Apex Matters January 2020

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January 2020


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Avalanche Control & Public Safety By Myleen Mallach, Past 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.)

Apex Mountain Resort Saturday, January 25th 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

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 4 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. 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 25th, 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 Lyle Thiede at 250-462-6651 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 purchase a Beacon Park for public to practice and staff to train right here at This season our paid ski patrol staff of 12 members have a Apex Mountain Resort. Please see Lyle at the Apex Patrol Booth combined experience of over 140 years! So, when one of them in the village on Saturday, January 25th for more information on is uncomfortable about the avalanche risk, you can bet they know this exciting new addition to our Apex Avalanche Safety Program. exactly the worst case scenario and how they don’t want you to become another statistic. As for skill sets, these staff members Be Aware! Ride With Care! have taken courses on Avalanche Safety, ranging from Avalanche ApexMatters.com | January 2020 | Page 3

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager New Groomer ~ Early in December, the club was notified that we had been awarded a grant as a contribution to the purchase of a new grooming machine. Provided by the Province of British Columbia (a Capital Gaming Grant), it was great news that Nickel Plate had been selected to receive $169,000 in grant funds. Combined with the club’s savings, as well as the trade in value of the old machine, we were able to purchase a brand new 2019 Prinoth Husky. Not only will the new machine provide more reliable grooming for our members and guests, but the new Prinoth fleet of vehicles offer the lowest possible levels of emissions available on the commercial market. The Prinoth aligns well with the club’s ethic of being as environmentally sound as we can be.

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Winter’s Creek Road shared trail with snowmobilers and our new relationship ~ We have struck up a relationship with the Penticton Snowmobile Club, who have offered financial support for signage on Winter’s Creek Road. Grooming the road between Eagle’s Nest and Motherlode has created 3 km’s of beautiful skiing, allowing more skiers to get out to the far reaches of the trail system. The road is being shared with snowmobilers, and is signed to keep the machines off to the side of the trail. So far this is working out well for everyone who enjoys the mountains out here.

Jonas Mengr raced at the BC Winter Games Trials in Revelstoke. It was a 3.5 km interval start classic on December 29th for Zone 2 Okanagan. Jonas had a great race and went on to compete at the BC Teck Cup in Salmon Arm on January 4th and 5th, along with Nickel Plate on Trailforks.com ~ We have started to upload many of the Nickel Plate Junior Racers. More results next month. GPS data from our trails to Trailforks. If you aren’t familiar with the platform, Trailforks is an app (or website) you can install on your mobile device to pinpoint your location in a trail system. Whenever you’re confused about where you are or where to go, you can pull out your phone and get your bearings. This will be of particular benefit on our snowshoe trails given that when you’re in the bush, the trails aren’t as well defined as the ski trails. Check it out at https://trailforks.com/region/nickel-plate-nordic-centre-33365/.

Welcome Day ~ We hosted our annual Welcome Day on Sunday, January 5th. As usual, we offered guided snowshoe hikes, free lessons and half day ski rentals. We were happy to have Chris Matheison from the Grist Mill in Keremeos selling food for the event, accompanied by a selection of Okanagan Wines, along with beer from the Cannery Brewing Company. And, just to sweeten the deal, Wild Pies of Penticton Farmer’s Market fame was present with those delicious pocket pies for sale.

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Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update By Matthew Broder The Nickel Plate Junior Racers have been hard at work preparing for Nationals, which are being held at Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre in Vernon at the end of March 2020. The team has been training three days a week at Nickel Plate, doing distances of 1020 km per day. The team has been varying our training sessions, doing time trials and sprints, alongside technique and distance training. This is putting the team in good shape for the upcoming race season. The Junior Racers have been using the NEW trails that Nickel Plate has put in off Mother Load and Panorama. These new trails are fantastic, with beautiful views and awesome terrain. These new trails are a “must do” at Nickel Plate. The new 3 km trail heading out along Winters Creek Forestry Road is a shared trail between the Nordic Centre and the Penticton Snowmobile Club at Apex. This beautiful new trail has amazing views and allows easy access to the Reimer’s Reach trails on the south side of Nickel Plate. There are 2 new trails along Panorama. “Afterthought” is an amazing ‘there and back’ trail that is just after the intersection of Buck’s Trek and Panorama. The other trail along Panorama is a yet unnamed loop at the top of the Panorama lookout. This new loop is a great way to get a little bit more out of the Panorama trail. The Nordic Centre received a grant this year allowing us to purchase a new Prinoth Husky. This new groomer and the amount of snow the Nordic Centre has received has made all of the terrain at Nickel Plate incredible. (Photos this page courtesy of Matthew Broder.)

Diesel’s Snow Removal 250-490-7952 Road To Recovery By Fred Albrechtson Early December I was off to Canmore, Alberta for Youth Olympic Game Trials, which was a three day venue consisting of a skate sprint, classic interval start and a skate interval start. The first day, the skate sprint did not go too well and I did not qualify for heats. The Saturday was the 10 kilometre classic race, which also was not my best race. I was not planning to race the interval skate as by then I was feeling pretty run down and on the verge of illness; however, I pushed through and it turned out to be my best race of the weekend, finishing 6th in the U/20 category. I carried the illness from Canmore into my training for a few weeks and it finally came down on me during the first few days of the Christmas Break. I spent five days in bed sleeping it off, and mentally and physically recovering. Once I was back on the skis, I began a few days of volume and ended up skiing 65 kilometres during the one workout. Thank you to all who donated to my funding page, I reached my goal within only two weeks of creating it, so kudos to all. It is truly motivating being backed by such a supportive and positive community, and makes me proud to also represent you all. Hopefully, the holidays were eventful and safe, and at least the few powder days were pretty good.

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Carvers Corner By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach Happy New Year! Wishing everyone has a season of prosperity and outside ski pressure in the fall line! What a great holiday season of skiing! We started off slow, but managed to get some beautiful snow. The resort has done a fantastic job preparing the slopes for all of us. The ski team kids from U12 to U16 have already completed in what some folks might think a season is. We have been training really hard from end of November through the holidays. Lots of big improvements by all the kids in all the groups. We are very excited as coaches to be part of the kid’s progression.

Apex Ski Club Season Opening Social January 18, 2020 Gunbarrel Saloon

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Apex Carvers have just completed a Holiday Camp. 3 days of consecutive skiing really shows skill development. We will have 3 day camps again at Spring Break, for details visit our website for dates and prices. We are all excited to see this group hit the slopes. It’s never too late to register your kids in this great program. Our 11 week program uses the Snow Star program created by Alpine Canada and we are really excited to work on all the skills this season! Don’t forget if you kids are in the program, parents and kids will be able to participate in skills and drills Friday nights from 5-7 pm starting in late January on Okanagan Run. Should be good times under the lights! Apex Ski Club will be hosting a U14/U12 race January 18-19 on Okanagan Run. Home turf is always more fun to race on. Come out and watch these rippers in slalom. U16 head off to Panorama for a provincial race in GS and Slalom. This will be a cool event, as they will be skiing side by side with the FIS gang. Heming Sola Left - Smiles of the U14’s. Right - Riding the T-bar on one ski, while practicing and Aaron Leaman will be on the slopes with us at that event. As the one ski skill drills down Okanagan Run ... yes, skiing on one ski is a real skill. you can see, there’s lots going on for the team. We will report back results in the next publication. The club hosted a fun and well attended fundraising Wine Tasting event on December 29th. Special thanks to Bartier Bros Winery for the excellent wine, and to The Edge Bistro for the tasty snacks to go with the wine. (Photo below) We really appreciate your support.

Save the Date: Saturday, January 18th is our annual Season Opening Social (SOS) Fundraising Dinner & Auction at the Gunbarrel Saloon. This is always a fun night, which includes a Silent and Live auction as usual. We would love to have anyone interested attend. Tickets are $50 per person, includes a buffet dinner at the Gunbarrel, doors open at 5 pm. If you would like to attend, please email Paula Rogers at pnnrogers@gmail.com. Have the best January ever! 2020 just sounds good. See you on the slopes!

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Switching Focus To Push Through By Reece Howden December was a busy month. It began with lots of late nights at school finishing projects, preparing for exams and trying to get in some days on snow before flying to Europe to join the team racing in World Cups. On the 13th, I wrote my last exam and 4 hours later I was getting on a plane heading for Zurich and my first World Cup of the season in Arosa, Switzerland. Arosa was not having a good snow year, so the options for warming up was a couple of tourist crowded slushy runs, not exactly ideal when you’re trying to transition from a desk to being in a start gate with some of the fastest skicross athletes in the world. The race was a round of 64, which is where the race begins with 64 total athletes instead of having a timed qualification and starting with 32 athletes. The first heat went well and I advanced to the round of 32, my second heat I did not manage to advance and ended up with 20th place, not really what I was looking for, but I was happy with it for my first race back. Next, we traveled to Innichen, Italy for the last 2 races before Christmas. When we arrived, the weather was questionable and it only got worst ... rain and snow turned the iciest track on the circuit to a soft, rutted mess and I was skiing like garbage. We are required to wear GPS transponders that are used for training times and at this rate it was looking like I wasn’t going to even qualify top 32 for heats. So, before I got in the start gate, I told myself that if I wanted to make it into heats I had to attack the course, no holding back, its going to be rough for everyone, so leave it all on the hill. I can tell you it sure felt good when I crossed the finished line with bib 27 and looked up at the jumbotron and it showed Reece Howden 7th place, and after all the athletes finished, I ended up 9th. The next day was supposed to be heats, unfortunately mother nature had other plans along the lines of heavy rain in the morning turning to snow, which cancelled that day’s heat racing, leaving the race to go off qualification, so I finished 9th. The last day, the weather cleared and allowed for us to race heats. This day I was ready, I finally got myself back into race mode. I advanced through my first 2 heats with ease, then the semi finals came, which would it be small or big finals. Unfortunately, due to a mistake on the start and a crashing thanks to soft snow in turn 4 and smalls it was. After refocusing, I won the small final placing me 5th overall, but for me this was a win I showed myself and everyone else that I still got it and I’m still competitive even after being enrolled full time in school and having only 4 days on snow in the last 4 months leading up to my racing in Europe.

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What’s Happening At The Edge? By Colin Mottershead, aka “Cheffy” The Edge Bistro would like to thank everyone for another great holiday season. We are looking forward to a winter full of powder and good times! As we roll into 2020, the ever popular Take-and-Bake Pizzas should not be forgotten! Text Cheffy at 250-488-2400 to place your order. Pick up daily after 3 pm. “I am preparing dinner, as fast as I can dial.”

The next races I will be at in January are Nationals in Red Deer and the Nakiska World Cup.

We are excited to announce the “No Soup For You” Contest starting this January. As you may have noticed, there are over 150 new pieces of decor on The Edge walls now and Cheffy wants to bet that you can’t find his top 3 favourites. Come to The Edge to find out contest details and the chance to win free soup for a week! Happy New Year from your Edge Family - Colin, Leah, Ash, Emma, Kim, Santana, Ance and Pup! ApexMatters.com | January 2020 | Page 7

Great Cabin Recipes Cajun Chicken Burger and Potato Coins By Dee Martens

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2020 Apex Hockey Tourneys By Marc Tougas, Apex Hockey Organizer Apexhockey.com is again hosting three outdoor hockey events at Apex Mountain Resort this season. All three tournaments are in January ending the weekend of February 2nd. The 21st annual Shootout Hockey Tournament will be held January 9th - 12th. The Shootout will have 18 teams made up of 12 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams. The 17th annual Firefighters Hockey Tournament, where 16 teams are made up of 8 firefighter teams from BC, Alberta, Washington and Oregon, will be held on January 23rd - 26th weekend. The 8 women’s teams are mostly from BC, with players that do fly in from all over Canada. The third and final tournament of the year held be held on the weekend of January 30th through February 2nd. This is the 17th annual Shotgun Hockey Tournament, which is made up of 12 men’s teams and 6 women’s teams from BC, Alberta and Washington State. Proceeds from these and past hockey tournaments go to various local and provincial charities. For example, Apex Freestyle Team, Apex Ski Club, and the Apex Fire Rescue Team will all benefit from donations through proceeds of these events. We all look forward to enjoying the mountain activities. Many of these participants ski and board during the day, play a game of hockey, and then enjoy the atmosphere Apex has to offer. For more information, please visit www.apexhockey.com.

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A New Year means new meals and boy-oh-boy do I ever love the following recipe that I’m going to share. Throughout time, I tend to stray away from chicken burgers, leaning more towards beef patties; however, this new recipe that I came up with is sure to please your pallet and chicken craving at the same time! I use chicken thighs in this recipe (because I like the marriage of white and dark meat), but if you prefer white to dark, feel free to substitute thighs for breasts. You can have this burger with a salad or potatoes, but the following potato slice recipe is my go-to in a pinch, as is cooks quickly and always impresses. To begin, preheat the oven to 450 degrees before washing and peeling 4 medium russet potatoes. Next, slice the potatoes thinly and evenly with a knife (or mandolin) to make ‘coin-like’ medallions before placing the potato slices on a baking tray that has been lined with parchment paper. Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and a dash of garlic salt (if you have it) to the potatoes before mixing the potatoes to coat them evenly (I usually just fold one side of the parchment paper over and mix them around with my hand to avoid my hands getting oily). Lay your dressed potato slices evenly on your parchment, avoiding any overlap, and set aside to prepare your chicken. Pat 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs with paper towel before cutting in half. Next, season each thigh with 1 tsp. of salt, 1 tsp. of pepper and 2 crushed cloves of garlic on both sides of the thigh, making sure to massage the spices into the chicken to evenly coat. Next, in a separate bowl, combine 2 tbsp. of Cajun seasoning (I used jerk Cajun seasoning), 2 tbsp. of flour, and 1 tsp of baking powder. Add seasoned chicken to bowl and toss, coating your chicken, until no seasoning remains in the bowl. Next, add 1 tbsp. of oil to the same bowl, tossing your floured chicken again with oil, to avoid sticking when chicken is cooking. Transfer your chicken to a parchment lined baking sheet or pan and bake, on the middle rack, until the chicken is fully cooked and golden in colour (approximately 18-20 minutes). While your chicken bakes, roughly chop 2 tbsp of fresh dill and slice a tomato for garnishing your burger. Next, mix ¼ cup of mayonnaise and the juice from 1/4 of a lemon with your dill and set aside in a small bowl before halving and toasting your buns. To serve, divide potatoes evenly between plates and distribute your dill mayo, chicken, tomato slices and some fresh salad greens between your buns, stack and serve! This burger is especially great with avocado on it too, but there wasn’t any available when I was making this recipe.

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Happy New Year from all of us at Apex Freestyle Club! Wishing you the best in 2020. Freestyle Apex hosted the first event of the season, the 2019 Canadian Selections. The club would like to thank all of those parents who helped us run an amazingly successful event. Without the support of the awesome parent volunteers, this event would not have run so smoothly ... so THANK YOU! There were just under 100 athletes from all over the world competing at Apex, with representation from countries such as Mexico, Bermuda, Australia, Japan and South Africa. The performance by all athletes was incredible, especially the epic runs put down by Apex Freestyle Club alumni, Jordan Kober, coming 2nd on day 1 and finishing on top of the podium with a gold medal on day 2. 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 in Panorama!

The Freestylerz Program warming up on their first day.

Our FUNdamentalz Jumps & Bumps program starts at the beginning of this month. We are looking forward to welcoming new members into the program! FUNDRAISING We need your help! Our club is actively seeking donations, big or small, for our Silent Auction event this season. Please contact Terri Parsons at 250-462-2351 to donate to the club’s Silent Auction event or email terrip@shaw.ca.

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Moving Forward

Onward And Upward

By Brayden Kuroda

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Hey, it’s Brayden Kuroda here a member of the Canadian National Mogul Team. I trust everyone had a great holiday season. This past month, I competed in the Canadian Selections here at Apex Mountain Resort. The course was in great condition and it felt really good to again compete at home in front of family and friends. The competition was very tough with athletes from all across the country, as well as Japan and the USA. After making major changes to my skiing and jumping over the summer and fall, I finished the 2-day event in 12th and 7th place, very satisfied with the way I skied and avoiding going back to bad habits. Everyone skied extremely well, especially my teammate and mentor from Apex, Jordan Kober, who skied amazingly and finished in 1st and 2nd place in the weekend competition. Next up, I’m heading for a week of training in Val St Come, Quebec, where I hope to continue to improve and refine some of my techniques. Then, the competition season begins with my first World Cup start in Mont Tremblant, Quebec on January 25th followed by the World Cup in Calgary the following week. I’d like to give a big shout out to Ecotex, Smith Optics, 2XU, Huma Gel, IDone USA and Look Bindings for all their support this season. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @braydenkuroda.

Happy New Year 2020! 2019 ended off in the Yukon at Mt. Sima, where we trained hard for 7 days and then competed 3 days in the Canada Cup Series. Training and competing with my friends and with athletes from all over Canada was a highlight. There were 60 competitors in the mens category, and I missed finals by one spot. It was disappointing to me, only for a moment. Just being there was an accomplishment in itself.

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I woke up on New Year’s Day and flew to Whistler on the 7 am flight. I’ll be training here for 5 days and then heading back to Silver Star for schoolwork and training, with a competition at Grouse Mountain at the end of January. I look forward to telling you about it next month. Until then, enjoy all the fresh snow, and keep on skiing!

Off To A Good Start By Jordan Kober As the year was coming to an end, competition season was just getting started. Just a few weekends ago, Canadian Selections brought the best up and coming skiers from across the nation right here to Apex. Also amid the field of competitors this year was the largest amount of foreign skiers that we’ve had at Selections. This included several very strong skiers from the Japanese National Team, as well as some American skiers from the Vail Club, whose coach is none other than Phil Marquis, our former “unofficial captain” of the Canadian Team. I skied well during the training days before the event and by Saturday, December 14th, I was ready to compete. It had been snowing consistently all week, so the course was in perfect shape. I made a significant mistake skiing away from the top air during my first qualifying run, but I advanced into finals sitting in 11th place. I then managed to execute my best run of the day in finals. I went into 1st place and then watched anxiously, as the final 10 skiers tried to beat my score of 82.09 points. By time the last skier was in the gate, I was still holding onto 1st place. Takashi Koyama from the Japanese Team was the final skier of the day and as I watched him ski smoothly down the course, I knew it would be close. After a few minutes, the judges announced his score of 82.36 points, and I was bumped into 2nd place. I was still very happy with this result, as it was my first time back on the podium in several years.

working with some young athletes from Ireland, was another Apex legend, Kristi Richards. It was relieving to perform well in front of such accomplished mogul skiers. That successful weekend was a good confidence boost, but the real challenges lie ahead. Next up are the Canadian World Cups in Mt. Tremblant and Calgary. It will be very challenging to stand out at these competitions, but if I keep skiing how I did at Apex, it should be possible to make it into finals. There is a little extra on the line at the Mt. Tremblant World Cup as well, with one open spot for the Deer Valley World Cup (the biggest event on the World Cup Circuit) being awarded to the top Canadian NextGen skier. Brayden and I will be competing against each other and a few other teammates to earn this spot. I have never competed at the Deer Valley World Cup and it would be quite the privilege to have that opportunity. However, my teammates are very capable, so it will be an exciting competition amongst ourselves to see who will go. Thanks to everyone that came out to watch the Competition here at Apex. It is always exciting to compete in front of friends and family. An even bigger thanks to all the volunteers that made the event happen. We are lucky to have some incredibly generous people here at Apex that are willing to put in an enormous amount of effort to support Freestyle. Thank you!

Great Start To The Competition Season By Mackenzie Schwinghamer, Competitive Mogul Skier

The first competition of the season was mid December here at Apex and I am very satisfied with my performance. I finished as After that mistake from my first qualifying run, I headed out the the top Canadian on day one and the second Canadian on day next day with the goal of skiing cleaner and achieving only scores two. I was the top provincial skier both days. There was a lot of above 80 points. I skied well in my qualifying run and headed good competitors competing at this event. Beyond the results, this into finals sitting in 1st place with a score of 82.66. I was nervous weekend allowed me to see the progress I made during this off before my finals run, wondering whether I had the consistency to season and I am very happy with how my skiing has progressed. hold on to first place. I knew that I didn’t need anything more than I am now off to Red Deer, Alberta in the New Year for the next my qualifying run; I just needed to keep my speed down and stay month to train on the 2019 Canada Winter Games course. Our within my abilities. I’m not sure how it happened but when they next competition and the first NorAm of the season will take announced my time as I crossed the finish line, I found out that place in Deer Valley, Utah in February. Thank you to my sponsor, I had just skied my fastest run at 21.76 seconds. It was a wellZiplineSki, for their amazing poles and goggles. executed run, despite accidently deviating from my plan. My only mistake was landing back-seat after the bottom air, but I managed to stay composed. After my run I found out that my teammate Ryan Portello was currently in 1st place. Together we waited in suspense for the judges to announce my score. Several minutes later, the judges put me into 1st place! I was very happy to share a podium with Ryan, as it was unclear whether the Canadian Team would be able to take two thirds of the podium with such a strong group of skiers from the Japanese Team. It also meant a lot to achieve this win with several past Canadian Team members there; Andi had just made it home from England and was still out watching the event all day; Phil was there with his athletes from Vail and had been giving me pointers here and there throughout the weekend; also there, Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Penticton Snowmobile Club Update By Stu Drake, President Hello to all of our readers from the Penticton Snowmobile Club! With the snow finally starting to stack up in our local areas, we are all enjoying getting out on our sleds for some first rides and breakin rides dusting off the cobwebs and relearning our skill sets. As always, it is an exciting time of the year for our riders and our club to get out and get started adventuring! We are very pleased to be offering quite a few rides in January, one of which is the Whipsaw Area Ride which happened on Sunday, January 5th. We met at 7:30 am at the Kaleden weigh scales. This ride focused on one of our favorite areas to ride, located just outside of Princeton which was about an hour and a half drive to get there. We asked participants to please be prepared for the day and bring a lunch and fluids to stay hydrated and each rider MUST bring along a beacon, probe and shovel for avalanche safety. These items were mandatory for this ride, and those who didn’t have them rented from MEC in Kelowna. Also, we asked that those who have a saw and a radio, that it would be wise to bring those as well. All skill levels of riders were welcome on this ride. Also this month, our club will be hosting an Avalanche Skills Training Course Level One on Friday, January 17 from 5:30-9:30 pm and Saturday, January 18 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. This will be an advanced course specifically taught for sledders using the backcountry. The course is being taught by Finbar O’Sullivan and Darrin Venne. The total cost of the course is $300, taxes included as well as books and certificate. Any participants who wish to enroll must pay the full amount of $300 as a deposit commitment to the course and this will secure your spot. In total, there are 12 spots available and we have 7 enrolled so far, so only 5 spots left. If you wish to enroll in this course or have any questions regarding it, please do not hesitate to contact Stuart Drake with any questions at 250-809-9438 after 5 pm daily.

Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Welcome to 2020 boys, girls and non-binary homies! This will be a year of great vision and clarity (well it will be when I finally go get that eye exam.) I hope 2019 was jam packed full of goodness and blessings, while 2020 will have one or two less dumpster fires smoldering. Alright! Time for the updated Slushy List of Resolutions! I mean, we all like lying to ourselves, so we may as well get the year off on the right foot shall we?

Resolution number one will be to hit the gym more. I’ve got to work on my ripped abs. Sucking in my gut is like really hard work. I want to actually be able to relax on a beach instead of quivering with muscle tension strain, trying desperately to impress ... someone? My wife already knows all my body shame related lies. Wait ... it doesn’t really matter ... she is stuck with me! I have For any Apex area sledders who are interested in learning more nothing to prove! I can just let myself go and slide into a soft and about our snowmobile club or the rides we host, please feel free to squishy pile of goo. Marriage is truly wonderful. I love you babe. attend one of our monthly meetings which take place on the third Okay, so we can scratch that one off the list. Wednesday of every month at Tin Whistle Brewery. Doors open at 6 pm and dinner is at 6:30 pm for a cost of $10. Our meeting Resolution number two will be to not be so kind to my children. I is at 7 pm. We look forward to seeing anyone who is interested in feel that I have been far too loving and supportive. I really need to learning more about the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation work on kicking them out of the nest. I mean it will happen soon. and the Penticton Snowmobile Club, and joining in on some of the They are 10 and 8 and must soon learn the cruel reality of the fun and adventures. Please feel free to come out. We look forward world. I think I’ll start easy by taxing them for the services I provide, to seeing you all at these great events! Happy braaaping to you all! removing coins from their allowance every time they use the TV, water, power, toilet paper, etc. Should be just like the real world. I should also ask them to come in and do extra overtime chores on the weekend, because it is ‘crunch time’ at the home office and we have ‘a deadline people’. We will also start annual performance reviews littered with compliment sandwiches and shrewd contract negotiations. I think I can get access to the Nintendo Switch every other weekend in exchange for breakfast. Really, I am just trying to win both the #1 Dad and #1 Boss mugs at the same time. They may have to invent a whole new mug, just for me. Lastly, and on a more serious note, I do want to take better general care of myself and I hope you do too. Sadly, this year I lost two people close to me to Cancer, and while early screening doesn’t guarantee a positive outcome, it greatly increases your chances of getting ahead of that heartless disease. So, please talk to your doctor and come up with a screening plan that fits your risk factors. When appropriate, gals go get your boobies squished, and guys, bend over and get your bums poked. Sure it may be uncomfortable and sometimes the news you get is scary, but early detection is the key to good outcomes. Page 12 | January 2020 | ApexMatters.com

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Favorite run? There are so many good runs at Apex. A big thank you to our beloved patrol Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone friend Chuck! A few of my favorite marked Time to meet this month’s patroller ... runs are Tongue, Pit and Make My Day. What’s your name? Laura Schwinghamer, with a variety of What do you like most about patrolling? nicknames along the way; Homey, Schwing, Mama Schwing, Besides being out promoting safety and Schwing Mama, to name a few. helping those that have had a unfortunate Where were you born? I was born in Steel Town, Hamilton mishap, there are so many reasons. I have where I lived for 6 years. My dad was with Ford Motor Company volunteered for 28 years and my team mates and transferred from Oshawa office to Winnipeg. After living are out there, because they want to be, not in Winterpeg for 4 years, I lucked out when my dad took a GM that they have to be. Those that volunteer position with a dealership in Vancouver and we moved out to West are a pretty awesome family and Apex Vancouver. 20 years ago my husband and I were very fortunate to patrol has become a very large extended have the opportunity to move our family to the Okanagan, where family. Our team also has a wonderful we have created our new home. My mom, dad and my brother working relationship with the paid patrol and followed us to the Okanagan shortly after. mountain management. How many years have you been patrolling? I have been wearing Favorite Food? Tough question, I love patrol colors for 28 years as a volunteer. I started out with First all kinds of food! I do not like to go out to Aid Ski Patrol at Grouse Mountain, then moved onto Big White restaurants. I am a pretty good cook and for 4 years. We came to Apex one day to do a World Cup mogul really like to entertain ... way too much event and I never left after that. I fell in love with the people and according to my husband. the terrain. What other stuff do you do for fun? In the What shift are you on? The last 2 years I have been on B shift - winters, we spend our weekends on the thank you for keeping me Rob! Over my years patrolling at Apex, ski hill. Our summers are spent on the lake I was on C shift for 16 years and 1 year on A shift. slalom skiing or air chairing behind our ski Do you ski, board, telemark or something else? I am a die hard nautique. skier. I have tried snowboarding and trust me, you would not want What do you do with your money? Good me patrolling on a board. It would take me forever to get to an question, my daughter Mackenzie would be accident. One day my dear friend from Calgary convinced me to the best one to respond to that. Our money goes to Mackenzie’s head out to Nickel Plate with her and I really enjoyed telemark, but skiing and I really like to shop, especially for shoes. the “stopping and going downhill” thing I have a real problem with. Should people hunt you on Tinder? Yeah NO! I am happily married Page 14 | January 2020 | ApexMatters.com for 20 years with awesome kids (now adults).

Osteoarthritis By Ashley Reddy, MSc(PT), BSc Registered Physiotherapy and Local Adventure-Seeker It’s that time of year again when the cold sets in, and our joints can start to feel a little creaky or cranky ... so this month, let’s talk about joints and a common disease that can affect them: Osteoarthritis (OA). OA is the most common disease that can cause difficulties with mobility and disability in older adults, and is also common in younger and middle-aged people. Approximately 5% of people between 35-54 years of age have OA, many of whom have injured their affected joint earlier in life. Approximately 30% of the population between 50-70 years of age have problems related to OA and the percentage increased in older age groups. Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects the whole joint, including the articular cartilage. A little anatomy to create the picture (see figure 1 and 2 below): The articular cartilage covers the ends of bones, and in a healthy joint, creates a smooth surface between the bones. An articular capsule surrounds the joint, which helps to secure the joint and contains synovial fluid (a lubricant providing nutrition to the cartilage ... essentially the oil of your joint). Muscles and ligaments then surround the joint and help secure it. In an osteoarthritic joint, the articular cartilage becomes thin and fragile. This can be due to healthy cartilage being exposed to heavy loads over a long period of time, an acute injury, or unhealthy cartilage that for some reason cannot handle normal loads. There are a number of factors that increase your chance of getting OA - some are modifiable (things you can change), and some are nonmodifiable (things you can’t change). Figure 1

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South Okanagan's largest locally owned, full-service accounting firm. Most of us are familiar with hearing this described as ‘wear and tear’ of the joint. This gives a certain perception that loading the joint is bad ... that is incorrect. Loads are still needed to keep cartilage healthy in fact! In a healthy joint, there is a balance of regeneration (new cell formation) and degeneration (breakdown) of cartilage. Osteoarthritis occurs when there is more degeneration than regeneration of cartilage. This imbalance causes cartilage to thin, crack, and sometimes disappear, increasing the chances of bone-on-bone contact. Once cartilage has disappeared, it cannot regrow. However, appropriate load needs to be applied to any remaining cartilage in order for it to regenerate and be healthy. Think of the cartilage more like a sponge ... when you load your joint (i.e. put weight on), that squeezes the synovial fluid out of the sponge, and when you unload your joint (i.e. take weight off) if soaks it back up. Treatment for osteoarthritis focuses on reducing symptoms and improving function of the joint. Learning about OA is part of the treatment. Special exercises can be done to relieve pain and boost joint function. When function improves, the next step is to get more active! The appropriate amount of load to apply to joints is individual, and working with your Physiotherapist to determine this can be helpful for progression of your activity. So, if you have questions, ask your Physio! The sooner you get started, the better. Happy snow hunting! Reference: (2016) GLA:D Canada. Retrieved from http://gladcanada.ca/


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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ Warm winter wishes as winter has arrived at Apex community! I wanted to take some time to update the community on a few key topics. Road Maintenance ~ If you have any concerns on road maintenance and snow clearing, please contact AIM Roads 24/7 at 1-866-222-4204. Though I do appreciate messages on Subrina Monteith Facebook and emails, service is faster Director of if you reach out to the contractor and RDOS Area ‘I’ then myself if issues persist. Apex Zone Review ~ As part of the preparation of a new zoning bylaw for South Okanagan Electoral Areas, the Regional District is currently reviewing the zoning bylaw for Apex Mountain and is proposing a number of changes. This includes replacing the current Mixed Use Apex Alpine (RMU) Zone with a new “Apex Mountain Village” Zone to be applied to the commercial core of the village, a new “Medium Density Residential Apex” Zone to be applied to other residential parcels, as well as some proposed regulations related to snow storage. A public information meeting regarding these changes will be held on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 from 5:30-8:30 pm with presentation at 7 pm at the Regional District office in Penticton. Additional information about the proposed changes can be found on the Regional District’s website at www. rdos.bc.ca (Departments → Development Services → Planning → Strategic project → Apex Mountain Zone Review). Metal Shipping Containers ~ Due to their versatility and ease of re-use, metal shipping containers have become a popular option for storage, and in some cases, as residential dwellings. The use of these containers in residential neighbourhoods can, however, create concerns regarding aesthetics and safety (i.e. becoming targets for break-ins, Building Permit compliance, etc.). To balance these competing interests, the Regional District will be exploring new regulations for metal shipping containers in 2020, including their exclusion from residential zones, and in other zones, limiting the stacking of containers to no more than 2 to a maximum number of 10 containers per parcel. Waste Transfer Station ~ The RDOS is now operating the waste transfer station. The building itself is not yet safe for use. Our final electrical inspection is January 13th, followed by a clearance to open. Residents can use the temporary bins for garbage and recycling. Information was mailed to all home owners. If you did not receive this mail, please email Cam at cbaughen@rdos.bc.ca. Off-Leash Dogs ~ The keeping of dogs at Apex must be done in accordance with the Regional District’s Dog Control Bylaw (No. 2671), which means that a dog must be licensed and within sight and under the control of its owner at all times. A loose and uncontrolled dog has the potential to scare children, chase skiers and boarders, and create havoc on the mountain and in the village. Dogs found at large without their owner in sight may be impounded or a ticket/fine issued. Dog owners are also required to promptly remove and dispose of any feces created by their dog. If you cannot produce a bag when asked by an Animal Control Officer, you will likely face a fine. Questions and complaints regarding a dog that is at large can be made by calling 250-490-4113 and complaints can be emailed to info@sossecurity.ca If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca

Apex Community Association Update By Caroline Lachapelle, ACA President

We had 35 people from the community attend our first Annual General Meeting held on Saturday, October 26th in the Apex Cafeteria. The community elected 10 directors for the board as follows: Caroline Lachapelle as President; Jill Lindsay at Vicepresident; Laurianne Lafontaine as Secretary; Nicola Williams as Treasurer; Gabe Lavoie as Mountain Safety Director; and Peggy Bird, Andrew Drouin, Neil Edwardson, Erica Fletcher, and Richard Gallagher as Directors At Large. We have heard the community’s wishes and concerns and have taken them into account to build on at our next board of directors meeting. Some of these were; permanent paintball field, community watch, childcare, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, events at Nickel Plate, and more. We will be consulting with our local government officials in regards to a “Parks and Recreation Committee” working with the province. Overall, it was a fantastic meeting with a lot of positive feedback from the community. Andrew Drouin, one of our Directors At Large, has donated his time to build us a website. This will be our hub for information we will utilize in the future to share upcoming projects, events, fundraisers, meeting minutes and more with our Apex Community. For more information or to volunteer with upcoming events and community programs, email apexcommunityassn@gmail.com.

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Christmas Crafting at Apex By Erica Fletcher

Christmas Crafting at Apex was a huge success! I had such a good time and I think the kids and grown-ups who came did too. Thanks to everyone who made these crafting sessions happen over the holidays, particularly Apex Mountain Resort for sponsoring them so they could be free events. The Kirigami snowflakes and paper stars we made on December 14th now decorate Rippin Rascals, making it permanently snowing and sparkling in there. The teddy stuffies we made on December 22nd were such a hit that I think we’ll have to do those every year. I was so impressed with everyone’s creativity! Your little winter dudes all turned out so well. A special thanks to my ‘ambassador’ who signed everyone in for me. Both planned events were such a blast, we decided to throw in a paper airplane afternoon with a bunny hill launch on December 28th. This event was particularly fun and I want to do it again during Spring Break. So, practice up kids (little and big) and make a wicked plane to launch down the hill! So kids, I had way too much fun and I don’t want to stop crafting with you. Therefore, I’m going to plan a bunch more crafty activities for us to do over the winter season. And, everyone is welcome, so don’t be shy. I’ll have more information in the next issue, and I’ll be posting upcoming events on the Apex Mountain Resort Official Facebook Group Page as well. See you next time. Happy New Year!

APOA Update

By Jeff Brown, APOA Secretary An important role of the APOA is to represent property owners’ interests when industry activities such as logging or mining could adversely impact the Apex Recreation Area. This article looks at how the next decade is shaping up for the Apex area. Mt. Riordan contains high quality industrial garnet, the mineral used for sandpaper and sandblasting. Property owners’ concerns over a proposed open pit mine on Mt. Riordan was the impetus for APOA’s creation 25 years ago. New test holes were drilled on Mt. Riordan this summer, with no public indication yet on what the proponent is planning next. Forestry is very much in the news lately. Last year there were some positive improvements to BC’s forestry legislation. One of the key changes will, in theory, give local citizens more information and input regarding forest harvest activities in their area. However, the public is still waiting for the forestry regulation changes required to bring the new legislation into effect. This necessary step appears to be stalled, perhaps because of all the bad press and finger pointing around the current state of the forest industry and the lack of timber available for harvesting. We recommend that readers Google “Mid-Term Timber Supply Project Report for the Minister”. This 8-year old report accurately predicted both the timing and impact of the current downturn. Its charts show the need for significant reductions in annual timber harvest levels starting around 2020. Unfortunately, the adverse economic impact of fewer harvestable trees in BC’s Interior has arrived pretty much on time. The report’s Executive Summary explains that if government wants to consider allowing increased logging in ecologically protected areas and recreation areas then the report can be used to estimate how much it would help the forest industry by increasing the timber supply. The negative ecological impact and reduction in recreation values is not analyzed. The current government has not indicated they will be adopting strategies outlined in the report, but for Apex property owners and the area’s many outdoor recreation enthusiasts it is a sobering reminder that being approved as an Intensive Recreation Area offers little protection of recreation values in practice. The key takeaway is that Apex property owners need to stay engaged. How government and industry respond in this decade to BC’s reduced timber supply could impact the Apex landscape well into the next century.

The Great Kindness Challenge At Apex

Apex Property Ownersmovement Association The Great Kindness Challenge is a grassroots that is By Leelou Poppins

making our schools, communities, and world a kinder and more MEMEBERSHIP REGISTRATION compassionate place for all. With the Great Kindness Challenge checklist in hand, families have the ANNUAL opportunityFEE to repeat - $30 a kind act after a kind act. As kindness becomes a habit, peace becomes possible. And, by working together, we joyfully prove that KINDNESS MATTERS!Name ________________________________________ The Great KindnessE-mail ________________________________________ Challenge is running Company Name ________________________________________ in schools around the world from January 27Apex Address ________________________________________ 31, 2020. At Apex, we ________________________________________ are launching the Great Address ________________________________________ Kindness waveMailing early in January, and will ________________________________________ participate in ‘Random Phone # (Home) ________________________________________ Acts of Kindness’ all month, and beyond! Phone # ________________________________________ The Great Kindness Challenge checklists were distributed in the Apex village during By entering your email address, you are agreeing to receive emails from the APOA. the Holidays. There are copies on the community board by The Mountain Shop, by be the downstairs bathroom nextIn to the Arcade, How will you paying? Cheque by Mail Person and at the entrance to the Gunbarrel Dining Room. Date ________________________________________ I am also preparing kindness-themed activities for after-ski and/ or early evenings at Rippin’ Rascals. Let’s see if this seed grows! Of Payment to this Find more details Method and subscribe APOAglobal event at: https:// Do not mail cash. Box 23016 thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/familyedition Please make cheques out to APOA, and send to:

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Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue Update By Gabe Lavoie, AVFR Fire Chief Happy New Year Everyone! Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue is excited for the upcoming year. We have plenty of plans and goals we would all like to achieve. Most of these goals are leading towards one thing; achieving a recognized Fire Underwriters Dwelling Protection Grade of 3A. What does that mean? The quick answer is it is the average rating given to a fire protection service of our size, location and makeup. It could mean up to a 60% reduction in property insurance costs for residents at Apex. Fire Underwriters Canada is the organization that work with fire services to establish their capabilities and award them a “grade” which is then passed on to insurance companies who base their rates using this information. The grading scale is based on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being “unprotected” (our current grade) and 1 being a department with career firefighters working 24/7. The 3A rating is the best an all volunteer department with a fire hydrant system can achieve. Achieving any rating as a non tax base funded fire department, such as ourselves, can be very difficult as finding and maintaining revenue streams to maintain and operate the fire department is very difficult and time consuming. Most successful fire departments are tax based and therefore receive their funding through taxation, whereas we solely rely on grants and donations to fund our operation. So, what does it take and how are we going to get there? Here is a list of some of the main criteria for gaining a fire grade of 3A: • Fire protection services within 5 km by road of all dwellings within its area. The Apex community area is well within 5 km by road from current and future fire hall building. • Water supply. Having a water system that surpasses the minimum requirement and allows fire apparatus to access hydrants within reach of all dwellings. • A suitable storage area for firefighting apparatus and equipment. Currently, we are lucky enough to have the temporary space the resort has allowed us to use while we actively search for a permanent property and the funding to build a permanent fire hall. • The fire department must have at minimum one triple combination pumper rated at not less than 3000 LPM (625 Igpm at 150 psi) and designed in accordance with FUS or NFPA standards for fire apparatus. The current acceptable life span of the primary pumper of a fire hall is 20 years with a possible 5 year extension, if the apparatus passes yearly testing. Our current pumper is a 2000 E-One pumper donated to us and fully expected to pass yearly service inspections. • There must be a minimum of 16 trained volunteer firefighters, including 1 fire chief. At the moment, we have approximately 17 trained firefighters currently meeting the provinces minimum training requirements. We have several other members working towards gaining their certifications. It is important to have a larger team trained and ready as volunteer turnover can be high, for this reason we are always seeking new members. • All firefighters must be in adequate firefighting attire/ equipment when responding to incidents. Firefighting suits, also called turn out gear has an official lifespan of 10 years from manufacture. After that, its reliability and safety cannot be fully trusted and for that reason a firefighters protective Page 18 | January 2020 | ApexMatters.com

ensemble must be within that time span. This includes helmets, coats, pants, gloves, balaclava and boots. The total cost of this equipment from head to toe per firefighter is approximately $3000 per person, keeping in mind that we need a minimum of 16 trained/equipped firefighters to meet the minimum standard. Another reason for proper equipment is that no two firefighters are the same, propper fitting equipment is important to safety of the firefighter. At the moment, we have relied on donated equipment from other fire departments and for this reason we currently only have 2 or 3 firefighters in equipment that meets the standard, while the rest wear expired and ill fitting safety equipment to accomplish their tasks. An adequate and reliable means of receiving alarms of fire and dispatching fire fighters is necessary (i.e. public fire number, pagers, etc.). Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue currently uses several methods of communicating emergencies to its firefighters; members have radios at home allowing them to be notified by Kelowna Fire Dispatch, we also use an app called “I Am Responding” on each persons mobile phone, which sends them incident details also from Kelowna Dispatch and even allows us to track each firefighters location as they are responding. As a final measure for notification during an emergency, we have the option to use our infamous air raid siren located on top of the barn in the Apex parking lot. This sounds for two minutes notifying all members outside (and out skiing) that there is a call and they are required.

For more info or to join the Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue, please contact Gabe Lavoie, Fire Chief, via apexfirerescue@gmail.com.

How Are The Roads To & From Apex?

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A New Year. A New You. By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, ND Let’s make 2020 the best yet. New decade. New year. New beginnings. No pressure. We have all heard how gyms are packed in January with new goers looking to fulfill their New Year’s Resolutions. My hope in this article is to look at some strategies to help defy the ‘February fizzle’ and help you become that ‘regular’ that you sought out to be.

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office@drdeirdreoneill.com Let’s face it. Resolutions are hard to make stick. They focus on parts of you that you don’t like. Getting into those skinny jeans. The Art of Showing Up ~ What gets most of us from following Loosing the weight. Getting out of debt. And, when there isn’t through on our intentions is forgetting to show up. Daily action quick change seen on the scale, we feel like a failure and go back toward improvement builds the habits you are hoping to achieve. into our previous year’s habits. Because face it, change is hard. If your goal is to increase exercise, start by getting dressed in the Instead of coming up with resolutions, look toward creating gear that you need. On days you don’t have the energy to do your intentions for the New Year; break apart the goal into small workout, still going to the gym, doing a small set, will keep you components; build in intrinsic rewards and go easy on yourself by coming back by building the habit. Know that days you don’t have just showing up. your full gusto will occur, just as the days that you can be fully Intentions ~ Deepak Chopra states that an “intention is the present. Be easy on yourself. This is how habits are formed. starting point of every dream”. An intention is the power or desire If you need more support implementing or sticking to your behind our actions. Setting an intention helps you connect with health habits, consider booking a consultation with me at www. your passion and overall life’s purpose. You might discover that alpinenaturalhealth.ca. your passion in life is to ski with ease without feeling the burn. If Here’s to a 2020 that fulfills your desires and dreams. that is so, you begin to look at the steps you need to take to live that passion. You will likely need to cross train to keep yourself in References: www.gettingthingsdone.com top form. An intention may still get you in the gym, but unlike a Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has resolution this intention will focus on driving your passion to fulfill an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich your dreams. Plasma. She practices in Penticton at Alpine

Celebrate the Small Stuff ~ We often are all too focused on Natural Health. You can also find her on the hill the end goal and forget to mark the journey. Breaking your goals as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol. down into small achievable noticeable results is a way to keep you going well through February. An example of this practice is in the art of writing lists. I love lists partly because it gets it out of my head. It’s all too satisfying to mark a check beside each Meet Lawrence Olivier completion. Lists also focus your attention, keeping you on track. I I was literally living in a dump yard when a got into writing lists after reading work from David Allen in “Getting wonderful person insisted that I go home Things Done”. David Allen recommends creating process goals with her. I was VERY reluctant, and you the steps that are needed to help you accomplish a goal. Creating might even say I was kidnapped! But, thank the road map toward achieving your resolution. you kind person you changed my life! I was Intrinsic Rewards ~ My kids love to ski, both of them, and I taken to a place where I was given medical feel lucky for it. Way early in the game, I built in rewards right care and counseling and now I feel like my old self again! I had into the day. Enjoying not only hot chocolate to warm their bellies forgotten how good life can be, and belly rubs ... WOW! in the day, but also sweets on the way back up the hill. Both of I am now looking for someone who thinks belly rubs are important these were extrinsic rewards. As we would ride the chair lift, we and will participate in their application! would get all pumped on the run they had just owned - an intrinsic


reward. At one point, the sweets were integral to the progression of the day. Now, we are simply at the reward being the pump of having a fantastic run. In the early days, after a workout treat yourself to an extrinsic reward of a power packed smoothie. While you are sipping that smoothie, pay attention to how good you feel after your workout. Building up this intrinsic reward will lessen the focus on what you don’t have control over, like the scale dropping in weight.


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Ski2tree & Elevator Races Are Back For Their 4th And 9th Years! By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventures & Chute Lake Lodge Don’t worry, these 2 annuals multi-sport races so many have grown to love will continue to be hosted by Hoodoo Adventures!

The Elevation Series will continue in 2020 with new Race Director Nathalie Long. An Avid Adventure Racer, Nathalie soloed both the Elevator and Ski2tree races in 2018 and 2019 placing as first solo female in 2018 and first solo overall in 2019 events. This is no small feat given each race covers 6 disciplines, 200kms and over 9000’ of elevation. “We are very excited to work with Nathalie to grow these amazing multisport races in the community. She is a real asset to our team, and we feel honoured to have her not only directing these races, but bringing new opportunities to Hoodoos and the region as well” ~ Lyndie Hill, co-owner of Hoodoo Adventures. Nathalie has more than 16 Expedition races under her belt. Her knowledge of the region and worldwide experience as a racer shows through her race design. Her energy is unlimited and contagious. Nathalie is also part of the volunteer firefighters up at Big White where she lives for part of the year and is very connected to the trail running, mountain biking and paddling community in the Okanagan. Most recently Nathalie and the team at Hoodoo Adventures have secured and will bring to Penticton the first Canadian race in the Adventure Racing World Series. Coming June 3-7th 2020, Expedition Canada is a 2-4 day adventure race spanning over 350kms of terrain. Teams of 4 from around the globe will tackle a one of a kind course through the beautiful Okanagan on bike, foot, canoe and SUP. The 2020 event will be used as a demo race to test the new Canadian location, then in 2021, Expedition Canada will become a qualifier for the World Series. It is the hope of the Hoodoo team that they will be able to prove themselves and the stunning and unique location as a region worthy of hosting the Adventure Racing World Championship in the future. “The Okanagan is the perfect outdoor recreation playground and the opportunities are endless. We can’t wait to showcase our home to the Adventure Racing World and really put the valley on the map as an adventure destination ... after all, we’ve got it all right here on our doorstep!” ~ Nathalie Long, Race Director. For more information and to register for the either race in the elevation series, visit www.elevationseries.ca. For details on Expedition Canada, visit www.expeditionracecanada.ca.

100 Men Who Care Community Support Continues To Grow

By Bruce Tawse

Once again, 100 Men Who Care got together and raised money to support three more charities in the South Okanagan Similkameen region. Okanoggin Barbers on Ellis Street in Penticton hosted the event on Wednesday, November 27th. Three charities, Friends of the Penticton Museum & Archives, Kaleden Community Association and Penticton & Area Access Society presented to the 100 Men and explained how they would use a donation to improve their communities. The group raised $7,000 in one hour and, after hearing from the three charities, the group donated $5,600 to the Penticton & Area Access Society. The other two charities also received $700 each. The Penticton & Area Access Society will be expanding its work on a new program for men called RISE. Releasing and Integrating Strong Emotions (RISE) is a program to help men with emotional issues, such as anger management, and other concerns that men may need help to cope with. The Friends of the Penticton Museum & Archives will use the funds to enhance their Hands-on Heritage Lab, an interactive program that allows children to experience a variety of challenges, such as building and testing earthquake safe bridges and other learning exercises. Kaleden Community Association has a wonderful volunteer spirit for a relatively small community and will use the funds to help with the many projects the volunteers take on each year. Members of 100 Men meet four times a year and each member 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 the meeting where they describe their organization, explain how a donation would be used, whom it will help and the impact the donation will have. 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. All of the money donated goes directly to the three charities. To date, 42 charities in the South Okanagan/Similkameen region have received $94,100 from the 100 Men Who Care group. The date of the first quarterly meeting of 2020 will be announced early in the New Year. More information about the organization and the charities who have received support can be found on the website at www.100menpenticton.com. Or, you can email info@100menpenticton.com. For information regarding a similar organization for women, go to www.cfso.net, click “Programs”, then click “100 Women”.

Left to Right: Randy Cranston from the Kaleden Community Association; Dennis Ooman of the Friends of the Penticton Museum & Archives; Katrina McKeown and David Desaultels of the Penticton & Area Access Society receive their donations from 100 Men Who Care, joined by Peter Beauchamp, owner of Okanoggin Barbers Ltd. and host for the event.

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Continuing To Give To Great Causes

The Penticton Resource Addition Society received $5400 to contribute to their programs, which will help with addiction recovery, thanks to The 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan. On Thursday, November 28th, three charities which included the YMCA Jump Start Program, the Penticton Academy of Music, and the Penticton Resource Addiction Society shared how their organizations made our community better and how a contribution to their group would be used. 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan have given more than $100,000 in the last 5 years to 50 local charities. To join and make a difference together, visit 100womensouthokanagan.com. ApexMatters.com | January 2020 | Page 21

Big Feelings And Peaceful Parenting

South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update

By Leelou Poppins “What do emotions have to do with our parenting? The short answer is: everything. They impact every aspect of our roles. How we react in all of those times determines whether or not our children will feel the support and love we want them to in order for them to thrive now and in the future.” ~ Jennifer Miller, Author of “Confident Parents, Confident Kids” According to the longest study ever made on human psychology, the quality of our relationships is the most important factor at play in living a happy, healthy, and successful life.* Meanwhile, the most recent research showed that nurturing healthy relationships with children is the key to navigating difficult behavior, meltdowns, tantrums, and big feelings with ease and grace. The most important lesson I’ve learned on this wild and messy childcare journey is that children are our most epic teachers: “In a practical way, children raise parents. All our social and emotional skills will be put to the test in differing ways through each age and stage of their development. When challenges arise, if we point a finger and only wonder how we can change our children’s behavior, we miss out on that learning opportunity.” (JM) Behind every messy behavior, there is a big feeling. Behind every big feeling, there is an not met need. These situations are valuable moments of growth, an opportunity to coach our children through “building selfawareness, building self-management, building social awareness, building relationship skills, and building responsible decisionmaking skills” (JM) - five essential competencies for children’s development, according to research. It may seem way too much when trying to make it out of the door with an upset child ... The truth is that it is actually quite simple, and absolutely life-changing. Side effects include: more joy, love, laughter, ease, grace, and flow. My 10 golden rules to deal with big feelings and tantrums: (Inspired from different authors on children’s development.) 1. Pause ~ Drop your agenda. Trying to push through would only add fuel to the fire. 2. Breathe ~ Assess your own emotional state. Breathe your way into calmness. 3. Love ~ Connect before you correct. Get at the child’s level. Seek eye contact, but never force it. 4. Acknowledge big and mixed feelings ~ (i.e. You seem very upset!) 5. Hold space ~ (i.e. I am right here with you. You are loved. You are safe.) 6. Co-regulate ~ (i.e. Would you like a hug? To hold hands? To breathe together?) 7. Share self-regulation skills too ~ (i.e. Mindfulness practices, deep belly breaths ... ) 8. Create space ~ Ask permission to scoop them up or to hold hands to move into a calm and private space. 9. “Name it to tame it” (Dr. Dan Siegel) ~ Be a feelings’ detective. What happened? How did it make them feel in their heart and body? Find the not met need behind the big feelings. 10. Problem solve ~ What could we do to make things better? What could we do better next time? In three words ... Pause. Breathe. Love. * The longitudinal Harvard Study of Adult Development started in 1938 and is still going.

By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out in 2019. Watch for these trends in 2020 and beyond: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

An increase in special and professional skill sets donated to charities. The rise of the flexible and virtual volunteer, as some volunteer charity roles can be done anywhere, for example newsletters, accounting, graphic design, etc. Millennials will lead the way in volunteering with 43% engaging in service. Volunteer training becomes even more vital as the charity online reach is further drawing in new volunteers. Volunteers connect through on-line sites and social media, not only flyers and posters. On-line giving happens throughout the year, challenging December as the highest giving month.

Connect and help yourself, while helping others.

Volunteer Opportunities Ooknakane Friendship Centre ~ To help out, contact Holly Legg at 146 Ellis Street, Penticton, or call 250-490 3504, or email pm@ friendshipcentre.ca. www.friendshipcentre.ca. Habitat for Humanity-Penticton ReStore ~ Contact Lorraine by email to lorraine.richmond@hfhokanagan.ca or call 778-7554346. More information at www.hfhokanagan.ca. Access Centre ~ To volunteer in Penticton, contact Tracy at community@accesscentre.org; in Summerland, contact Kay at summerlandadvocate@accesscentre.org; and Oliver, Osoyoos or Keremeos, contact Donna at southadvocate@accesscentre.org. Please use “I would like to volunteer” as subject line. Haven Hill Care Centre ~ Contact Kara Nelson, Recreation Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, at 250-492-2600 ext. 113, or email kara.nelson@havenhill.ca. Located at 415 Haven Hill Road in Penticton. Okanagan College ~ Please contact Wanda Dudley at 250-4924305 ext. 328, or email WDudley@okanagan.bc.ca. Penticton Soupateria ~ Please email info@soupateria.com. SS Sicamous Heritage Society ~ Contact Arlana, Venue Coordinator, at 250-492-0403 or email info@sssicamous.ca. Critteraid ~ Please contact Andrea, Critteraid Volunteer Coordinator, at 250- 486-2444 or email andrea@critteraid.org. Seniors Wellness Society ~ Contact Misty at 250-487-7455 or email Misty.Douglas@OneSkyCommunity.com. Penticton and District Arts Council ~ Contact Bethany at 250492-7997 or email info@pentictonartscouncil.com. Okanagan Falls Seniors Activity Centre ~ To volunteer, contact Grethe Jensen, President, at 250-497-8199 or email oldys2@ outlook.com. South Okanagan Similkameen Brain injury Society ~ To volunteer, please call 250-490-0613 or email info@sosbis.com. Find more ways to contribute at www.volunteercentre.info under ‘Browse Opportunities’. Register as a volunteer for volunteer opportunity updates. Join the SOS Volunteer Centre’s Volunteer Gathering. Everyone is welcome. The next gathering will be held on Wednesday, January 29 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, includes lunch and refreshments. Please RSVP by Friday, January 24 by email to info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

A Glance At Our Night Sky

Artisan Christmas Market 2019

Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the By Erica Fletcher snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share a thought I am struggling to articulate a “thank you” about the Artisan Market, provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s so I have poured myself a mug of mulled wine and I’m hoping Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden. it helps with the creative flow so I can write my thank you in a decently understandable way. A New Sort Of Astronomy As we enter a new decade, it is interesting to pick what was The most overwhelming emotion I am feeling right now in regards the most significant astronomical development of the last one. to the Market is gratitude. I am grateful that with my limited Considering what has happened in astronomical science in those experience organizing an event like this, that when called to do years, we have a wide range of things to choose from, so here so I actually managed to pull it off! I am grateful to all the vendors I will take the opportunity to push forward my personal choice. who chose to participate in and showcase their work in our Until a few years ago everything we had observed about the community event. You are all truly amazing people, artists, crafters universe had been done via electromagnetic waves, such as light and creators. Thank you. I am grateful to the locals and shoppers and radio waves, high-energy particles, or in the case of some who have come every year to support these amazing people in bodies in the Solar System, actually going there. It was in this their passion, pass-time and art-work. And lastly, I am grateful decade that we first got to see the universe in a completely new to Apex Mountain Resort for sponsoring the Artisan Market. It is absolutely amazing to have your support. way, through a completely new window: gravity waves. In the early 20th Century, Albert Einstein came up with the concept Having participated in the Artisan Market every year as a vendor, of the “fabric of space-time”, which is stretchable and twistable. it is an entirely new experience as the facilitator. It has made me Large masses, such as planets and stars, stretch the fabric rather truly appreciate all the hard work Ash Dunsford has done over the like the way a bowling ball sinks into the middle of a trampoline. years to make this Market an annual event in our community. So Gravity is how we experience this deformation. If we have a Ash, thank you. The holiday season just wouldn’t be the same compressible or stretchable medium, there is the possibility of without your wonderful Market and I was honoured to have taken waves propagating through it, like the ripples that run across the on a larger role with it this year. I hope the mulled wine hasn’t trampoline if we drop a bowling ball on it from some height. In made me overly sentimental, it went down way too quickly! All the the same way, bodies moving through space-time will have a best to everyone for the New Year! bow wave and leave a wake. Events such as collisions between neutron stars or black holes will launch gravity wave ripples across the universe like the ripples radiating out from where a thrown stone landed in a pond. Unfortunately, Einstein’s calculations also showed these waves would be tiny, and he thought they might be too weak to detect. However, he had no idea of how technology would improve over the following decades. In principle, if you hold a ruler in the direction of an approaching gravity wave, as the wave passes the ruler will get very slightly shorter and longer, just as the gas molecules in air get closer together and further apart as a sound wave passes by. However, detecting the really tiny changes caused by gravity waves requires major engineering. Since the gravity wave shortens the ruler by a very small percentage, the longer the “ruler” the better. Even for a ruler a few kilometres long, a gravity wave would change its length by an amount smaller than a proton - the nucleus of a hydrogen atom. A conventional ruler kilometres long would be impractical, if not impossible to make. Instead, a beam of laser light is used. The beam is straighter than any possible ruler, and we can bounce the light off a distant mirror, return it to where it started and see if its Happy New Year Everyone! length is changing. That’s when we encounter the next problem, “Now lay me down to bed, I pray the Lord for pow to shred, the air. Wind and turbulence bend the beam and dust can scatter and if it’s waist deep when I wake, epic lines I vow to take.” it, changing its length slightly. So, we send the beam of light down ~ SnowSeekeers Facebook Page a long tube from which the air has been removed. Next problem: how can we measure a length change that tiny? The easiest way to Published by Okanagan Matters Publications do this is to split the light beam and send part of light down another apexmatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 tube, set up at right angles to the first tube, to another mirror. Then www.ApexMatters.com we take the two reflected light beams and compare them. As the wave passes by, it is most likely to cross the two tubes at different Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2019 through April 2020. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and around angles, so they change length by different amounts. Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex Amazingly it works. Gravity waves have been detected and Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 16th season in print! measured, and observations of black hole interactions, neutron Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of stars and other otherwise invisible events taking place across the the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this universe are now piling up. Not only has Einstein been proven publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right (again), but also we are now established in a new science right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as “Gravity Wave Astronomy”, and an exciting new window through possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval is requested before being published. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications. which we can study the universe we live in.