Volume 13 : Issue 4 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!
“Keeping You in the S’know”
Published by Okanagan Matters Publications
Apex Ski Club Social ~ January 23rd
Late January 2016
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Ladies Day ~ Wednesdays from January 6 to March 9. Details below.
Day Lift Operations ~ Daily 9am - 3:30pm
Home Hardware Camps ~ Saturdays / Sundays starts January 9 &10. Details below.
Tube Park ~ Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday / Holidays 10am-3:30pm. Open for group bookings.
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Hockey Tournaments ~ Schedules at Main Office. Rink closed during these dates: January 21-24 ~ Guts Cup Tournament January 28-31 ~ 12th Annual Apex Shotgun Tournament
Night Lift Operations ~ Friday & Saturday 4-9pm
Skating Loop & Hockey Rink ~ Open daily and night lit until 11pm. Watch for group booking closures.
Gunbarrel Saloon Live Entertainment ~ Join in the GB fun and dance the night away!
Snow Bus ~ Runs Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays Arrives at Apex at 9:15am & Departs from Apex at 3:30pm
BC Family Day ~ Monday, February 8th - Enjoy 50% off full-day lift tickets for all BC Residents.
Featuring ~ 77 Runs | 3 Terrain Parks 2000 Vertical Feet | 1112 Skiable Acres 16% Novice | 48% Intermediate | 36% Advanced/Expert | 20 Feet of Cumulative Annual Snowfall
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Fat Bike Demo Day ~ Freedom The Bike Shop will be up on Saturday, February 13th for demos! If you do the loop, you will receive burger, beer & prizes. Proceeds go to Freedom Youth Ride Program. 3rd Annual Brewski Event ~ February 13th - Tickets $40 + fees and includes 8 beer tokens, tasty appies by the Gunbarrel, and an after party featuring “Wild Son”! Hurry - tickets sell out fast!
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Apex Snow School Programs:
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Group Lessons & Private Lessons ~ We offer a full range of group lessons, from children’s and adults’ first-turns, to honing up on your double-black diamond skills. If you are looking for a lesson tailored to you, then a private lesson is the way to go. Our Certified Ski and Snowboard Instructors will focus on your individual needs, while getting you the mileage you need to solidify your new found skills and improve your confidence in the process. Ask about booking your instructor for ”lift-line priority” and get the most vertical possible, which caters up to 3 people in a 2 hour private lessons for one ﬂat rate. Stay tuned for possible new programs coming soon! Ladies Day ~ One of our most popular programs for the fun active lady that skis or boards. This program runs every Wednesday from January 6th to March 9th. Come
join us for a skill improvement session, a great buffet style lunch at the Gunbarrel Saloon, and a complimentary glass of wine from Peller Estates. Lesson Time is 9:45am. 5 Wednesdays (*does not include lift ticket) ~ $175* / Drop in - Lift Ticket, Lesson, Lunch & Wine ~ $79 / Drop in - Lesson, Lunch & Wine ~ $39
Home Hardware Camps ~ For those aged 6-15 years. This super popular program for kids and teens will teach them the skills needed to be able to explore the entire mountain! They will be exposed to new terrain, tactics, as well as mountain safety. There are numerous options to choose from to suit any family’s needs: Saturday or Sunday starting January 9 or 10; half day or full day; 5 days or 8 days; lesson only, lift and lesson, or the complete package of lift, lesson, rentals and bus transportation to and from Penticton. Registration forms for the Home Hardware Camps are conveniently available at Home Hardware, located at 150 Fairview Place in Penticton. Rippin Rascals ~ We love kids and we want make sure they have a great time on the hill. That’s why we created Rippin Rascals for those aged 18 months - 5 years. This is their own special place where they can learn from pro’s who specialize in teaching kids. If they need a lesson, daycare, or a combination thereof, we can do it!
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Welcome to the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Office Open 9-3 Daily www.nickelplatenordic.org
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Nickel Plate Nordic News Nickel Plate’s Annual Loppet Saturday, February 6th
Registration is now open for the Nickel Plate Annual Loppet on Saturday, February 6th! To register, please visit this website https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=11114&lan=1&cartlevel=1 This is an all-ages classic ski event with distances of 15km and 20km for adults, and 3km and 7.5km for youth. We are also looking for volunteers for this race. Please contact Jerome Jang at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are able to help. This race is the Saturday before the Family Day long weekend in BC. We look forward to hosting racers at Nickel Plate Nordic in the beautiful Okanagan Valley!
Volunteers Needed! ~ We are looking for volunteers for both
our Annual Loppet (February 6th) and the BC Winter Games (February 25-28) cross country ski events. If you can help out with either or both, please send your contact info to Jerome Jang at email@example.com. If you have a preference as to what you’d like to help with, please indicate this in your email to Jerome. Thanks for your support!
Treasurer ~ Nickel Plate is looking for a volunteer treasurer
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Nickel Plate Skiers Burn Up The Tracks By Janelle Parchomchuk, Ski Development Coordinator The cross-country ski skills development program for kids at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is off to a flying start this year! We have 68 children between the ages of 4 and 13 taking part. With the help of some big snowfalls, glorious sunny days and our amazing coaches, there have been smiles all around. “It sure is fun. I just love it!” says Felix Dunn, with a hot chocolate in hand. Felix is in Level 1 with his favourite coach, Tracey. The youngest skiers are learning how to slide down the track and tackle the small hills along the way. Older skiers are learning the finer techniques of classic and skate skiing, while developing speed and stamina (and leaving their parents in the dust). Our dedicated volunteer coaches have the participants well on their way to learning a great life sport. Everyone meets back at the lodge for lunch and some wellearned hot chocolate after ski time. Our parent helpers have been great at helping the coaches, stoking the fires, and keeping the hot chocolate flowing. The playground hill has been remodeled last week to include some nice rollers and jumps. Skiers of all ages are showing what they are made of after lessons. We had a great campfire barbecue last Saturday, and now we are all looking forward to the upcoming Loppet (community cross country ski races) on February 6th. The program has jumped from 8 sessions to 10 this year, giving more ski time to families. Although we started in mid-December, there is still room for more skiers. See nickelplatenordic.org for more information.
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Junior Racers Program Congratulations to local athlete Freddy Albrechtson of the Nickel Plate Junior Racers for qualifying to compete in the BC Winter Games in Penticton from February 25-28, 2016! Freddy is also a member of the Cross Country BC Talent Squad. The BC Talent Squad Program is a talent identification program that has been established for the purpose of recruiting and supporting promising athletes from club programs throughout BC. The program is designed for athletes between 13 and 16 years of age, and is a “feeder” program to the BC Development Squad Program. Nickel Plate Nordic Junior Racers Freddy and Simon Albrechtson, Sol and Ollie Jacques, and Olivia Selles attended the Teck BC Cup #1 in Vernon during January 9-10 for a weekend of classic sprints and interval start free technique (skate ski) racing. These local athletes have been committed to their training this season, attending dryland 1-2 times weekly and on snow 2-3 times weekly, with extra practices during the Christmas Break. Watch for the Junior Racers at the upcoming Nickel Plate Nordic Junior Loppet.
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The snowshoe group meets Tuesdays and Sundays at 10 am Master’s Skiing at the ticket office. An informal carpool meets daily at 9 am in Master’s Ski Group at Nickel Plate: Sundays at 10am led by the day lot across from Home Hardware in Penticton. Dave Michael. Come prepared to skate ski (unless the consensus is for classic skiing). Dave will lead the group with easy drills to start in the Start / Finish grid, and then head out for a slow and easy paced ski with technique correction while skiing. Please RSVP to email@example.com or to Dave directly, and indicate if your preference is skate or classic. Numbers of participants will be limited, and sessions will be dependent on participants’ needs.
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Nickel Plate ski clothing for 2015/16 is now available through Hayman Sport and Jakroo. Orders placed by Dec 15th, should be received by the end of the month. Group pricing is available if 6 or more order the same piece. Jackets, training pants, and race suits are available, and hats will be available soon. Sample sizes are available to try on in back of ticket office. Please go to: http://shop.jakroo.ca/Nickelplate-Nordic-2016
Weather, Snow & Grooming Conditions Wondering about Snow and Weather conditions at Nickel Plate? For daily reports on grooming, snow, and real-time weather, please visit our website at www.nickelplatenordic.org and click on “Snow Report” and “Current Weather”. Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is on Facebook (Nickel Plate Nordic Centre) and Twitter (@NickelPlateXC). Follow us for regular updates.
Late January 2016
Update From The Apex Freestyle Club
Apex Freestyle Upcoming 2016 Feb 4-7 Feb 25-28
Canada Cup BC Winter Games
moguls | dual moguls moguls | slope style | big air
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moguls | slope style | big air - top four places
Shaina Finlayson - Gold Chloe Kober - Silver Rhya Covert - Gold Jordan MacDonald - Gold Cameron Kapusty - Bronze
Chloe Kober - Gold Shaina Finlayson - Silver Rhya Covert - Gold Jordan MacDonald - Gold Alexandre Wargniez - Gold Sheldon Dekock - Bronze
Happy Competitors during the BC Timber Tour #1 at Apex during January 7-10, 2016.
Brayden Kuroda - Gold Hayden Person - Silver - AFC Alumni Max Todd - 4th Alec Henderson - Silver Ethan Phillips - Bronze Koleton Phipps - Gold - AFC Alumni Kyle Parker - Silver - AFC Alumni Joe Durham - Bronze - AFC Alumni Jamie Rykuiter - Silver Mackenzie Schwinghamer - Gold - AFC Alumni Kassidy Todd - Silver - AFC Alumni Rhya Covert - Gold Jordan MacDonald - Gold Alexandre Wargniez - Gold Noah Spence - Gold - AFC Alumni Big thank you to all the volunteers and fans that make these events possible! Volunteers and fans are needed for these events! Please contact James Rykuiter to help our AFC athletes pursue their dreams and see them compete close up! firstname.lastname@example.org
Coach Jon giving some last minute encouragement to a Super Youth Mogul Athlete.
Mackenzie places 3rd in Canada Cup!
Rhya takes 1st place in Timber Tour #1!
Highlights from Canada Cup Series from Le Massif in Quebec from January 15-17. Our AFC athletes and Alumni made us proud! Super big Congratulations to Mackenzie Schwinghamer for her Bronze Medal Finish on Sunday in Dual Moguls and 4th place finish in Single Moguls on Saturday! “This was my first podium at this level of event and it was truly an amazing experience. Thanks to my incredible coaches and amazing teammates that helped me push my physical and mental boundaries in order to prepare for the upcoming season. My hard work has paid off and I plan to have continued success with my eyes set on National Team.” Congratulations to Mason Barzilay for making finals both days and placing 11th in singles and 7th in duals! “It was a great learning experience and I look forward to applying what I learned in Quebec to the next Canada Cup to be held here at Apex!” Congratulations to Kassidy Todd for making finals on Sunday and placing 13th in duals. Congrats to the following AFC Alumni for making dual mogul finals with the top 32 boys! Noah Spence -13th | Kyle Parker - 23rd | Joe Durham - 28th Also competing at the Canada Cup was Hayden Person and Koleton Phipps.
Late January 2016
AFC NEW SCHOOL SKIING
On The World Cup Mogul Circuit
with Andi Naude JIBBIN Hello everyone! I don’t have any G HITTING RA super exciting news to report back to G IN D you since my last update two weeks I MOGULS SL ago. However, that being said, my teammates and I have been training LY JOIN AFC FOR A SICK - TOTAL TIM hard in Val St. Come, Quebec in W E apexfeestyleclub.com NO preparation for the second World Cup of the season. It will take place next Saturday, January 23rd. A world cup on Canadian soil is always very exciting. The support we receive from family, friends, and other spectators Apex’s Andi Naude, is always amazing. I am very excited Ranked 5th in the World to get back to competition after a nice For Women’s Mogul Skiing long holiday break. Our average training day here in Val St. Come consists of a good dynamic warm-up in the morning, a few hours of ski training in the mogul course, and then a strength workout in the gym. For some of the off days, I made my way to Montreal and spent a few days exploring the city. I even managed to take a French cooking class! Not only is skiing a great sport, but it also takes you to some rather incredible places. I am very thankful for the many awesome opportunities I have had. Anyways, that is all for now. I hope to have some more exciting news in my next update. By then, I will have competed in both the Val St. Come and Calgary World Cups! I will be posting Apex Freestyle Club Annual Fundraiser Rafﬂe links to live video and results on my website soon, so stay Support these aspiring athletes as the soar to new heights on tuned to www.andinaude.com. Thank you all! their skis and with personal growth!
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A training day last year with my teammates in Val St. Come, Quebec. From left to right - Jordan Kober, Andi Naude, Zac Hoffman and Matt Joosten.
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Apex Ski Club Update with Patricia Large, Apex Ski Club Mom & Volunteer The Apex Ski Club racers have started the race season with a bang! The first race of the season for our U16 racers was held at Sun Peaks Resort from January 8-10th. The TECK Open Provincial hosted 61 ladies and 63 men from all zones in the province. The conditions were perfect for a solid performance from all of our team. Congratulations to Agatka Koczij, Tyrah Henderson, Kristen Anderson, Molly Wells, Melissa LaPrairie, Marcus Athans, Kyle Blaser, Tamatea Westby, Noa Borg, Nathan Tonogai, Parker Sinclair and Matthew Siggs for excellent effort and a solid team showing at your first event of 2016.
U16 Results - TECK Open Provincial Race #1 GS
Girls: Agatka Koczij Tyrah Henderson Kristen Anderson Molly Wells Melissa LaPrairie
22 23 26 34 53
Race #2 GS Girls: Kristen Anderson Molly Wells Tyrah Henderson Melissa LaPrairie
26 30 32 46
Race#3 SL Girls: Molly Wells Agatka Koczij Kristen Anderson
16 17 18
Boys: Marcus Athans Kyle Blaser Tamatea Westby Noa Borg Nathan Tonogai Parker Sinclair
6 17 32 33 37 49
Boys: Kyle Blaser Tamatea Westby Noa Borg Nathan Tonogai Parker Sinclair Matthew Siggs
16 35 36 40 54 55
Boys: Marcus Athans Kyle Blaser Parker Sinclair Tamatea Westby Matthew Siggs
3 13 31 44 47
Agatka Koczij - U16 athlete at Sun Peaks TECK Open Provincial.
Kirsten Anderson - U16 Athlete tearing up the TECK Open Sun Peaks GS.
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The U12 & U14 group followed their teammates to Sun Peaks for the TECK GS SL held January 16-17. The event hosted 76 U14 athletes and 61 U12 athletes. Despite very tough weather conditions and many delays, the Apex Ski Club athletes proved their strength and determination dominating the two day event.
U14 Results Day - 1 GS 2 Single Run Races Girls: Noa Rogers Ana Large Aubree Lawlor
3&4 6&6 8 & 20
Boys: Isaac Athans Devin Blaser Hemming Sola
1&1 3&3 9&7
U14 Results Day 2 - SL 2 Single Run Races Girls: Noa Rogers Ana Large Aubree Lawlor
2&1 7&7 20
Boys: Devin Blaser 1&1 Hemming Sola 3&2 Peter De La Mothe 4&5 Nicholas Tonogai 5&4 Jake Erickson 10 & 12
U12 Results Day 1 - GS 2 Single Run Races Girls: Charlotte Wargniez Samantha Lawlor Sienna Blaser Talia Robinson Molly Raymond Blanka Gerloczy
5&8 7&9 10 11 &14 14 15
Boys: Jaras Grant Maxwell Gainey
5 10 & 13
U12 Results Day 2 - SL 2 Single Run Races Girls: Blanka Gerloczy Charlotte Wargniez Samantha Lawlor Philomena Gentes Molly Raymond Hadley Erickson Talia Robinson Kinga Gerloczy
2&8 5 7&6 10 & 15 11 12 13 15
Boys: Jaras Grant Maxwell Gainey
Congratulations to all Apex Ski Club athletes on an excellent start to the 2016 race season!
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Parker Sinclair - U16 athlete getting after it at the TECK Open Sun Peaks GS. (Photo courtesy of Alpine Images Sun Peaks Resort - firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Chloe Large, 5 years of age, ripping up the mountain with Apex Carvers. (Photo courtesy of Colby Large)
Apex Carvers Update ~ The Carvers have been enjoying new friendships and awesome conditions at Apex during the month of January. If you can hear giggles and cheering on the hill, it is likely our Carvers having the time of their life! Fun is the name of the game for all our Carvers and that goal was achieved during January! Please join us on Sunday, January 30th for the Okanagan South Zone Nancy Greene Race at Apex. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated! Don’t forget to join us on Saturday, January 23rd at the Gunbarrel Saloon for our Live and Silent Auction. The items available are unbelievable this year and it’s our main fundraiser to directly support our athletes. Please come out and support our amazing kids! As always, we are so thankful to be part of the magical Apex Mountain Resort. When our club members begin the race season and travel to other areas of the province, we are reminded how lucky we are to call Apex home. Thanks to the Resort for all the support to our club!
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Photo by Leigh Trusler Photography. To see more of Leigh's work visit www.leightruslerphotography.com or visit Leigh Trusler Photography on Facebook. If you would like to see a selection of her framed silver gelatin prints of the Apex Mountain area, just take a walk over to the Apex Mountain Inn. Her work is displayed on each floor of the hotel including the lobby.
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Late January 2016
Outdoor Hockey Update
Gotta Brain? Getta Helmet!
with Marc Tougas, Apex Hockey Organizer The January 7-10th 16th Annual Shootout Hockey Tournament went very well with the weather providing excellent conditions on the ice. The Women’s Division winners were “The Warriors” over the “Ice-o-topes” by a score of 6 to 3. Both these teams are from the Greater Vancouver area. In the Men’s Open Division, the “North Shore Winter Club Cork Soakers” beat “Innovative Fitness” by a score of 7 to 2. The Old-timers Division final was not played due to the Seahawks game taking place at the same time. Seahawks won that game with a Minnesota missed field goal with no time on the clock. The football game was much more important than a final between the local tournament host “Molson Canadians” and Kelowna’s “Dekkers Titans”. The Molson Canadians generously presented the trophy to the Kelowna team. A donation was made to the local Apex Freestyle Club, which was participating in events all weekend long. The 13th Annual Firefighters Hockey Tournament the following weekend also had fantastic ice conditions. Proceeds from this tournament go to the British Columbia Professional Firefighters Burn Fund. A donation to the Apex Fire Brigade was also made. The A Division winners were “West Kelowna” over “Penticton Fire” by a score of 7 to 5. In the B Division, “New West Fire” beat “Prince George” in a shootout 6 to 5. And, the C Division was “Vancouver Fire” over “Portland Fire” by a score of 6 to 5. The Women’s Division finalists were “The Whistler Dirty Girls” and the “Okanagan Dirt Bags”. Both teams were in the bar far too late to think about playing at 9:00 am, so they both conceded to each other. Fun was had by all. The Gunbarrel had excellent music by “The Young’uns”. A big thank you to Apex Staff, The Hotel, the Gunbarrel and many of the residents who had to put up with a bit more activity than usual around the mountain. The third and final tournament of this season is the weekend of January 28-31, being the 12th Annual Apex Shotgun Hockey Tournament, which is made up of 12 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams from BC, Alberta and Washington State. For more information, please visit www.apexhockey.com.
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The Outer Edge with the Apex Ski Patrol
Thank You For Your Support!
On Saturday, January 16th, 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, 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, as well as our own Apex Avalanche Safety Program. These funds will allow for further education, ongoing training, as well as additional equipment, to help keep our slopes safe from avalanche danger.
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Late January 2016
BC Winter Games, Feb 25-28, 2016 By by Michael Yates, PT Medical Director, 2016 BC Winter Games, Penticton BC In approximately five weeks, Penticton will once again be in the sport spotlight, hosting the 2016 BC Winter Games. Over one year of planning by the Host Society will roll out into 17 events, including Special Olympics and Wheelchair athletes. Apex and Nickle Plate will show prominently with venues for freestyle skiing, alpine skiing and cross country skiing. Telemark near Kelowna will host the biathlon. Other venues are spread among Summerland and Penticton schools, Okanagan University College, the South Okanagan Events Centre, Memorial Arena, the Penticton Community Centre, the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and the Penticton Curling Club. As up to 2,000 athletes and officials converge on Penticton, an equal number of volunteers will be required to keep the Games running smoothly. Volunteers are required to register online at https://www.bcgames.net/pnt2016w/DesktopDefault.aspx or at the Games office: 250-492-2026 or #90-246 Martin Street, Penticton, V2A 5K3. Once registered, volunteer co-ordinators will contact you to find an assignment that fits your volunteer energy. Generous thanks to the Apex Ski Patrol who have stepped up to cover the mountain events at Apex and Nickle Plate, assisted by a volunteer medical team. Penticton’s Got Game and stands behind a successful BC Winter Games.
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Late January 2016
Ullr's Winter Triathlon Returns Sunday, February 21st, 2016! Brought to you by Hoodoo Adventure Company Ltd.
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The race will consist of the same course as it did in the 90's, Mountain Bike, Nordic Ski, Snowshoe Run. "An event that once drew hundreds of athletes deserves a second chance at greatness! We are working with Tri BC to help grow Winter Triathlon in Western Canada, so what better way to do that then to not only sanction the event, but to pay tribute to an oldie but a goodie", says Lyndie Hill of Hoodoo Adventure Company, coordinator of the event. "Athletes are looking for different ways to train in the off-season and this is another great opportunity for not only that, but to show Western Canada and our friends across the border that we have exciting activities here year round!"
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Late January 2016
Two New Legacy Runs
Two new runs were cut this summer to honour Louise Burgart who suddenly passed away on January 25, 2015. Louise was an active majority owner of Apex Mountain Resort, being truly hands-on with the daily operations. Her dedication to all things Apex impacted the lives of so many, from young first year staff to managers to business owners to endless locals. Louise also had a career as a school principal and superintendent in SD91, where she worked with the First Nations who referred to her as the "Golden Eagle". Cousins Kelsey and Mitch Martin, niece and nephew of Louise, run Guest Services and Special Events for Apex. It was only fitting that "Sweet Louise" and "Golden Eagle" be unveiled this season. The legacy of Louise Burgart lives on at Apex Mountain Resort and she will be remembered by so many.
Cousins Kelsey & Mitch Martin, niece & nephew of Louise, holding the Sweet Louise sign early season.
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Late January 2016
Apex Property Owners Association Update
By Jeff Brown, Forestry Advisory This article summarizes the results of the “Forestry in BC’s Recreation Areas” conference hosted by the APOA in Kelowna on November 7, 2015. The chain of events that lead to the APOA’s sponsorship of the conference was initiated by the motion passed at last year’s APOA AGM, which authorized the APOA board to work toward: “driving the regulatory and policy changes needed to protect the recreation and tourism values of our area.” Last spring Kyle Hilsendager, PhD, contacted the APOA. One of Kyle’s research interests is the interaction between forestry and tourism. The APOA funded Kyle to conduct a provincewide survey of recreation users. The survey allowed Kyle to analyze the extent to which forest harvesting in BC is impacting recreation and tourism stakeholders. Survey respondents expressed their desire to participate in a conference on the topic, and this motivated APOA to organize and host the November conference. Twenty-eight people representing twenty recreation and tourism organizations from across the province met at this grassroots forum to discuss the impact current forestry practices in BC are having on the various types of recreation users these stakeholders represent. The conference consisted of official representatives of BC’s outdoor recreation and tourism oriented communities, organizations, and clubs. Several property owner associations and local community officials were also in attendance. We decided to keep attendance to only those officially representing a recreation group or organization. In this way, we sought the highest quality of informed, credible, and comprehensive input from BC’s recreation and tourism industry and stakeholders. Kyle Hilsendager presented his survey results, and Evan Loveless, Executive Director of the Wilderness Tourism Association of BC, presented a summary of BC’s forestry and tourism regulation practices, and the WTA’s recommended improvements. Each organization’s representative discussed and listed their members’ specific concerns. These were grouped into the following broad categories: Reduced access to wilderness areas, the need for better industrygovernment-stakeholder cooperation, environmental impact, forestry planning and practices, logging practices, motorized/ non-motorized recreation conflicts, safety concerns, impact on tourism/property values, damaged/destroyed trails, and negative impact on visual quality.
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Check out our website at www.ApexPropertyOwners.com for online forms or mail a cheque to APOA, PO Box 23016, Penticton, BC V2A 8L7 Owner Membership is $30/year ~ Friend/Associate is $15/year Conference participants confirmed that the forestry industry’s impact on recreation and tourism is truly a province-wide concern that needs a province-wide, government and regulatory-driven solution. The conference formed a Steering Committee tasked with four primary goals: 1. Develop a mission statement noting the key items for government to act on: • Create stronger guidance to forestry planning and practice. • Improve stakeholder and public engagement in operational planning. • Clarify roles, accountabilities and authorities. 2. Help strengthen local recreation user groups. 3. Plan an expanded conference for next year, one that includes more organizations and a greater numbers of participation for greater results. 4. Harness social media toward our goals. What becomes of these efforts will unfold over the coming months and years. APOA members can feel proud in their sponsorship of this unique and productive conference; however, there is more work to be done. If you would like to become involved with this important issue, then the APOA Forestry Advisory Committee can use your help. For information on how to participate, please contact Jeff Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late January 2016
Apex Fire Brigade Update
with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief Our AGM has come and gone. The board of directors has not changed (Gary Vollet as President, Rick Valenti as Secretary, and Mark Rufiange as Treasurer) and the confidence in me as chief has not changed either, as I was re-elected as well. A huge thank you to these directors and all of the members that have put in the time to make this department what it is. In the last couple of issues, I asked for an increase in membership. At the AGM we indeed got some new members and we had some return after completing some work commitments. We have the man power and really that is all you could really ask for, as the department remains strong and committed to protect the community. Just prior to our AGM, I received the first notice for the Volunteer Fire Fighters Spring Seminar, which is again in Oliver this year. I brought it up at the meeting and there appears to be a lot of interest from our group. My goal would be to fill all of our five registration slots. I talk about the Spring Training Seminar a lot, but for those who do not know, it is a two day event where firefighters attend multiple mini seminars and training sessions per day in which they can learn the latest and greatest techniques to bring back to their respected departments and teach those who could not attend. For our membership, this is really the only training that we can afford and we greatly appreciate the volunteers and the communities that host the events. The Oliver Volunteer Fire Department started this event way back when and they host it every second year with the event held in different communities in the off years. The Oliver Fire Department told me that they would like to hold the event every year, but the amount of work and dedication to host such an event every year would be enough to burn out their volunteers and the event would drop in success. There is a lot of pride in hosting this event and there is also a lot of competition going on. Every community wants to host the best event ever and every fire department wants to bring home the fastest times in the Fire Fit Challenge and Rapid Intervention Team Challenge. Many of you may not know that our very own department brought home two first place times in the over 50 and 55 age categories of the fire fit challenge two years ago in Oliver. I will be heading to my seventh Spring Training Seminar this year and will undoubtedly state right after the events closing, “I can’t wait for the next one!”
Another practice drill during a past Spring Training Seminar in Oliver.
On the agenda for our next meeting, will be to hold open discussions on what direction we want to take with our department and how to make it better. We will formally write out a plan and budget to meet our goals. I know the membership is interested in accumulating some wild fire gear and training, as this is a big concern for our community during the half of the year that we are not skiing. I have attended a couple of wild fire seminars in the previous spring training sessions, including a very good one in Kamloops last year, so I have some good ideas for our department in this respect. We will again try to jumpstart our address sign program. We do still have the information for the interested parties and will reconfirm with you before we order, if there is enough interest. Last year we did not have enough interest to have an order large enough to bring the cost down. As a result, we did not place the order due to feeling that it was not fair to those that wanted a reasonably priced address sign. Order your reﬂective house number These signs are very important for sign now and support the AFBS too! all emergency services personnel to help find you quickly when it matters the most. It also doesn’t hurt when you have a first time visitor show up in the dark and is having a hard time trying to find your place. Help them out! Help us out! We would be using this as a little bit of a fund raiser, but the most important thing for us is to help emergency services find you when you need them. That is my safety tip for this issue. Imagine trying to respond to an incident next to the big rock by the green tree. Andy Cumming is heading up this one, so you can direct your orders to him or shoot me an email at email@example.com and I will pass them on to him. I promised Andy that I would get this information into this issue. Ski Hard! Play Safe! Till next issue!
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A practice drill during a past Spring Training Seminar in Oliver.
Late January 2016
Area “D” Governance Study
Electoral Area “D” - Kaleden/Okanagan Falls
with Bob Daly, Chair
The budget is not just an assortment of numbers, but an illustration of RDOS citizens’ ideals, goals and objectives for the Region. Citizens are invited to engage in the RDOS 2016 Budget process. Join Electoral Area “D” Director, Tom Siddon and RDOS finance staff in Okanagan Falls on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00 pm at the Community Centre at 1134 Cedar Street, Okanagan Falls to discuss the 2016 financial plan. For general inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org | 250-492-0237 ” GOVER EA “D NA AR N AL
What services does the RDOS provide? What do they cost? What’s working? What’s not? We want your feedback soon!
Fact Sheets ~ Know the details of what is involved. Read online at rdos.bc.ca or pick up a copy near you. Watch for posters.
Survey #1 ~ We need your feedback in February. Complete online at rdos.bc.ca or pick up a copy near you. Watch for posters.
Open Houses & Roundtables ~ Attend in Early March. Set up in 3 locations - Apex, Kaleden & Okanagan Falls. Watch for posters.
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Get Informed, Get Involved, Have Your Say! All the Fact Sheets are out! The Electoral Area ‘D’ Governance Study Committee has released the last of the series of ‘Fact Sheets’ to the public as part of the governance study process. The purpose of the governance study is to examine the present system of governance and delivery of services by the RDOS with the goal of determining if there are ways they both might be improved. The study is specifically intended to examine options available within the current regional district governance framework. It is not about incorporation. To that end, a series of ‘Fact Sheets’ have been prepared, describing the nature of the services provided by the RDOS to the communities of Area ‘D’ and their surrounding areas. The Fact Sheets are designed to help the citizens of Area ‘D’ make informed decisions when expressing opinions through the study`s surveys, at public forums and meetings, or through written submissions. The Fact Sheets describe services of: - Regional District Governance - Solid Waste - Fire and Emergency Services - Library - Parks, Trails and Recreation - Transit - Bylaw Enforcement - Sewer - Economic Development - Administration - Pest and Animal Control - Water - Planning and Building Inspection Fact Sheets can be accessed through the RDOS website (look for popular links, and click on Area D Governance Study.) They are also available in print at the following locations: Apex - Apex Administration Office & The Edge Bistro; Twin Lakes - Twin Lakes Store; St. Andrews - St. Andrews by the Lake Office; Kaleden - Kaleden Irrigation District Office & Kaleden Library; Upper Carmi - Penticton RDOS Office; and Heritage Hills, Lakeshore Highlands, Vintage Views, Vaseux Lake, Skaha Estates, Okanagan Falls - at any of the following locations - Pharmasave, OK Falls Library, 3 Winds Hair Design, Dr. Browne’s office, Dr. Robertson’s office, Royal Lepage Realty, Interior Savings Credit Union, OK Falls Seniors Centre, The Bear Bean Café, Johnston Meier Insurance, H&M Thriftee Shop, Noble Ridge Winery, and the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen Rural Services Office. Mail-Out Newsletter ~ This month everyone in the communities of Area “D” can expect a mail-out Newsletter describing the Governance Study and how they can participate in it. Survey ~ Accompanying the Newsletter is the first of two surveys to solicit feedback from residents regarding their attitudes toward the current governance and the services the RDOS provides. The surveys are designed to give citizens an opportunity to identify issues, note concerns or comment on positive aspects of the current system. It will also allow residents to express opinions on what changes (if any) they would like to see. Public Forums - March 2nd, 3rd and 5th Coinciding with the surveys, the Governance Committee will be hosting a series of public forums and roundtable discussions that will allow citizens to openly discuss their views and share
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perspectives on governance and services, and provide the Governance Committee with information leading to initial recommendations. Written submissions on relevant issues will also be accepted. Attend a Governance Forum at a site near you! • Okanagan Falls Community Centre Wednesday, March 2nd from 6-8pm • Kaleden Community Hall Thursday, March 3rd from 6-8pm • Apex Mountain Inn (Rock Oven Room) Saturday, March 5th from 3-5pm To keep informed about the Governance Study go to the RDOS website (www.rdos.bc.ca) or read future issues of Skaha Matters and/or Apex Matters.
Late January 2016
Secrets Of The Snow
Celebrate Valentine’s Day after a great day in
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There is more to being a member of ski patrol than mad skill and cool jackets. Ski patrollers are a highly trained group of seasoned volunteers (and a handful of paid staff) who go above and beyond the call of duty to keep our slopes safe. In this edition of Secrets of the Snow, we spoke to long-time patroller Laura Schwinghamer and others to get the ‘skinny’ on the unsung heroes of the hill. 1. Snowplow Knowhow ~ Patrollers are a highly skilled group of people. Before they set foot on the slopes, they must complete a two-month program offered by Canadian Ski Patrol. They dedicate two days every week for the duration of the program and are tested on their knowledge of First Aid and CPR/AED. They are also tested on their snow skills and must be master snowplow-ers in order to safely descend with a rescue toboggan. Because of the terrain, Apex patrollers must be especially strong skiers. 2. All Walks of Life ~ Ski patrollers are not ski bums who can’t give up the lifestyle (although there are a few of those.) At Apex, many come from the medical community including nurses, physiotherapists and paramedics. They also come from other walks of life, such as high tech and insurance. 3. Bowl of Cherries? Many might think that patrollers get to ski all day. Not true. During their shifts, they spend time working the rope line, helping out with tower pads and supporting dispatch on the hill, when they are not performing daring rescues. After the lifts close, they are on the hill for another hour and a half, sweeping the runs to make sure no one is left behind. 4. Sweet Sue Rescue ~ Patrollers deal with very serious injuries. It’s not uncommon to assist with broken limbs and spinal damage. Jay Mallach recalls one of the most harrowing rescues of his career as a patroller was on the perilous Sweet Sue run. Jay was part of a team that responded to a skier with a broken leg. The run is so steep that the team had employ a rope belay system to lower the skier down the hill in a rescue toboggan. 5. Not the Lost & Found ~ Believe it or not, ski patrol is not there to help you find your cell phone or car keys. This is just one of the funny requests that the patrol receives. Just remember, their job is to promote safe skiing and to provide assistance to injured skiers. If you do lose your keys or cell phone, head to the main office and ask if your lost item was turned in. Lost family members ... now that is a different story and they will most definitely help you. Next time you see a ski patroller, be sure to thank them for their hard work and dedication, you might just need them one day. Did you know? Ski Patrol is a big part of the BC Winter Games ~ The countdown has started to the BC Winter Games that will run February 25-28. Apex Mountain will be home to the Alpine and Freestyle Competitions and Nickel Plate will be home to Cross Country Skiing. You can count on the Canadian Ski Patrol to be on hand at all of the competitions. Laura Schwinghamer is coordinating the involvement of our 50+ certified local ski patrollers.
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New Year's Eve ... Celebrating in a Snow Palace!
A group of Apex locals joined together for New Year's Eve in a beautiful outside hand-crafted snow palace. This is sure to be a New Year's Eve to remember for years to come. (Photos by Barry)
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Late January 2016
Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 4
By Dino Giurissevich of Dino’s Snowshoe Tours & Adventures Wednesday, January 6, 2016 ~ It has become customary on this day that I take my brother Luciano, or better known by his nickname, “Chan”, out for his birthday snowshoe adventure. This snowshoe adventure was to begin at the 3 Ponds parking lot with our goal being the top of the westerly bluff, also known as “Baby Bear” of the 3 Bears snowshoe route. Shrouded in fog as we pulled into the parking lot, I was torn between snowshoeing up to Baby Bear or changing plans and driving further east past Nickel Plate Nordic where I knew the sun would be shining. Seeing that the sun was trying it’s best to make an appearance, the decision was made to head up to Baby Bear where we knew, if clear, the views would be spectacular. Ratcheting into our snowshoes and donning our backpacks we headed off and onto a trail I frequently use to get to the top of Baby Bear. As this was the first snowshoe of the season for Chan, we took our time by stopping for many photos and enjoying the scenery. As we neared the top, things were looking up. The sun was breaking through the fog and opening up the fantastic vistas which we were eager to see. As an added bonus, there was virtually no wind which one always hopes for when planning to spend some time in the open at the top of a mountain. One last steep climb and we were at the top! We choose an area in which to have a fire, collected enough firewood to last a couple of hours and in no time had a comfortable blazing fire. Next, out of the snow we carved out a bench, laid a piece of foam on top of it, put out some cheese and crackers, sat down, popped the cork on a great bottle of Italian red and had a cheer to Chan! From this vantage point we had views of, to name but a few, Mount Riordan, Nickel Plate Lake and the top of the quad and Beaconsfield Mountain. Reminiscing, laughing and singing were the order of the day. Our fire was kept stoked and hot despite the temperature being quite comfortable. Soon it was time for lunch. Chan whittled us a couple of sticks to which I skewered the smokies. A quick jab of the butt end of the sticks into the snow with the smokies hanging over the hot coals and presto, self roasting lunch with only a few turns required for roasted perfection. For dessert, we had decadent flourless chocolate cake from Walla Bakery. It’s amazing how time flies when having so much fun. Alas, it was time to leave our mountain top party. But before doing so, we walked over to the igloo Pierre and I built, which I wrote about in my last article, and sat inside and sang and laughed a little more. Back at the fire as we were preparing to leave, we were treated to ever changing colours playing off the fog, the clouds and the sky courtesy of the sun, as it lowered and began setting. We could have stayed longer to revel in this nirvana, but it was time to head down. I decided to take a steep powdery route back down, rather than the way we came up. Perhaps a little powder hound greed in me, but I knew Chan would do alright as he has an amazing Zen-like sense of balance. And, he did better than “alright” as we zigged and zagged our way back down in the powder and between the trees. Within a half hour, we were back at our starting point. I think Chan had a blast and amazingly only wiped out 3-4 times in what I rate advanced terrain. Not bad for someone with only 10% vision, in one eye!
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Please enjoy the day’s accounts as described by my brother Chan himself! It has become a tradition that my brother Dino takes me on a snowshoe adventure on my birthday. This year, we were blessed with lots of snowfall, which added to the beauty and made for some great snowshoeing! We planned on doing a climb to where he and his friends had built an igloo. Climb! Yikes! Hope I could do it. It was so gorgeous up the mountain with all the snow; sun and fog were exchanging dominance over the landscape. On the way up the mountain, we came across a most peculiar sight. A raven was sitting on a sign post with a MacDonald’s cup in its beak! Quick, get that shot! I got it! We were eager to get started. The climb was steep in parts all right, but I paced myself and rested when I needed to. I just love the quiet and walking through this winter wonderland! We ﬁnally made it to the igloo! Yeahhh, what a relief! I did it! We had a gorgeous view from up high! It was fun taking pics that captured special moments and the shifting landscapes as sun and fog inter-played throughout the day. We proceeded to build a ﬁre and did the traditional sausage roast. We even had a bottle of wine, accompanied by crackers and cheese, and a wonderful chocolate dessert! It was enough to make one burst into song ... which we did! We stayed long enough to watch the sunset and take some extraordinary photos. Then, we had to hurry back down before it got too dark. It was challenging going down the steep slopes following Dino, who was blazing his own trail that took us through quite the forested areas. I had to learn to do quick turns in the steeper parts and I fell a few times at ﬁrst. I soon learned though, how to keep my balance and gained more conﬁdence with every step. It was getting darker, so I couldn’t see his trail to follow so easily and had to feel it more than see it. At last, we came out of the trees and I could see the parking lot! I felt a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from a most memorable Birthday snowshoe! I so appreciate this shared experience that my brother Dino made possible! ~ Luciano “Chan” Giurissevich Looking forward to next year’s birthday adventure! As promised, and also mentioned in this article, the igloo location revealed ... it is in the Apex/Nickel Plate Recreation Area on top of the “3 Bears” and on the westerly “bear” known locally as “Baby Bear”. The 3 Ponds parking lot is the starting point. Warning! After snowshoeing to the igloo on January 19th, I discovered that the top of it has fallen inward somewhat, which may make it unsafe. Please be careful & use at your own risk. Till next time. Shoe you later!
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Late January 2016
Penticton Snowmobile Club
with Sylvain Gagnon, Club President The Penticton Snowmobile Club would like to respond to the recent article printed in the last Apex Matters with regard to “trespassing and vandalism from snowmobiles”. We agree, as stated in the article, that most snowmobilers respect the rules and ride in the designated areas in the Apex Recreation Corridor. That being said, we are fully aware that there are other riders that are not so courteous and are at times reckless. As a club, we do our best to educate not only our members, but other riders and recreational groups using the trail crossings. The article in the last issue mentions areas that we must cross to gain access to the back country and suggests that we should not be on this trail system. In fact, these areas are for the most part located on Forestry Service Roads and are part of a multitrail crossing system and when not plowed are open to all. Penticton Snowmobile Club members are aware of the rules and trail etiquette and are always on the lookout for other trail users when crossing. We always take every precaution to traverse without damaging the trail. We need to co-exist with all users of the trail system and back country. As a group, we encourage other users to open a chain of dialogue with us via email or even join our monthly meeting. If you have any questions or would like to know more about joining our snowmobile club, please contact Sylvain Gagnon, Club President, at 250-809-2851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I wished I looked down a couple of weeks ago, as some of you know or heard, I had a pretty good wipe out. I caught a branch under the powder snow and broke a buckle on my boot, which spun me right into a tree, cracking my goggles and putting a big dent in my helmet ... Not to mention a bloody nose, small facial laceration, and of course, a nice black eye! So, remember to look ahead down hill, check your speed, and the people below you always have the right of way. You never know when those darn snow snakes will come out and bite you! Ride safe and ski you later! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Tunes To Turn To” with whatever he ﬁnds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in.
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By Vince Rabbitte, Apex Ski School Emeritus What has always impressed me at Apex is the enthusiasm and love of adventure displayed by our groups of competitor skiers in the aerials, bumps and racing. It is such a delight to read and see something of the fun, camaraderie that they experience on their trips away and no doubt on their competitive thrusts at home. Some other big sports could benefit from such an approach to games. Henry Bergson, the distinguished French philosopher, made a stunning statement when he said, “Movement enables us to understand life.“ The Japanese have a good word, “anshin“, meaning a quiet undisturbed mind. This mind-set is all important before an athlete’s biggest moment in competition. This attitude of composure has to be developed in terms of Zen ideas. So, how will Zen elements improve the performance of an athlete? Zen aims at enlightenment and this can express itself in sport, gardening, poetry, music and the arts. A Zen experience occurs on the rugby pitch when a ball from the ruck to the scrum-half shoots with bullet- like precision to the standoff half, two reverse passes follow and the number eight scores brilliantly under the posts. The whole team is delighted with the speed of it all. In skiing, a Zen experience occurs when you are first on the mountain in the morning after a heavy fall of powder snow. What an experience you are going to have and you want this to go on for ever. The run is totally euphoric; a wonderful Secrets Of The experience. Zen laughter ripples on theSnow slopes; this is how you This the regular column looks for little known stories that will start day with fun and humour! enhance your riding experience at roots Apex.inIfmuch you have any ideas All of these experiences have their concentration, for ‘Secrets of the Snow’, email email@example.com. practice, dedication, training and the will to succeed. Your
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Life Hacks are shortcuts or tricks that make life a little easier. Each edition, we will share a new ‘snow hack’ to make life a little easier at the hill. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you focus mustOn develop well before the competition begins and the have any suggestions for ski or snowboard hacks. ‘Skinny’ Ski Patrol basic of being any sports must be of Cable Ties Thereelements is more to a member of practiced ski patrol daily than and madall skill your strategies carefully worked out practiced as you build Cable ties are the duct tape for and cool jackets. Ski patrollers are and a highly trained group of up coordination and the foundation thepaid team. The same snowboards. Keep a handful in seasoned volunteers (and a handfulof of staff) who go elements be developed success in the your pocket to fix broken bindings, above andmust beyond the call offorduty to keep ourindividual. slopes safe. Zen is edition a way of Secrets looking at world and all thetothings in it hold boots together, or to rig up In this of the Snow, we spoke long-time with a freshness and enthusiasm a child. It delights in the your phone so that it doesn’t fall patroller Laura Schwinghamer and of others to get the ‘skinny’ on colourful use of language, out of your pocket. the unsung heroes of the hill.which makes it fascinating direct and full of pleasure. Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “never lose 1. Snowplow Knowhow ~ Patrollers are a highly skilled Thank you to Whitelines Snowboarding at www.whitelines.com an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is for the picture and snowboard hack. group of people. Before they that set is foot on the slopes, they God’s hand writing: a wayside sacrament.” Welcome it in every must complete a two-month program offered by Canadian fair face, in everyThey fair sky, in every fairdays flower, in every wonderful Ski Patrol. dedicate two every week for the ski turn, thanking God for all those delightful occasions and duration of the program and are tested on their knowledge Each Sudoku experiences. Franz Kafka states, “Youth is happy because it of First Aid and CPR/AED. They are also tested on their has a unique has snow the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability skills and must be master snowplow-ers in order to solution that to see beauty never grows old.” safely descend with a rescue toboggan. Because of the can be reached So, terrain, Kenni Kuroda and Louis Durham in your strong Apex Freestyle Apex patrollers must be especially skiers. logically Club keep up all that ~fun, andski adventure in can’t your 2. All Walks of Life Skiachievement, patrollers are not bums who and without pursuits youlifestyle will capture ZEN!there are a few of those.) At give and up the (although guessing. Enter Apex, many come from the medical community including digits from 1 to nurses, physiotherapists and paramedics. They also come 9 into the blank from other walks of life, such as high tech and insurance. spaces. Every 3. Bowl of Cherries? Many might think that patrollers get row must contain to ski all day. Not true. During their shifts, they spend one of each p. 250.762.7722 | f. 250.762.2232 time working the rope line, helping out with tower pads digit. So must toll free 877.311.7722 and supporting dispatch on the hill, when they are not every column, as email@example.com performing daring rescues. After the lifts close, they are on 523 Lawrence Avenue, Kelowna must every 3x3 the hill for another hour and a half, sweeping the runs to square. Answer “Serving Equipment make sure all noyour oneOffice is left behind. and Stationary needs” on page 19. 4. Sweet Sue Rescue ~ Patrollers deal with very serious injuries. It’s not uncommon to assist with broken limbs
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Late January 2016
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INGREDIENTS: 9 lasagna noodles, uncooked / 4 cups hot mashed potatoes / 1/2 cup Philadelphia Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese Product / 6 green onions, thinly sliced / 1 pkg. (80 g) fully cooked bacon pieces, divided / 2 cups Cracker Barrel Shredded Double Cheddar Cheese, divided. HEAT oven to 375°F. COOK noodles as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, combine
mashed potatoes, cream cheese product, onions, 1/2 cup bacon and 1 cup cheddar.
Place 3 noodles in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with 1/3 of the potato mixture. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining bacon and Cheddar; cover. Bake 30 min. or until heated through. Uncover; bake 3 to 5 min. or until Cheddar is lightly browned. Let stand 10 min. before cutting to serve. If you have a “Great Cabin Recipe” that you would like to share, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Cooking!
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