Apex Matters December 2018

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Volume 15 : Issue 4 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

December 2018

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Do You Remember The Alpine Responsibility Code? By the Canadian Ski Patrol - Apex Zone There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience this winter at Apex. 1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop, or avoid other people or objects. 2. People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them. 3. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above. 4. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others. 5. If you are involved in or witness a collision / accident you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol. 6. Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment. 7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings. 8. Keep off closed trails and obey area closures. 9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through the use of alcohol or drugs. 10. You must have sufďŹ cient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride, and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant. Know the Code ... Be Safety Conscious! It is your responsibility.

3rd Annual Artisan Christmas Market By Ash Dunsford This holiday season brings the 3rd annual Artisan Christmas Market to Apex Mountain on Saturday, December 22nd. Located at the Apex Inn, in the Edge Bistro’s new Event House, the market will be showcasing local artisans and their handmade creations, just in time for your last minute Christmas shopping. Most of our vendors are part of the Apex community and will be selling homemade goods ranging from jewelry, winter wear accessories, pottery, ornaments, natural beauty products, cabin art, specialty garlic seasoning, and much, much more! Along with the variety of vendors, The Edge Event House will be selling hot beverages, beer, wine and snacks, so you can browse, lounge, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. We will also feature live acoustic music throughout the day. There is something for everyone, so we hope to see you there! If you, or anyone you know, are interested in participating in our market, please contact Ash Dunsford at dunsford@gmail.com.

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Apex Places Stay & Play Special ~ $295/night Includes 2 Adult Lift Tickets & 1 Night Stay

Tentative Opening Day Friday, December 14

December 2018 Special Events: Canada Cup Series - Dec 15-16 ~ Presented by Toyo Tires, this is Freestyle Canada’s National Competition Circuit of amazing mogul skiers. Night Skiing Starts - Dec 21 ~ Our T-bar & Magic Carpet will open for the season on Dec 22. On Friday Nights it is only $7.50 + GST for Tubing, Skiing and Rentals! (Separately) Night Skiing will run every Friday and Saturday from 4-9pm throughout the season. There will be Night Skiing every night of the Winter Break, excluding December 24, 25 and 31. Winter Break ~ Dec 22 - Jan 6 ~ Local schools will be closed and families will join together at Apex for all kinds of fun in the snow! Christmas Artisan Market - Dec 22 ~ With over 20 vendors, the 3rd annual Christmas Artisan Market will be bigger and better than ever! This year it will take place in The Edge Event House, located in the Apex Mountain Inn. Christmas Eve Festivities - Dec 24 ~ Join together in the magical spirit of Christmas starting at 6pm with our Torchlight Parade (sign up in the office), Santa Brings Gifts, and an exciting show of fireworks. Warm up by the big bonfire in front of the Gunbarrel! Christmas Day - Dec 25 ~ Regular operating hours of 9am - 3:30pm. Happy Holidays! Home Hardware Camps ~ For ages 6-15 years. Christmas Break Camp runs Dec 27-31. In 2019, there are 2 camps of 8 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays starting January 12 and 13. See the Apex Snow School for full details. New Year’s Eve - Dec 31 ~ Enjoy a family fireworks show at 6pm and another at midnight. Both held on the Okanagan Run for all to enjoy!

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On Monday, November 26th, there was an unveiling ceremony to celebrate the project and the upcoming ski season, as well as the land considering Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is on Syilx territory. Dozens of students from Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School, West Bench Elementary School, along with Penticton Indian Band elders helped plant new markers that day. All of the trail signs have been translated and most of them have been put up. It is still a work in progress. The signs have been approved by BC Recreation Sites and Trails, as well as the Okanagan Nation Alliance. We hope you enjoy the new signage. Happy Skiing!

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Lessons ~ We are now accepting registrations for our 5-week Skate Ski Camp starting January 12, 2019. Spend 5 Saturday mornings with Nickel Plate’s new General Manager and lead instructor, Tricia Wilson, as she expertly coaxes out your hidden nickelplatenordic.org Open late skate ski talents. Tricia is a CANSI Level 4 instructor, the highest or November ranking in the country, and has been teaching skiing for the better visitpenticton.com to early April part of two decades. If anyone can help you, she can! Email info@nickelplatenordic.org for details. Interest in this camp is high, so be sure to register early. Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update Teck Okanagan Cup ~ The Nickel Plate Nordic Centre will be the By Kevin Dyck of “The Write Cheese” site of the Teck Okanagan Cup race in 2019! Up to 200 skiers It has been touch and go with such a dry fall, but Nickel Plate Nordic from BC, Alberta and Washington State will take part in skating Centre has officially opened for the 2018-2019 season, and what and classic technique races for ages 5 to 30 plus. This is a great an opening it’s been! With the recent snow, our groomers have opportunity for Nickel Plate’s Junior Racers to compete against managed to pack all, but the more remote trails. And, with 612 skiers from other areas. We are fortunate to have Steve King members to date, we’re thankful to be able to spread everybody announce these sure to be thrilling races. Come out and take part out! If you haven’t already done so, you can register at zone4.ca. or be a spectator for this exciting 2-day event: Saturday, January 5 - races start at 11:00 am; Sunday, January 6 - races start at 10:00 Nickle Plate Dual Language Signs ~ For several months now, am; and, cost to watch - FREE! members of the Syilx nation, along with Penticton Indian Band The races will be spectator friendly and will only use a portion knowledge keeper Richard Armstrong, worked hard on translating of the many trails at Nickel Plate. The other trails will be open the trail signs at the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. The signs were for members and the public to use. For more information, visit translated from English to Nsyilxcn, with the new signs showing nickelplatenordic.org. both languages. The project was a collaboration between Spirit North and the Syilx nation in an effort to recognize the land Are you available to volunteer? This event requires a large group Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is on and to open doors to make more of volunteers and we still have positions open to fill. If you are interested in volunteering, please email vp.nickelpn@gmail.com. members of our community feel welcome on the trails. Fresh Air Experience Demo Days ~ During the Teck Okanagan Cup Race in January, Fresh Air Experience out of Kelowna will be on site with demo equipment from Fischer, Salomon, Rossignol and Madshus. If you’re in the market for new gear, or you would like to spoil your favorite Nickel Plate staff member, that weekend will be your chance to “try it before you buy it”. Christmas Ideas ~ With Christmas quickly approaching, Nickel Plate Nordic has you covered. We have gift certificates available for all of our services. From waxing to lessons, buying for your Nordic skiing friends and family has never been easier. Make sure to follow Nickel Plate Nordic on Facebook for all of our latest updates and news ... and pictures of dogs! And, our website nickelplatenordic.org has a daily grooming report updated nice and early every morning.

Junior Racers Ready For The Season By Jake Garwah, NP Junior Racer

The Nickel Plate Junior Racers are exhilarated to revisit their old friend - snow. In order to stay fit during the fall, we have been engaging in high-intensity dry-land training, including various running drills, stretching, and muscle building routines. We are lucky enough to have two extraordinary coaches assist us in our endeavours: Kikkan Randal, an American 17-time National Champion and a Gold Medalist at the most recent Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang; and her husband Jeff Ellis, a former coach of the Alaska Nordic Ski Team and a technician with the Australian Ski Team. Both certainly know a thing or two about how to become top-notch skiers. With their help our head coach, Chris Garwah, has been implementing a rigorous training program to prepare the team for the upcoming season. The team recently had a successful ski swap, which takes place in October each year. Thanks again to the folks at The Bike Barn for their continued support. On snow practice began mid-November and the conditions have been pretty good considering our limited snowfall. Practices are held at Nickel Plate every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 - 6:15 pm and Saturdays from 10 am - 12 pm. The team is inspired by their five-star athlete Fred Albrechtson. Fred won the co-ed cross country ski relay race along with his teammate from Smithers last season while competing at Nationals. And, he is only getting better. This winter is projected to consist of above normal snowfall and near normal temperatures (according to “MTL BLOG”), which is definitely a positive sign for anyone wishing to ski. Anyone looking for something to do in the winter should certainly visit Nickel Plate for an unforgettable adventure. The NPJR’s are already anxious to start yet another exciting ski season. Are you?

Nickel Plate Junior Racers’ Ski Camp By Fred Albrechtson, NP Junior Racer

On the weekend of November 23-25, the Nickel Plate Junior Racers held an on-snow training camp to prepare for the upcoming race season. We had a special coach appearance from none other than the 17-time US national titled and Olympic Gold Medalist, Kikkan Randall. Between her, her husband (Jeff Ellis), Jerome Jang, and head coach Chris Garwah, the team was able to rack up some serious technique developments with 50-90 kms of skiing per athlete. Both Saturday and Sunday consisted of two workouts each, with durations from an hour to three hours. This camp went down as one of our most memorable and technique advancing training camps we’ve held. A huge thank you to all the coaches (Kikkan, Jeff, Jerome, and Chris) for providing such an amazing opportunity for improvements, and to all the parents for making it happen! Some upcoming races: NorAms at Sovereign Lake - December 8-9; World Junior Trials at Canmore - December 13-16; BC Cup/ Canada Games Qualifier at Prince George - December 29-30. We will also be hosting the first two OK Teck Cup races on January 5 and 6. Come out to race or to support the teams!

The team with Kikkan Randall and her Olympic Gold Medal

Coach Jerome Jang leading the group in classic technique.

Jake Garwah leading the group in striding exercises.

Ski Skills For Life! By Head Coach Tanya Callon

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Christmas Camp Registration Is Now Up On Our Website! Sign Your Kids Up For Some Holiday Fun With Freestyle! www.freestyleapex.com WHAT’S HAPPENING:

December 14-16, 2018 ~ Canada Cup Mogul Event Come watch some of the top mogul skiers in Canada compete in back to back single mogul events ... or better yet, volunteer to help out! No freestyle ski experience necessary. Sign up to volunteer Alec Henderson - Competing at 1st Canadian Open Tour in Whitehorse, YK today! www.freestyleapex.com/about-afc/volunteers/ NEWS: With the continued support of Apex Mountain Resort, Freestyle Apex Performance Team has been training already. The mountain has worked very hard to get pre-season training going for teams from across the world. Without their hard work and valiant efforts, despite all of the warm weather challenges, they have still managed to create top quality training for our team and many others! Huge thank you goes out to them for all that they do for Freestyle!

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January 10-13 ~ 19th Apex Shootout Tourney January 17-20 ~ 15th Fire Fighters Tourney January 24-27 ~ 15th Apex Shotgun Tourney

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Jumps and roller course have been built at Apex ... The season is underway! Bottom Left - Quinn Patton working on his take off position. Bottom Right - Ethan Phillips working on his back cross. All photos taken at Apex in late November 2018.

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What’s New At The Edge? By Chad Henderson and Colin Mottershead Welcome to Season 9 for “The Edge Bistro” at Apex Mountain Resort. We’re excited for a great season of “Getting Your Edge On”! Voted as the locals favourite place to meet with friends, The Edge crew is always excited to offer guests a “Fast-Fresh-Friendly” atmosphere with a great vibe and high energy. Open every morning at 7am, we offer hot breakfast options and coffees to get you out on the mountain. When you need re-fuelling, The Edge is home to the best homemade soups, fresh made sandwiches, wraps, and if you missed it, “All Day Breakfast”. New to the menu this season, is a Baked Potato with all the fixings! Great for kids and parents to have a fast, nutritious snack or make it a meal. For the popular “Take and Bake” Pizza options for those busy nights on mountain or after the long ski days when cooking isn’t an option, just call in your order any time to 250-490-6585. New this season is “The Edge Event House”! Located within the Apex Mountain Inn, “The House” will quickly become known as the place to gather for locals nights, staff and family nights, and for kids movie nights and smores around the campfire. We kick things off by hosting the “APOA Social” on December 15th from 5-10 pm, where $1 from every beverage sold will be donated back to the APOA. Then, we host a “Comedy Night” on December 29th. Doors open at 5pm, dinner at 6pm, comedy show to follow. Tickets are $40 for a full buffet dinner and comedy show, with $5 from every ticket sold and $1 from every drink sold being donated to the Ski Patrol. This event sold out last year, so get your tickets ASAP! This comedy show features Matt Baker fresh from Yuk Yuk’s. For booking information, please stop by The Edge Bistro. Remember with Christmas around the corner, we have a fantastic selection of T-shirts, toques, and the very popular Edge Gift Card!

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Raising Money- Smart Kids

Strengthening Your Financial Security

By Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities. Whether it’s teaching them the value of a dollar or helping their future financial independence, many parents strive to teach their children how to make sound financial decisions. While every child is different, instilling positive spending, saving and borrowing habits can help ensure a lifetime of financial confidence. Get Started Early ~ Your involvement is key to starting your child on the right path to financial literacy. As early as age six, children can understand the basic principles of saving and spending, including the value of saving first, or for longer-term goals. Many experts recommend a “save-spend-share” concept. This means that whenever children receive money, they put some aside for savings and charitable donations, and can spend the rest as they like. Opening a high-interest savings account can also help introduce bigger kids to budgeting, investing and borrowing. Childhood is also an ideal time to instill a lifetime desire to give back. Consider talking to your children about causes they might like to support and incorporating their ideas into how your family gives back.

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On The World Cup Ski Cross Circuit By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni The Canadian National Ski Cross Team competed at the Austrian Nationals and the first Europa Cup of the Year at Pitztal. Unfortunately, Europe is having a tough snow year and the first Ski Cross World Cup was cancelled at Val Thorens, so I will be competing at the first World Cup of the Season at Arosa Switzerland on Tuesday, December 11th. Stay tuned, as I will keep you updated in the next Apex Matters.

Preparing Young Adults To Leave The Nest ~ Whether they’re planning for university, moving out, or starting a new career, money plays an important role as your children start the journey of “making it on their own”. Budgeting - Post-high school is a great opportunity to create a first “real” budget with your child. Encourage them to track spending, and list income sources and projected expenses. Adding these numbers up can help determine whether they’ll run short or have a surplus. If they’re running short, they might want to look hard at “wants versus needs” or ways of increasing their income. If they have a surplus, introduce the idea of contributing to a Tax-Free Savings Account or Registered Retirement Savings Plan. Credit - Young adults are often presented with easy access to credit. Teach them to be aware of anything that sounds too good to be true, stick to their budget and borrow only what they can afford to repay. Grown-Up Children Still Have Plenty To Learn ~ Adult children eventually enter a world where they need to balance their financial The Canadian Ski Cross Team from left to right - Front left in green boots is goals, such as owning a home, with basic living expenses or the Reece Howden, in red boots is Kevin MacDonald, in white boots is Brady Leman, costs of raising children. This is an ideal time to pass on your own and in far right green boots is Chris Delbosco. financial experiences, including the challenges you overcame to build wealth. Preparing children to receive their inheritance is another key element of financial education, and helps perpetuate your family legacy. Consider talking to them about what they will inherit and how they can manage their inheritance, or passing on assets while you are alive to allow them to benefit from your guidance. The Value Of Advice ~ While informal family conversations and real-world learning are essential components of financial education, it can make sense to introduce your children to your financial, legal and tax advisors, who can help provide guidance that might be difficult for you to convey. Your trusted advisors can also provide education in many areas, or assist with getting your children’s affairs in order. For more information on raising money-smart kids, please contact Robert McLennan today. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member–Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Page 8 | November 2018 | ApexMatters.com


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Dino’s Diaries & Conversations By Dino Giurissevich, Adventure Guide

Well, after numerous years of writing about my snowshoe adventures, I’ve grown a wee bit tired of writing about the same old same old. So, I will be rolling out a new format commencing with this issue. I have always enjoyed reading about Okanagan History, which has prompted me to interview other like-minded adventurous outdoors people. Of course when I do have a new snowshoe adventure to share, I will certainly write about it. Without further adieu, I bring you my first conversation with my friend and fellow mountain biker, Graham Punnett. How long have you lived in the Okanagan Valley? I have lived in the Okanagan for 69 years and 2 months. I was born in Penticton; however, I have moved away and come back 7 times. My mom was the oldest Leir child. What outdoor activities do you currently partake in? Mountain biking, back country skiing, hiking and tail gate beers. What does getting outdoors mean and do for you personally? The word that pops into my head is “addiction”. I use that in a sense that if I don’t get out 3-4 days a week my energy winds down, so it’s something that I need for my health and well being. Getting out to recreate in certain areas, some of which I go to a lot and some that are new, gives me a sense of “spirituality”. It’s something about that space that gives me that warm and satisfying feeling. Can you tell me a favorite experience from one or each of your outdoor activities? A mountain biking experience of which the location is west of Kaleden. I was riding with a friend in the fall and after a steep climb we arrived on a shoulder. We were treated to some amazing fall colours of Aspen and Sumac with a rock cliff backdrop contrasted by an amazing blue sky. From here we continued on to a summit and had some glorious views of which we had never seen before. Certainly a memory I will not forget. A skiing experience ... I ski a lot in the area west of Nickel Plate Nordic. It is safe terrain and is one of those “spiritual” areas for me. So I guess that is the experience - spiritual. Can you tell me a personal “life experience” that stands out among others and not necessarily sports related? Growing up in the 60’s, I had an uncle that was a rancher, so I got to work on the ranch. We were driving cattle to their range land along the highway uphill west of Kaleden. We had a vehicle at the front and back of the cattle with a horseback rider in the middle (my aunt). This was to try to keep the herd reasonably in line. My job was to advise the driving public to go slowly past the cows. A gentlemen in a large vehicle got impatient and started honking his horn. My aunt heard this so she pulled out her bull whip and wrapped it around the side mirror of the vehicle and then around her saddle horn and ripped the mirror off. The gentlemen driving the car the got reactive. He gently moved through the herd until he got behind “Bossy” a seven year old cow. He then lost his patience again

and leaned on the horn. Bossy stopped walking, turned her head around, lifted her back right leg and kicked in the chrome grill of the drivers car. The driver was stunned and wordless. What is your favorite season and why? It is fall time around October. The temperature changes and the colours show up. All of the senses are activated. The smells of drying grass and turning leaves. Animals show up, such as bears for their last big feed. And, lots of long shadows. Can you tell me a few Apex related stories? I started skiing Apex in 1961. It was the year after they relocated a rope tow from Summerland. I was on ski patrol for about 6 years. The road driving up to Apex was one way. You drove up in the morning and down at the end of the ski day. Every year from about the age of 8, our family had an annual Labor Day drive to the summit of Apex. There use to be a fire look out tower, which is now long gone. We would have a fire and lunch and generally have a great time! Riding through the French mine and down the Donkey trail.

Update On Supporting Penticton’s Carmi Trails From Logging By Neda Jess

Thank you for your support in signing our petition before November 15th to help us save the multi-purpose and well used trail network in the Upper Carmi Area from logging. Well, we’ve had a couple of whirlwind weeks. On November 12th, we held a Town Hall meeting and approximately 70 people were present. Andrew Drouin of South Okanagan Trail Alliance was present, along with myself, and we presented a summary BCTS’s proposal for the trails. There were many good comments and information passed during that meeting. On November 22nd, we handed over our petition (1403 signatures) to our MLA Dan Ashton, to take with him to Victoria to present to the Honourable Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development in British Columbia. Along with the petition were approximately 50+ opposition letters that individuals had written for MLA Dan Ashton to present as well. We had a group meeting Saturday, November 24th, to agree with some strategies dependent on the response from Honourable Doug Donaldson to our “Do Not Log the Carmi Trails” position. In the middle of our meeting, MLA Dan Ashton called, and confirmed his presentation of our petition will be on Monday, November 26th to Minister Doug Donaldson. MLA Dan Ashton asked that we continue to pressure Minister of Forest and BCTS by writing letters, calling and voicing our concerns, etc. If anyone has not written a letter to Minister of Forests, now is the time to do so. We agreed to have a web page up and running shortly, carmirecreationtrails. ca, where updates will be posted, and free membership sign up is available. Carmi Trails Appreciation Day has been narrowed down to the weekend of January 5-6, 2019. Stay tuned for more details. Many of us who have written are getting responses back. BCTS position remains constant that “both recreation and timber harvesting can occur”, which is a contradiction for these trails as they are dependent on the network of paths and the timber surrounding it. Their guidance for land use management within Intensive Recreation areas as written states, “when planning for industrial activities, ensure the trails corridor/network and associated recreation opportunities are maintained or enhanced for continued public use”. This will not be the case, if the area is logged! Thank you for your support with this time sensitive matter! Our next step is dependent on what MLA Dan Ashton comes back to us with, as per the Minister’s feedback. I will certainly pass along the outcome as soon as we hear. If you have any questions or would like updates, please email carmirecreationtrails@gmail.com.

Be SMART About Goal Setting By Rhonda Roth, Fitness Trainer and Active Aging Specialist At City Centre Health and Fitness Setting goals seems to be a straight forward endeavour, but we seem to have trouble sticking with them and succeeding. We all know what we want to achieve and start off with great intentions, motivation and enthusiasm. After a while, we seem to lose our initial desire and they do not become a reality. A lot of goals may be health related and revolve around losing weight, getting in shape and exercising more. These are very important lifestyle changes, so why does it seem so hard to achieve them? When we set a goal to lose weight or get into shape, we need to have a plan in place in order to succeed. We all have great intentions, but what are the steps to take in order to make it actually happen? How can we succeed in making that lifelong commitment to health and wellness? The first step is to be SMART about goal setting. SMART is an acronym which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Behavioral research has shown that effective goal setting must have certain qualities in order to be effective. The SMART checklist is a tool that will help with goal setting and most importantly, achieving positive outcomes in your life. Specific ~ A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. Clearly define the outcome you want. EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape”. But, a specific goal would be, “Join a fitness centre and workout 3 days a week”. Measurable ~ Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. Use actual numbers, target dates or specific events to indicate when you have achieved your goal. Reward your success. When you measure your progress, you stay on track and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal. Achievable ~ Goals should challenge you, but you should still be able to attain them with effort and commitment. Include a plan of action on how you will achieve them. Seek assistance from professionals, if you need to. When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true and you develop the attitudes, abilities, and skills to reach them. Realistic ~ To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work toward. Set goals that are significant and be sure you have the ability to make them happen. Set both long term and short term goals in order to keep motivated.

Cross Country Ski Tuning By Frank Perrier Many of you may know me from my days working with Peach City Runners and Nordic Ski. Well, I am pleased to introduce my Cross Country Ski Tuning Service. From groomed trails to light touring, all skis need wax. Even non-wax skis, as they need glide wax for tips and tails and wax for the grip zone for warmer conditions. Did you know that wax protects the base and gives you ‘grip and glide’? There are wax products in a liquid form that are easy to use with quick applications. However, many of us are just plain too busy or may feel overwhelmed and need help with waxing, let alone assistance with much needed repair work.

I have over 40 years of experience with waxing and repairing all types of cross country skis. My tuning services cover the following: Timely ~ Goals need to have a time frame in order to succeed. adult, junior and kids skis; This will keep you on track and prevent you from simply putting a classic track skis (waxable or goal off indefinitely. It should have a sense of urgency and should no wax); skate skis; and light be a high priority in your life. touring skis with metal edges Using the SMART checklist will help you succeed in making (waxable or no wax). My repair services include: inspecting skis your goals a reality. There are many programs that can help for damage; checking bindings and screws; and resetting kick and you to remain on track, keep you accountable, motivated and glide zones for classic skis. Best of all, I offer free pick up and enthusiastic. Get SMART about goal setting in order to make a delivery service! lifelong commitment to your health and wellness. For more information on the mystery of waxing, please contact me at frankperrier@gmail.com or call 250-328-0950. Ski you later!

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 Winter Season at Apex Mountain Resort!

~ Vintage Hospitality


What’s New With Vintage Hospitality At Apex? Gunbarrel Saloon

Fireside Dining Room

Live Music Every Saturday starting December 22

Menu concept has evolved to Italian inspired family meals.

Join the ULLR Party on December 14 from 4-8 pm Free hot chocolate for kids | Prize for the Best Viking Costume | Drink & Food Specials New & Improved Menu with Chef Justin Bronson New Year’s Eve Celebrations - Tickets go on sale on December 14 Contact the Gunbarrel Saloon at 250.292.8515 or see the Bartender

Large selection of local wines. $1 from every Gunbarrel Coffee sold will be donated to the Apex Fire Brigade.

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Trading Post General Store Great New Selection of Wines, Beers & Spirits

Longshot Tapas Showcasing over 25 Local BC Wines

Grocery Essentials & Confectionery Items Hot Beverages, Hot Dogs & Baked Goods

New & Improved Menu with Chef Josh Lee Watch for our new “Patrol Hut Caesar”

We will donate $1 from every Caesar sold to the Ski Patrol in memory of Chuck Eggert.

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Partial proceeds from art sales will be donated to the Ski Patrol.

Themed Long Table Dinners every Thursday in the New Year Wine makers or brew masters will be present on site. Limited tickets available.

Apex Cafeteria New Food Truck inspired concept this season. Easy “Grab and Go” Style Dishes!

A Warm Welcome To Our New Operations Manager ~ Caroline Lachapelle Caroline has been working in the ski industry for 10 years and in food and beverage management for 13 years. Caroline, her husband and two children, purchased a townhouse in Apex Village. The family call themselves “avid professional ski bums”, so they’ll definitely fit right in! Caroline is big on community and having community be a part of all her business efforts. She is committed to Apex and long term growth. Caroline chose to work with Vintage Hospitality because of their strong set of core values ... “One Team One Dream, Care About People & Be Grapeful”. They are leaders in the South Okanagan Hospitality Industry, with their vision of sustainable business, while fostering employee growth and building positive culture.

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Get Your Knees Working For You By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician Let’s talk about knees. These powerful joints cushion our turns. They are the shock absorbers. One of the most common injuries seen on the hill is a knee sprain, accounting for 1/3 of all ski injuries. Ligament Sprain ~ Ligaments are like the thick cord in a suspension bridge, providing the tension needed to hold our knee joint together. The most common ligaments in the knee to sprain are the MCL and ACL. These ligaments commonly get injured when we ski above our skill level or when there is a twisting fall and the ski doesn’t pop off, thereby wrenching the knee. The Terrible Triad ~ This is a traumatic injury to two ligaments (MCL and ACL) and the meniscus. Ubiquitous to a ligament tear is an audible popping sound and severe joint swelling immediately following the injury. Definitive diagnosis of this type of injury is found through an MRI. Osteoarthritis ~ This is what you call bone on bone. The ends of our bones are lined with cartilage. Joints well lined in smooth cartilage move easier and without pain. Wear and tear from years of skiing the bumps or an injury that never quite healed can lead to articular cartilage damage and this degenerative joint disease Osgood Schlatter Disease ~ This disease afflicts the youth, especially those that do a lot of jumping, kneeling and squatting (part of the preseason ski training drill). There is often a painful bump on the top of the shin at the tibial tuberosity. Along with this growth, there is inflammation of the patellar ligament. Kids are often told to rest, as the knee pain is worse with activity. Beyond conservative treatment, prolotherapy can help restore strength to this area.

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Relax in the Hot Tub. Hot water soothes aching joints. I am sure I don’t need to explain this one. Mix it up with some Cross Training. This could mean not doing the bumps all day. Take a break with a fast groomer run or two. When you are not up the hill, get in the gym and strengthen hamstrings, quads, and calf muscles. How about trying out some yoga tree poses to build balance and stability of your lower body. Regenerate with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). Some injuries only heal so far on their own. This is where PRP comes into play. Injecting your own blood right at the site of injury creates a whole cascade of healing. Platelets are rich in growth factors and localizing the platelets to damaged tissue accelerates their repair. PRP should be considered in injuries that have not healed on their own or in degenerative osteoarthritis. Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma using Ultrasound Guidance. She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also find her on the hill, as part of the Volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol.

How to best support your knees? Consider some of these tips to keep your shock absorbers working for you from first run to last. Build with Glucosamine Sulfate, an essential ingredient that your body uses to build cartilage. What you are looking for here is 15002000 mg per day depending on body weight. All too often I see patients taking too low of a dose. This supplement is particularly useful in patients with degenerated joints as seen in Osteoarthritis. Lubricate with Water and Oils. Your joints are bathed in synovial fluid. If you are dehydrated, all fluids in the body go down. Add in Omega 3 oils through supplements or upping your dietary fish will reduce the inflammatory mediators and improve joint lubrication. More long term studies need to be done to look at Omega 3’s role in prevention of osteoarthritis.

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Feeling The Burn Long After The Flames Are Out By Lyndie Hill At the start of 2018, we felt as though this was our year to shine. We had made it through the 2017 floods and fires, to even see growth in our year overall, despite summer numbers being affected by flames. We looked at the summer ahead and began to staff up and train an all new seasonal team for the increased business we forecasted. We saw areas we could improve and invested extra time in training. We saw new opportunities and made new partnerships, invested, expanded and created new experiences in other areas. We were watching our numbers from past spreadsheets, sometimes making difficult decisions to ensure profitability in all areas. Things were looking good, the phone was ringing, staff were busy, people were booking, maybe a few tweaks were still needed here or there, but overall we were rolling along, hopeful to be setting ourselves up for an easier winter this year.

Then, quite literally, it all went up in smoke, this time far worse than ever before. The phones stopped ringing, or when they did it was to request a refund or to let us know that they would not be coming. Groups of 8-10 people became groups of 2, yet our staff, fuel, admin, overhead, all remained the same. One of our new youth camp ventures was canceled by parents concerned of the smoke, asking for refunds the day before the camp is about to begin. Food is paid for and packed, staff is ready to work for the week, many expenses have been incurred, now all lost. This goes on for weeks. Thank goodness we have saved up a buffer for times like this, it will help us through. Then, we have an issue with equipment, there goes our buffer. We are not alone. There are hundreds of stories just like ours in the province, with Adventure/Outdoor Tourism being hit the hardest. Recently, we reached out to one of our favorite publications to let them know that our budget is very limited, only to find out that they were hit with their other tourism business costing them tens of thousands, plus their publication had lost 50% of its advertisers, who are either going out of business or cannot afford to advertise this year. So, the publication has no choice but to shut down. I sat in a Tourism Board meeting with the regional tourism organizations and watched slide after slide of sad statistics in our area, based on real time numbers through Telus towers. The stats gave me a mixed bag of emotions; relief to know that we are not alone in this, fear to think that the province has a damaged reputation, sadness for all those who have lost their business, pride to know that we have fought and succeeded in keeping our doors open to date, embarrassment that we are in this position, anxiety for the work ahead, and suitably, fire inside to ensure we protect ourselves, our employees and in turn

our partners and region from letting this take us down. What we have is just too special and too important. We are lucky, as we have the ability to create year round business opportunities and experiences. We can no longer rely on that “peak season” cash to keep us going. We live in an area that we can get outside in all seasons. Our business has products like annual events in shoulder seasons, corporate activities, youth programs and a climbing gym ... we have a fighting chance with the support of our customers returning and new. Restaurants, accommodations, retailers, have all felt the hit, but they are still opening their doors, how do we get more people to go in when they need it most to assure their survival?

At times like, this we need to work together and support one another. Consider supporting local when shopping this Christmas. This year it is more important than ever. Consider an experience as a gift. Invite your families to visit in spring instead of summer, we have the warmest spring in the country! And, fall! How beautiful is our Fall?! Our falls are mild, gorgeous and quiet (but hopefully not as quiet for long). And, you don’t need to ski to enjoy being outside or inside in the winter, though the skiing is pretty great too. We will be working hard to showcase this beautiful place we call home in all its glorious seasons, providing adventures of all kinds to all ages and demographics and letting the World know about all the wonderful things we have here year round. We encourage the entire community to join us in showcasing the Okanagan as the 4 Season Destination we all know that it is. I am hopeful that the floods and fires in the past two seasons will make us stronger and push us harder to make that 45 day peak season, a 200+ day peak season. And remember, “The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire”. ~ Richard M. Nixon

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Skier’s Thumb By Paul Girard, PT, CHT, & Carmen Eberle, PT, CHT Oftentimes in the hand therapy clinic, we see the unfortunate results of hand injuries that were dismissed as inconsequential. Not that it’s always a bad thing after an injury to suck it up, rub a little dirt (or snow) on it, and soldier on - these are things we try to teach our kids every day. However, if an ignored injury becomes a long-term disability, then it was a poor decision to not properly address the problem earlier. The following article concerns a common injury you will find during the winter season at Apex ... Skier’s Thumb. It’s a good idea to know about this, as proper management can mean the difference between a normal hand and a nagging problematic hand. About half of upper extremity ski injuries involve the thumb. When you think about it, the thumb is pretty cool. As it comes around and “opposes” to hold onto things, it’s really turning to face toward the fingers. This is useful when you want to grab something ... like a ski pole. But it does leave that thumb out there at times, where it can get hung up on stuff. A problem event occurs when a skier or boarder falls onto an outstretched hand. Given the obvious uncontrolled environment of a fall - and maybe even the leverage of a ski pole - it’s quite possible to stretch a couple of bones in the thumb too far apart. This often happens at the middle thumb joint located near the web space between your thumb and index finger. It’s called the metacarpal phalangeal joint, or MP joint, and it is usually well-stabilized and kept in check by ligaments. Ligaments act as straps to keep the thumb bones at this MP joint from moving too far apart - and that keeps the joint aligned and pain-free when grasping onto things. When a certain ligament on the inside of this MP joint (specifically, the ulnar collateral ligament or UCL) fails, it’s called a sprain. If the sprain happens at Apex, it’s called So, if you do sustain the very common skier’s thumb sprain, don’t dismiss the injury without some consideration. Use ice for 10-15 Skier’s Thumb. minutes to settle down the pain and swelling over the first few Skier’s thumb sprains come in days, 2 or 3 times a day. Avoiding re-injury in the first 10 days different varieties, based on how bad is critical. You could ski without poles, since that lessens the the damage is. Grade I sprains are potential to again leverage your thumb away from your index the equivalent of a mild over-stretch. finger. Use a brace to mechanically support your thumb. We You’ve suffered some microscopic can fabricate custom splints that fit well under gloves right in the damage in the ligament fibers, but it will heal to normal in 3-6 weeks, if not stressed more. You will have hand clinic. Seek some medical attention, if your problem seems some painful grip, but all should be fine. Grade II means a greater significant or does not resolve in the first couple of weeks. Other degree of “partial tear” of the ulnar collateral ligament at the MP possible treatment also includes prolotherapy, but that’s another joint. Your thumb is likely to be a bit “sloppy” with the ligament not conversation for Al Hooper (who is a physician in our group doing able to cope with stressful grip and pinch for two or three months. these injections). As with any injury, appropriate rehabilitation This is a time to protect the thumb with a splint, because sucking helps prevent future problems. it up and continuing to stress the ligament may cause long term Paul Girard and Carmen Eberle are registered physical therapists instability. Grade III means you have successfully separated the with Certified Hand Therapist designation. They operate their ulnar collateral ligament into two pieces ... it’s no longer stopping Hand Therapy Clinic out of Dale Charles Physiotherapy. the bones at the MP joint from moving too far apart. This will be chronic (still with you all those years later when you try to pick up your great grandchildren) unless you seek help. The result is not good, if you just leave it. With a grade III skier’s thumb, you’re going to get to know a surgeon.

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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner In an article on Lifehack.org Holly Chavez writes, “Massages are much more than just relaxing. In fact, our natural instincts turn to them in moments of need. This is the reason that you self-massage sore muscles, and it has also led to the rapidly growing field of massage therapy. As an added bonus, there are numerous health benefits associated with a massage. Fortunately, massages come in a variety of lengths and styles, which means that even people with truly hectic lifestyles can take advantage of this health-boosting technique. 1. Massages Can Alleviate Headaches ~ Whether you have a tension-type headache or suffer from migraines, medical research has proven that regular massages can help reduce or even eliminate this painful problem. 2. Massages Soothe and Relax the Body ~ A Swedish or hot stone massage offers the right amount of pressure, sometimes combined with heat, to soothe your achy muscles. If your body is tight from a tense week at the office, either of these massage styles is a good way to relax. 3. Massages Reduce Joint Pain ~ Joint pain is a common issue that is experienced by everyone from pregnant women to fibromyalgia sufferers. Receiving a regular massage will relieve this pain. In fact, many medical professionals refer patients with joint pain to a licensed massage therapist. 4. Massages Can Dramatically Reduce Anxiety ~ Approximately 40 million Americans have some form of anxiety, and this can be borderline emotionally crippling at times. Anxiety is even responsible for almost one-third of the nation’s total mental health expenses. The good news is that massage can cut your body’s level of stress hormones in half, which will alleviate the symptoms of anxiety. 5. Minimize Back Pain with a Massage ~ Back pain is one of the most common medical complaints, but you do not need to live in pain. Studies have shown that massage reduces the need for painkillers by 36 percent, and it is more effective than chiropractic care or acupuncture. 6. Neuromuscular Massage Addresses Repetitive Movement Injuries ~ A staggering 86 percent of U.S. adults have a desk job, and the vast majority of them perform repetitive tasks that can injure their hands, wrists, arms, neck and back. Although a typical massage will help reduce this pain, neuromuscular techniques can actually address the root cause of the muscular problem to provide you with optimal results. 7. Massages Promote Flexibility ~ Most people are not nearly as flexible as they would like to be, and this often causes uncomfortable stiffness. Fortunately, a sports massage is tailored toward making it easier to increase your flexibility. 8. Research Shows Massages Help Cancer Patients ~ 4 out of every 10 adults will battle with cancer at some point during their life. Massage is now being widely used as a complementary treatment because it offers a reduction in many of the symptoms associated with cancer, including nausea, pain, insomnia and fatigue. 9. Re-energize with a Massage ~ Do you often feel drained by the end of your workday? Swedish massages will relax you, but they are also known for making the receiver feel more energetic throughout the rest of the day. 10. Massage Relieves Insomnia ~ At any given time, one-third of adults are experiencing a bout of insomnia, so it is no surprise that people are constantly looking for ways to improve their quality of sleep. Sleep studies have shown a very strong link between weekly massages and reduced insomnia. This is extremely important

when you consider the many health issues that are caused by a lack of sleep, including a weakened immune system and a greater risk of depression. 11. Increase Your Quality of Life with Massages ~ Medical patients receiving palliative care experience a boost in their quality of life with regular massages, and the same is true for everyone. This is one of the primary reasons that more than half of the 32.6 million Americans who get a massage at least once a year do so for health reasons. 12. Massages Help Digestive Issues ~ Everyone experiences the occasional digestive issue, and an abdominal massage can help. Regardless of whether you have been constipated for three days or have a chronic digestive issue, a massage is a good way to get your system working more properly. 13. Massage Combats Stress ~ Chronic stress increases your risk of contracting cancer, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver and lung ailments. Additionally, it is responsible for many accidents and suicides. In other words, stress is quite literally killing some people, but you do not have to remain so stressed out. Instead, you can take advantage of the stress-busting benefits of massage therapy. 14. Boost Your Immune System with Massages ~ Everyone can benefit from a boosted immune system, especially people who typically deal with several minor illnesses every year. A research group at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discovered that a single 45-minute massage alters the human body’s immune response. Therefore, getting a massage weekly or biweekly is a great way to strengthen your immune system. 15. Massages Can Beat PMS ~ The pain that some women experience before and during their menstrual cycle can be effectively combated by a massage. Even better is the fact that studies have shown a direct connection between massage and a reduction in water retention, depression and other symptoms of menstrual distress. 16. Become More Alert with a Chair Massage ~ Many businesses now offer chair massages to their employees, and this is a scientifically backed way to make people feel more alert. The mental boost you receive from a simple 15 minute chair massage will make daily tasks much easier and can reduce your odds of being in an accident. 17. Massages Improve Face, Scalp and Hair Health ~ A simple face and scalp massage is very relaxing, and it will also boost the health of your scalp, hair and facial skin. Some studies have even found that face massages can stop skin from sagging and ward off wrinkles! 18. Massage Fixes Postural Stress ~ Another major problem associated with sitting all day is the development of serious neck and shoulder pain. This is caused by postural stress, and it can also impact your glutes and lower back. Massages address this physical stress and will relieve your painful symptoms. 19. Massage will Lower Your Blood Pressure ~ If you have issues with high blood pressure, then scheduling regular massages is definitely a good idea. Individuals with a hectic lifestyle and high blood pressure can benefit from as little as a 10 minute chair massage once a week. 20. Increase Your Blood Circulation with Massages ~ Massages help your blood circulation, and this offers a long list of benefits. For example, if you have any health conditions that slow down your blood circulation, massage will provide healthier skin, better organ functionality and improved cell growth.”

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APOA Update By the APOA Board APOA Road Committee Report ~ The pre-season stakeholders meeting with Argo was held recently. We were very fortunate to have our newly elected RDOS Area ‘I’ Director Subrina Monteith attend. First off, we were notified that Argo has lost the contract and as of May 1, 2019 and a new contractor called Acciona will be taking over. Most employees will be carried over to the new contractor. Winter hours for road maintenance started November 11th and will continue until mid-March. If you notice dangerous road conditions, please call Argo at 1-800-663-7623. Argo has committed to more night time grading on Apex Mountain Road, and will continue clearing the Okanagan Vista parking area when the grader is out. Argo had said they will prioritize Apex Mountain Road and all side roads as a priority after a snowfall. If you notice your side road is missed, call Argo as soon as possible. That being said, the road to Okanagan Vista and Nickel Plate Nordic Centre will be less of a priority first thing in the morning, but will get done soon after. The biggest issue for Argo is cars being parked illegally on roadways. Please let your guests know they will be towed if they are parked illegally and hampering Argo’s snow removal. New this season is a weather station at Bromley Rock reporting black ice and travel advisories. Make sure you have good winter tires when travelling up to Apex, and look ahead for logging trucks as they cannot maintain their side of the road on several switchbacks. Safe travels this winter! APOA Member’s Social Re-scheduled ~ Because the opening day for the Resort has been moved back a week due to weather, the APOA Season Opening Member’s Social has been changed to Saturday, December 15th from 5-9 pm in the Apex Mountain Inn. Appies will be complimentary and refreshments will be available for $6 each. Along with being able to renew acquaintances, there will be an opportunity to hear the latest news from our APOA Forestry Committee, Apex Mountain Resort Management, as well as the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen. So, if you’re a member of APOA or if you own property at Apex and are interested in joining and if you would like to find out more about the latest happenings in our community and the Resort, we hope you’ll plan to attend our event. For the latest information and possible updates, along with membership registration, you can visit our website at www.apexpropertyowners.com.

The APOA ... The Heart of the Apex Community!

APOA membership is open to all Apex property and condo owners. Love your Apex playground? Want to keep it pristine? Love to use the snowshoe & cross country trails? Like to drive on safe roads to get to Apex? Concerned about the status of logging? Then, the APOA needs YOU!

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NOTICE Illegally Parked Vehicles On Roadways It was brought to Argo’s attention at our recent stakeholders meeting held on June 13, 2018, that vehicles from the Strata Complexes were parking on the roadway. Once winter is upon us, the parking of vehicles on the roadways adjacent (Strata) makes winter maintenance very difficult. If a vehicle is standing or parked in a position that causes it to interfere with the removal of snow from the roadway, Argo Road Maintenance (South Okanagan) Inc., in accordance with section 188 (3) of the Motor Vehicle Act, will have your vehicle removed for continuation of winter highway maintenance. All costs incurred for the removal, care, and storage of a motor vehicle removed under these situations shall be the responsibility of the owner of the motor vehicle, as set out in section 188 (4) of the Motor Vehicle Act. Please remind all Strata users that their vehicles are to be parked on their property or Argo will arrange to have the vehicle towed at the owner’s expense. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Apex Fire Brigade Society By Tricia Radcliffe Eight years have passed since Apex has seen a disaster as proportional as the acclaimed structure fire of November 2010. Firefighters fought the inferno in -27˚C through all hours of the night. A local’s home and possessions were destroyed, but no lives were lost and our team was able to contain the blaze, preventing any further loss to the neighbourhood. The efforts of the men and women involved, on this catastrophic night, will not soon be forgotten. Today, our fire brigade is 30+ strong, consisting of local men and women with diverse training and skills ranging from fire, medical and rescue, to construction, mechanics and equipment operations. All are useful in themselves and the combined effect is transcendent. Myself, I endured six months intense training, both theory and practical, at the Justice Institute in Maple Ridge and was a member of the Fire Department for six years before retiring from my unit with the birth of my first son. The knowledge I gleaned from those years has proven invaluable to me and I find I continue to utilize the lessons I learned. Although the Apex Fire Brigade stands on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be summoned simply by calling 911, the best case scenario is prevention. As winter rolls in with our cozy fires and Christmas decorations, keep safety in mind. When was Saddleback Lodge was lost to a fire in November 2010 during -27˚C. the last time you tested your smoke detectors? Go ahead and replace those batteries. Is there furniture blocking your baseboard heaters? Keep your Christmas tree well watered or, better yet, use an artificial, fire resistant tree and never leave the lights on when you are not home. Get your chimney cleaned and don’t burn all Plumbing Contractor of that wrapping paper! In the kitchen, keep an eye on that stew simmering on the stove and use a timer to remind yourself of items Installations Repairs Drainage Emergency Service in the oven. Have a gander at our Apex Fire Brigade Facebook page for more safety tips. Wilfred Krueger ~ 778-531-4940 A reminder that the first Tuesday of every month between 6:30 Serving the South Okanagan & Similkameen Valley 7:30 pm, Dispatch Kelowna 911 activates the siren located on the barn near the Apex Village to make sure it is working in conjunction FROM THE DIRECTOR with AFBS Dispatch weekly radio checks. This siren sound is just a “test”. For RDOS Area ‘I’ Despite the fact that our members take their commitment Seasons Greetings and seriously, we are still volunteers which means that we also Wishing you All a Safe 2019! endure the responsibility of jobs and home lives. Help from our local community is always appreciated. Winter time snow piles My name is Subrina Monteith and up quickly here on the mountain, so if you see a hydrant that is I’m your RDOS Area ‘I’ Director. I’ve being buried, to please help AFBS members by digging it out and been busy talking with residents and keeping it clear. It is time AFBS will not have to spend digging it out attended an APOA meeting to learn when responding to an emergency situation. about local concerns. I look forward to meeting many Apex residents during While our members are working for free, our equipment is not. the season ahead. If you have any Apex Fire Brigade Society is in desperate need of new fire hoses Subrina Monteith Director of questions or concerns, please don’t and our members are actively trying to raise money for these and RDOS Area ‘I’ hesitate to contact me at any time. other fundamental items. Our next event will be a Christmas Tree disposal burn for donation. A tentative date for this will be Friday, Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ January 4th. Crews may be available for picking up Christmas Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca trees by truck as people call us, or drop off your trees on the day of the occasion. More details on this will be advertised as the date approaches. Another way to show your support is using the simple GoFundMe page, typing in “Apex Fire Brigade Fundraiser”. It has been set up Pine Fire Wood! Trim ends of various lengths & diameters. for just such a purpose, watch it grow and join us in our efforts! For pick up info ~ 250.295.7911 ext 100 Further, look for our members as they continue with their fundraising boot drive, popping in to our local establishments in For delivery info ~ Brian Coyne - 250.295.0606 or full turn out gear. Henry Tebrincke - 250.502.7421

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A Glance At Our Night Sky

A “Hat Trick” Of Support For Three Charities

Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share a thought provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden.

Virtual Reality Astronomy

Virtual reality (VR) is radically changing the way we do science. For On Wednesday, October 24th, the Penticton Vees organization example, this is an experience I had at a recent solar conference. and the South Okanagan Events Centre came together to host the I put on the headset, and instantly I found myself hanging above quarterly meeting of 100 Men Who Care - Penticton who donated the surface of the Sun. In front of me was a great loop, with its $7,700 to three local charities. SOEC provided meeting space footpoints anchored to the surface and extending up into space far and put on an exceptional food service and the Vees provided above my head. It was hundreds of times bigger than the Earth and complimentary tickets for members to stay and watch the Vees still growing. A close look showed it to be made of loosely braided play the Coquitlam Express. fibres, moving and stretching as the loop grew, getting higher The Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs in Penticton received $6,160 to and higher. Suddenly, some fibres snapped, releasing flashes of support their Community Kitchen Program. Once a month, families energy. The snapping rapidly spread, until the loop had completely learn skills such as: how to shop on a budget, use coupons, read broken loose from its moorings and the released stress catapulted nutritional labels, preparing menus for nutritional meals and most of the loop into space at thousands of kilometres a second. cooking skills. The Boys & Girls Clubs provides the food, kitchen Of course, if I were actually transported this close to the Sun, I and supplies for these families to come in and prepare the meals would have been destroyed before I even knew I was there. I was to take home. Last year, a total of 3,780 lunches were served watching a virtual reality computer animation showing a theory to children and parents, 850 meals cooked and taken home for explaining how coronal mass ejections are launched. These things families to enjoy. can have devastating effects on our communications, power and South Okanagan Women In Need Society (SOWINS) received transportation infrastructure. On a different occasion, I put on the $770 towards a proposed new initiative, Sexual Assault Support headset and I was inside a molecule of DNA. I watched the double Services or S.A.S.S., a program to support sexual assault survivors helix separate into two single helices, and then the various bases with all necessary community supports at the same entry point. arrange themselves into two double helices of DNA. Both of these This “wrap around” approach will help mitigate re-victimization are examples of the growing use of VR technology in science. and further trauma and provide a streamlined response for sexual A major part of scientific research is plotting graphs. We use them assault survivors, increase awareness and education, and remove to show how things change with time, or how two or three different barriers to reporting. processes might be related. Graphs continue to be important tools The Penticton Soupateria Society also received $770. Many in our work. However, they have a powerful limitation. In nature, people do not have ready access to hot meals, whether they most phenomena are actually driven by many relationships. Over be homeless, single parents with children, lonely senior citizens the last ten or twenty years, we have learned that these individual and others. The Soupateria offers a hot meal once a day and an relationships might be simple, but when we combine many of opportunity to meet others and socialize. The average cost of a them, the result can be extremely complicated. A good example meal is $2.05 and the Soupateria serves over 45,000 nutritious is a collision between a pair of galaxies. The whole thing is driven meals each year. The funds from 100 Men will be used to continue by one force: gravity, but what actually happens is amazingly complicated. The best way to see how well our simulations or to provide meals to those who need this support. To date, 100 Men has donated $66,100 to thirty charitable models compare with what we see happening out in space is to use virtual reality. You can “sit there in space”, with a million years organizations in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region. or so passing a second, being able to look around at all the different NOTE: The next meeting of 100 Men is scheduled for Wednesday, things that are going on. Since these collisions take millions of January 23, 2019 at “Time Winery” in downtown Penticton. years, we cannot observe the whole process, but fortunately we are finding lots of galactic collisions out there, all at various stages. Now we are seeing a new application of virtual reality technology. Just as a pilot can fly a drone half a world away from where he or she is sitting, we can now sit in a “virtual control room” enjoying almost the whole experience of being at the telescope. We can adjust instruments, look at the data as it comes in, and overlook everything else going on at the telescope. This offers the great advantage that our observations can be scheduled when conditions are best for making them, rather than fixing them to the time we manage to get flights. It saves a lot of money and time too. Modern astronomical instruments, like the CHIME radio telescope at our observatory, or even more so, the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope, which is an international project in which Canada is participating, produce a tsunami of data. How do we get to grips with this flood of data? Looking at printouts and plotting graphs definitely won’t work. The two tools that will be crucially important Left to Right: Samantha Robinson, Katherine Harris & Lindsay Bysterveld are virtual reality techniques for taking an overall look at the data, of SOWINS; Jennifer Anderson of Okanagan Boys & Girls Club; and Randy and the assistance of artificial intelligence systems to help us Cranston of the Penticton Soupateria Society receive their donations. find what we are looking for, or more importantly, to discover the Page 20 | November 2018 | ApexMatters.com unusual needles hiding in that huge haystack.

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Retro-Tunes Entertainment ... The Name Says It All Singer/DJ, Grant Henderson has entertainment in his blood. His beginnings in stage presence began in drama classes in high school. Grant became a DJ in 1978 working in Vancouver’s downtown scene and earned a reputation of excellent song selection and flawless mixing. Many people claim that, “with his voice, he should be in radio”. Being a good DJ is much more than playing one song after another. Anyone can do that. It’s the DJ’s job to set the mood on the dance floor. A good DJ observes the crowd, plays more of what they dance to, and remains always open to requests. Grant’s policy on music requests is simple, “If I’ve got it, I’ll play it.” Lighting can play a critical role in setting the mood on the dance floor. Although Retro-Tunes plays only the hits of yesteryear, their lighting system consists of an impressive array of modern LED fixtures and Laser lights. Naturally, a water-based fog machine also helps to further enhance the lighting effects. Grant’s real talent, however, is in his voice. Nothing beats live entertainment and Grant loves to sing at almost any gathering. “A live singer brings an energy to the room that is difficult to obtain with recorded music”, says Grant. Grant sings a variety of Country, Soft Rock, and Classic Rock tunes. He can be found singing at the Okanagan Falls Legion from time to time and Grant will be treating us all at “Music in The Park” on Sunday, July 22nd starting at 6:30 pm. How can Retro-Tunes Entertainment make your event even better? Call 778-531-8557 and ask Grant today!

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Jay’s Tunes To Turn To Artist ~ Michael Bublé Album ~ Christmas (Deluxe Special Edition) Track ~ “Winter Wonderland” The start of a new ski season and the gathering of friends and family to enjoy the Christmas Holidays, and the snow, is always a fun and exciting time of year! Weather (pun intended) if you don’t ski, snowboard, or cross country ski, come up to Apex and find your “Winter Wonderland”! You can go for a skate around the 1 km Adventure Skating Loop (night lit until 11 pm daily), or go for a snowshoe around the trails at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, or even take a tube ride in the Tube Park in the Apex Village (open until 9pm during the Holidays). With The Edge Bistro, Longshot Tapas and Wine Bar, or the Gunbarrel Saloon, your après time will definitely be festive too. Enjoy your time up at Apex with family and friends. Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year to all! Ski you soon! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Jay’s Tune To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in the fun. ApexMatters.com | November 2018 | Page 21

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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Twas the night before season start and all across the hill, not a creature was stirring accept for that one odd guy named Bill. The skis and boards were waxed with great care and their edges so keen I just had to stare. The children were tucked away in their beds, because daddy made sure Nyquill filled their small heads. And ma checking Facebook and I on the can, had just let one rip that made the dog ran. When out on the hill there arose such a clatter, I yanked up my drawers just to see what’s the matter. Away to the window I ran tally hoe, and tripped on some lego and hurt my big toe. The moon made a glow on the new soft powder, I burped loudly smelling of beer and clam chowder. Now, it may have been the drink, but my vision started to clear, and I saw a dude in red being quite cavalier. The old dude was shredding so lively and quick, I ran for my phone #insta that pic! More rapid than chipmunks some elves did appear, and their names he called and this hit my ear; Go BOMBER and CHATTER, fly CRUST and EDGE. Carve GNAR and JIB, RAIL and LEDGE. From the top of the quad to the patrol volley shack, shred really hard and don’t be so whack! Then he hit a sweet jump and flew into the sky, so close to the trees that I thought he might die. He landed a 360 so smooth and so fine, I burped again, this time it was wine. And then, I saw twinkling some bikini clad girls, on ‘skis in December?’ I thought, holding back hurls. I turned to the bush hoping to be discreet, but St. Nick was there (nearly chucked on his feet). He was dressed all in red from his hat to his skis, my head was spinning so I went to my knees. Some real keen skis he had strapped to his boots, and a really swell jacket, maybe from Roots? He was smoking a pipe that smelled kinda wacky. He may have been into the Trudeau tabbaccy. My head was a flutter, maybe it was the whiskey, but for a big dude that Santa was frisky. I stood up again trying to maintain my pride, heard my wife yell ‘Why the heck are you outside?’ He spoke not a word, but gave a quick wink, then he turned down the hill and was away in a blink. I watched for a while as he bombed down the hill, killing the moguls so fast and agile. As I stumble to a tree before my bladder let go, “SHRED HARD MY DUDE” he said “AND, PRAY FOR SNOW”! Have an amazing Christmas season and a really positive New Year. I hope all your ski days are full of powder and your nights full of friends and family. Much love and here is to an epic season! Cheers!

Great Cabin Recipes Dee’s Signature Taco Recipe By Dee Martens I know that the winter season does not necessarily cause most people to crave ‘beach food’, but these tacos are made from scratch, simple, and are guaranteed to satisfy! I spend a significant amount of days waiting for Taco Tuesday (but I rarely make it) and with this recipe, I end up having a bunch of ‘taco’ related meals throughout the week, utilizing the delicious hand-made tortillas with differing methods: breakfast tacos, tuna tacos for lunch, etc. To Make Tortillas: Combine 2 cups of flour and 1/2 a tsp. of salt in a bowl. Next, stir in 3/4 cups of water and 3 tbsp. of corn (or vegetable) oil. Once mixed, transfer the tortilla dough onto a lightly floured surface and kneed 14 times (you might have to a add a bit more flour or water during this process to ensure that your dough is smooth and elastic). Let the dough rest in a bowl, covered with a cloth for 10 minutes before dividing the dough into 10 small even balls. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling-pin to flatten each ball. Be careful here, rolling your tortillas too thin might cause them to break, but tortillas that are too thick can cause your meal to seem more like pitas than tacos. Once rolled, cook tortillas over medium heat for 1 minute on each side (don’t worry about air pockets forming, this just means you’ve done the dough correctly and adds character to your tacos). Easy Filling: Take 2 chicken breasts (bone-in is preferred) and place them in a pot of salted water with 1 lime sliced into quarters and gently boil for 25 minutes. Next, remove the meat from the bone using two forks, using the forks to ‘shred’ the chicken. You can keep the water (if the chicken breasts had skin on them and/ or you chose to cook bone-in chicken breast, cook it down with all of the veggie trimmings from this recipe for a quick, easy-touse stock). Next, slice 2 small peppers (I like to choose both red and yellow peppers to add a pop of colour to my dish), slice one medium onion, dice one jalapeno and saute veggies with 1 tbsp. of corn oil. Once the onions are translucent, add 1 tsp. of chili powder, 1 tsp. of dried oregano, 2 tsp. of cumin powder, 1 tsp. of both salt and pepper, and 1/2 a tsp. of cayenne powder (trust me, this mixture is tried and true and tastes much better than your average taco seasoning mix). Next, add the shredded chicken to your vegetables and add 1/3 cup of the chicken ‘stock’ or water to the onions and peppers and allow the mixture to cook until the liquid has evaporated. Once the chicken and onions have become almost caramelized, remove mixture from heat. To Serve: Take one tortilla and place it on the plate. Next, add sliced avocado, your meat and onion mixture, a dash of shredded cabbage, chopped cilantro (optional) and a squeeze of lime. This meal is easy to make, tastes delicious, and keeps your grocery shopping list low in lieu of the holiday season!

Finding Your Dragon - Chapter 4

Kyle observed Acer from a distance, as Walter tilted his head and stretched his long neck towards the other dragon. By Zoe Mallach Acer tilted his head in response and both small beasts elongated In the year 2035, small dragons about the size of a small dog, their necks towards each other. Both observed each other with came into the world with no explanation. Soon, humans started precision and interest. Kyle continued to gape, and Jessie lightly to train and domesticate the petite dragons. Over some years, all pushed Kyle’s right shoulder, causing Kyle to fall back slightly. humans were able to obtain a dragon, but only between the ages Kyle shot his head to bring back his attention back to Jessie, now of 16-18. If someone was unable to obtain a dragon, those without giving a wide smile spreading across his face, eyes gleaming more dragons were outcast and forgotten forever. exponentially. Walter kept his eyes on Acer, still further observing There are many different types of dragons, which are found in the ice structure of the other dragon. their reasonable habitats, such as Water, Air, Fire, Earth and many “Jessie. I believe you came across an ice dragon! Do you KNOW more. Ice types are extremely rare and only found once in every how rare they are? There is only one per generation! This is truly generation. This is the story of the boy who found his dragon and amazing! This is just ... .“ Kyle was cut off by a gloved hand over saved those who did not. Here is the 4th Chapter ... his mouth, along with the sudden cold body of Walter, as he made The crunch of the crisp snow underneath Jessie Nieve’s skis his way back into Kyle’s ski jacket during his sudden outburst. followed him through the trees. A brisk wind whipped against his “Hey, calm down, man. I don’t want the whole world knowing about warm body, as Jessie made his way through the thriving vegetation. this,” Jessie whispered, looking around into the dark and strong Puffs of breath come out Jessie’s mouth out of exhaustion. Acer spruces and evergreens. The tracks their skis left only minutes calmly sits on his shoulder, ducking occasionally under dark before were now being covered with new snow. Small clouds now branches. The balmy weather remained consistent, while sunlight created a thin grey blanket across the sky. A thin layer of snow streamed through the several branches of the surrounding trees. covered their neon coloured skis, making the snow appear like it “Hey, Jessie? Where did ya go?” Kyle’s voice is easily heard through was glowing. The trees swayed silently and gently in the wind, as the snowy forestry and bushes, letting Jessie now easily navigate Jessie steadily lifted his hand off of his friend’s mouth. through the maze of dense vegetation. Acer’s claws started to Reaching up to Acer, who managed to stay perched on his pierce through Jessie’s ski jacket, causing Jessie to yelp slightly. shoulder during the sudden jolt of movement in trying to shut Kyle Turning to his head to his right, Jessie observed Acer, who was up, Jessie rubbed Acer’s long slender neck. Acer rubbed his head now trying to burrow himself into Jessie’s jacket hood. Reaching into Jessie’s hand as a reply. out a finger, Jessie softly touched the ice dragon’s cheek, trying to Kyle stood up straight, and lifted his right side of his jacket, smiling calm the small beast. Acer’s sharp grey eyes pierced into Jessie’s slightly, seeing as Walter was curled up, clutching onto his long tranquil green eyes with a look of fear and uncertainty. johns sleeping. “Hey it’s ok. It’s just Kyle. You can trust him. He won’t hurt you.” “We should head back. It’s about 3 right now.” Jessie said, looking Jessie smiled gingerly. Just rubbing his head into the back of his at his phone. Acer was starting to make his way into Jessie’s hood neck in response, Acer continued to hide in Jessie’s hood. for the second time that day. Shaking his head slightly, Jessie continued his way towards Kyle’s “Then you gotta hide ...”, Kyle pointed at Acer, “... your dragon. voice. “I’m here, Kyle!” Jessie called out, pushing past low bushes. People out there are very desperate about those types. You have Once Jessie came into the clearing, he perceived Kyle from to be careful.” Jessie nodded, and proceeded to get Acer into behind. Swiftly turning around, ski tips now towards Jessie, Kyle’s his hood. Now with both dragons concealed, the two teenagers eyes filled with joy and relief. started to make their way through the beautiful snowy scenery. “Oh thank god, I thought you went into the woods, skied too fast Join us for the next chapter in this fantasy adventure story in the and crashed into a tree ... or two.” Kyle chuckled, pushing himself January 2019 issue of Apex Matters. If you would like a copy of with his poles for momentum towards his friend. Walter’s head earlier chapters, please email apexmatters@telus.net. pokes through Kyle’s jacket, a curious look in his eyes. Jessie smiled in response, glancing at Walter for a split second. “So did you find what was sparkling?” Kyle asked, his eyes just as shimmering as the ice dragon itself. Jessie shrugged in response, and looked over his shoulder towards Acer. He seemed to be shivering with fear, sliver grey eyes wide and slightly dimmer then before. Jessie nods slightly, giving a warm smile. “Yeah, I’d say so ... “, Jessie replies, turning back to Kyle. Kyle squints with curiosity and tried to look over Jessie’s shoulder, but only seeing beautiful green vegetation with a fresh snow white blanket. Confused, Kyle places his attention back onto Jessie. “Jessie, what are you talking about?” Kyle uttered, a small puff of air escaping his lips. Jessie smiles again, and reaches up the Published by Okanagan Matters Publications hood of his jacket. His gloved hands brushed against the hard apexmatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 transparent scales of the dragon, as he tried to slowly pry the living Quick Facts: 2500 copies are printed monthly from September 2018 through April 2019. beast out of his hood. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and Naramata and Like Jessie expected, Acer started to bite down hard onto his around Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our fingers, which in turn causes Jessie to calmly rub Acer’s small Apex Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 15th season in print! head in response. Without looking, Jessie could easily tell that Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this Acer was visibly and physically calming down. publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the Jessie smirked at Kyle one last time before slowly pulling Acer right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as out of his hood and onto his right shoulder. Kyle gasped as Walter possible. 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