Apex Matters Early March 2016

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

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Apex Mountain Host Program with Fred Fedorak, Volunteer Mountain Host Around twenty years ago, the Apex Mountain Host program was introduced and organized by Jim and Pat Fleming. They wanted to assist the resort with more on-mountain promotion, along with an informative service for visiting guests. At first, the Mountain Host program was run independently of management. Jim and Pat recruited several skiers who were very knowledgeable of the resort and these new members were happy to volunteer their time in exchange for the pleasure of just being “Hosts at Apex”. The resort recognized the value of this Mountain Host program and then provided passes for those committed to the program. These were skiers who loved the mountain and wished to share their passion with visitors in the hope that they would enjoy their experience, share it with their acquaintances, and return at some later date. Both the resort and the volunteers firmly believed that this Mountain Host program was invaluable to the mountain community. Once Apex Mountain Resort took over management of the Host program, uniforms were then provided for it’s members. This season you will find the Mountain Hosts in their newly acquired bright yellow jackets, which are clearly identified with the “Mountain Host” lettering. With those new jackets, Hosts are easily recognized as they go about their duties. Mountain Hosts are a vital part of the Guest Services Department under the direction of Events Manager Mitch Martin. This custom service involves giving direction to guests, helping guests feel welcome and at home during their stay, and conducting onhill tours of the mountain. In addition, Mountain Hosts can be called upon to assist various events and post grooming reports. They need to know the entire layout of the village and be knowledgeable to direct guests to the lifts, restaurants, shops, services and closest washrooms. Mountain Hosts will deal with people from various places and varying abilities. Some skiers and boarders new to the area might find the resort a little overwhelming. Hosts are required to be courteous, personable, informative and helpful to make the mountain experience pleasurable. Complimentary tours are available daily at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. Hosts are stationed at the grooming board at the bottom of the T-Bar lift, near the Edge Bistro in the village. Guests, depending on their skiing ability, are either introduced to the Grandfather’s Trail, Intermediate runs off the Quad, or runs off the Triple Chair. After deciding on the runs to ski or board, the Host will then introduce the guest to a variety of runs that they should enjoy. Expert skiers will be led to some of the single black diamonds, and directed to where the double blacks are located. The Host is able to do the thinking for the guests, in choosing where to ski and to save them a lot time from checking maps and trying to decide where to go. Knowledge of the mountain becomes important for deciding what runs to present for the visitors enjoyment. Hosts pay attention to visitors who are studying the grooming boards or who looked confused while on the hill, in order to help them. Visitors to the mountain are not getting full value of their experience, if they do not take advantage of this service. By not taking advantage of the tours, visitors could miss out on some very interesting local knowledge and history. Service is also available for locals who know the mountain to ask questions or directions of the Hosts, and are welcome to request a tour just for the company and a safe skiing experience.

Apex Mountain Hosts L-R - Arnie Erickson, Bill Lemm, Fred Fedorak and Ian Oliver.

Apex Mountain Hosts are scheduled to work one day a week. Some request to do more. Even though they are volunteers, they are classified as staff and abide by company policies. For their time, each member receives a season pass. They are on staff from the first day of skiing until the end of the season. They are on duty from 9am - 2pm each working day. Members of the team have a passion for skiing and Apex and they enjoy sharing this with visitors. They derive a great deal of pleasure watching their guests have a wonderful, interesting time while touring. Their reward is a big smile and a thank you in return. Hosts come from a variety of backgrounds and professions. The present members of the Host team include the following: • Bill Lemm - Retired Penticton Fire Department Fire Chief, former ski instructor and ski patroller, retired. • Werner Numsen - Active Onsen therapist, former therapist for Heli Skiing Operations. Wife, Reingard Numsen is on leave this season. • Mark Hohenwarter - Business Coach for Real Estate Agents, Original Organizer and Director of Freestyleski. Former competitive freestyle skier. • Dale Matthews - Interior designer and professional oil painting and water colour artist. • Fred Fedorak - Retired Penticton Secondary School teacher, former high school basketball coach. • Brian Hutchinson - Active Penticton Electrician • Arnie Erickson - Canadian Ski Association Director, race course manager and associate of all major ski events in Western Canada, partner in PE Enterprises. • Fred Smith - Winter Apex resident from Australia, retired ski instructor. • Ian Oliver - Retired Geologist for several oil companies in Northern Canada, spends time driving Junior A Hockey teams around the province. • Russil Raynier - Retired Service Manager for Sears, permanent Apex resident. • Andy Cumming - Retired School District carpenter, Mister everything with every ski race that happens on Apex, member of Apex Fire Brigade. • Xavier and Caroline Wargniez - From France by way of Big White, business persons who are living with their family at Apex for the skiing experience. After Apex, they are on their way to the US in search of another skiing experience. They home school their two children who are active with Apex Ski Club. • Paul Heatlie - Retired Financial Advisor from Victoria, where he started his own finance company.


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March & April 2016 Special Events:

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Vertical & Vintages ~ March 5 - 4th Annual Wine Festival presented by Apex Mountain Resort

Night Lift Operations ~ Friday & Saturday 4-9pm & Spring Break 1st week March 11-19. Final Night March 19th.

Ladies Day ~ March 2 & 9 - Come on up for good food, great lessons & a glass of wine! Thank you to all you lovely ladies for participating this year! and The Naramata Bench Wineries Association hosted in the Gunbarrel Saloon. Tickets are $45 + fees.

Keg Cup ~ March 7-9 - Apex Mountain Resort welcomes all Keggers for this annual event.

Day Lift Operations ~ Daily 9am - 3:30pm

Tube Park ~ Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday / Holidays / All of Spring Break 10am-3:30pm.

Home Hardware Spring Break Camp ~ March 15-19 - For ages 6-15 years. Details below. Skating Loop & Hockey Rink ~ Open daily at 10am Freeride Boardshop Demo Day ~ March 19 - Stop by the tent in the village & try a new ride!

& night lit until 11pm. Watch for group booking closures.

Snow Bus ~ Runs Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays &

Retro Day ~ March 26 - Grab those onesies, your leg warmers and your shades. Come ride in style! ALL of Spring Break! Arrives 9:15am & Departs 3:30pm Elevator Race ~ March 26 - Solos and teams of 2-7 athletes compete in a 6 leg race ascending Featuring ~ 77 Runs | 3 Terrain Parks 5000’ of elevation from Penticton to Apex! For more info or to register, visit www.hoodooadventures.ca.

Easter Egg Hunt ~ March 27 - Watch for details in the next issue of Apex Matters. Slush Cup ~ April 2 - Come and ride through the slush, or cheer on those that do. Easy Rider 1pm.

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Dummy Downhill ~ April 3 - Drop your dummies off in front of the Gunbarrel Saloon by 11am. Event starts at 1pm at the Aerial Site, a short walk from the village. Come let your dummy fly! Last Day of the Season is April 3 ~ Thank you for another great one!

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Apex Snow School Programs:

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

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

Home Hardware Spring Break Camp ~ For those aged 6-15 years. This super popular program for kids and teens will teach them the skills needed to be

able to explore the entire mountain! They will be exposed to new terrain, tactics, as well as mountain safety. There are options to choose from to suit your family’s needs during Spring Break: Camp runs from March 15-19; half day or full day; lesson only, lift and lesson, or the complete package of lift, lesson, rentals and bus transportation to and from Penticton. Registration forms for the Home Hardware Camps are conveniently available at Home Hardware, located at 150 Fairview Place in Penticton.

Rippin Rascals ~ We love kids and we want make sure they have a great time on the hill. That’s why we created Rippin Rascals for those aged 18 months - 5 years. This is their own special place where they can learn from pro’s who specialize in teaching kids. If they need a lesson, daycare, or a combination thereof, we can do it!

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Welcome to the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Office Open 9-3 Daily www.nickelplatenordic.org

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Nickel Plate Nordic News

BC Winter Games Nickel Plate Nordic was a proud host of the Nordic events for the 2016 BC Winter Games held in Penticton, BC February 25-28. A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who made this a successful weekend of racing for the young athletes, and congratulations to all of those who participated in the Games, including Nickel Plate Junior Racer and Apex Mountain resident Freddy Albrechtson.

Jerome Jang at Jang’s Junction at Nickel Plate (Photo by Rick Leslie)

Athletes and coaches setting up for the BC Winter Games at Nickel Plate. (Photo by Rick Leslie)

Freddy Albrechtson completing in the BC Winter Games (Photo by Rick Leslie)

Chief of Competition Jerome Jang thanked the many volunteers for their time and efforts, and said: “We embarked on a three year journey and some of you came for the full ride and some of you joined a little later, but from all the feed back, we were a huge success! Three years ago, when we found out that Penticton was to host the BC Winter Games in 2016 and the Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club was to be the host venue for the cross-country ski events, we started thinking what we Athletes at start line in the BC Winter Games at Nickel Plate. (Photo by Rick Leslie) needed to do to prepare. We trained officials, asked for and received generous help from neighboring clubs, hosted two Okanagan Cup races and practiced and rehearsed. As the Race Director and on behalf of the Nickel Plate Ski Club, I thank you for your hard work and hours of volunteerism to make this event a big success. Some of the comments that I heard: ‘Well organized, great stadium, great courses; Everyone was so helpful and always smiling; We are not going home, we want to stay and ski here’.” The Nickel Plate Nordic Ski Club would like to extend appreciation to all of the volunteers who contributed to a successful BC Winter Games. Complete results can be found here: http://zone4.ca/results. asp?ID=8042&cat=all (day one); http://zone4.ca/results/8060. pdf (day two - sprint heats); http://zone4.ca/results. asp?ID=8057&cat=all (day two - qualification rounds); and Athlete during race in the BC Winter Games at Nickel Plate. (Photo by Rick Leslie) http://zone4.ca/results.asp?ID=8073&cat=all (day three).


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Volunteering during the BC Winter Games at Nickel Plate. (Photo by Rick Leslie)

STAY AT APEX ~ Apex Accommodations is Under New Ownership and Management!

Above - BC Winter Games Medals ready to hand out. (Photo by Rick Leslie) Below - Jerome Jang happily handing out the medals. (Photo by Rick Leslie)

We are proud to announce that Apex Accommodations is under New Ownership with a New Management Team in place. We are in the process of rebranding the business with a new logo, and our

New Name “Stay At Apex”!

We are really excited for the future of the business and Apex Mountain Resort! We are currently seeking properties to add to our rental pool. There are many benefits to having us manage your rental property. Give us a call today and find out why.

Treasurer ~ Nickel Plate is looking for a volunteer treasurer to sit on the board starting in the 2016-2017 season. The current treasurer will help with the transition and training. We are looking for someone with bookkeeping and/or accounting experience. Nickel Plate is a non-profit organization and depends on volunteers - this is an essential role for operation of our club! Please contact info@nickelplatenordic.org if you are interested in this volunteer position. Nickel Plate Snowshoe Group ~ The snowshoe group meets Tuesdays and Sundays at 10 am at the ticket office. An informal carpool meets daily at 9 am in the day lot across from Home Hardware in Penticton.

Nickel Plate Ski Clothing ~ Nickel Plate ski clothing for 2015/16 is now available through Hayman Sport and Jakroo. Group pricing if 6 or more order the same piece. Jackets, training pants, and race suits are available, and hats will be available soon. Sample sizes are available to try on in back of ticket office. Please go to: http://shop.jakroo.ca/NickelplateNordic-2016.

Weather, Snow & Grooming Conditions ~ Wondering

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

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is on Facebook (Nickel Plate Nordic Centre) and Twitter (@NickelPlateXC). Follow us for regular updates.

It is our goal to create the most memorable experiences for you and your friends and family every single ski season. With this being one of the best years Apex has seen, it is the best time for you to come see what all of the hype is about, and stick around for a few nights while you do.

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Apex Freestyle Club Update by Ronda Barzilay 250.878.4272 | rondabarzilay@shaw.ca Good Luck to AFC & AFC Alumni in the upcoming competitions! • NorAm ~ Killington, Vermont • Canadian Senior Nationals ~ Camp Fortune, Quebec • Canadian Junior Nationals ~ Beaver Valley, Ontario Congratulations to AFC & AFC Alumni who competed in the Park City, Utah NorAm ~ Mason Barzilay, Noah Spence, Hayden Person, Koleton Phipps, Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Kassidy Todd, and Shania Finlayson. Single Moguls ~ Mason 27th, Kassidy 38th, Mackenzie 44th, World Champion and Olympian, Kristi Richards, home to present the medals with and Hayden 50th. James Shalman of Apex Mountain Resort and Michelle of Coast Capital. Dual Moguls ~ Mackenzie 29th, Kassidy 31st, Shaina 35th, (Photo by Ronda Barzilay) and Mason 36th. Congratulations to AFC & AFC Alumni who competed in the Val St Com NorAm ~ Mason Barzilay, Noah Spence, Koleton Phipps, and Mackenzie Schwinghamer. Single Moguls ~ Noah 23rd, Koleton 35th, Mackenzie 18th, and Mason 31st. Dual Moguls ~ Mason 15th, Mackenzie, 32nd, Noah 37th, and Koleton 38th. Congratulations to the AFC athletes who qualified and competed in the BC Winter Games hosted at Apex Mountain Resort ~ Brayden Kuroda, Max Todd, Jesse Howden, Anna Spence, Alec Henderson, Ethan Phillips, Andrew Carlow, Liam Collyer, Courtney and Jordan MacDonald. Slopestyle Courtney - Bronze Alec - Silver Brayden - Gold Liam - Bronze Moguls Jordan - Bronze Anna - Gold Courtenay - Silver Ethan - Gold Brayden Kuroda singing O’Canada with back up singer Alec - Bronze Shawnda Henderson. (Photo by Ronda Barzilay) Brayden - Gold Max - Bronze Big Air Jordan - Bronze Courtney - Bronze Alec - Bronze Liam - Gold Brayden - Bronze Combined Award Courtenay - Silver Anna - Bronze Amazing Volunteers! L-R Sig Novak, Rob Hill, David Alec - Silver Novak, and Penny Hill at Apex Mountain Resort during Brayden - Gold the BC Winter Games. (Photo by Ronda Barzilay) Liam - Bronze Big thank you to all the volunteers and fans that make these events possible!

Apex Freestyle Mogul Winners with Kristi Richards and James Shalman. (Photo by Ronda Barzilay)












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On The World Cup Mogul Circuit

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with Andi Naude Hello from Russia! My teammates and I have recently arrived in Moscow for Check Out Sun - Thur 7am - 5pm For daily specials, the final World Cup competition of the Our Tasty Fri - Sat 7am - 9pm fresh updates & season. It is very hard to believe that Pizza Menu! Holidays & current weather! the competitions are already coming to Night Skiing a close! For two weeks, my teammates and I were in Tazawako, Japan preparing for the World Cup held on February 26th and 27th. Tazawako is located in Specialty coffees, teas, Akita prefecture, on the northern part Best Mountain Views! amazing breakfasts, lunches of Honshu (Japan’s main island). It is with homemade soups, Apex’s Andi Naude, known for it’s many natural hot springs, Ranked 7th in the World mountains, and abundance of snow. sandwiches & loads of treats. For Women’s Mogul Skiing We were very fortunate to spend some “Take & Bake” Pizzas time in the beautiful area. We did a bit of sightseeing, some roller-skating, ate traditional local food, and even saw how made fresh to order with your to fillet a 55kg Tuna fish! Japan is one of my favourite places favourite toppings on a to visit; the people are so kind, the food is amazing, and the delicious stone baked crust. culture is fascinating. Simply throw it in your oven and Overall, I am very happy with how I skied in Japan. In single dinner is ready in 12 minutes. moguls, I managed to advance to the Super Final and ended up in 5th place. Dual moguls were quite challenging, due To order “Take & Bake” Pizza, to variable snow conditions. That being said, I managed or book a Group Function: to fight through, and put down some runs I was happy with. Located next to Colin: 250.488.2400 Unfortunately, my day ended a little sooner than I had hoped The Mountain Shop in the Apex Mountain Village after I lost a duel in the round of 16. I finished up 12th place. Chad: 250.490.6585 Moving forward, I am excited to explore Moscow, as well as The 2nd Edgestravaganza Event finish up the World Cup season on a high note! Then, it is off to Camp Fortune, Quebec for Senior Nationals. The 2nd Annual “Edgestravaganza” is Saturday, March 12th I will keep you posted! Thank you all for the love and support. from 11-2 in the Apex Village. This is a great way to kick off Spring Break with a BBQ and great entertainment in the village. Starring Manu - the fire breathing dragon boy, who also juggles and makes balloon animals. He will entertain the young kids and the young at heart. Be sure to hit the Edge Bistro BBQ too.

Andi Naude skiing in Tazawako, Japan. (Photo by Taro Tanpo)

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Apex Ski Club Update with Patricia Large, Apex Ski Club Mom & Volunteer The BC Winter Games was the highlight of the month for the Apex Ski Club. Apex Ski Club’s U14 Athletes, Ana Large, Aubree Lawlor, Noa Rogers, Isaac Athans, Devin Blaser, Pete De La Mothe, Heming Sola, and Nick Tonogai, represented Apex in first class form. Top athletes from all over BC were out to claim the title of BC Games Champion. 52 females and 51 males qualified to race for 3 days at Apex Mountain for the Provincially sanctioned event. The weather conditions were perfect for the racers, volunteers and spectators. Apex Ski Club athletes put out a strong effort led by double Pete De La Mothe had the honour of lighting the torch for the BC Winter Games 2016. Gold medalist Isaac Athans. Athans led the contingent with strong overall results for the weekend placing 1, 1, and 4th. Devin Blaser also claimed a Bronze medal podium finish on Day 3 in the single run SL event. Heming Sola and Ana Large, both the youngest in their division, boasted top of their age group results throughout the weekend. BC Winter Games Results: Females GS Combined Ana Large Noa Rogers Aubree Lawlor Males GS Combined Isaac Athans Heming Sola Devin Blaser Nick Tonogai Pete De La Mothe Females SL Combined Ana Large Aubree Lawlor Noa Rogers Males SL Combined Isaac Athans Devin Blaser Pete De La Mothe Heming Sola Nick Tonogai Females SL Single Run Ana Large Aubree Lawlor Noa Rogers Males SL Single Run Devin Blaser Isaac Athans Pete De La Mothe Heming Sola Nick Tonogai

Overall 6 DNF DNF

Run 1 1:00:86 DNF DNF

Run 2 Combined 1:00:00 2:00:86 1:00:98 1:05:94

Overall 1 4 DNF DNF DNF

Run 1 Run 2 Combined 59:84 59:49 1:59:33 1:00:59 1:00:20 2:00:79 DNF 1:01:51 DNF 1:03:53 DNF 1:05:66 Ana Large hammering out a 6th place GS finish and top 2003 female at the BC Winter

Overall 14 27 30

Run 1 44:63 46:91 54:63

Run 2 47:82 52:43 46:17

Combined 1:32:45 1:39:34 1:40:80

Overall 1 4 8 DSQ DNF

Run 1 38:94 39:51 40:68 39:57 DNF

Run 2 39:79 40:49 43:29 DSQ DNF

Combined 1:18:73 1:20:00 1:23:97

Overall 10 34 DNF

Run 1 44:01 47:97 DNF

Overall 3 4 5 9 41:25 12

Run 1 39:06 39:14 40:02

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Heming Sola skiing his way to a GS 4th place finish and top of the pack for 2003 males on Day One of the BC Games at Apex Mountain Resort.


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Sincerely, Devin Blaser earns a Bronze Medal in the Single Run Slalom Race on Day 3.

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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 7

By Dino Giurissevich of Dino’s Snowshoe Tours & Adventures Wednesday February 17, 2016 ~ Another year passes and before you know it, it’s time for the annual Febrarian/Aquarian snowshoe. This year’s returning cast was Joe, Rick and I with snowshoe, ski and biking buddy Frank joining us for the first time. Joe, Frank and I met at my house at 10am and arrived at Rick’s place at Apex around 10:30. Because of a ski crash Rick had the day before, we weren’t sure if he could join us today. But. it seems you can’t keep a Febrarian away from the annual festivities, as Rick was ready and raring to go. Our original plan was to snowshoe right from Rick’s place and up Riordan via the south side, but a heavy fog had us change plans as we wanted a view and any sun we could get. So, we thought we would drive out towards Nickel Plate Nordic, as more often than not this area seems to receive less fog and more sun. And, we weren’t disappointed. Though we didn’t have much sun, there was no fog and we had great views to the south and to the west. Our starting point was past Nickel Plate Nordic near the graveyard. As a side note from the bit of research I did, the graveyard held the remains of the Chinese, presumably from the mine, which were exhumed in the 1930’s and returned to China. Some graveyard markers are still in place today. Gearing up we snowshoed roadside right and uphill through the “burn”, which happened a couple of summers ago. Our goal was to reach a visible ridgeline and copse of trees just right of another very visible and likely fire break road. Frank and I had shoed this area 2-3 weeks ago, so we were familiar with the lay of the land. We snowshoed steadily uphill ever angling right mostly in the open and on a good base with some fresh snow on top, making for excellent climbing conditions. Within 45 minutes, we were at our intended destination and found a great spot in the trees with a view and beside a large glacial erratic. Joe, Frank and Rick began gathering firewood, while I carved out our seating area and fire pit. Dead dry branches from the trees, a little newspaper and fire starter, and in no time we had a comfy blazing fire! A birthday cheer with one of our favorite beverages seemed the next logical thing to do.

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Once again, stories were shared and laughs were plentiful. Time always seems to zip when having so much fun and this Febrarian/Aquarian snowshoe was no exception. Before we knew it, it was time to leave our outdoor birthday party quarters. Our route back down was more-or-less the way we came up. I don’t know who kept tripping me up on the way down, but I had to pick myself up out of the snow a few times. (I’ll get even with you guys!) We arrived back at our vehicle with the last rays of light. Another awesome and memorable Febrarian/Aquarian snowshoe! As always, I look forward to next year’s! The next account of our snowshoe is from Rick ... “On February 17th, I went on my third Febrarian/Aquarian snowshoe with Dino, Joe and Frank. In doing so, it felt like four young teenage boys heading into the forest, just as I use to do in my home state of Massachusetts. We kids would head into the New England forest (leaves starting to change) early on a Saturday Fall morning equipped with sandwiches and pop, for an adventure of camp fire and swimming in our favorite swimming pond. Now at 71, I am still out there with my buddies at Apex, snowshoeing and trying to keep up with these guys. We were off by 10:30 am and back just before 6 pm. Dino lead the way and we arrived at a beautiful wooded area that protected us from the wind. Dino dug out the snow for our fire, while the rest of us collected firewood and in a matter of half an hour had a camp fire going. We laughed and chatted away, of life and its journey, just like we were teenage boys again. We were in awe of the beauty of Apex Mountains and coming sunset. We had prawns on skewers, sausages and steak, which were cooked over the fire. Before we knew it, the sun was lowering in the sky. We ate and reluctantly knew it was time to head on back to reality. I can’t wait till next year’s adventure and fun with the guys.” Till next time. Shoe you later!

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The Febrarian/Aquarian Snowshoers ~ From left to right - Joe, Dino, Rick and Frank.

Food wise ... Frank brought a variety of appetizers, Rick brought some tasty prawn skewers which we roasted on a grill over the fire, I brought some New York steak and Mennonite sausage, also roasted/grilled over the fire, and Joe brought some decadent flourless chocolate cakes. Yum! Yum! All this washed down with a variety of beverages. It just doesn’t get Left - Rick & Jack in their "tropical" attire. They definitely got the memo ... or wrote it! much better ... though I did miss Dave’s sushi from last year. Right - Just a 'few' people came out to help celebrate a Tropical 71st Birthday at Apex.


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ACL Injuries - What, When, How & Why

By Phil Burman, BHSc (PT) Registered Physiotherapist and Former Ski Bum I’m sure that everyone has heard of an athlete injuring their ACL, but does everyone know what that really means? Hopefully, with a better understanding of the anatomy of the knee and what causes ACL injuries, we are able to help prevent this potentially season-ending injury. Research suggests that the knee joint accounts for 30-40% of all ski injuries, with 10-15% of all ski injuries involving the ACL. What? The Anterior Cruciate Ligament, or ACL, is a ligament located deep inside the knee, and is a major connector of the femur (thigh) to the tibia (shin). The ACL helps the knee ‘hinge’ instead of slide; it is a key stabilizing structure, while still allowing flexibility. When, How and Why? There are a few common ways to tear an ACL; rotation, shearing load, or hyperextension. Hopefully, understanding the most common mechanisms of injury can help prevent injuries from happening. 1. Rotational force through the knee joint, such as a backwards twisting fall. If a skier falls backwards catches an edge mid-fall, a flexion-internal rotation force is generated. The risk increases if skiing ‘in the back seat’ and catching an inside edge. Video analysis of thousands of falls shows an increased risk of ACL injury with: a) trying to get up from a fall while still moving; b) attempting a recovery from an offbalance position; c) trying to sit down while out of control. 2. Forced external rotation of the knee, such as a forwards twisting fall. For example, catching an edge mid-turn; the leg twists and rotates outwards, and your ski and lower leg ends up behind you. This forces the knee to rotate outwards, and quickly. Ouch! 3. A shearing force across the knee, either from landing a jump out of control, usually ‘in the back seat’, or from the back of the ski boot putting lots of pressure into the calf muscle, forcing the tibia forwards under the femur. The knee is meant to hinge, not ‘glide’. This so-called ‘boot induced anterior drawer’ can be problematic either with the knees quite bent, or fully straight. 4. Hyperextension ~ when the knee doesn’t just go straight (extension), but beyond straight (hyperextension). The ACL is under tension when the knee is straight, so hyperextension may damage the ACL. This is most common when landing a jump too far forward, but may happen any time the lower leg stops moving for a moment, while the rest of the body from knee up keeps going forwards. One example is running downhill in powder on showshoes, or just in boots. Aside from the potential risk of injury post-holing down a powder-filled bowl, this is just poor etiquette, so maybe karma is a factor too. Keep your skis or board on! What To Do? If you suspect a knee injury, the top priority for the first week or two is to reduce the swelling, and protect the joint from further damage. It is best to ‘call it a day’ and put some ice on the knee. Correct treatment/management depends on the individual and the injury, so get assessed by your doctor or Physiotherapist ASAP, and make a plan for how to get you back on the hill safely. For a good percentage of people, ‘conservative management’ (non-surgical, exercise-based rehabilitation and

Physiotherapy) is the answer. Depending on the individual, surgery may be necessary. Sometimes strength exercises combined with a hinged, supportive knee brace is the best. Prevention is better than cure. Understanding what causes an injury should help us avoid unwanted time off the mountain. Here are some tips to help avoid ‘high risk behaviour’: 1. Don’t fully straighten your knees when you fall, keep them slightly flexed. Same with landing a jump. 2. Finish falling! Don’t try to get up until you’ve stopped sliding. 3. Stay out of the back seat! Stay centered over your skis, and keep your hands forward. 4. Don’t lean back and land on your hands in a crash. Keep your hands up and forward. 5. Only jump if you know how to land; land on both feet, with knees slightly flexed. 6. Work on your strength and conditioning. Be strong!

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Adventures In The Snow

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"BOBS 25th Anniversary at Apex"

It all started with a Birthday ... Jocko’s Birthday to be more exact. Seven young women (all Penticton friends since Elementary School, and now embarking upon their ‘thirties’ decade of life), headed up to Whistler for a fun-filled, celebratory weekend. Who knew that ski trip would be the start of an annual tradition - a girls’ weekend of amazing good times, memorable antics, and priceless female bonding. The ‘BOBS’ were officially born. This upcoming weekend, March 4-6, the BOBS will congregate at Apex once again to ski, to laugh, and to bond, celebrating year number twenty-five. The BOBS numbers have ranged from seven the first year at Whistler to as many as thirty-seven at Silver Star. They’ve skied all over: Apex, Big White, Sun Peaks, Mt. Baldy, Revelstoke, Kimberley, Lake Louise and Sunshine. They’ve headed south and skied Snowbird, Tahoe, and Stevens Pass. To change things up one year, they headed to the Hills Health Ranch to do cross-country. (Sadly there was no snow that year!) Twice over the years, the BOBS traded the snow for the sand and hit the beaches of Mexico. They take turns organizing their trips and whoever is in charge, chooses the venue. Initially, the ski weekends usually involved driving to their destination on the Thursday, followed by two (if not three) days of skiing, three nights of miscellaneous social activities, and then driving home on the Sunday. The times have changed somewhat (or perhaps the BOBS have ‘matured’ a bit?). Now, they may fly to their destination, they may ski or board, they might snowshoe, perhaps they’ll spa, or maybe just chill out with other Bobettes. Of course there is still some partying involved, and it typically always includes a human pyramid attempt on the dance floor - although the levels seem to be getting fewer each trip! There are many, many incredible memories from over the years. The BOBS have done some amazing skiing at some unbelievable ski hills. More times than not, they’ve lucked out and enjoyed beautiful, sunny spring conditions. They’ve raced in the Luge Cup at Big White, skied with Nancy Green at Sun Peaks, and wined and dined with the mayor of Leavenworth in Washington. They’ve enjoyed unbelievable powder at Tahoe, wiggled their way through the Rock Garden at Lake Louise, and zip-lined in the pouring rain in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Puerto Vallarta. There’s been a mystery bus trip, leg wrestling, limbo contests, bowling, stair-diving, Twister, yoga, hot tubs, darts, tattoos, shirt exchanges, skits, billiards, costumes, blackjack, tubing, scavenger hunts, spa visits, and an awful lot of dancing. There’s been the odd Bazooka shooter or two consumed, a few bottles of Pinot cracked, and vodka-infused wheatgrass smoothies concocted in the blender. One Bobette is always fondly remembered for arriving to the dance floor at a very fun spot known as ‘Andales’ on the back of a burro (when in Mexico ...!). Indeed, many a good time has been had. Fortunately injuries over the years have been minimal. There has been the odd bloody nose (these gals are somewhat competitive), a few bumps and bruises, but I believe only one official fracture (yep, dancing injury). But, what a trooper … broken foot and all, she still carried on throughout the evening! The BOBS have been through a lot together over the years, sharing good times and bad, laughter and tears. Sadly in 2009, we had to say good-bye to one very special BOB, when she lost her brave battle to cancer. Corry is always missed and forever with us in spirit. And although we refer to ourselves as a ‘ski group’, the ‘ski’ part is really only secondary to the common connection we share as good friends. The BOBS have each other’s backs. Girlfriends need each other for support, for friendship, and for adventure. The BOBS are indeed a very special group of crazy women and I feel pretty lucky to have been part of this annual tradition. Cheers to you BOBS! Here’s to us and the next 25! Oh ya, and Happy Birthday Jock!


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Early March 2016

Moving Forward

with Barry Leigh, APOA Board Member The APOA board of directors devoted a large part of our last meeting to evaluating our activities and identifying the future direction of the APOA. We were guided by our association’s fundamental purpose: to represent the interests of property owners of the Apex community. The question we sought to address was: What areas of focus best serve the local community and APOA members? Historically, the board has tried to maintain a presence in a fairly broad range of community issues, such as community planning, garbage and recycling, noise control, bylaw enforcement, and vacation rental regulation. However, these issues are under the jurisdiction of our local government, the RDOS, and public representation can be made directly to them. We concluded that our involvement in these areas could be scaled back in order to reduce the workload of the board. As we discussed which topics are of greatest concern to property owners, what was clearly identified was commercial forestry’s impact on the area’s recreation, scenic values, tourism, and resident and visitor safety with respect to logging truck traffic. We agreed it was important to maintain an active Forestry Committee and to continue the momentum garnered from the Forestry Conference we sponsored last November. Of particular importance is enhancing our representation at the provincial level. Another activity that we identified as crucial is continuing our liaison with the department of highways and Argo, the road maintenance contractor, with regard to road upkeep and maintenance. We felt it important to continue to maintain the road safety committee. So, at our March Annual General Meeting the current board will propose the following: 1. That the APOA maintain an active forestry committee and that it expand to provide representation on provincial recreation-user committees. 2. That we continue our road safety committee to help ensure a safe, reliable link to Apex. 3. It is important to have a viable and functioning APOA in place to coordinate our activities and represent our interests when new issues arise that require our collective attention as property owners. We will propose that when new issues occur, the APOA’s response will be to establish a focused, but ad hoc, committee of interested and concerned APOA members. 4. That we continue to provide information about ongoing issues and activities to members via newsletters and email, as well as information posted on our website. 5. That we contract professional help to augment the treasurer’s duties. Recent changes in non-profit society regulations has increased these duties significantly. This is all a work in progress, so at the March AGM we invite other ideas and suggestions as to how the APOA can best serve our membership and the Apex community. We encourage members to attend the AGM and offer their input and suggestions for the APOA’s future. The APOA Annual General Meeting is at 3pm on Saturday, March 19th in the Apex Mountain Inn Conference Room. Join us for a “Members Only” Social, along with the membership of the AFBS, in the Rock Oven Room following the AGM.

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Apex Fire Brigade Update

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there were now a lot of automobiles. There was a need for some specialized entity to deal with them, so fire departments began responding to motor vehicle accidents beyond the few that actually caught on fire. This is an example of how fire departments have evolved to become “first responders”. The departments were very busy again and not just with fires anymore. Fire departments were looked to for dealing with hazardous materials, because they already had the advanced knowledge and training with the breathing apparatuses needed to safely deal with such things. Populations and cities grew even larger and there were so many calls for people needing medical assistance that the systems being used could not respond fast enough or attend all of the calls that they were getting. They needed help. When Ambulance services were called to a fire scene where injured people were being removed from the building and being cared for until the ambulance services arrived, the solution became clear. The fire department could respond quickly and were capable of helping patients. Fire departments were now in the business of “medical first response” to help fill another need. This didn’t solve all of the problems, however, as some of these agencies had never worked like this before and did not know how to cooperate and function as a team. This need lead to the creation and implementation of the incident command system, which is basically a formal set of rules and procedures in which all agencies are trained. These organizations now have a way to work together as a team with a common goal. This system works and we are all getting better at working together. This, however, is not the end of the evolution. It is curious how things work and unexpected problems arise. Firefighters became so advanced and the tools became so expensive that it took a pretty large city (a large group of tax payers) to pay for it all. The need had not gone away, especially with all of the new responsibilities the fire departments had taken on. The price of the equipment continued to climb, because manufactures knew that departments needed it and the cities were going to pay for it. As the cities got so big, the department in the centre of town cold no longer respond in a reasonable time frame. They needed more halls for better response time. The expense was too great and cities had to find a way to reduce the cost. They had found that there were people out there still willing to volunteer as firefighters to help their communities. This has proven to be a valuable stepping stone for those that wanted to be professional firefighters. We talked about big cities and the cost. What about the small towns and places that at one time could afford to have a professional department and now cannot? Bring back the groups of volunteers and brigades formed under societies that function under a limited capacity with limited equipment that have to find a way to help their communities outside of the jurisdiction of the NFPA and the cost of insurance and training and equipment that would make us a real fire department. But, yet, we are here, we exist, and we are fulfilling the need of our community. We have kind of gone full circle and have gone back to the days of the Wild West. As for the safety tip for this issue, I think I will simply leave it at “support your local volunteer fire department”. It could be the best money you ever spent. For all you skiers, it would be equivalent to buying a good ski helmet.

with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief I would like to talk about the evolution of emergency services. How did it start, what has it become, and where is it headed? Everything always comes to fruition, because of a specific need. When humans started building homes and buildings for themselves they discovered that there was a large physical and financial investment. When one has a significant investment in something, there is a need to protect it because it has value. We can remember the old western movies when the local saloon would catch on fire and everyone would fill a pail from the watering trough and pass it on down the line until it got The Old Bucket Brigade to where the flames were and they would try to put it out. This was the “bucket brigade” and already shown some form of advancement and organization. Can you imagine the chaos the first time these old western towns had seen a fire? Chaos doesn’t work well. People are intelligent and quickly realized that they had to form a group and had to prepare for this sort of thing happening again, and they had to practice. While they were practicing, they came up with better ideas on how to do things. They also started to engineer better equipment and tools that could help them. Things had to change with the times. When bigger places found better ways of supplying water to their towns and started piping it in, the buckets disappeared and the troughs and horse drawn hose reels disappeared along with the horses. Automobiles started to become prevalent and it didn’t take long for the firemen to figure a way to modify this automobile to make it more useful for their purposes. The towns got bigger and they were starting to see more fires; enough, in fact, that these groups who volunteered to help their communities found that they were way too busy and these towns now had the need to hire paid firefighters for the full time jobs that they were doing. The advancements in firefighting and the tools that they were using now really started to advance. They also began to understand how dangerous the job that they were doing was and as buildings became more advanced and bigger the danger got worse. The National Fire Protection Agency was formed and they put in place rules, procedures, and minimum standards in place to help keep firefighters safe and to make sure that there was a common procedure for the way things were done, so that fire departments didn’t have to learn from the same mistakes and that the profession could get better as a group. As technology got better, we all became more aware of safety. We started to prevent many fires from happening. Fire departments found themselves not so busy anymore. Fire departments would respond to car fires and who better to deal with a fire than a fire department. Sometimes at these scenes there were drivers trapped in the vehicle or were injured due to the accident that started the fire. Firefighters recognized that freeing the victims and caring for them was more important than the fire, so the firefighters took care of both. They were good at it and they had the experience of dealing with very dangerous situations and they had knowledge of the use of specialized forcible entry tools that helped get trapped people out of danger. There were a lot of automobile accidents as Have a safe and fun ski season!

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Early March 2016

New Apex Waste Transfer Station

By Cameron Baughen, RDOS Solid Waste Management Coordinator The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has entered into a long term lease to develop a Waste Transfer Station at Apex Mountain Resort. The lease area is located below the ‘barn’ where garbage and recycling bins are already located. The waste transfer station will meet a number of needs, including providing garbage and recycling services to all properties on the mountain, dealing with litter and animal issues at the existing site, and helping manage illegal dumping. The design criteria will respect concerns raised by residents, including keeping user fees as low as possible, ensuring the site is attractive, and maintaining access to snowshoe trails. Other concerns include safe access by vehicles using the transfer station and clear signage for users. The RDOS will be conducting public consultation this Spring, including formal consultation for rezoning. The site will be rezoned to allow for the construction of a building to house the garbage and recycling bins. Other consultation will be developed as the project proceeds. The goal is to have a site up and running for the 2016/17 ski season. For more information on the development of the Apex Waste Transfer Station, please contact the Regional District at 250490-4129, toll free at 1-877-610-3737, or e-mail info@rdos. bc.ca. A project webpage will also be available at www.rdos. bc.ca with background on the Apex Mountain Waste Transfer Station project and updated information for property owners.

Apex Waste Transfer Station The Regional District has entered into a long term lease to develop a waste transfer station for residential garbage and recycling. The location is below the ‘barn’ in an area used for overflow parking. Further information and updates will be sent directly to all Apex property owners later this year. Any questions please contact the Regional District at: 250-490-4129, 1-877-610-3737, info@rdos.bc.ca

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Early March 2016

Monthly MLA Update

By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen I am now back in Victoria at the Legislature until the end of May. While there are many events and meeting requests that come across my desk, I am only in the constituency on Fridays and Saturdays and quite often that time is limited by weather and other unforeseen issues. I depend on my very resourceful and knowledgeable staff, Colleen and Patt, to be the front line and forward to me quickly any concern that I can deal with while in Victoria where I have access to ministry staff. I am still waiting, as many of you are, for some identified actions as a result of the park consultation that ended last October 31. Environment Ministry staff is working diligently on a report, but have experienced staffing turnover that has delayed the process. It was the wish of the public to have ministry staff be responsible for completing the process, so we will all have to be patient a while longer. While there have been many events in the riding in the past few weeks, I would like to tell you about “Kids Learn to Fish” day at Yellow Lake. Thanks to the BC Freshwater Fisheries Society and the staff and volunteers from the Penticton Fisheries Management Section, several hundred “kids” of all ages enjoyed a day ice-fishing. Fishing rods and bait were supplied (as well as hot dogs) and many children who had never gone fishing enjoyed a great experience. I would also like to recognize Chamber of Commerce Week, which was February 15-19. There are 125 Chambers throughout BC representing 36,000 businesses. Over the years, the Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with the Small Business Roundtable in reducing red tape and regulation for small businesses throughout BC. I want to thank all our local Chamber volunteers for getting involved in creating a better work environment for the businesses in their areas. The 2016 budget has been tabled and is again a balanced budget. I am sure you are all getting tired of the constraints a conservative budget imposes, but it has allowed BC to lead the country in stability from an economic standpoint in what is becoming a very unstable environment. One of the biggest advantages to you as taxpayers is the triple-A credit rating that keeps the interest we pay on debt the lowest in Canada. It translates into billions of dollars annually that stay in BC working for our taxpayers. For the Boundary-Similkameen there are several budget items of specific interest to us all, so I will relate a few each month as we move forward. • The establishment of the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, which will be tasked with wildfire prevention and mitigation through forest fuel management, reforestation and habitat restoration. • The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative will continue with Community Wildfire Protection Plans, Fire Smart Planning Activities (as Anarchist Mountain residents have done) and Fuel Management Projects.


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Electoral Area “D” Governance Study

ATTENTION RESIDENTS & PROPERY OWNERS OF: Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Twin Lakes, Lakeshore Highlands, Heritage Hills, Vintage Views, Upper Carmi, Skaha Estates, Vaseux Lake, St. Andrews, Apex and surrounding areas.

Get Informed. Get Involved. Have Your Say! 1. Read The Fact Sheets ~ Online at www.rdos.bc.ca or pick up a paper copy. (See below) Volume 1 (#1-6) ~ Regional District Governance | Solid Waste Management | Fire Protection & Emergency Services Library Services | Transit | Parks, Trails and Recreation Volume 2 (#7-13) ~ Economic Development Services | Administration | Sewer & Waste Water Services | Water Service Planning & Building Services | Bylaw Enforcement & Animal Control | Invasive Plants & Pest Control

2. Fill Out Survey #1 ~ Online at www.rdos.bc.ca or pick up a paper copy.

(See below)

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

3. Attend A Governance Study Open House Forum

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

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

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All who experienced the fires of 2015 will recognize the value of these initiatives for our entire region. The 50th Anniversary of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen will be celebrated March 4th in Penticton. While there are always people who question the value of regional government, or any of our current government systems, the men and women who step up to serve their constituents are to be commended for their service. The elected directors and the staff of the RDOS work extremely hard to serve all the people who live outside the boundaries of municipalities in a very large and diverse region. It can be an amazing experience on one hand, and a thankless job on the other. The one thing that is a constant is the willingness to serve and the dedication to the people they represent. To all of you who have served in the past 50 years and to all who serve today, thank you.

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8 Great Reasons to Get Outside! Lyndie Hill - Hoodoo Adventure Company With spring around the corner, we highly recommend spending some time outside. Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical well-being. Here are just a few potential benefits. Please read and then promptly head outdoors! 1. Improved Short-term Memory ~ In one study, University of Michigan students were given a brief memory test, then divided into two groups. One group took a walk around an arboretum, and the other half took a walk down a city street. When the participants returned and did the test again, those who had walked among trees did almost 20% percent better than the first time. The ones who had taken in city sights instead did not consistently improve. Source: Psychological Science, 2008; Journal of Affective Disorders, 2013 2. Restored Mental Energy ~ You know that feeling where your brain seems to be sputtering to a halt? Researchers call that "mental fatigue". One thing that can help get your mind back into gear is exposing it to restorative environments, which research has found, generally means the great outdoors. One study found that people's mental energy bounced back even when they just looked at pictures of nature. (Pictures of city scenes had no such effect.) Studies have also found that natural beauty can elicit feelings of awe, which is one of the surest ways to experience a mental boost. Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1995; Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2005; Psychological Science, 2012 3. Stress Relief ~ Tensed and stressed? Head for the trees. One study found that students sent into the forest for two nights had lower levels of cortisol - a hormone often used as a marker for stress - than those who spent that time in the city. In another study, researchers found a decrease in both heart rate and levels of cortisol in subjects in the forest when compared to those in the city. "Stressful states can be relieved by forest therapy", they concluded. Among office workers, even the view of nature out a window is associated with lower stress and higher job satisfaction. Source: Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 2007; Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine, 2010; Japanese Journal of Hygiene, 2011; Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, 2012 4. Reduced Inflammation ~ Inflammation is a natural process the body uses to respond to threats like damage (e.g., a stubbed toe) and pathogens (e.g., exposure to the flu). But when inflammation goes into overdrive, it's associated in varying degrees with a wide range of ills, including autoimmune disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, and cancer. Spending time in nature may be one way to help keep it in check. In one study, students who spent time in the forest had lower levels of inflammation than those who spent time in the city. In another, elderly patients who had been sent on a weeklong trip into the forest showed reduced signs of inflammation as well as some indications that the woodsy jaunt had a positive effect on their hypertension. Source: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, 2012 5. Better Vision ~ At least in children, a fairly large body of research has found that outdoor activity may have a protective effect on the eyes, reducing the risk of developing nearsightedness (myopia). "Increasing time spent outdoors may be a simple strategy by which to reduce the risk of developing myopia and its progression in children and adolescents", a 2012 review concluded. An Australian study that followed almost 2,000 school children for two years found that more time spent outdoors was associated with a lower prevalence of myopia among 12-year-olds. The same association was not found for those who spent a lot of time playing sports indoors, suggesting the connection was about more than physical activity. In Taiwan, researchers studied two nearby schools where myopia was equally common. They told one school to encourage outdoor activity during recess and monitored the other as a control. After one year, the rate of myopia in the control school was 17.65%; in the "play outside" school, it was just 8.41%. Source: Ophthalmology, 2008; Ophthalmology, 2012; Ophthalmology, 2013 6. Improved Concentration ~ We know the natural environment is "restorative", and one thing that a walk outside can restore is your waning attention. In one early study, researchers worked to deplete participants' ability to focus. Then some took a walk in nature, some took a walk through the city, and the rest just relaxed. When they returned, the nature group scored the best on a proofreading task. Other studies have found similar results - even seeing a natural scene through a window can help. The attentional effect of nature is so strong it might help kids with ADHD, who have been found to concentrate better after just 20 minutes in a park. "Doses of nature might serve as a safe, inexpensive, widely accessible new tool ... for managing ADHD symptoms", researchers wrote. Source: Environment & Behavior, 1991; Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1995 (2);Journal of Attention Disorders, 2008 7. Possible Anti-Cancer Effects ~ Research on this connection is still in its earliest phases, but preliminary studies have suggested that spending time in nature - in forests, in particular - may stimulate the production of anti-cancer proteins. The boosted levels of these proteins may last up to seven days after a relaxing trip into the woods. Studies in Japan have also found that areas with greater forest coverage have lower mortality rates from a wide variety of cancers, even after controlling for smoking habits and socioeconomic status. While there are too many confounding factors to come to a concrete conclusion about what this might mean, it's a promising area for future research. Source: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, 2007; International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, 2008; Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents, 2008; The Open Public Health Journal, 2008 8. Reduced Risk of Early Death ~ The health effects of green space are wide-ranging, and studies that can't prove cause-and-effect still show strong associations between access to nature and longer, healthier lives. Why the connection? Researchers pointed to "recovery from stress and attention fatigue, encouragement of physical activity, facilitation of social contact and better air quality", as well as nature's positive effect on mental health, which would boost overall health and longevity as well. Source: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2006; Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2009; Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, 2012


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Why Paddleboard? with Eileen Meehan and Pete Gibbenhuck of Sun N’ Sup How Paddleboarding Can Improve Fitness Forget heading to the gym, if you want to improve your fitness or have a training workout, you should get your paddleboard and head out to the water. Paddleboarding is not just a great way to have fun, but provides a great opportunity for a workout. In fact, almost every muscle group can be worked during a paddleboarding session and what’s more, you don’t have to be in a sweaty gym to do this! Paddleboarding is a sport that almost anyone can take part in. All you need is to be near a river, a lake, or the ocean, and of course, have the appropriate paddleboard. So, if you are interested in using your paddleboard for fitness or have a good workout, what can you do to improve your health and stamina? Here are some of the great ways that you can use your paddleboard to get yourself into shape, or maintain your current fitness level: Full Body Workout ~ Because you are on an unstable surface, the muscles in your body constantly have to work to maintain balance. This strengthens your leg, back and abdominal muscles. Also, you use your arms, back and shoulder muscles to propel yourself forward. Low Impact Workout ~ Paddleboarding is a relatively low impact sport. This makes it a great workout to improve overall strength and stamina, especially, if a person is recovering from a leg injury or if they experience leg or hip pain when running. Cardiovascular Health is Improved ~ The effect of paddleboarding on the heart is the same as aerobics or running. Therefore, the benefits to your heart health are tremendous, and you are at less of a risk of experiencing heart disease or suffering a stroke. Reduces Stress ~ There can be nothing more relaxing than being on the water and feeling at one with nature. Paddleboarding along rivers or lakes can be an extremely rewarding experience. It’s even better than swimming, because when swimming your face is mostly in the water. But, with paddleboarding you get to enjoy your surroundings. You can also truly be alone when exercising. Sometimes it can be very difficult to train away from other people. Even on a bike, it can be a challenge. However, on a paddleboard, you find the peace and solitude you are looking for, and at the same time improve your fitness. How Paddleboarding Can Used for Training Many top athletes now use paddleboarding to train for competitions. It is especially popular among triathletes. This is because it is one of the best cross training workouts that an athlete can take part in. The shoulder work required to use the paddle is great for swimming techniques. Standing on the board and propelling you forward strengthens the spine, upper back and core. So, everything that a top athlete needs from a training session! Usually, a 45 minute to one-hour workout is all that is required for a training session. There is also the stress aspect to take into consideration. Training is also a mentally challenging exercise, but paddleboarding gives athletes a chance to keep up their training, stay focused, but give themselves a mental break.



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Overall, paddleboarding is great for fitness and training. In fact, depending on the type of paddleboarding activity, a one-hour workout can burn between 300 and 1,100 calories an hour! Even moderate paddleboarding burns more calories per hour than running and biking. All this is true if you are paddling correctly, it can make a difference in whether or not you are getting a full body workout. So many newbies to the sport paddle with their arms only, the paddle backwards and do not use their core. It is important to learn how to do it correctly as in any sport. Check out our PaddleFit Tech 1 paddling technique class and your first step in learning proper technique. Learning proper technique is beneficial for many reasons including increased performance, injury prevention and enhancing your enjoyment of SUP. During the hour lesson, you will learn proper paddling fundamentals. Our coach will introduce you to our technique progression and work with you to make the appropriate corrections to get you on the path to paddling better. SUP Fundamentals, Video Analysis, Eliminate Poor Habits, Efficiency and Develop Power. No matter where you are on your SUP journey, we will help you get on the path to paddling properly. So, if you want to have a great workout, improve your fitness and at the same time relieve your stress, paddleboarding is just what you need! See you on the water! #102A-351 Westminster Avenue, Penticton

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Great Cabin Recipes

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Vertical & Vintages

Ultimate 7 Layer Dip

Apex Mountain Resort Wine Festival

Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 3 hr 10 min With 7 layers of different flavours and textures to marvel your taste buds, this party dip is truly deserving of the name "ultimate".

INGREDIENTS: 1 can (14 fl oz/398 mL) refried beans / 1 Tbsp. taco

seasoning mix / 1 cup each sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce and Tex Mex Shredded Cheese / 4 green onions, sliced / 2 Tbsp. sliced black olives / Wheat Thins Crackers

MAKE IT: Mix beans and seasoning mix; spread onto bottom of pie plate. Layer all remaining ingredients except crackers over bean mixture. Refrigerate 3 hours. Serve with crackers. If you have a “Great Cabin Recipe” that you would like to share, please email to apexmatters@telus.net. Happy Cooking!

Presented by Apex Mountain Resort and The Naramata Bench Wineries Association

March 5th, 2016

Vertical & Vintages Wine Tasting Event Hosted by the Gunbarrel Restaurant Saturday, March 5th from 7-9pm - Tickets $45 + 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 & Vintages at the Gunbarrel Saloon, enjoy the musical talents of Naramata’s favourite party band “ UnCorked” as they play the night away. For Tickets go to www.eventbrite.ca For information about Vertical & Vintages, please call 1-877-777-2739 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 a 1 day lift ticket. Valid March 4th 5th 6th & 7th only. Vertical & Vintages Ski & Stay Packages available at www.apexresort.com

“Like us” on Facebook! All of our combined Facebook Friends qualify for a Free Day Pass Draw happening on March 11th. Like us both today & you could win! Winner TBA on Facebook & in Apex Matters. The February 26th winner was Tracey Hart!

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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 16.

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Secrets Of The Snow

This regular column looks for little known stories that will enhance your experience at Apex. If you have any ideas for ‘Secrets of the Snow’, email apexmatters@telus.net.

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre

Have you ever wondered how the majestic Nickel Plate Nordic Centre was first founded, and what makes it such a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts? This charitable non-profit club is home to National level competitors, weekend warriors, and first-timers alike all enjoying cross-country (XC) skiing and snowshoeing in a pristine alpine environment. In this edition of Secrets of the Snow, we’ll fill you in on how Nickel Plate Nordic Centre came into existence, and what keeps it ticking. 1. In The Beginning ... Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club was formed in 1989 by a group of Nordic ski enthusiasts, who saw the potential for a world-class cross country ski facility. Nickel Plate Nordic got a chance to showcase itself to the rest of BC in 1990, as Penticton hosted its first BC Winter Games. As was the case for the 2016 BC Winter Games, Nickel Plate Nordic was host to the cross country skiers competing in the Games. 2. Fun With Friends ~ Over the years, Nickel Plate has been able to boast more events than just the BC Winter Games! The Centre is host to the Nordic ski portions of Hoodoo Adventures’ recently reinvigorated Ullr’s Winter Triathlon, as well as its Elevator Race, and the club hosts its own 30 km and 15 km annual Loppet. They also take plenty of time to simply relax with moonlight snowshoes and potluck dinners organized throughout the season. 3. Happy Trails ~ Just this year, Nickel Plate was able to reintroduce one of its beloved trails after a six year absence: the Panorama Ridge Trail. This is one of many trails that allows skiers to enjoy the awe-inspiring views of our beautiful BC mountains. In total, there are 56 km of groomed trails for skiers, 16 km of trails for snowshoers, and a 2 km K9 trail on the north side of Hedley/Nickel Plate Road for you to enjoy a ski or snowshoe with your dog. 4. Education Is The Key ~ Nickel Plate Nordic is raising the next generation of skiers, and ensuring their parents are taken care of as well. The Skills Development Program (SDP) welcomes our youngest skiers into the Bunny Rabbit program, and allows for a continuum of progression up to the Track Attack level. Fine tuning of your skills can be accomplished in the Junior Racers, as well as in the Masters skiers’ group. 5. Whistle While You Work ~ Nickel Plate is incredibly fortunate to be able to boast some of the best volunteers around. From the Board of Directors organizing a master plan to highlight the direction of future development efforts, to the members who cook chili for racers, to the crew chopping wood every fall, Nickel Plate Nordic Centre has it’s foundations in volunteerism. • • •

Cross Country Ski Fact Sheet Nordic skiing originated almost 5,000 years ago in Scandinavia as a mode of travel. Done with proper technique, the classic style of cross-country skiing is one of the best calorie burning activities (up to 900 calories/hour!) Fresh air and sunshine help to alleviate the winter blues.


Fresh BC Talent Quest - SEASON 4 Semi-finals ~ Sat, March 5th Show Finals ~ Sat, March 12th Presenting Group A, B, and C Performers Orchard House Hall - Martin St., Penticton Door by donation. Open to public at 11am. Show starts at 1pm. Domino’s Pizza Food Concession

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Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Love and Rockets Album: Sorted, the best of Love and Rockets Track: “Yin and Yang the Flowerpot Man”

Last weekend my 9 year old son asked if he could try snowboarding with his buddy. They both can ski the whole mountain, but wanted to challenge themselves with something different. I said, “Absolutely”! Some of my skier friends said they are turning to the “dark side”. My snowboard friends say, “That’s awesome!” The best thing is that all the people I talk to say, “As long as you have fun!” I agree whole heartily. Yes, there is a “Yin and Yang” between skiing and snowboarding. But at the end of the day, we all enjoy a great day of riding. I don’t care if you’re on a piece of plywood or a couple of two by fours, as long as you are out there having fun in the snow! 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.

Kaleden Tennis Club Registration Sunday, April 10th from 9-11am at the Tennis Courts in Pioneer Park in Kaleden

Join us for Mixed Social League Play, Sunday drop-ins, Round Robin Tournaments and BBQ’s. May to Sept. $35. More info call 250-497-7147.

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