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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

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Volume 11 : Issue 7 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

Early March 2014



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My Olympic Pipe Dream Reality with Matt Margetts And, just like that it is all over. I flew to Sochi from Munich through Moscow with my teammate Noah Bowman. We were pretty worried about checking, because of all our overweight bags, but somehow Noah had a first class ticket and they checked all of our bags for free and we walked straight into their lounge. When we got to Moscow, we had two cute little Russian girls waiting for us and they escorted through passport control, security, and directly to our gate. Flying into Sochi is pretty cool, you fly in over the Black Sea, pretty much right over and into the Olympic coastal cluster. When we landed, we picked our bags, checked in where they laminated our credentials, then we hoped on a bus and headed up to the mountain village to check into my home for the next two weeks. When I woke up, I opened the blinds and went out on to the balcony to see a beautiful sunrise over the huge gorgeous mountains above the dining hall. That day we had to do orientation, meetings, and clothing fittings, but I had one thing on my mind, getting my knee back into shape and ready to compete after traveling. I started icing with the GameReady, used a stim machine to get the muscles firing, went to the gym, spun on the bike, and got physio all day, everyday until our first training session. It was a pretty boring first couple of days, because we weren’t skiing yet and we were stuck up in the mountain village. The first training day went really well. My skis were tuned to perfection, thanks to our ski tech Kenny Knault. The weather was gorgeous, perfect, and warm. Our coaches and support staff were stoked and so happy to watch us train. But the pipe, it was different. It was still good, but it was very different from the pipe we were just training on in Tignes. It had lots of vert and was hard to catch high tranny. It was soft and bumpy and busy from 60 competitors lapping through it super fast, because there is a T-bar right beside it. All-in-all the first training session went well and after I went right back to my recovery routine. Second training session was at night. It was clear, warm, and fast. And, the pipe was in better condition. People were starting to get down and I was feeling it as well. I tried my double flat 7, landed on my feet, but landed low and backseat and went into the deepest squat that I have went into since I blew my knee. And, it put me in the most excruciating pain I have ever been in my life! I skied to the bottom, clipped out of my skis, and laid down on my back and let the pain settle. I decided to call it for the night and go back to the village to get back on my recovery routine. When I got back, I decided that it would be best to not train tomorrow morning and let my knee recover and heal for 48 hours before the Big Show. The next morning it was so foggy, I didn’t miss much, and the rest of the field didn’t have the best training. Today was the day. It was moment we’ve all been training for the past three years of our lives. When I woke up in the morning, it was coming down, raining so hard, it looked like Vancouver out there. When we got to the venue it was raining/


sleeting/snowing so hard, I thought they were going to cancel the event. Training went well, I was skiing great, doing my run, and having fun, even though the pipe was slow and bumpy and everything was completely soaked. I ran third, which is an OK spot to run. I walked up to the start gate, Kenny put down my skis, I clipped in, put on my new pump me up song, gave him a hug and thanked him for everything he’s done and skied through the gate out to Tren and grabbed him and gave him a huge hug. I looked down the pipe, smiled and dropped in. Everything was going great. I was catching high tranny. I was holding my speed, even though it was snowing the hardest it had been. I did one of my best double flat 7s, but when I landed I got off balance riding switch through the tranny and accidentally did a sloppy switch 7, which lands me forward, instead of a switch 5, which puts me backwards into my next trick being a switch right 7 mute. I had put down a run, but I knew I had screwed up and the judges new I had as well, because they had watched me train that run all night and when I didn’t do it they scored it low, even though I landed a full good run. Second run was all the same, but it was snowing harder and I fell on my dub flat 7 and it was all over. All that build up, all that hard work and I didn’t even make finals. I was so bummed. I walked through the finish gate and everyone was cheering for me. I saw familiar faces, but no family, no girlfriend, and I broke down. It took me a while to compose myself to walk through the media mix and do interviews. I don’t know why I felt so sad, so bummed, and so disappointed in myself, because I had done a great job and I had gone through a lot to get where I was. I sat back and enjoyed the rest of finals, watched all of my friends put on a really good show, and watched one of my best friends Mike Riddle get a silver medal at the freaking Olympics. I want to thank everyone who helped get me here and followed me along this great journey. I hope I made you all proud. Thank you so much for all the love and support. A huge shout out to Matt Margetts for sharing his journey to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia with all us locals through the Apex Matters readership. We are all so proud of you Matt and what you have accomplished. Congratulations to our local Olympian Matt Margetts!

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By Vince Rabbitte, Apex Ski Instructor By way of action, we are imbrued with a renewed reverence for the supreme being and matter. The creative element is developed in all of us by activity and sport. The aim of philosophy therefore is to understand our place in the cosmos; the purpose of movement is to achieve this. The sport of skiing provides us with that opportunity. Coaches must understand this thoroughly. They must be philosophical, have mature understanding and be supportive of their competitors. Sport involves sportsmanship. Sportsmanship is developed by way of enjoyment, endurance and the will to win. Eugenie Bouchard said it most succinctly recently in the Australian Open ... “The most important thing is to enjoy it out there, and that’s what I’ve been doing, that’s when I play my best.” The fighting tolerated in professional sport is a kind of gladiatorial spectacle appreciated Answer key by fewer minded spectators. to the Apex Matters There are many ways in Japan Sudoku ... the way of flowers; the way of Puzzle on poetry; the way of art ... and we page 23. could add, the way of skiing.



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The Olympic Flame with mountains and flags in Sochi, Russia

An Experience of Olympic Proportions By Shandia Cordingley, BScPT, CAFCI, CGIMS, COMT(Aus), Registered Physical Therapist at Sports Clinic Physiotherapy and Canada Olympic Snowboard - Alpine Team Therapist It’s hard to believe that the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games have already come and gone. As I sit here fighting jet lag to share some of my experiences, it seems almost surreal. I started working as the traveling therapist with the Canadian Snowboard Alpine Team in October of 2010, not realizing on that first trip to Colorado that I would be attending the Olympic Games in Russia 3 and a half years later. And what a journey it has been, this season alone I have been on the road about 105 days. That’s a lot!! Only being home from Sochi for a day it’s hard to put the experiences into words, but I will try to share some highlights. After a 2 week Pre-Olympic training camp near Schladming, Austria we arrived in Sochi on February 14th. One advantage of coming in the second week is all the kinks are worked out and from the arrival process, to security and transport, everything ran smoothly and quickly. Security was ever Myself and our tech Luka with the mascots. present, but not in your face and extremely efficient. All the security guards and police were friendly and helpful. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) did an incredible job in the Canadian residences providing us with all the amenities of home and making sure everyone, from athletes to staff, had what they needed. Our team was staying up in the Mountain Village, which is where all the freestyle skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding and bobsledding events took place. For me personally it was really special to see many of my other ‘physio’ friends who were there working with their respective teams and to network with the many other therapists and doctors. There were 3 other health science professionals representing the Okanagan including Kelowna’s Greg Redman, physio with ½ pipe ski, Adrian King, strength and conditioning with freestyle skiing and Keremeos/ Apex’s Marnie Todd massage therapist with ½ pipe ski.

The four Okanagan representitives - L-R - Adrian, Shandia, Marnie and Greg.

There was always something happening and so many events, that you really had to make a conscious effort to stay focused on why you were there and not let all the excitement interfere with your job. I had 6 athletes (3 men, 3 women) who I was responsible for. Actually, much less than the 12 I often have when on the World Cup Tour. We also had 4 coaches/ assistants, a technician and myself to round out our team. In addition, Canada Snowboard had some administrators, directors and our team doctor there for the entire month to help out each snowboard discipline with the many behind the scene responsibilities. My team had 2 events with parallel giant slalom (PGS) on the 19th and parallel slalom (PSL) on the 22nd. The Russians tend to do well in our events, so we had a great crowd. 5 of our 6 athletes made it into finals (top 16) in PGS and all 3 girls made it through to the round of 8. It was so exciting to have 3


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Olympic Rings with me in the center bottom, 5 of my athletes in the rings and a coach crouched down in front.

top 8, the first time this season. Unfortunately, none made it out of that round and they placed 5th, 6th and 8th. All 3 were best ever Olympic finishes for Canadian women in this event, but a podium was the goal. Two days later, with some training in between, we were gearing up for PSL. It was a tough day for the Canadian team, with only 2 of our boys making it to finals and then not making it out of the round of 16. We had Caroline Calve in the start gate. a couple of athletes who were considered medal hopefuls, so these results were tough. You know first hand how much time and effort these athletes put in and the disappointment takes its toll on everyone including the athletes, coaches and support staff. To quote a colleague who has been to several Olympics, “the games are a roller coaster with highest of highs and the lowest of lows”. He is bang on. Obviously, the athletes I work with are the ones I want to see on the podium, but when this doesn’t happen some small comfort is found in who does make the podium. When you travel on the World Cup Circuit with a team for 4 seasons, as I have, you get to know the athletes and staff from the other countries as well. You also see the bond that forms between all these athletes who have spent years traveling and competing with one another all over the world. Really special to us in particular were a couple of gold medalists in our event. For PGS women, Switzerland’s Patrizia Kummer won the gold. Patrizia trained with our team for most of the season starting back in June at our summer camps on Mt. Hood. She is an incredibly deserving person and it was great to see her on the podium. On the men’s side, Vic Wild who is American born riding for Russia, took double gold. It was incredible to witness and couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. If you get a chance to google Vic’s story, I highly recommend it. Definitely one of the big stories of the games. Not to mention his Russian wife who took home the bronze in PGS! Ru-si-ya was definitely the chant of the day! Work aside, there were TVs with live feeds throughout the Canadian Olympic Team (COT) residence, a highlight was watching the women’s hockey final in a packed Canadian staff lounge. We may have been a bit loud! As well, watching

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Kelowna’s Kelsey Serwa’s silver medal performance in ski cross was unbelievable. The fun part is you see these athletes in the halls afterwards, so you are able to congratulate them in person! I was also able to catch up with Penticton’s Matt Margett’s who put in an inspirational effort after tearing his ACL just two weeks before the games! I was lucky enough to watch snowboard cross men and women compete live and also watch Travis Gerrits compete live in aerials. Travis routinely trains at Apex and also comes into the Sports Clinic for some treatments when his team is in town. Another obvious highlight was that I was able to attend the men’s gold medal hockey game, a pretty amazing opportunity (thanks for the tickets Stefania!). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go to the closing ceremonies, but getting to that gold medal hockey game was a treat. I went to the dining hall to grab a bite after the game, while my crew was at the ceremonies. I ended up having an impromptu meal with 7 of the guys from our hockey team. It was pretty fun ... ‘Sid the Kid’ even got me a Myself with Sidney Crosby milkshake! These games were well run and were incredibly safe. It really was too bad so many spectators, friends and family stayed away. We all know the media attention was on ‘Sochi problems’, but I experienced very few and what I did see was minor. As usual, it was the people that made it so successful. Most of the volunteers were younger, high fiving, cheering, smiling; they were incredible. I don’t think it was anything but a positive experience for the younger generation of Russians! They loved Canada. Everyone wanted the Canadian pompom toque ... hottest commodity by far! To be perfectly honest, I don’t think the true emotion of it all hit until we arrived back on Canadian soil. The announcements and cheering for the athletes on the plane and in the baggage area was incredible, VIP treatment from the Air Canada staff, fans and media greeting the athletes, people coming up and asking about our experiences, random people wanting pictures with me, even after I told them I wasn’t an athlete! You really are in a bubble over there and to get home and realize Canadians were glued to their TVs for 2 weeks and cheering on each and every athlete was pretty special. I am proud to be Canadian, proud to be a part of the COT and especially proud and honoured to work with 6 amazing snowboard athletes (and our staff) who became my family over the past 4 years. Now, time to attack the Olympic hangover with some Apex pow!! Sochi 2014 HOT.COOL.YOURS. Canadian Olympic Team (Below - Happy Olympic Volunteers!) We Are Winter!

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Apex Ski Club Update with Jorgen Anderson, Apex Ski Club Head Coach Wow, very busy last couple weeks for the Apex Ski Club. U16 Athletes Reece Howden, Belle Grant and Ella Pasin traveled north to Prince George to compete in the U16 Provincials. Five U14 Athletes travelled to BC Games in Mission. The remainder of the team got to experience some of the best skiing to date at home at Apex.

U16 Provincials ~ Reece Howden had a solid performance in all the events, being SG, GS and Slalom. Reece managed top ten results in all disciplines, with a 10th in SG, 8th in GS and 5th in SL. Reece was so consistent in this tough event and we are so proud of him. Belle Grant had a stellar performance in SL coming 15th. Ella Pasin had top placing of 20th in the Slalom. Ella had some of the best SG skiing to date, but did not finish. The annual race had 65 competitors per gender from across the province. All three athletes have qualified for the CanAm Event later in March at Apex Mountain Resort, where the home town advantage will come into play. Our team is very excited to host the yearly event at Apex this year.

Reece Howden during GS training (Photo courtesy of Jorgen Anderson)

BC Games in Mission ~ Apex Ski Club sent five U14 to

the Games. Marcus Athans had a great couple runs in the slalom and grabbed a Silver Medal. Kyle Ladouceur Blaser and Chase Davies also competed in the event, but did not finish. The boys were in tough, as the weather was not cooperating. Slalom was the only event that could be completed during the games. Kailey Davies and Agatka Koczij also competed in the Games. Kailey placed 19th and Agatka 23rd in Slalom. In the GS Agatka and Kailey skied to 34th & 36th position. The kids all had a great time, but reports from all the coaches is that this Here is a great shot from the “Olympic Day”. This group took was really tough with the mountain receiving over 100 cm of part in a day of skiing with Gary Athans. All proceeds went to snow over the three day event. the Apex Ski Club. The group all bid on this day package at the SOS Fundraising Auction last month. The 10 participants Next Events For The Racers started the day with breakfast at The Edge Bistro, followed by • Nancy Greene Zone Finals ~ March 1-2 a morning of GS skiing, then lunch at the Gunbarrel Saloon, • U12 Inter Zone at Big White ~ March 8-9 followed by more skiing and a video. A great time was had by • U14 Provincials at Sun Peaks ~ March 13-16 all. Thanks Gary, for all the coaching. • U16 Can Am at Apex Mountain Resort ~ March 20-24

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Above & Below - Apex Carvers enjoy some recent fresh powder runs. (Photos by Johnny Smoke)

Apex Carvers Update with Johnny Smoke, Carvers Coach First of all, a hearty “Good Luck” to all our Carvers off to Silver Star this weekend for the Okanagan Zone Finals. I know they’ll all have a great time. Next year we should have one of the NGSL races here at Apex, so that the locals can get a close up look at the future of racing in BC. Everyone certainly has been having a great time over the past couple of weekends with all the snow we’ve had. I predicted 10 cms of fresh snow for every gold medal Canada won at the Sochi Games. While Team Canada put in an outstanding performance, they slightly under delivered in the past couple of weeks as we received well over a meter of new powder around here. Luckily, our awesome grooming staff managed to pack down a couple of spots well enough to make for some safe gate training in between awesome dumps. Actually, racing (and especially slalom) has a lot in common with skiing powder. The fundamentals of a good turn work anywhere, so we’ve been working hard on keeping our upper bodies quiet, pointing those skis into the fall line, and always planting that pole. Powder can really help young skiers break out of old habits, for while the soft snow is easy to ski in many ways, it’s also very unforgiving if you like to rotate your body or drop your hands. Plus, powder tends to slow everything down, which really helps to clarify things which happen very quickly in gates (or trees or moguls). There’s only a few weekends left in the Carver calendar. The season really flies by, and while it feels like it just got going, it’s almost time for Spring Break, which means it’s time to think about the Spring Break Camps. We are running two 3 day camps this year on the Monday to Wednesday of each week of Spring Break. Spring Break Camp #1 is March 17-19 and Spring Break Camp #2 is March 24-26. Only $99 for each 3 day camp. Register at www.apexskiclub.com or contact apexskiclub@gmail.com


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Congratulations to the following AFC & AFC Alumni athletes who have qualified to attend the Canadian by ronda barzilay Junior Nationals in Le Relais, Quebec – March 6th The Freestyle Frenzy Continues with Apex – 9th to represent BC and most importantly Apex Freestyle Club soaring to new heights Mountain Resort!

and cleaning up with the medals like their Big Air & Slopestyle Canadian Freestyle Olympic Heros! Saturday, March 1, 2014 ~ Apex Freestyle Club Matt Finlayson Cameron Kapusty presents an Awesomely ‘FUN’ Dual Mogul Event Join AFC at Apex Mountain Resort for ... AN AWESOMELY Brayden Kuroda ‘FUN’ DUAL MOGUL EVENT This ‘FUN’ competition is open to athletes from 5 to 16 years of age in freestyle, racing, learn to ski programs and freeskiers. All contestants must be a member of a ski club and hold their governing association insurance or email Kenni: afckenni@ gmail.com for options. The event will be held on the Okanagan Run serviced by the T-bar and will be a 2 jump dual mogul course of moderate difficulty. Hot dogs & refreshments will be served at the Air Site building during the event. Come out and challenge your friends to who will ‘OWN THE MOGULS’ at Apex Mountain Resort. Visit apexfreestyle.com for all the details and to register!

Moguls - Girls Mason Barzilay Madison Parker Mackenzie Schwinghamer Kassidy Todd Anna Spence

Moguls - Boys Jordan Kober Connor Spence Kyle Parker Koleton Phipps Brayden Kuroda Joseph Durnham Congratulations to Coach Jon and the Apex Team Max Todd

AFC Gang Being Cool!

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who attended the Big White Slopestyle & Half Pipe Comp - February 17th Upcoming Freestyle Events in the West! Half Pipe Podium Girls - 7-8 yrs - Rhya Covert - Silver Boys - 9-10 yrs - Alec Henderson - Gold Boys - 11-12 yrs - Liam Holinaty - Bronze Slopestyle Podium Boys - 9-10 yrs - Alec Henderson - Bronze

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Senior Nationals - March 26-31

Apex Mountain Resort is hosting one final event for 2014 in welcoming the best that Canada has to offer at the Senior National Championships, with the single mogul National Congratulations to all the AFC members who Championship competition on Saturday and the head-to-head represented Apex at the Mission 2014 BC Winter dual competition runs on Sunday.

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Faolan Covert getting air on the slopestyle course


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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Esther Skrypiczajko, President YEAR END CELEBRATION ~ Yes, as our season comes to a close, we are planning a celebration for Saturday, March 22. There will be a Steak & Salmon Barbeque at 12 noon. Tickets Nickel Plate Nordic Centre celebrated their 25th Annivesary on Sunday, February will be $15 and must be purchased in advance. Watch the 23rd with the Potluck Luncheon and Anniversary Cake. Cutting the Anniversay Cake are founding members, Jerome Jang and Steve and Carolyn Buzikievich. website for details and your next Apex Matters. CLOSING DATE ~ Nickel Plate will continue grooming all trails and maintaining the rental services until (and including) March 23rd. From March 24th - 28th, only the inner trails will be groomed and the lodge and washrooms will be open, but there will be no office staff nor rental services. For the weekend of March 29th - 30th, only the inner trails will be groomed, but there will be rental services available. That Sunday, March 30th, will be our last day of operation. We hope everyone will get up to enjoy the last month of skiing and snowshoeing!

My BC Winter Games Nordic Experience

The Anniversary Cake above had a bit of an unusual photo, just to keep us all smiling ... Is that a Gondola? Jack Ambler, Nickel Plate General Manager, spoke to the group with Rachel Shanner gathered for this historical celebration. Jack’s interesting speech included some of It was an honour for me to compete at the BC Winter Games the history of Nickel Plate and the text of his speech has now been added to our held this year at the Whistler Olympic Park and Mission! On website at nickelplatenordic.org. Looking forward to many more Nickel Plate years!

Friday we had individual 400m sprint skate races and then 4 x 2km team relays later in the afternoon. Our Okanagan teams did very well with a 1st, 3rd, and 10th place finish. On Saturday I had the individual start 5km classic race. I had problems with my wax, but raced well and finished strong. I was very fortunate to have my coach, Jerome Jang, present at the race. Although he was there in an official capacity, he always found the time to touch base with me prior to every race and then again at the end to give some helpful advice. The BC Winter Games was a fantastic opportunity and experience for me. I met athletes from across the province and enjoyed both the racing and the social aspect of the weekend! Cross Country Skiing is a sport I love and it was a privilege to represent Nickel Plate!


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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 7 Full Moon Moms

By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Guide Sunday, February 16, 2014 ~ This article will be a joint effort between Apex Matters Owner/Publisher, Myleen, and myself. For a number of years, Myleen has been valiantly trying to gather a group of ladies (aka ‘moms’) to join in on a “full moon” snowshoe tour. Therefore, Sunday, February 16th will go down in the history books as Myleen and six friends joined me for a full moon snowshoe. We all met at Myleen’s cabin to enjoy a few snacks, which she had prepared before going over a few pre snowshoe safety tips. We proceeded to snowshoe on the snow bank along the road to the start of the “Jodinge Trail” (better known as the North Fork of Keremeos Creek). Along the way, I taught the ladies some downhill and uphill techniques, some winter safety and also touched upon reading snow conditions, such as air pockets around trees. The Jodinge Trail is a well used trail, which follows Keremeos Creek mostly uphill with some side sloping making it tricky in places. At times you are literally on the edge of the Creek with water gurgling below you. After about 30 minutes of snowshoeing, we reached a fork then veered off to the left arm of the trail in order to cross the creek. From here, the route climbs about 75 meters and doubles back. I stopped at a few viewpoints to show the ladies the trail below us, which we were on a mere 10 minutes before! Continuing on we emerged near the Scout Cabin and Nickel Plate Road, crossed it and headed down the main fork of Keremeos Creek all the way to the Apex village. For the home stretch, I challenged the ladies with a steep climb, which was made more difficult to ascend as the snow was quite loose. The ladies were able to facilitate the tips I taught them on climbing. All accomplished the ascent in fine style! Soon we were back at Myleen’s cabin where we started. A great time was had by all! Thanks to everyone for coming out to experience and enjoy the ambience of all a full moon snowshoe.

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The Ladies Full Moon Tour with Dino By Myleen Mallach Yes, it is true. I have been talking to Dino for many years now about another ladies snowshoe tour, ever since the Full Moon Tour with Dino and the Sheridan ladies a number of years ago. What a great lasting memory that fun night made! Each season I say to myself, “perhaps this winter I can round up a bunch of moms for a different kind of fun night out”. Then ‘life with kids’ happens and priorities shift ... say no more, other than Dino perhaps giving up on me and my hopeful plans. Finally, the moment of opportunity came ... about a month ago, a friend of mine created a Facebook group about being “Active for 30 days” ... A motivational place to post your workouts, accomplishments and even failures with the challenge to be more active for 30 days in a row. With 18 local ladies in the Facebook group, winter season upon us, I made the suggestion of a Full Moon Ladies Snowshoe Tour. 12 of the 18 said “yes” right away, but as life happens in our busy family lives, having 7 of us actually join together for this experience made me super excited. After all, I had this evening adventure in the back of my mind for many years now. As I drove up to Apex on the Friday of the February Full Moon, the massive lunar display was the sight I was dreaming of. Anticipation and expectations built even more for Sunday’s adventure. But, as luck would have it, fresh snowfall won by Sunday night. As a skier, I couldn’t complain with flakes falling and the slopes needing some fresh snow. Regardless, the “Not So Full Moon Tour” was still a fantastic time in the end, even if the moon didn’t come out to play! Excellent snow conditions, with lots of fresh snow sparking under head lamps and fresh tracks to forage ... there were lots of tumbles and bumbles to keep us all laughing down (but mostly up) the trail ... moments of silence in the serene dim lit winter wilderness were captivating. “Thanks for the tour and tips. I had a blast!”, says Leann. “Moon or no moon, it was so much fun! Thanks for a great guided tour!”, says Karen. “It was super fun! And yes, thank you Myleen for hosting all of us”, says Kelsey. Thanks for coming out Ladies! There will definitely be a repeat snowshoe adventure, but with the moon in full bloom next time. A huge thanks to Dino for your tour, tips and time. If you can walk, you can snowshoe ... the fun and laughter just happens!

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March 1st - Okanagan Freestyle Regionals - Come watch the talented athletes compete from all over the Okanagan! March 8th - Vertical and Vintages - Tickets $35 include wine tastings from 17 Naramata Bench Wineries, dinner and live entertainment by Uncorked! For tickets and information, please call Kerissa 250-490-7235 or e-mail kerissa@apexresort.com March 9-11th - Keg Cup!- Apex welcomes all Keggers March 12th - Last Ladies Day! Come on up for good food, great lesson’s and prizes! Last one of the 2013/2014 season. Thank-You to all you lovely ladies for participating this year. March 14th - Last Men’s Day! Let’s make it a long weekend, men grab your buddies and come on up for the last men’s day of the season! March 14th - March Meltdown Party - LIVE MUSIC - Come listen to “The Boom Boom’s” in the Gunbarrel Saloon - Tickets $10 Contact Scooby at 250-770-0158. March 14th - March Meltdown Party - Freeride Friday - Come on out $10 to enter, great prizes to be won! March 15th - March Meltdown Party - LIVE MUSIC - Come listen to “Towers and Trees” in the Gunbarrel Saloon - $5 cover at the door! March 15th – Pentagon’s March Madness Meltdown Event - Bring your buddies up for a fun competition and great prizes! Check out apexresort.com for more info! March 17-19th - Osisko Speed Camp - U16 athletes will be up training Super G March 20-23rd - CanAm’s - This is a Slalom, GS and Super G event March 22nd - Retro Day! Grab those onesies, your leg warmers and your shades and come ski in style! March 25th - Sr. Nationals - Mogul event March 30th - Elevator Race - Penticton, BC to Apex Mountain Resort Solos and teams of 2 to 7 athletes compete in a 6 leg race ascending 6000' of elevation in under 60km! To register & for more info call 250-490-6084. TUBE PARK - Open all of Spring Break! 10 am - 3:30 pm and Fri/Sat 4-9 pm SKATING RINK AND LOOP - Open 7 days a week 10 am - 11 pm APEX SKI BUS - Running all of Spring Break - Check online for schedule NIGHT SKIING - Friday and Saturday Nights 4-9 pm + March 14-24th. For Bookings for Tubing and Skating, call the office at 1-877-777-2739 or email Kerissa@apexresort.com www.ApexResort.com


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Vertical & Vintages Wine Tasting Event Hosted by the Gunbarrel Restaurant Saturday, March 8th from 7-9pm ~ Tickets $38 + GST 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 generous wine tastings from 17 Naramata Bench Wineries. To complete your evening of Vertical & Vintages at the Gunbarrel Saloon, enjoy the musical talents of Naramata’s favourite party band “ UnCorked” as they play the night away. For Tickets and information, call 1- 877-777- 2739 or email Kerissa@apexresort.com.

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1st Annual Brewski A Huge Success!

On February 22nd, the 1st Annual Brewski Event went down as another epic après time at Apex in the Gunbarrel Saloon. A huge “thank you” goes to the 12 craft beverage providers, Apex Mountain Resort, the Gunbarrel Saloon, and of course the many event coordinators. “Brewski was part of an amazing weekend up at Apex Mountain Resort. In speaking with guests during and after the event, they loved the first annual Brewski! They really enjoyed trying a great selection of over 35 craft beer, spirits and ciders from 12 different and passionate craft beverage providers. The staff at the Gunbarrel Saloon hit it out of the park with amazing beer-paired, beer-inspired food. Brewers loved the event and had an amazing time talking about and pouring their beverages for guests. After the event, guests were treated to a high energy performance by Victoria band Towers and Trees. They kept the dance floor packed until the wee hours of the night. Brewski and the live entertainment, paired with unbelievable powder on the slopes made for a weekend in which great memories are made. In terms of numbers, the festival was sold out well in advance with 200 attendees. Brewers and guests alike are already talking about next year! Organizers are already looking for unique ways to expand the capacity for the event next year. Watch for details for the 2nd annual Brewski event, which will run around the same time in 2015. The event date will hopefully be announced before Christmas 2014, with tickets available as Christmas gifts for the craft beer lovers on your gift list. Thanks again all!” ~ Kim Lawton, DogLeg Marketing, and one of the many Brewski event coordinators. (Photos are courtesy of Kim Lawton, DogLeg Marketing.)

“For the first annual Brewski event, it was a fantastic show. The brewers and those that attended said it was an awesome event and everyone will be back next year. The food at the Gunbarrel was great, the band Towers and Trees were fantastic and played to a full capacity dancing crowd at the Gunbarrel Saloon, the brewers had a great time and had as much fun pouring as everyone did tasting. The variety of the beers and ciders catered to the variety of the people attending. To top it all off, Apex received 80 cm’s of light dry Okanagan powder leading up to the event and 30 cm’s over the Brewski weekend. Thanks for coming to Brewski. Yes, a good time was had by all.” ~ James Shalman, Apex Mountain Resort General Manager

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The Penticton Ramada Elevator Race Lyndie Hill - Hoodoo Adventure Company In 2010, we got 3 teams of competitive locals together to test out a Ski 2 Sea style race between Apex Mountain and Penticton. We started with a Nordic ski, then hooked up with the Grandfather’s Trail, hiked up Ben’s Run, threw on the downhill skis, racing to the bottom of the triple chair, ran with our snowshoes down Keremeos Creek to Green Mountain Road and road our bikes to the lake to finish the race with a paddle. It was at the road bike stage (which had me ripping down steep terrain that was covered in snow only hours before at 70+ kms/hr) that I realized this race would be a risk management nightmare. So, I went back to the drawing board and thought on it. I couldn’t shake the visions of the beautiful valley that were etched in my mind from the snowshoe stage of the race or the fact that we can actually host 6 different sports within 55kms of each other in one day. And, I just did not want to let the dream go of one day hosting a multi-sport race here in my home town. After all, it is the perfect setting. Weeks later as I drove up the mountain, it came to me … turn the race around and climb! What a challenge for athletes and thrill seekers alike. What a perfect place for it and of course, what a way to take the death defying descent out of the mix without losing any of the good parts! And so, the Elevator Race was born! This year we are back for our 3rd year and are amped to make the event bigger and better than ever before. It will be an event not to be missed!

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We will be hosting athletes from all over BC and are excited to have Mr. Steve King return as our official race announcer. We will also be creating some buzz at the finish line with a fundraiser for the South Okanagan Children’s Charity. Racers, family, friends and spectators can join us on the Gunbarrel patio to cheer on participants as they cross the finish line and support a great cause just by ordering a beer. Thanks to Tree Brewery and the Gunbarrel Saloon, $1 from every Tree Beer sold on race day will go to the Charity! You can register now for the race at www.theelevatorrace.ca or we encourage you to come out and watch as solos and teams complete a 52km ascent 6000’ from an 8km paddle on Okanagan Lake to a 20km road ride, a 9km run/snowshoe, an 8km mountain bike, an 8km Nordic Ski and a 3km downhill ski.

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How to stay in shape and have a whole lot of fun when ski season comes to an end.

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Apex Fire Brigade Update with Mike Polywkan, Apex Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Last week three self contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA’s) were donated to our fire department. There is also a possibility that we will be receiving more. These units are very expensive and they come with a lot of responsibility. There are very strict rules for their usage outlined by the NFPA, a governing body for the safety and protection of firefighters. We have decided to implement their usage to an even stricter set of guide lines for our own safety. The inhalation of carcinogens is a real hazard for firefighters. This hazard is coming to light more recently these days, because of the research that has been done. Cancers caused by the inhalation of toxins do not show up right away and in the past were less likely to be linked or considered to be associated with the fighting of fires. The safety of the men and women who serve on this department is very important to AFBS and we have tried hard to obtain the equipment needed to make our job safer. We will have a larger contingency attending the spring seminar in Oliver this spring and with the donation of these SCBA’s we will have an opportunity to become more comfortable and familiar with their usage before we are expected to wear them at the training sessions. I remember the first time I put one on and it wasn’t long before panic began to set in. Every time I have put one on since it has become easier and more comfortable. Firefighting can be quite dangerous; the more tools you have and the more comfortable you become with using them, and the safer it becomes. This was an important next step in the evolution of our department and with the support of the community we will continue to progress to enable ourselves to serve the community better. I would like to bring attention to a problem we have been having regarding parking. People are parking in front of and blocking access to fire hydrants. (I wrote about this in the last edition.) While looking into this we have learned that if the hydrant is on a public road way the vehicle can be towed for a violation under the motor vehicle act, but it is a different story for a hydrant that is situated within a strata property. In this case, the strata must have their own parking bylaws and are responsible for the removal of these vehicles. What this means is that if a vehicle is parked in front of and blocking access to a hydrant, the offender is removing the privilege of fire protection and endangering the lives and property of every person within that strata. This is a very frustrating situation for us and most people within the strata’s turn a blind eye, because they don’t realize that the responsibility lies with them. If you live within a stratum and see anything that compromises the safety of the residents, you have to put pressure on the council to make the changes or act on the rules that already exist before it is too late and an incident happens. I would again like to thank all the people that are helping to keep the hydrants clear of snow. The skiing is really good and the snow is really starting to pile up. There is less room to put this white stuff and the work required to throw the snow up onto the banks, which in some cases is well over our heads, is quite substantial. So, any help we get is greatly appreciated, not only by the fire department, but also by all those living within the range of each of the hydrants.

Thumbs up to the 3 self contained breathing apparatuses that were recently donated to the Apex Fire Brigade Society. Another step toward serving our community better.

I would like to end this with some fun fire facts and quotes: • If you think it’s tough being a firefighter, try being a firefighter’s wife ~ Unknown • Dalmatians were originally chosen as fire dogs because they formed a strong bond with the fire horses. • Hug a firefighter and feel warm all over. ~ Unknown • 1962 Red Adair gained international fame when he led a team that put out a fire that had been burning for 6 months. • Join us on Facebook ... APEX FIRE BRIGADE SOCIETY. Have a Safe Ski Season!

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The Culture of Apex By Suzie Anderson Lately, in my life “off the hill” a thought has repeatedly occurred to me about my beloved Apex Mountain. That thought is: Apex has a culture of its own! So, I looked up the definition of “culture”. This part of Wikipedia’s nailed it: “The term “culture” in American anthropology had 2 meanings: 1) The evolved human capacity to classify and represent experiences with symbols and to act imaginatively and creatively; and 2) the distinct ways that people, who live differently, classified and represented their experiences and acted creatively.” Webster’s definition: “1) a way of thinking, behaving or working that exists in a place or organization; and 2) beliefs, customs, arts, etc. of a particular society, group, place or time.” Have you ever considered that Apex has its own culture? If you haven’t, here’s food for reflection and celebration based on those definitions. Do you know any other ski hill where through the years, it’s a custom of some avid lovers of the sport go on their own time, on and off season, and clear runs that they see as potential great ski runs? Some might call them guerrilla gardeners or bushwhackers, but I call them Apex Angels. With their collective creativity they have added dimensions to the hill that multiply its uniqueness and endear it to the masses. There have been many of these Angels and they know who they are. THANK YOU! There is somewhere, floating around, a legacy left by our Ski Patrol that has to be considered a hidden mountain jewel. Our rescuers made a movie called “As The Shift Turns” about their “culture” ... the comings, goings and shenanigans of the Ski Patrollers when they inhabited the little A-frame near the old Gunbarrel. Wouldn’t it be fun to recover and revisit that one? The competitive subculture has morphed from a small group of skiers who raced with no coach (and did very well) to super training programs for downhill and freestyle skiers, who contribute their own gifts to our culture. The entourages surrounding the competitors have pulled together so many creative fund raisers for their programs and raised thousands of dollars while having a darn good time.

John Davis Contracting Premier Apex Builder ~ Since 1994

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Apex Property Owners Association MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW!

APOA Annual General Meeting Saturday, March 22nd Apex Mountain Inn Conference Room

1:30 pm Arrive/Renew Membership - 2 pm Meeting Important vote to take place with regard to the Forestry Committee’s financial needs. The Board wants YOUR input on all matters impacting alpine recreation and property values. Rock Oven Social Afterwards - $5 drinks & $5 off meals www.apexpropertyowners.com

Service is part of our culture too. We have a fantastic volunteer fire department that has grown through dedication and hard work from so many great folks and their fundraisers have become tradition. Now we even have our own newsletter, Apex Matters. It has added so much vitality and richness to the Mountain experience. Thank you Myleen for giving us our voices in print! Of course APOA, the property owners association, was formed almost 20 years ago and has become a voice to be reckoned with. Stay tuned for more action by the APOA. Of course there’s the ‘party’ culture that’s evolved from the heyday of the old Gunbarrel, where we danced on the tables while our kids outside pressed their noses against the window ... to the new Gunbarrel, a much more sophisticated venue. There has never again been quite the atmosphere of the old grungy Gunbarrel ... it was like stuffing a phone booth full with happy bodies! Then there’s the ‘outdoor party’ subcultures ... The Heavens, The Circle, The Igloo, The Nipple, Hidden Gold, which are all legendary. The symbols they’ve created melt away every season, but have left living memories. It seems that Apexians love to celebrate under the big sky, day or night, or cram themselves into teeny spaces and hoop it up. So, I think Apex has quite a culture of its own! Our “culture” has left tangible legacies, as well as memories that have shaped how we love this mountain. We are a people with a common love of the place and we belong to Apex. That’s quite enough to celebrate every day! Oh Apex! How do we love thee? Let us count the ways! Be sure to attend the APOA Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday, March 22nd from 1:30 pm in the Apex Mountain Inn Conference Room. Social to follow in the Rock Oven Grill. Over 50 years in Business!

Jeff & Jennifer Van Os

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

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Decorative Concrete In The Bathroom

By Leann Robbins and the ONYX Team Concrete countertops are becoming the preferred option to granite or synthetic countertops for the discerning homeowner. With the ability to customize the surface to your space and personal preferences, ONYX Castings will work with you to create your dream design. The thickness of countertops can range from 3/4 of an inch to any desired thickness. Front edge returns can be made to create a countertop that appears thick to any size desired. Concrete countertops can be straight, curved, notched, multilevel, etc. Unlike granite, which would drastically increase in cost for curved shapes, creating curved concrete shapes simply involves some extra complexity and labour in forming. Concrete can also be used in vertical applications, such as backsplashes and shower surrounds. Concrete countertops can also be used both indoors and outdoors. For more information or to get a quote, call ONYX Castings at 250.488.2798 or send your design to info@onyxcastings.com. Be sure to visit the ONYX Team at their booth at the 19th annual Penticton Home & Reno Show held on March 1st & 2nd at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre.

Great Cabin Recipes Chutney-Chicken Pinwheels Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 40 min Servings: 30 INGREDIENTS: 1/2 lb. (225 g) lean ground chicken / 1/2 cup (1/2 of 250-g tub) Philadelphia Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese Spread / 1/2 cup finely chopped red onions / 1/2 cup Tex Mex Shredded Cheese / 1/4 cup green chutney / 1 tsp. each garam masala, ground coriander and ground cumin / 1/2 tsp. red chili powder or cayenne pepper / 6 large whole wheat tortillas. Heat oven to 400ºF. Combine all ingredients except tortillas. Spread 1/2 cup chicken mixture onto each tortilla; roll up. Cut each roll-up into 10 slices. Place, cut-sides up, on parchment-covered baking sheets; spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake 25 min. or until pinwheels are crisp & chicken filling is done. If you have a “Great Cabin Recipe” that you would like to share, please email to apexmatters@telus.net. Happy Cooking!

Snowballs or Snow Angels? Send in yours to apexmatters@telus.net

Throw a “snowball" at someone for not so good actions, like dumping furniture at the garbage bin or send a “snow angel” to another for doing a good deed, like pulling you out of the ditch. (Please Note: Some discretion on inclusion may be involved.)

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ONYX Castings Bathroom Vanities - 12 ft long countertop, no seams and two types of charm for two friends this year and have seen them both double vessel sinks shown above. Call ONYX for your quote today at 250-488-2789. taken down the hill on sleds. Paul and the ski patrol have Welcome the natural beauty and texture of concrete into your home.

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been amazing on both occasions, making both people feel as comfortable as they can. Paul even goes that extra mile and calls after to follow up and make sure everything is alright. Give those guys a pat on the back when you see them. Thanks guys! ~ from Brock of Freeride Boardshop Snow Angels to Apex Mountain Resort for all the great new signs around the mountain. The new large mountain maps at the top of the quad and triple chair, as well as the village, are a wonderful new addition. I also love the new sign at the Apex Guest Ranch. Way to go Apex! ~ from Karen Peters

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Apex Matters Sudoku Puzzle

Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically and without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. Answer on page 11.

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