Volume 12 : Issue 1 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!
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Apex Opens on Saturday, December 6th! Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is Now Open!
Early December 2014
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Early December 2014
Welcome to the Season By James Shalman, Apex Mountain Resort General Manager
Apex Volunteer Patrol Update
with Ian Bowen, Apex CSPS President There is a big change that has taken place with the Apex Volunteer Ski Patrol. We have finally made a change in our uniform. You will now see us wearing a RED shell jacket with three reflective crosses, one large one on the back, and two smaller ones on each of the shoulders. This change was made so that our uniform is consistent with the paid staff uniform colour, as well as to be consistent with the changes happening within the Canadian Ski Patrol as a national organization. As opening day is drawing closer and we are all looking to the sky for snow, let’s remember that when we do strap on our skis and snowboards that it’s been almost eight months since we have done this. Our bodies are not yet in ski shape (at least mine isn’t) and we need to remember to warm up and stretch before we go out and enjoy our favourite winter pastime. Along with warming up and stretching, we also have to keep in mind the early snow conditions on the hill. Be aware of partially hidden obstacles that can not only do damage to our equipment, but may cause an unexpected fall which could result in an injury. As always, wear a helmet and ride with care!
Welcome to another great season on the mountain for 2014/15. As usual mother nature is up to her tricks with some pretty large temperature swings already. We had a massive snowfall of 72 cm’s in 48 hrs recently. However, the cold temperatures have turned it to sugar. Our grooming machines were on the new snow as it was falling to pack it down, although the cold temperatures have sucked a lot of the moisture out of the snow leaving us with granular sugar. This type of snow quality is very hard to pack, and as everyone knows we have some of the best groomers around trying to work their magic. Safety is always first priority for our customers and we are going to open terrain as it is safe to do so. It has been a busy summer for the crew up at Apex. They are working hard to get the mountain ready for another great season. Here are a few updates ... Triple Chair: The Triple Chair will be running as usual for the 14/15 season. Terrain Park: An extension to the Terrain Park on Claim Jumper was built this summer. This means that the entrance to Claim Jumper will now be accessed from Rookies Trail. This extension in vertical on Claim Jumper will result in more features and a longer run. *New* Beginner Park: The run located to skiers left of Claim Jumper is now the New Beginner Park for the 14/15 season. We are calling this new run ‘Prospector’. This new park will have slide on / slide off rail features, jumps and tables to learn basic tricks, and other fun features to entertain the beginner to intermediate park rider. New Winch Groomer: A new winch groomer was purchased over the summer that has a longer cable than the previous winch cat. This means the grooming crew can winch more runs in less time and have more efficient grooming on our steeper runs. Summer Trail Maintenance: Crews have been out brush Larry Sandre is happy to be wearing his new CSPS Red Volunteer Ski Patrol Jacket. cutting the runs to make the early season conditions that much better. Over 50 years in Business! Skier/Boarder Cross: This run has been modified by taking out some turns and making it flow more. Go race your buds! Seasonal Ski Rentals We are always striving to improve our mountain. If you see For Kids 8 & Under something that you think needs improvement, please let us know! We welcome your feedback. You can email me at $135 + tax for the whole season! Includes skis, boots & poles firstname.lastname@example.org. Jeff & Jennifer Van Os Have a fantastic season and keep doing your snowdances. 250.492.8315 email@example.com 1055 Westminster Ave. W. See you on the slopes!
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Early December 2014
December Events Dec 6th – OPENING DAY – Apex Mountain Resort opens to the public for the 2014/15 season! Dec 11th – KVS PUB SEASON KICK-OFF – Apex season kick-off at Kettle Valley Station pub! We will be playing the latest ski & snowboard vids and the shops in town will be giving out some new gear for your first days on the mountain. Dec 20th - 21st – CANADIAN SELECTIONS – Come watch the best athletes in Canada compete on our World Class Mogul Site at Apex Mountain Resort. Dec 24th – CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATIONS – Join in on the magical spirit of Christmas with our Torchlight parade, Santa Brings Gifts, and an exciting show of fireworks. Dec 25th – CHRISTMAS DAY – Regular hours of operation 9am-3:30pm. Bring the whole family out for a day on the slopes! Dec 31st – NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS – Start off the New Year right with a family show at 6:30pm and another at midnight. OTHER ACTIVITES - OPENING DATES APEX SKI BUS DEC 20TH - The Apex Mountain Resort Snow Bus will be running daily from Dec.20th – Jan.4th excluding Christmas Day. For a more detailed schedule go here apexresort.com/maps-directions/shuttles-transfers/ TUBE PARK DEC 19TH * – Open every day & night 10am-3:30pm, 4-9pm excluding Dec.24th, 25th & 31st. SKATING RINK AND LOOP DEC 19TH * - 7 days a week 10am-11pm NIGHT SKIING DEC 19th – Every night through to Jan.4th, 4:00pm - 9:00pm excluding Dec.24th, 25th & 31st. *Tube park, skating rink and loop will be open on Dec.19th weather permitting. **There is No night skiing or tubing on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve. For bookings for the tube park or the hockey rink call the office 1-877-777-2739 or e-mail email@example.com
Early December 2014
Welcome to the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Office Open 9-3 Daily www.nickelplatenordic.org
56 kms of Groomed & Track Set Ski Trails / 25 kms of Marked Snowshoe Trails Day Lodge & Kitchen Facilities / Heated Washrooms / Change Rooms & Showers Ski & Snowshoe Rentals & Lessons Available
A Message from the President
Hi everyone, my name is Geoff Waterman. I’m the new President for Nickel Plate Nordic Cross Country Ski Club. I’ve been cross country skiing my whole life and I still remember my first time up at Nickel Plate. I think I went up and down Cannonball 20 times! I still get excited to head down and experience the great snow and chat with the amazing people up there. Make sure you come up and enjoy the fantastic grooming, friendly people and the sunshine. See you skiing!
Welcome to the 2014-15 Cross-Country Ski Season at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre A Brief History of Nickel Plate
Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club was formed in 1989 by a group of Nordic ski enthusiasts who saw the potential for a world class cross country ski facility in the mountains west of Penticton, BC. The original signors to the Club constitution were Steve and Carolyn Buzikievich, Graham and Gail McNeil, Larry Reiswig, Jerome Jang and Frank Consolo. These people had a vision for this area ,and along with many other volunteers including Buck Pacholzuk, Ernie Winstanley, Edgar Scherzinger and Dick Reimer, they established the Club, negotiated with the Provincial Government for a Special Use Permit, constructed the original facilities and cleared many kilometres of trails. Since that time, Nickel Plate Nordic Centre has become an integral part of winter activity for people residing in the South Okanagan and Similkameen areas, as well as visitors from all parts of Canada, the United States and even countries as far away as England, Sweden, South Africa and Thailand. Each season, Nickel Plate is fortunate to host more than 27,000 skiers. The Club has now developed 56 kilometres of groomed ski trails, and more than 16 kilometres of marked snowshoe trails. The 4,000 square foot day lodge, our modern washrooms, a fuel storage shed and an equipment storage shed were all constructed using volunteer labour. Annual facility maintenance and trail development are also carried out by volunteers, so it is quite obvious that we have the founding members and our dedicated volunteers to thank for the continued success of Nickel Plate. The Club constitution reads: “The purpose of the Club is to operate a charitable institution, without profit to its’ members, for the purposes of promoting and encouraging cross-country skiing as a way of life among its’ members, developing crosscountry ski programs, trails, facilities and events for its’ members and the general public, as well as training leaders, coaches, officials, skiers and others in the elements of cross country skiing.” (from www.nickelplate.org)
What’s New at Nickel Plate?
with Murray Farbridge The new General Manager of the Nickel Plate Ski Club is Murray Farbridge. He has been involved in the cross country ski industry for over twenty years as a competitor, coach, retailer and instructor. Murray is passionate about the sport and the way the ski lodge accommodates young and old, recreational and competitive skiers together under one roof. This year our focus is on offering more groomed trails for skiers with our Pisten Bully snowcat. We are pleased to have Keith McKinnon, an Apex local and experienced machine operator, as our new full time groomer. We also offer an extensive network of snowshoe trails. Snowshoeing is booming and is a great way to get exercise and enjoy winter. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the ticket office at Nickel Plate. The ski club has grown to approximately 600 members. The club runs several successful programs, including the Skill Development Program for those starting out aged 4-12, the Junior Racing Team headed by coach Jerome Jang and the Grade 5 School Ski Program led by Mike Townley. Check out our website for more info and to look at our webcam and daily grooming report. Come on up and let our knowledgeable friendly staff get you started. See you on the trails above the clouds this winter!
Early December 2014
Nickel Plate Junior Racers Program
with Jerome Jang, Program Coach After what seems like a slow start in September (I think that kids not being in school and having their routine disturbed had something to do with it), the Nickel Plate Junior Racer dryland sessions have finally hit it’s stride. We have a bigger group than ever this year with 15 in total coming out on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s a more diverse group than ever too, with ages ranging from 9-16. There are at least 4 distinct groupings of fitness, skill and competitive levels. This makes for a bit of juggling to ensure that everyone gets what they need to work on, from beginning developmental racers to experienced racers with over 3 racing seasons behind them. The racing group has been keeping fit with a diverse range of Spring and Summer activities, from cycling, paddling, running, hiking, climbing, etc. Some of them have increased their fitness level from last season, while the level of fitness of the developmental skiers are more uneven. With no snow arriving until later in November and the first race scheduled for December 6-7, we have been working hard on both fitness and technique. The racing group in particular have been doing a lot of roller skiing, both skate and classic ski, to make up for what will be a relatively short on snow period before the racing season starts. With the shorter days, we have begun gym sessions at a local school gym and strength endurance and conditioning sessions at the Penticton Racquet and Fitness Centre. Another exciting development is having a new apprentice coach (Naemi Fiechter) come on board to help with the developmental kids. We also have a number of guest coaches scheduled this season to further round out our coaching. A dryland training camp was held the weekend of September 26-28, with an early winter on-snow training camp to follow in December. Looking forward to a great season! Registration for the Cross-Country Ski Season can be done online at www.zone4.ca. Registration for the Children’s Skill Development Program can also be done here. Follow us on Facebook (Nickel Plate Nordic Centre) and on Twitter (@NickelPlateXC). Don’t miss our regular updates!
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It’s Time To Go Cross Country Skiing!
By Frank Perrier of Peach City Runners The snow season is upon us and cross country skiing is one of the many different ways to enjoy the winter days on the Nickel Plate Nordic groomed trails or on the Okanagan Vista marked trail system for light touring skiing. First, we must dust off our skis, check over our boots, poles, waxes and clothing before heading out the door to enjoy the ski trails. Hopefully, you have some fitness as cross country skiing can make us use 90% of our total body muscles. Also, keep in mind that you are at 1850 meters in elevation, so with less air pressure you will be trying to breath more oxygen to keep your body moving. Take it easy at first, as early snow conditions on the ski trails will have natural hazards that you may not see under the snow. It is a good ideal to have a pair of rock/early season skis to use on the trails, especially on non-groomed trails. Taking a ski lesson in the early season will teach you good ski habits to help make your skiing experience fun and safe. Contact us at the store for more info on clothing, ski equipment, ski lessons and ski waxing questions. Waxing clinics are available through out season. Call for times and dates. Ski you later!
The Nickel Plate Junior Racers joined for a dryland training camp in late September at the Nordic Centre. They hiked to the top of Apex, mountain biked in the area and enjoyed camping out at the Nordic Centre Cabin. What a great time everyone had!
The Nickel Plate Junior Racers today! First day on the trails on Nov 18, 2014.
Early December 2014
Apex Freestyle News by ronda barzilay Welcome Back Coach Kenni Kuroda - The king of bumps! A big welcome to our NEW Slopestyle Coach Jessica Warll coming to us from Ontario with amazing credentials! Jessica is a former Dew Tour and X Games Competitor and was one of the first athletes to be named to the Canadian National Slopestyle Team. Jessica is already receiving rage reviews from some of the lucky AFC members who have been out training with her. Jessica adds a whole new dimension to our club and will assist our athletes in taking it to the next level in Jessica Warll, AFC Slopestyle Coach Slopestyle. Jessica is not only the first female to successfully land a double flat spin, she is also Air 3 & 4 certified. Amplitude will be big at AFC this year!
AFC hosts more amazing events this season kicking it off with the 5th Annual Canadian Selections - December 18th - 21st Aspiring Olympic mogul skiers from across the country will convene at Apex Mountain Resort for the Canadian Selection Event.
This is the fifth year the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association has held the talent identification camp and competitions for its National C Team and provincial-level mogul athletes. The Canadian Selections is being hosted by the Apex Freestyle Club in cooperation with Apex Mountain Resort. This is the first competition of the season for these athletes who have already had more than 30 days on snow leading up to this event. Most of these training days have taken place at the World Class Freestyle training facilities at Apex Mountain. More than 60 athletes ranging in age from 13 to 23 plus years from clubs, provincial teams, and the National Team will have the opportunity to showcase their talent with the potential opportunity to represent Canada one day on the North American Circuit, World Cup and one day the Olympics. With two days of competition, on December 20 and 21, each participant will have a minimum of four competition runs to impress CFSA coaches, evaluators, and judges. Welcome back to Mark Billups who will be the head coach and Come out and support these young athletes as Canadian coordinator on the Jumps & Bumps Program! It is not too late Freestyle strives to maintain the dominance in this sport! to get in on this action packed, fun ski program! This is your opportunity to view some of Canadaâ€™s rising stars www.apexfreestyleclub.com right here in our own backyard for FREE December 18 - 21.
AFC Highlights 2014 Canadian Junior National Freestyle Championships - 12 AFC athletes competed and 10 brought home medals Canadian National Mogul Team - Andi Naude - is currently in Ruka Finland at the first World Cup of the season Canadian National Halfpipe Team - Matt Margetts Canadian National Mogul Development Team - Jordan Kober and Connor Spence Jordan is pursuing the mogul dream, while Connor has headed off to Queenâ€™s University to pursue the academic world in the first year of engineering! BC Mogul Team - Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Madison Parker, Kyle Parker, Noah Spence, and Josh Kober BC Slopestyle Team - Riley Culver BC Slopestyle Development Team - Cam Kapusty and Matt Finlayson BC Mogul Development Team - Brayden Kuroda, Joe Durham, Kassidy Todd, Koleton Phipps, Max Todd, and Shaina Finlayson Congratulations to Apex Freestyle Club athletes for their athletic performance, achievement and dedication to freestyle skiing, and to the team of coaches who supported them from Jumps & Bumps to the BC and National Teams! These accomplishments are not only a credit to these amazing athletes, but to every club volunteer, official, coach and parent who provided this opportunity through their dedicated service! We are proud to have you as Apex Freestyle Club Alumni. We wish you much success and fun in the 14/15 competition season as you venture out Provincially, Nationally and Internationally!
2013 Canadian Selections at Apex Mountain Resort Photo by Ronda Barzilay
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Other Upcoming Events Apex Freestyle Club & BC Freestyle host the first provincial tour for mogul, big air, and slope style January 16th - 19th Timber Tour #1 a qualification event for the 2015 Canada Games, being held in Prince George from February 6th - 9th, 2015. Nor Am - FIS Moguls & Dual Moguls - Apex - Jan 21st - 25th A high calibre mogul competition only one level below the World Cup with 80 plus athletes from four different countries, and amazing representation by BC Athletes. Provincial, National & International Competitions a short 30 minute drive from Penticton! Volunteers are always needed & appreciated! Please contact Volunteer Team Leader Marnie at email@example.com
On The World Cup Mogul Circuit
with Andi Naude I would like to thank Myleen Mallach for inviting me once again to share my journey with all of you. I am so excited for the new ski season that is only a few weeks away! I have been training very hard all summer in Whistler, Quebec, Switzerland, and Australia. I have been working on my skiing technique and a new jump, a backfull (backflip with a 360 rotation). Apexâ€™s Andi Naude, My last season ended on a very high note 2013 FIS World Cup here at Apex Mountain Resort, where Rookie of the Year! I managed to win the title of Canadian National Champion. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to watch and cheer. It was a truly memorable experience, and certainly a highlight of my career. This year I will be competing on the World Cup Circuit again. The first stop will be held in Ruka, Finland on December 13th. I love Ruka over the holiday season; it is so festive and sometimes I even get to pet Santaâ€™s reindeer. Follow me here throughout the season for updates, as well as on my new website andinaude.com I will keep you posted ... Until next time!
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Early December 2014
with Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director A big thank you to everyone who came out to the Warren Miller Movie Night on Thursday, November 20th. All the proceeds from this movie night support our Apex Ski Club. One of our main fundraisers each year is hosting this annual movie debut in Penticton and what a fabulous way to kick off the season. Great to see all those smiling faces, while reconnecting for the season ahead. A huge thank you to our title sponsor, Dr. Tom Rahkola of Carmi Dental Centre. Dr. Tom Rahkola at the Warren Miller Movie Night
Join the Apex Ski Club ‘Carver’ Program
Now is the time to register your kids in our famous Carvers Program. All our coaches follow the successful Sport Chek Snow Stars Program, a skill development tool for young skiers ages 5-13 years of age. This 4 step program provides a pathway to the joy of skiing. This is the quality program that has made the Nancy Greene Ski League famous since 1968! The program is a very good value for money, as it is offered by the parent run Apex Ski Club. Children develop skills, and confidence, through skiing all terrain types, games, skill drills, jumps and bumps, and skier-cross. Our 11 week program runs on Sundays from 9:30am - 3pm and starts on January 4th. We also offer an additional half day program on Saturdays from 9:30am - 12noon. You can sign up for both Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, check out our website at www.apexskiclub.com. Our Annual 3 Day Christmas Camps are coming soon! They will be held on December 20, 21, 22 and December 27,28,29. Each camp runs 9:30am - 3pm, with an hour for lunch to recharge. It’s great value, lots of fun, an opportunity to meet new friends for the ski season, and a way to develop skills on the hill. Only $99/camp. Register on line at www.apexskiclub.com.
Mike Janyk Visits Apex Ski Team!
What a great weekend with former World Champ Podium and 3-time Olympian Mike Janyk. Apex Ski Team had the pleasure of spending 3 days with Mike Janyk. The former Alpine Canada Technical Skier spent two days with the team and an afternoon with the coaches. It was such a pleasure to spend time with such an inspiring great Canadian. Mike will be travelling around the country sharing his Olympic Dream and journey in the sport of Alpine Racing. The Apex Ski Club was his first group and what a memory Mike left with us. This was a weekend that the kids will never forget! Mike had a Saturday Night Presentation that moved us all! Special thanks to Apex Mountain Resort for great early season training conditions and the use of the cafeteria on that evening.
Mike Janyk shares some of his racing skills with Apex Ski Team in late November.
See you at the NEW Apex Ski Club Cabin!
Mike Janyk gives a Special Presentation to the Apex Ski Team on November 29th.
The Club has been very busy this fall. You will notice a new building on your way to the quad this year. It’s an exciting time for the club! Carvers, racers, and parents will have a nice warm building to warm up those toes & hands. See you soon!
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Early December 2014
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By Terry Makos, Certified Pedorthist The snow will soon start to fall and its time to think skiing. I would like to share a few thoughts about ski boots with everyone. Over the many years that I have worked with skiers, the same problems still exist. Does this sound familiar ... “My toes are really tight in my boots, but my heels seem loose. Or, by lunch time my feet are asleep and all Terry Makos, Certified Pedorthist my buckles are as tight as they can and Owner of Footwoorks go.” You are not alone.
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Let’s break things down and try to solve some of these problems. The size and flex of the boots are critical. The correct size is easy to determine. Take your liners out and slide your foot into the shell. Touch your toes to the end and see how much room there is between your heel and the back of the shell. It should be about 3 cm or maybe 4 at the most. A flashlight will help. If there is much more than that, there is a good chance the boots are too big. This is usually the reason we encounter the problems described earlier. Why does this happen so often? The reason is when boots are sold in the proper size all too often the liners are really tight. So, the next size is tried and then the next and so on. This is why so many skiers are in the wrong size of boots. By simply stretching the liners of the correct size boot, all is good. I see countless boots where the shell has been punched and they still are too tight. It has very little to do with the shell. It is all about the liner fitting your foot. Let’s talk about flex. This is pretty simple also. Here is the deal. If you can’t flex your ankle in the boot, then the next available joint is used, which is the knee and even the hip. In that position you are out of balance and your weight is too far back on your skis. This is frustrating and can be dangerous. A ski weighted on it’s tail really just wants to go straight down the fall line. So, what should you do? Well, make sure you are sold boots that are not too stiff. But if you already own a pair, no problem. There are many ways to soften any ski boot to allow the ankle to flex. Think of it this way. Range of motion in the ankle joint equals balance and balance equals reactivity. Once we have a boot that is sized correctly and fits comfortably, that also flexes the way it should, we can then move on to the fun stuff like proper alignment and performance. Remember COMFORT AND WARMTH COME BEFORE PERFORMANCE. Did you know that there is a significant loss of balance when your feet are cold. When your feet are happy in your ski boots, you will ski better and most of all - have more fun! This space could be yours! Either go heli skiing or book an ad.
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Early December 2014
The Edge Bistro’s 5th Season!
Wow! The Edge Bistro is starting their 5th season at Apex Mountain Resort. Time flies when you are having fun, and Chad, Colin, and their families truly enjoy serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and treats to the local crowd and destination guests. With a menu full of fresh soups, sandwiches, and healthy options, plus a few gourmet goodies, there is something for everyone. Conveniently located next to the Mountain Shop and above the Snow School, they offer an exceptionally fast, fresh, and friendly environment to enjoy a homemade lunch while checking out the best views on the mountain. Or, if you need to rest those sore legs after some great runs, you can enjoy your favorite hot beverage, sit back, relax, and recharge for the next session. When evening hits and you want a simple dinner, check out their “Take & Bake” Pizza selection. With their stone oven baked crust, the pizzas are a delicious option for an easy dinner for yourself, family or friends. But they don’t stop there, you can ask them about on mountain catering, special events, team meal plans, party trays, and group functions. Open Everyday - Seven days a week - at 7:00 am Sunday thru Thursday until 5:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Holidays until 9:00 pm Open every day from Thursday, Nov 27th until April 6th!
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By Leslie Spohr, Registered Physical Therapist Despite the unusually warm Fall we experienced this year, it seems winter has arrived! Having prepared well for the ski season this year you’ve undoubtedly spent many weeks doing squats and lunges, all with a Bosu under your feet, numerous core exercises and scoped out the snow report waiting for opening day to arrive. It’s here. You gather your gear, you grab your hot drink for the road and off to the slopes you go. Bring it on, Apex. Bring. It. On. Your first run is a bit rough, as expected, but otherwise things are feeling pretty good. Time for run number two! On the ski lift up you get the sudden, and unwanted, NEED to pee. You shift around in your seat, hoping it will go away, but it doesn’t. Once on the top of the hill you reassess the situation and realize it’s not going away - you have to ski all the way down. You hurry to the bathrooms ‘walking’ with your knees pressed together and boots on. This is never easy, but don’t worry you still look good. You race to the stall, you start to unzip but due to the cold you have two layers of long johns on under you snowsuit and your fingers are frozen. You start doing the pee dance, because this always helps, wondering if you’ll actually peel the layers off in time. Sometimes we do. Sometimes don’t. If we do, we can head back up the hill only to find ourselves in a similar situation a short while later. If we don’t, it becomes a very short, and uncomfortable, ski day. The ‘need to pee’ will often increase in cold weather and higher elevations. Due to the changes in body temperature and blood pressure this can be a common and normal reaction. However, if you find yourself in this situation after every couple of runs, or throughout a normal day in the week (sans multiple layers and frozen fingers), you may be experiencing symptoms of an Over Active Bladder. Over Active Bladder (OAB) is a common problem that, according to The Canadian Continence Foundation, affects nearly 1 in 5 Canadians, both men and women, typically over the age of 35. OAB is a sudden urge to urinate despite the bladder not being full. It may also be associated with Urinary Urge Incontinence (UUI), or the unintentional loss of urine. Symptoms of OAB include 1. 2. 3.
Increase Frequency: urinating more than 8 times in a 24 hours period (and you haven’t been guzzling water all day), and more than 1 time at night (2 times is normal for those over 60). Urgency: That uncontrollable ‘Need To Go ... NOW!’ with little to no chance of postponing it. Incontinence: involuntary loss of urine following a sudden, strong desire to urinate.
Although common, and often associated with getting older, OAB (and/or incontinence) is NOT a normal part of aging. It is not a disease. It is a symptom indicating that something else going on in the body, and it should be discussed with a healthcare professional who is interested and knowledgeable in the area. So, if this story, or symptoms listed above, sound familiar don’t worry, there’s hope. First line of action is to discuss these symptoms with your doctor to rule out a urinary tract infection or other causes. Second step is to contact a pelvic floor physiotherapist who can help with the behavior, lifestyle and muscle changes that are essential for proper bladder control. Don’t let an active bladder get in your way of enjoying a day out on the hill!
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How is your bladder control? Do you: • Go to toilet more than 8 times in 24 hours? • Get up more than once a night? • Drink less than the normal fluid average intake, i.e. 6-8 cups/day? • Go to the toilet ‘just in case’? • Wet yourself when you cough, laugh, sneeze, exercise, etc.? • Have an urgent need to pass urine? • Leak before you get to the toilet? • Push and strain to move your bowel? If you have said ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, you may be developing bad bladder habits. Good bladder habits: • It is normal to go to the toilet about 5-7 times per day and no more than once at night. • Your bladder should be able to hold up to 2 cups (400-450ml) of urine. You can usually pass between 1 to 2 cups of urine each time you go. • Try to go only when your bladder is full and when you need to go. • Don’t go to the toilet ‘just in case’, as this may result in the bladder developing a smaller capacity. • Take your time when emptying your bladder, so that it empties completely. Being in a rush may lead to incomplete emptying and predispose you to urinary infections. • Make sure you sit on the seat (when able). Hovering prevents full voiding. Try your best not to bear down to empty, as this involves the wrong muscles and prevents proper voiding. • Drink an adequate amount of fluid. Assuming there are no other medical problems, 6-8 glasses per day is the amount to aim for. This amount ensures urine does not become concentrated (which can stimulate urination). It is also advisable to limit intake of bladder irritants such as tea, coffee, cola drinks, alcohol and spicy foods.
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Apex Property Owners Association News
By Phyllis Matthews, APOA Board Member Well, here we go into another season, let’s hope for lots of early snow! To help you cope with that snow and the driving conditions it brings, I have some information from the Argo Road Maintenance pre-season meeting. The regular season for road service begins November 16 and road equipment will be operating from 5:00 am to 3:30 pm and 5:00 pm to 3:30 am. Bernie Cobach, Technical Manager, for Argo would like to remind you to be cautious when approaching plows and trucks, as they throw sand and spray making it difficult to see. For more winter driving information, you can visit http://shiftintowinter.ca. If you have any need to contact Argo, they can be reached at 250-493-6969 during office hours or 1-800-663-7627 after hours. You can also contact me at 250-494-0838 (home) or 250-488-8446 (cell at Apex). There will be logging trucks on the Apex road until mid to late December, please remember to give them lots of room and they do need all the room on the corners. I have been asked to write a little about our community at Apex and promoting a positive attitude. It’s pretty difficult to be other than positive while we are all enjoying our favourite sports and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. However, sometimes our actions can impact unpleasantly on someone else’s enjoyment of the mountain. So, let’s all take some time to make better choices, like: picking up after your dog (a BIG problem around the entire resort); not running your sled on the ski trails, downhill or cross country, or late at night; keeping your party to a dull roar in the small hours; and generally just thinking of the other guy. It’s not that difficult and ya know “what goes around ... comes around”. Lots of little things that add up to a great Apex experience for everyone. Speaking of Apex experiences, the Apex Property Owners are throwing a little social for members and prospective members, so come along and bring a friend. See you there! APOA Social - December 13th - Doors Open at 3:30 pm at Rock Oven Grill. Join us for Appy & Drinks Specials!
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TOM SIDDON says THANK YOU! Dear Friends, I am extremely grateful for the trust and confidence bestowed upon me by all who voted to re-elect me to another four year term as the RDOS Director for Area ‘D’. In my capacity as your locally elected political representative, I am committed to fulfilling the responsibilities that have been placed with me and will work hard to bring increased opportunity and quality of life to every resident living in our Area ‘D’ communities. In the days ahead, I will be moving forward with the priority projects which were endorsed by the electorate during the campaign and a new Budget for the year to come. As always, I am here to help you with any issues of concern that fall within RDOS jurisdiction. Have a Wonderful Christmas with family and friends and a Prosperous New Year! Tom Siddon Re-Elected RDOS Director for Area ‘D’
Monthly Update From MLA Larson By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen At this time of the calendar year, we all ask ourselves the question, “Where did the months go? And, am I really another year older!?” There have been a number of highway projects completed this year throughout the Boundary-Similkameen. Repaving projects have taken place at Bromley Rock to Stirling Bridge, Cawston to Nighthawk, and Chapman Road to Wapita Way on Anarchist Mountain. In addition, the work completed on the road to Big White and Highway 33 interchange. The fall legislative sitting ends on November 27 and MLA’s, including yours truly, will be able to return to their ridings and catch up with constituents and community events. This 40th parliament also marks a significant milestone in the history of women in government. Since the first woman, Mary Ellen Smith, who opened the door in 1918, the number of women elected to the B.C. Legislative Assembly now numbers exactly 100. In this November’s elections, 37% of those elected to municipal and regional governments and school boards are women. That said, congratulations to all of the candidates who put their name forward on the ballot. Election campaigns are not always the most fun of experiences, but you put your time, energy and ideas on the line. That takes courage. To all of the newly elected and returning to office, I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you over the next four years as you represent your communities. I am planning to get out to all the communities of Boundary-Similkameen to meet with the new faces and reconnect with returning council and regional district elected officials when I am back in the constituency. In December and January, I will continue to meet with organizations whose focus is one of creating an inclusive environment for people
with disabilities and improving accessibility to employment for all. Every person has a contribution to make, and a skill that matched with the right employer is a benefit to both. While accommodations sometimes need to be made to ensure the work environment is compatible to the person with a disability. That said, there are so many agencies that offer the necessary support to help with these transitions. The agriculture community got one item marked off their wish list with the announcement by the Premier of continued support for the replant program. Thank you to all the farmers who met with me and helped to move this issue forward. It is the season of meeting and greeting neighbours and friends, so I am going to stress, once again, the value of a flu shot. It is not just for you, but for all you come in contact with who may have compromised immune systems. I want to also acknowledge since we are coming to the end of 2014, to thank my staff in Oliver, Colleen and Patt, for keeping up with calls and correspondence and Marissa, in Victoria, for keeping me and my calendar organized. I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the BoundarySimilkameen a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Don’t forget to contribute to your local food banks and charitable organization who help the less fortunate at this time of year. And finally, our Boundary-Similkameen constituency Christmas Open House will be on Friday, December 19th in Oliver at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Cappuccino Bar located at 6041 Main Street from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. Please join us for some holiday cheer!
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Apex Fire Brigade Update with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief
I would also like to congratulate Tom Siddon for regaining his seat as the RDOS Area D Director. Our department has been working with Tom and the Regional District for a few years now. I feel that our fire department has gained their respect and that Tom and the rest of the staff are working very hard to help us become the fire department that our community deserves. Most would never know that anything has been done, but I am here to say that they have supported us to a great extent and continue to do so. A little late to help out with the campaign, but Tom regained his position anyway. Thanks to Tom and the Regional District, I look forward to our continued efforts in supplying a quality emergency services organization. Last but not least, I would like to welcome and thank our new members Jeff and Emma for their support and donation of the defibrillator and jump bag full of first response gear. We greatly appreciate it and welcome any new members that would like to join our ranks to become the volunteers that our whole country of small communities depend on. Welcome back Myleen! And, look for my next article in Apex Matters for a story on our Summer with the numerous forest fires in our area. Until next time ... Have a safe ski season!
We are continuing to work hard to ensure that Apex has a reasonable level of fire protection. This year our funding has allowed us to send a record number of volunteers members (Gary Vollet, Andy Cumming, Gord Reum, Mark Rufiange and myself) of the AFBS to attend the Volunteer Firefighter’s Spring Training Seminar in Oliver. It has been a year of records for us. We had a record number of Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) calls. A scary thought considering that we have absolutely none of the required equipment to deal with them. We do, thanks to the Spring Seminars we have attended, have some of the training and we will improvise and do whatever we can to make the situation better. The record that our entire community should be most proud of, however, is the fact that little old Apex produced not one but two winners in this year’s Fire Fit Challenge. Each in their own age category, Gord Reum and Mark Rufiange defied the odds and beat all of the other volunteer firefighters from around the province that competed in the event. It must be something in the Apex Air. A big congratulations to the winners of the other age categories Welcome the natural beauty and texture of concrete into your home. and the women’s category. This is no easy feat. And, a little something to prove that we don’t just sit around, have meetings and drink beer. This year at the Spring Seminar, we also had two of our members gear up and enter the fire room for a positive pressure ventilation exercise. Imagine the nerve it takes to enter into a room pitch black with smoke, hotter than you know, and with Countertops, Sinks, Outdoor Kitchens, Furniture & More flames curling down from the ceiling above your head. They opened a couple of small windows and set up a fan at the 250-488-2798 firstname.lastname@example.org www.onyxcastings.com door, so that the smoke would clear and they could look for casualties and put the fire out. I, myself, competed in the RIT Team Challenge (rapid intervention team). The RIT team is the team goes in to save the lives of the firefighters when they get into a situation where they have to call MAYDAY. We did not get the fastest time, but a very respectable one in which there was good patient care. There were stations where confined space rescue was learned, as well as ones dealing with high and low angle rescue, auto extrication, vehicle stabilization, Fortis power safety, swift water rescue, and many more. The financial support from the community is so important for us to be able to send our firefighters for this training, because you never know when you are going to need us. Photo courtesy of Skaha Hills Safety Reminder: Please change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace your detectors if ONYX Castings in Skaha Hills Show Home they are more than ten years old. All detectors, even the ones that are hard wired to your home, get old and cease to function ONYX Castings is thrilled to have had the opportunity to properly. Carbon monoxide detectors are only required if you partner with Greyback Construction in their new development Skaha Hills. Featured in the photo above is a custom hearth are using any gas appliances (i.e. propane). and mantle in the colour Dove with a cream finish. This design, or one similar is being offered as an upgrade. SALES & SERVICE Leann Robbins of ONYX Castings, says they have already installed another similar hearth and mantle and have orders Your Complete for another two. While this photo showcases what can be Bike Store done with a fireplace, ONYX Castings also fabricates kitchen counters, bathroom vanities, sinks, furniture and more! The South Okanagan’s Family Bike Shop If you are thinking about installing a new fireplace or just want Mountain, Triathlon & Road Bike Specialists to update your existing one, contact Leann at ONYX Castings bikebarn.ca 300 W. Westminster Ave. 250-492-4140 to talk about design possibilities. Call 250.488.2798 or visit www.onyxcastings.com for more information.
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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 1
By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Guide Writing for Apex Matters for the first issue of the season is always a creative challenge for me, especially if Mother Nature or Ullr has not been kind to the Alpine in the way of snow. In this case, I usually write about “preparing yourself and your equipment” for the upcoming snowshoe season. (As “preparing yourself” is important, and I will touch upon it at the end of this article) With the lack of snow, I seemed destined to tromp down this route of writing once again. Then, Mother Nature and Ullr must have decided to join forces and dumped 60-70cms of “white gold” in about 24 hours!! Yes, a snowshoe adventure was now possible! November 27, 2014 ~ The day was a warm and windy one. My long time friend, fellow adventurer, and fellow Aquarian, Joe, and I decided to head up to Apex for a short, late afternoon snowshoe. Our goal was to break in a trail starting from a friend’s cabin along Keremeos Creek to the bottom of Riordan near the toboggan hill. The warm day and wind melted the snow from the tree branches, which made the snow on the ground from the tree drip line inward to the trunk, wet and heavy. But, luckily it did not stick to our snowshoes, which would have made the going tougher. If you have ever had softball size snowballs build up on the crampons of your snowshoes, you know what I mean. Any small “clearings” we snowshoed through had much lighter snow, as “clearings” are not subject to the aforementioned falling and melting snow. At any rate, with 60-70cms of new, mostly heavier wet snow, the going was quite challenging as there was no base to hold us up. Weaving our way around trees, through bushes and across the creek, we eventually ended up at the bottom of Riordan and the toboggan hill. From here we veered left to follow the creek for another hundred meters before turning back and retracing our route most of the way back to the cabin. This snowshoe trail will now be much easier to find and snowshoe as it will have a solid base and will only get better and better with continued use. It will be used as a connector to the bottom of Riordan and from there later in the season, we will be able to choose various routes of varying difficulty to the summit of Riordan. Though the first snowshoe adventure of the season was short one, it was a challenging one!
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Now that the winter snowshoe season has been thrust upon us, it may have caught some of you off guard. So, here are a few basic tips that may help save you some anguish out on the trails: 1. Check your snowshoes for wear and tear, such as ripped or broken bindings or straps and repair as necessary. If your snowshoes have any screws or nuts, inspect for defects and ensure they are tightened. Some of us lend our snowshoes to friends, who may have adjusted them to it their boot. Easier to try them on in the warmth of your house, rather than out on the trail. 2. If you use telescopic poles, which I strongly suggest, check to make sure they work properly and lube if required. 3. Inspect your backpack, both the outside and the inside. For the outside, inspect all zippers, straps and buckles for rips or defects and repair as necessary. On the inside, make sure you have all the necessary items you will need to be comfortable and warm and self sufficient (for a list of backpack items check my past Apex Matters articles). 4. Check your boots for rips, bad eyelets or worn shoelaces and replace or repair as required. Waterproof if necessary. 5. For early season snowshoeing safety (usually up to January or so) snowshoe on established trails. If you like to bushwhack as I do, be attentive and careful as you may encounter tree stumps, logs, bushes, rocks or air pockets around trees, which can damage your snowshoes and/or cause you injury. Learning how to navigate safely and how to “read” snow conditions while bushwhacking, takes years of practice. See you out on the trails. Till next time, “shoe you later”.
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Early December 2014
“Through The Eyes Of A New Brunswicker The Okanagan Valley”
By Ryan Oickle, Peach City Massage The first time I went skiing in the Okanagan, I remember after our first run thinking, “This is the kind of powder folks get dropped out of helicopters for!” I couldn’t believe APEX was so close to home. In fact, this whole region is a dream vacation spot for me, and I get to live here! Growing up in Moncton, New Brunswick (the “Hub City” of the Maritimes), I found the people are almost always sincere, polite, and generous, just like here. With that said, “Peach City” is where I choose to be. Huge beaches, mild winters and everything in between. We took advantage of being outdoors all summer by securing a contract with the City of Penticton for large massage tents on Lake Okanagan and Skaha Lake beaches. It was more fun than I could have imagined, being able to make a living helping people relax or deal with pain, all while overlooking the mountains and lakes. The convenience of knowing where to find us for a drop-in massage caught on quickly, and our team regularly worked with both local people and visitors. As the weather cooled we wanted to continue that convenience for our clients, so the beach massage team are also providing “in-room massage”. I loved the positivity of working with people ready to relax, so “Peach City Massage” not only serves Penticton, but APEX Ski Resort and the surrounding area too! Add it to the list of why the Okanagan Valley is the best place to live ... Massage professionals that come to you!
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Thank you to "The APOA Trash Bash" crew on July 12th. It is amazing how much a
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bags remained, about 55 bags of trash were removed around Apex, not to mention a truck load full of loose plastic, old hockey nets, bicycle tires, metal, pipes, wood, and large mats. Thank you to the APOA for sponsoring the cookout and providing bags and gloves. Thank you to Diane for coordinating the Bash. The only thing that could possibly make the 2nd Annual APOA Trash Bash in 2015 more successful will be if there is less trash to begin with, and that the "bash" is mostly in the form of a picnic!
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Tips on Taking Top Notch Adventure Pics! The anticipation is killing us. When we will get that dump of snow that fills the mountains waste deep with fluffy white stuff that we can all play in?! Well, while you're waiting to get out there, here are a few tips on getting the best photos of every experience, when the time comes. I just spent 2 weeks guiding an Adventure Tour in New Zealand, which meant taking hundreds of photos to document the trip. Biggest lessons I learned throughout this process were these:
(1) Don't shoot all your pictures from human-eye level. Get low, get high, get sideways. (2 )Light is your medium and to shoot only direct, front light is like painting with nothing but black. Make sure your camera has a manual setting and start shooting into the sun or shoot only in shadowed light. Or sidelight. Point is, front light is boring. And often hard and contrasty. (3) Visual tension makes photos much more engaging, and small elements can go a long way toward creating that extra energy. (4) The most important thing is to have an adventurous attitude. Be curious, flexible, and exploratory. Be not afraid. (5) Sometimes all you really do is push the button. You just have to be in the right place at the right time and really the only way to stack the odds in your favor is to GET out there and STAY out there.
(6)When you're shooting, don't always put all your subjects on the same plane. Real life isn't flat, so don't take pictures that are.
(7)Approach a photo op as if you're making a silent movie. Not every photo has to be a "wow" as long as it furthers the story.
Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company
Early December 2014
What’s new at Hoodoo...
Preparation for the Slopes
By Vince Rabbitte, Ski School Emeritus Getting ready to ski for the season should involve some simple exercises. The older or less fit you are involves some thought. Your ski boots are heavier than your every day shoes, so walk around in them for a while to get use to their weight. It is a good idea is to slide around with your skis on making some figures of eight and circles on a flat snowy area. Your next progression if you are an older skier is to think about and going through the elementary progressions from snow ploughing ... flexing the knees slowly as you move across the slope and extending the knees as you make your first turn ... remembering to put more weight on the outside (uphill) ski to change direction. Practice a series of turns as you move down the slope, aim for flexing the knees by counting 1, 2, 3 slowly ... then counting 1, 2, 3 for extending the knees as you change direction slowly.
Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Sam Roberts Band Album: Lo Fantasy Track: “We’re all in this together”
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This season I’ll start off where we ended last season, with a Canadian band. Sam Roberts came on the scene in 2000. One of his first hits “Brother Down” you may remember. This Montrealer has a new album out with a more electric sound than I’m use to hearing from him. This track, “We’re all in this together”, is the universal excitement we in the snow culture community share when the new season is about to start. Can’t wait to ski and see all of you on the hill. 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.
Great Cabin Recipes Thai Coconut Curry Soup
INGREDIENTS: 2x14 ounce cans premium coconut milk / 1 heaping Tablespoon Thai curry paste / 1 bunch cilantro roots, rinsed well / 2 chicken breasts, thinly sliced / 2 cups chicken broth / 1 carrot, shredded / 4 or 5 lime leaves / 2 stalks lemon grass, halved lengthwise, woody leaves removed / 2 tablespoons fish sauce / 2 limes zest and juice / a small knob frozen ginger / a handful bean sprouts / 8 ounce package rice noodles / 1 bunch cilantro leaves, rinsed well / 2 or 3 green onions, thinly sliced / a sprinkle or two salt or soy sauce PROCEDURE Scoop the thick coconut cream from the top of just one of the
cans into a large stockpot set over a medium-high heat. Melt the cream, add the curry paste and stir for a few minutes until they begin to sizzle. Add the cilantro roots and chicken and sauté until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the coconut juice from the first can and all the contents of the second can along with the chicken broth, carrot, lime leaves, lemon grass, fish sauce and lime zest and juice. Grate the frozen ginger into the broth with a Microplane grater or standard box grater. Simmer for 20 minutes or so. Stir in the bean sprouts. Add the rice noodles, gently pushing them beneath the surface of the broth. Turn off the heat and let stand until the noodles soften, about 5 minutes. Rice noodles don’t need to simmer like pasta to cook; they simply need to rehydrate in the hot liquid. Stir in most of the cilantro leaves. Remove the lemon grass stalks. Taste and season with a touch more salt (or soy sauce) as needed. Ladle into large bowls and garnish with the green onions and remaining cilantro leaves.
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Permanent Photography Installation at The Apex Mountain Inn by Leigh Trusler
The Apex Mountain Inn has undergone a recent interior renovation. The Inn now has a modern new look thanks to new carpet, paint, lighting and a refreshed lobby area. The Inn now boasts a permanent photography installation by local photographer Leigh Trusler. Each black and white image features a different winter scene from around Apex Resort. Leigh spent the last two winters collecting her images by skiing with her camera. Snow can be very difficult to expose correctly; however, Leigh was up for the challenge. She is always inspired by fresh snow (aren’t we all!) and by changing light, cloud, shadow and the beauty of the natural environment in winter. Stop by the Inn and take a look for yourself at the new photography that is hanging in the lobby and in the hallways. For further information or to see more of Leigh’s work, check out her website at www.leightruslerphotography.com.
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The Rock Oven Grill Welcomes Back The “Groov-A-Matics”!
"Run Down Cabin" by Leigh Trusler is hanging in the lobby of the Apex Mountain Inn.
Snow Balls or Snow Angels?
Send in yours to firstname.lastname@example.org What does this mean? Well, you can throw a “snowball" at someone for not so good actions or send a “snow angel” to another for doing good deeds. For example: "Snowballs" should be riffled at that motorist that just allowed their bag full of garbage to 'slip' out of their vehicle in the village ... the mountain ravens have spread it all over the parking lot and now the mountain staff have to pick it all up; and a huge "Snow Angel" to that nice lady who found and delivered my wallet with all my cash still inside. You get the drift ... sharing small excerpts of your day that are short and sweet. So, what do you deserve? (Please Note: Some discretion on inclusion may be involved.)
The Rock Oven Grill will once again show poor judgement this season by inviting back the loose cannon “Groov-A-Matics“, a band presenting swingin’, melodic rocker pop, stirred with rhythm and blues, shaken with torch and twang. Translated this means the music is all over the map and they have not figured out what genre to focus on. The advantage of this, however, is there is something for everybody, of any age, of any ski ability. Note: You do not have to show your season pass to get in and there is no cover charge ... It’s free entertainment! As last year, there will be general mayhem and chaos with trivia and dance contests, and yes, prizes too! Watch for handstand dancing, rope and hula hoop spinning, and whatever else can be conjured from band and audience interaction. Come out for the first once-a-month Sundays of participatory fun ... otherwise known as watching your neighbours do things you’d never suspect them of ... on Sunday, December 21st from 6-9 pm. This is also the first day of winter, so it could be extra nuts, like on a full moon night! 40 minute music sets begin on the hour. Hear tunes you forgot you remembered and tunes you wish you could forget (guaranteed some will be stuck in your head for days afterwards). Let’s get the joint a reelin’ and a rockin’ ... Be groovy, be there!
Snow Angels to Mike Janyk for visiting with the Apex Ski Club and inspiring our young racers to follow their dreams and pursue their full potential. ~ from all the Apex Ski Club Parents Snow Balls to all the weekenders that walk their dogs or let their dogs out and do not pick up after them. ~ from BD & Deb 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. © 2014 Okanagan Matters Publications.
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