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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Published by Okanagan Matters Publications

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apexmatters@telus.net

Volume 11 : Issue 8 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

Late March 2014 250.490.6951

Take Your Kids To Apex For Spring Break ~ Guaranteed To Entertain You & Wear Them Out!


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Enjoy It All To The End

I am certainly not ready to hang up my gear just yet. You can guarantee to see me out there enjoying as many days on snow as possible through April 6th. Check out the Events on page 14, its loaded with great stuff! Dummy Downhill, Slush Cup, Elevator Race, and so much more! On March 22, head to the Magic Carpet as we attempt to break the Guinness World Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher Record for the Longest Rail Slide! Okanagan Matters Publications A huge Thank You to the advertisers, content contributors and distribution locations. You have all helped to ensure Apex Matters is "Keeping You in the S'know".

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Hey Grape Friends!

Looking for something to do? The Hunt is on now! Runs every day from 1 pm - 4 pm starting March 1st - May 31st. More people, more fun, four heads are better than one! All participants will receive a gift bag and of course there will be a Winner’s Prize. Put your team together and book your spot. Price is only $10 per person and 50% goes to OSNS Child Development Centre. Let’s help the kids! Grape Friends Lounge & Tours Inc. Call Karen 250-328-2008 or email grapefriendstours@gmail.com

“Like us” on Facebook! Apex Slush Cup - March 2013

Photos Courtesy of Apex Mountain Resort

All of our combined Facebook Friends qualify for a Pair of Free Day Passes to be drawn on Thursday, March 20th. Like us both today & you could win! The March 6th winner was Karen Pearce!

END OF

SEASON

While this incredible fun-filled season comes to end, a blur in the close distant past, may your recent memories in the snow burn a passionate, vivid image in your mind’s eye. While you long for the next big powder day, may your summer snow dreams be epic, and your next season be even better than imagined! Apex Matters ... “Keeping You in the S’know” ... for seasons to come.

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My Olympic Pipe Dream Reality with Matt Margetts

Post Games After all the madness of the Games, it is really nice to finally be home. I have got to travel all over the world and see some pretty amazing places over the years, but there is no prettier place to fly into than Vancouver, BC. As soon as I landed I filled up on as much sushi as my body could handle and then I got right back on the recovery train, because my knee did not respond well to 48 hours of traveling. Now, I am doing everything I can to best prepare myself for surgery on March 18. I have been working out everyday, getting physio a few times a week, and riding my road bike to get me as strong as possible for my operation. I want to be in the best shape going in, so that I come out ready for a strong recovery. Last Thursday, I went back to Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Elementary to meet with the kids that helped raise money for me to get to the Olympics and tell them all about my experience. It was even more fun this time, because all the kids knew me and weren’t as shy. We watched my runs from the games and I explained to them what happened, how I was feeling, and just my overall experience. Then on Sunday, I got to go to an event called Make A Wish EA Challenge at EA Sports in Burnaby, where I got to play video games with a bunch of kids from the Dream Team. I was pretty intimidated going in because I didn’t know what to expect, but I met some amazing kids and had such a fun day. Thank you so much for following my journey to the Olympics. It was a pleasure writing for everyone who read it and I hope everyone enjoyed. Thank you so much for all the love and support. You can continue following me on my Facebook page mattmargettsskiing, Twitter/Instagram @mattmargetts, and on my website mattmargetts.com. And, maybe you’ll see me at the 2018 Winter Olympics South Korea. Thanks again to Matt Margetts for sharing his journey to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia with all us locals through the Apex Matters readership. We are all so proud of you Matt and what you have accomplished. Once again, Congratulations to our local Olympian Matt Margetts!

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APEX FREESTYLE NEWS by ronda barzilay A big Thank you to all who have supported AFC this 2013/2014 season it has been an amazing season! Thank you Myleen of Apex Matters for providing this space to report the AFC Freestyle Action! Another big thank you James Shalman and the Apex Mountain Resort Team, you really rock when it comes to supporting freestyle - we are so lucky to call Apex our home mountain! Thank you to the amazing group of volunteers for helping us be the best club ever! Thank you to all our amazing coaches for their dedication to the sport of Freestyle! Hemlock - Mission 2014 BC Winter Games - February 21-23 Moguls & Slopestyle (Athletes 11 - 16 years) A big thank you to Apex Mountain Resort, Silver Star Mountain Resort and Big White for sponsoring our amazing RED shirts to make us standout! Thank you to Laura Schwinghamer & John Kapusty for coordinating the shirts to make it happen! One more time we brought home the results! Moguls F3 - Mackenzie Schwinghamer - Gold F3 - Kassidy Todd - Silver F3 - Shaina Finlayson - 4th F3 - Chloe Kober - 5th F4 - Anna Spence - Silver F4 - Madison Parker - Bronze M3 - Koleton Phipps - Gold M3 - Joe Durham - 4th M3 - James Naude - 6th M3 - Matt Finlayson - 7th M4 - Brayden Kuroda - Gold Slopestyle F3 - Kassidy Todd - Silver F3 - Shaina Finlayson - Bronze F3 - Chloe Kober - 4th F3 - Mackenzie Schwinghamer - 5th F4 - Madison Parker - 4th M3 - Matt Finlayson - Gold M4 - Jesse Howden - 5th M4 - Max Todd - 7th

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On March 1st AFC hosted the Regional Dual Mogul Competition with invitations extended to Big White & Silver Star Freestyle Clubs. This competition also included our AFC Jumps & Bumps Athletes! The Fun was huge, the Excitement was amazing and the Smiles were the best! Congratulations to all the AFC athletes who competed! Age 5-6 years Female Emelie McCaughey - Gold Talie Bouchard - Silver Male Rylan Koturbash - Gold Age 7-8 years Female Rhya Covert - Gold Alex Koturbash - Silver Aisha Bouchard - Bronze Male Grady Parson - Gold Simon Mennell - Silver Trystan Bartlett - Bronze Age 9-10 years Female Teigan Holinaty - Gold Jamie Samoyloff - Silver Chelsea Keeler - Bronze Male Alec Henderson - Gold Alex Collyer - Silver Simon Albrechtson - Bronze Age 11 -12 years Female Kiara Louw - Gold Ethan, Liam & Jordan celebrating the win with a bit of KD! Jadiel Louw - Silver Male Ethan Phillips - Gold Liam Holinaty - Silver Jordan Mottershead - Bronze

The day wrapped up with some intense action of the competitive 13 + boys versus the girls! Mackenzie Schwinghamer - Gold - Queen of the Moguls! Sam Holinaty - Silver Coach Deb and her kids! Brayden Kuroda - Bronze

Taking Air at the AFC Regional Comp!


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Apex Freestyle Club promotes the love of the sport of skiing in a fun and safe environment encouraging each athlete to pursue their skiing passion of throwing down some tricks or one day representing Canada on the podium! Congratulations to AFC Athletes who are back East at Junior NATIONALS @ Le Relais just outside of Quebec City! I am certain they will be bringing home the medals!

Upcoming Freestyle Events in the West! Senior Nationals - March 26-31 Brayden and Mackenzie going head to head in dual mogul action!

Some serious big air style in this head to head mogul action!

Apex Freestyle athletes enjoyed the rewards of hard work and the amazing coaching this past weekend at the Timber Tour BC Freestyle Series III. We traveled to the North Okanagan to Silver Star where we were hosted by the Silver Star Freestyle Club. We all had a great time and brought home great results! Featuring three freestyle disciplines Big Air, Moguls & Slopestyle Taber Mountain Resort is the 2nd of four stops on the BC Tour Friday, March 7th - Moguls F3 - Mackenzie Schwinghamer - Gold F3 - Kassidy Todd - Silver F3 - Shaina Finlayson - 4th F4 - Anna Spence - Gold M3 - Joe Durham - Silver M4 - Brayden Kuroda - Gold Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Slopestyle F3 - Kassidy Todd - Silver F3 - Shaina Finlayson - Bronze M4 - Brayden Kuroda - Bronze Sunday, March 9, 2014 - Big Air F3 - Shaina Finlayson - Gold F3 - Chloe Kober - Bronze Age Categories - Timber Tour - Age F1 & M1 19 & over F2 & M2 16 - 18 years F3 & M3 14 - 15 years F4 & M4 12 - 13 years (some exceptions may apply to come up from Super Youth) A special thank you to Silver Star Mountain Resort and the many volunteers who make the development of these freestyle athletes possible!

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

Canadian Open Tour - Silver Star Mountain March 28-30 Big Air & Slopestyle

BC Champs - Mount Washington Alpine Resort April 3-6 Big Air, Moguls & Slopestyle Contacts Ronda Barzilay - Media Mom - Volunteer rondabarzilay@shaw.ca 1.888.847.6632 or cell 250.878.4272 (Freestyle photos are courtesy of Ronda Barzilay unless otherwise noted.) Coach Kenni at afckenni@gmail.com or call 250.490.1762 Volunteers are always needed & appreciated! Please contact Volunteer Team Leader Marnie at amtodd@telus.net

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Freestyle Mom’s Judging at the AFC Regional Comp!


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Now Ranked 7th in the World!

with Andi Naude I have recently returned from the World Cup in Inawashiro, Japan! Japan is one of my most favorite countries in the world; the people are always so kind and enthusiastic, the food is amazing, and the culture is fascinating. Inawashiro is home to the most difficult course on the World Cup circuit. It starts off with an extremely steep pitch and then flattens out towards the bottom of the Apex’s Andi Naude, course. Despite this challenge, I love to 2013 FIS World Cup ski it. It really forces us athletes to push Rookie of the Year! our limits in order to put down clean, topto-bottom runs. In the single moguls event, I managed to ski three solid runs and ended up in 5th place. One of my best results thus far! Unfortunately, in the dual moguls event, the course got the better of me. I had to pull out during my run and I missed skiing in the finals. By the end of the weekend, my results helped bump me up to 7th place in the world rankings! I am now off to Voss, Norway and La Plagne, France to finish the World Cup tour. After that, the entire National team will be at Apex for Canadian Senior Nationals. Make sure to come out and watch this exciting event on March 29th and 30th! Thank you again for all the support! Until next time!

Submitted by Andrew Drouin Spring has Sprung! It’s nearly time to put away the snowgear and start thinking about summertime in the valley. One of the healthiest and most fulfilling ways to enjoy the South Okanagan in the springtime is via exploration of recreational singletrack trails - hundreds of which spread throughout the valley at every elevation. The South Okanagan Trail Alliance is the most active trail advocacy group in Southern BC. We build, maintain, map and sign singletrack trails throughout the valley, and this year we have a significant list of projects on tap for those willing to give a few hours per year to the trails that they love. Please visit our website at www.SouthOkanaganTrailAlliance. com to learn more and support our efforts. Companion to the Trail Alliance, www.SweetSingletrack.ca the South-Central Okanagan’s most detailed trail-guide is going strong into its third year. 2013 saw us adding 11 additional trail-chapters to the electronic publication, including detailed trail descriptions and maps, as well as downloadable GPS and Google Earth files. SweetSingletrack.ca offers everything that you need to know in order to access hundreds of stunningly beautiful, natural locations in the south-central Okanagan. Annual subscription fees go toward the purchase of trail-tools and structural material costs, as such, your support of SweetSingletrack is direct support of the trails that you love! Hope to meet you on-trail my friends. Andrew Drouin - andrewdrouin@gmail.com or 250.486.2443

Andi Naude skiing in Inawashiro, Japan - Photo courtesy of Taro Tanpo (Moguls World). You can follow Andi Naude the rest of this season at www.andinaude.com. Andi is also on Twitter @andi_naude. Thanks Andi for sharing with us in Apex Matters.

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For daily specials, fresh updates & current weather!

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Ski Racing Can Be Life Changing by Tyrah Henderson, Apex Ski Racer

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

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

Specialty coffees, teas, amazing breakfasts, lunches with homemade soups, sandwiches & loads of treats. Try our “Take & Bake” Pizzas made fresh to order with your favourite toppings on a delicious stone baked crust. Simply throw it in your oven and dinner is ready in 12 minutes.

Tyrah Henderson - Apex Ski Club Racer (U14) - Photo by Johnny Smoke

Decision making has never been one of my strong suits. I continually make decisions only to contemplate my choice until the last minute. However, the decision for me to start ski racing was one of the simplest I’ve ever had to make. When I was eleven, I had been snowboarding for the previous four years, but I had lost interest in the sport and felt drawn to the idea of skiing. That December, I hopped on a pair of skis and learned how to snowplow. By Christmas Break, I was incredibly excited, because my parents were letting me join the Apex Carvers’ Program for the duration of the break. I then stayed in “Nancy Greene” for the rest of that season. The next year, I became involved in the ‘U14’ program and placed dead last in the first two races. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy, but at that point I was feeling a little discouraged. My awesome coaches and supportive parents helped me improve considerably. And now, less than two years later, my goal is a top ten finish every time I race! Since I started racing, team mates have become my best friends. It seems inevitable that you become close to those who share the same passion as you. I look forward to the training and traveling days I get to spend with them. Traveling is one of my favourite parts of the sport. I have had the opportunity to go to some amazing ski hills for events like The Whistler Cup, The Provincial Championships at Sun Peaks, The Silver Star Speed Camps and Early April training at Revelstoke. As clichéd as it sounds, I have found that you really can do anything you put your mind to when you focus and believe in yourself.

Come & Get Your Edge On!

Located next to The Mountain Shop in the Apex Mountain Village

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

The Edge “Take & Bake” Pizzas

with Chad & Colin Quickly becoming a favourite on mountain dinner option are the incredibly delicious varieties of pizza now yours for the baking ... and all built on a stone oven baked flatbread. Popular because of how simple it makes dinner plans and because of the variety of choices. There is something to tantalize everyone’s taste buds and always built fresh to order. Choose from Cheese, Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Mediterranean, Smoked Salmon, Meat Lovers, Heat Lovers or Vegetarian. Simply stop by any time during the day to place your order and then return after 3pm to pick-up dinner. It’s so easy! Simply pre-heat the oven to 400 and bake for 12 minutes. Your family and guests will love it! Stop on by or call ahead and have it ready for pick up. Take and bake pizza makes Spring Break more relaxing with no prep, no dishes, just you enjoying your glass of wine and great pizza flavours. With the season coming to an end on April 6th, remember you can always visit us at our Edge Coffee House at 1100 Government Street in Penticton next to IGA. So “Get Your Edge On” downtown! Open from Monday thru Friday from 6am 4pm you can stop in or take advantage of the drive thru window and enjoy the same incredible homemade soups, sandwiches, coffee drinks, and treats. With a convenient location, it is close to everything on the Government Street corridor, and the drivethru breakfast and lunch is once again Fast, Fresh & Friendly! All of us at The Edge Bistro would like to Thank You for your patronage this season. It has been an absolute pleasure serving our fellow Apex riders. Thanks for a great winter and we hope to see you at The Edge Coffee House this summer!


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Apex Ski Club Update with Jorgen Anderson, Apex Ski Club Head Coach

Apex Ski Club Performs Well at Big White U12 Inter-zone GS and Slalom Races! This past weekend the Apex Ski Club U12 (10 & 11 year old) racers participated in the BC’s first U12 Inter-zone GS and Slalom race. There were 75 racers from many ski hills throughout BC, including; Apex, Big White, Silver Star, Sun Peaks, Grouse, Prince George, Whistler, Red Mountain and Hemlock. This was the first provincial style of race for these athletes! All of the Apex athletes had a great time, showed wonderful sportsmanship and performed well. They have worked hard all season under the guidance of their coaches Gary Athans, Yanni Gagnon, Matt Hollar and head coach Jorgen Anderson. On Saturday, Apex swept the podium for the first GS Boys race! The times were tight with Isaac Athans earning 1st, Heming Sola 2nd and Devin Blaser-Ladouceur 3rd. In the second GS race, Noa Rogers earned 2nd place in the Girls race, as did Isaac Athans in the Boys race. On Sunday, Apex performed well again with many top fifteen places in the slalom races. Noa Rogers earned 2nd and 1st in her races. Issac Athans earned 1st and 2nd, while Heming Sola earned 2nd and 3rd. Devin Blaser-Ladouceur earned 7th and 4th. Adam Koczij earned 15th and 10th. Jake Erickson earned 11th in his first slalom race of the day, while Connor Robinson earned 13th. Peter De La Mothe earned 14th in his second slalom race of the day. Well done to all athletes who participated! Apex Ski Club is strong in number and in skill. It is hard to believe that for many kids, this year was their first in competitive ski racing! Apex Ski Club is so proud of Chloe Alex, Noa Rogers, Alison Sinclair, Isaac Athans, Marcus Bartier, Devin Blaser-Ladouceur, Peter De La Mothe, Jake Erickson, Matyas Gerloczy, Adam Koczij, Quinten Pearson, Connor Robinson and Heming Sola. Our U14’s will have their Provincial Championship this week at Sun Peaks. They will be competing against 200 other athletes from around the province in GS and SL. Good Luck Kids!! Apex Ski Club is busy this week preparing for the U16 CanAm Races, which will be all played out at Apex Mountain Resort. The best athletes from BC, Alberta and Manitoba and many of our friends from the Northern USA will be in attendance. If you are interested in Voluteering for this event, you can do so online at www.bcalpine.com

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For children aged 5-13 years, this is the quality program that has made the Nancy Greene Ski League famous since 1968!

Spring Break Camp ~ Just $99

9:30 - 3pm on March 17-19 or March 24-26 Children develop skills and confidence, through skiing all terrain types, games, skill drills, jumps and bumps, and skier-cross. The program is a very good value for money, as it is offered by the parent run Apex Ski Club. Register online now at

www.ApexSkiClub.com

The Apex Gang of U12 Racers

The Sweep!! Issac Athens - 1st, Heming Sola - 2nd and Devin Blaser - 3rd

APEX SKI CLUB - WE AIM 2 WIN

Noa Rogers and one of her many top 3 this past weekend.

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Apex Carvers Update with Johnny Smoke, Carvers Coach The Apex Carvers enjoyed great success at the Okanagan Zone Finals recently. 18 of your youngest competitors braved the icy cold at Silver Star to race against the best of the Interior, and 4 of them made the podium. Marie Droppo got a Gold, Chloe Alex a Silver, and Asia Borg and Sienna BlaserLadouceur both got Bronzes. More importantly, everyone had a great time and a great day of racing. U6 Girls 1st - Marie Droppo 8th - Chevy Matthews U8 Girls 3rd - Asia Borg 5th - Nicole Rogers 7th - Hannah Droppo 17th - Alena Lahey Asia Borg in the gates at Silver Star! U9 Girls Photo by Patricia Borg 3rd - Sienna Blaser-Ladouceur 11th - Tia Santoro 12th - Phi Gentes 14th - Rayne Lahey 15th - Kinga Gerloczy 16th - Pamela LaPrairie U10 Girls 9th - Blanka Gerloczy U11 Girls 2nd - Chloe Alex 9th - Eloise Markovic U7 Boys Hannah Droppo and Asia Borg with the 6th - Balint Gerloczy Hardware! Photo by Patricia Borg 7th - Gavin Santoro U11 Boys 12th - Leyland Vucinovic

Jack McIntosh - Carvers (Photo by Johnny Smoke)

Aron Pilbart - Carvers (Photo by Johnny Smoke)

While our last day of the regular program is March 16th, there is still time to register for the Spring Break Camps. Only $99 for 3 days, you can sign up your kids aged 4-11 for either March 17th-19th or March 14th-26th. Register online at www. apexskiclub.com. Thanks to everyone at Apex for making this season another great one. I’ll see you out on the hill for the next few weeks, and then it’s time to tune up the bikes and get back to the “brown pow” of the local trails. Have a great summer and see you back here at the end of November!

Jaras Grant - Carvers (Photo by Johnny Smoke)

U8 Girls Podium Silver Star NGSL Okanagan Zone Finals (Photo by Johnny Smoke)

Elizabeth McIntosh - Carvers (Photo by Johnny Smoke)


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

56 kms of Groomed & Track Set Ski Trails / 25 kms of Marked Snowshoe Trails Day Lodge & Kitchen Facilities / Heated Washrooms / Change Rooms & Showers Ski & Snowshoe Rentals & Lessons Available

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update

By Esther Skrypiczajko, President Closing Date ~ Nickel Plate will continue grooming all trails and maintaining the rental services until (and including) March 23rd. From March 24th - 28th, only the inner trails will be groomed and the lodge and washrooms will be open, but there will be no office staff nor rental services. For the weekend of March 29th - 30th, only the inner trails will be groomed, but there will be rental services available. That Sunday, March 30th, will be our last day of operation. We hope everyone will get up to enjoy the last month of skiing and snowshoeing! Thanks For A Great Season ~ The staff and board of directors of Nickel Plate would like to thank everyone who visited and used the Nordic Centre this year. While we are proud of our facility, it is the people using it who bring it alive. A special thank you to Myleen who made sure we were included in every issue of Apex Matters. On behalf of the staff, board and members of Nickel Plate, I wish you and your family a Spring, Summer and Fall filled with invigorating and rewarding experiences. See you when the snow flies in the Fall.

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Nickel Plate Skill Development

By Audrey Perry, Skill Development Coordinator We had a great season at Nickel Plate. Lessons are over for the year. For our last day, we had a team challenge which included all levels of our ski program, as well as the Junior Racers. The kids were separated into 4 colour teams and arrived for the day dressed in their team colour. There were two events. The special events included obstacle course sprints and a treasure hunt. The 76 kids were divided into four teams. Each team contained kids from each of the Jack Rabbit levels, as well as the Junior Racers with coaches and parent volunteers. The 50 m obstacle course consisted of two hoops to ski through, a chair to ski around, a painted line to jump and a table to ski under. Teammates cheered on the sprinters when they weren’t racing themselves and also worked on their team painting. Times ranged from 11.5 sec for the fastest Track Attack skier up to 75 sec for one of our Bunnies. For the treasure hunt, clues and maps were provided for 4 stations. The teams divided up by skier ability and collected the clues from each station to make the winning phrase. All teams found the treasure hunt clues and successfully solved the phrase: “Racing Rocks at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre”. To celebrate their accomplishments, all the kids left with a smile on their faces, a buff donated by Ski Canada’s Racing Rocks program, a cookie medal, a water bottle and a “2 for 1” swim ticket. Thank you to our sponsors: Peach City Runners, The Bike Barn, Gran Fondo Axel Merckx and Penticton Recreation! A great day was had by all, and it was a great way to end a fun season. Coaching Call! We just finished for the season, but must start thinking of next season. We will be training new coaches through the National Coaching Certification program in October/November for next season. We are always looking for new coaches to join our team. If you are interested, please send a request for information to www.nickelplatenordic.org.

Celebrate the conclusion of our 25th successful ski and snowshoe season and join us for a STEAK & SALMON Barbeque on Saturday, March 22 at 12 noon

Tickets $15.00 each

available at the office until March 17

Your ticket is automatically entered into a draw for a FREE 2014/2015 Adult MEMBERSHIP (winner must pay CCBC insurance fee)

Please bring a salad or dessert to share

Skill Development’s Last Lesson Day - Team Challenge Obstacle Course


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Nickel Plate Junior Racers: End of Race Season Update

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By Kathryn Golbeck, Communications/Marketing for Nickel Plate Junior Racers Congratulations to the Nickel Plate Nordic Junior Racers who competed the weekend of February 28th, March 1st and 2nd at the 2014 Teck BC Championships at Telemark Nordic in West Kelowna. All skiers skied all out for their race. With almost 600 registered racers from all over BC, as well as Canmore, and a large contingent from the USA (8 teams from Utah, Idaho, Montana and Washington) it was more like a Western North American Cup race than a Teck BC Championships. The field in every category was deep and fast. Conditions were great for the Friday mass start skate race with four of our juniors racing with sunny skies. Saturday was minus 8 to minus 10 and snowing all day, which made for slower conditions. Six of our juniors skied the very tough hilly course (with one who had to withdraw due to illness). Soft snow greeted our 3 by 2 km relay team “SoMuchFun” for the Sunday race. This team (Sol Jacques, Matthew Broder, and Freddy Albrechtson) had their first ski relay experience and showed great effort against tough competition. Team Coach Jerome Jang notes, “I think that it is not the results of the races that count (where each of them place will be forgotten in a few weeks or months), but the lessons learned from dedication to a goal, hard work, comradeship, team work and good times spent together, as well as fitness and acquiring a skill that will last a lifetime. Congratulations to the junior racers for a great season!”

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Spring Break Hours: March 14 - 22 ~ 8 am - 10 pm March 23 - 27 ~ 8 am - 7 pm March 28 - 29 ~ 8 am to 10 pm

Regular Hours:

Sun - Thu ~ 8 - 7 // Fri & Sat ~ 8 - 10

The Last Day Open for this season is April 6th. Thanks for your support. Have a Great Summer!

250.486.0354 www.ApexTradingPost.com

The Nickel Plate Junior Racers: Looking Ahead! By Kathryn Golbeck, Communications/Marketing for Nickel Plate Junior Racers Are you between the ages of nine and seventeen, and interested in a fun winter activity which offers cardiovascular fitness, strength, and balance, in a fun and energetic environment? Consider joining the Nickel Plate Nordic Junior Racer’s Program.

Who is a Potential Nickel Plate Junior Racer? •

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre’s Junior Racers. Left to Right: Sol Jacques, Matthew Broder and Freddy Albrechtson of “Team SoMuchFun” (skate ski relay race team)

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Anyone previously registered in the Junior Racer program, or who has been in or completed Level 4 or the Track Attack level of the Skill Development Program. • Skiers aged 9-17 years who want to ski stronger and faster, and who wish to begin racing. • Sufficiently skilled and motivated participants in the Grade 5 Cross Country Ski Program. • The program will be particularly suited to those kids who enjoy aerobic sports, who wish to attain a high degree of fitness, and who are fairly self motivated. There are two streams: development and competitive. The developmental skiers train once per weekday (dryland in the fall and on snow when conditions permits) and Saturday onsnow. The competitive skiers train an additional weekday (dryland and on-snow). In addition, skiers can choose to attend a variety of local races in the Okanagan region. Regular teambuilding activities including training camps and sleepovers are offered several times throughout the season. Skiers find that they quickly develop excellent skills and fitness on snow. These benefit other athletic and scholastic endeavours. Elite Nordic Skiers have tremendous aerobic fitness. Also, a focus on skiing, racing, and training makes the cold dark winter months fly by! For more information on the Nickel Plate Nordic Junior Racers, including registration for the 2014-15 ski season, please visit www.nickelplatenordic.org or email: brodersarah@yahoo.ca or kathryngolbeck@shaw.ca. Early-bird registration is accepted until June 15th, after which time fees increase.


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A Sign of the Date at Present with Denise Mend, Physiotherapist at Dale Charles This must be a sign that the Elevator Race is close. A mountain biker venturing to Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is not a usual sight, but the warmer weather and date explain things! For the third year, the multi-sport “sea to ski” event is attracting teams to paddle, ride, snowshoe, mountain bike, nordic and downhill ski from Penticton to Apex Mountain on March 30, 2014. Our clinic group has entered a team each year and are continuing the late winter tradition. If you haven’t already, look to register here: http://www. hoodooadventures.com/webpages/The_Elevator_58.cfm If you don’t have a full team, they can try to match “orphans” to spots needing filling. As was the case last year, there are a few teams fundraising for AED’s for the resort area. Join us for this great cause! In the shoulder seasons (between full on winter and hot summer), preparing for races like this are a inclusive, collegial way to train. We at Dale Charles and Sports Clinic Physiotherapy try to hold up our professional association’s assertion that we are one of the most active professions in BC. The World Health Organization says regular moderate intensity physical activity - such as walking, cycling or participating in sports - can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression, as well as cutting the risk of bone fractures and helping to control body weight. Get out there and try to add exercise as preventative medicine in your life. You will be glad you did. If you are up at Apex, cheer on Mike, Shandia, Phil, Grant, Courtney and the rest of our team on March 30th!

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March 14th - March Meltdown Party - LIVE MUSIC - Come listen to “The Boom Boom’s” in the Gunbarrel Saloon - Tickets $10 - Contact Scooby at 250-770-0158. March 14th - March Meltdown Event - Freeride Friday - Come on out $10 to enter, great prizes to be won! This is the last Freeride Friday event of the season. March 15th - March Meltdown Party - LIVE MUSIC - Come listen to “Towers and Trees” in the Gunbarrel Saloon - $5 cover at the door! March 15th - March Meltdown Event - Pentagon’s Style of Man TT Slalom Race! $20 entry free. Practice runs start at 10:30am race at 12:00pm. March 17-19th - Osisko Speed Camp - U16 athletes will be up training Super G. March 20-23rd - CanAm’s - This is a Slalom, GS and Super G event. March 22nd - Retro Day! Grab your onesies, leg warmers & shades & ride in style! March 22nd - Break the Record for the World’s Longest Rail Slide! Apex has built a 304 ft long rail. Guinness Record is 267 ft. More info kerissa@apexresort.com March 26-31st - Canadian Nationals Freestyle Competition - Mogul event March 30th - Elevator Race - Penticton to Apex Mountain Resort - Race lake to hill. Solos and teams of 2 to 7 athletes compete in a 6 leg race ascending 6000' of elevation in under 60km! To register & for more info, call 250-490-6084. April 5th - Pentagon’s Last Stand - 11:00 am -1:00 pm - This is our annual event! $20 to enter. Come get some unreal prizes and show your skills. April 5th - Slush Cup - 1:00 pm - Annual Slush Cup! Come on out and challenge your friends to cross the icy pit! Meet on Old Mill at 1 pm! April 6th - Dummy Downhill - 1:00 pm - Drop your dummies off in front of the Gunbarrel Saloon by 11:00am for transport. Event starts at 1:00 pm! Come let your dummy fly off the air site!! April 6th - LAST DAY OF THE 2013/2014 SEASON! THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT ONE! TUBE PARK - Open all of Spring Break! 10 am - 3:30 pm and Fri/Sat 4-9 pm SKATING RINK AND LOOP - Open 7 days a week 10 am - 11 pm APEX SKI BUS - Running all of Spring Break - Check online for schedule NIGHT SKIING - Friday and Saturday Nights 4-9 pm + March 14-24th. For Bookings for Tubing and Skating, call the office at 1-877-777-2739 or email Kerissa@apexresort.com www.ApexResort.com


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Some Zen Ideas "Grow strong my friends ... that you may stand unshaken when I fall; that I may know that shattered fragments of my song will come at last to finer melody in you." ~ Will Durant "It is due to wonder that men now began to philosophize. ~ Aristotle In skiing, the reality is the metaphysical act of skiing. The epistemology of skiing is the dedication of all the coaches, who through their coaching produce such wonderful results. The axiology of skiing is that form of body, mind, spirit and energy that give winning results. In all of our efforts, we in the ski industry are only adding but a stone to the pile. Remember what Voltaire stated ... "Shun idleness. It is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals." Enjoy the summer and remember ... Prolabor peditrahis ergo sum ... I ski therefore I am. ~ Vince Rabbitte

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Linda Larson, MLA

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Monthly Update From MLA Larson By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen For those of you who follow the proceedings in the Legislature, you will very likely see the best and the worst of the process of Government. It is a process steeped in tradition and is somewhat archaic and slow to respond to change. However, I believe that those who put their names on a ballot to represent the people in their areas do it with the best of intentions to make positive changes to benefit everyone and though it sometimes seems that nothing is happening, the reality is much different. There are currently several pieces of Legislation that are moving through this session and some will have a direct benefit to the Boundary-Similkameen. Just a few of those are - the Off Road Vehicle Act, in response to a request from the Outdoor Recreational Council of BC that has its roots as far back as 2002, the Missing Persons Act in response to the Opal Report, changes to the Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Statues Amendment Act. In total there are thirteen Bills before the legislature at this time, with many more to come. Government Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) work very long days, in fact most MLA’s start before 7 am and work until at least 6 or 7 pm, including Thursdays. This makes for very long days indeed, when you consider that many of us don’t arrive home until well after midnight and need to be in our Constituency office, or community events early on Friday morning. Travelling back to Victoria on Sunday also makes for a very short weekend. It helps that sessions are compact, and we are able to spend much of the year in our communities working. In order for the Government to introduce Legislative changes, MLA’s have much to do in our communities while the legislature is not in session. Most important, is talking to British Columbians about issues that matter to them. As you may know, there were many Government Committees touring the Province though out the recent Parliamentary recess - gathering information and now presenting these findings to the Legislature. The real work of Government happens on the ground, around the Province, talking to all of you and taking this information and concerns to Victoria for action. While there is certainly an entertainment aspect to watching proceedings in the House, the real work is often missed by the public who only see the “showmanship” that has become part of Legislative debate. I am fortunate to be able to participate in this process and I can assure you that all MLA’s work hard to make this beautiful Province a great place to live.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR “Watch out for the soft spots” During my mid-life introduction to serious skiing, thanks to my longtime ski patrol friend Pat, I became acquainted with the unique fun of “spring skiing”. The intermittently sunny areas of familiar runs suddenly became a new “bump, stick and slip” challenge to my novice downhill skills. I’ll never forget a particular episode at Tom Siddon Apex on the last day of spring skiing, Director of about 25 years ago. I decided to take RDOS Area ‘D’ one final trip down Okanagan Run just before 3:30 pm and ended up having to get my head examined as a result. While glancing back uphill near the end of my last run (with skis still pointing downward) I took a tumble in soft slushy snow. After several days of headache and unusual visual effects, I was diagnosed with a cranial hematoma and consigned to three weeks in a hospital bed. I guess I learned a couple of new lessons, “watch out for the soft spots,” and always “look forward, not backward”. Yeah Team Canada! ~ Speaking of knowing the snow, wasn’t it fabulous to watch our Canadian Alpine ski and snow-boarding teams compete so successfully at the Sochi Olympics? Their superb aerial acrobatics and freestyle boarding skills underscore the importance of having world class winter training facilities and instructors like we have at Apex Mountain. Combined with medal-winning performances in luge, skating, hockey and curling, our athletes brought home medals in 25 events, including 10 golds. Canadian Olympians, you’ve done us proud! APOA Annual General Meeting ~ The Apex Property Owners will be holding their AGM on Saturday, March 22 at 2:00 pm, at the Apex Mountain Inn. I’ve been invited to attend and I hope to offer brief comments about several issues of concern to the Apex community. Location of the Waste Transfer Station ~ It has now been decided, after discussions with Apex Resort and other affected property owners, that the proposed Solid Waste Transfer Station cannot be located near the village centre as originally planned. This is because of conflict with nearby residential buildings, inadequate turn-around area and proximity to the creek. Instead, agreement has been reached to locate the station just off upper Apex Mountain Road near the Apex Maintenance Shop. The new facility is required as a consequence of the Solid Waste Management Plan which was adopted by RDOS in 2012. Once a lease/operate agreement has been finalized with the Apex resort owners, individual residents will be advised of the annual waste management fees. It is hoped the new facility will be operating by the 2014-15 ski season. Vacation Rentals ~ Over the past two years there have been ongoing discussions at the Regional District concerning the proliferation of vacation rental properties within residentiallyzoned neighbourhoods. There are several such properties located in the RC and RM3 zones at Apex, offering tourist accommodations that are not permitted under the current

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zoning. I have received numerous representations from individual property owners at Apex who are either in favour of, or opposed to such practices. Sometimes these “mini-hotels” operate in ways that can be offensive to nearby neighbours, yet in other cases they are barely noticed. RDOS planning staff, supported by legal counsel, have recommended that vacation rentals in residential zones be brought into compliance with our bylaws by issuing renewable Temporary Use Permits to eligible properties. These properties must meet specific conditions of site coverage, building code and sewage requirements, noise limits and on-site parking provisions. A TUP could be revoked for a property that is not managed in accordance with the regulations. Specific TUP regulations and processing fees are presently being finalized by RDOS staff. Logging Plans and Wild Fire Mitigation ~ The RDOS has no legal jurisdiction over logging practices and wildfire prevention near Apex. But as Director, I am concerned with protection of property values and recreational uses in the forested areas around the resort. Due to clear-cut logging carried out by Sn’pink’tn Forestry in 2011-12, with cooperation from Gorman Brothers, the APOA Forestry Committee undertook an independent study of logging options near Apex, especially given the low evidence of pine beetle activity in the area. Jointly with recreational and environmental interests, APOA advocated for protection of recreational and tourism values, and requested that full public consultation be ensured by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, before permitting any future logging near the Apex Resort. As a result of these interventions a four-part agreement was negotiated and signed last summer by the APOA, Sn’pink’tn, Gorman’s, Weyerhaeuser and the Forests Ministry. This agreement promised full consultation about plans for future logging and fire mitigation activities in the area. I am disappointed to learn that no further consultations have yet occurred with representatives of the Apex community, concerning the possibility of logging operations near the Resort in 2014. Apex Fire Brigade ~ In recent discussions with the leadership of the Apex Fire Brigade I have agreed to extend modest financial support to the Brigade for needed equipment and training, on a year-to-year basis. This will however be contingent on a long range plan to establish an insurance-compatible fire protection service at Apex. In light of the tragic condo structure fire a few years ago, and the on-going threat of a forest-fuelled wildfire in the vicinity, the need for a well-equipped, well-trained and community-supported fire service is a no-brainer. Until then, I’m sure that all residents appreciate the good work and dedication of the Apex Fire Brigade. Well, that’s my report for this season. Have great spring skiing and watch for the soft spots! Sincerely,

Tom Siddon, RDOS Director Area ‘D’ tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca // 250-809-2548 Penticton Office - 250-490-4215 // www.rdos.bc.ca


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Apex Fun Facts

By Bev Shelly These are a few Fun Facts I put together for Apex and thought they may offer some dumb insignificant things to ponder. ~ Did you know that Apex is closer to Russia than to Montreal and the Maritimes? ~ Did you know that it is not necessary to go easterly to get to Alberta. Due north will get you there? ~ Did you know that the visual area of Apex is 31,325 Sq. kms (12,000 Sq. miles)? ~ Did you know that mountains beginning with Mt. or Mount. preceding the name are actually named in honour of someone, i.e. Mt. Riordan and Mount Terry Fox, whereas when the name precedes the word ‘ mountain’ the name is simply a dreamt up one such as Apex mountain and Silver Star mountain merely to establish a location? ~ Did you know that Mt. Riordan is reported to be 65 million years older than the youngsters, Apex and Beaconsfield mountains? ~ Did you know that the highest peak visual to Apex is Mt. Odin at 2972 meters (9751 ft.) ASL approximately 140 kms (84 Miles) NNe of Apex? ~ Did you know that a line from the top of the quad due west and following the earth’s curvature, the line would go over Lions Gate Bridge and would not dissect any mountains until it hit the Alai Range in China? ~ Did you know that three other ski hills are visible to Apex? Silver Star, Big White and the top of the Crystal Mt. Runs. ~ Did you know that the most distant United States mountains visible to Apex are Copper Butte and Snow Peak approximately 120 kms (75 miles ) SE? ~ Did you know of the six Bio-Geoclimatic eco system zones you pass through from Penticton to the top of the quad? At the bottom the ‘bunch grass’ changes to ‘Ponderosa pine’ changing to the ‘Interior Douglas Fir’ about the Farleigh lake turnoff and again slowly changing to ‘Montane Spruce’ about the 8 km marker on the hill road to about D I V I D E N D L X O Apex village. Then it slowly P S H A R E G U A R A N T E E N changes to the ‘Engleman N S spruce sub-alpine’ and finally P P R O D U C T I V I T Y R I A O the Tundra at the top of the C O N T R A C T S C S U H K Quad. Enjoy the drive up and P R E see the changes while you are E R E C E I P T X B O R R O W C looking at U H D C P R I N C I P A L the many G R A N N ancient M E R G E R P I N V E S T G T F I E E volcanic U T U R N O V E R P E N N Y A E plugs. D L S 1

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Apex Fire Brigade Society Update with Mike Polywkan, Apex Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Wow! That went by fast. It is hard to believe that this is the last issue of the season and our ski year is coming to an end. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Myleen and the Apex Matters publication, on behalf of the fire department, for providing a forum for us to be heard. We may not always be that visible, but we are out there making your community safer. The weather is getting better and the signs of Spring are upon us. Soon our property owners will be down in the valley thinking of other things and forget all about their getaways up at Apex, but we won’t. We will still be getting some of that heavy spring snow that we will have to kept clear of the hydrants and equipment lockers.

The snow pack level from April 2011.

As the weather gets better, we will go onto our biweekly training schedule, where we re-apply the basics until they become second nature. All of the hydrants will get flushed and tested. We take advantage of the lack of snow for upkeep and maintenance of our equipment. We also prepare ourselves for the possibility of forest fires. We will be attending the Volunteer Firefighters Spring Training Seminar learning the skills to serve you better. The community can also help with the fire prevention efforts. Most property owners will also make it up for a weekend or so during the snow free period to prepare their places for the upcoming ski season. To help protect yourselves from the possible devastation of fire, consider adding these items to your summer check list: •

Clean and inspect your chimneys and fireplaces. Your insurance companies no doubt have requirements which you must follow. The RDOS also has valuable information in their office in Penticton regarding fire safety and the burning of wood for heat. The publications include everything from the construction and specifications of a safe chimney to correctly seasoning your firewood. Everyone who burns wood should drop by and get the information. Who knows, you may pick up on something and correct it before disaster could strike. I have copies of this information, if anyone wants to read them over. Any of our members will always find the time to discuss fire safety and prevention.

Go to our Facebook page for the link to BC Forest Services recommendations for maintaining a safe property bordering on forest. Believe it or not, when there is a forest interface fire and the properties which have clearly been managed for fire safety will be selected to be saved over others that have not. Spend some time checking off the recommendations for your property ... It will make your land look better as well.

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A photo from the Volunteer Firefighters Spring Training Seminar in 2011. I would like to end this with some fun fire facts and quotes: • 1684 - Governor Peter Stuyvesant of New Amsterdam (N.Y.) was the first in the new world to appoint fire inspectors. • 1784 - Union Fire Company NO. 1 of Carlisle boasts a proud history of over 215 years and is still operational. • “Let no man’s ghost return to say his training let him down.” ~ Firefighter’s saying • Fires all go out eventually. ~ Unknown Join us on Facebook ... APEX FIRE BRIGADE SOCIETY. Have a Great Summer!


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APOA Report

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with Julia Valenti, APOA President It has been a productive 2013/14 season of Board endeavors. July, October, January and March Board meetings addressed usual APOA concerns ... association finances, garnering new and renewed memberships, printing APOA brochures, APOA website and gmail account monitoring, road maintenance, and Apex Matters APOA articles and ads. In February, Board members Julia Valenti and Jeff Brown met with Resort Management and reps from Nickel Plate and the South Okanagan Snowmobile Club to share information and ideas regarding recreational trails and snowmobile usage in and around the Village. Also, Board Directors communicated with the RDOS about the proposed waste transfer station and the proposed zoning changes for Apex rental properties. The Board continues to develop a long range vision and plan for protection of alpine recreational trails and securing government and industry safeguards for a forest that is harvested in a healthy and sustainable manner. The work of the Board on behalf of all members and all other property owners assures there is informed awareness of all issues affecting the alpine lifestyle and that input is given when needed. The Annual General Meeting to be held in the Conference Room at the Apex Mountain Inn at 2 pm on Saturday, March 22nd, will present information of particular interest to membership and an important vote will take place regarding the financial needs of the forestry committee. RDOS Area D Director Tom Siddon will speak regarding zoning changes, the waste transfer station, logging and the fire brigade. Resort Management will give an update and there will be a fire brigade report as well. Elections for the 2014/15 APOA operating season will take place. 2 of the 8 Directors are stepping down and 6 are standing for re-election. Would YOU put YOUR name forth as a Board member? Serving means 4 Board meetings a year, 1 AGM and being responsible for some aspect of Board work that requires but a few hours of time spread out over 4 months. The work is not difficult and it needs to be done. The APOA is THE grassroots organization that protects and improves the alpine community and the alpine environment. Your current Directors have literally been serving for years and while 6 are staying on, there is room for, a need for, new Directors to help those that have hung in there so long.

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Great Cabin Recipes Friends in "The Heavens" Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: ? Serves: 2 - ? YOU WILL NEED: min. of one 6 pk of chilled beverages / pepperoni cheese stix / hot dogs or hamburgers (your choice) / assorted chips / cheese and crackers / baked goods / breathe mints and/or lifesavers. (Trading Post can assist with a list.) COOK up a hot plan with your friends while riding the chair, walking through the village, or on the side of your favourite run.

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ONYX Castings at the Home Show By Leann Robbins and the ONYX Team Onyx Castings would like to say thank you to those who stopped by our booth at the Penticton Home Show on March 1 & 2. Not only did we get the opportunity to meet some wonderful people, we got to visit with some familiar faces as well. Our focus for the show was to bring an awareness of our products and services and to educate people about concrete and its benefits. Not to mention, you really do have to see and touch the finished products to appreciate the craftsmanship that went into making them. We were very pleased with the positive response to our products and services. Not only that, numerous people told us they purposely came to the show to see our products because of our ads in Apex Matters and Skaha Matters. A true testament to Myleen’s diligent work and community building. We are thankful to belong to a caring community where people and businesses support one another. Thank you also to Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery for loaning us the wine barrels. For the month of April, if you mention this ad you will receive 10% off your quote for custom concrete. (Note: Quote is valid for 3 months.) For information about this offer or to discuss ideas you might have about working with decorative concrete, call 250.488.2798 or email info@onyxcastings.com Welcome the natural beauty and texture of concrete into your home.

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Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: 54-40 Album: Radio Love Songs Track: “Ocean Pearl”

There are so many great Canadian bands out there, like Rush and The Tragically Hip. 54-40 is my favourite Canadian band. Originally from Tsawwassen, BC, the band formed back in 1981 and have over 13 albums to their credit. And, they are still going strong after 30 years plus together. Some people don’t realize that the song “I Go Blind” is theirs, and did you know that Hootie and the Blowfish covered it? Royalties from Hootie and the Blowfish cover enabled 5440 to build their own recording studio in Vancouver. I myself have seen them countless times across Canada in my travels, from big out door concerts to small venues. I even saw them in a small pub in Canmore and got to thank them for a great show when they came up to the bar for a pint after the show. Thanks for listening with me this season and keep an ear out, because you never know when some tune might grab ya. Keep the skis and tunes turning! See you or hear you next year! Cheers, Jay Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Thanks for joining him this season in “Tunes To Turn To” with his focus on Canadian bands.


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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 8 Aquarian - Febrarian Snowshoe

By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Guide For the past 6 or more years, my good friend Joe and I have gone snowshoeing for our Birthdays, which are a day apart him being the oldest. We are usually gone for a good part of the day and bring along good food, dessert, and drink. A fire is most always in our plans, at a spot that affords us a good view and/or protection from the elements when necessary. Last year we invited another good friend and fellow Aquarian, Erick and now he is part of the tradition. This year, though not Aquarians, we invited Rick and Dave. Rick had previously snowshoed to “Moose Hut,” a simple, yet superbly built A-frame which was constructed by Apex locals. (For now the location will be kept a secret out of respect for the builders. Perhaps the location will be revealed next year?) I am always one for a new adventure, so decided this would be our destination for the 2014 Aquarian-Febrarian Snowshoe. Also, there was forecast for snow for a good part of the day and a hut with a wood stove in it would give us a nice cozy environment for our festivities and debauchery. We started our snowshoe near Apex Resort village and headed out on a well used snowshoe trail that leads down to Keremeos Creek. From here one can follow a road, but bushwhacking down the creek, around and over dead-fall and multiple creek crossings was way more challenging and fun. We almost lost Rick at one of the creek crossings, but he managed to avoid going for a swim. Less than a half our later, we emerged out of the creek drainage near the triple chair and then carried on along a road to a cutblock. Here we were exposed to the wind and snow, which were both fluctuating in intensity. Picking a point on the snowblurred horizon, we snowshoed upward on an angle towards it. Forty five minutes later we were in a gulley surrounded by majestic trees. The trail from here was well marked and any dead-fall cut out of the path. Shortly, we entered a snow covered pond and at the end of the pond, beside a huge tree (this tree, I am told, is a Western Red Cedar which is fairly rare for the area), we could see “Moose Hut.” Popping out of our snowshoes, we immediately set to work getting a fire going in the stove. In a short time, we had a cozy fire going and smokies on the grill. Wine and beer were passed around and Birthdays acknowledged with cheers. Snacks and decadent chocolate truffles would round out our culinary fare. We ventured outside a few times for some fresh air, as the sun actually made an appearance long enough for us to take in the fabulous scenery that surrounded the hut. I entertained the boys with some Olympic Snowshoe Log Walking, which seemed to get good marks from the Russian judges. (This is walking on trees that have fallen and usually have 3-4’ of snow on them ... can be tricky.) Time flies when you’re having fun and soon it was time to tidy up “Moose Hut” and head back. Our route was basically the same way back with a few deviations thrown in for the challenge and adventure. Lots of downhill “powder running” with a few “crash and burns.” All in all, a most memorable and enjoyable time was had by all. “Moose Hut” is a must experience snowshoe adventure. I can hardly wait for next year’s Aquarian-Febrarian Snowshoe.

Dino & Joe celebrate another Aquarian-Febrarian Snowshoe ... this time to Moose Hut!

Last but not Least It’s hard to believe that another snowshoe season is coming to an end, but don’t you believe it! The best snowshoe conditions are just starting, as the season’s snowfall has settled giving us a fabulous base and with each new snowfall, powder to satisfy a snowshoe junkie’s appetite. I have snowshoed as late as the middle of May. And, here’s a little secret; this past Sunday I snowshoed “George’s Bowl” and it was the best it’s been all season! If you have had enough of the snow and winter this year, I am offering guided mountain bike and hiking tours around the Okanagan and the Apex area. The first tour offering is “Bikes and Beer”. This will be two days of mountain biking, shuttles, food and Fest of Ale tickets. Also in the works is an Apex Alpine weekend. Check out my website for more details and information at www.dinostours.com. It has been a great pleasure sharing a few of my snowshoe adventures through Apex Matters. A special thank-you should be given to Myleen for all her hard work and dedication in publishing Apex Matters. “Shoe you” next season!

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Adventures in Snowshoeing By Cindi Lou It was a beautiful full moon night. Chilly, but gorgeous. A gang was going for a moonlit snowshoe to the top of Mt. Riordan. Earlier I had been in contact with friends who had been Cat Skiing in the Kootenays. They were headed to Apex for a couple of days on their way back to Vancouver. One of them was a former Apexer. They were driving out after their day, so not expected until later. I decided that there was ample time to go for this trek up the hill and make it home for their arrival. I told them to text me from Osoyoos. I figured that would give me enough time to get home. I also decided to hide a key outside, should the unexpected happen. Most of the snowshoe gang left from the Old Gunbarrel. I wanted to leave from the Okanagan Vista Parking Lot and take that route to the top. A friend joined me. It was a nice walk up, staying warm with our exertion. There was a happy crew once we got to the top of Mt. Riordan. The fire was blazing, the mood was light, the drinks were hot and the banana boat ingredients were waiting. I felt happy to be there. Just another sweet moment in this great winter wonderland we call Apex. The night was passing and people were getting cold. Thoughts turned to heading down. I got the text from Osoyoos. Okay ... let’s head back to the truck. Six of us started heading down at the same time. Two of the guys were in a happy little world of their own buzz and were taking “short cuts” around the switchbacks and having a blast with it, laughter bouncing off the snow covered trees. We got to a “Y” in the trail and the two gals went straight, which was the way back to the Old GB. The two guys had just bumbled into the wild in a different direction. We were calling after them, “You’re going the wrong way!!” They didn’t seem to hear and soon were out of sight. We then took this turn to get back to the Vista Parking Lot. We are trekking along and I remember seeing a tree bent over from the weight of the snow. I remember thinking, “I don’t recall that tree on our way up.” But, I say nothing and we keep going. Next thing I know, we have stepped into the opening that is the Powerline!! Oh No!! We laughed at the irony of yelling after the guys that they were going the wrong way, when we were also going the wrong way! This wouldn’t have been an issue, but company was coming and I was now miles from my truck! Luckily, we had our cell phones, but most of our pals and potential rescuers were still up Mt. Riordan or on their way down. The only saving grace was that I had hidden a key. My company arrived while we were out on the mine road, trying to stay warm. They were somewhat amused that the first order of their stay was to rescue their host! Luckily, one of my guests had spent a few seasons here and knew where we were. When they showed up, the truck was full. I asked, “Did you bring the whole family?” Laughing they said, “There were these two guys in the middle of nowhere!” I just cracked up! It was the two wandering gypsies that were taking the short cuts! I then decided the only reason we got “lost” was so that these two were rescued in the process! And, they all lived happily ever after ... The End.

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Snowballs or Snow Angels?

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

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Snow Angles to the organizers of the first annual Brewski!! What a great event! The only bummer was that in the massive pile of coats, my hat got separated from my coat and someone saw fit to take it. It is a white Merino wool Canadian Olympic Hat with a band of red Maple Leafs. It's not the hat that you got with your 2-4 of Molson, but a really nice quality hat. If something does not belong to you, it belongs to someone else. This seems elementary to me, but in most peoples defense, there was a lot of alcohol consumed that night and this was most likely a drunken indiscretion. If you woke up with this hat and wondered where it came from, could you please drop it at the Apex office and make this story have a happy ending? Thank you! ~ from Cindi Lou Snow Angels to Apex Mountain Resort for offering FREE with us that after placing a group of inventory on sale, they skiing to all Current CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN Pass holders quickly caught they were selling a $70 item below their from cost March 2014. After full daytoliftrefltickets. You as 7-14, the retail price hadthat not50% beenoff adjusted ect a price MUST bring your current Crystal Seasons Pass to receive the increase. deal. Apex has also been offering 50% off full day lift passes 3. Our fast price adjustment utility allows you to globally to anyone a MT. BALDY Season'ssupplier, Pass in and the updatewho cost has andhad selling prices by category, last 3 years (2010-2013). These deals are only valid on full day brand. We even support marking up low cost items more lift tickets, you must show the old seasons passtoatthe the nearest time of than higher costing inventory. Even round purchase. Way to go Apex! ~ from Apex Matters .99 cents. We had one customer share that changing their prices from .97 to .99 would make their business $8,000 more in a year based on their volume. FOR SALE:

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