Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”
Volume 17 : Issue 5 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!
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A Big Welcome To 2021!
By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters After the unpredictable state of 2020, I trust that 2021 will provide us all with beautiful days to enjoy the great outdoors.
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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. The application of energy and extra load of the skier will hopefully trigger any instabilities on the slope. Needless to say, it requires a lot of skill. The attempt to release avalanches on selected small test slopes is done by skiing across the normal fracture zones high on the slope, giving the patrol a good indication of the measures required to ensure all slopes are safe for public access. The ski cutter keeps their momentum and moves from one safe spot to another one on the other side, which you will see as zig-zags across the slopes. A patrol partner watches and test slopes are chosen carefully with regard to potential consequences. The Apex Patrol Staff do this frequently and sometimes get caught and even buried, but they work on established routes and slopes and they travel in pairs with each person being experienced, so injuries are rare but can happen at any time. The explosive technique involves the avalanche control team skiing above the avalanche starting zone and throwing a dynamite charge of around 2-4 kg. This is a dangerous operation, as it involves the direct handling of explosives and the team may get caught in the avalanche. These patrollers have to be certiﬁed to handle explosives and know exactly what they are doing. Everything is recorded and safety is key. Now to get down to the scary facts ... Did you know that Apex has experienced two avalanche fatalities, which were both skier triggered? The ﬁrst one was back in 1976 on Tooth Tusk (which was outside the area boundary at that time) and the second one was in 1983 on Grouse Gulch (which was inbounds and the skier ducked a closed rope line). In 1998, one of our patrol members was buried while ski cutting Essendale, but thankfully two patrollers were with him and they dug him out quickly to safety. (He still celebrates his “2nd Birthday” every year.) This season our paid ski patrol staff of 16 members have a combined experience of over 140 years! So, when one of them is uncomfortable about the avalanche risk, you can bet they know exactly the worst case scenario and how they don’t want you to become another statistic. As for skill sets, these staff members have taken courses on Avalanche Safety, ranging from Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 and 2 to Avalanche Operations Level 1 and
Thank You For Your Support! Happy New Year! 2. 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. 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, call Finbar at 250-808-9352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Apex Mountain Resort requests 3 things, if you want head into the backcountry via their lift access: 1) Check in at the main oﬃce and sign a waiver; 2) complete a trip itinerary, including a trip route, vehicle info, what gear you’re taking, and training you’ve completed; and 3) check back into the oﬃce upon your return. Please Note: You must have completed at least the Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 in order to have access to the backcountry. Under the current COVID-19 health protocols, the national Avalanche Canada annual event known as “Avalanche Awareness Day” has been postponed for this season. The Apex Patrol would like to thank all the businesses for their donations over the years towards our silent and live auctions, as well as the locals that continually support our fundraisers. A special shout out to IGA in Penticton for their huge donation every year towards our Fundraising BBQ. Our Avalanche Awareness Day will return, if not this season, then next season for sure. We are happy to share that your support over the years of our annual fundraising auction and BBQ has made it possible for us to purchase a Beacon Park for public to practice and staff to train right here at Apex Mountain Resort. Please see the Apex Patrol for more information on this exciting new addition to our Apex Avalanche Safety Program.
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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Kevin Dyck, Nickel Plate Nordic President In a season of change and challenges, Nickel Plate members and guests have one more reason to be grateful. On Christmas Eve our grooming machine broke down, so diﬃculties getting service were compounded by the timing over the holidays. On Christmas Day, we called our neighbours down at Apex Mountain Resort with the desperate hope that they might be able to help us out. With some shuﬄing of schedules and many helping hands, Apex sent a groomer the morning of Boxing Day to give our trails a touch up (photo at bottom of page). But what’s even more, when our replacement machine arrived on the 27th the mechanical team at Apex once again came to our rescue by helping to unload the replacement (photo below) and put it together, so we could drive it up the mountain and get back to work.
Meet Jessica Roach, the new coach for the Nickel Plate Junior Racers.
Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update By Matthew Broder, NP Junior Racer The 2020/2021 season for the Nickel Plate Junior Racers has been an interesting season so far. Starting in September, we have been training 2 days per week with our new coach, Jessica Roach. She came to us from Hardwood Club in Southern Ontario. She previously skied at a National Level and has added a whole new dimension to the training schedule. This year, the whole team spent many hours on roller skis by the Observatory and we did lots of speed and endurance training. Being a smaller club operating in a fairly isolated location brings it’s share of challenges. We’re forever grateful for being located When the snow ﬁnally stuck on the trails at Nickel Plate in where we are and having the gorgeous terrain we do (those November, the team was even stronger than usual. Despite Dr. views, right?!), but we’re even more grateful for being part of the Bonnie Henry’s restrictions about teams training together and community of Apex Mountain. We don’t have much to offer the increasingly restrictive COVID-19 precautions, we are one of the resort to say thanks, but we’ve got some plans up our sleeves. few sports that can continue to train as usual. Three days per week the Nickel Plate Junior Racers are out skiing, perfecting their This debt will be repaid in spades! technique on both skate and classic skis. Speciﬁcally, thanks to the perennial Ray Mumby whose decades of dedication to Nickel Plate continued through the holidays. To Despite all of the early season races being cancelled, the team James Shalman, Matt Koenig, Snowcat Pat and the rest of the is continuing to train hard. Over Christmas, the team was training crew from Apex Mountain Resort who didn’t hesitate to come to 4 days per week and they have even run some team relays. We our rescue. To Alan at Prinoth who over the holidays pulled all hope to be able to organize some local races within the club stops to ship a replacement machine from Calgary. And lastly, the membership, if the COVID-19 restrictions lighten up. board of directors at Nickel Plate would like to thank - once again - Jessica Roach, shown below, has brought new life into the team. Tricia Wilson, the club’s GM. Without her continued commitment to Under her tutelage, the team has grown stronger both technically making Nickel Plate the best Nordic centre it can be, the club would and physically. Having a female role model has been very important have ﬂoundered through the holidays. She stayed on the phone for the young woman on the team. into the wee hours on Christmas Eve trying to ﬁnd a solution, and Even if there are no races, all the training this year will make the she did. Nickel Plate is indebted to you. team even stronger for next year’s race season. And with that, Happy New Year everyone! Stay healthy and safe, and get up here to ﬁll your lungs with that fresh, mountain air. The paradise of Nickel Plate awaits!
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A Glance At Our Night Sky
Saturn and Jupiter lie very close together, low in the southwest just after dark. Mars is high in the southeast. Venus lies low in the Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the dawn glow. The Moon will be Full on January 29, 2021 and will snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share a thought reach Last Quarter on January 6, 2021. I would like to take this provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s opportunity to wish you a Happy 2021. (Photo by Preserved Light Photography) Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden.
Two Good Things From 2020
It has been really interesting how much attention the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn attracted in the media. Maybe one of the reasons for this is that amidst a year of hardship and tragedy, it is reassuring to see the rhythm of the universe just chugging along, predictably. The two planets will be close together for a while, so there is still time to look at, or even better, point a telescope at those two dots, one bright and one dim, low in the southwest after sunset. Even in the midst of Covid some noteworthy things happened in astronomy during 2020, and in the year’s last article, we can look at a couple of them. First, there is the discovery of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus. This is a compound with molecules made up of one phosphorus atom combined with three hydrogen atoms. Here on Earth, the only naturally occurring phosphine is generated by the rotting of vegetable material in boggy water where there is low oxygen. It bubbles to the surface of the water, and burns spontaneously in the air, forming ﬂickering marsh lights. In British folklore, these lights are attributed to a malicious fairy, called Willo-the Wisp, who wants to attract you deeper into the bog, where you could drown. The surface of Venus is too hot for any of the life processes we know of. However, the temperatures in the upper atmosphere are more comfortable, and there is water and a mixture of different chemicals available to react together. The fact that we know only one natural process for making phosphine, and that involves living things working on biological material, does not prove there is life in Venus’s atmosphere. There could be chemical reactions we have yet to learn about. However, this discovery has certainly attracted a lot of interest. We certainly know of living things, extremophiles, here on Earth, making their living in nearboiling, acidic water and other hostile places, so the possibility of living things in the atmosphere of Venus does not stretch our imaginations too much. Okay. I’m biased, but I think the astronomical star of 2020 is CHIME, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment. The instrument consists of an array of four huge trough-shaped antennas with a total signal collecting area of 8000 square metres. The objective of the experiment was to map the structure of the hydrogen clouds in the young universe. Basically, hydrogen is the starting ingredient for everything in the universe. However, the design of this telescope makes it ideal for a completely different sort of observation. There are objects far out in space that occasionally emit a short (thousandths of a second) burst of radio emission. These objects are scattered all over the sky, producing a number of these pulses, known as “fast radio bursts” or FRB’s, a day. They were discovered serendipitously when a dish type radio telescope, which sees a very small patch of sky, happened to be looking in the right direction at the right time. To do its job, CHIME sees almost all the sky overlying the observatory. So if anything happens in the sky above the horizon, CHIME will almost certainly catch it. So far CHIME has captured hundreds of these strange FRB’s. Lying at huge distances, the objects must be emitting a prodigious amount of energy. However, to produce a pulse a millisecond in duration, the object cannot be bigger than about 300 kilometres in diameter. The only known things that might ﬁt the bill are neutron stars or black holes. Underneath that reassuringly smooth-running cosmos there is another less well-understood universe that is much less predictable.
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An Exciting New Year By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Alumni Over two months into my stress fracture, and it is still not completely healed. It is almost there, however, and it should only be a few more weeks until I am back at my full training capacity. It has been an extremely long haul, full of many lows and a few highs, but we have made it through. As of now, our season still does not look great. However, there is some hope of races, potentially in March, but only time will tell. Regardless of what happens, it will have been a great season for opportunities to focus on our weaknesses. The cancellation of the season led to an improvised selection for World Junior Championships. The team being sent this year is a very strong team and they have a chance at some great results! Last year, they were able to pull off a second place in the men’s team relay. This was a historic moment for Canada had never before podiumed in the team relay. Happy New Year! I hope everyone got out to enjoy the snow over the holidays.
Fred’s first day on skis this year (December 5th). Photo by VR45 Photography.
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By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director Happy New Year! I can’t believe we are in 2021. This will be a fantastic year! Our amazing resort is taking shape daily. More snow on the runs. Always something to look forward to. We all are so lucky to have such an amazing place to ski. Big shout out to all the Apex staff from mountain operations to the restaurants and the New General Store. I think we can all agree that the beginning to our season was different to what we are used to, but the skiing was amazing. It’s been great to see everyone following the rules, as we can do our part to keep the season going strong. With any luck, we will soon be over this hurdle. The U12 to U16 athletes continue to enjoy amazing training conditions with the coaches challenging them daily. There have been many silver linings already in this short season. Honestly, this has bee one of the best Decembers in years for the team. We could not have asked for better weather conditions. The hill has been in impeccable shape. We love hard snow and we got it! Apex Carvers ~ We are into our season now. Lots of smiles and tired happy kids. We will post some pics in the next issue. I’m sure many of you have seen the recent post on Facebook regarding Reece Howden. Reece can now stake claim to a Gold Medal World Cup Podium in Ski Cross. In mid December, Reece had an amazing weekend of racing. Day one ... Silver. Taking this experience into day two, he blew the ﬁeld away taking Gold. An amazing couple of results for our famous club racer! Reece is now ranked #1 in the world in Ski Cross. He will be returning to Europe shortly to resume the rest of the World Cup season. Bring home the overall buddy! Watch our Facebook page for more updates. Marcus Athans and newly named member Heming Sola of the BC Ski Team are headed off to Europe again. They both had a month long training block at Panorama. We’re excited to hear some European results from these two boys. May 2021 bring amazing outside ski performances. Keep following the Apex Mountain Resort rules, so we can keep this awesome thing going all season long. Best wishes from the Apex Ski Club!
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On Top Of The Leaderboards By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni I started off the 2020/2021 season with a BANG!!! I was able to take Gold and Silver at Val Thorens, France and another top 5 ﬁnish in Arosa, Switzerland. These results have put me at the top of the World Cup Leaderboards going into 2021. It’s never easy having good days back-to-back, but I was focused and trusted my instincts and it paid off. I feel so fortunate to be racing right now, and I am not taking any of this for granted. My next Ski Cross World Cup competition will be held in Idre, Sweden on January 20, 23 & 24. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes in next month’s Apex Matters. Thanks for all your support!
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Above is Reece Howden celebrating his Gold Medal Ski Cross performance in Val Thorens, France. Reece currently sits at the top of the World Cup Leaderboards. ApexMatters.com | January 2021 | Page 7
Happy New Year
By Jordan Kober, Canadian Freestyle Mogul Team Member
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The season started off not too great, when I botched my qualifying run at the Finland World Cup. I did my best to put that event behind me and remain optimistic moving forward. The next World Cup was the following weekend in Sweden. I managed to put down a pretty solid run for singles and ended up in 20th place. Nothing to brag about, but deﬁnitely a step in the right direction. Then, the next day, all of the effort Apex put into building our early-season jump site and mogul course paid off! I won my ﬁrst four duals and made it to the semi-ﬁnal, where I went up against a Swedish skier, Ludvig Fjallstrom. I was ahead most of the dual, but he snuck ahead of me just before the second jump and beat me across the ﬁnish line. The score was close, but Fjallstrom took the win by less than two points. I still had to head back to the top of the course for another chance to make the podium in third place. By the time I made it back to the top, there was too much fog obscuring the course. We waited quite a while for the fog to clear, but unfortunately we ran out of time and I did not get to ski my ﬁnal dual. Since the event was unable to reach its conclusion, they awarded 1st place to both skiers who made the ﬁnal, and 3rd place to myself and Bradley Wilson of the U.S. Ski Team. So, I didn’t really get a chance to win that 3rd place, but I’ll still take it!
I hope you’re healthy and have been skiing as much as possible! December was awesome for our team. Training went really well in Whistler, as we stayed there for 15 out of 30 days this past month. I am now at home at Silver Star skiing the powder and park. I am feeling strong and ready for the season. We are heading back to Whistler for more training from January 3-11. Later in January, we will head to Calgary to train. Then, ﬁnally, the ﬁrst competition will be the Calgary FIS Noram held January 24-28. It’ll be exciting to compete again! We have waited a while for the comps to begin. I’ll let you know how it goes for the BC Park and Pipe team. Until then, catch some air and have a great start to 2021.
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Canadian Freestyle Team photo at the bottom of the course in Sweden. My goal for this season is to get two top twelve results. It was a huge relief to accomplish the ﬁrst half of that goal before the New Year, and to get it with my ﬁrst World Cup podium is more than I could’ve asked for. I’ll hopefully have at least a couple more chances to get that second result I need, with my next opportunity being at the Deer Valley World Cup at the beginning of February. Until then, I’ll just be doing lots of training to get myself as ready as possible two achieve the other half!
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By Kristi Richards, Head Coach (in photo to right) We are excited to kick off the New Year and enter into 2021 with hope and purpose. We are grateful to have a sport where we are outdoors, and that we can continue to stay active and participate. January 2nd is the start to our main programming for athletes 6 years old all the way to 18. We love introducing young athletes to the sport of Freestyle Skiing, and we have an experienced coaching staff to take them to any level they want.
We have had a very successful pre-season training, with great snow conditions and facilitates since November 15th (Thanks Apex!). It was the earliest we’ve ever seen the mogul course built, and many local and Canadian teams have taken advantage of the early start. The Apex Freestyle Club hosted a Winter Break Camp, where kids were able to ski with some of our new coaches and get a feel of what’s to come for the season. We had a lot of exciting ‘ﬁrsts’, like ﬁrst spins, ﬁrst 180’s, ﬁrst box and rail slides, ﬁrst front ﬂips, ﬁrst corks, and ﬁrst full mogul runs. All of these are moments to celebrate. Photo from the Winter Break Camp shown to the left. We look forward to seeing everyone out there, playing safe, and enjoying the outdoors!
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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Happy New Year everyone! I hope you rang it in well, yet responsibly. I mostly spent time rocking in the corner with a bottle of champagne muttering, “it’s over ... it’s over ...”. But no, for reals, we did celebrate with some friends, virtually over a service called Discord. Yes, ironically Discord is really good at bringing people together. We played a goofy version of Pictionary using our phones. Let me tell you, the drawings Grandma creates on a smartphone after 2 or 3 lemon drop martinis leave little to the imagination. No wonder older generations had more kids! I am now pretty sure that the ‘family life’ education program of the 70’s consisted of Picasso art books and a copy of the Kama Sutra. Anyway, I am sure those mental scars will heal eventually and luckily all the grandkids were plugged into their own screens playing some game called “Rocket League”, that from what I can tell has little to no actual rockets. Okay, so let’s talk about Resolutions. I know I hit it out of the park last year when I resolved to be more social, travel more and stay off screens. It was a perfect year for all of that! Honestly, one thing I did do was get outside more. For most, it is about getting out and enjoying nature. Getting ﬁt and staying active. Sure it was great for all that. But I was mostly trying to outrun my children, so I could ﬁnd just a few moments of peace and quiet. As a result, I can now jog for 3 km without puking! Unfortunately, I now also have super ﬁt children who constantly demand food or repairs to electronic systems in my house. I do not understand how this new ‘technologically integrated’ generation can ﬁgure out how to publish a fully edited video to YouTube, but cannot ﬁgure out how to make toast. When I was 8, I was the one who used to make the VCR time stop ﬂashing. And no, I did not just put a piece of duct tape over the number. No! I programed that thing AND I hooked up the Nintendo to work on channel 3, PLUS I added just the right amount of tinfoil to the rabbit ears, so I could watch an episode of the Racoons on the CBC. Last week, I found a mini pizza in the DVD player and the Cars 3 DVD in the microwave. It was not a proud Dad moment. Well, here’s to 2021. All in all, 2020 wasn’t a horrible year ... as far as pandemic years go I suppose. I really do see a big bright horizon and I hope you all ﬁnd some peace and joy in 2021. Happy New Year everyone!
Who’s That On The Hill? Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone Hiya folks! A new year and a new face! Our ﬁrst patroller of 2021 is Caroline! What is your name? Caroline ‘Lu’ Rahkola Where were you born? This local gal was born right here! I mean like in the hospital ... not like on the hill. How long have you been on patrol? Caroline has been wearing the red for 2 years now. What shift are you on? You will ﬁnd her repping the majestic ‘A’ team. Do you ski, board or tele? Caroline started out on a snowboard, but thankfully came to her senses! What is your favorite run? You can ﬁnd her ripping hard down Juniper to the Okanagan Run on a great groomie day. Or, she is going full send off the Great Wall on a pow day. Why do you patrol? Caroline loves the Apex community. And, it is a great excuse to get her out skiing. What is your favorite food? Caroline will destroy a bowl of (vegetarian) Butter Chicken or totally wreck some Spanakopita. What else do you do for fun? Caroline seeks other thrills by ﬂying down hills on a mountain bike, as well as skis. She also loves to tend her garden and go for long runs in the woods. What do you do for work? Caroline’s job is really hot! She is an initial attack ﬁre ﬁghter with BC Wildﬁre Service. Should people look for you on tinder? You won’t ﬁnd Caroline on Tinder ... she is too busy being out in the actual woods.
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Well, now you know so much more about Caroline. Hugs are out for now, but I am sure she would like a nice ﬁst bump or elbow tap. Cheers!
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Health Focused Resolutions For 2021 By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician Are you one to make New Year’s Resolutions? Are you like many who are happy to be rid of 2020 and turn over a new leaf into a healthier and happier 2021?
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Set yourself up for success. While we are in the lull of this second wave, it is a great time to reﬂect on this past year and set your 250.770.1079 goals for what is to come. Learning from the past is often a step 3373 Skaha Lake Road www.drdeirdreoneill.com Penticton, BC email@example.com toward making positive steps forward. Having a plan is essential for seeing your vision come into fruition. Time is essential when it cold at the end of the day. These days stretching may occur in comes to successful resolutions. Don’t get discouraged as it takes the parking lot prior to putting your gear on or during a tailgate time to let your new habits stick. Change is constant and with the lunch. I am loving seeing that my son’s freestyle club is instilling right outlook, you can succeed. this stretching routine into young skiers. Here are some health focused resolutions that you can consider Exercise ~ Exercise on more days than you don’t. I often like to to adopt in 2021. reframe exercise with the term movement. As lives get busy, it Gratitude ~ Being thankful for what you have can change your life as it makes you appreciate what you have and can empower you to strive for your goals. Regularly expressing gratitude to the good in your life can improve your mood and stave off depression. Making the act of gratitude as part of your life is a simple daily ritual of thinking and/or writing about the things and people in your life that you are grateful for. As I reﬂect on an incredibly different year, all I come back to is what I am grateful for. When it comes to Apex, I am grateful that the lifts are turning and am thankful for how hard the staff are working to keep it that way.
often is better to ensure you schedule your activity into the week. Find ways to boost activity by setting goals and rewards. Find a partner who has this same goal of moving for - you can keep each other accountable. How do you plan to move today?
Eat Less Sugar ~ As you are eating a more whole foods diet, you may ﬁnd there is less room or cravings for sugar. Limit sugary snacks and sweetened drinks. In my home, I bake most of the treats that my kids indulge in. This allows me to alter recipes by utilizing natural sweeteners like dates, honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar. All of which satisfy my sons’ sweet teeth and satisfy my wish to provide antioxidants into their bodies.
Whatever your goals may be, I hope that they can stick for you and transform your life. Wishing you a safe and successful New Year.
Talk It Out ~ Is your goal to improve your outlook or mental health? With all of the distancing we have had to practice this year, it has become ever more apparent that social interaction is imperative for a healthy life. Depression can manifest in a variety of ways. A lack of motivation, sadness, anxiety, sleeping more or less. I have overall noticed an uptake of mental health concerns in my Whole Foods ~ If your goal is to loose weight or get healthy, practice over this unprecedented year. There are many natural sticking to a complicated diet can be a challenge. Why not try health options that can help people even in their darkest of days, adding in whole foods rather than eliminating junk food? A way including but not limited to B Vitamins, Magnesium, and Fish Oil. to do this is to buy as much as you can from the perimeter of the Leaving cloudy days in town behind by heading to the hills is often grocery store, staying away from packaged foods. When it comes a sureﬁre way of uplifting your mood. to working towards eating healthier, accept there will always be Learning a new skill can be motivating enough to help you solidify days of indulgence. I ﬁgure it is better to build these treats into your your resolutions. Take a cooking class online. Get out into the back life, so that you can savour a poutine or plate of nachos without country. Explore online yoga or exercise classes in the comfort guilt and a sense of failure. In my family, we try to add a new recipe of your own home. Keep on track by listening to Brene Brown’s into the rotation every two weeks, particularly plant based ones. motivation based podcasts or learning through the experts in the Some of these recipes are a hit and get into the rotation. Tim Ferriss Show Podcast.
Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also ﬁnd her on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol.
Get Outside ~ Likely I am preaching to the choir here, as Apex is of course an outdoor playground. If you are like me, you ﬁnd that How Are The Roads To & From Apex? your mood and energy improves with being outdoors. A gift of this pandemic for many I speak to is the extra effort being put toward Acciona or “AIM Roads” is the road contractor for Apex Mountain spending time outdoors. For the health of my community, I hope Road and Green Mountain Road. Their mandate is to keep the this outdoor enthusiasm sticks with us. highways safe and open for the travelling public. Their winter shift Hydrate ~ Dehydrated muscles have a higher sensitivity to pain schedule is mid-October until mid-March. If you notice unsafe or and are more likely to injure. Your muscles will thank you for it if you dangerous road conditions, please call AIM at 1-866-222-4204. up your liquid intake. A rule of thumb when it comes to water or tea is to drink half your body weight in ﬂuid ounces per day. If you are very active you may need to more look to the colour of your urine straw colour - to make sure you are remaining well hydrated. One of my favourite ways to up my liquid intake is through ﬁlling my thermos with tea or miso soup. Not only does miso soup hydrate me, it also provides electrolytes. Electrolytes hydrate cells quicker and boost muscle performance. Stretch ~ Stretching can improve your ﬂexibility, reduce your risk of injury and ease any pain that you may experience at the end of the day. Stretching often gets missed, especially if you are getting
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Apex COVID-19 Winter Protocols
We recognize that some of these changes are inconvenient and ask you to please wear a face covering, be mindful of social What is the Resort doing for COVID-19 safety and prevention? distancing, use hand sanitization stations and be patient as we Apex Mountain Resort General Manager James Shalman says, attend to your needs. “We are planning our winter season with Covid precautions for our Tickets ~ Daily lift tickets do not require reservations in advance guests and our staﬀ’s safety in mind. While we would like to operate and will not have a daily limit. Lift tickets can be purchased at close to normal, you should expect Covid precautions to aﬀect our the Ticket Windows at the Administration Oﬃce or from the Rental daily operations. Covid precautions will cause larger lineups due Shop and Snow School desk. Discounted daily lift tickets will to social distancing, especially in areas where congestion occurs. be available in Penticton at Sportchek and the Travel Penticton With that in mind, we have come out with a plan to protect our Oﬃce, located at 888 Westminster Avenue West. Discounted daily guests and staﬀ in relation to Covid. While there may be some lift tickets are also available at Costco locations throughout BC. inconveniences, we hope our customers will understand that this Face coverings will be mandatory in lift ticket lines, season pass is for their own safety and for the safety of our staﬀ.” pick-up lines and in the Administration Oﬃce. There will not be any reservations required to ski or snowboard at Restaurants ~ We are following protocols and mandates as set Apex Mountain Resort throughout the season. There will not be a out by the Ministry of Health. They are subject to change without daily cap on rider visitation or a limit on season pass sales. notice. All indoor food facilities have their table volume reduced, The resort will be implementing physical distancing, self- and social distancing measures in place. Increased sanitization screening, and increased cleanliness and sanitization throughout measures will be in place. Servers will be wearing masks. the resort. We will continue to follow all Interior Health and Customers are not required to wear masks. Closing times will be Provincial Government regulations related to Covid. These governed by the Liquor Control Board and Provincial regulations. Policies are subject to change due to recommendations and best Guest Services and Resort Amenities ~ All resort amenities are practices within the industry and as mandated by local, provincial planned to be open during our normal hours of operation. However, and federal government bodies. Our policies may need to be due to Covid, expect social distancing measures to be in place. adjusted or change completely as the Covid situation changes in our Province. Below is a list of current guidelines on how we plan The Hockey Rink will be open with the change rooms removed, to operate this winter season. We hope this information helps you due to the conﬁned space and the lack of the ability to control to be prepared for your experience at Apex Mountain Resort, so social distancing. Boot/skate change benches will be located at we can work together to provide a safe and enjoyable day for all. the entrances to the rink and the skating loop. The hockey rink and the ice skating adventure loop will be open from 9 am to 10 pm. Outdoor Operations ~ Both staff and guests will be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times in lift lines, loading the The Tube Park will be open on Friday nights from 4 pm to 9 pm chair and unloading the chair and are recommended when walking and on Saturdays from 10 am to 9 pm and Sundays from 10 am through the village. Appropriate masks and face coverings are to 3 pm. Please keep social distancing in mind, groups can tube deﬁned as any material that covers the face and nose adequately. together in their own bubble. This can include neck warmers, buffs, non-medical face masks, The Mountain Shop and Ski/Board Repair Shop ~ The Mountain disposable face masks, and other coverings. Due to the mandated Shop will have guest and staff hand sanitizing stations, mandatory face coverings, lift corrals can remain the same. Guests will be mask wearing and limited number of customers in the store at any asked to ride chairlifts only with the people they have arrived with one time. The Repair Shop will be open, but limited by the number (your bubble). Singles can ride the Quickdraw Highspeed Quad of people in the store. with 2 singles per lift, sitting on opposite sides of the chair. For the Arrival at the Resort ~ Please be prepared for the following: Triple Chair and T-Bar, singles can ride by themselves and others • Hand washing and sanitization stations are available can ride to the lifts full capacity with those in their bubble. The throughout the resort. Magic Carpet already has spacing of loading two meters apart, • Regular sanitization of surfaces and increased daily riding single, and each person facing forward. sanitization protocols. Ski Patrol ~ The Ski Patrol treats trauma patients ONLY. If you feel • Glass sneeze guards are installed at all counters where you may have symptoms of Covid, do not come to the Inﬁrmary customers and staff interact. asking for help. Stay home and isolate or go to Penticton for a • Wash or sanitize your hands often. test. Guests will be asked to wear masks before being treated by • Practice physical distancing of a minimum 2 meters (6 feet). ski patrol, who will also be wearing masks while treating patients. • Avoid touching your face. Snow School and Rental Shop ~ The Snow School’s focus is to • Face coverings are recommended outside in the village deliver a safe lesson product to our customers. Programs will be and will be mandatory inside resort buildings, such as the different this season with lesson protocols structured to protect the Administration Oﬃce, Rental Shop, Snow School, The health of guests and staff. Lessons and rentals must be booked in Mountain Shop, public washrooms or inside common advance using the, soon to be released, online booking and preareas, in all lift lines and while riding all lifts. payment system. Students must self-screen before each lesson and maintain physical distance wherever possible. Face coverings This space could be yours ... Either go heli skiing or book an ad! are mandatory for instructors and students during all lessons. Class sizes and duration have been reduced. Day care services have been suspended. Rentals are available to guests who book ahead (24 hour minimum) online. Equipment will be pre-set prior to your arrival. Due to limited occupancy in the rental shop, please allow extra time to complete your equipment pick up. Face coverings are required in the rental shop. The rental shop layout has one-way ﬂow to a separate exit. Page 12 | January 2021 | ApexMatters.com
Winter Driving Tips By Myleen Mallach Snow and ice push our driving skills to the limit. Do you know how to drive properly in winter conditions? Did you know you need driving skills beyond what a good set of winter tires can provide? The following tips could save you from problems when you are out on the road this winter:
Sundog ... Snowbow ... Halo ... whatever it is called, it is definitely beautiful! Photo taken by Angela Lucy on Saturday, December 12, 2020.
Maintain a safe following distance ~ It takes longer to stop on a slippery road. Look ahead and keep plenty of distance between you and other cars (at least four seconds).
Drop your speed to match road conditions ~ The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. In winter, it is safer to drive below the posted speed. No matter how much experience you have, the way your car will move on snow or ice always has an element of unpredictability. My dad always told me to stick to 60 km/hr in fresh snow for enough momentum to go and enough control to stop.
Watch for black ice ~ Slow down when approaching possible icy spots, such as shaded areas and bridges, as these sections of road freeze sooner than others in cold weather. Watch for “black ice”, areas of the road with a thin, almost invisible coating of ice, as it can cause your vehicle to suddenly lose traction, braking and cornering control.
Accelerate and brake slowly ~ When starting from a stop on slick roads, start slowly and accelerate gradually to maintain traction and avoid spinning your wheels. When stopping, plan well in advance, apply the brakes gently and slowly add pressure rather than braking suddenly. Pumping your brakes gently is always a good practice to follow.
Avoid sudden moves ~ Slow down and steer smoothly and gradually to avoid skidding. Accelerate gently, turn slowly, and brake carefully and early. Avoid unexpected quick movements that could put you in a spin. Anticipate turns, stops, and lane changes well before they occur.
Know how to handle a skid ~ A skid happens when your wheels slide out of control on a slippery surface and is a result of driving too fast for road conditions. If you start to skid, ease off the brake or accelerator, look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to over steer. If you are on ice and skidding in a straight line, step on the clutch or shift to neutral.
See and be seen ~ It is critical for drivers to see and be seen in low light conditions, and when blowing snow impairs visibility. Always drive with your headlights on.
Be extremely cautious when approaching highway maintenance vehicles ~ Maintain a safe following distance behind snow plows and salt or sand trucks. These vehicles throw up snow and spray, making it diﬃcult to see.
Pull over whenever traﬃc is lined up behind you ~ This is probably the single most important and respectful thing any driver can do, especially in the winter time. If you are traveling at slower speeds for your own peace of mind, but see a number of vehicles on your bumper, simply pull over and let them pass. Many times this may only need to be an indicator light and a slight deceleration. Winter conditions and vehicle performances vary ... respect your fellow drivers.
Practice ~ Get out and drive in the snow and ice. Know what your vehicle is capable of and what you are comfortable with. The more you drive in winter conditions - the better of the winter driver you’ll be. Young or new drivers should always practice in an empty snowy parking lot or back road. ApexMatters.com | January 2021 | Page 13
From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay In the middle of the pandemic’s second wave and with the holidays upon us, many Canadians are still struggling to ﬁgure out how they’ll get through these tough times. Last week, we saw two examples of how the government’s priorities are hurting many lowincome, self-employed Canadians, while letting large corporations and wealthy shareholders off the hook. One of my constituents, Carol, had a before-tax income in 2019 of just under $10,000. When the pandemic hit in early 2020, her business was heavily impacted. She was encouraged by the government to apply for the CERB support, which was designed precisely for her type of income - self-employed Canadians who didn’t qualify for Employment Insurance. Carol checked the requirements and saw that if she’d lost her income because of COVID-19 and that her before-tax income in 2019 was more than $5000 she would qualify. But recently she received a repayment demand for thousands of dollars, because the government had decided that her CERB claim didn’t ﬁt the criteria after all. Apparently, the $5000 RRSP she cashed in 2019 to buy a cooler for her business did not count as income, even though CRA happily taxed her on that income. Once that RRSP income was subtracted from her taxable income, it left her a few dollars short of the $5000 threshold. Carol is one of many thousands of lowerincome Canadians who have been caught in an after-the-fact rule change that speciﬁed that the $5000 income threshold had to be net income, not gross income. These people, many who can barely make ends meet, are being penalized just before Christmas with large repayment demands they simply cannot meet. On the other side of the coin, many large corporations affected by the pandemic received wage subsidies of 75 percent to keep workers on the payroll. That’s exactly what the wage subsidy supports were meant to do. What those supports were not meant to do was to enrich the companies’ executives and shareholders with generous dividends. Some countries, such as Spain and the Netherlands, made it illegal for companies that were receiving pandemic supports to issue dividends. But, despite calls for exactly that, Canada declined to add those strings and many companies took advantage of the generosity of the Canadian taxpayer. Imperial Oil was one of 68 such companies. It received $120 M in government wage subsidies, while paying out $324 M in dividends. A large trucking ﬁrm, TFI International, bought back $9 M of shares and paid out $45 M in increased dividends, while receiving $63 M in wage subsidies. Companies operating long term care homes were also given supports to make sure they provided proper care to their residents through the pandemic. One of these, Extendicare, received $82 M and paid out $21 M in dividends, while complaints about inadequate care kept coming in. There is very clearly a double standard in the Liberals’ approach. They are demanding that people who struggled throughout the pandemic repay the money they received. They aren’t, however, holding accountable the big corporations that received ﬁnancial support and then turned around and paid massive dividends to their shareholders. In April, the Liberals voted in favour of a motion that “those who have applied in good faith for and received beneﬁts through CERB or other programs to support them through this crisis will not be unjustly penalized”. And yet, a few months later, they are demanding that people who barely made ends meet pay back funds that they had met the qualiﬁcations for when they applied. The NDP will keep working hard to ensure families, workers, students, seniors and small businesses receive the help they’ve been promised. If you’d like to get in touch, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’
Looks like we survived 2020 and made it to 2021, where things are only going to get better. 2021 is going to be a busy year for the Apex community. Please follow provincial health guidelines around COVID-19 and stay local, socially distance, and wear masks where required. On December 17th, the RDOS Board Subrina Monteith of Directors unanimously supported Director of Bylaw No. 2920, 2020 Apex Mountain RDOS Area ‘I’ Fire Protection Service Establishment Bylaw and Bylaw No. 2921, 2020 Apex Mountain Fire Protection Loan Authorization Bylaw. Both Bylaws were read a ﬁrst, second and third time; and further that, THAT the Board of Directors authorize that electoral approval for the adoption of Bylaw No. 2920, 2020 and Bylaw No. 2921, 2020 be obtained through assent vote (referendum) in accordance with the Local Government Act; and further, THAT the assent vote take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021. What does this mean for property owners at Apex? There will be a series of communications with property owners from RDOS and the Apex Fire Brigade Society around the beneﬁts of supporting the referendum and costs associated with a successful referendum. As details unfold in the coming weeks, look for more information on the Apex Facebook groups, the RDOS website, articles in February and March editions of Apex Matters, as well as other print media. Consultation with property owners is scheduled to begin in late February. Apex families continue to be challenged with transferring their children into School District #67 from School District #53. New Apex students currently must register in SD #53 and put in for a transfer into SD #67, where they struggle ﬁnding space within a school in Penticton. This process is a source of stress for all families who are new to the community of Apex and it’s become a barrier to education for some. Connect with the APOA to support their letter writing campaign as the voice for the community to ask School Districts #67 and #53 to do the right thing for the residents of Apex by conducting a boundary review to allow students direct access to Penticton schools. This has been an issue for many years and will not support families relocating full-time without access to education. The Penticton Snowmobile Club wrote an article in this month’s edition to address some concerns. They are the subject matter experts, along with Apex Mountain Resort’s General Manager, James Shalman, should you have any concerns. The usage of sleds on Crown Land unfortunately does not fall under the jurisdiction of the RDOS. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca
A New Year And New Possibilities By Kelly Johnston, RPF, Deputy Fire Chief First, Happy New Year from all the members of the Apex Fire Brigade Society! With this new year comes the anticipation of new possibilities and exciting opportunities, particularly when reﬂecting on a year like 2020. With the challenges that most of us have been faced with, and the tragic impacts that many have been forced to endure over these past months, it is probably safe to say that we are all hoping for a better 2021. Like many organizations, the initial stages of the COVID-19 response had all the Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue members scrambling to pivot, re-adjust, pivot again and stay on our toes as the pandemic progressed. We were faced with many operational and logistical challenges as part of trying to maintain our top priorities of a core ﬁre response and prepare for a potential COVID-19 community response, while keeping our members safe. With the hard work and dedication of our members, the support of our neighbouring ﬁre services (thank you to Peachland Fire Rescue and Penticton Fire Department), the Red Cross, community members, and Apex Mountain Resort, along with the guidance from our Emergency Medical Director (Jeff Burko), AFBS was able to re-adjust to the ongoing changes. Thank you to everyone for the help! This is a great reminder that, although we would like to forget most of what 2020 brought us, it also brought us many examples of community kindness, cooperation, and perseverance. This past year also provided the opportunity for the AFBS Board of Directors to truly evaluate and plan for the ﬁre service needs of the community. Working with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen staff, AFBS was able to strategically plan for the forecasted Apex community ﬁre service needs for the next ﬁve years and beyond. This planning exercise included the development of a comprehensive budget, land acquisition negotiations with the province of BC, and a concept ﬁre hall design that were all carefully developed based the expected needs of the community and the minimum Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) residential insurance certiﬁcation requirements for a sustained ﬁre service. This work cumulated into a December 17th RDOS Board of Directors’ unanimous vote to approve the proposed taxbased ﬁre service operations and borrowing budgets for a Public Referendum in March 2021. The AFBS Board of Directors and members are all residents and property owners in the community, so what affects you will affect us. Based on extensive assessment and planning, the AFBS Board of Directors has come to a conclusion that a tax-based ﬁre service is the most appropriate approach to ensuring that residents can obtain sustained ﬁre protection in the most cost-effective manner possible. As we move forward into the 2021 year, Apex residents can expect extensive communications and engagement from the AFBS regarding the proposal for a sustainable tax-based ﬁre service and the upcoming March Referendum. Our goal is to provide you, as a property owner or resident of Apex, with the most accurate information you need to cast your referendum ballot with conﬁdence in March. To accomplish this, we are striving to provide an open forum for communications in which we can provide transparent and detailed information on all aspects of the proposal and answer all questions or concerns that residents may have. We look forward to working with all of our community members in establishing effective and sustained ﬁre protection for the Apex community. All the best into 2021 to everyone.
Roly Russell - your MLA, your representative Email: roly.russell.MLA@leg.bc.ca Phone: 250.498.5122 Photo taken during first cross country ski in 2020.
Diesel’s Snow Removal 250-490-7952 NOTICE OF APPLICATION Notice of Application to the Comptroller of Water Rights under the water utility act and the utilities commission act. Notice is hereby given by Apex Mountain Resort Ltd 1997, that an application has been made to the Comptroller of Water Rights for a Certiﬁcate of Public Convenience and Necessity Amendment for the proposed system to serves the following land parcels; 165 Snow Mountain Place Strata Lot 8, Plan KAS3172; 155 Snow Mountain Place Strata Lot 9, Plan KAS3172; and 1183 Apex Mountain Road Block G, District Lot 4062S. Any person wishing further information in connection with this application should apply directly to Apex Mountain Resort at 250-490-5680 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any objections to this application are to be forwarded to the Secretary to the Comptroller of Water Rights, Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations. P.O. Box 9340, STN PROV GOVT, Victoria, BC V8W 9M1. And, should be received in this oﬃce on or before February 1, 2021.
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January APOA Update By Jeff Brown, APOA Secretary On behalf of Apex property owners, the APOA Board thanks management and staff of Apex Mountain Resort and Nickel Plate Nordic Centre for their herculean efforts in keeping our beloved mountain paradise operating in these crazy times. We sincerely appreciate all the care and effort you take to keep us healthy, happy and NOT stuck indoors! This article summarizes the key issues and programs the APOA is tackling in 2021. School District Boundaries ~ No progress was made on this important issue in 2020. Apex is oﬃcially in School District #53, but the SD53 board appears unmotivated to serve Apex students or assist the school district that is actually educating our youth. SD53 has stated they will not provide a school bus for Apex students, they will not support a district boundary review, and our elected school trustee has not responded to any of our inquiries. It is truly taxation without representation or service! Penticton School District #67 has been accommodating Apex students as best they can each year. However, there is no guarantee that SD67 will have room each year, and regulations say they can’t make room unless the student lives within their district. This leaves Apex’s growing cohort of full-time families scrambling each September, unsure if they will ﬁnd a school for their sons and daughters. APOA is continuing to lobby for the obvious solution: make Apex part of the Penticton School District.
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Apex Snowshoe Guiding and Miscellaneous Musings ... By the Apex Community Association (ACA)
The purpose of the ACA is to promote, facilitate, support or undertake any activity that will enhance the quality of life in the Wildﬁre Risk Mitigation ~ In 2021, the provincial government Apex Mountain community. To this end, we are offering a trio of is funding selective logging and thinning -- NOT clear cutting free, guided family snowshoe outings in January, February and -- immediately north of the village. The APOA board has been March 2021 (with Covid-19 regulations permitting at those times) part of the consultation process, and we will continue to monitor to several of the area’s primo snowshoe trail destinations. this very positive activity. Besides ensuring village aesthetics are maintained, preventing opening up the forest to motorized The ﬁrst of these three outings heads out from Nickel Plate Nordic access is also critical to maintaining forest health and reducing the Centre parking lot, through summertime singletrack trails, to the beautiful Nickel Plate Lake at 12 noon on Saturday, January 23rd. potential for noise next to the village. February’s snowshoe tour begins at the Snowﬂake Loop trails Condo and Property Insurance ~ Widespread insurance cost parking area, along the Hedley-Nickel Plate Road, and heads up increases of 100% to 400% are threatening the economics of home to the summit of Mt. Riordan at 12 noon on Saturday, February ownership at Apex. The insurance industry has offered its reasons, 20th. It travels along summertime two-track roads, to an inspiring but the local facts simply do not justify this level of inﬂation. The 360 degree vista view off the summit. APOA will be reaching out to government and industry to bring For the ﬁnal of three outings, March’s snowshoe adventure ﬁnds awareness to this untenable situation. us with seasoned legs, heading for the summit of Green Mountain Apex Fire Department ~ As has been discussed elsewhere in this on Saturday, March 20th, with its unique panorama of vistas. Meet issue, Apex property owners will soon be voting on funding a tax- at 12 noon in front of The Mountain Shop in the Apex village. based ﬁre department. The APOA will be actively involved in this All three tours will be led by Apex-area veteran, Andrew Drouin. important community decision. Andrew has guided more than 50 sub-alpine hike, bike and Communication With APOA Members ~ The APOA board snowshoe tours over the past 25 years, and writes the local trail normally relies on numerous face-to-face meetings with property guide book called “SweetSingletrack.ca”. owners to gather current issues and opinions. In 2021, we will We encourage people joining us to dress appropriately (in start using RDOS Area ‘I’ Director Subrina Monteith’s Apex removable layers, within well-vented textile shells) and to bring a Facebook group to help gather owner input and ideas. Just search thermos of hot chocolate, coffee or your favourite beverage. Hot on Facebook for “Apex Home Owner/Residents RDOS Area I” Tip: bring a clean shirt to change into at the furthest extent of each and ask to join. If you have Facebook-phobia, don’t worry … this outing, as you’ll appreciate the dry warmth on the return trip! is a low-volume, moderated Facebook group that only carries All snowshoe participants will sign waivers provided by our insurer, discussions directly relevant to Apex property owners. the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC in order to participate. APOA Membership Drive ~ This year, we are asking owners to join the APOA online at www.apexpropertyowners.com. It is only Please also note: the ACA will be holding our second annual AGM $30 per year via PayPal or Credit Card. If mailing a cheque works on Sunday, January 17th at 7 pm via Zoom. If anyone would like to better for you, a printable form is on our website for your use. Your join in, please email ApexCommunityAssociation@gmail.com and voice is strongest in unison with others. APOA cannot represent we’ll provide you login details. We always welcome additional members to the ACA and invite you you if you aren’t a member. to join us in making Apex an even more amazing place. Questions? Happy 2021 Everyone! Comments? Visit our Facebook site using the search phrase Apex Page 16 | January 2021 | ApexMatters.com Community Association.
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Dear Apex Property Owners; We are getting a lot of inquiries from local families in Penticton and throughout the South Okanagan looking to plan a family vacation at Apex and we are looking for more inventory! We are all limited in what we can do and where we can go this winter. We are excited about this year’s season at Apex and believe this could be great for our local ski resort and introduce new local skiing families to the resort. Stay at Apex is committed to following the protocols and procedures recommended by our Provincial Health Services Authority to keep our community safe. •
Providing space to allow people to maintain physical distance;
Practicing routine cleaning and disinfection; and
Ensuring staﬀ and guests have easy access to hand washing stations or hand sanitizing supplies.
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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
South Okanagan's largest locally owned, full-service accounting firm. THE SKILLS YOU NEED, THE SERVICE YOU DESERVE. 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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Responsible Development For Our Future Generations
By Lyndie Hill, CEO & Founder of Hoodoo Adventure Co I grew up in Penticton, and though I spent my childhood roaming the mountains with my family, like many teenagers, I always thought Penticton was lame. I believed there must be so many other, better places out there to explore. I left the country at the age of 20 and did just that. I explored. Over years, I found many stunning and amazing places around the world, but every time I came back home, I was blown away by the beauty and charm of my hometown. Turns out I was wrong. This place wasn’t lame at all. It was, whatever I made of it. As I learned more about outdoor recreation, adventure tourism, conservation and sustainability in other parts of the world, I was excited to move home to be a part of the future of this area. On a global scale, the region is in its infancy of development. It is only just discovering how it should grow in attempt to catch up with the rest of the world. I have felt blessed that I have had the opportunity to move home and be involved in the process of Penticton’s growth. In the beginning, my goal was to use outdoor recreation to make a difference by showing the community it’s mental and physical health beneﬁts. To get kids away from screens, ensure families and individuals had access to the wilderness and its beneﬁts, safely. I wanted to create a culture of adventure in Penticton that would not only help our socioeconomic health, but mold our sustainable tourism models, eventually establishing the area as far more than just beaches and wine during the summer months. Instead, the beaches and wine would be perfectly paired with a connection to the wild and a need for adventure for all ages. So why not stay a few extra days to enjoy it all? On second thought, why not move here and enjoy it forever? And, people do. They do because of our recreational values, because we are small, because this is a great community that, despite many differences in opinions, really cares. Over the years, I have built diversity in my business to ensure we are sustainable. Especially these days, tourism has proven to be a pretty ﬁckle industry, although there is far more to tourism than meets the eye (but that’s another story). I am proud to say that we have now been in business going on 15 years. We have survived a recession, ﬂoods, years of wildﬁres, growth in a community that often has a very limited budget on many levels, and now a pandemic. Our product has had to change and evolve over the years, but our message and my personal goals have not. I want future generations to understand the gift we have in our natural surroundings here in Penticton. We have an opportunity and a responsibility as a community to understand that we are lucky here. We have a choice to grow in a way that is healthy, sustainable and responsible, to ensure that our natural environment is valued for its long-term beneﬁts over short sited and short-term proﬁts. I take this responsibility very seriously. I look into the eyes of my children and many other “Hoodoo kids” every day and hold my head high for the lessons we teach them of respect for environment, self and others as we work to create future stewards of the land. At this stage, most of them don’t understand that the choices we as adults are making today, will affect their future, our future, forever. I promised myself a long time ago that I would make a positive impact on my community. We strive to do this daily through our business, but now the challenge is bigger. I do not want to say to these kids, to my community down the road, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry I didn’t ﬁght harder. I’m sorry I wasn’t more involved. I’m sorry I made decisions that would affect you and didn’t help give you a voice before you had your own to stand up for your future.” So here I am, doing as I promised myself, looking for the truth, ﬁghting for a healthier community and taking part of the responsible growth of this City which, like my business, must sustain
recessions, ﬂoods, wildﬁres and a community with limited budgets on many levels. I know that life is busy, and we can’t always know or be involved in everything that is happening in our City. Having a voice when we believe in something can also be scary when we live in the world where we can be so easily attacked by those who believe differently, which makes us vulnerable at a time when life is already hard enough. But the fact of the matter is, as soon a decision is made for major development, there is no going back. Whatever opinion you may have on the matter, these are the decisions that our community will be left with forever and I know that as a community on a whole, we do care. So, I hope that the community will join me in understanding the bigger picture, long-term affects and the whole story in proposals like the Spiller Road Development on Naramata Bench. I have spent hours speaking to the developers, real estate agents, surrounding neighbours, City staff, geologists, builders and environmentalists about this development. I believe it could have one of the biggest impacts we will ever see for our City. I hope that the community knows that it is not too late to have a voice in how this development moves forward. I hope that City Council understands and respects the impact of their decision and how it will affect future generations, our people and our environment. What is most sustainable for the long-term health of our community? Who is truly beneﬁting from these developments? Is it a long-term beneﬁt for a majority or short-term for a minority? At what cost? Is the building industry truly suffering and this development the only answer? What kind of boost does the economy really need right now? I personally invite anyone that would like to chat further about this, to reach out to me directly. Hopefully, I can learn from you too. We all want what’s best, but let’s ensure the beneﬁts of our developing City reach beyond our generation, past the pockets of a few individuals and into a healthier community for all generations to come. For more information, please visit preservenaramatabench.com.
Sip And Soap Night ... Good Clean Fun At Apex!
Owls Are A Hoot! By Valerie Blow, Stewardship Oﬃcer
Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship is a local nonproﬁt that partners directly with local Early in November, back while we were still allowed a few small landowners and communities to support and assist gatherings, I had the pleasure of hosting a night of soap making. them in caring for important wildlife habitats in the A few brave Apexers tested their hand at soap making! We went Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. Contact through the basics ... the recipe and oils used, soap safety, the them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-770-1467. mixing and blending process, and ﬁnally letting their imaginations What do a banshee scream, a beeping forklift in reverse, bouncing run wild, mixing their own custom scents and colours. It was a real joy to share the secrets of soap with the group, and to watch while ball, and a monkey yelling all have in common? They are all ways their amazing, creative designs took shape. After a few weeks of to describe local owl calls. curing, everyone ended up with a batch of soap to take home and Amazingly, 14 of Canada’s 16 owl species can be found in the Okanagan Valley, from the miniscule Northern Pygmy owl, barely could really say, “Hey, I made This!”. I hope to host more of these mini-workshops in the future when bigger than your ﬁst, to the huge Great Grey Owl who is bigger safe to do so. It was a unique night of crafting, socializing, and of than your cat. Owls make a myriad of different noises too, with course, there was some snacking involved! Keep your eyes open only a few species making a classic “Hoot Hoooo” noise that we for some upcoming events. It is a great way for a small group to know so well. Hooting is also usually only done during courtship get together and take on something out of the ordinary, play at a or to claim territories, and there are many additional screeches, little artistic chemistry, and have some fun! Here’s hoping for more whistles, shrieks and barks used to communicate hunger, threats, social times ahead ... and in the meantime, wear your mask and and fear. Some owls, like the Short-eared Owl, hardly call at all outside the breeding season. keep washing those hands! Owls are iconic animals, but many of are facing an increasing number of threats including extensive habitat loss, vehicle collisions, and secondary poisoning from ingesting poisoned rodents. These threats affect all owls, but can be particularly concerning when they impact endangered owl species, as Great Horned Owl by Lia McKinnon they are less able to recover from declines to their populations. The Western Screech-owl is a local owl species that has seen serious declines over the years, mostly due to losing over 50% of their preferred riparian (creekside) forest habitat in the Okanagan. These little owls could easily ﬁt in a red Solo™ cup and they make a the “bouncing ball” call described at the beginning of the article, which is a series of toots that start slow and get faster and faster, just like a bouncy ball coming to rest. They are most vocal in mid- to late- winter, so if you hear them calling in your neighbourhood, be sure to let a local conservation group like OSS know. Interested in learning more about the owls in your neighbourhood? Dying to know which local owls make the other calls mentioned at the beginning the article? Go to www.osstewardship.ca/owls to watch our “All About Owls” webinar to ﬁnd out. By Whitney Wynn
Penticton Snowmobile Club Update
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Every year around this time, when the resort opens and there is a large inﬂux of people on the mountain, I start to get tagged in posts on Facebook and start to get people talking to myself and the club about the problems that they have with snowmobilers in the Apex area. The problem is that some snowmobilers don’t follow the signs or seem to know the rules regarding accessing the mountain without using the resort runs to do so.
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Every year this is a growing concern to me as the President of the Penticton Snowmobile Club. I feel that 100% of our members are not the ones that are causing any of these kind of problems on the mountain. In fact, we have many members of our club who are landowners and condo owners in the Apex community. They spend a lot of time respecting the rules and following them to the letter. This means they are prepared when they go out in the back country with beacons, probes and shovels and avalanche skill sets, as well as the necessary equipment to manage themselves in the back country outside resort boundaries if need be to survive a night out in the bush. They are also responsible sled owners who are licensed and insured for use on roads and unloading on and around them. These people spend a lot of time making sure they are prepared with equipment and gear and being safe in order to help any other sledders they might ﬁnd in need. Unfortunately, with the reports that I am hearing, there are problem snowmobilers that are in the Apex area. They are riding uninsured sleds without helmets and always seem to be going down runs that are resort property. They also seem to be unaware of how to access the mountain properly and safely and which routes to use so that they are not on resort property at all, or bothering any skiers or boarders or local landowners. The question we were all faced with is, “How do we get these people educated on where to go and how to get there?” A lot of them are not members of any snowmobile club. I have seen a lot of sleds around Apex that aren’t registered or licensed. And, despite the fact that we seem to try and educate riders in our area to these factors, there is always a percentage out there that are not doing it properly. However, I would also like to point out this can be said about most groups nowadays. It’s always the few that spoil it for the many ... and back in the day when I was a young snowboarder emerging onto a established ski scene that was heavily set in its ways, I experienced a lot of intolerance and misunderstanding in general for the sport as it grew to gain its independence and ﬁnd a way to include itself within the ski community and ﬁnd its place in the mountain community. Now that I’m older, I am reminded of these times and I think to myself that these are similar problems that we are facing today as snowmobilers. We are trying to ﬁnd a way to ﬁt into this society in the Apex community. We are trying to be responsible with our trails, our cabin, and our presence on the mountain. The thing I am ﬁnding hard to deal with is people who expect us to be able to reach out to all riders of the local area, as a lot are unknown to us or visiting the area. This has been a very diﬃcult task. When we do tend to meet them on rides and in parking lots or in back country areas, we try and stress the need for safety and responsible use in the Apex area. That being said, there are always bad apples in every bunch. I am having a hard time trying to work around that problem, so I always welcome any sort of feedback or ideas anyone would like to share with the club. We are always eager to work within the Apex community in order to promote responsible snowmobiling and proper land management and safe responsible use for everyone. If you would like to reach out to the club, please email me at pentictonsnowmobileclub@ outlook.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Wishing you all the best in 2021.
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Great Cabin Recipes
South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre Update
By Dee Martens
By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director
Achiote & Chili Flake Kabobs
Ingredients: 1 pound of alpaca meat kabob (other meat like lamb, or pork would also work well). I chose to support a BC Farm and try alpaca, a ‘leaner’ meat alternative. Marinade: ½ cup achiote paste; ¼ cup olive oil; 6 garlic cloves, minced; 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar; 2 teaspoons dry oregano; 2 teaspoons ground cumin; 2 teaspoons smoked paprika; 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper; 1 teaspoon turmeric; 2 teaspoons sea salt; and 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Salsa: ¼ cup achiote paste; 3 bunches of green onions, roughly chopped; ½ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped; 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped; 1-2 shallots, roughly chopped; 1 lime, juiced (1 tsp of zest is a great addition); and 1 teaspoon sea salt. Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, start by adding your achiote paste and garlic cloves together and mix well. Next, add your oregano, cumin, paprika, red pepper ﬂakes, turmeric, sea salt and black pepper. The marinade will temporarily thicken as you stir the spices through the rest of the paste. Next, add your olive oil and vinegar and stir thoroughly to complete the marinade. Once the marinade is done, add your kabobs to the marinade. Toss the meat well through the marinade to ensure that each piece is well coated. Don’t be afraid to use your hands here to get the job done; set aside and refrigerate for at least 1 hour once combined. The more time you allow it to marinade, the better and more tender the meat will be, but 1 hour should be the minimum and 6 hours the maximum. Next, prepare your salsa ~ In a blender or food processor, combine your achiote paste, green onions, cilantro, garlic, shallots and lime juice and zest. Blend together until you get a smooth consistency. Taste and season with extra salt as needed. Finally, take your kabobs out of the fridge and allow to come to room temperature. While they are, preheat your grill. Try to create a temperate, medium ﬂame or heat on which to cook your kabobs. Once the ﬂame is ready and your meat has come to room temperature, place your meat on skewers and then lay directly on the grill. Grill the meat for 3-4 minutes on each side, depending on your preferred level of doneness (remember, alpaca is a lean meat and is preferred to be eaten medium-rare). Once the kabobs are grilled and cooked, set on a plate alongside your fresh salsa, and enjoy!
Healthy Volunteers - Healthy Communities ~ A New Publication available at www.volunteercentre.info. The global pandemic has had a resounding impact on everyone. In our small region of the South Okanagan Similkameen, it seemed unreal and frightening. It resulted in changes in the way citizens and businesses go about their daily lives. The pandemic made us more aware of our personal safety. The South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre continues to operate as an essential service. We support non-proﬁts as they provide critical community services. We also support volunteers, and what came to light very quickly was the impact the pandemic was having on the health of volunteers. The region has a strong contingent of volunteers. The majority are older citizens and those with underlying health conditions. These citizens rely on their volunteer work to help them cope and remain engaged. Since they are more vulnerable to the dangers of COVID-19, they found themselves isolated. Furthermore, they were unable to “give the gift of giving” which had occupied their time, provided a sense of purpose, and supported their healthy living. Volunteers are critical to community health. Their massive contribution to the day-to-day operations of the South Okanagan community is needed. The health of volunteers is therefore an ongoing investment in the health of communities. The information shared in Healthy Volunteers - Healthy Communities provides tools for volunteers to assist them in coping with changes in their lives and to stay healthy and keep involved. Make sure to download your copy from the website or e-mail info@ volunteercentre.info to receive the publication. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 27 for a Zoom Conference from 11 am to 12 noon. EVERYONE WELCOME for a Presentation on Aging Well. The Alzheimer Society of BC in association with Aging Well Penticton are working to reduce the isolation seniors often experience. Register by email. Zoom orientation is available for those who request it. Register on the SOSVC website as a volunteer to receive updates on volunteer needs. ‘Like us’ on the SOSVC Facebook page, as we post additional information. Before volunteering, read The Volunteer checklist - Volunteering during COVID-19 found on our website. For more information or to speak with a staff member, please email email@example.com or call 1-888-576-5661. www.volunteercentre.info
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The challenge continues … and now help is needed more than ever!
Finally, 2020 is behind us and it is probably one year we would all like to forget. But, one thing we should not forget is the important work charities do. These charities support our communities in many ways - some small, some large - but all of their work is important and has an impact. 100 Men Who Care is proud to be a supporter of the many charitable organizations in the South Okanagan Similkameen. 100 Men donated $17,940 to nine different charities this past year and these donations have helped keep some charities aﬂoat and serving those who need assistance in these diﬃcult times. Since 100 Men began in 2016, the members have donated almost $114,000. Here’s hoping 2021 brings some positive change and a renewed future for everyone. In the meantime, charities still need help and 100 Men will be there to contribute. The ﬁrst meeting of this New Year will be: Wednesday, January 27th 5:30 - 6:30 pm ZOOM Virtual Meeting The meeting link and more information will be sent out to current members in early January. If you would like to participate, either by joining 100 Men, learning about the organization or simply connecting to observe the group in action, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to www.100menpenticton. com for the Zoom link information. As the New Year begins, we want to thank the charities in our region for doing what they do best - helping others. 100 Men wishes everyone a prosperous, healthy and joyful New Year.
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Mindful Movement By Vanessa Fox
Are you looking to be in the movement? To access your muscles in ways that will help your workouts and activities achieve greater beneﬁts? Whether you’re just starting out, engaging in pre/post natal ﬁtness, recovering from an injury, or looking to improve or maintain strength and joint health, I am here to help! Supporting and empowering pre and post natal clients in ﬁtness and through healthy habit adoption is something that I am very passionate about. I studied Fitness and Health Promotion at Humber College and continued learning about biomechanics and anatomy through the Resistance Training Specialist courses. While working at the Adelaide Club in Toronto, I attended twice weekly study groups with their brain-trust to continue my education in this ﬁeld. With this background and my time working as a personal trainer, I have the hands on and virtual experience to support you and your goals in motion. Sessions are currently being offered online via video to promote health and wellness. We will work together with your body, space, and equipment to ﬁnd a plan that suits your needs. Call 250-4668826 today to book your consultation and to discuss any questions that you may have. This is my second season working and boarding at Apex. I am grateful to be experiencing and getting to know such a beautiful community!
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