Apex Matters Early December 2015

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Apex Matters

Volume 13 : Issue 1 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

“Keeping You in the S’know”

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Welcome Back To Apex Matters! By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters


Welcome to the Season

By James Shalman, There is no question that I am passionate about Apex and all Apex Mountain Resort General Manager that is winter fun. I look forward to bringing you a fresh issue Welcome to another fun season at Apex Mountain Resort. twice each month during this 13th Season of Apex Matters. My We are off to a great start for the 2015/16 season! We had a goal is "Keeping you in the S'know". So, read online or in print, perfect snowfall in mid-November of 100 cm’s of base building and be sure to support the advertisers who make this possible. perfection! This has set us up for the season and put the Snow Hacks ~ Life Hacks are shortcuts or tricks that make mountain ahead of schedule, allowing us to open one week earlier than scheduled. Not only are we able to open earlier life a little easier. Each edition, we will share a new ‘snow hack’ than scheduled, but we are able to open a lot more terrain than to make life a little easier at the hill. Email apexmatters@telus. we normally have available for early season riding. net, if you have any suggestions for ski or snowboard hacks. This leads in to a big topic of discussion for this season, the Texas Suitcase ~ Have you struggled big El Nino debate. I attended a ski industry conference where up and down the stairs by The Trading they brought in a meteorologist to discuss what the effects of Post carrying your ski gear? Next time, one of the largest El Nino’s in years means to ski resorts in try a Texas Suitcase. Just put your skis BC. He stated that at a macro level this season looks to be together, slide them into the straps of your colder and wetter than last season. The ‘Big Blob’ which is the ski poles and use your poles as a handle. www.newschoolers.com abnormally warm water sitting out in the Pacific, effecting the weather patterns, will be sending significant storms onto the western coast of North America. These storms are forecast to hit California and Oregon; however, the meteorologist stated that these storms can easily track farther northward in to BC as All of our combined Facebook Friends qualify for a Free Day Pass Draw happening on December 9th. well. The last significant El Nino we experienced was during the season of 98/99. Apex had a near record amount of snowfall and that season Mt. Baker set the World Record for snowfall in Like us both today & you could win! a season with 2,800 cm’s, a record that still stands to this day. Winner to be announced on our Facebook pages & At a micro level there are many different weather systems at in the next issue of Apex Matters. play and judging by the start of this season it’s going to be a great year.

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The Gu nbarre l is back in actio n & fully lo for the aded season ! With a couple of new tv’s, an upgraded kitchen, and a new chef in place, the bar and restaurant are ready for a great winter. A fresh new bar menu was launched for the start of the season and mid December will see an updated offering in the dining room. Keep an eye out for fresh new features, including weekly roasts that are only available while they last. There is a great crew of returning staff and some new faces too, so head into the Gunbarrel Saloon for some great food, great service and great times! gunbarrel@shaw.ca


We had a very busy summer at Apex getting ready for this season. There was a crew of 4 people hiking the runs all summer with brush saws clearing the runs. Two new runs were cut, one of which is ‘Golden Eagle’ a Black Diamond run located between the Toilet Bowl and the Great Wall that we have set up to be groomed with a winch cat. Golden Eagle is a beautiful steady pitch at 36 degrees, which is steeper than the ‘Chute’, and masterfully sculpted by Mike Parsons in the excavator. Our patrol have skied it and describe Golden Eagle as their new favourite Black Diamond. The second run, also creatively excavated by Mike Parsons, is ‘Sweet Louise’ located on the Triple Stocks Chair. Both runs were named in honour of Louise Burgart, an instrumental hands on owner of Apex Mountain Resort, who was loved by all and her fun adventurous spirit will live on in these two runs. Features in the Terrain Parks were built in to the ground this summer to be able to open the parks earlier with less time required for snowmaking. As with every season, there are numerous upgrades to our lifts and infrastructure that is behind the scenes. We are always striving to improve our mountain. If you see something that you think could improve your experience, please let us know. We welcome your feedback. I can be reached by email at james@apexresort.com or the next time you come to the mountain, come in to the administration office and say ‘hi’. My door is always open. Have a fantastic season, keep doing your snow dances and I will see you on the slopes.


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December Events Dec 19th – Rail Jam – Apex season kick-off Rail jam will be held in the village in front of the Gunbarrel saloon at 6pm, ($5.00 entry fee) there will be prizes to give away!! Afterwards join us in the Gunbarrel to see a great local band starting at 9 pm Dec 17th - 20st – 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 (sign up in the office), Santa Brings Gifts, and an exciting show of fireworks. Dec 25th – CHRISTMAS DAY – Regular operational hours from 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 19TH - The Apex Mountain Resort Snow Bus will be running daily from Dec.20th – Jan.4th excluding Christmas Day. TUBE PARK DEC 18TH * – Open every day & night 10am- 3:30pm, 4-9pm excluding Dec.24th, 25th & 31st. (Weather permitting) SKATING RINK AND LOOP DEC 12TH * - 7 days a week 10am-11pm Note* Hockey rink closes due to private bookings- check website for current hours NIGHT SKIING DEC 18th – Every night through to Jan.3rd , 4:00pm - 9:00pm excluding Dec.24th, 25th & 31st. *Tube park, skating rink and loop will be open on Dec.18th 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 events@apexresort.com

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

Facility Update - New Waxing Room! Work crews have been busy since summer with woodcutting, expanding our parking lot, repairing roofs, building a brand new wax facility with five more wax benches (giving the centre a total of nine) for our junior racers and members in preparation for some major events this year. New wax facility shown below.

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

Welcome to the 2015-16 Season At Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Nickel Plate Nordic Centre received our first dusting of snow on September 2nd, believe it or not! The snow started to accumulate Halloween night and we officially opened Sunday, November 15th with a 25 cm base and 12 km of trails packed. Check out the Nickel Plate Snow Report on the new updated website at www.nickelplatenordic.org. Registration is open! Visit http://nickelplatenordic.org/feesrentals/ for more information and register online at Zone4. Are you looking for a great gift idea? Nickel Plate has Gift Certificates available! Please inquire at the Ticket Office. For up-to-date weather information at Nickel Plate, please visit: http://www.yr.no/place/Canada/British_Columbia/ Nickel_Plate_Mountain/

Children’s Programs At Nickel Plate Skills Development Program Nickel Plate Nordic Centre has been providing lessons for children for over 10 years. The Skills Development Program is an excellent way to get your children involved in the great sport of cross country skiing. From the Cottontail program starting at age 3 to the Junior Racers program, skills, technique, and competition are taught at a progressive level. Children will learn both classic and skate skiing at the appropriate lesson levels. For more information visit our website or contact Janelle Parchomchuck or Murray Farbridge. Registration is done on zone4.

Special Events This Season

Penticton is hosting the BC Winter Games from February 2628, with the Cross-Country Ski Races hosted by Nickel Plate. In preparation to be fully wheelchair accessible for the Paranordic sit skiing division, we have upgraded our bathrooms and lodge to those standards. Thanks to Rick Leslie, Dave Ellis and Frank Reimer for getting it done. The popular Nickel Plate Ski Classic Ski Loppet will be held Saturday, February 6th this year with distances for all ages. 2014 Loppet - Photo by Van Pratt

Junior Racers Program Who is a Potential Junior Racer? •

Anyone previously registered in the Junior Racer program, or who has been in or completed Level 4 or the track attack level of the SDP program.

Skiers who want to ski stronger and faster, and who wish to begin racing

Sufficiently skilled and motivated participants in the grade There will be a new winter triathlon series held at Nickel Plate on Sunday, January 10th with a xc ski leg, snowshoe run and five program will be considered an option to ice skate or mountain bike this year. The popular • The program will be particularly suited to those kids who “Elevator Race” a six leg relay race (similar to Big White’s Ski enjoy aerobic sports, who wish to attain a high degree of to Sea only in the other direction - going up) will be held on fitness, and who are fairly self motivated. Saturday, March 12th and goes from Okanagan Lake all the For more information visit our website or contact Sarah way to the top of Apex Mountain. This race includes a crossBroder brodersarah@yahoo.ca or Kathryn Golbeck country ski leg at Nickel Plate. Both of these events are run by kathryngolbeck@shaw.ca Hoodoo Adventures. More info at www.hoodooadventures.ca. •


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You’re Invited to our ...

Annual Welcome Day At Nickel Plate Saturday, December 5th This day includes FREE ski lessons and rentals, snowshoe tours, food (BBQ), and beverages. If you have never tried skiing or snowshoeing, this is a great opportunity to meet a community of friendly people who like to bask in the sunshine above the clouds in the winter. See you there!

Due to being the highest elevation daily groomed ski area in Canada, Nickel Plate is a popular place to ski early and late season. November skiing can be a lot like spring skiing - the weather is highly variable, but usually warm. Ski or snowshoe with caution as rocks and stumps can be hidden just under the first snowfalls and creeks may not be frozen yet. Keen skiers will use their “rock” skis in these conditions. Nickel Plate hosted a ski camp with former National Team and Olympic Coach Dave Wood and his ski academy team, training at Nickel Plate between November 13-27 in preparation for the top level of racing season in North America. Their goal is to qualify internationally at the Cross Country World Cup, which finishes in Canada this year for the first time. Many Central Washington skiers from the Methow Valley area make Nickel Plate Nordic the first stop as they head North across the border in search of snow. Welcome also to all Kelowna skiers who we encourage to come and check out our early season conditions - you will be pleasantly surprised! The Nordic Centre could not continue to operate without the efforts of countless volunteers in many areas, including our hard working board of directors, and the facility maintenance led by Des Snyder and his work crew. Thanks for getting us ready to go for another season!

Weather, Snow and 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”.

Photo by Van Pratt

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is on Facebook (Nickel Plate Nordic Centre) and Twitter (@NickelPlateXC). Follow us for regular updates.

Photo by Jenny Albrechtson

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Apex Freestyle Club Update by Ronda Barzilay 250.878.4272 | rondabarzilay@shaw.ca

We are back and so excited to be back! Congratulations to two amazing Apex Freestyle Alumni, Matt Margetts (Half Pipe) and Andi Naude (moguls), who will represent Canada on the World Cup Circuit! Please follow them both on Facebook and cheer them on as they represent Canada and Apex Freestyle Club. The season has had an amazing early season start thanks in part to Apex Mountain Resort and good Ole Mother Nature! The AFC are ready following a busy summer training schedule of water ramping at Covert Farms, on Whistler Glacier and on the breath taking mountains of Switzerland.


Congratulations to the following athletes who will ski part-time with AFC and under AFC Alumni Coach Tanya Callon on the BC Development Team ... Brayden Kuroda, James Naude, Max Todd, Jamie Rykuiter, Chloe Kober and Shaina Finlayson. A big congratulations to the Alumni of the Apex Freestyle Club who have moved on to other teams ... Madison Parker - BC Mogul Team Kyle Parker - BC Mogul Team Kassidy Todd - BC Mogul Team Joe Durham - BC Mogul Team Hayden Pearce - BC Mogul Team Mackenzie Schwinghamer - Alberta Mogul Team Noah Spence - Alberta Mogul Team Koleton Phipps - Alberta Mogul Team

Apex Freestyle Schedule of Events 2015/2016 Competitive Team for 2015/2016 December 16-20 Canada Cup - Canadian Selections The following athletes declined a spot on the BC Mogul Team Moguls to compete and train under the Apex Freestyle Club. Anna Spence, Brayden Kuroda and Mason Barzilay who will compete January 7-10 Timber Tour #1 - BC Freestyle on the National and NorAm Circuit. Moguls | Slopestyle | Big Air Jordan MacDonald, Courtney MacDonald, Jamie Rykuiter, February 4-7 Canada Cup Chloe Kober, Shania Finlayson, Alec Henderson, Ethan Moguls | Dual Moguls Phillips, Nathan Parsons, Cole Patton, Andrew Carlow, Jesse February 25-28 BC Winter Games Howden, Max Todd, James Naude, Sheldon Dekock and our Moguls | Slopestyle | Big Air newest member Denby Huber! Volunteers and fans are needed for these events! Please Junior Competitive Team for 2015/2016 contact James Rykuiter to help our AFC athletes pursue their Rhya Covert, Makayla Parker, Alexandria Koturbash, Alexandre dreams and see them compete close up! Wargniez, Rylan Koturbash, Graden Parsons, Quinn Patton, Athletes in attendance for Canadian Selections will be from and Ethan Morf. across Canada and countries including Japan, Australia, Korea and United States ... on December 19th & 20th! Freestylerz for 2015/2016 Kallaghan Kozakevich and Cameron Miller A big thank you to our partners and sponsors that help make Apex Freestyle Athletes dreams come to true! Coaching Team for 2015/2016 Apex Mountain Resort, Penticton Lakeside Resort Convention Kenni Kuroda - Head Coach Centre, Nuoors Penticton, Viasport, BC Government, BC Freestyle, Harris & Son Transport, Structurlam, White Kennedy Jon Hodal - Junior Comp Coach Accountants, Covert Farms, ronda barzilay & associates, Louis Durham - Slopestyle Coach South Okanagan Concrete Products, Regional District of the Ted Dunnigan - Jumps & Bumps | Freestylerz Central Okanagan, The Edge Bistro, Nick Parker, ECM, Apex Nathalie Bazin - Mogul Coach - Former World Cup Competitor Mountain Inn, Apex Whitetail Chalet and Canadian Freestyle. Matt Crosby - Mogul Coach - Former World Cup Competitor Denby - Our newest member to AFC Photo by Ronda Barzilay Jeff Queen - Jumps & Bumps Coach Sean Queen - Jumps & Bumps Coach Debbie Vollet - Jumps & Bumps Coach Ted Dunnigan and Louis Durham are the newest coaches to our club. Ted Dunnigan will be heading our Jumps & Bumps and Freestylerz programs this year. Ted brings with him a vast experience in the coaching world, both in Alpine and Freestyle. Louis Durham will be taking over the duties from Jessica as our Slopestyle coach. Louis is very familiar around the park and will bring his expertise and fun to our slopestyle community. It is not too late to register for Apex Freestyle Club! From 5 years and up, we have the perfect group and coach to make the most of winter fun.



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Photo by Ronda Barzilay

On The World Cup Mogul Circuit

Joe in the air!

Mason performing a backcross.

with Andi Naude Hello everyone! Thank you for having me back again this year. It is always such an honour to write a column in the Apex Matters, and I am thrilled to be able to share my journey with you. Last year was a breakthrough season for me. I made my first World Cup podium (3rd in Lake Placid, NY), and finished off ranked 5th in the world. After an awesome off-season, I am only hoping to improve on this! I spent a lot Apex’s Andi Naude, of time training on snow, in the gym, Ranked 5th in the World and on my bike to help improve my For Women’s Mogul Skiing technical, physical, and mental skills. My teammates and I travelled all around the world in search of the snow, to places such as the Whistler glacier, Australia, and Switzerland. A lot of hard work was put in, and now it is time to get back in the start gate. I could not be more excited! The first stop on the World Cup circuit is fast approaching. My teammates and I travelled to Ruka, Finland on November 28th to prepare for the dual mogul event that takes place on December 12th! Ruka is located just outside of the Arctic Circle, and sometimes, with a bit of luck, we see wild reindeer or the northern lights! It is definitely an event I look forward to. That is it for now, but I will keep you posted. Follow me here for regular updates throughout the season, and feel free to visit my website andinaude.com for more! See you on the slopes!

Cole getting his groove back.

Special thanks to Ronda Barzilay for capturing these photos above. These were all taken on November 22, 2015 during Early Season Training with the Apex Freestyle Club at Apex Mountain Resort. It’s going to be a great season!

Andi Naude training in Australia this year. (Photo by the AUSMSA)

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Carvers Corner

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 19th. 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 its always a great 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.

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 5-12 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 3rd. We also offer an additional half day program on Saturdays from 9:30am-12noon starting on January 2nd. You can sign up for both Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit our website at www.apexskiclub.com. The Sunday full day program is designed to give young skiers an introduction to the basic skiing techniques and skills, to develop the ABC’S (agility, balance, coordination, strength /speed) in as many different snow conditions and terrains as possible and most of all, to have fun on skis. Each year the children are invited to participate within their club in team and individual competitions. These events encourage new friendships in a fun and friendly environment, while demonstrating skills. Skiers must be able to demonstrate snowplow turns on easy terrain and be comfortable riding a ski lift. Our Annual 3 Day Christmas Camps are coming soon! They will be held on December 21-23 and December 28-30. 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.


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Elsa Knutson skiing the Great Wall - Photo by Johnny Smoke

See you at the Apex Ski Club Cabin!

The Apex Ski Club Snake heading down the Okanagan Run.


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The Edge Bistro Is Back!

Welcome back to Apex and The Edge Bistro’s 6th Season of serving up coffees, treats, and eats to the Apex Locals and guests alike. Early Season Race Training has been phenomenal and conditions on mountain are some of the best we have seen in years. (We may have hiked and snuck in a few powder turns). As always, we return this year with the Fast, Fresh, and Friendly service everyone knows and has become accustomed to. Remember, the menu is still full of fresh soups, sandwiches, and healthy options, plus a few gourmet goodies, and there is always something for everyone. Conveniently located next to the Mountain Shop and above the Snow School, The Edge offers an exceptional 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 our “Take & Bake” Pizza selection. With our stone oven baked crust, the pizzas are a delicious option for an easy dinner for yourself, family or friends. Looking for Gift Ideas? Stocking Stuffers? We Have It Here!

New this year, check out our T-shirts and stickers! Great ideas for Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Gift certificates are always available too. But we don’t stop there, you can ask us about our 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 from Thursday, Nov 26th until Sunday, April 3rd Now Accepting New Patients

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Winter Triathlon at Apex Mountain Jan. 10

Race coordinators at Hoodoo Adventure Company are excited to launch a new Winter multi-sport event for BC, Winter Triathlon. An award winning provider of outdoor activities and adventure races, the company brings to the table the perfect team to launch this new format in the Province. The race is scheduled for January 10th, 2016 connecting Nickel Plate Nordic Centre to Apex Mountain Resort and is the first race of a planned series in coordination with Triathlon BC. This is also the first Winter Triathlon to be sanctioned by Triathlon BC, who are very excited about the event. Races in the series will consist of an 8K Nordic Ski, 7K Run and 6K Skate or 16K Mountain Bike option. Future locations in the series are still to be announced. With the Québec ITU Winter Triathlon hosting athletes from all over the world with over 3000 spectators and $10,000 worth of prize money on the line, it is clear the popularity of Winter Triathlon is on the rise in Canada, but has yet to hit the West Coast in the same manner. After making the Pentathlon des neiges the world’s biggest winter outdoor event, the non-profit organization has introduced the premiere of the Québec ITU Winter Triathlon. The event took place on the historic Plains of Abraham. Numerous world-renowned athletes participated and hoped to make history by becoming the first-ever world champions of this sport and the Triathlon National Federations delegates are dedicated exclusively to the worldwide development of the new ITU Winter Triathlon. Delegates from Finland, France, Russia and the United States supported the move forward for Winter Tri and have contacted race directors in other parts of Canada to stage more domestic races, this was the first step of the birth of Winter Tri 876. It is extremely exciting to have this event sanctioned and hosted at Apex in the early stages of this new sports' development. “In three to five years we’ll look to get a World Cup series and a World Championship in place, then ultimately the Olympics, that would be the dream”, says Laureen Barnett, Secretary General of the International Triathlon Union. She also says, “the Quebec event was a first big step to becoming an Olympic sport. Though snowshoeing isn’t in the Olympics, it fits so nicely with the skating and skiing. And, with the first two male finishers in Quebec both being Olympians, it opens the door for a fresh new approach to winter sport.” The ITU has long staged triathlons in winter, mostly in Europe, but comprised of sports more associated with warm weather races, such as running and biking then adding cross country skiing. The circuit has been floundering. Jay Morrison, brother of Olympic champion speedskater Denny Morrison, competed in the elite field. “The popularity of triathlon is growing all the time and it’s already huge,” says the speedskater from Fort St. John, BC. “This format is very exciting and I think people will take to it. It seems almost an obvious choice to extend what triathlon already is.”


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What’s New In The Trading Post?

Tours and Courses

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

Making memories with the family A day at Apex Mountain can be a rewarding family activity, but it can also be a ‘hard row to hoe’ when the kids are little. There are lots of resources at Apex to help the whole family have a great day on the hill. Here are some tips to help you create wonderful memories with your family at Apex. 1. Keep it easy ~ When you ski or board with kids, the days of doing 12 runs before lunch are pretty much over. Embrace it. If it is one run down Grandfather’s or eight down Chute, keep the big picture in mind. You are building lifelong family memories. 2. Mix it up ~ Variety is key to keeping your young riders interested. Throw in a hot chocolate at the Edge or a few games in the arcade to mix it up while you warm up. You can also try a few slides in the Tube Park - it’s included in your season’s pass. 3. Get your runs in ~ After a few trips down the Ridge with your toddler between your skis, you’ve earned a few runs upright. Apex has several great options for keeping the kids happy. Check out Rippin’ Rascals Corner and the Home Hardware program to keep the kids busy and happy so that you can explore the Wild Side. 4. Candy in your pocket ~ Grab some candy at the Trading Post and keep a stash in your pocket. It can go a long way to making those sometimes cold and long rides up the triple or the quad easy for everyone. 5. Face, feet and hands ~ A warm child is a happy child. Make sure they are well covered with lots of layers. Keep extra mitts and even some ‘Hand Warmers’ in your jacket. These are just a few of my favorite tips that helped our family of four enjoy the early years. Treasure this time, it won’t be long and you will be looking for tips on how to enjoy skiing or boarding with a teenager.

The Trading Post is under new ownership as the business was purchased by Vintage Hospitality, operator of The Gunbarrel Saloon, Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery and Liquidity Bistro at Liquidity Wines. The plan is to continue the operation as the quality business that has been established and work to enhance it over time. Stop in regularly through the season to check for new items and features. The same great store with some new fresh faces behind the counter! The Trading Post will continue to carry a great selection of beer, wine and liquor. The quality range of locally produced wines will pair well with the many gourmet snacks on hand. See you soon at The Trading Post!

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By Dino Giurissevich of Dino’s Snowshoe Tours & Adventures Here we are again, another winter recreation season. This one thrust upon us by a snowstorm which dumped most of its load in 12 hours with a 2 day total of about 50-60cms and as of this writing about 100cms of the white stuff on the ground. Barring a heat wave, we are well on our way to an amazing snow year! Once again, I don’t have a whole lot to write about except for one snowshoe outing which I will describe briefly as it is a route I have done many times and written about many times. I will, however, discuss a little about pre season preparations and a few miscellaneous tidbits and perhaps even “rant” a wee bit.

Friday, November 20, 2015 ~ The big dump of snow was enough to entice me away from my mountain bike and onto the snowshoes. Frank, Larry and Joe, not quite the 3 stooges but close, would be my snowshoe companions for the day. This would be only the second time snowshoeing for Larry, late last season being the first time. Our snowshoe started at the “unplowed” 3 ponds parking lot, forcing us to shovel out a safe parking spot. It baffles me that “the powers that be” recognize the popularity and enormous growth of snowshoeing, yet they can’t get their act together and plow out parking areas so we can access the trails in a safe manner, especially considering the logging trucks which we must try to avoid and considering the popularity of this specific area. Our goal was to summit Riordan Mountain. We did this by taking turns breaking trail through the trees all the way to the top. The snow was deep, but light. We tackled some challenging steep pitches and ridges. By breaking trail, we laid


out one potential path in which others may follow or we may use again. Our time to the summit was about 1.5 hours. On a packed trail, this can be accomplished in about half the time. After a short snack break, we snowshoed down “Georges Bowl” and enjoyed some fabulous early season “powder running”! Once again, we broke trail through the trees and back to our vehicle. Total snowshoe time was about 3 hours. An awesome early season snowshoe! Time To Check Your Gear ~ I have mentioned in past articles what one needs in their backpack, so I will not go into any great detail here. Suffice it to say, it would be a good idea to dump all contents out of your pack and get rid of any old energy bars, food, garbage, etc. Replenish with fresh bars and food. It would also be a good idea to check your first aid kit to make sure it is well stocked. Same with any tools and emergency repair items, such as zap straps. Finally, check all the straps on your pack for damage and repair as needed. A quick check of your snowshoes for any damage can save you grief out on the trail. Check the frame, decking, binding and straps for cuts or breaks and repair or replace as necessary. If you use a ratcheting binding system as I do, check to make sure it is working properly. Check any hardware for damage and repair as necessary. If you use poles, which I strongly suggest, check for damage. Two and three piece poles can be lubricated if need be. Tip ~ I have mentioned many times in past articles, but always worth a reminder, if snowshoeing off trail be alert to hidden obstacles such as rocks, stumps, branches and air pockets near trees. Finally, I have purchased a “fat bike”. For those who have not heard of fat bikes, they are essentially a mountain bike with oversized low pressure tires (5-10lbs). Mine are almost 5” wide. So, this year I will be offering fat bike tours. If you have never ridden a fat bike, it’s time! They are a blast! Stay tuned for a fat bike article. Shoe you later!


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NEW This Season At Apex Lodging

Destination guests love the idea of staying in a separate cabin or condominium while on a ski or snowboard vacation. We are actively looking for property owners at Apex who are interested in placing their property under the care of our management company on either a full-time or casual basis. We already have access to the largest data base of vacation seekers, the reservation system to confirm bookings and securely take payment and professional reliable cleaning / maintenance staff to keep your property looking great! Apex Mountain Lodging, under owner Stan Duckworth and his team, has been operating at Apex since 2010, which has included the management of Apex Mountain Inn, Apex Mountain Lodge (formerly the Apex Hostel) and the Rock Oven Grill. Additionally, Stan offer over 20 years of experience successfully operating tourism based businesses, including accommodations. We believe that property owners will benefit from the personalized and dedicated service that only comes with a small, owner-operated property management company. Like you, we are a company that is invested in owning property at Apex Mountain Resort. Our team of passionate staff make it their business to know each of our suites, cabins and hotel rooms inside and out. We take tremendous pride in presenting our properties to valued guests. We would love an opportunity to speak with you about our services. What We Do: • List and manage your vacation property on our website and other tourism sites. • Write property descriptions, highlighting features of your property. • Take appropriate photos of your property. • Set competitive rental rates, in conjunction with you, for different seasonal periods. • Respond to all rental inquiries received by phone and/or email. • Obtain signed rental agreements, certified funds, booking and security deposits from renters. • Provide for a centrally staffed check-in desk (located at the Apex Mountain Inn) • Provide for after-hours host/security assistance to protect your property and assist guests. • Arrange for turnover cleaning services and any other special cleaning services needed. • Issue you a check monthly. • Provide year round property checks to protect your investment. • Provide for any and all maintenance functions as required/ requested. For more information on getting your property included in this Apex Rental Pool, please email Stan@duckworthmanagement.com.

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Apex Property Owners Association News

By Phyllis Matthews, APOA Board Member Here it is, the beginning of another season, and it’s supposed to snow like stink on the hill tonight. Let’s hope the weatherman is right! And so, with winter weather well on it’s way, it’s time to remind you all of a few facts for winter driving. We all know that the Apex Road has it’s moments, so please, get your winter tires on. They can be snow tires, mud and snow or all weather, they just have to have the mountain and snowflake logo on them. No snowflake and you’re in trouble. The Argo Winter Maintenance program is now in effect and the trucks and graders will be on our mountain roads. The main road is always the first cleared and if weather is heavy, it may take until later in the day or even the next day for the side roads to be cleared. To help keep those side roads plowed, please do NOT park your vehicle on the road, as it makes it very difficult for the operators. And, you risk damage to your car. If you need to contact Argo about road conditions, the office hours contact number is 250-493-6969 and after hours contact number is 1-800-663-7623. The after hours contact number is an answering service and they will relay your message, but will not necessarily have ‘local knowledge’. Again this winter, we will have logging trucks on the roads. Now, the trucks will be running mostly at night, to avoid confrontation with passenger vehicles, but that brings it’s own problems. Visibility can be poor and many people walk at night and there is still a reasonable amount of traffic. The logging companies have agreed to stop hauling during school holidays and special events and we thank them for that. Weyerhauser will cease hauling on December 15th until Spring. However, the other company will be hauling most of the winter. So, remember if you are on the Apex Road at night, you could very well meet a logging truck. Please drive defensively and give him as much room as you can. Remember, they need all of the space in those hairpin corners. We have already had two incidents, one involving two trucks and a passenger vehicle, which could have had a very nasty ending if it weren’t for the agility and quick thinking of the car driver who abandoned their car just before it went over the steep embankment. The second, being the jack knifing of an equipment hauling low bed, which closed the road by Sliver Bullet forcing anyone above it to take the Hedley Road to get off the mountain. Before I sign off, please remember the speed limits in the Penticton Band village and watch for feral horses both in the village and around Shingle Creek Road. They are hard to see in the dark and hitting one would be like hitting a moose. See you at the Season Opener Social at the Rock Oven Room on Saturday, December 12th from 4-6 pm. It’s a great event and a good way to start off the season. If you’re not a member and want to come, just arrive and we can sign you up on the spot. Happy Skiing!

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Apex Fire Brigade Update with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief Hi Everyone ... Welcome back! The snow is falling and things are shaping up for a good ski season. When you return to your cabins and condos and want to drive that initial chill off by lighting your fire places, please consider whether or not it has been cleaned or inspected prior to use. Squirrels and other rodents may have decided that your chimney was a good place to build a nest. Take the time to make sure and have it cleaned - buildings can’t get warm without walls. This past Spring, your department sent three firefighters, Trevor, Andy, and myself to Kamloops for the Volunteer Fire Fighters Trevor and Mike attended a training session with the Oliver Fire Department. Spring Training Seminar. We got to put on SCBA’s (selfcontained-breathing-apparatus), set up ventilation, and enter the burn room training facility. At the floor level, it was about 500°F, for those of you who do any baking that’s definitely hot enough to burn your cookies! The upper levels near the ceiling held temperatures hot enough to be fatal. We learned how to attack this fire without causing a thermal inversion, which would drive these temperatures from the upper levels down towards you. Trust me it was hot enough the way it was. Trevor and I also took advantage of an offer by the Oliver Volunteer Fire Department to participate in one of their practices. It was a lot of fun and that night we covered apartment fires and different set ups and methods for attack. It has been a year of big changes for me. I was laid off from my former job at Nickel Plate Mine (Barrick Gold) and am now Chief Mike is gaining great training with the Red Chris Mine Rescue Team. working at the Red Chris Mine (Imperial Metals) near Dease Lake, BC. I am now in the environmental department of an operating mine, as opposed to one which was shut down and in a reclamation phase. There is a lot going on here and I have many new responsibilities. I enjoy the challenges and with that comes other benefits, like training with a mine rescue team. To put this into perspective, a mine rescue team is a mine site’s volunteer fire department and then some. This job requires me to be in camp for long periods of time, and therefore, I am unable to spend as much time at Apex as in the past. You have many excellent members on your department that are still there and protecting the community as always. I still own my cabin at Apex and plan on doing many days of skiing on my days off. I have a vested interest in this community and intend on helping to protect it when I am able to be there. Water & Fire Insurance Work Carpet Repair During the beginning of the ski season, as more people return Damage Restoration Handled Promptly Bonded to their winter-get-away, we will hold our AGM and Elections. If Wind Damage Asbestos/Mold Insured anyone is interested in joining to help protect our community, Remediation Odour Control WCB this would be a good time to come out and see what we do. We hold monthly meetings all winter and bi-weekly training practices in the summer. This is not all work and hard-core training; it’s a fun social event, as much as anything else. This is a volunteer organization and no one is required to do anything that they don’t want to. Helping out in any capacity that you feel comfortable doing is OK with us. That said, you will have the We handle residential and commercial disasters with expertise and opportunity to participate in ways that you may not have ever exceptional customer service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. seen yourself doing before. This can be lots of fun and very rewarding. There are members who have joined under these pretenses and can tell you about their experiences. Come join www.myABK.com our AGM to hear their stories. Watch for the notice out soon. Serving APEX Mountain and Area for over 24 years! Till next issue ... Enjoy the snow and get your chimney cleaned.

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the APOA Forestry Committee for suggesting and supporting a recent Province-wide Conference of Recreational and “Ready, Tourism groups to confront the increasing Provincial practice of approving clear-cut logging permits in important recreational Set, areas throughout the Province. The Conference was held in Snow” West Kelowna on November 7th. Let’s hope the responsible Welcome to Winter at Apex! At the Provincial Ministers are paying careful attention to the concerns time of writing I’m told that it’s clear which were expressed at this Conference. and ve-rry cold up the hill. The good news is that there’s already 100 cm of Another long-standing issue that we at RDOS have been snow on the mountain and the lifts are wrestling with for some time is the location of the new Garbage scheduled to start operating by the and Recycling Transfer Station. A previous proposal to locate time you read this. For those who are this facility near the old Gun Barrel Saloon did not materialize, Tom Siddon early arrivals on the slopes, may your so earlier this year it was agreed with the resort owners that Director of ride be filled with joy, in brilliant white the new enclosed facility would be located at the original site RDOS Area ‘D’ chosen, to the south of the existing resort-owned compactor. powder. Once the lease has been finalized and a draft facility design is If you are not a regular to Apex, or are visiting the South finished, residents will be consulted about cost recovery plans, Okanagan for the first time, I am the locally elected Regional later this Spring. District Director representing rural Area ‘D’, which includes the resort community at Apex. If you would like to know more Note to Residents and Visitors to Apex – It is not acceptable about RDOS, or the services we provide, I would recommend to dump garbage and household waste alongside the existing, that you refer to our website: www.rdos.bc.ca . In my capacity, resort-owned compactor or elsewhere in the bush! Please haul I work closely with the Apex Property Owners Association, the all your garbage off the mountain until the new, more permanent owners of Apex Mountain Resort, and members of the Apex facility is up and operating. This will hopefully happen before this time next year. Stay tuned for further news on this project! Mountain Ski Clubs and the Apex Fire Brigade. At present there are two major policy reviews underway which An increase of late night parties by visitors and dangerous could have a bearing on future land use and development at operation of ATV’s and sleds, often by underage drivers, has Apex. The first is a comprehensive, Provincially funded Study generated many complaints from permanent winter residents of Governance Options for Area ‘D’. This study is being of the village. At the request of the APOA, we are looking at led by Chair Bob Daly and his citizen’s study committee, with beefing up our nuisance bylaws and enforcement capacity support from RDOS staff and the Leftside Partners Group. to provide tougher, round-the-clock deterrence against such Their goal is to identify an improved structure for the delivery inconsiderate behavior. Presently, our bylaw enforcement team of programs and services in Electoral Area ‘D’. As part of the and the RCMP are available to respond on a complaint-driven study, consultations will be held with residents at Apex early in basis, but any further increase of service level, especially the new year. Myleen Mallach is your Apex representative on during the late-night hours, will only come at additional cost to the property owners. the Governance Study committee. The second project is a full review and update of the Official Community Plan for Area D-1. D-1 is a vast area to the west of Skaha Lake extending north from the White Lake Basin to Green Mountain Road and Apex. This OCP Review is being carried out by Ecoplan Consultants, RDOS planners and a broadly representative committee of residents who all live in area D-1. The committee includes Mr. Andrew Allin, who represents the property owners of Apex. The final OCP Report can be viewed in draft form at www.D-1update.ca. It includes future growth strategies and enhanced environmental protection for the areas surrounding the Apex Resort.

Meanwhile, please take note of those few visitors or residents who abuse the peace and privacy of others, especially during the “quiet hours”, and consider reporting such incidences of noisy and thoughtless behavior to our bylaw enforcement office (24/7) at 250-492-0911.

On a final note, please drive carefully up and down the steep and winding Apex Mountain Road, which can be especially dangerous during heavy snow fall conditions. Watch out for the logging trucks and snow-removal equipment. And, please drive with special care in the village where there are lots of skiers and boarders, pedestrians and young children walking One of the most challenging issues facing residents and the narrow ploughed roads, often with limited visibility. property owners at Apex is the extensive clear-cut logging I hope to see some of you up at Apex over the Holiday period. which has taken place within the view scape of the resort Meanwhile, have a Wonderful Christmas with those nearest and the surrounding recreational trails of Apex and Nickel and dearest, and a Great Ski Season at Apex!! Plate. This logging comes under Provincial jurisdiction and Merry Christmas! involves sensitive issues with the large forestry companies and the Penticton Indian Band. I commend the APOA Forestry Committee, especially Members Jeff Brown, Denis O’Gorman and Barry Leigh for their persistent advocacy that recreation and environmental values must be fully respected in the alpine Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ areas surrounding Apex. tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca // 250-809-2548 Congratulations also to APOA President Julia Valenti and Penticton Office - 250-490-4215 // www.rdos.bc.ca


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Linda Larson, MLA

~ Boundary-Similkameen 6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Tel: 250.498.5122 Toll-free: 1.855.498.5122 “Your Voice in Victoria!” Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Monthly MLA Update By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen As we move into the end of another year, 44 bills have passed through the Legislature in Victoria. Some of them generate more citizen interest than others. The Tobacco Control Amendment Act changed the availability of flavoured tobacco and e-cigarettes to youth. The Electoral Districts Act will affect the boundaries of this riding for the 2017 election by adding Princeton, and the Local Elections Campaign Financing Amendment Act creates more transparency and fairness for all seeking local government positions. The changes to the Liquor Control and Licensing Act has enhanced the experience our local wineries can offer their customers and made access to BC wine, beer and spirits easier at farmers markets, etc. There are always bugs to be worked out with new legislation, but the ultimate goal is to improve it. Some of the acts are housekeeping ones where old legislation is revisited and revised, and many are new. To see all the legislation for 2015, please go to the legislative assembly website at www.leg.bc.ca. The communities and businesses in the riding continue to be recognized on many fronts. The British Columbia Destination Marketing Organization Professional Excellence Award was presented to the Destination Osoyoos Development Society for the great job they have done marketing Osoyoos to the rest of the world. Keremeos was one of only four communities in the province to receive a FortisBC Community Giving Grant for LED lighting for the village walking trail. Money for programs related to environmental stewardship have also been received by the Osoyoos Desert Society, the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO), the Christina Lake Community Resource Stewardship Centre and the Boundary Invasive Species Society for the good work they do. Funds have also been distributed to several schools in the riding to do much-needed upgrades. As always, regardless of the season people continue to raise funds and hold events to help those in need in our area. I recently attended a Habitat for Humanity event in Greenwood to help raise money to build a home for one of the families in Westbridge. This event was attended by close to 200 people and raised $10,000 for this worthy cause. The Desert Valley Hospice Society held its annual wine and cheese social and auction at the Frank Venables Atrium. Thanks to Janet Shaw for her leadership and hard work in raising the profile of Hospice and all the wonderful volunteers who help the people of the South Okanagan in their time of need. The Desert Sun Resource Centre holds an annual fundraising event for the women’s shelter and just completed a very successful “Empty Bowl” event in Osoyoos. A sold-out crowd enjoyed gourmet soups prepared by a dozen of the valley’s chefs served in a beautiful pottery bowl made by the Osoyoos Potters (with a little help from an Oliver potter) which we then were able to take home as a gift. A unique experience for all.

Open House ~ 4-6 pm Friday, December 18th Join us for Christmas Goodies at 6369 Main Street in Oliver. Thank you to all who took time to send in thoughtful and innovative ideas on managing the sensitive environment of the South Okanagan through the website and in emails and letters. This was not a poll. A small focus group will only review and summarize all the comments and suggestions; they will not be making recommendations. With the help of ministry staff, they will pass on their findings to Environment Minister Mary Polak. I am hopeful that in January the minister will be able to move forward on some common areas of interest and support. I want to thank a very special group of volunteers who keep my Food for Thought Muffin Program at South Okanagan Secondary School alive and well in my absence. Muffin bakers Christina Ruddiman, Irene Covey and Pam Dunn, who also, with her husband Lawrence, are the friendly faces at the school twice a week. Thanks also to the Kiwanis Club of Oliver, Buy Low Foods and the BC Tree Fruits Co-op who continue to donate money and goods to this program. The Christmas season is nearly upon us once again. On behalf of the staff in the Oliver office, Colleen and Patt, and myself and my husband Larry, I hope you all enjoy time with friends and family and take a moment to share with someone less fortunate. Join staff and I for Christmas goodies at our Open House on Friday, December 18th from 4-6 pm at 6369 Main Street in Oliver. Answer Key to the White Kennedy Puzzle on page 23.

Shona Schleppe

- Area “D” Rural Services Manager

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To residents and property owners in Apex, Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, Twin Lakes, Upper Carmi, Vaseux Lake, and surrounding areas. Have you wondered what services the regional district provides or how decisions are made about those services? What the cost of services is and how to have your say in decisions affecting your local community? Over the next several months, the Area “D” Governance Study will provide you with answers to these questions, and offer opportunities for residents and property owners in the communities of Area “D” to share their perspectives: What’s working? What’s not? Why? Ultimately, the Study will explore and propose options within the current regional district structure to improve the way in which Area “D” is governed and the way your local services are delivered. The first step in the process will be for the Committee and the consultant engaged by the Committee to provide you with a series of summaries, or Fact Sheets, of the services the RDOS provides to the communities in Area “D”. Each summary will explain the service, how it is delivered, how decisions are made, and what it costs. By checking the RDOS Website and through successive articles in Skaha Matters and Apex Matters, you will find a series of Fact Sheets about governance and your local services including: Water; Fire and Emergency Services; Sewer; Solid Waste; Bylaw Enforcement; Planning and Building Inspection; Parks, Trails and Recreation; Library; Transit; and Electoral Area Governance. These Fact Sheets will also be available at convenient locations in your communities. Early in 2016, and following the publication of all the Fact Sheets, the Governance Study Committee will be asking for your ideas on RDOS services and governance through your participation in the first of two surveys and a Governance Forum Open House and Roundtable Discussion. Watch for posters and advertisements in the New Year. If you will be away for all or part of the winter and want to stay involved with the Governance Study, you can participate, including with the surveys, by regularly checking the RDOS Area D Government Study webpage under “popular links” at www.rdos.bc.ca. Also, continue to read Skaha Matters and Apex Matters online for current information. The Governance Study Committee continues it’s regularly scheduled meetings, which are open to the public. The next two meetings are Monday, November 2nd and Monday, December 7th both at 6:30pm in the Club Room at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre Gym. Get Information. Get Involved. Have your say.


with Bob Daly, Chair

Water - Sewer - Garbage & Recycling - Bylaw Enforcement - Permits Invasive Species - Regional Trails - Volunteer Fire Protection

Area “D” Governance Study

What services does the RDOS provide? What do they cost? What’s working? What’s not? Find out the details that affect you through Fact Sheets coming soon! Then, let us know your thoughts and give input through Survey #1.

What matters to you? Get involved & have your say! A major concern in one community may not be of significance in another. Area “D” covers Upper Carmi, Heritage Hills/Lakeshore Highlands, Skaha Estates, Apex, Twin Lakes, St. Andrews, NE Vaseux Lake, Okanagan Falls, Kaleden & surrounding areas. The Governance Study Committee is made up of citizens from throughout Area “D”.

Curious about the Electoral Area “D” Governance Study? Please visit our webpage at www.rdos.bc.ca & click on the Electoral Area “D” Governance tab on the right hand side.

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Transit - Parks & Recreation - Regional Growth Strategy - Bear Aware

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How To Build The Perfect Fireplace Fire

Brought to you by Accent Living & Leisure “Ooo, there’s a fireplace!” That’s usually the first comment made by anyone who walks into a room with a fireplace. The idea of a cozy, warm fire on a cold winter’s night holds a lot of appeal. The question then becomes, can you get your fire started? Sure, you can drop in one of those pre-fab logs that will instantly go to blazes. The problem with these “logs” is that they leave a creosote build-up in your chimney (which is bad) and they smell like burning candle wax. Forget the shortcuts. Here then is the only guide you’ll ever need to build the perfect fireplace fire every time. Spoiler Alert: you’ll be turning this fire upside down! Step 1 - Clean Your Chimney ~ If this is the first fire of the season then you want to make sure you’ve cleaned out the chimney before striking a match. There’s no telling what kind of bird’s nests, leaves and other debris could have gathered over the summer. Best to have it cleared by a professional sweep. Step 2 - Open Your Damper ~ Every fireplace has a damper. This keeps the cold air out. However, if the damper is closed when your start your fire then it will also keep the smoke in. It’s a rookie mistake. Step 3 - Prime Your Flue ~ This is primarily for chimneys built on home exteriors, but it’s a step even veteran firestarters might not know. When the temperature drops, those chimneys can get downright frigid. That chilly air flows into your home when the damper is opened. To reverse the effect, light a rolled up newspaper and hold it up into the damper. You’ll know you’ve warmed up the chimney when the draft starts flowing up instead of down. What you’ve got then is a primed flue. Step 4 - Keep Your Ash Bed ~ Yes, you should clean out your fireplace but leave behind a 1 to 2 inch ash bed for proper insulation. If you’re starting clean, don’t worry. You can either make a go without the ash for the first fire or “borrow” some ash from your BBQ. Step 5 - Build Your Upside Down Log Pile ~ You read that right: upside down. The traditional method of building a fireplace fire is to place kindling at the bottom, light it up and then pile heavy logs on top. Forget that. Instead, place your heavy logs in the bottom of your fireplace. Push them tight together without any space. Add a layer of smaller logs on top running in the opposite direction. On top of that place your kindling. This can be the same kind of twigs, paper or sawdust. Light that. What happens next is those embers will drift down to the other logs and set them ablaze. This is why you want to keep everything tightly packed. You have to be a little patient with this method as it might take up to 20 minutes to get the fire going. Once it does start, you won’t have to touch it for hours.

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Early Start to the Season. Are you Ready? By Leslie Spohr, BSc, MScPT, CAFCI, CGIMS, COMT, WHPT It’s December 1st, the sun is shining (at higher elevations) and Apex Mountain Resort has already been open for 3 days with some great early season conditions! In the past, at this point, there might have still been a few days left for you to get your body ready for the ski season. While some fortunate souls have found their way up to the hill this past weekend, others still have their gear tucked away since last season - maybe it’s been leaning by the door anxiously waiting! Regardless, before you head up, you’ll want to make sure your mind and body are ready for the season ahead. 1. Get Moving! Regardless of how you choose to do it, it’s important that your cardiovascular fitness levels are up to snuff before hitting the slopes. Whether you choose to hike, run, walk, bike, or do Crossfit, it’s important to get that heart rate up and those lungs filled fully for at least 30-60 minutes a few times a week. Frankly, the more the better, because what’s worse than having to take a break on a powder day because your legs are weak and you’re out of breath? 2. Get Stronger! No one’s ever complained about their legs being too strong for the moguls, their balance too good on jumps or their joints not sore and swollen at the end of the day. The stronger you are the faster you’ll go, the more adaptable you’ll be to changing terrain and the more suited you’ll be for hitting the slopes multiple days in a row.

4. Get Back Out There! Finding yourself sore after an epic day on the hill (or maybe just an epic fall on the hill) goes with the territory. Hopefully your pre-season training keeps this to a minimum, but if you happen to find yourself stiff and sore the next morning try not to rest all day. Depending on how sore you are, hitting the slopes the next day might not be the best choice, but heading out for a gentle walk or hike is a great way to increase blood flow through the body. Good blood flow through the body and muscles is the best Don’t skip out on arm day! Whether you’re planting a way to decrease recovery time in sore muscles. pole for a hard turn or pulling yourself out of a tree well, you’re going to need strong arms! So, while you’re busy However, if you find yourself limping or you have something strengthening your legs, toss in some bicep curls or lat pull quite sore and/or swollen be sure to get it check out by one downs to keep it even. of the many helpful clinicians at Dale Charles Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic Physiotherapy sooner rather than later! Once you’ve got some strength built, start to add in some Focus on strengthening the lower body with sport specific exercises such as squats, lunges, skate squats, bridges and other body weight exercises. Challenge your ‘core’ (abdominals, low back and pelvic floor) with exercises like planks, medicine ball toss, or the use of an exercise ball or wobble board. Be sure to breath during these exercises to get the added benefit of a well functioning diaphragm!

impact training to get your muscles prepared for the eccentric loads needed for these dynamic winter sports. Consider hill runs, stairs, interval training and jumps (think plyometrics) to prep your body even more for the hill.

3. Get Balanced! While asymmetries in our bodies are normal, it’s important to make sure they’re kept to a minimum. Even and well balanced muscle length and strength are important factors to ensure there is even load put on the body, straight somersaults and level landings are made on jumps and to prevent us from skiing in circles on the XC course. When it comes to skiing and snowboarding, key focus is on the hip flexors, quads, hamstrings and trunk (think rotation). That being said, whole body flexibility is important, so perhaps you should take that yoga class you’ve been eyeing up!

Take the time this pre-season to get yourself ready for the many demands of the hill. Start easy and focus on technique early on, and don’t leave any nagging injuries undealt with for too long. Here’s wishing you a great 2015/2016 season! This space could be yours! Either go heli skiing or book an ad.



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Your Feet & SKIING

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Leigh Trusler Photography

By Vince Rabbitte, Apex Ski School Emeritus Look beneath you! You balance on 52 bones; 214 ligaments: 38 muscles and multitudinous articulations of those very important bones. The ripple effect then extends through the body to the top of your head to keep you upright or to flex the body and knees to start your ski assault on the slopes. If you are over weight, you have to bear that load on your feet. If you are 40, 50 or 60 lbs over weight relative to your body build, then you have the equivalent of a heavy load on your back 24/7. You must give a lot of thought to your feet, so don’t abuse them. You are balanced on them for the rest of your life. Look after them in a very serious way. Besides washing and drying the feet, a good skier should exercise the plantar area of the feet by manual manipulations or by rolling a tennis ball under each foot if they seem tired or painful. This procedure promotes circulation of the blood to the feet and assures that muscles and arches of the feet stay firm and convex. Additional exercises should be undertaken by placing one hand on the back of a chair and pointing the stretched toes forward, sidewards, backwards to touch the shin and thus repeat many times. Shaking the ankle and feet like a rag doll is also good for mobility, precision and stimulating of bones, muscles and ligaments of the feet. The feet must perform very firm fine functions in skiing through the gates, over bumps, or in aerial performances. Think seriously about the health of your feet.

The Apex Mountain Inn showcases a permanent photography installation by local photographer Leigh Trusler. Each black and white image features a different winter scene from around Apex Mountain Resort. Leigh spent the last three 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 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.

Snowshoe Trail Vista ~ Photo by Leigh Trusler Photography

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Apex Matters Sudoku Puzzle Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically and without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. Answer on page 11.

Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Love & Rockets Album: Sorted! The best of Love & Rockets Track: “Yin and Yang” My 12 year daughter and I were going through some old albums the other day and she pick this song out. It’s a fast fun tune to keep your riding in check for the early season turns. Keep’em pointed downhill! 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.

Great Cabin Recipes Southwest Chicken Bake

Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 40 min Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS 1 lb. (450g) boneless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces

/ 2-1/2 Tbsp. (1/2 of 35-g pkg.) taco seasoning mix / 2 Tbsp. Italian dressing / 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed / 1/2 cup frozen corn / 2 green onions, chopped / 1 cup salsa / 1/2 cup shredded cheese / 2-2/3 cups cooked rice

Fresh BC Talent Quest - SEASON 4

Online “Talent Quest” registrations will continue up to December 31st (if required) to book up our 3 age groups, as well our NEW GROUP (duo’s, trio’s, bands, dance) category which are booking up so “SIGN UP NOW”, because you do not want to miss our SEASON 4! We greatly appreciate the support from our local and area Okanagan (public / private) music schools, voice coaches, dance studios, and the performers parents. FREE Performers Workshops start on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 at the Sandman Inn. Great presenters being lined up, as well a Special Workshop presentation for Parents / Performers 19+ in the evening. Highly recommended and requested from last years presentation. * All Acts and Skill Levels Welcomed * Open to Ages 9 -18 yrs. * Featuring 3 Age Group Categories * New GROUP Category * Free Performers Workshop * Parents / Performers 19+ Workshop more details on website. Special thanks to Apex Matters for their continuous support of our young local talent and Fresh BC Talent Quest show. Online Registration / Show Details at www. cmeliveproductions.com Info: 250.460.2221

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HEAT oven to 375°F. TOSS chicken with seasoning mix until evening coated. HEAT dressing in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook

and stir 5 min. or until evenly browned. Spoon into 1.5-L casserole dish; cover with layers of beans, corn, onions and salsa. .

BAKE 20 min. Top with cheese; bake 5 min. or until melted. Serve over rice. If you have a “Great Cabin Recipe” that you would like to share, please email to apexmatters@telus.net. Happy Cooking! Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2015 Okanagan Matters Publications.


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