Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know” Published by Okanagan Matters Publications
April 2 ~ Apex Mountain Resort's Last Day Open Nickel Plate Nordic's Last Official Day is April 2, but will open with limited grooming on April 7 & 14.
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March & April 2018 Special Events: Tech Open Round 3 ~ March 29 - April 1 - Athletes race in Slalom & Giant Slalom events. Friday Night Special ~ Our T-bar & Magic Carpet are open Fridays & Saturdays from 4-9 pm
& Daily the first week of Spring Break (March 16-24). On Friday Nights it is only $7.50 + GST for Tubing, Skiing and Rentals! (Separately). Join us for our Last Friday Night Special on Good Friday, March 30.
Dummy Downhill ~ March 31 - This is the highest flying dummy downhill in the world! Dummies fly 200 feet in distance and drop 60 vertical feet. This free event starts at 2pm at the Aerial Site. Easter Egg Hunt ~ April 1 - It’s our annual Easter Egg Hunt, so keep your eyes open for eggs! Slush Cup ~ April 1 - Come and ride through the slush, or cheer on those that do. Easy Rider 1pm. Season Pass Appreciation Day ~ April 2 - Join us at the top of the mountain at 1pm for a complimentary BBQ Hot Dog given to the first 500 season pass holders. We appreciate you!
Last Day of the Season is April 2 ~ Thank you for joining us in this epic snow season! For more event information or any questions, call 1.877.777.2739 or email email@example.com.
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Day Lift Operations ~ Daily 9am - 3:30pm thru April 2. Night Lift Operations ~ Friday & Saturday 4-9pm & Spring Break 1st week - March 16-24. Final Night March 31. Tube Park ~ Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday & Holidays 10am-3:30pm. Spring Break 1st week 10am-9pm. Skating Loop & Hockey Rink ~ Open daily at 10am & night lit until 11pm. Watch for group booking closures. Snow Bus ~ Runs every Saturday & Sunday, plus Holidays & Spring Break 1st week. Arrives 9:15am & Departs 3:30pm. Featuring ~ 77 Runs | 4 Terrain Parks 2000 Vertical Feet | 1112 Skiable Acres 16% Novice | 48% Intermediate | 36% Advanced/Expert | 20 Feet of Cumulative Annual Snowfall
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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 lesson 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 ran every Wednesday from Jan 17 to Mar 21. 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.
Mens Day ~ Hey guys, it your time! This affordable good-time ski/board program ran every Friday from Jan 19 - Mar 23. Come join us next season for skill-enhancing
lessons, friendly competitions, and a burger and beer afterward at the Gunbarrel Saloon. Lesson Time is 9:45am.
Home Hardware Camps ~ For those aged 6-15 years. This extremely popular program for kids and teens will teach them the skills needed to be able to explore the entire mountain! There are lots of options to choose from to suit your family’s needs: Christmas Camps, 8 Saturdays, 8 Sundays, and Spring Break Camps; half day or full day; lesson only, lift and lesson, or the complete package of lift, lesson, rentals. Plus, we offer bus transportation service to and from Penticton too.
Rippin Rascals ~ We love kids and we want to make sure they have a great time on the hill. That’s why we created Rippin Rascals for ages 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!
Season Wrap Up
By James Shalman, Apex Mountain Resort General Manager Wow! What an amazing season this has been! I have heard “Today is the best day of the season” only to be repeated a few days later with “Today is the new best day of the season” more times than I can remember. More people have told me that they have had their best powder day ever this season. Locals who have been here since Apex opened in 1961 have claimed that they can’t recall a season with this much snow on the ground. There were lines that you could ski this season that in other years are not skiable. There were many events that we hosted this season starting off in October with a TV Show with British actors originally from Top Gear who now have a show called Grand Tour on Amazon. They raced their Porsche, Range Rover and a Ford Raptor around the runs in a race from Maverick on the Triple Chair to across Nickle Plate Lake. If you want to see the hour long show that includes Area 27 and a ranch in Keremeos, go to Primevideo.com and search Grand Tour ‘Oh Canada’. After a successful Canadian Selections Mogul event in December, we hosted the Canadian Olympic Mogul Team for 10 days in January for their pre-Olympic camp. We were proud to see a Gold for Mikael Kingsbury, a Silver for Justine Dufour-Lapointe and local Andi Naude who gave it her all, who all said they had a fantastic camp at Apex. That was followed up by the Junior and Senior National Mogul and Aerial event and the closing weekend we will host the Tech Open Slalom and GS. Our other events which are gaining in popularity are our Craft beer tasting event, Brewski, that sold out a month before the event with 125 people on the waiting list. Vertical and Vintages is our ever popular wine tasting event, showcasing wineries from the Naramata Bench and paired with food from the Gunbarrel. This past summer, we made a new Blue Run on Wildside called Grandmothers and we are planning on making more runs this summer. We had another fantastic year of safety on the mountain with our accidents per thousand being below industry standard. We introduced the Longshot Wine and Tapas bar that went over better than expected. We also opened an Artisan Shop, which gave local artists an opportunity to showcase and sell their crafts. Kamakura was a welcome addition in the Apex Mountain Inn, and the Gunbarrel Saloon and The Edge Bistro had their fantastic food and specialties. We had a fantastic year with the new ownership group and are very excited for the future of Apex to grow and develop into a leading boutique destination resort. It truly has been an epic season and we want to thank you for being a part of it. Have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you having fun on the slopes next season.
September 21 & 22, 2018
Save The Swap Dates!
By Kirk Marleau, CSP Swap Coordinator The Canadian Ski Patrol - Apex Zone will be holding it’s Ski and Board Swap again this fall. The dates have been conﬁrmed as Friday, September 21st and Saturday, September 22nd. The location will be in the Penticton Curling Rink, which is located next to the South Okanagan Event Centre in Penticton. Bring your used ski and board equipment to sell and at the same time get geared up for the 2018/2019 season. The ski patrol uses the funds it raises through the annual Ski and Board Swap to assist this nonproﬁt society in providing volunteer ﬁrst aid services on the slopes.
The Apex Patrol consists of 50 volunteers and 10 paid staff members. This photo is of "A" Shift at the top of the mountain with one of their sponsored toboggans. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
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What a Season!!!
By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director We are so lucky to have such a great place like Apex Mountain Resort to call home. Last week, I went out to Ontario with the U16 BC group where we competed in the Blue Mountains. All I can say is we are so fortunate to have Apex Mountain Resort. World class skiing at our doorstep. The Club would like to thank all the staff at Apex Mountain Resort. Their hospitality is top notch! Amazing lifties, amazing patrol, and the groomers do an impeccable job. We had a very busy season with amazing individual results at all levels. Carver races to BC Games in U14 to National level competitions in U16. We are sad to see the season come to an end, but so excited to begin another. 2018/19 will be just around the corner after some golf games, ﬁshing, sailing, etc. See, we live in an amazing place. Reece Howden has earned himself a World Cup spot in Ski Cross next Apex Ski Club Alumni, Reece Howden, crowned 2018 National Ski Cross Champion and overall season. This is quit the accomplishment and is very good timing for 2018 NorAm Title Champion in Ski Cross. Congratulations Reece! Thanks for visiting our Club. the next Olympics in 2022. Reece was crowned National Champion and overall Noram Title Champion. This is very exciting for our Club, as our kids will aspire to do the same and follow in his footsteps. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Annual Warren Miller Movie Night scheduled for Friday, November 23. I will make sure to have signs up to remind everyone, so look out for those posters in the fall. On behalf of the board, coaching staff, and our amazing skiers, thanks for a wonderful season everyone!
A recent letter to Club members from Jorgen. Asked to share here ... Hi Folks, Today is a very special day. Reece Howden won the National Championships in Ski Cross. I have been posting this on Facebook and Instagram. This is a big moment for Reece and our Club. I believe this is the first National Champion in the history of our Club. Many of you heard Reece speak at the SOS prior to the Youth Olympic Games a couple years back. Many of you were around on Sunday when he was at the Club passing out cookies to our future stars in the Carver program. I guess what I’m saying is, it’s so nice to see a hard working nice guy win! I’m quite certain that the stars are aligning for Reece for Beijing in 2022. We spoke of this on Sunday and he is very motivated for this opportunity after being a forerunner in Korea this year. Lucky for me, I have been around since day one of Reece racing. He has had his ups and downs, but this is just the reality of being an athlete. Honestly, it’s the best part of being an athlete. Learning is the best part of life and sport. Today, we celebrate learning! Reece is proof of this. Reece learned today that all those hours in the gym and hours on the hill worked. As we move into the new quadrennial, so begins the journey for Reece. He will be the first guy to say you never stop learning. Proud to say Reece Howden is the 2018 National Ski Cross Champion. Always Dream. Always Learn. Always Charge. Always Be Confident. Thanks, Jorgen Anderson Head Coach/Program Director
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On The Road To The Olympics By Andi Naude
Thanks From The Edge
We would love to thank everyone for their support this season. It was our best year ever ... From great skiing to great food! Because you can never ski a full day on an empty stomach, we will return season after season to feed and keep you fueled by the edge! Thanks from Chad, Colin & The Edge Bistro Crew
With the Olympics now behind us, and the busy 2017/2018 competition season coming to a close, it is now time for reﬂection, rest, and recovery. This season was deﬁnitely one for the books, and I am incredibly grateful for all of the incredible experiences I have been fortunate enough to live. After marching in the Closing Ceremony, surrounded by my teammates, proudly wearing the maple leaf, it was time to compete in the remainder of the World Cup season. My teammates and I ﬂew Apex’s Andi Naude, straight from PyeongChang to Japan, Ranked 4th in the World to compete in the Tazawako World Cup. For Women’s Mogul Skiing Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating in the slightest, and training was cancelled. Nevertheless, Inside The Edge, framed and hanging by the door, is this great little I arrived on the competition day feeling positive and ready to ski to poem written by Bruce. The Edge Bistro the best of my ability. Luck, however, was not on my side, and I did A hidden gem. Apex is the place to Ski. not perform to the best of my ability. That being said, I still had an But, we know The Edge is “The” place to be. awesome time enjoying the culture, the people, and stunning scenery. Homemade cuisine. They go the extra mile. After Japan, we all ﬂew to Airolo, Switzerland, where the competition And were all greeted with an awesome smile. was cancelled due to heavy fog. This was heartbreaking, as all of the hard work, money, and volunteered time spent to put on a fantastic Keeping us happy is no easy feat. World Cup did not quite pay off. This was the ﬁrst World Cup in about They even have cookies for a “Liftie” treat. 11 years to be cancelled, which was deﬁnitely quite a disappointment. Someone once complained ... now they’re long gone. That being said, everyone on the World Cup circuit bonded, and Because our Mantra is “Get Your Edge On”. made the most of the day. Everyone kept an incredibly upbeat attitude The Edge is the best, certainly not a fad. throughout the numerous delays and poor conditions. It’s been a super year, thanks to Colin and Chad. In between Airolo and the World Cup Final in Megeve, France, my Cheers to 2 great guys! Bruce teammates and I were fortunate enough to spend a few days in the beautiful Italian Riviera. After spending months bundled up in winter clothing, wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the sun felt beyond fantastic. We hiked the famous trail between the ﬁve villages of the Cinque Terre, basked in the Italian sun, and ate some amazing food. It was a trip I will never ever forget. Is looking for The World Cup Final in Megeve was a great event, and I ﬁnished in 5th place. After 11 World Cups, I was thrilled to end the season ranked 4th overall. Although I did not quite reach my goal of cracking the top 3 in the Grand Prix, I have to keep my head held high. The last half of my World Cup season was not at all what I was hoping for in terms of results, but I still had an absolute blast. I am very grateful Many International Students from Germany, to be a part such an amazing team. Mexico and Japan come to SD67 to ski! Once again, I want to thank you all for such an amazing, unforgettable season. Realizing my dream of representing Canada at the Olympic Games was simply unreal! I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, sponsors, and my amazing coaches for standing behind me every step of the way. It has been an incredible journey to say Full-year, half-year and short-term respite homes needed the least. I hope you all have a fantastic summer, see you next year!
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Apex Freestyle Club News Update By Kenni Kuroda, Head Coach
Jumps and Bumps Wrap Up BBQ
The Apex Freestyle Club wrapped up a very successful season of Jumps and Bumps with a Hot Dog BBQ at their aerial site on the T-bar for all 80 of it’s members and parents. Along with the BBQ, the coaches set up a fun freestyle obstacle course for the kids and the Junior Competitive and Competitive athletes, which dazzled the Jumps & Bumps kids and their parents, performing aerial acrobatics off of the jumps. All participants received their progress reports and certiﬁcates of participation in the program. A big thank you to all the sponsors for their generous donations towards this event; Neil Jamieson of Underwriters Insurance, Gunbarrel Saloon, The Edge Bistro, and Covert Farms. Also, thank you to our season sponsors; Penticton Lakeside Resort, Nuﬂoors Penticton, Lakeside Resort in Oliver, and BP Wood Products for their kind donations to our movie event at the Cleland Theatre last fall. The Junior Competitive and Competitive athletes will be competing at the BC Super Youth and Timber Tour Championships at Mt. Washington this week, as a ﬁnale to a very busy season. The club will then be getting the water ramp facility at Covert Farms up and operational for their extremely busy summer training season. For information on the water ramp facility or any of the Apex Freestyle Programs, please visit our website at apexfreestyleclub.com.
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To all the Wonderful People of Apex: Wow, what an incredible first season we have had! My staff and I would like to extend a very heartfelt THANK YOU to all the amazing people of Apex for your warm welcome and support throughout this season! It has been a pleasure getting to know all of you. As with any business, this first year has had it’s share of challenges, but your support helped give us the incentive and boost in morale to overcome them. A very special thank you Julia Valenti, who brought her energy and drive to make our Local’s Nights a huge success! Julia, you and your crew ROCK! Looking forward to hosting some more incredible events with you next winter. Thank you also to Apex Mountain Resort for your promotion of our business on your social media channels, and for always being there to provide moral support and answer any questions or concerns as we sprinted through set up towards opening day, as well as throughout the season. As we wrap up this season, we are also busy planning for next year. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces, and creating new menu items and fun events to share with you! Thank you! Stephanie Ikeda
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In the ﬁnal event of the season, the club hosted a Mexico Spring Break Loppet on March 25. 115 racers from around BC and Alberta took part in either a 14 km or 29 km race. There were shorter distances for children. Sponsorship was provided by Hotelito Los Suenos, Affordable Storage, Summerland Sweets, Thule, Fresh Air, Jakroo and Studio 2 Design. The main draw prize of a trip for two including airfare to Hotelito Los Suenos in Sayulita, Mexico was donated by Peter Achtem from Affordable Storage. Conditions were ideal for the racers and many commented on Nickel Plate’s excellent facilities.
Nickel Plate Nordic News By Jessie Carriere
Nickel Plate has enjoyed a very successful season. We had an all time record of memberships this year of 941 members! Members have enjoyed both skiing and snowshoeing at Nickel Plate Nordic. We kicked off our season with the Season Opener Race in early December, followed by a successful Welcome Day in early January. Since then, there have been a number of events and activities for members to take part in, including social events, races, fun days, kids programs, adult lessons, a ski-a-thon and more. The ski-a-thon raised over $6,000 towards a new certiﬁed water system, so we can enjoy potable water at our facilities. Thank you to everyone who made this event so successful for our club. A huge congratulations to Nickel Plate Junior Racer, Fred Albrechtson, on his gold medal win at the Canadian National Championships held recently in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Fred teamed up with Zoe Hallman from Bulkey Valley Ski Club in Smithers to win the gold in the classic mixed sprint relay. This was the ﬁrst time Nickel Plate has brought home a gold from Nationals. Fred is looking forward to next season and would like to thank everyone who has made his journey a reality!
Above - Fred Albrechtson of Nickel Plate and Zoe Hallman of Bulkey Valley win GOLD in the Classic Mixed Sprint Relay at the 2018 Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay. Below - Fred at Nationals.
The Nickel Plate Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all of the volunteers who have invested countless hours of their personal time during this ski season. The success of our various programs and special events this season is directly due to the hundreds of volunteer hours. And, where would we be without the many hands that help to repair and maintain our facilities and trail systems even after the snow has melted? When you are up at Nickel Plate enjoying a day on the ski and snowshoe trails, we hope that you will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing that your volunteer efforts have helped to create this wonderful place. We are immensely grateful for each and every one of you who have contributed your volunteer time to Nickel Plate Cross Country Ski Club. With deepest gratitude, the Board of Directors thanks you! All Nickel Plate volunteers are invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Reception, being held on Saturday, April 7 at the Penticton Library Auditorium.
Slushy Thoughts from the Snow Bank By Brad Nunes
Well everyone, the year has come to an end. It was epic to say the least. There was enough powder this season to make Tony Montana jealous. I mean the snow pack was thicker than the stack of autographed Apex Matters I was planning on selling once my article hit the ‘big’ time. I probably should have waited before investing in a printing press, but hindsight is always 20/20 right? Onwards and upwards I always say, right after taking a dive. “Thanks for the laughter, appetites and your thirst! April means the skis are put away and I start my summer cardio Cheers to another great year of the Apex Community welcoming us routine. It is very simple. First, I lift all the crap the kids have piled on on the hill of choice and THE OKANAGAN’S BEST KEPT SECRET!” top of the lawn mower off of it. After that little warm up, I work on arms reeﬁng on the pull start. That is followed by squats, as I bend down and start pulling out spark plugs and air ﬁlters. Once I ﬁnally get the beast running, I then stroll around the lawn 30 times. I’m pretty sure my wife likes it when I do it shirtless. I hear her yelling at me. It may be ‘Dear Lord not again’, but I can’t hear her over the roar of the motor. So, I choose to think she is cheering me on. Spring also brings us allergy season. All the beautiful ﬂowers bring with them the heathen pollen. And allergy meds, while claiming to be non-drowsy, are a bit fat lie. I have to choose between sneezing once every 30 seconds or being drugged so bad I can’t, in good conscious, operate a motor vehicle. I mean don’t get me wrong, trying to make it through a long budget meeting while ﬁghting the effects of Allegra can be a fun challenge, but it does put a kink in the plans of picking the kids up from soccer practice. Lastly, I am just so humbled to have had the opportunity to toss these words together. Apex is a wonderful and welcoming community. I want to speciﬁcally thank Myleen for creating a voice for the community. This little paper bring us together and helps bind us as a family. So, thank you to all the amazing contributors and all you ﬁne readers. Left to Right ~ Troy Lucas, Sharon Misselbrook and Dalton Lavigne Thank you everyone. See you in the fall!
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PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Recap By Shandia Cordingley, Physiotherapist Sports Clinic Physiotherapy
After 127 days on the road over the last 7 months, it really is hard to believe another FIS Snowboard World Cup season has come to an end. This was my 8th season traveling as a physiotherapist with Canada Snowboard and my third with the discipline of snowboardcross (SBX). It was a huge year of travel including 12 countries from Chile and Argentina, to Finland, Austria, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, Russia, and even included a military escort in Turkey. The highlight though was deﬁnitely our time in Korea for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. I was at the games for the entire 2 weeks spending the ﬁrst 9 days with my Canadian SBX squad. We had 8 staff and a full quota of 4 female and 4 male athletes, including one of the youngest athletes on the Canadian Olympic Team (COT), 16 year old Eliot Grondin. The Olympic snowboardcross track was a demanding one and even included a start gate built up on scaffolding. Six riders at once pulled out of the gate to a 4m drop and then navigated 23 features including waves, step ups, step downs and multiple kickers. The biggest jump was about 30m from takeoff to landing. The track, which also included 5 berms, was 1227m long with a 228m vertical drop. The athletes battled for the optimal race line with 5 other riders at an average speed of 62.85 km/hour. The maximum speed reached was 85 km/hour with the women taking about 1 minute 16 seconds to complete the course and the men 1 minute 13 seconds. The men began competition with 8 heats of 6 riders and the women with 4 heats of 6. The 3 riders across the ﬁnish line ﬁrst moved on to the next round of heats.
Official Drawing of SBX Track.
Above - Beginning of the Olympic SBX Course. Below - Women Racing. Photo by Getty Images.
The track made for some exciting racing, but unfortunately also resulted in signiﬁcant injuries for some riders. Canada had two athletes suffer injuries in training the day before competition that prevented them from being able to race in their ﬁrst Olympics. When working so closely with these athletes you see ﬁrst-hand how much dedication, hard work and time they put into their sport to reach their goal of competing at the Olympics. Getting injured the day before the biggest race of their lives was devastating and being a part of the
medical team decision that these athletes could not compete, and then having that discussion with the athletes and our coaching staff, was by far the hardest moment of my 18 year career. On race day, one of our other athletes had a huge crash off one of the kickers which he luckily walked away from, quite gingerly, while another one of our athletes suffered a season ending knee injury during the men’s semi-ﬁnal. All of our athletes gave everything and rode as hard as they possibly could with some experiencing disappointing results and others experiencing personal bests. The Olympic Games are a whirlwind of emotions from the highest of highs to lowest of lows and PyeongChang was no different. Through all the ups and downs, I am proud to have been a part of the Olympic journey with the entire SBX team. The SBX gold medals were won by two deserving athletes, Pierre Vaultier of France and Michela Moioli of Italy. Once the SBX team was ﬁnished competing, I stayed in PyeongChang for the second week working with Canada’s two Alpine Snowboard athletes competing in the Parallel Giant Slalom event. One of our athletes was Vancouver 2010 gold medalist Jasey Jay Anderson. At 42, Jasey was one of the oldest athletes on the COT competing in his 6th Olympics!! Unfortunately for Jasey and his teammate, the results they were hoping for on race day did not happen.
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Beyond our speciﬁc event, the beauty of the Olympics is also the other activities, sports and national pride that is happening all around you. I was lucky to watch the opening ceremonies live, experience traditional Korean BBQs, and watch an amazing concert at Canadian Olympic House by Canadian band The Arkells. One of my most memorable moments was an impromptu, fairly competitive, road hockey game with fellow COT staff and athletes down in the Olympic coastal village! So Canadian! I was also incredibly proud to watch Apex’s own Andi Naude in person as she put everything on the line in the women’s moguls ﬁnals. Other highlights included witnessing Rob Kober (men’s moguls team head coach also of Penticton) win a gold medal with Mikael Kingsbury, watching the women’s hockey ﬁnal in the incredible atmosphere at Canada Olympic House and attending women’s ski cross live as Kelowna’s Kelsey Serwa won gold and teammate Brittany Phelan took silver. The Canadian pride was palpable. On a professional level, working in the Canadian medical clinic and being able to consult and share experiences with the other COT physios, massage therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, sport psychologists and medical doctors was a learning and networking experience second to none. Once the Olympics were over, I returned to Europe to ﬁnish out the World Cup Tour with the SBX team. They are a wonderful bunch, but after being on the road for 68 days this last block, I am deﬁnitely ready for some time at home. I am looking forward to getting back to work at the Sports Clinic and I am really excited to share in a little bit of that sweet Apex powder I have been hearing so much about! Being able to participate in my second Olympics as a member of the Canadian Olympic Team was an honour and an incredible experience I will always cherish. I would like to send out a huge thank you to my Sports Clinic colleagues, administration staff and amazing patients for their understanding, patience and encouragement. If it wasn’t for their incredible support, I would not have had these amazing opportunities that have taken me all over the world. Thank you, I am so grateful. Shandia Cordingley is a registered physiotherapist at Sports Clinic Physiotherapy in the Penticton Community Centre and is also the lead physiotherapist for the National Snowboardcross Team. She holds certificates in Sport Physiotherapy, manual therapy, dry needling and acupuncture. She is also pursuing further education in concussion management.
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By The APOA Board
Below is a recap from our Annual General Meeting held on March 17th. Waste Transfer Station ~ This building of this project has been delayed, due to waiting for provincial permitting. Apex Fire Brigade Society ~ APOA donated $500 to the AFBS. They have a “Go Fund Me” page at http://gf.me/u/ggy56c. Their ﬁnancial goal is $20,000. Please see link above to ﬁnd out more. Apex Mountain Resort ~ Early season training continues to expand each year. The Resort Master Plan concept is coming out in the near future. A 30-40 room boutique hotel is on the horizon. Apex will continue to be a great mountain with a ‘boutique’ mountain appeal. New runs are likely to be cut for the coming season. The Mountain shop will have a great new look and feel for December 2018 and beyond. BC Coalition of Forestry Reform ~ APOA is a founding member. Visit their website at bccfr.org to read more about the value this organization will bring to advocating on behalf of BC forests. The Ministry of Environment will release their Professional Reliance report on May 1st. This report may not be released to the general public once published. APOA Board reduced to 5 members ~ If you have a desire to be active in the work of this organization, please email us at apoaexec@ gmail.com. We do need your help. As we move into the drier months of the year, and as the snow recedes, please think about reducing fuel sources that may be on your property. It is up to all of us to do our part in reducing ﬁre risk in this area. What does this mean? Clean out gutters and roof tops of needles and leaves. Remove any ﬂammable material against or adjacent to your home or outbuildings. Prune low-level branches up to at least 2.5 meters above the ground. Replace bark mulch with gravel or decorative rocks. Remove branches overhanging the roof. Visit the APOA website at www.apexpropertyowners.com for links on ﬁre and ﬂooding preparedness. Your neighbours will thank you. Warren Miller, a skiing ﬁlm icon was lost to the world this year, but his famous warrenism lives on ... “If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do”.
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Great Cabin Recipes Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowl By Dee Martens In today’s day and age, we are getting busier and of course, we are always looking for scrumptious meals that can be made in short amounts of time. If you’re like me, wanting a quick, delicious meal that also checks some of those health requirements off the list, then you’re in luck! This Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowl is amazing and is a sure crowd pleaser! Begin by whisking together ¼ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of ﬁnely chopped chipotle chilies in adobo sauce (you can buy this in a can, in the ‘Mexican’ or ‘ethnic’ part of most grocery stores), 3 tbsp. of honey, 2 tbsp. of Dijon mustard, a handful of chopped, fresh cilantro leaves, 4 cloves of crushed garlic, the juice from half a lime and one shallot diced ﬁnely. Once combined, add salt and pepper to taste. If you are unable to ﬁnd the canned chipotle peppers, chopped jalapenos or chilis do the trick! Next, place 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a dish or zip-lock bag. Take the above marinate, pour it over the chicken and let sit for a few hours or overnight in the fridge. Once marinated, in a large saucepan over medium heat, combine ½ a cup of quinoa with 1 cup of salted water (or chicken stock) and bring to a boil before reducing the heat to low and simmering for 15 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa can be easily ﬂuffed with a fork. Remove from the stove top and stir in the zest from ½ a lime. If you really love spicy food like me, add a dash (or three) of chili oil to the quinoa! Set aside for assembly of meal. Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Once the pan is warm, remove the chicken from your marinade and place in the hot skillet. Cover the chicken and cook, turning once or twice until each side is golden in colour and the chicken is cooked through (about 10 minutes) total. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and allow it to cool off before slicing it into small strips for your bowl. In the same oiled skillet, add one medium, diced onion and ¾ cup of corn (this can be frozen, canned, or fresh - if fresh, cut the corn off of the cob, place fresh corn in paper towel and microwave for 40 seconds), for 4 minutes or until it begins to caramelize. Add one can of rinsed black beans and cook, stirring constantly until warm throughout. Be careful not to mush the beans up - but if you do, don’t worry, they’re still yummy! In a small bowl, whisk together with a fork; 1 tbsp of honey, the juice from the other ½ of the lime, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper until combined. Once complete, you are ready to serve! Begin preparing your bowls by placing salad greens in the bottom, top with chicken, quinoa and black bean mixture, sliced cherry tomatoes, avocado or guacamole, peppers, and onions. For an added kick, I add sliced radishes! Drizzle the tops of the bowl with the honey lime mixture and voila! A delicious and healthy meal that guests, children and adults will all enjoy! For an extra special meal, pair this bowl with some Okanagan Premium Apple Lime Cider.
Apex Fire Brigade Update By Mark Ruﬁange, AFBS Member
We came through the 2017-2018 ski season with pretty good results in terms of ﬁre issues at Apex. Only a couple minor incidents. Good work to all of you who had their chimneys cleaned and were careful with candles, etc. around the cabins and condos. You will be happy to know, we now have 16 full-time members and 14 part-time, who are volunteering on our ﬁre brigade. Ready to respond at a moment’s notice. As the ski season ends, all we now ask is your support for your ﬁre brigade. As mentioned in last month’s article, we are fundraising for more equipment. Speciﬁcally, we are preparing for this upcoming summer season to ﬁght any small interface ﬁres that happen close to the village. This requires some speciﬁc equipment. There are a number of us that live on the hill during the summer, who can respond to a small ﬁre quickly. It’s hard to imagine what Apex would look like if one of these small ﬁres turned into a large and devastating ﬁre. There are about 550 homeowners at Apex. If many of you would donate $50 or $100 to our cause, it would provide us with plenty of money to buy some much needed equipment. We made it easy ... Please go to www.gofundme.com, go to the search bar and type in “Apex Fire Brigade” ... You’re on your way. Thank you for your support!
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In the March 2018 issue of Apex Matters, it was asked, Do you know this "snow bunny"? Well, it is Stewart McLeod. Did anyone guess correctly? Stewart McLeod and Jack Zloty had a fantastic day in the sticky powder back on Thursday, February 1, 2018. Jack took this ‘snow bunny’ pic of Stewart. Watch out for the real 'Snow Easter Bunny' at Apex on Sunday, April 1st!
Area “D” Community Services By Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager
The FLOOD season has ofﬁcially started in the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) and other Regional Districts. The ﬁrst Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of the year opened on March 23, 2018 at 11:00 am, due to heavy rains in the Valley. The heavy rain caused incidents of rock fall, ﬂooding, and minor landslides in several areas of the region. The RDOS is on the ground assessing damages, as are other agency professionals. The RDOS has set up sand and sand bags at various locations where damage or ﬂooding has occurred. Check out the RDOS website for updates on Flooding - What to Do and Being Prepared. Visit www.rdos.bc.ca today. Another reminder, the Province is considering the recommendation to divide Area “D” into two electoral areas. Based on the 2015/16 Governance Study and combined with feedback received through an extensive public consultation, the RDOS Board recommended to the Province a division of Electoral Area “D”. If approved by the Province, the division would take place in early 2018, in advance of the 2018 General Local Elections (October). At that time, the new electoral areas would each elect an electoral area director. The existing Area “D” boundary and the proposed new Area “D” and Area “I” boundaries are shown below. The proposed Area “D” includes the communities on the east side of Skaha Lake - Okanagan Falls, Skaha Estates, Heritage Hills, Upper Carmi and Vaseux Lake. The proposed Area “I” includes the communities on the west side of Skaha Lake - Kaleden, Twin Lakes, St. Andrews, Marron Valley and Apex.
How do you PLAY in the Region? Help RDOS PLAY enhance Recreation in your community! Follow the link to complete the physical activity survey online at www.rdos.bc.ca/recsurvey or call Discovery Research at 1-800-296-2237 to complete it by telephone. Apex Property Owners Association (APOA) held their Annual General Meeting on March 17 - St. Pat’s Day! The meeting was well attended and informative with reports from the President, Treasurer/ Membership, Social, Roads and Forestry Committee. A big thank you to the outgoing Directors for their dedication - Julia Valenti, Suzie Anderson, Robert McLennan and Colette Stoof. Please consider ﬁlling a vacancy or at least purchasing a membership with this important community organization. For more details, please visit www.apexpropertyowners.com. Another awesome snow season for Apex Mountain Resort and Nickel Plate, a big shout out to all the staff and volunteers! Here’s hoping for an active spring and summer! See you all next year! To reach the Area ‘D’ Rural Services Manager Shona Schleppe, please either call 778-515-5520 or email email@example.com. To reach the RDOS Area ‘D’ Director Tom Siddon, please either call 250-809-2548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apex Waste Transfer Station Delayed
By Cameron Baughen, RDOS Solid Waste Management Coordinator In October 2016, the RDOS released a survey asking for input on two design options for the Apex Mountain Waste Transfer Station. One option was a less expensive open air bin system and the other was inside a building. The RDOS hosted two open houses to review the design options, cost, construction timelines, and to answer questions from residents and businesses. The location of the Apex Waste Transfer Station will be below the main parking lot and to the south of the ‘barn’. From the surveys received, 66% of respondents preferred the option with the building. To move forward with construction, the RDOS must have Provincial approval to update the RDOS Solid Waste Management Plan. This request was submitted November 2017 and the permission has not yet been received. Given the tight window for tendering and construction at Apex, RDOS Staff do not believe the transfer station can be constructed in 2018 in a cost effective manner. Rushing construction will result in higher costs for the property owners and businesses of Apex. Keeping costs as low as possible is a priority. The RDOS has already prepared design and tender documents that will be issued after Provincial approval is given. Power upgrades required to the lease area are still scheduled for construction 2018. How Will Property Owners Be Charged? In 2017, the RDOS Board decided how to charge properties at Apex for construction and operation of the Waste Transfer Station. This review was due to concerns from property owners with more expensive homes that having all charges on taxes was unfair to them. The RDOS Board decided that all construction costs (also called capital costs), paid for over 10 years, would remain on taxes. This allows all residential and business units to contribute to this utility. Operational charges will only be charged to properties using the transfer station. This has been estimated at approximately $120 per year per residential unit. This split between taxes and fees will allow large commercial or residential units, such as the hotel, to provide their own garbage and recycling services. As these units will have helped pay for the construction of the waste transfer station, they can join the service and pay operational costs at a later date if they choose. No additional taxes or charges will be charged until the year after the facility is constructed. If the waste transfer station is build in 2019, all increased taxes and fees will start 2020. For more information on the Apex Mountain Waste Transfer Station, visit www.rdos.bc.ca, email email@example.com or call 250-490-4129.
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Monthly MLA Report By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen This has been a long cool winter, and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to some warmer weather. In the Legislature, we have been and continue to be deeply involved in the budget process and the implications of new taxes on British Columbians. This is where opposition can question each Minister on their budgets line by line, but also ask questions on the reasons behind spending in certain areas. I have concerns about many of the spending initiatives and the ability to fund them without adding multiple taxes to do so. Obviously, the NDP and the Liberal governments have very different philosophies on the best way to provide services while growing the economy and helping those at the low end of the earning envelope. I’ll just mention a couple of fundamental differences.
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The Carbon Tax:
Our government was a leader in environmental policy and recognized for that globally. The Carbon Tax was introduced by the Liberals, but was administered as a revenue neutral tax. For every percent of carbon tax, sales taxes and personal income taxes were lowered to offset the impact to the people of BC. The NDP government is increasing the carbon tax with no offsets. Regardless of where you are on the income scale, you will be paying more for all forms of fuel. Farmers will pay more, as will the truckers who transport the produce to market and the food prices will rise to compensate. It will trickle down to all consumers. This is not making life in BC more affordable.
There is an impact to the economy of BC with the increase in minimum wage, despite the positive spin put on it by the NDP government. Raising the minimum wage has been sold to British Columbians as a solution to poverty. A recent article in the Province by Lamman and MacIntyre shows that statistically, minimum wage does a poor job of targeting the people we really want to help. According to Stats Canada, the vast majority of minimum wage earners don’t live in poverty. In fact, 89% aren’t part of a low income family. The overwhelming majority of minimum wage earners aren’t the primary or sole wage earner in their household. They are mostly teens or young adults working their ﬁrst unskilled job or working part-time while in school. In BC, 54% of minimum wage earners are under twenty-ﬁve with the vast majority living at home or with relatives. This is not a tragedy - l started into the workforce that way, as did my children and now my grandchildren. The image of a single parent struggling to get by on minimum wage is rare - only 2.1% of minimum wage earners are single parents. Canadian research ﬁnds that past hikes in minimum wage have failed to reduce poverty. 70% of the income gains go to non-poor households. One study, according to the article found, suggested that raising the minimum wage can actually increase poverty.
Speculation Tax: The upcoming tax on Assets and Capital (Speculation Tax) will affect every person who has a second home or vacation home in Vancouver, Kelowna/West Kelowna or on Vancouver Island, whether you live in BC or not. People who have been coming to BC for generations to a cabin on a lake, etc., will have their property taxes jump. One property owner from Alberta who has a vacation property on Vancouver Island will see his property tax go from $3000 to $10,000. Is the purpose of this tax to punish all who have a second home and force them to sell? What about people who bought property as a retirement asset, instead of buying into the stock market. They will see their asset drop by 10% each year with this punishing tax. And, what about all those tourist dollars those vacationers spend while in BC? Many who come for the winter months also volunteer in our communities, and they contribute to our economy. The clear message BC is sending to the rest of the world is that all non-residents are not welcome here, because they are disrupting the real estate market. The real culprits are more likely the low interest rates, inadequate housing supply, and the strong economic growth BC experienced under the former government.
Job losses associated with a higher minimum wage are disproportionally felt by the poor. Raising the minimum wage also makes it harder for less skilled workers to ﬁnd jobs and employers will cut back on the number of people they employ, as well as beneﬁts and training. And in many cases, the higher wage costs are passed along to the consumer through higher costs of goods and services. I will continue to do my job in Victoria representing the interests of the people of the Boundary-Similkameen and be your voice on any issues that present themselves. Colleen, Patt and I wish all of you a Happy Easter!
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Love It or Lose It. Making the KVR a World Class Destination. During our peak season at Hoodoo Adventure Company, we saw an increase in cycle tourism by 65%. Where once water sports were our number one request, the paddle has now been replaced by the pedal and there is no sign of slowing down. Our in-boxes are full of cycle touring requests. Cycle tourism is now growing rapidly around the world. In the UK alone, it is parallel with renewed interest in personal health and fitness, and with mounting concern over the environmental damage caused by road traffic. The development of the National Cycle Network, with 13,000 miles of cycle routes, provide both a catalyst and an opportunity for local authorities, tourism promoters and other agencies to define coherent route development and marketing strategies, so as to benefit from cycle tourism. Cycle tourism in the UK is currently valued at ÂŁ835 million per year. The potential for growth here is huge - the forecast for cycle tourism right across Europe is ÂŁ14 billion per year within 20 years. With potential economic benefits at this scale, it is not surprising that there is keen interest in how to develop routes to attract visitors and tourists, and how to market these effectively. The benefits of cycle tourism include reductions in pollution and traffic congestion, economic regeneration and better health. Here in the Okanagan, we are blessed with the Kettle Valley Trail. Spanning over 400 kilometres and carved out of the most rugged terrain, it was more than once called an impossible undertaking. The completion of the railway was a testament to the engineering genius of Andrew McCulloch, and the strength a perseverance of the thousands of men who worked to lay the tracks in the early 1900's.
Today, we are lucky enough to have this gem designated as a recreational trail, right in our backyard. Last year, we hosted hundreds of travellers from all over the world who have been drawn to the area for this rail trail that offers spectacular scenery, valley vistas, vineyards and orchards, trestles, lakes and tunnels. This trail is more than a gem, it is an absolute goldmine for the region and still so underutilized and untapped on a global scale. Cycle tourists represent a growing and valuable tourist market, particularly for rural areas. Cycle tourists will spend at least as much in a rural area, as other types of tourists. Cycle tourism is good at generating local trade and offers particular opportunities for rural businesses and services. Spending by cycle tourists can help to support restaurants, shops, small-scale rural attractions, and of course, accommodation. As cycle tourists will use local businesses, there is a greater likelihood that the money they spend will stay in the local economy. Cycle tourism is an environmentally sustainable form of tourism with minimal impact on the environment and host communities, while helping to reduce excess traffic. Cycling can provide added attractions and activity for visitors, which will help to extend length of stay and encourage repeat visits. Here in the Thompson Okanagan, we need to act on assuring that the KVR is upgraded and maintained. We have unquestionable potential to grow this sustainable ecotourism product that could bring millions of dollars to the area, and put us on the map globally. If we don't show the trail the love it deserves, we will lose it. To get more involved in this process, please visit trailsbc.ca.
Lyndie Hill - Hoodoo Adventure Company (Statistics sourced from the European Cycling Federation.)
Functional Fitness Improves Quality of Life
By Rhonda Roth, Fitness Trainer & Active Aging Specialist Most people understand that daily physical activity is beneﬁcial to both mind and body. Many are able to pursue activities they enjoy, but some have greater difﬁculty with everyday activities such as climbing stairs, household chores or walking even short distances. Some people belong to clubs, ﬁtness centres or exercise at home, but many may not realize that functional ﬁtness training can make everyday activities easier, reduce the risk of injury and improve quality of life. As people get older, they may experience more falls due to poor balance and reduced muscle strength and stability. Everyday activities become difﬁcult and they may require additional assistance, which can lead to the loss of independence. Functional ﬁtness takes on greater importance as we get older to improve stamina, balance, core stability, agility, ﬂexibility, muscle strength, joint support and helps to reduce the risk of falls and injury. Functional ﬁtness exercises train the muscles to work together in order to improve everyday activities in real life situations. Many ﬁtness centres offer classes which speciﬁcally deal with core strength and stability, focus on balance, muscle strength, range of motion, and stretching all in an age and ability friendly environment. In addition to classes, look for strength training machines like the Keiser Air Circuit Total Body Resistance Machines, which are a safe and effective way to strengthen muscles. Cardiovascular training is also important for the heart and lungs to improve stamina and endurance. Recumbent bikes, which offer back support, are easy to use even with reduced mobility. Many people who have started a functional ﬁtness program have not only been able to see an improvement in their overall health and ﬁtness, but have returned to previous activities they had given up. They have maintained or regained their independence and their quality of life has improved. They feel that functional ﬁtness training in a safe and friendly environment with knowledgeable trainers has allowed them to achieve their ﬁtness and lifestyle goals to remain healthy and active. They are more conﬁdent in their ability to perform everyday activities with more energy and strength. If you haven’t exercised for some time or have health issues or limitations, please check with your health care provider before starting any new exercise program. No matter what age or ability, everyone can beneﬁt from functional ﬁtness training to improve their quality of life. Please contact City Centre Health and Fitness for your free consultation at 250-487-1481 and ﬁnd out more information about starting your functional ﬁtness program.
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Regenerative Injection Therapies By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician Now that ski season is over, or at least with lift’s turning, it’s time to look at recovering from those still nagging ski injuries. I thought I would showcase a few treatments that I have found to work to treat pain and even regenerate tissue. These are nonsurgical treatments, with limited down time during the healing process. Here is information to help you make the best decision as to what treatment is best for you. Perineural Injection Therapy ~ Developed by Sports Medicine Dr. John Lyftogt from New Zealand. Dr. Lyftogt taught me this technique, which has changed how I address pain in my practice. The premise is that injuries can affect small ﬁber sensory nerves in the skin, causing the nerve ﬁbers to become inﬂamed, especially where the nerve pierces fascia or bony canals. These peripheral nerves communicate with the larger nerves. As inﬂammation ensues, nerves become deprived in glucose. Perineural Injection Therapy involves injecting a dextrose solution along these small ﬁber sensory nerves. The dextrose feeds the nerves, calming inﬂammation along the nerves and stopping pain. The injections are fairly painless, feeling like pinpricks. I have found Perineural injections to be helpful at the onset of an injury to even help reduce pain, improve range of motion, and hasten the healing time. Another instance where this treatment can be effective is reducing incisional pain that can occur post surgery. The photo shown above is of one of the nerves that articulate the knee joint and is often needled when there is lateral knee pain. Dextrose Prolotherapy ~ This treatment has been around since the 1930s. This is another dextrose solution, but at a higher concentration than used in Perineural Injection Therapy. Injections are performed intra-articular and where the injured ligaments or tendons attach to bone. The prolotherapy solution acts as an irritant, causing the body to create a localized inﬂammatory response. The result of the wound healing response is that the body generates new, stronger tissue. As the tissue strengthens, function is restored and pain is eliminated. An average of 6 treatments are done spaced two to four weeks apart, repeatedly keeping the body in wound healing mode. I use Dextrose Prolotherapy in my practice for patients with ligament sprains, tendon strains, joint instability, and joint pain. This treatment works very well for injuries that haven’t completely healed.
Platelet Rich Plasma ~ This treatment is like Dextrose Prolotherapy, falling also into the category of Regenerative Injection Therapies. Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma with highly concentrated platelets. The patient’s own blood is taken to harvest their platelets. This PRP is then injected into the patient’s injured tissues. It is the platelets that are the gold, integral to the body’s healing. A patient’s own health status will effect the outcomes. Just as I explained in the last issue, I encourage patient’s to optimize their nutrition and hormonal status to get the most beneﬁt from these treatments. PRP is used to treat the same problems that Dextrose Prolotherapy does, but I’ll go for this treatment if the severity is worse or to quicken the healing process. One PRP treatment is typically equivalent to 3 Prolotherapy treatments. As Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma tricks the body into the healing mode, these are treatments that work well if there is still pain or instability 6 weeks post injury. Deciding on the best treatment course involves a complete orthopedic exam. I also ﬁnd physiotherapy and exercise potentiates these therapies. Getting to the end goal of restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system and eliminating pain. And in all, keeping you in the game and on the slopes. Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton. You can also find her on the hill, as part of the Volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol. Dr. O’Neill can be reached at www.drdeirdreoneill.com
Although Winter conditions may soon leave and Spring will bring new activities, the many needs of charities supporting the communities in the South Okanagan/ Similkameen region will continue through every season. To date the 100 Men group has raised $43,000 for 21 different charities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region. The next meeting of 100 Men Who Care is Wednesday, April 25th ~ 5:30-6:30 pm at Tug’s Tap House Pub & Eatery, located at 260 Martin Street in Penticton. Charitable organizations in Penticton, Summerland, Keremeos, Oliver and Osoyoos have all received funds to support the important work they do in our communities. The purpose of 100 Men is quite simple: gather 100 men, or more, who want to make a difference. The concept is even simpler: four times a year invite three charitable organizations to make a short presentation to the group explaining the work they do, the communities they support, and the impact a donation will have on those they serve. The 100 Men members vote for the charity of their choice and then each member donates $100. Of the total raised, 80% goes to the charity with the most votes and 10% goes to each of the other two charities. Each member receives a tax receipt for the full amount of his donation. Apart from the ﬁnancial aid the charities receive, the members of 100 Men get a chance to learn about the many charitable organizations that may not get a lot of attention, but have an incredible positive impact on our communities. Doors open at 5:00 and the event begins at 5:30, with the intent to limit the length of the meeting to only one hour. In these challenging times when more members of society need assistance and when not-for-proﬁt charities often struggle to meet their mandate, the 100 Men Who Care provides an innovative and direct opportunity to help. If you are interested in becoming one of the 100 Men, please check out the group’s website at www.100menpenticton.com or email the coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see what charities the group has provided funding to so far, click on “Charities” on the website page. Any women who might be interested in a similar organization, 100 Women Who Care, can check out the 100 Women website at www.cfso.net, click on “Programs”, and then click on “100 Women”.
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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Finally, spring is here! It’s been a long winter! It’s that time of year again to do some spring cleaning and to get out into the yard and garden. Even though there’s a lot of clean up to do, it’s such a wonderful time of year with such a sense of newness all around us! The spring air can’t help but make you feel renewed and rejuvenated. Spring can even make you feel younger and healthier and a facial massage can help make you look younger! Since our skin is our largest organ, massage increases circulation and provides good blood ﬂow reducing lines and giving our face a younger, more radiant appearance. Facial massage helps facilitate proper lymph drainage and helps to eliminate droopiness, sagging and wrinkling of the skin, which makes us look older. Looking and feeling younger without the use of cancer-causing chemicals, or sleeping better and reducing pain without the use of medications, are just a couple of great reasons to get a regular massage. Massage relieves stress, relaxes our mind and body, removes toxins and increases blood ﬂow, which is so important for our health. Massage will also help with the achy muscles you may get after all the spring cleaning. Creative Wellness Solutions is available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing on-site chair massage in-home, at sports events, conferences, or in the workplace. We are at numerous locations on a weekly basis. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.
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Emotional Investing: Getting Past Our Biases By Robert McLennan, RBC Investment Advisor When it comes to making complex decisions, many people follow a series of simple rules of thumb that are very often based on deeply ingrained biases. While these biases might be useful in helping individuals cope with day-to-day choices, they can be unhelpful when it comes to long-term activities such as investing. The Herding Mentality: Be wary of getting carried away with the “next big thing” ~ Some people choose to follow the herd in the belief that the masses are better informed than the individual, or take comfort from being in a crowd and with ﬁtting in. Others plunge into speculative, unknown waters, because they don’t want to experience the feeling of regret that would come with knowing they had missed out. Instead of following the herd, it’s always worth ﬁrst considering the Warren Buffett mantra: “Only buy something that you’d be perfectly happy to hold if the market shut down for 10 years.” Investment decisions need to be taken rationally and only after taking time to reﬂect and, ideally, consulting a ﬁnancial advisor. Mental Accounting ~ Investors have a habit of splitting their assets into a series of different pots, each with its own use, rather than looking at their wealth as a whole. This is called mental accounting. To break this concept down, imagine you have bought a $15 movie ticket in advance, but as you enter the cinema you notice that you have lost the ticket and the theatre won’t admit you. Would you pay another $15 for a new ticket? In an alternative scenario, you take cash with you to the theatre to pay for the ticket, but drop it along the way and don’t notice until you go to pay for the ticket. Would you still pay $15 for the ticket? Although the loss is the same in both cases, people are more likely to buy another ticket in the second scenario. In their mind, the $15 had been assigned to the “ﬁlm” account in the ﬁrst case and it had already been spent. But in the second instance, the lost $15 had come from a “different pot”. People can suffer similar biases in an investment setting. Taking Stock ~ Investors should be pleased to have built a capital gain, but forget about their real return after tax is factored in. It’s a good idea to mentally apply a capital gains tax cost directly to an investment. If your holding is up by 10 per cent, mentally remove whatever the capital gains tax would be - say 50 per cent of the gain - so that the investment is really only up 5 per cent. When the asset is then sold, in your mental accounting, 50 per cent of the gain has already been notionally set aside to pay the tax liability. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member - Canadian Investor Protection Fund.
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A Brief History Of Time
An Apex Glance At Our Night Sky
Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share another thought By Julia Valenti provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s Dominion It’s been a great 12 year run at Apex, but different adventures are Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden. calling. We sold our home to a full-time-at Apex young couple with The First Spiral Galaxies 3 children under the age of 8. They will add youth and vibrancy to the community, while us older folk head south to the West Bench, By Ken Tapping, March 20, 2018 perhaps attempting to recapture some of OUR youth. We purchased a 1972 5 level split, complete with a Brady Bunch staircase, original Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a great flat spiral structure containing billions of stars, 70s panelling and a stone ﬁreplace in the rec room. 11 months of countless planets, clouds of gas and dust, and many “star forming regions”, where renovation (thank you Jay Mallach, Dino Guervichivich and Mike gas and dust clouds are collapsing to form new stars and planets. Spiral galaxies Wiltse) has created a retro vibe with updated conveniences. Slide the are dynamic places. So far, we have found a good number of earth-like planets in Woodstock video into the VCR, wear our ﬁnest tied dyed apparel, sip our galaxy, so it is very likely that the Earth is not the only planet populated by living cheap wine, while seated at the tufted maroon vinyl bar and viola! ... things. How old is the Milky Way? When in the history of the universe did the first spiral galaxies like ours appear? We are in our 20s again! The oldest stars in the Milky Way are about 13.5 billion years old, compared with the We discovered Apex almost 14 billion year age of the universe. However, that is not necessarily the age of in 2005, while living the Milky Way. Our galaxy grew from small beginnings by absorbing its neighbours. in Summerland and a It could have inherited old stars in the process. How far back in the history of the rainy December had universe did the first spiral galaxies form? If they, like the Milky Way, had dust clouds, us looking for snow. star forming regions, and almost certainly a multitude of planets, could there have We booked into the been living things too? Saddleback Lodge that The most distant object we will ever see with our unaided eye is probably the Christmas and in 2006 Andromeda Galaxy. It is a spiral galaxy, much like the one we live in, containing bought the blue A-frame stars, gas and dust clouds, and almost certainly planets, and maybe living creatures. cabin now owned by It lies about 2.5 million light years away; that is, its light takes 2.5 million years to get the Mallachs. In 2007, to us. A light year is the distance light travels in a year. Since light travels at almost we sold the cabin, sold 300,000 kilometres a second, the Andromeda Galaxy lies around 25e18 (25 followed in Summerland and by eighteen zeroes) kilometres away. We see it as it was 2.5 million years ago, and bought our full time it seems to be very like our galaxy. Our telescopes show billions of galaxies, many of house at the bottom of them spirals, extending out into space as far as we can see. The most distant spiral the Chute, previously found so far lies in the constellation of Pegasus, the “Flying Horse”, and has been owned by Jim and Pat named Q2343-BX442. It lies at a distance of about 11 billion light years, which means Fleming. Rick has served with the Apex Fire Brigade for 10 years and will we are seeing it as it was around 11 billion years ago. It is likely that everything going remain part of the crew. I was on the APOA Board as well for 10 on now in our galaxy was happening in that distant spiral, 11 billion years ago. The years, but will “retire”. I spent about as many years writing for Apex universe is almost 14 billion years old. What was happening before? Matters, but unless Myleen wants articles about life on the Bench, I The newly born universe was too hot and dense for anything to form, but about 380,000 years after the Big Bang things had cooled enough for the first atoms to will “retire” from writing too! Apex has been a truly great experience for us both ... the beauty of the form, almost all of them hydrogen. At that point, the universe became transparent. We mountains, the clean and crisp air, the dark, starry night skies, down can see the radiation liberated at that moment as the Cosmic Microwave Background hilling and snowshoeing, uncountable parties and laughs, playing radiation. The universe before that time is hidden from us. music for and with people ... these things have enriched our lives The first stars formed from that primordial hydrogen. They are too far off in time and immeasurably. But, the most meaningful aspect of Apex life has been space for us to see, but we can detect them by their effects on the surrounding gas. all the unique, vibrant, active and entertaining individuals we have The first big wave of star formation happened about 180 million years after the Big met and with whom we have forged lasting friendships. As someone Bang, roughly 13.8 billion years ago. This is pretty close to the age of the oldest said at last Friday’s Locals Night, we are not leaving Apex, we are just stars in the Milky Way. It’s likely that those ancient stars were in galaxies of some kind - probably irregular assemblages of gas, dust and stars, which coalesced into changing the location of our bed. And, that is absolutely true. Thank you Apex Mountain Resort for the 12 years of lifts running and the first spirals. It looks as though what we can call the “Modern Universe” actually great grooming and the Apex Community for welcoming us into your got going soon after the Big Bang. The idea that there could be life among the stars eccentric fold. Perhaps, we won’t be in The Edge or the GB as often of that distant Pegasus spiral, 11 billion years ago, is stunning. If today those beings next winter, but when we ARE there, we look forward to the usual fun, are looking in our direction, they are seeing the Milky Way as it was 11 billion years warmth and camaraderie we have experienced these past 12 years. ago, and maybe thinking the same thing. (On the mountain, not of the Cosmos - R.I.P. Stephen Hawking)
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Apexers Rock It Again! Locals Night held on Friday, March 23 at Kamakura brought the season to it’s almost close in typical exuberant, rockin’ Apex style. Attendees numbered somewhere between 70-80, depending on the time frame between 6:30 - 10:30. Excellent cuisine with prompt dinner and bar service kept everyone well fed and lubricated, which was good ... they needed the fuel. The dancing began with the ﬁrst song, the Beatles’ Girl and did not end until the last, Shocking Blue’s Venus. No matter what Garage Groov played, the audience was on its feet. Boys danced with girls, girls with girls, boys with boys. But mostly, partners weren’t needed ... it was just one, big, happy amoeba like organism made up of individual gyrating bodies. Singing along was lusty, cheers and whistles erupted for no known reason and much laughter exploded like land mines throughout the room. The writing exercise proved popular. 6 questions about the Apex lifestyle were answered on 3x5 cards, which were brought to the bandstand and deposited in a bucket, drawn and read aloud throughout the evening. The comments were most entertaining! Besides Garage Groov band members Julia and Rick Valenti and Reb Lesnowski, Dillys Richardson provided wonderful harmony and backup vocals. Fred Smith had the girls crowding the front of the stage when he played melodious sax. Scott McDonald from lift maintenance kept the place on it’s feet with his 3 classic pop/rock tunes during the band’s ﬁrst break. At second break, McLeod, McZloty and McRaymond made a grand entrance decked to the nines in authentic kilts, tams and striking orange wigs. Their 3 songs with comedic delivery were well received and it is guaranteed they are still popping up all over social media. So many phone cameras were in use, you’d have thought they were famous (well, they are now!). McLyle wrote a lovely tribute song to the Valentis, who are moving off mountain and the trio did a ﬁne job of delivering the sentiment.
The “Garage Groov” gets Kamakura rockin’ Apex style at the March 23 Locals Night.
Opening the evening before the band came on was 10 year old Chevy Matthews with her mom Barb on guitar, singing well together and garnering many whistles and whoops of approval. Many heartfelt thanks to Kamakura owner, Stephanie Ikeda, and her fabulous staff for welcoming the 3 Locals Night music events to the restaurant, to all the musicians who came out to share their talents and to all the Apex Hillbillies who supported these evenings with their attendance and unbridled energy, their desire to have fun and their ability to participate uninhibitedly and joyfully. Next Season? You bet! McZloty, McRaymond & McLeod entertain in fine Scottish style & attire at Kamakura March 23.
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“Celebrate the Value of Volunteering - Building Confidence, Competence, Connections and Community.”
Volunteering is often seen as a selﬂess act; a person gives their time, skills, experience, and passion to help others, without expecting anything in return. And while volunteering is a form of service, many volunteers will tell you that “you get more than you give”. From opportunities to develop new skills, to ﬁnding deep and meaningful personal connections, the magic of volunteering is that it creates social and economic value for all: for individuals, families, organizations, neighbourhoods, and communities. That immense richness is something to be celebrated. Volunteering beneﬁts everyone. This year during National Volunteer Week from April 15-21, 2018, we celebrate the diverse value and far reaching impacts of volunteers and we ask that you take a moment to reﬂect on the social and economic impact volunteers have on the quality of our lives. On April 25, from 11:30 to 1pm, everyone is welcome to join “Team Volunteer” project where volunteers meet ﬁrst, share volunteer experiences, and discuss new opportunities. Light lunch provided. RSVP to the SOS Volunteer Centre. The SOS Volunteer Centre connects residents with meaningful volunteer work. Register as a volunteer to receive updates and learn more where volunteers are needed at www.volunteercentre.info by searching under ‘Browse Opportunities’. To meet with a staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-576-5661.
CatMatch Meet Sinatra! Sinatra is in the house! I was trying out my busking skills on the streets, but was not having much success making a living. So, I turned in my tin can and now will be happy singing to my family members only. I do have an amazing voice and am a real entertainer, just too much competition out there! If you think you would like to share your life with a genuine crooner, please contact AlleyCATS Alliance. www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org
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Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Sarah Jane Morris Album: Best of Funk Grooves Song: “Dream On Baby” (DJ Eden Remix) Well, our season has come to an end, and what a season it has been! Epic snow and epic turns. Hopefully, we can “dream on” about next season and see if it will be better than this one. Thanks to all for listening and have a great summer. Ski you next season. 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 the fun.
Thank You From Apex Matters By Myleen Mallach, Owner & Publisher
Here we are wrapping up the 14th season of Apex Matters. I am truly honoured and very grateful to have this opportunity to bring you Apex Matters. 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 ... So, a HUGE THANK YOU to all the advertisers, those who write articles, those who take photographs, the distribution locations, and you, the dear reader. Thank you for a fantastic season together! 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! Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval must be in place in order to be published. © 2018 Okanagan Matters Publications.
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