Apex Matters Late December 2014 Issue

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications


Celebrate Christmas Eve in the Apex Village Help us bring in the New Year 'Apex Style'

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Late December 2014



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From our families to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015!

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Late December 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

From Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters The warmest of wishes for the very best this Holiday Season. Spend quality time with family and friends, but also find that much needed quality time for yourself too. We can all get too consumed on everyone else’s needs this time of year and thus neglect our own. Everyone needs time to rest, relax, rejuvenate, but also time to recreate. I encourage everyone to take a drive up to Apex, either for the day or perhaps a short holiday close to home. Enjoy our winter wonderland ... See you in the snow!

Wishing Everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season! 

Dec. 24th ~ Come and enjoy a hot drink while watching the Parade of Lights on the Okanagan Run.

Dec. 25th ~ Now accepting reservations for our famous Three Course Turkey Dinner in the restaurant.

Zoe, Denzer, Jay and Myleen ~ Loving our favourite family playground ... Apex!

The “Groov-A-Matics” Return

with Julia Valenti, Band Member The season has started! So, get yer party vibe on and bring in the new ski season with friends and neighbours. Join us ...

Sunday, December 21st 6-9 pm at the Rock Oven Grill with the GROOV-A-MATICS

Swingin, Melodic Rocker Pop, Shaken with Rhythm and Blues, Stirred with Torch and Twang We have a new drummer and he will be on a small 3 piece kit. We will be set up on the wall in front of the kitchen and will cram the drummer, 3 guitar players, 1 harmonica player and also a sax player into that corner. The band is a determined group and no space is to small to present great tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. You can expect the usual chaos and mayhem with audience participation, trivia, and dance contests with prizes, rope and hula hoop spinning, singing along to tunes you forgot you remembered, good food and drink ... Essentially, a house party that no one has to clean up afterwards! It is the first day of winter too ... Bring it in style, but probably no grace, and welcome in the cold and snow (and snow and snow). Let’s get the joint a reelin’ and a rockin’ ... Be groovy, be there!

Dec. 31st ~ New Year’s Eve Party at the GB … Dine in the Restaurant or Dance in the Bar. Ring in the New Year with friends and family in style. Tickets and Reservations must be booked in advance.

Good Food. Good Service. Good Times. gunbarrel@shaw.ca 250.292.8515

GB Coffees Help Apex Fire Fighters

The Gunbarrel Saloon is donating $1.00 from every purchase of a special Gunbarrel Coffee to the Apex Fire Brigade Society. Last season, a member of the AFBS donated a shotgun for these legendary Gunbarrel coffees ... flaming Grand Marnier poured down a double barrel shotgun into an assortment of fine liqueurs and coffee. With huge thanks and appreciation for the shotgun donated, the Gunbarrel Restaurant Legendary Gunbarrel Coffee committed to donating a $1.00 per coffee purchased back to this vital group for their fire fighting services they provide. As a result of last season’s Gunbarrel Coffee sales, the Gunbarrel is donating $155 to the Apex Fire Department. Thanks again for the Gunbarrel Shotgun and all that you do to provide fire protection services for our mountain. So, the next time you are in the GB ... Be sure to sample a legendary Gunbarrel Coffee knowing that money will be going towards the Apex Fire Department!

CABIN/CONDO CLEANING For an impeccable green clean at Apex Mountain Resort!

Linda Williamson lwilliamson@telus.net



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Rural Agency Liquor Store and Grocery Store

Happy Holidays!

from Mike, Jen, Julia, Charlotte and Joey Holiday Hours: Dec 19th - Jan 4th ~ 8 am - 10 pm Christmas Eve ~ 8 am - 6 pm Christmas ~ 10 am - 6 pm

250.486.0354 www.ApexTradingPost.com

What’s In Store?

24 Hour Emergency Service Water & Fire Damage Restoration Wind Damage Odour Control

Insurance Work Handled Promptly Asbestos/Mold Remediation

Carpet Repair Bonded Insured WCB

From our family to yours, this holiday season we hope you enjoy the holidays with family, friends and great skiing at Apex. For our 5th season at The Trading Post, we have expanded our selection of local Okanagan Wine. We have over 65 different types of red and white wine from the Okanagan Valley in stock. By ordering direct, we have several local wines at lower prices than the BC Liquor Store, including wines from Peller Estates, Red Rooster, Sandhill, and Wayne Gretzky Okanagan. Come in and take advantage of these great deals! As always we have a great selection of spirits in a variety of sizes and a large selection of beer to help you get your holiday cheer on. This year we have brought in four mixer packs to enjoy with friends. We have the Okanagan Spring, Granville Island, Tree Brewing and Fernie Brewing winter mixer 12 packs. So, give something new a try and grab one of these great collections of beers. Throwing a party over the holidays, or any other time this season for that matter? Save yourself time and a trip by ordering the beer, wine and spirits for your bash at The Trading Post. Email Michael at info@apextradingpost.com or come in to the store to see how we can help you. We can provide BC Liquor Store pricing on orders over $300. And, if we don’t normally carry what you desire, we can order it in specially for you.

We handle residential and commercial disasters with expertise and exceptional customer service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.




Serving APEX Mountain and Area for over 24 years!

The Trading Post carries over 65 local Okanagan wines. Some below BC Govt pricing!

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Welcome to the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre


Why I Joined Cross Country Skiing

This is my first year skiing with the Nickle Plate Junior Racers. I joined this cross-country skiing group because I like long distance sports like running and competitive swimming. I also Office Open 9-3 Daily tried it with my elementary school class a few years ago and www.nickelplatenordic.org realized that it was fun, and so I signed up. Not only is cross-country skiing really fun, it’s also a good 56 kms of Groomed & Track Set Ski Trails / 25 kms of Marked Snowshoe Trails Day Lodge & Kitchen Facilities / Heated Washrooms / Change Rooms & Showers workout! For example, last Saturday we skied over 20 kilometres, made even harder when we lost grip on our skis Ski & Snowshoe Rentals & Lessons Available near the end! The other kids and the coaches are very encouraging and Meet the 2014-15 Nickel Plate Executive really helpful. Coaches Jerome and Sarah have been very President: Geoff Waterman welcoming since I joined the team. They can also see if you’re Vice President: Dave Michael doing something wrong from about a mile away! A very good Past President: Esther Skrypiczaiko thing when you’re new to the sport. Secretary: Alan Norquay Perhaps one of the coolest things about skiing with this group Treasurer: Michelle Roy is the night skiing. On Tuesday nights (and Thursdays for Director - Membership: Lisa Fitzgerald some of the other kids), we head out onto the trails in the dark Director - Trails: Ray Mumby with only our headlamps lighting the way. It’s such a great Director - Public Relations: Kathryn Golbeck experience ... I mean, tourists pay to do this kind of stuff! Director - Skills Development Program: Vacant I really recommend this sport. Cross-country skiing is similar to Director - Social Coordinator: Vacant running, so if you like cross-country running, you’ll love cross Director - Timber and Beetle Management: Rick Leslie country skiing. Most of the time I come down from the hill all Director - Facilities: Des Snider tired, but ready to go again almost right away. And, it’s just as Director - Fundraising: Vacant awesome the next ski day. Director - Coaching: Jerome Jang Director - Junior Racing Program: Chris Toneff Written by Benjamin, a Grade 8 Student in the French If you are interested in volunteering in any of the vacant Immersion Program at Summerland Middle School. He likes cross country skiing. Can you tell? positions, please contact info@nickelplatenordic.org.

Nickel Plate Creative Writing Contest!

Attention all youth under the age of 16: Nickel Plate is giving away a complimentary pass for a day of skiing! Use it for yourself, a family member, or bring a friend. Submit a story, essay, or poem between 200-500 words about Nickel Plate Nordic. Your entry MUST include the names of at least THREE Nickel Plate ski or snowshoe trails in your submission. (Hint: there is a map on the Nickel Plate website: www.nickelplatenordic.org). The first three entries received before midnight on December 31st will receive a complimentary pass. Email submissions to: kathryngolbeck@shaw.ca

Youth Skills Development Program (SDP) At Nickel Plate Nordic

Above - Nickel Plate Day Lodge. Below - Four Happy Skiers. Photos by Van Pratt The Nickel Plate Nordic Centre has been providing lessons

for children for over 10 years. The SDP lesson 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. The SDP is a volunteer run program. All parents should expect to volunteer some time to help the coaches, whether in the cabin heating hot chocolate, stoking the fire for the campfire cookout, or out skiing with the group to carry mittens and escort little skiers back to the washroom. Registration is almost full for the 2015 SDP lessons, which will start Saturday, January 3rd. For more info on the Skills Development Program, please contact Murray Farbridge at mfarbridge@hotmail.com or Audrey Perry audrey@pathcom.ca.


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Profile of Tom Evans: Nickel Plate Cross Country Club Member

Nickel Plate (NP): How long have you been skiing at Nickel Plate? Tom Evans (TE): Over a decade. NP: When did you start cross-country skiing and why? TE: I have cross-country skied on and off since childhood, but I took it up more seriously about 10 years ago as a refreshing change from indoor Tom Evans on Left - Photo Van Pratt triathlon workouts in the winter. NP: Briefly describe a typical ski session for you at Nickel Plate. TE: My favourite day at Nickel Plate would be to do all of the outer trails (Panorama, Reimers, Motherlode, Eagles Nest, Vindicator, then home), classic skiing at an easy pace. NP: Can you provide a brief background of other sports you are, or have been involved in, and how cross-country skiing has benefitted these? TE: Triathlons of varying distances; road running; mountain and road bike racing. Cross-country skiing is the most aerobically challenging sport. Any other aerobic sports will benefit from aerobic gains made cross country skiing ... it won’t help your dart game though :) NP: Some of Tom Evans’s triathlon career highlights include: Two-time winner of Ironman (2004 Ironman Canada Triathlon in Penticton and the 2004 Florida Ironman) and 2004 Long Course Canadian Champion. NP: Are you planning on competing in Nordic ski races during the 2014/15 ski season? If so, which ones? TE: Yes, I plan to do as many Interior Loppet series races as I can (hopefully all of them). NP: How about nutrition? What do you consider to be the best fuel for long ski sessions? TE: Black or red Panda licorice and water ... if less than 90 minutes, usually just water. NP: What advice would you give to young cross-country skiers? TE: Listen to your coach and smile! Choose a low impact summer sport like swimming or cycling. Penticton Racing Canoe Club also has great junior programs that would compliment cross country skiing. And most importantly, have fun!

Snowshoe Trails at Nickel Plate

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Waxing for Cross Country Skiing By Jerome Jang, Level 3 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) of Canada Cross Country Ski Coach Waxing for cross country skiing can be as easy as putting on a kick and glide wax with a sponge applicator that comes with the can for waxless (fishscale patterned) skis over the whole ski. This is especially important on those days when the snow is sticky and soft and may tend to build up on the base. Or, it can be very, very complex. With waxable skate skis, you can rub on universal glide wax over the whole ski and that can get you by for the day. For best results, you can match the temperature of the snow to the appropriate glide wax as indicated on the glide wax. For longer lasting results, iron on the glide wax with a wax iron barely melting the glide wax onto the whole ski base several times, letting the molten glide wax cool and harden in between each ironing. After a final cooling, scrape off the excess glide wax from the ski base, starting on the groove, then the sides of the skis and finally the base of the skis. If your base is in good shape (flat), several passes of a plastic scraper will do the job. Finish by brushing out the excess wax with the various ski brushes made for that purpose. There are different brushes for different purposes, but a general stiff nylon brush will do for most. For waxable classic skis, the glide zones are treated the same as the glide zone for the skate skis. Make sure you don’t get glide wax on the kick or grip zone. If you do, clean it off with a wax remover, let dry then wax the grip zone with the recommended grip wax for the temperature and snow conditions of the day. Put on from 4 to 7 thin layers of the grip wax, corking it smooth in between each layer. The more layers you use (within reason), the more grip you will get and the longer the application will last. To determine the proper wax to use, look at the snow temperature a centimeter that the ski base will be in contact with for temperatures below 0 C. Then look for the wax (glide or grip as the case may be) within that recommended temperature. Generally, that will get you within the range of wax that would work. The recommended temperature range is for normal humidity conditions and new or renovated snow that still have fairly sharp crystals (generally between 65 to 75% humidity), for more humid conditions, (above 80%) or for old rounded snow crystals, you might have to go for a slightly softer wax. When the snow gets above 0 C, you look at the air temperature a cm or so above the snow surface to get the right recommended wax. For grip, this may put you in the realm of klister waxes. Note: in these conditions, structuring the ski base is just as important as the wax. Swix has an Wax Wizard that you can access online (they also have many how to videos) or many nordic ski areas have temperature dials that indicates recommended waxes to use for specific temperatures. This is just the basics, and in many cases, the technique that you use to apply the wax is just as important as using the right wax. Take a class or two in waxing by someone knowledgable.

Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club has 25 kilometres of self-guided signed snowshoe trails, ranging from beginner to advanced levels of difficulty. All trails begin and end at the lodge. Please do not snowshoe on the ski trails, except were they intersect with the snowshoe trails. All of the trails are marked with fluorescent green flagging tape. A group(s) leaves the lodge every Tuesday morning and snowshoes one of the marked trails. The Snowshoes - Photo Van Pratt snowshoe trails can be used any time and are well marked Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is on Facebook (Nickel Plate Nordic with trail descriptions and a map facilitates easy negotiation Centre) and Twitter (@NickelPlateXC). Follow us for regular of the trails. Snowshoes are available for rent at the office. updates. Visit www.nickelplatenordic.org for more information.

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Carvers Corner

with Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director U16/U18 Head to first race of the Season. Howden Top Marks! 6th overall in a field of over 70 male racers from around the Province. Apex Ski Club U16/U18 just returned home from their first race of the Season. This was the first of 3 provincial events that the group will compete in. Both genders competed against over 140 racers from around the province at Sun Peaks Resort. The week started with GS discipline followed by two days of Slalom. The club was represented by Reece Howden, Marcus Athans, Kyle Blaser and Parker Sinclair in the mens category. Ella Pasin, Tyrah Henderson, Molly Wells and Manon Gentes competed in the Ladies category.

Above - Reece Howden ready to send it! Below - Marcus Athans lower centre accepting provincial 7th place Slalom.

Apex Ski Club’s U16/U18 Racers at Sun Peaks Resort with Coach Jorgen Anderson

Day 1 GS ~ Kyle Blaser jetted down the GS course to a 19th place in the GS. This was the perfect run for Kyle, as he is a first year in the U16 category. Well done for Mr Smooth! Have a look at this kid ... one of the smoothest skiers on the circuit! Day 2 Slalom ~ Marcus Athans who is a first year in the category had two solid runs in slalom to a 7th place finish in U16. Well done for this athletic skier! Tyrah Henderson also a first year had her top performance to date. 17th and 4th in her age provincially. Well done for Miss Edge Bistro! Day 3 Slalom ~ What a day Reece Howden! First run just killed it! Landing in 5th overall only a blink of an eye behind legendary NorAm skier Kevin Drury. Reece was able to follow up his first run up by a solid second run, landing in 6th overall. Well done for Reece ... best performance to date! Individual Top Results Ella Pasin ~ 16 overall Slalom Molly Wells ~ 27 U16 Slalom Mini Gentes ~ 35 U16 Slalom & 36 GS Parker Sinclair ~ 22 U16 Slalom U14/U12 continue to master their skills looking forward to their first competition in January at Apex. I encourage everyone reading this to have a look up the Okanagan Run. We have an amazing group of skiers in the club and it is a pleasure to hang out with such a humble and hard working group of athletes. We are so lucky to have the support of a great resort who prepares the mountain impeccably each day and provides us with one of the greatest training venues in the world.

Join the Apex Ski Club ‘Carver’ Program

Now is the time to register your kids in our famous Carvers Program. All our coaches follow the successful Sport Chek Snow Stars Program, a skill development tool for young skiers ages 5-13 years of age. This 4 step program provides a pathway to the joy of skiing. This is the quality program that has made the Nancy Greene Ski League famous since 1968! The program is a very good value for money, as it is offered by the parent run Apex Ski Club. Children develop skills, and confidence, through skiing all terrain types, games, skill drills, jumps and bumps, and skier-cross. Our 11 week program runs on Sundays from 9:30am - 3pm and starts on January 4th. We also offer an additional half day program on Saturdays from 9:30am - 12noon. You can sign up for both Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, check out our website at www.apexskiclub.com. Our Annual 3 Day Christmas Camps are coming soon! They will be held on December 20, 21, 22 and December 27,28,29. Each camp runs 9:30am - 3pm, with an hour for lunch to recharge. It’s great value, lots of fun, an opportunity to meet new friends for the ski season, and a way to develop skills on the hill. Only $99/camp. Register on line at www.apexskiclub.com.

See you at the NEW Apex Ski Club Cabin!


Building Skills & Self Esteem to Last a Lifetime www.apexskiclub.com


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The Apex Ski Club invites you to join ...

Apex Carvers For Ages 5 to 13

This is the quality program that has made the Nancy Greene Ski League famous since 1968!

For daily specials, fresh updates & current weather!

OPEN till 9pm when the lifts are running!

Sun - Thur 7am - 5pm Fri - Sat 7am - 9pm Holidays & Night Skiing

3 Day Christmas Camps ~ $99/camp Dec 20, 21, 22 & Dec 27, 28, 29

Saturdays starting January 3rd

Best Mountain Views!

9:30 am - 12 noon

Sundays starting January 4th

Specialty coffees, teas, amazing breakfasts, lunches with homemade soups, sandwiches & loads of treats.

9:30 am - 3 pm

“Take & Bake” Pizzas

Children develop skills and confidence, through skiing all terrain types, games, skill drills, jumps and bumps, and skier-cross.

made fresh to order with your favourite toppings on a delicious stone baked crust. Simply throw it in your oven and dinner is ready in 12 minutes.

The program is a very good value for money, as it is offered by the parent run Apex Ski Club. Register online now at


Located next to The Mountain Shop in the Apex Mountain Village

To order “Take & Bake” Pizza, or book a Group Function: Colin: 250.488.2400 Chad: 250.490.6585

PIZZA ... PIZZA ... PIZZA Feeling rushed? Have very little time? Need an easy dinner for the kids, while you enjoy the Christmas festivities? Why not try The Edge “Take & Bake” Pizza? Dinner served in 12 minutes! Come on in and check out the great menu of our stone-baked Pizza’s and create simple, yet delicious, dinners over the Holidays. Call either 250-490-6585 or 250-488-2400. Open Everyday - Seven days a week - at 7:00 am Sunday thru Thursday until 5:00 pm Friday, Saturday, Holidays (when the lifts run) until 9:00 pm Open every day from November 27th until April 6th!

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News From Apex Freestyle Club by ronda barzilay AFC hosts more amazing events this season kicking it off with the 5th Annual Canadian Selections - Dec 18th - 21st! Aspiring Olympic mogul skiers from across the country will convene at Apex Mountain Resort for the Canadian Selections Event. This is the fifth year the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association has held the talent identification camp and competitions for its National C Team and provincial-level mogul athletes. The Canadian Selections is being hosted by the Apex Freestyle Club in cooperation with Apex Mountain Resort. This is the first competition of the season for these athletes who have already had more than 30 days on snow leading up to this event. Most of these training days have taken place at the World Class Freestyle training facilities at Apex Mountain. More than 60 athletes ranging in age from 13 to 23 plus years from clubs, provincial teams, and the National Team will have the opportunity to showcase their talent with the potential opportunity to represent Canada one day on the North American Circuit, World Cup and one day the Olympics. With two days of competition on December 20 and 21, each participant will have a minimum of four competition runs to impress CFSA coaches, evaluators and judges. Come out and support these young athletes as Canadian Freestyle strives to maintain the dominance in this sport! This is your opportunity to view some of Canada’s rising stars right here in our own backyard for FREE December 18th - 21st. Apex Athletes competing: Brayden Kuroda, Mason Barzilay, Hayden Pearce, Max Todd, Kassidy Todd, Shayna Finlayson, Koleton Phipps, Joe Durham, Anna Spence, Madison Parker, Kyle Parker, Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Noah Spence, Jordan Kober and Josh Kober.


Coach’s Corner by Mark Billups Jumps & Bumps Coordinator The snow has begun. White blankets have fallen and coated the alpine. The summer warmth a distant memory and winter is in full swing. The mountain is open, the new season is upon us. The mountain is alive with freestyle Coach Mark Billups clubs from all over North America and the world. We truly do have a world class facility, an amazing club, and an incredible team of coaches and athletes. Welcome to the 2014/2015 AFC season! Jumps & Bumps 2015 ~ You are invited to participate in the action this season! Thanks to all those already signed up and registered. For all those thinking about coming back or trying out freestyle for the first time, we welcome you. Although the registration date has passed, we are still accepting athletes for this year’s Jumps & Bumps program. It’s easy to sign up, just head to our web page apexfreestyleclub.com. The Jumps & Bumps program is lining up for a banner year. All our coaches are getting ready and eagerly anticipate the start of the program. We have an all-star staff with two former National Mogul Team members, as well as a former National Slopestyle Team member and Dew Tour Competitor, plus many returning coaches with a wealth of knowledge and experience. This season will be filled with events and opportunities to meet other families and athletes that share the passion of freestyle skiing. We will be holding several special and family events throughout the season. We have an amazing group of parents that are the heart and soul of the AFC and welcome everyone to come and help out. We will keep you posted and up to date on all events throughout the winter. So, if you haven’t already experienced the feeling of taking flight, felt the awesome speed of moguls ripping by, or just want to be a better all-round skier, come out and have some fun with AFC this season. Try it Free, yup you heard it - FREE ~ If you or a friend are unsure or new to the mountain, come around and see what we’re all about. We will be hosting two “Try Freestyle” days on December 20th and December 27th. This introduction is limited to 8 years old and above. If your athlete is younger and would like to come out, please contact Mark or Kenni and we will make the arrangements. This is a great opportunity for athletes to meet coaches, get some instruction and experience the AFC. We love to coach and love to share the experience with anyone who shares a passion for the snow.

Mason, Joe and Koleton training for Canadian Selects

AFC Highlights Congratulations Andi Naude AFC Alumni - 6th place in the World Cup Dual Moguls in Ruka Finland! This was Andi’s first competition of the season and the first competition as a member the Canadian Women’s World Cup Team. Expect to see great things from our amazing Andi!

Ryan being assisted by Coach Mark for his first rail hit of the season.


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Other Upcoming Events Apex Freestyle Club & BC Freestyle host the first provincial tour for mogul, big air, and slope style January 16th - 19th Timber Tour #1 a qualification event for the 2015 Canada Games, being held in Prince George from February 6th - 9th, 2015. Nor Am - FIS Moguls & Dual Moguls - Apex - Jan 21st - 25th A high calibre mogul competition only one level below the World Cup with 80 plus athletes from four different countries, and amazing representation by BC Athletes. Provincial, National & International Competitions a short 30 minute drive from Penticton! Volunteers are always needed & appreciated! Please contact Volunteer Team Leader Marnie at amtodd@telus.net These events are exciting to watch, so come out to share the excitement! For more detailed information or interviews, please contact Ronda Barzilay - Media Mom - Volunteer 1.888.847.6632 or cell 250.878.4272 or rondabarzilay@shaw.ca


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On The World Cup Mogul Circuit

with Andi Naude For the past few weeks, I have been up in Lapland, Northern Finland, just thirty kilometres away from the Arctic Circle! We had a great training camp prior to the first World Cup of the season held in Ruka. Every day we trained under the lights, as there was only a few hours of dim daylight. When we were lucky enough to see the sun, it was like a beautiful three hour long sunset. Apex’s Andi Naude, The first World Cup was a really 2014 Canadian National exciting dual moguls event. Everyone Mogul Champion on our team skied very well, with all six Canadian women placing in the top 12. I managed to win my first two duals, ending up in sixth place. I am really excited with this result, and only hoping to improve on it! Next up is the World Cup in Calgary on January 3rd! On the way home, we were fortunate enough to visit Santa’s headquarters. We saw some real reindeer pulling a sleigh and the official post office where all the children’s letters to Santa come in. Evidently, more than one million letters come in every year from all around the world! Not only is skiing is a great sport, it also takes me to fascinating places. I am really looking forward to spending the next few weeks up here at Apex. It is always such a fun and festive place during the holidays. One of the highlights for me is the torchlight parade, bonfire, and fireworks on Christmas Eve. I hope to see you all out there! Until next time, Happy Holidays!

N8 hitting the rails

Andi Naude (on left) finishes in 6th place in 1st World Cup Event in Ruka, Finland. Over 50 years in Business!

Jeff & Jennifer Van Os

250-492-8315 apexskishop@yahoo.ca One of the many athletes training on December 14th

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By Paul Girard, PT, CHT and Carmen Eberle, PT, CHT Paul Girard and Carmen Eberle are Registered Physical Therapists with Certified Hand Therapist designations. They operate a Hand Therapy Clinic out of Dale Charles Physiotherapy and also run Nurse Next Door Home Care Services throughout the South Okanagan.

We’re writing today about one of the most common reasons people seek physical therapy treatment. Most of the time pain is a big concern of our patients, so a good understanding of pain is important for treating it. Pain is a very interesting animal, and the study of pain has continued to lead us to new understandings. Things are much more complicated than the medical community used to believe. Historically, pain was thought to behave much like a simple electrical wiring in your house. When you flick on a light switch a signal travels along the wire up to the light and this flow of energy causes the bulb to light up. Anatomically, when the “pain fibre” nerve cell gets stimulated, it sends a signal up to your “pain centres” in the brain, and you have pain. And, this pain is protective - it is sending an urgent signal that tissue damage is occurring. Emergency!!! It turns out that is not really what happens. And, it also turns out teaching what we now know about pain can really help to reduce and manage it. Pain is an “output”. All pain, anywhere in humans, is decided by your brain - always. Admittedly, this is a process that is not fully understood, and yet we do know that it isn’t simply the structural/pathological model mentioned above. Nope - instead pain is now described as a complicated potential interaction of your body’s local, regional and central nervous systems. Pain is very much an individual thing, made up of physical, social and emotional components. With this reconception of pain, it becomes apparent that pain is not necessarily a measure of the state of the tissues - not necessarily an emergency, because we know pain is modulated by many factors. Especially as more time goes by - if pain becomes persistent - then pain actually becomes a pretty poor indicator of tissue health. Isn’t that crazy? We hope you are reading this and are skeptical. We hope you are asking how can pain not mean something is damaged in your body? A good answer to that question is perhaps better answered using real life examples. Have you heard of Bethany Hamilton? She is the surfer who had her arm ripped off by a tiger shark in 2003. When she was subsequently asked about the experience Bethany said, “It’s funny, you would think having your arm bitten off would really hurt. But. there was no pain at the time.” So, work that one out backwards, and you must agree that pain doesn’t have to be a measure of tissue damage. Compare the last paper cut you had to Bethany’s experience. Paper cuts really hurt. Two different pain perceptions with no direct relation to tissue damage. Weird, yet true. Again, pain is an output, and it doesn’t necessarily give you a true indication of the state of the tissues. Most people have heard of “phantom limb pain”, where an amputated part of the body hurts. Difficult to explain such pain as relating to the tissue when the tissue is no longer even there. Or, consider degenerative disc disease, disc bulges, disc herniation, or arthritis. There is ample evidence to now support these are not indications of pathology. Many people


have these “abnormal findings” without any pain or loss of function whatsoever. Therefore, we must sort out what kind of pain is occurring to best treat it. OK, so back up a step here. Many of us still can generally use the old model of pain being an indicator of structural tissue damage, and most of us follow along a similar path after injury. Let’s say you fall skiing and sprain your wrist. Tissue damage has occurred, and pain ramps up with this. This forces you to rest and recover, and over the next few weeks pain resolves as the tissues heal. The shape of this graph Pain/Tissue Injury depicts pain increasing with tissue injury, and reducing as tissues heal. The two variables coincide. This is your typical four to six Time weeks of recovery However, when persistent pain occurs, there is potential for exaggerated protective response of one or more of the myriad systems involved. It can be described as a turning up of the volume on your pain system, because it continues to incorrectly perceive a threat that isn’t there. And, a very real problem can be that the more the pain systems gets fired up, the more easily it can spiral into a feedback loop of increasing pain. Sadly, stuff that is not normally painful can become painful. Pain follows no rhyme or reason - it can be all over the place. This is referred to as “neuropathic” pain. We know now that the simple analogy regarding the light switch is actually much more complicated. The system can act more as if your kitchen light switch turns on the dishwasher while also opening the neighbour’s garage door and simultaneously reversing the Apex ski lift! Scary stuff indeed the fear associated with it can make the pain worse, too. The shape of this graph Pain Tissue Injury depicts pain no longer coinciding with tissue injury. Pain here is not a good measure of the structure of the tissues. The tissues are healed, but pain continues Time on in a bizarre manner. This is called neuropathic pain. In physiotherapy, the predominant pain presentation becomes the treatment focus. The good news is that our wonderful brains are indeed capable of change - our brains have what is called plasticity. People can resolve their neuropathic pain. Often just helping to educate patients suffering from neuropathic pain can be a catalyst to improvement. If we can break into the pathological mindset that something is broken, torn or ripped - when it is not - and help people to begin unwinding their neuropathic pain through various treatment techniques, things can normalize. So, if you have pain that is persistent, there is hope. Management and understanding of pain has come a long way in the past two decades.


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What is backcountry skiing/touring? There are a few ways to enjoy skiing in the backcountry away from the groomed runs at Apex Resort. Alpine touring in the backcountry requires alpine light touring boots, alpine touring skis that you need to attach skins on the base for climbing, releasable front hinged bindings, telescopic poles, personal beacons, proper clothing, avalanche awareness and good common sense of your ability and of the area you are going into. You need to know what you are getting yourself into before this adventure. You can use telemark equipment which is lighter, but requires a stronger skiing ability as you can ski through all kinds of snow conditions before you hit the POWDER SNOW ... I skied alpine skis as tele skis in the early 80’s, so I have some experience in this field. Now, there is light ski touring in the backcountry with the equipment being light and strong. It’s like over grown Nordic ski equipment for groomed tracks at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, but with wider skis with metal edges, bigger boots and bindings with large basket poles. The skis can be waxable or non wax, which I have a set of each as there are different snow conditions, and waxless skis works most of the time. When the snow is wet, waxless is easier then using klisters on your waxables. If you like waxing, which can be an art on itself, then waxable will be a faster ski. It’s really your choice as long as you have some knowledge of the conditions and your own limits. Light touring skis come in deferent side cuts from the traditional, being 69 mm tip, 58 mm waist, 63 mm tail and up to 210 cm in length, to the now in days of short and wide, being 89 mm tip, 60 mm waist, 78 mm tail and up to 190 cm in length, and some skis are even shorter and wider. In other words, light touring in the backcountry around Apex and Nickel Plate Lake that have marked mapped out trials can be for anybody from the recreational to the expert skier. I have skied in this area ApexMatters.com since 1970 and every time I go out, I have a great experience and a ton of fun. Okanagan Vista is the area that most people will tour around, as that trail system has beginner to advanced marked trails. It is located just 3 km from Apex going towards Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. There is parking there, although I wished Rick Tagert didn’t retire, the grader operator for Argo, as this year they did not open up the whole area for parking, which doesn’t make sense as people will now park on the road with logging trucks to contend with. Anyways, for more info on light ski touring in the backcountry and which equipment to use, call us or come by Peach City Runners on Main Street in Penticton. We will help you to enjoy another way of using the winter play ground that we have just a short drive away. Plus, our ski equipment is on sale from 25% to 50% off for the whole month of December! Ski you later!

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December Events Dec 20th - 21st – CANADIAN SELECTIONS – Come watch the best athletes in Canada compete on our World Class Mogul Site at Apex Mountain Resort. Dec 24th – CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATIONS – Join in on the magical spirit of Christmas with our Torchlight Parade, Santa Brings Gifts, and an exciting show of Fireworks all starting at 6:00 pm. Dec 25th – CHRISTMAS DAY – Regular hours of operation 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. 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 6:30 pm and another at midnight. There is a live band and big party at the Gunbarrel Saloon as well! Tickets on sale now! OTHER ACTIVITES - OPENING DATES APEX SKI BUS DEC 20TH - The Apex Mountain Resort Snow Bus will be running daily from Dec. 20th – Jan. 4th excluding Christmas Day. TUBE PARK DEC 19TH * - Open every day & night 10:00 am - 3:30 pm & 4:00 - 9:00 pm, excluding Dec. 24th, 25th & 31st. SKATING RINK DEC 19TH * - Open 7 days a week 10:00 am - 11:00 pm. NIGHT SKIING DEC 19th - Every night through to Jan. 4th, 4:00 - 9:00 pm, excluding Dec. 24th, 25th & 31st. *Tube Park, Skating Rink and Loop will be Open on Dec.19th weather permitting. **There is No Night Skiing or Tubing on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve. For bookings for the Tube Park or the Hockey Rink, call the office 1-877-777-2739 or email emily@apexresort.com


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From the Tech Shop to the World Stage

Congratulations to Ray Keetch, Apex Mountain Shop Manager, who was recently asked by the Canadian Snowboard Alpine Team to be their technician for the upcoming 2015 World Championships! Ray heads to Europe on January 4th to be the snowboard technician for the Women's GS and Slalom events. He has two World Cup races to get his feet wet, then the actual World Championships. The Canadian Snowboard Team will be based in South Tirol (Northern Italy). Way to go Ray! We've always known our gear was given a world class tune by you. So, it's about time we see you get recognized on a world stage for a job well done. Have a great time representing Apex and we can't wait to hear the stories!

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The Importance of Outdoor Education in a Community Lyndie Hill - Hoodoo Adventure Company On Saturday December 13th we hosted the Bear's Den Santa Rec Run to raise money for Naramata Elementary School's Outdoor Recreation program. We are proud to have raised $1727 for the school. I can't express enough how valuable outdoor education is for kids. Outdoor/Adventure Recreation includes a range of leisure, recreation, cultural or sporting activities undertaken in natural, heritage, rural and urban open space which offer opportunity for improved mental and physical wellbeing, educational gains, social development, building an area’s identity and understanding our environment. This style of recreation offers value to all parts of our community at all stages of life. By introducing such opportunities to the children we have the ability to create an adventurous culture in our community that can truly put us on the map. What is Outdoor Education you ask? Outdoor Ed impels participants into challenging and demanding situations requiring effort, determination, co-operation and self-reliance. It is a holistic form of education that can assist in education of the person as a whole; academically, physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically, providing opportunities to apply knowledge in real-life situations and enhancing the understanding of the relationship between humans and the natural environment. Programs within the school curriculum are said to be of valuable assistance as they operate outside the limitations that govern traditional and formal teaching and learning in schools by aiming to promote the development of the whole person as a social individual being, in a balanced and integrated fashion. This holistic approach challenges current forms of schooling which are considered to be competitively preparing their students for final exams, and placing vocational outcomes and tertiary entrance scores as paramount, rather than giving their students a total life experience to assist in the development of the person as whole. "Outdoor Education can expand an individual's personal potential within a week, a day or even a few hours. When you think about it, what else is there that can give us this profound a development? However, Outdoor Education is not just a stand-alone experience which is forgotten about after the adventure has occurred. It is something that can be used by teachers across the curriculum as a reference point for which to relate other subjects being taught. If a student and teacher have been out on the same camp for example, then they both have a reference point to tie learning to. Not to mention the class bonds that can be strengthened after such an experience. If self-confidence, social and emotional issues that a young student face are dealt with, then they are better prepared to take on the rest of their required academic tasks. It is proven that the more anxious or fearful someone is, the worse their working memory performs. Therefore, the effects of Outdoor Education can not only benefit the individual in their personal life but also enhance their academic performance across the curriculum." (Jake Candy, Somerset Outdoor Learning Centre NZ) I applaud Naramata school for thinking outside the box and not only recognizing the value in outdoor education, but to the parents and staff for putting in the effort to bring such a unique and exciting opportunity to their kids, an opportunity that will have a huge impact on not only their lives but on their community.


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ir Ride Chuckles ChaGood Clean Fun For Everyone! The First Christmas Joke of the Season ... A man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing ... forty-five years of misery is enough”. “Dad, what are you talking about?”, the son screams. “We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer”, the father says. “We’re sick of each other and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Leeds and tell her”. Frantically, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone, “Like hell they’re getting divorced”, she shouts, “I’ll take care of this”. She calls Scotland immediately and screams at her father, “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, “DO YOU HEAR ME?”, and hangs up. The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. “Done! They’re coming for Christmas and they’re paying their own way.” If you have a good clean joke to share in Apex Matters, email to apexmatters@telus.net.


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Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: David Bowie Album: The Best of Bowie Track: “Golden Years” For as long as I can remember, there has always been older group of skiers at each ski hill I have lived and worked at. My Dad was one of the originals from Tod Mountain and he taught me a wealth of knowledge in skiing. Just recently, I had the pleasure of talking with some of our local gentlemen and lady skiers. They have many golden tales of Apex’s past, which all are great to listen too. I sure hope I’m still making turns when I’m their age. Cheers to you Margaret, Bill, Dale & Fearless ... just to name few! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Tunes To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in.


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Apex Fire Brigade Update with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief Many of you may recall some of my previous articles where I shared short fire safety tips and many of them involved forest fires. Those who own property up here are affected by the very real threat of a forest fire. During this past summer, that threat became a close reality. At one point we were surrounded by forest fires. The first fire that started just above Apex Guest Ranch was the only one in which the Apex Fire Brigade (AFBS) participated in. We were called upon to do the road closures for the forest services actively fighting the fire. Many may not realize that any fire on crown land and forested area is the responsibility of the Above - Bomber plane flown by an Apex local. Below - Fire scene from “Ranch” fire. fire fighting services division of the Ministry of Forests. AFBS is responsible for the buildings and property within our protection area and we are jointly responsible for the interface. Of course, we are always willing to work together and help each other out in any way possible. Our brigade was on standby to evacuate the community if the call was made. The resort area was lucky enough to be far enough away that we were not even included in an alert. Many of the fire fighting crews actually stayed at the resort. If the wind direction was different, we may have not been so lucky. The next closest fire was the Boot Hill Fire by Nickel Plate Mine. This fire did move in the direction of the ski hill, but again it was far enough away. It also had many logging roads acting as fire guards, which helped to contain the fire. This was a real wake-up call. There could have easily been a fire right on our back doorstep. The forest was dry enough, as we all bared witness to. All it would have taken was a lightning strike or a careless discard of a cigarette butt in our vicinity and it all could have been different. With that said, I saw some truly great things happen in our community. Maybe you are listening! I saw trees close to cabins being de-limbed to the recommended height or higher, as well as being completely removed, which was another option. I saw some yards being “cleaned up” with the removal of flammable substances near structures and a general reduction of fuel loading. These small measures are more important than you may realize. Visit the government website for more tips on making your property safer from forest fires. The cleanliness of your property may determine whether you place gets saved or not. If you can’t Above - Blocking road for control traffic. Below - Plume of smoke from “Boot Hill” fire. save them all, then decisions get made as to whether a place is savable or not. Don’t be on the “not “list. Some may know what the green rock and red rock really mean. I would like to thank the men and women that fought the forest fires this summer. It is a really hard job. Apex is lucky enough to have one of the greats right here on our mountain. I was witness to some of his bombing runs. The sights and sounds of that big plane as it headed back towards town to refill with retardant after another successful run are still fresh in my memory. The bird dogs and the helicopters and all of the big planes were perfectly orchestrated with such precision that it left us all in awe. Have a safe ski season!

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Apex Property Owners Association News

“Working to protect and improve our alpine community”

By Julia Valenti, APOA Chairperson

First Social of the Season a Huge Success! The Rock Oven Grill glowed in delicate holiday lighting, cheery Christmas tree decorations hung from the ceiling, evergreen garlands graced ledges and the electric fireplace and candles on the tables created a warm and inviting homey atmosphere. Appetizer platters of coconut shrimp, chicken wings, vegetables and dips, pizza flatbreads, chips and salsa and hush puppies covered two central tables and drink tickets for a mere $5 each were ready to be sold just outside the door. At 3:30 on Saturday, December 13th, this was the scene that greeted members and non-members alike as they began filtering in for the Apex Property Owners Association’s first Social of the Winter Season. It did not take long to fill the room and it was quickly to capacity with over 60 attendees. There was much laughter and hearty greetings between Apexers who had not seen each other since hill closing in April. ANDREW ALLIN and his wife LYNN were among the first to arrive and Andrew immediately took on the task of making name tags for everyone as soon as they walked in and - modestly - slapping them on their chests. RICK VALENTI was next to assault everyone, greeting them with membership forms in hand and directing them to the table where APOA Board Treasurer BARRY LEIGH sat waiting to take their money. NIKKI KUHN (who did all the lovely decorating) and her staff of competent, friendly gals handled food service with a smile and even some hugs and the barkeeps - STAN and sidekick - kept people happily hydrated, sidling up to the bar with tickets in hand they had purchased from MARILYN and EMILY. CHEF RICK and his kitchen wizards pumped out the appies until the APOA budget was broken and a halt had to be called! At 4:30 APOA President JULIA VALENTI welcomed everyone and Vice President PHIL RATHJEN then spoke of the importance of the APOA and how it is a strong presence in addressing alpine issues, how it holds the key to creating an alpine community of people who are more than just neighbours, but can become friends and work together as advocates for the healthy preservation of the unique Apex alpine lifestyle. Next came two minute, or less, presentations by various factions of the Apex community: JAMES SHALMAN - Apex Resort; SHARON SOLA and LIZ - Apex Ski Club; MIKE POLYWKAN - Apex Fire Brigade; MYLEEN MALLACH - Apex Matters; GEOFF WATERMAN - Nickel Plate Nordic Centre; MICHAEL JOHNCOX - Apex Trading Post; PHYLLIS MATTHEWS APOA Board on Road Maintenance; BARRY LEIGH - APOA Board Forestry Update; and STAN DUCKWORTH - Apex Mountain Inn. Unable to attend were CHAD HENDERSON The Edge Bistro, DAVE KEELER - The Gunbarrel Saloon, and MYLES KARN - Apex Accommodations. It must be noted that when GEOFF WATERMAN announced he had 5 free passes to the Nordic Centre, he was immediately swarmed and hugged into a standstill by three very aggressive middle-aged women, those being JILL LINDSAY, DARLENE MARVIN and LYNN ALLIN, as far as this writer’s memory. If it was not you gals, it was others quite similar - in middle age, we all begin to look and act the same!


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Upon an announcement of “The GROOV-A-MATICS” playing at the Rock Oven on Sunday, December 21st, PHIL RATHJEN immediately did a hand stand and proceeded to dance, something he has been known to do every time the Groov-AMatics play. That got a good laugh. RAY KEETCH from the Apex Mountain Shop walked in late as he was closing up shop and since he had been scheduled to speak was given the mic for his two minutes of fame. 22 memberships were recorded for a total fleecing of $660. A HUGE thank-you to all who donated their $30 for the 2015 season’s membership to the APOA: Renewed Memberships ~ ANDREW and LYNN ALLIN, RON CLARK, LYNN and LYNDA CORSCADDEN, ANDY CUMMING, ARNIE and JOAN ERICSON, JAY and MYLEEN MALLACH, RICK and DARLENE MARVIN, RON and JOAN MASON, BRUCE and MARGARITA NODWELL, MIKE POLWYKAN, JOHN and DIANE PEW, BARRY and ANN RODGERS, MARG VAN OS, WALTER and LORNA WYLSOUZIL, STEVE WATSON and MICHELLE MARTINEAU. New Memberships ~ RAY FORTIER and CARMEN MILLER, MARTY and SALLY LIZOTTE, PAUL MEND and PAUL SMITH, GRAEME and JILL LINDSAY, WALTER and JANE MERRITT, TREVOR NORMAN and HEIDI TERAGUCHI, RALPH and LINDA WILLIAMSON, BARRY CLARKE and PAULA BARCHARD, PAUL BASSO and MAUREEN TAYLOR. It was a great afternoon. Wishing you more great afternoons this Christmas Season and into the New Year. Enjoy it all with family and friends - stay safe on the slopes, in the hot tub, on the dance floor and in the woods. You don’t want to miss a minute of Apex fun!

The APOA Social Event at the Rock Oven Grill on Saturday, December 13th.

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Take Control of Your 2015: Start with These 3 Steps

By Ryan Oickle, Peach City Massage What if your better self wasn’t so far away? So many of us come up with ambitious goals this time of year, but lack a proven plan for action. Do these three things below for a week, and I promise you won’t want to stop: 1. When you wake up, set the tone for the day. Try devoting at least five minutes to a conscious routine that includes: Appreciation for your many blessings, writing down your personal and career goals, and a quick burst of exercise to escape that foggy state. I recommend “The (6 min) Miracle Morning” template from Hal Elrod’s online blog post. 2. Start small, then build momentum. When our veterinarian explained how to brush our new dog’s teeth, he said just start by letting him sniff the toothpaste, then slowly go further in the process each day. For those of us who already brush our teeth, use this principle for anything you want to achieve! Run an extra 2 minutes a day, try one new type of vegetable each week, or start logging how much time you spend on Facebook, then cut it down by even two minutes a day. These are all examples of the “Compound Effect”, something I learned from Darren Hardy’s book of the same title. 3. Invest in yourself. Many people will spend $100+/month on cable or Groupon goods, but not on something they know will bring them lasting happiness. The Okanagan has so many skilled professionals that help people succeed every day. Have a health condition or just want to lose weight? Try working with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist at “Holistic Health in Balance” in Penticton. If you suffer from muscle pain or an old injury, give Peach City Massage a try. You can even become a priority-booking member Buy 5 and get the 6th massage free!

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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 2

By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Tour Guide Saturday, December 6th ~ At the end of a snowy workday at Nickel Plate Nordic, the sun decided to make a brief appearance. This appearance offered me the opportunity to snowshoe the “Gold Dust” trail, which offers up one of many excellent sunset viewing vantage points. And in my opinion, rivals any sunsets in the world! The tough work of preparing and breaking in of Nickel Plate’s snowshoe trails at the beginning of the season is usually carried out on Tuesday mornings by a dedicated volunteer crew. This, coupled with the fresh snow of the day, made “Gold Dust” a delight to snowshoe, as fresh snow makes for a much more airy and softer snowshoe feeling. Along the way, I cleared a few eye level branches, cut out a fallen tree, and stomped out a wider trail in key areas. Upon arriving at the trails westerly edge, I was served up a semi cloudy, but nonetheless, spectacular sunset which I stopped to thoroughly enjoy. I purposely won’t describe the awesome colours and the mood a sunset creates, especially in the winter, as you simply must experience this for yourself. From here, my plan was to continue snowshoeing “Gold Dust” to where it intersects with “Quick Silver”, turn right onto “Quick Silver”, which had not been broken in and which I would do. Upon reaching the intersection, the sun graciously gave way to dusk, which prompted me to put on my headlamp. I would be following fluorescent green ribbons, which hang from branches or are wrapped around tree trunks and can be hard to distinguish at times, especially in the dark when the lime green moss hanging from trees can be mistaken for ribbon. I would also be following small snowshoe signs which are attached to tree trunks, with only the light from my headlamp, which I might add, is very bright. I had pre-planned that if I lost the trail at any point, I would simply retrace my tracks back to “Gold Dust” and then back to the lodge. Some sections of “Quick Silver” were difficult to find and a few times I was tricked by the aforementioned “lime green moss” and at times I thought of turning back. But, I persevered and successfully completed breaking in the trail back to the lodge. This snowshoe adventure was different, challenging, and as always, enjoyable!

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Snowshoe Tip ~ No matter if you are snowshoeing for an hour or a day, be prepared and carry a backpack with at least the basic survival items. Check the Apex Matters online archives for my articles for a more detailed list of backpack necessities. Snowshoe News ~ I will be leading beginner snowshoe tours this year at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. More information will be available soon on the Nickel Plate Nordic website at www.nickelplatenordic.org and on my own website at www. dionstours.com. I am excited about this one ... a Norwegian snowshoe company is sending me a pair of newly designed snowshoes to demo. I plan on putting them through the proverbial “ringer”, so that I may honestly review their performance. Stay tuned for this review in a future Apex Matters article. Shoe you later!

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SALES & SERVICE Your Complete Bike Store The South Okanagan’s Family Bike Shop Mountain, Triathlon & Road Bike Specialists


300 W. Westminster Ave.


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Davis Contracting The Outer Edge JohnPremier Apex Builder ~ Since 1994 with the Apex Ski Patrol

Watch for Signs & Closures As we all dash out the starting gate of a new exciting season ahead, searching to experience those days to remember, sacrificing to Ullr as we always do ... please remember the Alpine Responsibility Code. Can you fill in the blanks below?

Strata Maintenance & All Repairs

Skidsteer Service ~ Excavation, Backfill, Site Prep & Driveway Grading

John (Diesel) Davis ~ 250.490.7952 johndaviscontracting@gmail.com

our focus is your ride

GET FAT this Winter! Puzzle courtesy of the National Ski Areas Association & North Pole Design.

In the early season, everyone must ride with caution and look for unmarked hazards. The Apex Ski Patrol work daily to ensure that each run meets specific safety standards. That means, runs are closed for a reason. They may look really tempting, but there could be jagged rocks underlying what appears to be a sweet blanket of untouched powder. Keep your eyes open for flagged rope across the entrance to any area. Respect the closed runs, they are not patrolled. If you are injured, we will not know you’re there.

Be Aware! Ride with Care!

533 Main street Penticton, B.c. Keep your eyes open for signs & flagged rope across the entrance to any area. Runs & parts of the mountain are closed for a good reason.

PH: 250-493-0686 freedombikeshop.com


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Accent Fireplace Gallery

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Let’s face it … your hair didn’t look that good anyway.

Wear a helmet!

Photo courtesy of Apex Mountain Resort

South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society #2 - 996 Main Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5E4 Ph: 250-490-0613 Fax: 250-490-3912 Email: info@sosbis.com Website: www.sosbis.com

Wine Barrel Furniture & Fire Pits Keeping you warm, comfortable & in style! 1295 Fairview Road, Penticton


Our service will not be beat! Your BBQ Destination

with Accent Fireplace Gallery Specialists Accent Fireplace Gallery is now your South Okanagan BBQ Destination! We are currently receiving huge shipments of the new 2015 Barbecues from Jackson, Weber, Broil King and Napoleon. In fact, all our 2015 BBQ stock should be here by mid January. We are also the Weber authorized repair centre. We have a price match guarantee and delivery is available too. We invite you to come on in and check out our showroom. We are also now furnished with stylish Wine Barrel Furniture & Fire Pits from The Rustic Barrel, just to keep you warm, comfortable and in style any time of the year. You may be thinking it’s a little early for BBQ’s, but we are ready no matter what the weather. Open 9-5 Monday-Friday and 10-4 Saturday // 250.770.2903. 1295 Fairview Road in Penticton // accentliving@shawbiz.ca

New items from “The Rustic Barrel” on display now in the Accent Fireplace Gallery.

Thank you Apex!

The Canadian Snowboard Women’s Alpine Team would like to send a special thank you to all the staff at Apex Mountain Resort for being such amazing hosts when the team trained here the last week of November. A special thank you to James Shalman for going above and James & Candian Women's SB Team beyond to help make it happen and to Ray Keetch for providing his expertise to the team for the week. The team would also like to give a shout out to Riverside Fitness and Health and Andre Blais for helping out with their dry land training. Next stop for the team is Carezza, Italy for the first Parallel GS World Cup of the season. We definitely hope to be back at Apex in the future!! Thanks again to everyone, Apex is an amazing hill! From Ariane Lavigne, Caroline Calve, Marianne Leeson, Rob Roy - Coach, and Shandia Cordingley - Team Physio

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PH: 250-493-0686 freedombikeshop.com

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For Snowshoes & Thule Roof Racks ...

Jason Wagner 250.490.8815 dochook@shaw.ca #102 - 2595 Skaha Lake Road in Penticton


Winter Driving Tips

By Myleen Mallach Snow and ice push our driving skills to the limit. Do you know how to drive properly in winter conditions? The following tips could save you from problems when you are out on the road: • Maintain a safe following distance. It takes longer to stop on a slippery road. Look ahead and keep plenty of distance between you and other cars (at least four seconds). • Drop your speed to match road conditions. The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. In winter, it is safer to drive below the posted speed. No matter how much experience you have, the way your car will move on snow or ice always has an element of unpredictability. My dad always told me to stick to 60 km/p in fresh snow for enough momentum to go and enough control to stop. • Watch for black ice. Slow down when approaching possible icy spots, such as shaded areas and bridges, as these sections of road freeze sooner than others in cold weather. Watch for “black ice”, areas of the road with a thin, almost invisible coating of ice, as it can cause your vehicle to suddenly lose traction, braking and cornering control. • Accelerate and brake slowly. When starting from a stop on slick roads, start slowly and accelerate gradually to maintain traction and avoid spinning your wheels. When stopping, plan well in advance, apply the brakes gently and slowly add pressure rather than braking suddenly. Pumping your brakes gently is always a good practice to follow. • Avoid sudden moves. Slow down and steer smoothly and gradually to avoid skidding. Accelerate gently, turn slowly, and brake carefully and early. Avoid unexpected quick movements that could put you in a spin. Anticipate turns, stops, and lane changes well before they occur. • Know how to handle a skid. A skid happens when your wheels slide out of control on a slippery surface and is a result of driving too fast for road conditions. If you start to skid, ease off the brake or accelerator, look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to oversteer. If you are on ice and skidding in a straight line, step on the clutch or shift to neutral. • See and be seen. It is critical for drivers to see and be seen in low light conditions, and when blowing snow impairs visibility. Always drive with your headlights on. • Be extremely cautious when approaching highway maintenance vehicles. Maintain a safe following distance behind snow plows and salt or sand trucks.. These vehicles throw up snow and spray, making it difficult to see. • Pull over whenever traffic is lined up behind you. This is probably the single most important and respectful thing any driver can do, especially in the winter time. If you are traveling at slower speeds for your own peace of mind, but see a number of vehicles on your bumper, simply pull over and let them pass. Many times this may only need to be an indicator light and a slight deceleration. Winter conditions and vehicle performaces vary ... respect your fellow drivers. • Practice. Get out and drive in the snow and ice. Know what your vehicle is capable of and what you are comfortable with. The more you drive in winter conditions - the better of the winter driver you’ll be. Young or new drivers should always practice in an empty snowy parking lot or back road.


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Christmas Word Scramble Unscramble the lettersAnswer to findkey words which18. have to do with Christmas. on page Some of the words have religious meanings, others are secular in nature.

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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 18.

Snowballs or Snow Angels?

Send in yours to apexmatters@telus.net Throw a “snowball" at someone for not so good actions, like dumping furniture at the garbage bin or send a “snow angel” to another for doing a good deed, like picking up after their pet. (Please Note: Some discretion on inclusion may be involved.)

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Apex Matters Photo Gallery - Full page each issue Courtesy of Shaun Kennedy ~ 250.487.1368 ~ www.MomentsUnderFrame.com