Apex Matters Late February 2015 Issue

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications


Head to Apex for Winter Adventure! Ski / Snowboard / X-C Ski / Snowshoe

Volume 12 : Issue 6 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

Late February 2015



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A Big Cheers To Brewski!


An Apex Mountain Resort Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits Festival Wow, what a night! Apex Mountain Resort was thrilled to report that Brewski 2015 was an even bigger success than they could have imagined. Over 300 people enjoyed amazing craft beer, spirits, ciders, appetizers and live entertainment up at Apex on Saturday Feb. 14th for the second annual Brewski event! Guests, breweries, cideries, distilleries, volunteers and staff alike came together to experience some truly unique local flavours. “It’s pretty amazing when you go to an event like this and realize just how lucky we are to live where we do. There are so many amazingly talented people in this area with a distinct passion and commitment to their craft, you can truly taste it in every sip,” explained Megan Pigeon, Apex Marketing & Sales Manager. “When everyone gets together in one place and brings their best work, it’s pretty special. Not only for the guests, but for the beverage providers as well. This event gives them the opportunity to get together with like-minded people and just have fun - skiing, boarding and enjoying the fresh The craft beverage providers who participated this year were: mountain air.” Bad Tattoo Brewing (Penticton), Barley Mill (Penticton), Cannery Brewing (Penticton), Dubh Glas Distillery (Oliver), Firehall Brewery (Oliver), Legend Distilling (Naramata), Maple Leaf Spirits (Penticton), Mt. Begbie (Revelstoke), Okanagan Spirits (Vernon), Old Order Distilling (Penticton), Parallel 49 Brewing (Vancouver), Phillips Brewing (Victoria), Prohibition Brewing (Kelowna), Rustic Roots Cider (Cawston), Summerland Heritage Cider (Summerland), Tin Whistle Brewing (Penticton), Tree Brewing (Kelowna) and Twisted Hills Cider (Cawston). “We would also like to thank Towers and Trees for making the trip out to Apex and gracing us with their musical talents! This group of Victoria-based musicians is truly a pleasure to work with, they got the whole room up and dancing. They played the perfect combination of original songs and a few classic hits with a “Towers and Trees twist” thrown into the mix. They really were the perfect pairing to complement our Brewski event,” explained Emily Childs, Apex Events & Guest Services Manager. Next up at Apex is Vertical & Vintages on March 7th. Vertical & Vintages offers another incredible night, this time featuring the local wineries from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association, delicious tapas created by Chef Brent at the Gunbarrel and A group of 10 people from central Washington State were the live music. Tickets are available at www.Eventbrite.ca and they last to get tickets before it sold out. They had heard of this have already been going quickly! Don’t miss out! event from friends last year and had been looking forward to For information on upcoming events at Apex Mountain Resort it all year. With the lack of snow on their home mountain in check out their events page at http://www.apexresort.com/ Washington, it was the perfect opportunity for them to get some events/ or call them at 1-877-777-apex. Be sure to watch for fantastic skiing in as well as participate in the event. They later details on Brewski 2016! It’s sure to be another great event! (All photos courtesy of Kim Lawton of DogLeg Marketing.) expressed that the event had surpassed their expectations by a long shot and that are already planning to come back again next year. “We expanded Brewski 2015 to include 18 beverage providers. There was a combination of breweries, cideries and distilleries - mostly from the Okanagan - but we were pleased to add some additional breweries from outside our immediate region this year. With the success of this year’s event, we are hoping to expand even more next year,” continued Megan. Brewski was held in the Gunbarrel Saloon. The team from the Gunbarrel created amazing appetizers designed to showcase the awesome beverages poured throughout the event.


Upcoming Events

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BBQ and lots of prizes in Prospector Terrain Park

Sunday February 22nd – 11am

Ski & Sip at our wine tasting event Tickets are $38 – Available at Eventbrite.ca

Saturday March 7th – 7pm

Free Hot Chocolate at the Tube Park Sunday Monday February 16th

Ski Day with the Girls

Lunch, wine & a lesson – sign up at Snow School

Every Wednesday (Men’s Day March 6th)

Get in the Know with Avalanche Safety Contact emily@apexresort.com to sign up

February 23rd & 24th

Triathlon – Ski, Snowshoe & Skate Sign up at WinterTriBC.com

Sunday March 1st

* Show us your Season Pass or Day Ticket from 14/15 Season & Get $5 off a SUP Rental from April - June!

Locals Night .. When Locals Go Loco! Sunday, February 22nd 6-9 pm at the Rock Oven Grill with the GROOV-A-MATICS

Swingin, Melodic Rocker Pop, Shaken with Rhythm and Blues, Stirred with Torch and Twang Thank you to all you locals who have booked into the Rock Oven Grill for Locals Night on Sunday, February 22nd from 6-9 pm to help harp player Rick celebrate his 70th Birthday. If you haven’t booked yet, give Nikki a call. There may be room for you in the kitchen or the storage room. You hillbillies out there are ready to PARTAAAY!!! The band will do its utmost to provide the vibe to re-create the scene Herman walked in on at the last gig, which caused him to say to himself, “What’s wrong with these people? Are they all on acid?! No, Herman, it was not acid, just simple folk behaving completely inappropriately for their age (including harp player Rick), and for such a fine establishment as the Rock Oven Grill. Expect all decorum to once again fly out the window. And, that’s just the way we like it! ~ from Julia PS: Herman really told us that!

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Happy 70th Birthday Rick! Join Rick’s Birthday Party with everyone else at The Rock Oven Grill from 6-9pm on Sunday, February 22nd. And yes, the Groov-A-Matics will be sure to entertain one and all at this “Locals Night”. See you there!

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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

Upcoming Social Events at Nickel Plate Please see www.nickelplatenordic.org for more information on these upcoming events, or email kdodman@icloud.com. Saturday, March 14th at 6pm: Potluck Dinner and Moonlight Snowshoe and Ski.

Nickel Plate Junior Racers Ski-A-Thon

On February 14th, the Nickel Plate Nordic Junior Racers held a Ski-A-Thon to raise money to improve the waxing facilities at Nickel Plate. The goal is to raise $10,000 for a new free standing structure with ski waxing forms and tables. The completion date is anticipated to be Fall of 2015. These new waxing facilities will be for all users of Nickel Plate Nordic. During the Ski-A-Thon, the Nickel Plate Junior Racers as a group (youth, coaches, and some parents) skied 130 laps of a 3km+ loop in 2 hours. Freddy won the race skiing 27km the fastest. Others that skied 27km include Naemi, Justin and Kathryn. 24km were completed by Maya, Matthew, Walker, Jerome, Ben and Sol. Other distances completed were: 21km by Jenny; 18km by Olivia, Jess and Simon; 15km by Helen and Charlotte; 12km by Ollie and Alan; and 9km by Chris. So far, we have raised over $5000 towards our goal of $10,000 for a new waxing facility. The Junior racers will leave a huge legacy for the club with a major improvement to the facility. A full list of sponsors will be released in the coming weeks. We are still accepting donations! Please consider donating to this worthy cause. Donations over $25 will receive a tax receipt for 2015 (if requested). The Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club is a volunteer non-profit society. Donations will be acknowledged in the new and improved facility with a plaque honouring contributors. Cheques can be made payable to Nickel Plate Nordic - Junior Race Team. Bronze (>$50) Silver (>$100) Gold (>$250) Platinum (>$500). To donate, please see one of the Junior Racers and/or their families, or contact Kathryn Golbeck at kathryngolbeck@shaw.ca.


Thank you for supporting the Nickel Plate 24th Annual 30km Classic Loppet! Nickel Plate Nordic hosted our 24th Annual Loppet on Saturday, February 7th, 2015. Top racers included: Samantha Dougherty (female, age 13 & under); Simon Albrechtson (male, age 13 & under); Samantha Loewen (women ages 14-17); Finn Plummer (men ages 14-17); Ivy Srother (women 18-29 – 30 km); Kurt Behnsen (men 18-29 – 30km); Sarah Purslow (women 3039 – 30km); Tim Musselman Bell (men 30-39 – 30km); Sheila Corbett (women 40-49 – 30km); Mikhail Kudienko (men 40-49 – 30km); Louise Poole (women 50-59 – 30km); Rune Harkestad (men 50-59 – 30km); Jean Bristow (women 60-69 – 30km); Gerry Morrison (men 60-69 – 30km); Andrea Archibald (women 16+ – 15km); and Murray Farbridge (men 16+ – 15km). Twelve Nickel Plate Junior Racers participated in the Nickel Plate Loppet. Full results can be found at: http://zone4.ca/ results/7272.pdf Photos taken by Van Pratt at the Nickel Plate Loppet can be found here: http://www.nickelplatenordic.org/photo_gallery/ photo_gallery.htm The Nickel Plate Nordic Ski Club would like to extend appreciation to all of the volunteers and sponsors who contributed to a successful weekend of racing. Sponsors include: Swagman Racks; Bartier Bros. Winery; Upper Bench Winery & Creamery; Laughing Stock Winery; Loco Landing; Brodo; The Bench Market; Hoodoo Adventures; The Bike Barn; Louis Garneau; Artus Bottling Ltd.; Peach City Runners and Adventure Sports; Fischer; Swix; Salomon Skis; Sue and Geoff Severide; Sue Salter (Corderilla Consulting); Richard Findley (Summerland Builders Mart); Lisa Singleton and Darrel Hagel (Pro Physio Therapy); and Lori Jang.

At the start of the Annual Nickel Plate Loppet. (Photo by Van Pratt)

Nickel Plate Junior Racers on the Ski-A-Thon Day. (Photo by Lisa Singleton)

What is a loppet? A loppet is a large, long-distance (usually over 15km; shorter distance for youth), cross-country ski event. Why participate in a loppet? Participation in a loppet can be fun or competitive. With large numbers of skiers participating, it is an opportunity to experience a cross-country ski race environment in a non-intimidating way. Participating in a loppet can be a motivating goal for the ski season! Fun, food and great door prizes are also motivating factors.


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My Loppet Experience

By Olivier Jacques My name is Olivier Jacques and I am 9 years old. Most people call me Ollie. I’m going to tell you about my third loppet. This is my first year with the Nickel Plate Junior Racers. I was racing against nine people in this loppet. I was racing against three of my teammates. Their names are: Logan, Simon, and Sam (Sam is Logan’s older sister). I came in sixth overall and third out of the boys and it was my first time on a podium in my cross-country skiing life. My coach Jerome Jang helped me with his amazing coaching. I did the 3km course (around the Meadow, Midnight Sun, Cannonball, and Miner’s Alley). I was nervous at the start, because I was racing against my teammates. Overall, I’m proud of myself for making the podium.

Vertical & Vintages Apex Mountain Wine Festival Presented by Apex Mountain Resort and The Naramata Bench Wineries Association

March 8th

Vertical and Vintages Social

Hosted by the Gunbarrel Restaurant Saturday March 9th from 7-9pm - Tickets $35+hst per person Join the Gunbarrel as they create variety of small plates to tantalize your taste buds. We will have a selection of hot and cold bites, a cheese and charcuterie board and other chef specialties to compliment the generous tastings from The Naramata Bench Wineries Association. To complete your evening of Vintages and Vines at the Gunbarrel Saloon, join musical talents of UnCorked as they play the night away” For Tickets and Information on all Vertical & Vintages Events call us at 1 877 777 2739

Vertical Vintages

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Olivier Jacques, Simon Albrechtson and Logan Dougherty. (Photo by Chris Toneff)

Vertical & Vintages Apex Mountain Resort Wine Festival Presented by Apex Mountain Resort and The Naramata Bench Wineries Association

March 6th, 7th & 8th 2015

Vertical & Vintages Wine Tasting Event

Hosted by the Gunbarrel Restaurant Saturday March 7th from 7-9pm - Tickets $38 + fees per person Join the Gunbarrel as they create a variety of small plates to tantalize your taste buds. We will have a selection of hot and cold bites, a cheese and charcuterie board and other chef specialties to compliment the wine tastings from 18 Naramata Bench Wineries. To complete your evening of Vertical and Vintages at the Gunbarrel Saloon, enjoy the musical talents of Naramata’s favorite party band UnCorked as they play the night away. For Tickets go to www.eventbrite.ca For information about Vertical & Vintages please call 1-250-292-8222 Or email emily@apexresort.com

Olivier Jacques heading to the finish line of the Loppet. (Photo by Van Pratt)

Weather, Snow & Grooming Conditions

Make it a weekend full of wine, friends and skiing. With the Purchase of your V&V ticket receive 25% off of day lift tickets valid March 6th 7th & 8th only. Vertical Vintages Ski & Stay Packages will be available at www.apexresort.com

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”.

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Waxing Your X-C Skis For Glide

By Frank Perrier of Peach City Runners Waxing your skis for glide is easier to do than waxing for grip, unless you are using a waxless ski for classic. In the past week or so, waxing for grip on our classic skis has been a challenge and a nightmare, as the warm temperatures and no new snow is a concern. During our Loppet on February 7th, most of us were using a hard wax combination for grip that worked sometimes, and at least 80% of the racers had maybe 50% to 60% grip on their skis. Klister was the way to go, but who wants to use klisters? Unless we get some snow soon, klisters or waxless skis for classic, would be the preferred option. That said, let’s get back to waxing our skis for glide. Again, I will say that good gliding skis starts with the right ski cambers to match your weight and ability, then the base material followed by the structure in the base, and finally the wax for the day. The base materials, different densities and molecular weights, vary from recreation skis to racing skis. Graphite is use in different percentages to help with glide for warm conditions to cold conditions. Graphite works better in warmer conditions, so a higher percentage of graphite is used for warmer base skis. The bases start out as clear polyethylene in the factory and when graphite is added in the mix the bases turn black. The different structures in the base are very important, as this will allow the ski to glide without snow suction as sides in a rain tire will help stop the hydroplaning that can happen on the pavement. Bases structures are applied at the factory with stone grinding machines and most skis shops have stone grinders to reapply different structures. In time, these base structures do wear out and your skis should be restoned or structured every so often. Ray at Apex Resort Mountain Shop is the guy to see about having your skis restructured. He has a newer machine and the knowledge to stone your skis to perfection. When hot waxing your skis, there is a step by step procedure that needs to be done before you put that hot iron on your ski bases. First, you can’t wax a dirty car, so you must clean it as you would do to your ski bases. Ski bases do oxidize and get dirty over time, if you don’t wax your skis often. Brushing your skis with different brushes, brass, steel, nylon, horse hair, blue nylon etc., are used at different times of waxing and for different waxes. Pre-brushing with brass helps clean out the structure on your base, then fine fibre tex to remove those micro-hairs created by the brass brush. Next, use glide wax remover if needed and let dry for 30 minutes. Then drip on your glide wax or a combination of glide waxes. Now, iron in with a proper waxing iron and try not to burn your bases with the iron temperature being set to high ... no smoking allowed. Let the wax cool, then use a plastic scraper to shave off the wax and then brush again, so you can brush out the structure in your base. Finally, use fiberlene or a soft nylon brush to polish the base. Now go skiing! I just talked a little about waxing your skis for glide and I tell people to wax, wax, and wax again to help with glide and protect your bases. Glide wax wears off after a good day of skiing and if you can’t iron wax your skis then buy some liquid easy to apply glide wax. Come in the store and we can talk more about waxing your skis for grip or glide. We are having our end of the season “Clear Out Sale” on ski equipment, as well as running shoes and clothing. We must pray to the snow gods, because it’s just too early for spring and some of our best skiing is in February and March. Ski you later!



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On The World Cup Mogul Circuit

with Andi Naude Two weekends ago (Feb. 7th), the 6th World Cup of the season was held in Val Saint Come, Quebec. Competing on Canadian soil is always very thrilling! It makes a huge difference to be surrounded by so many familiar faces, and to have so many Canadians cheering you on! Although Val Saint Come is one of the most difficult courses on the World Cup circuit, everyone was skiing well, Apex’s Andi Naude, and Canada ended up with three of 2014 Canadian National the possible six medals. After skiing Mogul Champion in all three rounds, I ended up in 5th place! Another one of my best results! For the remaining three World Cups, I am hoping to maintain my current momentum and have a strong finish to the season. It’s hard to believe that it is almost coming to an end! Some of my teammates and I are now enroute to South Korea! We are going to spend a few days familiarizing ourselves with the Olympic venues, country, and culture. I have never been to South Korea, so I am very excited for this opportunity. Soon after our little side trip, we are heading to Tazawako, Japan for the next two World Cups. Japan is one of my most favourite countries and I cannot wait to go back! I will keep you posted!

Check us out this Month: “4 and 40” February Features Monday Night Pool Tournaments Featuring Live Band “Honest Woods” on February 28th

Daily Specials, Board Games, Pool Tables, Dart Board

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“Like us” on Facebook! All of our combined Facebook Friends qualify for a Free Day Pass Draw happening on February 26th. Like us both today & you could win! Winner TBA on Facebook & in Apex Matters. The February 12th winner was Todd Whyte!

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Huge Inventory Blow Out!

Descente Outerwear ~ 30% off Spyder Outerwear ~ 20% off All Skis & Snowboards On Sale ~ Save $50-$500

Try Before You Buy!

Check out our Demo Tent in the Apex Village, so you can drop by for Free Demos on Saturdays! Specializing in Boot Fitting & Equipment Tuning Andi Naude at World Cup in Val Saint Come, Quebec (Photo by Andre Chevrier)



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News From Apex Freestyle Club by ronda barzilay A big shout out to Coach Kenni, Coach Jessica and the AFC Team showing amazing talent and courage battling the pouring rain during the latest provincial event Timber Tour II at Whistler Blackcomb! The results of the top six places! Congrats to the AFC team who competed - you are all amazing skiers!

Big Air U10 Girls - Super Youth ~ Rhya Covert – 4th U16 Girls ~ Chloe Kober – Silver; Shaina Finlayson – Bronze; Anna Spence – 5th; and Jaime Rykuiter – 6th U18 Girls ~ Kassidy Todd – Gold U12 Boys - Super Youth ~ Alec Henderson – Gold; Chad Collyer – Silver U14 Boys ~ Liam Collyer – Bronze and Brayden Kuroda – 6th U18 ~ Cameron Kapusty – 5th

Moguls U10 Girls - Super Youth ~ Rhya Covert – Silver U16 Girls ~ Anna Spence – Silver; Shaina Finlayson – Bronze; Jaime Rykuiter – 4th; and Chloe Kober – 5th U18 Girls ~ Kassidy Todd – Gold; Sophia Diamond – Bronze U12 Boys - Super Youth ~ Alec Henderson – Gold and Alex Collyer – Bronze U14 Boys - Super Youth ~ Cole Patton – 4th U14 Boys ~ Brayden Kuroda – Gold; Liam Collyer – Bronze; and Ethan Phillips – 5th U16 Boys ~ Hayden Person – Gold; Maxwell Todd – 5th; and James Naude – 6th


Moguls by Mason Barzilay - AFC Athlete Almost every time I tell someone I am a competitive mogul skier I get the same reaction, 1: “Oh, that sounds scary,” and 2: “Doesn’t that hurt your knees?” Both statements, while they can be true, are things that can be controlled by emotional power and proper technique. Today in the coach’s corner, we are going to talk about proper technique in the moguls to minimize the chance of injury. When skiing moguls, or skiing in general, one of the most important things I can think to tell someone is to be confident and relaxed. I know, this sounds crazy - skiing can be a dangerous sport and moguls are super intimidating, but as soon as you are afraid you tense up in your brain and in your body. As a result your coordination and reaction time decreases, your muscles contract, and you cannot efficiently move through the range of motion needed to properly protect your body. So, look down that run and think to yourself, “I can do it”, breathe in and out, and relax. The second most important thing I can tell someone to protect against injury in moguls is “absorb”. When going over every mogul, let your knees come up to you, and back down again after the crest or high point in the mogul. Absorbing helps minimize that jarring motion that can happen if you try to push your feet straight out into that mogul - that will hurt your knees. So when going through, feel dynamic, and feel that range of motion. If done right, it will feel like a mix between squatting and pedaling on a bike. The third thing is if you fall, and falls happen, do not tense up into the fall. If you tense, you are putting a group of muscles against your kinetic force rather than letting it disperse through your body. Tensing = pain! Finally, if you really feel uncomfortable or not ready, there is no rush! There is still a month and a half left of skiing, so there is plenty of time to try new things! Hope this helps and enjoy yourself out on the hill!

U10 Girls - Super Youth ~ Rhya Covert – Silver

BIG Congratulations to Noah Spence, Kyle Parker, Madison Parker and Mackenzie Schwinghamer for qualifying for the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George which kicked off on February 13th! We will be cheering you on from Apex!

U16 Girls ~ Chloe Kober – Silver; Shaina Finlayson – Bronze; Jaime Rykuiter – 4th; and Anna Spence – 5th

Other Upcoming Competitions & AFC Events

U18 Boys ~ Koleton Phipps – Gold and Joe Durham – Silver


U18 Girls ~ Kassidy Todd – Gold U14 - U18 Boys – cancelled due to extreme weather U12 Boys - Super Youth ~ Chad Collyer – 4th U14 Boys - Super Youth ~ Cole Patton - Gold











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AFC Potluck Dinner for Freestyle Skiers and Families February 21st AFC Regional Competition - A great chance for every member of AFC to come out and test their skills in a competition February 28th Le Massiff, Quebec - Canada Cup - March 12th - 15th Silver Star, Vernon - BC Timber Tour & Super Youth Finals March 12th - 15th Val St Com, Quebec - Senior Nationals - March 19th - 22nd Final Weekend for Jumps & Bumps – March 21st Silver Star, Vernon - Throwdown Hoedown - March 27th - 29th Silver Star, Vernon - Junior Nationals - April 2nd - 5th Media - Ronda Barzilay - 250.878.4252 - rondabarzilay@shaw.ca



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Apex Freestyle has amazing coaches - Saturday we had an all-star coaching team on the mogul course!

The Amazing Head Coach Kenni Kuroda, Matt Crosby - Former World Cup Mogul Team, Jay Nachbaur - Former Olympic Aerial Team Coach and Former Olympic Aerialist and Special Guest Coach Rob Kober - Olympic Mogul Coach.

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Locals Sundays

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Join Locals Night on Sunday, February 22nd Live Entertainment 6-9pm ~ “The Groov-A-Matics”

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Carvers Corner

with Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director What a great week the club just had at Sun Peaks Resort. Over 120 kids competed in the Annual GS Zone event. The Apex Ski Team travelled to Sun Peaks last Thursday. We were greeted with rain and fog for our Friday training day. Saturday we woke to a perfect “blue bird day�, with perfect hard race conditions. The mountain turned to a sheet of ice for the weekend. Anyone new to Alpine Racing may think this is not good for the kids. On the contrary, this makes for the most perfect fair conditions imaginable. Apex Racers are quite trained in conditions like this, as we have many opportunities to ski on man-made in the snow early season. And, the results came in bunches for the team this weekend! Top 10 Finishers from Annual GS Zone Event: U12 Ladies What a great weekend for our U12 Gals, with Miss Noa and Miss Ana on podium all weekend! Noa Rodgers ~ Silver Race 1, Gold Race 2, Gold Race 3 Ana Large ~ Bronze Race 1, Bronze Race 2, Silver Race 3 Blanka pulled a beauty race to place in 10th in Race 3 Well done Ladies! U12 Boys Heming Sola Hatrick! ~ Gold Race 1, Gold Race 2, Gold Race 3 First year Jaras Grant had himself a weekend! Competing in his first GS, he placed 4th Race 1, 5th Race 2, and 7th Race 3. Jake Erickson solid skiing ~ 7th Race 1, 10th Race 2, 9th Race 3 Quinton Pearson also laid down some solid skiing with 10th Race 1, 9th Race 2, and 8th Race 3. U14 Ladies What a weekend for these Gals! Kailey Davies does it again! Fresh off a great start in a recent slalom at Apex, Kailey put the hammer down again in GS. Kailey Davies ~ Bronze Race 1, Silver Race 2, Silver Race 3 Agatka Koczij ~ 9th Race 1, 5th Race 2, 9th Race 3 Kristen Anderson ~ 7th Race 2, 7th Race 3 U14 Boys We had a great group of skiers in this category. Many of our kids where just outside the top ten, but all had great weekend! First year Isaac Athans and Devin Blaser had memorable weekends. Isaac Athans managed a 5th in Race 1 and a 6th in Race 2, with a Bronze for the Sunday GS. Devin Blaser ~ 8th Race 1, 4th Race 2 & a solid 4th in Race 3 Noa Borg ~ 10th Race 2 Great weekend by our very talented group of Apex Racers!



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Apex Ski Club’s “Gate Busters” ~ We are also excited

to announce a new program from the Apex Ski Club. “Gate Busters” is a fun introduction to the world of gates and racing. Look for us on the T-Bar on Saturday evening from 3-5pm. One of our Carvers coaches, Tyler Gerelus, will be on hand to set gates and to offer tips and coaching. In addition, our own local Olympian Gary Athans and Head Coach Jorgen Anderson will also drop in to offer their expertise. This is a fundraising effort is being offered for the low drop in price of only $10 per adult and $5 per youth or child. Come on out and bust some gates! Keep those positive vibes for Winter to hang around til April! We have plenty of time to golf and fish in the Spring.

Join “Gate Busters” on Saturdays from 3-5pm!


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What is Yoga for Kids?

By Lilou, from Rippin Rascals Daycare, Certified Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher When we think Yoga, we picture flexible Yogis on their mat, standing on their head or bending in all sorts of contorted positions.. This has nothing to do with kids & family Yoga! Sure, Yoga is about exercising, stretching and relaxing, but as the Rainbow Kids Yoga director says, Yoga for kids is more about fun, because ”when we have fun, we step out of ourselves; out of our worries and our usual thought patterns. So having fun is a kind of meditation, and a well needed one.” In Rainbow Kids Yoga classes, we play in a safe and noncompetitive environment, where there’s only one rule: it has to feel good! We co-create magical journeys around the world, learn about different cultures, animal facts, endangered species, and more. “This nourishing atmosphere encourages children to relax and have fun while they develop not only strength, coordination, flexibility and balance, but also body awareness, better focus and concentration, and self-confidence.“ And, because it’s always more fun to do Yoga together, we also learn to speak our limits, to listen and respect our peers ... it’s the only way to keep the fun going! Most importantly, we learn that Yoga, fun and happiness are all about attitude that we all need to cultivate in our daily lives to prevent tension from accumulating at all. So come on! Check for the upcoming Yoga events at Rippin’ Rascals Corner ... Bring the kids over for some Yoga fun and let it shine!

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Clear-­‐cut Logging

APOA Update By Julia Valenti, APOA President Adventure Tourism is defined as travel that involves 2 of 3 elements, those being connection with nature, interaction with culture and physical activity. The global adventure travel sector is estimated presently to be US $263 billion and $82 billion for gear, apparel and accessories (Adventure Tourism Market Survey, George Washington University). Adventure Tourism takes environmentally and culturally aware travelers, guided or unguided, into more remote places on the planet where they can experience being physically active in nature and interacting with unique cultures. The Okanagan/Similkameen is on the adventure tourism radar, offering cultural interaction - Mascot Mine and Winery Tours, The Kettle Valley Steam Railway and special Native events, to name a few. Our natural scenic landscape is also a big draw where travelers test physical endurance with water sport, biking and hiking. The valley is a treasure chest of adventure tourism gold, gold that is being mined by the tourism industry and its adjunct industries, gold that keeps our local economy buoyant and growing. Our spring, summer and fall months are busy with valley visitors. Their presence is visible. But, what about winter and cold weather adventure tourism? The alpine is where that happens. Resorts offer downhill and cross country skiing, snow shoeing, skating, tobogganing and snowmobiling. Sometimes just being in the mountains as an observer is enough - clouds skidding by on high altitude currents, wind and snow blizzards stinging the skin, sun highlighting snow diamonds, the quiet interrupted occasionally by squirrel and bird calls, the brilliant stars and planets low overhead in skies unlit by artificial light, the pine, hemlock and fir trees dense in their sentinel stands, guarding moose, deer, cougar and burrowing small mammals, overseeing the winding trails below their branches. And, when the snow melts and the alpine flowers bloom, recreation still thrives offering myriad hours of exhilarating mountain exploration. Our local alpine forest is at Apex Mountain Resort and Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. This forest is in great peril at present with clear-cut logging having gone on all winter during this ski season, a situation that has not occurred before with loaded trucks barreling down Apex Mountain Road being a very real safety hazard to mountain visitors. 20% of the Nickel Plate Lake area has been clear-cut and another 20% to be done in the next 7 years. Clear-cutting has been done on Green Mountain and is visible from Apex Mountain Resort, a hectare’s wide barren swath that has yet to be replanted after 3 years since the trees were taken. Further slated logging includes the heart of the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, eliminating a number of cross country and snowshoe trails altogether. With roads already in place giving easy access to the forest, no regulations by government on industry logging practices, no desire by government or industry to preserve alpine recreation and the environment, clear-cutting is the method of choice for quick and easy profit rather than scheduled, sustainable, selective harvesting practices. What is detrimental to the alpine ecosystem filters down to the valley ecosystem with detrimental results as well. This logging is not an alpine issue, it is a South Okanagan issue. Certainly valley tourism and its

Nickel Plate & Apex Village



Clear cuts already dominate the map (this is from 2010)

The Future of the Nickel Plate/Apex Forest is in Peril

Industry plans to double clear cut area over next 7 years!

Public Informa/on Forum Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 4 PM Apex Mountain Day Lodge Apex Mountain Resort PresentaPon followed by Q&A presented by:

APOA Forestry Advisory Commi?ee www.apexpropertyowners.com

spin-offs lose and in the alpine, outdoor recreationists and the singular culture they create lose, the environment loses and property owners lose with resultant property value declines. The Apex Property Owners Association is holding an information meeting in the Day Lodge in Apex Mountain Village on Saturday, February 28th at 4pm. A well-researched presentation on logging in the alpine will be presented by the APOA Forestry Committee, followed by a “Question and Answer” time. Learn who is logging, the full extent of what is planned, the wideranging repercussions to alpine and Okanagan environments and what we can do about it. A groundswell of public support is needed to stop the clear cutting of this most delicate recreational ecosystem that requires a 100-year life cycle to maintain its health. Please join us in our intention to stop clear-cut logging and its devastating impact on us all. Welcome the natural beauty and texture of concrete into your home.

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The APOA Annual General Meeting March 21, 2015

RDOS Electoral Area ‘D-1’ OCP Update

More Board Members are needed. Please put your name forward.

Our Association plays a significant role in the alpine community. A large membership shows we are worth listening to as we oppose government and business on the clear-cut logging up here. Please ... join us.

An OCP is a provincially mandated regulatory document that provides policies on a broad range of topics including housing, transportation, parks and services and infrastructure. OCPs designate land for specific purposes, like commercial/retail, residential, park. The RDOS uses OCPs to help guide and support decision-making on development and community planning.

WHY ARE WE DOING IT? Originally adopted in 1999, the OCP needs updating. It is one of the most important planning documents for the area. Not only does it establish policies around development and land use, it also gives direction to other community plans, including capital plans, transportation strategies and the like.


Visit the project website for updated information, a “conversation corner”, interactive maps, and access to the latest surveys and polls.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS? The OCP update will be a community-driven process. We are looking to engage broadly with residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders. We are also setting up volunteer Citizens’ Committee. The advisory group will be made up of residents from across Area ‘D-1’ and will help review materials, provide input, and reach out to the community. The timeline outlines major project components and expected timing. Keep you eyes peeled for more information in the New Year, including the first project open house.



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Community Engagement Draft Framework & Directions


Community engagement Preliminary Draft OCP OCP Development Report

Sep - Dec 2015 · PHASE


May - Aug 2015 · PHASE


WHAT’S HAPPENING? The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) recently launched a project to update the Kaleden - Apex Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area ‘D-1’.

Jan - May 2015 · PHASE

Thank you to all renewing and new members to date!

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Final Draft OCP Review, Referrals, Revisions & Bylaw Adoption

WANT MORE INFORMATION? For more information please contact Tom Siddon, Director, Electoral Area ‘D’ at tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca or 250.809.2548. You can also visit the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca, visit the project website at www.D-1update.ca, or contact Evelyn Riechert at the RDOS at eriechert@rdos.cb.ca, 250.492.0237

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Apex Fire Brigade Update

with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief Orders for the address signs are starting to come in. Thanks everyone! And, I am sure that all emergency services organizations thank you as well. Maybe even the pizza delivery guy likes this too. The larger the order we have, the lower the price will be. I believe that the cost will come in somewhere around the $30 to $35 mark. This is a really reasonable! Price out your alternatives and I will still say that these signs will be more visible. To place your order, please contact: Andy Cumming at 250 462 2533 or any one of us Brigade Members and we can forward it to Andy. You can also shoot me an email at mikepolywkan@live.ca. Regarding last issue’s article, we are still waiting on a reply from the Fire Commissioners Office. We still do not know where we stand, so we will just continue on until we know. We had some members participate in the Torchlight Parade in honour of Louise. She was a great supporter of our Brigade and our community. We will all miss her.


fire. Dryer lint can accumulate at the outdoor hood/bird screen, along the length of the duct, at duct fittings and at the dryer lint screen itself. Dryer venting systems can also become clogged, if the dryer hose is crimped behind the dryer or the dryer duct is crushed or otherwise damaged during installation. A blocked or partially blocked venting system, however, is only one link in a chain of events that must occur for a fire to start. Other events may include: failure of thermostat and limit switches in the dryer, lint inside the dryer, a missing or a damaged lint screen. The risk of dryer vent fires can be limited by ensuring that the dryer vent length (including allowances for elbows, transitions and outdoor hood assemblies) does not exceed the dryer manufacturer’s recommendations. If it does, it may be necessary to install a dryer vent system booster fan. Regular inspection and cleaning of dryer lint screens, and the dryer duct and outdoor hood bird screen will also prevent lint build up and will keep the dryer running as effectively and efficiently as possible. It is possible to detect dryer vent problems before they become fire hazards. Increased clothes drying times and frequent clothes dryer deactivation during duty cycles (due to the tripping of the high temperature limit switch), heat and humidity build-up in the area around the dryer are the key indicators of dryer venting problems. I would like to thank The Rock Oven Grill for their support of our fire department. They now have available Apex Fire Brigade Labeled Wine. So, the next time you go in for a wonderful meal consider pulling the cork on one of these bottles. The wine is produced by Three Sisters Winery on the Naramata Bench and is a great way to support our department and local business. Stay safe and have a great ski season!

AFBS Members honouring Louise in the Torchlight Parade on February 7th.

This week’s safety tip involves one of the leading causes of house fires. Can you guess what that may be? According to the National Fire Protection Agency, the leading cause of dryer fires is the lack of regular maintenance. Clothes dryers account for the largest share of appliance fires. On average, there are over 15,000 dryer fires throughout North America. The most common sources of ignition in dryer fires are lint and household dust. They collect within the dryer cavity close to the dryer’s heating element, which can reach temperatures of 550°F. Forensic testing shows that cotton and wool clothing will ignite at temperatures of 250°F. Therefore, a dryer fire is virtually imminent if lint from these clothing materials comes in contact with the dryer heating element. A controlled test conducted by Intertek Testing Services, showed that small lint fires regularly occur within the dryer cavity and may extinguish as the lint burns off. If there is substantial amount of lint within the dryer cavity, a larger fire can occur and spread throughout the dryer and surrounding area. A buildup of lint inside the dryer cavity and foreign matter in the duct, such bird nests and other debris, can restrict the flow of dryer air. This can cause your dryer to not dry properly and efficiently, which increases the chance of overheating, mechanical failure and ultimately fire. A plugged dryer duct system will certainly cause a dryer to run hotter and increase the chance that something could catch

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The Regional District has entered into a partnership with K-9 Control Services to provide dog control in all areas of the RDOS except Electoral Area “H”, being the rural Princeton area. A complete copy of the Animal Control Bylaw applicable to your area can be viewed on the RDOS website at www.rdos.bc.ca. You may file your complaint with K-9 Control directly by calling:

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Regular hours are Monday to Friday, however, hours are flexible to include weekends and evenings….please do not let your dog roam unsupervised at any time. Yearly dog licenses are now due and can be purchased at the following locations: Summerland Animal Clinic RDOS Offices, Penticton Naramata Store Hedley Country Store True Building Center, Oliver

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Animal Control does not investigate barking dogs. If this is your concern, call the Bylaw Enforcement Coordinator to determine if there is a Noise Bylaw in your area. To lodge a noise complaint, contact South Okanagan Security 24/7 at 250-492-0911. Bylaw Enforcement Coordinator

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Get In The Know ... Before You Go!

By Myleen Mallach While I do recall taking my recreational avalanche course in the past, it was over 15 years ago. Needless to say, skill sets come and go and perspectives change ... it was time for a refresher. I joined Finbar O'Sullivan and his group of University students for a two day Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 Course held in the back country of Apex. We went over all the equipment needed, how to navigate terrain, risk management, decision making, avalanche scenarios and beacon searches, how to ski tour, leadership skills, snow pit analysis, and much more. What is the avalanche risk? How do I manage this risk? What level of risk am I comfortable with? What are the skill sets of those I am touring with? Would they be able to save me, if I were caught in an avalanche? What would be their answers to these questions? Wow ... a lot of questions to ask and decisions to make! This is what the AST Level 1 Course is all about ... managing the risk and making decisions to keep you out of an avalanche. If one happens though, you'll know what to do. The course introduces you to all the equipment you MUST have when venturing into any avalanche terrain. Current technology is a huge safety asset. Whether you need an upgrade, are just starting out, or have questions, ask Finbar. He really knows his stuff! Get the skills and knowledge to explore the back country safely, whether on skis, boards or snowshoes. For course options and available dates, please call Finbar at 250-808-9352 or email avalanchesafety@gmail.com.

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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 6 By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Tour Guide Wednesday, February 4, 2015 ~ It has taken nearly 15 years to satisfy Lorna’s desire to snowshoe the “Orange Trail”, or at least part of the Orange Trail. I have only ever mountain biked this trail several times and the last time was at least 7-8 years ago. So, this would be a new snowshoe adventure for us and our friends Erin and Erik who would be joining us. Our day began at about 10am. Our start and finish would be in the parking lot by the big dumpster. A weather check for the day showed a mixed bag; fog, sun and cloud, a little snow, light wind and mild temps. Overall, a pretty good day. Gearing up, we headed down Keremeos Creek following it all the way down to the triple chair. From here, we hopped onto Keremeos Creek Forestry Road, eventually turning right up towards the “eyesore” of a cut block below Dividend Mountain. From my times mountain biking to or from the Orange Trail, a quaint road was what I followed. Now, because of the logging, this “quaint road” is no longer so “quaint” and getting to the Orange Trail trailhead requires some navigational skills. Onward and upwards we trudged until we were past the eyesore and once again amongst the comfort of the amazing trees that are in this area. Our snowshoeing was made a little more challenging by having to navigate up, over or around 5-6 tress which had fallen across our path. Once on the Orange Trail, the route was clear. Our first break was at the start of a steep slope, which when not covered with snow is a rock scree. Visible ski tracks heading down this slope made it tempting to “powder run”, but it would have been out of the way from our planned journey. Plus, we were committed to following the safest route.

Eventually, we met up with an old mining road which heads down to Ollala and up to Apex Secondary and Apex Bowls, the latter being our route. After a long continuous and challenging climb up this road, we veered right up the mountainside for an even more challenging climb. Our goal was to reach an old bleached out log, which we spotted from below and would serve as a bench to sit on and from which to enjoy our lunch and the spectacular views surrounding us. (The accompanying pictures will do more justice in displaying the awesomeness of this area than I possibly could.) Continuing on after lunch, we resumed climbing on up to a ridge line. This ridge line is the southern portion of the ‘Wild Side.” From here, we had views of most of the Wild Side ski runs. Eventually, we reached “secondary” road and followed it with a few short cuts through the trees to enjoy some “powder running” before reaching “The Saddle”. From “The Saddle” we followed “Apex Proper” road to the “Promethius Trail” and onto “Grandfathers”. Then, we cut down through the trees between ski runs for an extremely steep, challenging but fun downhill snowshoe to once again join up with “Grandfathers”. Snowshoeing this route brought back memories of my “Billy Goat Hut” days as I had snowshoed it, and many other routes, many times after work on my way down to the village. The rest of the way was more-or-less following Grandfathers back to our starting point. A tremendous snowshoe!! One we finally crossed off the “to snowshoe list.” A few stats from this snowshoe adventure: Total distance = 12km. Total ascent/descent = 610m. Total travel time = 5h 20m. Till next time ... shoe you later!

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Risk Vs. Reward - Taking on a New Challenge and Becoming a Misfit

By Crystal McLeod, BScPT Sports Clinics & Dale Charles Physiotherapy As you age, taking the challenge to start a new sport can be daunting. It can lead to many thoughts running through you mind. You will be considering your lack of skill, the risk of injury and maybe the fear of feeling awkward. It really is okay to look silly, especially if you are having a good laugh, getting some fitness and staying healthy. Stepping outside your box can be very rewarding. Risk Sure there is the risk of an injury, in any of the activities we do in life there is a risk. We can’t let fear stop us from taking on a new challenge. You may have had a previous injury in your life or are dealing with a current injury; this past experience will give you the knowledge that you can heal from injuries. They are frustrating, take time and set you back. As a mom, I always worry about my ability to look after my family. In my experience even when an injury occurs, everyone around you helps out and you all get through it. Reward It takes courage to do something you have never done before. But, overcoming your fears can lead to great fun and a way to improve your fitness. Team sports challenge us. We often push ourselves further than we would if exercising alone. I have never experienced sweat like after my first hockey game. I didn’t know my shins could sweat and my hair could look like I had just come out of the pool. The Misfits are a group of great Penticton women taking on This winter I had the opportunity to start playing hockey. My the challenging game of hockey. The group is made up of family all play hockey and I have become a hockey coach (out all skill levels and lead by some very skilled female hockey with the figures skates and in with the new hockey skates) and players willing to teach the rest of us how to play the game. spend many days on the ice. I am really enjoying teaching the We practice, do drills, laugh, fall (which doesn’t hurt nearly as drills, being on the ice with the kids, skating and learning the much with all the gear on) and then scrimmage. It is so much strategy of hockey. So, I joined the Misfits. I didn’t want to let fun, except when your mind knows you should get the puck, my family have all the fun. Plus, they needed a good laugh and but the body doesn’t quiet respond as fast as the mind. my children love being my coach ... “Mom you really need to As I was preparing to write this article, I did end up having an instability incident during hockey practice. I do have an ACL bend your knees more.” deficient knee and it didn’t like me practicing raising the puck You can replace a board, not a brain. (but I need lots of practice). So once again, I went through the risk and reward thoughts. The conclusion is I need to be Wear a helmet! stronger and I should wear my brace to be safe. As a physical therapist, I understand injuries and safe return to sports. I have had and have helped many patients overcome injuries and take on new challenges. If you would like some help with overcoming an injury, deciding if you should take on a new sport or help with a nagging problem that is holding you back. Give the Sports Clinic and/or /Dale Charles Physical Therapy Clinic a call and one of the physical therapists would be happy to assess you. If you are interested in playing women’s hockey, you can contact Sherie Seddon at sherie9@hotmail.com.

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Perhaps the Answer is Going Up! Lyndie Hill - Hoodoo Adventure Company With Kelowna's Ski2Sea race saying goodbye after 35 years due to a lack of participation and increased costs, we as race organizers feel the pressure to keep our event growing, fresh and sought after by athletes and fun seekers near and far. Our race was built out of a love for our local ski hill, combined with a passion for adventure. It's a labour of love. Our longest standing local event, entering its fourth year, we want to see it get the respect and attendance it deserves. The course is definitely the most unique of its kind, the race is hard for those who want to push themselves and just plain old fun for those who are looking for a day of camaraderie that can't be beat. It is always a good sign when you change the race to a Sunday and everyone complains because they couldn't stay and socialize/party down after the race. So, what happened to the Ski2Sea and are we destined for the same path? Castanet reports that consultations with Ski2Sea sponsors and the board of directors seem to have exhausted all avenues to encourage participation. "It must be that athletes don't want this type of race anymore, they want something else, and we're not quite sure what it is." Kelly Blair, a former board member who was unhappy with the direction the Ski2Sea leadership was taking, said he doesn't believe the race needed to fold. "It's easier to work with what you've got than to start all over again," he said. "It's not completely dead in the water. I've had some people contact me asking if, with new blood, the race could continue." Keast said the board of directors would like to see 90 to 100 teams register for the race to go ahead. Only 47 teams participated in 2014. "We lost a lot of money last year. Even if we had all the money, maybe we should be spending it on putting on something that people want. That's the bottom line." Well, perhaps people want to rise and not fall? Perhaps the answer is to go up? Perhaps the answer is Apex! And, Hoodoo Adventures and Team Fire Ball or our reigning champions Eckhardt Dental, ascending 55kms, 6000' over 6 stages in an incredible 4 hours. Perhaps its Tree Beer and live music at the Gunbarrel as Steve King calls you across the finish line. Perhaps. It's events like this that build a community. Who knew that trudging through the mud in an obstacle race or swinging a kettle bell in a CrossFit competition would be trends that would hit the globe with such furry. Or, that the craze that was Triathlon would start to die down. It is important to be fluid and current with events. Event organizers around the world are always looking for a way to stand out. It is the eternal question … “What do the people want?” Again, we have built our race from our hearts and are grateful for the support we have received. We are sad for the Ski2Sea and that loss for their community. It is a good reminder for us to be the something that the people want.

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What I learned by driving across Canada in 2011 By Ryan Oickle, Peach City Massage It was an impulsive decision. My long-time friend had just received a grant to study small-scale agriculture in Canada, and wanted to combine it with an internship for his Master’s in Environmental Management. I had just finished University ... and had a car. This is what we learned while volunteering on farms between Halifax and Vancouver Island, and filming the amateur documentary along the way (found at www. LocallyAbundantFilm.com): • Celebrate your victories: We definitely weren’t invincible on that trip, but sometimes it sure felt like it. Between every city and town, sometimes driving three days in a row, we constantly delighted in our last accommodations and relived every exciting moment. We quickly learned that the happier we allowed ourselves to be, the more luck we encountered. • Love your food: Since we were working on small-scale farms for 5-7 days at a time (10 farms in total), there was an abundance of fresh, vibrant food. Coming from the suburbs, I didn’t appreciate the work or natural phenomena that go into producing our food. Now, I try to make eating the most sacred and focused part of my day. • Embrace not knowing what’s next: On this trip, between May 21st and September 2nd of 2011, my friend Justin and I drove 20,000 km’s in a 1998 Toyota Tercel. Between each farm we usually had no idea where we’d sleep that night, or what we’d eat. What would seem like a stressful three months was the most enriching experience I’ve ever had. We were able to keep going by holding the end goal in mind, and since then I’ve used this principle in every other part of my life. Thanks for reading. Visit www.PeachCityMassage.com to learn more about affordable massage at Apex and Penticton. And finally, take the guesswork out of your diet: Work with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist in Penticton. Visit www. HolisticHealthInBalance.com, or call 250.462.9786.

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Fresh BC Talent Quest - Season 3

Presenters from Vancouver, Calgary, Kelowna, and Penticton are all confirmed and getting ready for our performers registering for the Fresh BC Talent Quest by the Feb 22 deadline, which includes our 2 performers workshops. Out-of-town Presenters include: Aaron J. Turner (N. Vancouver) Singer/Songwriter, Stage, TV, Theater, etc.; Candice Schmidt (Calgary) Vocal Dynamics, Song Selection, Voice Control, Audition Readiness, etc.; Angela Jung (Kelowna) CHBC Global Okanagan TOASTMASTERS Speaking with Confidence. The Penticton Presenters are as follows: Bill Bogaardt - Workshop for Parents and Professional Performers; Keisha McLean How to Be a Successful Star Performer; Mary Kozicki - JUICE PLUS+ Healthy Choices / Diet; Richard Lautsch - Tian Yo Health and Fitness; Wayne McDougall - Shaw TV - Live TV Interviews; and Adel Dewar - Performance Readiness. These presenters offer many years of studio, stage and recording experience, and are professional instructors. They are all here to help each performer get themself ready for our April Talent Quest - Season 3. Show dates at Opus Café Bistro. Talent Quest Performers Workshop Dates: Sunday, March 1st from 9am - 4:30pm and Saturday, March 7th from 1-4:30pm at Even Dance in Studio 1, located at #221 in the Cannery Trade Centre. Parents and Professional Performers Workshop on Saturday, March 7th - Studio 2 at Even Dance Studio. Email cmelive@yahoo.com or call 250 460 2221 to reserve your seat. Sponsorship support listed on our website. Denis Chaykowski, Fresh BC Talent Quest, SEASON 3 - 2015 www.cmeliveproductions.com // 250 460 2221

Tunes to Turn to ...

Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Towers and Trees Album: Broken Record-EP Track: “Montreal”

I had a great time this past Valentine’ Day at Brewski with my wife. Met some new friends, reconnected with some old ski bum friends, plus got to see Towers and Trees again. Another great night at the GB! This track really reminds me of when I lived in Montreal. Even more so when I went back a second time. Funny how a song can bring back found memories. Thanks for that Towers and Trees. Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Tunes To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in.

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Louise's Torchlight Parade

On February 7th, hundreds of locals gathered at Apex to celebrate the life of Louise Burgart, one of the Apex owners who recently passed away unexpectedly. Louise touched the lives of so many, not only at Apex, but across BC and beyond. A special torchlight parade in her honour was accompanied by lit candles and released Chinese lanterns, followed by heartfelt speeches, a special musical performance, and a bonfire. There was also a special announcement of a new blue run, called "Sweet Louise", which will be ready for next season. A story of how Louise is our "Golden Eagle" was also shared. Our Family, Our Friend, Our Colleague ... Louise will be missed.


Skiing and the Teenager

By Vince Rabbitte, Ski School Emeritus For both the young and the old, our minds and intellects are continually growing and developing. Among the most popular misconceptions is that the brain has developed so much by the age of three. It is spoken of as the “Myth of Three". Indeed the mind, it's ideas, it's imagination and it's intellectual growth goes on to the end of life, if you will it to. Certain things can impinge on this development by experimenting with tobacco, marijuana and alcohol. At an addiction level, mental problems are manifest. And, even at a lower level, your IQ could be diminished. To understand the brain, one must understand that it consists of grey and white matter. The grey matter is made up of neurons that form the building blocks of the brain. The grey matter growth is finished by the age of six. The white matter contains the wiring between the brain cells and develops well into the 20's. The last area to link up with the white cells is what helps you develop insight, judgement, self awareness and empathy. These are the civilizing, socializing features of humanity ... without them a society would founder and perhaps fail. Associated with this new wiring, the teens and young adults are also undergoing changes called “myelination”, in which those white matter connections are being coated in a protection of fatty tissue. Myelin is a form of insulation, allowing signals to move faster between brain cells, helping to speed the flow of information in the brain. This coordination of elements is what young skiers need to develop well to win. At Apex Mountain Resort, these coordinated elements are so well demonstrated by Andi Naude on the World Cup Mogul Circuit. Her adventures are most interesting to read. The great philosopher Alfred North Whitehead would be impressed with your “Novelty and Adventure”. Novelty to Whitehead are the new things you learn. Adventure is the fun associated with skiing. Good luck and carry on!

More uninteresting stuff? Well, a bit of wisdom too.

By Sheldon Hansen Did you know there are current bushes around Apex? Shocking! But, don’t try using them to power up your iPads or curling irons. It ain’t going to happen. Each Sudoku Did you know that there are numerous old mine shafts and has a unique exploratory diggings for lead, gold, copper, silver and zinc on solution that can be reached Apex and Beaconsfield, including industrial garnet exploration on Mt. Riordan? So with all the mine holes, would that make logically Apex a Holy Place? and without guessing. Enter When looking at the logging around Apex, let this old Cree digits from 1 to Prophecy stir your thoughts ... "Only after the last tree has 9 into the blank been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, spaces. Every only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find row must contain money cannot be eaten". one of each Speaking of fish, did you know that over the summer, minnows digit. So must have been seen in the little stream behind the Copper Creek every column, as condos? Let’s keep the wiggly little things there for a long time must every 3x3 and keep in mind how precarious the protective separations square. Answer between industry, our Apex recreational pursuits, and nature on page 18. may be. Thin indeed.

Apex Matters Sudoku Puzzle


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Answer key on page 18.

"Powder Day" ~ Photo by Leigh Trussler

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