Apex Matters December 2021

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December 2021

A past Torchlight Parade & Fireworks at Apex Mountain Resort Photo by www.preservedlight.com

Christmas & New Years At Apex

Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank

By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters

I encourage everyone to take a drive up to Apex, definitely for the day, but preferably for a short holiday close to home. There is so much to do over the holidays for everyone of every age. My favourite holiday tradition is joining in the magical time on Christmas Eve, watching the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, then seeing Santa arrive in his special sleigh, and visiting around the bonfire with family and friends. And, New Year's always brings guaranteed great times at Apex too! Fingers crossed these festive events can return this year. Visit www.apexresort.com for updates. Parents ~ Check out the Kids Programs offered this winter, especially during the Winter Break through Apex Ski Club, Apex Snow School, Freestyle Apex, and don’t forget to check out Nickel Plate Nordic Centre’s programs as well. Sign up today! Early Season Conditions ~ Watch for Unmarked Hazards! Be sure to follow the Alpine Responsibility Code included below. Have A Merry White Christmas & A Snowy New Year! Published by Okanagan Matters Publications apexmatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 www.ApexMatters.com Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2021 through April 2022. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and around Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 18th season in print!

By Brad Nunes Dear Santa, I hope this letter finds you well and COVID free. With you being well over 200 years old and subsisting on a diet consisting heavily of dairy and carbs, you must fall into some sort of high risk category. Also, I hope you are wearing a mask during your visits or we might have a springtime plagued with the ‘hollyjolly’ variant. Overall, I have been a very good, good, decent, adequate, not totally evil boy this year. Yes, I may have farted once or twice under the blankets during family movie night. And yes, maybe I pulled the covers over the boys’ heads creating what some may call a ‘Dutch Oven’. But, I did not break out the wooden spoon when they wouldn’t stop complaining after the aforementioned flatulence gave them a case of conjunctivitis. Really, I am a model of mercy and constraint. I did forget to shovel the driveway, but then I prayed really, really hard for the weather to warm up and it did, so I count that as trying. This year my list is not very long. I once again pleasantly request that you give me a Lamborghini. I know this has been on my list since I was 8 years old, and yes, that one time you did get me the Hot Wheels version ... but we all know I want the real thing. I am a patient man, but dude ... c’mon! This is the year right!?

Ok. In the unlikely event you stiff me on the car again, I will provide some alternatives. I could do with an uncomfortable amount of Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of beef jerky from Doug’s Homestead. I don’t know how much that the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this is, but when you go ‘eh ... I dunno’ I think that is about right. Oooh publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the ... I would also love the mythical Golden Edge Card. I heard that right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as they are real. Diesel told me he once saw one as he was plowing, possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their but then he looked away and it had faded into the night. Anyway, final approval is requested before being published. © 2021 Okanagan Matters Publications. apparently it gets you free Edge coffee for life. Ummm ... I’d have a couple of Gunbarrel Caesars. Then I wouldn’t need to eat or drink for a month. And like, pretty much anything from The Mountain Shop! But honestly Santa, the thing I really want this year is just a killer ski season. I want nothing but peace, love and powder on the hill. I want to see skiers and boarders come together in sisterly (or brotherly) love (it is said you do work miracles). But most of all, I want us all to be safe and have just an awesome time on our wonderful hill. I want us to squeeze every last cheer and high five out of the slopes, both young and old. Thanks Santa. You are the bomb buddy. Keep it real. Your Biggest Fan, B PS. Like PLEASE don’t forget the Lambo this year. PLEASE!

How Are The Roads To & From Apex?

Acciona or “AIM Roads” is the road contractor for Apex Mountain Road and Green Mountain Road. Their mandate is to keep the highways safe and open for the travelling public. Their winter shift schedule is mid-October until mid-March. If you notice unsafe or dangerous road conditions, please call AIM at 1-866-222-4204.

Winter driving on Apex Mountain Road ~ Photo by www.leightruslerphotography.com

Apex Mountain Resort Opening Day is December 11 Weather Dependent

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December 2021 Special Events: Tenative - Subject to weather & Covid-19 restrictions. Apex Classic ~ December 15-19 - Apex hosts a Freestyle Canada Cup mogul series competition on Kristi’s Run. Night Skiing & Tubing ~ Starting Friday, December 17 - T-bar & Magic Carpet open from 4-9 pm. Winter Break ~ December 18 - January 3 - Local schools will be closed & families will be at Apex for the holidays. Christmas Eve ~ 6 pm Torchlight Parade & Santa arrives, along with a Fireworks Display & Bonfire in the village. Christmas Day ~ Lifts will be open from 9 am - 3:30 pm. Happy Holidays Everyone! Home Hardware Camps ~ Christmas Break Camps for Kids - See Apex Snow School for full details. New Year’s Eve ~ 6 pm Family Fireworks Display & a second Fireworks Display at midnight in the village.

Day Lift Operations ~ Daily 9am - 3:30pm thru April 3, 2022. Night Lift Operations ~ Friday & Saturday 4-9pm as of Dec 17. Tube Park ~ Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday & Holidays 10am-3pm. Starting December 17, 2021 through April 3, 2022. Skating Loop & Hockey Rink ~ Open daily at 9am & night lit until 10pm. Tentative opening is Dec 17. Weather dependent. Snow Bus ~ Runs every Saturday & Sunday, plus Holidays & Spring Break. Starts December 18, 2021. Visit doublediamondtours.ca for info. Featuring ~ 80 Runs | 4 Terrain Parks 2000 Vertical Feet | 1112 Skiable Acres 16% Novice | 48% Intermediate | 36% Advanced/Expert | 20 Feet of Cumulative Annual Snowfall

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Holistic Healthy Holiday Choices By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company With all the global concerns creating worry these days, I think it can sometimes get forgotten that there are more ways than one for you and your family to achieve optimal health. For this reason, I wanted to send some friendly tips, some extra tools for the tool belt, as we all head into this holiday season and choose how we will spend our time. Here are my Top 5 “Healthy Choice” recommendations to include in your holiday planning this season: 1.

Spend more time outdoors exploring. This one simple act has proven to reduce anxiety and depression and improve mood and self-esteem. Not to mention all the beautiful things you can discover to distract the mind from the craziness of the world. From the perfect snowflake to a stunning view, we all need time to focus on the things that are good about the world.


Get together with friends and family and have social interactions. That’s right, I said it ... gather with other humans in whatever format you are comfortable with. Studies have linked active friendships to stronger immunity, lower stress, improved confidence, increased happiness, and overall better health. As humans’ social interaction is essential to every aspect of our health, research shows that having a strong network of support or strong community bonds, fosters both emotional and physical health and is an important component of adult life. It may feel strange after what we’ve all been through, but we do need each other in more ways than one.


Get a ton of fresh air! Fresh air is good for your digestive system, it helps improve blood pressure and heart rate, makes you happier, it strengthens your immune system, it cleans your lungs and gives you more energy and a sharper mind. Need I say more? I need not.


Exercise. Moving your body improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative moods and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function. Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal. It doesn’t have to be much, just head out for a walk and hit 4 birds with one stone ... invite some friends on a walk to explore the outdoors and interact with each other in the fresh air, while getting exercise ... boom! You just got healthier and didn’t even know it. It’s as easy as that.


Think local. From the food you eat to the decorations and gifts that you give, from the liquor you buy to the businesses you support, it has never been more important to support local and fuel your body locally, when possible, as well. Local food doesn’t have to travel as far to arrive on your plate and it often has a higher nutrient value too. Local businesses need all the support they can get these days and we all need to be thinking more sustainably for the health of future generations as well. And one more thing ... for me, one of the most important aspects of thinking locally is to also consider how we treat others in our community, because there is no doubt that the overall, holistic health of our community affects us all as individuals too.

So, as we head into the next season full of temptations and treats, connections and carols, chestnuts, and choices, remember these 5 healthy options and the positive impacts they can have for yourself and for others. Take care out there and have a very Happy Holiday Season.




Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Kevin Dyck, President What an incredible and odd (incredibly odd?) season it’s been up at Nickel Plate. Starting at the end of October, we had what looked like the best early season snow on record, so much so that we even “officially opened” on October 30th. Skiing and snowshoeing were both unbelievably good. And, then it rained. But, then it snowed again! But then it rained again, and snowed. But as of this morning, as I look out over a brown valley on a gorgeous fall day, I’m also looking at the webcam at Nickel Plate with a view that is also brown, and far from gorgeous. But for the month of November, skiing has been really, really good. We’re grateful for that. We’re also grateful that a lack of snowpack is our only concern at the moment. We aren’t losing our homes and businesses to flooding, and for another summer, the beautiful forests that make Nickel Plate such an amazing place were spared by wildfires. We have a lot to be thankful for. So, back to business. The new programming at NPNC has been a hit! For adult skiers, our new racing program has a full lineup of skiers working on fitness and technique. And, our XC Masters group skis are so popular we’re taking names for a 2nd group on Saturdays. All of the 3 week focus groups are sold out, and sadly our youth Skills Development Program is also at capacity. In the office this year, we have an expanding retail selection (expanding as supply chains allow), including a full line of waxing products and technical socks. Somewhere between Colorado and NPNC is an order of wonderful new branded ski hats, which should arrive “any day now”. Also new this year, lessons can be booked online on our website! And as always, the office will be closed Christmas Day. You’re welcome to come up and ski or snowshoe, but staff will be at home with their families, or secretly skiing. Have a great holiday everyone. Take care of each other.

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Nickel Plate Nordic Racers By Jessica Roach, Head Coach The season is in full swing with races starting in early December. The Youth Racing Program is starting things off with a BC Cup in Rossland. We have been so fortunate to have been skiing for over a month now, while others still have not gotten enough snow to ski. The Masters Racing Program started last weekend and we’re off to a great start. There is so much enthusiasm, which makes the group an absolute joy to be around. We are having a bit of a rocky start to December with the high temperatures, but we’ll be back on track soon with the inevitable snow on its way. With the return of races, we hope snow conditions do not affect the ability to hold early season races. The racing team plans to attend somewhere between 5 and 10 races this season, all while staying in the Okanagan region. We are incredibly lucky to have such high caliber facilities all within a short driving distance. We are hosting a race at Nickel Plate, which is the last Okanagan Cup of the season and an important race before the National Championships. We need help in order to host the race. If you or anyone you know would be willing to volunteer either in the organizing or the day-of event, please reach out to me at jessica@ nickelplatenordic.org. Some of our programs still have room in them, so make sure you get your youth outside and on skis this winter. Track Attack or Trail Blazers (ages 10-12) and the Racing Program (ages 13+) are all available to register your children in through our website at nickelplatenordic.org and follow the links. Our Masters Programs (racing and recreational) seem to be very popular, so you better act quickly if you want a spot! We are doing our snow dances and hope you are too! ApexMatters.com | December 2021 | Page 5

Freestyle Apex Update By Sarah Holeton, Executive Officer, Freestyle Apex Apex Mountain Resort is getting ready to open December 11. In the meantime, the Apex Freestyle Club has been taking advantage of pre-season training, alongside several teams from around the country and the US. Thanks to the amazing efforts of our facilities manager, Mike Richards, and assistance from several teams, the mogul course has been coming together and is looking great considering the milder conditions. Thank you to all of those who continue to assist in maintaining and supporting Mike in the building of the mogul course. As the restrictions have loosened, the club continues to be committed to keep everyone safe, while we play in the snow. This means abiding by Apex Mountain Resorts policy of masks while riding lifts, in lift lines, and in the village. The start of the season is almost upon us and it’s time to dust off the gear, get your season pass, head to The Mountain Shop for a tune up and get your ski legs ready for the season. Please be respectful of these policies. Registration is still underway and there are still spots available in the Freestyle Ski Program, so please check out our website at www.freestyleapex.com/ to register. In addition, we mustn’t forget the inclusion of Snowboarding to the Apex Freestyle Family and there are also spots available. To recap the New Snowboard Programs: • Grom Squad ~ Program for the young recreational boarder that wants to learn the fundamentals of riding, jumping and carving - Ages 8-12 • Performance Snowboarding ~ 2 day snowboarding program, offering learn to train and compete principals, plus refining your carving and jumping skills, learning inverts and rotations, riding at a higher levels, with competition opportunities at your choice - Ages 12+ • Recreational Snowboarding ~ Saturdays or Sundays 1 day snowboarding program for those who want to refine their skills and have fun with a snowboard crew and amazing coaches! - Ages 11+ • Remember, we do offer split payment options.

Upcoming Event ~ Apex Classic from December 15-19, 2021 (Formerly Canadian Selections) - This is a Freestyle Canada Cup mogul series competition. The Apex Classic kicks off the season for these mogul athletes. Volunteers ~ We are looking for volunteers in various roles throughout the week starting on Wednesday, December 15th. If you are able to offer some volunteer time, we will be sure to keep track of those volunteer hours for future discounts. We will try and have a link to a sign up sheet shortly. We continue to appreciate our member’s support. We value and recognize all the efforts the parents do throughout the season to make our program as successful as it is. Winter 3-Day Camp ~ There is still room in our Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Camps. So, sign up for our 3-day camp full of fun and adventures! Winter Camps run from December 28-30, 2021. Wanting To Help But Don’t Know How? Join a committee with the Apex Freestyle & Snowboard Club. We are looking for 3-4 members per committee: 1. Fundraising ~ The goals of raising funds to insure the financial viability and stability of our organization through fundraising initiatives like online auctions, raffles, live auctions, etc. 2. Sponsorship ~ We are looking to create lasting and meaningful community partnerships, to help support the club and its programs and increase awareness of the many supportive businesses in our community through advertising and exposure on our landing bag and facilities. These sponsorships will assist in coach mentorship, athlete development, and improvements to our facilities. We have opportunities to be involved at any level and can offer great exposure for your company in banner placement during the season and events, athlete branded jackets, or the newest opportunity to be a banner/sponsor of our new Olympic size landing bag - having your logo on the bag’s side. 3. Grant Writing ~ Solicits grant applications that apply to our club like gaming grants, etc. They will make funding recommendations, prepare project agreements and monitor project progress. Time is required for application review and development of funding recommendations, as well as time for project monitoring. 4. Social Committee ~ The social committee is created to be inclusive, diverse and engaging for all athletes, coaches and parents to come together in various social environments. This committee will be created to plan a range of events that meet the needs of our Apex family by coming together in a positive manner and creating meaningful connections and experiences. If any of these committees interest you and you would like to get involved, please contact Sarah at secretary@ freestyleapex.com. Covid-19 Safety and Mindfulness 1. Safety and health is our number one priority. We will continue to mandate masks and bandanas when in groups, in lift lines, on chair lifts, and in the village, as mandated by Apex Mountain Resort. We will continue to recommend social distancing when indoors, frequent handwashing and sanitization of both mogul hut and air hut. 2. We will continue to follow all Provincial Health Orders, while trying to provide a safe level of outdoor activity.

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Coaching ~ We have many of our amazing coaches returning and are excited to announce we have hired some excellent new coaches to fill the needs of the growing programs. This way we can accommodate everyone and get them doing what is most important ... SKIING & SNOWBOARDING!





A Glance At Our Night Sky

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

A New Telescope For Christmas By Ken Tapping, November 16, 2021

It is a wonderful thing that our world has a nice, dense atmosphere. Without it we would not be here. However, it does not make life easy for astronomers. Apart from cloudy nights where only our radio telescopes can see out into the universe, instability in the atmosphere makes stars romantically twinkle, which manifests itself through our telescopes as images dancing around, flashing with spurious colours and hiding their detail. Then, finally the atmosphere only lets in certain wavelength ranges. It is transparent to visible light and a large part of the radio spectrum. It blocks almost everything else. This is again something that is good for us, because dangerous short wavelength ultraviolet radiation and X-rays get almost totally blocked, as do high-energy particles. It is still worth building telescopes on the ground, because they can be bigger, more flexible and relatively cheap. We like to put our optical telescopes on mountain peaks surrounded by stable air. However, for seeing exceptional detail without the atmospheric shimmering, or to observe wavelengths that don’t reach the ground, there is no alternative to putting telescopes in space, orbiting above the atmosphere. This was the reason for launching the Hubble Space Telescope. The HST was launched in 1990 and is still in orbit doing science. It has a 2.4 metre diameter mirror, which is relatively small compared with the mirrors on groundbased telescopes, which are now getting into the ten to thirty metre range. The mirror on the HST was limited by the telescope having to fit into the cargo bay on the Space Shuttle, which is what was used to lift it into orbit. Since it was launched, the HST has justified itself many times. The images it sent back have been


stunning and scientifically exciting. Of course, every new view of the universe provides new questions. A lot of interest is now focused on understanding the early youth of the universe. The Hubble Space Telescope continues to be a valuable scientific research tool. However, to look at the early universe, and especially the birth of the first stars and galaxies, and seeing what they were like, we need a new and more sensitive instrument. That instrument is the James Webb Space Telescope, which is currently under final preparation for launching on December 18. The JWST is a joint project of the US, European and Canadian space agencies. Thousands of scientists and engineers are involved: some as employees of those space agencies and others distributed among some 248 companies that are contributing to the project. It is to be launched using one of the European Space Agency’s Ariane 5 rockets. This telescope has a 6.5 metre diameter mirror, much larger than the mirror on the HST, and should collect much more light. This has been a challenge, because there is no way such a large mirror will fit inside the launcher, so the mirror has to fold up. It is therefore made up of a number of hexagonal panels. When in orbit this has to unfold into a perfect mirror. The detectors on it have to be kept very cold in order to operate with their best sensitivity. In space, things naturally become very cold providing the Sun is not shining on them, so the JSWT is to be parked at a stable, Lagrange Point, where it remains permanently in the shadow of the Earth. In addition, it has complex sunshades to keep away stray sunlight or heat from the Earth. So, astronomers around the world are looking forward to a wonderful Christmas Present that will tell us more about the processes that gave rise to the universe, and us. However, once in orbit the antenna and sunshades have to be deployed and this complex telescope set up, tested and calibrated. Only then can the science start. Next Full Moon ~ December 18. Next New Moon ~ January 2. ApexMatters.com | December 2021 | Page 7

Carvers Corner

By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director Happy Holidays to you ALL. Apex Ski Club is all geared up for another fantastic winter. We all are so excited to start our season. Wasn’t that long ago that we were celebrating record snowfalls. Let’s keep those fingers crossed for another banner year. The resort, like always, has done a fantastic job getting everything ready. A lot of work behind the scenes that is often overlooked. Thanks Apex Mountain Resort for all your hard work. U12 & U14-U16 ~ The crew has been doing dryland since September. The gang is all pumped for another season. The racers will be busy as usual through the holidays working hard on skills and drills. We are lucky to be hosting a event this season in early February. So excited to have events again! These of course were absent last season. Our coaching staff is very excited to be working with this talented group of skiers. Apex Carvers ~ Carver Camps will be running through the holiday season as usual. The program starts the January 8th weekend. Always fun to watch the young kids acquiring new skills daily. Watch for the kids in the Interior Roofing bibs. Those are your Apex Carver kids looking sharp on the slopes. Okanagan FIS Team ~ Congratulations to the Apex athletes who have moved on to the FIS team. (FIS racers are 16 and older) Molly Raymond, Samantha Lawlor, Amy Clarke and Siena Blaser. They will all have a fantastic season under the watchful eye of Coach Derek Trussler. They will be joining Aaron Leaman for a much anticipated season of FIS racing. Heming Sola ~ Apex Ski Club Alumni, Heming Sola, and member of BC Ski Team has already had some career results this season. Top 30 at his first NorAm! We had the pleasure having Heming at some of our dryland sessions this fall.

3-Day Christmas Camps Camp 1 ~ December 21-23 Camp 2 ~ December 28-30

2 Spring Break Camps in March 2022

Apex Carver Program

Starts January 8 - Full Day Saturdays Starts January 9 - Half Day Sundays

Runs weekly though March 19 & 20

Heming Sola crushing a run at Canada Cup! ~ Photo by Derek Trussler (D$) The Reece Howden Report ~ We are so excited for this year’s World Cup season, it’s also an Olympic year. Reece will be in the Olympics this year!!! Hard to believe this fella was skiing with the club a short while ago. Let’s go Reece! We are all behind you. Stay tuned for the next issue of Apex Matters for more on Reece. Special thanks to our amazing sponsors! Gold Sponsor ~ Interior Roofing. Silver Sponsors ~ Omland Heal, Neighbourhood Brewing, Penticton Collision Centre, and Cumming Investment Strategies. Bronze Sponsors ~ B&L Machine Shop, Betts Electric, IGA, Cumming Construction, Unified Alloys, and Capri Custom Insurance Solutions. Page 8 | December 2021 | ApexMatters.com

Racing into winter! ~ Photo by Greg Jaron-flower

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On The Road To The Olympics With Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni, was the Ski Cross World Cup Crystal Globe Winner and Rookie of the Year last season, standing on the podium 6 times, winning the gold in 4 races and silver in 2. Reece was voted “Rookie of the Year”, which is voted on by his competitors and all the coaches. He also won the overall Men’s World Cup Ski Cross Crystal Globe, which is awarded to the athletes with the most overall race points. Reece ended last season with 691 points and 2nd place Swiss racer, Jonas Lenherr, accumulated 405. Apexers wish Reece all the best this season! Below is the last update from Reece ... I had an amazing month training in Saas Fee, Switzerland from mid September to mid October. We had lots of blue bird days and I was super stoked with my skiing! I felt strong and fast and ready for the 2021/22 World Cup season and of course the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. We will be training for two weeks the beginning of November at Nakiska Ski Resort (near Banff) to prepare for the only stop the World Cup SX circuit will make in Canada this season. There will be 2 World Cup races held at Nakiska on Friday, January 14th and Saturday, January 15th. This is a great opportunity to come and cheer on the Canadian SX Team on home soil, and so close to the Okanagan! Ski Cross is non-stop action packed racing and never fails to entertain and be one of the most watched events in professional ski racing and at the Olympics! Nakiska is a great venue for Ski Cross and the finish line is only steps away from the day lodge. There is also a jumbotron at the finish, so the race can be watched from the start gate to the finish line. Kids can get autographs and face to face with the World Cup athletes! Go Canada Go!

After training in Nakiska, the team will be super excited to leave for Beijing for our 1st race of the season. It will be held at the Olympic venue as a test event prior to the Olympics in February. We will get some experience on the track, and iron out any kinks that need tweaking before the big event. I see that the snow is already falling on the slopes at Apex and I hope you are all getting hyped for the ski season! Be sure to come and say “Hi” and introduce yourself to me as a fellow Apex skier at Nakiska. Let it snow! ApexMatters.com | December 2021 | Page 9 Stayed tuned for more!

The Elephant In The Room By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Alumni Hello everyone. I am speaking out, because I can no longer hold it back. I understand this will be hard to read for many, and that I will likely lose the respect of a good portion of my supporters; however, I feel the need to speak out loud. Recently, while I was out downtown wearing my BC Ski Team jacket, I had two young sisters, probably seven and eight, approach me. They asked if I skied. After briefly explaining to them that I now mainly cross country skied, their mother came over and I began talking with her. We got on the topic of skiing, and she said that her girls and the rest of the family were skiers, but this season they would not be able to. I hesitantly asked them why. She said that she used to be a ski instructor, and that her husband was a pilot. She said they had both lost their jobs, because of their lack of compliance. I asked her what they were doing these days and she explained that they had a garden throughout the summer and that her husband was now off hunting deer, hoping to fill the freezer for winter. That stuck with me: they were out of employment. A family of seven, now without any income. I’ve personally been badly burdened by these mandates and heard many stories, but this was to the greatest extent that I’d yet witnessed. The week that I am writing this (December 4th and 5th), I should be headed off to my first set of races in Vernon, but instead I’ve been barred from participation, even though I have clinical evidence of immunity. The weekend that this issue comes out (December 10th), I should be racing in Rossland, BC, but again I won’t be. In January, I will be unenrolled from my university classes and booted from campus. What happened to universities being the freethinking entities of society? And I’m not the only athlete: I’ve now heard of many kids, 12 and up who are unable to race. Is this the type of society that we want

Fred’s first day training on Frozen Thunder on October 18, 2021.

Diesel’s Snow Removal


to stand behind? Those kids aren’t going to stay in sport for long, I can guarantee you that. If you had told me when I was thirteen that I wasn’t allowed to race, I would’ve quit. I would’ve quit and gone elsewhere, probably out of the sporting world. For those of you that have made it this far in my article, I want to ask you to ask yourself, do you see the division that is happening? Many of us, as well as our government officials, say that to not get the vaccine is a choice. But if we don’t comply, we can’t go to work, we can’t go to school. We can’t even attend a restaurant. Does that sound like choice to you? We say all those things are privileges, but in this day and age, should anyone for whatever reason, be subjected to any difference of privileges whatsoever? The government is enabling a two-tier society, and nobody is realizing it. I needed to share this because my whole career, every minute spent in the gym, every kilometre roller skiing up the mountain, everything I’ve ever sacrificed, is going down the drain faster than you can say “we’re in this together”. In my last update, I mentioned no longer being a part of the Academy, well now you know why. In addition to being cut from the team, I was also evicted from my house of teammates. These have been things that I’ve feared sharing for further dissociation. Division is the true pandemic. One side is scape-goated as the issue, and the other the golden child. So much hate flows, from both sides. If we want to ever beat this pandemic, it will be through unity, not division. It will be through overlooking our differences and seeing our similarities; finding a solution that everyone is comfortable with. I’m not arguing whether you should or shouldn’t get the vaccine. I’m saying we need to be able to have a civil dialogue between the two bodies. The Canadian stereotype is built on love and empathy; we now stand more divided than the weather on the mountain, versus the valley, during an inversion; what has happened to us? On a positive note, I’ve put in a great fall of training! I’ve still been able to get on snow twice a week in Canmore and put down many quality hours back in the city. I am very excited about World Junior Trials that are taking place the first week of January. Stay tuned for competition updates. Hopefully, mother nature has a bit more snow and a bit less rain planned back home! Thank you for hearing me out. I’m more than willing to talk to anyone on this topic, especially if you’re a young athlete who’s been affected by these mandates. Please feel free to reach out to me via email to fredalbrechtson@ gmail.com or by text to 250-462-6551.

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It’s December! Happy Winter! By Alec Henderson, BC Park & Pipe Team Member While Penticton was 22 degrees on December 1st, we were training in Whitehorse, and it has been as cold as -20˚ C here. Team BC is having a great training session in Yukon. Originally, we were supposed to have a competition here at Mt. Sima. Unfortunately, it was cancelled. Instead, we have had great conditions to train at the only terrain park open in Canada. We are all really looking forward to our first NorAm competition happening on January 4th at the Calgary Olympic Park. Until then, I will be training at Apex and Silver Star.

Ruka, Finland By Jordan Kober, Canadian Freestyle Mogul Team Member The World Cup circuit is just about to start in Ruka, Finland. Unfortunately, I did not get the results I needed at the Sweden FIS event to earn a spot at this first World Cup, but it does look like I will be given a chance to compete in duals the following weekend back in Sweden. If I have the same luck I had there last year, then I might be able to secure more spots at the third World Cup in Alpe d’Huez, France. After the event in France, it will be time to head home for the holidays and I’m looking forward to my first days of the season back at Apex. In the meantime, our team has been training on the World Cup course here in Ruka for the past week. We are just a few kilometers south of the arctic circle and the days are short and cold. We’ve seen quite a few -20 days since we’ve been here, but luckily the temperature rose to around -10 and we received about a foot of nice, light powder over the past couple days. With this fresh snow the course is looking almost as nice as Kristi’s run. And, although it doesn’t look like I’ll be competing here, I have been enjoying some fun and productive training that will help me be prepared for when I do get my shot.

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Alec during training in Switzerland in October 2021. Captured by the photo crew at Stomping Grounds at Sass Fee.

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Penticton Sno-Trackers Club (Formerly the Penticton Snowmobile Club) By Joe Millar, President Hello Apex and Nickel Plate. I’m Joe, the newly appointed President of the Penticton SnoTrackers Club. I would like to fill you in on what we are up to and what we have accomplished so far this year. We have plans underway to update mapping and signage of the existing Snowmobile Trail Network, this includes working hand in hand with Nickel Plate Nordic Centre to share and access the back country. Curtis, one of our Executive Members, is heading up this project and with his expertise and experience with the Dirt Bike Club, he’s got this well in hand. Rec. Sites and Trails BC is well aware of our intentions and helping us with this, so we’ll be underway with signage as soon as possible. After the trespassing and resulting vandalism that occurred in November on Nickel Plate Nordic Centre’s trail system, we felt it necessary to reach out and offer assistance to the cross country community. From this event though, a new and better relationship between the Snowmobile and XC communities has begun and there is very exciting potential for both of our organizations. We have reclaimed the old club’s parking lot, located 100-200m’s up Strayhorse Forest Service Road, which is just past the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre’s main parking lot. From this parking lot, there is a short trip to the club cabin and a great trail head to start accessing the back country beyond the XC trails and Apex Mountain Resort’s tenure. Through these partnerships, ongoing maintenance and mutual aid between these 3 communities opens up a lot of possibilities for us all! We offered our usual Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Course (AST1) again this year. It successfully filled up in record time. 12 new sledders/snowbikers will be benefiting from the teachings of Finbar O’Sullivan and his assistants again this year. We’ve also been asked by PENSAR to assist in the event of winter call outs. Our members didn’t shy away from this opportunity at all and have a pile of able bodied volunteers to assist and ready to undergo some training with them and other branches this month. We’re still accepting new members, please don’t hesitate to come out and join us with this renewed energy and momentum. For more information, please email pentictonsnotrackers@gmail.com. Lastly, with the holidays approaching, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us Sno-Trackers!

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From The Hill - With MP Cannings Submitted Press Release on November 22, 2021 Last week, in a single one-day rain event, lives were lost, homes destroyed, and livelihoods ruined in several areas of southwestern British Columbia. Critical highways and rail lines were badly damaged, disrupting almost all supply chains between the Pacific coast and the rest of the country. Through it all, there have been inspiring stories of people who have gone above and beyond to help those affected, providing food, shelter and comfort. First responders and the air force carried out daring rescues. But, this event was yet another example of how we are living through catastrophic climate change. And, the destructive weather patterns we are witnessing will not decrease as we necessarily cut our greenhouse gas emissions. They will continue for decades until atmospheric carbon dioxide levels gradually go down. So, we are in for more frequent heat domes, atmospheric rivers, and wildfires. And, while it is critically important that we reduce emissions to keep those impacts to a minimum, we also need to take serious steps to adapt to the changes that are locked in. What could those steps involve? Well, first, we could implement an early warning system for some of these extreme weather events. We’ve had several atmospheric river events this fall in BC, but forecasts of heavy rain on the coast and heavy snow on the mountain passes often don’t keep motorists off the highways or get residents moving to higher ground. Canadian scientists have been developing a system similar to that used for hurricanes - classifying atmospheric rivers as they approach, so that officials can take appropriate steps to close highways, put out evacuation alerts and other measures ahead of the storm’s arrival. This early warning system could save lives, eliminate the need for risky rescues and allow farmers the time needed to move livestock. In the longer term, we have to rebuild our infrastructure so that it is resilient to the weather of tomorrow, with stronger bridges, bigger culverts, higher dykes. We must FireSmart our communities by thinning forests in interface areas to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic fires. We must equip low-income housing with heat pump technology, so that there are no needless deaths in the next heat dome. As much as possible, we should let nature help us in averting future disasters, with healthy forests above our communities and highways to intercept and hold heavy rainfall events. Large areas of our mountains have been impacted by recent fires and logging activity, temporarily taking away their ability to provide this critical service. All these actions will cost money - lots of it - but it will be a sound investment. Right now, the federal government funds disaster relief through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. This fund is chronically oversubscribed and is only funded to the tune of a few hundred million dollars per year. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Insurance Bureau of Canada recently estimated that it will cost over $5 billion every year to make meaningful and necessary fixes to our infrastructure to face the new climate. Local governments generally know where these changes need to be made, where the risks are and what needs to be done. But, they need a federal government that is willing to partner with them with the necessary funding to invest in future infrastructure. And, that funding should go to projects that anticipate the future, as well as projects that are making the necessary repairs from past disasters. We have learned valuable lessons at great cost with this latest catastrophic weather event. Let’s make sure we act on those

lessons. The way ahead will mean making difficult choices and investing up front to ensure a safe future for all Canadians. If you would like to get in touch with me, please email Richard. cannings@parl.gc.ca. or call my Penticton office at 250-770-4480 or my Castlegar office at 250-365-2792.

NDP MP Richard Cannings Calls For Federal Funding To Help Rebuild After Weather Emergencies Submitted Press Release on December 2, 2021 Earlier this week, NDP MP Richard Cannings (South Okanagan West Kootenay) raised how important it is to help communities in the face of the ongoing flooding in BC. He asked the minister in Question Period if he would support communities like Princeton recovery financially from the flooding. Right now, the municipality is on the hook for 20% of the rebuilding funding, which they won’t be able to pay. Cannings and the NDP are calling for the federal government to waive or reduce the amount municipalities have to pay under traditional disaster funding, so that communities devastated by flooding can get back on their feet. “The weather emergencies in BC have been devastating for families and communities,” said Cannings. “And the way the federal government plans to rebuild, leaves municipalities with a hefty bill. The town of Princeton could be responsible for paying millions of dollars to rebuild. Federal and provincial governments have downloaded a lot onto municipal governments when it comes to infrastructure, construction and maintenance. These local governments need real help to rebuild and dedicated funds for forward looking plans to strengthen infrastructure for the future.” Cannings pointed to the flooding of Grand Forks in his riding in 2018. “The aftermath of that flood and rebuilding has been extremely painful for that community and I know the citizens of Lytton and now Princeton and Merritt face that same frustration. The federal government needs to help small communities who have already been through so much.” In addition to calling on the government to invest in building the climate resistant infrastructure communities desperately need, the NDP asked the government to listen to the dire warning from the Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner’s report last week and finally take meaningful action on the climate crisis by cutting emissions and helping workers and communities transition into a low-carbon future. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and the NDP have continually called for investments in a renewable future, with a focus on helping workers find good jobs in renewable energy and helping prepare communities in the face of the climate crisis. “While Canadians have endured forest fires and extreme flooding in the past four months alone, Justin Trudeau keeps pretending to be a climate leader. He continues to give big oil and gas billions in fossil fuel subsidies”, said Singh. “What’s worse is that they have no plan to help workers transition to renewable energy jobs that will allow them to keep providing for their families, while ensuring we are doing our part to address climate change. New Democrats have the courage to act. We can address the climate crisis, while ensuring workers and communities have the support they need.” Last week’s report reinforced the need for a national plan to help provinces, territories, industry, and the federal government meet Canada’s energy interests and needs while aligning with climate targets. The report also made it clear that a plan is needed to “shield workers and communities from the effects of an industrial transition”. Enclosed Link: Video of MP Cannings in the House of Commons calling for federal funding to help rebuild after weather emergencies - visit https://www.facebook.com/richardjcannings/ videos/221834036760447

Monthly MLA Report By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen

Merry Christmas! The holidays are a wonderful time of year to celebrate with loved ones and reflect on everything we have to be grateful for. As we do, let's remember that many of our fellow Canadians are struggling. Please, take some time to reach out to them. Let's work together to build a fairer, more inclusive Canada. From my family to yours, have a merry Christmas, and a safe and happy New Year.

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The last few weeks have been another example of how much we can accomplish when we all work together to carry our communities through disasters. The year has been a relentless attack on our mental and physical health, but the imminent flood risk has now (finally!) dropped, and our attention can turn more fully to emergency recovery for Princeton, Tulameen, Merritt, Abbotsford, and so many other places across the Province. My recent time has been spent mostly working with Princeton and the surrounding areas, ensuring that our government is providing the support that local communities need. Local communities are the heart of emergency management decisions in BC (with a majority of the funding coming from provincial and federal governments); I’m proud that’s the model that we have adopted. Interior Health, Emergency Management BC, and Ministry of Transportation teams have been working to support those local teams (including so many dedicated local residents, staff, and volunteers) that are tirelessly getting things done to help our communities devastated by flooding. I’ve been disappointed by some base attempts to turn human suffering into an opportunity to score political points. My campaign car magnets read “people over politics”; I will continue to honour and follow that approach. Particularly in the midst of emergency response and recovery, I don’t believe any other path is acceptable. One positive to highlight is BC’s 2018 transition from the old response-focused model to a more holistic disaster-risk-reduction focus, embracing prevention, mitigation, response and recovery as key pillars of a successful system. This helped us develop an interim disaster recovery framework, for example, helping us incorporate recent learnings about building a successful path to recovery - and of course, we’ll learn much more from this flood and fire season. The connection between climate change and our recent collection of disasters is not lost on me, nor our BC government. I’m proud of our new ‘Roadmap to 2030’ that identifies sectoral targets and lays out a plan to get us to our future targets to help support a sustainable future - a part of our CleanBC plan that won an award at the recent COP26 event in Glasgow. We won the award based on the use of carbon tax to help pay for specific projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and incentivizing withinsector leadership and innovation to reduce emissions. A creative and broad plan like CleanBC helps us do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and in turn lead to us minimizing our role in increasing future frequency of extreme climate events. A shared responsibility, certainly, but one that I’m happy we’re leading from the perspective of state/provincial governments. Finally, I encourage Apex residents to sign up for the customizable emergency notifications from the RDOS’s Voyent Alert system, details are at rdos.bc.ca. You need to register for these alerts to receive alerts when issued, and the system is flexible to your needs - check it out!

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Apex Mountain Waste Transfer Station In an effort to operate the Apex Transfer Station safely and efficiently, the RDOS would like to inform users of the acceptable materials and where to take materials not accepted: RECYCLING - COMPACTOR 1) Acceptable recycling materials are listed on the compactor door. 2) Recyclables must be CLEAN - no food waste. 3) No Plastic Bags, No Glass, No waxed cardboard, No shredded paper.

APEX TRANSFER STATION IS NOT A DEPOT OR A LANDFILL DROP OFF LOCATION Apex Transfer Station was not designed to take the below listed materials. We have tried to accommodate and dispose for you, but this increases the operating costs. Where to take these materials is listed below: 5) Large cardboard boxes not broken down will cause more air a) Drink Container Return-It Program: Deliver to your local space in the compactor resulting in more service trips. To save bottle depot, or to a non-profit group to help with their fundraising money, flatten all cardboard, and if cardboard is large, break efforts, or sign up for Return-It Express. For more details on the Return-It Express and size limits see: www.return-it.ca/express/ down to smaller pieces. Two examples of volunteers collecting for charity: At the 6) After depositing materials, turn compactor on - see the • north end of the Penticton IGA parking lot is a drop off instructions on the control panel beside compactor. where volunteers sort on Saturdays and dollars are donated GARBAGE - COMPACTOR to various charities. There is also a drop off in Kaleden on Lakehill Road, just after the Kaleden Fire Hall. Sometimes 1) After depositing materials, turn compactor on - see instructions hockey teams, or schools collect too. on the control panel beside compactor. b) Plastic Grocery Bags and Non-Refundable Glass: These 2) Do not place the following materials in the compactor: materials are accepted at Depots along with other sorted a) No Pressurized Tanks and No Fire Extinguishers. recyclables. Shredded paper for disposal at Depots must be b) No Batteries, No Chemicals, No Paint, No Flammables. placed in a closed cardboard box, or brown paper bag. Be sure to read the signs at the Depot and sort correctly to avoid c) No Hazardous Waste. contaminating. Contamination results in loss of revenue. Please • The above listed materials can cause an explosion note that garbage bags/blue bags are not accepted at Depots. within the compactor or at the landfill when the garbage Important Note: Because of the floods, Depots are presently not compactor is moving the garbage. accepting glass or foam packaging. Please save until acceptable • Where to take: The Penticton Campbell Mountain has a or dispose to the garbage. Depots located at Penticton Campbell safe disposal location for each of these materials. Do not Mountain Landfill, J&C Bottle Return at 200 Rosetown Avenue in leave them at the Apex Mountain Waste Transfer Station. Penticton, or T2 Market at 5980 Sawmill Road in Oliver. c) Used Oil, Antifreeze, Oil Containers: Accepted at Penticton Campbell Mountain to the oil collection area. Limit of 20 liters per load per day. d) Paint: Accepted at Penticton Campbell Mountain to HHW area, or local bottle depot. Maximum of 20 litres per load per day. e) Other House Hold Hazardous (HHW) Materials: Such as LED light bulbs, flammable spray cans, chemicals, cleaning supplies etc. accepted at Penticton Campbell Mountain to HHW area. Maximum of 10 items per load, per day. All items must be labeled. HHW is open until 4:00 pm f) Pressurized Tanks: Camping cylinders, propane BBQ tanks, fire extinguishers are all accepted at a designated area and recycled at Penticton Campbell Mountain Landfill. g) Electronics: Anything with a plug is accepted at a designated area at Penticton Campbell Mountain Landfill, or deliver to PACE Electronics Recycling and E Waste at 151 Estabrook Avenue in Penticton. Batteries are also accepted. After depositing materials into the compactor, close both doors, h) Furniture and Appliances: If in working condition, consider and then turn the compactor on. This should be done every time donating to a reuse store, or dispose to Penticton Campbell you deposit any materials into either the recycling compactor and/ Mountain Landfill. or the garbage compactor. How to turn the compactor on? Please For more information on the Apex Waste Transfer Station, please see the instructions posted on the control panel, as shown above. call and leave a message on the RDOS Solid Waste Hotline at 250-490-4129. Calls are returned Monday to Friday. Page 16 | December 2021 | ApexMatters.com 4) Use a reusable container to deliver your recycling materials to the recycling compactor rather than a plastic bag. If using a plastic grocery bag, either toss the bag in the garbage or save with other Recycling Depot items and deliver to a Bottle Return Depot, or to the Recycling Depot at the Penticton Campbell Mountain Landfill.


Wood Stove 101 By Molly Raine, AVFR Communication Lead

Heating your home with a woodstove seems pretty As always please contact AIM simple, right? Put wood in the stove, light it and it for concerns or requests for road maintenance. AIM can be reached at 1 will provide you with warmth. Surprise - There is a lot more going on in your chimney than you think. Creosote is a by-product of -866-222-4204. RDOS is working on 2022 budgets, wood combustion, a highly combustible fuel that forms in your which ultimately set property taxes chimney - One of the leading causes of fires at Apex Resort. based on services provided and costs When was the last time you had your chimney properly examined? to provide them. Due to many factors, Other than sweeping it once a year (maybe), many people Subrina Monteith I do expect taxes to increase before don’t give much thought to their chimneys, especially to what Director of the addition of the newly created Apex is happening inside it. When your woodstove fire is burned hot, RDOS Area ‘I’ mainly water and carbon dioxide are emitted from your chimney. Fire Service. Please be part of the solution with the waste transfer station by With an inefficient fire, you can actually see and smell the unsafe reading the information provided by staff in Apex Matters and signs smoke outside. Where any smoke leaving the woodstove flows up on site. If we don’t work together, it only hurts the rate payers of into the relatively cooler chimney, condensation will occur. Apex, as costs rise to repair or remove items not accepted at the The resulting residue that sticks to the chimney’s inner walls is transfer station. The waste transfer station has work needed to be creosote, which is black or brown in appearance. It can be crusty/ done on it, which I hope to see done under warranty. If you see a flakey, tar-like, drippy and sticky, or shiny and hardened. 90% of mess, please use the number found inside to report it so that it can the time, all forms occur in the same chimney system. Whatever form it takes, creosote is highly combustible. If sufficient quantities be cleaned up for everyone’s safety. build up, a fire can start in your chimney flue. To ensure your From my family to yours, we wish you Merry Christmas and have chimney is clean, have it checked regularly by a Wood Energy a Happy New Year. Technical Training (WETT) certified chimney sweep. These Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ certified professionals have passed rigorous training programs Direct: 250.460.0723 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca recognized by industry and government. Not only will this prevent creosote build up and chimney fires, but TAYLOR MILLER LAW GROUP kelownalegal.com it will ensure the efficiency of your chimney providing a draft which is the main driving force of the system. Without a good, strong Real Estate, Corporate, Wills & Estates draft, stoves will not operate at peak efficiencies. Produced in the 236-700-4517 778-760-4507 1B, 2525 Dobbin Rd, West Kelowna 100-498 Ellis St, Penticton Jodie Taylor, Solicitor Don Miller, Solicitor chimney by hot rising gases, draft causes a negative pressure or suction to develop in the firebox. This draws more air in allowing the fire to continue burning. Woodstoves depend on the draft generated by a hot chimney to safely exhaust gases resulting from the burning wood. Interior chimneys are highly recommended as they are always warm, so the draft is better and creosote problems are less likely to occur. To ensure a clean, safe and efficient fire, you need to burn the right kind of fuel. Wood sizzling in the stove is the most obvious sign your wood is too wet and can be a major safety hazard. It creates excessive smoke leading to creosote problems. It takes softwood at least 4-6 months to air-dry with less than a 20% moisture level. You’ll be disappointed if you collect or order Apex Mountain Resort would like to remind your wood right before the cold hits, as very little drying takes place after October. By properly seasoning your wood before you local residents and visitors alike that water burn, you reduce wood smoke production and creosote buildup. conservation is extremely important all year As a bonus, your firewood consumption can be reduced up to 25 round! It is integral to the well-being of percent! Dry wood burns more efficiently, so less wood is needed for the same heat output. If not well-seasoned, a big part of your this beautiful mountain that we love so wood’s heating value will be lost driving off excess water. much. We all need to make a conscious Remember, burn only well-seasoned wood. Never burn garbage effort to conserve water when you can. treated or manufactured wood products - They will cause woodsmoke production and often the emission of toxic chemicals.

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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!

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Artisan Winter Market At Apex By Ash Dunsford December 18th brings the return of the Artisan Winter Market at Apex Mountain just in time for the holiday season. Our local vendors will be showcasing a variety of hand-made crafts, treasures, and gifts. The market will be hosted from 9am-5pm in The Artisan’s Den, located at the corner of the Apex Mountain Inn. A great place to find that special something or unique stocking stuffers! Come browse and enjoy the festive atmosphere, while supporting local artisans. We look forward to seeing you there! All are welcome.


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Apex Community Association Year-End Wrap Up By Ash Dunsford Happy December all! We are so excited for the return of the snow season here at Apex. November was an eventful month for the ACA. Our Halloween at Apex event was a great success with lots of community families and members coming out in the afternoon (even in the snow!) to take part in our costume and pumpkin contests followed by trick or treating. It will definitely be a yearly event! Thanks to all who participated. We also held our AGM in November, which brought in a few new board members and some great suggestions and ideas for future projects. We continue to work closely with the Apex Fire Brigade, the APOA, Apex Mountain Resort and local businesses to build further connections within the Apex community. While winter settles in, the ACA will be brewing up some ideas for the New Year, so stay tuned for future events! As we reflect on the progress the ACA has made over the past year, we become more certain as to what we would like to accomplish as a local group. Maintaining this unique lifestyle we get to experience, as well as be part of a supportive and caring community is essential. Cultivating an inclusive community as our populace grows is a priority, along with respecting what impact we have on the world around us. Thus, the ACA aims to play an integral role in the growth and safety of our mountain community, not just as a ski resort, but as a place we want to thrive and grow. So if you have any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions, we would love to hear from you! Email apexcommunityassociation@gmail.com.

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Season Opening Social Returns! Inside & Outside the Gunbarrel Saloon 2-5 pm on December 18 Come to the Artisan Winter Market & stay for the APOA Social. See APOA article below for full details. APOA membership is open to all Apex property and condo owners. Many voices make a strong community. Add your voice and become an APOA member. Annual membership is $30/year.


APOA Season Opening Social By APOA Board of Directors Be sure to mark Saturday, December 18th on your calendar. Restrictions have eased and that means the APOA Season Opening Social is back! This year we have partnered with the Artisan Winter Market and the Gunbarrel Saloon to provide Apex property owners the perfect opportunity to connect with neighbours, discuss community issues, and of course to renew your APOA membership for 2022. Based on previous years’ socials, this will once again be a fantastic opportunity to get together and kick off the Apex ski season.

Moving Better!

To ensure everyone is comfortable with attending, this year’s By Denize Mend, Physiotherapist social features a combined outdoor and indoor venue. Also, the social is on the same day as the world famous Apex Artisan Winter Moving your body is good medicine! You have probably heard that when you visit any one of the health care professionals you see. Market, so this is truly a two birds with one stone event! As we wait (not so patiently) for the snow to return, focusing on APOA will have a tent set up next to the Gunbarrel Saloon from what we can do to move with more ease is powerful. 2-4 pm. There you can freely chat with your neighbours and APOA Did you know that regular physical activity can reduce a multitude board members. Remember to bring $30 cash, so you can pay-up of risk factors around health and well being? your 2022 APOA membership. If cash isn’t your thing, you can purchase your membership through our website anytime before Moving your body every day can: improve brain health; assist weight management; reduce risk of disease; strengthen your December 18th at www.apexpropertyowners.com. bones and muscles; improve your ability to do everyday activities And, it gets better. We’ve partnered with the Gunbarrel Saloon to with more ease; improve mental health; and improve sleep. set up a dedicated area indoors, where those with their vaccine passport can continue chatting with their fellow property owners. Physical activity is one to the four pillars of mental health! The Since we couldn’t hold last year’s social, this year every APOA others being proper sleep, good nutrition and self love. member who signs up or renews receives a complementary Physical activity can be anything that moves your body each day, Gunbarrel drink coupon and complementary appy’s. If you sign up such as walking, housework, gardening, Yoga, Tai Chi, hiking, online, be sure to stop by the APOA tent to collect your coupon. paddle boarding, kayaking, and of course, SKIING! Connect with your community, get free drinks and free food … The list is endless! Plus, a mix of higher and lower intensity makes seriously, does it get any better than this? for a sustainable and priceless addition to your over all health and So to all property owners, stop by the APOA tent and renew your wellbeing! membership. Catch up on what your property owners association has be involved in over the past year, and have a chat with your board and fellow members. We look forward to seeing you there!

With that as a foundation as you return to the ski hill, remember as long as you ease in gradually to anything you decide to do, physical activity is a safe and sustainable thing to do.

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director Let’s Rebuild the Economy Together with Volunteer Support Stepping up for Volunteers Participate in the 50/50 Fundraiser at volunteercentre.info Funds from this raffle will go towards keeping volunteers healthy and re-engaging them safely. Non-profits lost more than 40% of their volunteer support during the pandemic, and volunteers are needed to resume community programs. The funds will also help to provide training and resources to community organizations on building healthy volunteer programs for lasting and effective help. This fundraiser runs until December 16, 2021 at 12 noon. The draw will be held on December 16, 2021 at 4 pm at 102-696 Main Street in Penticton, office of the SOS Volunteer Centre. Volunteer Opportunities The Penticton Access Centre is seeking dedicated volunteers with computer literacy and online tax filing experience. They should be available for 1 afternoon a week through March and April, and 1 afternoon a month for the rest of the year. All volunteers are required to pass a criminal record check. Call 250-493-6822 and ask for Brandi or email admin@accesscentre.org. The Canadian Red Cross is looking for volunteer help with the Emergency Support Services Team. Following an emergency, the Red Cross provides food, shelter, clothing and essentials to people with emergency needs. Call 1-888-800-6493. Also needed is help with the Equipment Loan Program, the Red Cross HELP Volunteers and clients support caregivers to access equipment for recovery from surgery or illness, or to assist people in spending their final days at home. Full training is provided. Learn more by calling 1-844-818-2155, or visit VolunteerBCY@redcross.ca. Executive Director (paid position) The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre (SOSVC) is seeking an Executive Director to fulfill a pivotal leadership role in the region. As a self-directed, entrepreneurial visionary with collaborative skills, you have the freedom to create and engage with others making a broad and significant impact. Learn more, including how to apply, at volunteercentre.info/news-2/ Register on the SOSVC website, www.volunteercentre.info, as a ‘Volunteer’ to receive updates on volunteer needs. Register as a ‘Leader’ in to receive board training and opportunities. ‘Like us’ on SOSVC Facebook. Before volunteering, read the “The Volunteer checklist - Volunteering during Covid-19”. For more information, email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

Blood Donor Clinics December 18, 20-22

1:30-5:30pm - Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre, 2965 South Main St Call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca It’s in you to give! Advertise Your Business Here. Shop Local. Buy Local. Neighbours Helping Neighbours. apexmatters@telus.net 250.490.6951 Page 20 | December 2021 | ApexMatters.com

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Apex Snow Ghosts - Photo by Derek Trussler

HELP WANTED: Site Manager

Permanent, part-time position at a 45-unit Okanagan Falls Condominium Complex Required Attributes: • Good Interpersonal Communication Skills ~ Able to converse regularly with owners and report monthly to Strata Council. • Basic Maintenance Skills and Property Management Experience ~ Cleaning, scheduling trades and services (i.e. garbage), minor irrigation repairs, resetting gate locks, painting or sealing of walkways / pool deck, etc. • Pool Operations ~ Able to obtain pool operators certification and provide daily pool maintenance, e.g. clean, backwash, test, etc. • Physically Fit ~ Capable of working several hours at a time outdoors during the summer, e.g. cleaning railings, power washing walkways, etc. • Live Nearby with Seasonal Flexibility ~ Able to attend twice a day during summer months, and several times a week during winter months. • Available On Short Notice ~ For emergency calls such as unit floods and gate/pool/elevator issues. Deadline to apply is 4 pm on Monday, December 18, 2021. Interested applicants should provide a brief cover letter and resume to Matt Taylor at m-taylor403@shaw.ca.

Ski Conditioning By Dr Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, Prolotherapist Is your stoke building for the upcoming season? Now that we are in December, if you are like me you keep a close eye on the snow forecast and the accumulated snowfall. Ski patrol have just gone through all of their training. Brushing up on our skills to get patients safely off of the hill and properly treated. Even though we went through a plethora of scenarios, about one third of what we treat is still the knees. Once the knees go, a cascade of other issues develop. I all too often see in my office patients that are nursing old knee injuries, myself included. The nursing at this point can be anything from persistent knee pain to hip issues. If you have an old knee injury, it may be more difficult to exercise due to a lowered pain tolerance, which can lead to weight gain. Yet extra weight is a double edged sword, as it puts more strain on the knees. Mood can be greatly affected by knee pain. Think of it - when you can’t do what you love to do, you can’t live out your passion. So take care of your knees, and your whole self will thank you.

Dr. Deirdre O’Neill

Natural Pain Solutions

Naturopathic Physician & Prolotherapist 3373 Skaha Lake Road Penticton, BC


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Prevention is always the best medicine. When it comes to skiing, it is the pre-season attitude that keeps you living in the stoke. Squats. Biking. Rowing. All of the things that build the quads and take pressure off of the knees. Conditioning, even a few weeks before skiing, can help minimize the chance of a skiing knee injury. Get your equipment checked. Bindings that don’t release correctly is an all too common reason for a twisted knee injury. Ski on equipment that is tuned up, so that your edges can carve properly and can control your speed in icy conditions. Build up your ski day. All too often ski patrol has a surge of injuries towards the end of the day. This volume may be due to skiing after having a few beers at lunch. Or, simply due to muscle fatigue. Know your limits and when to call it a day and head for a hot tub. Get old injuries treated. Just like you get your ski equipment checked, keep your body in tune. If you are in pain at the start of your day, it would be a good reason to seek treatment. Consider advanced therapies like Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. The reason why these regenerative therapies work so well for knees is that they correct the cause of the knee pain. Prolotherapy targets injured ligaments. PRP injections accelerate tissue repair. Treat the problem and your pain will be reduced. Contact my office, if you want to explore if these regenerative therapies are right for you. PRP injection into the knee joint under ultrasound guidance.

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With this pre-season list in mind, all there is left to do now is pray for snow.

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Even with all of these precautions, accidents happen. That’s what ski patrol is for. If you do get injured this year - seek help. The earlier that you get help, the better outcome you will have.

References: Grima NA, Rajaratnam SMW, Mansfield D, Sletten TL, Spitz G, Ponsford JL. Efficacy of melatonin for sleep disturbance following traumatic brain injury: a randomised controlled trial. BMC Med. 2018;16(1):8. Published 2018 Jan 19. doi:10.1186/s12916-0170995-1


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.

GN’R Alpaca Boutique Alpaca fibre, yarns, products, workshops, hats, mitts, socks and much more ... Gail Franklin-Hawes

Welcome To GN’R Alpaca Boutique By Gail Franklin-Hawes, Owner Merry Christmas from Gail and Richard of GN’R Alpaca Boutique. We wish all of you a very warm and toasty winter. Whether you are a skier, boarder, skater or sleder, we have awesome gift items for you. Our socks are one of our best sellers, available in a range of sizes and colours and weights. Always an appreciated gift. You will never have to worry what to put in their stocking. (LOL) From hats to mitts, scarves, stuffies, wristlets, pet toys, insoles, dryer balls, coasters, hand spun and hand dyed yarns, or knitting kits, there is something useful and beautiful to keep everyone warm and busy. If you have any moms or crafters on your list, GN’R Alpaca Boutique has some beautiful alpaca, and alpaca/silk/merino yarns. Kits start at $5. Included are felted soap, thrum mitts, and hand dyed yarns for scarves and shawls. A knitter can always have one or two more skeins of yarn. Gail’s handspun yarn is unique and the selection is always being added to and changing. Alpaca is softer than wool, warmer than wool, has a huge range of natural colours too. It is available ready to spin, felt or knit, crochet, weave, and for hooking too. Please check out our website at gnralpacaboutique.ca and for a great run, other than the ski hill, check out a small selection of items at The Artisan’s Den at Apex. The boutique is open extra hours for the winter season. Come visit and feel the beautiful soft alpaca items.

7171 Tucelnuit Drive Oliver, BC 416-526-0503 info@gnralpacaboutique.ca www.gnralpacaboutique.ca

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, The Artisan’s Den at Apex, and The Gunbarrel Saloon, your après time will definitely be festive too. Enjoy your holiday time up at Apex with family and friends. Wishing you all a Snowy New Year! 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.

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Upcoming Exhibitions & Events

Wash, Rinse - But Then What?

Submitted by the Penticton & District Community Arts Council

By Whitney Wynn

Down the Rabbit Hole Open Group Exhibition: PDCAC Gallery I. Down the Rabbit Hole is an open group exhibition featuring local artists with paintings, sculptures, pottery and more. Elegance & the West Wall: PDCAC Gallery II. This solo exhibition features PDCAC Artist in Residence, George L. Traicheff. George Traicheff is an artist who prefers to work “en plein air”. The single most important ideology that was learned by George is that one should not strive to be a wildlife artist, an abstract artist, a figurative artist or any other; one should strive to be an artist, to interpret all and once this is accomplished, then you can be an artist who paints whatever - figurative, landscape, wildlife, or anything. The variety of mediums and contrasting themes in this exhibition embody this ideology. Ornamented II, the second annual ornament show will also be held in the Members’ Space, showcasing one of a kind and locally made works by PDCAC member artists. Also, join us on December 3-5 as the Artists in Residence host an Open House. Come and visit their studios along with the exhibitions. The Penticton Arts Council Galleries and Members’ Space are now open Thursday to Sunday 11:00 am to 4:30 pm and are located at 220 Manor Park Avenue in the Leir House Cultural Centre. To find out more, please visit www.pentictonartscouncil.com.

So, we talked about washing and rinsing, but what happens next? Here at Apex, our waste water either runs down to effluent ponds or into private septic systems. In both cases, the restoration of the water is dependent on bacteria being able to properly break down all the extra compounds we rinse down our drains. Did you know there are still many ingredients in our everyday products that are not biodegradable? Ack! That means they stick around in the soil and can make their way into rivers and lakes. So, we need our good bugs to be on their A-game and make sure we using ecofriendly products! My personal top few ingredients to watch out for include:

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These are just a few examples. Unfortunately, the list of ingredients to avoid goes on and on, the big culprits in non-biodegradability being hair conditioner, laundry/dish soap, etc. But, the more aware of the products we use and their impact, the better! There are great alternatives out there, so keep it clean, and keep it green ski bums!

By Kim Palmer, Executive Director

Looking for a unique present that supports a local organization? Give the gift of a membership to the Okanagan School of the Arts, or register your loved one for a program. On Saturday, January 22, Nikki Marshall from Okanagan Dye Works will be teaching a wet felting workshop. Each participant will complete their very own nuno felted scarf, learning how each fibre reacts with others as they create a beautiful piece. Participants will learn different techniques of wet felting to add texture and unique characteristics of this amazing medium, working with a variety of wool types including merino top, 80/20 merino-silk blend, Corriedale, mohair locks, and an array of novelty yarns for textures. The skills learned in this class could be applied to make felted wall hangings. No experience is necessary. Register today at www.okanaganschoolofthearts.com/courses.

Phosphates ~ While generally no longer found in commercial detergents, there are still a few dishwasher and laundry detergents flying under the radar. Too much phosphate can cause algal blooms and disrupt aquatic (and human) ecosystems. Micro/Nano Plastics ~ We’ve heard the uproar about plastic build up in the oceans, well it happens here too! Avoid products with microbeads - you can go the extra mile and keep an eye out for products containing cross-polymers and acrylates. These are plastic compounds used to thicken liquids, such as lotions and body wash. Strong Preservatives ~ The whole point of preservatives is to ward off bacterial and fungal growth, but wait - we still need to keep those good bacteria alive! There are some gentle, naturally sourced preservatives that are a-ok, but watch out for parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates and fluoroalkyls; these can build up in human and animal tissue, cause hormone imbalances, and are difficult for septic systems to breakdown.

If you are curious to know more, come chat with me at the Artisan Winter Market right here at Apex on December 18th! The market is located in The Artisan’s Den in the Apex Mountain Inn and runs from 9 am to 5 pm. Great gift ideas and stocking stuffers available.

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