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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Volume 13 : Issue 2 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

Late December 2015

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Quick Facts: 2000 copies are printed twice a month from December 2015 through March 2016. Distribution covers Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton & Summerland. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com

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Christmas & New Years at Apex By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters

I encourage everyone to take a drive up to Apex, definitely for the day, but preferably for a short holiday close to home. There is so much to do and enjoy over the holidays for everyone of every age. My favourite holiday tradition is joining in the magical time on Christmas Eve, watching the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, then seeing Santa with my kids and visiting around the bonfire with family and friends. And, New Year's always brings guaranteed great times at the Gunbarrel Saloon. Parents: Check out the New Kids Program offered by Apex Lodging for New Year's Eve, as well as the Kids Camps through Apex Freestyle Club, Apex Ski Club, and Apex Snow School. Have A Merry White Christmas & A Snowy New Year!

Wishin g Every one A Safe & Happ y 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. 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. Great Food. Great Service. Great Times. gunbarrel@shaw.ca

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Photo by Callium Smith of Preserved Light Photography - www.preservedlightphotography.com

“Like us” on Facebook! All of our combined Facebook Friends qualify for a Free Day Pass Draw happening on Christmas Eve. Like us both today & you could win! Winner TBA on Facebook & in Apex Matters. The December 9th winner was Mathew Griffiths! Brain injuries can turn your world upside down. Protect yourself ... wear a helmet! 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

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 $98 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 a great cause. Help us to help raise funds for the great volunteer firefighters of Apex!

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

Linda Williamson

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December Events Dec 18th – Rail Jam – Apex season kick-off Rail jam will be held in the night park on Okanagan Run at 5pm-7pm, ($5.00 entry fee) there will be prizes to give away!! Dec 17th - 20st – CANADIAN SELECTIONS – Come watch the best athletes in Canada compete on our World Class Mogul Site at Apex Mountain Resort. Dec 24th – CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATIONS – Join in on the magical spirit of Christmas starting at 6pm with our Torchlight Parade (sign up in the office), Santa Brings Gifts, and an exciting show of fireworks. Dec 25th – CHRISTMAS DAY – Regular operational hours from 9am-3:30pm. Bring the whole family out for a day on the slopes! Dec 31st – NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS – Start off the New Year right with a family show at 6pm and another at midnight. Jan 2nd – Apex Post Xmas Rail Jam will be held in the village in front of the Gunbarrel Saloon, there will be prizes to give away!! $5 dollar entry. OTHER ACTIVITES - OPENING DATES APEX SKI BUS DEC 19TH - The Apex Mountain Resort Snow Bus will be running daily from Dec.20th – Jan.4th excluding Christmas Day. TUBE PARK DEC 18TH * – Open every day & night 10am- 3:30pm, 4-9pm excluding Dec.24th, 25th & 31st. (Weather permitting) SKATING RINK AND LOOP DEC 12TH * – 7 days a week 10am - 11pm Note* Hockey rink closes due to private bookings - check website for current hours. NIGHT SKIING DEC 18th – Every night through to Jan.3rd , 4:00pm - 9:00pm excluding Dec.24th, 25th & 31st. *Tube park, skating rink and loop will be open on Dec.18th weather permitting. **There is No night skiing or tubing on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Eve. For bookings for the tube park or the hockey rink call the office 1-877-777-2739 or e-mail events@apexresort.com

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

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

Nickel Plate Nordic News

Check out the Nickel Plate snow report on the new updated website at www.nickelplatenordic.org. Registration is open! Visit http://nickelplatenordic.org/feesrentals/ for more information and register online at Zone4. Looking for a great gift Idea? Nickel Plate Nordic has gift certificates available! Please inquire at the Ticket Office. For up-to-date weather information at Nickel Plate, please visit: http://www.yr.no/place/Canada/British_Columbia/ Nickel_Plate_Mountain/

Nickel Plate Snowshoe Group

The snowshoe group meets Tuesdays and Sundays at 10 am at the Ticket Office. An informal carpool meets daily at 9 am in the day lot across from Home Hardware in Penticton.

Thank You!

Thanks to all who made our annual “Welcome Day” a success! The parking lot was almost full for such a blustery winter’s day. Over 25 people took advantage of the free lessons (thanks instructors!) and guided tours. Lots of families tried skiing for the first time. The BBQ and food were outstanding once again. Many thanks to all of the volunteers for this event.

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Waxing Trailer

During the 2014-15 ski season, the Nickel Plate Junior Racers held a successful “Skiathon” to raise money for a new waxing facility at Nickel Plate for use by all members. This project was undertaken in the Fall of 2015 and completed in time for the 2015-16 season. Many thanks to the donors, parent volunteers, and the Junior Racers and coaches who skied 130 laps of a 3.5 km loop for two hours. PLEASE NOTE: The waxing shed across from the main lodge is for use by all members / skiers. It is heated and spacious! The total amount raised for the wax room was $7,096. Thank you to the following sponsors, as well as those sponsors not listed below. Platinum >$500 • Darke Creek Carpentry • Tom & Leslie Evans • T&B Medical • Tim & Ingrid Musselman Bell • Charlotte & Murali Venkataraman • John & Melanie Wilke Gold >$250 • Brad Benson • Brent & Cathy Harrold • Rick & Karen Selles • White Kennedy Accountants Silver >$100 • Aarde Environmental • Jenny Albrechtson • Anonymous • Alana & Colin Buckingham • Steve Hardwicke • David & Michelle Kinkade • Diana Forte & Ryan Moseley • David & Sigrun Novak • Pro Physio • Sue Severide • Kyle & Gillian Stevens • Mike Townley • Tanya & Lloyd Westby Bronze >$50 The new waxing shed with • Dr. Steve Davis waxing forms. • Naomi Delury & Trevor Robinson • Jane & Pierre Drapeau • Kathryn Golbeck & Francois Jacques • Audrey Perry & Sean Dougherty • Troy Pinsonneault • Richard & Karen Tatham • Jane Compardo & Steve Tolnai

Left - The BBQ crew at Welcome to Nickel Plate Day. Right - Post-ski treats at Welcome to Nickel Plate Day. Thanks again to all the volunteers!

Linda Larson, MLA

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

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Find Winter Freedom on a Fat Bike!

Introducing a new healthy lifestyle choice this winter season ... Ride A Fat Bike! You can now rent a Fat Bike from Freedom the Bike Shop and see for yourself just how much fun this is. As ad space below displays, if you love bike riding you can now ride all winter long and in the snow too! Freedom has 9 Fat Bikes available to rent: 2 kids size bikes (1-20” and 1-24” wheel); 3 medium Specialized Fatboys; and 1 large Fatboy. The rental rates for these are $30 for 2 hrs or $60 for 1 full day. They also have 3 Bosch-electric assist Fat Bikes, called the Felt Lebowske’s, available in 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large. The rental rates for these electric assist Fat Bikes are $50 for 2 hrs or $80 for 1 full day. This makes for a perfect Christmas Gift for the whole family to enjoy! Freedom the Bike Shop is currently working on having their fleet of Fat Bikes available to rent at Apex, so keep your eyes open on the mountain. In the meantime, the Fat Bikes are available to rent from their shop located at 533 Main Street in Penticton. (Please Note: The shop will be closed from Dec Nickel Plate Junior Racers Skiing Panorama 25th - Jan 25th as usual for a much needed Winter Holiday.) For more information on the Fat Bike and options for renting and Nickel Plate Ski Clothing where to ride, speak with the knowledgable staff at Freedom Nickel Plate ski clothing for 2015-16 is now available through the Bike Shop located at 533 Main Street in Penticton. Hayman Sport and Jakroo. Orders placed before December 15th will be received by the end of the month. Group pricing is available if 6 or more order the same piece. Jackets, training pants, and race suits are available, and hats will be available soon. Sample sizes are available to try on in back of Ticket Office. Please go to: http://shop.jakroo.ca/NickelplateNordic-2016

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Nickel Plate Nordic is hosting the Nordic events for the BC Winter Games during February 25-28, 2015. We are in need of volunteers. Volunteers must register through the BC Games website and indicate the specific sport they will support as a volunteer. To support Nickel Plate, choose these two options: cross country skiing / cross country skiing paranordic. The link to register as a volunteer is https://www.bcgames.net/ pnt2016w/DesktopDefault.aspx

Weather, Snow and Grooming Conditions

Wondering about Snow and Weather conditions at Nickel Plate? For daily reports on grooming, snow, and real-time weather, please visit our website at www.nickelplatenordic.org and click on “Snow Report” and “Current Weather”. Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is on Facebook (Nickel Plate Nordic Centre) and Twitter (@NickelPlateXC). Follow us for regular updates.

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News from Apex Freestyle Club A very Merry Christmas and best wishes to all of you from AFC may Santa and Mother Nature work together to bring us all lots of snow and days filled with sunshine!

Do Not Miss the action as AFC kicks off with the 6th Annual Canadian Selections - December 19th & 20th. Aspiring Olympic mogul skiers from across the country will convene at Apex Mountain Resort for the Canadian Selection Event. This is the fifth year the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association has held the talent identification camp and competitions for its National C Team and provincial-level mogul athletes. The Canadian Selections is being hosted by the Apex Freestyle Club in cooperation with Apex Mountain Resort.

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Volunteers and fans are needed for these events! Please contact James Rykuiter to help our AFC athletes pursue their dreams and see them compete close up! jrykuiter@live.com A big thank you to our partners and sponsors that help make Apex Freestyle Athletes dreams come to true! Apex Mountain Resort, Penticton Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre, Nufloors Penticton, ViaSport, BC Government, BC Freestyle, Harris & Son Transport, Structurlam, White Kennedy Accountants, Covert Farms, ronda barzilay & associates, South Okanagan Concrete Products, Regional District of the Central Okanagan, Edge Bistro, Nick Parker, ECM Promotions, Apex Mountain Inn, Apex Whitetail Chalet, Canadian Freestyle, and Moduline Industries.

Other Club News Congratulations Andi Naude placing 9th in at World Cup Dual Mogul Event in Ruka, Finland!

Apex Freestyle Schedule of Events 2015/2016 Dec 16 - 20 ~ Canada Cup - Canadian Selections - moguls Jan 7 -10 ~ Timber Tour #1 - BC Freestyle - moguls | slope style | big air Feb 4 - 7 ~ Canada Cup - moguls | dual moguls Feb 25 - 28 ~ BC Winter Games - moguls | slope style | big air Freestyle 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 | cell 250.878.4272 | rondabarzilay@shaw.ca

Brayden training at Apex for Canadian Selections. (Photo by Ronda Barzilay)

It is not too late to register for Apex Freestyle! There will be a special Jumps & Bumps Camp on December 22 & 23 and also December 29 & 30. Anyone one 18 and under not registered in Jumps & Bumps can do a one day Try Freestyle on any of those days. Please contact me if you or anyone you know is interested. Kenni Kuroda - Head Coach & GM afckenni@gmail.com 250.490.1762

This is the first competition of the season for these athletes who have already had more than 20 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. Athletes in attendance for Canadian Selections will be from across Canada and countries including Japan, Australia, Korea and United States… With two days of competition starting at 9am on December 19 and 20, 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 19th & 20th. Apex Athletes competing: Brayden Kuroda, Mason Barzilay, Hayden Person, Max Todd, Kassidy Todd, Shaina Finlayson, Koleton Phipps, Joe Durham, Anna Spence, Madison Parker, Kyle Parker, Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Noah Spence, Jordan Kober, Chloe Kober, James Naude, Jamie Rykuiter. Provincial, National & International Competitions a short 30 Mason training on Kristi’s Run for Canadian Selections. (Photo by Ronda Barzilay) minute drive from Penticton!


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On The World Cup Mogul Circuit

with Andi Naude For the past few weeks I have been in Ruka, Finland, eagerly preparing for the first World Cup of the season! Ruka is located just outside of the Arctic Circle, and at this time of year, the sun barely shines. This made for a very unique and beautiful winter wonderland. When we were lucky enough to see the sun, it was like watching hours of stunning sunset! Prior to the competition, my teammates Apex’s Andi Naude, and I had a great six-day training Ranked 5th in the World camp; fine-tuning our skiing, as well For Women’s Mogul Skiing as adapting to the challenging course. This first World Cup was an extremely exciting dual moguls event. Everyone was pushing their limits and skiing very well. Unfortunately, my day ended earlier than I had hoped for, after losing a tight dual against my teammate and Olympic Silver Medalist, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe. That being said, I had a lot of fun out there and I learned a lot, which will only help me in the future. I am already itching to be back in the start gate at our next World Cup in Lake Placid, NY on January 14th! Now, I am heading home to enjoy the holidays with my family and friends. I am really looking forward to skiing some of the awesome snow up at Apex. See you out on the slopes, and make sure to stop and say hi! I can’t wait!

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Andi Naude competing at World Cup in Ruka, Finland. (Photo by Teemu Moisio)


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Carvers Corner

with Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director A big thank you to everyone who came out to the Warren Miller Movie Night on Thursday, November 19th. All the proceeds from this movie night support our Apex Ski Club. One of our main fundraisers each year is hosting this annual movie debut in Penticton and its always a great way to kick off the season. Great to see all those smiling faces, while reconnecting for the season ahead. A huge thank you to our title sponsor, Dr. Tom Rahkola of Carmi Dental Centre.

Join the Apex Ski Club ‘Carver’ Program

Now is the time to register your kids in our famous Carvers Program. All our coaches follow the successful Sport Chek Snow Stars Program, a skill development tool for young skiers ages 5-12 years of age. This 4 step program provides a pathway to the joy of skiing. This is the quality program that has made the Nancy Greene Ski League famous since 1968! The program is a very good value for money, as it is offered by the parent run Apex Ski Club. Children develop skills, and confidence, through skiing all terrain types, games, skill drills, jumps and bumps, and skier-cross. Our 11 week program runs on Sundays from 9:30am-3pm and starts on January 3rd. We also offer an additional half day program on Saturdays from 9:30am-12noon starting on January 2nd. You can sign up for both Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit our website at www.apexskiclub.com. The Sunday full day program is designed to give young skiers an introduction to the basic skiing techniques and skills, to develop the ABC’S (agility, balance, coordination, strength /speed) in as many different snow conditions and terrains as possible and most of all, to have fun on skis. Each year the children are invited to participate within their club in team and individual competitions. These events encourage new friendships in a fun and friendly environment, while demonstrating skills. Skiers must be able to demonstrate snowplow turns on easy terrain and be comfortable riding a ski lift. Our Annual 3 Day Christmas Camps are coming soon! They will be held on December 21-23 and December 28-30. Each camp runs 9:30am-3pm, with an hour for lunch to recharge. It’s great value, lots of fun, an opportunity to meet new friends for the ski season, and a way to develop skills on the hill. Only $99/camp. Register on line at www.apexskiclub.com.

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The Apex Ski Club invites you to join ...

Apex Carvers For Ages 5 to 12

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

3 Day Christmas Camps ~ $99/camp Dec 21, 22, 23 & Dec 28, 29, 30

11 Saturdays starting January 2nd Half Day ~ 9:30 am - 12 noon

11 Sundays starting January 3rd Full Day ~ 9:30 am - 3 pm

Children develop skills and confidence, through skiing all terrain types, games, skill drills, jumps and bumps, and skier-cross. The program is a very good value for money, as it is offered by the parent run Apex Ski Club. Register online now at

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Elsa Knutson skiing the Great Wall - Photo by Johnny Smoke

See you at the Apex Ski Club Cabin!

The Apex Ski Club Snake heading down the Okanagan Run.

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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.

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Secrets Of The Snow

This regular column looks for little known stories that will enhance your riding experience at Apex. If you have ideas for Secrets of the Snow, email JoAnne at apexmatters@telus.net. Photo by Callium Smith of Preserved Light Photography www.preservedlightphotography.com

Outdoor Hockey Returns! with Marc Tougas, Apex Hockey Organizer Apexhockey.com is once again hosting three outdoor hockey events at Apex Mountain Resort this season. All three tournaments will be held in January 2016. The 16th annual Shootout Hockey Tournament will be held January 7-10, with 10 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams. The following week of January 14-17 is the 12th annual Firefighters Hockey Tournament, with 20 teams Firefighters from BC, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California, along with 8 women’s teams are mostly from BC, with players that do fly in from all over Canada. The final tournament of the season is the weekend of January 28-31, being the 12th annual Shotgun Hockey Tournament, which is made up of 10 men’s teams and 8 women’s teams from BC, Alberta and Washington State. Proceeds from these and past hockey tournaments go to various local and provincial charities, as well as local Apex Mountain Clubs, such as the Apex Freestyle Club, the Apex Ski Club, and the local Apex Fire Brigade. We all look forward to enjoying the mountain activities. Many of these participants ski and board during the day, play a game of hockey, and then enjoy the atmosphere Apex has to offer. Many also bring their spouses and families too. A huge thank you to all the Apex property owners for their continued support in renting their accommodations to our visiting teams. Without your extended rental units, our teams wouldn’t be able to stay on mountain and support all that Apex has to offer. Thank you once again for supporting Apex Hockey and we look forward to supporting our mountain in return. For more information, please visit www.apexhockey.com.

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January 7-10 ~ 16th Apex Shootout Tourney January 14-17 ~ 12th Fire Fighters Tourney January 28-31 ~ 12th Apex Shotgun Tourney

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Tips To Doing ‘Sick’ Tricks

The terrain for riders at Apex gets better every year. This season, the highlight is sure to be the Claim Jumper Terrain Park after Rock Star Energy Drinks and Apex give it a makeover. As a mother of a snowboarder, the prospect of seeing my teenage son doing flips in Claim Jumper is pretty horrifying. For this week’s column, I scoured the internet for some of the best tips to get your rider ready for the c-boxes, rainbows and rails in the terrain parks. (He will surely kill me for writing this.) 1. Learn to ride the switch ~ This seemed to be the most common tip from all of the experts. Make sure you can ride a snowboard switch (lead with your opposite foot). Riding switch is a crucial building block for freestyle and park riders, as comfortably controlling yourself in both directions is a prerequisite for learning even basic tricks. (Thank you www.backcountry.com) 2. Trick selection ~ Don’t go for the hardest feature first. If you are ready to ride rails, start with a shorter rail that is low to the ground. Apex’s Prospector Terrain Park is designed for new park riders and riders who like to take it easy. (www.snowboardsecrets.com) 3. Get on a trampoline ~ Trampolining will not only increase your physical strength (especially your core strength), but it will also improve your spatial awareness and muscle memory for more advanced tricks. A lot of riders seem to trampoline or use water ramps in the off season. (www. peakleaders.com) 4. Shadow a rider ~ One of the best ways to approach any object in a park is to shadow a rider that is better than you. Simply follow them from a distance to get an idea of the amount of speed needed for the feature in the park and how to approach it. (www.snowboardsecrets.com) 5. Video and more video ~ Study video of the experts before you attempt any tricks. Get your buddies to GoPro you and watch your own video to see where you need to adjust. Check out our local riders on Slopestyle TV at www. youtube.com. There are tons of great tips on learning tricks online. From the basics of being fit and having the right gear to advice on how to get air and rotation. The bottom line is don’t go into the terrain park cold, do your research and get a private lesson from the certified snowboard instructors at Apex Mountain.


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Kids can now "Rock It" Year Round with Hoodoo Adventures Hoodoo Adventure Company will be opening an exciting new community facility that will host a variety of adventure activities including a 2000 square foot indoor climbing gym in downtown Penticton on Ellis Street. The facility is due to open late January with opportunities for all levels of climbers from beginners and kids to the avid Skaha Bluffs enthusiast. What does this mean for the kids of the community? Beyond having a fun and challenging indoor activity for the colder months, there are a ton of benefits that come with getting our kids out climbing. Kids tend to be natural climbers. They have a high strength-to-weight ratio - which means they have less body weight to haul up the wall than adults do - and their bodies are more flexible. They’re also not fearful (but if they are, that’s normal too), and they have fewer personal limits than adults do. Adults tend to think they know what their body can and can’t do. Kids are less likely to limit themselves this way. "Kids acquire all kinds of positive skills, because climbing requires a combination of creative thinking and physical output, less athletic kids often shine, surprising even themselves. Kids also learn problem solving. Climbing is a puzzle to unlock, sometimes requiring the ability to back off, look at the route anew, and start again", says Bobby Ferrari, owner of High Xposure Adventures in New Paltz, New York. Additionally, kids learn to focus, concentrate and persevere, essential for getting to the top. Along the way, they gain confidence, competence, strength and body awareness. At Penticton's new gym, instructors will also teach kids to belay which teaches safety skills and responsibility. Kids take that responsibility seriously and that is empowering. Whether kids start with an indoor wall or an outdoor crag, it’s critical they learn from a professional. Ages 5 to 7 are good times to start, but don’t be surprised if your child isn’t interested until later. Younger children will benefit from starting indoors, where outdoor distractions aren’t a factor. Go As A Family: Hoodoo Adventures' Program Instructors have a ton of experience working with kids, but also encourage parents to take an introductory class themselves to learn the fundamentals. You may not want to climb, but your kids will benefit from seeing you try something out of your comfort zone. You can role model how to learn and kids are supportive of their parents trying something new. Think Small: Beginning climbs should be short and simple, so kids feel successful. If kids display a fear of heights, don’t push them to . keep going. Scaring them can turn them off the sport. Try Bouldering: Bouldering is the art of climbing boulders or small cliffs, or just above the floor. Indoors, that doesn’t require being roped. Bouldering takes less endurance, offers instant gratification (no waiting around to tie in). If you think that Indoor Climbing is something that would benefit your family. Contact Hoodoo Adventure Company at team@hoodooadventures.ca for more information or to purchase a Gift Certificate for your family this Christmas.


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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 2

By Dino Giurissevich of Dino’s Snowshoe Tours & Adventures November 29, 2015 ~ Being socked-in in the valley for 3 days with temps below zero and knowing that the Apex/Nickel Plate recreation area offered sunshine and warmer temps, well that was incentive enough for me to head up for my first snowy “Fat Bike” adventure.

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For those not familiar with Fat Bikes a brief intro ... A Fat Bike is essentially a mountain bike with fat tires ranging in size from 3-5 inches wide and using tire pressures from 10 psi down to 3-4 psi, which makes riding on sand, mud and “packed” snow easier - similar to ATV tires. My starting point for this adventure would once again be the 3 Ponds parking lot, which was thankfully plowed out this time. After gearing up, I headed down the Nickel Plate service road which is used by snowmobiles to access their recreational areas. This firmly packed base is what I needed for Fat Bike enjoyment, as loose snow makes riding much more challenging and difficult. After about 15 minutes of riding this up and down section, I reached the famous “big rock” landmark junction which indicates a left turn is needed to get to Nickel Plate Lake. The big rock is one of many amazing “glacial erratics” in the area. The section down to the lake was quite a bit more challenging, as it was steeper and I had to carefully navigate through loose snow, but I managed to stay on my bike and had an exhilarating ride down to the lake. Arriving onto Nickel Plate Lake, I was greeted by firm and solid ice (though I dared not venture out from shore too far) with about 10cm of snow on top making for perfect traction for riding. Along with the warm sun and blue skies, an eerie fog hung low in one small area up at the far end of the lake - an idyllic setting in which to ride!

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My plan was to ride along the shoreline to the end of the lake and assess my route from there. About halfway along, I encountered a group of snowshoers who inquisitively asked questions about the Fat Bike while snapping a few pictures. Continuing on my ride, I was able to enjoy riding up and over some large snow-covered rocks which are exposed when the lakes water level is low. Upon reaching what I call the “dyke” end of the lake, I was pleasantly surprised to discover I was able to continue riding on the lake which was a much more quiet and enjoyable route than the route I thought I may have to take, that being the main Nickel Plate Road. Now, I was on the opposite side of the lake from where I started and circumnavigating Nickel Plate Lake was becoming a reality. Upon reaching a point about 200m from where I first entered the lake, I spotted another group of snowshoers and also had a brief chat with a mother and son who had just finished a campfire lunch of wieners and beans. It was so nice to see so many people enjoying a truly magnificent recreational area on such a beautiful day! From here I made a decision, to hike-a-bike up a short steep hill to join up with the road I originally came in on. After 10 minutes of wading through thigh deep snow (thankfully I had my gaiters on), I reached the road and within another 10 minutes was back at my truck. Truly, a most enjoyable Fat Bike adventure! I look forward to exploring other trails. December 5 & 6, 2015 ~ Snowshoed up to the top of a local mountain, which I will reveal in the next article, with my friend Pierre, to build an igloo. Again, stay tuned for that story and the igloo location.

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Apex Property Owners Association News By Julia Valenti, APOA President

The APOA Social held on Saturday, December 12th was a fine success with about 65 braving the gusty snow fall to gather in the Rock Oven Room from 4-6 pm with a few late stayers that vacated closer to 7pm. Staffer Marilyn provided copious and varied appetizers that included two trays of her lovely home baked goods. Christy sold the drink tickets and they were turned in to the bar in exchange for $5 beer, wine or highballs, served up by happy Lachy and Stan. The room was lit with Christmas lights, log fireplaces burned on the TV screens, Christmas music played on the house system and two electric fireplaces provided cozy ambience and warmth. There was even a campfire burning outside that looked so nice against the snow coming down. 16 membership renewals were received. President Julia Valenti gave a brief welcome and update on logging and a then made the rounds of the room garnering thoughts from the attendees about the Apex lifestyle, concerns and/or accolades, the point being to understand where the APOA can best focus its energies. Those comments are as follows: Garbage and Recycling Area ~ 1) A sign needs to be posted that there is no dumping of furniture, appliances, mattresses or construction waste. 2) Have 1 or 2 days designated as “bulky item” drop off for the stuff people now continually dump illegally. 3) Concerned about moving the waste area form where it is do not want to pay for that. Maintain it and manage it where it is or move it to the levelled area below Sheeprock Lodge and it could even be a drive-thru. For businesses to haul their waste out of the village to another area would be a hardship for them. 4) Solid waste management is so long overdue. We are now non-compliant and this should have been taken care of 15 years ago. Snowmobiles ~ 1) Uncontrolled - they use Strayhorse Trail illegally all the time -- this from 4 people. 2) Noise - illegal riding on the roads, tearing around too fast, some drivers too young, are people compliant with required licensing. Apex Resort ~ 1) We need new owners -- this from 2 people. 2) Would love to see some expansion. Argo Road Maintenance ~ 1) They need to respond to calls for gravel trucks in a timely manner - have called in and no trucks arrive. 2) When calling in, the Argo employee is unfriendly, curt and has a bad attitude - lacking in customer service skills. 3) In meetings with Argo, the needs of those that live and recreate up here are not taken seriously. PIB ~ 1) The PIB neighborhood is a disgrace - big trash piles and old cars everywhere. What must the tourists think? Clean it up. Recreational Drivers ~ 1) They come out of the Nordic area too fast past the Snowflake parking lot. There are kids and dogs there all the time - very dangerous. There needs to be a sign saying “Slow Down, Congested Area”. Apex Mountain Inn ~ 1) Utility costs are going up within the next year and these costs are disproportionate in comparison to other stratas. Cost increase seems unjustified. Ski Hill / Lift Operations ~ 1) On powder days, get the patrollers on the hill earlier so the lifts can start running at 9 am. Sometimes the lifts don’t even get started until approaching noon. Management and patrol have to work together more efficiently and get the lifts running at 9, as they rightly should be.

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www.ApexPropertyOwners.com Apex Lifestyle ~ 1) Would rather live here full-time than anywhere else - Vitamin D levels are through the top! 2) A fabulous place. 3) Come up here to get away and love it -- this from 3 people. APOA ~ 1) Keep doing what we are doing and try to get more membership using our Facebook page. 2) Thank you so much for all that you do to represent us re: logging -- this from 2 people. Green Mountain ~ 1) Replant it. Recreationists ~ 1) Find a way to count how many recreationists use this area year round, so that there are accurate numbers to show the Ministry that there is a serious conflict with logging here and that recreation counts. Logging ~ 1) Trucks on road a serious safety issue and a real scare for a lot of people -- this by 3 people. 2) Clear cutting in recreation area is not right -- this by 2 people. 3) Logging in recreation area is threatening any and all recreational values up here. 4) Hauling of timber should be completed before the ski season opens. 5) Loaded trucks are turning left at the ranch and they are supposed to turn right. 6) Trucks stop at the Strayhorse pull-out any time day or night and are left running while drivers put on/take off chains and this is disturbing people. Apex Community / Culture ~ 1) We need a spark, some events to participate in, i.e. even a simple bonfire for families, a luge track, fun nights out separately for guys and for gals. 2) Hill is tight with money and won’t provide events. 3) People come up and do not get involved in the community, they stay in their condos or cabins all the time. 4) Gunbarrel food quality is inconsistent. The Rock Oven isn’t even open this year for food service. The Resort offerings are getting worse. 5) The Fire Brigade needs 5 or 6 new members - those that have been involved for years are getting tired. 6) We all love it here, we are property owners, why aren’t we creating a sense of community? Three Definitions of Community ~ 1) The people living in a certain place (as a village or a city). 2) A group of people with common interests. 3) A feeling of caring about others in a group. With all the concerns stated above, with the clear-cut logging going on unabated and seriously threatening our recreational trails and the lifestyle we love, with only 7% of the possible 700 plus property owners represented in the APOA membership, it would seem we are losing our sense of and the ability to create


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“community” up here. A vibrant community is healthy, uplifting, inspiring and enjoyable for all. Many are troubled by what they see as a decline in the health of the Apex community. What do YOU think? What can you suggest be done? The APOA Board will be exploring this issue as the season progresses and welcomes your feedback. Please e-mail Julia at rjvalenti@ nethop.net with your comments, all of which are recorded as anonymous. Finally, there is one suggestion to be made here, right now, that would go a long way in building community and that is JOIN THE APOA. We are the ONLY stakeholder group that has the ability to represent the property owners to the Ministry of Lands, Forests and Natural Resources re: clear-cut logging, the RDOS re: snowmobiles and waste management, plus other concerns in Area “D”, Argo Road Maintenance and Apex Mountain Resort. A large membership shows we care about what we love - at 7% of the volume of 700 we COULD be representing, it shows appalling apathy. This organization was formed in 1994 out of a concern for preserving and protecting recreation and property values. That is the same focus today, 21 years later. The difference is, now, the threats to recreation and property values are stronger and coming faster. Over the past 7 years, property values have dropped a whopping 15%. The fabric of this community is fraying, as evidenced in part by low membership, which translates as a desire to not get involved. And, with village services lessening and fun activities offered by the Resort, outside of hill and trail use, being almost non-existent, we truly can question what IS Apex as a community. Give YOUR community a Christmas present - join the APOA and let’s start the process of rebuilding the foundation of this place we all love, as well as give your Board a little moral support as they continue addressing the needs realized 21 years ago. On a lighter note, have the most joyous holiday season with family and friends and while you are out there in the beauty, when you return to your cozy abode with the wood fire burning, please reflect on your blessings of having this fantastic place to enjoy these life bonuses. We are all so fortunate to be here.

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Apex Fire Brigade Update with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief As we are a non-tax funded Fire Department, we rely on donations for all of our gear. We are continually working hard updating and gathering used equipment to ensure that we have all of the necessary tools for the job. This summer we obtained more turnout gear. It is newer and provides us with a greater variety of sizes, so that we can outfit people with gear that fits better. Proper fitted gear ensures greater mobility when trying to perform the tasks required and this leads to better safety and efficiency. We also have a line on more SCBAs. This is important because we don’t have a fire hall and this equipment needs to be stored correctly. If the one person storing the 3 SCBAs we have is not around when there is a call, then we might not be able to access the equipment that we need when we need it. If we manage to obtain enough of these units, then those that have been trained for their use will store the SCBAs with their other gear and have it available to them at the time of a call. There is still a lot of equipment that we would like to acquire to help us do a better safer job, but a lot of it is extremely hard to find. Buying brand new gear and tools is not an option, because this specialized equipment is far too expensive considering our funding. We have differentiated between those items we need to have and those that we would like to have, so that we can continue to be responsible with our funding. Also, keep in mind that our future goals include obtaining a small lot to ultimately build a fire hall and get a suitable fire truck.

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As one could imagine, actual fire calls are quite rare. With an educated community, we can make it an even rarer occurrence. This is why I like to include safety tips in my articles. Fire departments now respond to a lot more than just fires. They respond to medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents to name the most prolific. Our department is less equipped to deal with either medical emergencies or motor vehicle accidents. So, with that said, I would like to focus on reducing motor vehicle accidents. Below are some simple tips to keep in mind that can go a long way to help you have a safe journey. The easiest and most important thing you can do is to reduce your speed! Even if you think the road conditions appear quite good; this can change quite quickly as you change elevations on a mountain road. Carry and use chains if the road is really bad and you have to travel. Have warm clothes in the vehicle in case you are not able to get to where you are going. Keep a first aid kit in your vehicle to help others or yourselves in the event of an emergency. Last but not least, never try and navigate this or any road if you are in any way physically or mentally incapable or prepared to do so. We would rather prevent these incidences than have to respond to them. Play safe ... till next issue!

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I would also remind the community that like some communities we don’t have bylaws that require residents to remove snow from all hydrants near their properties. This type of bylaw would not work in our community, as many home owners are weekend residents only. The village of Apex has 25 hydrants and 9 fire boxes and sometimes only two or three of our members are available to clear the snow. That is a lot of hydrants and boxes to clear. Please keep this in mind and if you notice one that has not been cleared out, please lend a hand and help clear it. Many non-member residents clear hydrants and boxes regularly, as it is for the safety of the entire community. I would like to commend them for doing this. One firefighter can only clear so many before they become too tired to even respond to a call.

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To resident and property owners in Apex, Heritage Hills, Lakeshore Highlands, Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, St. Andrews, Twin Lakes, Upper Carmi, Vaseux Lake, and surrounding areas. The Area D Governance Study, established to review and consider methods of improvement to local governance and services in your communities and surrounding areas is proceeding on schedule. The Governance Study Committee, made up of residents of communities throughout Area D, has been working with consultants, Leftside Partners, who have visited each community and who are researching and preparing a series of “Fact Sheets” which will describe and make the residents of each community familiar with the governance and services they receive.

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What services does the RDOS provide? What do they cost? What’s working? What’s not? Well, we’re right on schedule!

Fact Sheets ~ Rolling out during December & January. Read online at rdos.bc.ca or pick up a copy near you. Watch for posters.

Survey #1 ~ We need your feedback in February. Complete online at rdos.bc.ca or pick up a copy near you. Watch for posters.

Open Houses & Roundtables ~ Attend in Early March. Set up in 3 locations - Apex, Kaleden & Okanagan Falls. Watch for posters.

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Over the next two months (December and January), the Fact Sheets will be available on the RDOS website. In addition, printed versions will be available at locations in your communities. In February, residents will be asked to participate in the first of two surveys in order to provide feedback to the committee on the services and governance they receive. In Early March, residents will be invited to attend a Community Forum and Roundtable Discussion at which resident views can be further expressed and received. The Committee is encouraging as many people from each community as possible to participate in the study in order to get a clear picture of what is working well and what is not in the governance and services for Area D. What can you do to express your views? •

Keep yourself informed by regularly addressing the Area D Governance Study link on the RDOS website

Participate in the surveys - the greater the response, the higher the quality of the information gathered by the survey

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If you will be away for all or part of the winter, you can still participate in the Governance Study, including surveys, by regularly checking the RDOS website and also reading Skaha Matters and Apex Matters online for current information. Regular meetings of the Governance Study Committee are open to the public, and are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Club Room at Okanagan Falls Community Centre (Okanagan Falls School). Get Information. Get Involved. Have your say.

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Winter 2015/16 Already?!? By Denise Mend, Physiotherapist The snow has arrived, Christmas is only a couple weeks away and it is feeling like winter up at Apex and further down the road at Nickel Plate. Both places host many events each year, welcoming young and master athletes alike for races throughout the season. This year there is a special event that Penticton and area hosted more than thirty years ago. The BC Winter Games are making a return visit and volunteers are working hard to make this BC Games the best ever. Apex will host alpine and freestyle skiing events. Nickel Plate will host the Nordic event. Mark February 25-28 on your 2016 calendars! These athletes are the next up and comers of elite racers. There are many famous alumni of BC Games that have gone on to Canada Games, Pan AM Games and the Olympics. Maelle Ricker (snowboard cross), Kelsey Serwa (skier cross), Josh Dueck (sit skiing), Justin Dorey (halfpipe skiing) and of course Apex’s own Kristi Richards (freestyle mogul skiing) and Matt Margetts (halfpipe skiing) participated in BC Winter Games before going on to national team sports and eventually Olympic Winter Games. There will be races going on throughout the four days and plenty opportunity to see athletes in action. There are also many other sports being hosted in Penticton and Summerland, including figure skating, judo, karate and wheel chair basketball to mention a few. Over 2000 athletes and their coaches and families will be visiting Penticton for the event. Dale Charles and Sports Clinic Physiotherapy are proud hosts of the Games Medical Clinic (at the Sports Clinic site) and many of our staff are already volunteers for the games. Mike Yates is the Medical Director, Shandia Cordingley is the Medical Volunteer Chair and Denise Mend is the Physiotherapy Chair. Most of the rest of the staff will be helping out in one way or another to assist the athletes and keep them safe and healthy throughout the games. If you have any interest in volunteering for the BC Winter Games, please sign up through the BC Games Website. You can specify which area you want to help out with and a volunteer chair will contact you with your assignment. We still need many people to help out across all areas! Visit www. bcgames.net/pnt2016w/DesktopDefault.aspx Have a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year and hope to see you at the BC Winter Games venue! Denise Mend, PT has been an associate at Dale Charles Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic Physiotherapy for the past twenty years. Denise gets above the clouds every chance she can in the winter.

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helps achieve this better understanding of life and mankind. On the mountain one has time to stand, think and meditate at the endless vistas of snow. This is when we discover the great beauty of the world, the importance of mankind and the limited time we have left to enjoy it. The time has now come as the environmentalists believe, to throw away these ancients prejudices and turn as one human block to building a better world. But, even the great Teilhard de Chardin was denounced by other churchmen as a communist, a pantheist and as an evolutionist. Teilhard de Chardin saw everything that is noble in a human being. He spoke of this tangential energy that people have. It is the energy that has lifted mankind upwards ... “this thermodynamic, kinetic, electromagnetic, mechanical, radial, psychic energy which drives all the elements of the world upwards from their natural state of pure disorder“. From this random energy, mankind appeared, developed and has been developed and has been evolving ever since. It is only the individual’s human persona can limit this upward ascent by his or her life style, or by the absence of positive thought. The grandeur of skiing is that it promotes a healthy lifestyle, encourages better eating habits and ferments enlightened thinking in the stimulating friendships and discussions that one strikes up on the mountain, or in the chalet.

By Vince Rabbitte, Apex Ski School Emeritus 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 the way his writings were 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 thought and movement. He also thought that in everyone there are natural and social energies that will lead humanity towards a better life. He went on to say “that throughout the length and breath and depth of the world it is in movement that man can experience the vision of God”. He was able to see the whole knowable reality is a process of becoming and development. The one fault that he detested above all others was a rejection of life, a contempt of man and a fear of human effort. His entire book “The Phenomenon of Man“ deals with the outstanding uniqueness of man and his place in nature. In a sport like skiing, there can be no rejection 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 of Answer Key Remember, “that one kind life though in a tiny incremental manner. to the right is To Teilhard de Chardin, skiing would be in its simplest execution word can warm three for the Apex a true activity. The more developed neuro-muscular attributes winter months”. Matters Sudoku ~ Japanese Proverb Puzzle found and knowledge are, the more distinctive and enriched are the on page 21. lives of people in that community. Intellect develops when there is more creative energy in a group of people. Mind therefore Mon-Thur ~ 8am - 8pm is in a state of perpetually becoming more intellectualized by Now Accepting New Patients Fri ~ 8am - 5pm means of movement and motion. The sport of skiing helps us achieve this outcome: autonomous, independent, irreducible Exceptional General moral reality. The quality of our lives determines this. Teilhard Implant & Cosmetic was the one who loved the world in all its beauty, In fact, Le Dentistry Divin Milieu was dedicated to people who loved the world and all of humanity. He was outspoken when he wrote, “Religion must break out of the factious world of theologizing, quantitative Dr. Sylvain Marino Dr. James Jung sacramentarianism and over subtle devotional practicing and 185 Front Street 250.493.6724 www.pentictondentist.com ally itself with the forward thrust of mankind“. I believe skiing

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DO YA THINK? The controversial column anonymously written with the purpose to get you to think of your own opinion, for yourself to benefit. This house believes in Santa Clause ... Do you? I don’t know about you - but I am sick and tired of Santa Controversy ... It’s everywhere ... Somehow, some way, somebody has a grumble, gripe or plain senseless complaint ... Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, or simply “Santa”, is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, brings gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24th. The modern figure of today was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, was part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas. According to a tradition which can be traced to the 1820s, Santa Claus lives at the North Pole. (Wikipedia 2012)

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I chose to believe that there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist. Those things abound and give to your life it’s highest beauty and joy. Don’t believe me? Write to him ... Santa Clause, North Pole, Canada HOH OHO He WILL answer you! How utterly dreary would our world be if there were no Santa Claus! There would be no child-like faith, no poetry, and no passion to make tolerable our existence. Santa Claus gives presents once a year without expecting anything (except good behaviour) in return. What a wonderful thing to teach our children! How is this damaging to your child ... for I believe Santa lives in all of us who give with an open heart. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Please send any feedback, comments or suggested topics directly to the writer by email to doyathink@live.ca

Do you really think we are negatively affecting our children by having them believe in Santa? I don’t. Do you think it that detrimental to a child’s wellbeing - to be given the experience of wonder and delight at the notion that a big, jolly, bearded man is flying through the night sky in a sleigh pulled by reindeer with Rudolf in front lighting the way? Furthermore, promoting the notion that if you were good little boys and girls this year, he will land on your roof, come down The Best Water In Penticton? your chimney, and leave you presents? I don’t. The H2O Stop U-Fill Station would like to challenge you to try Psychologists and their band of psych protectors rant and rave their water and decide if it is in fact “the best water in Penticton”. that “lying to your child about Santa can cause irreparable This new business located at #102A - 351 Westminster Avenue damage”. Irreparable damage? They go further to state, that across from the Bike Barn is proud to offer fantastic pure water hope and joy should be grounded in reality, not mythology; made by reverse osmosis. Water actually passes through three otherwise it becomes insubstantial and transitory. What’s carbon filters before it reaches your bottle to fill. When you wrong with rewarding good behaviour? What’s wrong with use this coin operated inside warm space, you get to enjoy the faith, fantasy, and dreaming? Perhaps, we should look at luxury of using the ozone bottle sterilizer before refilling. Plus, the ramifications of the new age child-rearing methodology? you also get the bonus of free caps with the purchase of a refill. What happens when our children lose the ability to dream and For just $2.00 for 18.9 gallons, exact change is not required, you can enjoy a warm and clean space the next time you go to fantasize? refill your water jugs. No long wait lines. Open 24 hours a day Are we so wrapped up in the negativity of life these days that and 7 days a week. Quick, easy, and on your way. we cannot even purport to the wonder of a holiday? Have we allowed, through assimilation of various imported cultural beliefs, and other religions/beliefs the forever alteration of something that has been a part of our history for years? I don’t know about you, but I for one remember the excitement of waiting for Christmas Eve, gathering around the radio and listening to CBC Radio as they “tracked” Santa. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking Santa’s travels via satellite for over 50 years! Oh, I must also mention that these trackings have consistently shown that Santa’s sleigh rides originate in the Canadian Arctic! So, he’s Canadian! Santa was declared a Canadian citizen (of course other Fresh water outlet across from Bike Barn. Clean inside space, with caps and sterilizer. Countries will argue ... as they jockey for the bountiful natural resources - translate: oil - in the arctic). Yes, it’s true! In MADE BY REVERSE OSMOSIS #102A-351 Westminster Avenue, Penticton FREE OZONE BOTTLE WASHER December 2008, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration FREE BOTTLE CAPS WITH FILL and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, officially designated Santa $2.00 FOR 18.9 LITRES as a Canadian citizen, with air rights to fly over the country at OPEN 24 HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK Across from The Bike Barn any time!

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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 19.

December 13 Answer Key

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Snow Hacks

Life Hacks are shortcuts or tricks that make life a little easier. Each edition, we will share a new ‘snow hack’ to make life a little easier at the hill. Email apexmatters@telus.net, if you have any suggestions for ski or snowboard hacks.

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Tunes to Turn to ... Cat Litter in a Sock

After a long day on the hill, you climb into your frozen car and hope your windshield doesn’t fog up too badly as you leave the parking lot. Try filling a sock with kitty litter and leaving it on the dashboard to soak up moisture in the air. (I haven’t tried this. Let me know if it works for you!) Thank you to the Jessica Probus at www.buzzfeed.com for this week’s Snow Hack.

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Great Cabin Recipes Peanut Butter-Brownie Pie

Prep Time: 1 hr Total Time: 3 hrs Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS: 1 pkg. (450 g) brownie mix / 1 pkg. (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding / 1-1/2 cups cold milk / 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, divided / 1 cup thawed cool whip whipped topping. HEAT oven to 350ºF. PREPARE brownie batter as directed on package; pour into greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake 30 min. Cool completely. Scoop out centre, leaving 1/2-inch-thick rim around edge and thin layer of brownie on bottom. Reserve removed pieces. BEAT pudding mix and milk with whisk 2 min. Add 1/3 cup peanut butter; mix well. Stir in cool whip. Spoon into crust; top with reserved brownie pieces. MICROWAVE remaining peanut butter in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min.; stir. Drizzle over pie. Refrigerate 2 hours or until pie is set. If you have a “Great Cabin Recipe” that you would like to share, please email to apexmatters@telus.net. Happy Cooking! Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2015 Okanagan Matters Publications.


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