Apex Matters February 2022

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February 2022

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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes

Hello everybody. I hope February finds you happy and healthy. My family got swept up in the Omicron wave heading out of January. We weren’t really sick, but rather all 4 of us got stuck in the same house for a week. 2000 sq/ft gets real small right around day 3. Trying to explain to a pre-teen that his ‘personal space’ that his brother is invading does not extend into the bathroom and rec room was a futile effort. The 10-year-old doesn’t seem to grasp the concept that when he is wearing a headset, we can still hear everything he says. And, everything he says gets amplified, because he can’t hear himself. There was apparently a lot of ‘Sons getting wrecked’ and ‘dudes totally hackin’ going on in his activities and the rest of us felt well informed. I had also become accustomed to it being very quiet during my work day, with just me and the dog handling most of the system analyzing from my home office. When the troops get called home, I have to be a lot quicker on the mute button lest my planning meeting also have to plan to help my kid find underwear. Virtual backgrounds are also a must to prevent anyone unintentionally streaking past a video conference. I really don’t want to become a news story, or worse, an internet meme. Thanks all and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Kevin Dyck, President Hello Apex! Nickel Plate Nordic Centre has some exciting news! After losing momentum, gaining it back, and losing it and getting it back again, we’re hosting a race! On Sunday, March 13, we’ll have hopefully a couple hundred ripping Nordic racers on our trails, and we need your help! The day of the race we’ll need a couple dozen folks to run around and make sure everything is in place and stays there. Please email events@nickelplatenordic.org to get involved. If you’d like to contribute to the planning committee, we still have some jobs to fill there too, so just mention it in your email. On the personnel front, we’ve got two new people behind the stick of the grooming machine. You might have met Desirea in the rental office, but she’s also our newest, all-star groomer prepping the trails twice a week. And a little less than all-star, I (Kevin) had my first crash course (not literally) from Ray, so that I can join in the early morning fun of getting the trails ready for skinny skis. Ray has been instrumental in our training program this winter. Well, he’s just instrumental in the operations at Nickel Plate, full stop.

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And lastly, the Canadian Para-Nordic Olympic team is going to be gracing NPNC from February 1-7 for last minute, high-altitude Nickel Plate Nordic Racers training before heading to the Beijing Olympics. They will be fully isolating other than having to use our bathroom building, so it is By Jessica Roach, Head Coach 110% mandatory that everyone wears a 3 layer mask while using Despite some of the weird weather we have been having recently, the facilities. Again, 110% mandatory, and no, your single layer there has been a lot of excitement for our team. We started the buff is not a mask. These athletes have worked hard to get to this new year with the BC Winter Games trials race in Revelstoke. point, so let’s make sure they get to the Olympics by doing our part. It was a challenging course, but our skiers crushed it and Miles Hayden qualified Unfortunately, shortly after the Winter Games were cancelled, but it’s a huge accomplishment none the less.

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We also took a big journey to Kimberley for some Kootenay Cup Races. It was the most competitive race of the year so far and our team had an amazing weekend. We walked away with five top five finishes with our athletes. That trip was so rewarding, as I saw so much athlete development in their mental awareness and overall effort given. I was so proud coming away from the weekend. I am currently in Lake Placid, NY with the BC Ski Team for coaching support and will be traveling to Craftsbury, VT later this week. The team is competing in the US Supertour competitions. I’m grateful for this amazing experience to learn from really experienced coaches and get to watch some amazing racing. As always, if you or any youth you know wants to give cross country skiing a try, do not hesitate to reach out. We love to see more people on skis, no matter the age or ability. Feel free to send a message to programs@nickelplatenordic.org with any questions.


Back In The Bib By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Alumni Hey everyone, January has been a big month for me. It marked my first races again for the first time in close to two years. On January 4th, my family and I headed off to Canmore for World Junior/Olympic Trials. The next day, we had a training day. Now this was right in the middle of the cold snap, so we kept the skiing to a minimal. January 6th kicked off the first of four races with a skate sprint, not my specialty, but nonetheless something I’ve been working on. Unfortunately, I skied heats a bit too cocky and led into the downhill. I ended up finishing 21st, not what I had hoped for. It was meant to be a warm up for the coming days of racing, and to once again throw on a bib. Friday was a day off before two intense days of racing. Saturday was a 15km classic. I was able to pull off a 6th, but I know I could have skied it better. It was cold that day, only a degree or two shy of the cut off (-20), so definitely not the most enjoyable race. Sunday was the toughest race of the weekend, a skate 30km. The course was a grueling 3.75km loop, which meant for many laps through the stadium. The course was pretty simple: a gnarly climb before a quick descent back into a another uphill, right before lapping back through the stadium. I finished the day in 10th; again, somewhat disappointed. That 30km absolutely tanked me. I was still recovering from it until a week ago. Following the 30km was a rest Chilly for 15km ~ VR45 Photography day (thankfully), before tying off trials with a classic sprint. I was still pretty bagged from the 30km, so I again under performed and finished with a 23rd. I had no idea what to expect going into trials. With my stress fracture last fall, and then my summer of decreased training because of my knees, and then not being able to race any early season races, who knew what to expect. Despite maybe not doing as well as I would I have hoped, I was still happy considering the circumstances, and am looking forward to other races coming this season. I may not have qualified for World Juniors this year, but this has only helped to further increase my motivation to put my head down and go. I’ve really struggled recently with wanting to keep racing, but persevering through the weekend has helped to reground myself and get my head back in the game. This week (January 27-30th), I am in Red Deer, AB, racing in the Western Canadian Championships. The snowpack is less than minimal, but the courses are pretty tough, my specialty! Stay tuned for some more results.

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SKI SKILLS FOR LIFE By Sarah Holeton, Executive Officer

Moguls, Terrain Park, Big Air, All Mountain and Snowboarding Competitive & Non-Competitive Programs for ages 5 and up www.freestyleapex.com NEWS ~ The Apex Freestyle Club sent two teams of athletes mid January to two different competitions and their hard work over the past year paid off as many stood tall on the podiums. Both groups of athletes had successes after returning from Red Deer, Alberta for the Canada Cup and Panorama for the Timber Tour and Super Youth Competitions held by Freestyle BC. The Timber Tour was hosted by Freestyle BC as a slopestyle, big air and mogul event. With sunshine, soft snow, an excellent terrain park and a technical mogul course, our athletes performed very well. It was a very successful event. Here are their results. PODIUM ALERTS!!! Canada Cup Red Deer - Dual Moguls - Quinn Patton - BRONZE! Timber Tour Panorama - Moguls - M18 - Grady Parsons - GOLD! Timber Tour Panorama - Moguls - M14 - Jackson Kendall - GOLD! Timber Tour Panorama - Moguls - M14 - Leo Longstreet - BRONZE! Timber Tour Panorama - Moguls - F14 - Emelie McCaughey - SILVER! Timber Tour Panorama - Slopestyle - F14 - Ruby Kite - GOLD! Timber Tour Panorama - Slopestyle - F14 - Emelie McCaughey - SILVER! Timber Tour Panorama - Big Air - F14 - Emelie McCaughey - GOLD! Timber Tour Panorama - Big Air - F14 - Ruby Kite - BRONZE! SuperYouth Panorama - Slopestyle - F12 - Charlie Longstreet - GOLD! SuperYouth Panorama - Moguls - F12 - Charlie Longstreet - GOLD! SuperYouth Panorama - Big Air - F12 - Lillian McCaughey - GOLD! SuperYouth Panorama - Big Air - F12 - Charlie Longstreet - BRONZE! Red Deer Canada Cup Results ~ SINGLE MOGULS ~ Men: 21st Quinn Patton, 28th - Alex Luca, 29th - Charlie Robert, 34th - Trent Walkley, 39th - Quinn Unger, 43rd - Brad Manns, 54th - Vincent DiFrancesco, 57th - Owen Cooper, 60th - Jack Perkins, Angus Kite - injured // Women: 21 - Annika Cooper, 23 - Sierra Nelson, 31 Kareema Wakim, 30 - Talia Manns. DUAL MOGULS ~ Men: 3rd - Quinn Patton // Women: Sierra Nelson - 18, Round of 16 - Kareema Wakim, Annika Cooper.

All our programs are now underway and kids are enjoying learning new tricks and having fun in the Apex snow. Our most popular program and really what makes up the Apex Freestyle Club is our Jumps and Bumps (Fundamentals) program. This is where the fundamentals of freestyle skiing is learned. Through the bumps and over jumps these lessons cover all of the basics to learn to stand strong, carve a ski, safely hit their first jump, learn some tricks, and ski in control and comfortably down most of Apex’s great terrain! But most of all, tons of smiles, lots of laughs, and lifelong friendships! The focus of this program is the fundamentals of skiing with introduction to skiing skills on groomed runs, moguls, learning to jump, and mountain safety. Skiers must be able to load a T-bar and/or chairlift unassisted (mostly) AND ski parallel on a green run, up to advanced parallel skiers.

Our Freestylerz have been developing their skills after being in the Jumps and Bumps program for a few years and have progressed with strong skiing and jumping skills. They are learning good ski control, carving basic jump skills and learning to slide the box or rail. They are learning more complex tricks and spins while having a whole lotta fun! The Freeriders’ have been focusing on an all-around program geared toward non-competitive progression in the sport. These rippers are becoming well-balanced, all around skiers! These athletes are more into slopestyle, big mountain and moguls, without the need or pressure to necessarily compete. Skiers are acquiring more advanced skiing and jumping skills and learn a variety of tricks and spins, safely and efficiently. Girlstylerz’ is a specialty program, designed to create a fun and supportive environment to learn with girls, led by amazing female coaches! Girlstylerz focuses on all freestyle disciplines - technical skiing, moguls, slopestyle, half pipe and big air - and participants have been provided with an introduction to competition at regional and provincial level events. The Girlstylerz program and what makes it an exceptional experience for young female athletes, is the opportunity to participate in the various Girlstylerz workshops. VISION is to elevate and empower female athletes through the sport of Freestyle Skiing and to be a leader in program development within Freestyle Canada. Its values are Positivity • Respect • Inclusiveness • Safety • Empowerment • Integrity Junior Performance is an extension of the Freestylerz program designed to maximize on snow training and skill development for those that are ready. These dedicated young athletes are supported in their growth and advancement in any or all of the disciplines. Performance Team being the highest level we offer, it is designed for motivated young skiers ages 12 and up, that want to take their skills to the next level. These athletes have proven their depth of skills through the numerous successes already this season in competitions held. Snowboard Groms are our little rippers. They have enjoyed getting out on the hill and are having a blast learning with coach Jay! Learning new skills, doing some drills ... learning to carve, pop, slide and stomp. Meeting new friends, and shredding the slopes are all part of the grom fun! Snowboard Recreational kids have been shredding the mountain with coach Ross. They have been introduced to all mountain, slopestyle and snowboard cross skills. They are developing a solid multi-skill foundation as they continue to progress through the program. Snowboard Performance’s focus is for those athletes that want to take their riding to the next level. Daily lesson plans and targeted goals are met with epic and professional coaching by Ty Kuhn. SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER ~ The Slackwater Online Silent Auction is coming back! Auction will be open the first 2 weeks of March with amazing prizes, items and gear that you can bid on to support the Apex Freestyle Club! We are looking for donations for auction items at this time. Please contact Lisa Ante at lisaante@ gmail.com if you are able to donate and support the club. SPONSORS ~ We would like to thank our sponsors this year who continue to support the club: SkyRun Vacation, Nufloors, Penticton Lakeside Resort, Slackwater Brewing, and the Gunbarrel Saloon. Thank you to South Okanagan Kids Dental for sponsoring our Fundamentals program again this year. It takes a village to raise these athletes, so thank you for your involvement! Congrats to these Apex athletes that competed in the NorAm held at Apex during January 29-30: Alex Luca, Quinn Patton, Kareema Wakim, Xanthia Coote, Brad Manns, Angus Kite, Jack Perkins, Sierra Nelson, Annika Cooper, Nicola Richmond, with forerunners Trent Walkley, Grady Parsons and Emelie McCaughey.


Time For “Real Life” By Jordan Kober, Canadian Freestyle Mogul Team Member The year started off well for me in Mont Tremblant. With four single mogul events remaining before the Olympics (two in Tremblant and two in Deer Valley), I found success on the first day, making my first World Cup finals in single moguls. I ended up with a personal best of 14th place. I was really happy with both my qualifying run and finals run. It had been a while, but it was nice to once again experience that feeling you get crossing the finish line knowing you put down your best stuff. I was skiing well again on the second day and was happy with my run, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to make finals. However, since I made it in on the first day, I earned myself a spot in the next World Cup at Deer Valley. So, after things wrapped up in Tremblant, I flew down to Salt Lake City with the team for the final two Olympic qualifying events. To have any chance of qualifying for the Olympic Games, I would need top ten results in both of these World Cup events. The Deer Valley course “Champion”, considered to be our sport’s most iconic course, was very challenging this year. The whole field was struggling on the first day of training. Without receiving much snow this season, the course was very firm. But by the end of the second training day, I felt like I had a grip on it and was ready to compete the following day. Unfortunately, I ended up running into trouble in the middle section during my run. Although I made it down the course on my feet, it was far too messy to make it into finals. Now, with only one opportunity left, it would take a podium result to have a shot at the Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry Games. Knowing that this was a stretch and would now likely be my last time competing on “Champion”, I made sure to enjoy every moment of it. And who knew, maybe, just maybe, I could land a Helping the spot on the Podium. Do-It-Yourself I could not. But, I went out and skied a run that I was happy with! Homeowner It just wasn’t quite enough to make the cut for finals. Now, with out of the running, all there was left to do was cheer on my Jay Mallach jaymallach@gmail.com myself No Job Too Small teammates who still had a chance. They all skied very well, and on Licensed & Insured 250.490.6343 LetsFinishIt.ca our men’s side all finished in the top 10. They put down their best stuff under immense pressure and I was really proud of all of them. Now that I will not be going to the Games, the remainder of my Hello Apex Community season looks quite uncertain, as this pandemic is not slowing By Alec Henderson, BC Park & Pipe Team Member down. I also have the option to go back to the BC Wildfire Service January has been an exciting month. Our team started out by at the beginning of March, and I recently joined Penticton Search traveling to Calgary and training, and then to compete at COP. It and Rescue. Since I first started writing in Apex Matters, I have reached new personal bests each season: my first NorAm win in was the first competition for us in a long time. 2020, my 3rd place World Cup finish in duals, and this season, The day before the competition my first World Cup finals in singles. As much as I would like to I had a fall, and wasn’t sure if continue reaching for new bests, it is looking like this could be the I’d be able to compete. The end of the road for my ski career. It has been amazing these past next day I woke up pretty sore. eight years having fun and progressing with such a great group of The adrenaline and the warm people on the National Team, and the whole freestyle community, up training made that day but now it may be time for “real life.” Which means that this may possible for me to compete. also be my final Apex Matters submission. So, thanks to everyone When it was time, I felt ready, who followed along these past few seasons! and gave my best. I landed my run in Big Air and placed 1st with a Gold on the podium. For the Slopestyle run, I was able to land a 5th place finish. My team also placed well, and we Alec at COP Canada Cup with Gold in Big Air had a blast! It felt so good to compete again. We are now at Mammoth, California for a NorAm competition. I look forward to telling you how it goes. It’s so cool to be here. There are six terrain parks at this mountain! Thanks for following and cheering Apex locals. Go Reece Howden! He is on his way to the 2022 Beijing Olympics!

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For The Love of Skiing How to Reduce Chronic Pain By Dr Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Doctor and Prolotherapist Do you suffer from pain? As a life long skier, I have had my fair share of injuries - from just simple sore muscles that a hot tub will fix to those that take me out for a season. Some injuries have been more accentuated in my life than others. These impactful injuries have not always correlated with the severity of injury. Why is that? I have also seen in my clinic that not all injuries are equal. And, what dictates a greater debilitation is not always related to the severity of pathology. What I mean to say here is that I have seen patients with an Xray that shows severe osteoarthritis with little pain, as well as patients with an Xray with mild to moderate osteoarthritis and a patient’s active life is thwarted. Two people never experience the same level of pain. And, that is why I approach each patient individually and do not dismiss their pain based on the image findings. Why isn’t chronic pain linear and simple to quantify? There are three variables that influence how a person perceives pain. We experience pain from the physical injury. Pain’s intensity is controlled partially by how the brain perceives the injury. And lastly, there is the social or cultural factor that influences how we expect and accept the pain we are in. The most simplified and straightforward model of chronic pain is the mechanical component. This is the type of pain that can be measured - through a physical exam or imaging. And, this pain matches what is found in the exam. Most of us can easily accept our pain when it accurately matches the image in front of us. When the pain level doesn’t match the mechanical findings is where the complexity of the mind begins. As a naturopathic doctor, I have seen first hand the effects of stress on my patients. I have seen high stress situations reduce outcomes and keep patients in higher states of pain. Alternatively, I have also seen the placebo effect in action. Jo Marchant in Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body, wrote, “People who are ill often improve regardless of the treatment they receive. But neuroscientist are discovering that in some conditions, including pain, placebos create biological effects similar to those caused by drugs.” It is such that our thoughts and expectation of healing can shape the reality in which we live. Said in other words, if you think you are going to get better, you will. Lastly, there is the social component. We all see it in how children are raised. Boys are often told to toughen up, whereas girls are soothed more readily at the onset of an injury. There are cultural differences at play here too. Some cultures push through pain, whereas others are more ready to succumb to it. I’d even say there is a ski culture where die hard skiers are known to keep pushing through barriers of pain to continue to experience the joy of the slopes. Or even in the weekend warrior scenario - as soon as you lock into your skis, your pain points diminish. The amazingly complex part of pain is that all of the variables play on each other. Where if your mind’s perception of pain is dampened, it can decrease how much pain you are in due to a degenerated condition. Alternatively, if your stress levels are up, your pain can be accentuated without any change in the mechanics. With all this said, here are some stress reduction tips to help you live with pain. Learn To Meditate Or Deep Breathe ~ These are age old techniques to help ease your pain. Focusing on your breath is a great relaxation technique and can quickly reduce your stress. Page 8 | February 2022 | ApexMatters.com

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Control What You Can In Your Life ~ You may not be able to quickly change the mechanical stress, but you can find other areas in your life to manage to effectively reduce your overall stress. For example, skiing has always been a stress reliever for me and helps to relieve pain points in my body. I often remind my patients to do something that they love every day - no matter how little or big this may be. This action helps to improve your overall outlook on life. Exercise Within Your Limits ~ Chronic pain can be dampened by enhancing endorphins in your body. These brain chemicals improve your mood, while also blocking pain signals. Exercise has an added benefit of improving your body’s physique by helping to prevent further injury and pain. Prioritize Sleep ~ Whatever it takes to make sure you are getting a good night sleep will always help your healing and pain points. Sleep can be disrupted by alcohol, unresolved emotions and leftover tasks that hang over you through the night. Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also find her on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol.

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I’m back again! It looks like I may have written myself into the job of providing our monthly updates for the Apex Ski Club. January has provided a great month of skiing for the club. The Carvers Program is up and running, with Shelby and her coaches working with our under 12 athletes. It’s been neat to see their development and progress, while the coaches focus on ski techniques, skills and having fun through the Nancy Greene Ski League program. At the end of the month, our youngest members had the opportunity to show off their new skills at their first race, hosted right here at Apex. Thank you to all of our volunteers! On January 15 and 16, Sun Peaks Resort hosted the Teck Okanagan Zone Race. Many of our U12, U14, U16 and U18 racers attended and were able to be immersed in the full race experience for the first time in two years. As a parent watching from the sidelines, there is nothing better than seeing your kids doing what they love, and it was certainly evident with lots of smiles seen all weekend. In talking with the coaches afterwards, they mentioned being impressed at the work ethic, positive attitudes and team camaraderie. While skiing at Sun Peaks was fun, it also gave me an appreciation of our mountain. Between the terrain at Apex, the grooming, and support that James and his crew provide our club, we are pretty lucky. One of the neatest stories to come out of the Sun Peaks weekend was when our U18 racer, Riccardo, had a technical issue on his first Giant Slalom run. With the help our ski club president, Neal Raymond and none other than aforementioned ski legend, Nancy Greene, Riccardo had his ski sorted out at McSporties Ski Shop and was back at the start gate for his second run. It was amazing to see the community spirit in action and everyone work so quickly to get our racer back on his skis, ready to go. After hearing about that experience, I thought it might be interesting to have a quick chat with Riccardo, an international student from Milan, Italy who is going to school in Penticton and skiing at Apex. A Grade 11 student at Pen-Hi, Riccardo told me that when deciding on an International Student Program he chose Canada because he had heard the people here were friendly and wanted a place where he would be able to ski train. When looking at options, his mother helped select Penticton, because it would provide the skiing at Apex, other recreation opportunities, as well as the lakes in the summer. His highlights so far have been getting to race at Sun Peaks and a ski trip to Banff and Lake Louise with his dad during the Christmas Break. He has enjoyed the powder days and extra free-skiing he has been able to do while training with the team, and mentioned that his favourite runs are Sweet Sue, The Pit, K2 and Gunbarrel. Among the things he really likes about training at Apex is the availability of the T-bar, because he feels like it affords more skiing and time on the snow without needing to be in large lift lines. After the ski season is over, Riccardo said he is looking forward to playing soccer, where he can usually be found playing goalie. I really appreciated him talking with me and giving us some insights about his time in Canada and with our ski team. Finally, our most exciting news of this month, the Apex Ski Club has our first ever alumni going to the Olympics! Reece Howden will be competing in Beijing in Ski Cross. We all can’t wait to watch him compete. Congrats Reece, Apex will be cheering you on!

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On The Road To The Olympics By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni Well, it’s official ... I am going to be an Olympian! I am starting to receive Olympic gear and I am getting very excited. Currently, the Canadian Ski Cross team is in Canmore at our pre-Olympic ski camp. On February 8th, we are making the long trip to Beijing!


Legislation Update

By The APOA Forestry Advisory Committee Will protecting outdoor recreation at Apex finally be considered important? Two months ago, Bill 23 enacted major changes to forestry legislation in BC. In theory, this means an important new “forest landscape plan” will soon be developed for the Apex area. As a much-used and much-loved Intensive Recreation Area, Apex property owners and the local community deserve Apex’s recreation values be fully recognized when forestry operations and logging is being planned. We all know the area’s primary economic and social values are not in the expanding ring of clearcuts that continue to encroach and tighten around our village. Finally, we who cherish what Apex brings to our lives MAY have an opportunity to participate in planning the area’s future. We MAY have the opportunity to create real protection for the forest values we treasure. But, it is the word “MAY” that is the concern, and that’s what this article is about. Bill 23 updates both the BC’s Forest Act, and the Forest Range Practices Act. The two broad themes that emerge from reading Bill 23 are: the government’s commitment to First Nations and UNDRIP; and how BC plans to handle the social and environmental impact of what’s called the “mid-term supply shortfall”. Most people know about UNDRIP, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. But, what’s a mid-term supply shortfall? It basically means enough of BC’s mature trees have already been lost to logging, pine beetle, and forest fires that for the next 30-50 years or so there are too few mature trees left to maintain current levels of logging, at least not without jeopardizing the long-term health of forests and the forest products industry. The recent increase in protests over both old growth logging and watershed damage due to excessive logging is easy to understand in the context of a timber supply shortage. When large areas of mature intact forest disappear across the province, people notice! So does the environment, which sees logging-related impacts on streams, fish and wildlife habitats, hydrology, aesthetics and other forest values. And so does industry, which is why investment reduces and mills shut down in forest-dependent communities. But, nobody should be pretending this is a surprise. There is a 2012 government report called “Mid-Term Timber Supply Project” that explained why the annual cut would have to be reduced significantly before 2020 or BC would not have enough mature trees left to maintain the industry’s anticipated long-term timber production levels, as well as important non-timber forest values. And, that was written before BC’s record breaking fire seasons. Downplaying the looming shortage for over a decade has meant less old growth, more clear cuts, faster spring melt, more forestry roads, more water treatment plants issuing boil water advisors due to silted water at the intake, and growing hydrological, environmental and social impacts. It is no surprise that widespread loss of mature intact forests equated to more impact on non-timber values. Equally unsurprising is that this growing “cumulative impact” eventually created enough very upset BC citizens to make it uncomfortable for the provincial government. They got an earful on their last round of community consultations. Combine that with First Nations’ concerns and UNDRIP, and you get Bill 23. Bill 23 creates a three step process. Step 1 requires a “forest landscape plan” that defines in broad terms how and where harvesting can be done in an area. Step 2 requires annual “forest operations plans” which outline what roads are proposed to be built and roughly which cut blocks will be logged each year in the area covered by the landscape plan. Step 3 is the site level plan that describes in detail each proposed cut block and the logging roads servicing it. In theory, the operations and site level plans

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Annual Membership ~ $30/year www.apexpropertyowners.com will be constrained by the landscape plan. This is why it is so important to get these forest landscape plans right, and to put in place rigorous processes that ensure the operations and site plans are actually meeting all the objectives of the landscape plan, not just the timber harvesting objectives. The new legislation is considered “a radical change” by some. What we’ve had previously is a narrow focus on maximizing harvest revenue, while only “accommodating” non-timber values like tourism and recreation if it doesn’t reduce harvest volumes. According to the new legislation, a forest landscape plan, must consider the following five objectives for the forest: (a) timber production; (b) environmental protection; (c) Indigenous peoples values; (d) local community values; (e) preventing, mitigating and adapting to forest health issues and wildfires. So, what might Bill 23 mean to the property owners of Apex? Bill 23 goes into considerable detail on how First Nations will be involved in the process of creating and approving the forest landscape plan. In the context of forestry, UNDRIP means the government must take meaningful action to obtain informed consent of First Nations “whose rights could be affected by the establishment of the forest landscape plan”. However, Bill 23 is mute on how local input will be gathered, how getting agreement on “local values” will be incorporated into the plan approval process, and what avenues of appeal or arbitration will be available to communities when the inevitable happens and local interests are not being protected. Of keen concern is timing; when in the process will local input actually be considered? Will it be before, during, or after the government-to-government negotiations that facilitate the informed consent of the impacted First Nations? It has happened in the past that local input wasn’t considered until after a long and contentious government-to-government negotiation. Locals learned very quickly that the resistance to any meaningful changes to a hard fought government-to-government agreement is almost impossible to overcome. When it comes to logging, harmonizing the interests of industry, First Nations, and local communities is unlikely to be simple or easy. While it is certainly positive that the new legislation includes environmental and social objectives, how seriously will the nontimber objectives be treated in practice? Are all objectives of similar weight? Who prepares and reviews the landscape plans, and who ultimately determines that the right balance of objectives has been meet? Who reviews the subsequent operations and site plans and ensures they continue to meet their objectives over the


years and decades the landscape plan spans? Who measures and judges success or failure, and ensures corrections are made if things are going off course? And finally, how transparent will this process be? There are plenty of questions to be answered in the coming months and years. So, what’s next? We should be seeing government begin the complex process of drafting regulations that describe how “local values” are determined, and how much weight they’ll be given in practice. We need to keep a watchful eye on how regulations are developed. This wouldn’t be the first time meaningful regulations simply fail to materialize, leaving everything to proceed pretty much as before. Weak policy and poor regulations can turn attentiongrabbing legislation into useless window dressing. Or worse, local values could be given nice flowery words, and no actual status. When it comes to regulatory changes, those who love the Apex recreation area aren’t out of the woods yet ... irony intended! At some point in the future, a forest landscape plan is likely to be developed that includes Apex. What will be essential is that the plan clearly documents and recognizes that Apex has been officially designated and used as an Intensive Recreation Area for decades. That means timber production is NOT the Apex area’s primary economic and social value. Anything less will allow that ring of clearcuts encroaching on Apex village to tighten its grip. So, what can you do today? How about contacting our MLA, Roly Russell, who is also Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development. Let him know that, if it wasn’t already obvious, Covid has proven that for outdoor recreation areas like Apex, rural development does not mean more clearcuts! Maybe let him know you’d like to volunteer to participate in whatever process is ultimately defined for developing Apex’s forest landscape plan. MLA Roly Russell can be reached at roly.russell.MLA@leg.bc.ca. The APOA is always interested in hearing from our membership, so if you have any questions or would like additional information, please send an email to apoaexec@gmail.com.

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Penticton Sno-Trackers Club By Simone Wyles, Board Member My very first memory on a snowmobile was of my little brother and myself being towed in an old wooden sleigh behind my fathers sled. I remember the smell of the exhaust, smoke from the bonfire and the crisp, cool air on my face. I was about 4 years old. My name is Simone Wyles and I am on the board of directors for the Penticton Sno-Trackers Snowmobile Club. This club name is nostalgic for me. My parents, Ben and Bette Letourneau were two of the original members. I guess you could say I grew up on a snowmobile. Back in the day, my mother used to write a weekly article in the Penticton Herald for the Penticton Sno-Trackers Club. I have been able to gather some insight into the early years of the club from these writings. In 1968, Jean Lamb and Ben Letourneau decided to try their racing abilities in the Boundary country. They brought home the first snowmobiling trophies. They were riding a 300 Ski Doo and a Super 370 Ski Doo respectively. In 1969, the Penticton Sno-Trackers was formed under the guidance of Ron Conley. This was when the original logo was designed and then re-adopted for present day. In 1971, snowmobile races were held at the Penticton Speedway. In this year as well, under president Gladdy Parker, the SnoTrackers undertook a snowmobile and recreation show in the Penticton Peach Bowl. This is now known as the Trade and Convention Centre. It was so successful that in 1972, the show was extended for 2 days. In addition to dealers showing off all makes and models of snowmobiles, there were also accessories and clothing. I remember being a tiny model representing the purple and cheetah print of the Arctic Cat. In 1974, a snowmobile trip was documented to Beaverdell. The group headed for the tiny town with a variety of comical mishaps and breakdowns. Apparently, they closed down the ‘cabaret’ and then promptly moved across the street to the Beaverdell Hotel that the club had fully booked. Rumour has it there was a photo of the group hanging in the hotel lobby that the owner had taken himself. Unfortunately, it was burned in the March 28, 2011 fire, which destroyed the 100 year old structure. Also in 1974, the club made their presence known in Valemont, BC for the Cross Country Snowmobile Races. Other endeavours include riding in West Yellowstone, a club cabin established on the Carmi trail and participating in the local parade. Being involved with the club has come full circle for me. As the club historian, I feel it is important to document and preserve the history of our organization. This will give the children of our members these precious memories like I have. Snowmobiles have come a long way from 300 cc Rotax engines, body styles and suspension. What hasn’t changed is the camaraderie amongst members, the friendships formed and the unwritten rule to stop and help a fellow sledder on the trail. This is where people of all ages and walks of life can come together to enjoy the love of snowmobiling. ApexMatters.com | February 2022 | Page 11


FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

FUS Rating & Hydrant Update By Molly Raine, AVFR Communication Lead

I’m sure you have all been waiting on an update Did you know that if you own a dog in regards to the Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) while at Apex Mountain you must follow the RDOS Dog Control Bylaw rating within the Apex community. We were able to pursue the FUS No. 2671, 2017? You can view a copy rating in earnest as of January 1st, when we became an official taxof this Bylaw at www.rdos.bc.ca by funded RDOS fire service. As part of the process, FUS requested visiting the “Regional Bylaws” page us to undertake a fire service assessment and community risk and clicking on “Bylaw Enforcement”. assessment of our largest buildings, which has been completed. All calls and complaints with respect We were also required to ensure that Engine 121 was inspected to dogs at large are fielded by calling and serviced to the required standards. The pumping capabilities Subrina Monteith Director of 250.490.4113 and complaints can be were also tested and certified to meet the standards, which has RDOS Area ‘I’ emailed to info@sossecurity.ca. been complete, and Timber passed with flying colours! All dogs 24 weeks of age or older require that the owner obtain a Finally, we were required to provide a report on the condition, dog tag. Dogs found at large (not under control of the dog owner maintenance and fire flow tests of the community’s hydrant system. or the owner not in sight) may be impounded or a ticket/fine issued. A big thank you to Shawn Whitty and the Apex Mountain Resort All impoundment fees and any outstanding fines must be paid and staff. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to complete the dog must have a current dog tag prior to being released. this. Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue and Apex Mountain Resort will continue to work together to keep the fire water supply flowing, Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.460.0723 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca BUT the fire hydrants are only effective if they are clear of snow. Firefighters are equipped to remove snow and ice from hydrants, but this means they are taken away from focusing on other tasks, or delayed in responding to fires. In the few minutes it takes a firefighter to dig out the nearest fire hydrant, a room or even an entire house, can become fully engulfed in flames.

Monthly MLA Report By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen February already! 2022 is off to a quick start, and the look ahead for our spring legislative agenda is exciting. Similarly, there has been a huge amount of activity in the province to help restore transportation routes, support communities recovering from the floods and fires of 2021, and generally help make life a little more affordable, safe, and secure for all. Many at Apex have shared concerns about watershed health and stewardship with me. Our first ever (for BC) Watershed Security Strategy and Fund is currently being developed. This will strengthen our ability to manage our watersheds responsibly, support community access to clean water, and more. We’re exploring, with input from across the province, key themes like governance, community, climate change, and economic stability through the release of a discussion paper. Please share with my office as well. I’d love to know what is top-of-mind for our Apex community. The pandemic, toxic drug crisis, extreme weather events and recent discoveries at residential school sites have led to an increase in mental health challenges for many people. Our focus on helping people with these challenges is unwavering. We recently invested $4.2 million to help advance the access and quality of care, and specifically to provide low or no-cost counselling services for people, particularly in rural, remote and indigenous communities. Finally, every two years brings some highly anticipated Olympic inspiration; this month opens Beijing 2022! Apex will obviously have some specially focused eyes on Reece Howden this month. I hope our athletes have an awesome experience ... and of course, some rewarding performances! Go Team Canada, Go Reece! Much more to share, but no room this month. Complex care housing, the BC Budget later this month, the Highway 97 safety improvements, the CleanBC Communities Fund, or funding announcements like the BC Events Recovery Fund that supports both the Apex Freestyle Club’s Canadian Selections event and NorAm Cup Mogul Competition - there’s so much good work happening! Thanks to all those on the ground who help make these good things happen.

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Patella Tendinopathy - ‘Jumper’s Knee’ By Michael Yates, Physiotherapist

Next to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury, patella tendinopathy is another common knee disorder in both active and non-active populations. Often referred to as ‘jumper’s knee’, the description reflects the type of load imposed on the lower limbs in jumping sports (volleyball and basketball). Skiing and boarding accumulate similar types of loads that can lead to anterior knee pain involving the patellar tendon. Tendons dissipate a high volume of load and are continually under repair. Tendon disorders occur when there is a poor repair response after loading exercise. Overuse can occur when the tendon is unprepared to handle load (inadequate training), or excessive training in elite athletes (mogul and freestyle skiers/boarders). The tissue repair response will be influenced by many individual physical attributes, all of which contribute to load adaptation or load failure. The anatomy involves the infra-patella tendon which crosses the front of the knee (between the patella and tibia bones). The tendon is the means of attaching the powerful quadriceps muscle of the upper leg to the lower leg. There will be a number of other anterior knee disorders in the surrounding anatomy to be ruled out in diagnosing patellar tendinopathy. Consulting a physician or physiotherapist will be required to manage and treat the problem. In the acute phase, the tendon will be irritable because of inflammation (‘tendonitis’). Managing load and discomfort with activity modification; taping techniques or knee supports; topical anti-inflammatory creams; and ice are common recommendations. If symptoms are unmanaged or do not improve within 3 months, the condition may progress to a more chronic, degenerative description of ‘tendinopathy’, suggesting the failure of the tendon to repair itself. Rehabilitation is the process of active recovery. ‘Rest’ and ‘wait-and-see’ as treatment advice are not likely to provide any result or satisfaction. An active recovery program instructed by a physiotherapist will include controlled exercise loading as the core treatment of tendinopathy. There are a number of ways

to load a tendon, with ‘eccentric’ exercise as the most studied method. Tendons are slow to respond to any type of treatment, and progressive loading over 12 weeks is required to measure success. Cells within the tendon matrix are stimulated to repair tendon tissue under terms of ‘mechanotransduction’ when under controlled, progressive loading programs. Additional instructions in treatment will consider the flexibility (stretching) of muscles that influence knee mechanics, and strength of other support muscles particularly around the hip girdle and trunk. For a smaller group of individuals that fail to respond to a conservative active rehab program, Shock Wave Therapy (SWT) is a physiotherapy tool proven to assist in cellular repair in tendinopathies. The addition of SWT has been shown to improve the outcome in patella tendinopathy, along with continued adherence to an active rehab program. The therapy staff at Dale Charles Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic Physiotherapy have been unique in providing SWT as part of their treatment programs. Emerging medical treatments in regenerative medicine include Platelet-Rich-Plasma injections to stimulate cellular repair in conditions such as patella tendinopathy. Clients need to have shown failure to respond to proven conservative exercise-based rehab programs before considering more advanced medical interventions. Pre-season fitness, progressing your ski/boarding activity in early season, and maintenance programs for strength and flexibility are good steps in avoiding overuse injuries, such as Patella Tendinopathy.


Adventure Racing World Series Qualifier By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company Over the past 15 years at Hoodoo Adventures, we have worked tirelessly to build a company in our hometown that creates a healthier community through outdoor education and outdoor play. The area is rich in recreational, historical, and cultural assets that are unique to the region. While these assets do build an identity of their own, their true value to the people is only just being discovered in more recent years through community programming and tourism opportunities. Fostering respect for oneself, others, and the environment through outdoor exploration, has been the foundation for the organizer’s commitment to a positive impact locally. In 2021, Hoodoo Adventures hosted Canada’s first and only destination race for the Adventure Racing World Series, Expedition Canada. Adventure Racing not only highlights the stunning wilderness assets of the region to the world, but it immerses the racers in the areas they visit, giving locals and indigenous groups an opportunity to showcase the deep culture and history of the area, not only to the racers, but on an international scale. Expedition Canada 2022 is set to take place from June 5-11 and is a 540km adventure race where teams of 4 will compete on foot, mountain bike and canoe, using map and compass only to navigate their way through the course finding checkpoints along the way. Racers will have to punch a card at each checkpoint to complete the course. Teams travel from transition area to transition area using the mode of transportation dictated by the race (foot, mountain bike, canoe, rock climbing and/or ropes challenges). Racers of a same team must always stay within 100 meters of each other. The race will start in Kelowna on June 5, 2022, at 7 am and teams will have until June 11 to finish the course, with some finishing in as few as 3 days. Teams complete around the clock, often with little to no sleep. The course is kept secret until the morning of the race. Spectators can watch live as each team is tracked with a live feed online. In the adventure racing world, this is called “dot watching”, as the teams dots make their way across the map, everyone can see where they are and if they are on track, lost or what their ranking is. It is very exciting and a great way to watch the action and get involved. We expect that 25 to 35 teams from across the country and around the world will take part this year, as Expedition Canada is a qualifier for the Adventure Racing World Championships in Fall 2022. While the event will return annually, the course changes and explores different parts of the region each year. We are so ecstatic at the opportunity to be able to host a world class event that not only showcases the amazing adventure assets of the region to the World, but allows us help the tourism, hospitality and event industry in it’s recovery in the years to come. For more information, to volunteer or join Expedition Canada, visit expeditionracecanada.ca. Page 14 | February 2022 | ApexMatters.com

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GN’R Alpaca Boutique Inside The GN’R Alpaca Boutique By Gail Franklin-Hawes, Owner GN’R Alpaca Boutique is a new unique, everything alpaca and fine fibre and yarn store. Having sold our alpaca and sheep farm and moving to the Okanagan, we wanted to be in a location where we could choose when we would enjoy the colder winters sports, and keep warm and be comfortable in our alpaca clothing. Alpaca is much warmer than wool, and definitely super soft. It contains no lanolin making it hypoallergenic too. Our hats and mitts and scarves are also an outdoor person’s friend. From full thick chunky hats to light lacy scarves, GN’R Alpaca Boutique has a wide selection of styles and colours. Workshops ~ Not only is GN’R Alpaca Boutique a beautiful boutique of all things alpaca, we also have studio space to do some amazing workshops. “Fibre is very forgiving”, you don’t need to be crafty to make something beautiful, unique and useful.

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