Apex Matters December 2017

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know” Published by Okanagan Matters Publications


Canadian Selections Mogul Event ~ Dec 14-17 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


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December 2017 Special Events:

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Organizing Committee for the Canadian Selections, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the Mogul Competition at Apex Mountain Resort. Come watch the talented athletes compete on our World Class Mogul Site! For more information and a detailed event schedule, please visit apexfreestyleclub.com.

Night Lift Operations ~ Friday & Saturday 4-9pm & Winter Break daily Dec 22-Jan 6, excluding Dec 24, 25 & 31.

Canadian Selections ~ December 14-17. On behalf of the Apex Freestyle Ski Club and the Day Lift Operations ~ Daily 9am - 3:30pm

Tube Park ~ Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am - 9pm, and

Friday Night Special ~ Our T-bar & Magic Carpet opens for Night Skiing on December 22nd! Sunday / Holidays 10am - 3:30pm.

On Friday Nights it is only $7.50 + GST for Tubing, Skiing and Rentals! (Separately) Night Skiing will run every Friday and Saturday from 4-9 pm throughout the season. There will be Night Skiing every night of the Winter Break, excluding December 24, 25 and 31, as well as the first week of Spring Break.

Skating Loop & Hockey Rink ~ Open daily at 10am & night lit until 11pm. Watch for group booking closures. Snow Bus ~ Runs Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays,

Christmas Eve Festivities ~ Join together in the magical spirit of Christmas starting at 6pm except for Dec 25th. Arrives 9:15am & Departs 3:30pm

with our Torchlight Parade (sign up in the office), Santa Brings Gifts, and an exciting show of Fireworks.

Christmas Day ~ Regular operating hours of 9am - 3:30pm. Home Hardware Camps ~ For ages 6-15 years. Christmas Break Camp runs Dec 27-31. In 2018, there are 2 camps of 8 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays starting January 13 and 14. Details below.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks ~ Enjoy a family fireworks show at 6pm and another at Midnight.

Featuring ~ 77 Runs | 3 Terrain Parks 2000 Vertical Feet | 1112 Skiable Acres 16% Novice | 48% Intermediate | 36% Advanced/Expert | 20 Feet of Cumulative Annual Snowfall

For more event information or any questions, call 1.877.777.2739 or email events@apexresort.com.

Visit Apex Village:

• Apex Artisan Shop • The Edge Bistro • Frosted Snowflake Bakery & Café • Gunbarrel Saloon • Kamakura Noodle House • Longshot Cafeteria • Longshot Wine & Tapas • The Mountain Shop • The Trading Post

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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 Jan 17 to Mar 21. Come join us 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 runs every Friday from Jan 19 - Mar 23. Come join us 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 this winter: Christmas Camp runs from Dec 27-31; 8 Saturdays or Sundays runs Jan 13/14 - Mar 3/4; 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.

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!


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Christmas & New Years at Apex

OPEN till 9pm when the lifts are running!

By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters I encourage everyone to take a drive up to Apex, definitely for the day, but preferably for a short holiday close to home. There is so much to do over the holidays for everyone of every age. My favourite holiday tradition is joining in the magical time on Christmas Eve, watching the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, then seeing Santa with my kids, and visiting around the bonfire with family and friends. And, New Year's always brings guaranteed great times at Apex! Be sure to get your tickets for "Rumble 100", as they play live on December 30th, as well as New Year's Eve, in the Gunbarrel Saloon. Parents ~ Check out the Kids Programs offered at Apex this winter, especially during the Christmas Holidays through Apex Freestyle Club, Apex Ski Club, and Apex Snow School. Sign up today! Early Season Conditions ~ Watch for Unmarked Hazards & Stay Safe!

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8 years later, we are still excited and looking forward to another great season on Mountain. “The Edge Bistro” has a passion for Apex Mountain Resort like no other. It is the one place where everyone can feel like a true local and be treated with a great smile and warm welcoming atmosphere. We always want everyone to enjoy their time on Mountain and have “The Best Day ever!!” Colin is of course back fixing and creating the best soups and sandwiches found at any Ski Resort in Canada. He is always working on new creations and once again has added a few new items to this year’s menu. Always keeping it fresh, fast, and homemade with the best ingredients, his incredible breakfast and lunch options will keep you fueled throughout the ski day. If the legs get weary after a couple of early season turns, don’t hesitate to pop in and enjoy the mountain’s best view while sipping a delicious artisan coffee or hot chocolate topped with fresh whipping cream and sprinkles. Before heading out for a few more turns, find a quick energy boost when you choose one of the delicious treats or even the mountain’s best cinnamon bun warmed to perfection. After the long day on the slopes and the legs are burning, who has energy to make dinner? Don’t worry, we still have the most delicious “Artisan Take & Bake” Pizzas available seven days a week and so simple to heat and serve. Made fresh to order every time, you can now relax with a drink and know dinner will be ready in just 12 minutes. Wait ... Did you need that extra ‘thank you’ for a lifty? A quick gift for a local? A special thought for someone? Well, we have Gift Certificates available in any amounts and/or the most comfortable T-shirts you will find anywhere. Have a great start to the season everyone! And, be sure to stop on by to “Get Your Edge On”!!!

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On The Road To The Olympics By Andi Naude

The time has come! The much anticipated competition season is upon us! By the time you read this, my teammates and I will have already arrived in Ruka, Finland for the World Cup opener, held on December 9th. I can hardly believe how quickly this year has flown by; it felt just like yesterday that we were starting our off-season. That being said, I feel as ready as ever, and I cannot wait to get back into the start gate. This past month, my teammates and I have been very busy putting the final Apex’s Andi Naude, touches on our preparation. Since it is an Ranked 4th in the World Olympic year, we have an especially busy, For Women’s Mogul Skiing yet exciting, schedule, and we need to be prepared. With well under 3 months until the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the countdown is on! That being said, we definitely won’t be sitting twiddling our thumbs waiting for the Games to begin. We have 7 World Cup competitions to ski in prior to February. After the World Cup opener in northern Finland, my teammates and I will jet off to Beijing for two more World Cup starts, on December 21st and 22nd. We have an incredibly exciting month ahead of us, and I know that Team Canada is ready! Since my last update, my teammates and I were in Vancouver for some meetings and physical testing. Physical testing occurs twice a year, and although I secretly do not love it (spot the grimace on my face in the picture below), it is an incredibly important test to make sure that we are all physically fit, healthy, and ready to take on the demanding season. After our few days in Vancouver, we returned home for some more active rest, and in my case, some skiing up at Apex! The fantastic snow conditions, supplemented by Apex’s snowmaking abilities, enabled me to train at home! We had access to an amazing jump site, which lead to a very productive three days of acrobatic training. I am incredibly lucky to have such great training facilities at my fingertips. That is all for now, but as the season ramps up, make sure to follow me here, as well as on my website andinaude.com for more. I will try my very best to post as many photos, updates, and links to live feed/ scoring as possible. Also, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or requests. Thank you again for the continued love and support. I cannot thank you enough!

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Apex Freestyle Update

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Ainsley Macdonald

By Kenni Kuroda, Head Coach

AFC off to an Amazing Start! The Apex Freestyle Club is off to an excellent start to the season with Kristi’s Run now open for training. Joining the AFC athletes will be teams from Stratton, Park City, Wasatch, Steamboat, Vail, the Canadian National Development Team, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, BC, the Australian National Team and 2 teams from Japan to name a few. Kristi’s Run is the first and only full length mogul course to open in North America thus far and we are very fortunate with the help of Apex and the AFC volunteers to get this course up and running so early in the season. A big shout out to Apex management, Shawn and James, cat operators, Pat and Jaxon, and AFC volunteers, Adam, Evan and Andre, who put this all together. This puts the club in a great position to host the first Canadian event on the tour, the FIS Canadian Selections. Ninety athletes will attend this year’s selections, held annually at Apex because of its early season mogul course. Among these athletes will be AFC’s Ethan Phillips and Ainsley Macdonald who qualified for this event from last year’s finishes at the Apex Canadian Series Event in January. AFC alumni competing at this event who are now on the BC Mogul Team are Kassidy Todd, Chloe Kober, Shaina Finlayson, Brayden Kuroda, Koleton Phipps, Joe Durham, Hayden Person, Alberta Team athletes Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Jamie Rykruiter and Ontario Team member Madison Parker. It is awesome to see so many present and former AFC athletes qualifying for this prestigious event, so let’s get everyone to come out and cheer them on. The Competition will be held December 14-17, 2017 with training on the 14th and 15th and two single mogul events on the 16th and 17th. The Apex Freestyle Club will have a busy year with Timber Tour/Super Youth events at Panorama, Whistler and Mt. Washington, a Canadian Series Event at Red Deer, Alberta and Junior Nationals. The AFC will be hosting this year’s Junior Nationals Moguls and Aerials event and Senior Nationals Aerials. These events will be held March 7-11, 2018 with qualifications for this event based on the total number of points earned from all events earlier in the year. The AFC has always had a large number of athletes attend Junior Nationals in past years and from summer water ramp training and on snow thus far, this year looks strong again. Mark that date on your calendars and come out and support your Apex athletes. The registration deadline for Jumps & Bumps has closed; however, there are still a few spots available at the regular registration fee. Sign up now to avoid disappointment.

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Ethan Phillips

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Keeping Kids Active in Unstructured Play and the ‘Finnish Experience’


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By Grant Gichard, Physiotherapist At Sports Clinic Physiotherapy

For a nation that prides itself on outdoor living, Canadian children rate remarkably poorly when it comes to physical activity. The annual ParticipAction report card recently gave Canadian kids a D- for their level of physical activity, the fourth year in a row they received that grade. Researchers estimated only 9% of kids aged 5-17 get the recommended minimum of 60 minutes of “heart-pumping activity” a day. That being said, Apex kids as a group are almost certainly more active than an average cross section of Canadian children. Most of our kids are enrolled in one of the excellent ski programs which run mornings and afternoons on each weekend up the hill. How much of it amounts to heart pumping activity is open to question, but for the most part, our kids probably fulfill that ParticAction quota on any given Saturday

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Perhaps subconsciously, what I’m doing, is mimicking what has been called ‘the Finnish experience’, whereby students and teachers in Finland take a 15-minute break after every 45 minutes of instruction. Research studies have demonstrated that these short stretches ensure that children return to their classroom less distracted, with more focus or Sunday morning. and with an increased desire to learn. The catch is, you guessed it, But let’s look at the types of play a little more closely. Dr. Mark that these benefits are offset if the breaks are adult directed. It turns Tremblay, lead researcher in the Participation study, placed some of out what’s most important is how much freedom we give them from a the blame for kid inactivity on too much screen time and not enough structured, or unchanging environment. free, unstructured play. When it comes to organized sports, are we pushing our kids too During unstructured play, children engage in open-ended play that is early into too structured of an environment and is this related to not instructor-led (meaning there is no leadership or direction given the tendency for kids to drop out of sport in their early teens? It’s by a parent, teacher, older sibling, or any other adult), and does not a contentious question, but one that is gaining some traction when have a particular strategy behind it. Instead, the play and activities we consider that Canada generally under performs in many sports are child-led, often leading to play that is creative and improvised. relative to the amount of resources we have available and the player (It is important to note that unstructured play isn’t the same as base we have to choose from. unsupervised play. Preschoolers especially should always be under Questions for another day perhaps. But one thing is certain, kids the direct supervision of a parent, teacher, or other trusted adult). benefit from having short, frequent, freeplay breaks. And let’s be Again, I feel like I’m preaching to the converted, in that outside of the honest, it doesn’t hurt our sanity either. ski programs, many of our kids can be found playing in the snow in the gigantic outdoor playground that is Apex Mountain. But, this isn’t always the case. All too often, kids can spend hours in front of screens having apparently fulfilled their ‘quota’ of activity in the morning during that organized ski program. I know my kids, morph into little zombies with too much indoor time, especially if it involves gaming or watching movies. Their behaviour seems to deteriorate to the point where I end up sending them outdoors for what amounts to unstructured play in the snow.


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Camp 1 ~ December 27-29 Camp 2 ~ January 3-5

Saturdays from January 6th Sundays from January 7th

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Nickel Plate Nordic News By Jessie Carriere

We have started another great season at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre! Early season conditions have been phenomenal with ample snowpack and beautiful weather. All 56 km of ski trails are open, as are all 25 km of marked snowshoe trails. We are proud to offer new members 50% off season passes this year, as part of Canada 150. This is an exciting time, as we grow our membership to record high numbers.

Upcoming Events Christmas Potluck Dessert Buffet with hot chocolate and coffee. Join us Saturday, December 16 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. The buffet is by food or cash donations for the food bank. Nickel Plate Fat Blaster 10 km Race. Start your New Year with a bang by taking part in Nickel Plate’s fun 10 km classic or skate race. The race will be held on Sunday, December 31st at 10 am. Register between 8:30-9:30 am at the cabin. Entry fee is a donation of cash or food to the food bank, plus $5 cash. All participants will enjoy a cup of homemade borscht, a bun and baked goodies after the race. Challenge yourself and join us in this fun event. Nickel Plate Open House! Never been up to Nickel Plate Nordic? Come to our Open House on Sunday, January 7th. We will be offering free ski and snowshoe rentals all day, as well as 1 hour free guided snowshoe tours and ski lessons at 10:00 am and 11:30 am. There will also be a cash BBQ with hotdogs, hamburgers, salads, plus desserts and hot drinks. Interested in trying skin skis? Fresh Air Experience will be doing demos of Salomon and Rossignol skin skis, as well as regular classic and skate skis.

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Slushy Thoughts from the Snow Bank By Brad Nunes It is here! It is here! The ski season is here! That sound you hear is me ‘giddy like a school girl’ as I pop down some freshies. That other sound you hear? That is me wheezing and groaning, because that ‘dry land training’ I had been planning all year turned out to be drinking beer and eating nachos instead. I also may have confused dry land and dry ribs. Huh ... We can’t dive into December without mentioning the holiday season. It is that time of year when we risk life and limb to climb upon icy rooves to string lights that could have stayed up all year round. We lug up cumbersome lights that try to wrap themselves around your legs, while at the same time are trying to make bare metal contact with that great metal ladder you are standing on. But, we had to plug them in first to make sure they worked right? If you survive the assent you are too gassed to keep moving the ladder, so you have the great idea to sit on the roof and lean out over those super sturdy gutters. Your pinky loves to try and dance into open bulb sockets, while your fly zipper is conveniently grounded on an exposed roofing nail. All the while mother nature thinks it is a great idea to test out the winter machine. Sadly, it isn’t quite dialed in. So instead of light fluffy snow and a gentle puff of wind to make it dance, you get 90 mile per hour evil ice rain pelting you like an angry swarm of ice-bees. And of course, the kids want a 30 foot tall inflatable Yoda in a Santa hat up there. It grabs the wind and you do your best James Shalman kite boarding impression. They don’t even have Christmas on Endor (We all know it was called Life Day). Also, there is no way Yoda was ever going to be taller than two or three feet! Grrrrr! Angry Starwars Nerd! Wait ... where was I? Right, trying to not fall off a roof. Anyway, you climb on down drenched in stress sweat, maybe a tinkle of urine from that one close call. You step back to admire your work, only to realize you ran the string the wrong way and now have to do it all again in reverse. Happy Holidays! But, we do things like string lights and repackaging presents that come in perfectly good packaging, because it is special. It is cold and dark in December, so we make it special and bright and fun. We gather around family and friends to share in the bounty of the year. I challenge each and every one of you to go out and try to spread a little cheer this season. It could be a Merry Christmas and a smile, or food donated to a food bank. Spread the love and be good to each other. Merry Christmas and God bless you in the New Year!


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The Living Legends of Apex By Ronda Barzilay nee Mason Another great afternoon with another amazing lady who is part of the dynamic Meiklejohn team! I met with Carol Meiklejohn a few weeks ICBC Insurance back, who is another Apex Living Legend. Carol moved with her 250.276.6257 Out-of-Province Insurance Claims husband Roy (lovingly referred to by Carol as Mik) to the Okanagan Windshield Replacement 1450 Clark Avenue in Penticton Valley in 1953 opening Meiklejohn Architects, one of the first registered ICBC Lifetime/Nation Wide Warranty THE BODY SHOP NETWORK Computerized Free Estimates architectural practices in the Valley. Carol and Mik enjoyed skiing FIX AUTO PENTICTON long before moving to the Okanagan. They met at the University of www.pentictoncollisioncentre.com Manitoba in their 2nd year drafting class. While attending University when not studying, they could be found skiing on the banks of the Red One of Carol’s favorite times is the wood chopping weekend that takes River. They were lured to the Okanagan by the mountains, lakes and place on Thanksgiving weekend. the fruit! Carol said she was never a red hot skier, but enjoyed skiing the moguls Upon moving to Penticton, they quickly became part of the community on the T-Bar and meeting up with friends at the lodge at the end of the joining forces with the likes of Sid Kenyon Senior, who was part of day. Carol skied with her pals Mary Henninger, Dorothy Robertson, the original group that started Apex. Mik was the secretary treasurer Pat Row, Adelle Herbert, Linda Rogers and Vivian Hyssop. of the group and it was Mik who managed to work with the Bank of Carol is now 87 years young, but one of her favourite memories is the Commerce to put together the financing for the first lift. Naturally, surprise 65th Birthday Party that the family threw for her at the cabin. Carol and Mik designed the original day lodge, which is now used for Carol has always enjoyed Christmas and New Years at the mountain, staff accommodation. spending time with the family, playing games at various cabins, and Carol spoke of how the power for the development of Apex was the cabin living room filled with family and friends laying on the floor brought up from Hedley in the early years. Carol reflected that after a great day on the there was big dreams for the mountain in the beginning. Carol also mountain. remembers fondly raising her four boys, Duncan, Russ, Cal and Jim The love of skiing on Apex and it being a great family place. She also mentioned the continues not just locally, many pairs of mittens that the palms were destroyed by her boys on but by Carol’s grandson the original rope tow! Graeme Meiklejohn, Carol shared with me a story of buying a pair of 2nd hand skis from an award winning a fella in Princeton. These skis are preserved on the wall of the cinematographer who Meiklejohn Cabin. These skis had on bear trap bindings, metal edges has recently released and with a big smile Carol told me of the Amber tobacco label that the “Magnetic” - a very fella from Princeton had carefully cut with his tin snips and placed on exciting ski movie. And these skis. These amazing skis were purchased for a whole $25. as Carol puts it, the When Carol talked about the first lodge, she remembered it being filled trailer she watched was with people who brought with them their blow dryers and toasters to heart stopping! make it a perfect ski weekend, which was powered all by a generator Another amazing lady, at the time. who was part of the It was only natural that Carol and Mik would build their own ski cabin, beginning of the Apex which still stands today nestled in the woods off the circle. Carol that we know and love still enjoys spending time at the mountain with her boys and their today! families, which now consists of eight grandchildren and three great See you on the slopes, grandchildren, and with a bigger smile, almost one more! soon I hope!


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Happy Holidays from all of us at ...

Our properties are already booked for most weekends, the holidays, and pre-season ski teams. We need more properties! Please contact Michelle to book a viewing and see if your property will fit into our inventory! Call 250-292-8256. Stay at Apex is in business for two reasons: 1) To assist our property owners in generating income and preserving value in their family’s real estate asset. 2) To provide our guests with a friendly, positive experience at Apex Mountain Resort, so they come back again and again.

By working with us at Stay at Apex you get the following! Personal service provided by the owners of Stay at Apex that are long standing members of the local community. An ownership team that cares about your asset and will take an interest in what you are looking for from your property. Access to a growing database of repeat guests that have been booking through Stay at Apex for 12+ years, which has created solid repeat business for our owners. Established long-term relationships with the major wholesalers for BC Ski Vacations. A fair contract and lots of extra value. Effective marketing that includes International exposure and strong relationships with Wholesale Vacation Companies, Local Travel Agencies and Internet Marketing Travel Companies. Friendly and professional staff to handle all bookings, reservations and check-ins, as well as 24 hours assistance to all our owners and clients during the ski season. You and your family can still enjoy your property and we will rent it out during nights that it is available. Less wear and tear, as opposed to long term rentals. Housekeeping and hot tub maintenance are all provide by our company. A strong relationship with Event Organizers to be one of the recommended accommodation providers at Apex Mountain Resort.

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Give the Gift of Experience, Instead of Stuff! By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company In our family, our lives revolve around experiences. Although material things will always play a roll, we measure our successes in the memories we have made, the things we have accomplished and the places we have been, rather than by the "stuff" that we have obtained. In saying this, we also have a lot of "stuff" that often allows us to access those experiences. We really don't need a lot. Which is why come Christmas buying each other more "stuff" often seems wasteful and unnecessary, so for the past few years I have vowed to give the gift of memories and experiences over unnecessary and often unwanted "stuff". Now Cindy Chan, an assistant professor in University of Toronto Scarborough's Department of Management and the Rotman School of Management, has offered research to support my feelings on this topic. Cindy has found that experiential gifts are more effective than material gifts at improving relationships from the recipient's perspective.

Exploring the effectiveness of gift-giving is important, because households spend approximately two per cent of their annual income on buying gifts, and gifts are also important opportunities to nurture relationships. Yet, according to research, 78 per cent of respondents reported most recently buying material gifts rather than an experience.

"The reason experiential gifts are more socially connecting is that they tend to be more emotionally evocative", says Chan, an expert on consumer relationships. "An experiential gift elicits a strong emotional response when a recipient consumes it -- like the fear and awe of a rock climbing adventure, the excitement of a rock concert or the calmness of a spa -- and is more intensely emotional than a material possession."

Those considering material gifts can also highlight the experience it provides. Giving a friend a CD of music that reminds them of a concert enjoyed or a photo album of a timeshared together can mimic the same effect as the experience of the concert or time itself.

The research, co-authored with Cassie Mogilner, an associate professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management is published online in the Journal of Consumer Research and looks at how relationships between a gift giver and recipient were affected across four separate studies.

"Consider something new they've always wanted to do. Make sure the experiential gifts are packaged in a way that makes it easier for recipients to consume them so they don't have to be tied to using the gifts on a particular day or time," she says.

So, what advice do the experts have for gift buyers and marketers ahead of the holiday season?

While past research has focused mostly on how much recipients enjoy certain gifts, this research is unique in that it explores the pro-social consequences of gift consumption, that is, how effective gifts are in building relationships.

This research also fits into a broader body of research that suggests using discretionary spending for experiences rather than more material possessions. For example, honeymoon registries that allow people to buy a dinner, scuba lessons or chipping in on airfare as prime examples.

"Often the focus is only on whether someone likes a gift rather than focusing on a fundamental objective of gift giving, and that is fostering relationships between giver and recipient", she says.

So, if you are struggling with the challenge of choosing what to give someone and you want to give them something that will make them feel closer to you, consider giving the gift of an experience. And if you ask me, include a dash of adventure!

Story Source: Materials provided by University of Toronto. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.


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By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician How’d that preseason training go for you? Are you feeling it after a good day on the hill? Albeit this is early season and your ski legs might not be here yet. You will benefit from some of these tips to keep agile throughout the season and even own the last run of the day. Nutrition ~ Whether you are a casual skier/boarder or take it to the extreme, consider upping your nutrition game. A whole foods plant based diet can maximize your energy, prevent muscle fatigue and improve your performance on the hill. One of my favourite resources for performance-based nutrition is from Brendan Brazier, the founder of Vega. Take A Lesson ~ How better to prevent an injury than getting instruction. Brushing up on your technique, dropping those bad habits, will reduce your risk of injury. Even watching ski movies that show those epic bails can reduce your risk of those same injuries, as seen in a study that saw a 62% decline in knee sprains among patrollers and instructors that had watched videos scenes where knee injuries had occurred. Après Ski ~ Keeping up with good après ski ritual is swapping stories of that sick line that you rode over a nice cold one and yummy appies. Yet before your muscles have had much time to harden, be sure to get in that hot tub that’s calling your name. Magnesium ~ A muscle’s best friend. Muscles that easily fatigue or cramp can be corrected by supplementing with magnesium. Too many of us are deficient in magnesium. Not that you want to hear it, but a nice cold beer increases excretion of magnesium. So counterbalance this with a veggie packed smoothie, loading your ski snack with nuts and seeds, or taking a Magnesium supplement après ski. Your muscles will thank you. Prolotherapy & PRP ~ Regenerative injection techniques are an option for some to quicken healing time and get back on the hill faster. Prolotherapy & Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) are both nonsurgical treatments. Prolotherapy is the use of a sugar solution injected directly into the injured site, creating a local inflammatory response to encourage growth of new ligament or tendon fibers. Whereas PRP is the injection of your own blood plasma in and around the painful injured ligament, tendon or joint. Your plasma is rich in platelets, which stimulate repair and regeneration when injected into the injured area. PRP allows for faster healing and can be used for acute or chronic injuries. You can consult with Dr. O’Neill to see if these regenerative injection techniques will help you say goodbye to pain and put your injury behind you. 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.

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Happy Holidays Everyone! From your ‘Voice on the Mountain’ - The APOA Executive

Keeping Our Winter Roads Clear By Jenny Albrechtson, APOA Board Member Argo is the road contractor for Apex Mountain and Green Mountain Road. Their mandate is to keep the highways safe and open for the travelling public. Winter Shift has started and will continue until midMarch. If you notice unsafe or dangerous road conditions, please call:

Argo Road Maintenance ~ 1-800-663-7623 Argo has advised that the parking lot at Vista Recreational will be done if and when they have time. Snow removal of that parking lot is not in their contract. So far it has been kept clear and is very much appreciated by all the outdoor enthusiasts. The squeaky wheel gets the grease, so everyone must do their part to ensure safe roads. Happy Holidays!

Forestry Advisory Committee Update By Jeff Brown, APOA Forestry Advisory Committee Member This past year, the APOA Forestry Advisory Committee had our annual meeting and other interactions with the four license holders actively harvesting timber in the Apex area. Those consultations are useful for obtaining information on harvesting plans. However, APOA continues to believe significant regulatory improvements are necessary before local communities such as ours can have effective and meaningful participation in ensuring harvest planning and practices protect our forest’s non-timber values. And, those nontimber values must be defined by the local community rather than just “accommodated” by industry. So, the promising news this year was the October announcement of a provincial government review of the use of “professional reliance” to manage BC’s forests. Over 15 years ago, forest harvest planning and oversight was taken from government staff and delegated to professionals employed by the forestry companies. Due to mounting complaints from communities throughout BC, this fall the BC Minister of the Environment was asked to perform a review of Professional Reliance in the resources sector “to ensure public interest is protected”. The APOA forestry committee is currently authoring the APOA’s submission to this review.


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The APOA Season Opening Social By Julia Valenti, APOA Board Member The annual APOA Season Opening Social will be held on Saturday, December 9th from 4:30-7:00 pm in the Rock Oven at the Apex Mountain Inn for all APOA members. You can renew your membership at this time and also it would be great to bring some non-members with you, so they can become members too. Associate members are also welcome, those being anyone who supports the work of the APOA, but do not own property on the hill. Managing partner Mike Duggan of the new ownership group at Apex will be introducing himself to the property owners. He will be speaking about changes already implemented in the village and plans for the resort’s long term potential. Mike is keen to hear from all stakeholder groups and resort users, so this is an opportunity to ask questions and offer your input.

We will be hearing the latest from our Forestry Committee and you will be updated on some developments behind the scenes in government and with other groups wanting and working for forestry practice You can learn more about professional reliance and the upcoming changes that protect recreational lands and provide more sustainable review by searching online for the following reports and articles: harvesting than what has occurred in BC for the past many decades. • BC Gov’t - Reviewing BC’s Natural Resource Sector Professional The Fire Brigade will give a re-cap of this past wildfire season, how Reliance Model Terms of Reference important it is to realize the fire threat our properties face every fire • BC Gov News - Review of professional reliance model to ensure season and what we can do to protect our homes. public interest is protected The Rock Oven will be under the management of Stephanie Ikeda • UMBC - Forest Policy Decision-Making: The Case for Greater this season, who is opening a Japanese Noodle House, referred Community Consultation to as Kamakura, and a cake and pastry shop, called The Frosted • Environmental Law Centre - Professional Reliance and Snowflake. She will be providing our appies for this Social and any Environmental Regulation in British Columbia subsequent APOA events held at the Apex Mountain Inn. We are • Association of BC Forest Professionals - What is Professional anticipating some of our standard, tasty appie selections, plus some Reliance? Japanese selections from her appetizer menu. As well, sweets will • Focus on Victoria - New government will review “professional also be provided for our enjoyment. reliance” The APOA Board welcomes Stephanie to the Apex business

Are You A Strata Owner, Whose Strata Is A Member Of The APOA?

community and looks forward to her restaurant adding variety to the resort. Please welcome her with a personal ‘hello’ when you see her on December 9th, working to provide us with wonderful food.

Stan and staff will be behind the bar serving wine, beer, cider, and highballs for $6, with a dollar from each beverage going towards the With today’s privacy laws, if you are in a strata that is a member of APOA, an easy way for you to enjoy your adult beverage and help the APOA, the strata manager cannot provide us with your current build the finances of the Association at the same time. email address. If you wish to be added to our list, please email us at apoaexec@gmail.com with your name and strata complex where you See you on December 9th, a great way to start the season off by reconnecting with each other. reside and we will add you to the email list. But, not getting emails from your APOA?


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Apex Fire Brigade Update By Mike Polywkan, AFBS Fire Chief Hi Everyone! The roads this time of the year can be treacherous. Please Slow Down! Getting there five minutes later is a lot better than not making it at all. On Monday, November 13th at approximately 18:41 AFBS received a call out for a motor vehicle accident. As our power had been out, dispatch was having problems connecting with us. Members did get an “IAmResponding” message (phone app for firefighters) and dispatch called my cell. The accident occurred about 3 km East of Nickel Plate Mine. This location is outside of Penticton Rescue’s boundary and as Hedley Fire Department does not have extrication gear, we would have had to wait for Princeton Rescue to arrive, if a complex extrication was necessary. The occupants of the vehicle called off the RCMP and BC Ambulance, as they had been dispatched as well. Two employees of Nickle Plate Mine also responded to the incident. Thank You Gentlemen! We got the occupants of the wreck into the Nickle Plate crew vehicle, as it was returning to Penticton on crew/shift change. I cleared the scene and communicated with dispatch. The injuries were bumps and bruises from what we were able to determine from the limited checks we were allowed by the occupants. The vehicle rolled over multiple times and ended up at least 100 meters over the very steep bank. Those fellows were very lucky. I am happy that we were able to do what we could, along with the help of Nickel Plate Mine. With the growth of the community and the new construction, it is now necessary to keep some of the fire hydrants clear that we did not have to in the past. Apex Village is very lucky to have 25 hydrants servicing our community. The Erris Volunteer Fire Department (a small community north of Princeton) has none. If they have a fire in the winter, they have to drill a hole in the ice on the river or a lake and pump water into their tender, then taxi it to their pumper to supply

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water to fight the fire. We don’t have a pumper, but we have hydrants almost everywhere and we have time on our side. Our response time is very fast, usually around the three minute mark. If we get called right away, a fire can’t get very big in three minutes. If the hydrant is buried in snow, we just lost our three minutes and fast response time. This could very likely result in the loss of a structure. For the residents that help us keep the hydrants clean, Thank You Very Much! It is hard work keeping them clear and there are a lot of them. For the new residents who have recently purchased or built up at Apex, please help us protect your investment by helping us keep the hydrants clear. If you are interested in being a volunteer fire fighter, no experience is required and we will train you. We don’t have a lot of equipment, so there is not that much to learn initially. But, do bring your enthusiasm! The Apex Fire Brigade has a new Facebook page! Follow us for safety tips, information on training, and the things that firefighters do. Also, stay in touch with what your department is doing specifically. We also post what other departments, like ours, are doing. For the new folks, our department is a registered society and we receive no tax funding. Everything we have has been donated to us. Please help support your fire department monetarily, as most of the donations to this point have been spent on hoses and nozzles to get the water from the hydrant to your home and for gear to keep your firefighters safe. Showing up to a fire in clothing that will catch on fire is not a good thing. You can make donations through our Facebook page or you can present a cheque to one of the members. Also, please support the Apex Property Owners Association, because by supporting them you are supporting us, as they make a donation to our department as well. A safety tip for everyone to consider for the upcoming holiday season: Consider changing your Christmas Tree lights to LED lights, as they give off no heat, which with the incandescent lights become a fire hazard as your tree begins to dry out. Also, make sure that you dispose of your fireplace and wood stove ash in a metal pail and keep it away from any flammable materials. I have seen hot embers in ash a week after a stove has gone out. Till next issue!

Top Left - Hydrants being cleared in the event of an emergency buys us valuable time that could save your investment. Above Left - Gord donning a SCOTT 2.2 SCBA (selfcontained breathing apparatus) at a practice. This equipment is used to protect firefighters from harmful smoke and vapors produced during and after a fire. Above Right - AFBS Facebook page. “Like Us” today! Answer key for White Kennedy Puzzle of Top 25 Canadian Brands found on page 23.


















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Linda Larson, MLA

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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen As we work our way through a long fall session at the Legislature, we continue to hold the NDP/Green Coalition’s “feet to the fire” on legislation that will have an economic impact on the provincial economy. Bill 2 and Bill 3 both have tax implications that will affect everyone. The bill that raises the greatest concerns for myself and should be of concern to all the people of British Columbia is Bill 6, which is the background of a change to our democracy as we know it. The “First Past the Post” democratic system that currently serves the BC voters and most of Canada allows the voter to choose who they want to represent their interests based on similar economic and social principles. Bill 6 proposes a referendum for 2018 that will allow a vote on several options for choosing representation, foremost of which is “ Proportional Representation”. The referendum in itself, is a democratic process; however, the vote will pass or fail on a 50% plus 1 outcome. As the population of a very small physical area of the lower mainland is greater than the population of the entire rest of British Columbia, this vote will be decided by those living in Surrey/ Vancouver. A vote on Proportional Representation has failed twice before in BC as there was a 60% over all approval required and at least 50% of the ridings also had to approve, thereby ensuring Rural BC had a say in the outcome. Please stay informed on this issue - the voice of the taxpayers in rural BC is at stake. I will be introducing a Private Members Bill before the end of November to end the practice of switching our clocks twice a year to Daylight Savings Time. This change of time began in 1918 as a means of saving coal, it was phased out at the end of World War 2, and then reinstated in the 1960’s. Every year, numerous studies and articles are published about the detrimental effects on our health and our productivity, costing millions to our health care system and our economy. As I am not currently on the Government side of the House, it will be up to the NDP to decide at some point in the future whether they will support my bill. I sincerely hope all of you participated in some way in Remembrance Day services in your communities. Thanks to all our local Legions for their support of all Veterans and their continued educational work in our schools to make sure our youth also understand the significance of Remembrance Day. Congratulations to Princeton’s Legion on celebrating 90 years of service to their Veterans and Community. The weather certainly has us thinking about winter and Christmas is just around the corner. All communities celebrate in December with Christmas Craft Fairs, Concerts, and office parties. It is also the time of year when charitable organizations work even harder to support those in need. I hope you also find it in your heart to reach out to those who need a helping hand this Christmas. Be safe and from Colleen, Patt and I and our families, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Area “D” Community Services By Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager ‘Tis the Season for outdoor activities! No excuses ... get outdoors and enjoy nature! Apex Mountain Resort ~ Scheduled opening is on December 9th, the Resort can’t wait to have you back for another great winter season! On December 14-17, Apex Freestyle Ski Club and the Organizing Committee for the Canadian Selections invites you to attend the Mogul Competition. Come watch the talented athletes compete on our World Class Mogul Site and cheer on our local mogul skiers as they compete for gold. Details at apexfreestyleclub.com Apex Mountain Resort offers a whole winter wonderland of family activities. You just have to choose. Birthday party fun times at the Tube Park, a magical experience on our night lit skating loop, or an energetic fun-for-the-whole-family hockey game on the outdoor rink. Various activities at Apex include; skiing and snowboarding, apex tube park, outdoor hockey rink, adventure skating loop, fat biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and night time activities. Of special note, plans are underway for further growth at Apex to create a full four-season experience! Nickel Plate Nordic Centre ~ Don’t forget about Apex’s nordic neighbour, whose trails opened on November 11th. They offer 56 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing, as well as well marked dog friendly and snowshoe trails. Rentals, lessons, change rooms, and a large day lodge for your bag lunch while you warm up next to the woodstove, all await you on your next visit. Nickel Plate is hosting a Season Opener Race on Saturday, December 2nd at 10 am. Fantastic food and draw prizes! This is a fundraiser for Nickel Plate Junior Racer Fred Albrechtsen’s trip to Ski Nationals in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A “Welcome to Nickel Plate” Open House is being held on Sunday, January 7th. Enjoy a cash barbecue with hotdogs, hamburgers, salads, plus dessert. They will be offering free ski and snowshoe rentals all day, as well as free guided snowshoe tours and ski lessons at 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm. There will also be demo skis to try too. To reach the Area ‘D’ Rural Services Manager Shona Schleppe, please either call 778-515-5520 or email sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca. To reach the RDOS Area ‘D’ Director Tom Siddon, please either call 250-809-2548 or email tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca.

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By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Guide Once again, I have been kept in the valley by the above seasonal weather and thoroughly enjoying mountain bike rides on near perfect trail conditions, or “brown pow” as some like to call it. This means that I have yet to strap on the snowshoes to get out in the white stuff, but I’m confident that by next issue I will have an adventure to talk about. So, I have decided that I will very briefly talk about “wilderness safety’’ and a few do’s and don’t’s if you get lost, plus talk about hypothermia. There will likely be nobody immediately close by to help you if you get hurt or lost when venturing off into the wilderness. So, be sure you are well prepared. Always check the weather before heading out. Have a trip plan and let someone know it. Adhere to turnaround times, especially with the shorter days during the winter. Stay away from possible avalanche areas, especially if not properly equipped, educated, or if travelling alone. Carry a back pack with at least the bare essentials for survival (check previous articles in Apex Matters for a detailed list). If you do get lost, don’t panic. Stay where you are. Use signaling devices, such as a whistle or fire. Be sure to quickly build or seek shelter, along with a fire. Again, letting someone know your trip plan and return time, plus checking back in with them, is important. Hypothermia ~ Wind, rain and elevation significantly effect temperature, so be sure to dress appropriately; how much food and water you have eaten and drank will affect your body’s ability to maintain it’s temperature; hypothermia can happen in mild temperatures, again wind and rain are factors. Be prepared for the weather. Symptoms ~ Shivering; slurred speech; lack of energy and stiff limbs. Prevention ~ Stay dry; remove and replace wet clothes - You have spare clothing in your pack, right?; stay hydrated and well fed, calories are your friend; wear a hat/toque; and always be prepared. Be safe and enjoy your winter sport of choice. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!

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The combination of CPR and AED are essential elements when treating cardiac arrest. It is estimated that for every minute that a By Jeff Burko, PEAK Executive Medical Director patient remains in cardiac arrest, without CPR &/or AED, the chance In my column of last month’s issue of Apex Matters, I discussed the of that patient surviving is diminished by 10%. difference between Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest. In the same If you suspect that someone is in cardiac arrest (unresponsive, keeping, I will discuss the difference between CPR (cardiopulmonary not breathing) initiate cardiac compressions, call 911, and obtain resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillation). assistance from the closest sources while waiting for Emergency I am often asked what is more important between the two? The answer is simple - they are very different, but equally as important in surviving cardiac arrest. To appreciate their differences and their importance, one needs to appreciate what each one does and how they contribute to surviving cardiac arrest.

As discussed in the last issue, during cardiac arrest (cessation of heart function) blood is not being pumped throughout the body, and therefore, tissues and organs are starved of the vital oxygen and nutrients that the cells need to live. As a result, the cells begin to die. If left untreated, irreversible brain damage and ultimately death will ensue within minutes.

Medical Services. The entire Apex Ski Patrol (paid and volunteer) and a few members of the Apex Fire Brigade are trained to assist. Know how to contact local help and remember that TIME IS TISSUE! If you have a topic that you would like discussed in this column, please email me directly at jeff@peakemergencytraining.com.

Jeff Burko is the Executive Medical Director and founder of PEAK Emergency Response Training. Since 1998, PEAK has provided training, certification and medical direction services to many BC Search and Rescue teams, Heli and CAT skiing operations and a multitude of ski resort patrol teams, including our own Apex Mountain Resort of which Jeff is the Medical Director. In addition, Jeff is a Veteran In essence, CARDIO (heart) PULMONARY (lung) RESUSCITATION Paramedic with 34 years of experience with the BC Ambulance (revive) serves as an artificial heartbeat (chest compressions) and Service. Jeff and his family live part-time at Apex. an artificial respirator (artificial ventilation). It is very important to appreciate that even when CPR is performed properly the patient may not survive. In fact, most patients that experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest do not survive. The most common cause of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in adults is from heart attacks which result in electrical cardiac rhythm dysfunction. An AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR is an electronic device that analyzes a patient’s cardiac rhythm. If the AED detects a certain type of cardiac rhythm (an ineffective, chaotic rhythm), it will deliver an electronic shock which may terminate the chaotic and ineffective rhythm, thus allowing the heart’s intrinsic ability to restore an effective coordinated cardiac rhythm.

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Shake It Up and Jump Start Your Workouts!

By Rhonda Roth, Fitness Trainer and Active Aging Specialist If you are spending more time in the gym and are not getting the results you want, it could be that you might need to get out of your comfort zone and shake things up! After a period of time, exercise becomes routine, the body adapts, so there is less challenge and this can result in a plateau. In order to see start seeing progress, you need to jump start your body and try something different. There are many ways to change up your workout regime. Switch up the order of your exercises, change the amount of sets and repetitions, or use a variety of equipment. Try balls, bands, or free weights instead of machines. Vary and alternate your cardio equipment; try a spin bike, rowing machine, elliptical cross trainer, instead of a treadmill or stationary bike. Try circuit training, boot camps, or join a class that offers a challenge with a fresh approach that you can incorporate into your workouts. One of the best ways to shake up your exercise routine is interval training. Interval training increases fat and calorie burn, increases lean muscle mass, reduces body fat and takes less time to see results than other traditional training methods. Spending less time in the gym does not mean you have to sacrifice fitness levels. Research shows that workouts in which you alternate periods of high-intensity exercise with low-intensity recovery periods, increases fitness and burns more calories over a shorter period of time than steady-state training (doing things the same way, the same pace, for the same amount of time). Interval training can benefit most people and levels of fitness, abilities, and experiences with certain modifications. Taking workouts to a level of higher intensity increases breathing and heart rate and for some people may mean just a slight increase in intensity for a shorter period of time and a longer recovery phase. It can be as little as 20-30 seconds of working as intensely as each individual is capable with a longer recovery time depending on your fitness level. One of the great things about interval training is that there is no single hard-and-fast rule. Different durations of intensity and recovery bring different benefits. Intensity will also vary according to fitness levels. This type of training is not just for elite athletes, but anyone who is looking to take their training to the next level. Those looking for a greater challenge, HIIT (high intensity interval training) and Tabata workouts are more intense. Beginning a new program is exciting, motivating, energizing and challenging. Before starting a fitness program, consult your health care provider and then consult a fitness/personal trainer so they can assist you in finding or designing a program that meet your needs and fitness level. Shake things up and get out of your comfort zone! Jump start your workouts and start seeing the results you want!

"Clark's Nutcracker" ~ Photos by www.leightruslerphotography.com The Clark's Nutcracker species are ofter confused with the Grey Jay (also called the Whiskey Jack), due to similar colouring. The difference can be spotted, however, in the long beak of the Clark's Nutcracker. If you put a peanut on your hand and stay very still, they will take the nut out of your hard. But please wear a mitten, due to their long and pointy beaks. They may not eat the peanut, but may hide it for a snack later on. These birds are often seen in "The Heavens" at Apex.

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Creative Wellness Solutions

By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner It’s December again already! My how time flies! I know many people find this time of year very stressful and commercialized. I hope everyone can make the season what they want it to be and take the time to enjoy it. Try a walk through your neighbourhood on a beautiful, fresh evening and enjoy a stroll to look at all the pretty Christmas lights and decorations. Reminisce ... remember the good times with those no longer with us ... share your stories ... reach out to others ... enjoy traditions, or start new ones! Make it the wonderful time of year it is supposed to be! If you are finding the season getting stressful treat yourself, or someone you love, to a relaxing chair massage. There are many health benefits of chair massage and it reduces stress and will improve your sleep. You do not need to remove clothing or get up onto a table and no oils are used. A regular chair massage can do wonders for your body, your mental state, and your sense of well-being and happiness. When most people think of getting a massage they usually think about lying on a massage table, wearing nothing but a towel, and having their full body worked on by a professional massage therapist. You either love it or don’t even want to try it. Personally, I’m not the massage table type. Yet as a massage practitioner, I know the many physical and mental benefits of massage, and they are many! For those who love their full-body massage, they may not be able to make time for it as often as they may need and may find they get tense and stressed between appointments.

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Chair massage focuses on the neck, shoulders, upper and lower back, and arms and hands and is performed sitting on a specially designed chair. Chair massage is easy, convenient and is also less expensive. Chair massage is an excellent alternative to fit in-between your full-body massage appointments or a perfect, easy way to still get the benefits of massage without the massage table routine. Massage has so many incredible benefits, it relaxes muscles, reduces stress, and improves sleep, circulation, and flexibility, to name a few. A chair massage is less invasive, if that is your personal preference, and typically lasts 15 to 30 minutes, which makes it easier to fit into your schedule. No matter what you feel like when you sit down in the chair, you’ll feel better by the time you get up. Creative Wellness Solutions wishes everyone a safe and happy Christmas season! If you would like to give the gift of well-being and feeling great, we have gift certificates available! We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The price for one routine is $20. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service with custom in-home service. We are also at numerous locations on a weekly basis. Be sure to check out our website at www. CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.

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December 2017

Seven Questions You Should Ask Any Potential Financial Advisor

Retirement Specialist

By Robert McLennan, RBC Dominion Securities, Investment Advisor Choosing a financial advisor is one of the most important financial decisions you will ever make. Before entering into any partnership, ask the following questions, and make sure you are comfortable with the answers. 1. How are you accredited or registered? Your advisor’s firm should be a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), which regulates all investment dealers in Canada. IIROC monitors and enforces rules regarding the proficiency, business and financial conduct of these firms and their advisors. To learn more, please visit www.iiroc.ca.

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Robert A. McLennan, FMA Investment Advisor

RBC Dominion Securities Inc. 101-100 Front Street Penticton, BC V2A 1H1

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Great Cabin Recipes Sticky, Foolproof Overnight Cinnamon Buns

2. How are you compensated? Many advisors are paid by By Dee Martens commission for the products they recommend, while others receive a flat fee. Find out how your advisor is compensated, how much the The best cinamon bun recipe that I have ever discovered, I created myself over American Thanksgiving weekend. I thought to myself, ‘not services will cost, and payment options. only US citizens can be gluttonous on this weekend’ and thus, this 3. What is your experience? Your advisor should be forthcoming recipe was born. about their industry experience and qualifications. Also, fewer years as an advisor may not necessarily mean less expertise. Many advisors On the night before I planned to serve these bad boys, I prepared enter the profession after many years of working with the people who the dough. I mixed ½ a cup of whole milk with ½ a cup of butter and would later become clients, in industries they now specialize in as an melted it down on the stovetop, setting it aside to cool when the butter was disolved. Next, I put ½ a cup of warm water, 2 ¼ tbsp. of instant advisor. yeast, 1 large egg and 3 egg yolks into a bowl and whisked together 4. What kinds of products and services can you provide? Ask until the yeast was dissolved. Once dissolved, I added the milk and if your advisor is limited to certain investments: proprietary products butter mixture and whisked until frothy. Once bubbles appeared, I offered by their firm, GICs or mutual funds, or if you can draw on a added 4 ½ cups of flour to the mixture, ½ a cup at a time until a ‘tacky’ greater range of investment products. Make sure you ask about your dough was created. I moved this dough into a greased bowl (greased advisor’s access to investment research, portfolio strategy teams, with vegetable oil), tossed the dough to ensure all sides were oiled, and risk management groups. Find out if your advisor focuses on covered the bowl and left in the refrigerator over night. My dough investment solutions only, or can also provide additional services doubled in size overnight, if you are making the dough the morning that may help you achieve your financial goals, such as financial, tax, of, allow 2 hours for rise time in a warm place, covered. If your dough retirement, and estate planning services. does not double in size, leave on the counter, covered for 30 minutes 5. What clients do you serve? Some advisors specialize in prior to rolling out. helping a particular client group, such as business owners, medical Because of my excitement in regards to these buns, I made the filling professionals or retirees. Don’t be shy about asking for references and icing the night before. If you want, you can wait until just before either; your advisor is in many ways applying for the job. serving to do so. 6. How will you help me reach my goals? Your advisor should ask you to outline what you hope to gain - for example, preserving income, building wealth, retiring comfortably - and guide you if your expectations are unrealistic.

For the filling: combine 1 cup of softened butter, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 tsp. of salt, 2 tbsp. of vanilla and beat to combine until a thick paste forms. Set aside in a bowl, on the counter overnight. Or, if you are making this component the day you are serving the buns, set aside Ask about your advisor’s investment process, and how they create until assembly. and manage your portfolio. Is each portfolio custom-crafted, or is the For the icing: combine 4 oz (1/2 a block) of cream cheese, 1 ½ cups advisor following a set of established models? Confirm that you are of icing sugar, ¼ cups of soften butter and 1 tsp. of vanilla. Beat until a comfortable with this process. smooth icing forms and store in fridge until ready for assembly. 7. What kind of service will I receive? Your advisor should clarify at the outset the level of service you can expect. This includes how often you will meet to review your progress; how your advisor will update you on portfolio performance; and what sort of contact you can expect from your advisor or support staff.

Assembly: Roll the dough onto a lightly floured counter into a rectangular shape. Spread the filling evenly over the rectangle, leaving 1 inch margins around the edges. Roll the dough from the long side until a large ‘log’ is formed. Next, cut with a serated knife (I used a steak knife ... shhh don’t tell my boyfriend) and cut into 12 buns. For As you search for the right financial advisor, don’t hesitate to ask any fluffy buns, allow the rolls to rise for questions that help you feel more confident in the management of 30 minutes, covered before placing your wealth. For more information, please contact Robert McLennan, in the oven. Investment Advisor, today at robert.mclennan@rbc.com. You can also Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Allow visit www.iiroc.ca. the buns to cool before adding This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC copious amounts of icing sugar. Dominion Securities Inc. Member - Canadian Investor Protection Fund. If I were you, I would pair these Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of delectible bites with Baileys and the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of coffee. this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement. All Stay tuned for my next recipe, authors/advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval coming to you from yours truly from must be in place in order to be published. © 2017 Okanagan Matters Publications. Cologne, Germany in December.

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Apex Locals Night Returns! Locals Night at Apex Mountain is back! Kamakura, formerly The Rock Oven Grill, will be the happenin’ place to be for locals to gather for great food, beverages and music on the last Friday of each month in the New Year. Mark your calendar NOW, so you don’t miss out on the serious fun that is coming your way! Friday, January 26th 7-10pm ~ Eclectic Trio GARAGE GROOV playing tunes you didn’t know you remembered, maybe didn’t remember you even liked! How about “Mecca” by Gene Pitney from the early 60s or “Cow Cow Boogie” by Ella Fitzgerald from the 30s? Then there’s “Englishman in New York” by Sting from the 80s. You get the drift ... this band is all over the map, but they do a great job of arranging bizarre choices into tasty musical offerings for your listening, singing and dancing pleasure. Friday, February 23rd 7-10pm ~ OPEN MIC hosted by Rick and Julia Valenti. All performers welcome. Format will be via sign up that evening. IF YOU HAVE TALENT, SHARE IT! You will not get a more supportive audience than Apexers ... this community is a veritable love in at any given time! Friday, March 30th 7-10pm ~ Format TBA, but will definitely be musical. And since it is near the end of the season, there may be some silliness afoot.

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Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Michael Bublé Album: Christmas Deluxe Special Edition Track: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” Call me nostalgic, but I do like the old Christmas music, especially when it’s done by the smooth voice of Michael Bublé. When the snow comes to the mountain in early December, I always think of this classic song. I would like to wish everyone a Great Christmas and a Fabulous New Year. See you on the hill! 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.

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Top 25 Wealthiest People/Families in Canada









1 Owner of PokerStars 2 Family that owns runs the largest independent steel tube manufacturer 3 Potato family 4 Greek-Canadian billionaire businessman 5 Owners of Revelstoke ski resort 6 Chairman of Portland Holdings 7 Owner of Edmonton Oilers 8 Owns one of the largest company-owned convenience store operators in the world 9 Canadian-born Stanford computer science prof who owns considerable Google stock 10 Chairman of Apotex 11 Chairman of Toronto based Orlando Corp. 12 Montreal real estate family known for building Sofitel Hotel










13 Chairman of PCCW and Pacific Century Group 14 Tech executive turned media mogul 15 Grocery king and much more 16 Winnipeg family that established their business in 1857 17 Operates Canad a's largest refinery 18 Power Corp. of Canada 19 Co-founder of Uber 20 Owners of top 10 dairy producers in the world 21 Owners of Blue Jays and media empire 22 Loblaws, Holt Renfrew and Selfridges 23 Alibaba key driver 24 Canada's richest family 25 Maple Leaf Foods

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