several of the AFC Mogul Team have earned the right to T. Parker of Royal LePage. compete. This is the highest mogul event one level below the Ronda Barzilay - Media Mom - Volunteer World Cup with 80 plus athletes from four different countries competing. This is the only stop in Western Canada for this rondabarzilay@shaw.ca prestigious international event; athletes will compete in moguls 1.888.847.6632 or cell 250.878.4272 and dual moguls hoping to gain points that will propel them to apexfreestyle.com the National Team, and possibly to compete in the World Cup Circuit.


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Personal Best on the World Cup Tour

with Andi Naude After a great few weeks of quality downtime at home, I am extremely excited to be back on the road competing in the North American leg of the World Cup tour. It is a very busy time for us, because there are five events in just over two weeks. These five events are the last World Cups before the Olympic Games, which makes it even more exciting; everyone is pushing their limits in hopes of earning Olympic spots. Apex’s Andi Naude, 2013 FIS World Cup I am currently writing to you from Deer Rookie of the Year! Valley, Utah where we will be competing on January 9th and 11th. The competitions in Deer Valley are always a lot of fun, because they are night events and there are always huge crowds, sometimes even 5000 people! Prior to traveling to Deer Valley, we competed in Calgary, Alberta, one of my favorite World Cup stops. The course is quite challenging, but I always enjoy skiing it. I managed to ski three solid runs, which helped me earn a 4th place finish. This is a personal best, which I am only hoping to improve on! I am really excited and want to thank you all for the endless support. Also, I want to say a huge thank you to the volunteers, who ensure that the competitions run flawlessly! After Deer Valley we travel to Lake Placid, Vermont and Val St. Come, Quebec! I will keep you posted.

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On March 1st and 2nd, 2014, we challenge you to join us for Canadian Cancer Society Yukigassen - Snow Battle Vancouver 2014 at Mt. Seymour. Also known as the Japanese Snow Battle, Yukigassen is a team sport created in Japan that has now spread around the world, with tournaments in the US, Finland, Norway, Australia, Jasper and now, the first ever Yukigassen event in BC - Canadian Cancer Society Yukigassen - Snow Battle Vancouver 2014. Teams of 7 participants play Yukigassen, an epic 3 period snow battle, where teams try to hit their opponents with snowballs or capture their flag. Each team is guaranteed 3 battles and 1 team will be named the Canadian Cancer Society Yukigassen - Snow Andi Naude in the starting gate at the Calgary World Cup Moguls event in early Battle Vancouver 2014 Champion and have the opportunity to January. Andi completed three solid runs earning a personal best 4th place finish. represent Vancouver and compete in the Yukigassen Canada (Photo courtesy of Rob Kober). You can follow Andi Naude this season right here National Championships. in Apex Matters and at www.andinaude.com. Andi is also on Twitter @andi_naude. This isn’t only a fun event, it’s a fundraiser! So you can throw snowballs and feel good about making a difference in the fight against cancer. We request that each participant try to raise a minimum of $200 to help support the work of the Canadian Cancer Society. p. 250.762.7722 | f. 250.762.2232 Don’t delay, register today! Only 32 teams will be allowed to toll free 877.311.7722 compete in 2014, so don’t miss out! service@okanaganofficesystems.com For more information, please visit http://convio.cancer.ca/ 523 Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna yukigassen or contact us at yukigassen@bc.cancer.ca / 604“Serving all your Office Equipment and Stationary needs” 675-7104 / 604-533-1816.

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The Annual Loppet and Tech Okanagan Cup #2 Races By Jerome Jang, Chief of Competition & Team Coach Excitement is building for the Annual Nickel Plate Loppet and the Teck Okanagan Cup #2 races coming up on Saturday and Sunday February 1 and 2. Citizen racers have been training hard putting in long distances to train for the 15 or 30 kilometre Loppet (citizens ski race) held on Saturday, February 1st. To race that distance comfortably, you must train at least that distance or more up to a month before the event. Some of our more serious citizen racers have already logged up to 40 kilometres or more of slow easy distance on some of their training days. In the next few weeks they will start to taper and do less distance, but harder faster skis in order to build speed in preparation for this classic race. Our faster skiers will be finishing the tough full 30 kilometre race course at the highest altitude for any such races in Canada in just over 1 hour and 10 minutes or so, depending on conditions. There are shorter distances for younger age categories, which will start after the mass start of those going the full 15 or 30 kilometre distance. We expect 150 plus racers to line up at the start line on Saturday, February 1st at 10 am. Meanwhile, those planning on racing the Teck Okanagan Cup #2 and Championships, which is a individual 15 second interval start time trial, have shorter distances to race but still have a significant challenge. The race on Sunday, February 2nd starting at 10 am is a free style (read skating) race and is part of the regional series races that gives younger aged participants access to high level races without having to travel as far as in the Provincial level races. While there is shorter distances (1 km for age 5, 6 and 7), there are also race classes for all age classes including open up to 60 plus who will be doing a 10 kilometre distance for women and a 15 kilometre distance for men. Expect the podium winners open men to finish the 3 times 5 kilometre loop in under 40 minutes. We expect up to 250 racers for this race. Our Nickel Plate Junior Racers will be racing both days and have been training hard on both techniques. If you have never seen races like this before, come and cheer on our racers, or become one yourself! Parking will be at a premium, so plan to car pool if you can. You can also both cheer on the racers and help out by becoming a volunteer at one or both of these events. We are actively recruiting and training, so we can host the Midget Championships (a full weekend of racing including exciting relays) next season, and the BC Winter Games Okanagan Zone Trials, as well as the BC Winter Games itself in February of 2016. Speaking of which our own Rachael Shanner raced well enough at the Okanagan Cup #1 and Okanagan Zone qualifier to be invited to this years BC Winter Games. There is a volunteer sign up sheet up at the lodge or you can contact either Claire or Peter Waterman or Jerome Jang at 250-494-1972.

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Welcome to the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Office Open 9-3 Daily www.nickelplatenordic.org

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

Snowshoeing At Nickel Plate By Esther Skrypiczajko, President We invite you to come up and experience our snowshoe trails. They are well marked and well tramped and cover a variety of terrain from gently rolling to steep hills. Dogs are permitted on the Claim Jump trail on the north side of the road. The office staff can point you in the direction of the trail suited to your ability. Each Tuesday two groups head off from the ticket office at 10. There is one group for those wanting a mellow walk of 1 1/2 to 2 hours and another for the more adventurous who will tackle the steeper trails and even head off into the backcountry, There is no need to commit ahead of time ... just show up and join the group of your choice. For non-members our trail fee is $11 and snowshoes can be rented for $7. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails!

Nickel Plate Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 18th ~ Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe with Potluck Dinner at 7pm. If there is sufficient interest, there will be a snowshoe trek after supper. Sunday, January 19th ~ Demo Day - Reps from Salomon and Fischer invite everyone (members and non-members) to come up and try out the latest in ski equipment. There will be a hotdog barbeque at noon. Thanks to Frank from PCRAS for organizing this event. Saturday, February 1st ~ Nickel Plate Loppet Race Sunday, February 2nd ~ Teck Okanagan Cup#2 Race Monday, February 10th ~ Family Day - Check the website to see how we are going to celebrate families! Wednesday, February 12th ~ Valentines Lunch - Our own Chefs’ Spaghetti & Meatballs. Watch the website for details. Saturday, February 15th ~ Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe


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Racing Season Has Begun!

Nickel Plate Nordic Junior Racers Update By Kathryn Golbeck, Communications/Marketing for Nickel Plate Junior Racers Heading into 2014, the Nickel Plate Junior Racers have been training on snow for almost two months. Training has focused on technique, improving fitness, nutrition, recovery, ski wax preparation, and race-day strategies. Fun, team camaraderie, and the enjoyment of cross-country skiing are always on the agenda! Race Report ~ Six Nickel Plate Junior Racers traveled to Revelstoke along with team coach Jerome Jang for the December 29th Teck Okanagan Cup #1. As a qualifier for the 2014 BC Winter Games, 214 skiers started this race, skiing in difficult waxing conditions of zero degrees with new, wet snow. Nickel Plate Junior Racer Rachel Shanner qualified to attend the BC Winter Games February 23-25 in Mission! All racers are congratulated on their efforts and dedication to the sport of cross-country skiing. Upcoming races include the Teck BC Cup Race #2 at Overlander Ski Club in Kamloops from January 25-26th, with both classic and free technique races. Additionally, the Nickel Plate Junior Racers are excited to support two big events at their home club over the weekend of February 1st and 2nd. Those being the annual Nickel Plate Loppet and the Teck Okanagan Cup #2, a free skate technique race. For more information on these events, visit www.nickelplatenordic.org. More races will be attended in February and March in the Okanagan region. Watch for further updates throughout the season. Looking Ahead! ~ Nickel Plate Nordic is set to host the 2015 BC Midget Championships and the Nordic events for the 2016 BC Winter Games. Under the direction of team coach Jerome Jang, the Junior Racers will continue to “Learn to Compete” and “Train to Compete” in anticipation of these future events. Jerome is a fully accredited Level 3 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) of Canada Cross Country Ski Coach with extensive club, provincial, national and international experience. Want to learn more about the Junior Racers? Visit: http://www. nickelplatenordic.org and click on “Junior Racing Program” and “Coaches”.

Nickel Plate Junior Racers at the Teck Okanagan Cup#1 Race in Revelstoke. From L-R: Walker Singleton, Justin Odian, Rachel Shanner and Jessica Broder.

Above - Nickel Places Junior Racers get ready to compete. Below - At the start line.

Nickel Plate Skill Development Program (SDP) By Audrey Perry, Skill Development Coordinator We are up and skiing with the skill program. It was hard not to run into a group of kids on the trails on Saturday morning. We have 76 kids in the program this year. What a great first weekend! The weather was almost as chaotic as the lodge at the beginning of the day. The timing of the blizzard that blew through in the morning made it a little more difficult than normal to get up to Nickel Plate, but it left some beautiful snow for us to ski in. Everyone found the level they were supposed to be in and fun was had by all. We have special events coming up for our SDP families, starting with group lessons available to parents for a reduced rate of $10 on January 18th, while the kids are in lessons. On January 25th, we will have our annual SDP campfire cookout. Families bring their own hot dogs, etc. and we provide the condiments. It promises to be a fun season of skiing. Many thanks to all the coaches for a great start to the year! Photo on Left: Fynn McNolty and Logan Dougherty enjoy a great bluebird day on the trails at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre during the annual “Welcome Day” held on Saturday, January 4th. This event welcomes newcomers to cross country skiing and includes a complimentary lesson and rental equipment, along with a wonderful BBQ lunch for all that attend. Glad so many were able to join us this year.

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My Olympic Pipe Dream Reality with Matt Margetts


I got my first podium of the season. I placed 3rd at the World Cup in Calgary with my teammates Justin Dorey 1st and Noah Bowman 2nd. Canada swept the podium for the first time in our Canadian Team careers. It was pretty amazing to podium on Canadian soil, Matt Margetts is a local Olympic hopeful and recent 3rd place finisher at with my family, friends, and teammates, the Skier Halfpipe World Cup Event held in Calgary in early January. going into the Olympics. Now I am that Stay tuned for more great photos and updates, while we cheer Matt on this season. much closer to solidifying my spot for Sochi. My dream is that much closer to Answer key to B D D becoming a reality. the right is for the L I A B I L I I T I E S E Christmas in Clinton, BC to visit my White Kennedy L P B girlfriends’ family was very different, shooting guns, feeding crossword puzzle A S S E T S R I horses, playing poker, and drinking whiskey, it was my first and answer key N E T Redneck Christmas. On Boxing Day, Sasha and I drove to below is for the C C A S H C Penticton to visit my family, which was really nice to spend P A Y A B L E Apex Matters H I A C C R U A L Sudoku Puzzle. some good quality time with my ma and my 11 year old twin L C R E T Both Puzzles sisters. After a couple of days taking ‘er easy, playing card T C I found on page 23. games, and eating phenomenal food, it was time to embark on J O U R N A L S R E O the nice 9 hour drive through the Rockies to Calgary, AB for the S T R A N S A C T I O N S World Cup. Y R V When we got into Calgary late that night, it was a brisk -26 I R E T A I N E D E X P E N S E S D B which I was not too stoked on. It reminded me of Colorado G I L O W E R or the East Coast, but by the time we woke up the next day it T E had already warmed up substantially. The pipe at COP was in Across Down pretty decent shape, but not the best halfpipe we’ve ever skied. 4 The balance sheet classification 1 The financial statement that reports Training went really well and I had a lot of fun. Qualifying that reportswas the obligations of the the financial position of a company company. as of an instant or point in time is the best day ... it was warm, the pipe was the best it had been, 5 Resources owned by a company. the ________________ sheet. 6 The basis or method of 2 The systematic allocation of the it was fast and soft, and I qualified 3rd out of 30 people. Of accounting that is less effective cost of equipment and buildings course on finals day, it was cold and snowy, but than we managed the accrual basis in used in a business from the balance measuring profitability. sheet to the income statement over just fine. I fell my first run, but threw it out 7of my mind and Located at Most liability accounts have this the useful life of the asset. word as part of their title. 3 An entry to the left-side of an landed my second. Lake Marina 8 The basis or method Skaha of account. accounting where expenses are 6 A listing of all of the accounts There are only two qualifying events left and they are back reported as they are incurred available in the general ledger is a to back in Park City, Utah. I am really excited rather to bethan outwhen of they are paid. __________ of accounts. 12 Known as the book of original 9 When a company provides a service Colorado, because I am not a huge fan of the altitude and cold, entry, it lists transactions in order and allows the customer to pay in extreme conditions. Park City is a lot milder and the weather is by date. 30 days, the account to be debited 13 Accounting software facilitates is Accounts _____________________. much more consistently warm and beautiful. recording business 10 Some people 700 refer to the income Grizzly _______________. statement as the profit and ______ I am really looking forward to a contest after the Olympics that I 15 One part of stockholders' equity is statement 11 The book value of an asset or just got invited to ... the Orage Masters Rumble in_____________ Retallack. earnings. It 16 A major element of the liability is also known as the FXincome Nitro MTX is a fun, anti-contest put on by my outerwear sponsor Oragethat forreports fees statement ________________ amount. earned andfrom sales of products. 14 An entry to the right-side of an the 9th year. However, this year they changed17the venue Sometimes inventory is reported account. at an amount that is __________ a mountain resort to the backcountry cat ski operation , being than cost. Retallack. It is the greatest contest in our sport, because it is all about dressing up and having fun with your friends. Wish me luck! 1300 Stryker

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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. Fresh BC Talent Quest is busy confirming the last remaining spots available. Our Age Group categories are filling up and to date we have band groups, singers, dancers, duo’s, and solo performers booked and confirmed. Registrations will continue through to the cut off date of 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. Enjoy 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 at these locations or you can register online at www.cmeliveproductions.com. A nominal entry fee of $10 is required to secure your spot. Registration forms can also 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. Penticton London Drugs is sponsoring our 1st place winner for the Fresh BC Talent Quest “new” logo design contest and Fresh BC is sponsoring runner up prize. Again, this logo design contest open to all ages (9 up to 99) and NO entry fee required. Contest details on website. 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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By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen A new year is a great opportunity to share my enthusiasm for my commitment to work hard for British Columbia’s seniors and their families. As Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors, I look forward to continuing to connect with as many British Columbians as I can throughout the province. What better time to reconnect with BC’s seniors than in January, Alzheimer Awareness Month. Up to 70,000 British Columbians are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, or another dementia, and almost 10,000 of those individuals are under the age of 65. These are our friends, family members and our neighbours. Alzheimer’s will eventually impact the thoughts, actions, and feelings of those with the disease and how they react to their environment. These symptoms can sometimes be misunderstood as depression or even as normal signs of aging. Alzheimer Awareness Month is one way we can raise awareness so that families affected by this terrible disease know they are not alone and know where to find help and information. Government is committed to ensuring that those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias have access to early diagnosis, treatment and support. The Province’s Dementia Action Plan commits government to supporting community programs, such as the Alzheimer Society of BC’s First Link Program, which, together with physicians, refers people with dementia and their families to support services as early as possible. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have a profound impact on the family members who act as caregivers. Front line community groups work hard with health authorities to continue to improve the services available for individuals caring for loved ones by offering personalized patient care plans and support groups. Raising awareness about available services and the impacts of this disease is critical, especially in rural BC, to ensure that diagnosed individuals and their families feel supported and encouraged to remain active and engaged in their communities. On January 26th, Health Minister Terry Lake and I will each be attending an Investors Group Walk for Memories held in support of the Alzheimer Society of BC. These walks take place in 23 communities throughout the province and I’ll be at the walk in Vancouver. Attending the Walk for Memories is a great way to support families in your community who are impacted by dementia. I want to know what is going on with seniors in BC and let you know that your voice matters. Beginning in February, I will be sending out a monthly newsletter that will be a part of that ongoing dialogue and a chance for me to share information about BC seniors. You are invited to sign up for that newsletter at http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/enews-subscribe.html. To learn more about the First Link Program and supports available in your community, please visit the Alzheimer Society of BC website at: http://alzheimerbc.org. To register for the Investors Group Walk for Memories, please visit: www. walkformemories.com today.

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Balance in Skiing

By Vince Rabbitte, Apex Ski Instructor Throughout the world, it is through movement that mankind can experience the vision of the infinite. Mind is in a state of for becoming more intellectualized through movement and motion. Movement is a manifestation of our intellectual, emotional and spiritual well being. Movement never lies; it is absolute truth. Thus, we experience that surge of life that Henri Bergson refers to as “elan vital”. The most important element in skiing with comfort and precision is balance. Then comes that smooth transition of the body and skis, as you change direction on the slope. The legs should flex enough so with an extension of the uphill toes you move into that new direction. These beautiful rhythmical precise movements can be achieved only with lots of practise. For the older septenarians; octogenarians and nonogenarians you can enjoy the same thrills of movement and motion by making much larger and longer turns on the mountain by skiing on wider runs and allowing gravity to take you down to the lifts. The ride on the lifts allows your legs to rejuvenate for the next run.

Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Big Sugar Album: Hit and Run Greatest Hits Track: “The Scene” Big Sugar started in Toronto in 1988, with their first album release in 1991. Lead singer and guitarist Gordie Johnson has is own sound of rock/reggae. If you know this band, you would recognize the band’s sound right away. They have a high energy feel that will keep you moving all night. This particular track goes out to all my former co-workers on the ski patrol. Give it a listen and you will know what I mean. 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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Subzero Yoga™ at Apex By Neil Pearson, Physiotherapist, Certified Yoga Therapist You may not have heard about the new yoga craze, but Subzero Yoga™ looks to bring a bitterly frigid end to sweaty yoga here in BC. All of the usual benefits of yoga are exaggerated with polar conditions, according to local experts, who wish to remain incognito. Whether you thrash the Wildside pow, or cruise Grandfathers, here are some good reasons to add Yoga to your daily or weekly routine. 1. Everyone seems to know that Yoga can help us become more flexible. And, it seems that most know that flexibility is beneficial while you are riding the mountain. The twisting postures of Yoga, along with the bending and arching movements help you handle the bumps, and come up smiling after a yard sale. With more subtle spine movements, you will find it easier to look up the hill at intersections, thus avoiding collisions, and you will look less like a stiffy as you cruise down the slopes. Remember though, consistent practice of loosening up those tight spots in your body is necessary. 2. Yoga can help to decrease back pain and improve ease of movement. When you cannot quite stand up straight after a long day on the mountain, or bend down to tighten your boots because your back it too tight or painful, you should consider Yoga. Scientific research - really good research indicates that Yoga practice is an effective way to decrease pain and restore ease of movement, even in the face of chronic low back problems. Although the Canadian group hasn’t endorsed it yet, the American Pain Society is 5. Yoga provides you with an opportunity to practice breathing. recommending Yoga as a treatment for back pain. All those Sure, breathing is something you do anyway, but it seems with aching backs from teaching young children to ski can more difficult at this elevation. It turns out that when you benefit from Yoga. practice breathing calmly, you get better at being calm. 3. Stretching feels good - right? Well, maybe not when And, isn’t spending time on the mountain supposed to feel you hold your breath and push so hard it feels like things calming? Exhilarating too, but not stressful like working for are going to rip yourself, but when you do it wisely, even the man. When you are in a Yoga class, wondering when if it doesn’t feel so great during, it will after. There’s just this pose will ever end, and feeling like you are hanging something magical about a good stretch! on to the edge of a cliff by your finger tips, practicing calm 4. Riding the mountain well requires that your brain is in breath is an excellent choice. Maybe you won’t succeed tune with your body. The trouble many of us experience at all the first few dozen times, but if you keep trying, soon is spending most of our days ignoring our body. On the you will be able to push hard AND breathe with some ease. other hand, Yoga practice pretty much forces you to pay Now you might be thinking that holding your breath while attention to sensations from your body. Practicing body you plunge into Sweet Sue or Make My Day makes it that awareness makes it easier for your brain to coordinate the much more special, but chances are even your thighs will wildly sophisticated reactions you need when you slip from love you more when you can keep that oxygen flowing on hard packed into powder snow, or when your child flies out the slopes. of the trees directly in your path. As you can understand from these five points, more Yoga means more fun on the slopes. We blame it on our daily CLASSIC/SKATE/BACKCOUNTRY SKIS • SNOWSHOES schedule, but really, most of us don’t try Yogaing (or similar activities) because of our sense of immortality. As such, please refer back to point #2 above when your physical therapist or other health professional is telling you that healing your injury should include some time exercising away from the slopes. And remember, as they tell us in Subzero Yoga™, chilled is 214 Main Street, Penticton the new hot.

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Apex Fire Brigade Update

with Mike Polywkan, Apex Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief One of the most important things in maintaining a viable fire department is in the people you have to man it. It is for this reason that most fire departments have a Junior Members program. And, ours is no different. I would like to introduce to you our Junior Member, Christiano Cressman. Christiano has been a member of our community for many years. He is working towards his high school graduation and diligently helping his parents with the Whitetail Chalet. One summer, a couple years ago, I needed some volunteers to help with a building search training seminar that I was running. Christiano was my casualty; a downed fireman in full gear. Since this practice, Christiano has kept his gear and stayed on as a Junior Member and has responded with us on a couple of motor vehicle accidents. For these Junior Members, the fact that they can add this experience to their resume scores them big with any potential employer. I myself work for a large international corporation that has safety and the skills that ensure it, as their top most priority. One can always tell when a young man or women has been involved with an emergency services agency. They have a confidence and maturity about them that will help them through life. We as fire departments need these young men and women to become interested in volunteering for emergency services. Where ever they end up, there will be a department that needs them to provide the services that are so important to every community. We would like to welcome other Junior Members to our department and I will promise you that the skills you will learn and the experience you will gain will make your future more promising. As mentioned in the previous Apex Matters, we will be holding our first Fire Prevention Week during the last week of January. Please contact me at 250-292-8570 or email mikepolywkan@ live.ca, if your strata would like to participate in our program. I would like to end this with some fun fire facts and quotes: • Did you know the Cincinnati Ohio Fire Department was the first in the world to use steam fire engines? • 2001 - Ella McNair becomes the first female African American Lieutenant on the F.D.N.Y. • The Buffalo NY Fire Department is the first regular fire company organized on December 16, 1864. • 1862 - The Great Fire of Troy, New York destroyed all of the downtown. • Join us on Facebook ... APEX FIRE BRIGADE SOCIETY. Have a Safe Ski Season!

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APOA Update By Phyllis Matthews, APOA Board Member Well here we are, off to another good start to the Apex season. And just in case you might be a little fuzzy on ‘Road Information’, I will give you an update. Argo Road Maintenance is our contractor and they are out there in all weather keeping the roads safe for you. You can expect to have sand trucks and a grader on our roads at any time. Should problems arise, you can call Argo at their office number of 250.493.6969 during working hours of 8:30am - 4:30pm, or at the emergency number 1.800.663.7623 after hours. A couple of things to be aware of: Firstly, there are logging trucks on the lower part of the Apex road. It accesses the Apex road just above the gravel pit about half way up. Secondly, and this has been a problem for the clearance operators for quite a few years, please do not park on the roads at Apex. That includes the main road and the residential ones, and is clearly posted in several locations. If you are visiting, please park in your host’s parking area. If you are the host and there are too many cars, park some down in the main parking lot. If you do get towed for contravening the Highways Act, it is an expensive experience. Don’t think just because it’s the evening that it won’t matter. The plows are working at all hours and cars parked on the road are a hazard for both operator and owner. If you have any concerns regarding Apex roads, please feel free to call me at 250.494.0838 (home) or on my cell at Apex 250.488.8446. Safe Driving and Happy Skiing!

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with Accent Living & Leisure Specialists It’s easy to convert your old, inefficient masonry fireplace into an attractive and efficient focal point of your home with direct vent insert systems. Featuring sleek style, realistic flames and powerful heat output, you’ll be able to enjoy the warmth and comfort of an efficient fireplace that helps save on fuel costs. Choose from our many options of various trim and surround styles to create the perfect look for your home. Did you know that with the purchase of a gas fireplace, you can easily qualify for a $300 Fortis rebate? This is because a new gas fireplace is so much more energy efficient. Natural gas is the cleanest fireplace that you can use. It has the lowest particulate levels and lowest levels of greenhouse gases compared to all other fossil fuels. So, save money because your fireplace is more efficient and get money back with a Fortis rebate. We will even file the paperwork for you! You can choose from many styles and models of gas fireplaces now on display in the Accent Living & Leisure showroom gallery. For example, this lovely gas fireplace shown in the photos here captures the feel of an outside Okanagan Beach landscape. Enjoy the warmth of a ‘fire at the beach’ feeling, while in the comfort of your own home.

Installing a fireplace or creating an outdoor living space is a major project and your hearth is the heart of your home. We listen to your specific needs and with the assistance of our design partners can help you choose the style of stove, fireplace or BBQ that’s exactly right for you. Visit our showroom gallery to see traditional and contemporary fireplaces installed with a variety of finishes. See the amazing stucco finishes creating the look of stone, tile and other finishes that have been part of Accent since its beginning. If you’re planning a major renovation and want to integrate your purchase within a new look, then our interior design partners will come out to your home. The friendly Accent team will work with you to turn your dreams into reality and add value to your home. We hope it’s the start of years of partnership. Come and see for yourself. At Accent Living & Leisure, dreams become reality. Right now gas fireplace inserts are starting from just $1499 at Accent Living & Leisure in Penticton. We are open 9-5 Monday through Friday and are located at 1295 Fairview Road. For more information on gas fireplaces, various inserts, and Fortis Rebates, call 250.770.2903 or email accentliving@shawbiz.ca. You can also view our website at www.accentfireplacegallery.ca.

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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 4 Apex Mountain (Proper) from Nickel Plate Nordic By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Guide

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A few words on our Apex Snowshoe Trek

The Apex Mountain snowshoe trek offers good bang for your buck ... a challenging workout over diverse terrain with a panoramic view at the top. There are several routes up, but we chose a well-defined trail to start. We were on the lookout for a few hazards, including tree wells, deep snow pockets, snow bombs and buried branches. Walking poles help us navigate and keep us from face planting (most of the time). About 1.5 hours later, we veer off the trail and start a lengthy hill climb. Stopping for water, we peel off a layer or two. The route is difficult and requires stamina to reach the top (not ideal for beginners). Once there, we’re greeted by several snow-crusted reception towers and a stunning view. Surrounded by a changing weather system, we’re below the high clouds and above the low-lying valley clouds. We see the top of the Quad chair to the north (Beaconsfield Mt.), the old Hedley Mine site to the west, the Cathedrals to the south and Okanagan Valley to the east. After absorbing the natural beauty (minus a few cut blocks), we hunker down next to some small trees ... a reprieve from the gusting, wintery wind. A thermos of tea, dark chocolate, granola bars and hearty peanut butter and jam sandwiches fuel us for the journey down. Bellies full, and layered up, we select a slightly different route. Despite some crunchy snow below the summit, we find luscious patches of untouched powder ... perfect for leaping, jumping, and running. In total, our trek lasts six hours and covers about 12 km round trip. We’ll choose a clear sunny day for our next adventure ... a chance again to savour the views and soak up some vitamin D. ~ Erin Trainer & Erick Thompson - ET2 Media

January 2, 2014 ~ I have snowshoed to the top of Apex Proper only once and that was over 10 years ago. So, when a request to guide some friends to the summit presented itself, I happily obliged. On a clear day the 360 degree views from Apex summit are stunning. The Cathedrals, Cascades, Brent, Sheeprock and Baldy are but a few of the mountains and ranges that are “eye candy” courtesy of Mother Nature. But, be forewarned, on a cold, windy or snowy day, Apex Proper can be nasty!! On longer snowshoe adventures such as this one, I like to do a trip “pre plan”. To loosely name but a few examples, I like to plan my route by studying a topo map and/or Google Earth and I check various internet sites for the weather forecast for the day. Our snowshoe route to the summit of Apex Proper would start near Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. 70% would wind through the trees and 30% would be in the open. The weather forecast was mostly cloudy, light wind, chance of flurries and 0 to -4˚C. Estimated return trip would be shy of 12km, take 6 hours with 1-2 hours leeway for the unknown or unexpected and to be back before dark. Now, to change things up, I am going to deviate from personally describing this snowshoe adventure and hand it over to my Apex Mountain Peak snowshoe companions in order to get their perspective. Our journey began about 6km and 3.5 hours earlier in a sub-alpine

parking lot. We had followed a winding snowshoe trail through the pines, past a meadow, then through a cut-block. We had taken in the view it offered before diverging back into the forest where our route became a steep ascent. Eventually the forest gave way and we could see a ridge above us. The trees and snow here are constantly in the process of being shaped by the winds. The very same wind is whisking away my body heat, but my enthusiasm and excitement are at a new level with the peak in sight. I forget about the cold, the wind, my fatigue and the weight of my pack. I even forget the blisters forming on my heels. We’re there! Apex Mountain Proper is a dramatic place. The peak is like another planet: a windswept terrain with gorgeous 360º panoramic views. I’m taking a moment to watch the clouds hurriedly roll from the south, up over the ridge, and then fall into the opposite valley bellow. The weather is happening here on a completely different time scale. I watch one more cloud tumble up and over the ridge. The others, Dino, Lorna, Erin & Erick are heading back down already; eager to get out of the wind and eat their lunches. I take a few quick pictures to show our friends, knowing the pictures will never do it justice.

L to R - Dino, Erin, Erick, Lorna & Andy at Nickel Plate with Apex Proper in background. Then I promise myself I’ll do this again and bring my friends. ~ Andy Koch - Westbench Web Expedition to Apex Proper with Dino Our hardy well-prepared group of five set off on our trek with a hint of trepidation. Initially, the weather forecast was a bit dire; however, this happily did not come to fruition. Dino had designed the route in advance, which helped enormously in terms of the climb ... less slogging through heavy snow. The ascent to our actual destination, Apex Proper, was a tad windier which is typical. However, it wasn’t as cold as before Christmas, so this made it a lot more bearable. We were able to get a decent view of the Hedley Mine, Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, Green Mountain, the Cascade Mountains, as well as noble Mount Baldy to the southeast. After enjoying a quick repast of various high carb foodstuffs, we marched back down essentially using the same route we had taken up with some challenging deviations through the trees, compliments of Dino. Ultimately, not an adventure I would have ever attempted solo. Many thanks to Erick, Erin, Andy and of course, Dino for being there! ~ Lorna McGill

The snowshoe adventure to Apex Proper took us 5 hours and 25 minutes. We ascended 680 meters and descended the same. All went even better than expected. I thank Lorna, Erin, Erick and Andy for their accounts of the day.

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WANTED: Penticton Store Manager

The Trading Post

At True Outdoors, our vision is to be the best outdoor clothing and gear store west of the Rockies. Sure, it’s a big task, but we love a challenge! We’re looking for a manager in Penticton who feels the same. You are passionate about the outdoors. You are respected in the local outdoor community. You are knowledgeable, engaging, and outgoing. And you’re a leader. A ‘roll up the sleeves’ entrepreneur who can’t wait to get started. At True Outdoors, we don’t actually sell a ‘product’. We promote lifestyle - and an incredibly rewarding one at that. We do that by providing the best products, service and knowledge possible to support the communities in which we live and play. Are you the person to help us do that in Penticton? If so, please respond to ken@trueoutdoors.ca your CV and a letter of introduction. Please do not drop your resume at the store our staff are busy sharing stories with customers! Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

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Submit your “True Outdoor Winter Adventure Story” and you could win a $50 Gift Certificate to True Outdoors. The winning entries will have their stories published in Apex Matters this season. Share your love and passion for our Canadian winters and tell us why you deserve a $50 Gift Certificate! Please limit your entry to 500 words of copy or less. Photos to accompany

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/ 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms / 1/2 cup beef broth / 1/2 cup (1/2 of 250g tub) Philadelphia Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread / 1 Tbsp. flour / 225g (1/4 of 900g pkg.) fettuccine, uncooked.

PLACE meat, onions and mushrooms in slow cooker. Add broth; stir. Cover with lid. Cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours (or on HIGH 3 to 4 hours). COOK pasta as directed on package, omitting salt, about 20 min. before ready to serve meat mixture. Drain pasta. Mix cream cheese spread and flour. Add to meat mixture; stir until cream cheese is completely melted and mixture is well blended. Place pasta in large bowl. Add meat mixture; toss to coat. If you have a “Great Cabin Recipe” that you would like to share, please email to apexmatters@telus.net. Happy Cooking!


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Send in yours to apexmatters@telus.net Throw a “snowball" at someone for not so good actions, like dumping furniture at the garbage bin or send a “snow angel” to another for doing a good deed, like pulling you out of the ditch. (Please Note: Some discretion on inclusion may be involved.)

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