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Apex Matters

Volume 16 : Issue 6

“Keeping You in the S’know”

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February 2020

Aaron enjoying the powder on the north side. Photo by www.preservedlight.com on January 7, 2020.

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What A Start To The New Year! By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni The New Year began with a start to my final semester in my Geomatics Technology Engineering Program at SAIT. Although, after only attending 2 days of classes, I was on my way north to Red Deer for Ski Cross National Championships. Nationals was one of the coldest races I have taken part in with a low of - 32˚ without the wind chill. Fortunately, the cold did not hinder my performance and I was able to regain the title of Canadian Ski Cross National Champ. After that race, there was a 3-day break for the athletes, which meant 3 days back in school for me. Next, I left on Wednesday after classes and limped my truck the 45-minute drive to Nakiska for a World Cup Competition. Unfortunately, the first day of training was canceled, leaving only one training run before qualification ... it was crunch time. As per usual, my training run time was less than spectacular. But, I knew I had a good understanding of the course now and I needed to turn up the heat if I was going to throw down a top 10 qualification time, which usually is my goal. Fortunately, my run was solid and fast, and I was able to qualify 4th ... my personal best in qualification. Race day had gorgeous blue sky, - 10˚ and the sun was shining ... a perfect day for racing. My first heat of the day was going to be a fight, I had one of the fastest competitors on the World Cup Circuit on my left, and 2 others both with World Cup podiums under their belts. After the gate dropped, I found myself in second, but I knew I could not stay here. As we entered turn five, the leader went high and I attacked the low line into the berm and got ready to hold back the G forces of this aggressive move. It paid off. A clean pass into first, which I held through the finish in front of a roaring crowd of Canadians. In the next two heats, I was able to get out in front and hold it top to bottom. I even was able to recover after a snow snake grabbed my inside ski in one of the turns and nearly ended my day. As I neared the start of my first big final, I was focused on two things - managing my fatigue and staying focused. This track is one of the most physically taxing on the World Cup Circuit and I knew if you want win this race, its 110% effort and unwavering focus. As the gate drops for the men’s small final, everything in my mind goes quiet. All I hear is the calm voice in my head circulating the words, “Calm and Composed, Calm and Composed”, in between slow, deep breathing. At this point, I’m on autopilot. I walk into my gate, Rod (my ski tech) slides my skis into place, I click into my bindings and adjust my start handles. Swaying in my ski boots, I

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stare down the start features. I take a deep breath and go rigid. It’s time to lock in. Reaching down, I place my hands on the start handles, this is when the boost starts to build up, muscles start to clench and release in a pulsing manner, tendons begin to tighten. As you hear the starter yell “Attention”, every part of my body fires up and gets ready to explode, like a drag race car bouncing off the rev limiter waiting for the flag to drop ... and then it does and all that energy is released. I have always believed everyone’s fastest start doesn’t come from technique, it’s from instincts, trusting your skills, trusting your body to get you from A to B as fast as possible. And, that’s what I did and it made all the difference. That mindset got me in first out of the start and it’s what carried me to my first World Cup Victory and the first Canadian man to win the Nakiska World Cup Ski Cross. Reece Howden Wins Nakiska World Cup!

Reece Howden charging ahead in 1st place!

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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager Nickel Plate on Trailforks ~ We have started to upload GPS data from our trails to “Trailforks”. If you aren’t familiar with the platform, Trailforks is an app (or website) you can install on your mobile device to pinpoint your location in a trail system. Whenever you’re confused about where you are or where to go, you can pull out your phone and get your bearings. This will be of particular benefit on our snowshoe trails given that when you’re in the bush, the trails aren’t as well defined as the ski trails. Check it out at https://trailforks.com/region/nickel-plate-nordic-centre-33365/ New Ski Trails ~ If you haven’t heard, we’ve opened up some new trails this season. Grooming on Winter’s Creek Road between Eagle’s Nest and Motherlode has created 3 km’s of beautiful skiing. It’s being groomed for both snowmobiles and skiers, and now has signs to indicate lanes. The Penticton Snowmobile Club has put up the money for the signage. Although there have been a couple of bad apples, for the most part the relationship has been one of mutual respect and consideration.

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Julbo Demo Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update By Jake Garwah The past few weeks have been quite eventful for the Nickel Plate Junior Racers. Beginning with the entire team participating in a BC Cup at Larch Hills in Salmon Arm. Fred Albrechtson took home a Gold Medal in the 10.5 km skate, while the rest of the team all revealed their significant improvements upon the previous season. Some of the team’s favourite moments from the races were not just a result of the excitement caused by the races themselves, but also the connections they now have with people from other clubs, leaving them with new friends from all across the Province.

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Back at Nickel Plate, the conditions are nothing short of excellent. The snow is bountiful and the temperatures are ideal. The team continues to train three times a week in preparation for Nationals in Sovereign Lake, which are less than two months away. This will be Fred Albrechtson’s third year striving for spots on the podium of Canada’s most prestigious Nordic skiing competition. Nickel Plate also recently hosted a 10 lap relay race with combined techniques; one partner skied classic technique, while the other skated. Over the course of each lap, there were multiple lead changes and battles for second and third. In the end, the result was in favour of superstar skiers Jeff Ellis and Steve Buzikievich, who passed the team of Junior Racers, Matthew Broder and Head Coach Chris Garwah, in the final stretch. In the younger division, Kai Rippy and Tobias Mengr, both Junior Racers, easily secured a victory in their shortened version of the relay race.


The Season At Its Busiest By Fred Albrechtson My season has reached its busiest; with Western Canadian Championships held on January 17-19, followed by Under 23 World Junior Trials held on January 27 - February 3rd, and then my trip to Europe taking place in a week and a bit. I write from Mont Sainte Anne in Quebec, the host for the World Junior Canadian Trials. Concurrently, I have only raced one of the three races, that being the sprints. Unfortunately, I did not qualify, even though the course was in my physical preference. It was a tough day, but it has helped motivate me and put into sense what I will have to do in the next few races to come. It will push me to some of my best races ever in the upcoming 10km classic and 30km skate. Westerns was a very good weekend for me, which included a sprint, a 10km classic, and a 15km skate. I raced up in the sprint category and did not make it past quarter finals, but it was still a great day jam packed with learning experiences. Saturday was my day, and a great one too. A tough course and a light snow fall led to an epic day of racing. I was able to pull off a win by over 30 seconds! This had been my goal and proof that I had finally recovered from my illness in December. The last day, a 15km mass start skate, was also an interesting day. Hovering just around zero meant mixed showers of snow and rain, but more impeccably proved that we were in fact in the strange moist weather circuit of Whistler. It was a very difficult day; the courses were very soft, and the snow was slow, and we were all beat down from the first few days of racing. After a long, gruelling, and wet race, I finished in 3rd place. Check back next month in Apex Matters for updates on my trip to Europe. Thanks for reading.

Fred working hard and racing while sick at Canmore NorAm in December. Fred finished 6th in the U20 interval 15 km free. (Photo by Doug Stephen)

Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Hello everyone. The season of love has been thrust upon us once again. I’ve always wondered why we celebrate this amorous day in the middle of winter? I mean, normally we associate spring with twitterpation (see the movie Bambi for more details). Nature, at this point of the year, is mostly dormant and yet we are expected to bloom for the occasion. Oh! And, what genius thought it was a great idea to expect guys to find flowers ... when there is SNOW ON THE GROUND! That is a real, sustainable human activity. Could have been pine bows or the gift of a hearty stew, but no! Let’s go hunting for roses ... in FEBRUARY! Seems like a great use of our resources. I guess, with it being winter, we get locked down indoors more. Why not eat too much chocolate and ‘cuddle’ the long nights away? Or at least ‘cuddle’ for a minute or two. And, I guess both my kids ARE born in October, so maybe there is something to ol’ Cupid’s arrow. But, real talk here folks. At the time of writing, we are pushing a 200cm base and man are conditions just ... well, they are downright sexy. I am having such a good time out there! The Wildside? Still as soft as well blended, mashed potatoes. The North? Well, winter has come and just puked Jon Snow all over the joint. The temps have been mild, but so far we have avoided melt-freeze. The offerings of food, drink and middle children (I mean let’s save those all important first borns for the real miracle) have paid off. This is the snow we want! Nay! This is the snow we deserve. Last year, we scraped and we cried. We gnashed our teeth and our edges. This year, we get to float in glorious powder just as the good Lord intended. Lastly, indulge me as I yammer at you about Family Day. This holiday is great. It came about simply because everyone said, “Hey! It sucks that we don’t get a break until Easter”. And, the powers-that-be said, “OK!” They just brand it as “Family Day”. Here is a big news flash for you ... pretty much every holiday I get is a ‘Family Day’. In fact, every DAY is ‘Family Day’. They should have just called it ‘Day Off Day’ or ‘Double Pay Day’ (for those who are stuck working on holidays). But, now that we have this funky holiday with the catchy name, I do encourage you to really lean into Family Day. I have been blessed to be able to ski a lot this year with my oldest boy, and I will tell you that nothing brings back more joy to this sport than sharing it with the next generation. The pure glee and unfathomable banks of energy he brings to the slopes is radiant. He can’t wait to chew the ear off the person on the quad, telling of his latest run conquered. He studies trail maps like battle plans looking for secret routes and new runs to pillage. So, if you are stuck in the winter blues, get out there and find some child-like joy on Family Day. Be blessed everyone. ApexMatters.com | February 2020 | Page 5


What’s Happening At The Edge? Thanks to everyone for taking part in the “No Soup For You” Contest!” Great fun was had by locals and staff. With over 100 entries, there was a tie for the win. Congratulations to Mike Pond from Lift Ops and Mason MacDougall from Ski School! Free soup for you! The correct answers were: 1) Denver Bronco Skis; 2) Ski Sunny Okanagan Poster; and 3) Wooden Fish Cocktail Sign. Thanks for playing everyone. Watch for the new February contest. Do you want to be part of our Frame of Fame? Our future Polaroid picture collage is underway and The Edge wants to take your picture! Ask us, and you too can get your mugshot on the wall. Daily features have been rolling through The Edge lately. After a successful appearance of the Hot Thai Chicken Salad last week, we invite you to come try it as it will be featured each Thai Tuesday in February! Have you tried our new homemade Vegan Power Cookies yet? A perfect, healthy chairlift snack to keep you charging on the slopes. Come grab one on your way to the lift and say ‘hi’, because ... There’s always something happening at The Edge!

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By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach Wow folks, what a month of January! The start of a new decade could not have started any better. The Apex Ski Club has had a very busy month. Carver’s are ripping, U16 had an excellent showing at the Provincial U16 Races at Panorama, U12-U14 recently completed their first race at Apex Mountain Resort. Reece Howden wins his first World Cup at Nakiska. Marcus Athans takes his first FIS win at Super Series in Quebec. Heming Sola gets a weekend invite to train with BC Team. Lots going on this past month. To top it off, the resort received the snow we all needed to make this place even better. And, “Skills and Drills” was a hit for the folks that attended last Friday night. February 2020 holds more busy times ahead of us. The kids are in the heart of their season now. All the work in November to January will all pay off for everyone. February always is one of the best months to ski at Apex. Mild temperatures and lots of pow is the usual recipe for excellent skiing opportunities. On the race front, the kids have lots going on ... U14 BC Games, U12-U14 Zone Race at Silver Star, U16 Super G at Red Mountain. The kids are all excited for these opportunities ahead. Congratulations to Eva Wyse, Tal Exley, Asia Borg and Gavin Santoro for qualifying for BC Games later in February in Dawson Creek. Congratulations to our U12 group, who all raced last week at Apex ... you got more under your belt. Apex ladies were able to put down some epic runs all weekend. Congratulations to Kurtis, you had your first race! Well done buddy. U16 are on there way to Rossland for a Super G next week. This group is sending it! Such a great season so far. We are more than ready for what Red Mountain has to offer. This will be the final series before U16 Nationals. After next week, we will have a clear picture who will attend this iconic U16 event at Sun Peaks in March. Thanks again to our wonderful resort. They do such an awesome job for all of us in the best place on earth. And, thanks to all who attended the SOS Fundraiser ... it was a great night!

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www.freestyleapex.com NEWS: Apex Performance Team & Freestylerz Team travelled to Panorama last month for Timber Tour & Super Youth Challenge #1. With sunshine and fresh snow, an excellent terrain park and a technical mogul course, our athletes performed really well. It was a very successful event! At the Timber Tour, Friday’s Slopestyle event brought in some medals! On the girls side, Ainsley MacDonald (U18) won gold, while Sharon VanSchalm (U16) won bronze. On the boys side, Nate Parsons (U18) won bronze, Cole Patton (U20) won gold, with Brandon VanSchalm (U14) coming in 5th and Grady Parsons (U16) coming in 17th respectively. Saturday’s Mogul event also brought in a few podium performances. Ainsley MacDonald (U18) took gold again, finishing 2nd overall, while Nate Parsons (U18) and Cole Patton (U20) also both took gold in their age categories. Grady Parsons (U16) came 5th in the toughest age category. Quinn Patton (U16), suffering from a shoulder injury in training, managed to still place 13th. Brandon VanSchalm (U14) came 6th, with his sister, Sharon VanSchalm (U16) coming in 9th. The final day was Dual Moguls, always an exciting event to watch, and our performance team once again performed very well. Bringing home more medals was Ainsley MacDonald bringing home her 3rd gold medal, Nate Parsons bringing home his 2nd gold medal, while Cole Patton brought home a silver medal. On the Super Youth Challenge courses, Apex Freestylerz girls did amazing! Friday was Moguls and both U10 girls on the podium, Charlie Longstreet (1st) and Lillian McCaughey (2nd). Emelie McCaughey (U12) also earned a silver medal. Nolan Cornell (U14) just missed the podium, coming 4th, while his sister, Naomi Cornell (U12), came 6th. Leo Longstreet (U12) came 8th. Saturday was the Slopestyle event and this time Lillian McCaughey tied for 1st and won a gold medal, while Charlie Longstreet won a silver medal. Emelie McCaughey just missed the podium in this event, coming 4th, while Naomi Cornell ended up finishing 10th respectively. On the boys side, Leo Longstreet came 5th, while Nolan Cornell ended up tied for 9th. Sunday was Big Air day for the Super Youth kids and Charlie Longstreet ended up on the podium again, taking home another silver medal, while Naomi tied for 5th and Leo Longstreet finished 7th. FUNDRAISING: We need your help! Our club is actively seeking donations, big or small, for our Silent Auction Event this season. Please contact Terri Parsons at 250-462-2351 to donate to the club’s silent auction event or email terrip@shaw.ca.


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By Stu Drake, President The Apex Ski Patrol would like to thank everyone that contributed and attended our Avalanche Awareness Greetings from your local Penticton Snowmobile Club! We’ve been Day on Saturday, January 25th. having such a wonderful season in our local areas, along with We would like to give special recognition and a huge thank you traveling around to different mountains for some unreal riding too. to IGA, who donated all the groceries needed for our Fundraising Our club recently hosted it’s own Avalanche Skills Training Course BBQ in the Apex Village. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone! Level One. With a full course, it was a great success! We would Also, a huge thank you to the following businesses and individuals like to thank our course instructors, Finbar O’Sullivan and Darrin for their donations towards our Silent Auction held in the Gunbarrel Venne, for doing such a great job on the course and on the training Saloon: Barry Beecroft Fuels; Highway 97 Brewery; Finbar scenarios. We will also be offering this course again next season O’Sullivan; Howling Moon Craft Cider; Cannery Brewing Co.; for any snowmobilers in the Penticton area. Erica Fletcher; Hoodoo Adventures; Sun ’N’ Sup; Apex Mountain Resort; Pier Water Sports; Nickel Plate Nordic Centre; Bad Tattoo Brewing Co.; Ramada Inn Penticton; Pure Gym and Juicery; Apex Ski Shop; Johnny Smoke; Let’s Finish It; The Bike Barn; Wendy & Adrian; Avalanche Canada; Moduline Homes Penticton; Freeride Boardshop; Naramata Bench Winery Association; Poplar Grove Winery; Freedom Bike Shop; Tin Whistle Brewery; and Peach City Runners. Your continued support was greatly appreciated! Thanks to your generosity and contributions, we will be donating to Avalanche Canada and our Apex Avalanche Team will be attending more courses to further our education in avalanche practices and skills. We look forward to seeing you on the slopes!

If you are interested in attending this AST Level 1 Course or any information about our club’s meetings or rides that we are hosting this season or next, please contact Stuart Drake, Club President, at pentictonsnowmobileclub@outlook.com. You can find us on our Penticton Snowmobile Club Facebook page as well, which lists all the rides and events. In the next few months, we have some great rides coming up fast. Our next club ride will take place on Sunday, February 23rd. We will be headed up the Ashnola riding area in Keremeos. We plan to meet at the weigh scales in Kaleden at 7:30 am. Riders are asked to bring a beacon, probe and shovel if you plan to join this ride. The following club ride will take place on Saturday, March 21st. We will be hosting a cutblock meadows ride off the 201. We will be meeting at 8:30 am in the Safeway parking lot. We look forward to seeing newcomers joining our rides and monthly meetings. All are welcome to join in the fun! If you are a Penticton or Apex Mountain area snowmobiler, then we would love to meet you! Please come out to one of our great rides or meetings Avalanche Awareness Day BBQ Fundraiser held on January 25 in Apex Village. and get to know your local club. We look forward to meeting you.


Time To Bounce Back By Jordan Kober For the Canadian Team, the new year started deep in the back woods of Quebec, at a little ski hill called Val St. Come. There is an excellent training setup there, which explains why there have been so many great skiers from this relatively unknown hill. The mogul course is quite challenging, with a steep exit after the first jump. The typical east-coast conditions - ice, ice, and more ice - don’t make things any easier either. As I flew across the country on my way to this camp, I was looking forward to getting another go on this mean course. Over the years, it’s caused me a lot of trouble; tossing me around, giving me bruises, even a concussion, and it’s here that I tore my ACL 3 years ago. It’s a wild beast that just does not want to be tamed. Heading into this camp, I had six days to finally show this beast my first jump and skied aggressively through the course. I got a who’s boss. little carried away with speed and had to stop myself before hitting The first few days went as expected, with the usual icy conditions the second jump. I stopped and spoke with my coach, Steve, who and - 20˚ weather. I began training simply by skiing from below was standing on the knoll beside the jump. I decided I would hike the top air. Once I was skiing well, I started jumping, increasing back up a few moguls, so I could still practice one more bottom air, the difficulty of maneuvers as I was ready. On a course this steep but as I pushed on my ski pole to step out of my binding, the pole and icy, it is critical to land a jump balanced, so that it is possible to snapped. Looking back now, I wish I would have just hiked up and find control in the approaching moguls. If control is not established done my jump with a broken pole, but I decided to ski down, grab immediately, the acceleration is just too great to recover from. my backup pole, and wait for my turn to compete. Needless to say, I lost control many times. I still had lots of work The last competitor before my run, So Matsuda from Japan, had to do, but by the 5th day, I had accomplished some pretty well- just pushed out of the start gate and I slid in to take his place. I executed runs. Unfortunately, the weather forecast was predicting looked up from the start line just in time to see him take a nasty rising temperatures and quite the storm. In advance, the ski hill crash. When a skier goes down, you don’t expect to immediately announced they would not be opening the following day and so see them flying up into the air, but sometimes when a skier goes we had to cancel our last day of training. A ridiculous amount of down in the bumps, they will get bounced back up just as hard as rain began to fall that afternoon, but at some point during the night, they went down. This was one of those crashes. And, good lord, the temperature dropped and we woke up to about a foot of fresh did he bounce. While he slowly got out of the course, I refocused snow. The ski hill remained closed due to the icy roads, but on the and went over my run in my head. The moment So was out of actual slopes it looked as though whatever ice had accumulated the course I heard the “3, 2, 1... Go!” I pushed hard out of the was buried deep. Since I was staying at my teammate Gab’s start and was on my way. The first jump went well. I landed right place, which was right at the ski hill, I asked my coaches who live in line and skied away with clean turns. I was halfway down the in the area to come back for a couple more days of training once course now and began to hear cheers from the crowd beside me. the ski hill opened again. Everything was going well, but with just a few more turns before Gab and I, as well as one other teammate, Elliott, ended up getting two more days of training. All that fresh snow had sedated the untameable beast and we got to work before it woke up and started snarling again. Those couple days were productive, but I will have to wait until next time, when the conditions are challenging again, to have another chance at mastering that course. In the meantime, I had bigger concerns with the Mont Tremblant World Cup right around the corner.

On the morning of Thursday, January 23rd, after a quick break from training, I found myself slipping down the Mont Tremblant mogul course, deciding which line I would compete in. I settled on the skier’s right line and quickly got to work. It’s intimidating training right next to the best in the world, but after two days I felt like I had a good chance of making finals on Saturday. The course was quite flat, and surprisingly, the moguls weren’t very icy. This allowed me to direct most of my attention to the jumping. On both jumps, I tended to land just a little bit too far to the right, which made it a challenge to ski out smoothly. I had this in mind on Saturday morning as I headed out for my last training runs before the event. On my first run of the day, I had a small crash on the first jump. I guess my nerves were creeping up on me more than I had realized. Anyhow, I knew how to fix it for my next run, so I picked myself up and kept skiing. On my last training run, I nailed

the second jump, I got off balance. I stayed calm as I launched into the air, but I didn’t quite manage to recover my stance on take-off. I landed just a bit rough and knew the judges would notice. On their own, either the off-balance turns or the rough landing, they wouldn’t have affected my score too much, but both together, at an event of this caliber? I just gave up my chance to make finals. And, remember, this was also my chance to earn a spot at the Deer Valley World Cup in Utah. Unfortunately, 28th place won’t be enough to send me to Salt Lake City.

Although Deer Valley is out the window now, I will still have a chance at redemption at the Calgary World Cup. There are things I could’ve done differently in Tremblant, but it’s impossible to know if that really would’ve made the difference that I needed. I can’t help but wonder whether I really have what it takes to compete at this level. It could be that I am simply not good enough. It’s difficult to prevent this self-doubt from creeping in, but if I want to find out whether I do have what it takes, I must banish it to the back of my brain, if not exile it altogether. It shouldn’t be too hard to do as I am surrounded by inspiration. Gab ended up making his first World Cup Finals at Tremblant and another teammate Kerrian made it into his first Super Final at the start of the season. I just need to follow their lead. As I write this now, sitting in a hotel room downtown Calgary, qualifications are less than 24 hours away.


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TO BOOK YOUR STAY OR LIST YOUR PROPERTY TODAY Next Up ... NorAm Halfpipe By Alec Henderson Hello from Whistler and Grouse Mountain. We have been training so much this month ... today in Whistler, and then for the next three days at Grouse Mountain. Plans have changed, as the upcoming competition was cancelled at Grouse Mountain. So, we continue to practice our jumps. The best part of training for me is hitting the ‘Big Jumps’ with my friends. Travel is a big part of our life as athletes too. I am always learning lots on the road, and we appreciate the families of Freestyle who help us out on the way. Whether it’s a meal or them providing accommodation, we are always glad and very thankful for your continued support. The next competition will be a NorAm in Calgary, where I’ll be competing in the Halfpipe on February 17th. I look forward to telling you how that goes in the next Apex Matters. Hope your playing half as much as I am in the great outdoors. Until next time ... Enjoy the Snow!

Home At World Cup In Calgary By Brayden Kuroda Hey, Brayden Kuroda here. I am currently in Calgary for the second World Cup of the year. I am super excited for this event, as all my family comes to watch and it feels like home! Before this, I was in Mont Tremblant for my first World Cup ever! I was very nervous for my first one, but I put down a good run and placed 34th. The result wasn’t what I was looking for, but I learnt a lot and had a ton of fun. After Calgary, I have a short break before I start the North American Tour with stops in Deer Valley, UT, Calgary, Val St-Come, QC, and Killington, VT. I am getting super excited for these events! Big thanks to my parents, coaches and my sponsors; Ecotex, IDone USA, Smith Optics, and 2XU. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @braydenkuroda. ApexMatters.com | February 2020 | Page 11


time, each member receives a season pass. They are on staff from the first day of skiing until the end of the season. They are on duty from 9 am until 2 pm each working day. Members of the team have a passion for skiing and Apex and they enjoy sharing this with visitors. They derive a great deal of pleasure watching their guests have a wonderful, interesting time while touring. Their reward is a big smile and thank you from their guests. Hosts come from a variety of backgrounds and professions. The present 14 members of the Mountain Host Team listed below are a very impressive group. Several are of the expert level as skiers or boarders, and in some cases, some can do both disciplines. Dale Mathews ~ Interior designer and professional oil painting and water colour artist. Painter of Apex and Western scenes. Apex home owner. Starting hosting in 1998, so this is his 22nd season. Fred Fedorak ~ Retired Penticton Secondary School Teacher, former High School Basketball Coach, operated a Basketball Apex Mountain Host Program Camp for 37 years. Did consulting and contract work for the Ministry of Education. “Skied” Apex in 1962. Host since 2002. By Fred Fedorak Fred Smith ~ Winter resident on Apex, from Australia, retired ski Around 25 years ago, the Apex Mountain Host instructor. Responsible for developing the popular Hidden Gold Program was introduced and organized by Jim and Pat Fleming. run using a handsaw to cut branches and trees. Apex then used They were skiers who loved the mountain and wished to share machinery to open it up and finish the job. 7 year Host. their passion with visitors in the hope that they would enjoy their experience, share it with their acquaintances and hopefully return Russil Raynier ~ Retired Service Manager for Sears. Permanent at some later date. They firmly believed that a program of this Apex resident. Wife, Michelle, is the Apex Office Receptionist and nature was invaluable to the mountain. At first, the program was plays a vital role as a coordinator of several office functions, and run independently of Apex Management. The Flemings recruited Base for the lift operations and ski accident referrals. 7 year Host. several skiers who were very knowledgeable of the mountain. Paul Heatlie ~ Retired 10 years as a Financial Advisor in Victoria, Members were volunteers and initially received no compensation where he also started his own finance company. He was involved for their efforts, except the pleasure of just being hosts at Apex. in private banking and real estate planning. Very active outdoors Eventually, management recognized the value of the program and man. 6 year Host, volunteers two days a week. provided passes for the team, which then lead to the resort taking Mark Hohenwarter ~ Active business coach to Real Estate over the organization of the Mountain Host Program. Agents, original organizer and director of the Canadian Freestyle You can find the Mountain Hosts easily in their bright yellow jackets, Ski Association. A former member of the Canadian Ski Instructors clearly identified with the “Mountain Host” lettering. They are a vital Alliance. A competitive alpine and freestyle skier. 5 year Host. part of the Guest Services Department. General Manager James Arnie Erickson ~ Canadian Ski Association Director, race course Shalman provides members with information, which is important manager and associate of all major ski events in Western Canada. regarding the operation of the hill, and recent news that Hosts Retired Owner/Partner in P&E Enterprises. Skied Apex every year can pass along to guests. This custom service involves giving from 1961. 5 year Host. directions to guests, helping guests feel welcome and at home Ian Oliver ~ Retired Geologist for several oil companies in during their stay, and conducting on-mountain tours. In addition, Northern Canada. Now spends time driving local wine tours and Mountain Hosts may assist with special events, as well as posting Junior A Hockey teams around the province. Acts as a spare Host daily grooming reports. They need to know the entire layout of the for those requiring coverage. 5 year Host. village and the mountain and be knowledgeable to direct guests to Brad and Shari Russell ~ Shari acts as the official Apex greeter the lifts, restaurants, shops, services and closest washroom. near the main office Saturday mornings. Both she and Brad started Mountain Hosts deal with people from various places and varying skiing 35 years ago. Took up boarding 10 years ago and can do abilities. Some skiers and boarders new to the area might find the tours of either discipline. Brad retired from Canada Post. Shari resort a little overwhelming. Hosts are required to be courteous, was a stay at home mom for 27 years. 4 year Hosts. personable, informative and helpful in making the mountain Terry Arsenault ~ 21 years on a snowboard. Career Health and experience a pleasurable one. Complimentary tours are available Safety Officer for 11 years, Paramedic for 3 years. Currently a daily at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. Hosts are stationed at the grooming Kaleden Volunteer Fire Fighter. 4 year Host. board near The Edge Bistro at the bottom of the T-Bar lift. Guests, James Wadden ~ Arborist, Maintenance 3 Operator with Public depending on their skiing ability, are either introduced to the Works Department for the City Of Penticton. Skier. 4 year Host. Grandfather’s Trail, Intermediate runs off the Quad, or runs off the Triple Chair. Knowledge of the mountain becomes important for Harvey Ryll ~ Former owner of A-1 Auto Salvage, until 2011. deciding what runs to present for the visitor’s enjoyment. Expert Present owner of HR Auto Repairs. Started skiing at 17, Volunteer skiers will be led to some of the single black diamonds, and directed Ski Patroller until 2007. 4 year Host. to where the double blacks are located. By not taking advantage Gord Reum ~ Involved in Civil Construction Industry. On the of the tours, visitors could miss out on some very interesting local APOA and Apex Fire Brigade. Famous for building back country knowledge and history. Service is also available for locals who ask huts and 14 kms of back country trails. Expert skier, having skied questions or directions of the hosts, and are welcome to request a 45 years. 4 year Host. tour just for the company and a safe skiing experience. Kirk Marleau ~ Retired 5 years ago from Senior Executive Retailer Apex Mountain Hosts are scheduled to work one day a week. position. Former Apex Ski Patroller for 6 years, ran their Ski & Some request to do more. Even though they are volunteers, they Board Swap for years. Loves working with Apex, hosts two days a are classified as staff and abide by company policies. For their week. 1st year Host.


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The Guidelines: You’ve Got it Covered. By Jennifer McGrinder, Kinesiologist, Sports Clinic Physiotherapy During winter, many Canadian adults struggle to get the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week set out by The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) physical activity guidelines. Snow banks and blizzards, lashing winds and icy conditions force them indoors, out of the elements and comfortably snuggled up on the couch. For those of you reading this, snuggling up on the couch probably sounds just right, but only after smashing these guidelines to shame after a day on the mountain, snowshoeing or skiing in the back country, skating the loop or tumbling around the snow banks with a shovel and a toboggan. For health benefits, the CSEP guidelines recommend a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity for adults aged 18-64. Moderate activity causes you to sweat a little and breathe harder. Vigorous activity leaves you out of breath and sweating through your clothing. Okay, cruising down Grandfather’s Run may be more likely to freeze your fingers than soak your shirt, but pounding down The Tongue after an out of control 8-year old ... now we’re talking. And for the back-country enthusiasts, there is a reason a measly couple layers of fabric and a wind break in -15 degrees is all that is required when that internal furnace starts burning. Moderate and vigorous, I think you have it covered. You are benefiting from reduced risk of a lengthy list of chronic conditions that includes heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke and some types of cancer. But for those who engage in snow sports or snow activities, the benefits reach further than just those gained from aerobic physical activity. Downhill skiing, for example, requires a complex orchestra of communication between body systems. These systems, which include proprioception, vestibular function, vision, reflexes and motor control, adapt and improve with regular exposure to challenge. Researches also know that performing exercise that requires cognitive demand stimulates release of hormones that encourage brain plasticity. If remaining upright with both skis pointing in the same direction while simultaneously avoiding fellow down-hillers and oncoming trees isn’t physically or cognitively challenging enough, you could always take up aerials. Whether skiing, snowshoeing, skating, downhill skiing or boarding, when it comes to aerobic activity and the CSEP guidelines, congratulations - you are likely exceeding the minimum. As for the two days per week of strengthening exercises that is also recommended, I’ll leave that up to you to decide if your activity has it covered. I’m going to take a leap and say that the après ski repeated elbow flexion and the complexity of reaching your mouth without spilling, doesn’t count. David A. Raichlen and Gene E. Alexander: Adaptive Capacity: An Evolutionary Neuroscience Model Linking Exercise, Cognition, and Brain Health. Trends in Neurosciences 2017 40(7) 408-421 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tins.2017.05.001 Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines: Canadian Society For Exercise Physiology https://csepguidelines.ca/adults-18-64/

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Apex Community Association Update By Caroline Lachapelle, ACA President The Apex Communication Association (ACA) board of directors held our monthly meeting on January 30th. During our meeting, we discussed upcoming and past community events. Erica Fletcher, one of our directors, has been organizing crafting events for children and adults. These have received positive feedback from Apex locals and visitors. We look forward to hosting more of these in the coming months. Andrew Drouin, our Parks and Recreation Director, discussed the upcoming DOA Fundraising Concert, benefiting the Apex Volunteer Fire Brigade. The concert tickets will be $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and should be on sale soon. This event will take place at the Gunbarrel Saloon on Friday, March 27th. 100% of ticket revenue will go directly towards the AVFB. Andrew also discussed efforts we have put forward with regard to the beginning of trail building in the area around Apex Mountain. Recreation Sites and Trails BC is eager to see our trail proposal and partnership agreement we will be sending their way. This is a big step forward in the conversation to have designated hiking and mountain biking trails in and around Apex Mountain. I would like to personally thank Andrew for his efforts with this sub-committee. This month, Graeme Lindsay became the local Apex Mountain FireSmart Representative. He has started efforts towards planning a FireSmart Community Awareness Day. We will also have an assessor do a full assessment of our community and designate a plan of action to take the necessary steps towards certifying Apex Mountain as an official FireSmart Community. We have numerous sub-committees and directors working together to create projects for the future of our community. Some of these include; Apex families, bursaries, partnerships with the province on parks and recreation development, fundraiser summer concert series, safe community program, and much more. If you are interested in helping out in any capacity, we would love to have you join us. Please contact the ACA via email to apexcommunityassn@gmail.com.

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By Jeff Brown, APOA Secretary What’s happening with those test drill holes on Mt. Riordan? Why the Apex property rezoning initiative? Why is Apex’s growing community of young families worried about getting their kids accepted into Penticton’s schools? You feeling out-of-the loop? We have the solution. Gossip isn’t gossip if you are learning the facts, so clearly you need to hang out with your fellow property owners more often! Fortunately, APOA is hosting a members’ social on the family day long weekend. Appies and drink specials on Sunday, February 16 from 6-9 pm in the Gunbarrel Restaurant Mezzanine (upstairs). $5 at the door, includes appies. The event is open to all Apex property owners. If you haven’t joined or renewed your membership for 2020, don’t despair. Just bring your $30 annual APOA membership fee and renew at the door. We’re a non-profit, but appies aren’t free, even for locals! :-) Over the last 5 years, Apex has become home to more and more full-time young families. Having year-round families investing in Apex and making it their home is a very good thing for many reasons. As a community, we need to support these “pioneer families” by making sure decisions made years ago when Apex was in its infancy do not obstruct our community today. One of those decisions was to include Apex village in the Cawston, Keremeos, Hedley School District 53 rather than Penticton School District 67. Apex families have normally been able to get their kids accepted into the Penticton School District, but this year one family was told “sorry, no room for your child this year”. Apex parents tend to work and commute to Penticton, and their children’s friends more often than not attend Penticton schools. At one point, there may have been a valid reason to not place Apex within the Penticton School District, but given where we are today common sense suggests that decision needs to be changed. Why can’t Apex’s kids be confident that they’ll be able to go school with their friends in Penticton? Let’s support our pioneer families. Talk to your local principal, school board, and MLA. Let’s get this fixed before the start of school in September. Climbing, Hiking, Camping, Winter Sports & Apparel #101 - 136 Front St | 236.422.3733 | www.eskalamountainsports.com


Apex Waste Transfer Station Now Open The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has officially opened a new Waste Transfer Station at Apex Mountain Resort. The Transfer Station provides similar garbage and recycling services to curbside collection. The site is located at 220 Strayhorse Road below the ‘Barn’ in the main parking lot of the Resort. The Apex Mountain Waste Transfer Station has been in the works for over a decade. Since December, a temporary set of bins have been placed on the property. Now Apex property owners can enter the building and place their materials in the bins provided. (Left) James Shalman, GM Apex Mountain Resort and Subrina Monteith, RDOS Electoral Area ‘I’ Director at the Official Ribbon Cutting.

Apex Mountain Resort has been contracted to maintain the site, including snow removal and litter cleanup. Refuse that cannot be brought to the Transfer Station include demolition and construction materials, furniture, electronics and hazardous materials. These types of larger or hazardous materials will need to be taken directly to the Campbell Mountain Landfill in Penticton. For more information on the Apex Mountain Waste Transfer Station, contact the RDOS Solid Waste team at 250-490-4129, email info@rdos.bc.ca or visit www.rdos.bc.ca.


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

Tax season is here and RDOS board is working on setting the tax requisition for all local government services. Area ‘I’ is currently set neutral for 2020 property tax fees. I will be hosting a Financial Meeting in the Apex Cafeteria on Sunday, February 16th at 3:30 pm to receive feedback on Subrina Monteith the financials, as well as a presentation Director of from staff on the Waste Transfer Station. RDOS Area ‘I’ Apex Mountain Zone Review ~ The Regional District has recently initiated a review of the residential zones at Apex Mountain as part of the preparation of a new, single zoning bylaw for the South Okanagan Electoral Areas. This Review will primarily affect the Residential Multiple Unit Three (RM3) and Mixed Use Apex Alpine (RMU) Zones, which apply to lands around the village core. While the preparation of a Local Area Plan for Apex exceeds the scope of the current work being undertaken, the Regional District is aware of concerns previously raised by the community when vacation rentals were introduced as a permitted use in 2014. Specifically, the spread of commercial uses into residential areas and to the possible detriment of the village core area. The community raised similar concerns during the review of the Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw in 2016, which resulted in the introduction of a new policy seeking to “consolidate and improve the village centre as the community’s service centre and social heart”. In response, the Apex Mountain Zone Review is proposing to replace the RMU Zone with a new “Apex Mountain Village” (AMV) Zone over the village core area that will continue to allow for a mix of commercial, tourist commercial, institutional and residential uses and reinforce this area as the service centre for the community. For areas outside of the village core that are currently zoned RMU, it is being proposed that new zones allowing single detached dwellings and duplexes (RD2 Zone) or apartment buildings and townhouse (RM2 Zone) be introduced. The preliminary determination of whether the RD2 or RM2 Zone will be applied to a property has been based on existing type of development as well as parcel size (NOTE: the RMU Zone currently assigns certain dwelling types based on land area). While the RD2 and RM2 zones are considered to be “Residential”, both will continue to allow for “vacation rentals” as a permitted use, subject to compliance with zoning regulations related to on-site vehicle parking spaces (1/bedroom) and limitations on the number of patrons (maximum of 2/bedroom to a total of 10 persons). On the issue of “vacation rentals”, the Apex Mountain Zone Review will also be exploring a change to the current restriction of one (1) “vacation rental” per parcel, as this has proven problematic in the context of multi-unit structures, such as apartment buildings where there has been multiple “vacation rentals” occurring. A new zoning regulation related to the provision of outdoor snow storage areas for structures that have four (4) or more outdoor vehicle parking spaces in the form of an additional area equal to 25% of the required parking area. A public information meeting on the proposed changes was held on February 4, 2020. Additional information, including copies of the draft amendment bylaws, comparison tables and feedback forms can be found at www.rdos.bc.ca/departments/developmentservices/planning/strategic-projects/apex-mountain-zone-review/. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca

Who’s That On The Hill? Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone Time to meet this month’s patrollers ... Alrighty folks. This month we are going off the rails with a double down! The amazing father/daughter duo of Jason and Kate Stevens! Both these crazy cats were born out east, birthed upon the great Canadian Shield in Ontario. They learned their snow craft on Raven Mountain and Larder Lake. (Downhill skiing on a lake? Must be an Ontario thing.) Anyway, they eventually came to their senses and came to BC. “Big Jay” has been patrolling for 24 years! This is Kate’s second year, hot off winning “Rookie of the Year” last year. They are both snowboarders, but Jay doesn’t like getting teased, so he tries to fit in by skiing a little bit. Kate is a strong, independent woman and doesn’t bow to peer pressure, so she just confidently and proudly sticks to her board. The whole family spends every weekend of the winter at the hill. Jay’s favorite run is The Chute, while Kate likes Chicken Finger. When not bombing sick lines in the powder, you can find the dynamic duo sipping Caramel Macchiattos at The Edge Bistro or hanging out in their suite, playing games with the family and listening to Bob and Doug McKenzie’s 12 Days of Christmas. Kate works at Theo’s when not studying hard for her Grade 12 exams. She is off to University next year and jumping into some nice light Physics courses. Off hill, you can find Jay up a pole. He is a power line man, like his father and brother. If he smells like smoke, he didn’t zap himself, Jason is a BBQ pit master. The whole family is always out on the hill, helping out and taking in all the blessings this mountain has to offer. We often call patrol a second family, and well, these two take it literally. Throw some BIG high fives (just don’t pull any fingers) when you see these two out and about! ApexMatters.com | January 2020 | Page 17


Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue Update By Gabe Lavoie, AVFR Fire Chief

Time to close the door on fast-moving home fires. A simple behavior change could save your life In today’s world, consumers expect everything to happen fast. A hot meal at the door in 30 minutes or less. Groceries delivered in a matter of hours. Coffee order ready for pickup at the push of a button. In many cases, speed makes our lives a little bit easier. But when it comes to fire, speed is killing people in their homes. The pace at which a fire races through a home has increased at a dramatic and deadly rate. About 40 years ago, people had an average of 17 minutes to escape a burning home after the activation of a smoke alarm. Today, that window has shrunk to about three minutes or less. Natural furnishings and building materials have given way to synthetics, which burn much faster. Combine that with the popularity of open floor plans and it becomes the perfect habitat for an escalating fire. There were approximately 379,000 residential structure fires in the US in 2017. As a result, they saw 10,600 injuries and 2,630 deaths. What if a simple act - one that takes under 10 seconds to complete - could have a potentially life-saving impact during a fire? Would you do it? In the event of a fire, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) found that rooms with closed doors had average temperatures of less than 100 degrees and 100 ppm of carbon monoxide, compared to 1000+ degrees and over 10,000 ppm of carbon monoxide in the rooms with open doors.

Lexi King survived a house fire by closing her door. Her family, however, wasn’t as lucky. Lexi liked to sleep with her bedroom door closed, but her brother’s was always open. When an overnight fire destroyed their Texas home, she was the only one to survive. Both her brother and parents died in the fire. “What I had was a closed door. I had oxygen. I had time to collect my thoughts. I had time to prepare myself,” said Lexi. “There literally is not a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of them and their beauty that they brought.” Each year our department responds to a variety of calls, some more easily controlled than others. This is why we are leading a campaign across the community to encourage a simple behavioral change ... “Close Before You Doze.” In partnership with UL FSRI, we want every family to make sure they close all of their doors at night - bedrooms, bathrooms and the basement - in order to starve any potential fire of the oxygen it requires to grow. It will give you much more time to escape. To increase your chances of survival during a fast-moving house fire, we suggest the following: Page 18 | February 2020 | ApexMatters.com

Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in working condition and tested monthly. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. • Close all your doors at night. • If a fire ignites and you can get out of the burning structure, do so quickly and close every door behind you as you exit. If you can’t, put a closed door between you and the fire to gain valuable time. Don’t ever go back inside a burning home. • For parents worried about hearing their child through a closed door, simply place a baby monitor in the child’s room. If you can’t get to their room because you’re cut off by smoke, know that the closed door will provide a safety barrier, giving them more time for help to arrive. • Have an escape plan. Identify multiple escape routes from every room and practice them as a family at various hours. After a fire starts, there’s very little time to act. Take these fire safety and prevention steps today and you’ll sleep easier at night. For more info or to join the Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue, please contact Gabe Lavoie, Fire Chief, via apexfirerescue@gmail.com. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Ski For Life Dr Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Doctor I bet I can speak for us all that there is a passion when it comes to skiing. A passion you want to keep alive. For those with young children, you want skiing to become contagious. Skiing has this addictive quality where it is something that you want to do as much as you can in a season, as well as for life. For me, skiing is a motivation to live a healthier life. There are two sides to this life long sport - keeping healthy through the season and youthful through the years. As it happens to be, ski season is smack within cold and flu season. If the flu hits your home, no matter how many cm’s of snow falls on these mountains, nothing will get you out there. I will touch on the other side of this life long sport in the next newsletter. Flu season is now amongst us in the valley, so I felt it relevant to give you tips to ward those viruses away.

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Here is a recipe for a simple and effective hydrotherapy treatment - Warming Socks: 1. Soak cotton socks in cold tap water or ice water. 2. While socks are soaking, take a bath in Epsom salts. Washing Hands ~ Good old soap does the trick. No need for 3. After your bath, put on the cold wet cotton socks. the fancy antiseptic washes. Just being thorough and frequent 4. Cover with warm woolly socks. is sufficient. During the winter, aside from when you are making turns on the hill, more time is spent indoors increasing the risk of 5. Get into bed and sweat it out. spreading germs. I find that this warming socks treatment is helpful for the common Curb the Sweet Tooth ~ Excess sugar consumption is associated cold, sore throats, and sinus infections. Doing this treatment before with obesity. Excess sugar also suppresses the immune system. bed, can help you get the sleep you need to fight the infection. It So when you need your defenses up the most, curb your sweet works by increasing circulation, stimulating lymphatic drainage tooth. Eat well with a diet rich in vegetables, lean protein and all needed for getting the immune cells where they need to go. healthy fats. I wish you all get to use up your sick days for exactly what they are Vitamin D ~ If you get caught in the valley too much, doing that meant for - the powder cough. And, hopefully the only contagious work thing in order to fund your ski habit, you may not see the sun thing you get this winter is endless laps. come out for months on end. I sure know my mood lifts through References: the week after a bluebird day. But, is this sun exposure enough to Cohen et al. Does hugging provide stress-buffering social support? A study keep my Vitamin D levels optimal? Hard to say, without testing of susceptibility to upper respiratory infection and illness. Psychol Sci. 2015 your blood for Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential fat soluble Feb;26(2):135-47. doi: 10.1177/0956797614559284. Epub 2014 Dec 19. vitamin that has anti-inflammatory, immune modulating, mood Zakay-Rones et al. Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry enhancing effects. Optimizing your Vitamin D, all season long, can extract in the treatment of Influenza A and B virus infections. J Intl Med Res. help to stave off infections. 2004 Mar-Apr; 32(2): 132-40 Elderberry Syrup ~ Look no further for Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has a heavy-duty antiviral. Elderberry has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich antiviral activity against influenza, even Plasma. She practices in Penticton at Alpine this current corona virus. If you happen Natural Health. You can also find her on the hill to be lucky enough to check out other as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol. ski resorts this winter via air travel, consider bringing elderberry along. One study found that taking elderberry just before travel and continuing for four more days reduced upper Meet Black Bird respiratory tract infection duration and severity. I am about a year and a half old and in search of Hugs ~ There is something to mom’s TLC. It is well known that a special family. I came from a very difficult stress can suppress the immune system. Conversely, hugs and background and was not held or given a lot of social support can enhance immunity and shorten an illness. This love. As a result, I am very nervous around social connection can stimulate the thymus gland, where all of the people. I need a quiet home with patient immune fighting cells are produced. Ski Patroller Deb Johnson people who will give me the time to relax and states that “having good people around you and being comfortable feel safe, while I gather my courage to approach in your surroundings” is what it is all about. Deb has been skiing for them to seek the love and affection that I crave. I love to play with the past 48 years, through many a flu season. toys, so I’ll entertain you as we work on our relationship. If you think Rest is Best ~ Well, if you do get hit with a cold, stay home to you have these qualities, please contact AlleyCATS Alliance at hasten your recovery and reduce spreading of the infection. alleycatsalliance@gmail.com. www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org Binge watch your favourite TV show, while sipping on homemade chicken noodle soup.

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Destress & Unplug On Holidays By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventures & Chute Lake Lodge I am just about to board a plane to Mexico and while I keep telling myself to think about Margaritas poolside, all I can think about is the heaviness of what we have going on at work. We are small business owners ... have you ever told a small business owner “just don’t think about it!” ... did they laugh at you? So, here I am, about to practice what I preach ... “Work to Play”, “Unplug”, “Go on an Adventure”, and all I can do is think ... and it’s not about margaritas by the pool unfortunately. But that’s not fare, I deserve to shut down, and so does everyone else in my shoes right now. So, I’ve done a little research and I want to share that with you, because right now you may be sitting on the ski hill, on holidays, wishing you were thinking about your kids first turn on his/her skis, the fresh powder, dancing with your sweetheart or the hot drinks at the après ski bar and all you’re thinking about, just like me, is work. Well, here are a few tips on how to change that. I invite you to join me and turn off your brain, destress, and stay in the moment this holiday ... we got this! Be Mindful When Your Mind’s Full ~ Recently, mindful meditation has gained popularity to reduce stress and increase overall mental wellness; and for good reason! The benefits that mindfulness can provide include (but aren’t limited to); reduction in rumination, which is the act of consistently revisiting negative thoughts and emotions, improved reactions to stress, less anxiety, increased focus and memory, reduced negative emotional reactions. By focusing just on the present, or at least attempting to, you give your brain a break from the constant cranial chit-chat we deal with almost every second of every day. It helps to put things in perspective and reveals the importance of the present and the relative insignificance of worrying about past and future events. Read Into It ~ Whether you’re at the end of a long day or just need a break from holiday prepping, make sure you have a book handy. Reading for just six minutes is said to reduce stress levels by 68%, and can help improve your overall memory and focus. We all have those books we promise to get to, but just can never find the time. Now, make it a priority to set aside a certain number of minutes (or hours) that are completely dedicated to reading. You deserve the chance to escape into another world amidst all the holiday pandemonium, and focus on something other than gift buying, meal cooking, and travel planning.

Colour Me Mine ~ Colouring books aren’t just for kids anymore, in fact, adult colouring books has recently taken our culture by storm. There are mental health benefits that come from putting coloured pencils to paper, and no, you don’t have to stay within the lines. When you colour, you’ll find that you’re more relaxed, and able to turn your mind away from the other tasks you need to accomplish, if only for a few minutes. In a way, colouring is like meditating, because your mind can be completely focused on just one thing. Walk It Out ~ When you think you can’t handle much more rushing around, taking a walk may be just what you need to slow down. Going outside for a stroll will not only help you unplug from the holiday madness, but also help you recharge for when you must enter the foray once more. Try to avoid using or checking your phone during your walk. Separating from the screen can do wonders for your stress levels and will help you stay in the present, relaxing moment. One of the biggest payoffs for taking a walk is the extra energy you’ll have for the rest of the day. A California State University Long Beach Study found a link between number of steps taken and mood and energy levels: People who walked more were happier and more energetic than those with lower step counts. So, bundle up and get to steppin’! The Takeaway ~ Give yourself the permission and time to try a few of the activities mentioned above, you’re sure to find one that fits into your schedule. Remember, it’s all a balancing act. For all the hours you spend stressed out over holidays, make sure you offset them with activities that take your focus off of your to-do list. You (and your brain) need and deserve the break!

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.

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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.

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The Earth’s gravity pulls at the side of the Moon closest to us more strongly than it pulls at the other side. Long ago, when the Moon was still hot and soft, it got pulled by this “tidal force” into an egg shape. The distortion was slight, but enough for the Earth’s gravity pulling at the bulge to lock the Moon’s rotation to its motion around the Earth. That is why we only get to see one side of the Moon. For an observer on the far side, the Earth never rises above the horizon. However, there is a lot of interest in the Moon’s other side. Not only is it scientifically and puzzlingly different from the side we get to look at, there are also practical benefits to being located where we never see the Earth in the sky. One is the possibility of having a radio observatory there, and of course a base to support it and the other activities that interest us. Radio astronomy is the science of studying the radio emissions generated by objects in space. These are of natural origin and tell us a lot about what exactly is going on out there. The power of the signals produced by cosmic objects can be enormous, but they have to come such a great distance, taking up to billions of years to get here, that by the time they reach the Earth they are extremely weak. Our man-made radio signals, and even the radio interference we produce as by-products of our way of life, are all enormously stronger than any signals coming from beyond the Solar System. The signal from a cell phone on the Moon would be stronger than any cosmic radio source and we could detect a cell phone on Mars. For decades, we have dealt with these issues by putting our radio telescopes in remote places or in valleys screened by hills. However, this does not protect observatories from interference coming from nearby space. By working with satellite designers and operators, it has been possible to address some interference issues, but as the number of satellites rises, the interference problem will grow. Although we see an ongoing need for radio telescopes on Earth, really high-sensitivity observations would be best made on the other side of the Moon, where the horizon blocks out the radio noise we are generating. The Moon is a very hostile environment. The atmosphere is extremely thin, basically a pretty good vacuum. The temperature variations on the surface are huge, from around the boiling point of water during the day, to far below zero at night. The average lunar surface temperature is about minus 50˚ Celsius. A few metres below the surface, the temperature remains close to this value all the time. In addition to escaping the wild temperature variations, a few metres of lunar soil would block out most of the harmful radiation coming from the Sun and elsewhere in space. On Earth, our atmosphere protects us. There is no such protection on the Moon. On the plus side, no atmosphere means every day is a sunny one, so solar energy should be able to provide for all the energy needs of the base. There is water available at least at some places on the Moon; in addition to being something to drink, solar-generated electricity can be used to break it down into hydrogen, and more usefully, oxygen. If energy is available, many of the raw materials should be obtained from the Moon, and agriculture is a possibility. The downside of being on the far side of the Moon is that in order to have radio communication with Earth, a relay satellite will be needed. That is how the problem is being solved with the Chinese rover on the far side of the Moon. There is one other problem: transportation, which will mean Earth-based radio astronomy will remain important for at least another few decades.


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2020 Vision For The New Year

Activities For Children And Families By Leelou Poppins

Last fall, I shared a survey to evaluate the needs for childcare in the Apex community. 22 families responded, with a total of 40 As the new decade begins, 100 Men Who Care have a vision for children. The results showed that most families need childcare 2020: donate a minimum of $40,000 to charitable organizations on the mountain, are interested in yoga play dates, activities for in the South Okanagan Similkameen region. To date, forty-two children, and the creation of a babysitter club. The most impressing charities in the region have received $94,300 from the 100 Men result was that out of the ten responding families who live on the Who Care group. mountain year-round, eight are interested in the creation of a The first meeting of the New Year will be: school at Apex, and one family living here part-time, too! This is my wildest dream, so I took this leap of faith. Wednesday, February 26th - 5:30-6:30 pm Tug’s Tap House Pub & Eatery In collaboration with Apex Mountain Resort, we planned to reopen 260 Martin Street in Penticton Rippin’ Rascals Daycare this season, and offered more activities for children and families using this colourful space. Unfortunately, (Doors open at 5:00 / Event at 5:30 pm) Members of 100 Men meet four times a year and each member we ran into licensing issues concerning the daycare services, and commits to donating $100 at each meeting. Three charitable I am still navigating the paperwork to get licensing and liability organizations from the South Okanagan and Similkameen region insurance for my business “Peace. Love. Yoga.” I spent the first are chosen at random and invited to present at the meeting where half of the season developing activities and materials for private they describe their organization, explain how a donation would be childcare services, and it has been a lot of fun! It allowed me to used, whom it will help and the impact the donation will have in the connect with amazing children and families, and we all agree ... community. The 100 Men members then vote to distribute their we need more play dates! donations to the charities, with 80% going to the charity receiving So, what’s next? Here are a few ideas: kids’ club, kids’ after-ski, the most votes and the two other groups receiving 10% each. All tea-parties, lunch or dinner gatherings, movie nights, game nights, dance parties, story time, yoga play dates, outdoor play dates, of the money donated goes directly to the three charities. More information about the organization, how to join and the French Immersion activities, babysitter club, moms’ social with play charities who have received support can be found on the space for children, peaceful parenting circle, birthday parties, etc. website at www.100menpenticton.com. You can also email I would love to offer group activities by donation, so everyone can info@100menpenticton.com with any questions. For information meet with friends, while allowing a space for fundraising for the regarding a similar organization for women, go to www.cfso.net, licensing, liability insurance, time and related expenses involved. click “Programs”, then click “100 Women”. Does this speak to your family? Please let me know your thoughts by email to leeloupoppins@peaceloveyoga.fun. Thank you! Page 22 | February 2020 | ApexMatters.com By Bruce Tawse


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Ground Chicken & Red Wine, Potato Topped Skillet By Dee Martens I will have to be honest with you and admit that this recipe does taste somewhat similar to Shepard’s Pie; however, my fiancé titled it ‘Luxury Rancher’s Pie’. Either way, I believe that you’ll find the boldness in flavour is unparalleled in any traditional ‘pie’ dish. If you are able to get ‘chili ground chicken’ from your local butcher, I suggest that you choose that option; it lends an amazing texture to your skillet dish and the larger chunks of ground meat soak up all of the rich flavour perfectly. The following recipe was perfect for our family of 3, but feel free to double the ingredients for the meat mixture to feed more hungry visitors. For your meat mixture: In a broiler safe skillet (I used a 12-inch cast iron skillet), cook and crumble 1 lb. of lean ground chicken over medium heat until it is no longer pink (roughly 5 minutes). Stir in salt and pepper to taste and remove chicken from pan, setting aside in a bowl lined with paper towel to soak up excess moisture. In the same pan, heat ½ tbsp. of oil over medium-high heat and sauté one large onion, cubed, three medium sized carrots, cut into ¼ cm. thick ‘coin-like’ slices, 10 button mushrooms, cubed and cook for approximately 3 minutes, until onions begin to turn translucent. Then, add 4 cloves of crushed garlic, the top of 1 medium sized head of broccoli (composting the stem if possible), 1 tbsp. of fresh thyme and 1 tbsp. of fresh parsley before stirring vigorously to incorporate flavour throughout your veggie melody. Next, add your chicken back to the skillet and add 2 tbsp. of flour, evenly coating your chicken and veggies and cook for half a minute, browning your flour slightly. Next, stir in 1 ¼ cups of a dry red wine, stirring to loosen brown bits from the side of the skillet and add 1 cup of chicken broth before bringing your mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer your skillet, covered, for roughly 30 minutes. For the topping: While your mixture is simmering, slice 4 medium sized potatoes into ¼ inch thick slices and place potatoes into a large saucepan; add water and cover, bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes until slightly tender. Drain potatoes and rinse in ice cold water (or dunk in an ice bath). Preheat your boiler. Remove lid from skillet and stir your meat mixture, loosening any sticky or burnt parts from the sides or bottom of the skillet. Next, place potatoes over mixture carefully, overlapping slightly. Brush your potatoes lightly with olive oil before topping with 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese. Place pan approximately 5 inches away from your broiler and heat skillet until potatoes and cheese are browned, 6-8 minutes. Let your skillet stand for 5 minutes before serving fresh and, if desired, top with fresh parsley and a dollop of sour cream.

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s “Volunteer Gathering” where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. Next Team Gathering is Wednesday, February 26th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, includes lunch and refreshments. Please RSVP by Friday, February 21st to info@volunteercentre.info. Discover ways you can contribute and make a difference by ‘Browsing Opportunities’ at www.volunteercentre.info. Please register as a volunteer to receive updates. For more information or to meet with a staff member, email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661. Published by Okanagan Matters Publications apexmatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 www.ApexMatters.com Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2019 through April 2020. 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 16th season in print! Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval is requested before being published. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications.


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Apex Matters February 2020  

Volume 16 ; Issue 6

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Volume 16 ; Issue 6

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