Apex Matters Late January 2015 Issue

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

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All Three Apex Terrain Parks Now Open! Freestyle NorAm Event ~ January 22-25

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Late January 2015



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Hockey Tourney Success ... 2 down and 1 to go!

with Marc Tougas, Apex Hockey Organizer The 15th Annual Shootout Hockey Tournament - Jan 8-11 It was an incredible weekend. The weather (as promised) was as good as it can be for playing hockey and some fresh snow for the skiers and boarders on the Saturday. The live band, The Younguns, for those who came to party in the Gunbarrel Saloon was also incredible. Some left blood on the rink and sweat in the bar ... Thanks for participating in what turned out to be a great weekend! The winner of the Ladies Division was “The Ice Dragons”. They defeated the favoured “Whistler Dirty Girls” team in what was a great game. Final score was 3-2. The Men’s Open Division was won by a first year team, “The Oilers” ... Yes, the Oilers actually came to play in the tournament, since they don’t really have an NHL team anymore ... LOL ... They found some competition closer to their level of play ... Winning the Recreational Division defeating a very tired “Shockers” team from Burnaby. The Shockers partied very hard the night before and had to be coaxed out of the hotel to get on the ice. But, credit to them, they did show. Thanks Tim for getting that done. The Old-Timers Division was won by a Vancouver area team called “Berts Bum’s”. They have played many years in the tournament finishing 2nd every year. But, they got ‘er done this year ... Congratulations! The 12th Annual Firefighters Hockey Tourney - Jan 15-18 It was another fantastic weekend. The weather (again as promised) was as good as it can be for playing hockey outdoors, plus some fresh snow both Saturday and Sunday for those that skied and snowboarded made for a great all round weekend. The Gunbarrel Saloon delivered a great party atmosphere once again, as the live band “The Younguns” kept everyone moving and dancing to the wee hours. Too much fun! In fact, teams partied so hard that no one wanted to play in the finals, so the round robin stats determined the winners. The winner of the Ladies Division was “The Buzz” from the greater Vancouver area. The Mens ‘A’ Division was won by Kamloops Firefighters who defeated West Kelowna Firefighters in a hard fought snowfilled game that had to get cut short. West Kelowna feels they could have come back with time ... Sucks for them, but the skiers liked the snow at least. The Mens “B” Division was won by Kitimat Firefighters who had players come all the way up from California! Vancouver and Kitimat were to play in the finals, but got cancelled due to Snow!!! Well, sort of ... Neither team wanted to play and agreed the night before on such. Everyone can rest for another year ... I have to suffer through one more weekend of these festivities ... Hope I make it! For more information, please visit www.apexhockey.com.


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On The World Cup Mogul Circuit

with Andi Naude In my last update, I was en route to Deer Valley, Utah for the third and fourth World Cup events of the season. Unfortunately, it was not my weekend. I ended up in 11th place for single moguls and 17th place for dual moguls. That being said, nothing beat skiing in front of the amazing crowds! Deer Valley is the one time of year where we are able to ski in front of thousands of spectators. It is really quite special! Apex’s Andi Naude, 2014 Canadian National Despite my fairly disappointing Mogul Champion results in Deer Valley, I was tremendously excited to find out that I had qualified for both the single and dual moguls events at the World Championships held in Kreischberg, Austria! Being one of the four athletes chosen to compete for Canada in the single moguls event was a huge honour. Training went really well, and I felt confident going into the event (Jan.18), but during qualifications, I caught an edge prior to performing a back-full on the top air and fell in the landing area. World Cup skiing is definitely full of hard knocks and humbling life lessons. I feel that I have had to overcome many obstacles these past two weeks. However, I have to put things into perspective; I have managed to obtain two of my main goals for this season, and I have had a lot of fun along the way. Moving forward, I am excited to still have the World Championship dual moguls event to ski in tomorrow (Jan.19)! I will be coming home this week for a few days prior to leaving for next World Cup events held in Lake Placid, NY and Val St. Come, Quebec. You will find me up at the mogul course for the Apex NorAm (Jan. 24-25) to cheer the skiers on! Make sure to stop by if you would like to watch some exciting mogul skiing action! Thank you again for the amazing support. Until next time!

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News From Apex Freestyle Club by ronda barzilay

Apex Freestyle Club presents Nor Am - FIS Moguls & Dual Moguls - January 22nd - 25th

SEE INTERNATIONAL TALENT BATTLE IT OUT ON THE MOGUL COURSE - World Class Action A high calibre mogul competition only one level below the World Cup with 130 plus athletes from more than 5 + different countries. Athletes from Canada, USA, Australia, Japan, Great Britain and some of BC’s & Apex’s Best will be competing. The NorAm Cup is the stepping stone and training ground to the big show, the WORLD CUP. Acting as both an access point and holding area to the best developing skiers in the America’s and the World, the 2015 FIS Freestyle NorAm Cup has events in - Ski Cross, Moguls, Dual Moguls and Aerials. These are our next generation Olympians! WHERE - 30 minute drive to Apex Mountain Resort from Penticton - You can watch from the village or take a short walk up to Kristi’s Run. FREE to see these athletes pound down this course and get upside down performing amazing acrobatic tricks. Thursday, January 22nd | Official Training 9:45 Ladies course inspection | Official Training 12:15 Men’s course inspection | Official Training Friday, January 23rd | Official Training 9:45 Ladies course inspection | Official Training 12:15 Men’s course inspection | Official Training Saturday, January 24th | Mogul Competition 8:15 Ladies course inspection | Official Training 9:15 Ladies qualifications 10:15 Men’s course inspection | Official Training 11:15 Men’s Qualifications 1:45 Ladies and Men’s Finals Awards - 4pm on the Gunbarrel Podium Sunday, January 25th | Dual Moguls Competition 8:15 Training | Course Inspection 10am Dual Mogul Competition

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A big welcome to the following teams: Team Canada, US Ski Team, Sun Valley, Apex Freestyle Team, BC Freestyle Mogul Team, Canadian Sport Institute Team, Japan, Australia, Great Britain, Bermuda, Telluride, Steamboat, Vail, Park City, Winter Park, Ontario, Wasatch, Lift off Freestyle, Alberta and Squaw Valley. BC Athletes who will be competing: 1. Mason Barzilay - West Kelowna 2. Madison Parker - Port Moody 3. Kyle Parker - Port Moody 4. Mackenzie Schwinghamer - West Kelowna 5. Kassidy Todd - Keremeos 6. Byron Estey - West Vancouver 7. Josh Kober - Penticton 8. Jordan Kober - Penticton 9. Brendan Kelley - Pemberton 10. Sofiane Gagnon - Whistler 11. Koleton Phipps - Penticton 12. Noah Spence - Penticton 13. Ben Pratt - Whistler This event is 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 or cell 250.878.4272 or rondabarzilay@shaw.ca

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Tired Athletes - Mason Barzilay, Kyle Parker, Noah Spence and Mackenzie Schwinghamer return home from Deer Valley Utah - First NorAm of the season!


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Timber Tour 1 & Super Youth Results January 16, 17, 18, 2015 Top six finishers from Apex Freestyle Club Timber Tour ~ U14 - U20 Slopestyle U14 Boys - Brayden Kuroda - Gold U18 Boys - Matt Finlayson - 6th U16 Girls - Shaina Finlayson - Bronze Mackenzie Schwinghamer - 5th Chloe Kober - 6th U18 Girls - Kassidy Todd - Gold U20 Girls - Mason Barzilay - Gold Big Air U18 Boys - Matt Finlayson - Gold Cameron Kapusty - Bronze Rhys Swenson - 6th U16 Girls - Chloe Kober - Silver Shaina Finlayson - 4th Kassidy Todd - Gold Moguls U14 Boys - Brayden Kuroda - Gold U16 Boys - Maxwell Todd - 4th U18 Boys - Noah Spence - Silver Koleton Phipps - Bronze Joe Durham - 4th Kyle Parker - 5th U16 Girls - Madison Parker - Gold Mackenzie Schwinghamer - Silver Anna Spence - Bronze Shaina Finlayson - 6th U18 Girls - Kassiy Todd - Gold Sophia Diamond - Silver Super Youth ~ U8 - U13 Slopestyle U10 Girls - Rhya Covert - Gold U12 Boys - Chad Collyer - 4th U13 Boys - Cole Patterson - Gold Nate Parsons - Silver Big Air U10 Girls - Rhya Covert - Silver U12 Boys - Alec Henderson - Gold Chad Collyer - 4th Alex Collyer - 5th Moguls U10 Girls - Rhya Covert - Silver U12 Boys - Alec Henderson - Gold Chad Collyer - Silver Alex Collyer - 4th U13 Boys - Cole Patterson - Gold Nate Parsons - Silver

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Carvers Corner

with Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director Wow!!! What a great couple of weeks since our last report. The Club is in full swing these days. Apex Carvers are well into their season now and looking great! The Club hosted the Okanagan Zone Teck Slalom last weekend, U16 U18 just returned home from the Red Mtn Teck Provincial series. A fantastic weekend racing January 10 & 11 at Apex Resort. We definitely benefited from all the great training at the resort over the Christmas break. We are so fortunate to have great snow conditions this year at Apex. We are the envy of the province. Such a strong showing by the Apex Gang!

Race Results from the Race Slalom January 10 &11 Highlights (top 10 finishers) U12 Girls Day 1 Ana Large - Gold Balnka Gerloczy - 8th Race 2 Noa Rogers - Gold Ana Large - Silver Blanka Gerloczy - 9th Race 3 Noa Rogers - Gold Blanka Gerloczy - 7th U12 Boys Day 1 Heming Sola - Gold Jake Erickson - Bronze Race 2 Jake Erickson - 4th Conner Robinson - 10th

U14 Boys Race 1 Isaac Athans - 4th Noa Borg - 5th Devin Blaser - 8th Overall Marcus Athans - Gold Kyle Blaser - Bronze Race 2 Isaac Athans - Gold Noa Borg - 8th Aaron Leaman - 9th Tamatea Westby - 10th Overall Reece Howden - Gold Marcus Athans - Silver Race 3 Isaac Athans - Bronze Adam Koczij - 10th Overall Reece Howden - Gold Marcus Athans - Silver Just a great weekend for the group. So many cool memories for the kids and parents from a excellent event hosted by the Apex Ski Club. We have a very fast group of skiers they just continue to throw down the results! U16, U18 just returned home from a provincial event in Rossland, BC. Reece Howden, Marcus Athans, Kyle Blaser, Parker Sinclair, Ella Pasin, Mini Gentes, Tyrah Henderson and Molly Wells competed in 1 Slalom and 2 days of GS. The team mostly made up of first year U16 did very well over the weekend. Marcus Athans had is best result of the season with a Bronze in the GS last Saturday and followed it up with a 7th on Sunday. He was very solid all weekend! Kyle Blaser had a 10th in day one of GS. Solid skiing at Red by the group under some very tough foggy conditions. The group will head off for speed training in February.

Race 3 Heming Sola - Gold Jake Erickson - Silver Quinton Pearson - 8th U14 Girls Race 1 Kailey Davies - Silver Kristen Anderson - 7th Day 2 Kailey Davies - Gold Agatka Koczij - 5th Kristen Anderson - 10th Ella Pasin - Bronze overall Race 3 Kailey Davies - Gold Agatka Koczij - Bronze Kristen Anderson - 7th Hannah Marsh-de-Boer - 8th

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Upcoming Social Events at Nickel Plate Please see www.nickelplatenordic.org for more information on these upcoming events, or email kdodman@icloud.com. Family Day Monday, February 9th: Come out and snowshoe or ski and enjoy a BBQ Lunch! Valentine’s Day Saturday, February 14th at 6pm: Potluck Dinner and Moonlight Snowshoe and Ski. Saturday, March 14th at 6pm: Potluck Dinner and Moonlight Snowshoe and Ski. Ladies Days! Sunday, February 22nd & Friday, March 20th: Ski or snowshoe & lessons will be available. Enjoy wine, lunch & massage! Lots of door prizes to be given away! $35/person.


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Teck Okanagan Cup #5 Race Report

Overlander Ski Club at Stake Lake, Kamloops My name is Sol Jacques. I am 11 years old and I ski with the Nickel Plate Junior Racers. Last week, a few of my team mates and I did a race in Kamloops at a ski area called Overlander. This race is all about the hills! Winning this race is like wearing the polka-dot jersey in the Tour de France. You win this, and you are the “King of the Hills”. The race was an interval start, which I like, but I had to start first, which I don’t like, because you have to hold off the person behind you and you can’t pass anyone. The start of the race is both my favourite and most dreaded part of the race. This year, I think I started a bit too fast. I ended up in fourth place for the Bantam boys born in 2003 and fifth place for the combined Bantam boys born in 2003 and 2004. I was really happy with my result at this race. Cross-country skiing is one of my favourite sports, and I will keep racing and skiing recreationally for as long as I can!

A group enjoying the groomed trails at Nickel Plate. (Photo by Corwin Shanner)

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Sol Jacques training at Nickel Plate. (Photo by Corwin Shanner)

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Upcoming Races at Nickel Plate Nordic Nickel Plate Skill Development The Nickel Plate Nordic Club invites you to join us for the Teck Okanagan Cup #6 & #7 in the Okanagan Cup Race Series. This will be a skating event on Saturday, January 31st, and a classic sprint event on Sunday, February 1st with distances of 1km for the Atoms and up to 15km for adults.

Teck OK Cup Race #6 ~ Saturday, January 31st TECHNIQUE: Skating Mass Start


Teck OK Cup Race #7 ~ Sunday, February 1st

TECHNIQUE: Classic Sprint Start START TIME: 10:30 AM The Teck Regional Cup Series is the regional version of the BC Cup Series, the cross-country ski competitive series in BC. Other regions in the series include Northern, Kootenay, and Coastal, with clubs from each region attending races. The goal of the BC Cup Regional Series is to allow competitive racing for all ages without the need for extensive travel, while allowing new skiers to compete at a high level event. Cross Country BC, the provincial sport governing body for cross-country skiing in BC is a non-for-profit, club-based organization of more than 18,000 members. Cross Country BC offers programs and services to support the continuous development of cross-country skiing for all ages and abilities, from introductory experiences to international excellence. Teck Resources Limited is the title sponsor of Cross Country BC’s Skier Development Program, thereby supporting excellence in sport and providing youth with experiences that will help them prepare for the future. For more information on Cross Country BC, please visit www.crosscountrybc.ca.

We are almost one month into the Skill Development Program (SDP) up at Nickel Plate Nordic. There are 62 kids in the program this year with a lot of new families. We have been enjoying perfect weather for cross-country skiing every weekend so far. Our first weekend started off with a flourish with our SDP annual campfire cookout. Thanks to Kirsten Hannam for starting and tending the fire, while many other parent volunteers set up the benches for a cozy campfire experience. Nicole Handford prepared hot chocolate for the skiers and we were ready when the skiers finished their lessons. The campfire is a great way to get to know new families and reacquaint with old friends. This year, we started one week earlier than normal, because we will have to cancel lessons for the two race weekends coming up. Even though there will be no lessons, we encourage as many of our skiers as possible to attend both the traditional Nickel Plate Loppet and the OK Cup this year. The races should be a lot of fun and the distances are set up for all ages. Many thanks to the wonderful coaches we have this year and also to the parents volunteering their time on and off the snow. It will be a great year.

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed for our two race events for this season: The Okanagan Teck Cup Races January 31st & February 1st and the Nickel Plate Loppet February 7th. If you are able to help, please contact info@nickelplatenordic.org.

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 The annual Nickel Plate Loppet will be held on Saturday, and click on “Snow Report” and “Current Weather”. February 7th at the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. Race distances will be 3km for children, 7.5km for youth, and 15 or 30km for Trail Etiquette adults. As an all-ages event, this race will offer both fun and Please follow these guidelines when skiing at Nickel Plate: competition in a world-class cross-country ski location! • Obey all signs and ski only on trails suited to your ability. Registration is now open on Zone4.ca. See www. • All trails are two-way. Skiers in the right-hand track have nickelplatenordic.org for the Race Notice, links to registration, right of way. Slower skiers should give way to faster skiers course maps, and directions to Nickel Plate Nordic. Early and faster skiers should give a courteous warning when Bird Registration Rates are available until January 21, 2015. passing slower skiers. Registration closes February 6, 2015. • Skaters: Please avoid the classic tracks. Thank you to our sponsors The Bike Barn, Peach City • Help keep the area clean ... If you pack it in, pack it out. Runners, Cordillera Consulting, Louis Garneau, and • If you happen to fall in the track, fix the track as best you can. Fischer, Swix and Salomon Skis, as well as the many • When stopping, move to the side of the trail. volunteers who support this race. Teck Resources Limited is the major sponsor for Teck Cup Dogs are not allowed south of the parking lot. A K9 Trail is regularly groomed on the north side of the Hedley/Nickel Plate (they are supplying wax kits for all children over 10). Road and you are welcome to take your pets there. The chili sponsors for both Nickel Plate Loppet and Teck Cup are: Sue and Geoff Severide, Sue Salter (Corderilla Snowshoers: Please do not walk on the ski trails. If the Consulting), Richard Findley (Summerland Builders Mart), snowshoe trail crosses the ski trail, walk directly across and Lisa (and Alan) Singleton (Pro Physio Therapy) and Lori avoid stepping on the classic track. Watch for skiers when Jang. As well, thank you Esther Skrypiczajko, Esther Minty crossing the ski trails. Stay on the designated snowshoe trails, do not wander off the trail, as the tracks you leave may confuse and Kim Dodman for preparing the chili. other snowshoers. Looking To BUiLD A Contact Nicola Nuttgens These guidelines are designed for the safety and enjoyment of all users. Please be courteous to others and enjoy all that for your free consultation. Nickel Plate Nordic Centre has to offer. 800-663-2558 x116 • 250-488-9541 Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is on Facebook (Nickel Plate Nordic CUSToM HoME? nnuttgens@linwoodhomes.com

Nickel Plate Annual 30km Classic Loppet ~ Saturday, February 7th

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New Winter Triathlon Hits Apex Mountain Hoodoo Adventures is thrilled to be partnered with Steve Brown of Peach City Runners in launching a New Winter Mulit-sport Event for the area, the Winter Triathlon 876. With events such as Ultra 515, The Challenge, Penticton Ramada Elevator Race, Peach Classic, Half Corked Marathon, Freak'n Farmer and Three Lakes Triathlon under their belts this partnership creates the perfect team to launch this new format in the Province. The race is scheduled to be held March 1st, 2015 connecting Nickel Plate Nordic Centre to Apex Mountain Resort. It is the first race of a planned series in coordination with Triathlon BC. This is also the first Winter Tri to be sanctioned by Triathlon BC, who are very excited about the event. All races in the series will consist of an 8K Nordic Ski, 7K Run and 6K Skate, hence the name 876. Future locations in the series are still to be announced.


With the Québec ITU Winter Triathlon hosting athletes from all over the world with over 3000 spectators and $10,000 worth of prize money on the line, it is clear the popularity of Winter Triathlon is on the rise in Canada, but has yet to hit the West Coast in the same manner. After making the Pentathlon des neiges the world’s biggest winter outdoor event, the non-profit organization has introduced the premiere of the Québec ITU Winter Triathlon. The event took place on the historic Plains of Abraham. Numerous world-renowned athletes participated and hoped to make history by becoming the first-ever world champions of this sport and the Triathlon National Federations delegates are dedicated exclusively to the worldwide development of the new ITU Winter Triathlon. Delegates from Finland, France, Russia and the United States supported the move forward for Winter Tri and have contacted race directors in other parts of Canada to stage more domestic races, this was the first step of the birth of Winter Tri 876. It is extremely exciting to have this event sanctioned and hosted at Apex in the early stages of this new sports' development. “In three to five years we’ll look to get a World Cup series and a world championship in place, then ultimately the Olympics, that would be the dream.” Laureen Barnett, secretary general of the International Triathlon Union, says the Quebec event was “a first big step to becoming an Olympic sport. Though snowshoeing isn’t in the Olympics, it fits so nicely with the skating and skiing. And, with the first two male finishers in Quebec both being Olympians, it opens the door for a fresh new approach to winter sport.” The ITU has long staged triathlons in winter, mostly in Europe, but comprised of sports more associated with warm weather races, such as running and biking then adding cross country skiing. The circuit has been floundering. Jay Morrison, brother of Olympic Champion Speedskater Denny Morrison, competed in the elite field. “The popularity of triathlon is growing all the time and it’s already huge,” says the Speedskater from Fort St. John, BC. “This format is very exciting and I think people will take to it. It seems almost an obvious choice to extend what triathlon already is.”


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The Inside Track with the Apex Ski Patrol


The Alpine Responsibility Code

Did you know that if you are involved in an accident on the slopes that you are to stay at the scene until the patrol arrives? Did you know that you should never stop in the middle of a run? It is your responsibility to know the code and follow it. Be safety conscious. It is your responsibility. Be aware & ride with care!

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Very Uninteresting & Useless Apex Facts

By Sheldon Hansen Did you know that ancient dinosaurs once roamed down the Grandfathers run. Still do. I skied down the other day and met up with the intrepid Fred Smith when to my surprise, and right in front of me, I am sure I saw an Ausie Smithyrex. Dog-gone eh? Do you know why it takes longer to cook spuds at Apex than down in the burbs? At the burbs H2O boils at 100°C (212°F), while at Apex the boiling point is about 92°C (198°F). Less heat, longer to cook, longer to cook, more time for libation. Did you know that skiing from the top of Apex to the bottom about 14 and a half times would be quite equal to the vertical from the top of Mt. Everest to sea level? Just think, many proudly brag that they ascended from the base camp to Everest’s summit. Shucks! You could brag that in one day you descended even farther, from the summit all the way to the level of the sea. See? Si. And, did you know that moose in Apex country like cabbage? Deeper snow brings the odd moose wandering across ski runs and cross country trails. Should you accidentally meet up with one, for goodness sake, do not make a noise like a head of cabbage - or carrots for that matter - they also like carrots.

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Ray’s Away Sale!

Fireworks on Christmas Eve in the Apex Mountain Village Photo courtesy of Preserved Light Photography

"Oreo The Dog" Braves A Winter Night

Submitted by Shelly Stoll On New Years Eve, we had left our dog, a small Shitzu cross, in the cabin as we headed to the village for the fireworks. My kid's friends came back to the cabin early and accidentally let our dog "Oreo" outside. My dog has always been afraid of fireworks, so when they started he bolted around The Circle and disappeared. He had never gone missing before. We returned to the "Oreo" ... Happy to be found! circle after midnight and searched and searched all night until 5:30am. We drove the roads, walked the trails, as well as had others on snowmobiles searching through the night. Then at 10am we received the most exciting call from Nickel Plate Nordic Centre ... They had found our dog! Murray from Nickel Plate was grooming the trails when he saw our dog running on the cross country track. Murray picked him up and put him in the grooming machine by the heater and our exhausted little dog rested. Murray continued grooming with him in the cab. After completing his route, he brought our dog to the heated office at Nickel Plate where they fed him and kept him warm. Fortunately, they were able to use the contact information on his dog tags to call me. We think our little dog covered about 10km either going the power line route or a snowmobile route from The Circle to Nickel Plate. He was very lucky to survive being outdoors all night ... to not have froze or met with a predator. I just wanted to say thank you so much to these wonderful people at Nickel Plate who rescued my dog Oreo of 8 years. And, thank you to everyone else that helped search while he was lost on New Year's Eve.

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Rail Jam Competition in the Village with swag and cash prizes for all categories. Sponsored by One T Apparel, Freeride Boardshop & Pentagon Boardshop. Register before Jan. 30th in the main office.

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January 30th 4-7pm $10

Say Happy Valentine’s Day Take your significant other to Brewski! Our famous craft beer, spirits and cider tasting event. Featuring the live band Towers & Trees, delicious appetizers, great social, and of course amazing craft beer, cider & spirits! Tickets $35 Available now at Eventbrite.ca

Ladies’ Day is on Every Wednesday. Join in on the fun, fresh air, exercise, and not to mention great company! Sign up at Snow School FIS NorAm Mogul competition Jan.24th &25th on Kristi’s Run.

ShootOut Hockey tournament on the Apex outdoor rink from Jan.22nd – 25th. Rink will be closed for public use. The Skate loop is open 9am – 11pm. BC Family Day Lots of activities for families on Sunday Feb. 8th Fun race for everyone down the GS course on Okanagan Run at 1pm. Free hot chocolate, marshmellows and bonfire in the tube park from 11am-2pm. For more details visit our website apexresort.com or email emily@apexresort.com

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Late January 2015

Happy, Active People By Phil Burman, BHSc (PT) Registered Physiotherapist, Skier, Snowshoer & Outdoor Enthusiast As physiotherapists, our role in health care and society is to help people stay active. We all know that activity and exercise are important for good health, both mentally and physically. Many people find exercise more challenging in the winter, and often find their mood matches the grey and dreary weather. There are huge benefits to making the short trip to the alpine, getting above the valley cloud, and going for a walk in the alpine sunshine. For those who don’t enjoy skiing or boarding or want a lower-cost alternative, there are lots of different options beyond the chairlift. At Apex, we are lucky that we can go snowshoeing, cross-country (X-C) skiing, backcountry skiing and skating right out the back door. Of these activities, snowshoeing requires the least equipment, and is the easiest to learn. Snowshoes can go practically anywhere: up, down and flat, through tight trees or open meadows. For these reasons, and the sheer enjoyment of wandering around in the snow, snowshoeing is the fastest growing outdoor winter activity in North America, with an estimated 50% increase in participants in the last 5 years. With the number of relative new-comers to snowshoeing, it is worth giving a few pointers to help make a day in the alpine enjoyable for yourself and others. With exercise, as with life in general, it’s important to enjoy what your doing. To maximize your enjoyment, a little planning and knowledge goes a long way. The majority of times I have come across people having a miserable time in the alpine, it is a result of either poor planning or, too often, the result of the actions of others. Here are some pointers: • Take a snack and some water. • Dress for the conditions and wear layers. • Consider taking a First-Aid Kit. • Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back. • Call that person when you return. • Travel with a partner or group. • Remember how many people were in your group and don’t leave someone behind. • Take an Avalanche Course. • When travelling in avalanche terrain, carry a shovel, probe and transceiver, and know how to use them. • Take only photos and leave only tracks. Whenever multiple groups share the same space, the opportunity for conflict exists. While no one intends to ruin someone else’s day, some people may not have the knowledge to understand the consequences of their actions. Those new to snowshoeing, and those who have never cross-country or backcountry skied, may not realize the impact of the tracks they leave behind. A ski track or skin track is quickly ruined by someone snowshoeing on the track, as the skier can no longer grip, kick or glide on the uneven snowshoe trail. Wide-open powder bowls are a backcountry skier’s dream, but there are very few bowls open enough to ski down. Snowshoers, by contrast, can easily make it through trees, or stick to the side of a bowl. To find a bowl trashed by snowshoe tracks is very frustrating; it takes a significant snowfall to fill in the tracks, before it is skiable again. To avoid conflict in the backcountry,

and to maximize the enjoyment of other mountain-users, here are a few simple tips: • Snowshoe beside the X-C track or skin-track. • DON’T snowshoe up or down a skier’s line; there is plenty more terrain out there. • If you must snowshoe through a powder-filled bowl, stick to the edge. Over recent seasons, I have witnessed or over-heard a number of heated discussions between different groups about right and wrong; guys post-holing up the skin-track to the Far Side Chutes, and people snowshoeing on the X-C track. Their actions aren’t malicious or deliberately confrontational (although the ensuing communication may be), but simply the result of a lack of knowledge. Remember that the alpine belongs to us all, not just one group. We should all think about how your activities impact others. Nature is beautiful, but no doubt more beautiful without the empty Kokanee cans or dog poop littering the mountain-top, and when your line isn’t spoiled by others. Now, go play outside!



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By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Tour Guide January 12, 2015 ~ It seems Mondays are becoming a regular day for a snowshoe adventure for Frank and I, as we both have the day off. We both enjoy challenging adventures, so I thought we would try a route which I last did 2-3 years ago with my friend Joe; that being the south side of Riordan. This route is challenging, because one usually has to break trail in mostly steep terrain. We started snowshoeing from the old Gunbarrel parking lot and up the power line road for a few hundred meters before dropping off the right side of the road. The first bit was fairly easy going, as we snowshoed in a slightly western direction. Soon the going got steep, so we took turns breaking trail which varied in difficulty. Under tree drip lines, we had a fairly solid base, which as I have mentioned before is created by snow falling or melting from the trees branches and compacting the snow beneath. We had a tougher going in open areas where the deep powder wasn’t compacted.

After about 1 - 1.5 hours of snowshoeing, we reached the top which meets an old road that eventually leads to the summit of Riordan. We choose to follow this road a short way before dropping to the right and into a tight chute, which connected us with “Georges Bowl,” being the “payoff” for all the tough climbing we did. Though Georges Bowl had been previously skied, boarded and snowshoed, we were still able to find some awesome downhill powder lines which we thoroughly devoured! (I remember a time when my snowshoe tracks were some of the few on Georges Bowl and it is now enjoyed by many.) Georges Bowl has the perfect pitch and with the right snow conditions can make “powder running” seem effortless, and so much fun! To get back to our starting point and to enjoy as much downhill as possible, we kept snowshoeing to the right. This gave us line after line of powder to eat up and eat it up we did! On our snowshoe back, Frank managed to get himself stuck in a tree “air pocket.” I mention this as I am always warning people to be aware of air pockets around smaller trees, especially trees which are fully covered by snow and can be hard to detect. This is exactly what Frank found himself in. If I wasn’t there to help dig him out, he would have had a tough time doing it himself. Heck, he might still be there! This incident is one reason why I advise “beginners” to stick to established trails or take a guided tour. All in all, an amazing snowshoe adventure! This trip was just less than 3km with 360m of ascent and descent and took just under 3 hours.

On another note ... A while back I had mentioned I had a pair of newly designed snowshoes sent to me in which to demo. I had many pages written out as a review for these snowshoes, but as the snowshoes were mostly, personally, disappointing to me I will leave it at that. I am hoping the company will make Some parts of our route were steep enough that we used a changes to their snowshoes, as I think they are on to a good “kick step” method of shoeing our way up which was quite fun. thing. Some we pulled ourselves upward by using tree branches, Snowshoe Tip ~ When renting or buying snowshoes, don’t get some by continually and methodically stomping down on the caught up in the weight/height fitting charts. Most women use snow in order to create a base strong enough to hold our 8x24 or 8x28. Most men use 8x28 or 9x30. weight, and some by edging along the bottom of a rock bluff Shoe you later! while clinging to the rock itself.

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Late January 2015

Apex Property Owners Association News

By Suzie Anderson, APOA Secretary

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“As Above, So Below”

In July 2014, 25 to 30 volunteers from APOA gathered in the parking lot of the village for a “Trash Clean Up”. It was a beautiful sunny day and we scattered over the lower parking lot and up to the Old Gunbarrel armed with big black trash bags. Our mission was to clean up all the trash wherever we were, bag it and put it into the truck to be deposited in the dumpster. Two pickup loads and over 40 bags were collected, plus more big “stuff”. A vinyl truck bumper, mini keg and lovely star earring among the most novel trash curios. My patch was just east of the ice rink at the edge of the parking lot, probably about the same size as the ice rink. I decided to be meticulous about picking up every little thing. I ended up with half of a big black garbage bag full of “non natural artifacts”. I picked up every cigarette butt, pop lid, candy wrapper, pens, broken glass, cans, plastic fragments, even a brake drum. There were literally thousands of cigarette butts. So, I entertained myself by vocalizing my rant about ways I wished people would dispose of their junk (especially cigarette butts!) by singing it to the tune of “50 ways to Leave Your Lover”. “Stick it in your ear Dear, Put it in your hat Matt, stuff it in your pocket Jock, pack it to a trash can Man, take it home to your garbage can, eat it, feed it to a goat, Dope!” Well most of us don’t have a goat, won’t eat trash, don’t have big enough ears & are too lazy to walk to a trash can, but there are some obvious solutions. Use your pocket, a bag in your car, or your car ashtray! How about carrying an empty Altoids can in your pocket as a mini ashtray? Please, be really conscious of what you do with those bits of trash. I grew up in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State; the law in our family was to leave the camping and riding areas we used with no trace of us being there, so others could experience the wilderness as untouched as we had. My Mom always would spit on her ciggy butts and put them her pocket. We don’t call our planet “Mother Earth” for nothing: She feeds us, nurtures us, sustains us and I love her and am grateful to her. I’ve worked and played on her and to me, dropping litter on the landscape is like trashing your loved ones. “AS ABOVE, SO BELOW”. We are above ... closer to Heaven when we’re at Apex and what we leave on the ground doesn’t stop there. It goes below. If you consider that cigarettes contain some 4,000 chemicals, it’s a sad fact that those 4,000 chemicals will eventually work their way into the water table. Cigarette butts present a threat to wildlife; cigarette filters have been found in stomachs of birds and marine creatures who mistake them for food. Cigarette filters are composed of synthetic polymer cellulose acetate, a form of plastic that persists in the environment and basically never degrades. When in contact with water, they begin to leach chemicals such as cadmium, lead and arsenic. The parking lot must be a toxic cesspool at breakup! Remember that those poisons will eventually work their way into Keremeos Creek, which drains into the Similkameen River then the Okanagan River, then the Columbia River then the Pacific Ocean and the cycle keeps on churning. We all share the love of being outdoors and I venture to say that love of the pristine beauty of the area is a common value.

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www.ApexPropertyOwners.com Cheque to APOA PO Box 23016 Penticton V2A 8L7 Set good examples by being vigilant about picking up after yourselves. Come to think about it, sloppy people are going to get sloppy government, so let’s clean up our act. Please be conscious and really aware of what you drop. Keep in mind, “As above, so below”. Remember, trash doesn’t just stay there, it leaks and seeps and just keeps giving off! Start practicing good stewardship by keeping your eyes open and observant; pick up after yourselves and, what the hey, pick up after the sloppy ones too! Make our Apex Recreation Area a cleaner place! Be awake and aware of your surroundings. “Mom” will thank you for it.

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Apex Fire Brigade Update

with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief I would like to thank the Gunbarrel Restaurant for their support of donating $1 from every Gunbarrel Coffee sold. Every little bit helps, so keep bringing your friends to enjoy those Gunbarrel Coffees. Your friends will be dazzled by the show as you support a local business and The Apex Fire department. On January 3rd, the Apex Fire Brigade was paged out for a hit pedestrian. We are not normally been called out for medical type calls, but this is an area in which we need to start working on. Motor vehicle type calls also usually involve injuries and we’ve started responding to those situations on a limited basis. We may also risk injury to ourselves, as firefighters often face dangerous situations. For these reasons, we know that we must start brushing up on these skills. We have made progress here in acquiring new members that can greatly help us with this. The pedestrian mentioned above had a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula. He was in a great deal of pain. I and another member attended the scene. Fortunately for everyone, a local physician was on scene, as well as the head of the ski patrol. As anyone who has taken any first aid knows, you always defer to the level of experience and offer assistance. This is what we did and we were asked to keep the patient calm and as still as possible, as well as assist in any lifting or transfer of the patient. We observed the way the situation was handled by the professionals and tried to learn and gather experience for the future of the department and community. I hope the BC Ambulance staff, as well as the physician and ski patrol, were satisfied with our professionalism. Knowing how to help and how to give the caregivers the room they need to do their job takes some skill and practice as well. We will continue to do our best in this regard and promise that we will continue to learn and improve, because that is what evolving entities do.

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We held our AGM on January 6th. Our societal executive positions did not change and I was re-elected as your Fire Chief. Thanks to my peers for having this confidence in me to continue. We had a big discussion involving the future of our department. We decided to set goals for what we want to accomplish, and structure our finances and fund raising efforts in such a way that we can start building toward these goals. We want to purchase a piece of property for the home of Apex Fire Brigade’s future fire hall. We really cannot grow much more as a department until this is accomplished. Once we acquire the land, we will come up with plans for a suitable building, pour a foundation and start to build. Once we have the building, then we can obtain a Fire Truck. We feel that this can be done by our members and community in the most economical way out of all of the possible options considered. Please help us attain these goals either through donation and or by joining our department. We have all heard the clichÊ about strength in numbers and for me has always seemed to have rung true.

Chief Mike and his Dad ... Mike is proud to serve another year as your chief.

Please help Rick by raising the funds we need to get him this fire truck!

The fire safe tip for this issue has to do with heat sources and how we sometimes get careless when it comes to keeping flammable items a safe distance away from them. Many fires start this way and are all preventable. A ski glove falls off the drying rack behind the freezer and comes to rest right on top of your baseboard heater. The repeated action of plunking yourself down on the sofa after a long day of skiing causes it to slide back until it makes contact with the heater. There are too many scenarios just like this to mention, but you get the point. Every once in a while, walk around your place and check all of your heating sources to be sure that flammable materials have not inadvertently gotten so close as to become a fire hazard. It takes way less time to do this than to try and account for everything that you have lost in a fire to report to the insurance company, so that you can hope to replace them at a later date. Some things can never be replaced. How much is that worth? Warren Cressman at the Grand Forks Spring Seminar learning some of the skills he TAKE THE TIME TO BE SAFE! needed for our last call. Have a safe and fun ski season!

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Late January 2015

Monthly Update From MLA Larson

By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen As we move into 2015, my to-do list already seems to be getting longer and longer. There are many projects in every corner of the constituency. Some new, some ongoing, however all are equally important. We will see work commence on the Lakehill Walkway in Kaleden along with involvement from the school to look at ways to make it safer for the children to cross Lakehill and walk along the side of the roads to school. I am confident that the Hedley Cemetery will finally come under the umbrella of the Cemetery Society, this important piece of history will be cleaned up and restored to the people of Hedley. The Town of Midway is working with volunteers in Rock Creek continuing the work on improving fire protection for all the people in the rural area. This is a great example of communities coming together and sharing resources to benefit residents in the area. I would like to thank the Mayor of Midway and the Fire Chief for their ongoing support for this project. There are also issues that affect the entire constituency. The 2-tiered system of electrical billing by Fortis continues to raise questions to the actual benefits of this system, versus the negative impacts on those who are captive to only electricity for all their needs. My office has been an active participant in meetings with the BC Utilities Commission and Fortis for the past year, and we continue to raise this on behalf of all constituents. This remains a top priority for us for 2015, and all these issues are just a sample of the many projects my office is involved in. The recent re-allocations of hunting tags for resident hunters versus guide outfitters has prompted many emails expressing dismay of this change. This is of course not just a local issue, but concerns hunters across the province. I am a supporter of the BC Wildlife Federation and admire the efforts of volunteers who spend their time and energy working on programs to educate the public, in particular for youth. Our office will continue to forward all your concerns to the Minister and I will advocate on behalf of my constituents. The threat of destructive invasive mussels getting into our waterways is being acted upon locally, provincially and hopefully at the federal level. Our MP’s are pushing their colleagues in Ottawa and the provincial government will also be announcing some programs this spring. This issue requires a coordinated national response. I also expect a resolution to the issue of how best to preserve and protect the sensitive environment of the South Okanagan. The Minister and staff are consulting with all the stakeholders and will be bringing possible solutions to the discussion table later this spring. I appreciate the spirit of co-operation that was demonstrated at the last round of meetings and I am confident that there will be ideas coming forward that can be supported by all. And of course, there is the snow! When it happens all at once we are taken by surprise, but it is wonderful when neighbours step up to help each other. Many thanks to all who helped someone else during this snow event. We are fortunate here in rural BC to live amongst so many caring and generous neighbours. Heavy snowfalls are especially difficult for people with mobility issues and can keep them from getting out of their homes for basic needs like milk and bread. It could be several days

Linda Larson, MLA

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To Do-It-Yourself or Not

with Leann Robbins of the ONYX Team Recently, I saw a funny article about the do-it-yourself (DIY) craze. It featured twenty photos of Pinterest ideas and below each one, the epic fail. It resonated with me on many levels. As a lover of DIY, I had already tried some of these and the truth is that for most of us, myself definitely included, our versions look nothing like the original! My attempt at a chevron patterned acrylic painting being the best example. The subject of DIY is near and dear to my heart for other reasons. As an owner of a custom concrete fabrication business, our work is often the target of the DIY enthusiasts. Everyone loves the look and functionality of concrete countertops, but not the price tag. A case study in concrete How do you decide if DIY concrete countertops is the route for you? To start, make sure you go in with your eyes open. Below are the three top things to consider before you buy that first bag of cement. 1. There is science behind it. Although it may seem just as simple as mixing a bag of Portland cement with aggregate and water, there is science behind the materials and the process we use to get the results and strength you need for a beautiful and functional surface that stands the test of time. Some of the materials used in the construction that add strength are not readily available at your local hardware store and need prior knowledge to use them. 2. The equipment is specialized and hard to come by. While the average DIYer usually has access to an assortment of tools to complete most basic home renovations, there are probably some concrete specific items that you will need. You must either purchase a mold, which can be expensive if you’re only going to use it once or you must have the knowledge to build your own. Specialized grinders are also required in order to achieve the beautiful finish concrete is known for. 3. It takes time and it’s messy. When homeowners choose to fabricate their own countertops, they are usually created in place. You must take precaution in this method, so as not to damage new or existing cabinetry. This process also disrupts the use of your space for several weeks from start to finish. And, the grinding process, used to achieve a smooth finish is incredibly messy. So, as a lover of DIY, I say do your research and go for it, but be realistic with your expectations. Remember that all professionals - concrete fabricators included - spend all of their time bettering their craft and have learned a lot through trial and error. Don’t expect your ‘one time kick at the can’ to look like the professionals’. And if it does, call me, I might have some work for you ;-) Contact ONYX Castings to find out more about working with concrete or to discuss your own design ideas. Call 250.488.2798 or visit www.onyxcastings.com for more information.

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Late January 2015

Take Control of Sore & Stiff Muscles in 2015

By Ryan Oickle, Peach City Massage Here we go. Fourth edition of the season and we’re finally addressing it: Soreness! Everybody gets muscle pain, and most agree it gets worse with age. With this realization we could feel defeated, or we could use the many resources available to maximize our experience of life. Consider these to start: • Foot reflexology/massage has been linked to general pain relief by producing pain-blocking endorphins. Try placing a cylindrical travel mug (or something similar) on the floor and roll one foot at a time, occasionally applying pressure to sore points during your exhale. Notice the sensation in your entire body after a short time. • Leafy greens, blueberries, and turmeric (to name a few): Every year at Christmas time my aches and pains are magnified because of inflammatory foods like too much dairy, sugar, and alcohol. Eating anti-inflammatory foods regularly can drastically reduce aches and pains. Refer to the final bullet point below for resources. • “Motion is Lotion”: Physical activity lowers cortisol, which is a hormone often found in excess from stress. It also improves blood circulation, reducing fatty deposits left on arteries. Those pain-relieving endorphins mentioned above are also generated from high-intensity exercise. • Portable massage at Apex and Penticton: To improve circulation and release pain-blocking endorphins (among other benefits), our massage professionals can come right to your door. Visit www.PeachCityMassage or call/text booking request at 250.870.0868. Studio sessions also available in Penticton. • And finally, take the guesswork out of your diet and work with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist in Penticton or online. Visit www.HolisticHealthInBalance.com, or call 250.462.9786.

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Locals Night .. When Locals Go Loco! Sunday, January 25th 6-9 pm at the Rock Oven Grill with the GROOV-A-MATICS

Swingin, Melodic Rocker Pop, Shaken with Rhythm and Blues, Stirred with Torch and Twang Once again, groove with “The Groov-A-Matics” and listen, sing and dance to great tunes of the 60’s and 70’s, and even some 40’s, 50’s and 80’s stuff thrown in for the older and younger amongst us. Oh heck, ya never know what this band of misfits will play ... in fact, they don’t even know! Come out and watch them thumb through the song sheets of time and produce sounds that are surprisingly musical. And, musical enough so that you will not throw anything of danger at them, but instead may be encouraged to yell nice things, hopefully at them, but if not, at your table mates at least. Come add YOUR voice to the melee, try for trivia contest prizes and join the silly fun at “Locals Night” ... where the question arises,”who is entertaining who”?!

The Electromagnetic Age A Sleeping Giant?

Alzheimer’s, sleep disturbances, cognitive disorders, dementia, male infertility, immune dysfunction, brain tumors, childhood learning impairments - all linked by scientific studies to Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs). The World Health Organization has classified EMF producing wireless devices as possibly cancer-causing. Dr. Malcolm Paterson, PhD, a world-renowned cancer researcher now living in our district, will present on the health-related science of wireless devices including smart meters. A Fortis representative and other informed speakers are invited. Area D Director Tom Siddon will moderate. Learn the science-based facts and what you can do to protect your and your families’ health.

Join Our Informative Community Meeting Saturday, February 21st 9:30-12:30 Kaleden Hall 320 Lakehill Road in Kaleden


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The Outer Edge

Fresh BC Talent Quest Season 3 - Starts April 2015

We are looking forward to a great 3rd Talent Quest Season and new workshops have been added. All forms of entertainment and skill levels welcomed. Registration starts now in the following group categories. Our confirmed show dates and host venues are as follows: Opus Bistro Café (Venue Sponsor) - Located in the Cannery Trade Centre at Duncan Ave & Fairview Rd • Saturday, April 11th ~ Group A (9-13 yrs) • Saturday, April 18th ~ Group B (14-18 yrs) • Saturday, April 25th ~ Group C (duo’s up to groups - max 6 persons per group / mixed ages) Semi-Finals & Finals at Orchard House (New Venue Sponsor) - Located at 157 Orchard Ave & Martin St • Semi-Finals - Saturday, May 2 • Show FINALS - Saturday, May 9 Performers register online at www.freshbctalent.com. Registration fees include the new Performer’s Workshops. Registration cut off date is February 22, 2015. Presenting New & Exciting Performers & Parents Workshops: Workshops are a great opportunity for all young performers to gain valuable coaching technique’s in voice, singing, stage, speaking, dance, band, performance skills, etc. We look forward to our Professional entertainers and Workshop Presenters from Vancouver, Kelowna and Penticton. Workshops to be held at Even Dance Studio located at The Cannery #221 on Duncan Ave & Fairview Rd Performers Only Workshop: Sun, March 1 (9:30am - 5pm) Performers Only Workshop: Sat, March 7 (1:30pm - 5pm) Workshop breaks include refreshments & snacks. Everyone on their own for the 1 hr lunch break during the March 1 workshop. Parents Workshop & Presentation: Sat, March 7 The Parents Workshop will support parents who may not know “what to do next” should their child gain attention or music career opportunities. Parents need to know how to protect their child’s future in the music industry! A $10 fee is payable at workshop. Refreshments & snacks provided during breaks. More details on website. Thanks and your support is appreciated. Denis Chaykowski, Fresh BC Talent Quest, SEASON 3 - 2015 www.cmeliveproductions.com // 250 460 2221

Tunes to Turn to ...

Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Talking Heads Album: Greatest Hits Track: “This must be the place”

As some of you may know, I have worked and lived at a lot of ski areas during my lifetime. However, Apex felt like “home” my first time here. It totally reminds me of the mountain I grew up at. I love it up here! Going on 15 years here and my family I plan to be here for many more. As the song says, “Home, is where I want to be”, and Apex is my home. Ski you later! Jay is a music loving skier. Join him in “Tunes To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in.

with the Apex Ski Patrol

Thank You For Your Support

On Saturday, January 17th, Apex Mountain Resort’s Ski Patrol hosted an “Avalanche Awareness Day” as part of the national Avalanche Canada Event. The day involved ongoing Avalanche Demos and Dog Rescue Demos, a BBQ Lunch in the village, and a huge Silent Auction as well as Live Auction in the Gunbarrel Saloon. Over $5000 was raised from this day! Thank you to all that came out and asked questions, ate one of our delicious burgers, bid on silent auction items, and donated to our cause. And, a HUGE THANK YOU to ALL the businesses that donated prizes to our Auction. Your support is greatly appreciated! Proceeds are going towards Avalanche Canada, CARDA Dogs, as well as our own Apex Avalanche Safety Program. These funds will allow for further education and ongoing training to help keep our slopes safe from avalanche danger.

Available at Apex Trading Post

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Keep Calm and Wear A Helmet

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Wood Stoves On Sale!

We will even do some painting touch ups to make it look new again.

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Henri Bergson ... And Skiing

By Vince Rabbitte, Ski School Emeritus “In the Absolute, we live and move and have our being.“ (Author Unknown) Bergson died in 1941 in a country occupied by a foreign power. His death marked an end of an era that had its greatness and richness that reached back to Socrates. His background was a complex family association of Irish-Jewish Polish families. He was born in Monmartre and attended school at the Lycee Condorcet and at a later date entered the Ecole Normale Superior. He rejected the prevalent materialism of the day. As a teacher, he expressed his ideas with a wonderful magnificent lucidity, enthusiastic energy, and elevated philosophy to a stimulating level away from its previous moribund flatness and dullness. He expounded a new theory of knowledge, which led to his Docteur-de Lettres. Essentially, knowledge is built up by challenging teachers, wholesome experiences studying results; even involving some misadventures. Mind and matter therefore spiked new ideas and thus knowledge flourished in an area where ideas were being exchanged. Reality therefore involves continuous intellectual challenge and selection of ideas with a purpose in mind. The accumulation of knowledge may be illustrated by rolling a snowball into a larger and larger ball. Bergson distinguished between scientific time (or clock time) and duration which is more evolutionary in nature. His encouraging statements gave a zest for living. There was a spiritual purpose in his teaching at a time when negative philosophies seemed to be prevailing. For skiers and racers to benefit from the ideas of Henri Bergson; coaches and skiers must understand the cognitive domain of skiing thoroughly. Secondly, they must be aware of the "Affective" side of the sport. Finally, they must understand the "Psycho-Motor" aspect of skiing. 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. © 2015 Okanagan Matters Publications.


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Answer key on page 20.


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