Apex Matters January 2019

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Apex Matters

Volume 15 : Issue 5 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

“Keeping You in the S’know”

January 2019

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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.

Apex Mountain Resort Saturday, January 19th 10 am - 3 pm ~ Avalanche Info & Demos in Apex Village 12 pm - 1 pm ~ BBQ Burger Fundraiser in Apex Village 3 pm - 5 pm ~ Silent & Live Auction in Gunbarrel Saloon

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 3 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 these courses at Apex. For more information, please call Finbar at 250-808-9352 or email avalanchesafety@ gmail.com.

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 Avalanche control is a serious business and risk management caught in the avalanche. These patrollers have to be certified and liability, along with prevention and mitigation, are all a part to handle explosives and know exactly what they are doing. of keeping the public safe on a daily basis. We all want you out Everything is recorded and safety is key. enjoying the fresh powder, just as soon as possible. Now to get down to the scary facts ... Did you know that Apex On Saturday, January 19th, Apex Mountain Resort is hosting an has experienced two avalanche fatalities, which were both skier “Avalanche Awareness Day” as part of the national Avalanche triggered? The first one was back in 1976 on Tooth Tusk (which Canada Event. Funds raised from this day will go towards was outside the area boundary at that time) and the second Avalanche Canada, as well as our own Apex Avalanche Safety one was in 1983 on Grouse Gulch (which was inbounds and Program. If you have an item to donate to our Silent or Live the skier ducked a closed rope line). In 1998, one of our patrol Auction, or would like to know more information, please call Paul members was buried while ski cutting Essendale, but thankfully Hirschfield at 250-490-7024 or email patrol@apexresort.com. two patrollers were with him and they dug him out quickly to safety. (He still celebrates his “2nd Birthday” every year.) We are happy to announce that your support over the years of our annual fundraising auction has made it possible for us to purchase This season our paid ski patrol staff of 12 members have a a Beacon Park for public to practice and staff to train right here at combined experience of over 140 years! So, when one of them Apex Mountain Resort. Please see Lyle at the Apex Patrol Booth is uncomfortable about the avalanche risk, you can bet they know in the village on Saturday, January 19th for more information on exactly the worst case scenario and how they don’t want you to this exciting new addition to our Apex Avalanche Safety Program. become another statistic. As for skill sets, these staff members Page 2 | January 2019 | ApexMatters.com

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January 2019 Special Events: Jan 4-6 - 5th Annual Sick Kids Hockey Tournament ~ Hockey players aged 9-10 years old play to raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital. Jan 4, 11, 18 & 25 - Friday Night Special ~ Lift Tickets for T-Bar & Magic Carpet, Rental Equipment and Tubing are all just $7.50 + GST each. Jan 4 & 5 - Maritime Kitchen Party plays live in the Gunbarrel Saloon Jan 10-13 - 19th Annual Apex Shootout Hockey Tournament ~ The outdoor hockey rink will be closed to the public. Jan 11&12 - Florida Man plays live in the Gunbarrel Saloon Jan 17-20 - 15th Annual Apex Firefighters Hockey Tournament ~ The outdoor hockey rink will be closed to the public. Jan 17-20 - BC Timber Tour ~ Come check out these amazing freestyle athletes as they compete in moguls, dual moguls and slopestyle. Jan 18 & 19 - Rumble 100 plays live in the Gunbarrel Saloon Jan 19 - Avalanche Awareness Day ~ Demos and BBQ Lunch in the Village. Silent and Live Auction in the Gunbarrel Saloon from 3-5pm. Jan 24-27 - 15th Annual Apex Shotgun Hockey Tournament ~ The outdoor hockey rink will be closed to the public. Jan 25 & 26 - Cornstarr plays live in the Gunbarrel Saloon

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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager

Our Instructors Are Ready To Teach ~ Nickel Plate now has 4 CANSI (Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors) certified instructors. Weekend drop-in classic lessons run from 12:30-1:30 and are $40 per person. Private and Family lessons are also available. Contact us to book your lesson by calling 250.292.8110 or email info@nickelplatenordic.org. Big Thanks To Our Grooming Staff ~ A huge shout out to

our grooming staff who have kept us opened with less than 20 cm’s of snow for over a month. It was a real challenge from November 24th to December 26th, as we had next to no snow. Thanks to a skilled team, we still enjoyed our trails.

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Annual Welcome Day Is January 13th ~ The Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is hosting our Annual Welcome Day on Sunday, January 13th. Please visit our website for full details at www. nickelplatenordic.org. Interested in checking out our facility? We are offering free lessons and 1/2 day rentals during our special Welcome Day. Food and beverages will be available on site, such as some tasty pastry from a new company called “Wild Pies”. We look forward to seeing you on January 13th. BC Cup Race At Nickel Plate Nordic Centre ~ Nickel Plate Nordic Centre hosted a BC Cup Race on Saturday, January 5th and Sunday, January 6th. There were approximately 300 racers that participated from throughout BC and some from Washington State. Saturday’s race began at 11:00 am and featured interval starts with skiers doing skate technique. Sunday’s race began at 11:00 am and skiers did classic technique. The races were spectator friendly. Thanks to all those that came out and cheered on some up and coming great skiers! The races only used some of the Nordic trails, so the general public was able to enjoy the trails to the west of the lodge. Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make this race a success. Thank you to the following race sponsors; Thule, Podium Imports, Teck, Affordable Storage, Ramada Penticton Hotel and Suites, Poplar Grove Winery, Cannery Brewing Co., and IGA Penticton. The entire Nickel Plate Junior Racers and Masters Skiers had strong finishes. Congratulations to Fred Albrechtson on a second place finish Saturday and a first place finish on Sunday.

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The Stars By Matthew Broder, NP Junior Racer The Nickel Plate Junior Racers are on a hard training regimen where we ski at least twice a week. During the week, we ski by head lamp, under the watchful coaching of Chris Garwah our workouts include time trials, hill workouts, and long-distance skis. Skiing in the dark with only the light of the moon, stars, and one’s head lamp is a completely different experience from daytime skiing. The darkness forces you to concentrate on your balance and your technique. The darkness takes away all distractions and allows you to concentrate on the moment at hand. After a hard, late night workout, the racers share their dinners in the Nickel Plate Lodge, enjoying the camaraderie of the ski team.

Nickel Plate Junior Racer Fred Albrechtson racing in Canmore at the World Junior Trials.

Race Season Underway By Fred Albrechtson, NP Junior Racer 5 races in 9 days marked the start to yet another great season of racing. December 6th, 7th and 8th were spent racing in the NorAm at Sovereign Lake. The races consisted of a 5 km mass start skate and a 10 km interval start classic. These were two great races to kick off the season, as they were mid distances where one could give it their all for all 5 or 10 km’s.

“It is so incredibly peaceful here during the night.” ~ Ben Brouwers-Gertz Photo by Matthew Broder. One of the great joys of training with the Junior Racers is getting to experience the beauty of Nickel Plate at night. With over 50 km of trails to ski and explore, the adventures feel practically endless, but the true joy of skiing at night is getting to see the sun set and watch the stars come out. When you ski at night, it feels like you have the whole place to yourself. All you can hear is the wind through the trees, the swoosh of your skis, and you can almost hear the stars talking.

Placing 5th in the 5 km was a bit of a drag, because I knew I could have gone harder and done better. The next day I had redemption with a 2nd place in the 10 km classic. Those races were two very well-performed races, I thought, as I do not regularly enter the season with such determination and success. The following week I was off to Canmore for the World Junior Trials, which consisted of three races. Up first was a 1.4 km classic sprint on a very hill-binding course. I qualified 21st, but was unable to move on in the heats due to placing 5th out of 6. The next race, after a rest day, was a 10 km interval start skate, where I finished 18th with a time of 25:39. I felt I could have done better, but was still content with a top 20. The last race for the trials was a 30 km mass start classic. Racers completed 1 lap of a 3 km, then a mere-dizzying 7 laps of 4 km. That day, all the male categories competing in the 30 km were combined. I was able to finish 34th with a time of 1:27, which I was very happy with as I was seeded 68th. This type of distance is normally not skied by my age group, but I was more than happy to get some experience in a real distance race. These trials were all BC’s qualifiers for the Canada Winter Games, and unfortunately, I did not make the cut. This past weekend of January 5th and 6th, Nickel Plate hosted a BC Cup Race. Thanks for supporting the teams from all over BC. PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CONSULTANT


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Ski Skills For Life! By Head Coach Tanya Callon

Moguls, Terrain Park, Big Air & All Mountain for the kids club and community

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www.freestyleapex.com WHAT’S HAPPENING

January 17th - 20th ~ Apex Freestyle Club will be hosting the first Timber Tour and Super Youth event. Athletes from all over the province will be coming to compete in moguls, dual moguls and slopestyle. Sign up to help out, as many hands make light work! www.freestyleapex.com/events/volunteer-signup/


Freestyle Apex had three athletes that qualified to compete in the last national level event, being the Canadian Selections held here at Apex last month. With challenging course conditions and limited training before hand, all three club athletes performed very well at the event. Congratulations to Alec Henderson, Ethan Phillips and Ainsely MacDonald! Apex’s local Olympian, Andi Naude, was home for the holidays and our Performance Team had the amazing opportunity to train with her over the Christmas Break. What an excellent opportunity for our athletes to train with such a talented athlete and all around awesome human. Thank you Andi Naude for giving back to this sport! The Freestylerz Program has been up and running for a few weeks and these kids are progressing their skills quickly. Looking forward to seeing some of them perform in the Super Youth competition coming up this month! Our FUNdamentalz Jumps & Bumps program starts at the beginning of this month. We are looking forward to welcoming new members into the program!


New Sign Honours Local Olympian

Apex Mountain Resort renamed a run in honour of local Olympian We need your help! Our club is actively seeking donations, big Andi Naude. Andi competed for Team Canada at the 2018 or small, for our Silent Auction Event this season. Please contact Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, finishing sixth in ladies moguls. Terri Parsons at 250-462-2351 to donate to the club’s silent auction She has taken this season off from competitive mogul skiing and is event or email terrip@shaw.ca. Thanks for your support! attending Royal Veterinary College in London, England. Andi was home during the Holidays, training with the Apex Freestyle Club, and thus present for the unveiling of the new “Andi’s Alley” sign. “Words cannot even begin to describe how honoured I am to receive a run in my name. Thank you Apex and the entire community for playing such an integral role in my life.” ~ Andi Naude

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What’s New At The Edge? OPEN till 9pm when the lifts are running!

By Chad Henderson and Colin Mottershead Thanks for a great Holiday Season and Happy New Year to all! It has been a different start to the ski and board season, but everyone seems to be making the best of it. The Edge Bistro is full of snow enthusiasts enjoying all the fun the resort has to offer. The skating facilities and snowshoe trails have never been busier, but we are confident the snow is on its way and the mountain will offer some great riding in the near future. The Edge Event House has had a load of fun this Holiday Season and every event has been sold out. People have really enjoyed our newest addition to the mountain. Keep your eyes and ears open for more fun events this January and February. We have several great evenings planned starting on Thursday, January 17th with the band “Fold”, where Kira and Landon will play a set and then open up the floor to our aspiring Karaoke enthusiasts. We will put on some wicked food specials and Cheffy has some old recipes up his Chef jacket sleeve that will blow your mind and please your budget.

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Locals Night returns on Friday, January 25th with Garage Groov, including popular band members Rick and Julia, as they entertain the locals and staff alike. Again, another great chance for a roast beef buffet with all the fixins. Dinner will be at 6 pm and music starts just after 7 pm. $25 will get you an amazing dinner and a fun and fantastic night of entertainment ... maybe our own “Fred” the famous mountain host will join in playing his sax, if we’re lucky! Have a fantastic January, and we look forward to seeing everyone at The Edge Bistro for your treats and for the best homemade lunches around!

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Two Great Ways To Save For Your Retirement That Work Even Better Together By Robert McLennan, Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities. In the media, Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) can be presented as an either/or choice, leading investors to favour one over the other. However, both account types offer distinct benefits that can help you manage taxes and boost after-tax dollars. Further, by utilizing both accounts, you gain an additional layer of flexibility to help maximize the benefits of each account. Let Your RRSP Tax Savings Build Your TFSA Your RRSP offers some well-known tax advantages, including the ability to claim your RRSP contributions as deductions on your income tax returns, and potentially receive tax refunds. By choosing to put your savings into your RRSP first, and using your RRSP tax refunds to contribute to your TFSA, you can build more assets for your retirement. Plus, you can fund your TFSA without the need to find those extra dollars from your paycheque. The Flexibility Of Two Accounts When your tax rate is relatively high, and you require additional income, drawing savings from your TFSA can make a lot of sense. That’s because you can withdraw funds without paying taxes at your current high rate, and the amount you withdraw is added back to your available contribution room the following year. On the other hand, because RRSP/RRIF withdrawals are taxable, to maximize the benefits, withdrawals are ideally made when your income is relatively low and/or your tax-rate is lower than when you made your contributions. By building assets in both your TFSA and RRSP, you have the flexibility to draw income from the account that best suits your current tax or income scenario. Benefits Before And During Retirement For most people, their retirement income will be lower than throughout their career, providing a natural time to take advantage of lower tax rates to withdraw from their RRSP, and eventually their RRIF. However, employment and retirement income, or income needs are not always consistent over a lifetime. Pre-retirement, people take time off to take care of family, for education, sabbaticals or other personal reasons. Post-retirement, income can also vary significantly for those who retire prior to pensions kicking in, take on a new career, or have income needs that vary due to lifestyle.

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On The World Cup Ski Cross Circuit By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni Alright, so I competed in the first 3 World cups of the Season. The 1st race was Arosa, Switzerland, where I placed 19th. That was my second world cup ever and my first time qualifying for heats. The next two races were back to back at Innichen, Italy ... a race known for it’s ice injected race hill. On day one, I placed 17th, but I was hungry for more. So, my goal for the next day was to make it into quarter finals. Day two came and I was focused and ready. In the first heat, I had a good start and settled into second. I was able to create more speed than my opponent through the rollers and made a pass putting me into first place, which I was able to hold across the finish line. This moved me onto the next heat. In heat two, I again came out of the gate in second, but this time my technique was to follow my opponent in first very tightly and make it difficult for the athlete in 3rd to pass me. I was successful, by out reaching my opponent at the finish by a glove length. Heat three was the semi final heat which determines who goes to the big (1st to 4th) and small (5th to 8th) final. In this heat, I missed a gate, because I had to avoid an athlete that crashed in front of me putting me into the small final. In heat four or the small final, I was racing my teammate and Olympic gold medalist Brady Leman. Out of the gate, it was very tight. Brady and I were head to head, but he managed to get ahead of me and I also was passed by an Austrian athlete, but I was still tight and in the race. I was catching the draft off Brady and gaining ground when the Austrian and Brady started to get tangled up. I used this to my advantage and made a double pass on the inside of a turn, so 3rd now to 1st. I used the speed from the pass to carry me down the course and across the line first, putting me into 5th place overall. My best result by far. I was very excited and happy with my performance and I am looking forward to my next world cup in Blue Mountain, Ontario at the end of January. Stay tuned, as I will keep you updated in the next Apex Matters.

Having assets in both your RRSP and TFSA through these periods not only helps provide income, it can also help you smooth your taxable income and maximize the tax benefits of these two accounts. Everyone’s income and tax situation is different and there can be several moving parts beyond your TFSA and RRSP. Contact us to review your personal situation and optimize a plan to suit your needs. This information is not intended as nor does it constitute tax or legal advice. Readers should consult their own lawyer, accountant or other professional advisor when planning to implement a strategy. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Member–Canadian Investor Protection Fund. Page 8 | January 2019 | ApexMatters.com

Reece Howden places 5th in World Cup Ski Cross Race held in Innichen, Italy.

Carvers Corner By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director Happy 2019! The Apex Ski Club has had a busy month of training. I must say the conditions of the runs we’ve been training on have been the best it’s been in years. Full marks goes out to the resort staff working with limited snow. Fingers crossed we get a good snow fall again soon! Apex Carvers is in full swing. We just completed our Christmas Camps. Day one of Carvers Saturday program started on January 5th. The full day Carvers Sunday program started on January 6th. We will also be offering Spring Break Camps. These 3 day camps are a great way to get the kids rolling. World Cup News! Reece Howden achieved a career best, 5th place, before the Christmas Break. Reece is in the beginning of his World Cup Ski Cross career. The future looks bright buddy. We had a special guest over the Holidays. Marcus Athans, newest member of the BC Ski Team, came home and trained with us. This was very special for everyone. Marcus spent a few days with his Apex team mates. Lots of fun having him back.

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The Annual SOS Fundraiser Saturday, February 2nd Marcus Athans, who advanced to the BC Ski Team, visited with the Apex Ski Club over the Holidays. Marcus is standing in behind the Apex Ski Club above.

In The Gunbarrel Fireside Dinning Room

Locals Night Resumes At Apex By Julia Valenti

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January 10-13 ~ 19th Apex Shootout Tourney January 17-20 ~ 15th Fire Fighters Tourney January 24-27 ~ 15th Apex Shotgun Tourney

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Gather a group of friends and head over to The Edge Event House in the Apex Mountain Inn on Friday, January 25th for an evening of live music with the trio “Garage Groov”, plus surprise guest player. The music rocks from 7:30-10:30 and before you get up and boogie to the eclectic retro playlist, stoke your fire with a bountiful roast beef buffet prepared by the culinary team from The Edge Bistro. This is Garage Groov’s 3rd season as house band for Locals Night and a full house, as in the past, is expected. Apexers are the happiest, liveliest party people to be found, indoors or out. Come in from the cold and add your hot n’ ready energy to what will be another wild and crazy display of community spirit. Tickets for this event for buffet and music are $25 and reservations are highly recommended. Call Chad at 250-490-6585. Twenty seats have already been snagged by a group of birthday party revelers. If you’re lucky, you could get seated near them and be offered some birthday cake. If not that, maybe you can sneak in on a celebratory shooter. If not coming for dinner service from 6 to 7:30, come in for music and refreshments from 7:30 to 11pm. Let’s get this party started!

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Dino’s Diaries & Conversations By Dino Giurissevich, Adventure Guide Happily, as I am writing this article, snow has fallen with more to come. It is sorely needed and appreciated. As I am new at the “conversations” part of my article, I am learning with each interview. I decided to inject some of my own comments to some of the questions I ask. These will be in (brackets) and “italics”. This issue’s conversation is with Dr. Brad Houston, a man I found to be passionate with cross country ski touring, as well as building, maintaining and mapping the trails for this sport. Brad graciously shared his biography with me, which will start this article proceeded by a few questions. Biography of Dr. Brad Houston ~ “I lived on the prairies until 1962. Prairie weather and terrain made ice skating, curling, and snowshoeing much more enjoyable winter activities. In 1962, I moved with my family to Penticton and established a medical practice, which initially kept my free time limited. It seemed colder back then, as we were able to skate on frozen ponds and lakes. A sailing friend had a spare ice boat and introduced me to ice sailing on Vaseaux and Skaha Lakes. I was a ‘Cub’ and then ‘Scoutmaster’. For winter, we introduced the Scouts to snowshoeing. We used the wooden frame, gut thronged classical snowshoes, which were a lot tougher to use than the modern ones of today. There was a log cabin the Scouts owned out by Darke Lake, which we used as a base for snowshoeing. As the Scout troop became more efficient in using the snowshoes, we took them to snowshoe Apex, up and along what eventually became the “Grandfathers” ski run. On rare occasions, we would overnight in the Aiken’s Cabin, which is now the Scout Cabin near “The Heavens”. About 1965, a Danish dentist came to town and was amazed that cross country skiing was virtually unknown to our area. He held a few free lessons/sessions on his property in Kaleden. My wife and I were sold on the sport and with the help of Taylor Sports Shop ordered wooden cross country skis, bamboo poles and the leather boots of that time. From then on, cross country ski touring was my winter activity. Snowshoes were only used if terrain or conditions made the use of skis impossible. Why walk up and walk down when you could walk up and ski down? Mind you, I did prefer the high country. I was never one for track skiing, never racing. I preferred the back country and loved exploring. I skied actively until I was 83 and hiked until I was 85, but the maladies of age put a stop to that. I am now 89.” You were quite instrumental in the Carmi Trails. Can you tell me more? ~ I got started on that because of a friend who was a horse logger up that way who introduced me to the area. There use to be a few cabins scattered about. My friend was a hunter. I would tag along and he would show me all the old logging roads. In the early 70’s, the “Outdoors Club” was formed and we would open up and maintain these old roads for skiing. There use to be much more snow down lower, but it became undependable, so we

headed up to the Reservoir, Municipal Creek and Little White area. There was great snow and great views in this area. Have you got a favourite area that you like to ski? ~ Municipal Creek area, which is 11 km NW of the Carmi/201 intersection. This wide shallow valley compresses the air from the west, giving a moist micro-climate for the area, resulting in one third more snow than Apex gets. On a good day and being in the right spot, you can get fantastic views all the way down to Okanagan Lake. (I had to check out Municipal Creek, so on December 27th, I headed there for my first ski of the season. It did not disappoint, as the snow was about 18” deep. I followed a logging road, which had been packed down by snowmobiles. It was a bit of a cloudy day and though I did have a few great views, they were somewhat scarred by the glutenous amount of clear cuts. I will be back for more exploring.) Have you got a favourite area up Apex/Nickel Plate way? ~ We have done some touring to Brent Mountain. I also led a tour to Hedley. (You took turns breaking trail?) Oh yes. We have skied down to Olalla Ridge. I like to go on Southward Ho, and head up to the top of Apex Proper. I really like skiing Razorback Ridge. Great views! You seem to be like me in a sense that you enjoy trail/route finding and clearing? ~ Oh ya. There were 4 or 5 of us that would trail clear and figure out better angles. I enjoy having a fire on my outings. Did you ever have a fire on yours? ~ No. No, no, no. We used our internal fires. We kept on the move. We had one guy who came out a bit that was crazy about fires. What does getting outdoors do for you personally? ~ Kept me fit and kept me happy! (Mentally and physically) Yup, yup, yup. Have you got one story or experience that stands out among others? ~ I always felt I was blessed with an internal GPS. (That’s funny. I call myself the human GPS.) I remember heading up Southward Ho heading toward Razorback Ridge. A snowmobile had ruined our regular ski tracks, so I took a shortcut. One person in the group was a little nervous, because he couldn’t see any trail markers and he thought I was lost. I told him to relax and wait a few minutes, and sure enough, we came out to the road on the north side of Apex Proper. Right where we wanted to be. I’ve done this a few times and even in low visibility. (That’s the hardest time) Yes, it is. Have you ever been in an avalanche? ~ Slab avalanche. A couple of times. I rode a cornice down about 100’ one time. Riding this big block! Luckily, no injuries and I was able to ski back up to the group. A Carmi Experience? ~ A small group of us skied up Stuart Creek Road/Peat Bog Road about 4 years after the Ellis Creek Fire. There was a tremendous amount of Willow and Birch. In one day, we skied past 17 moose! (Wow!) The bull moose seemed a little nervous of us, but the cow moose weren’t bothered by us at all. The next year the government had a program to take out the deciduous growth, so that conifers could have a chance to grow. Not many moose around after that.

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Carmi Trails Appreciation Day Success! By Neda Jess The Carmi Trails Appreciation Day at the Carmi XC trail-head was completely successful with an estimated 200 participants. The entire volunteer committee was stunned by the incredible level of support that was shown by our large community of trail fans. To all of you, a loudly shouted “Thank You!” To all of the event’s many volunteers and supporters. “Thank You Too!” A huge thank you to the local businesses that donated time and items for our gift baskets. Dino’s Snowshoe Tours brought snowshoes and offered tour guiding, with all rental fees donated to Carmi Recreation Trails Group. Our DJ, James Proteau, volunteered his time. We had numerous sponsors donate to our gift baskets, those being SportChek, True Outdoors, Cannery Brewing, Howling Moon Craft Cider, Incognito Estate Winery, Backyard Beans, Woudas, Teas and Weaves, and JodDee Daugne. It was great to see Dick Cannings and Dan Ashton there, as well as Penticton City Councilor Julius Bloomfield - both for his presence and the very cool teepee that he brought up and set up. What you don’t see in the accompanying pictures is the fact that the parking lot was filled to capacity. There were cars parked from the west edge of the parking lot all the way down Beaverdell Road, which was more than a half a kilometer long! What a heart warming expression of public support for the Carmi Recreation Trails!

Our collective “next step”? Write more letters of support for saving the trail network from patch clear-cuts. Without hearing your voice on this, all of our and your support for the (only) family-class subalpine recreational trail infrastructure in the Penticton area will be moot! Please write to: Doug Donaldson at Doug.Donaldson. MLA@leg.bc.ca; Dan Ashton at Dan.Ashton.MLA@leg.bc.ca; Richard Cannings at Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca; and Ian McLellan at Ian.McLellan@gov.bc.ca (RSTBC). Send letters to our local newspapers as well. These letters do not go unnoticed by our government. Please write to: Penticton Western at editor@ pentictonwesternnews.com and Penticton Herald at csr@ok.bc.ca.

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Artisan Christmas Market A Success! By Ash Dunsford This season’s 3rd Annual Artisan Christmas Market was a great success! With 20 vendors in attendance and a great turn out from the locals and general public, The Edge Event House and Apex Inn lobby were buzzing with great energy! The majority of our vendors were true Apex locals and it was so great to see how much talent we have up here on the mountain. With the bar serving Bailey’s coffee and mulled wine, it added a traditional European Christmas Market vibe to the whole experience. I’d like to send a huge thank you to all of the vendors who helped create the beautiful space, and thanks to all the people who stopped by to shop and browse. Thanks to The Edge Team for the space and support, as well as Lachy and the SkyRun team for the use of the lobby. Special thanks to Kimberly Younie and Molly Raine for helping with the set up. Stay tuned for a potential market in the spring. Let it snow!

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Creative Wellness Solutions By Dee-anne Jalava, Seniors Wellness Practitioner “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” ~ Albert Einstien What wonderful words! We wish everyone a wonderfully happy and healthy New Year! Enjoy this time of reflection and anticipation of the wonderful things to come! Most of my articles discuss the numerous health benefits of receiving regular chair massages, but as a Wellness Practitioner I also provide wellness coaching. During this time of year, many people try to focus on their ‘hope for tomorrow’ and make New Year’s Resolutions. A RESOLUTION is: a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something. Whereas a GOAL is: the end toward which effort is directed. Sometimes the problem with the resolutions that we make is we don’t see immediate results and may feel that we have failed, but we work toward goals and there are steps to achieving your goals that a Wellness Coach can help with. According to U.S. News, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February, so the odds are against you. We can help you succeed! Just as a sports coach pushes athletes to greatness in sports, a wellness coach helps clients to find success and satisfaction in all areas of their life. Wellness coaching and chair massage contribute to a well-rounded lifestyle. After a busy and hectic holiday season a chair massage can help you wind down, relax and enjoy a better night’s sleep. And remember, “If you have a goal, write it down. If you do not write it down, you do not have a goal - you have a wish.” ~ Steve Maraboli At Creative Wellness Solutions, we specialize in helping people reach their health and wellness goals through a combination of coaching and chair massage. Take that first step towards making your New Year’s resolutions/goals a success by calling us at 250497-5974 and making an appointment for your free consultation. Come and see how effective massage can be to your wellbeing. Creative Wellness Solutions is conveniently set up at the Okanagan Falls Zen Centre every Wednesday morning and at numerous sites in Penticton every week. Be sure to check out our website at www.CreativeWellnessSolutions.com and visit our Facebook page.

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Jay’s Tunes To Turn To Artist ~ Muse Album ~ Simulation Theory Track ~ “Pressure” I hope everyone enjoyed their Holidays and all the best in this New Year. This season, Mother Nature and Ullr have not been kind to us at Apex. So, the “pressure” has been put on the mountain staff (maintenance, snow makers, groomers, and patrol) to make the mountain rideable and safe for everyone. Please do not duck ropes to what might be fresh powder. Trust me, it’s not! Hazards and sharp rocks are likely under a very thin blanket of snow. When you go into close areas, you not only put yourself in danger, you also put those in danger on the way to save you. Ski patrol does not need that “pressure”. We all want the fresh pow. Please be patient, as it will come. It always does, just a little later this season is all. Respect the closers in place and ride safe out there. Ski you soon! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Jay’s Tune To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in the fun. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Skate On The Lake By Lyndie Hill It’s cold outside, but that’s what warm clothes are for. The air is fresh, the snow is here, and folks are gathering to celebrate a special place. People of all ages pull up the road with wood in the back of their trucks, hot food, hot drink and their shovels. Clearing the snow is part of the experience and everyone chips in. I haven’t seen teenagers work this hard for something in a while and that’s not a dig at a generation, it’s just a fact. But here they are without wifi or cell phones, skates on their feet, shovels in hand, clearing the ice for the little kids and the “old” kids at heart, to skate on the lake.

They shovel and they shovel and the bigger the clearing gets the more excitement, the bigger their smiles, the harder they work and the more empowered they are to continue until they are finally content and it is time to play. People of all ages head out on the ice with their sticks, their hockey skates, their figure skates, their chairs to keep them upright or allow them to sit down. The sound of the scraping ice, the puck shots and the laughter across the lake fills the trees with a warmth that can’t be found indoors. Strangers become friends, kids create imaginary ice worlds no adult could dream up, while babies, snuggled against their parents, watch with wonder every action until the crisp air slowly pulls them into sleep.

Stories are shared of times had, new stories are being made. It is amazing that something so simple as frozen water can bring so much joy, teach so many lessons, and mean so many things to so many people. Hours pass in what feels like minutes, as the sun peaks through the clouds and disappears again. But, the weather doesn’t matter, as that’s what warm fires are for.

The young continue to shovel through the snow in a path once cut by my canoe. Skates slice the ice, where my paddle once led. The same energy flows through the simplicity of each stroke and creates a feeling that can’t be replaced or found on an electronic device. When we are here, we are part of a story in which we play the lead role. The trees are our back drop, the chatter echoing across the water is our soundtrack and for a moment in time nothing else matters. We are here to celebrate this special place and there is nothing else in the world just like it.

Imagine all those who have enjoyed this place before us, the generations of families and friends who have gathered here, it’s as though you can feel their spirits. There is just something about this place, not necessarily unique to our Province in its landscape of rock, lake and pine, but at the same time like no other in its beauty, history and how it all comes together. Like how we all come together at each point in time to build a railway only to pull each tie, to build a trail only see it burn, to build a lodge only to watch it deteriorate ... yet every time we return and we rebuild, we breathe new life and we continue the story, because this is a place where people gather, where people stop for water, to refuel, to share their leading role. This is a place to paddle your canoe, to catch a fish, to ride the trail, to climb a mountain and in this moment right now, this is the place to skate on the lake.

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Skiing To Uplift Your Mood By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician January is setting in. Darker days are amidst us, albeit we are gradually returning to the light. Whether Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects you or you are just looking for a lift to get you through the winter blahs, you are bound to find happiness up at the hill. Apex Mountain is a way to get above the clouds that close in on the valley. Getting outside is a way to gain more light, despite these long winter nights. Getting Outside ~ This is a simple doctor’s prescription. Or, mother’s wisdom. Spending more time outdoors does wonders for boosting your perspective. Breathing fresh mountain air. Soaking some sun’s rays above the clouds can dampen the effects of seasonal affective disorder. And while you are at it, getting in some outdoor exercise is effective at reducing the winter blahs. The European Centre for Environment and Human Health analyzed 11 randomized trials on the effects of exercising outdoors. They found that there was an improvement in mental well being including increased energy, feeling more revitalized and greater enjoyment in those who exercised outdoors vs. getting your fitness in a gym. Added bonus to outdoor activity is gaining natural Vitamin D from the sun’s rays. Vitamin D is known to boost your immunity, reduce inflammation and combat depression. Vitamin D is readily absorbed from the sun’s rays on your forehead. Spend some time in the village reducing your goggle tan.

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Brain Boost ~ I am sure that you have experienced the mood changing effects of working up a good sweat at the gym after having had a bad day at the office. Or, even felt post workout bliss. All of these feelings come down to a rush of endorphins chemicals released from the brain to reduce discomfort, activate opioid receptors and bring on general well being and euphoria. These chemicals are involved in our natural reward circuits getting us to repeat activities without much thought. Downhill skiing brings on this chemical rush. Skiers chase the endorphin and adrenalin rush. Getting us up at the crack of dawn. Out in inclement weather. The beauty is that the after effect of a good ski day is these endorphins will elevate your mood. Research has shown that exercise is effective at treating mild to moderate depression likely through these endorphin pathways.

Sharing ~ Après ski. Laughs about the best run of the day. Encouraging a friend to ski a hidden treasure with you. The social Be Present ~ Mindfulness is a state of mind keeping your aspect to skiing is a laid-back pressure free environment. Being attention on the present moment. It is a simple practice of reducing surrounded by others who are doing something they love rubs off brain chatter and mind wandering. When taken to a level of in a good way. Keeping it social will stave off depression. And, regular practice, mindfulness based meditation can help improve don’t forget that ear to ear grin at the end of a powder day can symptoms of depression and anxiety. Daily practice can calm your keep you going well into hump day. mind and body to better cope with stress and let go of worrisome Awe Inspiring ~ Being outside amongst the elements. The ski hill thoughts. A way to naturally bring mindfulness into your life is on is different every day. Better yet, get out for the first or last chair the ski hill. It becomes effortless to remain in the moment when lift to see some of the mountain’s beauty. And if you are lucky to you are skiing. You can’t let life’s worries overcome you when you ski a run all to yourself, take a moment to feel the stillness of the are skiing a technical run. Your mind automatically shifts quickly mountain. into being aware of your ski legs and your present surroundings. As skiing is a source of enjoyment for many, it becomes natural to This winter take the time to notice the mood enhancing effects of stick in the moment. Next time you are skiing, take notice of your being outside in the snow sharing a beautiful view with friends. breath and how you can remain present with ease. This skill can then be transferred into your “Valley Life” to make mindfulness a Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in regular part of your life. Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Success ~ Self-esteem, how we feel about ourselves, can directly Plasma using Ultrasound. impact one’s mental health. Improving how you see yourself She practices in Penticton at and what you feel you can accomplish can reduce your risk Alpine Natural Health. You can toward developing a mental health problem. When it comes to also find her on the hill as part of skiing, it can be a fulfilling sport. Bringing on the feel good vibes. the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol. Progressing up in run difficulty can provide an immediate sense of accomplishment. Even bad ski days can quickly turn around when you make a second go at it. The beauty of the ski hill is that no two days are alike and there is always an opportunity to boost your skill level, no matter how good of a skier you are.

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Ski The Gaps, Not The Trees. By Phil Burman, BHSc.(PT) Registered Physiotherapist, Former Ski Bum Each season, we see dozens of people in physiotherapy who have sustained injuries while skiing or boarding. After a while, the stories that people tell start to sound familiar. Hopefully, we can all learn from the mistakes of others, and avoid a season-ending injury. • ‘One more run’ ~ The most common time to injure yourself is on the last run of the day, either by being tired already, or by charging hard because you don’t need ‘to leave something in the tank’ for the next run. So take it easy at the end of the day. • The next most common time to get injured is either first thing in the morning, or after lunch. Remember to warm up. Cruise that first run to get the blood pumping, and get your feet under you. • If you’ve washed your lunch down with a beer, take it easy, and stay out of the trees. • Cannabis may now be legal in Canada, but that doesn’t make it ‘safe’. Marijuana will likely affect your judgement, reaction time and decision making ability; all of these are important when on skis or board. Be smart. • Don’t duck the ropes. Patrol have closed certain areas for a reason - probably your safety. If your skis or board suddenly stop on a rock and your body keeps going, it is probably going to hurt. • When you are charging through the trees, remove your pole straps from your wrists. It is better to lose a pole than to lose an arm. • When skiing trees, look at the gaps between the trees. You’ll go where you’re looking, so don’t stare at that Pine. Trees don’t move. • Stay away from tree wells. People have died in tree wells. At best, getting stuck is really frustrating. • Always ski with a buddy. • Ski to your ability - just because your buddies drop into Peashooter, you don’t have to. • When you finish skiing the Gun Runs, look up the Grandfather’s Trail before you drop in. You don’t want to crash into oncoming traffic. And, beware of the flat landing onto the cat track. • Before you ski the Terrain Park, check it out first. Do a run without taking any air. Check yourself before you wreck yourself. • When you hit jumps, have someone spot your landings to make sure it’s clear. • When you stop on any run, make sure you can be seen. Don’t stop below a jump or knoll. • When traversing a run, look uphill first. The people coming down are going much faster than you. • Parents - when your kids are on the Apex Race Team, you don’t need to keep up to them anymore. • Before you step into your skis, be sure to knock all the snow off your boots. If you’re only half clipped in, you’re more likely to come out again, when you least want to. • Ensure your bindings are adjusted (DIN setting) to your weight and ability level. • Have your skis tuned. We are fortunate to have some expert technicians locally, so use them. • Wrist injuries are common for snowboarders. Consider wrist braces, or gloves with support. • Stay hydrated. Remember to drink water. Dehydration will impair your balance, judgment and skills. • Remember to eat - you’ve got to feed the machine.

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Dress warm. It is easier to stay warm than to get warm, and easier to unzip your jacket than to find an extra layer. Wear a helmet. Learn how to crash. If you plan to head out of bounds, take an avalanche course, carry a shovel, probe and transceiver, and don’t go alone. Respect the mountain. It is bigger than you and it will be around much longer. Be smart out there. Have fun. That’s the whole idea.

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Forestry At Apex: 2018 In Review By the APOA Board As per the APOA mission statement, “We strive to safeguard against adverse impact from development and operating activities on safety and public welfare.” Over the last decade, the resource extraction activity that has most visibly and materially impacted the Apex recreation area is clear-cutting. Ironically, this activity has not actually reduced the wildfire risk our properties face each summer. Government and industry professionals manage BC’s forests under a legal framework called the Forest and Range Practices Act, or FRPA for short. After years of experience working with these professionals, it is the APOA board’s position that FRPA is fundamentally flawed. FRPA ensures that maximizing timber extraction takes both practical and legal precedence over protection of Apex’s recreation and property values. After back-to-back record breaking forest fire seasons, the fact that managing and reducing wildfire risk to communities is of secondary importance under FRPA has been much in the news. APOA believes FRPA ensures the professionals tasked with managing and protecting our forests for the public good are heavily constrained in their ability to guard and enhance Apex’s long-term economic and lifestyle values. Those who enjoy the Carmi Intensive Recreation Area near Penticton have recently become painfully aware of this regulatory flaw now that harvesting threatens the recreation value of that area as well. The good news is that in 2018 we started to see some initial signs of progress. In the fall of 2017, the newly elected provincial government began a review process that included extensive public and professional input to which the APOA Forestry Advisory Committee contributed in numerous ways. In early 2018, the

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Annual Membership ~ $30/year www.apexpropertyowners.com government released an extensive, and at times highly critical, final report proposing 121 recommended changes. In the fall of 2018, the provincial government passed Bill 49, which implements just the first two of those recommendations. Bill 49 states “It is the general duty of a [professional] regulatory body at all times to serve and protect the public interest.” The strengthened requirement for governing bodies such as the Association of BC Forest Professionals to protect the public interest (as opposed to advocate for their profession) is mentioned throughout Bill 49. It is a subtle but important change in focus that APOA believes can, over the long-term, result in forest management practices better suited to the recreation, economic, and social values of the Apex area. So, what about the remaining 119 recommendations of the government’s review? Late in 2018, the provincial government’s chief forester released a public information bulletin outlining initial plans to improve the Forest and Range Practices Act. The bulletin validates many of APOA’s concerns and acknowledges the need for change. Below are goals extracted from the bulletin that merit some cautious optimism about this initiative: “coordination at the landscape-level” Neither industry nor government is currently operating with an integrated, long-term plan to protect and enhance Apex’s economic and social value as a recreation area. We need one. “More frequent and reliable opportunities for interested parties to provide input”, “Strengthening the management of visual quality by making it a practice requirement”, and “strengthen local engagement.” A major complaint of APOA, and many other community groups throughout the province, is that local government (in our case RDOS) has essentially no influence over forestry practices that negatively impact local communities. Those who pay the highest price when poor forestry practices occur currently have almost no voice and little recourse. Hopefully, this will finally be addressed in the updated regulations. We are not yet out of the woods (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun), but 2019 arrives with some positive signs that it will not be “business as usual” when it comes to harvesting and wildfire protection in the Apex area. Are you interested in helping the APOA work with government and industry to protect and enhance this fantastic recreation area we all enjoy? Email us at apoaexec@gmail.com.

Apex Fire Brigade Society By Mark Rufiange, Treasurer Hello fellow residents at Apex. My message is both as a cabin owner and as a volunteer firefighter. We started this GoFundMe campaign 9 months ago with the idea of making it easy for the residents of Apex to support our volunteer fire brigade. As a cabin owner (or condo owner), we need to recognize that we pay nothing for fire protection. Had the referendum gone through a few years ago, we would be each paying about $1200 per year for an on-hill certified volunteer fire hall supported through the RDOS. That being said, we have a great group of volunteers who will come together when a fire breaks out, to help protect our assets (and possibly lives) here on the hill. As a volunteer myself, I participate, when I can and if I’m here when a fire takes place, I have no hesitation to help my friends or neighbour’s in a time of need, because that’s what neighbour’s do. So here’s our ask ... We are looking to maintain or replace our equipment that is stored in the many fire boxes you see throughout the hill. Our target for this GoFundMe fundraiser is $20,000. To date, being 9 months, we’ve raised $2300 with thanks to the people listed below. There are approximately 550 households on the mountain. If everyone donated $100, that would be $55,000 which would be great. But for now, we would be happy if half of the residents would sign up to help us achieve our goal. It’s easy to do, just search www.gofundme.com, when you are on the page, go to the search bar at the top of the page and type “Apex Fire Brigade” and this will take you to our fundraiser. Thank you for your support! GOFUNDME donations to date: $100 Arnie and Joan Erickson $500 Paul and Sally B $100 Judy Sutherland $200 Anonymous $100 Trevor Knowlton $100 Konrad and Gina $100 Bruce Pearsall $100 S&P McLeod $100 Clea Buechler $200 Jodie Taylor $100 Balazs Gerloczy $100 Marcus Strohmann $500 Anonymous $2300

FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ RDOS has just received permission from the Province to proceed with the development and operation of a waste and recycling transfer station in the Apex community. Our intent is to construct a metal building that will house the refuse and recycling bins at roughly the same location as the existing refuse bin. The Regional Subrina Monteith District has a short term lease for this Director of property and is currently in negotiations RDOS Area ‘I’ to extend the lease. Over the next few weeks, we will be finalizing the project scope, estimated costs and project time lines. We should be able to provide more information in the coming weeks. I have been attending APOA meetings to learn and share information. Be sure to read the minutes for further information. I started a Facebook group for Apex home owners to communicate on RDOS topics ... “Apex home owners/residents RDOS Area ‘I’. Join us and get involved in discussions about your community. During RDOS board strategic planning sessions, both wildfire and flooding were top priorities for the new board of directors. Jeff Brown will be presenting to the board in the new year to share wildfire concerns with the directors. Each RDOS area has an opportunity to create an Area Planning Committee. Our Area ‘I’ committee will include representation from each community and John Davis has agreed to represent the Apex community. The Area Planning Committee works with RDOS staff to put a recommendation forward to the directors regarding land use applications. It’s an important tool directors can use to get residents input prior to decision making. I will be at The Edge Bistro on Sunday, January 13th between 1011 am, if you wish to stop in and say hello or ask questions. Wishing everyone the best for 2019 and looking forward to meeting everyone for coffee or on the bunny hill. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca


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A Glance At Our Night Sky

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

Over The Fence

In 2013, the spacecraft Voyager 1 left the Solar System moving at around 62,000 km/h. In the last few weeks, Voyager 2 followed. They bear messages to any alien civilizations that might find them, including recordings of sounds of Earth. However, space is so huge, it is unlikely anyone will come across them. Launched in 1977, the two spacecraft were intended to give us close views of the outer planets. Back then, we did not have the technology to slow the spacecraft down to go into orbit around those planets. They just shot past at high speed, taking pictures and making other observations as they went. As seems usual these days, the results that came back from those robot explorers have forced us to discard a lot of our favourite theories about the working of the outer Solar System. When we fly outward from Earth, we eventually reach the magnetopause, where our planet’s magnetic field ends and we enter the realm of the solar wind. There is a definite point at where we leave “Near-Earth” space and enter “Interplanetary” space. The solar wind flows outward past all the planets, with most of them having their own backyards, enclosed by their magnetic barriers. Eventually, the solar wind meets the magnetic field of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The meeting point is called the heliopause. Inside the heliopause we are in the Solar System, beyond we are in interstellar space. The Solar System is our cosmic backyard, and we are now venturing over the back fence into interstellar space. This brings us face-to-face with unimaginably huge distances and spans of time. Light takes about 100,000 years to travel from one side of our galaxy to the other, so we say it has a diameter of 100,000 light years. Light takes about eight minutes to travel from the Sun to us. The Solar System is less than a light day in diameter, and it took the Voyager spacecraft since 1977 to reach the heliopause. The nearest star after the Sun lies 4.3 light years away. If Voyager 1 were heading in the right direction, it would take around 80,000 years to reach it. Images from the Hubble Space Telescope show millions of galaxies, extending out billions of light years from us. To explore even our own galaxy would require spacecraft able to travel at huge speeds, far faster than anything we can achieve now. This brings us to Mother Nature’s speed limit. Albert Einstein showed, and experiments have proved him right, that any material object cannot travel faster than the speed of light. At that speed, it would still take 4.3 years to get to the nearest star. However, as we get closer and closer to the speed of light, funny things happen to time. We could return from our trip to the nearest star, after a two-way journey time of 9-10 years, depending on how long we spent exploring, and find that centuries or millennia had passed on Earth. To all intents, we would have to regard the trip as one-way, because when we got back everything we were familiar with would be long gone. In science fiction, this problem has been “solved” with ideas like “warp drive”, “jumps through hyperspace”, and so on. The latest work in physics suggests such things might well be possible. However, at the moment, we have no ideas as to how we can make them happen. One stunning thing we have found from our space probes out there exploring the Solar System is how long they have continued to work. Probes have been sending us back data after decades or more. One explanation for this might be that those robots are well beyond the reach of engineers and scientists who have bright ideas as to how to tweak those devices to make them “work better”. Next Full Moon ~ January 20. Next New Moon ~ February 4.

The New Year Begins With Sharing 100 Men Who Care Continues To Support Charities In the past two years, members of 100 Men Who Care-Penticton have donated more than $66,000 to 30 different charities in Penticton, Summerland, Osoyoos, Oliver and Keremeos. The group meets four times a year and the first meeting of the New Year will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at TIME Winery & Kitchen, located at 361 Martin Street in Penticton. Doors Open at 5:00 pm & Event is 5:30-6:30 pm. The 100 Men Who Care concept is quite simple. Members meet four times a year and each person commits to donating $100 at each meeting. Three charitable organizations from the South Okanagan and Similkameen region are chosen at random and invited to present at a meeting, where they describe their organization, explain how a donation would be used and whom it will help. The 100 Men members then vote to distribute their donations to the charities, with 80% going to the charity receiving the most votes and the two other groups receiving 10% each. At the October meeting three charities, the Okanagan Boys & Girls Club, the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) and the Penticton Soupateria Society shared $7,700 in donations. If you are interested in becoming one of the 100 Men, feel free to attend as a guest to see what it is all about and take the opportunity to hear from three charities you might not be aware of. More information can be found on the website at www.100menpenticton. com or you can email info@100menpenticton.com.

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Charities Are The Real Winners With 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan-Similkameen Making a difference seems to be the key motivator for the more than 200 women members of 100 Women Who Care South OkanaganSimilkameen. With more than $81,050 dollars donated to 38 local charities, banding together to find and fund local charities really has an impact. When our members get together, we share a few laughs, quite a bit of wine, and our passion for helping others. Our members donned their signature ‘Little Black Dresses’ in December to enjoy fantastic food and wine at Time Estate Winery. And in turn, our members gave The South Okanagan Children’s Charity $5250 to help families with living expenses when their little ones were undergoing out of town medical care. The South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls and the Special Olympics BC also received $500 each to help them provide services. Thanks to all the fabulous women who make 100 Women Who Care special. Thanks to Time Winery for the terrific food and wine. We look forward to seeing everyone in April 2019. Come join us ... www.100WomenSouthOkanagan.com.

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Retro-Tunes Entertainment ... The Name Says It All Singer/DJ, Grant Henderson has entertainment in his blood. His beginnings in stage presence began in drama classes in high school. Grant became a DJ in 1978 working in Vancouver’s downtown scene and earned a reputation of excellent song selection and flawless mixing. Many people claim that, “with his voice, he should be in radio”. Being a good DJ is much more than playing one song after another. Anyone can do that. It’s the DJ’s job to set the mood on the dance floor. A good DJ observes the crowd, plays more of what they dance to, and remains always open to requests. Grant’s policy on music requests is simple, “If I’ve got it, I’ll play it.”

Special Olympics British Columbia (SOBC) changes lives through the power and joy of sport. SOBC is seeking a volunteer local coordinator with strong leadership, communication and organizing skills. The goal is to provide for the effective and efficient operations of the local organization. To learn more and to volunteer, please contact Leanne Kelly either Toll-free at 1-888-854-2276 or email lkelly@specialolympics.bc.ca. The Mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is to be a leader in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. Would you like to make a difference and become a Friendly Visitor? We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. The Friendly Visiting program matches volunteers with residents living with MS in a long-term care facilities. The purpose of the program is to improve the quality of life of isolated persons with MS living in long term care, by fostering supportive relationships between a resident and a volunteer. For more information or to become a Friendly Visitor, please contact Rebecca Cooke at 250-314-0773 or email rebecca. cooke@mssociety.ca. MS Society of Canada. “Our purpose is to unite the arts community and work towards the building of a sustainable state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre that will serve the needs of our region for generations to come.” www.sopac.ca The South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre is seeking new board members. If you are interested in contributing to an exciting cultural scene for the region, please contact Allan Markin at amarkin@shaw.ca. The Canadian Red Cross is the leading humanitarian organization through which people voluntarily demonstrate their caring for others in need. Emergency management program volunteers are needed for Penticton, Oliver and Osoyoos. Equipment loans program volunteers are needed for Oliver and Princeton. The job descriptions for both programs are available at www.volunteercentre under ‘Browse Opportunities’. Considering Volunteering? Attend the next Volunteer Gathering, where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Everyone is welcome. The next Volunteer Gathering is scheduled for February 27th from 11:30 - 1:00 pm, includes lunch and refreshments. RSVP by February 22nd to info@volunteercentre.info. All gatherings are held at the Parlour, located at 696 Main Street in Penticton.

Lighting can play a critical role in setting the mood on the dance floor. Although Retro-Tunes plays only the hits of yesteryear, their lighting system consists of an impressive array of modern LED fixtures and Laser lights. Naturally, a water-based fog machine also helps to further enhance the lighting effects. Grant’s real talent, however, is in his voice. Nothing beats live entertainment and Grant loves to sing at almost any gathering. “A live singer brings an energy to the room that is difficult to obtain with recorded music”, says Grant. Grant sings a variety of Country, Soft Rock, and Classic Rock tunes. He can be found singing at the Okanagan Falls Legion from time to time and Grant will be treating us all at “Music in The Park” on Sunday, July 22nd starting at 6:30 pm. How can Retro-Tunes Entertainment make your event even better? Call 778-531-8557 and ask Grant today!

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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Happy New Year everyone! 2018 is now well and truly in the bag, secured with a twist tie and left at the curb. Not unlike my own recycling efforts, it was a real mixed bag.

The first half of the year brought us some of the most epic snow we have ever seen! It was deep and soft, a perfect pairing with my soul really ... I remember feeling the need to lift my legs on the quad for fear of skiing up the hill. That would have been too much like riding the T-bar and we all know that should only be used in the most desperate of situations. We then ran head-long into a major spring melt. Just so much water on roads, in homes, under the bridge. It was also so grey with rain every other day. Everything Herb Kale & Mushroom Soup was just so dark and wet, just like ... huh. I cant think of a simile By Dee Martens for that. Maybe something will come to me. But, honestly it went Christmas time is over and from the joy of some truly epic snow conditions to the hardship of many of us have made New unstoppable waters ... all within a few weeks. Life is odd that way. Years goals that we intend Ups and downs. Highs and lows. Dude!! and dude ... We then to follow (mostly). One of rolled into the literal dumpster fire of the summer. It wasn’t just the most popular goals, year Shorty’s fire burning on the dance floor, it was our entire forest up after year, is to eat healthier in flames. It was bonkers. When you start booking trips to Bejing and to exercise more. The to find cleaner air, you know we have a problem. I mean I took following soup recipe seems up smoking just for the filters. It was completely nuts. The thing boring, but I promise - it will about disasters is that people can still find the humour in it. The take your taste buds on a folks in Spokane were good sports with their ‘Suck It’ joke. Sadly, (healthy) journey and you that was the best cross boarder relations we have had all year. won’t be disappointed. So, the summer was all hot and smoky, like my fabulous eyes after To begin, cut a mixture of watching that make up tutorial on YouTube. The fall of 2018 was mushrooms into ½ inch slices fine. The weather was fine. The food was fine. Just kinda fine. and place in a medium sized Fine, but dry. Oh boy was it dry. Our poor hill is hurting for snow. bowl (I chose a mixture of At the time of writing, we are at 74cm base. Most of that comes wild mushrooms for this soup, from the hard work and dedication of our snowmaking team. They such as King mushrooms, have been going hard to get us skiing. And, as much as we all Oyster mushrooms, Enoki mushrooms and Button mushrooms). love the real stuff, it is truly better than nothing. Hats off to the Chop a handful of baby carrots (or one large carrot) and add to the snowmaking crew, you’ve kept us rolling. This may sadly go down bowl. Next, wash a small container of cherry tomatoes and add as the winter of rock skis, if mother nature doesn’t sort herself out these to the mushrooms before adding 3 thinly sliced shallots and shortly. 2 sliced cloves of garlic (if you make this soup in the summertime, Okay, so that was 2018. Now, let us gaze into the crystal ball of heirloom cherry tomatoes really freshen up the dish). Toss veggies 2019 and see what glories will be dumped upon us ... in 2 Tbsp. of olive oil and roast on a pan, in the centre rack of the I see ... snow! Piles and piles of fresh powder ... falling in April ... oven, at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, flipping once. Next, in a smaller sized bowl, whisk ½ cup of finely chopped dill, sorry.

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½ cup of chopped parsley, ½ of the juice from a lemon, 1 tsp. of honey, 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes, ½ tsp. of ground cumin, 1 tsp. of salt and ½ a cup of olive oil and set aside. While your veggie mix is roasting, prepare your chosen grains for this soup. Great tasting soups can be made with barley, quinoa, rice or spelt (or any combination of these grains). Simply cook the grain to specifications, rinse in cold water and set aside. For this recipe, I used 1 ½ cup of dry barley. To make, I simply added the dry barley and 3 ¾ cups of water to a sauce pan, bringing to a boil before reducing the heat to a simmer and cooking the barley, covered for 45 minutes. While your chosen grain is cooling, bring 7 cups of homemade beef or chicken bone stock to a slow boil before adding one can of rinsed white navy beans. Simmer broth for 5 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. While the soup is cooking, cut one bunch of kale into small leaves (discarding the tough centres of the kale) and toss with 2 cloves of crushed garlic and 2 Tbsp. of olive oil. Bake on the same sheet that you used for your veggies. Roast until the kale is wilted and slightly crisped (4 minutes). To create soup: ladle mushroom mixture and grain onto the bottom of a bowl, top with broth followed by kale and herbed oil mixture. Page 22 | January 2019 | ApexMatters.com

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I see ... people coming together in peace and harmony ... as they all agree to never play Monopoly again, because it is a dumb game that destroys families ... yeah! Hopefully, your crystal ball has a better outcome than mine. From deep within the snowbank and from deep within my heart, I truly want to wish each and everyone one of you blessings for the new year. May you never double eject on the slopes of life, but if you do ‘yard sale’, here is to finding all your gear, tweaking your poles strait again, and skiing out the run. Happy 2019 everyone!

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Finding Your Dragon - Chapter 5 By Zoe Mallach In the year 2035, small dragons about the size of a small dog, came into the world with no explanation. Soon, humans started to train and domesticate the petite dragons. Over some years, all humans were able to obtain a dragon, but only between the ages of 16-18. If someone was unable to obtain a dragon, those without dragons were outcast and forgotten forever. There are many different types of dragons, which are found in their reasonable habitats, such as Water, Air, Fire, Earth and many more. Ice types are extremely rare and only found once in every generation. This is the story of the boy who found his dragon and saved those who did not. Here is the 5th Chapter ... Skis cut through the powder and snow like a knife to butter. The sun was still gleaming through the evergreens and a squirrel would occasionally scurry past small trees for more food. Jessie and Kyle skied swiftly down the soft slopes with ease, their two dragons safely concealed in their jackets. Now at the middle of the run, the two teenagers made their way to skiers right, and stopped next to a cluster a small trees. Taking his phone out, Jessie checked the time. It was now 1 pm, and after skiing for approximately 4 hours, his legs burned with exhaustion. Kyle was slowing his breathing, hands on his knees, exasperated. Large puffs of breath escaped both teens mouths, as they took a small break. “The conditions are amazing. The powder is excellent, and the ice is near to none. I’m so happy the Principal got sick.” Jessie said, sitting down with his skis horizontal to the run with his poles resting on his legs. He looked up at Kyle, who wore a shocked expression. Jessie waved him off. “You know what I mean.” Kyle exhaled with a chuckle, and sat down next to his friend. Walter poked his head out from Kyle’s jacket, and hit Kyle in the cheek with his head. In response, Kyle whipped out the bag filled with petit fish, slowly taking one out and placing it in front of Walter. “What are you going to tell your dad?” Kyle glanced back in Jessie’s direction. Jessie shrugged. “I have no idea. I might not tell him at all. You know how he’s been slowly disowning me up to my birthday. I feel more at home with you and your family.” Jessie reached to his hood, and rubbed his hand gently against Acer’s neck. Acer wrapped his neck around Jessie finger, causing Jessie to exhale with a smile, a large puff of breath disappearing as fast as it appeared. “Well, if you do decide to not tell him, I’ve got your back. Use my house as a safe house if you need to. My family loves you, so they won’t mind at all.” Kyle’s attention was on Walter, who was slowly making his way to Kyle’s chest. “Thanks, man. I’ll figure it out once I get home, which, by the way, I should get to.” Jessie says, methodically taking his finger back, and grabbed his poles. Applying pressure on the neon orange metal sticks, Jessie easily made his way up to his feet. Quickly wiping off the snow caught on his suit, he glanced over his shoulder to Acer, making sure he was concealed enough. Acer had camouflaged into a small pile of snow that made it look like Jessie had crashed into a tree, and forgot about the snow in his hood. “I should get back home. Are you alright to ski back to your place alone?” Jessie asked, noticing Kyle was now standing beside him. “Yeah man, I’ll be fine. Make sure you say the right thing to your dad though.” Kyle said with a smile, using his skis to turn to skier’s left, and ski down the rest of the run alone. “Alright then. You ready Acer?” He looked back to his hood, and felt a cold pressure on his neck, making him shiver. “Alrighty then.” Jessie smiled as he skied fast down the run, and

soon skiing to the road towards his house. It was 1:30 pm when Jessie got back to his house. He noticed his father’s black BMW in the shoveled out driveway. He popped his skis off his boots, placed them together, and carried them with his poles in his hands. He would normally put his skis on his shoulder, but he was worried he may hit Acer. Jessie opened the door to his garage, and placed his neon skis and poles in a cupboard next to the door into the house. Taking his boots off, Jessie put them next to the door. He kept his jacket on, so Acer could have a cover until he got to his room. Jessie speed walked through the house until he got to his bedroom door, which was closed. Jessie stared at it with uncertainty, clearly remembering that he left the dark wood door open when he left earlier that morning. Placing his cold hand against the warm metal of the door handle, he leisurely swung the door open, instantly noticing his father on his bed, looking at a photo of Jessie and his mother in snow suits on a sled. The photo was taken ages ago, along with those memories. “What are you doing in my room, Dad?” Jessie said in a flat voice, slipping his hand off the door handle, but holding his place in the door frame. “Oh. Just waiting for you.” His father positioned the frame on Jessie’s bedside, and stood from the orange covers. He had a stern look on his face, his mouth in a straight line and eyes narrowed. “What?” Jessie asked an equally stern tone in his voice. Ryan crossed his arms in response. “It’s your birthday soon.” Ryan said simply, walking gradually to the door. Jessie moved to the side, letting Ryan pass. He turned towards Jessie once he was out of the room. “Why does that matter? You are just going to get rid of me if I don’t get a dragon. Because you follow the rules of society and not the ones of true human connection.” “Don’t speak to me like that. I am ...” “Your father, I know. But you sure don’t act like one.” With that, Jessie slammed the door on Ryan’s face, and locked the door quickly. He placed his ear against the door, expecting uproar of yells and shouts. But, was instead met with an angry set of footsteps leave the door to the direction of the mayor’s home office. Join us for the next chapter in this fantasy adventure story in the February 2019 issue of Apex Matters. If you would like a copy of earlier chapters, please email apexmatters@telus.net.

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