Apex Matters Early March 2015 Issue

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

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Early March 2015



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Apex Ski Club U14 Racers Ranked 2nd In Province!

Attack from the back! Late start numbers didn't slow this kid down! Apex Ski Club's Tamatea Westby in recent Provincial Giant Slalom Race. (Photo by Val Siggs) w

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Penticton to Host 2016 BC Winter Games February 25-28, 2016

By Michael Yates, Director of Dale Charles and Sports Clinic Physiotherapy, Medical Director - 2016 BC Winter Games, Penticton, BC Did you know that Penticton hosted the first ever BC Games in the Summer 1978? Since then, Penticton has hosted the 1990 Winter Games and 1995 Summer Games. Penticton has already started the process of gearing up to welcome athletes to the 2016 BC Winter Games. As host city, organizers will prepare for over 2000 athletes, coaches and officials from 17 sports, including Disabled, Para and Special Olympic events. Eight zones will represent all regions of the province, with athletes ranging from ages 11-17 years. The Games assist individual athletes and communities to develop a sport culture in BC that prepares for higher level competition, such as National multi-sport events. Local skiers such as Kristi Richards and Matt Margetts are BC Winter Games alumni and have demonstrated their ability at international events, including the Winter Olympics. Winter facilities at Apex Mountain Resort and Nickle Plate Nordic Centre will be the site of Biathlon, Alpine Skiing, Freestyle Skiing and Cross Country Skiing. BC Games is one of the largest of its kind in North America, requiring many volunteers. It is comparable in size to the 2500 athletes at Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics. The benefit to Penticton and area will be to proudly showcase our facilities and provide the athletes the best environment in which to compete. Economic spin-offs will be recognized through the supporters and families of athletes and officials that have come to watch the spectacle of the Games. The BC Winter Games Host Society is a volunteer group made up of a Board of Directors consisting of a President, Vice President, and 14 Directors with 71 Chairs covering all aspects of organization of the Games. As the 2016 BC Winter Games organization gains momentum, there will be many opportunities for well over 1000 volunteers to make this an extraordinary event.

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Apex Ski Club U14 Provincial Results

U14 Apex Ski Club athletes returned from the U14 Provincials at Silver Star, February 26th through March 1st with great performances. 14 athletes competed against 200 athletes from around BC in 3 slalom and 3 giant slalom races. Tamatea Westby had an impressive weekend winning “Most Improved Male Athlete” for a slalom race and placing 7th in the combined slalom race on Sunday, March 1st. “One thing I’ve learned is ski racing is much more than physical training. It’s mental toughness, perseverance and believing in yourself. So if you have a dream, don’t give up, because then you’ll never know how far you could have gone”, said Westby. “It was a terrific weekend”, said Coach Jorgen Anderson. “All our athletes performed well and gained great experience.” The 14 athletes showed commitment, enthusiasm and team spirit and Anderson is excited to see what they can do at upcoming races. 10 of the 14 athletes qualified to attend the U14 Can-Am Race at Revelstoke, where they will compete against races from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the US. Currently, the U14 racers from Apex Ski Club are ranked second in the province in points. “Second in team points is just amazing,” says Anderson. “It shows the depth of our group and is the icing on the cake to a great week of racing by these fabulous kids.” Kailey Davies had five top 10 finishes with two sixth place finishes in the giant slalom and fourth, seventh, and ninth place finishes in the slalom. Issac Athans placed second and fourth in slalom, and eighth in giant slalom. Devin Blaser placed fourth and sixth in giant slalom. Noa Borg placed sixth and ninth in the slalom. Other Apex Ski Club athletes and their best performance are: Agatka Koczij (14th slalom), Kristen Anderson (15th slalom), Hanna Marsh-deBoer (21st slalom), Alison Sinclair (39th slalom) and Amy Whitty (59th slalom). Peter de la Mothe (21st slalom), Aaron Leaman (26th giant slalom), Adam Koczij (45th giant slalom), Matthew Siggs (62nd giant slalom), and Matyas Gerloczy (64th giant slalom).

Apex Ski Club is 2nd in Province!

Matt Siggs ready for battle!

Kailey Davies has 5 top 10 finishes at the recent U14 Provincial GS Race.

Noa Borg keeps focus straight ahead and places 6th and 9th in the slalom.

200+ athletes during a course inspection at the recent U14 Provincial GS Race.

Tamatea Westby wins “Most Improved Male Athlete” in the slalom.


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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 6-8pm. 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.

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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

Please Note: Nickel Plate’s last official day open is March 29th. Come out and enjoy fabulous Spring skiing conditions over Spring Break!

Upcoming Social Events at Nickel Plate

A few of the Nickel Plate Junior Racers at Motherlode Lookout during sunset on

Please see www.nickelplatenordic.org for more information on Saturday, February 17th. (Photo by Walker Singleton) these upcoming events, or email kdodman@icloud.com. Saturday, March 14th at 6pm: Potluck Dinner and Moonlight Snowshoe and Ski. If you have old aluminium ski poles you would like to donate to the club, please drop them off at the ticket office. Thank you. Looking for a great gift Idea? Nickel Plate has Gift Certificates available! Please inquire at the Ticket Office. The Elevator Race on March 28th will be the final event of the season at Nickel Plate, hosting the cross-country ski leg of the relay race as it goes from the Nickel Plate Lodge to the Gunbarrel Saloon.

Grade 4 & 5 X-C Ski Program Update

The grade 4 and 5 program will finish another successful year on March 12th with 1700 kids from the Penticton/Summerland/ Keremeos area getting the opportunity to ski several times at Nickel Plate. This program offers a great opportunity for youth to try cross-country skiing – a sport for life!


Are you interested in carpooling to Nickel Plate? If interested, please contact info@nickelplatenordic.org and include: day(s) of the week you travel to Nickel Plate, your contact information, and how many seats you have available, or need. All contacts will be between the respective parties to arrange transportation.

Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update

The Nickel Plate Junior racers have experienced a busy race season, participating in Loppets and OK Cup Races at Overlander Ski Club in Kamloops, Nickel Plate, and the recent Teck BC Championships at Telemark in West Kelowna. All of the participating skiers enjoyed their racing and training experiences this year. And most importantly, all of the skiers have enjoyed the social aspect of training with friends and teammates! Who is a Potential Junior Racer? • Anyone previously registered in the Junior Racer program, or who has been in or completed Level 4 or the Track Attack Level of the SDP program. • Skiers aged 10-17 years who want to ski stronger and faster, and who wish to begin racing. • Sufficiently skilled and motivated participants. This program is particularly suited to those kids who enjoy aerobic sports, who wish to attain a high degree of fitness, and who are fairly self-motivated. If you would like to find out more about the program, please visit the website at www.nickelplatenordic,org and click on “Junior Racers” or contact Sarah Broder: brodersarah@yahoo. ca or Kathryn Golbeck: kathryngolbeck@shaw.ca.

Weather, Snow & Grooming Conditions Wondering about Snow and Weather conditions at Nickel Plate? For daily reports on grooming, snow, and real-time weather, please visit our website at www.nickelplatenordic.org and click on “Snow Report” and “Current Weather”.

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Nickel Plate Junior Racers ~ Relay Teams at the Teck BC Championships at Telemark Nordic on February 22nd. (Photo by Jenny Albrechtson)


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Nickel Plate Junior Racers Coach Jerome Jang: The 2014-15 Racing Season

This season has had it’s ups and downs, both in terms of training, results and weather. We started late with the teachers dispute that slowed us down a bit, then the snow came later than usual, so we didn’t get on snow as early as normal. Some of the early season races were cancelled or moved, plus our skiers did not get enough on snow time to race well, so we missed some crucial early preparation races. The flu bug hit hard for a number of our team, again right during the important build up weeks in the early season. Strange weather patterns that resulted in tough racing and waxing conditions affected us as well (being in the fortunate position of having better snow conditions than most other ski areas was a negative this season, as the other club teams with not so good conditions got a lot more practice and better at skiing in poor conditions). Our racing results reflected these ups and downs with not so good results in some races and pretty good results in others, particularly in our at home races that we hosted. Overall, the season was still a success with our developing skiers gaining valuable experience and better technique and our returning racers becoming more complete and independent athletes. Most of all, they had fun! Looking forward to next season ...

Skill Development Program Update

By Audrey Perry, Program Coordinator We are winding down our lesson program at Nickel Plate Nordic. We have had a great season and have so much to be thankful for. Our last day is March 7th. We will be celebrating after a short lesson with a multi-level ski extravaganza with the Nickel Plate Junior Racers! Between the two programs, we have approximately 80 kids for our event. Last year we had a mad dash and treasure hunt. This year, we will have another mad dash and also ski around taking crazy pictures in a photo skiavenger hunt. Once all the groups are finished the activities, we will convene in the lodge and watch a slide show of the crazy photos, while prizes are given away. We are very lucky to have such great sponsors! The kids will all get a water bottle from the Bike Barn, a 2 for 1 swim pass from the Penticton Community Centre, a buff from Cross Country Canada (CCC) and numerous draw prizes from Peach City Runners! It promises to be a great day! See you up on the trails!

Simon Albrechtson training at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. (Photo by Corwin Shanner)

My Ski Racing Experience

By Simon Albrechtson My name is Simon Albrechtson. I am part of the Nickel Plate Junior Racers and I am 10 years old. This is about my BC Championships 2.7km classic mass start race in Telemark. I had a bad start, because they gave me no warning on when it was going to start, but I made up for it later on in the race. About halfway through the race, me and a kid were playing cat and mouse always trying to get ahead. After a while of cat and mouse, I was in front. But then at the top of the hill, I lost control and fell over, so the other kid got a good lead. I was mad at myself, because I couldn’t catch him. After the race I looked at the kid who beat me and I recognized him, it was my friend Liam who I had met at a camp in Silver Star. We congratulated each other for our efforts on the race. Although I was not on the podium, I wasn’t mad because I was racing against the top kids in BC. So, 14th isn’t so bad. I did my best and I have to give lots of credit to my coach Jerome Jang for being such an awesome coach and taking me so far in cross country skiing. I’m very proud of myself for putting in a strong effort and it is much easier to race when you have friends and family cheering you on!

Nickel Plate Nordic thanks the volunteer coaches, parent helpers, and program coordinators, Audrey Perry and Murray Farbridge.

Pictures from previous extravaganzas. Team Red at the Eagle in 2012 and Samantha Dougherty (Team Blue) with her CCC Racing Rocks toque.

Simon Albrechtson racing in the Annual Nickel Plate Loppet. (Photo by van Pratt)

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News From Apex Freestyle Club by ronda barzilay

AFC will be offering extra sessions of Club Plus over Spring Break. Those who are not in AFC Club Plus, you are welcome to Drop In at $20 per day. Please contact Coach Kenni to confirm your spot. There will be 3 coaches for sure and possibly more, so we will be able to train in a variety of disciplines. Please visit our club calendar! There will be six Club Plus days and the regular weekend days over Spring Break.

Nutrition by Mason Barzilay ~ AFC Athlete The Importance of Good Nutrition on the Hill Today I think it would be good to have a talk about the impact of nutrition on skiing. At the hill, I see a lot of people make some good decisions, and some questionable ones on nutrition. The people making questionable nutrition decisions are always asking themselves why they aren’t performing the way they want to, and the reason is simple: what you put in yourself directly effects your energy, and your ability to maintain and/or grow those muscles that keep you moving down the hill. Now, there are 3 nutrition factors that on a day up on the hill that are crucial to your performance and well-being; water, protein, and carbohydrates. During exercise, your muscles are working, and are getting micro tears in them which happen in all forms of exercise. If you do not feed your muscles with necessary protein, these tears will not be repaired, and in order to repair your muscles, your body will become catabolic. This means your body will start eating its muscle to repair itself, resulting in muscle loss. During exercise, your body is using up its glycogen stores (carbohydrates broken down). These glycogen stores, once used up, need to be replaced. If not replaced you will feel low, and down on energy and may not stay out on the hill as long as you want and miss out on some epic skiing. Finally, your body needs water after sweating, to maintain your water level, and to keep moving nutrition through your blood stream at the molecular level. If you don’t receive the proper amount of water, you will also experience decreased mobility, cramps, and fatigue as a result of dehydration. My recommendation is a well balance breakfast which starts with a glass of water first, and then a meal of high protein, and ample complex carbs. Even a bowl of multigrain cereal and a cup of milk will do. Keep a snack in your pocket during the ski day, like a granola bar or some dried fruit and nuts. At lunch, have a bottle of water, and a sandwich, or a wrap. I really love a BELT sandwich and hot chocolate at lunch at The Edge. At the end of the day make sure to have something in your car to eat like some pepperoni, an oatmeal bar and a bottle of water. Remember that in any form of exercise, your body is using up water, protein, and carbohydrates to maintain your movement. You cannot expect your body to work the way you want it to if you do not fuel it to do what you want to do. Essentially, a car with no gas goes nowhere.


Today’s Tip ~ from Coach Mark Billups This is a simple skill to introduce yourself to true carving and riding the shape of the ski. Wait a minute ... edging??? Pick a run that is really mellow and quite wide. Start on one side of the run facing towards the middle. While standing, keep your skis still and simply push your knees toward the slope. This makes the ski stand on edge. Making sure it’s clear, push yourself forward with your poles. Feel the ski track along as you stay balanced on those edges. Due to the side cut of shaped skis, you will make a track in the snow that runs slightly uphill until you cannot push yourself further. Next, try just a little steeper traverse. This will give you momentum for the ride. As you feel more and more comfortable, try and start while pointing down the slope and eventually with more and more speed. You will be drawing parallel lines in C shapes across the slope that bring you right back up the hill. This is a fun way to get edging and seeing how steep we can tip the ski and boot over. Enjoy! WOW, what an amazing AFC Regional Competition – every member of AFC was out for fun and a little healthy competition! We celebrated with Hot Dogs and a case of KD all under sunny skies and great conditions at the best mountain - Apex! What an amazing weekend and what a fantastic venue. The Jumps & Bumps and Junior Comp athletes were skiing hard and throwing it down on Saturday, February 28th. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the event a huge success. A great day of fun and the excitement of skiing. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO COMPETED! Elena Shearer, Katryna Shearer, Alexandria Koturbash, Rylan Koturbash, Kylie Tomm, Chelsea Keeler, Caitlin Keeler, Jamie Samoyloff, Emelie McCaughey, Cassidy Gatenby, Stephan Queen, Kallaghan Kozakevich, Kienna Nemecheck, Graden Parsons, Quinn Patton, London Jensen, Brennan Jensen, Talia Robinson, Leo Longstreet, Nolan Cornell, Tanner Garman, Alice Ward, Mikayla Parker, Henry Beuselinck, Naomi Cornell, Sophia Steed, Cole Patton, Ethan Morf, Jack Beuselinck, Holdyn Jensen, Rhya Covert, Alex Collyer, Chad Collyer, Nathan Parsons, Alec Henderson, and Ryan Paulhus.

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On The World Cup Mogul Circuit

with Andi Naude My trip to Asia has come to an end. I was really fortunate to have the opportunity to visit the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It was great to experience an entirely new culture and ski the mountain. Skiing takes me to places I never would have dreamed of visiting, and I am truly thankful for this. After the side trip to Korea, my Apex’s Andi Naude, teammates and I travelled to Japan 2014 Canadian National for the next two World Cup events. Mogul Champion We were skiing at the Tazawako ski hill, situated in a very beautiful, rural part of Japan. The people were very welcoming, and the event was smoothly run. On the competition days the weather and snow conditions were very challenging. One minute it was raining, and the next it was sunny. Unfortunately, both the single and dual mogul events did not go as well as I would have liked. I ended up in 11th and 13th place respectively. Nevertheless, it was a good challenge and I learned a lot from the experience. Now I am ranked 6th in the world, with only one more World Cup to go. Now it is time to spend a quality week at home before I fly to Megeve, France to finish off the season. I cannot believe that it is already coming to an end! Thank you again for the amazing support, I will keep you posted.

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Meet the APOA Executive By Barry Leigh, APOA Treasurer For this article, I’d like to provide some insights into the structure and functions of the Executive Board of the Apex Property Owners Association. Our present board consists of: Julia Valenti, President; Suzie Anderson, Secretary; me, Barry Leigh, Treasurer; Dianne Pew, Social Committee; Phyllis Matthews, Highways and Roads Committee; and Jeff Brown, Forestry Advisory Committee. The following is a brief description of what each of us on the board does: President: In addition to planning, setting agenda and chairing Board meetings and the AGM, Julia Valenti also regularly prepares a newsletter for the membership and she communicates on our behalf with relevant organizations and government agencies, such as the RDOS and the Apex Resort Management. She is the glue that keeps the board together. Secretary: Suzie Anderson takes care of all meeting minutes recording the discussion topics and minutes of our Board Meetings, as well as sending them out to Board members. She records minutes of AGM meetings and presents them to the members at the AGM. As secretary, she also composes letters to individuals and agencies as directed by the Board. Last year we decided that each Board member would take a turn writing an article for Apex Matters and she has contributed her second one this year. Treasurer: I, as treasurer am responsible for looking after the APOA’s financial affairs. This includes receiving and recording membership payments and donations and paying the APOA’s bills and keeping a record of these transactions. I provide the Board with financial report at each board meeting (they are usually every 3 months), as well as a financial report at the AGM. In addition, because the membership forms come to me with the payments, I keep track of the membership lists and I also update our mailing list. Highways and Roads Committee: Phyllis Matthews heads our Roads Committee. She meets with those responsible for road maintenance (Argo) and advises them of road issues that have been brought to her attention, as well as relaying information from them back to the board. If the issue concerns the condition of the road itself, rather than maintenance, she contacts the Department of Highways. Phyllis has held this position for many years and she has established a good relationship with the local maintenance contractor. The result has been that the contractor listens to her when she brings up issues and concerns that have been brought to her attention. Forestry Advisory Committee: Although they are not legally required to do so, companies with timber harvest licenses are encouraged by government (or via a Memorandum of Understanding) to consult with local stakeholders before undertaking logging activities. Jeff Brown is chairman of the APOA committee representing the interests of the largest and most heavily invested local stakeholder: Apex property owners. Committee members attempt to meet on a regular basis with the various forestry companies that actively harvest in the Apex and Nickel Plate areas. In these meetings, the committee focuses on protecting and enhancing the recreation and tourism values of the area. As a minor player on this committee, I can only


Thank you all attendees at the Logging Info Meeting held on February 28th.

The APOA Annual General Meeting March 21st at 3:30pm - Apex Mtn Inn

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 lobby government and industry to adopt recreation-appropriate logging. Please ... join us. Membership: Property Owner - $30 yr / Friend of APOA -$15 yr Mail cheque to: “APOA” P.O. Box 23016 Penticton V2A 8L7 Contact us: APOAexec@gmail.com Thank you to all renewing and new members to date!

ww.ApexPropertyOwners.com compare this committee’s job to that of rolling a large boulder to the top of the Ridge Run. Diane Pew is our member at large and has been looking after the Social Committee. She along with other members of the executive organized the social in December and the trash clean-up around the village this past summer. Until his recent resignation, Phil Rathjen was the chairman of our Membership Committee. He was responsible for developing and implementing strategies for recruiting and retaining members. One of his major achievements was designing and producing the glossy brochures that we now distribute to encourage property owners to join APOA. As well, he always contributed much input and knowledge at our regular board meetings. In addition Andrew Allin, an APOA member, represents us on the newly created RDOS Community Planning Committee. Because of our small number, we each often must take on additional duties in order to maintain the operation of the organization and fulfill our responsibilities to our members, for example, Jeff and I regularly monitor the APOA email site and we respond to email questions or concerns from members. As I previously stated, our executive board is small and with Phil’s departure it has become even smaller. The result is that we are limited in initiatives we can undertake and what we can achieve in the goals we set for ourselves. Important board positions which are in need of being filled are those of Past President, Vice President and Membership. In addition, we are lacking important committees such as Membership, Fire Protection and Wildfire Management, Communications and Community Planning. We need members to chair those committees, as well as capable people to sit on those and the existing committees. To wrap up this article, I’ll leave you with the following: There are approximately 550 properties in the Apex Community and as of March the APOA Executive Board now consists of only 6 people. To properly serve the membership, the board plus committee chairs should be twice that number. And of course, we want our signed-up membership to include as many of the property owners as possible.

for the updated Official Community Plan to consider. As the project unfolds, further opportunities will be available to comment on the Early March 2015 Page 13 ApexMatters.com preliminary OCP and its policy directions and themes. An Official Community Plan is a provincially mandated document that provides a broad range of policies such as land use, housing, parks, resources, agricultural, and infrastructure. Local governments use an OCP to help guide and support decision-making on a number of By Evelyn Riechert, RDOS Planner important community matters including economic development, land What a great turnout for the first Open House held at the Kaleden use, transportation, recreation, environmental protection, and more. School February 26th! Thank you to everyone who came out and A summary of comments from the Open House will be available soon. participated. It is clear that many of you are passionate about your Reminder: please complete workbooks before the end of March! communities and future directions for the area. Stay tuned, and help plan our future together. As a communication tool for public engagement, Open Houses tend to be a ‘hit and miss’ option, as they often end up with disappointingly C H U T E M A G N U M A S A low attendance. However, in this case with over 100 people coming W S T F I V E M A K E M Y D A Y E through the doors and the high level of interest shown, this particular S R G F I N G E R Open House did not disappoint! A very special ‘thank you’ has to go T O I L E T B O W L I B D C C out the Citizens Committee members who came out to volunteer A E O T O O T H - T U S K N R A P for the evening and for doing such a great job getting the word out K C L A I M J U M P E R H U to friends and neighbours. Residents provided a lot of very helpful C C H I C K E N F I N G E R feedback and information. H S O For those who didn’t attend, there are still ways to let the RDOS know K T H E G R E A T W A L L O L what you think about your particular community and the Electoral T W M O T H E R L O A D Area “D-1” as a whole. Check out the website: www.d-1update.ca, W B W S H O W D O W N for an online version of the community workbook and survey and A G R O M I T other information. For those folks who picked up a paper copy of the Across Down 1 if you go too fast on this run you 2 one of the best runs for little workbook, please fill them out and hand them back by the end of March. The answer key above may have to open your _____ ones/you can is see for it from The Edge 3 Tom Selleck's famous character 4 one of the runs where a terrain park 7 number of runs on the north side is located And, for those folks who would like a paper copy of the workbook, they the Crossword on page named for guns 5 its what you get22. when you cross a 8 Dirty Harry's favorite line theatre and team leader are available at the RDOS office (101 Martin St, Penticton), at the 9 no body likes to get this while 6 the old name for West Kelowna driving 12 location of the new skier/boarder 10 the only bowl in the house no one cross Kaleden Library, and at the Area “D” Economic Development Office The answer wants to clean 15 you are a showoff and/or _____ 11 an elephant has both 16 second highest mountain on earth 13 one of the runs where a terrain in Okanagan Falls. key to right park is located 14 almost every kid's favorite meal 17 its not as big asis thefor one inthe China This first round of community engagement seeks to introduce the 18 what you call it when you strike it rich Sudoku project and get feedback on the challenges, issues, and opportunities 19 it happens at high noon between two gunslingers 20 Wallace and his dog ____ Puzzle for the updated Official Community Plan to consider. As the project found on unfolds, further opportunities will be available to comment on the page 23. preliminary OCP and its policy directions and themes. An Official Community Plan is a provincially mandated document that * Show us your Season Pass or Day Ticket from 14/15 Season & Get $5 off a SUP Rental from April - June! provides a broad range of policies such as land use, housing, parks, resources, agricultural, and infrastructure. Local governments use an OCP to help guide and support decision-making on a number of important community matters including economic development, land use, transportation, recreation, environmental protection, and more. A summary of comments from the Open House will be available soon. Canadian Reminder: pleaseBuilt complete workbooks before the end of March! 4 Person Stay tuned, and help plan our future together.

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Apex Fire Brigade Update

with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief There is still no word from the Fire Commissioners Office. I suppose they have a lot of angry letters to get through. There are changes in store for our fire department at any rate. My employment situation has changed and my future is uncertain. I will likely have to seek employment elsewhere in the Province. Many options would have me working in a camp, and therefore, would have to leave the community. However, the time I would have for my duties as chief would be reduced to the point that I feel would be unfair for the department, community, and me. I have not yet made any decisions and still do not know what the future holds for me, but I thought that it would only be fair to inform everyone of the situation. This is a strong little community that is passionate about what they believe in, as was demonstrated on Saturday, February 28th at the APOA public forum on logging. It is great to see so many people care regardless of their position; they care, and that is what I love about this place so much. I would like to put out a “Huge Thank You” to the Rock Oven Grill. Stan, Niki, and the staff truly have local interest in mind. This year they have come out with a great menu with good food. They fill the joint with locals when the “Groov-a-matics” are there to rock the joint. They have also decided to sell “The Apex Fire Brigade Wine” (produced by Three Sisters Winery in Naramata) to help us raise funds and maintain the community’s awareness of our existence. There will also be a really fun function AFBS labeled wine is at the Rock Oven Grill. that they are putting on called the “Lumber Jill Brew HA HA” where a portion of the proceeds will go to the community’s fire department. They have done a fantastic job and we all really appreciate it! Come on out and show your support for the Rock Oven Grill! The season is winding down and though we haven’t had the number of powder days we are all used to, the backs of our fire fighters are somewhat thankful as we have had an easier time keeping our hydrants shoveled out. Winter is still not over and there will likely be more snow to come, even after the ski hill closes down. So, think kindly of all of the people who have helped keep those hydrants clear over the seasons; as, it is very important work. Those fire hydrants are our Fire Truck! We are also very thankful for the lack of emergency calls we have received over this busy season. Any situation that requires an emergency response comes with many unknown dangers, which put us at risk. And, this is why it is important to have a fire department, so that we can train to manage these risks and keep everyone safe. It is even safer, however, to not get any calls ... Prevention is important. From March 9th to March 20th I will be taking my OFA Level III First Aid course to do my part in helping manage the risk.

Jeff Burko is a New Member of the Apex Fire Brigade, as well as the Medical Coordinator for the Apex Ski Club. Outside of his regular job as a Paramedic for close to 30 years in Vancouver, Jeff also operates PEAK Emergency Response Training.

For this issue I would like to include a brief biography to help the community get to know some of their firefighters a little better. I would like to introduce to you Jeff and Emma. Jeff and Emma purchased a condo at Sheeprock in February 2014 and they love Apex all 4 seasons. They have 2 children, Max (14) and Teya (3). Jeff has been a Paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service in the Vancouver area for almost 30 years and Emma was a Paramedic in Oxford, UK for many years before moving to BC six years ago. They became part of the Apex Fire Brigade and are always happy to help when at Apex. Emma and Jeff operate a company called PEAK Emergency Response Training, which provides emergency response and management training to the majority of BC’s Ski Patrols and to many Search and Rescue Teams, including the professional rescue specialists of Parks Canada in BC and Alberta. In addition, PEAK provides specialized medical and rescue training to numerous CAT and Heli-Ski Guides. Jeff has also recently taken on the role of Medical Coordinator with the Apex Ski Club. Have a safe and fun ski season!

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Monthly Update From MLA Larson By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen In recognition of the valuable work the BC Chamber of Commerce does supporting its business members, the week of February 16 to 20 is Chamber of Commerce Week. At the recent awards ceremony for the South Okanagan Chamber, the following businesses were recognized; Nunes/ Pottinger, Vintage Hospitality Management, Greg Wheeler of Remedy RX, and the Osoyoos Credit Union. The BC Chamber represents more than 36,000 businesses of every size in every sector. Thanks goes to all who support local business and their local Chambers. Several grants were also announced recently. BC Art Council grants have been awarded to the Oliver Community Arts Council for $9,000, the Osoyoos and District Arts Council for $6,000 and the Osoyoos Museum Society for $9,000. Gaming grants have also been awarded to the Greenwood and District Public Library Association for $6,000 and the Scouts 1st Oliver Group for $3,800. A huge thank-you to the ladies of the Okanagan Falls Women’s Institute who worked so hard on the fundraising for the bandshell and finally have construction underway. It is an extraordinary feat in a small Community like Okanagan Falls to raise this amount of money for any kind of local project. Well done, ladies! While most ski areas on the Lower Mainland have experienced poor snow conditions, we are extremely fortunate that Apex and Big White have had excellent conditions for most of the season. But, spring and summer are coming and both these beautiful areas are wonderful places to hike and bike in the “off” season and have huge tourism potential for a wide variety of activities for families to enjoy. It is also great to see Mt. Baldy back on its feet and I wish them every success. The recent allocation of hunting tags announced by the minister have caused some anxiety from the resident hunters who feel they have been unfairly treated with the new numbers. There are currently more than 91,000 basic hunting licences issued each year in BC. The majority of those are for deer,

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elk and moose, the “freezer” meat often referred to. There are no reallocations in these categories. Less than 10 per cent of tags are for the “trophy” animals such as grizzly bear, goat and sheep and of those only two per cent are allocated to guide outfitters. The changes to allocations of approximately 60 tags in the entire province is in the “trophy hunt” category. In Region 8 (most of this area), the five-year average harvest is 6,955 animals of which 6,360 of those are deer. Many of the clients of guide outfitters are BC resident hunters. After seven years of talks between the BCWF and guide outfitters without resolution, government made a decision on allocation based on conservation, First Nations, resident hunters and guide outfitters in that order of priority. Despite the negative feedback, I continue to be a supporter of the BCWF and the resident hunters of BC. While the Throne Speech may have been boring for reporters and news media, it maintains and supports the plan that is keeping BC’s economy one that continues to thrive despite the instability of other jurisdictions both nationally and internationally. Government’s job is not to make the media happy; it’s focus is the taxpayer, the creation of jobs and balancing the provincial books. That is what we have done in the past two years and what we will continue to do. The future of the Grist Mill in Keremeos has been on everyone’s minds for the last few months. As you will have heard by now, Chris Matheison will continue to operate the Grist Mill, not just for this year but for the next 10 years if he chooses to. It has always been the intention of Minister Thomson to find a long term solution so that everyone who has come to enjoy and participate in events at this unique historic site will be able to do so for many years to come. Thank you to those of you who were patient; the best solutions sometimes take a little more time. While we seem to be having an early spring, sudden blasts of winter can still happen, so keep that in mind while travelling through our mountain passes.


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ApexMatters.com the right spot in which to build a fire and from which to continue to enjoy the panoramic backdrop. This we found after about 20 minutes of snowshoeing downhill on hard crusty snow. Oh how we wish we had powder, as the enjoyment factor would have been tenfold. Joe, Rick, Erik and Dave began collecting firewood, while I pulled out my shovel and began carving out a fire pit and seating area. In a matter of about a half hour, we had a blazing fire, beverages on the go and smokies sizzling! We reveled in this special place for about two hours. In this time, cheers were made, the scenery that surrounded us thoroughly enjoyed, laughs were had and great food consumed, including some tasty sushi. Thankfully the weather co-operated, which allowed us to be here as it can be quite nasty if it’s windy and snowing. (We did have a back-up plan of snowshoeing directly to the Moose Hut, if the weather was poor.) Well, the two hours of heaven flew by much too fast and I felt somewhat saddened that it was time to leave. Packing up and putting out our fire, we snowshoed downhill to join up with Secondary road and (I’m not sure if the road is still called Secondary at this point, but it is what I will call it) then left onto the “Orange Trail”. We followed the Orange Trail eventually joining up with Dividend and the “Eyesore” cut block, which I also mentioned in my last article. I think that’s a good name, “Eyesore”, just like “3 Bears” or “Rock Oven Meadows”. After all, this is how some names come to be. Once through “Eyesore”, we joined up with Keremeos Creek Road and back to the village. An awesome, awesome day!! I can hardly wait for next year’s Febrarian-Aquarian Snowshoe Adventure. Till next time ... Shoe you later!

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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 7 By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Tour Guide Wednesday, February 18th ~ It’s hard to believe another year has passed and it’s time once again for our annual FebrarianAquarian Snowshoe. This time around the same 5 friends as last year joined in, that being myself, Joe, Erik, Rick and Dave. Last year’s adventure was to the “Moose Hut”. This year we decided on a different route and mode of partially getting there. Our day started at about 10:30 and in front of the Apex ticket office. Our plan was to buy one way tickets to the top of Beaconsfield and then snowshoe the “Orange Trail”, which I wrote about last issue. This time we would snowshoe the route in the reverse order making the trip mostly downhill. The lift ride took care of most of the uphill. Walking down to catch a lift on the quad and then getting on the chair brought back memories of my “Billy Goat Hut” days, as this was how my morning started each and every day. The lift slowed down for us as we embarked and then as we disembarked. The ride up was quite pleasant weather-wise, as it can be quite nasty if it’s cold and windy. Upon reaching the top, we headed down to the “Saddle”. The snow was quite hard and crunchy, which made the downhill much less pleasant compared to snowshoeing in powder. From the Saddle, we veered left zig-zagging steadily and steeply upwards to eventually join up with the “Secondary” road. Once we passed the fence line, a stunning panoramic view opened up which we stopped to thoroughly enjoy. Apex Mountain and Apex Bowls had us captivated. We snapped pictures, which would be enjoyed anytime we wanted to return to this magical moment. As it was a fairly sunny day with little wind, our intent was to snowshoe down the ridge while angling over until we found just

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There are numerous benefits of practicing Yoga, like enhancing strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, focus, confidence, awareness, to name only those. Many studies have shown that children practicing Yoga at school are more disposed to learn, deal better with stress and conflicts, and encounter less discipline issues. My personal experience as a student showed that’s also true for grown-ups! Yoga actually made me a thousand times better as a student … and teacher. If you’re an initiated Yogi, knowing that, you probably tried to share Yoga sequences with your little ones, and find out that they can get bored really quickly! At some point, maybe you gave up because they couldn’t stay focused. Oh! Wait a minute ... that was my first experience trying to share Yoga with preschools! Keeping focus on the regular school courses, I decided that one day, I was going to explore ways to share more Yoga tools with kids. Then came this car accident that speed up that resolution ... I had to give up most of my favourite activities, including professional occupations that I loved passionately. It was a terribly challenging experience, but probably one of the best thing that happened in my life. At that point when I barely couldn’t do anything but gentle yoga with grandmas, I had to get on a new life-purpose quest ... that’s how I discovered Rainbow Kids Yoga. Surely, the magic journey began when I experienced what I like to call the “Yoga of FUN!” In our daily routines, we’re often racing against the clock, and that brings a lot of pressure on grown-ups and kids to catch up. Then, we forget to slow down and reconsider our priorities, like the importance of spending quality time together, let go of stress and have some fun. Family and Community Yoga offers tools we need to reconnect with ourselves and our loved ones, and eventually experience what Gopala, the Rainbow Kids Yoga director, calls the “Living Yoga”, “which is the attitude, peace of mind, the balance and the excitement about life that accompany you through your day when the yoga class ends.” (Community Yoga, by Gopala) So, whether you’re an initiated Yogi or not, it could be great to consider experiencing an after-ski Family Yoga during Spring Break, or even drop off your little ones for an after-ski Yogi Tea Party, while you’re enjoying your own relaxation time. Mother & Child Yoga for Mother’s Day, St. Patrick’s Yogi Tea Party, Spring Equinox Celebration, Birthday or Un-birthday Parties are the many after-ski activities available upon reservation. For more info about Kids, Family and Community Yoga, have a look at the section “Articles” on Rainbow Kids Yoga Website (rainbowkidsyoga.net), or come meet me at Rippin’ Rascals Corner in the Apex Village.

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Ideokinesis By Vince Rabbitte, Ski School Emeritus Any elementary textbook of physiology would tell you that the brain is composed of millions of neurons. Likewise, the rest of the body is composed of millions of nerves and their neurons scattered throughout the body in a mutinous web-like way. Information is transferred to the brain by way of these nerves and neurons and in split seconds information is relayed back by way of these efferent nerves to the appropriate muscles to perform specific task or function. The essential element behind ideokines is that bodily changes can be induced by thinking about them. This is of great significance to the skier, dancer or tennis enthusiast. Through ideokinesis it is possible to make changes in the bodily movements that enable a skier to perform better as a working unit. Over the past 20-30 years, more sophisticated technology has enabled researchers to get better bio-feedback from the cardiovascular system; and from meditation and visualization techniques as useful aids in curing diseases. Mable Todd on the faculty of teachers’ college, Columbia University developed a method of body re-education which she referred to as “psycholophysical”. This involved the interplay of physical stimulus and psychological stimulus in working with the neuromuscular system to produce better movement. R. E. Roper in England in the late 30's to early 40's wrote a superb book along these general lines. It was called Movement & Thought. It had more of a proprioceptive bias, rather than ideokinesis interpretation of movement, but it is still an excellent text. Todd’s book was called “The Thinking Body”. She develops her ideas on how thoughts and feelings determine how a person stands, sits, runs or moves. She claims that we are affected by our mental attitudes as by our bodily attitudes. The drooping posture often reveals the uncommitted mind and lackadaisical thinking. Todd insisted that movement can be improved by the power of one’s imagination. To the skier this would mean improving technique, power, speed, and endurance. The skier would tend to become one with the mountain and a part of the environment. To the dancer it means becoming part of the dance. Your visualization program requires an active effort on your part, depending whether you are a recreational, racing or mogul skier. This visualizing technique can be used in the simplest kinds of movement to the most complex. Sweigard believed that “once a more balanced skeletal alignment is achieved much if not all of the individual’s movement will improve. Her nine lines of action are designed to bring the skeleton into optimal operating efficiency.” She used extensive metaphors in her lessons to bring forth dynamic movement and relaxation, thus improving neuromuscular pathways, poise, form and movement. Good movement in skiing requires a strong association between neuromuscular effort and balance. Hence, the importance of stance and balance as emphasized in my in my notes on skiing. Todd understood only too well the importance of breathing and the rhythm associated with it; the force of gravity in relation to balance; and the role of the spine in body flow. This all helps to build up that muscle-memory that is so important in skiing. When this happens, the skier becomes one with the mountain, appreciates the environment and thoroughly enjoys the

adventure of it all. William Butler Yeats put the whole concept of ideokinesis so succinctly in his poem ... “Among School Children“ “O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?“ Man is indeed a thinking machine, he must move and be active to survive and to enjoy the richness of life. He cannot and must not remain static. Skiing provides the opportunity to be fulfilled. Some of the mental strategies that a skier might employ to become better would include bright vivid images of the movement. Give your total mind to what you are thinking about in order to improve your skiing. Try to feel the movement by going over the flexion and extension exercises etc. ... with the legs in one’s own living room. Learn to relax, but also build up confidence of adventure and an inflexible determination. It’s simply a sport, so have lots of fun!


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There is something in the air. It's fresh. It smells like rain. Like moss, trees and dirt. It sounds like running water, birds chirping, wind blowing. Sometimes it sounds like nothing at all. Silence. Sometimes I like that sound the best. It's no secret, I love being outside. It's what drives my life, my family, career and mental stability. My passion is to introduce people to all that is beautiful about ‘the everything’ and ‘the nothing’ that can be outdoors. I had no choice, I was born into it as were my children. Not everyone is as lucky as we are. That's what drives me, the fact that I have the ability to aid people in their discovery of their own adventure, as soft or as hardcore as that may be for them. Make this is your year to try something new, share an adventurous experience or experience true silence. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” ~ John Steinbeck “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ Andre Gide “The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.” ~ Rich Ridgeway For more information on programs and events, visit us at hoodooadventures.ca

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Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Mike Love Album: The Change I’m Seeking Track: “Permanent Holiday” With Spring Break coming up, many will be taking a holiday up here at Apex and many will be going elsewhere. My wife could use a holiday. It’s a lot of work to publish two papers, ski patrol, and be a Mom! I know like you, we all appreciate the hard work she does to get Apex Matters to us every two weeks. Super job sweetie! The good thing is that when we come up to our cabin at Apex, we feel like we are on a “permanent holiday”! Ski you later! 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.

Uninteresting Stuff with a Wee Bit of Wisdom

By Sheldon Hansen My grand pappy once said to me, “Son, you were born stupid and lost ground ever since.” Well, it ain’t so, because I was thinking (which I don’t do a lot of) that in a few short months Apex will begin a wild and wonderful show of sexual activity (of course, it is wilderness). Clouds of pollen will waft by pollinating open cones that will then close, slowly twist downward and when the seed embryos are ready, re-open and drop the itty bitty tykes of which some may be scattered by wind, birds and rills and may someday become tall trees. Bees, insects and wind will assure continuation of numerous varieties of beautiful flowers. Yes, the ladybugs will also do their little gig atop Beaconsfield. And later, perhaps the final act, so will the ungulates and other wildlife after which the curtain will fall, time will pass and then people ... will arrive to ski and board once again. It is the beginning of this period that a Kiowa Indian referred to when he said, “Walk lightly in the Spring, Mother Earth is pregnant.”

CatMatch My Name is Amelia A group of snowshoers at Nickel Plate Lake coming back from a visit to Jimmy's cabin.

I am from the same neighbourhood as Molly and she did so well looking for love on CAT MATCH that I thought I would give it a try as well. I am a raven haired beauty, small in stature and love attention. I do have an unusual physical feature that makes me stand out in a crowd, but I am perfectly healthy with an affectionate nature! Some call me a Little Manx! Not very experienced in the ways of the world, but eager to learn. If you are kind and patient, please let’s meet and see if we can form a lifetime bond! www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org ad sponsored by

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Fresh BC Talent Quest - Season 3 WANTED: Performers for our up coming Talent Quest show in April, especially for our Group B (14-18 year olds) and Group C, which includes duo’s, trio’s, dance, and band groups up to 6 members. Booking 5 groups only in the Group C category. Register on line at: www.cmeliveproductions.com ASAP! Presenting a SPECIAL WORKSHOP for professional “seasoned” players and performers 19+ years of age looking to enhance their music careers are invited to attend this informative workshop presentation. Most common question facing all of us, “What To Do Next”? Workshop presentation by Bill Bogaardt of Song Search Music Ltd. will help everyone navigate through copy rights, registering songs, music contracts, internet opportunities, royalties, etc., as well as protecting future earnings and opportunities in the music industry. Workshop Fee: $10.00 cash per person payable at the door. Venue location at Even Dance - dance studio lower level in the Cannery Trade Centre. Refreshments and snacks provided during workshop break. Call 250.460.2221 for details. Performers 2nd Workshop - Saturday, March 7th - Presented by Aaron J Turner from North Vancouver. Denis Chaykowski, Fresh BC Talent Quest, SEASON 3 - 2015 www.cmeliveproductions.com // 250 460 2221


Penticton to Apex Mountain, BC




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For more information contact the Race Coordinators at: team@hoodooadventures.ca or at 250-490-6084


Locals Night ... When Locals Go Loco! In the Rock Oven Grill with the GROOV-A-MATICS

Swingin, Melodic Rocker Pop, Shaken with Rhythm and Blues, Stirred with Torch and Twang By Julia Valenti, Groov-A-Matics Band Member Oh you hillbillies!!! Ya never miss a hoedown ... 90 of you shook yer booties for Rick’s 70th D’day Party at the Rock Oven Grill on February 22nd. The Hardy’s made a special trip and flew in from the coast to attend, the Richardson’s called from the road as they reached Chilliwack, having been to the coast that weekend, to say they were on their way, save their seats and arrived 5 minutes before lift-off. Judy Holtjer made Rick’s favorite cake and Niki thoughtfully provided a cake as well. Trudy Deuschle summed it up with the best compliment EVER ... “It was like the Old Gunbarrel Days!” Thanks for the gifts - Hattons, McKensies, Fergusons, Cindi-Lou, Trudy and Sally, George and Amanda, the band boyzs, and if someone is missed, thank you too. Our March gig at the Rock Oven Grill has been cancelled, due to scheduling conflicts. Summer gigs so far are the Peach City Beach Cruise, Peach Fest, and two Dirty Laundry patios. If you want to be on our mailing list for gig reminders, beam yer signal to rjvalenti@nethop.net. The party does not end, it just changes location! Much appreciation to Stan and the Rock Oven Grill staff for the venue, service and food and to all you fabulous Groov-AHolics who launched the Local’s Nights with enthusiasm and wild abandon. Thank you Myleen for getting the word out in this fab rag. DA DA DA DA DA DA DA ... FEELIN’ GROOVY!

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Apex Matters Crossword Puzzle

Apex Mountain Wine Festival

"Chute and Grandfather's" ~ Photo by Leigh Trussler

Presented by Apex Mountain Resort and The Naramata Bench Wineries Association

March 8th

Apex Trail Name Trivia 1

Vertical and Vintages Social



Hosted by the Gunbarrel Restaurant Saturday March 9th from 7-9pm - Tickets $35+hst per person


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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


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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.



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For Tickets go to www.eventbrite.ca For information about Vertical & Vintages please call 1-250-292-8222 Or email emily@apexresort.com 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

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The Trading Post Rural Agency Liquor Store & Grocery Store

Cold Beer!

We have a huge selection. Tons of Great Local Wines as well. Regular Hours:

Poplar Grove Winery / Elephant Island Orchard Wines / La Frenz Winery / Hillside Winery / Red Rooster Winery / Black Widow Winery / Deep Roots Winery / Serendipity Winery / Van Westen Vineyards / Morraine Estate Winery / Lang Vineyards / Monster Vineyards / Perseus Winery / Upper Bench Estate Winery / Lake Breeze Vineyards / D’Angelo Estate Winery / Therapy Vineyards / Bench 1775 Winery www.apexresort.com / www.naramatabench.com

For Snowshoes & Thule Roof Racks ...

Sunday to Thursday ~ 8 am - 7 pm Friday and Saturday ~ 8 am - 10 pm

250.486.0354 www.ApexTradingPost.com

Jason Wagner 250.490.8815 dochook@shaw.ca #102 - 2595 Skaha Lake Road in Penticton


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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 13.

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Welcome the natural beauty and texture of concrete into your home.

Countertops, Sinks, Outdoor Kitchens, Furniture & More 250-488-2798



Come visit us at the Penticton Home & Renovation Show March 7 & 8 at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre

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Apex Matters Photo Gallery - Full page each issue Courtesy of Shaun Kennedy ~ 250.487.1368 ~ www.MomentsUnderFrame.com