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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications

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Volume 13 : Issue 5 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

Early February 2016

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Join The Fat Bike Demos & Games!

with Kurt Flaman of Freedom the Bike Shop The stoke is high for our upcoming Fat Bike event at Apex, being held on Saturday, February 13th. The cost to participate and be eligible for prizing is $20 and this includes a burger and a beer after your done your ride. Proceeds from this event will go towards the “Freedom Youth Ride Program”. We will have two different “loops” set up for people to ride. One being a little more aggressive than the other for those looking for a challenge. Along with the loops for people to go for a “demo” ride, we are also going to hold a few slightly competitive games/events to have some fun. These games will include; longest wheelie, head to head “slowest” race, longest skid, and maybe a head to head dual slalom race (if we can get a course set up that will work). To help get the word out about the event, we have numerous posters up around the mountain and around Penticton. We have created a Facebook Events Page and have links about the event on Apex Resort’s website, as well as the Penticton Cycling Association website. The goal is to get as many people on “Fatties” as possible. For more information on the Fat Bike and options for renting and where to ride, speak with the knowledgable staff at Freedom the Bike Shop located at 533 Main Street in Penticton.

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February 2016 Special Events:

Ladies Day ~ Wednesdays from January 6 to March 9. Details below. Sponsored by Sun FM & EZ Rock

Home Hardware Camps ~ Saturdays / Sundays started January 9 &10. Details below. Canada Cup Freestyle Event ~ February 5-7. This is the best mogul athletes in Canada

(that are not on the World Cup Team) going head to head on Kristi’s Run. Come cheer on these athletes!

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1.877.777.2739 | ApexResort.com Day Lift Operations ~ Daily 9am - 3:30pm

Night Lift Operations ~ Friday & Saturday 4-9pm & BC Family Day Long Weekend on Sunday, February 7th. Tube Park ~ Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday / Holidays 10am-3:30pm. Open for group bookings.

Gunbarrel Saloon Live Entertainment ~ Join in the GB fun and dance the night away!

Skating Loop & Hockey Rink ~ Open daily and night lit until 11pm. Watch for group booking closures.

BC Family Day ~ Monday, February 8 - Enjoy 50% off full-day lift tickets for all BC Residents. Fat Bike Demo Day ~ Freedom The Bike Shop will be up on Saturday, February 13 for demos!

Snow Bus ~ Runs Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays Arrives at Apex at 9:15am & Departs from Apex at 3:30pm

February 6 ~ “Cosmic Brew” plays live starting at 9:30 pm | February 13 ~ “Wild Son” plays live.

If you do the loop, you will receive burger, beer & prizes. Proceeds go to Freedom Youth Ride Program.

3rd Annual Brewski Event ~ Saturday, February 13 - This event is now SOLD OUT! U16/U18 Speed Camp & Teck Open Super G & GS Race ~ February 18-21 Business After Business Event ~ On February 21st, Apex Mountain Resort is hosting

their first “Business after Business” event with the Penticton Chamber of Commerce. Over 100 Chamber members are expected to participate, there is still room to sign up with the Penticton Chamber for $25, includes an all-day lift ticket, rentals, two beer tickets and appies in the Gunbarrel Saloon.

Featuring ~ 77 Runs | 3 Terrain Parks 2000 Vertical Feet | 1112 Skiable Acres 16% Novice | 48% Intermediate | 36% Advanced/Expert | 20 Feet of Cumulative Annual Snowfall

Sponsored by Apex Matters

Ullr’s Winter Triathlon ~ February 21st marks the return of this popular Winter Triathlon. BC Winter Games ~ February 25-28 - Freestyle Skiing | Alpine Skiing | Cross-country Skiing For more event information or any questions, call 1.877.777.2739 or email events@apexresort.com.

The Mountain Shop

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$5 off Edge & Wax $10 off Major Tune Must be accompanied with this coupon to be valid for discount. Valid until February 29, 2016

The Mountain Shop at Apex: Apex Logo Apparel | Souvenir Items Outerwear | Accessories | Snow Gear Demo Fleet ~ Try before you buy! Equipment Tuning | Custom Boot Fitting

Apex Snow School Programs:

Photo by Caillum Smith of www.preservedlight.com

Group Lessons & Private Lessons ~ We offer a full range of group lessons, from children’s and adults’ first-turns, to honing up on your double-black diamond skills. If you are looking for a lesson tailored to you, then a private lesson is the way to go. Our Certified Ski and Snowboard Instructors will focus on your individual needs, while getting you the mileage you need to solidify your new found skills and improve your confidence in the process. Ask about booking your instructor for ”lift-line priority” and get the most vertical possible, which caters up to 3 people in a 2 hour private lessons for one flat rate. Stay tuned for possible new programs coming soon! Ladies Day ~ One of our most popular programs for the fun active lady that skis or boards. This program runs every Wednesday from January 6th to March 9th. Come

join us for a skill improvement session, a great buffet style lunch at the Gunbarrel Saloon, and a complimentary glass of wine from Peller Estates. Lesson Time is 9:45am. 5 Wednesdays (*does not include lift ticket) ~ $175* / Drop in - Lift Ticket, Lesson, Lunch & Wine ~ $79 / Drop in - Lesson, Lunch & Wine ~ $39

Home Hardware Camps ~ For those aged 6-15 years. This super popular program for kids and teens will teach them the skills needed to be able to explore the entire mountain! They will be exposed to new terrain, tactics, as well as mountain safety. There are numerous options to choose from to suit any family’s needs: Saturday or Sunday starting January 9 or 10; half day or full day; 5 days or 8 days; lesson only, lift and lesson, or the complete package of lift, lesson, rentals and bus transportation to and from Penticton. Registration forms for the Home Hardware Camps are conveniently available at Home Hardware, located at 150 Fairview Place in Penticton. Rippin Rascals ~ We love kids and we want make sure they have a great time on the hill. That’s why we created Rippin Rascals for those aged 18 months - 5 years. This is their own special place where they can learn from pro’s who specialize in teaching kids. If they need a lesson, daycare, or a combination thereof, we can do it!


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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 Photo Credit ~ Two of the photos in the last issue of Apex Matters were taken by Franz Unterberger. Franz is one of the groomers at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. To see more photos taken by Franz while he is out ensuring that we have fantastic trails for skiing, please go to the Nickel Plate Facebook Page and “Like” us.

Photo by Franz Unterberger

Facilities and Trails ~ We would like to remind all members

and users of our facilities to please tidy up after yourself in the lodge and take your garbage out. Helping to fill the wood box is always appreciated, as the staff get very busy in the rental / ticket office. Please do not open the stoves in the cabin. Be cautious skiing across Winters Creek Road (Eagles Nest, Vindicator and Motherlode all cross this road) during the ski season, as there are still occasional snowmobiles or smaller forestry vehicles travelling to a cut block despite no logging trucks for the rest of the ski season. Winter tires are mandatory to drive safely up to Nickel Plate.

Volunteers Needed! We are looking for volunteers for both

Photo by Franz Unterberger

our annual Loppet (February 6th) and the BC Winter Games (February 25-28) cross country ski events. If you can help out with either or both, please send your contact info to Jerome Jang at jang.jerome@gmail.com. If you have a preference as to what you’d like to help with, please indicate this in your email to Jerome. Thanks for your support!

Snow Shoe Rentals ~ Snowshoe rentals must be returned

by 3pm. There will not be any snowshoe rentals going out after 1pm. Only Novice trails should be attempted after 1pm with food, safety gear and a headlamp recommended.

Nickel Plate Nordic Ski Locker Rentals ~ New Year Special of 25% Off! Keep your ski gear at Nickel Plate. Small lockers (these will fit skis only) are now $30 and large lockers (these will fit a wax box, boot bag and skis) are now $45. You can also share a locker with friends.

“Near Upper Meadow” ~ Image courtesy of Rick Leslie

“Evening Star” ~ Image courtesy of Rick Leslie


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For daily specials, fresh updates & current weather!

Best Mountain Views!

Check Out Our Tasty Pizza Menu!

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

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

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

Located next to The Mountain Shop in the Apex Mountain Village

Photo by Franz Unterberger

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

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Treasurer ~ Nickel Plate is looking for a volunteer treasurer After a wicked day on the slopes, some may be too tired to

to sit on the board starting in the 2016-2017 season. The current treasurer will help with the transition and training. We are looking for someone with bookkeeping and/or accounting experience. Nickel Plate is a non-profit organization and depends on volunteers - this is an essential role for operation of our club! Please contact info@nickelplatenordic.org if you are interested in this volunteer position.

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.

Nickel Plate Ski Clothing ~ Nickel Plate ski clothing for 2015/16 is now available through Hayman Sport and Jakroo. Group pricing 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.

Weather, Snow & 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.

cook! If you have had an awesome day skiing with friends, family or both, and your legs are too pooped to go out or cook a big meal. Keep it easy and try The Edge “Take and Bake” pizza menu. Its easy, its fast, and they are delicious! Simply text your order to Colin at 250-488-2400 or to Chad at 250490-6585, or stop by and order from the friendly and helpful gang at The Edge Bistro. Open Daily - 7 days/week at 7 am Sunday - Thursday until 5 pm Friday, Saturday, Holidays (when the lifts run) until 9 pm


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Apex Freestyle Club Update by Ronda Barzilay 250.878.4272 | rondabarzilay@shaw.ca Good luck to AFC & AFC Alumni in the upcoming competitions! Competing in the Canada Cup this weekend - February 6 & 7 Mason Barzilay, Brayden Kuroda, Anna and Noah Spence, Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Jesse Howden, Alec Henderson, Jamie Rykuiter, Ethan Phillips, James Naude, Koleton Phipps, Chloe Kober, Max and Kassidy Todd, Shania Finlayson, Joe Durham, Hayden Person, and Kyle Parker. Saturday, February 6th ~ Single Moguls - Kristi’s Run Sunday, February 7th ~ Dual Moguls - Kristi’s Run

Joe Durham in the air ~ Photo by Ronda Barzilay

Competing in the Calgary NorAm - February 13 & 14th Mason Barzilay, Jordan Kober, Noah and Anna Spence, Hayden Person, Koleton Phipps, Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Kassidy Todd, and Shania Finlayson. Congratulations to the AFC athletes who qualified and will compete in the upcoming BC Games hosted at Apex Mountain Resort ~ Brayden Kuroda, Max Todd, Jesse Howden, Anna Spence, Alec Henderson, Ethan Phillips, Andrew Carlow, and Courtney MacDonald. Big thank you to all the volunteers and fans that make these events possible! 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

Apex Freestyle Upcoming Events for 2016

Shania Finlayson training on Kristi's Run ~ Photo by Ronda Barzilay

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 250.878.4272 or rondabarzilay@shaw.ca Kassidy Todd - A happy freestyle skier!

Cole in the air.

Big Air action at Timber Tour at Apex ~ Photo by Ronda Barzilay

Photo by Ronda Barzilay

Photo by Ronda Barzilay

Brayden Kuroda training on Kristi’s Run ~ Photo by Ronda Barzilay


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Tickets are only $5 each! 1st Prize ~ This amazing & fun wrapped - 18 cu ft fridge, plus

$500 to stock it with your personal tastes!

2nd Prize ~ Apex Mountain Inn & Apex Mountain Resort

package for two, which includes 3 days of amazing skiing and a 2 night stay mountain side! When you are kicking back at the end of the day, you will be able to enjoy a bottle of wine compliments of Covert Estate Winery!

3rd Prize ~ Men’s Spyne or Lady’s Spyre - K2 All Mountain Performance Boots complete with custom intuition heat moldable liners - courtesy of Sun Valley Source for Sports. WIN WIN WIN Tickets are available by talking to any member of the Apex Freestyle Club! Draw to take place on February 27th! For more information on AFC, please contact Kenni Kuroda, Head Coach & GM | afckenni@gmail.com | 250.490.1762

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On The World Cup Mogul Circuit

with Andi Naude The World Cup circuit is back in full swing, and I could not be more excited! After a nice long holiday break, as well as a good training camp, the past two weeks have simply flown by. Since my last update, my teammates and I have competed in two domestic World Cups! Competitions held on home soil are always very exciting and special. The support we receive from our family, friends, and supporters cannot be beat. Apex’s Andi Naude, The first of the two Canadian World Ranked 5th in the World For Women’s Mogul Skiing Cups was held in Val St. Come, Quebec on January 23rd. The course, which is usually extremely challenging, was the best I had ever seen. The snow was firm, but not too icy, which made for an awesome event. Everyone was skiing extremely well, and pushing the limits. I had some very good training; however, I made a bit of an error during the middle section of my finals run, which ended my day in 11th place. This was not really the result I was hoping for, but I learned a lot during the process, and came out determined to improve. After flying home for two days of quality rest, I arrived in Calgary, Alberta feeling confident. Calgary is my favourite event of the year. I absolutely love the challenging course, as well as the atmosphere. It feels a lot like home for me. I was also extremely fortunate to have my family present to cheer me on! The competition day went super well and I ended up with my second ever World Cup Podium, finishing in 3rd place!!! I was over the moon with excitement and joy. For the second week in a row, the Canadian women swept the podium, and I was honoured to be a part of it! After a tough start to the season, it feels amazing to finally be satisfied with my performance. Looking ahead, I am only hoping to build on this. Next up are the World Cups in Deer Valley, Utah held on February 4th and 6th. Stay tuned for more updates, and thank you all for the absolutely amazing love and support.

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Canadian Women Sweep World Cup Moguls in Calgary - From left to right - Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, and Andi Naude. (Photo taken by FIS)


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Apex Ski Club Update with Patricia Large, Apex Ski Club Mom & Volunteer The Apex Ski Club Carvers hosted the South Okanagan Nancy Greene Zone Race on Sunday, January 31st. Over 120 kids aged 5-12 years participated in the dual glalom event. The weather conditions were perfect and the racer’s happy smiles were contagious! The parent volunteers could not help to feel proud of all the fantastic efforts made by the kids in attendance. Congratulations to all racers!

Rejeanne Droppo, Race Coordinator, had the pleasure of medaling her daughter Marie Droppo (3rd 2008 Girls) at the South Okanagan Nancy Greene Zone Race.

A U12 Girls Apex Ski Club Podium Sweep! Sienna Blaser, Charlotte Wargniez, Molly Raymond.

The Apex Ski Club U14 racers secured 8 of the 20 spots on Team Okanagan for the upcoming BC Winter Games. The talented bunch will represent the Okanagan February 25-27 at Apex Mountain Resort. Congratulations goes out to Ana Large, Aubree Lawlor, Noa Rogers, Isaac Athans, Devin Blaser, Peter De La Mothe, Hemming Sola and Nick Tonogai members of the Okanagan Alpine Ski Team for BC Winter Games 2016. The Apex Ski Club SOS Fundraiser was a huge success! Thanks to amazing community sponsors and donors, incredible volunteers, and the support of the Apex Community we were able to raise $19,000. The Apex Ski Club would like to send out a most sincere thanks to everyone that contributed in making this event a success! February is a busy month at Apex! The U16/U18 Speed Camp and Super G Race is scheduled for February 18-21, followed by the BC Winter Games from February 25-28. Both of these alpine events will take place at Apex Mountain Resort!

Apex Ski Club Carver taking a rest before her race!

The Apex Ski Club invites 5-12 years old to join ...

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

Saturdays Half Day ~ 9:30 am - 12 noon Sundays Full Day ~ 9:30 am - 3 pm Children develop skills and conďŹ dence, 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 at www.apexskiclub.com.

Gary Athans sharing his ski expertise with a crew of ski club parents at the World Cup Wannabe 2016 Fundraiser for the Apex Ski Club.

APEX SKI CLUB - WE AIM 2 WIN

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


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Secrets Of The Snow

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Snow Hacks

This regular column looks for little known stories that will Life Hacks are shortcuts or tricks that make life a little easier. enhance your riding experience at Apex. If you have any ideas Each edition, we will share a new ‘snow hack’ to make life a little easier at the hill. Email apexmatters@telus.net, if you for ‘Secrets of the Snow’, email apexmatters@telus.net. have any suggestions for ski or snowboard hacks.

Serious s’knowhow

1 of 12 Snowmaking Fan Guns

‘Sneg’ in Russian. ‘Qanik’ in Inuktitut. ‘Yuki’ in Japanese. Whatever you call it, every ski hill needs a lot of it. Apex has taken some of the chance out of the seasonal dance with Mother Nature with their approach to making snow. In this edition of Secrets of the Snow, we spoke to Shawn Whitty, Apex’s Operations Manager to learn the behind-the-scenes story on Apex’s Snowmaking Program.

1. Heavy Duty ~ Apex has 12, 600V fan guns ready to make snow at any given time. One is permanently stationed at the freestyle air site, while the other 11 are portable. 2. Round-the-Clock ~ Our snowmaking team includes three crews of two and two supervisors working the morning, night and graveyard shifts. Snowmaking is concentrated on high traffic areas, such as the Juniper and Okanagan runs, at the bottom of the lifts, and in the terrain parks. 3. 32 Olympic Swimming Pools ~ Apex has a license to draw 21 million gallons of water from Nickel Plate Lake for snowmaking each season. That’s enough to fill 32 Olympic-size swimming pools. The fan guns will use about 620 gallons each minute. Last year, Apex used 16 million gallons. 4. Claim to Fame ~ Apex operations team is proud to be the only hill in the Okanagan that can make snow from top to bottom. Big White is the only other hill with snowmaking equipment and only makes snow in their terrain park. 5. Better than Mother Nature? ~ Making snow has some big advantages. You can control where it goes and how much you make. And, because you can control the combination of compressed air and water, manmade snow is harder to melt and lasts longer. That’s why Apex starts making snow at the start of every season as soon as the temperatures drop below -5°Celsius.

Make Your Own Windshield De-icing Cocktail

Why pay a lot for de-icing chemicals when you can make it at home? Using 2 quarts of “Thank You” rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon of dish detergent, you now have a winter From ApexHockey.com window washing fl uid at Hockey a fraction of the with Marc Tougas, Apex Organizer price at a local store. Pour a similar mix on The final tournament of the season went well, considering last walkways to prevent freezing after shoveling: year it rained on this event. 18 teams from all over BC, Alberta 1 teaspoon liquid dish detergent, 1 tablespoon and one from Ontario came to play. The hockey was difficult, of rubbing alcohol, and 1.5 gallons of water. as Apex recorded 23 cm of powder while we were playing! Spray 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water on your Thewindows “A” division was before won bytoaprevent local team, “The Bronco’s”, car the night ice from forming. You made up of players that also ski at Apex. They beat a team will still need to brush off the snow (of course!). from Richmond called “The Jagr Bomb’s”. The “B” division was Thank you to http://www.thisblewmymind.com/life-hacks-15won by “The Oilers” ... Yes, they don’t win much in the NHL, but fixes-to-your-winter-troubles/ for the picture and snow hack. they won the “B” division at Apex. These ‘oilers’ were actually from the Abbotsford area and were great sports winning all their games by a pretty good margin. They will be an “A” team next year. They beat a local team called “Zep Cleaners”. The “C” division was won by “The Walrus” a team from Courtney, BC in a shootout over “The Boxers” from the Vancouver area. The Ladies final was won by “Red Bull”. This team has won a few times before and won by default, as their opponent did not know they were in the final. Apex Hockey would like to thank all the residents at Apex, Apex Staff, Apex Accommodations, Apex Matters, the Apex Mountain Inn and the Gunbarrel Saloon for their support. This year we were able to contribute to the Apex Ski Club, Apex Freestyle Club, Apex Fire Brigade Society, and the Apex Ski Patrol. Funds raised also went toward the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund. We look forward to Apex having a great rest of your ski season with lots of snow and great ski and boarding events. See you all next year!

How is your ‘snow’cabulary?

Urban legend suggests there are more than 52 words for snow in Inuktitut. Anthropologist John Steckley debunked that myth and identified about a dozen basic words for snow and ten for ice in his book “White Lies” (2007). Here is a selection you can share to look smart at your next dinner party. • • • • • • •

qanik - snow falling aputi - snow on the ground pukak - crystalline snow on the ground aniu - snow used to make water siku - ice in general nilak - freshwater ice, for drinking qinu - slushy ice by the sea

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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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Sports Nutrition ... Or, Digressions On Science And Why We Are Fat

By Paul Girard, PT Some of my colleagues at the physio clinic have been giving me a hard time about my thoughts on sports nutrition. This because I was quoted during a recent staff meeting as saying, “Really, that’s a thing?” Guess I’m becoming a curmudgeon as I age. Twenty-plus years into my career, I’m now more apt to be cynical of quick-fix/marketing/quackery/internet/anecdotal/movie star ‘knowledge’ that has no basis in science. It’s everywhere and we’re all susceptible to it. Any group involved in advertising/ selling to us understands this and will potentially exploit it. My humble wisdom on all things health-related is to be skeptical of the stories and claims not rooted in reproducible science. Every day I try to share this insight with patients asking about supplements or other alternative treatments - and this includes nutrition. We humans are historically not wired to ponder things and think critically. Until the past couple of thousand years, it didn’t really pay to think too much and to consider things from a scientific perspective - that cost us way too much energy, and could indeed end up being fatal. If another person in your clan told you something, you accepted that as the truth and carried on - it probably helped you survive. Don’t eat those berries they made me sick. Don’t try to talk to that bear - just go in the other direction. The recipe was find ‘good’ food/don’t become food - and our relatively simple environments took care of the rest. No need to separate art from science. Here we are, though, in a different situation altogether. Like it or not, we’ve discovered science and the environment/ technology has become much more complicated. We’ve learned that correlation does not mean causation. We know of the power of suggestion and our own confirmation biases and yet, lamentably, we still frequently all fall prey to our own brains. If someone tells a compelling enough story, or if you hear it enough times, it certainly runs the risk of becoming a ‘truth’. Don’t get me wrong - that’s not always a bad thing. But, it sure can be when it comes to your nutrition and health. We need to separate art from science. Besides loving a story, we humans are hard-wired to eat. That’s not a personal decision. So, when we live in a world of food everywhere - from the pharmacy to the hardware store to the fast food outlets - then we are at risk of over consuming less than healthy nutrition. Add to that billions spent on the actual science of marketing it to us and we’ve got a problem. You ever see a head of lettuce and some bananas at the Shoppers Drug Mart or Rona food rack when going through the till? That’s science working against you. Here is a reproducible experiment: if you make food/drink excessively available, convenient, and sweet/ salty/melt-in-your mouthy (my technical term) then consumption will explode. Throw in commercials showing famous people eating/drinking it, or combine it with an emotionally-charged story and again, consumption goes up. I would ask you, how are we doing as a society at being skeptical about our collective food/nutrition/health story and where it stands from a science standpoint? This stuff obviously needs regulation - just look around. The irony regarding nutrition in our society is we have science exploiting our weaknesses, causing our health to suffer.

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And then, we so often try to fix it with quackery. Holy Metabolic Syndrome, Batman! Here’s a recent one ... How about gluten-free everything being ‘prescribed’ to those people who don’t have celiac disease? All that does is put money in people’s pockets who charge you to: 1) Tell you to avoid gluten; or 2) Buy gluten-free products. I’m sorry, but this is the science - even if you have a friend or someone in a lab coat who told you differently. Even if you read it on the internet. Even if you believe differently. From bee sting therapy, to liberation brain surgery, to all sorts of specialty diets and supplements, to magnets, to copper bracelets, to craniosacral therapy to anti-vaccinators - I’ve seen the hype trump the science at the expense of people. Of course, feel free to try some of the relatively harmless things - nothing wrong with benefiting from the art of a placebo or otherwise unknown effect if the downside risks are minimal. Medical science doesn’t know everything. Hey, I am even willing to try alternative treatments if nothing else works. As long as everyone is informed and ineffective treatment doesn’t go on forever, sure, try it. But, some quackery strategies are just downright dangerous and prohibitively expensive. For more information, check out the online lectures of Harriet A. Hall - a physician who readily shares knowledge on what good health science is. Back to sports nutrition. I assume most of you are on the hill skiing recreationally. For the vast majority, I like this quotation taken from Precision Nutrition, “… most people don’t need to worry about nutrient timing. Ever.” They go on, “... for most people trying to look and feel their best, nutrient timing is not a main priority.” I would agree that what you are eating on a weekly/monthly basis (your general nutrition) is a much more influential aspect of sport performance. Visit the USDA’s ChooseMyPlate website for a starting place on healthy nutrition. Robert H. Lustig, MD (Fat Chance), and Dr. Deborah A. Cohen, MD (A Big Fat Crisis) have great information regarding healthy eating strategies and the science involved. Thereafter, you could certainly consult with a registered dietician regarding sport-specific intake during the hours prior and post-exercises IF you are getting into some seriously increased exercise activity or you are an elite athlete. Your macronutrient needs will depend on your weight, goals, genetics, and the duration and intensity of your activity. Obviously someone running a marathon over a few hours will have different needs compared to say, someone skiing with their family for five or six runs. A lot of this stuff is common sense replacement of nutrients, ensuring enough energy is available for the task at hand, and adequate hydration. I just don’t see the need for shelves full of potions and supplements. Be skeptical of all of your health care. Look into the science that goes with the art. Really, that’s a thing! Paul Girard is a registered physical therapist with Certified Hand Therapist designation. He operates a hand therapy clinic out of Dale Charles Physiotherapy. #102A-351 Westminster Avenue, Penticton

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"Some people say the ascent is complete once the summit is reached; I say it’s not until the first post-adventure beer is cracked." Let’s face it, Canadians love their outdoor sports and beer. It’s a pairing made in heaven. It has been observed that Canadians can’t seem to click into skis or bike pedals, get in a kayak, or climb a cliff face without beer being part of the après equation. Explore Magazine wrote an article about Beer and Adventure in the Summer of 2015 that reported Canada to rank in the middle of the pack of the top 50 beer-consuming nations. On average, in 2012, Canadians drank 66.9 litres of beer per capita, putting us in the number 25 spot, right behind countries like Brazil and Spain and two spots ahead of New Zealand. The Czech Republic, the leader at 148.6 litres, more than doubles our consumption, leading a clean sweep of the top five spots by Central European nations. We were surprised by Canada’s modest performance on the world beer stage, but believed that the riding, climbing and skiing population were not truly representative, as they tended to skew the perception of national consumption to the upper end.

The craft brewing revolution has swept North America from coast to coast but has been slow to catch on in the Okanagan Valley, even though on a national scale, it is not far off from Victoria, the sacred birthplace of craft brew culture in British Columbia. With breweries such as the Cannery, Bad Tattoo and Tin Whistle located within walking distance to downtown, we are starting to make our way onto the map! In your quiver of outdoor equipment, you must now include the growler. These days, it’s common to see people cuddling these brown glass (or stainless steel) bottles as they would an infant child and commuting on cruiser bikes to the local brewery for a refill. Liquor laws once puritanical to the extreme, have relaxed substantially, meaning you can now bring your children into some enlightened pubs after a day at the ski hill or bike trail and have a civilized beer. Europe understood this a long time ago. Pretending to hide alcohol consumption from children does little to engender a responsible attitude toward the stuff. We are quite excited about our pairing with adventure and our community’s arrival into the mature world of craft brews. Love of outdoor sports binds people across cultures; turns out so does an appreciation for fine beer. Bringing the 2 together has drawn people to destinations around the globe and now so can we! We do ask that you climb in our gym before you cross the street and hit the Cannery, but how cool is it that this is now an option! Lyndie Hill Hoodoo Adventure Company


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Adventures In The Snow

Have you been on an adventure in the snow around Apex? Have you captured a photo that you would like to share? Email apexmatters@telus.net with your short story and/or photos.

Johnny Smoke & Friends in the Apex Backcountry

A number of Apex locals join together with Johnny Smoke on a regular basis to explore the Apex Backcountry (with avalanche gear, of course). Johnny shares his amazing photos on Facebook and Instagram for all to enjoy, but mostly to inspire others. Epic tales of seeking untouched pristine champaign powder lines ... something we all long for. Below are a few photos taken by Johnny Smoke in the Apex Backcountry. Enjoy!

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Why We Enjoy Our Cabin At Apex with Diane Pew, APOA Board Member We aren’t long-time owners here at Apex, just 10 years thus far. However, Apex has come to be a special place for us and we really enjoy our cabin. And, in all four seasons too. When we first bought, we liked to call our place a ski shack with potential. After dedicating our lives to renovation and several years of hard labour, we have a cabin retreat that makes us proud. You know that old saying, “making a silk purse from a sow’s ear.” Apex was a place that we hoped would become our happy Christmas winter home and it’s become all that, and so much more. We really appreciate our winters. Our cabin is quiet and peaceful in the winter bush, and it gives us down time to read books and visit with friends and neighbours. Winter fun has taken on new meaning, since our two grandchildren have started visiting. The new neighbours were also an unexpected bonus. It seems that people acquire a unique sense of community and friendships develop quickly here at Apex. They welcomed us enthusiastically and made a point of introducing themselves and offering whatever they could to assist our transition to mountain living. Now in the winter, when the weather is too cold, snowy, or windy for us to downhill ski, we can just go out our back door, grab the snowshoes, track down the waterline over to Dave and Marys’ Trail, and head out over the creek, over the fallen trees (which Dave trims and removes) and up the other side of the draw to pop out of the bush at the Scout Cabin. A great hour of exercise, which includes pleasant conversation with others along the way. We also enjoy snowshoeing at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, particularly the Snowflake Trail which passes through the 3 ponds area and beyond to Nickle Plate Lake. All of these trails can be travelled on snowshoes or cross country skis. Where else is this possible, so close to home? Mon-Thur ~ 8am - 8pm Fri ~ 8am - 5pm

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Friend/Associate Member $15/year or Property Owner $30/year Mail a cheque to APOA, PO Box 23016, Penticton, BC V2A 8L7 Are you a Paid Strata Member? Be sure you are an activated member by sending your email address to APOAexec@gmail.com today! Apex downhill skiing is world class, and we’re proud that so many Canadian ski competitions are held at our mountain. Alexandre Bilodeau put it well when he mused that “Apex was one of his favourite ski hills.” During the summer, it’s wonderful to come up here, especially when one needs a break from the heat of the valley, as it is at least 10° cooler. You certainly don’t need air conditioning at night. Picnics at Nickle Plate Lake are an absolute treat, mind you sometimes the bugs think you are the treat. With all that said, we bought our place for ‘family’. And now that we have grandchildren, that’s what the cabin is all about. Our granddaughter thinks everyone should come to the cabin. “It’s just the best place ... we can go sledding behind the house, we can go skating, and then there is the skiing where we can go fast down the hill.” The magic carpet isn’t enough anymore, “because that’s for little kids” ... mind you she was just 3 ½ when she said that. She likes to go with her Poppa and her Mommy, so if you see a little girl coming down the hill and an older skier struggling to stay out front as she yells, “faster Poppa, faster Poppa”, you’ll recognize our family. She’s constantly telling her other grandparents that they should come to the cabin, “we have lots of fun there even Cuba (the dog) can hardly wait to go play in the snow, but my brother he just crawls and licks the snow cause he can’t ski like me yet.” These are the memories that make ‘the cabin’. Apex is a unique resource, which we’re fortunate to be able to experience. We need to keep our mountain gem strong and healthy with trees and trails for ourselves and our children and our children’s children to dream and play in.

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Apex Fire Brigade Update

with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief Hopefully, I will be traveling to a fire hall in a small community this week to pick up some more self contained breathing apparatuses. This is the firefighter’s number one piece of safety equipment. And, they are very expensive and hard to obtain. I have received a lot of training in the use of this equipment in the last little while and am very comfortable training our department in the use of it. We have strict policies in our department for their use and the safety of the men and women using them. Many firefighters have perished in this equipment, but not because of the equipment; it is because of a structural collapse Gord Reum during SCBA practice. and they have become trapped. There may never be a way to calculate how many lives their use have saved or how many they will continue to save. Many of the deaths that have occurred in the past from not using SCBAs are not instant. Breathing harmful smoke full of carcinogens, especially from the burning of the plastics and hydrocarbons we use these days, will eventually take its toll usually through some type of cancer. I have been trying very hard for many years to get this equipment for our department and many times have been left disappointed, as the deals seemed to always fall through. This is older equipment that is no longer considered to be up to the latest standards of the industry, but safe none the less. This causes problems for those trying to obtain them, because the donor is afraid of the liability issues. Because of this issue, most of this equipment gets sent down to Mexico and South America, which is fine, but what about us? We usually get left without, because of the legal system. Thankfully, there are a few brave souls with some common sense that have seen past this issue and have helped us obtain some of the gear we need to perform our work safely. A huge thanks for those that have, you know who you are, and I will continue to protect you from the liability as I have promised. My safety talk for this issue will be the topic of First Aid. My place of employment recently took over the first aid responsibilities from a contractor that was doing a very good job, but was too expensive considering that there are quite a few OFA Level 3 attendants on site that were not being utilized. I happen to be one of them. I quickly became aware that as I had taken my training and certification one year ago, I had not been given the opportunity to use this training, as a result I felt very rusty. Others that I work with have said the same thing. We came to the realization that we were going to have to train through practices to re-hone our skills. This is no different for any of the things we do as a firefighter first responder or a medic. There was a time when the work place was not as safe and this lent to opportunities for first aiders to get all the “practice” that they needed, but it is not like that anymore. This is one of the reasons why I am a part of this fire department and have taken my occupational first aid certification, and joined the mine rescue team. It gives me more opportunity to train and get the practice for when someone needs me to have

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these skills the most. The knowledge that I have gained from being on this fire department has allowed me to help train the mine rescue team with regards to firefighting. However, it is not enough that I have the knowledge to teach, but not the practice to be proficient to the point that the skills are used automatically without thinking through it. For me, “first aid” means that someone’s life may literally be in my hands, and I feel this pressure. Therefore, I want to be skilled, prepared and well practiced for this. Wouldn’t you? Now that I have asked, what would you do if someone required this sort of assistance? Let’s put the pressure on! Let us say that you are travelling a quiet stretch of highway in the middle of nowhere and your nine year old daughter stops breathing for some unknown reason. To be clear, there is no help close by and she is going to die if you don’t do anything. It is possible to easily save her life, if you know what to do. Do you have first aid? Many would say no, or that they took some back in high school, but it didn’t really appeal to them. Well, I bet it would now in this situation. So, what is your excuse? I am too old! Learn how to use an automated electronic defibrillator (AED). You are getting on in age maybe you could save your husband’s or wife’s life as he/ she is having a heart attack in a mall where there is an AED, but there is no one on hand that has been trained to use it. Time is of the essence with this situation. A St. John’s Level 1 course will teach you how to use an AED. Many employers are so safety conscious these days that they will happily pay for their employees to take these courses. Many first responders, medics and whatnot value this training so much that they will teach you for the sake of having just one more capable person out there that may save their life some day. If you ever have the opportunity to get some of this training, why wouldn’t you? Afraid? I would rather be a little afraid than watch someone I love die, because I didn’t know what to do! And, wouldn’t it be ironic that the one in trouble is the only one that is proficient in first aid and you thought you were covered. Have a safe and fun ski season!

A patient who was extracted from a vehicle and has been packaged for a long line helivac demonstration in Grand Forks.

BC Ambulance services at the Grand Forks spring seminar talking to firefighters about first aid and first response.


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Linda Larson, MLA

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with Bob Daly, Chair Get Informed. Get Involved. Have Your Say! All the Fact Sheets are out! The Electoral Area ‘D’ Governance Study Committee has released the last of the series of ‘Fact Sheets’ to the public as part of the governance study process. The purpose of the governance study is to examine the present system of governance and delivery of services by the RDOS with the goal of determining if there are ways they both might be improved. The study is specifically intended to examine options available within the current regional district governance framework. It is not about incorporation. To that end, a series of ‘Fact Sheets’ have been prepared, describing the nature of the services provided by the RDOS to the communities of Area ‘D’ and their surrounding areas. The Fact Sheets are designed to help the citizens of Area ‘D’ make informed decisions when expressing opinions through the study`s surveys, at public forums and meetings, or through written submissions. The Fact Sheets describe services of: - Regional District Governance - Solid Waste - Fire and Emergency Services - Library - Parks, Trails and Recreation - Transit - Bylaw Enforcement - Sewer - Economic Development - Administration - Pest and Animal Control - Water - Planning and Building Inspection Fact Sheets can be accessed through the RDOS website (look for popular links, and click on Area D Governance Study.) They are also available in print at the following locations: Apex - Apex Administration Office & The Edge Bistro; Twin Lakes - Twin Lakes Store; St. Andrews - St. Andrews by the Lake Office; Kaleden - Kaleden Irrigation District Office & Kaleden Library; Upper Carmi - Penticton RDOS Office; and Heritage Hills, Lakeshore Highlands, Vintage Views, Vaseux Lake, Skaha Estates, Okanagan Falls - at any of the following locations - Pharmasave, OK Falls Library, 3 Winds Hair Design, Dr. Browne’s office, Dr. Robertson’s office, Royal Lepage Realty, Interior Savings Credit Union, OK Falls Seniors Centre, The Bear Bean Café, Johnston Meier Insurance, H&M Thriftee Shop, Noble Ridge Winery, and the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen Rural Services Office. Mail-Out Newsletter ~ This month everyone in the communities of Area “D” can expect a mail-out Newsletter describing the Governance Study and how they can participate in it. Survey ~ Accompanying the Newsletter is the first of two surveys to solicit feedback from residents regarding their attitudes toward the current governance and the services the RDOS provides. The surveys are designed to give citizens an opportunity to identify issues, note concerns or comment on positive aspects of the current system. It will also allow residents to express opinions on what changes (if any) they would like to see.

Regional Heritage Strategic Plan - Official Community Plans - Building Inspection - Library - Invasive Species - Regional Trails - Volunteer Fire Protection - Emergency Planning & Services

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Water - Sewer - Garbage & Recycling - Bylaw Enforcement - Permits - Transit - Parks & Recreation - Regional Growth Strategy - Bear Aware

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ATTENTION RESIDENTS OF:

Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Twin Lakes, Lakeshore Highlands, Heritage Hills, Vintage Views, Upper Carmi, Skaha Estates, Vaseux Lake, St. Andrews, Apex and surrounding areas.

Get Information. Get Involved. Have your say. 1. Read the Fact Sheets ~ Online at www.rdos.bc.ca or pick up a paper copy here. Volume 1 (#1-6) ~ Regional District Governance | Solid Waste Management | Fire Protection & Emergency Services

Library Services | Transit | Parks, Trails and Recreation

Volume 2 (#7-13) ~ Economic Development Services | Administration | Sewer & Waste Water Services | Water Service Planning & Building Services | Bylaw Enforcement & Animal Control | Invasive Plants & Pest Control

2. Fill Out Survey #1 ~ Online at www.rdos.bc.ca or pick up a paper copy here. We want to hear from YOU! A major concern in one community of Area “D” may not be of significance in another. The more we understand the issues, the better we can develop options to address them. What are your views about Area “D” governance and local services? Fill out Survey #1 online or pick up a paper copy here. You can drop off your survey in the box below.

3. Attend a Governance Study Open House Forum

Map of Area “D”

Come and discuss your ideas and concerns. Ask questions, learn about the study, discuss your views on services and governance. Okanagan Falls Community Centre ~ March 2nd 6-8 pm Kaleden Community Hall ~ March 3rd 6-8 pm Apex Mountain Inn - Rock Oven Room ~ March 5th 3-5 pm

Paper Copies of Fact Sheets & Surveys at: Apex ~ Apex Administrative Office & The Edge Bistro Twin Lakes ~ Twin Lakes Store St. Andrews ~ St. Andrews by the Lake Office Kaleden ~ Kaleden Irrigation District Office & Kaleden Library Okanagan Falls ~ Pharmasave, Library, 3 Winds Hair Design, Dr. Browne’s Office, Dr. Robertson’s Office, Royal Lepage Realty, Interior Savings Credit Union, Seniors Centre, The Bear Bean Café, Johnston Meier Insurance, H&M Thriftee Shop, Noble Ridge Winery, & the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen Rural Services Office.

What is a Governance Study? The purpose of the study is to review and consider methods of improvement with local governance. Who provides services and at what cost? What do the residents think about this? How could we make it better? How could this affect us? Please note, incorporation is not a consideration.

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Regional Heritage Strategic Plan - Official Community Plans - Building Inspection - Library - Invasive Species - Regional Trails - Volunteer Fire Protection - Emergency Planning & Services

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Water - Sewer - Garbage & Recycling - Bylaw Enforcement - Permits - Transit - Parks & Recreation - Regional Growth Strategy - Bear Aware

Public Forums - March 2nd, 3rd and 5th ~ Coinciding with the surveys, the Governance Committee will be hosting a series of public forums and roundtable discussions that will allow citizens to openly discuss their views and share perspectives on governance and services, and provide the Governance Committee with information leading to initial recommendations. Written submissions on relevant issues will also be accepted. Attend a Governance Forum at a site near you! • Okanagan Falls Community Centre - 1141 Cedar Street Wednesday, March 2nd from 6-8pm • Kaleden Community Hall - 340 Lakehill Road Thursday, March 3rd from 6-8pm • Apex Mountain Inn - Rock Oven Room Saturday, March 5th from 3-5pm To keep informed about the Governance Study go to the RDOS website (www.rdos.bc.ca) or read future issues of Skaha Matters and/or Apex Matters. Answer key below is for the Apex Matters Sudoku Puzzle found on page 21.

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Penticton Snowmobile Club

with Sylvain Gagnon, Club President Do you own a snowmobile? Do you like to ride on our local trails? Well, then the Penticton Snowmobile Club would like to invite you to our regular monthly meetings held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Kiwanis House on Hastings Street in Penticton. We meet at 6pm, have a little dinner together and social time, followed by our regular meeting. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th. See you there! The Penticton Snowmobile Club organizes group outings and over night trips every winter. We share our passion for the sport and welcome any newcomers to join us on the trails for an adventure this winter. Come on out and join in the fun! If you have any questions or would like to know more about joining our snowmobile club, please contact Sylvain Gagnon, Club President, at 250-809-2851 or email sdonatg@gmail.com.


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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 5

By Dino Giurissevich of Dino’s Snowshoe Tours & Adventures This time around I really have no new snowshoe adventures to talk about, so I will give a ‘Readers Digest’ version of not only snowshoeing, but fat biking as well. Tuesday, January 19th ~ I usually require a minimum booking of two snowshoers to go out on a tour, but a referral from a mutual friend and the snowshoer being a visitor from Ontario was enough to change my mind. My customer was a middle aged female visiting her aunt in Penticton. She has hiked the El Camino which I hear so much about, so decided a shoe up to the igloo would be in order. We snowshoed up a trail I often use to get to the igloo. It is a fairly direct route with only a hand full of steep sections. Within 45 minutes, we were at the igloo. I explained a little about the building process while my client crawled inside to check out the ambience. From here, we headed over to “mama and papa” bear where we enjoyed some powder running. A crust layer made the powder running a little more difficult, but within 45 minutes we Climbing up to the igloo. were back at the parking lot. A challenging snowshoe for our visitor but I believe one she can talk about, not as much as the El Camino, but an adventure she can talk about nonetheless. Wednesday, January 20th ~ A solo fat bike up Carmi way. I drove out to the 201 to try biking on a forestry road used by snowmobiles and snowshoers. Unfortunately, a fresh snowfall overnight made it near impossible to ride my bike as the back wheel just kept spinning, ergo, no traction. So, I loaded up and headed down to try a little lower with no luck, so, I drove even lower to the Carmi Trail system. Luckily for me, these trails are very popular with snowshoers and are packed quite well. Also, there had been snowshoers out just before me, which packed down the fresh snow making the riding easier for me. I rode a few laps of the “Tamarack” trail and one of the “Carmi” loop. Some of the upper trails had not been snowshoed, so I didn’t try them but look forward to coming back to do so. I slogged through some thigh deep snow to try the “Canyon” trail, but was eventually thwarted by the deep snow. I did find a beautiful sunny spot in which to sit a while to soak up the sun and the fabulous canyon views. Wednesday, January 20th ~ Our “Wednesday Night Mountain Bike” group morphs into the “Wednesday Night Snowshoe” group for the winter. Tonight, 9 of us started from 6km on the Apex Mountain Road and snowshoed up what I call “Mach 10” or the bottom of the Sheeprock Trail. This is a steady 20-30 minute climb. From here, we took a spur to the right which spit

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us out on a logging road where the real climbing began; steep and breaking trail for about 200m. The payoff for this was some excellent downhill powder running down to the logging road and back down Mach 10 to the start. An excellent night!! Wednesday, January 27th ~ 7 Wednesday Night Snowshoers started from the upper Shatford logging road. This is a very well packed trail used by snowshoers and skiers and offers a fairly easy start. (This is another trail on my “to fat bike” list.) Within 10-15 minutes we reached a fork in the road. We took the right turn which brought us back to the steep climb we did last week. This time, I had a few others break trail which is good practice and shows one how difficult not only breaking trail can be, but also choosing the right route. We had a blast once again powder running down the route we used last week. Our return route was the back same way we started. Saturday, January 30th ~ Yippee! My first fat bike tour. This was booked by a girlfriend for her boyfriend’s (Peter) Birthday. What a great present! After a few safety tips, Peter and I were off riding down Nickel Plate Forest Service Road all the way to the ‘big rock’. Here we turned right and had an exciting roller coaster ride down to the lake. When conditions are good a loop around the lake is a must, but as luck would have it, not today. The snow was too deep and the lake slushy. So, back up we climbed, up to the ‘big rock’ and left out to the meadow. From here we tried a short piece of the “Vista Trail”, and then turned around My First Fat Bike Tour! and back the way we came. A little “powder riding” back down to the SE end of the lake added some more excitement and some wipe-outs to the adventure. A climb back out to the 3 ponds and to the parking lot and we were done. A most excellent time! Sunday, January 31st ~ Another fat bike day! This time was myself and 6 friends, most of them first-time fat bikers. Bikes were rented from Kurt at Freedom the Bike Shop. 6 inches of new snow (yes, the old fashioned measurement) is not a fat biker’s friend! Biking is much harder and more hike-a-biking is the order of the day. Our start was from the old Gunbarrel and up past the volley hut. After a minute, this route proved fruitless, so we veered right and headed down towards


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the toboggan hill and out to the main road, which we rode all the way to the 3 ponds parking lot. From here we headed down to the 3 ponds staying on the left side which had been snowshoed and made the going a little easier. We turned left down to the lake having a most enjoyable downhill. Again, the lake had too much snow on it to cross or ride, so back up we rode. After some meandering, we rode over to try some powder riding where Pete and I were yesterday. Here we had lots of laughs, as the route down was a ‘yard sale’ with bikes and bodies. Luckily, deep snow is forgiving, unlike dirt. Pierre had the best “superman” of the day, which I sadly missed. This trail, if it can be called a trail, ends back down at the lake, so back up we had to climb. Back past the 3 ponds and returning on the opposite side from which we started. Hiking up a short section of Riordan enabled us to have an exhilarating downhill ride all the way to the old Gunbarrel and then down to the village. An awesome time had by all. Let’s do it again guys!!

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The Alpine Responsibility Code

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Great Cabin Recipes

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Snow Hacks

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