Apex Matters January 2018

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know” www.ApexMatters.com

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Canadian Olympic Mogul Team Trains At Apex Avalanche Awareness Day ~ January 20th 3 Outdoor Hockey Tournaments At Apex

Volume 14 : Issue 5 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

January 2018



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January 2018 Special Events:


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Friday Night Special ~ Our T-bar & Magic Carpet are open for Night Skiing every Friday & Day Lift Operations ~ Daily 9am - 3:30pm Saturday from 4-9 pm. On Friday Nights it is only $7.50 + GST for Tubing, Skiing and Rentals! (Separately) Night Lift Operations ~ Friday & Saturday 4-9pm, and Sick Kids Hockey Tournament ~ January 4-7. Watch some great hockey for a great cause. daily during the first week of Spring Break. Freeride AST ~ January 11-12. Freeride Boardshop is hosting an Avalanche Skills Training Level 1. Tube Park ~ Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am - 9pm, and Sunday / Holidays 10am - 3:30pm. Apex Shootout Hockey Tournament ~ 18th Annual Tourney with live musical entertainment by “The Pids” in the Gunbarrel Saloon on January 12 & 13.

Skating Loop & Hockey Rink ~ Open daily at 10am & night lit until 11pm. Watch for group booking closures.

Home Hardware Camps ~ For ages 6-15 years. There are 2 camps of 8 consecutive Saturdays Snow Bus ~ Runs Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays. or Sundays starting January 13 and 14. Details below. Arrives 9:15am & Departs 3:30pm Ladies Day ~ Wednesday, January 17th. Our first Ladies Day of the year! Details below. Featuring ~ 79 Runs | 3 Terrain Parks Mens Day ~ Friday, January 19th. Time for the guys to hit to slopes! Details below. 2000 Vertical Feet | 1112 Skiable Acres Fire Fighters Hockey Tournament ~ 14th Annual Tourney with live musical entertainment by 16% Novice | 48% Intermediate | 36% Advanced/Expert | 20 Feet of “Rumble 100” in the Gunbarrel Saloon on January 19 & 20. Avalanche Awareness Day ~ Saturday, January 20th. Info and demos in the village from 10-3, Cumulative Annual Snowfall BBQ Fundraiser from 12-1 in the village. Silent & Live Auction in the Gunbarrel Saloon from 3-6pm.

Apex Shotgun Hockey Tournament ~ 14th Annual Tourney with live musical entertainment

by “Forty Foot Fred” in the Gunbarrel Saloon on January 26 & 27. For more event information or any questions, call 1.877.777.2739 or email events@apexresort.com.

Visit Apex Village:

• Apex Artisan Gift Shop • The Edge Bistro • Frosted Snowflake Bakery & Café • Gunbarrel Saloon • Kamakura Noodle House • Longshot Cafeteria • Longshot Tapas & Wine • The Mountain Shop • The Trading Post

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Group Lessons & Private Lessons ~ We offer a full range of group lessons, from children’s and adults’ first-turns, to honing up on your double-black diamond skills. If you are looking for a lesson tailored to you, then a private lesson is the way to go. Our Certified Ski and Snowboard Instructors will focus on your individual needs, while getting you the mileage you need to solidify your new found skills and improve your confidence in the process. Ask about booking your instructor for ”lift-line priority” and get the most vertical possible, which caters up to 3 people in a 2 hour private lesson for one flat rate. Stay tuned for possible new programs coming soon! Ladies Day ~ One of our most popular programs for the fun active lady that skis or boards. This program runs every Wednesday from Jan 17 to Mar 21. Come join us for a skill improvement session, a great buffet style lunch at the Gunbarrel Saloon, and a complimentary glass of wine. Lesson Time is 9:45am. Mens Day ~ Hey guys, it your time! This affordable good-time ski/board program runs every Friday from Jan 19 - Mar 23. Come join us for skill-enhancing lessons, friendly competitions, and a burger and beer afterward at the Gunbarrel Saloon. Lesson Time is 9:45am.

Home Hardware Camps ~ For those aged 6-15 years. This extremely popular program for kids and teens will teach them the skills needed to be able to explore the entire mountain! There are lots of options to choose from to suit your family’s needs this winter: 8 Saturdays or 8 Sundays runs from Jan 13/14 - Mar 3/4; half day or full day; lesson only, lift and lesson, or the complete package of lift, lesson, rentals. Plus, we offer bus transportation service to and from Penticton too.

Rippin Rascals ~ We love kids and we want to make sure they have a great time on the hill. That’s why we created Rippin Rascals for ages 18 months - 5 years. This is their own special place where they can learn from pro’s who specialize in teaching kids. If they need a lesson, daycare, or a combination thereof, we can do it!


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The Outer Edge with the Apex Ski Patrol

Avalanche Control & Public Safety By Myleen Mallach, Member of the Apex Ski Patrol When those big dumps of snow that we dream about hit Apex, there are serious avalanche concerns that come with it. Many of us locals thrive on our “steeps and deeps”, but that is also the terrain that can swallow us whole on a big epic day. Did you know that close to 50% of our terrain is considered avalanche terrain? Here are some statistics: - South Bowls Area - 10+ avalanche paths in 50.5 hectares - Front Side Area - 8+ avalanche paths in 54.5 hectares - North Side Area - 8+ avalanche paths in 59.8 hectares - The total in-bound Apex Avalanche Area is 164.8 hectares out of 329 skiable hectares, with 26+ avalanche paths. Avalanche control is the stabilization of the snowpack by active methods (explosives, ski cutting, etc.) to reduce the avalanche hazard present. Did you know that these “active” methods take about 15 minutes per avalanche path to clear it as safe? The ski cutting technique uses a minimum of two ski patrollers who intentionally attempt to trigger a slide. This consists of a skier traversing a slope at a certain angle and speed on skis, which is often enough to weaken the bonds between snow layers starting a slide. Needless to say it requires a lot of skill. The attempt to release avalanches on selected small test slopes is done by skiing across the normal fracture zones high on the slope, giving the patrol a good indication of the measures required to ensure all slopes are safe for public access. The ski cutter keeps their momentum and moves from one safe spot to another one on the other side, which you will see as zig-zags across the slopes. A patrol partner watches and test slopes are chosen carefully with regard to potential consequences. The Apex Patrol Staff do this frequently and sometimes get caught and even buried, but they work on established routes and slopes and they travel in pairs with each person being experienced, so injuries are rare but can happen at any time. The explosive technique involves the avalanche control team skiing above the avalanche starting zone and throwing a dynamite charge of around 2-4 kg. This is a dangerous operation, as it involves the direct handling of explosives and the team may get caught in the avalanche. These patrollers have to be certified to handle explosives and know exactly what they are doing. Everything is recorded and safety is key. Now to get down to the scary facts ... Did you know that Apex has experienced two avalanche fatalities, which were both skier triggered? The first one was back in 1976 on Tooth Tusk (which was outside the area boundary at that time) and the second one was in 1983 on Grouse Gulch (which was inbounds and the skier ducked a closed rope line). In 1998, one of our patrol members was buried while ski cutting Essendale, but thankfully two patrollers were with him and they dug him out quickly to safety. (He still celebrates his “2nd Birthday” every year.) This season our paid ski patrol staff of 12 members have a combined experience of over 140 years! So, when one of them is uncomfortable about the avalanche risk, you can bet they know exactly the worst case scenario and how they don’t want you to become another statistic. As for skill sets, these staff members have taken courses on Avalanche Safety, ranging from Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 and 2 to Avalanche Operations Level 1 and 2. The Apex Patrol also had two certified Avalanche Rescue Dogs, but unfortunately the time came for both dogs and their owners to retire from service to the ski patrol at the end of the season 2 years ago. If venturing into the Apex backcountry is of interest to you, then you definitely need to attend an Avalanche Safety Training Course. Finbar O’Sullivan, an Apex Ski Patrol Alumni and Certified Instructor, teaches

Apex Mountain Resort Saturday, January 20th 10 am - 3 pm ~ Avalanche Info & Demos in Apex Village 12 pm - 1 pm ~ BBQ Burger Fundraiser in Apex Village 3 pm - 6 pm ~ Silent & Live Auction in Gunbarrel Saloon

these courses at Apex. For more information, please call Finbar at 250-808-9352 or email avalanchesafety@gmail.com. Avalanche control is a serious business and risk management and liability, along with prevention and mitigation, are all a part of keeping the public safe on a daily basis. We all want you out enjoying the fresh powder, just as soon as possible. On Saturday, January 20th, Apex Mountain Resort is hosting an “Avalanche Awareness Day” as part of the national Avalanche Canada Event. Funds raised from this day will go towards Avalanche Canada, as well as our own Apex Avalanche Safety Program. If you have an item to donate to our Silent or Live Auction, or would like to know more information, please call Paul Hirschfield at 250-490-7024 or email patrol@apexresort.com. We are happy to announce that your support over the years of our annual fundraising auction has made it possible for us to recently purchase a Beacon Park for public to practice and staff to train right here at Apex Mountain Resort. Please see Lyle at the Apex Patrol Booth in the village on Saturday, January 20th for more information on this exciting new addition to our Apex Avalanche Safety Program.

Be Aware! Ride With Care!

Garythans A

Always working for you.


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Apex Freestyle Club News Update

ApexMatters.com Ainsley Macdonald

By Kenni Kuroda, Head Coach

Olympic Mogul Team To Train At Apex! The Canadian Olympic Mogul Team will be holding their pre Olympic training camp on Kristi’s Run at Apex Mountain Resort this month. Both the men’s and women’s teams will be here January 23 to January 31, 2018 prior to leaving for the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Korea. The Apex Freestyle Club will assist in the rebuild of the course that will try to simulate the actual Olympic mogul course in Korea allowing the mogul teams to have a smooth transition from their training to the real deal. They will also be doing most of their training at night under a lighting system that will be brought in specifically for them, as the Olympic competition will be held at night. Apex’s own Andi Naude, member of the Canadian Olympic Team will be here training with the team on her home course. This is a golden opportunity to see Andi and the rest of the Olympic team prior to the big show in Pyeongchang.

Congratulations to Ainsley & Ethan! Two athletes from the Apex Freestyle Club were crowned “Best In Series” for the 2017 BC Timber Tour grand prix in moguls. Ainsley Macdonald and Ethan Phillips were named the top female and top male overall mogul champions after finishing the 2017 season first in their respective categories. Ainsley, 14 year old, started skiing at the age of 3, began freestyle at age 10 and only seriously started mogul skiing last year. Ethan Phillips also began skiing at age 3, started freestyle skiing at age 7, and now at 15 years of age, has his sights on becoming a member of the BC Mogul Team.

AFC Team Members Off To 1st Competition of 2018! Ainsley and Ethan are 2 of the 12 athletes on the AFC Mogul Team, along with Cole Patton, Jordan Macdonald, Nate Parsons, Alec Henderson, Ethan Morf, Sasha Lovell, Sharon van Schalm, Chase Capicik, Malica Maherbe and Lemon Walker. The 10 athlete Junior Competition Team consists of Quinn Patton, Grady Parsons, Brennan Jensen, Emelie McCaughey, Darrah Lovell, Nolan Cornell, Tanner Garman, Leo Longstreet, Riley Barker-Wurflinger and Brandan van Schalm. These competitive athletes are off to the first competition of the year, being the Timber Tour and Super Youth Series at Panorama Mountain Resort from January 11-14. Good luck to all our AFC athletes!

Ethan Phillips


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Big Mtn Freeski Camp Will Return

On The Road To The Olympics

The first ever Big Mtn Freeski camp at Apex went down over the Christmas Holidays. 6 young skiers from 12 to 16 years old took part. The concept of this format acknowledges that not every skier is a competitor. Having spent several of my early years ski racing, I think that everyone should give competition an honest try. It’s a super valuable experience and a ton of fun. However, for most people, there comes a time when competing has taken you as far as it can. This is why I thought it would be nice to offer something up for that age group after Carvers or Fundamentalz (Jumps and Bumps) where there previously was very little. So, for 4 days we skied around the mountain talking about good mountain sense. We talked about risks and identified hazards. We learned about the buddy system, both it’s strengths and weaknesses, and we practiced using it. We did some scenarios like finding a lost skier in the woods. We met the ski patrol and looked at what sort of job they do on the mountain. We met one evening and talked about the backcountry. We practiced some high end skills tailored to the demands of expert terrain. And, most importantly, we also skied a 30 cm dump with just about every other skier in a 50 mile radius. Thanks to James Shalman of Apex Mountain Resort, Kenni Kuroda and the Apex Freestyle Club, and Paul Hirschfield of the Apex Ski Patrol for all your support. I will continue to offer camps in this format over the season. Not just for young teens, but for anyone aged 12 years and up who is interested in developing a better skillset in the mountains. For more information or to register for the next Big Mtn Freeski Camp, please call 250.826.4766 or drop me a line at bpbiking@gmail.com.

Happy New Year to you all! I hope that you have enjoyed the holiday season as much as I have! After a very busy month on the road, competing in the first three World Cups of the season, I have treasured the downtime immensely. Having the opportunity to relax, recharge, and spend time with loved ones is incredibly important, especially with the busy schedule that lies ahead! On January 2nd, my teammates and I were be back at it, getting ready to compete at the Calgary World Cup, held on January 6th. I am thrilled to pick up where Apex’s Andi Naude, I left off, and get back into the start gate. Ranked 4th in the World With only four World Cup starts left until the For Women’s Mogul Skiing Olympic Games, the countdown is on! The first three World Cups of the season were amazing. The season kicked off on December 9th in Ruka, Finland, where I skied to a 4th place finish, and secured my spot on the Canadian Olympic Team! Securing a spot early on in the season meant the world to me. The stress of qualification was relieved, and I could continue to focus solely on being the best skier I could be. With that, I flew to China, eager to build and improve on my last performance. The two Chinese World Cup starts, held on December 21st and 22nd, were probably some of the best days of skiing in my life. The course was beautiful, the conditions were great, and I was having a lot of fun trying to put down my best skiing in front of the judges. I stuck to the plan and process, which my coaches and I created prior to the competition, and it worked. I skied 6 competition runs in total; all of which contained my higher degree of difficulty trick, the backfull (backflip combined with a 360 rotation). In the end, I was greatly honoured and thrilled to walk away with back-to-back bronze podium finishes. Not only was the skiing fantastic, but I was also very fortunate to have some other amazing experiences on the month long trip. We were able to find the Northern Lights, I drove a dog sled, I went fat biking for the first time ever, I witnessed the beautiful canals of Amsterdam in a rare snowstorm, I saw the Great Wall of China, and I braved -35 temperatures on a training day. These were just a few of the highlights that I am lucky to have experienced. I am truly forever grateful for the places mogul skiing has taken me. That is all for now, but be sure to follow along on my journey here, or at my website. andinaude.com. I will do my very best to keep you in the loop! Again, I want to thank each and every one of you for the overwhelming support. It means the world to me! Bye for now!

By Johnny Smoke

By Andi Naude

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Left to right - Jaelin Kauf (USA), Yulia Galysheva (KAZ) & Andi Naude (CAN) in Thaiwoo, China.

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Greetings from the Apex Ski Club By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director

Well, that was an amazing winter break of skiing! I have skied at Apex Resort my entire life and that pow day December 30th was one of the best ever! Best late Christmas present ever!!! Busy times for the Apex Ski Club as of late. Carvers had two well attended Christmas Camps ... lots of little rippers out there working on skills. First weekend of January was the start of the half day Saturday program and full day Sunday program. We still have room, even if you missed registration. Our Apex Carver coaches are looking great in their Black Carver Coach Jackets, thanks to ECM Promotions. We will be offering Spring Break Camps again this year, so be sure to make plans for that for your child. Please visit www.apexskiclub. com for more information and future registration opportunities. The Apex U16 Group just finished a very successful week at Sun Peaks Resort. The group competed in the first of 3 Provincial events this year. GS and SL was on the schedule. The group did not disappoint. Amy, Noa, Adam, Matyas, Peter, Conner, Jake, Adam, Heming, Devon, Isaac and Matt. Job well done! A Big Thanks to Apex Resort for giving us stellar training opportunities this season. We were well prepared. Matt Siggs had the day of his life in the 2nd day of GS, when he posted a career best! Matt Siggs is one of our long timers, who has been working so hard every year and laid down just a fabulous run! We are so proud of you Matt! Matyas Gerloczy took home “Most Improved” in the first day of slalom! This is a big honour. Heming, Devon and Isaac secured their spots early for U16 National Championships in early March in Ontario. These three boys hammered the hill in both events! If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, I have been using the words Learning, Charging and Confidence. The entire U16 group did just this for their first event of the year! The Apex U12/U14 Group is just a fabulous group of skiers this year! Headed by John Newton and Molly Wells and Guest Coach Kyle Blaser. The group will be attending Sun Peaks Resort the 2nd week of January for a Zone GS and SL. This event is also a qualification for the next BC Winter Games, which will be hosted by the City of Kamloops later this year. SOS Dinner and Auction ~ The “Party of the Year” at the GB will be held on Saturday, January 20th! Limited tickets available. If you are interested in attending our dinner, email apexskiclub@gmail.com and I will forward your needs to the ticket group. A live auction will be in the GB around 8pm. A silent auction will be upstairs in the GB and anyone can come by and bid! More info will be posted around the village. See you in the next issue!

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Nickel Plate Nordic News By Jessie Carriere

We are in the full swing of the season at Nickel Plate Nordic. Recent dumps of snow have resulted in amazing trail conditions and beautiful scenery at the Nordic Centre. The Youth Skills Development Program, also known as “Jack Rabbits”, had it’s first lesson on Saturday, December 9th. What a glorious sunny day to start off the season! We are thrilled to see so many new families learning the sport of crosscountry skiing. The program also welcomes many new coaches to its ranks. This should be another great winter above the clouds.

Nickel Plate School Program ~ The Nickel Plate School Program

will get underway on Monday, January 15th and will continue through to Friday, March 16th. This will be our 27th year of operation with over 20 South Okanagan Schools participating. Our classes cover all grades with the majority being Grade 4/5’s. Most schools experience three sessions at the conclusion of which the majority of students can confidently ski the intermediate trails. Our objective is to provide the students with an enjoyable learning experience that embodies skill development, a good physical workout, social interaction and an appreciation for nature and a healthy lifestyle. Anyone interested in more information or volunteering, please call Mike Townley at 250492-2512 or the Nickel Plate ticket office at 250-292-8110.


“Spirit North” Adds New Dimension To Nickel Plate Nordic Centre

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre will be a busy place this season. New to BC and our area, the Spirit North Program will bring around 100 young skiers, adults and elders to the trails. Spirit North was founded in 2009 to introduce Indigenous youth to cross-country skiing and the fundamental joy of movement. We began with four participating communities. Today, Spirit North works in more than 30 Indigenous communities across Western Canada and reaches about 6,000 youth every year. Spirit North connects, empowers, and inspires Indigenous children and youth. Together with our partners, we help communities to move from introductory cross-country ski days to community-led, sustainable programs that promote lifelong well-being. Our collaborative, playbased approach engages children in sport and activity. Spirit North ski days are active, inclusive and focused on participation. Local coaches Kevin Dunn, Perianne Jones and Naemi Fiechter have been on-snow with kids from Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School in December. The kids have had a blast and have progressed in amazing ways. Cannonball is often the goal ... Who doesn’t want to have bragging rights to the most terrifying slide at Nickel Plate? Spirit North will be heading up several special events in the new year: • February 12th is Parent Day ~ A chance for adults to learn skills that will help them teach kids. • March 12th is Festival Day ~ A fun-filled day on snow, lots of games, mini-races, and great food. For more information about Spirit North, please have a look at our website at www.spiritnorthxc.ca. For questions or if you’d like to get involved as a helper, please contact either Perianne Jones at perianne.jones@spiritnorthxc.ca, Naemi Fiechter at naemi.fiechter@ spiritnorthxc.ca, or Kevin Dunn at kevindunn@spiritnorthxc.ca.

Lessons ~ If you are new to cross-country skiing or looking to improve your technique, we have a number of qualified coaches, including Tricia Wilson, who has the highest-level ski instruction certification available. Tricia is a Level 4 Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructor and has been teaching skiing for over fifteen years. For this season only, we are offering 25% off semi-private (2 people) and group (3+ people) lessons. Lessons must be booked in advance and can be booked by calling the ticket office at 250-2928110. Pricing and more details can be found on the lesson page on our website at nickelplatenordic.org/lessons. Welcome Day ~ Our annual Welcome Day was Sunday, January 7th. Participants enjoyed free rentals and free lessons, as well as guided snowshoe tours. Fresh Air Experience was on site with Rossignol, Salomon and Madhus demos to try the latest classic and skate ski gear available. Everyone enjoyed the BBQ and desserts too. Potluck Dinner & Live Music ~ On Saturday, January 20th at

5:45 pm, we will be hosting an evening potluck with live music by Chris Prowse in the main cabin at Nickel Plate. Please bring a potluck item (salad, appy, casserole/main course or dessert) to share. There are full kitchen facilities available for food prep and storage, but please bring your own cutlery, beverage, cup, and headlight. There is an optional, self-guided, moonlit ski or snowshoe before or after dinner. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Attention Snowmobilers ~ Please avoid the groomed trails at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, including those in the upper meadow and the Motherloade Trail. These groomed and marked trails are designated for Nordic skiers only, and snowmobiles are prohibited at all times. It costs approximately $300 a day for the snowcat to groom the trails and sledding over them makes them unsafe to navigate on x/c skis for paying members and visitors. It is legally considered trespassing and fines can be levied. There is lots of other terrain in the backcountry for sledders to enjoy.

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En Route to Nationals in Thunder Bay By Fred Albrechtson

First off, I would like to give a huge thank you to Murray Farbridge, Race Director and General Manager of Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, and all of the members and volunteers who helped out at the Season Opener Race. The money fundraised from this successful event will help with my trip to Cross Country Ski Nationals in March 2018 in Thunder Bay. I am looking forward to representing Nickel Plate and improving my national ranking. It’s going to be a great race season and I now have some races under my belt. Recently, I competed in a NorAm at Sovereign Lake and placed 9th both days in the Juvenile Boys category. I feel I raced pretty well in the 5kms free and classic events, as my time improved by 3 minutes over last year at the same event. The Nickel Plate Junior Racers and our coaches have been working hard to achieve our goals. We train as a team twice a week at night with our headlamps and Saturday mornings. It is great having many dedicated coaches like Chris Garwah, Jerome Jang, Murray Farbridge, John Wilkie, Sarah Broder, Chris Toneff, and so many others. They are what makes the practices happen, it is a team effort. Thank you! Nickel Plate has some of the best cross country skiing in North America, because of the high elevation and snow conditions. In the last few years, our season has been extended thanks to management and volunteers (Ray Mumby) being on top of grooming to make it possible to ski from early November to mid May. If you haven’t visited this jewel of a Nordic Centre, I suggest you do soon and you’ll be hooked just like I was!

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Assisting Someone In Distress At Apex By Jeff Burko, PEAK Executive Medical Director

Following last month’s column, I received an email from a reader asking what is the best approach to assist a distressed skier/boarder at Apex Mountain. It is a great question and as responsible skiers/ boarders, we should all know what to do and what not to do in an emergency situation at Apex. Here are a few recommendations when assisting someone in distress on Apex Mountain. STEP 1: CONFIRM ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED ~ Recognize that someone is in distress (ill or injured). Speak with them and determine if Ski Patrol assistance is required or make that decision yourself, if the situation warrants it. If Ski Patrol assistance is required, go to Step #2. STEP 2: SUMMON SKI PATROL ~ Cell phone coverage at Apex is generally very good and alerting Apex staff via cellphone of an emergency is typically the quickest way to access help from the Ski Patrol. It is strongly encouraged that skiers/boarders have the Apex Mountain telephone number in their cell phones (250-292-8222). Determining the location of an incident can be time consuming, and therefore, having a trail map is essential to pinpoint the exact location of an emergency. If a cell phone is not available or there is no cell coverage, flag someone down and ask them to either stay with the patient or ski to the closest location to alert Apex staff. The obvious recommendation is that the person with first aid training should remain with the patient, while the other summons help. All Apex lift attendants have received training on how to gather incident information from a reporting party and to provide pertinent information to the Ski Patrol. STEP 3: SCENE SAFETY ~ Prevent injury to yourself and other skiers/ boarders and further injury to the patient; safety is paramount. Place a pair of crossed skis approximately 10 meters directly above where the patient is situated. Crossed skis is the international signal for a skiing/boarding accident. Also, having someone near to the crossed skis motioning to others to slow down and to make aware of the incident works very well.

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STEP 4: PROVIDE FIRST AID &/OR COMFORT ~ While waiting for Ski Patrol to arrive, provide first aid and/or comfort care to the best of your training and ability. Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts: The Do’s • Do control bleeding as best you can. You can use scarves, hats, gloves, etc. to apply pressure to wounds. • Do keep the patient as warm as possible. • Do remove loose skis or poles from the immediate scene to make room for the Ski Patrol to work and to allow access for the toboggan to be positioned as close to the patient as possible. The Don’ts: • Don’t give the patient anything to eat or drink. • Don’t remove the patient’s skis/board, boots or helmet unless absolutely necessary. • Don’t move an injured person unless they are in danger of further injury and the hazard(s) cannot be mitigated; i.e. patient located under a knoll or hang fire is present, in a creek, etc. STEP 5: ASSIST SKI PATROL ~ Once the Ski Patrol arrive at a scene, they will take control and responsibility for the scene and the patient. That is not to say that you should leave the scene once the Ski Patrol have arrived. Providing details of the incident is essential, not only for patient care, but to determine what happened. Parenting Tip: Write your contact details on the reverse of your child’s ski pass with a Sharpie. This will help the Ski Patrol to locate you in the event of an emergency. Jeff Burko is the Executive Medical Director and founder of PEAK Emergency Response Training. Since 1998, PEAK has provided training, certification and medical direction services to many BC Search and Rescue teams, Heli and CAT skiing operations and a multitude of ski resort patrol teams, including our own Apex Mountain Resort of which Jeff is the Medical Director. In addition, Jeff is a Veteran Paramedic with 34 years of experience with the BC Ambulance Service. Jeff and his family live part-time at Apex.


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When Being on the Hill Becomes a Pain in the Butt

By Leslie Spohr, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist at Dale Charles PT Tailbone pain, officially known as coccydynia, is pain at the bottom of the spine (coccyx). It can often be hard to differentiate the source of pain, but true coccydynia is usually much worse with sitting. While the cause of coccydynia can sometimes be traumatic free, it is often the result of a slip or fall. The coccyx may be chipped or fractured in activities such Source - www.vyperlook.com as skiing or snowboarding or a hard fall could cause the muscles attached to the bone and surrounding area (mostly the pelvic floor) to be come tight, causing tissue irritation around the joint. While people can often feel pain in the buttock area, coccydynia is often felt mostly with sitting (usually on soft surfaces, as they can cause more upward pressure), transitioning from a sit to stand position, bowel movements, and Source - www.ehealthstar.com with direct touch/pressure on the bone itself. Addressing any pain felt early is essential both for reducing symptoms and severity of the condition, and preventing what can become a chronic issue quite quickly. Additionally, as a means to manage the pain, one with pain will sit differently (off to the side) and avoid certain position or activities. While okay in the short term, prolonged compensations can lead to other issues (back, glute, hip pain) and eventually mask the real problem (i.e. coccydynia). So, if you happen to have an unfortunate fall that lands you right on your tailbone, what should you do? While each person is different, there are some things that can help to reduce pain and prevent the condition from worsening. 1. Seek Medical Attention ~ If you’ve fallen on a hard surface, perhaps a patch of ice, it may warrant a visit the doctor to see if an X-ray is necessary to rule out a potential fracture. We are also fortunate to have 4 Pelvic Health Physiotherapists in Penticton able to help treat this kind of condition (I am one of them!). As physiotherapists, we work on joint and tissue mobility, posture assessments, activity modifications and necessary muscle strengthening/ retraining. 2. Proper Sitting ~ Ideal sitting posture should not bear any weight on the coccyx itself (unless the seat cushion is quite soft). If the pelvis is rolled/tucked under when sitting, this can often increase pressure on the tailbone directly. Try putting weight through your sits bones instead. Prolonged sitting (>15 mins) should be avoided. 3. Sitting With Coccyx Cushion ~ Some people require the use of a coccyx cushion or doughnut to achieve a comfortable sitting position. Bear in mind, every cushion and person is different, so finding the right one can take some trial and error. 4. Gentle Mobility ~ Stretches such cat/cow, child’s pose and pelvic clocks can be effective ways to maintain mobility in the pelvis. If performed, these movements should be pain free. 5. Piston Breathing ~ Tension free diaphragmatic breathing that helps to coordinate the diaphragm and the pelvic floor can be very effective in reducing muscle tension in the pelvic floor muscles (that attach directly to the tailbone). Check out these links for some guidance: www.juliewiebept.com/video/howshould-you-breathe/ and www.juliewiebept.com/video/the-diaphragm-pelvicfloor-piston-demo/ Enjoy the hill folks, but if you happen to be at the butt end of a nasty fall, don’t hesitate to find someone who can help. And, if you happen to be hurting in a different joint of the body, we have some fantastic physiotherapists at Dale Charles Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic Physiotherapy able to help you out. For more information on our local Women’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapists, you can find us on Facebook as the South Okanagan Women’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Network.

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Snowshoe Fitness By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company Did you know that you can burn more calories snowshoeing than you can walking, running or cross country skiing at the same pace? For health and fitness benefits, snowshoeing is great for you. It provides a cardio workout, while also building strength, agility, balance and endurance. The best part is, you get to do it all in the beautiful outdoors! "Snowshoeing is the best bang-for-your-buck, fat-burning workout in winter", according to Dr. Ray Browning of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado's Health Science Center and Vail Mountain Man champion. "It's an exceptional way to achieve cardiovascular fitness, expend energy and reduce your chance of heart disease; plus it's low cost, easily mastered and fun." According to two independent studies conducted by Ball State University and the University of Vermont, snowshoers can burn between 420-1000 calories per hour. "Snowshoeing is an effective, low impact, and safe form of exercise to change body composition. It burns up to twice the number of calories as walking at the same speed", says Dr. Declan Connolly of the University of Vermont's exercise physiology department. According to Connolly, snowshoers can vary the intensity of their workout, burning fewer calories by taking an easy walk on flat packed terrain, or getting a more intense workout (more than 1,000 calories burned per hour) with an activity like snowshoeing in powder on hilly terrain at a pace of three miles per hour. "Snowshoeing utilizes major muscle groups which, when combined with a higher metabolic rate in cold weather and the added resistance of moving through snow, results in a high-energy activity", says Connolly.

Ways to get out ...

Wondering the best way to get out there and take advantage of this? There are many ways to access snowshoeing. There are many local retailers that sell snowshoes. It is best to do some research before you buy, to ensure that you get the best pair for your size and your needs. For example, those that are hoping to run in their shoes will need a far more light weight shoe than those who are using them more recreationally. The team at True Outdoors in Penticton can help you with your questions and to fit you to the shoes that will work best for you. You can also rent snowshoes with us at Hoodoo Adventures on Ellis Street in Penticton or at Apex Mountain rental shop, if you are up on the ski hill. If you are looking for someone to help you with a fitness regime to go with your snowshoe cardio, than a personal trainer is a great option. Brit Fit offers the perfect half hour session to get you going on your New Year’s Fitness Goals. Personal trainer Emma Coe of Brit Fit will put together a program just for you. She can also be found at Hoodoo Adventures for more information. For those mamas out there that have a hard time getting coverage for their wee ones while you work out, you can take them along on our weekly "Mommy & Me Snowshoe"! There is nothing like some fresh air and deep breathing to get the family off to the right start for the day! Of course our Hoodoo team is always happy to help get people outside and active, so if you have more questions, come by and see us. We are open 7 days a week and are full of ways to help keep our community healthy and playing in the outdoors!

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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Guide

December 23, 2017 ~ The first snowshoe of the year would be with my friend and fellow adventurer, Frank. Our original idea was to snowshoe up the northern side of Riordan starting from the 3 Ponds parking lot, but a “bluebird” day encouraged us to change our plans to snowshoe to the top of the “3 Bears”, which would afford us maximum Vitamin D absorption. And believe me, when you are shrouded in cloud in the valley bottom, the sun is a most welcoming delight! A short steep “powder run” down to the first pond was a grand way to start the snowshoe season! From here, we kept angling left aiming for the SW corner of “Baby Bear”, which would also be a first ascent for us via this route as it is the way we usually descend. Breaking trail was made easier by a very good snow base, especially for this time of the year. That, and taking turns in the lead. Within a matter of about 45 minutes, we neared the summit where we were challenged by a short tricky and rocky steep pitch, where the last few feet were accomplished by grabbing a branch to pull ourselves up to the summit.

December 28, 2017 ~ This entry will be brief, as I have written about this area before and plan on a more detailed writing in a future article. Suffice to say, Frank and I spent many splendid days snowshoeing and skiing this area. The trail head starts at about 6 km on the main Apex Road and has two different starting options. With the main one being a steady climb for about 15-20 minutes and an even steeper climb for another 30-45 minutes before reaching the “fire pit”. On this trip we broke trail most of the way and also tracked in a few new routes. After about an hours work on the fire pit (as shown below), we once again, thanks to an amazing snow base and a foot of powder, reveled in 15 minutes of powder running! Another fantastic shoe!

January 2, 2018 ~ A trip to Kelowna with Lorna and a visit to my good friend and snowshoe buddy Joe resulted in a first-time snowshoe up the NE side of Mount Boucherie. There was just enough snow for the steep steady climb, which we did on some existing trails made by hikers and a few snowshoers and on some off-piste shoeing. After about 30-40 minutes of fairly strenuous climbing, we were enjoying the views from the lightly fog enshrouded summit, with Okanagan Lake being the highlight. We had to be cautious on the way down, as there was just enough snow to cover numerous hidden rocks that were just waiting to grab a crampon which would not end well. Thankfully, we all made it down unscathed! Not the snow base and powder which we enjoyed on the first two snowshoes of the season up Apex way, but fun nonetheless. Till next time, shoe you later!

After a short snack break and the never tiring enjoyment of the views, we traversed the top for a few hundred yards over to “Mama Bear.” This is where the “fun’ began, and as I mentioned earlier, with a great snow base, and about a foot of powder, downhill snowshoe running seemed as if we were floating on clouds! About 10 minutes of pure heaven! A most memorable start to the snowshoe season!


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Creative Wellness Solutions

By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner Happy New Year! We wish everyone a future full of happiness and good health! I am excited to be advertising in Apex Matters and to provide the opportunity for more people to learn how massage is so good for you, both physically and mentally, and is not just a luxury to occasionally indulge in. I have been submitting informational articles about the many benefits of massage and wellness coaching to Skaha Matters for over two years. All of my past articles are posted on my website, so please check them out! There is a lot of great information there! Research has shown that massage can help in the body’s production of certain hormones that can improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and help with the management of many diseases. Arthritis is a well-known and common disease that affects people of all ages. But, is massage safe and effective for people with arthritis? The answer is usually a resounding yes! Regular massage of muscles and joints, whether by a licensed therapist at a spa or by self-massage at home, can lead to a significant reduction in pain for people with arthritis, according to Tiffany Field, PhD, Director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, who’s conducted a number of studies on the benefits of massage, including on people with arthritis. In Field’s research and other recent studies on the effects of massage for arthritis symptoms, regular use of the simple therapy led to improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints. We are available to meet your unique needs as a mobile service providing onsite chair massage at sports events, conferences, in the workplace, and in-home. We are also at numerous locations on a weekly basis. We offer three 15-minute routines. You can choose from a head and face, upper body, or legs and feet massage, or any combination. The price for one routine is $20. Call Dee-anne at 250497-5974 for more information or to schedule your appointment. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.

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Yin Yoga At Apex By Jen Farnholz Yin Yoga Classes are being held at Apex in the Rippin Rascals Daycare location. These classes are beneficial to all students, as poses will release tightness, open the joins and regain flexibility in the muscles. You are invited to join us: Fri, Jan 26th 6-7pm; Sat, Jan 27th 4:45-5:45pm; Fri, Feb 16th 6-7pm; Sat, Mar 3rd 4:45-5:45pm; Fri, Mar 16th 6-7pm; Sat, Mar 17th 4:45-5:45pm; and Sun, Mar 18th 4:45-5:45pm. Please bring water, blanket and/or Yoga mat. Drop in is $10 each. For all updated information, please check out our Facebook page “Hands On Therapy” or visit our website at www.handsontherapy.ca.

Ski Based New Year’s Resolutions By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician

Ringing in the New Year is a time for reflection, and for many, first steps toward change. As you embark on the new you, remember that changes take time. Habits - new ones or shedding old ones - can stick if you are patient, are doing what you love, and have a goal in mind. Keep up with the Fitness Off Slope ~ Conditioning. Cross Training. Warm up/cool down. Après Ski Hot Tub. Any of these fitness programs can reduce injury. There are main muscles that we use while skiing, but it’s equally important to keep working the secondary ones. The trick to adding an exercise ritual to your routine is if it doesn’t make you happy, try something else. If you enjoy it, it will be much easier to stick to. Stress Less ~ What better way to reduce stress than spending a day up at the hill. How I see it is Apex days are filling the “reserve” bank account. A good set of turns can keep me going for days. In my family we laugh more, learn how to work together and have shared experiences when we spend a day out on the slopes. The more reserve you have, the easier it will be to accomplish your New Year’s Resolutions. Fuel Your Body with Premium ~ Be mindful of what you fuel your body with. Instead of focusing on cutting out the bad things, try putting your energy into adding in more that is good. I like to load my ski pack with whole food protein bars, grass fed beef or turkey jerky, dates and dark chocolate. If you are on a new diet to ring in the new year, make sure you listen to your body. What may work for your friend, may not be fueling you. Goal Setting ~ This is a time of year that my family work on our vision boards for the upcoming year - family, work, play. A few years ago we each had on our vision boards pictures of ski hills. I believe that the time put into visioning brought us here. Another tip is to make small changes, spread out your resolutions over the year. Gratitude ~ Being thankful in life can attract more. Often we focus on what we want to get rid of in the new year. Instead, weave in some gratitude to what you are already doing. There is power in passing it on and keeping a positive attitude. A big part of what I do in my practice is help my patients set goals and make changes. And, to make those changes stick. I have supported my patients through their challenges to help their achievements impact their health for the long term. If you are needing help in motivation, inspiration, or follow through, I can be of help to you. Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton. You can also find her on the hill, as part of the Volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol.

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Linda Larson, MLA

~ Boundary-Similkameen 6369 Main Street, Box 998, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0 Tel: 250.498.5122 Toll-free: 1.855.498.5122 “Your Voice in Victoria!” Linda.Larson.MLA@leg.bc.ca

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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Happy New Year! As many of you already know, I introduced a Private Members Bill in the Legislature in November. The Bill is intended to end the twice yearly switching of our clocks between Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time. The Legislation that created the shift was passed in 1918 to conserve coal after WW1. It was not popular and was phased out again until the Second World War. It wasn’t uniformly used across North America until the 1960’s. We live in the Pacific Standard Time Zone, as do our neighbours to the north and south of us. Research over the last number of years has proven that time shifting is not good for us. Our internal clocks don’t actually make the shift, resulting in more heart attacks and accidents during the first week of Daylight Savings Time and less heart attacks and accidents when we ‘fall back’ to Standard Time. Our productivity also drops after a time shift, costing our economies millions of dollars. The UBCM passed a motion in September to petition the Government to consult with the people of BC about abolishing the time change. The resolution was put on the floor by the City of Grand Forks, which is in my riding of Boundary-Similkameen, and as their MLA I have taken it to the Legislature. It is now up to the NDP Government to decide whether or not they will pick it up for debate. You can help by emailing all the Government MLA’s to support my Bill. A bit of good news regarding the Groundwater Licensing program under the Water Sustainability Act to support existing groundwater users and clarify requirements for authorizing water use. Government has extended the groundwater licence application fee waiver period from December 31, 2017 to March 1, 2019 to ensure existing groundwater users have every opportunity to save money. The extended date also aligns with the March 1, 2019 deadline for existing groundwater users to apply for a licence. Licensing gives groundwater users greater security by establishing a water right that will be protected. On another topic, as most of you know, I have had a very clear opinion on the proposed National Park Reserve for the South Okanagan. I want to state, once again, that I do not believe that the umbrella of Parks Canada best serves all the people who live here, nor do I believe that they are the best managers of Parks in Canada. I do firmly believe that the pristine grassland and the many endangered species that live here need better protection. I also support efforts by the Okanagan Nation Alliance to identify and manage their cultural and historically significant areas. If the Federal Government is willing to support them financially with those projects, it will be of benefit to all of us. The Province of BC and the many organizations like the BC Wildlife Federation, the BC Cattleman’s Association, and Natures Trust, among others, have the capacity and capability to manage and protect the sensitive areas of the South Okanagan. Any plans for future Park Reserve in the South Okanagan must be built with the consensus of all the people who actually live, work and play in the South Okanagan. The Legislature will resume after the Family Day holiday Monday in February. It will begin with a Speech from the Throne and the following week, the Budget. I know you are all aware of the many spending promises that have been made by the current NDP/Green alliance and I hope all of you will take a keen interest in how that Budget will impact your taxes. I will do regular reports, once the Legislature is sitting again. I wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2018.


Area “D” Community Services By Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager

Hello 2018 - Year of the Dog! The RDOS is already full speed ahead! The January 4th RDOS Board Meeting included a discussion on the 2018 Financial and Corporate Business Plans. Both of these documents are public and can be viewed at www. rdos.bc.ca. Other agenda items included proposed Bylaw Enforcement amendments on offences, penalties and payments. The Board will also be considering funding recommendations of seven South Okanagan Conservation projects. Also, an update on the FortisBC Rate Intervention process related to the Residential Conservation Rates (RCR). And lastly, the RDOS Board will review the response from Greyhound Canada regarding intercity bus transportation options for citizens living in rural and remote communities throughout BC. Additional information is available through the PTB website. http://www.ptboard.bc.ca/ICB_application_notices/256-17/256-17_ greyhound.html Apex Mountain Resort ~ As of January 3rd, Apex has a base of 141 cm and 77 of 79 runs open. Quite often the hill experiences a temperature inversion ... minus 6 in the village and minus 1 on top of the mountain. Along with warmer temps, the hill also gets clear blue sky termed a “Bluebird Day”! Get up to Apex for an inversion, champagne powder, and a dose of blue sky! Open daily until April 2nd. Mark your calendar ... • Avalanche Awareness Day - Saturday, January 20th. Check out the demos and join the fundraising BBQ in the village, with a silent and live auction in the Gunbarrel Saloon during après. Proceeds to Avalanche Canada and the Apex Avalanche Safety Program. • 5th Annual Brewski - Saturday, February 17th (6:30-9:30 pm) for the best ever Craft Beer, Cider & Spirits Event! More than 20 breweries, cideries and distilleries will be participating! Please note, this event sells out fast, so get your tickets early! The price includes beer tokens, tasty appies supplied by the Gunbarrel and an after party with live music. • Is getting fit your New Year’s Resolution? Sign up and get training for the Hoodoo Adventures Elevator Race on March 24th. Race from Penticton up to Apex Mountain Resort. Solos and teams of 2 to 7 athletes compete in a 6 leg race ascending 5000′ of elevation in under 60km! To register and for more info check out http://www.hoodooadventures.ca/the-elevator-race/ Nickel Plate Nordic Centre ~ Nickel Plate celebrates Canada 150 with 50% off membership registration fees for new members. Take this opportunity to experience the benefits of membership at Nickel Plate for the 2017-2018 ski season. The 50% discount applies to individual and family ski memberships, as well as snowshoe memberships. Please Note: Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is a volunteer driven nonprofit organization. Due to a preseason break-in, they are in short supply of the following items: toolbox, screwdriver sets, wrench sets, socket sets, pliers, sanders, grinders, brush saws, and chainsaws. If you would like to donate any of these items in good condition, please contact them at 250-292-8110 or email at info@nickelplatenordic.org. Want to try snowshoeing? There is a Tuesday snowshoe group that meets in front of the ticket office at 10 am, if you would like to join in. They rendezvous at the day parking lot adjacent to Home Hardware in Penticton at 9 am. Please Note: To join this group, you must be able to walk continuously for an hour! Mark your calendar… • Evening Potluck on Saturday, January 20th from 6-10 pm. The potluck starts at 6 pm, with music at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome. No charge, just bring your own cutlery, beverages and dishes, as well as a potluck item (appetizer, salad, casserole, dessert, etc.). To reach the Area ‘D’ Rural Services Manager Shona Schleppe, please either call 778-515-5520 or email sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca. To reach the RDOS Area ‘D’ Director Tom Siddon, please either call 250-809-2548 or email tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca.


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Apex Fire Brigade Update By Mike Polywkan, AFBS Fire Chief Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a safe holiday season! As it is the New Year, it is the perfect and recommended time to change the batteries in all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It was really great to see everyone at the APOA Opening Event Social in early December. There was a lot of excitement with the new ownership of the ski hill. There was an update on the forestry issue from Jeff Brown, Mike Duggan of the new ownership group addressed the crowd, and I updated everyone on what our fire department had done over the summer and what we were looking at for our future. I will be meeting with Mike to discuss the new development plan and how our department will fit into the new community. Since our last article, Kyle organized a spur of the moment winter practice; it was not particularly well attended, but it was great for our newest fire fighter. Nathaniel learned how to dress a hydrant, use various hoses and nozzles, don an SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus), read smoke, and fight a small model structure fire. For some more experienced firefighters this may not seem like such a big deal, but when you also have to factor in our climate with snow and ice, it definitely makes it more difficult and requires extra attention to detail. We will be holding our AGM in the New Year and elections will be held to fulfill our societal requirements. Another one of our new (but experienced) firefighters is working very hard to get us more used equipment and tools from other departments. With our extremely low budget, this is very important and greatly appreciated. Our department is becoming more capable with first response, as some of our new members are bringing their experience with them, but we will remain status quo with what we are dispatched for. As an example, for a medical first response, BC Ambulance services will be dispatched and we will be asked if we can assist. We are hoping to hold a public forum sometime in the spring where we would like present a video demonstrating the dangers of forest fires and what we can do to help prevent loss and protect ourselves. This is a good companion to the FireSmart Program. We can also use this as a fundraiser. The Apex Fire Brigade has a Facebook page. Follow us for safety tips, information on training, and the things that firefighters do. Also, stay in touch with what your department is doing specifically. We also post what other departments like ours are up to. For the new folks, our department is societally based and we receive no tax funding. You can make donations through our Facebook page or you can present a cheque to one of the members. Also, support the Apex Property Owners Association, because supporting them also supports us.

Kyle Parker demonstrating to Nathaniel how fire behaves in a structure and how we can read the smoke to assess the situation, so that we may safely come up with a plan of attack.

Nathaniel backed up by Chief Mike in the battle to control this structure fire. This time we are on a 1.5 inch attack line with the same 90 psi from the hydrant. Nathaniel is also doing this under air with his SCBA on to protect himself from any carcinogenic (cancer causing) smoke.

The safety tip for this issue will be about fire extinguishers. Don’t just assume that because the line on the gauge is in the green that the extinguisher is okay and is going to work. At a mine site, it is the Ministry of Energy and Mines requirement to inspect the extinguishers every month and log the data for their inspection that may be requested at any time. Why do you suppose that this is done? Are your household extinguishers better than the ones we have at the mine? Likely not! I have picked up many extinguishers to battle real fires, only to have to locate an alternate, because the first one that I grabbed did not work, even though the line on the gauge was in the green. This is why one should always try a brief discharge test before you advance on a fire with an extinguisher. Here are some of the reasons why the extinguisher may not work: The dry chemical (mono ammonium phosphate, or sodium bicarbonate) is a very fine powder that will settle and solidify on the bottom of the canister, so that the propellant (usually compressed carbon dioxide or nitrogen) is unable to push the dry chemical out of the extinguisher. Another thing that I have seen happen is that the unit may be so old that the gauge becomes stuck in the green, even though all of the expellant has leaked out. Discharge tubes may also become plugged. While inspecting your own extinguishers, you should read the label to ensure that the unit is not older than the manufacturers recommended expiration date. At the mine, we need to punch a tag proving we completed monthly inspections. Remove the extinguisher from the mount, invert and shake it to loosen up the dry chemical. Inspect the canister for rust or dents. Finally, ensure that the tamper proof seal is still intact and that there is no other visible damage to any of the components. If any of these things are suspect, it may be time to replace, or recertify your extinguisher. If the extinguisher is okay, you should still always test your extinguisher before you advance on a fire. With old extinguishers that you intend to replace, it is a good idea to use it for practice or training, as a trained operator can be 10-20 times Nathaniel using one of the methods we taught him to be able to handle a 2.5 inch nozzle on a 2.5 more effective with the same extinguisher. Till next issue! inch line at about 90 psi by himself in the snow without going for a toboggan ride.

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APOA Kickoff Shindig December 9th

The APOA ... The Heart of the Apex Community!

By The APOA Board

On Saturday, December 9th, current and renewing members were lined up at Kamakura (formerly Rock Oven) to renew or join APOA, to celebrate and welcome the new ownership, while kicking off the new season with the first social of the season. It was shades of the old Gunbarrel days with happy Apex lovers crammed into Kamakura to greet and hear from Mike Duggan, managing partner-spokesman for the new ownership group, Jeff Brown of APOA Forestry Committee, and Mike Polywkan, Fire Chief of Apex Fire Brigade. Members were treated to ample delicious appies with a new twist that included yummy salad wraps never seen before on the hill. Stephanie showed off her fabulous variety of standby favorites, plus incredible beautifully decorated dessert bites. Wow! Members spirits were high with all the “reconnections”and the imbibing of adult beverages thanks to Stephanie and her staff. Mike Duggan, spokesman/managing partner for our new owner group is no stranger to Apex and the ski industry. Before he spoke to the group, he mixed and spoke to nearly everyone personally. His experience in BC Tourism, coupled with time at Sun Peaks, Silver Star and Whistler, gives him sound footing in ski hill management. He outlined the owners’ philosophy of keeping Apex unique in it’s small boutique atmosphere, and working with authorities to carefully plan the expanding of ski terrain and accommodations. He turned over the mic to James Shalman, who joyfully described the excellent base and great snow conditions to start off the season. Jeff Brown gave a rundown of the Forestry Advisory Committee’s activities and the apparent success of the APOA sponsored Provincial Conference two years ago, involving resource management and it’s negative impact on public recreational areas. Because the lines of communication were opened up through that event, areas from around the Province are now talking to each other about the common

You DO NOT need to own property to be an APOA member. Love your Apex playground? Want to keep it pristine? Love to use the snowshoe & cross country trails? Like to drive on safe roads to get to Apex? Concerned about the status of logging? Then, the APOA needs YOU!

Many voices make a strong community. Add your voice and become an APOA member.

Annual Membership ~ $30/year www.apexpropertyowners.com problems, which appear to be the result of industry managed timber harvesting without local community inputs. The new BC Government has asked for the Minister of Environment to perform a review of Professional Reliance in the resources sector to “ensure that the public interest is protected”. The Forestry Committee is authoring a submission for the review on behalf of APOA. They are cautiously optimistic. Fire Brigade Chief Mike Polywkan reviewed the tense summer of smoke and worry and the first time ever plea to property owners “Do not light any kind of fire - inside or outside!” He explained how this marvellous team of volunteers work and practice together, and invited more volunteers to join the force. How lucky we are to have this devoted group of devoted volunteers! The 2017 Social started off the season with joy and optimism! It’s going to be a great year! All in all, being a member of APOA has lots of perks ... like invitations to member only social events, staying informed about our community and having a voice on issues that matter. Also, building a strong foundation for our community. See you up there! Until further notice, celebrate everything!

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Valor Radiant Gas Fireplaces By Greg Caverly, Accent Fireplace Gallery

When The Power Fails, Your Valor Won’t ~ Valor fireplaces are fully functional heaters that don’t use electricity. These products provide efficient warmth, designed to heat your home without a fan or power supply. By zone heating a specific space in your home, you create a central area for the family to remain warm, safe and comfortable. Engineered to circulate air through natural convection, Valor fireplaces are highly efficient without a fan - providing reliable heat, even during a power failure. Valor HeatShift™ Technology ~ “The Right Heat, In The Right Place”. Warming homes since 1890, Valor gas fireplaces are recognized as leaders in advanced heat management. Identifying homeowner needs and expectations is what Valor does best. Taking the concept of “No Power, No Problem” to the next level, Valor introduces a heat management system that redirects fireplace warmth to a higher elevation in the room. Designed to reduce surface temperatures, the Valor HeatShift™ Technology System is recommended, especially when adding a wall mounted TV or heat sensitive material directly above the fireplace. In essence, raising the heat outlet improves conventional airflow, reducing wall temperatures and improving overall performance. Excess warm air is then circulated back into the room at a higher elevation. Advantages • Reduces wall temperatures above fireplace - ideal if placing a wall mounted TV or heat sensitive materials. • Run combustible finishing materials right up to the fireplace surround - maximizing installation opportunities. • Excess warm air is circulated back into the room at a higher elevation - improving overall performance. • Up to 60% of fireplace heat rises and flows through the HeatShift™ System and back into the room. • Heat is elevated naturally using gravity and Valor product ingenuity. • No reliance on electricity or a noisy fan operation. • Sleek heat outlet or hidden wall valance - providing heat distribution back into the living space. • Easily paint the plenums or grilles to match your design style. Radiant Heat Separates Valor from the Competition ~ What separates a Valor fireplace from any other fireplace? The answer is easy - It’s radiant heat!

Valor’s Radiant Advantage ~ “The Magic of Radiant Heat - Like Sunshine in your Room”. Heating Technologists have long known that radiant heat satisfies human comfort requirements with up to 30% less energy when compared to warm air systems, such as traditional forced air systems. Like sunshine, radiant energy is efficiently distributed at light speed, converting to heat when it encounters people and objects in the room. Like the sun’s rays, radiant heat moves in straight lines warming all objects in its path which, in turn, act as small heat convectors and multiply the warmth. Valor warmth efficiently replaces the chill from cold windows and doors, providing steady, even heat to objects in the room. The unique Valor flame burner technology maximizes the radiant output of the fire for a natural and soothing warmth that will keep you comfortable, even with lower air temperatures. A BTU of Valor heat output will be more effective at making you feel comfortable than an equivalent BTU of heat from a forced air furnace and from other less radiant gas fireplace designs. The Benefits of Radiant Heat ~ A Valor radiant gas fireplace radiates heat through its glass and spreads warmth as it is absorbed by people and furniture within a room, rather than directly heating the air. That is the unique feature compared to hot air systems, which just put air into rooms without heating objects. Because radiant heat surfaces are not prone to losing heat, there is no need to overheat your home to maintain a comfortable feeling. This lower radiant heat temperature provides a more uniform distribution with very little air motion, helping maintain natural humidity and lowering those annoying winter static electricity levels. Another advantage to radiant heat is cleaner air quality. Dust particles, fumes and pollutants are not blown around, so fabrics and painted surfaces stay brighter and fresher. This decreased air circulation provides health benefits for homeowners with asthma, allergies or arthritis. There is so much more to learn about Valor fireplaces, so visit www. valorfireplaces.com, or better yet, stop by Accent Fireplace Gallery today. They are located at 1295 Fairview Road in Penticton. Open 9-5 Monday-Friday and 10-4 Saturday.

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Longshot Tapas & Wine Bar This past December saw the opening of a great New Tapas and Wine Bar in the Longshot space of Beaconsfield Lodge. The Tapas Bar is owned and operated by Vintage Hospitality, who also operate the Gunbarrel Saloon and Restaurant, the Trading Post, as well as the Cafeteria at Apex Mountain Resort. Vintage Hospitality also operates other notable properties in the Okanagan Valley, these include The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery and Mica Restaurant at Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos. The Longshot Tapas & Wine Bar was developed under the guidance of Lee Humphries, Culinary Director for Vintage Hospitality. The kitchen is being run by Chef Simon Bouchard, previously from Liquidity Bistro in Okanagan Falls. Chef Simon has a strong culinary track record having spent time as Sous Chef at The Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler before joining Vintage in 2016. The general focus of the Tapas Bar is to deliver a true local dining experience in a relaxed environment, where you can enjoy a couple of small bites with a glass of wine or bring the whole gang for a feast of multiple small plates at the communal table. The menu is sourced as local as can be with products like cheeses from Upper Bench Winery and Poplar Grove and selections of charcuteries from a variety of local producers. Beverages are all local, with a selection of quality wines, four craft beers from Penticton producers, and unique craft cocktails featuring spirits produced in the Okanagan Valley. Rave reviews from locals suggest you should come and check out the Longshot Tapas Bar next time you are up the hill. Our planned opening throughout the month of January is Thursday through Saturday from 3:30 - 9 pm and Sunday from 3:30 - 6:30 for après. See you soon!

Apex Resort’s newest Tapas and Wine Bar Featuring Okanagan Wine, Spirits & Craft Beer paired with the best wine country tapas. A Vintage Hospitality Property

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An Apex 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 another thought provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden.


By Ken Tapping, November 21, 2017 If you live where you have a clear view of the dawn or sunset sky, you almost certainly have seen Venus. It appears in the sunset or sunrise glow as a brilliant starlike object, but not twinkling. It gets higher in the sky over the following weeks until it shines in the dark sky like an escaped aircraft landing light, then it sinks again until it finally disappears once more in the Sun’s glow. Its appearance alternates between the dawn and sunset sky, which led long ago to it being called Phosphorus, the “Morning Star”, or Hesperus, the “Evening Star”. The beauty of this object in the deep blue of the sky before dawn or after sunset impressed our ancestors, leading them to naming it after Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Venus is the second planet out from the Sun; we live on the third. It is only slightly smaller than Earth, with a diameter of 12,104 km compared with our world’s 12,756 km. Being closer to the Sun, it takes only about 225 days to complete an orbit, compared with our planet’s 365.25. The Earth rotates on its axis once a day - of course. However, Venus takes 243 days to rotate once on its axis. A Venusian day is longer than its year. Venus does not appear to have a moon. Until very recently, we had never seen Venus’ surface; it is hidden under a permanent layer of dense cloud. This led to some rather fanciful ideas about what our sister world would be like. One was that Venus is like Earth, but younger and under those clouds lie steamy jungles and swamps, similar to our world during the Carboniferous age some 350 million years ago. Another idea was that because of all that carbon dioxide in its atmosphere, Venus would be covered with oceans of oil. The first big hole in the idea that Venus is like the Earth but younger was blown in the 1960’s when radio telescopes were used to measure the planet’s temperature: about 400 degrees Celsius, hot enough to melt lead. At first scientists were reluctant to accept these values, but then, as other measurements were made it became clear that Venus is an extremely hostile place. The atmosphere is a dense concentration of carbon dioxide, with a pressure at the surface of about 90 times the pressure at the Earth’s surface. This drives a vigorous greenhouse effect, causing the high temperatures. To make things even worse, it periodically rains sulphuric acid. In 1962, the American space probe Mariner 2 made a close flyby of the planet, confirming the high temperatures at the surface. A series of Soviet spacecraft failed to reach the surface, but confirmed the atmosphere is about 95% carbon dioxide. Finally, they succeeded. In the 20 minutes or so before the spacecraft was destroyed by the heat, it sent back images of a surface paved with flat fragments of rock and gravel. In 1979, the US put a spacecraft on Venus’s surface, which lasted a record 45 minutes before succumbing. However, all we had seen was the landscape out to a few tens of metres around the spacecraft; we still knew nothing about the planet’s large-scale geography. This need was addressed by the Magellan spacecraft. Between 1990 and 1994 it mapped the planet using radar, which easily penetrated the clouds. This included stereo imaging. It revealed a mountainous surface with volcanoes and huge lava flows. We could also see how the rock softened due to the high surface temperatures, making the mountains slowly slump and become more rounded. There were no lakes of oil or Carboniferous jungles, just a world so hostile it is unlikely there will be a manned landing on its surface any time in the foreseeable future - an unlikely place to name after the goddess of love. Next New Moon ~ January 16th. Next Full Moon ~ January 31st.


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Slushy Thoughts from the Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Ugh ... January. Weeks in and I still have my post-holiday hang over going on. But, let’s not dwell on the stinking garbage fire that was 2017. We have a bright future ahead of us! Our trade negotiations are going swell with our southern neighbours. The Korean peninsula is completely stable. First time home buyers are having an easy time. Here’s to 2018! Whoo hoo! The good news is we have well over 100cms for our snow base. At least when you crash and burn you aren’t likely to hit rocks, right?

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But, the New Year is upon us. Time once again to make grand plans while drunk on December 31, 2017 and then totally scuttle them by 10 am on January 1st. I really do envy those folks who can kick off the New Year with a big life change and stick to it. My father-in-law stopped smoking cold turkey over New Years. I can’t even stop shoving cold turkey (with gravy and mashed potatoes, mmmmm) in my mouth after New Years. So yeah, I want to try and get a little healthier this year. You know, watch what I eat. 2 weeks in and I am still watching as chips and bacon sneak in past my teeth. Technically, I am still watching, so I have won a big moral victory. I should reward myself with a cheat day and eat that pie blindfolded. I am also watching my weight this year. I don’t presume to watch it go down, but guessing is fun each time I hit the scale. I have the scale set up in a country fair style booth. I make one of the kids wear a carnival barker hat and call me up. If I get it right, I win a funnel cake! In hindsight, this may be counterproductive. Oh well. I believe it was the poet Anthony Ray who said something like, “I like my big butt and I am not able to lie about it.” I may be paraphrasing. I am also trying to save a little money this year. Little things like lying to the government about my overseas bitcoin investments, stealing veggies from my neighbour’s garden, and not eating out as much. That last one is hard when at the hill. I am sure Chefy and Chad are sneaking nicotine into those Edge sandwiches. I mean the line is literally out the door. Last time I had to sit on someone’s knee, because a race team invaded most of the tables. But, it is always worth it for that sweet sweet panini action. Well, I hope you are all ready for 2018. I hope you stay on the hill and out of the infirmary. I hope your days are snarb light and powder heavy. You can’t change the past, but you can take hold of your future. I mean we didn’t set the bar too high in 2017, so let’s do just a little better this year. Have a good one. I’ll see you on the hill.

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Let’s Finish It ... Custom Ski Furniture

Got an old pair of skis that has sentimental value? Ever thought of turning them into a piece of furniture to enjoy? This is where Let’s Finish It can step in and build custom end tables, lamps, racks, coffee tables, benches, or anything you desire. Let’s Finish It provides creative ways to meet your custom design needs. Check out the latest creation at Avalanche Awareness Day Auction on January 20th.

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Tunes to Turn to ... Jay’s Pick This Issue: Artist: Rhett & Link - YouTube.com 2012 Song: “Rub Some Bacon On It” Happy New Year Everyone! Like me, I would hope that you love bacon too. As a first aider, it would be awesome to cure all ailments by simply following the instructions of this song, such as a tweaked knee or a sore back. Perhaps, it could help with post holiday credit card debt too. My kids and I always laugh at this catchy silly song and I hope it makes you laugh as well. So, let’s “rub some bacon on it” and it will snow, right? Ski you out there! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Tunes To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in the fun.

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre

Consider joining the “Team Volunteering Group”, where new and seasoned volunteers meet once a month to discuss volunteer experiences and opportunities and the potential to do volunteer work together. Everyone is welcome. Email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661 to receive information on the next get together. Volunteers are wanted to help out with the following: • Thriving and Surviving Self-Management Program Leaders needed to co-lead a group program that gives participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage Chronic Conditions, Chronic Pain, Diabetes and Cancer. Volunteers over age 19, seniors, physically challenged persons are all welcome. To volunteer, contact Charles Labun, Program Coordinator, UVic, Ladner office at 604-940-1273 or pclabun@uvic.ca. • The Arthritis Society is seeking a Workshop Facilitator, a position that is suitable for someone comfortable with or wanting to develop public speaking skills. Knowledge of arthritis and how to live well with the disease is helpful. Volunteers co-facilitate the Take Charge of Your Arthritis series of four - 2 hour educational workshops. The Arthritis Society works with each volunteer individually to find the right time commitment that works for them. Training can be done in person or online. To volunteer, contact Lynnea Westlind at 250-868-8643 or Lwestlind@arthritis.ca. • The South Okanagan Mental Wellness Society has need for volunteers in event planning and execution, fundraising planning, grant writing, collating program reports, 2-4 hours a week at the office to provide information/help for persons who call or drop in, housekeeping, and training to co-facilitate programs including Strengthening Families Course, Kids in Control and Teens in Control Courses, Partnership Presentations, Puppeteer Program. Detailed descriptions available at Society’s office, located at #118 - 246 Martin Street, Penticton. To volunteer, contact Sharon Evans at 250-493-7338 or bcsspenticton@shaw.ca. • The Oliver District and Heritage Society is seeking 4 volunteers who would be willing to be trained as Museum docents or Archives assistants. Groups welcome as volunteers: Seniors, Youth, Physically challenged persons. To volunteer, contact Manda Maggs at 250-498-4027 or info@oliverheritage.ca. • The Alzheimer Society’s Walk for Memories on May 6, 2018 has openings to volunteer in such areas as Walk Chair, and committee roles such as promotion, recruitment, sponsorship, registration, site coordination and as route marshal. Contact Mary Beth at 250-493-8182 or mrutherford@alzheimerbc.org. • The MS Walk on May 27th, 2018 in Penticton is seeking chair and committee volunteers. The Chair will receive support from a Co-Chair and will work with a committee of 6-12 members. Committee volunteers are needed for coordination of volunteers, the site, media, food, entertainment, event experience, route, and recruitment, MS Team, check-in and banking. To volunteer, please contact Luella at 1-800-268-7582 or Luella.cousins@mssociety.ca. The SOS Volunteer Centre connects residents with meaningful volunteer work. Browse Opportunities and register as a volunteer to receive updates at www.volunteercentre.info. For more information, please email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

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100 Men Who Care-Penticton Sets 2018 Target As 2018 begins, 100 Men Who CarePenticton announces their first meeting of the new year and has set a goal of raising at least $40,000 this year. To date the 100 Men has raised $35,400 for 18 different charities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region. Charitable organizations in Penticton, Summerland, Keremeos, Oliver and Osoyoos have all received funds to support the important work they do in our communities. The January 2018 meeting will be hosted by Bogners of Penticton who has kindly donated their restaurant space and canapés for the event.

Wednesday, January 24th - 5:30-6:30 pm Bogners of Penticton 302 Eckhardt Ave W, Penticton The purpose of 100 Men is quite simple: gather 100 or more men who want to make a difference - not just in Penticton, but in the communities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region. The concept is even simpler: four times a year invite three charitable organizations to make a short presentation to the group explaining the work they do, the communities they support, and the impact a donation will have on those they serve. The 100 Men members vote for the charity of their choice and then each member donates $100. Of the total raised, 80% goes to the charity with the most votes and 10% goes to each of the other two charities. Apart from the financial aid the charities receive, the members of 100 Men get a chance to learn about the many charitable organizations that may not get a lot of attention, but have an incredible positive impact on our communities. Each member receives a tax receipt for the full amount of his donation. Of course, membership is not limited to 100 participants. The more who join, the more financial support the charities receive. In these challenging times when more members of society need assistance and when not-for-profit charities often struggle to meet their mandate, the 100 Men Who Care provides an innovative and direct opportunity to help. The goal for 2018 is to raise $10,000 at each of the meetings that are held four times a year. Anyone who is interested in becoming one of the 100 Men can check out the group’s website at www.100menpenticton. com or email the coordinators at info@100menpenticton.com. Any women who might be interested in a similar organization, 100 Women Who Care, can check out the 100 Women website at www.cfso.net, click on “Programs”, then click on “100 Women”.

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By Robert McLennan, RBC Dominion Securities, Investment Advisor Baby boomers are redefining retirement ~ Even when baby boomers reach the golden age of 65, they may not necessarily pack up their desk and enjoy a quiet retirement lifestyle like their parents did. If you’re part of this influential group that is redefining retirement, you’ll also need to redefine how you plan for this exciting new chapter of your life. Different retirement lifestyles ~ Characteristically, baby boomers have enjoyed higher standards of living than their parents, and are estimated to live longer. Maintaining a high standard of living through a lengthy retirement involves careful planning, so that your savings are able to provide adequate income. Times have changed - and so has the retirement age ~ Unlike their parents, baby boomers may not necessarily be working towards the goal of retirement. Many have found fulfilling careers they want to continue developing, or have ideas for a second career after “retirement”. Retiring later may mean you may be able to wait longer before transitioning to strategies that protect your nest egg. On the other hand, if your dream is pursuing a new passion or starting a small business after you “retire”, you may need to save additional funds in order to avoid financial stress. To longevity and good health ~ With longer life expectancies and medical advances that allow people to recover from serious illnesses, you also need to think about building health-care costs into your retirement savings plan. By planning for these expenses, such as inhome care and specialized treatments, with critical illness, disability and long-term care insurance, you and your family will be able to focus on your health and not its costs. Charitable giving ~ Many Canadians have special causes that they are passionate about. If charitable giving through time or funds is in your retirement plans, you and your advisor can evaluate how you can balance retirement and charitable giving. With sophisticated tax strategies, you may even be able to make more significant contributions to your cause. Creating a new family tradition ~ Instead of focusing solely on their own needs, baby boomers place a great deal of emphasis on leaving a legacy and helping family members reach their goals. Through efficient tax and estate plan strategies, boomers are able to fulfill their own retirement objectives while making sure they can still leave a legacy to care for their families. You’ve seen it before ~ While you’ve been saving for your retirement, you’ve experienced the ups and downs of the markets and seen generous and all-time low interest rates. After you stop working, the markets and interest rates will continue to change. With the many different demands on your retirement income, planning ahead and planning with smart strategies is important in order for you to achieve your objectives and still be prepared for economic swings. Please call Robert McLennan at 250-770-1213 for more information about planning for your retirement. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member - Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

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Great Cabin Recipes


Apex Locals Night - January 26th

Locals Night returns on Friday, January 26th at Kamakura in the Apex Mountain Inn and the trio “Garage Groov” will be groovin’ out-ofMama Brost’s Schnitzel the–box tunes for your listening and dancing pleasure. As the band By Dee Martens likes to describe, ”tunes you forgot you remembered and now you It’s a new year and that often means a new you! I have been traveling can’t forget”. The trio has Apex full-timers Julia Valenti on vocals and all over Germany, Holland and Iceland for the last 6 weeks and boy-oh- electric guitar, Rick Valenti on harmonica and percussion, along with boy did I see a lot, eat a lot, and laugh a lot. One of the most popular “RebelStar all the way from LA” on drums. dishes that I enjoyed at countless restaurants was Pork Schnitzel, and The barely controlled chaos starts at 7pm and goes to 10pm. Seating normally I am not a pork connoisseur! So, naturally, I want to share a is limited, so a reservation may be a good idea ... Call 250-462-3623. recipe from my favourite German dish with all of you, with hopes that Tasty appetizers and entrees will be available, as well as full bar it keeps you warm in your belly and for the purpose of taking you on a service. Come on out to Locals Night and eat, drink and be merry culinary flavour journey similar to what I experienced! with people you know and love. And, if you don’t know and love them For this recipe, you will need 4 boneless pork chops, 1 1/2 cups of now, you will by the time this evening concludes in exhausted fun. flour, salt and pepper, 2 eggs, 2 cups of milk, 3 cups of bread crumbs, 1 cup of parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of butter, some fresh (or dried) thyme, and 2 lemons. Begin this recipe the night before, marinating the pork cutlets in 1 cup of milk, the juice from one lemon, salt and pepper (I added 2 teaspoons of each) and a sprig or two of thyme and setting in the refrigerator. If you don’t have time to marinate over night, 4-6 hours is sufficient. About an hour before you are ready to eat, place each pork chop between 2 sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper and gently pound them out. I used a marble rolling pin to do the job, but a meat tenderizer is preferable. Depending on the region of Germany that you are in, you are likely to find varying thicknesses of schnitzel. I like mine about 1/2 an inch thick. Next, add the flour to a dish and season with salt and pepper. In a different bowl, whisk the eggs and remaining milk together and season with thyme. Place the bread crumb mixture in a third dish, and add the cheese until combined. Lightly dredge each piece of pork in first the flour mixture, then the egg mixture and finally the bread crumbs, ensuring that each piece has an even coat. Let the breaded pork cutlets sit on a plate in the fridge for about 15 minutes, as this ensures that the coating dries and sticks properly to the pork (a little secret from Mama Brost!). When the pork has sat and the breading has adhered to the meat, heat the oil and butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a sprig of thyme to the pan and let it fry, as the butter browns slightly. Remove the sprig after one minute and set aside for later. Gently place the cutlets into the pan and let them cook until the are golden brown and crispy, roughly 4 minutes per side. Remove the schnitzel and place on paper towels to remove any excess grease. Season with salt and pepper and serve with lemon wedges and thyme or parsley! Try this schnitzel with any potato side-dish or salad for a meal the whole family will love. This is a schnitzel that you will surely be talking about for months ... well, I know I will be! For a perfect wine pairing, I love enjoying schnitzel with Resiling. I suggest trying it with the 2016 Riesling Gewurztraminer from Perseus Winery in Penticton. Enjoy!

The South Okanagan has a new Ballroom dance instructor. Welcome Brian’s Dance Class. Whether it be Salsa, Waltz, West Coast Swing or Country 2 Step or more, you can now learn from DVIDA Certified professional Brian Udal. Brian and partner Natalie are formally from White Rock and are the previous owners of the well known dance company Roca Blanca Dance. For 13 years, Brian has been teaching thousands of students to be comfortable on the dance floor. Since earning his Masters in San Francisco in 2004, he has also been running a Teacher Training Course for those interested in becoming a professional certified dance instructor. In 2010, Brian proudly won the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Award for under 7 employees. If your goal is to learn your First Dance at your wedding or brush up on your dance skills in a private dance lesson, then Brian can help you. For now, Brian is teaching private lessons, but will be starting group social classes commencing on January 11 in Penticton and January 12 in Summerland. Monthly dance parties commence February 24. Brian Udal states, “We are all students. With this in mind, you can expect to receive instruction delivered with patience and humour. Breaking down a pattern while imparting the correct techniques and character of the dance style is what my students will learn.” Whether you are a green beginner or have ambitions of burning up the dance floor, then give Brian a call today. Everyone is welcome to join. Get ready, get set, get dancing! For more information, please contact Brian Udal at 778.516.7272 or 604.220.6256 cell and leave a message. Or, send an email directly to brians.dance.class@gmail.com for a cover letter with fees and schedule. Gift certificates are now available.

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