Apex Matters Late March 2016

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

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Late March 2016

Season Wrap Up

By James Shalman, Apex Mountain Resort General Manager What a fantastic season this has been! There was a lot of talk before this season of it being such a big ‘El Nino’ year. The last significant El Nino was in 2008/09 and that was a big snow year for us, so we had big expectations for this season. This year forecasters stated the El Nino was going to be even bigger, so we anticipated a huge snow year and that is exactly what we got. The snow started falling in late October and didn’t stop. We were able to open a week earlier than scheduled and we were also able to open the Quickdraw High Speed Quad earlier than we have in a long time. It wasn’t just the amount of snow that we were receiving, it was the quality of snow that was falling that was aiding to the fantastic conditions. That set us up for one of the best Christmas Holidays for skier visits on record and the skier visits throughout this season continued to break records. We had a great line up of events this season as we always do, starting with the Canadian Selections Mogul event; BC Series Timber Tour; Canada Cup Mogul event; BC Winter Games which saw 155 athletes who competed in Slalom, Giant Slalom, Slopestyle, Big Air, and Moguls; Teck Open Super G; and other slopestyle, freestyle and fun race events. Brewski, our craft beer tasting event, had 21 Craft Breweries from across BC and sold out with record numbers. We are so fortunate to be living in the heart of wine country and to have the Naramata Bench Winery Association showcase 20 of their local wineries. This ever popular wine tasting event called Vertical and Vintages was paired with great food from the Gunbarrel Saloon and feedback was that these two events were highlights of the aprés season. We purchased a new grooming machine called the Beast, which is one of the biggest and most powerful grooming machines on the market. The overall surface of the Beast’s track area of 188 ft², an increase of 45% compared to the current grooming standard, gives the Beast increased traction and torque when climbing while minimizing track slippage. With the increased track width and horsepower, the Beast can groom runs which previously required a winch, saving more time. With an overall working width of 23.3 ft, which is 4 feet wider than a conventional groomer, and with its increased speed and horsepower, the Beast can groom an extra 4 acres per hour. Our new runs Sweet Louise and Golden Eagle have been great additions to the mountain and have received numerous positive accolades from those people looking for more groomed terrain. Speaking of groomed terrain, we have now started grooming the Wildside as a regular part of our grooming schedule significantly increasing the number of our groomed runs. We will be operating 7 days a week until Sunday, April 3rd and judging by the extended forecast, we should be enjoying some of those perfect warm, sunny and snowy spring days. We hope you enjoyed your season and were able to take advantage of our fantastic conditions.

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March & April 2016 Special Events:

The Price is Right! ~ March 19 - This is a Snowboard Contest and Demo Day presented by Freeride Boardshop. Stop by the tent in the village, join in the contest, and perhaps demo a new ride too!

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Elevator Race ~ March 26 - Solos and teams of 2-7 athletes compete in a 6 leg race ascending Spring Break 1st week March 11-19. Final Night March 26th. 5000’ of elevation from Penticton to Apex! For more info or to register, visit www.hoodooadventures.ca.

Retro Day ~ March 27 - Come ride in retro style and receive “buy one and get 50% off” lift tickets

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

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Skating Loop & Hockey Rink ~ Open daily at 10am & night lit until 11pm. Watch for group booking closures.

Easter Egg Hunt ~ March 27 - Look for eggs all over the mountain at 9am, then claim your prize

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Dummy Downhill ~ April 2 - Drop your dummies off in front of the Gunbarrel Saloon by 11am.

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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 next season for a skill improvement session, a great buffet style lunch at the Gunbarrel Saloon, and a complimentary glass of wine. Lesson Time is 9:45am. 2016 Rates: 5 Wednesdays (*does not include lift ticket) ~ $175* / Drop in - Lift Ticket, Lesson, Lunch & Wine ~ $79 / Drop in - Lesson, Lunch & Wine ~ $39 Home Hardware Camps ~ 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 January & February and the 1st week of Spring Break: 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

Nickel Plate Nordic would like to thank all of the members, volunteers, and supporters of our club! Thank you for a other fantastic season!

Skill Development Program (Photo by Kathryn Golbeck)

Nickel Plate Junior Racers News ~ Congratulations to Nickel Plate Nordic Junior Racers Sol Jacques and Fred and Simon Albrechtson for their participation and results (with personal best race times) at the BC Cup Championships in Whistler March 4-6. Thank You! ~ Jerome Jang is a founding and executive member of the Nickel Plate Ski Club, designing and locating a number of the original ski trails and starting the ski program. He is officially retiring from club volunteering and coaching at the end of the 2015-16 ski season. Most recently, Jerome could be found coaching the Junior Racing program, organizing club races along with his wife Lori, being involved in the BC Winter Games committee, and much, much more. Jerome is a fully accredited Level 3 National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) of Canada Cross Country Ski Coach with extensive club, provincial, national and international experience. For more history, please visit our website: http:// nickelplatenordic.org/about/coaches/ We are so grateful for Jerome’s hours and hours of involvement, his passion for skiing, and his founding efforts that have been integral to making Nickel Plate Nordic the excellent facility that it is today.

Bluebird Day at Nickel Plate (Photo by Kathryn Golbeck)

Jerome Jang at “Jang’s Junction” at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre (Photo by Rick Leslie)

Weather, Snow & Grooming Conditions ~ Wondering

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

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On The Trails at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre (Photo by Kathryn Golbeck)


Late March 2016

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre 2015/16 Season Review By Murray Farbridge, Nickel Plate General Manager “El Nino “ was the word for the predicted weather this year. But, nobody knew for sure what that meant for us. Unseasonably warm temperatures, high freezing levels, or the word you never hear on ski reports, “rain”??? It turned out pretty good, didn’t it? The snow just kept coming and with a base well over 200 cm, 2015/16 will go down as a legendary year. This time last year our parking lot was mud. This year, we just keep clearing the snow off it. The trails opened for skiing on November 13th and we hosted an elite race training camp for 2 weeks with amazing conditions. Our annual “Welcome Day” was held in early December with free rentals and lessons for the public. Our friendly staff at the ticket and rental shop are there everyday from 9am to 3pm daily to assist you and we have full ski and snowshoe rentals. Nickel Plate is the highest altitude daily groomed trail network in Canada. Who knew, in a summer town like Penticton? The snowshoe trails are busier every year with 5 fantastic marked trails that range from 1 to 3 hour routes. Snowshoeing now makes up a third of the Nordic Centre’s participants. A season’s pass can be purchased for just $54, plus $18 insurance, and $166 for a seasons ski pass. Our Skill Development Youth Program ran for 10 sessions on Saturdays from December to March. Big thanks to our coordinator Janelle Paromchuk and the dedicated coaches and volunteers who instructed 73 eager kids, aged 4 to 12 years. The ski playground had terrain park features added by our grooming team with rollers and jumps that were popular for skiing and tobogganing. The Nickel Plate Junior Racing Team had a good season with local athlete Fred Albrechtson representing the club in the BC Winter Games. Our coach Jerome Jang is retiring and big kudos to him for all his hard work organizing the BC Winter Games from February 25-28 and coaching the Junior Racers. The school ski program expanded again this year and ran midweek from January through March led by Mike Townley and an experienced group of leaders. More than 1700 school

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kids from the South Okanagan got the opportunity to go crosscountry skiing up to three times. Our first big event in February was our Nickel Plate Loppet all ages ski marathon with 93 participants ranging in age from 6-75. Geoff Waterman was our Loppet director and put on a great race with incredible winery prizes. This was followed by hosting the Nordic races at the BC Winter Games from February 25-28. There were 85 crosscountry ski athletes in the Games and a dedicated group of 76 club volunteers to pull off this event. They did an incredible job - Thank You! Our cat operators, Keith and Franz, both wake up way too early to groom the trails, and they both managed to participate in the Loppet and get out and ski the trails. Social events included a Valentine’s Wine and Cheese night in the lodge, skiing with the facility lit up with paper lanterns and headlamp skiing, followed by some great music provided by Stuart McLeod, Bill Souch and Hugh Richter. Now that we are into spring skiing in March, the days are long and the snow still accumulating, with the best tracks early morning, so get up here! The Elevator Relay Race is on March 26th starting at Okanagan Lake and finishing at the Gunbarrel, winding through our trails on the cross country ski leg. Our last day of grooming is the end of Spring Break on Monday March 28th, not because of lack of snow, but more to do with the biking, golf and tennis in town. Remember, if you are tired of shopping at the mall, drive up above the clouds. There is never a bad day at Nickel Plate!

Nickel Plate in March (Photo by Kathryn Golbeck)

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Late March 2016

Apex Freestyle Club Update

by Ronda Barzilay 250.878.4272 | rondabarzilay@shaw.ca Good luck to AFC & AFC Alumni in the upcoming Canadian Junior Nationals - Beaver Valley, Ontario ~ James Naude, Max Todd, Ethan Phillips, Alec Henderson, Jamie Rykuiter, Anna Spence, Shaina Finlayson, Chloe Kober, Courtney Macdonald, Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Koleton Phipps, Noah Spence, Kassidy Todd, Brayden Kuroda, Hayden Person and Joe Durnham. Congratulations to the 11 amazing AFC athletes who competed this past weekend at Camp Fortune in Senior Nationals! 70 athletes from across Canada qualified for this event and 11 of them were from Apex!! Making Senior Nationals is a huge accomplishment! Congrats to Shaina, Kassidy, Jaime, Chloe, Mackenzie, Mason, Brayden, Koleton, Noah, Hayden and Joe!! Big shout out to Brayden, Kassidy, Mackenzie, Mason, Noah and Hayden for making finals!

Jaime Rykuiter focused through the mogul course. (Photo by Ronda Barzilay)

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AFC Summer Ramp Training at Covert Farms. (Photos by Ronda Barzilay)


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On The World Cup Mogul Circuit

with Andi Naude And that’s a wrap! The 2015/2016 competition season has come to an end, and I can hardly believe it. First off, I want to thank every single one of you for the incredible support. Without you, I would not be where I am today. The amount of love, well wishes, and kind words I have received is overwhelming, and I truly thank you for this. The past few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind; including the Apex’s Andi Naude, World Cup Final in Russia, as well as Ranked 5th in the World the Canadian National Championships For Women’s Mogul Skiing in Ottawa. My last update left off with my teammates and in Russia preparing to compete in the final World Cup of the season. It was an amazing event unlike anything I have ever experienced. It was a night event filled with exciting duals, fireworks, lights, fast skiing, and big air. We were skiing on a course made entirely of scaffolding, situated in downtown Moscow. The course was much shorter than what we are used to skiing, which was a fun change of pace. I had an absolute blast, and even managed to walk away with a 2nd place finish! This is my personal best World Cup finish, and first ever World Cup podium in dual moguls. Standing on the podium in Moscow was very special, and I could not have asked for a better ending. After eight World Cup events this season, I am very excited to walk away ranked 5th in the world once again! After spending a few days exploring Moscow with my Dad, I flew to Ottawa to compete at Nationals. The event was held at a little mountain called Camp Fortune, which was the birthplace of the Canadian National Championships 40 years ago! It was an awesome event, and everyone had a lot of fun. I placed 4th in single moguls after losing a tiebreak against Maxime DufourLapointe, and 2nd place in dual moguls. After a season full of highs, lows, learning, and discovery, I am very excited to be on my way home for some down time. We have a month of rest and relaxation before heading to Whistler at the end of April, where we will begin our off-season! Thank you again for following my journey in this column, I hope you have enjoyed reading my updates! It has been an honour to share with you. Until next time!

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Apex Ski Club Update

with Patricia Large, Apex Ski Club Mom & Volunteer The Apex Ski Club has been travelling around the province and bringing home hardware and results that confirm our athletes are ranked at the top with the BC’s best alpine ski racers. The U16 athletes were at the Grouse Mountain TECK Series Open SL Finals to start the month. Although the weather was wet and conditions were tough, Marcus Athans and Tyrah Henderson were able to secure spots in BC’s top 10. Despite tough luck and two DNF results in race 1 and 2, Tyrah Henderson completed the event with a solid 6th place finish in the combined SL on day 3. Marcus Athans continues to display athletic excellence and also admirable sportsmanship and was Kyle Blaser smashing gates at the Grouse Mountain TECK Open Series SL Finals. able to ski to a 7th and 5th place finish in the Provincial SL Finals. The U12 and U14 group attended the TECK GS & SL at Silver Star and displayed their power as a team. Noa Rogers and Isaac Athans led the team hauling in 6 gold medals and a silver collectively. Rogers dominated the U14 females, placing 1st in 3 out 4 races and 2nd. Ana Large, Devin Blaser, Heming Sola, Pete De La Mothe and Adam Koczij also contributed to the podium and top 10 results in the U14 team. The U12 team was led by Blanka Gerloczy and Jaras Grant contributing 6 podium finishes to the teams results. Charlotte Wargniez, Sienna Blaser and Samantha Lawlor also put in top 10 finishes throughout the weekend. The Apex Ski Club would like to thank the resort for providing such an amazing environment for our athletes. The support of the resort is appreciated and is contributing to raising incredible athletes that appreciate the environment and have an undeniable love of the mountains in large part due to the many hours they spend on Apex Mountain. As the 2016 season comes to an end, we focus on the growth we have seen as a club, as individuals, as athletes, coaches, parents and kids and are so thankful that this amazing sport is the venue to host this Noa Rogers captures 3 Golds and 1 Silver at the TECK GC & SL Race at Silver Star. growth. Until next season, keep calm and ski race!

Marcus Athans continues to lead his team with outstanding results and admirable sportsmanship.


Tyrah Henderson laying down a 6th place finish at the TECK Open Series SL Finals held at Grouse Mountain. Way to go Tyrah!

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Apex Carvers Update

with Johnny Smoke, Apex Ski Club Carvers Coach The Carvers went to Big White on the first weekend of March, and had a fantastic time at the Nancy Green Interior Zone Finals. We tend to not make a big deal about results at this level, but we still recognize achievement. All the Carvers met or exceeded their goals for the weekend, with several podiums and personal bests recorded. Then, after the race was over, we skied all over Big White and left some pretty impressive tracks on their hardest runs! It’s easy to feel pride over this group, with so much excellent skiing and great attitudes on display. What a great way to end the season!

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The 2nd Edgestravaganza Event

The 2nd Annual “Edgestravaganza” has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 19th from 11-2 in the Apex Village. This is a great way to enjoy Spring Break with an Edge Bistro BBQ and great entertainment. 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. See you there!

Nancy Greene Interior Zone Finals Results:

U6 Girls ~ Gabby Burge 1st U8 Girls ~ Madelyn Seddon 1st, Marie Droppo 9th, Lily Raymond 12th, Maja Gillerstedt 22nd, Chevy Matthews 23rd, and Ava Kosaka 28th. U8 Boys ~ Sam Burge 11th and Erik Miller 17th U10 Girls ~ Hannah Droppo 3rd, Nicole Rogers 10th, Eva Wyse 11th, Asia Borg 14th, AJ Seddon 15th, and Jordis Hickie 36th. U10 Boys ~ Tal Exley 2nd, Erik Gillerstedt 3rd, Balint Gerloczy 8th, Gavin Santoro 22nd, and Max Johnson 23rd. U12 Boys ~ Achile Kosaka 6th

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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries - Part 8

By Dino Giurissevich of Dino’s Snowshoe Tours & Adventures Saturday, February 27, 2016 ~ Today’s snowshoe consisted of myself and 3 others, being Frank, Julie, and Alina (a relative of Julie’s visiting from Dingolfing Germany and a first time snowshoer). Julie wanted a snowshoe that would offer up some views for Alina to enjoy and remember, so after some discussion we decided on snowshoeing to the summit of Mt Riordan which offers up fantastic views in all directions, including some Apex ski runs. We started from the 3 ponds parking lot, which I must sound off about, had atrocious plowing this season. It’s beyond me why but unless we collectively complain, not much seems to happen. Anyway, back to our snowshoe adventure. Our route up was a fairly direct one with one challenging steep section and one in which we broke trail all the way to the old lift line cement block. From here, we snowshoed the commonly used ridge trail to the summit. On the way up and at the summit, Alina took many photos and all the while marveling at the scenery. A short lunch break was taken on the south side of Riordan where we could watch skiers enjoying the slopes. It was decided that though rated advanced, “George’s Bowl” would be our route back down. After all, how could we not show our visitor how much fun snowshoeing in the steep and deep powder can be, even for a first timer. Plus, the rest of us were looking after our own “powder” needs and desires. Even though Alina had her fair share of wipe outs, she had fun and laughs and started getting the hang of “powder running” by the end of the downhill. Coming out near the toboggan hill we angled left and uphill through the trees all the way back to the parking lot. It was an awesome snowshoe adventure for our visitor and in her words, “thanks for the fun and challenging adventure.” “Gern geschehen” Alina. Monday, February 29, 2016 ~ I have snowshoed to the top of Green Mountain many times in the past, either from the village or from the cattle guard. The trip up takes about an hour and twenty minutes. For many years, I have desired and been enticed to snowshoe to the top via the NE approach or better recognized as the Apex road hairpin, which is below the upper Shatford Forestry Road. This area is a beautiful V shape or horseshoe type basin, which in my estimation has seen very little foot, ski or snowshoe traffic for many, many years. Well, today would be the day to snowshoe and explore this area and joining me in this brand new adventure would be Frank. Our entry point was right at the hairpin. Snowshoeing conditions were excellent, as we had a good base and about a foot of powder. Our plan was to keep angling left and to re-access our route every 200 m or as needed. Our biggest challenge was the amount of deadfall we had to negotiate over or around and the steepness of the route, but we like a challenge! Steepness was the order of the day. We did come across a very old road which zig zagged for about 200 m and then dead ended. Taking turns breaking trail, we allowed ourselves 3 short breaks each before changing lead. About 1/2 - 2/3 of the way up, we decided to angle right. Left is the way I wanted to go, but a time factor forced our decision. The left route will be for another time and adventure. Nearing the top, we encountered packed wind-blown snow drifts which were fun to negotiate. Eventually, we made the

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summit and an area I recognized from previous snowshoe trips made from the village/cattle guard. A well deserved lunch break was enjoyed in the sun with the spectacular views being our dessert some of which were, of all things, The Lakeside Resort area and Okanagan Lake and Brent and Sheeprock Mountains. Our descent down would be some of the best, steepest and deepest powder Green Mountain has to offer. Having snowshoed this downhill many times in the past I knew how much fun we were up for, but Frank had no idea as this route was new to him. He was in seventh heaven or in his words, “you got to be kidding me!” To add to this snowshoe nirvana, as in the past I have always veered left in order to get back to the village, this time we had to veer right to get back to our vehicle. And what a bonus it was, as we encountered another steep and deep powder chute which was new to both of us. From top to bottom, we enjoyed a good 20 minutes of steep powdery ecstasy!! The last leg of the journey was following a drainage downhill right back to the start. I rate this snowshoe adventure as one of the top 5 of all my snowshoe adventures! We both look forward to exploring more of this truly amazing area. A few statistics from this snowshoe route: 780 m of ascent and descent, 2 hr 20 min to snowshoe to the top (vs 1 hr 20 min from the village), 1 hr to get back down and 4.6 km round trip. And, that’s it! Another Apex Matters season in the bag, but don’t give up snowshoeing just yet. The best conditions of the season are now!! Till nest season, shoe you then!

Left - Our snowshoe starting point.

Right - Top of Green Mountain.


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Penticton Snowmobile Club

with Sylvain Gagnon, Club President Thanks to everyone who came out to Lamby Lake on Sunday, March 6th and supported the Okanagan Boys & Girls Club. The afternoon was filled with giving snowmobile and toboggan rides to these children, along with a BBQ enjoyed by all. We invite everyone to join us on Sunday, April 10th in the upper old Gunbarrel parking lot for another fun-filled day of giving children that show up snowmobile rides. Once again, we will have a BBQ serving up lunch. We hope to see you there! PLEASE NOTE: After April 3rd when Apex closes, NO public snowmobiles are permitted on the mountain at any time. This is for your own safety, as Apex Mountain Resort’s heavy equipment will still be in full use. Besides regular grooming machines, staff working with sleds, etc., their excavator will be digging out drainage ditches all over the mountain. Do you own a snowmobile? Do you like to ride on our local trails? Well, then the Penticton Snowmobile Club would like to invite you to our regular monthly meetings held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month during the winter in the Kiwanis House on Hastings Street in Penticton. We meet at 6pm, have a little dinner together and social time, followed by our regular meeting. The Penticton Snowmobile Club organizes group outings and over night trips every winter. We share our passion for the sport and welcome any newcomers to join us on the trails for an adventure during the winter. Come on out and join in the fun! If you have any questions or would like to know more about joining our snowmobile club, please contact Sylvain Gagnon, Club President, at 250-809-2851 or email sdonatg@gmail.com.

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Adventures In The Snow

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By Myleen Mallach, Owner & Publisher of Apex Matters This past weekend, I completed my Avalanche Skills Training Level 2 Course with a number of our local paid and volunteer ski patrol. This course consisted of one weekend in and around Apex, with a second weekend in the Roger's Pass. The first weekend involved a review of all the equipment needed, how to navigate terrain, risk management, L-R - Mary Beth, Dwight, Tom, Finbar, Myleen, Tyler, Luis and Balazs decision making, various avalanche scenarios and beacon searches, how to ski tour, leadership skills, snow pit analysis, and much more. Our group spent the first day on Mt. Riordan and the second day in the slack country near Apex Mountain. The second weekend was spent in the Roger's Pass, where our group was now facing the really big terrain of the Rocky Mountains and thus huge avalanche hazards. The biggest question was always what is the current avalanche risk? How do I manage this risk and what level of risk am I comfortable with? Identifying the hazards, managing the risk, and making decisions to keep you and your group safe in big terrain was the main focus. I have driven through the Roger's Pass endless times, but this was the first time I had actually stopped and explored the area further. I encourage everyone to at least take 30 minutes to visit the information centre at the summit. It is an amazing centre full of very interesting things to see and educational information that any age would enjoy. The first day in the Roger's Pass was warmer than anticipated with poor visibility. Unfortunately, my dreams of big turns in fluffy powder was not going to be a reality. We saw a couple of minor natural sluffing slides, which added excitement to our adventure, as they echoed loud in the narrow valley area we were travelling through. The second day started off a little cooler, with a high overcast and snowing lightly, but then the clouds parted and the sun shined brightly, warming us quickly to wish we brought sun screen. We toured up, through, and past numerous large avalanche chutes, giving the reality of our small and insignificant size in comparison to the magnificent towering peaks that shot up on all sides around us. The beauty of the Rocky Mountains is simply amazing and magical, especially when all you have is your pack, the skis on your feet, and the people you are with. I found a deep appreciation and perspective, not only for where I was physically, but in all aspects of my life. What an adventure! But then, we reached that perfect untouched powder slope within grasp. Yes, we all finally experienced those dreamy "big pow turns". What an awesome day and incredible memorable experience! If venturing into backcountry terrain is of interest to you, then you definitely need to attend an Avalanche Skills Traning Course. Finbar O’Sullivan, an Apex Ski Patrol Alumni and Certified Instructor, teaches these courses at Apex. For more information, call 250-808-9352 or email avalanchesafety@gmail.com.


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with Julia Valenti, APOA President Mountain Lifestyle! It has been a productive season for the APOA Board and thus We are the conscience of the Apex Community! the APOA membership as well. We had 6 meetings since forming the Board in March of 2015. One year later, we can APOA Annual General Meeting report the highlights as follows: 1. The APOA Forestry Committee’s “Forestry in BC’s Saturday, March 19th ~ 3 pm Recreation Areas” conference held in Kelowna on Apex Mountain Inn Conference Room November 7th, 2015. This event was initiated by a Come to be informed of the past year's accomplishments! membership vote to devote APOA funds to hire a forestry PHD to conduct a province wide survey of recreationists. Renew Your APOA Membership: From that survey the conference was organized, bringing $30/Property Owner or $15/Associate or Friend together 28 people representing 20 recreation and tourist Join us at the MEMBERS ONLY SOCIAL groups. The impact of logging on recreational, tourism immediately following AGM in the Rock Oven Room. and property values was discussed in detail and from that conference a steering committee was formed to continue Free delicious appetizers & $5 drink specials. the work needed to protect those values which are seriously This is the FIRST COMBINED SOCIAL event for impacted by logging. The APOA maintains it’s logging APOA & APEX FIRE BRIGADE MEMBERS. committee in order to attend the next conference and will www.ApexPropertyOwners.com continue to sit at the table with the Ministry, Industry and First Nations with the goal, as always, of mitigating the 5. Participated in the RDOS Area D Governance Study, effects of logging on our trails, view-scapes and property offering viewpoints that address particular and unique values at Apex. issues of the Apex community. From this participation, 2. A “Members Only Social” was held in the Rock Oven Room our belief that there are areas of concern that must be on December 12th. 65 members attended, creating an handled by the RDOS and not by the APOA was reinforced exuberant and friendly mood with everyone reconnecting, (i.e. community planning, garbage and recycling, noise anticipating another active and fun-filled Apex winter season. control, bylaw enforcement and vacation rental regulation). We requested that the RDOS realize Apex is very different 3. Throughout the season we were in contact with Argo Road from other communities in Area D, with different needs, Maintenance to inform them of any problems with snow and that a specific RDOS representative knowledgeable in plowing or snow removal. trails and recreation, building and road issues because of 4. Had an in-depth Board meeting to assess where we were snow loads and run-off and could support our position on putting our focus and energies. This resulted in a decision logging be considered. We also questioned what we get for to: a) Continue the Forestry and Road Maintenance our tax dollars up here, since what the other communities Committees; b) Communicate with the membership via receive are things we don’t want or need. email newsletters, Apex Matters articles and our website; c) Call upon membership help with any new issues that 6. Have created a bond with the Apex Fire Brigade Society arise; and d) Maintain basic operational procedures by co-sponsoring a Members Only Social in the Rock such as Board meetings and secretarial, treasurer and Oven Room on Saturday, March 19th. From this initial comembership duties as required to function smoothly. sponsored effort, it is hoped that further events by the two groups will be presented in the 2016/17 season, building and strengthening a sense of community and finding ways to work together to protect and enhance the Apex area and Thanks for a lifestyle. Great Season ... Board members this past season were: Julia Valenti - President; See you next Diane Pew - Vice President; Suzie Anderson - Secretary; Barry Leigh - Treasurer and Membership; Jeff Brown - Forestry; Phyllis year! Matthews and Jenny Albrectson - Argo Road Maintenance. Our website is managed by John Matthews and a Facebook page about the Apex recreation area is managed by Clea Buchler. The Board has enjoyed serving the membership and looks forward to some new Board members joining, resulting from elections at the AGM March 19th and that the important work of the APOA continues into its 23rd year.

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Apex Fire Brigade Update

with Mike Polywkan, Apex Fire Brigade Chief Wow, it is hard to believe that this is the last issue of the season. It has been a great ski season and the fire department has not had to respond to any incidences. Congratulations to everyone for being safe. I would especially like to thank Myleen, because it is this publication that helps our fire department remain strong and receive the support from the community that we need. We around the 30 member mark now and that is fantastic! For the first time, we will be sending the maximum number of 5 firefighter members to the Spring Training Seminar. We have a renewed enthusiasm due to the new members and this is very important. Of special note, we have one new member who aspires to be a career professional firefighter, and our department is going to help him get there. His name is Kyle Parker and I have asked him to write a few words about himself, New member Kyle Parker seen in action during a recent firefighter practice at Apex. so the community will get a chance to know him better. “I come from a family of firefighters. My grandfather served Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry as both a volunteer and one of the first career firefighters in Port Moody. My father followed the same path, signing up as a Helping the volunteer then progressing on to become a career firefighter. So, ever since I can remember I’ve been around the fire Do-It-Yourself service. I can’t remember a time when I wanted to pursue Homeowner a different profession. Firefighters are always there to help somebody in need, 24/7, 365 days a year, career or volunteer. Jay Mallach jaymallach@gmail.com No Job Too Small They see tragedy on a daily basis, they work in the most hostile Licensed & Insured 250.490.6343 LetsFinishIt.ca environment possible, they put their lives on the line every call, not because they are paid or told to but they truly want to help and make a difference. This is what drives me to pursue this noble profession. Over the years, I’ve become more and more aware of the Apex Volunteer Fire Department and admire the work that they have done to protect our community. Back in February, I was lucky enough to join the Apex Volunteer Fire Department. Being a long time resident, I found this to be an excellent opportunity to give back to the community which has given me so much, and to help the people who make Apex such an awesome place. Joining this great group of volunteers also serves as a starting point in my pursuit for a career in the fire service. The training and experience I will receive from being a part of Apex’s Fire Department will be extremely beneficial for me in both my short and long term plans. I couldn’t have asked for a better place Water & Fire Insurance Work Carpet Repair and team to begin my life long goal.” Damage Restoration Handled Promptly Bonded Kyle and I held a winter training exercise recently and already Wind Damage Asbestos/Mold Insured he has brought some innovative ideas to our department. As Remediation Odour Control WCB a department, it is key that we all learn from each other and in helping Kyle obtain his goals he will no doubt greatly help our department in many ways as well. Welcome aboard Kyle! A brief safety tip for this issue would be to please be aware that if you park too close to a hydrant and there is a fire, you could be putting your own life at risk, as well as those of your friends and neighbours. Ski Hard! Play Safe! Till next issue! We handle residential and commercial disasters with expertise and

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year will be touring the province. If your community is interested in hosting the display, please let me know and I will try to get you on the list. Almost all of the South Okanagan, Boundary and Similkameen were impacted by the gold rush in the late 1800s and the talk of “gold” still interests us all. Thank you to all who sent in ideas for the Red Tape Reduction consultation. An event was held in the legislature to recognize some of those who sent in ideas and to talk about some significant changes that have already happened. The changes made to simplifying registration for organ donation have greatly increased the list of potential donors, and as a result, the number of transplants in BC has increased significantly. The ability for retiring veterans to transfer their driving certification directly into our system has the Teamsters able to access much-needed transport drivers. These are just two examples of red tape reduction that have a positive impact on British Columbians. The consultation was so successful it will continue, and you can input your suggestions at any time at: https://interceptum.com/s/en/RedTapeReduction Spring is definitely here, enjoy the milder weather and hopefully the sunshine.

By Linda Larson, MLA for Boundary-Similkameen This is a busy time in Victoria with budget estimates being discussed and bills being introduced in the Legislature almost daily. I will touch on another two that have interest for the Boundary-Similkameen: Bill 11, the Food and Agricultural Products Classification Act, replaces the Food Products Standards Act, the Agri-food Choice and Quality Act and the Agricultural Produce Grading Act eliminating a lot of red tape. It’s designed to create a framework to regulate the term “organic” and also allows for new classifications of wine like the appellation of origin. The Certified Organic Associations of BC are supportive of new regulations that will give consumers confidence in the “certified organic” labelling. We have some wonderful organic growers in our region who have all been recognized for excellence by their peers provincially and federally. Klippers Organics Available at Apex Trading Post and Harker’s Organics, both in Cawston, and Covert Farms in Oliver are to be commended for their passion for growing From the Heart For the Heart organically and sustainably. The first phase of regulations for the new Water Sustainability 989 Cellar Road, Oliver, BC Act were brought into force on February 29th. The WSA updates 250.498.2211 and replaces the previous Water Act bringing in a number of changes for existing and new surface and groundwater www.fairviewcellars.ca users. Much of the Water Act has been brought into the WSA and existing surface water rights granted under the old Water Act will continue with no impact, except in extreme drought conditions. Domestic well owners who use water for their household, garden and domestic animals are exempt from licensing and paying provincial water fees and rentals. ICBC Insurance However, we encourage domestic well users to register their 250.276.6257 Out-of-Province Insurance Claims well at FrontCounterBC, so that their source can be protected. Windshield Replacement 1450 Clark Avenue in Penticton Aquatic Ecosystems are further protected with expanded ICBC Lifetime/Nation Wide Warranty THE BODY SHOP NETWORK Computerized Free Estimates prohibitions on dumping debris into streams and aquifers. FIX AUTO PENTICTON www.pentictoncollisioncentre.com Many community organizations throughout the riding receive gaming grants to help with their programs and services. Most Mon-Thur ~ 8am - 8pm recently, South Okanagan Integrated Community Services Now Accepting New Patients Fri ~ 8am - 5pm Society received $25,000 for five various programs; Scouts Canada - 1st Oliver, $4,000; and the Lower Similkameen Exceptional General Community Services in Keremeos, $20,500. These and many Implant & Cosmetic other organizations do amazing work in their communities. Dentistry In the past two years, supported by my office, just under $8 million has been received in this riding through a multitude of Dr. Sylvain Marino Dr. James Jung grant programs managed by the province, supporting all areas of our society. 185 Front Street 250.493.6724 www.pentictondentist.com And thanks to our government’s fiscal discipline and balanced 11. PAYABLE Sudoku Answer Key for budget, the Ministry of Education is providing 30 public school Answer key 1. DEBITS 12. AGING Puzzle on page 21. districts each with a $5,000 grant to help them develop to the right 2. CREDITS 13. EXPENSES 3. LIABILITIES is for the opportunities to support students who want to pursue skills 14. DEFERRAL 4. ASSETS White 15. LIABILITY and trades training, and career development. I’m happy to 5. REVENUES Kennedy 16. SEPARATION 6. LEDGER report that applications from both School District 51 (Boundary) Word 17. DEPOSIT and School District 53 (Okanagan Similkameen) have been Scramble 7. JOURNAL 8. ACCUMULATED approved. Puzzle on 9. DOUBLE The Gold Rush Exhibit that was at the Royal BC Museum last page 23. 10. EQUATION


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Area “D” Governance Study with Bob Daly, Chair

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The Area “D” Governance Study has now passed the halfway point in the year-long project. The study is designed to consider methods to improve governance and services to the communities of Electoral Area “D” and their surrounding areas. Through the fall of 2015 and early winter of 2016, the residents and property owners of Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Twin Lakes, Lakeshore Highlands, Heritage Hills, Vintage Views, Upper Carmi, Skaha Estates, Vaseux Lake, St. Andrews, Apex and their surrounding areas were introduced to the study and were presented with a series of “Fact Sheets”, which gave a comprehensive description of services provided by the RDOS. In March, the public attended three Governance Study Forums in Okanagan Falls, Kaleden and Apex where they were invited to learn about the study, ask questions and discuss their views on local governance and services. At the same time, public were invited to participate in a survey to express their attitudes toward the current governance framework for service and to provide an opportunity to identify issues and to note concerns or positive aspects of the current system. Information from the surveys and Forums is now in the hands of the study consultants, Leftside Partners who will be analyzing it and recommending options to the Committee for responding to the governance and service related issues that are identified. Next Steps ~ Through spring and early summer, a second series of detailed “Fact Sheets” which describe the implications related to each of the possible governance changes will be prepared for the RDOS website, and distributed to the public throughout Area “D.” The Committee will also invite the public to participate in a second survey, which will ask for their preferences of the possible changes. By the end of summer, the consultants will have compiled the results of the second survey, and included them in the final report. The report will be presented to the Committee and RDOS and be made available to the public. To keep informed about the Governance Study go to the RDOS website (www.rdos.bc.ca) or read future Skaha Matters issues.

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SBX World Cup Wrap Up 2015/2016

By Shandia Cordingley, BScPT, CGIMS, CAFCI (Acupuncture), COMT (Aus), Sport Physiotherapy Certificate Lead Physiotherapist Canada Snowboard Sports Clinic Physiotherapy, Penticton, BC After spending 5 seasons travelling as the physiotherapist with Canada Snowboard’s Alpine Snowboard Team (the hard boot racers), this season I made the transition to working with our National Snowboard Cross Team (SBX). I joined the team back at the end of August for a camp in Valle Nevada, Chile and continued to travel with them all over the planet on this year’s FIS Snowboard World Cup. For me personally it was a quick learning curve getting to know new athletes, learning the ways of new coaches and discovering the ins and outs of this gnarly sport called snowboard cross. The boarder cross tracks at the World Cup level are above and beyond anything you see on the local hills here in BC; the jumps are massive, the banks are steep and tight, and if the guys and gals don’t hit the rollers just right, well, they’re done!! It’s one thing watching the athletes fly down these tracks individually, but then on race day they go 6 at a time, Oh Mon Dieu!! It is an intense sport where riders being taken out and gnarly crashes are common place! I think I aged a few years at every race, but wow, is it exciting. These athletes push their bodies to the edge every time out on those tracks, the crashes they get back up from and their ability to keep pushing, blows me away. From nagging injuries to some serious acute injuries, I was definitely challenged on the physio front! This season was definitely a great experience for me, I learned a lot and became part of a really special team. Our head coaches are a Frenchman and an Austrian and our serviceman is Italian, this definitely lends to an interesting dynamic which was a welcome challenge to find where I fit in! I am proud to represent Penticton on the international stage and I was very happy to work with a couple of fellow Okanaganites as two of the athletes, Tess Critchlow and Kevin Hill, are from Kelowna/Big White and Vernon/Silver Star respectively. Maelle Ricker also joined back up with the SBX team on the coaching side, a brand new role for her. Maelle won the SBX GOLD in Vancouver in 2010 and officially retired as an athlete this past October. Her passion and dedication to this sport is unwavering and having her continue to be a part of the team in a coaching position will be invaluable for our female and next generation athletes. It’s been really cool getting to work with her! One of the bonuses of working with a new team was that all of the places I was fortunate enough to travel to this year were all new for me. From Chile, to new areas in Austria and Germany, the breath taking Swiss Alps, Sunny Valley ski resort in Russia – actually on the boarder of Siberia – to the Olympic Test Event in PyeongChang, South Korea. I even got to experience my first XGames in Aspen, Colorado; now that was a pretty fun ‘show’ to be a part of! With the team’s most decorated veterans not being on tour this year, Maelle retiring and Dominique Maltais (Bronze in Torino, Silver in Sochi) missing this season due to injury, there is a lot of pressure on the rest of the athletes to perform. There were some challenging times, but overall the team had a strong showing and the future is bright as many of our younger athletes made it into a big final (top 6) at least once this season. Some of the highlights included a 4th place finish in Montafon, Austria

by Zoe Bergermann, team veteran Chris Robanske had a 2nd place podium in Russia and Baptiste Brochu landed his first career podium in Veysonnaz, Switzerland taking the win! The team still has one race left with World Cup finals taking place in Spain on March 20th. I won’t be at this race with the squad as that would’ve meant 5 weeks on the road for me, I couldn’t leave my patients at the Sports Clinic for that long! I am thankful to Canada Snowboard for continuing to keep me around as a part of their incredible Integrated Support Team and I look forward to the future opportunities working with ‘the SBXers’ will bring. I am extremely appreciative of the amazing support my patients and colleagues at the Sports Clinic give me as I continue to come and go from the clinic in pursuit of these opportunities. I will have a bit of time off from travel with the team for a while now, but summer camps and physical testing with the athletes will be on before I know it! First though, it is definitely time to take in a little Apex POW for myself!!!

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Secrets Of The Snow

This column looked for little known stories that would enhance your experience at Apex. Special thanks to JoAnne and Tracey!

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Exploring the Red Square, Moscow with the team.

Amazing back drop of the Swiss Alps for the World Cup races in Switzerland.

Canadian Baptiste Brochu taking the win for his first career WC podium.

The weekend of February 25-28 was a whirlwind of activity in and around Penticton with the 2016 BC Winter Games. The venues, including Apex Mountain Resort and Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, were all free for spectators, which allowed many people the opportunity to watch competition in sports that aren’t always easily accessible. This was only possible because of many dedicated individuals working together behind the scenes to make the BC Winter Games a huge success. 1. Volunteers to the Rescue ~ Over the course of 4 days (Thursday being a practice day), 84 volunteers were on hand at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, with many more working hard at Apex. Hundreds of volunteer hours that began 3 years ago went into everything from course setting, training for key volunteers, organizing athletes and spectators, stadium preparation, race timing, judging, food preparation for volunteers, organizing and awarding medals, and venue preparation. 2. Be Prepared ~ Due to BC Winter Games requirements, Apex increased their snowmaking and grooming and rebuilt a mogul course. Being used to hosting high-calibre events with hundreds of athletes, such as the NorAms and Canadian Selections, there was no infrastructure at Apex that needed upgrading prior to Games. Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, however, required a $10,000 parking area expansion, a $2000 trail-widening upgrade, and a minor upgrade to the washrooms building. 3. Athletes’ Zone ~ Apex saw 103 athletes compete in the alpine events, and 53 compete in the free-style events. Zone 2, Thompson-Okanagan, and Zone 5, VancouverCoastal tied for the most athletes competing at 39 each. Nickel Plate hosted 69 athletes, including 2 vision challenged skiers and their guides that competed. The biggest contingent of 20 athletes came from Zone 2, Thompson-Okanagan, followed by Zone 1, the Kootenays, with 11 athletes. 4. Medal Count ~ All 225 athletes that competed at Apex and Nickel Plate worked hard to qualify to compete at the BC Winter Games, but it was the top three in each category that got to take home a bronze, silver, or gold medal. Volunteers organized and awarded 66 medals for the 16 Freestyle categories and 6 Alpine categories at Apex. At Nickel Plate, there were 49 medals awarded over the three days of competition. 5. The Spectators ~ Racing is hard work, but is often made more enjoyable when spectators are added to the mix. Adding spectators who passionately cheer for each competitor, gives the racers the extra boost they need to push themselves to the next level. It was a great weekend in terms of weather, allowing for hundreds of spectators to ascend the hill to show their support for the young athletes. Quotes from the Co-Sport Chairs: “Everything ran really well. It was a super smooth weekend and all of the kids were really great at adhering to the rules.” James Shalman, Apex GM “In the end, with help from the other clubs, everything went flawlessly.” Jerome Jang, Nickel Plate Nordic Centre

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Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: The Offspring Album: Greatest Hits Track: “Come Out and Play” (Keep them separated)

I would like to turn spring off and keep winter going. The conditions up here are fantastic and the riding is like early February. It’s been a great season! The lifties have done a superb job. Maintenance has done great job on keeping the mountain going, the groomers have laid beautiful corduroy all season long. We still have a couple of weeks left to go, so ‘come out and play’! Ski you next year! 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.

Fresh BC Talent Quest - SEASON 4 The SEASON 4 Show provided a fantastic variety of entertainment, featuring singers, singer songwriters, comic, belly dancer, and gymnastic performers. Special guest performances were by our SEASON 3 first place winners, being Taylor Ernst during the Semi-finals show and Nevaeh Dyson during the Finals show. Presentations of special awards and recognition of our two young Performers Workshop presenters, as well as Fresh BC Talent Quest “Spirit Awards” went to 2 performers in each age group category. Here are the results: SEASON 4 Workshop “Presenters Award”: Tiana Ferlizza & Taylor Ernst Fresh BC Talent Quest “Spirit Award”: Group A Group B Group C Kennedy Smith Chloe Shea Coffin Mitch Lavigne Kate Vandeweghe Tiana Ferlizza Shaughnessy Rose Barker Fresh BC Talent Quest - SEASON 4 Age Group Winners Group A (9-11 years) 1st ~ Fiona Schwarz - Penticton 2nd ~ Kyah Allen - Oliver 3rd ~ Kennedy Smith - Penticton Group B (12-14 years) 1st ~ Tiana Ferlizza - Summerland 2nd ~ Sophia Mae - Winfield 3rd ~ Chloe Shea Coffin - Penticton Group C (15-18 years) 1st ~ Shaughnessy Rose Barker - Vernon 2nd ~ Trista Algar - Penticton 3rd ~ Madison Gendemann - Kelowna

Fresh BC Talent Quest - SEASON 5 February 2017 promises new workshops and surprises. Online registrations scheduled to start late fall. More details and pictures of our SEASON 4 winners and performers, as well August Fresh BC Talent (1st Place winners) Peachfest performances at http://www. cmeliveproductions.com/ Thank you to all our generous sponsors who have supported our young performers Talent Quest and continued to support our show. We couldn’t do our shows without your support and help. Thank you!


Season Ending

By Vince Rabbitte, Apex Ski School Emeritus Sports do not build character, they reveal it. ~ H .H. Brown Hide not your talents for use they were made What’s a sun dial In the shade? ~ Franklin The remedy for injuries is not to remember them. ~ German Proverb

As the season draws to a close, I think it is imperative that we congratulate the coaches and teachers of skiing for the stalwart job they have done for skiing and for the sport and fun that their teaching inspires. I have always been delighted to read and see how the competitors at Apex speak of the fun and enjoyment they experience with their fellow skiers and other friendly skiers they meet in distant countries. Their contacts and friendships made through games and sports are more powerful than all the political machinations that one can dream of. Perhaps, you were lucky enough to see the Rugby Sevens in Vancouver and see the fun and enjoyment they engendered? A big vote of thanks must go to the administration of Apex Mountain Resort for the way things have flowed so efficiently and smoothly throughout the season. And, everyone should congratulate the wonderful efforts of the Groomers for the way they have looked after the slopes, all the ‘octogenarians’ are especially happy as we want to come back as ‘nonagenarians’ a little later in our careers. The ski patrollers and volunteers also do a wonderful job, as they rescue elementary students who feel they are ready for the Double Black Diamond on their first day on the slopes. All are heros and enjoy a wonderful summer!


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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.

ADD fuel to the fire, friends to the mix, your favourite toppings on those fresh cooked meats and don’t forget about dessert!

SHARE with everyone who shows up! CLEAN UP is essential and easy to do, by keeping that bag

from The Trading Post for all your garbage and any left overs.

EXTRA sunscreen, a boom box and a blanket are welcomed.

“Like us” on Facebook! All of our combined Facebook Friends qualify for a Free Day Pass Draw happening on March 25th. Like us both today & you could win! Winner TBA on Facebook & in Apex Matters. The March 11th winner was Brittany Roguski!

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Be a Responsible Pet Owner Pets must be kept on leash in the Apex village and parking lot at all times. Please respect the roadways and paths and always clean up after your pet.

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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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Thank You From Apex Matters

By Myleen Malllach, Owner & Publisher Well, here we are wrapping up the 13th season of Apex Matters. I am truly honoured and very grateful to have this opportunity to bring you Apex Matters each winter. However, it is you the reader, those who supply content, and most importantly, those businesses that purchase advertising that really make this all possible. For without your continued support each winter, Apex Matters simply would not exist. While I dedicate much time and effort to all aspects of this local snow culture newsletter, it is all the moving parts that make it what it is ... a way of "keeping us all in the s'know" here at Apex. So, a HUGE THANK YOU to all the advertisers, those who submit written content, the photographers, and the many distribution locations on board. Last but not least, I would to thank Okanagan Office Systems for their endless dedication to my print production. They are always there when needed to ensure my deadlines are met. It is great to know that this business stands behind their product and has believed in my small business from day one. Thank you!

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Our last puzzle of the season! We hope you’ve enjoyed our puzzles as much as we have creating them!

Answer Key on Page 16

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