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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Volume 16 : Issue 4 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

December 2019

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On the first day of ski club, my ski coach gave to me ... a skier stuck in a mogul. ... 2 giant jumps ... 3 missing mittens ... 4 lost poles ... 5 giant moguls ... 6 human snowballs ... 7 frozen fingers ... 8 foggy goggles ... 9 secret runs ... 10 frozen toes ... 11 snow ghosts ... 12 bouncing chairlifts The warmest of wishes for the very best this Holiday Season!

Artisan Christmas Market December 21st 10am-5pm @ the Apex Mountain Inn

4th Annual Artisan Christmas Market By Ash Dunsford

This holiday season brings the 4th annual Artisan Christmas Market at Apex Mountain on Saturday, December 21st. Located at the Apex Mountain Inn, the market will be showcasing local artisans and their handmade creations just in time for your last Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2019 through April minute Christmas shopping. We have lots of new vendors this 2020. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and around year and most of our vendors are part of the Apex community and Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex will be selling homemade goods ranging from jewellery, winter Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 16th season in print! wear accessories, pottery, ornaments, natural beauty products, Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of cabin art, specialty garlic seasoning, and much, much more! This the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this year we will feature a kids corner to give the Little Folks something publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the to do! We look forward to seeing you on December 21st! Published by Okanagan Matters Publications apexmatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 www.ApexMatters.com

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DECEMBER 2019 SPECIAL EVENTS: Canadian Selections: Dec 12-15, the Apex Freestyle Club presents the FIS Canadian Selections. This is a Freestyle Canada and FIS Sanctioned mogul event and will be valued in the Canada Cup Rankings. Night Tubing and Skiing: Starting Dec 21, Night Ski/Ride or Tube, every Friday and Saturday night. Friday nights are only $7.50 for skiing or tubing! Winter Break: Dec 21-Jan 5, 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 4th Annual Christmas Market is the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping done. Located in the Apex Mountain Inn from 10-5. Christmas Eve: Dec 24- 6:00, join together in the magical spirit of Christmas with our Torchlight Parade (sign up in office). Santa delivers presents, and there is an exciting fireworks display. Warm up with a bonfire in front of the Gunbarrel! Ho ho ho! Christmas Day: Dec 25, lifts will be open 9:00-3:30. Happy Holidays! Home Hardware Camps: Christmas Break Camps run over the Holidays. See Apex Snow School or call Apex Mountain Resort for details. New Years Ever: Dec 31, welcome 2020 by enjoying a family fireworks display at 6:00 and a second fireworks display at midnight. There are held on the Okanagan Run for all to enjoy.

Day Lift Operations: Daily 9-3:30 thru April 5, 2020. Night Lift Operations: Friday & Saturday 4-9 as of Dec 21. Tube Park: Friday 4-9, Saturday 10-9, Sundays & Holidays 103:30. Starting Dec 21. Skating Loop & Hockey Rink: Open daily and lit at night until 11. Weather dependent. Watch for private event closures. Snow Bus: Runs every Sat & Sun plus Holidays. Arrives at 9:15 & Departs at 3:30. Starts Dec 7. Featuring: 80 Runs | 4 Terrain Parks | 2000 Vertical Feet | 1112 Skiable Acres | 16% Novice | 48% Intermediate | 36% Advanced/Expert 


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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager

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And just like that, it’s winter! Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is open for business, and it’s been a great season already. We opened officially on Saturday, November 30th, a little later than normal due to low snow amounts. But, most of our trails are now open and ready to glide. It’s still thin out there, but the skiing is fantastic. Truth be told, it’s always fantastic at the top of the mountain! Our adult programming has been filling up fast, but we still have a couple of spots left. The 5 Week Skate Class starts Friday, December 6th, and the 5 Week Classic Program begins on Thursday, December 5th. Our brand new OBW (Older Better Wiser) Wednesdays is beginning December 11th. The point being, all the programs are beginning soon, so be sure to sign up before they begin. Details are on our website at https://nickelplatenordic. org, or just email info@nickelplatenordic.org to register. There’s been some logging happening in the area, but the good folks at Weyerhaeuser have agreed to open up some new trails for us towards Panorama. Stop by the office to look at a map, it should be ready for skiing around Christmas. This is a good reminder, however, that there is active logging up on the mountain. That means logging trucks are coming down Apex Road and Green Mountain Road towards Keremeos. Please use caution while heading up and down the hill. We have also formed a relationship with the Penticton Snowmobile Club (PSC) to help both user groups happily coexist in the backcountry. We’ll be grooming part of Winter’s Creek Road, signed with lanes, so snowmobilers and skiers know where to stay. This will create a shorter loop involving Motherload and the old trails Mascot and Raven’s Roost. PSC will be working with their friends and affiliates to continue to educate snowmobilers of our presence up there.

By Chris Garwah, Head Coach The Nickel Plate Junior Racer’s season is well underway. Having spent September, October and November training 2-5 times per week in our dryland sessions, the athletes are ready to ski. Our on snow camp held November 23rd and 24th was successful, despite marginal conditions. With twice a day practices, we were able to log close to 40 km and work on our technique in both classic and skate. All the coaches have witnessed a significant improvement with each athlete’s technique from the previous year. It appears all the strength training they did this fall has paid off. The team consists of athletes as young as 10 years of age and up to 17 years old. Our local speedster, Fred Albrechtson, will be competing November 30th and December 1st in the Sovereign Lake Open. Good Luck Freddie! The team is excited about the upcoming year and is looking forward to sending some racers to Nationals, being held in Sovereign Lake at the end of March. In the meantime, the team will be training up at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Hope to see you up there!

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Off To A Great Start! By Fred Albrechtson Yet another great start of racing was hosted by Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre the weekend of November 30th and December 1st. There was a fantastic showing from the Okanagan Clubs, including Olympic Gold Medallist Kikkan Randall from Penticton, who represented Nickel Plate in the Senior Womens 10 kilometre Classic Mass start race, and finished third. Great to see you out there Kikkan! (Kikkan in photo to right.) It was a good start to the season for me with fourth and second place finishes, both behind Americans. Nonetheless, it portrayed what I need to work on for the upcoming races of the season. I also want to thank everyone that donated to my funding page to support my trip to Europe, along with my supporters and sponsors. It is truly motivating to have such a great community backing and supporting me along the way.

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What’s Happening At The Edge? By Colin Mottershead, aka “Cheffy”

The Edge Bistro is really excited for the 2019/2020 season, as we celebrate our 10th Year in Business at Apex Mountain Resort. The returning staff are always looking forward to making your visit a great experience with “Fast, Fresh and Friendly” service! The Edge proudly offers homemade soups, made to order fresh panini sandwiches and wraps, along with wide variety of hand warming specialty coffees and hot chocolate. We will miss the presence of my long time business partner Chad Henderson and his wife Shawnda. After nine years of a lot of fun and hard work, they have decided to move on. We wish them nothing but the very best in the future. I am sure they both will enjoy more skiing time this year, as they reside at Silver Star for this season. Thanks for all the great memories. New to The Edge this year is the exciting new décor covering the walls. Come by and enjoy the retro, new and nostalgic wall art, while sipping your favourite soup and latte. The Edge is also looking forward to offering a variety of salads to purchase this season. Coming too your Edge Deli cooler soon. Don’t forget, the Edge is here to help you with your Christmas shopping. The very popular Gift Cards are always available, along with a variety of Edge Bistro T-shirts and toques. Beginning Friday, December 20th, our extended hours are from 7 am - 9 pm every day over the Holiday Season. The Edge is always a warm place to watch the kids enjoy night skiing or tubing, while savouring one of our famous hot chocolates or lattes. We are also selling the local’s favorite ... Take and Bake Pizzas everyday! Its simple, just text or call 250.488.2400 to place your order and it will be ready for pick up anytime after 3 pm. Wishing Everyone A Happy Holiday Season!


Carvers Corner

By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach Welcome to another season at Apex Mountain Resort! The club is very excited for another season, as we had fresh snow last night! We were sad to see our Assistant Coach, John Newton, leave this season. He has taken a job with BC Alpine. Thanks for your coaching over the years, John. I am happy to announce our new Assistant Coach, Brent Schleppe. Brent hails from the Jasper area. We are so happy you have chosen Apex as your new home.

Pre-Season Checklist: • Check all equipment - Your kids have grown! • Check ‘Buy/Sell’ on our website for gear to purchase or you can post gear you would like to sell - www.apexskiclub.com • Get all bindings checked out by your local shop technician. • Wear proper socks! Good ski socks are available at your local shops and make a world of difference in your skiing experience, plus warm feet. Always make sure they are clean! Be sure to register online at www.apexskiclub.com today!

Apex Carvers ~ We are pleased to be bringing back Shelby Naylor as the Connection Coach for the group. We are very excited to have a bunch of tired happy kids this year. We are so lucky to have such a challenging hill. I have always said, “if you can ski Apex, you can ski anything!” Apex Carvers Program is a program that can give your child the confidence and skills needed to ski for a lifetime! And, 3 Day Christmas Camps for just $99 are a great way to get the kids rolling. We will be delivering a revamped Snow Star Program this year. Kids will enjoy working on acquiring skills all season. New this season is “Skill and Drills” nights ~ What is this? If your a member of the club, you can come out on Friday evenings and work on skills and drills! Kids and parents will be welcome. Our calendar will reflect the Fridays designated for these evenings. Be sure to register online at www.apexskiclub.com today! Apex Carver Start Dates: • Christmas Camp 1 ~ December 21-23 • Christmas Camp 2 ~ December 27-29 • Apex Carver Program • January 4 ~ Full Day on Saturdays • January 5 ~ 1/2 Day on Sundays • Spring Break Camp 3 ~ March 21-23 • Spring Break Camp 4 ~ March 27-29 Warren Miller Move Night ~ The Club had a awesome time hosting Warren Miller’s “Timeless” on Friday, November 15th at Cleland Theatre in Penticton. It was a great night for all the skiers in the South Okanagan who attended. Big ‘Shout Out’ to Dr. Tom Evans of Eckhardt Dental for his sponsorship of this event. Be sure to attend this annual fun event next November. The show date is November 20, 2020. Be sure to save the date! Apex Ski Club U12-U18 ~ By press time, our kids will be hitting the slopes after a great fall of dryland training. We are so lucky to have such an amazing training environment at Apex Mountain Resort. These kids will have what most would consider ‘a season’ by Christmas break. Such an exciting time for these kids ... it’s all for the love of skiing. As coaches, we are so lucky to help these kids on their journey through the sport. National Team News ~ The club is very excited for Reece Howden, who is a member of the National Ski Cross Team. Reece will be juggling World Cup and post-secondary school one more year before going full time with World Cup and then the Olympics in China. We are all super excited to watch the results come in again this year. Stay tuned for more from Reece! BC Team News ~ Marcus Athans will again put the hammer down this season with the BC Alpine Team. We look forward to watching the results come in. Okanagan FIS Team is the valley team that takes kids to the BC Team and onwards. Good luck to Heming Sola and Aaron Leamen, who are members of the Okanagan FIS Team. We will see these boys periodically this season. Page 6 | December 2019 | ApexMatters.com

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Mentoring For The Youth Olympics By Reece Howden In late November, I helped out with the tryouts for Ski Cross for the Youth Olympic Games. This is because four years ago I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Youth Olympics for Ski Cross and won. I have been skiing with them and talking to them about my experience and the transition into ski cross from alpine racing.


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Ski Skills For Life! By Head Coach Tanya Callon

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Caution! Side effects include smiles, laughter, new ski buddies, awesome knowledge of Apex Mountain Resort and amazing ski skills for life! Winter Programs are filling up, register today! www.freestyleapex.com WHAT’S NEW? ~ Apex Freestyle Ski Club is looking for a new home in Penticton for our Trampoline & Dryland Training. New regulations have forced us out of our current training facility and we are looking to relocate to a space with high ceilings for our Fall 2020 trampoline training programs. The trampoline training environment is essential for the safety and success of freestyle athletes. Our freestyle programs employ over 15 part-time coaches and has trained more than 1000 local athletes in its time. A potential space would be a warehouse, gymnasium, barn or large/tall shop. The space needs to be available from September 1st to November 30th, annually. Anyone with suggestions or ideas, please contact Tanya Callon via email headcoachafc@gmail.com or phone 250689-1924. GIRLSTYLERZ ~ *New* Female Athlete Empowerment Program for young girls who love to ski! This an extension of the Freestylerz program that caters to young athletes who identify as female. It focuses on all freestyle disciplines (moguls, slopestyle, air and all-mountain) and has been designed to offer young girls who already LOVE to ski, the opportunity to participate and progress through the sport of freestyle in a fun, safe and encouraging team environment. GIRLSTYLERZ is a 1-day program, every Saturday starting December 21, 2019 (13 sessions) with optional Christmas Camps and Spring Break Camps available. EVENTS ~ We have been working hard, with the help of Freestyle BC’s Mogul Team, at getting our mogul course ready’ to host the 2019 Canadian Selections on December 14-15. This year we have over 40 international competitors coming from various countries, such as Japan, China, USA, Ireland and Mexico. There will be over 100 competitors training on our mogul course in the upcoming weeks. Come on out and cheer on our local athletes! We will then finish Freestyle Canada’s season off with the Canadian National Championships on March 21 & 22, 2020 at Apex Mountain Resort. Mark your calendars for this event, as you will want to come out and watch some of the best mogul skiers in the world race down our course. COACHES CORNER ~ We have hired some excellent new coaches for the 2019/2020 season. We are excited to be training and mentoring these new coaches right here at Apex. If you are interested in coaching, check out our FUNdamentalz coaching course on December 21st & 22nd. PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CONSULTANT

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Ski Journey To The Yukon By Alec Henderson

A Decisive Season Ahead By Jordan Kober

I am about to embark on my sixth Hello from Mt. Sima in the Yukon. I arrived here, along with my season skiing moguls for the National teammates, late on November 17th. We have been busy training Team. It will kick off here at Apex hard and getting ready for the Canada Cup Event. Each day is full, in a couple weeks with Canadian practicing slope jumps, rails, big air jumps, and gym training. We Selections. In the New Year, I will be went to the hot springs to help our sore muscles too. The best competing on the NorAm circuit and thing about this training camp is the Big Air Jump. My favourite should also have a couple World Cup trick is a Switch Double Rodeo 900 and a Double Cork 1080. spots in Mt. Tremblant and Calgary. I am so pumped for Friday, the first day of Competition. There will Then, the season will wrap up back be athletes from all over Canada competing. Exciting for sure! I at Apex for Nationals. look forward to telling you how it went in the next Apex Matters ... until then Happy Holidays and thanks for following my Ski Journey. This is a big year for me. It may be my last opportunity to finally secure a spot on the World Cup circuit. I’ve had some hurdles during the past few years, but going into this season I’m healthier and more prepared than ever. This is my chance to see if I have what it takes to hold my own against the best in the world. Whatever happens, it seems fitting that this decisive season will be starting and ending at home, my favorite place to compete. I will be in good company too, with both my father and brother on the NorAm circuit coaching the BC and Alberta Provincial Teams. Alec visited the Carcross Desert in the Yukon, which is the smallest desert in the world, I am also very excited to have another Apex skier on the National measured at approximately 1 square mile. Team this year. Now that Andi Naude has - after an incredible career - officially moved on from skiing, it is great to have Brayden Kuroda here to help fill in the enormous shoes she has left behind. Ready For The Competition Season He’s just getting started, but I’m sure a great career lies ahead. By Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Competitive Mogul Skier Thanks for your interest in the sport of freestyle skiing. I hope In the past few months, I have been quite busy. I have learned a lot everyone has a great start to the season. and am very proud of what I’ve accomplished. Here’s a recap of my training so far this year: During the months of May and June, I worked very hard in the gym with my trainer Andrew LoCurto to improve my physical fitness. In July, I had Cleaning Services at Apex the opportunity to take part in a water ramp and on snow training 250.460.0281 camp with the National Team. During this camp, I improved a lot technically. I also trained with my team for a couple days on Leading Up To This Season snow after my camp ended with the National Team. I then applied everything I learned training with the National Team to my water By Brayden Kuroda ramp camp at the end of July in Oliver. Once again, I had a very Hello, my name is Brayden Kuroda. productive camp and gained a lot of confidence in my jumping. In I am an 18 year old mogul skier from August, I trained with my team on snow in Mt. Hood, Oregon for Penticton. I started skiing at the age four days before heading off to another camp with the National of 2 and quickly excelled with the Team for six days in Whistler on the water ramp. I am proud of the help of my dad, Kenni Kuroda. After improvements I made during this camp. I worked with physio and having lots of fun learning the basics did a lot of training in the gym throughout September and October. of skiing, I joined the Apex Jumps and In November, I held my annual Silent Auction, Dinner and Live Bumps program. After a few years Band fundraiser event, which went extremely well. I was able to of learning the basics of freestyle, I raise approximately $15,000 to go towards my annual skiing cost. joined the Junior Competitive Team I just finished a training camp in Calgary and am ready for the and then moved onto the Competitive Team. Training under the Canadian Selections Mogul event at Apex in mid December! wing of my dad, I learned many things and at the age of 14, I was I’m glad to be back and kicking off the first competition of the invited to join the BC Mogul Team. I gained a lot of knowledge, season at the hill I grew up skiing at. training under Josh Kober. This past season, I was invited to the Canadian National Mogul Team, ranking #5 in the country. After a great summer of training with the Canadian Team in Whistler, I am feeling more than ready for the 2019/20 season. This season, I plan on competing in Canadian Selections at Apex. After that, hopefully I can secure spots for the Canadian World Cups in January and February. The majority of my season will be competing on the NorAm tour, travelling around North America against the best mogul skiers on the continent. My goal for this season is to secure a spot for the full World Cup tour next season. I would like to thank my parents for all the support throughout my skiing career as well as Ecotex, Smith Optics, 2XU North America, IDone USA, Look bindings, and Anta. Stay tuned for more updates ApexMatters.com | December 2019 | Page 9 throughout the season!

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The Stuff Snowbody Talks About Leslie Spohr, MScPT, PFPT Dale Charles Physiotherapy

Each and every year our team of physios sign our name beside a month to submit an article for Apex Matters. Topics range from those of a specific injury to more general discussions of injury prevention and treatment. Regardless, they are typically directed toward snow activities. As a physiotherapist with a special interest and additional training in pelvic floor rehabilitation, I try to increase awareness of the conditions I treat as often as I can. In the past, I have tried linking symptoms directly to activities (leaking urine when skiing, falls potentially leading to tailbone pain, etc). This year, I’ve been stumped in my creativity to come up with something “applicable”. Then it hit me. Regardless of your age, your gender or your mobility, pelvic floor function affects everyone, since everyone has a pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a sling of muscles that runs from your public bone to your tailbone. It is an integral part of proper bowel/bladder control, organ support, sexual pleasure and function, respiration, circulation, posture and core stability. Many people live with ongoing symptoms that they may or may not realize are treatable, including skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and those that choose to stay out of the white stuff. So, regardless of your age, your gender, or your (winter) activity of choice, information about some of the symptoms I treat as a pelvic floor physiotherapist, and what is considered “normal” follows. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to seek help and guidance from your doctor or health care provider. Enjoy, and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes

Around this time of year, I like to sit down, strap on my ski boots, poor a nice scotch and start writing my list to the Legendary Apex Santa Claus. So, let me get out my quill and ink-pot and get down to business. Dear Legendary Apex Santa Claus: Hey big guy, how is it going? Hope your 364 day long vacation was relaxing. I mean, I only get a few weeks off each year, but you know, it’s cool. I have been a very good boy this year. I only imbibed too much like 5 or 15 or 20 times. I haven’t been mean to anybody in my world famous Apex Matters column “Slushy Thoughts from the Snow Bank”(tm). I didn’t steal any of my brother’s toys or put anything in my sisters’ hair. All in all, I’ve been a perfect angel. And, if my wife says otherwise, she is a total liar liar pants on fire. I really don’t know why I had to tell you how awesomely good I’ve been, because you have the power to see all my deeds throughout the year ... Oh ... ALL my deeds ... yeesh ... I’m so, so sorry ... Ok. Let’s get onto my list. I’ve paired it down from the 18 page manifesto I published last year. I was told work equipment was not to be used to bind personal hard copies ... shame. Anyway, the first thing I would like is a good, healthy base please. Nothing too extravagant, but anything in the 200 to 250 centimeter range would be really nice. And, I’m not just asking for me. You can leave the base up on days I’m not skiing. Let’s call it a base for the people. Item number two is a fresh dusting of powder. You don’t have to go all crazy dumping snow every day. You can leave that to just the days I am skiing. The base is for the people, the sick pow pow lines ... mmmmm ... those are for me. I can also assume I get free face shots with my powder. I think that goes without saying (though now I have said it ...) No line ups at The Edge. I’m a busy man and that Edge coffee keeps me moving. I don’t want to hurt business, but sometimes I get antsy to get back out there. So Santa, can I have the line up part like the red sea before Moses when I pass through the doors? Then everyone can pile in behind me. Listen, I know it is worth the very reasonable wait, but you already blessed me with the powder days, so I need to make the most of them! This really goes hand in hand. I’d ask for shorter lift line waits, but this is Apex baby! We got no waits! Woooooooo! In conclusion, deep down, I really just hope everyone has an epic season. Treat everyone with love and respect (even snowboarders) and be safe out there. Blessings to everyone this season and into the New Year. Merry Christmas! Your best buddy, Brad ( ... but for real Santa ... Powder Days!) Page 12 | December 2019 | ApexMatters.com

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Penticton Snowmobile Club Update By Stu Drake, President

Hello and greetings from the Penticton Snowmobile Club. We are anxiously looking forward to our 2019/2020 snowmobiling season that is in front of us. And, eagerly anticipating some snowfall in the forecast, as it is much needed in our local areas for riding. We have already kicked off our season by having our October Club Meeting, as well as our November Club meeting. Monthly meetings are held at the Tin Whistle Brewery starting at 6:00 pm on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. We welcome anybody who is interested in our club, or joining on some upcoming group rides, to attend these meetings. We provide dinner for a cost of $10, as well pops and ice tea for $3, and of course, drinks from the Tin Whistle Brewery are available as well. We also held a very popular fundraiser event in November for our club. It was our annual “Dinner and a Sled Film” event, which was a great deal of fun. We wish to thank all who attended, as well as our sponsors and vendors who set up booths and made it so wonderful by donating door prizes and showcasing all their awesome products for our members to enjoy! We would like to welcome any of the Apex area and any local area snowmobilers who are looking for a great responsible and safe group of people to ride with to attend our next meeting in December. Come and see what we are all about! Our annual Christmas Potluck Dinner will be held at the Tin Whistle Brewery starting at 6 pm on Wednesday, December 18th. Attendees are asked to bring their favourite Christmas appetizers to share with everyone. We will also be participating in a $20 Secret Santa Gift Exchange, which has always been a big hit. Our club has some great people, some really great events, and the best rides and trips are coming up fast. So, be sure to come check us out and don’t miss out on any of these great times. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email pentictonsnowmobileclub@outlook.com. See you on the 18th!


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From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay I want to start by saying that it’s a great honour and privilege to be re-elected as the Member of Parliament for South Okanagan-West Kootenay. I’ll continue to work hard to live up to the responsibility of that position. It was a hard-fought campaign, and the landscape of Canadian politics has shifted somewhat. We have a Liberal minority government that received only a third of the votes cast, the lowest share for a governing party in Canadian history. The Conservative opposition actually received more votes than the Liberals. In third place is the Bloc Quebecois, which managed to win 32 seats despite only getting 7 percent of the vote. The NDP elected 24 MPs with 16 percent of the vote. It’s clear that a better electoral system is needed to properly represent Canadians in Parliament and I’ll continue advocating for that. There is concern in some parts of the country that the new government does not adequately represent regional interests, particularly in Alberta. After spending a considerable amount of time during the campaign with the candidates from all other parties, I can say that we have much more in common across the country and across the political spectrum than our differences might suggest. We all want a thriving economy, a healthy environment, affordable housing and fair taxation. Politicians should work across party lines to achieve these goals instead of emphasizing the things that push us apart. While the situation seems complicated, there is actually one clear mandate that the Liberal government received from the voters - to move forward quickly with an effective plan of climate action. Twothirds of Canadian voters rejected the Conservative plan to get rid of a price on carbon and simply hope that industry will save us. The Liberals must work with the NDP, the Greens and the Bloc to set science-based emissions targets, put them into law, and create an independent office that will ensure governments meet those targets. Recently, I met with my NDP caucus colleagues in Ottawa. I met the new NDP MPs and said goodbye to some of those who retired or lost their bids for re-election. Canadians responded well to the positive message the NDP offered in the election - such as our plans for pharmacare, dental care, and affordable housing - and we will continue to press the government to carry out those plans. During November, it is the time of year when we remember the sacrifices that the men and women in our armed forces have made to protect our country and to bring peace to conflict zones around the world. Too often governments have neglected the needs of veterans after they have put their lives on the line for us. We must make sure that veterans have access to fair lifetime pensions. Perhaps most critical is ensuring that veterans have prompt access to mental health care to combat the unacceptable rate of suicide among members of the armed forces and first responders. If you have any comments or concerns that you’d like to bring to my attention, contact my office in Penticton at #202 - 301 Main Street, 250-770-4480, or Castlegar at 1695A Columbia Ave., 250365-2792, or simply email me at Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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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 sufficient 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.


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Monthly MLA Report By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen As we move into the end of yet another year, I would like to reflect a bit on Legislation that has been moved through Victoria in the sitting that started in February 2019 and ended November 28, 2019. Some of this legislation doesn’t seem to affect our rural areas directly, but some do have a significant impact. Bill 8 that changed the minimum wage has added another layer of cost to all Small Businesses and Agriculture, an increase in the cost of production that will ultimately end up in the consumer paying more. The two Agriculture Bills 15 and last year Bill 52, just keep on targeting activities that farmers have relied on for generations to supplement farm income. There have been rules in place for years to protect the footprint on agriculture property for the necessary buildings, etc. based on the size of the acreage. Farmers had the flexibility to offer activities on that footprint to promote their products to the general public. We have seen many of those wonderful experiences shut down by the new mandate of the ALC, especially as it relates to smaller farms where their ability to support their families often requires innovative new ways to introduce the public to their produce. I believe very strongly in protecting viable farm land from development that is not farm related, but I also know that there will be no farmers left to farm that land if they cannot make a reasonable return for the work they do. There have been over 40 pieces of Legislation introduced in 2019 and almost all have either created another layer of red tape for businesses in BC or will directly or indirectly cause prices to rise for all consumers. As Opposition in Government, it is our job to question all the Legislation introduced, and yes, literally, pick it apart. We express the concerns that our Constituents bring to us as their voice in Victoria. While we are unable, by vote, to change the legislation we do constantly question and offer amendments.

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This time of year I attend many events that celebrate the season. Craft fairs that give entrepreneurs a chance to showcase their products, fundraising events that will help many organizations fulfill their commitments to those in need, Christmas light up celebrations in almost all our small rural communities that draw And, yes, it is quite frustrating! I worry what challenges 2020 will people into the downtown to support our local businesses and our bring. talented local choirs who get us all in the Christmas Spirit. Our Health Critic, Norm Letnick, recently invited a group of female December can be a time of wonderful gatherings for friends and MLA members and staff to present our concerns on Women’s family, but it is a very difficult time for those without a close support Health issues for discussion to better inform him in his roll as Critic. system, a safe place to live, or enough food on the table. There are Not surprising was the consensus of the women present many charitable organizations that work all year long to make life that women are treated differently than men by Health Care better for those less fortunate, but there is always an extra push professionals. Young women often feel that their complaints are in December as expectations are higher during the Holidays to do not taken seriously, that they are told they have an emotional a bit more to help, to give more if you can. Please support these problem not a physical problem. And, while science backs up the volunteers any way you can, as they give up much of their time to facts that women present differently in many health areas, like help others in what is the true Spirit of Christmas. heart issues, health professionals do not appear to be educated on those differences and serious problems can be and are being My thoughts this December, as they were last year, will be with the flood victims in Grand Forks who face yet another Christmas in missed. uncertainty, a reminder to all of us to be thankful for what we have. There is also a lack of timely help available for sexual assault victims, particularly in our rural communities. Most Hospital My Office will be closed to the public starting on December 19th and Emergencies don’t have a rape kit or the trained personnel to will reopen on January 6th. As always, we will still be monitoring administer it and victims are waiting more than 24 hours or being all phone messages and answering emails as appropriate. sent, on their own, to other Community Hospitals for help. The BC On behalf of Larry and I, as well as Everett and Patt in my Office, I Women’s Institute took up the challenge of getting Rape Kits into wish you all a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season. every Emergency in the Province a number of years ago, but little ApexMatters.com | December 2019 | Page 15 progress has been made.


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

Apex Community Association Update By Erica Fletcher, Director at Large

The Apex Community Association held our second Board of Directors meeting on November 16th. For the next few months, there will be a focus on setting up systems and structures for With the 2019/2020 ski season in full our brand new society. Three subcommittees were formed: operations, I look forward to meeting Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources; Apex Family Life; and residents at the hill. I have been Fundraising (of course!). We are hoping to have a few fundraisers attending the APOA meetings to share over the winter season, so stay tuned for updates on those. monthly updates on RDOS activities at The community elected 10 directors for the board at the AGM Apex Mountain. held on October 26th. They are as follows: Caroline Lachapelle as The Apex Waste Transfer Station Subrina Monteith President; Jill Lindsay at Vice-president; Laurianne Lafontaine as will be up and running shortly, as the Secretary; Nicola Williams as Treasurer; Gabe Lavoie as Mountain Director of existing bins will be moved to the new RDOS Area ‘I’ Safety Director; and Peggy Bird, Andrew Drouin, Neil Edwardson, facility. Residents should experience a Erica Fletcher, and Richard Gallagher as Directors at Large. And, seamless transfer of service into the new facility. The official Grand a big welcome to Kelly Johnson, as the final Director at Large. A Opening will be in the New Year. Stay tuned to Apex Matters for reminder that anyone is welcome to attend our monthly Board of details on this in the next issue. Director meetings. The next meeting will be held in the Conference RDOS has signed an agreement with recyclable processing. Room at the Apex Mountain Inn at 7pm on Thursday, December Residents will be able to recycle similar materials to what they 12th. We hope to see you there! recycle at home, but they may not use blue bags. The Apex Waste Transfer Station will not be able to accept recycling in or with plastic The Apex Community Association is excited to present our bags. If someone collects recycling in a blue bag, they will have to first community event this December, in partnership with Apex empty it and place the plastic bag in the garbage. Glass will need Mountain Resort. There will be two free craft afternoons for all to be kept separate or placed in the garbage. Plastics that are not ages in the Rippin’ Rascals Daycare on Saturday, December 14th single use packaging (brooms, skis, plastic furniture, etc.) are not and Sunday, December 22nd from 2:30-5:00 pm. What better way recyclable and should be placed in the garbage. An educational to get into the Holiday Spirit than with some seasonal crafting? We information package will be sent out to all property owners in the can’t wait to see you there! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and next few weeks. The proposed RDOS draft budget will charge Happy New Year Everyone! each residential unit approximately $110 in 2020. Billing will be sent out in late spring for the entirety of 2020. The facility will be For more information or to volunteer for upcoming community open 24 hours a day, as there are security cameras that will allow events and programs, please contact the ACA via email at for monitoring to deter illegal dumping of large items. apexcommunityassn@gmail.com. If you have a concern about road maintenance, please contact Aim Roads contractor at their 24 hour hotline 1-866-222-4204 or at https://aim-roads.ca/ Wishing you all a safe and warm winter with an abundance of snow and clean runs down the hill. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. AT APEX MOUNTAIN Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ JOIN US FOR A FUN AFTERNOON OF CRAFTING Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca ALL AGES WELCOME!

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APOA Update

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By Jeff Brown, APOA Secretary There are now two community-focused groups at Apex: APOA and ACA. The organizations are already working together, coordinating activities and ensuring their respective focus does not overlap. As a reminder, APOA’s mission statement is: The APOA is dedicated to building a community to fulfil the aspirations of all property owners. We strive to guarantee safe access to our properties, to address environmental concerns, to safeguard against adverse impact from development and operating activities on safety and public welfare, and to assist in the development of a community plan. APOA’s focus has been, and will continue to be, providing a collective voice for the property owners of Apex. This is true whether they are full-time residents, winter residents, weekend warriors, or revenue property owners. To keep our organization focused, membership to APOA and participation on its board of directors is restricted to registered property owners. In contrast, the ACA has a broader focus and mandate. By its constitution and mission statement, anyone who enjoys the Apex alpine is welcome to join the ACA and can serve on its board. The ACA constitution states, “The purposes of the Society are to promote, facilitate, support or undertake any activity that will enhance the quality of life in the Apex Mountain community.” Certainly there is potential for overlap, but that is neither the goal nor the plan. In areas of interest that are predominately of concern to property owners, or where APOA is already active, APOA will continue to take the lead. That includes roads, bylaws, property taxes, community plan, forestry, and mining. In areas that are of interest to all visitors and users of the Apex area, ACA will take the lead. Already, ACA is looking at increasing recreation opportunities, community events, etc. Where there is overlap, we will work together; having one organization act as a committee or consultant to the other.

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Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue Update By Gabe Lavoie, AVFR Fire Chief Welcome to the New Ski Season! What an honour it is to have been selected by the AFBS Board of Directors and it’s members last spring as the new Chief of Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue. I have enjoyed working with our volunteers, community members, and partner agencies to maintain and grow our highly responsive fire, rescue, and emergency services. I want to thank the previous Chief Mike Polywkan for his commitment and dedication to creating an exceptional professional volunteer fire department. Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue is an all volunteer fire department with 20+ highly trained and dedicated volunteer firefighters. Since last spring, members have volunteered their time to train in wildfire firefighting, medical training, and structural firefighting to name a few. We maintain our skills and certifications through industry standard training, constantly striving to provide protection for life and property within our area. Assistant Fire Chief Kelly Johnson and I are proud to lead this department, as we continually strive to improve the services we provide our community. Thank you to the community and all the generous donors for your support in this amazing time of growth with our department. Without your support, it wouldn’t be possible to offer the services we do to the community. We were able to raise enough money via our GoFundMe to purchase our bank rescue equipment, which should be arriving shortly and members will be receiving training with it as soon as it is here. Stay tuned for our next fundraising campaign. We will also be hosting some fun events this season. You will see a lot more of us around the village this winter. We recognize that not everyone in the community may be keen to become a firefighter. However, there are many other volunteer opportunities within the brigade such as; fire engine/pump operator, medical responders, logistics, and many other positions. We train on the first and third Tuesday of each month with some weekend training when needed. Our training plan and schedule is flexible, allowing people to progress at their own pace. If you are looking for more information or would like to check out a practice, please reach out to us via our Facebook page, “Apex Fire Brigade”, and keep up to date with what’s happening. Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season at Apex! Let it snow!

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Concussion By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, ND We have come a long with skiing when it comes to safety awareness in this extreme sport. One point here is that helmets are standard. Even the cool kids wear them. Sometimes I wonder though, if wearing a helmet brings on a false sense of safety. Possibly you wouldn’t push as hard on that jump, if you didn’t have that protective device on your noggin. Second point is that concussion - the fact that they occur and that there can be chronic symptoms - is much more common knowledge. Ski patrol is well versed in concussion signs. Ski coaches are being trained in what to watch for in their young athletes. And, we all likely know someone that has had a concussion. Most people who suffer from a concussion, or blow to the head, will heal completely within 2 weeks. Those at risk for longer term consequences are if it has happened before, or the severity of the injury is higher. With that said, I am a fan of taking a proactive approach, receive treatment early rather than “watch and wait”. Early interventions can make a big difference in one’s overall physical and mental health. If in doubt that you have suffered from a concussion, seek medical help. It is a common misconception that you would have to lose consciousness - “black out” - to have had a concussion. Keep a watch out for silent symptoms. New onset depression or anxiety. Low energy or mood. Changes in digestion. Sensitive to bright lights or sounds.

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Rest the brain. Put away the cell phone. Lower EMF exposure. Put aside those complicated math problems. Focus on one task at a time. Take time off work or school. Reducing activities that require demanding mental processing will help hasten recovery. Sleep. We do all our healing when we sleep. The recently discovered glymphatic system - the lymph channels in our brain - are open and active while we sleep clearing waste from the brain. That brain fog you feel after you have a poor night’s sleep speaks to this toxicity build up. Melatonin can play a dual role here - helping with sleep induction and being a brain anti-inflammatory. Start a brain injury diet. Load up with flavonoids - blueberries top the list here. Organic pomegranate juice. Green tea. Ditch the gluten and dairy, just while the brain is in hyper healing mode. Incorporate fish and fish oils into your diet. Fish oils target neuroinflammation, improve cognitive function and protect brain cells. Keep stress in check. We heal when we are calm. After an accident, our body heads into ‘fight or flight’ mode with a heightened adrenalin hit. In time, our body should switch off this adrenalin. If you get stuck here - more anxiety, nausea, heart racing, difficulty sleeping - work with a naturopathic doctor to help support your nervous and hormonal systems. Glutathione. Those with post concussion syndrome have increased inflammatory markers and are in a state of oxidative stress as the body works on repairing itself. Glutathione works to counter this oxidative stress as it is a potent antioxidant. Glutathione is best given intravenously, as glutathione taken as a pill can be readily broken down by stomach acids. There are some advances in the liposomal delivery method allowing for oral supplementation whilst overcoming glutathione’s known absorption challenges. Back to helmets. Helmet use is up in ski resorts. Helmets have been proven to protect those who wear them from head injury like lacerations. Yet, they are unlikely to prevent brain injuries like concussion. The technology isn’t quite there to reduce the brain’s rotational acceleration that is the mechanism responsible for the brain injury. Don’t get me wrong, I always prefer to see the public wearing helmets while out on the slopes. Know the limitations of your helmet, as it is not armour encouraging you to take high risks. References: Baily et al. Effect of Helmet Use on Traumatic Brain Injuries and Other Head Injuries in Alpine Sport. Wilderness Environ Med. 2018 Jun; 29(2):151-158. doi: 10.1016/j. wem.2017.11.007. Epub 2018 Feb 4. Goss J. et.al. The Antioxidant Enzymes Glutathione Peroxidase and Catalase Increase Following Traumatic Brain Injury in the Rat. Experimental Neurology. Volume 146, Issue 1, July 1997, Pages 291–294. www.completeconcussions.com

Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also find her on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol. ApexMatters.com | December 2019 | Page 19


Consider The Gift Of Adventure By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventures & Chute Lake Lodge It’s that time of year again. The time when you must decide what to gift the person who has everything. It is that time when you may struggle with the consumerism of the holidays or need to watch all of your pennies and want to ensure that they are spent in a way that will mean the most to those receiving the gifts you give. It is a time that you want to ensure that your hard earn money is being appreciated and going as far as it can. So, this year consider something different for your loved ones, something that will not only last longer and go further, but will write a page in the story book of those who receive it. Consider the gift of an adventure. A recent study by researchers at San Francisco State University showed people “enjoy greater well-being from life experiences and consider them to be a better use of money.” Additionally, Dr. Thomas Gilovich of Cornell University found that overall happiness with material and experiential purchases is approximately equal at the time of receipt, but the overall satisfaction with material things bought goes down over time, whereas satisfaction with the experiences they had actually increased. Surprisingly, 72 percent of millennials prefer to spend more money on experiences than on material things, proven by social media news feeds plastered with people’s pictures of concerts, adrenalinefueled adventures, special events, and food experiences. More and more, people are placing value in meaningful experiences as a demonstration of self-fulfilment. Usually when purchasing gifts, you are buying for someone you love and care about, a person with real interests and passions. Most people don’t really care how much you spend on them, and much prefer a gift from the heart. Experience gifts are far more special to share with someone, and last far longer. Often material gifts are forgotten over the years, while a special experience spent with someone you care about is stored in your memory bank, hopefully forever and it is those experiences that build relationships and can be shared together, while most material gifts are only useful for the one who receives them.

Here are some helpful hints for Experiential Gift Giving: Put the time in. Thoughtful gifts take time to plan, as opposed to a last-minute grab from the clearance rack. Try and understand what sort of experience a person would enjoy. Some people love an adrenaline rush, while others prefer a leisurely paddle. Don’t overdo it. You can have amazing experiences in your own backyard, don’t feel as though you need to travel across the globe for a world class adventure. Pick something they can do with you or someone else. Don’t regret investing in experiential gifts. While you might not be giving them something shiny and fun to hold in their hands-on Christmas morning, you’re giving them a lifetime of memories. Call Hoodoo Adventures at 250-492-3888 for great experience gift ideas for the loved ones on your list this Christmas.


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A Glance At Our Night Sky

maybe 7x40 (seven times magnification with 40mm objective lenses). For average observers, 7x50 binoculars are good, general purpose instruments to have around. One alternative which is expensive but getting cheaper is a pair of “image stabilized” binoculars. These have sensors and a little computer inside which detects the shaking and wobbles little mirrors or prisms to correct it. These devices are amazing things to use. If the astronomer has any problems with holding things still, these binoculars will open doors to a new realm of enjoyment. Binoculars are getting better and better, and the two potential problems described here are getting rarer and rarer. However, it is best to keep an eye open for them, especially when buying from anywhere other than a science store. The first is chromatic aberration. This arises because the lenses are not focussing all colours equally. Look at the edge of a dark thing against a bright one, like a roofline against the sky. The problem will show up as false colours. There shouldn’t be any. The second problem is the two telescopes making up the binoculars might not be pointing in exactly the same direction, a problem called poor collimation. This manifests itself as either a feeling of not-quite-rightness, or you might even see double. Your brain can often correct this, but at the expense of discomfort and headaches. It should be possible to set up the binoculars so they are completely comfortable to use, for long periods. If you have a science store or a good camera store nearby, go there. Try out the goods before buying. Another possibility is talk to members of the local astronomy club. Otherwise buy from a good dealer. I suggest buying an astronomy magazine, such as SkyNews (Canadian), Sky and Telescope (American) or Astronomy (American). The companies advertising in them are reputable and there are usually articles about hardware choices. Have a read before going shopping. I end with a warning though; you might get hooked yourself. Next New Moon ~ December 6 | Next Full Moon ~ December 22

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.

Binoculars For Christmas

The range of things available to backyard astronomers is now, er, astronomical. Choosing presents for the family astronomer is more complicated than ever. That means, unless you also share that interest, getting anything for an experienced backyard astronomer should be done in response to hints, notes left around or other useful information about what he or she wants. If necessary, insist that Santa wants a List. On the other hand, if your family astronomer is a beginner, then things are easier. If there are no binoculars in the house, then think of getting some for Christmas. These are great for looking at the Moon, star clusters, exploring the Milky Way, and for searching for comets. A pair of binoculars consists of two telescopes fastened together so they point in the same direction. Binoculars are described by two numbers, for example 8x30. The first number is the magnification – how many times closer it makes something look. The second is the diameter of the objective lenses in millimetres. Magnification is nice, but the most important number here is the size of the objective lenses. Most astronomical objects are faint, so catching as much light as possible is important. One can get huge binoculars that are wonderful astronomical instruments, but they are heavy and will need tripods to hold them steady. If binoculars are not easy to hold still while you look at something for a few minutes, they are too heavy. In addition, tiring hands start to shake, and magnification makes the shaking more of a problem. So we have to compromise observing power with convenience and usability. For small hands

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Blood pressure is a measure of how hard the blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body. It’s normal for blood pressure to go up and down throughout the day, but if it stays up, you have high blood pressure. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension. When blood pressure is high, it starts to damage the blood vessels, heart, and kidneys. This can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other problems. High blood pressure is called a “silent killer”, because it doesn’t usually cause symptoms while it is causing this damage.

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Your blood pressure consists of two numbers: systolic and diastolic. Someone with a systolic pressure of 120 and a diastolic pressure of 80 has a blood pressure of 120/80, or “120 over 80”. Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mm Hg). The systolic number shows how hard the blood pushes when the heart is pumping. The diastolic number shows how hard the blood pushes between heartbeats, when the heart is relaxed and filling with blood. High blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. You have high blood pressure if your top number is 140 or higher or your bottom 2020 Apex Hockey Tourneys number is 90 or higher, or both. People with diabetes should have By Marc Tougas, Apex Hockey Organizer a blood pressure of less than Apexhockey.com is again hosting three outdoor hockey events at 130/80. (HealthLinkBC) Apex Mountain Resort this season. All three tournaments are in So, how do we avoid having January ending the weekend of February 2nd. The 21st annual high blood pressure? Try to live Shootout Hockey Tournament will be held January 9th - 12th. healthy and stress-free. Eat The Shootout will have 18 teams made up of 12 men’s teams well, stay at a healthy weight, and 6 women’s teams. The 17th annual Firefighters Hockey exercise, don’t smoke, be social, Tournament, where 16 teams are made up of 8 firefighter teams avoid excessive drinking, and get from BC, Alberta, Washington and Oregon, will be held on January on a regular massage schedule. 23rd - 26th weekend. The 8 women’s teams are mostly from BC, Massage is a natural choice for with players that do fly in from all over Canada. The third and final the treatment and prevention tournament of the year held be held on the weekend of January of a wide range of health 30th through February 2nd. This is the 17th annual Shotgun conditions, including managing Hockey Tournament, which is made up of 12 men’s teams and 6 blood pressure. Relaxing music women’s teams from BC, Alberta and Washington State. and aromatherapy will also Proceeds from these and past hockey tournaments go to various greatly enhance the benefits of local and provincial charities. For example, Apex Freestyle Team, massage. Apex Ski Club, and the Apex Fire Rescue Team will all benefit from We wish you a very, merry Christmas! Gift certificates are always donations through proceeds of these events. available. May you have a peaceful, joyous season and if there is too much stress, remember Creative Wellness Solutions is We all look forward to enjoying the mountain activities. Many of conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every these participants ski and board during the day, play a game of Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton every hockey, and then enjoy the atmosphere Apex has to offer. week. For more information, please visit www.apexhockey.com. Creative Wellness Solutions provide a convenient massage with innumerable benefits on a comfortable massage chair. You do not need to climb onto a table or remove clothing and no oils are used. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage in-home, at sports events, or in the workplace. Call Dee-anne at 250-497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. 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 cost per routine is $20. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions. com, where you can read any past articles you may have missed.

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Jay’s Tunes To Turn To Artist ~ Club Yoko / Track ~ “I AM” “I AM” excited and optimistic for this season. I see the snow guns pumping out snow, the groomers making tracks, and all the staff getting Apex ready for the season ahead. Also, I am sure that Ullr will be good to us. I am also a little jealous of the young skiers getting on the hill for early season training and my friends who have hiked up to earn their turns, even back in late September to make the record books I am sure. While I am writing this on December 1st, it is snowing both on the mountain and in the valley. I am sure this is getting everyone pumped for this coming winter season. Happy Holidays Everyone! Ski 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 “Jay’s Tune To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in the fun.


Great Cabin Recipes

to your pan and cook until peppers and broccoli are soft. Once cooked, add chicken and potato mixture to your sauce and lightly fold to incorporate. Add your mixture to your prepared pie plate, Chicken Pot Pie (A Leftover Masterpiece) once crust has been pressed into plate, and top with additional By Dee Martens pie crust, spinning plate and pinching crust to seal your pie - don’t The holidays are here! That means warm, hearty comfort food is forget to add slits to your crust to keep the pie from exploding here to stay (at least for a little while, while the clothes are thick in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes until the crust is browned - for and to outweigh the chilly weather). I must admit, pot pies are a caramel colour crust, top your my absolute favourite dish to enjoy during the colder season. I pie with an egg-yolk wash before especially love to use my leftover turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes baking. Allow your pot pie to sit and veggies from holiday meals, in exchange for some of the for 5-10 minutes before serving ingredients in the following recipe to utilize my leftovers. If you are and voila, a yummy meal that questioning the Gin in the following crust recipe - I do understand everyone is sure to enjoy (and a your hesitation - however, by using just a splash of Gin, you ensure great use of leftovers)! a flakey crust. If you do not have Gin, Vodka can be used and if you do not have any alcohol, cold water does the trick in a pinch. Who’s That On The Hill? For the crust: Begin by adding 2 ½ cups of flour and 1 tsp. of salt to Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone a medium sized bowl and mix with a fork. Once mixed, add 2/3 cup of canola (or another type of vegetable) oil, 1/3 cup of cold water This holiday season aside from our normal gift of and 1 tbsp of Gin. Blend your crust ingredients with a wooden spoon keeping you safe on the slopes, you can unwrap the gift of getting until just incorporated. Next, remove crust from bowl, encase in to know December’s feature patroller Jess! plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 20 minutes, while preparing What is your name? Jessica ‘Super the insides for your pie. Once the pie filling is complete, remove Momma’ Nattress (a.k.a. The Jess) the crust from the fridge and separate into two evenly shaped Where were you born? Jess is waaay to balls, with one slightly larger than the other (this is for the bottom). fancy for the rest of us and originally hails Lightly flour a surface before rolling your crust out until it is as thin from the posh neighborhood of North Van. as possible. Note: the dough will normally not become thin enough It is so trendy you can’t even say North for pie crust just by rolling with a pin - for the lower part of the crust Vancou... See? Can’t do it. - simply press the dough into a pie dish until a slight ¼ inch lip is How many years have you been patrolling? sticking over the edge and the crust is evenly distributed over the Jess has been a staple at Apex for over a bottom of the pan. For the top of the pie crust, gently press your (slightly smaller) rolled ball from the centre, moving in an outward decade! 11 long years and the mountain is richer because of her. motion, until your crust will adequately cover the filling and bottom What shift are you on? Jessica finds herself on A shift doing all crust. Once the filling is placed inside the pie plate, simply place sorts of A shifty stuff. the top crust, and pinch then roll the edges to seal your pie. Do you ski, board, telemark or other? You normally find Jess For the pie: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Place 2 cups of strapped to a snowboard when in her patrol colours, but she cheats peeled potatoes (approximately 3 russet potatoes), diced into on her days off, strapping on skis when playing with her kiddos. small cubes into a large saucepan, partially filled with water. Bring Favorite run? Jess says she likes The Chute, but what she really potatoes to a boil before adding 2 large carrots, sliced into thin likes is getting to the volley cabin for après-ski snacks. The Chute rounds. Cook potatoes and carrots, covered, for approximately 8 is the most direct route (we are on to you!) minutes, until tender and drain. While you wait for your veggies to What is your favorite food? She takes after Ed Robertson, and boil, heat 1 cup of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once although she likes the Chalet Swiss, she likes the Sushi cause it’s melted, add 1 large diced onion, 1 cup of flour, 2 tsp. of salt, 2 tsp. never touched a frying pan. of dried thyme and 1 tsp. of pepper and stir until just blended. Next, add 2 cups of chicken broth to your mixture and 1.5 cups of milk. What do you do for fun? Her answer is just wine. Nothing else. Bring to a boil, constantly stirring to avoid sticking or separating, Just wine. until thickened (usually around 2 minutes). Remove sauce from What do you do for money? She pokes and prods her way around heat, place in a medium sized bowl, and stir in ½ cup of frozen corn. the hospital as a registered nurse. Quickly rinse out your skillet before returning to the stove top. Add Should people hunt for you on Tinder? She encourages anyone 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil to your pan and allow the oil to heat up (a to give it a shot, but she will just ‘ghost’ you anyway. She has single drop of water should sizzle when dropped in, as a heating been hitched for 17 years and has 2 super cute little girls, who are test) before adding 2 diced chicken breasts to the pan. Stir the always perfect angels. chicken in the pan, to brown all sides of the cubes. Once slightly So, now you know Jess. Say ‘hi’ as you slid on by! browned, add ½ a cup of each, diced broccoli and yellow peppers ApexMatters.com | December 2019 | Page 23


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