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Volume 14 : Issue 6 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!
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Apex's Andi Naude In Women's Mogul Skiing at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games Tune in February 9 & 11 to Cheer for Andi!
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February 2018 Special Events: Guts Cup Hockey Tournament ~ Come on out and watch some outdoor hockey action! Pentagon Rail Jam ~ Saturday, February 10 at 7pm out front of Gunbarrel. Lots of prizes & fun! BC Family Day! ~ Monday, February 12 enjoy 50% Off Full Day Lift Tickets for BC residents. Freeride Friday ~ Friday, February 16 in the Okanagan Terrain Park at Night. Lots of prizes & fun! Brewski ~ Saturday, February 17 in the Gunbarrel. Enjoy tastings of beer, cider & spirits. SOLD OUT! Alberta Family Day! ~ Monday, February 19 enjoy 50% Off Full Day Lift Tickets for AB residents. Friday Night Special ~ Our T-bar & Magic Carpet are open for Night Skiing every Friday &
1.877.777.2739 | ApexResort.com Day Lift Operations ~ Daily 9am - 3:30pm
Night Lift Operations ~ Friday & Saturday 4-9pm, and daily during the first week of Spring Break. Tube Park ~ Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am - 9pm, and Sunday / Holidays 10am - 3:30pm. Skating Loop & Hockey Rink ~ Open daily at 10am & night lit until 11pm. Watch for group booking closures.
Snow Bus ~ Runs Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays. Arrives 9:15am & Departs 3:30pm Saturday from 4-9 pm. On Friday Nights it is only $7.50 + GST for Tubing, Skiing and Rentals! (Separately) Featuring ~ 79 Runs | 3 Terrain Parks Home Hardware Camps ~ For ages 6-15 years. There are 2 camps of 8 consecutive Saturdays 2000 Vertical Feet | 1112 Skiable Acres or Sundays runs through March 3 & 4. Spring Break Camp also available. Details below. 16% Novice | 48% Intermediate | 36% Advanced/Expert | 20 Feet of Ladies Day ~ Wednesdays through March 21. Lesson, Lunch & Wine! Details below. Cumulative Annual Snowfall Mens Day ~ Fridays through March 23. Time for the guys to hit to slopes! Details below. For more event information or any questions, call 1.877.777.2739 or email email@example.com.
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Group Lessons & Private Lessons ~ We offer a full range of group lessons, from children’s and adults’ first-turns, to honing up on your double-black diamond skills. If you are looking for a lesson tailored to you, then a private lesson is the way to go. Our Certified Ski and Snowboard Instructors will focus on your individual needs, while getting you the mileage you need to solidify your new found skills and improve your confidence in the process. Ask about booking your instructor for ”lift-line priority” and get the most vertical possible, which caters up to 3 people in a 2 hour private lesson for one ﬂat rate. Stay tuned for possible new programs coming soon! Ladies Day ~ One of our most popular programs for the fun active lady that skis or boards. This program runs every Wednesday from Jan 17 to Mar 21. Come join us for a skill improvement session, a great buffet style lunch at the Gunbarrel Saloon, and a complimentary glass of wine. Lesson Time is 9:45am. Mens Day ~ Hey guys, it your time! This affordable good-time ski/board program runs every Friday from Jan 19 - Mar 23. Come join us for skill-enhancing lessons, friendly competitions, and a burger and beer afterward at the Gunbarrel Saloon. Lesson Time is 9:45am.
Home Hardware Camps ~ For those aged 6-15 years. This extremely popular program for kids and teens will teach them the skills needed to be able to explore
the entire mountain! There are lots of options to choose from to suit your family’s needs this winter: 8 Saturdays or 8 Sundays runs from Jan 13/14 - Mar 3/4; Spring Break Camp; half day or full day; lesson only, lift and lesson, or the complete package of lift, lesson, rentals. Plus, we offer bus transportation service to and from Penticton too.
Rippin Rascals ~ We love kids and we want to make sure they have a great time on the hill. That’s why we created Rippin Rascals for ages 18 months - 5 years. This is their own special place where they can learn from pro’s who specialize in teaching kids. If they need a lesson, daycare, or a combination thereof, we can do it!
On The Road To The Olympics By Andi Naude
And that’s that! The countdown has come to an end! With the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games just days away, my Olympic dream has ﬁnally become a reality. After an absolutely fantastic training camp at Apex, my teammates and I are feeling more than ready to take on the world in PyeongChang! Words can hardly describe how incredibly proud and honoured I am to represent Canada, and the Okanagan, on the world stage. I have worked extremely hard to get this far in my skiing career, and it is a true gift to Apex’s Andi Naude, have my ticket to the Games. Ranked 2nd in the World The last leg of the World Cup Tour, prior For Women’s Mogul Skiing to the Olympic Games, was awesome. We started the New Year competing on home soil in Calgary, Alberta. Nothing beats competing at home. The energy and support we received from everyone around us was unbelievable. The course was in fantastic shape, thanks to the amazing volunteers, and I had an absolute blast skiing in all three rounds of the competition. After leading the pack in 1st place, for both the Qualiﬁcation and Final 1 rounds, I ﬁnished my day in 4th place. Although it was not the number result I was aiming for, I was very happy to have broken new ground at the World Cup level. After Calgary, my teammates and I ﬂew straight to Deer Valley, Utah for a back-to-back, two-day event. It was a blast, as always, to ski under the lights, in front of the massive crowds. I was very excited to ski consistently on the challenging course, and walk away with a 6th and 5th place ﬁnish. The last World Cup prior to the Olympic Games was held on home soil, at beautiful Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. It was the ﬁrst time since 2005 that a World Cup had been held at this venue, and it was amazing. It was a true pleasure to ski at Mont-Tremblant, in front of thousands of spectators cheering wildly for us Canadians. It was deﬁnitely a day to remember, as I was having a great time skiing and pushing my limits, which ultimately led to a 2nd place ﬁnish. I was happy to share the podium alongside my teammate, Justine Dufour-Lapointe who won the event. Heading into PyeongChang, ranked 2nd in the world, with three podium ﬁnishes, and having skied in every Super-Final (top 6) thus far, I could not be happier or more conﬁdent. I am beyond thrilled to go to Korea and just ski. If I continue to focus on the process, enjoy every moment, and stay present, I know I will walk away from the Games feeling happy and fulﬁlled. At the end of the day, no matter what happens, to make it this far is a dream come true. I am just going to soak it all in, and enjoy every moment! Thank you Apex, Penticton, the Okanagan, and Canada for standing behind me every step of the way. Your support truly means the word to me. I cannot thank you enough! I am looking forward to saying hello from Korea! Bye for now! Photo by the Canadian Olympic Committee
Greetings from the Apex Ski Club By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director
It was a busy January for the Apex Ski Club. A Big Shout out to all the volunteers that put on our Annual SOS Dinner and Fundraising Auction held in the Gunbarrel last month. This was a great evening hosted by the wonderful staff at the GB and there was lots of fun for all who attended. Apex Racers ~ Our racers have been really busy as of late. The U12’s and U14’s are fresh off an event at Sun Peaks Resort. It was a really great showing by our group of young racers! Our group learns more and more each event they attend. Great News ... 5 Apex racers qualiﬁed for the BC Winter Games in Kamloops later this month. On a highlight, Jaras Grant put on a show coming in 2nd in both GS events and winning both Slaloms! Good Luck to Jaras Grant, Max Gainey, Blanca Gerloczy, Molly Raymond and Sammy Lawlor. The U16 group is busy at report time in Kimberly racing SG. Apex Carvers ~ This group of rippers are in full swing. They all have one full month under their belt. Many kids in the group attended “The Cup Cake” event at Mount Baldy last weekend. Conﬁdence, Learning and Charging was the goal of the event. There were lots of smiles at our southern neighbouring hill. Apex Ski Club’s Reece Howden will be attending the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games as a Forerunner in Ski Cross in preparation to attend the 2022 Olympics. What a very cool experience for Reece! This will be followed by a couple NorAMs in Germany. Go Reece Go!
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Apex Freestyle Club News Update By Kenni Kuroda, Head Coach
On the Road to Junior Nationals, March 7-11 at Apex Mountain Resort The Apex Freestyle Club’s Junior Competitive and Competitive Teams are having a very successful season thus far. The ﬁrst stop on the BC Tour was at Panorama from January 12-14, where 12 athletes competed on the Timber Tour series and 5 athletes on the Super Youth series. Darrah Lovell topped the podium in the Super Youth M10 boys division by placing 1st in moguls, 2nd in slopestyle and 1st in big air. In M14 boys, Grady Parsons took home 3 bronze medals in moguls, slopestyle and big air. Other notable ﬁnishes were Quinn Patton placing 6th in M14 moguls, 7th in slopestyle and 4th in big air. Brandon van Schalm placed 10th in M12 slopestyle. In the Timber Tour competition, it was Ainsley Macdonald and Alec Henderson topping the podium. Ainsley placed 1st in slopestyle, 2nd in moguls and 1st in dual moguls in the F16 female division, while Alec Henderson placed 2nd in slopestyle, 2nd in moguls and 3rd in dual moguls for the M16 males. Cole Patton won the gold medal in M18 moguls and silver in dual moguls and Ethan Phillips won gold in dual moguls and 4th in moguls. In the F14 division, Chase Capicik took home a silver medal in moguls and a bronze medal in slopestyle. Sharon van Schalm won the silver medal in F14 slopestyle, with Malica Malherbe placing 4th. Jordan Macdonald placed 2nd in slopestyle, 3rd in moguls and 4th in dual moguls in the F16 category. Ethan Morf in his ﬁrst year on the Timber Tour took home 2 bronze medals in M14 moguls and dual moguls. And, 11 year old Lemon Walker in her ﬁrst year on Timber Tour won the bronze medal in dual moguls and placed a respectful 7th in moguls in the F14 division. Other notable ﬁnishes in F14 moguls were; Sasha Lovell 6th, Malica Malherbe 8th and 4th in dual moguls. In M16 moguls, Nate Parsons was 5th, Andre Dreyer was 9th and also placed 7th in slopestyle.
Alec Henderson in M14 boys with Quinn Patton ﬁnishing 4th. Brandon van Schalm came 6th in M12 moguls. In her ﬁrst Super Youth competition, Emelie McCaughey was 4th in F10 moguls and 5th in slopestyle. In the big air event, Grady Parsons placed 2nd in M14 boys and Quinn Patton was 4th. Darrah Lovell continued his consistent placings taking home the bronze medal in M10 boys big air. Brandon van Schalm was 8th in M12 big air. On the Timber Tour side, Ethan Phillips took home the gold medal in M16 moguls with Alex Henderson placing a close 2nd. Nate Parsons came 6th and Andre Dreyer was 7th. Chase Capicik won gold in F14 female category, Malica Malherbe 4th, Lemon Walker 5th and Sasha Lovell 10th. Cole Patton won the silver medal in M18 moguls. Ainsley Macdonald and Jordan Macdonald came 3rd and 4th respectively in the F16 mogul event. In Timber Tour slopestyle, Chase Capicik placed 1st, Malica Malherbe 3rd and Sharon van Schalm 7th in the F14 category. Jordan Macdonald took silver in F16 slopestyle and Alec Henderson won gold for the M16, with Ethan Phillips placing 8th. In the big air event, Chase Capicik was 1st, Lemon Walker 4th, Sharon van Schalm 7th and Malica Malherbe was 8th for F14 females. Alec Henderson was 6th in M16 males and Andre Dreyer was 9th.
The next event will be a Canadian Series event in Red Deer, Alberta where some of the top skiers in Canada will compete. Athletes going The next stop on the BC Tour was Whistler Blackcomb from February to this event are Cole Patton, Ethan Phillips, Nate Parsons, Alec 2-4, where conditions deteriorated to rain on the Sunday for the Henderson, Jordan Macdonald, Chase Capicik, Malica Malherbe and big air event. Super Youth held the Slopestyle event on Friday with Sasha Lovell. Good luck to all of our Apex freestyle athletes. Darrah Lovell winning silver for M10 boys. Brandon van Schalm won The Canadian Olympic Mogul Team had a hugely successful prebronze for M12 boys, while Grady Parsons won bronze for M14 boys Olympic training camp at Apex just prior to leaving for Korea. and Quinn Patton ﬁnished on his heels placing 4th. In Super Youth Conditions were ideal and the athletes were in top form. The AFC moguls, Darrah Lovell topped the podium with an impressive run would like to wish all of our mogul athletes the very best of luck in and took home the gold medal. Grady Parsons took the gold medal Pyeongchang, especially our own Andi Naude. GO ANDI GO!!!
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Nickel Plate Nordic News By Jessie Carriere
Nickel Plate Nordic has 25 kilometres of marked and signed snowshoe trails. Snowshoeing is a great cardiovascular workout and can be more accessible for people who are new to winter sports, as well as for people looking to switch up their exercise routine. Snowshoeing is one of the best “bang for your buck” winter activities, as it provides strength and cardiovascular beneﬁts with increased calorie burn. You can burn twice as many calories snowshoeing as walking. We have a number of different trails to suit all ability levels. Gold Dust is a great beginner trail, and at 2.8 km in length, it takes about 1 hour to complete. Prospector Point is an advanced trail that is 5.8 km, and takes about 3 hours to complete. This trail leads up to the Motherlode lookout, where you have panoramic views of the North Cascade and Coast Mountains. Claim Jump is a lollipop shaped trail that is accessed on the north side of the parking lot. Like the nearby K9 loop, this trail is dog friendly and is a great 5 km route for you and your pup! There are also a number of other trails to explore. Snowshoes are available to rent at the Nordic Centre for $20, which includes the trail fee. If you have your own snowshoes, the trail fee is $10.
Nickel Plate Junior Racers
Recently, the Nickel Plate Junior Racers competed in a Sprint Free race at Stake Lake near Kamloops, as part of the Okanagan Cup series. The format is a sprint qualiﬁer to set up the heats. The younger kids had a distance of 150m, and the older kids and adults had a distance of 500m. Sprint heats are very exciting for spectators with lots of action. Nickel Plate had a strong showing of athletes. Jessica and Thomas Wilkie both had strong ﬁnishes, with Thomas placing 5th in Peewee boys and Jessica competing in the B ﬁnal. Caitlyn Michael placed 5th in Midget girls, John Garwah had an exciting head to head in his heat, Matthew Broder was 3rd in Juvenile boys 1, Fred Albrechtson and Jake Garwah were 2nd and 3rd in Juvenile boys 2, Ben Brouwers-Geertz was 3rd in Junior boys 1, and Olivia Selles was 2nd in Junior Girls 2. Most exciting to watch were the Masters men, as David Michael and John Wilkie had a photo ﬁnish for ﬁrst and second. Way to go Nickel Plate! Also, strong races from Melanie Wilkie in 3rd, Sarah Broder in 4th, and Chris Garwah in 11th. Overall, race day was a lot of fun and everyone seemed to get faster and faster as the heats went on! Next up for our team is BC Championships at Telemark from February 16-18th. Fred Albrechtson competed in a BC Cup at Callaghan, as well as the Western Canadian Championships in Red Deer. His most decorated result so far this year was a 7th place in the 5 km mass start classic at the Westerns, just missing out on 6th place by a photo ﬁnish. He is off to Prince George next, then Telemark as he builds momentum for Nationals in Thunder Bay, Ontario in March.
We will be hosting another evening potluck dinner on Saturday, February 24th starting at 5:45 pm. There will be music by Chris Prowse and his band after dinner. Please bring a potluck item, as well as your own cutlery, plate, and beverage. Please also bring a headlamp for optional night skiing before or after dinner. The ﬁrst potluck of the season was on January 20th and had a great turnout of over 70 people. Nickel Plate will be hosting an “End of Season” race on Sunday, March 25th. This race will be a 14 km classic technique, followed by 15 km skate technique. This can be done individually or as a relay. Participants of all ability levels are welcome. We are in the process of ﬁnalizing more details, so stay tuned to our website in the coming weeks for more information. These details will also be available for the next issue of Apex Matters.
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A big thank you to Canadian Freestyle Mogul Coach Rob Kober and his team of freestyle mogul athletes for coming to Apex to train prior to the Olympics. We wish all the athletes, especially our hometown favourite Andi Naude, the very best time and success at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. The Edge Bistro is super proud and happy to play just a minor roll in supporting these athletes in their dream of competing at the highest level. Many locals enjoyed signing the banner in The Edge for Andi. Be sure to tune in and cheer for Andi on Friday, February 9th and then again on Sunday, February 11th during the ﬁnals. Go Andi Go!!!
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Adding More of the "F" Word to Racing and Life By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company For any of you that have done the snowshoe/run leg of the Elevator Race, I would forgive you for thinking that I'm talking about the "grown up" version of "F" word, that can be one tough stage! But for everyone that has done any stage of the Elevator, Ski2Tree, or any of our events for that matter, I am sure you know that what I am really talking about is some good old "F" for FUN! Although competition is always going to be an aspect of any race, and often that is what adds to the fun for higher-end athletes, we always pride ourselves on that fact that our events can be done as a team by almost anyone and that "F" factor is certain. There is always something to be gained from a fun-shared experience with friends. And, although shared experiences are a simple concept, they also have a deep impact on human socialization, because they enhance each person’s individual experience just by being together. In a study by Yale University, it was observed that when two people ate a piece of chocolate, they each described it as more flavourful and enjoyable than either of them did when one person was eating the chocolate and the other person was doing something else. Whether it’s eating food, seeing a TV show, rooting for a sports team, or entering a fun team event, sharing an experience with others makes that experience more enjoyable for us humans, and adding that "fun factor", well that just tops the cake. More than just sharing a laugh over a meal, finding fun in physical activity has some great health benefits and can even balance your hormone levels. It has been well-established that high stress levels negatively influence our hormones and neurotransmitters. Stress also affects our endocrine, metabolic and immune functions. Hormones can have an amazing effect on our mood. One way to naturally balance hormones is to engage in pleasurable physical activity (e.g. Abbenhardt et al., 2013). In other words, adaptation is not reliant on intense physical activity, but rather consistent recreational exercise. When it comes to exercise, if you can find fun in your routine, then you are double winning! Fun can also make you more energetic and youthful! Stress is draining … it can suck the life out of us, making us tired and cranky. When we effectively reduce our stress levels, this can often provide us with a new boost of vitality. Having fun and playing have traditionally been connected with children and the early years of our development. However, many philosophers and psychologists emphasize the importance of play as we get older. Plato professed that life must be lived as play, and George Bernard Shaw famously said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”. When I created Hoodoo Adventures 11 years ago, I included the tagline "Work to Play". As you can see, there is scientific evidence that we all need more play, no matter what our age. So even though most of us also have to work, it is the balance of work and play that keeps us young! My goal in the community was to assist with the 'play' part of that equation, whether it be as an individual or in a team, young or not so young … we all need play and we all need fun in our lives. So, if you are looking for some more "Fun Shared Experience" ideas, here are some upcoming events we've created to help assist you with more play!
Snowshoe Tour and 3 Course Dinner under the stars - Feb. 24, Apex Mountain Resort hoodooadventures.ca
Ski2Tree, March 18, Kelowna, ski2tree.ca
Elevator Race, March 24, Penticton to Apex, elevatorrace.ca
KVS Pub Beer Run, June 2, Penticton, pentictonbeerrun.ca
The Freak'n Farmer, Sept. 22, Covert Farms freaknfarmer.ca
Get Fitter Fast With Interval Training By Michele Coates, BA, BCRPA Personal Trainer, SFL
Interval training can supercharge your ﬁtness, boost your metabolism, burn more fat and help you reach those goals that you have set for yourself. People are seeing the amazing beneﬁts from Interval Training! Initially, low intensity aerobics will help people get started and lose some weight in the beginning. But, if you want to see consistent weight loss and improvement with sports skills, then interval training is the key. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is about mixing high intensity bursts of exercise with moderate intensity recovery periods. Interval training works both the aerobic and the anaerobic system. During the high intensity efforts, the anaerobic system uses the energy stored in the muscles (glycogen) for short bursts of activity. Anaerobic metabolism works without oxygen, but the by-product is lactic acid. As lactic acid builds, the athlete enters oxygen debt, and it is during the recovery phase that the heart and lungs work together to “pay back” this oxygen debt and break down the lactic acid. It is in this phase that the aerobic system is using oxygen to convert stored carbohydrates into energy. By performing high intensity intervals that produce lactic acid during practice, the body adapts and burns lactic acid more efﬁciently during exercise. This means athletes can exercise at a higher intensity for a longer period of time before fatigue or pain slows them down. Interval training burns more calories. When you are giving your all out maximum effort, your body is triggered to burn more fat. Even better, the higher your intensity, the longer the fat-burning process will last. This means you will be beneﬁtting from your HIIT session for up to 36 hours after you’re done! One of the biggest advantages of interval training is the ability to modify it to all ﬁtness levels. HIIT works wonders from sports to weight loss. Now that you know the beneﬁts of Interval Training and the basic techniques for it, why not give it a try for yourself. Not only will it provide health beneﬁts and improved ﬁtness levels, but it is also a great way to avoid workout boredom. Plus, with Interval Training workouts often are more enjoyable, go by quicker, and improvement results come faster. So, why not try spicing up a stale, run-of-the-mill workout with Interval options? You may even ﬁnd yourself excelling in an activity you were skeptical of even trying. For more information, talk to your Personal Trainer at your local gym. Before starting an Interval Training Program, a beginner should consult a Physician. Happy Training!
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How To Treat Nosebleeds •
By Jeff Burko, PEAK Executive Medical Director A few weeks ago I came across a skier in the Apex parking lot who had some blood about their face, hands and clothing. A small crowd of concerned people had formed as the skier’s condition looked rather alarming, and so I went over and offered assistance. I recognized the patient as an Apex local, he was about 60 years old and looked ﬁt as a ﬁddle, except of course for the obvious blood streaming down his face. He told me he had caught an edge at slow speed about an hour earlier and had a “slight tumble in soft snow”. While he was falling, he tried to free his arm, and in the process, had literally punched himself in the nose with his hand (which at the time was strapped to his ski pole don’t get me started on pole straps!!). He also said that his nose had been bleeding continuously for the better part of an hour. This latter part of his injury description concerned me. I knew in at that moment 2 things: 1) The patient needed help getting the bleeding stopped; and 2) I now had the topic of my next Apex Matters article.
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With the patient seated, ﬁrmly pinch the soft part of the nose where it meets the bridge of the nose for a minimum of 10-15 minutes Have the patient lean forward and breath through their mouth Place an ice pack (or a small bag of frozen peas works well), on the bridge of the nose The patient should remain upright and avoid the temptation to place their head back or lay down - doing so will increase the blood pressure in the nasal vessels and will likely promote continued bleeding
When To Seek Medical Aid
Typically, nosebleeds can be managed without the need of medical aid. That being said, occasionally further treatment may be required if the patient is taking anti-coagulate and/or anti-platelet medications or has high blood pressure. If any of the following are present, seek medical aid at once: • The bleeding continues for longer than 20 minutes • The bleeding is heavy and you are concerned the patient has lost a considerable amount of blood • The patient is experiencing shortness of breath and/or the patient is losing consciousness • The patient has swallowed a large amount of blood and is vomiting What Causes Nosebleeds? • The nosebleed developed following a serious incident; such Nosebleeds are exactly that ... noses that bleed. Generally speaking, as a motor vehicle accident, severe deceleration injury (i.e. nosebleeds (referred to in the medical community as epistaxis), hitting a lift tower), etc. involve only one nostril, but both nostrils can bleed simultaneously. The lining of the nose contains many tiny shallow vessels that lie close Patient Directed Post Nosebleed Management to the surface of the tissue. Because these vessels are so close to the Once the nosebleed has stopped, instruct the patient to: surface, they are easily damaged, and as a result, they tend to bleed • Refrain from blowing or picking their nose under a variety of circumstances. • Limit their physical exertion for 12-24 hours The two most common causes of nosebleeds are: • Avoid sneezing if at all possible, and if unavoidable, to do so with 1. Dry Air ~ When the nasal membranes dry out, they become more an open mouth which may reduce the pressure in their nose susceptible to bleeding and infections • Avoid drinking alcohol 2. Nose Picking ~ That’s right! Your ﬁnger in your nose is a major Jeff Burko is the Executive Medical Director and founder of PEAK contributing factor to nose bleeds, so use a tissue! Emergency Response Training. Since 1998, PEAK has provided Other causes include (not limited to): training, certiﬁ cation and medical direction services to many BC Search • Infection ~ common colds, sinusitis, etc. and Rescue teams, Heli and CAT skiing operations and a multitude • Environmental allergies of ski resort patrol teams, including our own Apex Mountain Resort • Anti-coagulants and anti-platelet medication use; such as of which Jeff is the Medical Director. In addition, Jeff is a Veteran Aspirin, Coumadin, Warfarin, Heparin, etc. Paramedic with 34 years of experience with the BC Ambulance • Hemophilia Service. Jeff and his family live part-time at Apex. • Cocaine use • Chemical irritants • Nasal trauma Personal Real Estate Corporation • High blood pressure may worsen or prolong nasal bleeding, www.ApexSkiing.com but rarely is it the initial cause
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Recipe for Bone Broth ~ Nourishing Meals, by Alissa Segersten 1 organic chicken carcass 1 large onion, chopped 1 head garlic, cut in half 1 leek 4 stalks of celery, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 1/2 bunch parsley 1 strip of seaweed 1 tsp. whole peppercorns 2 tsp. sea salt 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar 12 cups water Add all ingredients to a stockpot. Gently bring to a simmer. Cook, By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician What a phenomenal January! Bumps. Powder turns. Endless runs. covered for 3 to 6 hours. More nutrients are extracted the longer it is Grins from ear to ear. But if you ask your knees, they may have a cooked. After cooking, strain the stock. Discarding the solids. different story. Your knees take the brunt of it and often are what gets Once cooled, stock can be placed in jars and frozen or keep refrigerated up to 3 days. you to call it a day.
How can you preserve the cushioning in your knee joints, while still tackling those mogul runs? Let’s look at what your knees are meant to be made of and what is lost when we talk of being bone on bone ... Collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body. Collagen accounts for about 30% of all protein. It is made of the amino acids - glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. There are three types of collagen. Type 1 & 3 is for skin, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. Type 2 is helpful for joints, as cartilage is made of this type. Essentially, collagen is the glue that holds our body together. The thing here is that as we age, the chondrocyte cells that produce and maintain the cartilaginous matrix in our joints are less active. To augment the chondrocytes, you can ingest collagen from food or a supplement. Taking in this supplementary collagen can hasten tissue repair after an injury or wound. One study demonstrated a reduction in knee joint pain in athletes who took collagen hydrolysate for 24 weeks. The young athletes who took collagen had a reduction in joint pain on walking, running, during quick directional changes while running compared to those who took a placebo. Ingestion of collagen hydrolysate increases the production of cartilage by chondrocytes. This lends to the use of collagen to be a promising treatment for joint pain in osteoarthritis. Food sources of collagen come from bone broth and gelatin. See the simple “Bone Broth” recipe to the right. I make this weekly and drink this mineral/collagen rich broth directly or add it into my soups. Other collagen rich foods include egg whites and poultry. You can also supplement with hydrolyzed collagen directly. Collagen production in our bodies requires Vitamin C. It is important to include this vitamin whenever you take collagen. Vitamin C can be found in dark green veggies and citrus fruits. If you need a super boost, consider Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. PRP involves using a component of your own blood and injecting this into the problem area. The PRP solution has a high concentration of your own platelets. Your platelets contain a variety of growth factors, some of which are responsible for collagen production. The end result of these injections is better integrity of joint cartilage, improvement in ligament strength and reduction in knee pain. As skiers, we often throw focus on our joints and musculoskeletal health. When it comes to collagen, not only do your joints beneﬁt but also so does many other parts of the body. Again, it is the glue that holds us together. Nails and skin can grow stronger. Your digestive system is lined with connective tissue. Drinking bone broth can even soothe your intestinal lining, improving digestion. Collagen through broth or supplement is a simple addition to your routine that can greatly impact your knee’s stamina.
Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton. You can also ﬁnd her on the hill, as part of the Volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol. 1. 2. 3.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17076983 Clark KL. et. al. 24-Week study on the use of collagen hydrolysate as a dietary supplement in athletes with activity-related joint pain. Curr Med Res Opin. 2008 May;24(5):1485-96.Zuckley L. et al. Collagen hydrolysate improves joint function in adults with mild symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2004;36(Suppl):S153-S4
Talking About Pain By Paul Girard, PT, CHT & Carmen Eberle, PT, CHT We like to talk about pain in the hand therapy clinic. It’s really a signiﬁcant part of the job and a common reason for patients to consult with us ... they hurt. • What exactly is pain? • When will you have pain? • What are some things you can do to help your pain – especially if it goes on? OK, so pain is a feeling. Pain is normal, personal, and always real. Seriously - you can’t make it up! If your brain judges a situation to be threatening and worthy of protecting, it will respond with what you feel as the unpleasant experience we call pain. There is a constant balancing in our brains, and this overlaps our physical, psychological and social states. Each of these states contributes to the decision of our brain when it comes to pain. There is a lot of good evidence to support this ‘biopsychosocial’ model for pain. If you can accept this ‘weighing’ aspect (and we sure do) then you quickly come to see that context will determine whether you feel pain. Pain and tissue damage rarely relate. Think about that one, because it is often an elephant in the room at our physio clinic. Pain is not a good indicator of the status of the tissues. Most clients think I’m crazy when I talk like this - so it’s good to have some credible information to back up this comment. (We have lots of it). Your thoughts and beliefs alone can be powerful enough to drive your pain - it doesn’t have to be in the tissues. OK, have a look at this picture. This was a 29 year old construction worker who accidentally jumped down onto a 15 cm nail: Oh, crap! At the hospital when they tried to pull the nail out, this dude was beside himself with pain. He ended up needing fentanyl (the prescribed kind!) before they could remove the nail and gingerly take off his boot. When emergency staff ﬁnally examined his foot it was found that the nail had gone between his toes - there was no tissue damage. So, to reiterate: on balance, when our brain concludes that there is more credible evidence of danger than safety related to your body, it will decide to protect it with pain. That is when you will feel it! And this feeling involves a very distributed brain activity that includes context. Pain is inﬂuenced by the things you see, hear, smell, taste and touch. Things you say, think and believe. Things you do, places you go and people in your life. Things happening in your body. Your memories ... Wow - it’s complex. Great. Now you know pain is normal and it serves to protect you in your context. Usually that works out. Many of us have experienced pain, and many of us have long periods without pain. The problematic thing is when pain persists. Persistent pain is generally deﬁned as pain that occurs or recurs for more than three
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months. Since we know now that pain is not always coupled with tissue damage, after ruling out physical damage we are left with a “hyper-sensitized” state. Here is a difﬁculty where pain has become overprotective; it is lacking the helpful warning function of usual pain that protects us. That sucks! We feel pain because the brain has decided we need protecting when we don’t. Even after injuries have healed sometimes the brain makes a mistake. But that could never happen to you, right? Many people think they are different and this could never happen to them - there must be a physical problem in the tissues, not in their context. Is your brain perfect at assessing all things? Have a look at the picture to the right. Those absolutely parallel horizontal lines can help demonstrate that sometimes our brain gets it wrong. What our group of physios do in the situation of persistent pain includes several things. First of all, we educate people about pain biology - what it is, and what it is not. That in and of itself helps because many people are frightened and anxious about their pain. Just learning about something can be extremely helpful. And based on the above, we then work at tapping into the overall balance and context that contributes to pain. One helpful term that we like is ‘bioplastic’. It means we are living, thinking people and we can change. Learning is therapy - when you understand why you hurt, you hurt less. Not knowing is scary. And, lots of different context changes are available to help reduce pain and hypersensitivity. Typically, we physios get into active treatment strategies, because physical therapy is all about safe movement. Proper movement actually directly affects danger signals to the brain in a good way - it can lead to less pain. Interestingly, from the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), “neither opiates nor the development of
speciﬁc medications or surgery for certain types of pain have led to the expected solutions to end chronic pain”. We as a society are often looking for passive solutions to pain problems. It turns out the best answers are active ones that address more of what persistent pain and its complex context really is. As an aside, much of the “ﬁndings” on many diagnostic scans are actually found also in many other people who have no pain. So, this information about what is seen on diagnostics might actually contribute to a person’s context of fear/ anxiety/pain. Uh oh. Again, what you think and say about your body will be added into your brain’s decision about pain. In the end, what should a typical member of our society look for when seeking help in dealing with persistent pain? Well, there should be speciﬁc goals that you can measure - physical, social and work/ play goals. You need to be able to measure progress and avoid total dependence on any one clinician. You must take control. Many groups of people can help you with your pain. A good clinician should be compassionate, enthusiastic and informed. They should help you understand the science behind your pain state - not be antagonistic to scientiﬁc medicine or peddlers of quack procedures. Paul Girard and Carmen Eberle are registered physical therapists with Certiﬁed Hand Therapist designations. They operate a hand therapy clinic out of Dale Charles Physiotherapy and also run Nurse Next Door Home Care Services throughout the South Okanagan.
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Yin Yoga At Apex By Jen Farnholz Yin Yoga Classes are being held at Apex in the Rippin Rascals Daycare location. These classes are beneﬁcial to all students, as poses will release tightness, open the joints and regain ﬂexibility in the muscles. You are invited to join us: Fri, Feb 16th 6-7pm; Sat, Mar 3rd 4:45-5:45pm; Fri, Mar 16th 6-7pm; Sat, Mar 17th 4:45-5:45pm; and Sun, Mar 18th 4:45-5:45pm. Please bring water, blanket and/or Yoga mat. Drop in is $10 each. For all updated information, please check out our Facebook page “Hands On Therapy” or visit our website at www. handsontherapy.ca.
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By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner February is known as the month of love. We celebrate St. Valentine’s Day on February 14th, but what’s it all about? According to an article on the internet (rosesonly. com); Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century. There are many stories about St. Valentine and over time these stories grew into the legend we know today. At the time of Valentine’s life, many Romans were converting to Christianity, but the Emperor Claudius II was a pagan and created strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do. Claudius believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore passed a law preventing them from marrying. St. Valentine began to marry these soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love. Eventually Valentine was found out and jailed for his crimes against Claudius. While imprisoned, Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and also his jailor’s blind daughter. Legend has it that Valentine cured the girl’s blindness and that his ﬁnal act before being executed was to write her a love message signed ‘from your Valentine’. Valentine was executed on February 14th in the year 270. Today, as with all holidays, it has become very commercialized, but that is the reality of our society. Even though many of us do this throughout the year, we can still take time to appreciate our loved ones and use this day as a special moment to express that love and do something special for them. The gift of a chair massage would be a wonderful idea, gift certiﬁcates are available! A chair massage is very relaxing and stress-relieving, but is also very good for your health and because you don’t have to remove clothing or climb up onto a table it makes it easily accessible for everyone to beneﬁt. Chair massage can do wonders for your body, your mental state, and your sense of well-being and happiness. We will be at the Zen Centre in Okanagan Falls on Wednesday, February 14th and are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage at sports events, conferences, in the workplace, and in-home. We are also at numerous locations on a weekly basis. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The price for one routine is $20. Call Dee-anne at 250497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.
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Area “D” Community Services By Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager Own a vineyard(s) or a ﬁeld crop or maybe a livestock producer? Are you interested in developing your farmlevel agriculture wildﬁre mitigation and preparedness plan? Consider attending the step-by-step planning process to further understand: wildﬁre hazards; site and asset maps; combustible materials; using ﬁre resistant materials; sprinkler protection equipment and use; livestock protection decisions; visitor protection/evacuation; and insurance/ recovery information. For vineyards and horticulture / ﬁeld crop producers - Tuesday, February 13th from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. For livestock producers - Wednesday, February 14th from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. Held at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre. RSVP: harmony@ bcagclimateaction.ca or call 250-215-5589.
Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Snow report at the time of writing this - 15cm of new snow with a 221 cm base. Trail rating has excellent conditions and -2˚C. In January, the centre hosted its annual Welcome Day which gave the public an opportunity for free lessons and equipment rental. Word on the street, it was a great day with a fantastic turnout. The centre has witnessed an increase of 200 members this season boasting membership to over 700 from ages 2 to 85 years old. At an elevation of 6,000 feet, the centre boasts one of the longest seasons in the Western Hemisphere, last year went to the end of May. Don’t delay ... the trails are calling! The ticket ofﬁce is open from 9 am to 3 pm.
Nickel Plate respectfully acknowledges the Syilx Okanagan Nation territory and encourages and supports a healthy lifestyle and connection to the land for Indigenous persons. Nickel Plate provides free day passes for First Nation status card holders, partners and children, upon presentation of status cards at the ticket counter. Apex Mountain Resort Nickel Plate provides free memberships to First Nations status card Snow report for Apex ... snow and more snow! To date, the mountain holders, their partners and children, who provide proof of residency in has accumulated over 403 cm equating to a base of 216 cm. the Penticton area. According to Ontario’s Wiarton Willie, Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie West Bench Elementary Kindergartners got to try out cross-country Sam, Manitoba’s Merv, Alberta’s Balzac Billy - and now, Van Island skiing as part of the school’s outdoor education program. The kids Violet ... the groundhogs have spoken. Although there were some spent the morning exploring the trails around Nickel Plate Nordic differences of opinion, the majority of the forecasting rodents believe Centre with their principal, Darryl Tenisci. The West Bench students spring will spring sooner than later. Don’t delay ... come on up to taste get learning time outside every day, rain or shine. Science is abound some champagne powder! with research as to why spending time outside, and being active, is Mark your calendar ... •
beneﬁcial to both adults and children. Being outside helps with mental Brewski Sold Out - but still time to buy your tickets for the 6th health, moderate to vigorous activity and time outdoors correlates to Annual Vertical & Vintages Apex Mountain Wine Festival better academics. Nature helps reduce stress. I think that is a challenge presented by Apex Mountain Resort and the Naramata Bench to other schools in the Valley ... explore and get active outdoors! Wineries Association. A tasting event hosted by the Gunbarrel Mark your calendar ... Restaurant on Saturday, March 10th from 7-9 pm. This evening • Tuesday, February 24th - Potluck dinner starts at 5:45 with music features tasting from seventeen wineries from the Naramata by Chris Prowse and John Pearson to follow. Check the website Bench. Complimented by delicious tapas and chefs’ specialty for updates or changes. Everyone is welcome. No charge, just tastes. bring your own cutlery, beverages and dishes, as well as a potluck Friday Night Blahs? An excellent remedy - night skiing at Apex. The T-bar is open 4:00 - 9:00 pm. Best deal in town for $7.50 + GST for Tubing, Skiing, and Rentals (separately)!!!
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To reach the Area ‘D’ Rural Services Manager Shona Schleppe, Still time to sign up for the Hoodoo Adventures Elevator Race - please either call 778-515-5520 or email email@example.com. Saturday, March 24th - Penticton to Apex Mountain Resort. Solos and teams of 2 to 7 athletes compete in a 6 leg race ascending To reach the RDOS Area ‘D’ Director Tom Siddon, please either 5000′ of elevation in under 60K! To register and for more info, call 250-809-2548 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. please visit www.hoodooadventures.ca/the-elevator-race/
Donations Make a Difference in the South Okanagan/Similkameen 100 Men Who Care-Penticton continues to provide much-needed ﬁnancial support to many charitable organizations across the South Okanagan-Similkameen Region. On Wednesday, January 24th, the group met at Bogners of Penticton to hear stories from three charities and then make a donation. Each charity had ﬁve minutes to explain their purpose, the communities they serve, what speciﬁc project the donation would support and who would beneﬁt. 100 Men heard from the South Okanagan Raptor Rehabilitation Centre (SORCO), the AlleyCATS Alliance, and the United Way of Central & South Okanagan Similkameen. After hearing from the three groups, 100 Men donated $7,600, with SORCO receiving the most votes and therefore receiving 80% or $6,080. AlleyCATS Alliance and the United Way each received 10% of the donations or $760 to help them with their projects. SORCO takes sick and injured birds of prey such as ospreys, falcons, eagles, hawks, owls and provides medical treatment and rehabilitation with the goal of releasing the birds back into the area where they are found. The funds will be used to provide food, medical treatment, public education and other supports to help these birds get back into the natural environment. AlleyCATS Alliance captures, neuters and then releases feral and abandoned cats living across the region, as well as providing rescue, rehabilitation, medical care and adoption for cats and kittens. Through neutering, the feral cat population is controlled, but the cats can continue to live. Funds from 100 Men will go towards veterinary costs and other direct support for the animals. The United Way will use the funds to support their Child Safety Initiative, a program that provides new car seats to families in ﬁnancial need. The car seats are distributed to families in 8 communities throughout the Okanagan/Similkameen Valley thanks to a network of community partners who provide social services. The purpose of 100 Men is quite simple: gather 100 or more men who want to make a difference - not just in Penticton, but in the communities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen Region. Four times a year three charitable organizations are selected at random and invited to make a short presentation to the group. The 100 Men members vote for the charity of their choice and then each member donates $100. Of the total raised, 80% goes to the charity with the most votes and 10% goes to each of the other two charities. Apart from the ﬁnancial aid the charities receive, the members of 100 Men get a chance to learn about the many charitable organizations that may not get a lot of attention, but have an incredible positive impact on our communities. Each member receives a tax receipt for the full amount of his donation. Anyone who is interested in becoming one of the 100 Men can check out the group’s website at www.100menpenticton.com or email the coordinators at email@example.com. Any women who might be interested in a similar organization, 100 Women Who Care, can check out the 100 Women website at www.cfso.net, click on “Programs”, then click on “100 Women”.
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Making The Most Of Your RRSP By Robert McLennan, RBC Investment Advisor When it comes to saving for your retirement, you just can’t beat the tax advantages offered by your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). Here are some tips on making the most of your RRSP. 1.
Maximize your RRSP contributions every year ~ Not only are your contributions tax-deductible, they also grow on a taxdeferred basis. In other words, you don’t pay taxes on the investment income earned within your RRSP, until you withdraw it. Make your maximum contribution every year, and if you have unused contribution room from previous years, catch up as soon as possible. Also, contributing earlier in the year or at regular intervals over the year can result in greater growth over time.
Set the right asset mix for your life stage ~ Your RRSP’s risk/reward tradeoff is largely based on your asset mix between stocks, bonds and cash. Stocks tend to provide higher returns over 10-20 years (good for when you have this much time before retirement), but ﬂuctuate more in value. Bonds and cash tend to provide lower, but more consistent returns for those approaching or enjoying retirement.
Reduce future taxes now – with a spousal RRSP ~ In Canada, the higher your income, the higher your tax rate. Because of this, it can make sense to “split” your income with your spouse, so that you have two smaller retirement incomes taxed at a lower combined rate. The spouse expected to have the higher retirement income can split income by contributing to a spousal RRSP on behalf of the lower-income spouse, who will then receive income from the spousal RRSP during retirement.
Go global to reduce risk and enhance return potential ~ By diversifying your RRSP’s assets among different geographic areas, you can offset the impact of negative performance in one area with stronger performance in another.
Bring it all together ~ If you ﬁnd it difﬁcult to determine how much you have saved for retirement - or what rate of return you are getting on your savings - you could probably beneﬁt from a consolidation strategy. By consolidating your savings into one overall plan, you can reduce the extra costs associated with multiple RRSP accounts, while making it easier to understand where you stand today, and where you will be tomorrow.
Making your 2017 RRSP contribution ~ The deadline for your 2017 contribution is March 1, 2018. You can contribute up to 18% of your 2017 earned income to a maximum of $26,010, minus any pension adjustment from your 2017 T4 tax slip.
Please contact Robert McLennan at 250-770-1213 for more information about your RRSPs. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund. This article is not intended as nor does it constitute tax or legal advice. Readers should consult their own lawyer, accountant or other professional advisor when planning to implement a strategy.
“Thank You” From ApexHockey.com
with Marc Tougas, Apex Hockey Organizer Apexhockey.com hosted 3 outdoor hockey events at Apex Mountain Resort this season. All three tournaments took place in January. The weather was a challenge for all three. We experienced melting ice conditions for the Shootout Hockey Tournament, a blizzard for the Fireﬁghters Tournament, and a dump of snow for the Shotgun Tournament. The Shootout was made up of 18 teams, with 12 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams from all over BC and Alberta. Winners were Bert’s Bums from Langley winning the old-timer division. The “A” recreational division was won by the Innovative Fitness Group out of Vancouver and the “B” division was won by the Apex Pylons. The Fireﬁghters Hockey Tournament was made up of 16 teams. The “A” division was won by the Prince George Fireﬁghters, the “B” division was won by the Richmond Fireﬁghters, and the Ladies division was won by the Okanagan Dirt Bags from the North Okanagan area. The 3rd event, called the Shotgun Hockey Tournament, had 18 teams in total, with 12 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams from BC, Alberta, and Washington State. We hope everyone enjoyed the mountain activities. Many of these participants ski and board during the day, play a game of hockey, and then enjoy the atmosphere Apex has to offer. I would like to thank all the teams for participating and the Apex staff who worked so hard to keep the event going during the adverse weather conditions. I would also like to thank all the residents at Apex Mountain for having the hockey world invade your space. Hope to see everyone next year. For more information, please visit www.apexhockey.com .
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By The APOA Board
The Apex Property Owners Association is holding an Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 17th from 3-5 pm in the conference room at the Apex Mountain Inn. Please remember membership renewals are due January 1st of each year. To renew your membership online, go to www. apexpropertyowners.com and click on “Pay Now”. Alternatively, ﬁll out the form in Apex Matters, enclose a cheque and mail to our address. APOA, Box 23016, Penticton BC V2A 8L7. Thank you for the support that allows us to protect and enhance property owners interests within the Apex Recreational Area.
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To begin, in a large saucepan, heat about 1 tbsp. of oil and sauté one parsnip (peeled and diced), three medium carrots (peeled and diced) and one red pepper (diced) until ‘just’ soft for the sauce. Next, add 1 kg. of ground beef, 2 x 400 g. tins of chopped tomatoes, ½ a cup of water, 2 tsp. of oregano, 2 bay leaves and about 6-8 basil leaves (or 2 tsps. of dried) and let simmer on low, on the stovetop, covered for an hour until the meat is tender and the sauce is thick. At this point, taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to preference (I added roughly 2 tsp. of salt and 2 tsp. of pepper).
Moon to just vanish. However, usually, while it is in the Earth’s shadow, it glows dimly with a beautiful copper colour. This spectacle is mostly due to our world’s atmosphere, but is beautiful none the less. While passing through the Earth’s shadow with the sunlight blocked out, we would expect the Moon to just become invisible. However, sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere is bent inward around the Earth and onto the Moon. When sunlight passes through a huge thickness of atmosphere, as it does at sunset, the blues and greens get filtered out, leaving only the reds and oranges. So, the sunlight focused on the Moon is mostly red. If we were on the Moon, we would see the Earth as a dark disc surrounded by a thin, bright, red ring. However, lunar eclipses are not only spectacular, they are opportunities to learn about the Moon’s surface and what lies immediately below it. The Moon has almost no atmosphere, and the rock samples brought back to Earth by the Apollo astronauts show the surface to be very dry, although there is evidence of ice on or below the surface in some places. As anyone who has visited a desert will have experienced, although it is appallingly hot during the day, it can get horribly cold at night. This is due to the sand and soil being dry, so that it retains little heat. Moreover, a dry atmosphere and no clouds do little to stop that heat radiating off into space. The daily temperature changes on the Moon are even worse - about 100˚C during the lunar day, falling to far below zero at night. However, a lunar day is about 28 of ours, so these changes happen slowly. On the other hand, during an eclipse, the sun’s heat is cut off very quickly, providing an excellent opportunity for us to study the Moon’s surface and what lies below it. The Moon emits no light of it’s own. We see it because of the sunlight it reﬂects. However, it produces longer wavelength radiation, such as infrared and radio waves. We can detect these with our optical and radio telescopes. The infrared comes from the Moon’s surface. The longer wavelength emissions come from beneath. The longer the wavelength the deeper down we see. During an eclipse, the Sun’s heat is rapidly blocked, and after a while equally rapidly restored. By mapping the emissions at many different wavelengths, we can measure the temperature at various depths and how they change with time. From these observations, we can tell how dusty the lunar soils are, how far down we hit bedrock, and also if there is any ice or moisture. This information is useful for two reasons. Firstly, it tells us about the Moon. And secondly, how difficult it will be for us to live on the Moon for long periods. When we establish a permanent base on the Moon, we will be able to avoid those drastic temperature variations occurring on the lunar surface by building the base underground, at a depth where the temperature does not vary. Locally available water would be invaluable. Shipping water from Earth with the space technology we have today, would be extremely expensive. Moreover, using the copious supply of solar energy, we would also be able to extract from that water the oxygen we need to breathe. Plans to establish a permanent base on the Moon are being discussed more and more seriously, as our technologies improve. And, at some point in the not too distant future, it is very likely someone will actually observe a lunar eclipse from the Moon.
Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share another thought provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s Dominion By Dee Martens Everyone knows the saying, “what’s a lasagna without the noodles?” Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden. Okay, I’ll admit, no one knows that saying. But the point is that, I am A Lunar Coverup going to show you how to make a lasagna, sans-noodles, that is going By Ken Tapping, February 6, 2018 to make you wonder why you ever used noodles in the ﬁrst place. Winter time comes with an abundance of affordable squashes in the On January 31, the Moon passed through the Earth’s shadow, an event grocery store, so why not grab some Butternut Squash and jump in? called a Lunar Eclipse. Under these circumstances, we might expect the
While this is cooking, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel and cut the squash using a hand peeler, into thin slices similar to lasagna sheets. ** Note: Cut the bottom of the squash to allow for easier cutting and less chances of the squash slipping on the board. You can also cut the squash in half to be more ‘manageable’ and use the slicing tool on your dome cheese grater. Bake these squash “noodles” in the oven with a drizzle of olive oil, uncovered for 15 minutes. They are complete when they feel tender with a fork. Be careful not to cut them too thin or too thick, the right consistency can be the difference between soggy lasagna, crunchy lasagna and a delicious silky lasagna! I like to cut my squash in ¼ inch thick slices. Once the noodles are tender and ready for layering, set aside until meat sauce has reduced. Work on grating 2 cups of Mozzarella and set aside for lasagna assembly. Don’t forget to take your bay leaves out of the sauce before layering. In a square 9 x 12 baking dish, add one layer of your sauce, one layer of fresh spinach, one layer of squash and one layer of cheese. Repeat until all of the ingredients are incorporated into the dish, ﬁnishing with the leftover cheese. I like to add about ½ a cup of Parmesan to the top of my lasagna for the extra ﬂavour and for the added addition of the golden colour. Once assembled, place in the over for 30 minutes, or until the top is crispy and enjoy! Tastes lovely accompanied by a fresh green salad or a Caesar salad. ** This meal can easily be substituted as a vegetarian meal. Simply incorporate all vegetables that you prefer (such as corn, beans, peppers, onions, garlic) and substitute for ground beef in sauce. I ﬁnd that all Italian food goes with red wine, but for this speciﬁc dish, go bold by pairing it with the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from Inniskillin. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry
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A Rockin’ Local’s Party at Kamakura By Julia Valenti
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The ﬁrst of three Local’s Nights was held on Friday, January 26th at Kamakura in the Apex Mountain Inn. 60 plus local partiers made reservations ahead of the event and showed up with enough energy to fuel the triple chair for a day. They were ready to socialize, eat, drink and dance ... and they did all of that and then some! Name cards on each table led all to their respective places and greetings were exchanged as everyone came thru the doors at just about the same time around 6:30 pm. Being locals, everyone knew everyone and immediately the decibels rose as the talking and laughter began. “Garage Groov” started their ﬁrst set of retro pop/rock/swing and country tunes at 7 pm, but were pretty much background while the patrons continued their own merriment. The second set at 8 pm hit a chord (no pun intended) with the crowd, as a beautiful slow number, “Sleepwalk” from 1957 by Santo and Johnny, ﬁlled the dance ﬂoor with couples. Following that, the band faced a line-up of women ready to rock. The 1970s country rocker “Red Neck Mother” by Jerry Jeff Walker got the gals dancing and just about the whole rest of the room on their feet also dancing and singing along. After that, the dance ﬂoor never cleared, all the way through that set and the third, ending with a 1960s Beach Boys tune, “Do It Again” at 10 pm. Conga lines, Can Can lines, and all manner of wild gyrations were a sight to see from nge of sizes We have a full ra the bandstand. And at a few points, the band had to crack up laughing 24” wheels d an from kids 20” at the goings on. ult bikes... up to full size ad Music Trivia with prizes was played and the colouring contest was -between! and everything in a big hit, with many submitting their best work from the supplied colouring sheets and coloured markers and crayons on each table. An independent panel of judges was selected from the attendees and they awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place to the lucky winners, who each et received wonderful prizes. 533 Main Stre op.com sh ke bi It was truly a fun evening for the locals and the band, made up of Apex www.freedom 86 06 3. 49 250. locals, Rick and Julia Valenti, along with drummer Reb from Penticton. Long time Apexer Aussie Fred Smith added ﬁne tonal qualities with his sax playing. The staff at Kamakura did a cracker-jack job of bar and table service and the crowd did an exemplary job of creating a party By Julia Valenti on a snowy Friday night at Apex. The next Local’s Night at Kamakura is on Friday, February 23rd from The next Local’s Night at Kamakura is on Friday, February 23rd with 7-10 pm. It is an Open Mic Night and all Apexers are invited to give an Open Mic Night. The ﬁnal Local’s Night at Kamakura is on Friday, it your best shot - no age limit for those performing and all types of March 23rd with a return of Garage Groov. performances are welcome, as long as it is family friendly. Here is the format: 1. Sound system provided and can accommodate up to 4 voices or instruments and any conﬁguration there of. There will be 4 mics and instrument plug-in cords, plus 1 music stand. There will be 1 guitar amp, 1 snare drum and 1 high hat provided as well. Bring your own amp and instrument cord, if you wish. 2. Music begins promptly at 7:30 pm, so if wishing to play, arrive at 7 pm and sign in on the play list. Each act gets 2 songs at a time On Left - The dance ﬂoor fills with couples for the slow dance to “Sleepwalk” at Local’s Night on and the music will go as long as there are those to provide it, until January 26th at Kamakura. On Right - Doug and Jill Guerrard (left) and Bill and Arlene Souch 10 pm. Acts may get a 2nd or 3rd spot, depending on how many (right) catch up with each other during this fun and entertaining monthly event. acts there are. You may also email email@example.com and pre sign up for one slot to begin with. G N O I T O M O R P Y L S T I F E N E B Answer key to the left is for the White T N T V D L G M L B A R T J G R D G J W Kennedy Crossword Puzzle found 3. No reservations will be taken for this evening. So if you are E C I N P J O Q T P N F A K L J X Q R J on page 23. wishing to come out and hear great local talent, support your G O T S J X P O I X I D I T R G J K L R D L R Q I P F C P H J N B Z E Y R J D Z friends, enjoy some dinner and refreshments, arrive in a timely Answer key below is for the Apex U L N J N T N R S H V T C Y P N T B G Y Matters Sudoku Puzzle found on manner and claim a seat. B A N T R I R C A E O O V N M X O N J K page 22. A B S O R T R E S N M L O Q P T I M G Y It promises to be a fun evening of live performances by our local C O T P I A X T V M C I E A D T T N Y G community members, who will showcase a side of themselves of Q R A J N T M G I D T H R D E Y I Y R Y which you may be unaware. Rumor has it there will be lifties behind U A T Y G E C S E C A T I K E D N M Y G I T E R N P S U A E N D R S N E T R K Z the mic. We’ve all seen them sing and dance as we load onto the S E M T B I L S D E Y A N A E P D B D R chair, but behind a mic is an entirely different story ... a not to be I J E T O A N M R O M O R Y E A R E N D missed event! The rumor mill also includes performances by other T R N N T A J S G P R B L F I S C A L P I L T I R G H Z P V T P P P B J D G L V resort workers and a number of long time Apex skiers. An eclectic O R P T K I W G B T N R L N M D L M B K evening of varied song and who knows what else is in store. 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Slushy Thoughts from the Snow Bank By Brad Nunes
We are thick into the season now powder hounds. The base is thicker than frost on the NAFTA relations. To celebrate I went out and purchased new ski boots. Big thanks to Steve and Ian from The Mountain Shop for hooking me up. Boot purchasing is an interesting experience. You have to squeeze into something that you are fairly sure isn’t made to hold the human foot. You then get out to ski and your feet inevitably feel like they have been attacked by egg beaters. The big trade off is you now ski like you were born with planks on your feet (sorry Momma). After about day three, things start to settle in and either your boots have packed in well or your feet have become numb and you can’t feel them anymore. Either way, you are now killing it down the gun runs like an iron legged monster. This, however, outlines the fact you may not be in good enough shape to handle that great power. With great gear comes really, really sore legs. We love the burn. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Isn’t it great that the romantic and sexy holiday falls in the slushy month? Your gal gets all dolled up in the little black dress. Does her hair. Picks out the fancy shoes. Then, you have to bury yourself in a huge coat, destroy the hair with a hood, and carry the shoes everywhere because you need the arctic boots. Oh, so sexy. I can say ladies we do appreciate all the effort, but I put forth instead to celebrate with sweatpants, cheap wine and ordered in pizza. We’ll even let you pick the movie. It may not ﬂy, but I’m just saying consider it. Sports bra or Spanks ... It’s your call. That’s all for this month folks. Stay warm out there. Happy Valentine’s Day. Much love.
Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist / Song: Ought / “These 3 Things” Single: The album will be released this month. As some of you know, I am a fan of the 80s and 90s music. When I heard these guys (who are from Montreal), they reminded me of the sounds of The Cure and The Smith’s combined. What are your “3 things”? Mine are family, skiing and Apex. Enjoy the tune and some of the best skiing coming this year. 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 and enjoy his “Tunes To Turn To”.
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Learn to dance Swing, Latin, Country and Ballroom. There is a boom of new dancers already learning in the South Okanagan. Brian Udal is currently drawing students from Peachland, Summerland, Penticton and Okanagan Falls to burn up the dance ﬂoor. Brian Udal is a Dance Vision International Dance Association (DVIDA) Certiﬁed instructor who began teaching in 2004 in White Rock/South Surrey. He has taught thousands of students how to be comfortable on the dance ﬂoor. With only 8 weeks of lessons, you can strut your stuff at parties, cruises, weddings or just have fun twirling around the kitchen. Brian’s Dance Class offers Wedding Lessons for the new couple that have a goal to look their best in only 5 private lessons. You will learn an amalgamation of patterns for a choreographed routine that will provide you with the conﬁdence to set the stage with memories that continue to give back long after your honeymoon. Private lessons are also provided for the students who desire to reﬁne their patterns Each Sudoku or freshen up with something new. has a unique Need a place to dance? There are monthly dance parties at the solution that IOOF Hall in Summerland starting February 24th. All Brian’s students can be reached will have a target dance to express their new skills. This is great news logically and for students who are looking for a dedicated location to practice what without guessing. they have learned, meet fellow dancers, and develop healthy exercise Enter digits from for body, mind and heart. 1 to 9 into the Brian Udal and Natalie Dunser of Brian’s Dance Class are the new blank spaces. Every row must kids on the block and are excited to be your dance hosts. The next season of dance lessons commence in Penticton April 12 and April contain one of 13 in Summerland. Beginner and next level lessons will be offered each digit. So for those keen to tackle another 8 weeks of more advanced patterns must every and skill levels. Be the ﬁrst to sign up and join the Ballroom movement column, as must every 3x3 right here, right now ... Get Ready, Get Set, Get Dancing! square. Answer Brians.Dance.Class@gmail.com on page 21.
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