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Volume 11 : Issue 2 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!
Late December 2013
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Late December 2013
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
From Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters The warmest of wishes for the very best this Holiday Season. Get out and enjoy our winter wonderland. See you in the snow!
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Time To Join Apex Carvers!
with Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director 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 & bumps, and skier-cross. Our 11 week program runs on Sundays from 9:30am - 3pm and starts on January 5th. 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 21, 22, 23 and December 27,28,29. Each camp runs 9:30am - 3pm, with an hour for lunch to recharge. Its 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 per camp. Register on line at www. apexskiclub.com. See you at the Club Cabin!
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Dec 20th - Jan 5th ~ 8 am - 10 pm Christmas Eve ~ 8 am - 6 pm Christmas ~ 10 am - 6 pm
What’s In Store?
Have you stopped by The Trading Post lately? I suggest that you do. Take a good long look around. Do you even know what they fully carry? Yes, they have a wide selection of snacks, soft drinks, and grocery items. But did you know that they have almost 100 types of wines, including a large selection of Okanagan Wine? (We do live in Wine Country after all.) Their selection of cold beer has reached enormous amounts, so much that they had to bring in another large cooler last season just to stock it cold and ready for everyone. The Trading Post has an amazing selection of items to suit any appetite, craving, or special recipe you want to follow. They are fully stocked with goods for après ski entertaining too. Such as a great selection of dips, specialty cheeses and a wide assortment of crackers. The adjacent family arcade room is run by The Trading Post too. Last season they brought in new tables and chairs, which made this day lodge family area so much more enjoyable. Grab a quick snack from The Trading Post, sit with your family and friends to recharge, then head back out there. The Trading Post is open daily from 8am - 10pm throughout the Christmas Holidays just for your convenience. However, they will by closed by 6pm on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There is so much in store that you have got to go check it out for yourself ... Even a huge selection of movie rentals onsite!
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Late December 2013
Join the “Great White North” at the Gunbarrel Saloon for New Years Eve!
The Gunbarrel Saloon is excited to invite you to bring in the New Year with live entertainment by “Great White North”. This is a party you won’t want to miss! Tickets are $35/person + GST and include bar snacks from 7:30-9:30, along with party favours and of course those GB good times we’ve all grown to love. So, what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now! Here is a little more info on “Great White North” ... Through previous bands such as The Blacks and Tusk Mountain, Mike Szalay got his first taste of performing live up and down the Okanagan Valley. But with the splitting of Tusk Mountain in 2011, Mike Szalay set out a plan to reintroduce himself as a solo artist under the alias Great White North. As songs off of a forthcoming debut album were trickled out into the public ear, audiences were familiarized with sounds stemming both from hard-hitting folk-rock past projects such as Tusk Mountain, as well as a new softer side which has grown off of experience as a solo singer-songwriter. The sound falls somewhere in the realms of alternative-folk rock with inﬂuences from many branches of country, blues, folk and rock music. Great White North can be witnessed in a number of settings, all of which may fall somewhere between a traditional singersongwriter project to a full-scale band. With help from a rotating community of musical friends, a live performance may feature anywhere from one to six or seven band members playing the music of Great White North in a one-off, unique fashion. www.greatwhitenorthmusic.ca
The Gunbarrel Saloon has refurbished their pool tables, added a dart board, offers new board games & great daily specials, plus a chance to win Canuck tickets each month.
Wishing Everyone a Safe & Happy Holiday Season ~ Let it Snow! Dec 24th ~ Come and enjoy a hot drink while watching the Parade of Lights on Okanagan Run. Dec 25th ~ Now accepting reservations for our famous Three Course Turkey Dinner in the restaurant. Dec 31st ~ Party with us New Years Eve in the Gunbarrel, featuring Live Entertainment by Great White North! Bar snacks from 7:30-9:30, party favours & good times. Tickets are $35 plus tax. Must be over 19 yrs.
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Late December 2013
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
More On Nickel Plate Nordic Centre
By Jack Ambler, General Manager Nickel Plate has 56 kms of Nordic ski trails with 46 kms being groomed on a regular basis. The trails wander through varied terrain from open meadow to dense forest and vary in difficulty with 20% being for the Novice skier, 60% rated as intermediate and 20% rated as advanced. The trails are groomed by a brand new Pisten Bully 100 snowcat with a 14’ wide tiller and renovator. We can set two classic tracks at once or just set one track and leave the balance of the trail for skate skiing. During the off-season we spend a considerable amount of time upgrading the trail surfaces, which then allows us to start grooming with the Pisten Bully very early in the season. Our season typically runs from early November to late March each year. Because we are at an elevation of 1800 meters, we experience excellent snow conditions during this time. Nickel Plate is situated at a higher elevation than most cross country ski areas and thus we are considered to be a world class facility by athletes training for Nordic races. We have twice had the Swedish Olympic Nordic Team train at Nickel Plate. We offer a 4,000 square foot lodge, modern washroom facilities, and a full ski and snowshoe rental facility. We have a Club membership of close to 600 individuals and for those who don’t ski often, our day trail passes are a very reasonable $15. The Club offers a number of programs for every level of skier. We have a Skills Development Program which provides instruction for skiers ages 3 to 16 years, a Junior Racing Program for ages 10 to 17 and a Masters program for people aged 30 and over. We also offer private and group lessons conducted by NCCP qualified coaches. One of our most successful programs has been the Grade Five Schools Program where we host grade five students from area schools for three lessons spread over three weeks. This year, we have almost 2,000 students registered for the program. Snowshoeing is becoming a very popular sport and Nickel Plate is pleased to offer almost 25 kms of marked snowshoe trails for beginner to advanced snowshoers. We have rental snowshoes available and can even offer snowshoe lessons for beginners. A snowshoe group leaves the lodge at 10:00 am every Tuesday. Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is operated by the Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club, a non-profit organization formed to promote the sport of Nordic skiing. The Club has five paid employees and many dedicated volunteers who help to keep the facility in top notch shape. The Club strives to offer a world class facility at reasonable cost with an emphasis on youth and family activities. Anyone interested in joining the Club can contact the ticket office, call 250-292-8110 or visit our website www.nickelplatenordic.org.
Top Photo: The Nickel Plate Nordic Centre 4000 sq.ft. Day Lodge. Bottom Left: Join the Tuesday 10am Snowshoe Group. Bottom Right: Uphill Classic X-C Ski Trail.
Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update
By Kathryn Golbeck The Nickel Plate Junior Racers are ready for winter! Dryland training commenced mid-September, with the Junior Racers training Tuesdays (Developmental and Competitive skiers) and Thursdays (Competitive skiers only) with team coach Jerome Jang. A dryland training camp at Nickel Plate in late September was also a huge success, with a bit of early-season snow to add a more dramatic element to the weekend! Skiers have been running, biking, hiking, stretching, strength training and learning about optimal nutrition for athletes. Skiers are setting their goals for the season, both for competition and personal improvement to ski technique and physical fitness. The Nickel Plate Junior Racers’ first on-snow day was Saturday, November 16. What a fantastic day, with some fresh snow overnight and more during the day. The Junior Racers have been training on snow on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday mornings. Many of the team members attended a weekend camp at Sovereign Lake from November 22-24. The first race of the season will be coming up at the end of December in Revelstoke for some of our skiers. We look forward to an exciting season. See you on the trails!
Nickel Plate Junior Racers enjoy their first day back on the trails on November 16th.
Late December 2013
What’s Happening At Nickel Plate Nordic Centre
By Esther Skrypiczajko, President The weather finally seems to be co-operating to make Nickel Plate into the winter wonderland that we skiers and snowshoers have been waiting for. The ski trails are almost all open now and the snowshoe trails have been cleared of debris. At this point there are a few signs and maps missing, but they will be replaced very soon. Check our website for the latest trail conditions, as it is updated every morning before 8 am. Also on our website, you will find up-to-the-minute weather and a webcam that is refreshed every 60 seconds. Over the Christmas season we have planned several social events, which everyone is welcome to attend. There are two Potluck Lunches - one on Wednesday, December 18th and one on Saturday, December 21st. Both are scheduled for 12:30 in the lodge. Bring dishes, cutlery and a food contribution and join in the early Christmas Celebration. For more information on these lunches, contact Elvia Dumas at 250-487-2191. A new event this year is the “Cheesenski”! On Saturday, December 28th people are invited to Nickel Plate for an evening of skiing and snowshoeing event, which will commence about 7:30 pm. Bring your headlamp and enjoy getting some exercise under the stars. Then, return to the cabin for cheese tasting and socializing. Bring a sampling of your favorite cheese with a small sign that tells what kind it is. You may supply your own beverage, if you wish. Nickel Plate will provide hot chocolate and crackers. For more information on the “Cheesenski”, call Geoff at 250-487-8487. During the Holiday Season, Nickel Plate will be open every day except Christmas Day. On December 25th, the lodge and washrooms will be open and you are welcome to use these facilities, but the ticket office and rental shop will be closed. From 9-3 on Saturday, January 4th, Nickel Plate will be holding our annual “WELCOME TO NICKEL PLATE DAY”. For only $10/adult and $5/child, you will get rental equipment, a trail pass and a 40 minute lesson. Group lessons will be given at 11am. There will also be a hamburger and hotdog barbeque at noon. Members are asked to contribute a dessert. The Board of Directors for Nickel Plate Nordic Centre would like to wish all of you a Great Holiday Season! We look forward to seeing you on the trails which are ‘clear above the clouds’.
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Nickel Plate Skill Development Program (SDP)
HELP WANTED: Part-time Ticket Ofﬁce Clerk required at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. Normal hours are 9am to 3pm daily, with a ﬂexible daily schedule. Excellent customer service skills and cash handling ability are required. For more information, please contact Jack at 250-486-8816.
By Audrey Perry, Skill Development Coordinator Our new SDP coaches have been fully trained and have tested the limits of their tolerance to cold! They had their on-snow training on the coldest day I have seen up there in a long time! -32˚C! They will be very happy to know we never hold our lessons on days like that! Despite the cold, they said they had a wonderful time up in the snow and even took off their down jackets. We have some great coaches! Our program will start on Saturday, January 11th, the weekend after the kids go back to school. We have 75 kids in the program and enough coaches for a great ratio. The skiing is already super. It promises to be a fun year. Have a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year!
Late December 2013
APEX FREESTYLE NEWS by ronda barzilay Welcome back to another great season! We are off to amazing start with the AFC athletes hitting the slopes and competing already! Head Coach Kenni, Slopestyle Coach Stu and Coach Jon have been working with some of our older athletes to get their game on for Canadian Selections and the younger athletes ready for the first Timber Tour right here at Apex - January 16th! Stay tuned for results from Andi from the first World Cup Mogul Event and Matt from the Dew Tour in Colorado and the Canadian Selections right here at Apex!! Good luck to Mason Barzilay & Kyle Parker off to US Selections!
Cork Seven - Koleton Phipps
Spread Eagle - Shaina Finlayson
Mark your calendars for another great season of Both athletes above are competing in Canadian Selections at Apex for the first time. events hosted by the Apex Freestyle Club. Please plan on coming up to Apex to catch some of this great action and watch our AFC athletes perform.
Volunteers are NEEDED and APPRECIATED to run these amazing freestyle events ...
Timber Tour - BC Series I ~ January 16th - 19th, 2014 The first of four stops on the BC Tour will be at Apex Mountain We need more volunteers to Resort. help time, shovel, operate the NorAm Mogul Competition ~ February 13th -16th, 2014 start ﬂag, make cookies and This is the only stop in Western Canada for this prestigious sandwiches, and so much more international event; athletes will compete in moguls and dual to pull off these amazing events moguls hoping to gain points that will propel them to the for these local athletes! National Team to compete in the World Cup Circuit. Top Right: Lori our pine bow Senior Nationals ~ March 26th - 31st, 2014 lady, lunch maker and worker Apex Mountain Resort is hosting one final event for 2014 extraordinaire! in welcoming the best that Canada has to offer at the Senior National Championships. The single mogul National Middle Right: Brian does it all Championship competition on Saturday and the head-to-head from fencing to measuring to dual competition runs on Sunday. ensure we have the perfect course! We still have room in some of our amazing freestyle programs! Bottom Right: Adam our chief Jumps & Bumps ~ Jumps and Bumps introduces skiers of moguls who carries, shovels to the aspects of freestyle skiing in a non-competitive fun and builds the course making environment. Coaches introduce kids to the skills necessary it perfect for these amazing to become an accomplished skier in all terrain, conditions and athletes! circumstances. Our goal is to get participation up substantially in this program, because it acts as the feeder for all other All of our great events at Apex aspects/programs offered by the club. are so successful thanks to everyone who pitches in to make Some of our other great programs … them happen! If you have any • FREESTYLERZ (formerly Development) questions, please feel free to pop • Junior Comp Marnie an email! • COMP Team CLUB PLUS ~ This ‘extra’ coaching and training opportunity is for the more serious athlete already registered in the Junior Comp or COMP Team programs. To participate in these additional days you will have to be a Club Plus member. • 3 extra days over Christmas • 4 midweek days in January • 4 midweek days in February • 4 midweek days in March • 3 extra days over Spring Break
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Late December 2013
Apex Roots To The World Cup Circuit
with Andi Naude I was first introduced to downhill skiing when I was four years old. Both of my parents immigrated to Canada from South Africa, so skiing and snow were definitely very foreign to them! Luckily, through a property switch, we ended up with a little cabin at Apex. Every weekend we would come up and spend time in the snow. At a young age Apex’s Andi Naude, I was enrolled in the Home Hardware ski 2013 FIS World Cup program, which only strengthened my Rookie of the Year! love for the sport. I was always attracted to the terrain park, and persuaded my parents to sign me up for Jumps and Bumps - and the rest is history! I soon joined the Apex Freestyle Ski Team, and found my passion for the moguls. After skiing on the Provincial Mogul Ski Team for three years, I managed to qualify for the Canadian National Mogul Ski Team in the spring of 2012. I was fortunate enough to make the World Cup team straight away, which led to a very busy season competing overseas in many countries I only could have dreamed of visiting! After a solid season, I was ranked 14th in the world and was awarded the 2012/2013 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year award - a huge honor! With the 2013/2014 season fast approaching, I am only hoping to improve on my past performances, and maybe even earn one of the few coveted spots in the 2014 Olympics. I am currently in Ruka, Finland, where I will be competing in the first World Cup of the season! Ruka is a very unique ski hill, as it is located very close to the Arctic Circle. There are very few hours of sunlight during the winter months. In fact, I have been here for over a week, and still haven’t seen the sun! It is always a great event, with all the athletes pushing their limits, in search of a good season-opening result. I am coming home on December 16th for a short break before heading to the next World Cup in Calgary, Alberta. I am really looking forward to spending some quality downtime at home with my family and friends! Hopefully, I will see you all on the slopes over the holidays! Stay tuned for more updates in the near future!
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Late December 2013
My Olympic Pipe Dream Reality
with Matt Margetts The season has started and it is full on already. I ﬂew down to Copper Mountain in Colorado to start training for the most important season of my competitive ski career. We go to Copper Mountain every year, because they have the best early season halfpipe in North America. It’s nice to get back on my skis, but I definitely feel a little rusty (along with everyone else) compared to how I felt at the end of last season. I was expecting the pipe to be the busiest it could ever be, because it is an Olympic year. However, there was a World Cup snowboarding event going on in Finland that a lot of people were at, which made the pipe a little more people friendly. Normally, every single competitive skier and snowboarder in the world are all in the Copper pipe from the day it opens until the first contest. After a couple days, I started to feel a little more comfortable on my skis and in the pipe. Every pipe is different and it changes every day, so sometimes they are tough to get used to. On day three I started working some of my harder comp tricks. I started with an alley oop double ﬂat 720 safety grab, which I am one of the only competitors that does this trick. Here is a break down of what it is: I take off forward, spinning left, ﬂipping sideways twice, then land switch, which means landing backwards. Its like doing two balled up cartwheels, grabbing your right ski under your foot, but 10 + feet out of an icy 22’ halfpipe, with only about a foot for error, then land backwards and continue skiing backwards into your next hit. The next trick I worked on was a double cork 12 mute grab, which is a left spinning three and a half rotation double ﬂip with my skis crossed grabbing
my left ski in front of the binding. It was nice to get those tricks out of the way, because they are super scary. Hopefully, with a little more practice, I will have them on lock every single time. The first contest of the year was The Northface Park and Pipe Open at Copper. My run was down the pipe ﬂat 5 japan, alley oop ﬂat 5 mute, 9 tail, alley oop ﬂat 3, switch 5 japan, switch right 7 mute. I qualified for finals, but decided not to compete in finals, so I could take a day off to be rested and be ready for the more important contest and first Olympic Qualifier, The Dew Tour in Breckenridge, CO. The pipe at The Dew Tour is one of the best in the world shaped by Snow Park Technologies. I am really looking forward to training, competing, qualifying, and hopefully getting on that podium to kick off my Olympic Year. Qualifying starts tomorrow ... Wish me luck. Thank you so much for all the love and support everyone! Until next time, I have a fun contest you can enter at www. SBCSkier.com/win, called “Does your gear suck?” If so, you can win a full setup, including Völkl skis, Orage jacket and pants, goggles, sunglasses and a helmet from Smith. Check out the link above for the easy photo entry info. This time, I get to be the judge! Stay tuned at www.mattmargetts.com.
Matt Margetts, local Olympic hopeful, on cover of SBC Skier Magazine in 2012. Visit www.SBCSkier.com/win and enter Matt’s new contest for his full setup. Photos below of Matt Margetts competing in an XGames event last season. Stay tuned for more great photos and updates, while we cheer Matt on this season.
Late December 2013
Let’s GET OUR EDGE ON ... with Chad & Colin The gang at The Edge Bistro have had an awesome opening week with all the locals and athletes around the village. It is always a blast to see everyone return and get pumped up for the season ahead. Cheffy has been offering all his favourite soups and lunch crowds are once again loving the delicious homemade creations and amazing deli sandwiches. Once you have had your lunch, don’t hesitate to try all the great treats and some of the newest creations of Banana Breads, Apple Butterscotch Loaf, Cranberry Orange, and many more. As the Holidays approach and you are looking for dinners to satisfy your company and family on the mountain, don’t forget about the extremely popular “Take-and-Bake” pizza available at The Edge Bistro. Come on in and see the menu options. You can also ask about on mountain catering, special events, team meal plans, party trays, and group functions. The Edge Bistro is open every day throughout the Holidays at 7am and every night when lifts are running they are there until 9pm. You can count on them to be Fast, Fresh & Friendly! When in Penticton, visit The Edge Coffee House located at 1100 Government Street next to the IGA. Their second location is open Monday thru Friday from 6am - 4pm. So, ‘get your edge on’ downtown and take advantage of the drive thru window and enjoy the same incredible homemade soups, sandwiches, coffee drinks, and treats. And, always Fast, Fresh & Friendly!
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Late December 2013
“Hey Apex Riders! By Kristi Richards, 2-time Olympian & World Champion Life has been a whirlwind since I announced my retirement from the Canadian Team … I certainly miss the pace of Apex, the community feel up there, and of course training on “Kristi’s Run”! The entrepreneur ail tendencies that carried me through my skiing career are in full affect now, with 3 businesses opened in the past 3 years, and many more ventures to come! I’ve been basing my business decisions on things that fuel me, just as I was fueled by my passion for excellence in sport. My first business (One Earth Collection), opened with best friend Alana Bjorndal, is now a thriving little artisan gift shop which gives strength and encouragement to the community’s creativity and its artists. Alana has the reigns now on that one, and is becoming a very successful entrepreneur herself! There is a now an online store, so you can check that out at www.oneearthcollection.com. Last year a lady approached me to open a yoga studio in town, and I immediately jumped on board in support of the project. Yoga has been such a solid foundation for me throughout my career, offering me prevention from injuries, recovery from my sport, and the ability to clear my mind to stand with ease in the gate. I took my yoga teacher training last year with Eoin Finn, and I absolutely love sharing the experience from competitive sport with the mindfulness of yoga as I teach. The practice of yoga holds so many teachings, both for the student and the teacher. Having a studio in town was really important to me, to not only continue my practice and be able to teach, but more to be a centre and space for healing for the entire community. We decided to make sure it was in the heart of town, so that it could be a beacon for health and healing. It is amazing to be a part of creating Tadasana Yoga and Wellness Studio in Pemberton. You can check it out at www.tadasanayogastudio.com.
Great Cabin Recipes Kristi's Red Lentil & Coconut Curry Soup Kristi's new fave! Super easy to make and nutritious too! INGREDIENTS: 2 cups red lentils / 5 cups water / 2 tbsps chickpea miso / 1 cup coconut cream / 1/2 small can of tomato paste / 2 tbsps Indian curry (yellow) / 1 tbsp dulse or a pinch or salt / 5 carrots roasted / 3 small onions / 2 tbsp coconut oil 1. Rinse, drain and cook lentils in 5 cups of water until soft (30-40 min). Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 min. 2. Roast carrots in oven for 25-30 min at 350˚F. 3. Add curry powder and chickpea miso. Stir well. 4. Saute onions in coconut oil. 5. Add onions, coconut cream, tomato paste to blender. Blend until smooth. (You can also add the lentils to the blender, if you like a smooth soup). Add to lentils and bring soup back to a light simmer. 6. Chop up roasted carrots into small pieces and add to soup, or blend together if you want it pureed. Enjoy! Vegan Friendly.
Another passion of mind has been the power of food. Throughout my career I was always trying to tweak my diet so that I felt better, performed better and recovered faster. Food has also inspired me by witnessing it heal serious ailments such as arthritis and cancer. Food is foundational ... we all need to eat, so why not eat food that supports us and makes us thrive, rather than drain us and make us sick? I have been attending full time school at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition over the past year, which has given me the much needed knowledge and science behind food, herbs and natural supplements. This summer has brought a lifelong dream of mine into reality, as I opened my own ‘farm to table’, organic restaurant! I fell in love with the service and food industry when I had summer jobs at the winery bistros in the Okanagan to pay for my skiing ... and now my savings from skiing World Cups was used to launch the restaurant! It is interesting how some things come full circle. The restaurant was built by my fiancé Mark Abma and another friend, with reclaimed materials from my parent’s place in Summerland. It has a very down to earth, rustic look, and a welcoming vibe for all. The food is 100% organic, and sourced as close to the restaurant as possible. Pemberton is lined with organic farms, with new ones popping up every year. We also source produce from amazing Okanagan farms like Covert Farms and of course my Dad’s biodynamic cherries! Each menu item is carefully thought out, with nutritional aspects to each dish and certain food allergies in mind. The restaurant is completely gluten free and refined sugar free! We have lots of vegan, raw and vegetarian options, but we also have some classic favourites like pork tenderloin and chicken cacciatore, sourced from organic, free range local farmers. We also strive to be zero-waste ... we built our own recycling shed out back, and we bring our compost to the local pigs ... We are not only farm to table, but table to farm! My favourite thing is the daily interactions I get with the customers, whether it is their first time in or they are regulars, and the fact that I can provide healthy and delicious options for everyone. I want people to feel great when they enter the room, and even better when they leave! www.solfeggiofoods.com I hope that Ullar graces Apex with some amazing powder this season ... I will be sure to make it out at some point! Miss you all very much ... be sure to stop by and say ‘hi’ if you are near Whistler this season!
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Torch Light Parade
The Annual Torch Light Parade will happen on the Okanagan Run right in the heart of the Apex Village at 6:30pm. If you would like to participate in the Parade this year, please sign up at the Apex Main Office before Monday, December 23rd. *Kids under legal age will need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver.
Santa Brings Gifts
Santa and his Special Sleigh will be arriving to deliver early Christmas presents to the children following the torch light parade. If you would like your children to receive a gift, please wrap, clearly mark, and drop off your gifts at the Apex Admin Office before 4:30pm on Monday, December 23rd. *Gifts will be given in the order they are received, and please keep gifts of a manageable size.
Join around the giant bonfire will watching the torch light parade and right before Santa hands out gifts! Come early so you do not miss the show. “Christmas Carols and Fire Works … Simply Magical! “There is something to be said about standing with friends and family, cuddled around a giant bonfire, enjoying a sky filled with fire works, singing Christmas Carols, and all the while laughing together. That’s why we’ll be back, yet again, this Christmas Eve.”
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How We Can Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution By Lyndie Hill – Hoodoo Adventure Company
10 Ways we can help you succeed: 1.Exercise Regularly Train for a Winter Snowshoe or Adventure Race! www.theyeti.ca www.theelevatorrace.ca www.ski2sea.ca 2. Drink Less Only have a taste (wink wink), and work for it! Check out our new Snowshoe Wine and Cheese Tour w/Upper Bench Estate Winery. 3. Learn Something New Take a Winter Survival Course! www.hoodooadventures.ca 4. Better Work/Life Balance Take your kids with you and get some fresh air!! Don’t hibernate this winter, we live in a winter adventure Mecca; teach your children how to get the most out of it! 5. Volunteer We could use your help and so could the Nickel Plate Nordic Center! www.theelevatorrace.ca www.nickelplatenordic.org 6. Travel! Get your head out of the clouds and head up to Apex Mountain Resort for some sunshine and fun! 7. Stay in touch Get your family and friends out for some activity! Check out the Apex Tube Park! 8. Save Money Mommy and Me Snowshoe every Thursday 9-11am, only $10 incl. snowshoe rental! www.hoodooadventures.ca 9. Cut your Stress Pack the marshmallows, hot chocolate and firewood and just chill! 10. Get more sleep Invest in a winter quality hammock from a local company and just hang out. www.thesuspendedlife.com
Each January, roughly one in three North Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later.
Here are 3 lists of Top 10 NY Resolutions - notice the similarities... Most Common Resolutions: 1. Eat Healthy and Exercise Regularly 2. Drink less 3. Learn Something New 4. Quit Smoking 5. Better work/life balance 6. Volunteer 7. Save Money 8. Get Organized 9. Read more 10. Finish “around the house to-do” lists Most Commonly Broken Resolutions: 1. Lose Weight and Get Fit 2. Quit Smoking 3. Learn Something New 4. Eat Healthier and Diet 5. Get Out of Debt and Save Money 6. Spend More Time with Family 7. Travel to New Places 8. Be Less Stressed 9. Volunteer 10. Drink Less Promises, Promises
4 Tips for keeping your Resolution Be Specific Vague goals don’t work. Map out your strategy well in advance and put numbers to them, pounds, dollars, whatever it may be. Make Your Goal Public Share your decision to change with friends and family who can offer support when you’re wavering and encouragement when you’re doing well at sticking to your resolution. Substitute Good Behaviors for “Bad” Don’t rely on will power alone to change. Trade your afternoon snack for an afternoon walking group. Track your Progress! Record or chart your changed behavior. Whether you are joining our NY’s Resolution Snowshoe Program or just lazing in a winter hammock, we wish you all the success in the New Year and hope that we can help you to achieve your goals. Life is an adventure! “You can pay for the whole seat but you’ll only need the edge!” ~Mountain Man, Duck Dynasty
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Late December 2013
Live To Ski Another Day By Grant Gichard, Physiotherapist at the Sports Clinic You‘ve had a crappy day on the slopes. Your edges are trashed from dropping a dodgy line on the Wildside. And to cap it all off, they’ve just run out of your favourite beer at the Gunbarrel. The day couldn’t get any worse, could it? Well, if you’re one of 45,000 Canadians a year who suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and it happens after 4pm up at Apex Mountain, then I’m afraid your day suddenly got a whole lot worse. During this relatively common event, there is an electrical disturbance of the heart’s normal rhythm. Instead of a beautifully coordinated rhythmic contraction, the heart muscle degenerates into uncoordinated ventricular fibrillation. The only effective treatment for this condition is the early delivery of an electric shock by an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). As it turns out, the earlier, the better. Put simply, the chances of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest climb from 7% to 70-80%. IF the person undergoes a shock to the heart within the first 10 minutes of suffering an arrest. Apex Mountain Ski Patrol have two AEDs for use during hill hours and these have already saved lives. However, after 4pm the AEDs are locked up in the infirmary and are no longer publically accessible. Currently, anyone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest up at the village after the hill closes would be just plain out of luck. Many of you are aware of the ongoing efforts to install more of these AEDs in and around Penticton. Last year, funds raised by various teams participating in the Elevator Adventure Race, were sufficient to purchase and install six public access AEDs in and around Penticton: • One on Skaha Beach, • Two along Okanagan Beach, • One at Lion’s Ball Park, • One as part of city’s electrical truck safety kit, and • One in Naramata village. The City of Penticton realized the need and purchased two more. I should also mention that our very own Tom Evans donated one to Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. Good on ya mate. First of all, I’d like to say thank you to all those people who donated money to one of The Elevator teams raising money to install AEDs, as part of the “Elevate for AEDs” charity. I happen to know that a good number of contributions to last year’s campaign came from the outdoor community affiliated with the Apex and Nickel Plate areas. This was fantastic, but I think it’s time to look after our own backyard, so to speak. It’s time to work more directly at installing publically accessible AEDs in the Apex village. There needs to be at least one publically accessible AED in the Apex village. Ideally, there should also be a second one somewhere in the top carpark. This would provide what would be considered the absolute minimal coverage by Heart and Stroke Canada. In addition, the volunteer fire department up at Apex would seem to be an obvious candidate to carry their own AED. So where to go from here? There are many ways to fundraise of course, but for my purposes, I’ll be teaming up with my esteemed kiwi colleague Phil Burman as part of Team New
Zealand for the 2014 Elevator Race. All proceeds from our 2 man endeavour will contribute towards installing an AED in the Apex village. Dale Charles Physiotherapy (incidentally, one of the first places in Penticton to install an AED back in 2010 thanks to Mike Yates) will also be racing and fundraising for the Apex cause. I’d like to challenge the ski patrol to step up and race as well with a view to fundraising for additional AEDs for the top carpark and/or fire department. On a more personal level, I’d encourage anyone reading this, to make sure your CPR training (which includes training in the use of AEDs) is up to date. Although AEDs increase the chances of overall survival, maintaining an oxygen supply to the brain with CPR is essential to ensure a meaningful recovery. Staff training is a great way to get this rolling. If you’re in a medium sized business, then you should have an AED on site. If there is a reasonable ﬂow of traffic through the business, then all the more reason to get moving on this. Take it from me, you may need to rely on the help of friends and strangers, when you least expect it.
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Late December 2013
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By Dr. Cary Yurkiw, DC Most people have back pain from time to time. Research says 80% of people will have back pain at some point in their life. 40% of people currently experience back pain. Some people suffer for days, weeks, or months and others have constant pain. Back pain can come in the form of sharp pain, muscle spasm; feeling locked to one side, and can refer down the leg. Sometimes combinations of the symptoms are present. Tissues that surround the spine have nerve endings that can transmit pain to the brain if something is not working right. Swelling can irritate nerves. This can make the problem worse. Have your tried chiropractic? The cause of a back pain can be very simple ... a bone or many bones out of place in your back! A bone out of place or what we call a subluxation can cause poor nerve and blood ﬂow in the spine and surrounding areas. This can expand to include areas connected to your spine like your legs, hips, and stomach. What is the solution? It can be as simple as an adjustment to the subluxated vertebra or bone out of place to restore the proper nerve and blood ﬂow. Other times it may need a series of adjustments to condition the spine to be stronger. Many people testify that chiropractic has worked for them. There are many new and old methods to do adjustments including hands on as well as instrument techniques to adjust the bones and relieve tension at the source of the problem. Most techniques are gentle, so discuss your treatment options with your chiropractor. Our goal is to help you feel better. So, are you ready? If you are tired of your back pain, want an answer, and what you are doing is not working, I encourage you to call a chiropractor today! Relief may be just hours away. *Results vary from patient to patient. NOW G N ACCEPTI NEW TS PATIEN
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Early Season Conditions with the CSPS Apex Ski Patrol As the snow is beginning to build and more runs are getting ready to open, remember that it is still early season conditions. As you are riding, be aware of the potential hazards that are apart of early ski conditions. Tiny tree tops, rocks, and icy patches are normal hazards at ski hills year round. Yet at this time of year they are more prevalent, because the snow cover is not as high as mid-season. As the mountain gets more snow, the patrol will be opening runs as it becomes safe to do so. Please stay in-bounds and off closed runs, this is for your safety. As always, ride and ski with care.
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Apex Fire Brigade Update with Mike Polywkan, Apex Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Fire Box # 9 in ‘The Circle’ was officially put into service on October 23, 2013. We worked very hard all summer and sacrificed most of our practice time to get this key piece of equipment into service. We take great pride with installing this shipping container full of equipment in such a way as to be acceptable to the community and especially those nearby. We are very happy to hear comments like, “we hardly notice it.” This was the promise that we made when the funding came through on the night of our Fireman’s Ball last March. I am happy to say that we delivered on that promise.
The new Fire Box #9 is now located and fully operational in “The Circle” area of the Apex Mountain Community. Many thanks to those that donated for this specific cause during our Fireman’s Ball Fundraiser event back in March 2013.
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At this time I would like to remind everyone about the siren. The siren is activated and tested by fire dispatch on the first Tuesday of every month at approximately 7:00 pm. If the siren is heard outside of this time, it is likely an emergency and our pager radios have also been activated to dispatch us to the emergency. We are not a large community, nor do we have a large department. We may at times require the assistance of other community members and visitors that want to help. If you hear the siren outside of test night and want to help, please stage outside of the ticket sales kiosk. If we need your help, we will send someone to possibly gear you up and direct you to the scene. If no one shows up to the kiosk, please don’t be offended, as sometimes in certain situations it is more dangerous to have too many people on scene. Please continue to stage at this location, because in situations like the lodge fire a few years ago many non-members in our community saved us from frostbite and exhaustion. One other important thing that we can use the siren for is an evacuation. In the event of a fast approaching forest fire or some sort of disaster, we will set the siren to blast for three three-minute intervals. If you hear this, be prepared to leave immediately and members of our department will start evacuating the community and setting up road control. This next item is very important! We are dispatched to street addresses and/or complex names. There are very few cabins with visible street addresses posted or complexes with large signs with their names on them. Please help us help you! Make the signs big and visible. Sometimes guests don’t even know the name of the complex that they are in. If they are calling in for an emergency from a cell phone and do not know where they are, dispatch has a difficult time directing us to the emergency and we have a hard time finding it without addresses posted. One other problem that we have at Apex is when the Regional District made changes to the street addresses things were never coordinated with Telus. When a call for an emergency is made from a land line, the street address tagged to that line on the dispatcher’s computer could very likely be wrong and we could be dispatched to the wrong location. I have tried to spearhead the corrections to be made, but nothing ever seems to happen. So maybe with community awareness and more pressure for the corrections to be made, we can get the necessary corrections done in the interest of community safety! I would like to end this with some fun fire facts and quotes: • Did you know that the fire pump was reinvented in 1500 AD? •
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Season Greetings! 2014 Membership Renewal Stay involved. Stay informed. Apex Property Owners Association: Non-profit, volunteer-run. THE organization government and industry consults with on issues impacting Apex property owners. Committees: forestry, zoning, services, roads. Membership Benefits: Access to knowledgeable volunteers. Newsletters and public forums keep you informed. Fun social events too! Membership is only $30/yr. Sign-up on our website www.ApexPropertyOwners.com
APOA Update By Julia Valenti, APOA President Since the start of the 2012/2013 ski season to the start of this 2013/2014 season, your Board members and a number of other volunteer members have been putting in a diligent effort to protect property values and the recreational values of the Apex alpine area. As we all know, our forests have been threatened with clear-cutting which affects the health and beauty of the alpine, the recreational use of the many established alpine trails which are enjoyed year round, and the sustainability of our property values which are already threatened due to economic pressures on the recreational housing sector. But, forestry is not the only issue that affects our alpine lifestyle. Also an issue are zoning changes regarding cabin rentals and suites, still to be decided by the RDOS, and which will have ramifications regarding the use of our properties. Another issue is the waste transfer station, which was to have been built in the same location it is presently in and now being considered for the works yard. There is the ongoing communication needed regarding road maintenance. And, truly, whatever one can think of that is involved in an alpine lifestyle is a concern and consideration the APOA is and must be involved in. The forestry practices and licensing research, new paradigm forestry practices policy and liaison meetings with government, industry and Native Bands have been and still are adeptly and professionally handled by Board member Jeff Brown and APOA member Denis O’Gorman. They are volunteers who have gone to infinity and beyond to protect the alpine forests and its trails, which in turn protects our alpine properties and enjoyment thereof. Thankfully, our membership heard the ‘alarm bell’ when it was rung before the end of last season ... we had standing room only attendance at our March AGM, when Jeff and Denis presented their PowerPoint presentation describing destructive forestry practices in the alpine. Next, over 100 attended the second informational meeting held in the summer and many wrote heartfelt letters to industry and government protesting current forestry practices. As well, many donated money to the APOA to help cover costs associated with the work of the forestry committee. The involvement of our membership helped
awaken government and industry to the fact that people care a great deal about the alpine and our strong voice is now being heard and attention given as needed. The APOA has matured. We now have a seat at the table regarding decision making for the alpine. We have been, and continue to be, listened to and our concerns are being considered and respected. However, this significant and impactful work is being done by volunteers, and few at that, but that is the way it is, for now, the work of volunteers. The forests are still threatened and the vigilance still needed. All alpine concerns need ongoing vigilance. Not all of us can do the type of work Jeff and Denis have done, but ALL property owners can be APOA members, can offer to sit on the Board when elections come up in March. Your membership gives you a voice and strengthens our collective voice. You receive quarterly newsletters keeping you informed. Your membership dues support the work of the APOA. Sitting on the Board affords you a hands on opportunity to inﬂuence important decisions that protect the alpine for generations to come. Further, do you have skill sets that can be offered in a helpful way now? Do you have creative ideas to build on progress already made? Let the Board know. It cannot be stressed enough how much inﬂuence the APOA has and we cannot lose our momentum towards continued development of that inﬂuence. Renew your yearly membership, become a new member today, and join in a community endeavor of alpine protection, sustainability and enjoyment. For your information, current APOA Board members are: Julia Valenti - President; Phil Rathjen - Vice President; Suzie Anderson - Secretary; Barry Leigh - Treasurer; plus Jane Drapeau, Phyllis Matthews and Geri Sobool. Contact the APOA Board through email@example.com or join at www.apexpropertyowners.com, where you can also read our latest news. Holiday Cheer To All!
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Tech Talk ...
with Ray Keetch, Manager of Apex Mountain Shop Wondering when to think about new boots? Are your feet sore? Do you seem to fatigue too early? Do your feet go numb or really cold? A ‘yes’ to any of these questions means that you should start to look around for new boots. Boot fitting, though not rocket science, seems to mystify many buyers and sales folk alike. Boots are probably the most import part of your ski package and needs careful consideration. What type of boot you need depends on many factors. Length and width of your foot, high or low arch, narrow heel, small or large calf, and how ﬂexible the foot actually is. What terrain do like to ski in, what physical shape are you in, and how much force will you be applying to the boot? So, now you’ve found a boot in the shop and it seems to fit. What happens if you go ski on them and issues arise? Does the shop you bought them at have the expertise to deal with fit issues to customize the boot to be a perfect fit for you? We here at the Mountain Shop have 30 years experience fitting boots and dealing with customizing the perfect fit. Come see our fantastic selection of boots for all levels and pocketbooks!
Teilhard De Chardin and Skiing
By Vince Rabbitte, Apex Ski Instructor Teilhard De Chardin was a very optimistic person in spite of the trials and tribulations he went through as a stretcher bearer during the first world war and later in the way his writings were repeatedly rejected by the church and his Jesuit order. He was convinced; however, that what is important in a man is not so much what he achieves, but the basic reason that inspires his movement. He also thought that in everyone there are natural and social energy that will lead humanity towards a better life. He went on to say, "that through the length and breath and depth of the world it is in movement that man can attain and experience and vision of his God." The one fault that he detested above all others was a rejection of life, a contempt for the efforts of man and a fear of human effort. In a sport like skiing there can be no rejection or fear of human effort. In every run that a skier makes on the mountain there is challenge, effort, energy and adventure. This movement and motion combined with the force of gravity propels a skier down the fall line and thus enlarges his or her perspective though in a tiny incremental manner. To Teilhard skiing would be in its simplest execution a true activity. The more developed the neuro-muscular attributes of a society are the more distinctive and enriched are the lives of the people in that community. Intellect develops when there is more creative energy in a group of people. Mind therefore is in a state of perpetually Located in the village of Apex Mountain Resort becoming more intellectualized by means of movement and motion. The sport of skiing helps us achieve this outcome. Teilhard was one who loved the world in all its beauty. In fact the Le Divin Milieu was dedicated to people who loved the world and all of humanity. I believe skiing helps achieve this better understanding of life and mankind. On the mountain one Blow Out Price ~ $499.95 (reg $899.95) has time to stand, think and meditate at the endless vista of snow. This is when we discover the great beauty of the world, the importance of mankind and the limited time we have left Blow Out Price ~ $349 (reg $490) to enjoy it. The time has now come as the environmentalists believe, to throw away these ancient prejudices and turn as one block to building a better world. But, even the great Teilhard de Chardin was denounced by other churchman as a communist, Home of ‘try before you buy’! Demos for Skis & Snowboards. pantheist and as an evolutionist! Specializing in Boot Fitting & Equipment Tuning Teilhard saw everything that is noble in a human being. He www.ApexResort.com 1.877.777.2739 spoke of this "tangential'' energy that people have. It is this energy that has lifted mankind upwards. This thermodynamic, kinetic, electromagnetic mechanical, radial energy which drives S Answer key to all the elements of the world upwards from their natural state P P the right is for the of pure disorder. From this random energy, mankind developed O C R White Kennedy I R S T O C K H O L D E R and has been evolving ever since. It is only the individual's crossword puzzle L E V E R A G E P I found on page 22. human personality that can limit this upward ascent by his or A D T R A D E M A R K her lifestyle, or by absence of positive thought. The grandeur G I I B The answer key of skiing is that it promotes a healthy lifestyle, encourages E L T E I I N S O L V E N T L P below is for the better eating habits and foments enlightened thinking in the Q R O I R Apex Matters stimulating friendships and discussions that one strikes up on U C O R P O R A T I O N Sudoku Puzzle I I F the mountain, or in the chalet.
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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 2 “This & That ... Here & There” By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Guide I would like to start this article by announcing that I finally have a website, which has been professionally designed by Andy Koch, owner of WestBenchWeb.com. Thanks, Andy! Please visit my site at www.dinostours.com. There you will find info on tour rates, dates, bookings, rentals and sales. Check out the “information page” where you can learn more “about me”, see any upcoming “events”. You can watch a snowshoe video (which I co-produced with Erick Thompson of ET2 Media) that will show you some snowshoe tips, techniques and safety. I am now working part-time on Tuesdays at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. I invite all to come up to ski or snowshoe Nickel Plate, as it is truly one of the Okanagan’s hidden gems. December 3rd ~ I have always been under the impression that the snowshoe trails at Nickel Plate would not be interesting or challenging enough for me, as I truly enjoy snowshoeing up and down steeps and bushwacking. Today after my first day of work, I decided to snowshoe the “Gold Dust” trail and I was pleasantly surprised. The trail winds its way through stands of trees for a good portion of its’ approximate 2.8 km length. It crosses groomed cross-country ski trails numerous times where you have to be careful not to snowshoe on the track set portion, as well as keeping an eye out for skiers. It is a fairly easy trail that should take anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes to complete and is rated as a novice trail.
For those that don’t realize how much work goes into creating and maintaining a trail like “Gold Dust”, when you snowshoe it pay attention to how much deadfall has been cleared to make it useable. Kudos to all involved in trail building and maintenance! I’m looking forward to snowshoeing the other 20 plus kms of snowshoe trails at Nickel Plate. December 7th ~ What better way for someone that is designing your website to get a feel for your business than to experience it first-hand. So, that’s what I did. I invited Andy and his wife Eva on a snowshoe adventure. It was a bluebird sunny day and a crisp -25 degrees, but that didn’t deter us. We parked at the first pullout before the avalanche zone located a short distance before leaving Apex. It seemed too cold for Andy and Eva’s dog, Penny, so a disappointed dog was left in the car with warm blankets.
Ratcheting into our snowshoes, we crossed the road and fought the finger and cheek numbing breeze for a few hundred meters, until we reached a stand of trees which blocked the wind and make it a lot more bearable. From here, we broke trail traversing through the trees, into the meadows and to the summit of “Rock Oven Meadows”. On the way up to the summit, views of Apex village and ski runs, Mount Riordan and the Three Bears to mention just a few are always spectacular. Rock Oven Meadows is one of the last areas to receive the sun before it goes behind the mountain for the day.
Snowshoers Eva and Andy enjoy their first “Powder Run”!
At the summit, we noticed numerous rabbit tracks and signs of either lynx or cougar hunting for a meal. We traversed the summit for 100 meters before turning left where Andy and Eva received their first lessons ever in downhill “powder running”. Snow coverage and conditions were fair, as we picked our way downhill over and around obstacles and deadfall. Despite numerous butt falls, Andy and Eva did quite well for first timers. However, as Eva stated, “Most of our snowshoeing has been done on relatively ﬂat terrain”. After about 30 minutes of downhill powder running, we reached a trail which skirts the north fork of Keremeos Creek. (I have talked about this trail in past articles. It is a well used trail that takes you south back to the first hairpin before the first cabin on Apex Mountain Road. If you were to start from Apex Mountain Road, it would take you up to the Three Ponds Trails, as well as numerous other trails. I also call it the “Jodinge” trail.) From here we turned left and snowshoed to the hairpin at Apex Mountain Road, where we then turned left and headed back up the road to our vehicles. Another great shoe! It always gives me personal satisfaction to guide people into areas they may never see on their own.
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Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: David Wilcox Album: 60 minutes with ... Track: “The Hypnotizm Boogie”
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This ‘young at heart’ artist came onto the scene way back in 1970. From Montreal, he started playing the guitar at the age of 6. If you enjoy a blues-boogie, then give Wilcox a listen. I have seen him perform live in Kelowna, Banff, Montreal and other cities around Canada. Lucky for me, they were all small venues and he rocked each and every one of them. Now at the age of 64, he still puts on a great show. I also recommend his latest album, “Boy In The Boat”, to listen to this great canadian guitarist. See you boogying down 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 his focus on Canadian bands. YouTube his tunes and join in.
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with Denis Chaykowski, Event Coordinator Bring in the New Year with the ever popular local country/rock band, Dale Seaman and Highway 97. Join everyone at the Kaleden Community Hall for live entertainment and a country dress themed community dance starting at 8pm on Tuesday, December 31st. Not only will your toes be tapping to the live entertainment, but you can also enjoy door prizes, along with spot dances, table snacks, refreshments, and a cash bar. Plus, you can take advantage of the “Safe Ride Home” service available for both you, your passengers, along with your vehicle! This Safe Ride Home service includes travel from the Kaleden Hall to the following areas: Willowbrook, St. Andrews, White Lake Road, Twin Lakes Road, Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, and Penticton. This service is by donation, with proceeds going to the local Kaleden Parent Advisory Council. Dale Seaman’s love of music started his professional singing career in 2004. Shortly thereafter he became the winner of the Okanagan Star Search (Male Vocal) in 2005. Getting instant recognition for his talents as a performer, he delighted patrons at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival. Since these humble beginnings, Dale has ‘wowed’ audiences in every part of the Western Provinces in Canada. There is no limit to the heights of popularity that Dale has experienced, because audiences simply love his sound. Travelling up and down the Okanagan Valley, with his band consisting of the most versatile musicians, it would only seem logical that the band’s name became “Dale Seaman and Highway 97”. Encouraged by audiences from all over Western Canada, Dale released his first CD to satisfy the demand from his fans to make his music available everywhere he performed. His first CD released in 2009 is entitled “Something I Had To Do”, which featured three of Dale’s original songs awakening his spiritual song-writing talents. Listeners, on radio and live performances, who have discovered Dale’s original creations request these dance tunes be performed over and over again. Dale’s song-writing skills compare equally to popular artists like Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and Merle Haggard. Dale features cover tunes with such ease, but captures and creates his own brand and style of music, making him a welcome and refreshing Canadian Country Artist who will become recognized among the great performers in Country Music. Tickets are $18 per person and are available at Kaleden PetroCan, Sweetgrass Feed & Tack Country Market, Kaleden Family Restaurant, Lakeview General Store, Dogtown Coffee Co, and Twin Lakes Store. Doors open at 8pm, Dance from 9pm-1am, with a Midnight Snack catered by Kaleden Family Restaurant. For more information, please contact Denis of C-Me Live Productions at 250-460-2221 or email@example.com.
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“Local’s Night” IS ‘The Place To Be’ ... At The Rock Oven Grill
The Rock Oven Grill, located inside the Apex Mountain Inn, is presenting a once a month “Sunday Local’s Night” during this winter season. The first one is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, December 22nd from 6-9 pm. Featured this night, and every subsequent Local’s Night, will be “THE GRATEFUL NOT TO BE DEAD JAM BAND”, comprised of Julia and Rick Valenti -guitar, vocals and harmonica -- and invited guest performers. For this first particular night, the guests are: Thurein Myint -- snare drum and cymbal and guitar; Terry Cormack -- bass guitar; and Lori Grant -- vocals. Our 40 minute sets will start at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm with a 20 minute break in each hour. Come on down and enjoy “swingin’, melodic rocker pop, stirred with rhythm and blues, shaken with torch and twang”, all while you share good food, good drink, and good fun with your friends and neighbours. See YOU on the 22nd at the Rock Oven Grill!
First Local’s Night is Sunday, December 22nd!
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This New Years we invite you to Celebrate with us! Bring in the New Year with a relaxed getaway to Apex Mountain Inn. You can choose from two dinner seating times on New Years Eve, then at 9pm we throw the doors open for all to come in. No cover charge to join this party! Enjoy champagne and streamers at midnight. But don’t stop there, we invite you to stay the night with Apex Mountain Lodging. Call 250-292-8126 or toll free at 1-800-387-2739 to book your New Years Eve Celebration, covering your dinner reservation and accommodation needs.
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