Apex Matters Early February 2014 Issue

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications


Cheer on Penticton's Matt Margetts In Skier Halfpipe Olympic Debut!

Volume 11 : Issue 5 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

Early February 2014



Quick Facts: 2500 copies are printed twice a month from December 2013 through March 2014. Distribution covers Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton & Summerland. Full distribution route information, along with the current advertising package, is available at www.ApexMatters.com.

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Family Day at Apex Mountain Resort

February at Apex Mountain Resort is a magical time. We experience some of our biggest snowfalls, coupled with our mild temperatures, creating a winter wonderland for happy snow riders. Images of fresh powder and bluebird skies are what February is made of. What if we made a visit to Apex Mountain Resort even more enticing than that? How, you ask? How about deep discounts for your on-mountain getaway! That’s right, we are celebrating the calendar's newest stat holiday with big incentives to come up to Apex for winter fun. Here is a full list of what we have going on for BC Family Day, Monday, February 10: • 50% off lift passes and ski & board rentals on Monday, February 10th! (That’s a $160 value for a family of four!) • Night skiing will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 9pm! • Alberta residents enjoy the same benefits (with proof of AB residence) on Monday, February 17! • If you come for the weekend, Apex Accommodations is offering 10% off their room rates and Apex Mountain Inn has Stay & Ski packages starting from just $89! • Strong possibility of powder ... at no extra charge! All this is on top of the usual attractions we have on tap here at Apex! We have the Tube Park, an outdoor NHL regulation sized hockey rink and a one kilometer night lit skating loop. The Edge Bistro has tasty eats and hot drinks to get you through the day. The après ski scene at the Rock Oven Grill and Gunbarrel Saloon will keep you hopping into the night. Visit www.apexresort.com or call 1(877)777-2739 for more info.


Come to the Gunbarrel Saloon Saturay February 22, 2014. For the Musical talents of Towers and Trees! Traveling all the way from Victoria BC, You will love their fun, Indie-Folk sound. They will keep you dancing all night! Show starts at 9pm in Gunbarrel Saloon and they will play the night away. Entrance is free when you purchase a Brewski Craft beer event ticket. If you are not attending Brewski It is $5.00 at the door!

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Early February 2014

My Olympic Pipe Dream Reality with Matt Margetts Well, its official. I am going to the Olympics! I couldn’t be more excited. On Friday night January 17th at the second last Olympic Qualifi er in Park City, Utah I took a spill on my second run on a double cork 1260. I landed low and back seat, smashing my right ski into my left. I thought I broke my tibfi b. I was screaming in pain. A ski patrol skied down to me, as I rolled around in pain trying to assess the damage. He asked me if I wanted a sled and I said, “no, I will ski down on my own on one ski.” When I got to the bottom, the crowd cheered as I came through the fi nish. I went off to the side, clicked out of my skis, rolled up my left pant leg and saw blood soaking through my sock just above my boot. I skied down to the bottom where I met up with another patrol and he escorted me to the infi rmary. As soon as I got inside, I took my boots and ski pants off, I pulled down my left sock and through the four inch long gash I could see the strands of my calf muscle. The doc came in froze me up, and stitched me up good with twelve stitches. He assessed the rest of my leg, told me to come back in the morning for x-rays, and sent me on my way. When I woke up, my knee was stiff and swollen and I could barely put weight on it. I got x-rays to rule out any breaks, then I saw a specialist who thought I did damage to my knee. And, before you know it, I was packed up and on the next plane out of Salt Lake City back home to Vancouver to get an MRI. I got home Saturday night. Sunday I went to London Drugs to buy all the healing essentials ... ice packs, Advil, Voltaren, fi sh oils, etc. and rested all day. Monday morning they announced that I had qualifi ed for the Olympics. A couple hours later I saw Dr. Mccormack and he was pretty certain I had torn my ACL and set me up for an MRI the next day. The results were in and Dr. Mccormack was bang on. I had completely torn my ACL and Lateral Meniscus, with bone bruising on my tib-fi b and femur. But, do you think I am going to let a pesky little knee injury stop me after all the blood, sweat, and tears I have put into making my dreams come true? &%$ NO!!!!! I knew something was up all along so I jumped the gun and started physio Monday before I even saw Dr. Mccormack. I got a Game-Ready sent over from CSI Victoria, which is a high tech compression, icing machine, that I have been using on and off practically every thirty minutes since I got it. I bought a rode bike and set up a stationary trainer in my living room, so I ice for thirty minutes then bike for thirty minutes. I have been working with my physio Mark Borselin at Gastown Physio everyday, keeping my muscles from atrophy and maintaining strength and stability. I leave Wednesday for our pre Olympic training camp in Tignes, France, where I will continue physio, start working out with my trainer, and get back in the pipe to get ready for the Games. Stay tuned for more from Matt Margetts, as he continues on his journey to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

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A special thank you to Apex Mountain Resort and the many volunteers who make the development of these freestyle by ronda barzilay athletes possible! Apex Freestyle Club promotes the love of Apex Freestyle athletes enjoyed the the sport of skiing in a fun and safe environment encouraging rewards of hard work and amazing coaching each athlete to pursue their skiing passion of throwing down during the weekend of January 16-29th - some tricks or one day representing Canada on the podium! the fi rst of the Timber Tour - BC Freestyle Series I, one of two qualifying events for the Canadian Junior Nationals. We hosted over 170 competitor’s ages 7 years and Upcoming Freestyle Events in the West! up competing against other clubs from Whistler/Blackcomb We have a big presence here in Pincher Creek, Alberta at Freestyle Club, Silver Star Freestyle Club, Big White Freestyle the Canadian Series - Castle Mountain, Alberta - January Club, Revelstoke Freestyle Club, Vancouver Freestyle Club, 22-26 - Single & Dual Mogul Event Mount Washington Freestyle Club, Yukon Freestyle, Canadian There are the top mogul athletes from all across Canada with a Sports Institute and the BC Freestyle Team. few in international athletes from Australia and Japan. We will Featuring three freestyle disciplines Big Air, Moguls & Slopestyle. report the results in the next Apex Matters and our Penticton Apex Mountain Resort is the fi rst of four stops on the BC Tour. papers. Friday, January 17, 2014 Timber Tour - Slopestyle F3 - Shaina Finlayson - Gold F3 - Kassidy Todd - Bronze Super Youth - Moguls 7yrs - Rhya Covert - Gold 7yrs - Aiden Waddle - Gold 10/11yrs - Ethan Phillips - Gold 10/11yrs - Alec Henderson - Bronze Rhya Covert taking her start Saturday, January 18, 2014 Timber Tour - Moguls F2 - Mason Barzilay - Gold - AFC Alumni F3 - Kassidy Todd - Silver F3 - Mackenzie Schwinghamer - Bronze F4 - Madison Parker - Gold F4 - Anna Spence - Bronze M1 - Josh Kober - Gold - AFC Alumni M2 - Jordan Kober - Silver - AFC Alumni Mason Barzilay M3 - Kyle Parker - Gold - AFC Alumni M3 - Koleton Phipps - Bronze M4 - Brayden Kuroda - Bronze Super Youth - Big Air 7 yrs - Rhya Covert - Gold 8/9yrs Simon Albrechtson - Silver 10/11yrs - Alec Henderson - Silver Sunday. January 19, 2014 Timber Tour - Big Air F3 - Shaina Finlayson - Gold F3 - Mackenzie Schwinghamer - Silver Mackenzie Schwinghamer F3 - Chloe Kober - Bronze M3 - Matt Finlayson - Silver M4 - Brayden Kuroda - Silver Super Youth - Slopestyle 7yrs - Rhya Covert - Gold 10/11yrs - Teagan Holinaty - Bronze 10/11yrs - Alec Henderson - Silver Age Categories - Timber Tour - Age F1 & M1 19 & over F2 & M2 16 - 18 years Madison Parker F3 & M3 14 - 15 years F4 & M4 12 - 13 years (some exceptions may apply to come up from Super Youth)

Super Youth F5 & M5 11-12 yrs // F6 & M6 9-10 yrs // F7 & M7 7-8 yrs

Timber Tour #2 - Tabor Mountain Ski Resort - Prince George - February 7-10 Big Air, Moguls & Slopestyle Nor Am - Moguls & Dual Moguls - February 13-16 Canadian Selections which was recently held at Apex was the qualifying event for a NorAm spot. The BC Mogul Team and several of the AFC Mogul Team have earned the right to compete. This is the highest mogul event one level below the World Cup with 80 plus athletes from four different countries competing. This is only stop in Western Canada for this prestigious international event; athletes will compete in moguls and dual moguls hoping to gain points that will propel them to the National Team, and possibly to compete in the World Cup Circuit. Hemlock - Mission 2014 BC Winter Games - February 21-23 Big Air, Moguls & Slopestyle (Athletes 11-16 years) Timber Tour #3 - Silver Star Mountain - March 6-9 Big Air, Moguls & Slopestyle Senior Nationals - March 26-31 Apex Mountain Resort is hosting one fi nal event for 2014 in welcoming the best that Canada has to offer at the Senior National Championships, with the single mogul National Championship competition on Saturday and the head-to-head dual competition runs on Sunday. Canadian Open Tour - Silver Star Mountain - March 28-30 Big Air & Slopestyle BC Champs - Mount Washington Alpine Resort - April 3-6 Big Air, Moguls & Slopestyle Contacts Ronda Barzilay - Media Mom - Volunteer rondabarzilay@shaw.ca 1.888.847.6632 or cell 250.878.4272 (Freestyle photos are courtesy of Ronda Barzilay unless otherwise noted.) Coach Kenni at afckenni@gmail.com or call 250.490.1762 www.apexfreestyle.com BC Freestyle - contact Camille 250.550.5322 www.bcfreestyle.com Volunteers are always needed & appreciated! Please contact Volunteer Team Leader Marnie at amtodd@telus.net


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Apex’s Andi Naude - 17 years old & Currently ranked 9th in the World!

AFC owning the Big Air Podium! L to R - Mackenzie, Shaina & Chloe

Everyone is crazy for KD! Josh Kober & Byron Estey on the Podium!

Andi grew up skiing at Apex Mountain Resort. Skiing has always been her passion. After skiing on the Provincial Team for three years, Andi managed to qualify for the National Team in the Spring of 2012. Andi was fortunate enough to make the World Cup team straight away, which led to a very busy season competing overseas in many countries which she never could have dreamed of visiting! After a solid season, she was ranked 14th in the world and was awarded the 2012/2013 FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year award - a huge honour! Andi is now home for a few weeks before she heads off to another competition. Andi has taken time to share with us the Olympic selection process, which is quite complicated. Athletes can use up to 2 of their best results from the previous year, as well as their best results from this year’s 6 World Cu[ starts (for a total of 4 results). A 4th place fi nish in the 2014 Calgary World Cup was Andi’s personal best; which set her up in a good position to qualify for the Olympic Games. The other results used were a 6th place (2013 Calgary WC), and two 8th places (2014 Deer Valley WC and 2014 Lake Placid WC). Andi’s fi nal chance of securing an Olympic spot was at the last WC prior to the Games, in Val St. Come, Quebec. Andi needed a 6th place or better and ended up in 13th place (missed it by 0.69 of a point). The Canadian Mogul Ski Team is extremely strong, the strongest in the world, and every single skier is talented. Qualifying for an Olympic spot was that much more diffi cult due to the great depth of the team. “Although this is one of the biggest disappointments of my life so far, I believe that I will come out a much stronger person and skier. I am more determined than ever to improve, and have my sights set on the 2018 Olympics. I am very excited to watch the Games and will be cheering the loudest for all of my amazing teammates!” says Andi. Congratulations Andi ... You inspire us all!

Freestyle Girls from all over BC having fun at Timber Tour #1 - Apex Mountain Resort

A big thank you and shout out to our event sponsors! Apex Mountain Resort, RONA, KRAFT Canada, IGA Marketplace Penticton, IGA Summerland, Penticton Lakeside Resort, The Penticton Herald, 100.7 FM, ECM Promotions, Via Sport, Hosting BC and Province of British Columbia, and Ronda Barzilay & Associates. A big thank you and shout out to our BC Freestyle Sponsors! Safestart, Swany, Apex Mountain Resort and Silver Star Resort.


Andi Naude - Photo by SMS Mtn School

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Apex Carvers Get Results!

with Johnny Smoke, Carvers Coach The fi rst Nancy Greene Ski League race of the season for the Apex Carvers took place this past weekend at Big White. The perfect weather seemed to agree with our racers with 7 podium fi nishes, including top spots for Noa Rogers and Sienna Blaser-Ladoucer. When you consider that only 20 of our athletes made the trip, that’s quit a record. For many, these are their best results. I couldn’t be prouder of the way everyone skied, and even more importantly, I hear that everyone had a great time. For those that stayed at Apex, there was a special treat on Sunday morning. Former Canadian National Team member and coach John “JP” Platt came by to offer up some words of inspiration to our youngest racers. In addition to competing on the World Cup circuit between 1958 and 1962, JP was Nancy Greene’s coach when she won the gold in Grenoble in 1968. In a way, it’s like he’s the godfather of our program. A great guy, and really a class act for him to take the time to come by our club. U6 Girls 2nd Marie Droppo 4th Chevy Matthews U7 Boys 4th Hans Alex U8 Girls Marie Droppo focused, determined and 2nd Nicole Rogers ready to drop in at age 5. 3rd Hannah Droppo 4th Asia Borg 5th Alena Lahey U9 Girls 1st Sienna Blaser-Ladoucer 3rd Rayne Lahey 5th Hadley Erickson 6th Pamela LaPrarie Noa Rogers gets another Gold! U9 Boys 9th Daniel DeLaMothe U10 Boys 3rd Jaras Grant 4th Jack Macintosh U11 Girls 1st Noa Rogers 3rd Chloe Alex 12th Shea Coutts U11 Boys 5th Leyland Vucinovic U12 Girls Alena Lahey finding out the hard way 5th Alison Sinclair that there’s no chocolate in her medal. 6th Elisabeth Macintosh Great job kids! Carvers next event will be the Zone fi nals at Silver Star on March 15-16. We all look forward to the results.


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Apex Ski Club News

Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach / Program Director

SOS Fundraiser Success ~ Wow, what a great night!!!

The Apex Ski Club would like to thank all those who attended and donated. Special thanks to the Gunbarrel Saloon for a great dinner and great band! Make sure to put this event on your calendar for next season. We will try to have a date for everyone before the end of the season.

Coastal Zone Slalom comes to Apex ~ Make sure to look up the Okanagan Run on Saturday and Sunday. Snow conditions have forced a Coast Zone Slalom to come to Apex. Some of the top U16 skiers in the Province will be competing in the Enquist Slalom on February 1st - 2nd. Apex Ski Team will have 4 athletes in the event. Good Luck Racers! Apex Racers in BC Games ~ Congratulations to Marcus

Athans, Chase Davies, Kyle Blaser Ladouceur, Kailey Davies and Agatka Koczij on qualifying to race in the BC Games later in February. Congratulations! Big shout out to Apex Mountain Resort for their continued support of Alpine Ski Racing!

See you on the Slopes!

Chloe Alex en route to a best ever 3rd place.


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Apex Carvers with CAST legend John Platt during a special guest visit to our club.


Early February 2014

Life Through an Apex Racer’s Eyes

By Ella Pasin The fl utter of butterfl ies in my stomach at the top of a course. The slalom gates slap the ground with a thunderous crash. The rush I get at the bottom after a good run. The excitement of getting a new pair of skis. The happy feeling when you look out the window and all you see is sun. The solid sound of my skis against the hard snow in a race start. All the beautiful mountains you visit, all the amazing people you meet, all the days of school you get to miss. And the unforgettable moment where you stand on top, a heavy medal resting upon your chest, looking down at a crowd cheering in your honour. Really, why would you not want to be a ski racer? I joined the Apex team from the small Mt. Baldy team. I was one of the fi ve Mt. Baldy ski team members, and the oldest. It was my fi rst year racing in the K Program, yet because of my age, it really should have been my second year. The result of the lack of K coaches, I had not raced the previous year, a decision I will regret forever. Honestly, looking back at it now, I have no idea why I even joined the racing program. All through Nancy Greene, I dreaded going on Sundays because I did not spend any of my time racing. Yet, I kept with it to keep my parents happy and to improve my skiing. When I joined the Apex team, everything changed. That was when I truly fell in love with the sport, when I joined that team. The people on that team ... there is no group of people I love more than I love my team. The coaches were just as amazing. Jorgen, with his sheer determination and skill of coaching, I felt my skiing getting stronger every day, and I still do. On bad days I am guaranteed to get a call, telling me what I can improve on. Being a skier racer is challenging. We train hard from 9 am to 3 pm every day we can, on the exact same run every time. We push ourselves beyond our limits every day. We demand our bodies to twist in positions we are so uncomfortable with. We force ourselves to race in nothing but a skin-tight suit in some of the coldest conditions I have ever been in, because it makes us faster. It is a sport that is won by a mere 100th of a second. It is one that demands I have two identical pairs of skis for every discipline, one for training and a pair for racing that I will use for probably ten runs a year. And, also a pair of powder skis for those days that it snows more than ten centimeters. It is a type of sport that sends us going down a course at a 100 km/hr, and then decides to add in a jump for extra fun. Yet, there is no other sport I would rather be doing.

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If you hear “Early Rise” and think of the morning sun, this article is for you! By Ray Keetch, Apex Mountain Shop Manager Gone into your local ski shop and been bombarded with ski terms that seem to go against everything you once held as sacred with regard to ski technology? Early rise and reverse camber are the newest of trends in the ski and board world. Early rise skis, also known as “rockered” skis, have made riding diffi cult snow conditions much easier even for the expert, but it really helps those looking to improve their game. In simplest terms, an early rise ski has a bent tip of about 30cm back from the tip of the ski, allowing the edge to rise off of the snow, which effectively reduces the edge contact. This will make the ski feel far shorter than the actual length of the ski, yet keep all the benefi ts of a long ski when in powder. However, the real advantage of an early rise ski is skiing through crud, chopped up powder and death cookies! Early rise skis plow through that stuff like a hot knife through butter! In the moguls, the reduced edge contact is forgiving and should you be a little late in the turn, the ski will not punish you like a traditional cambered ski. Some skis will also have the early rise technology on the tail of the ski as well, further improving powder, bump and park performance. A reversed cambered ski will have it’s contact point in the centre boot area and will rise up off of the snow in both directions to the tip and tail. This technology is the choice for those looking for a true powder ski or an easy spinner in the park. Two years ago I thought these skis were a gimmick, but quickly changed my mind once I tried them!! Here at the A3 Mountain Shop we have every ski available in a try out demo, so why not come on in and give the new technology a test run.

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By Esther Skrypiczajko, President 30 people attended our last moonlight ski and snowshoe! We invite you to bring your headlamp and join us on Saturday, February 15th for our next one. You can come late afternoon/ early evening and go out and ski or snowshoe on your own then join us back at the lodge for socializing and a potluck dinner around 7 pm. Last time a few people went out again after dinner. For more information, call Elvia at 250-487-2191 or Esther at 250-492-8569.

Come to the potluck lunch and help us celebrate on

Sunday, February 23 More information to follow.

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Nickel Plate Junior Racers: Mid-Season Race Report By Kathryn Golbeck, Communications/Marketing for Nickel Plate Junior Racers Nickel Plate Junior Racers attended the Teck BC Cup Race #2 at Overlander Ski Club in Kamloops from January 25-26th. The free skate technique race with interval starts was on Saturday, followed by the classic mass start race on Sunday. Nickel Plate Nordic Junior Racers included Sol Jacques (Bantam Boys Year 2003) and Freddy Albrechtson (Bantam Boys Year 2002), racing distances of 2.5 km. Walker Singleton and Theo Morrison raced in the Midget Year 2000 division, at distances of 3.75 km. In the Juvenile Boys/Girls Year 1999 division, Justin Odian and Rachel Shanner each raced 5 km. Our racers did well fi nishing in the middle of the pack. For full race results, visit http://zone4.ca/results.asp?id=6376. Nickel Plate Junior Racers will have the full team represented at the Nickel Plate Classic Loppet on Saturday, February 1st, followed by the OK Cup #2 Free Skate Technique Race on Sunday, February 2nd. Good Luck Racers!

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We have a huge selection. Tons of Great Local Wines as well. Regular Hours: Sunday to Thursday ~ 8 am - 7 pm Friday and Saturday ~ 8 am - 10 pm

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Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Skavenjah Album: One More Night With You Track: “Sally Brown” If you are into Ska/Reggae music, then you would know these guys. One of North Americas premiere Ska bands. They have been around for over 19 years and still put on an incredible live show that will keep you jumping from start to fi nish. Always on tour, they still call Regina their home. This is a must see band for a high energy, dance the night away. Once you hear them, you can’t help but move!

Nickel Plate Junior Racers at Teck BC Cup Race #2. L-R - Freddy Albrechtson, Sol Jacques, Rachel Shanner, Walker Singleton, Justin Odian and Theo Morrison.

Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Tunes To Turn To” with his focus on Canadian bands. YouTube his tunes and join in.

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L-Freddy Albrechtson. Ctr - Sol & Francois Jacques. R-Rachel Shanner & Justin Odian.


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Be a Responsible Pet Owner Pets must be kept on leash in the Apex village and parking lot at all times. Please respect the roadways and paths and always clean up after your pet.

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Early February 2014

with Andi Naude After an intense three weeks on the road and skiing in fi ve World Cups across North America, I am home for a month. Unfortunately, I just missed making the Canadian Olympic team. I am currently ranked 9th in the World, but with a very strong Canadian women’s mogul team, it was just not enough. Although this is one of the biggest disappointments of my life so far, I believe that I will come out a much Apex’s Andi Naude, stronger person and skier. I am more 2013 FIS World Cup determined than ever to improve, and Rookie of the Year! have my sights set on the 2018 Olympics. I am really excited to continue skiing on the World Cup circuit at the end of February. Our fi rst competition is in Japan, one of my favorite countries! We will then travel to Norway, Sweden, and France. Finally, to fi nish off the season, we will be coming to Apex for Canadian Senior Nationals! I cannot wait, as this is a very exciting event with all of Canada’s top skiers competing for the National title. Since I will be home for a few weeks, I hope to see you all out on the hill! It was very nice to be training on Kristi’s Run and soaking up the amazing sunshine this weekend! Thank you so much for your amazing support. I could never have come this far without you.


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2. Think Social! When there is a group of people waiting for you, not only are you more likely to go, but you are more likely to laugh a lot and really enjoy yourself. Also, the more people you hang with, the more knowledge you have to draw from. Many of the local outdoor groups will know all those trails out there that you’ve never been to before. They might know the location of the perfect picnic spot or view point and can of course help carry 3. Think Outside The Box! Your piece of gear does not need to be new or the lunch supplies! expensive … “new” can just mean new to you. Check out Kijiji and pick up a second hand pair of Nordic skis or head down to Canadian Tire and get yourself a bargain magic carpet or toboggan. Don’t tell me that hiking up that toboggan hill doesn’t get your blood pumping and whizzing back down doesn’t make you feel like a kid again?! So, don’t hide away for the next couple months turning grey, playing X Box or catching up on all 13 seasons of American Idol. Check out some of the sites below and get the most out of the start of your 2014! www.hoodooadventures.ca  Outdoor Company, Clubs and Events I www.sweetsingletrack.com  Local Trail Guide I www.hikingaddiction.ca  Official Hiking Group of Kelowna for Young People I www.pentictonoutdoorsclub.ca  Penticton Hiking Club I www.peachcityrunners.com  Running, Nordic, Snowshoe and Outdoor Retail I www.bikepenticton.com  Penticton Bike Club I www.trueoutdoors.ca  Penticton Outdoor Retail

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FEBRUARY Jan 31st - SHOT GUN HOCKEY TOURNAMENT - January 31st - February 2nd - Once again our mountain will be busy with visitors for a Hockey Tourney! Come on out and cheer on the teams. Please Note: Rink will be fully booked this weekend. Feb 5th - LADIES DAY - Feb 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th - Ladies Day every Wednesday! Come on out with your mom, friends, co-workers and enjoy an awesome day on the slopes! Feb 4th - FACEBOOK PROMO - If you mention the "secret" word to the ticket window you will receive 50% off a full day pass! Like and check our Facebook page for the word! Feb 7th - MEN'S DAY - Feb 7th, 14th, 21st , 28th - Men's Day every Friday! Gentlemen let's make it a long weekend, grab your buddy, boss, father and come on up for a day of fun! Feb 7th - FREERIDE FRIDAY! Come hang out in the park 5-9pm with the Freeride Crew! They will have hotdogs, music and wicked prizes to give away! Feb 10th - BC FAMILY DAY WEEKEND - Feb 8th, 9th, 10th . Monday, Feb 10th receive 50% off of rentals & day passes! Night skiing Friday, Saturday & Sunday night, the ski bus is running Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Bring your ID as proof that you are a BC resident. Feb 13th - NORAM- Feb 13 th-16th - The best mogul athletes competing head to head in the high level event which is one step below the World Cup! Come watch the excitement. Feb 13th - 2 FOR 1 BRING YOUR SWEETIE - Happy Early Valentine’s Day! Bring your sweetie for a day on the slopes! Today is a 2 for 1 day. Buy 1 adult full day pass & receive the second one free. Please note this only works on a full day ticket and cannot be used with any other discounts. Must mention "2 for 1 Sweetheart Promo" at ticket window. Feb 17th - ALBERTA FAMILY DAY - If you are an Alberta resident, bring your ID as proof and receive 50% off rentals & day passes! This applies to Alberta residents only. Feb 22nd - BREWSKI - Apex's First Annual! A Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits event. There are 11 different breweries, cideries and distilleries coming. Tickets include food from the Gunbarrel, 12 free beer tokens, and a free after party with live entertainment from Towers and Trees! For tickets ($35+GST), call Kerissa at 250. 490.7235 or kerissa@apexresort.com TUBE PARK - Open Weekends 10 am - 3:30 pm and Fri/Sat 4-9 pm SKATING RINK AND LOOP - Open 7 days a week 10 am - 11 pm APEX SKI BUS - Weekends & Holidays - Check online for schedule NIGHT SKIING - Friday and Saturday Nights + Holidays 4-9 pm For Bookings for Tubing and Skating, call the office at 1-877-777-2739 or email Kerissa@apexresort.com www.ApexResort.com


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Wilderness First-Aid

By Jim Ongena This week in BC alone, hundreds of paddlers will overturn their canoes, skiers will tumble, climbers will fall, hikers will shiver and get lost, and too many mountain bikers will fl y over their handle bars. And, these mishaps will probably happen far from the benefi ts of a hospital or an ambulance. Come Monday morning the carnage will be many cuts and bruises, sprained ankles, near drownings, a fracture or two, and perhaps even a fatality. Such is the life of we outdoor adventurers, we play a rough game and we often play it in remote settings. We willingly do this in spite of the risks (or maybe because of them), preferring these recreational pursuits to the more conventional golf and soccer options. The risks inherent in these outdoor sports will always be part of them, as will the added risk of where we do them. So, it’s only prudent that we do what we can to manage the risks. Developing a healthy “what if” attitude is a good idea. What if Joe sprains his ankle, what if the weather turns bad, what if Mary catches a gust on launch and suffers a spinal injury? Are we prepared to deal with such situations? In urban settings these are not as serious as we have the option to phone for an ambulance or simply drive to the hospital. But, even a sprained ankle far from a road could become fatal. In the wilderness WE have to manage the specifi c injury, keep the patient from becoming cold, and transport them back to the car. An accident in the backcountry won’t look like the spectacular swooping helicopter we see on TV, but more likely an arduous, muddy, exhausting effort that will disrupt the day of many people. Our backcountry care is elemental at best, as we will only have a small fi rst-aid kit and the training we’ve done. We are limited in what we can do for our injured friends, so the better we can build a kit and learn to improvise ... the better. “Always prepare for the worst, hope for the best, and expect something in between.” This course is not similar to traditional Red Cross or St. John’s Ambulance courses designed for urban centers. We simply don’t have the option to call 911! Nor do we encourage graduates to use wilderness protocols in urban areas or the side of highways, as there are very good EMS services that do this. We do consider treatments that are traditionally NOT taught in standard fi rst-aid programs. We do re-align fractures to make treatment and transport easier. We have to move spinal injuries off the snow or the person will freeze to death. There are several other examples of how our treatments go beyond traditional care. It would be nice if we could stabilize and call 911, but we can’t. We must learn to assess, treat, and transport injured people back to more advanced care. We even need to become familiar with prescription medications, which are traditionally a “doctor only” option. We need to function where there is no doctor and our training must prepare us to do this as responsibly and competently as possible. There will always be times when the injuries are beyond our training and tiny fi rst-aid kit, but with a well built kit and the best wilderness training available ... These times will be less frequent. There’s no worse feeling than bending over your badly hurt friend and feeling helpless to help ... Find a course in your area and get the training. Jim Ongena has been teaching Wilderness First-Aid Courses for 40 years and lives in Oliver. Email jim@corporateheights.ca for more info.

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Growing Pains! By Terry Makos, Certifi ed Pedorthist Even though the human body has not changed for a very, very long time, something very signifi cant has. We as a population are driven to be stronger, fi tter and more competitive. All good ... as an adult. The younger participant in athletic endeavours; however, are at a bit of a disadvantage. Their Terry Makos, Owner of Footwoorks bone structures have not fully developed. As a matter of fact, that process is not complete until almost the age of twenty. As a young individual matures, the ends of their bones within the skeleton are still soft and unsealed, leaving them vulnerable to damage and possible long-term damage.

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Kids, Young Adults, and Beginners On The Slopes

By Paul Girard Well, today I had my children out on the hill - and it was beautiful. Full disclosure: we’re part-timers, and we qualify as mediocre at best. Hockey, as you Apex afi cionados know, just sucks up too much winter time to live the full mountain life. One patient recently admitted that in her house “hockey” is a dirty word. But, we do still shoehorn in some skiing and snowboarding. I’m also trying to ensure ubiquitous screens and sugar don’t consume my children, and one good way to fi ght off that idiocy is to get them active outside with zero processed foods in the backpack. In my mind, Apex is a fabulous opportunity to do just that, and of course any parent able to fi gure a way to get their kids skiing or snowboarding is doing the right thing. On the downside, today there was the disconcerting event where some kid burned through the bunny hill and struck some unsuspecting tubers (no, not potatoes). Yikes! Here’s a few interesting facts from the Canadian Institute for Health Information. In Canada, skiing and snowboarding lead to twice as many hospitalizations as hockey. For those of you into trivia, our Apex downhill sports also account for twice as many hospitalizations as snowmobiling - and twelve times the amount attributed to tobogganing. Specifi cally, about onethird of those skiing and snowboarding hospitalizations were for people ages 10 to 19 - and of these kids (apologies to all offended 18 year-olds reading this) three quarters are male. The most common injuries with skiing and snowboarding are bruises and broken bones. No big mental stretch here, but these usually occur during a fall or a crash into something much harder than human tissue. Makes sense to me that you are generally going to need to run into something - either the ground or your surroundings - to break a bone or tear a ligament. Snowboarders most commonly injure their wrist and arm. Skiers most commonly injure their knee, head or face. Concussion, so much in the news over the past few years, is a very real brain injury among this sport of eventual unplanned falls. Taken to the extreme, traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death for skiers and snowboarders. Yikes again! Not surprisingly, about 50% of injuries occur among beginners. So, in fact, my family fi ts right into this demographic. And, I’m pretty sure it was a young boy novice skier we saw testing out the tube run on his skis. You should plan ahead, so your kids don’t become one of these injury statistics. Generally, common sense will guide you and following are some ideas to keep your kids safe. For you young adults, read on. I know many of you are out there and just coming to the sport. Your friends have convinced you of the awesomeness and now here you are, way behind on the learning curve. It’s great, but be smart: 1. Research bears out that having formal teaching from an experienced instructor will benefi t novice skiers and snowboarders. And seriously, even if I’m good at something, my kids don’t like to take advice and thereby acknowledge any parental talent. Get your kids some lessons from someone who is not you. They will listen better and accept the knowledge willingly. You know the instructors will also reinforce all the other basic injury prevention tips. I cannot sing the praises of this one piece of advice enough.


2. Wear a helmet designed for skiing and snowboarding. Not just the kids, but you as well. Be a good model for the behavior you want to see. Check that it fi ts right. Along with the helmet, use good goggles that keep that important aspect of safety (being able to see around you) functioning. Ditto the earphones that block out any helpful communication - don’t wear them and don’t let your kids. 3. Make sure boots and bindings fi t properly and are appropriately adjusted. Again, you need someone who has a clue setting these things up. If your child’s binding does not release as it should, that potentially puts them in the broken bone category when a wipeout occurs. Looks like world-wide standards for such a thing are in the works, but nothing is established yet. 4. Wear wrist guards if you are snowboarding. These signifi cantly reduce the rate of wrist injury. You apparently can now buy gloves with these built right in. Wish I had thought of that. Either way, you need to know that you’re going to fall on your hands when both your legs are strapped to a board. Dissipating this fall energy through a wrist guard works. 5. Don’t let your kids go off alone when they are not ready. Strength in numbers. And when they are ready to go without a parent, they still need someone with them. 6. Don’t be too proud. Your kid doesn’t need to be an Olympian. Accept different levels of ability and just enjoy the screen-free outdoors. Maybe this is more for the hockey parents, but I’m assuming here it can also apply to our young athletes on Apex. 7. For those of you 15 to 18 year olds reading this (and especially the guys): know that your brain really does assess risk differently than someone ten years older than you (read: worse). Throw in some peer pressure and testosterone ... well, it’s going to be tough. Stay strong and think things through. It’s hard to keep enjoying these sports when you are in a cast or being scheduled for surgery. You might ask, Where’s the fun in playing with knives if you can’t draw a little blood? Answer: The fun is in enjoying a great meal, with pieces cut so as to not choke you. There remain all the right reasons to encourage young people and other beginners to take up skiing and snowboarding. Physically and mentally, it’s a beautiful skill to possess and have access to. I’ll end with two quotes appropriate for the topic: • “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” • “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” Paul Girard, Physical Therapist, works out of Dale Charles Physical Therapy and is a co-owner of Nurse Next Door Home Care in the South Okanagan. Over 50 years in Business!

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Fresh BC Talent Quest © Season 2

with Denis Chaykowski, Event Producer The Fresh BC Talent Quest Show starts on Saturday, February 8th at the Opus Cafe Bistro in Penticton. Local young performers from ages 8-18 years of age in all forms of entertainment and of all skill levels will take to the stage. Fresh BC Talent Quest has been busy confi rming the last remaining spots, as the cut off for registering is January 31st. At this point, there are band groups, singers, dancers, duo’s, and solo performers which have all booked and confi rmed their participation. There is a limit of 10 entries per age group; Group A (8-10 yrs), Group B (11-14 yrs), and Group C (15-18 yrs). Semi-Finals and Quest Finals - all age groups judged accordingly. First place and runner up cash prizes in each age category are up for grabs, as well event t-shirts presented to all performers on behalf of all of our sponsors. Participants will enjoy other prizes and perks during the event. Season 1 saw over two dozen performers (solo artists, duo’s, groups and instrumentalists) get involved. This year proves to be another great success. Mr. Bill Kolter, a judge for the fi nals and Penticton Peach Festival Entertainment Director, announced its “fi rst ever” for Penticton Peach Festival by inviting 6 performers to perform on the Peach Festival Main Stage. This summer Fresh BC Talent Quest in partnership with the Penticton Peach Festival are committed to continuing and providing this opportunity to our Fresh BC Talent Quest fi nalists. We have a great prize (Peavey AT-200 Electric Guitar $999.00 Retail Value) for our GRAND PRIZE to be drawn at the Talent Quest Finals on Saturday, March 8th, donated by Classic Guitars at 465 Main St. Penticton. Tickets are available at Opus Bistro (1475 Fairview Road). Weekly Saturday draws on our show dates of February 8, 15, 22, and March 1st & 8th. Ticket proceeds are in support of Performer’s Cash Prizes (3 age groups) and Grand Prize worth $999.00! Talent Quest production. We are looking for artists (9-99 yrs) to design a new Fresh BC Talent Quest logo for the front of our t-shirts, sweatshirts, and/or hoodies. Your design and concept should “stand out” and appeal to our performers, as well as others who would want to own a “one of a kind” event t-shirt. Penticton London Drugs is sponsoring our 1st place prize for the winner of the Fresh BC Talent Quest “new” logo design contest and Fresh BC is sponsoring a runner up prize. Again, this logo design contest open to all ages (9 up to 99) and NO entry fee required. Logo design cut off date is February 15th. Details at www. cmeliveproductions.com. Fresh BC Talent Quest show info: www.cmeliveproductions. com or 250.460.2221 or email to cmelive@yahoo.com. Any performers missing our January 31st registration deadline may still contact Fresh BC Talent Quest before Saturday, February 22nd (last 1st round) show date to enter.


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Apex Fire Brigade Update

with Mike Polywkan, Apex Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief The Apex Volunteer Firefi ghters have decided to have a different type of fundraiser this year. We wanted to focus on making a visible presence in our community. For our fi rst Fire Prevention Week held during the last week of January, we wore our gear as much as possible while we cleared our hydrants of snow and toured some of the buildings and facilities on the mountain. The more that we are aware of our surroundings; the more safe and effective we can be. We also need to continue to cooperate with other community groups and strata’s to ensure that we can have a plan and work together in a time of need. We need to support our local businesses, as they in turn support us. I would like to thank the Gunbarrel Saloon for doing this. Head on in for a great meal and have the famous Gunbarrel coffee and support the Apex Fire Brigade by doing so. Remember, $1 from every Gunbarrel Coffee purchased goes towards the Apes Fire Brigade Society. The timing for our fi rst Fire Prevention Week was chosen to coincide with the annual Firefi ghter’s Hockey Tournament that were happening at the time. It is amazing how much other volunteer departments support us. I think that it is because they best understand what we are trying to do and know the challenges that we face. When we were at the Volunteer Firefi ghters Spring Seminar last Spring in Salmon Arm, we learned that they were celebrating their 100th Anniversary and that they started their humble existence as a fi re brigade, no different than we are doing now. This is a great opportunity to make contacts and possibly get unwanted tools and gear, which we then would not have to dip into our funds to purchase. We want to have the tools and gear to do the job as safely and effectively as possible without overburdening our community with costs. Some of us will be skiing in our gear and we will have the offi cial fi refi ghters donation boot at the lift line, so show the fellows your appreciation for their efforts in making Apex a safer place. We will also have an information booth set up in the village, so if you have any questions regarding our department and what we need to serve the community, please do stop by. We will also have our shirts for sale. These shirts are always the perfect classy alternative to a suit and tie. If you are interested in joining our ranks, you can leave your information at the info booth. We will also be holding 50/50 draws, so join in on the fun and possibly win your share of the pot. You may never know when you may need us, but dialing 911 will get us there. So, show your support and we won’t let you down! I would like to end this with some fun fi re facts and quotes: • Monday, February 26, 1923 horses Buck, Beauty, Dan, and Teddy pulled the last steam engine in Chicago for the last time. • 1962 - The “Firettes” an all women Fire Company in King County Washington is organized to provide services to Fire Department #44. • Fire is the best of servants; but what a master! ~ Thomas Carlyle • Firefi ghters are Hot Stuff! ~ Unknown • Join us on Facebook ... APEX FIRE BRIGADE SOCIETY. Have a Safe Ski Season!

Apex Fire Brigade President, Gary Vollet, on the scene of an airplane crash near Big Bend and the Adventure Skating Loop a few years ago. Amazingly, no one was significantly injured, nor structures severly damaged. If you would like to join the AFBS, call Mike Polywkan at 250-292-8570 or email Mike at mikepolywkan@live.ca.

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Skiing and Action

By Vince Rabbitte, Apex Ski Instructor By way of action, we are imbrued with a renewed reverence for the supreme being and matter. The creative element is developed in all of us by activity and sport. The aim of philosophy therefore is to understand our place in the cosmos; the purpose of movement is to achieve this. The sport of skiing provides us with that opportunity. Coaches must understand this thoroughly. They must be philosophical, have mature understanding and be supportive of their competitors. Sport involves sportsmanship. Sportsmanship is developed by way of enjoyment, endurance and the will to win. Eugenie Bouchard said it most succinctly recently in the Australian Open ... “The most important thing is to enjoy it out there, and that’s what I’ve been doing, that’s when I play my best.” The fighting tolerated in professional sport is a kind of gladiatorial spectacle appreciated by fewer minded spectators. There are many ways in Japan ... the way of flowers; the way of poetry; the way of art ... and we could add the way of skiing.


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Apex Dump ~ An APOA Update

Apex Property Owners Association

By Jane Drapeau, APOA Director

An issue that came up at a recent APOA directors’ meeting was the recycle/dump site at Apex. The Regional District has been very proactive with your association and keeping us apprised of ----- NOW ----the progress. As it stands now, Apex has received a number of concerns regarding the location where the trash compactor is Live now. Be now. Acknowledge now. located currently. Solid Waste Management for RDOS is now Now is the only time you need to consider. awaiting confi rmation from the Province on other areas where it Unchain yourself from the past. could be constructed and how. The conversation reminded me Unravel yourself from the future. of a recent trip to the resort. I was looking out the cabin window You are here - in this now moment - ENJOY IT! expecting my husband Pierre’s arrival back from the Nordic Is there there something something to to be be done? done? Is Centre. When he pulled into the driveway, I noticed a large Stop dreaming dreaming and and do do it it now. now. Stop blue couch in the box. Not needing any additional furniture I asked what a typical wife would, “Why do you have a couch in JOIN US US ... ... NOW! NOW! JOIN the back of the truck?” He said simply, “someone dumped it on www.apexpropertyowners.com www.apexpropertyowners.com the side of the road and I am going to take it to the city dump.” $30/yr. $30/yr. - APOA, APOA, P.O. P.O. Box Box 23016, 23016, Penticton Penticton V2A V2A 8L7 8L7 I have often heard personally, and through the APOA, the THANK YOU. THANK YOU. complaints made about the debris left around the current disposal site and have witnessed fi rsthand numerous items simply abandoned on roadsides. I am not suggesting that we start collecting these large items when we see them, as it can Cheese & Bacon Quiche simply be too onerous. Paying attention to how we ourselves dispose of our waste and encourage others to be more aware is Prep Time: 20 min Total Time: 1 hr 10 min Serves: 8 a positive step. Tax dollars will be going into the development of a new waste management site at Apex and we all have to INGREDIENTS: 1 deep-dish 9 in. thawed pie shell / 1 red pepper, chopped / 2 green onions, chopped / 1 cup 4 cheese Italiano shredded cheese / 1/3 share responsibility to ensure it is not abused or neglected. cup fully cooked bacon pieces / 5 eggs / 1/3 cup Mayonnaise / 1/3 cup milk Heat oven to 400°F. Prick bottom and side of pie shell with fork. Bake 8 min. or until lightly browned. Meanwhile, cook peppers in skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium heat 5 min. or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Spread peppers onto bottom of pie shell; Experience the Difference top with onions, cheese and bacon pieces. Whisk remaining ingredients until blended; pour over ingredients in pie shell. Place on rimmed baking sheet. Bake 50 min. or until knife South Country Realty inserted in centre comes out clean and top is golden brown. Let stand 10 min. before cutting to serve. www.MarkPankratz.com If you have a “Great Cabin Recipe” that you would like to share, please email to apexmatters@telus.net. Happy Cooking!

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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 5 “Mish - Mash”

By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Guide Throw a “snowball" at someone for not so good actions, like dumping furniture at the garbage bin or send a “snow angel” to There comes a time every snowshoe season that I am stumped another for doing a good deed, like pulling you out of the ditch. on what to write for my next article and for the sake of not being (Please Note: Some discretion on inclusion may be involved.) too repetitive, this article will simply be a “mish-mash”. Snow Angles to the considerate group snowshoeing BESIDE Mish ~ One question that I am often asked is, “What kind of the XC ski track ... and I'll throw Snowballs at the group who boot do you use for snowshoeing?” were snowshoeing ON the XC track. ~ from Phil Burman My personal preference is a boot that is about 3-4 inches above Snow Angels to the couple who found my gloves on the the ankle, has good ankle support, is waterproof, and has 200Canine ski trails. They are my best and favorite pair and was 400 thinsulate for warmth. Two other features I like are; a lip on feeling stressed that I'd lost them. Thank you for your honesty, the back of the boot, which helps prevent the back strap from slipping off, and a D ring on the front of the boot, which is handy especially when they fit the gal perfectly ... like a glove! ~ from Cindi Lou Baker for attaching a gaiter. Snow Angels to the Apex staff who created "The Cut". My first I recently purchased a pair of time on it was magical, like it had been there forever. You did “Vasque Snowburban” boots. I have an amazing job picking the line. I will not miss "Wendell's Trail"! had them out on about a dozen ~ from Cindi Lou Baker snowshoe outings and so far I am Snowballs - Shame on you Apex. Daily grooming report on quite pleased with them, as they have the website is RARELY accurate. Big board signs on the hill met the requirements mentioned Vasque Snowburban Boots often do not reflect the actual grooming. In fact, do not always above. One small improvement I match each other. ~ from Bev Shelly would like to see is in the lacing system, which would make tightening them easier when making the fi rst knot. I hope to get Snow Angels - Considering the limited snow depth, the 2-3 seasons out of these boots, which is about average for me. grooming team deserves much praise for the good job they do. And those lifties ... always friendly, always cheerful and always Mash ~ What about the weather!? The snow conditions may smiling. Go Apex! ~ from Bev Shelly not be the best for you skiers; we snowshoers can always fi nd the powder stashes. While the valley bottoms have Snowballs to all you lazy dog owners who pretend to not notice been “smoked in” cloud, the Nickel Plate/Apex areas have your dog taking a dump on the trails at Apex. It is disgusting, been “soaked in” sunshine and spring-like conditions. I can’t rude, and bad for the environment. Pick up after your dog and remember a January like this in my 25+ years of recreating. be a responsible pet owner. ~ from All The Trail Users Mish ~ “Zap straps” or “zip ties” are but one invaluable item Snow Angles to John Davis and his crew who do a phenomenal to have with you while out snowshoeing. They can be used for job of clearing snow out of our driveway. Always thankful to emergency repairs, which could mean the difference between arrive at our cabin and never having to shovel snow. getting back easier and safer or having a diffi cult, frustrating ~ from Jay Mallach return. Or worse yet, having to spend a night outdoors. Snowballs to high speed riders & lift line crashers. Slow down Mash ~ My last Full Moon Snowshoe Adventure this January when approaching the lift line, and always go around the rope was one of the fi nest in memory. Our group had a pleasant lines and enter at the end of the lift corrals. ~ from "your Mom" temperature, clear skies and a beautiful full moon, which enabled us to snowshoe most of the night guided only by moonlight, and me of course. Mish ~ I have now snowshoed all of the Nickel Plate Nordic snowshoe trails, except “Bonanza”. They are well signed and fl agged and appeal to most levels of snowshoer at an affordable price. Come on up and give them a go. Penticton ~ Kelowna ~ Vernon ~ Kamloops Mash ~ Last but not least, a plug for me. Check out my website www.trueoutdoors.ca Open Mon-Sat 10-6 & Sun 11-5 at www.dinostours.com and book a tour. I guarantee you won’t #106 - 290 Riverside Drive, Penticton 1.778.476.6111 be disappointed!

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"Kids Learn To Ice Fish Event"

On February 22-23, 2014 at Yellow Lake on Highway 3A near Twin Lakes, the Okanagan Fisheries Section in conjunction with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, will be hosting this special event for kids to learn to ice fish from 10-3 both days. 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. © 2013 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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