Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”
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By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters I would like to extend a huge thank you to all our writers in this season’s Apex Matters. Thanks goes to Kevin Dyck, Tricia Wilson, Jessica Roach, Fred Albrechtson, Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Lyndie Hill, Jorgen Anderson, Lesley Evans, Reece Howden, Kristi Richards, Sarah Holeton, Jordan Kober, Alec Henderson, Brad Nunes, Gail Franklin-Hawes, Whitney Wynn, Dee Martens, Colin Mottershead, Dave Duckworth, Sky Edwards, Wendy Weisner, Ken Tapping, Ashley Dunsford, Erica Fletcher, Molly Raine and the AFBS/AVFR, Jeff Brown and the APOA Board, Phil Burman and his Team of Physiotherapists, Executive Members of Penticton Sno-Trackers Club, RDOS Area ‘I’ Director Subrina Monteith, and MLA Roly Russell. All of your contributions make a huge difference to the readership of Apex Matters, as well as allowing us to follow the motto of “Keeping You in the S’Know”. Thank you very much! Wishing everyone all the best in 2022! May your days be full of health and sunshine, and of course, some epic fresh powder too! Published by Okanagan Matters Publications firstname.lastname@example.org | 250.490.6951 www.ApexMatters.com
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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 2. Avalanche control is a serious business and risk management
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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 email@example.com. 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 public health orders, the national Avalanche Canada annual event known as “Avalanche Awareness Day” will be modiﬁed to follow the current protocols in place. 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 details can be found at our tent in the village on January 22nd. 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 addition to our Apex Avalanche Safety Program.
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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Kevin Dyck, President Hello Apex! What an incredible season so far! Things have been merrily chugging along up the mountain, and although a bit chilly, the skiing and snowshoeing have been nothing short of stellar throughout December. If this keeps up, January will be full of bluebird days and sunscreen. With all of our programming pretty much sold out, new and experienced skiers alike are ﬁnding new skills through our private and semi-private lessons. Our CANSI certiﬁed instructors can help you get off the ground (literally) if you are just starting, or can help you hone your skills if you’ve been skiing for a while. The name of the game in Nordic skiing is building eﬃciency in your movement, and we have the eyes to help. Book your lessons on our website. This season is our biggest yet in terms of membership. We only need 4 more people to sign up and we’ll hit 750 members! There are still three full months left to capitalize, so lots of time to get your money’s worth and more. Just 4 more people! And lastly, through the process of surveying our facilities for a provincial lease application, we discovered markers for old gold claims. It was pretty cool to discover that trails like Hidden Mystery are rooted in the area’s history! See you on the trails.
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This year seems to have started with a bang. A few of the U14 athletes competed in their ﬁrst race in two years in Rossland. We lucked out and got some fresh snowfall, which made for an incredible weekend of racing. Miles Hayden ﬁnished with two silver medals and Tobias Mengr on right came home with two 9th place ﬁnishes! Way to go! Nickel Plate has been extremely lucky with the conditions so far this season. The early season training is paying off and putting the athletes in good shape for the remaining races. The next race will be the ﬁrst Okanagan Cup, as well as the BC Winter Games Trials in Revelstoke. Only one of the athletes is eligible to qualify for the BCWG, but their hard work is likely to pay off. The Track Attack group has been practicing their skills and improving hugely. They’re going to give the older athletes a run for their money soon! Keep an eye on these athletes in the future! With the recent change in the Covid-19 situation and it’s variant, cross country skiing is extremely fortunate to still be able to continue racing and training. Recently, we attended a multi-club time trial, where the athletes were able to race against others in the valley. It was awesome to see all the excitement and energy from all the athletes and coaches. As always, if you or any youth you know wants to give cross country skiing a try, do not hesitate to reach out. We love to see more people on skis, no matter the age or ability. Feel free to send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or inquiries.
Back On The Mountain
By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Alumni
I just wanted to start off and say thanks to Kyle Tweter and his family till 9pm over at the Warehouse Group. Over the last year, they’ve been when the Sun - Thur 7am - 5pm a huge support. Make sure to check out one of their restaurants lifts are Get Your Edge Wear! Fri - Sat 7am - 9pm when you’re in one of the big cities. Holidays & T-shirts, Touques running! Happy holidays everyone! Seems like Santa blessed the mountain Night Skiing & Hoodies! with a great snowpack this year. Hopefully, it carries into the New Year. On December 20th, my mom drove me home from Calgary to spend some quality time back on the mountain. Despite the cold, it’s been great being back on the home town trails, especially running into Specialty coffees, teas, you all! I was beginning to get dizzy on the 5km golf course loop amazing breakfasts, lunches in Calgary, so being able to ski some distance up at Nickel Plate Best Mountain Views! with homemade soups, has been a game changer. The added effects of training at altitude again will also help to superimpose some training beneﬁts. sandwiches & loads of treats. From January 5-11 are the World Junior Trials, as well as Olympic Trials, in Canmore. Arguably, my most important races of the year. “Artisan Take & Bake” Pizzas With having not raced now for close to two years, and having Made fresh to order with your undergone a bunch of training disruptions (stress fracture last fall, favourite toppings on a delicious physio), I have no idea what’s going to happen. I have faith in my ﬁtness and abilities, but only time will tell how I now stack up stone-baked crust. Gluten-free & against my competition. It’s been one of the toughest falls I’ve ever vegan options now available. been through, both mentally and physically, but all the struggle To order your has only made me stronger. Stay tuned, as I’m planning on turning favourite pizza, some heads. Make sure you are getting out to ski and support Nickel Plate drop by The Nordic Centre. They’ve been doing an amazing job with the trails, Located next to Edge, scan our t a Greift The Mountain Shop in the but things have been slow throughout the cold spell. Nordic skiing G s! Apex Mountain Village QR code, or Idea is a great way to spend an afternoon that may be too cold on the visit the-edge-bistro.square.site mountain. There’s also no lift lines! Go check ‘em out. Anyways, thank you to all who reached out to me in response to my What’s Happening At The Edge? last submission. Hearing about all the youth affected by everything has been even further head turning. It’s so amazing and inspiring By Colin Mottershead, aka “Cheffy” to hear from everyone in our community. Just know you are not in Happy New Year to all of our Edge friends and families. We are this alone and that new opportunities are on the horizon. looking forward to sunshine and powder in January 2022. Make sure to check in next month for my results! There are some exciting things going on at The Edge this month. We are starting a new feature on Mondays. We are calling it “Garﬁeld Mondays”, featuring Homemade Lasagna with Garlic Toast made fresh every Monday. Also, “Thai Salad Tuesdays” are back by popular demand. Pizzas have been ﬂying out the doors recently, with good reviews of our new selections. Be sure to stop by The Edge and pick up your Take Out Menu for your cabin. Ordering online is so easy! If you haven’t seen Photo taken during a late December long distance ski at Nickel Plate Nordic the 6 new Edge toque Centre. L-R is Glenn Bond, John Wilkie, Fred Albrechtson, and Kikkan Randall. colours, come by and have a look. They have Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry been selling very well and are sure to run out. Get yours now! Helping the We still have hoodies Do-It-Yourself and baseball caps Homeowner available too. Edge Fact ... “The Jay Mallach email@example.com No Job Too Small Spoon is in the Bag!” Licensed & Insured 250.490.6343 LetsFinishIt.ca See you on the slopes!
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We had several Apex athletes compete in this event and all did very well with Kareema Wakim having made the ﬁnal and coming in 7th By Sarah Holeton, overall after not skiing for 2 years in Australia. Congratulations to Executive Oﬃcer Apex Freestyle and the following Apex Freestyle Club athletes who participated; Grady Snowboard Club Parsons, Quinn Patton, Trent Walkley, Kareema Wakim, Xanthia Coote, Charlie Roberts and Alexander Luca. In addition, Leo Moguls, Terrain Park, Big Air, All Mountain and Longstreet, Jackson Kendell and Emelie McCaughey all foreran, Now Featuring Snowboarding representing the club proudly. Competitive & Non-Competitive Programs for ages 5 and up The performance team has been up and running for several www.freestyleapex.com weeks now and these kids are progressing their skills quickly WHAT’S HAPPENING ~ Happy New Year from all of us at Apex getting ready for their ﬁrst competition, being the Timber Tour in Freestyle Club! Wishing you the best in 2022. Our club along with Panorama from January 13-16, 2022. The Timber Tour and Super Apex Mountain Resort hosted a very successful ﬁrst event of the Youth events take place in 3 different locations over the winter. season since the start of the pandemic, the 2021 Apex Classic The second one will take place at Sun Peaks in February and (originally named Canadian Selections). The club would like to ﬁnally Whistler will host the last event in April. Looking forward to thank all the parents and numerous volunteers who helped us run seeing all our athletes perform well at these events. an amazingly successful event. Without the support of the many volunteers, operations manager, organizing committee and those behind the scenes, these events simply could not come together. We had approximately 76 athletes from all over the world competing at Apex with representation from Australia, Ireland, South Africa and of course right here in Canada. The performance from all athletes was incredible, especially the epic runs put down from the BC Freestyle Team in both men and women. Jessie Linton and Sam Cordell, taking 2nd and 1st over the 2-day event. The memory of AFC alumni, Brayden Kuroda, was deﬁnitely present amongst the many close friends and fellow athletes competing this weekend. It was the last event held here in 2019, that both Brayden and now National Team Member and friend Jordan Kober stood on the podium. Our thoughts are with the Kuroda family.
Above ~ The 2021 Apex Classic athletes watching at the bottom of the course. Below ~ The 2021 Apex Classic Medalists.
January 1 is the start of our Freestylerz, Girlstylerz and Snowboard recreational programs. January 2 is the start of the Freeriders program. So, be on the look out for more AFC athletes shredding the slopes, mogul site and the parks. Our FUNdamentals Jumps and Bumps program begins January 8 and we have lots of little kids ready to begin their freestyle journeys. There is still room in a lot of the programs, so if you haven’t signed up yet, check us out at freestyleapex.com. Hopefully, everyone managed to stay warm through this terrible cold spell we had over the Christmas break. It’ll soon be behind us and we can enjoy more powder to shred the slopes of Apex. An email was recently sent out looking for parents who may want to join a committee to assist the club in various ways. If you have any experience in fundraising, sponsorship, grant writing or just want to help please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. IT TAKES A VILLAGE! We rely on the support of parents to make our club the success it has been for so many years. HAPPY SHREDDING EVERYONE AND ALL THE BEST FOR 2022!
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Heading To Quebec By Jordan Kober, Canadian Freestyle Mogul Team Member I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and had a great start to the season here at Apex. Since returning home just before Christmas, I have been training on Kristi’s Run, getting ready for the next World Cup at Mont Tremblant. There are only four Olympic qualifying events left, two in Tremblant and two in Deer Valley. Currently, I only have one spot guaranteed out of these four events, and I will need to perform well on the ﬁrst day in Tremblant to earn more spots. After these competitions, our team will be heading to Apex for a pre-Olympic training camp. (Not to add too much of a plug here ... But this is worth coming out to watch! They set up lights on Kristi’s Run and train in the evening. You can watch some of the best skiers in the world, as they make their ﬁnal Olympic preparations.) It looks like I will need a decent amount of luck at this point, but hopefully, I will get to take part in this camp before making my way to the Games. In the meantime, I will focus on taking one step at a time and preparing for what’s Tremblant.
Hello Apex Community By Alec Henderson, BC Park & Pipe Team Member We hope you had a great Christmas! I think we can all agree, we are hoping for some ease in the New Year!
I am SO ready to step into 2022 and start competing. January 4th is approaching quickly, when I will be on a ﬂight to Calgary. My team and I will be competing at Canada Olympic Park for our ﬁrst competition in 20 months, which is called Canada Cup #1. After Calgary, we will be heading to Mammoth Mountain, which is located in Northern California for a NorAm. This will be a new experience for me to ski in Cali. Check out my Instagram you can follow, which has my new videos @Big_AL or alec_hendersonn. Thanks for following along and ApexMatters.com | December 2021 | Page 7 Jordan Kober on left with his Dad, Rob Kober on right, at the France World Cup. supporting my journey.
Carvers Corner By Lesley Evans
Hey Apex! I’m Lesley Evans, parent of two U14 ski racers, and I’m taking over the ski club post for this issue of Apex Matters. My husband and I love Apex. We have owned property up here since before having children. As such, once we had our girls, we wanted them to be competent on the mountain and when they were old enough, we decided to join the Apex Ski Club. Best decision ever. They skied through the Carvers (Nancy Green) Program and then evolved to the racing program. Not only are they learning some impressive skiing skills, but they are also learning how to be on a team in a individual sport. Over the years, I’ve watched as the Apex Ski Club coaches analyze our kids, make them better; all while making it fun, engaging and encouraging a sense of camaraderie. This starts at the top. If you ever get the chance to chat with Jorgen Anderson about skiing, you’ll see there is such a passion, joy and respect for the sport. This extends to his, and his coaches, commitment to understanding our kids and making them successful at their chosen sport. It’s been a somewhat challenging and very cold winter break. Unfortunately, the Carvers Camps needed to be cancelled. However, the racing program has persevered through the cold snap. I credit the success of this, again to the coaches. There is no chance I could be convinced to ski in the cold weather, but my kids were out the door quickly each morning, excited and asking to go the next day. The Apex Ski Club has had some super additions to the club this year. We personally had the opportunity to interact with one of the International students who joined the program as a U16, Ricardo. What a great kid! This season we’ve skied down the Okanagan Run and seen some rapid progress by new U14 Joseph (can’t miss the orange helmet!) As I’ve been given this opportunity, I want to personally thank Apex Mountain and their staff for providing our kids an amazing place to train and ski. Also, a huge a shout out to Sophia’s dad, Greg, for always braving the elements to provide photos. Finally, giant thanks to Jorgen and his crew of coaches - Brent, Kristen, Peter and Jaris - as a club, we are beyond fortunate. Happy skiing and stay safe everyone! Photos are Lily below and Julia to the right both motivated and training in -20˚C! Thanks to Greg Jaron-ﬂower for taking the photos.
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On The Road To The Olympics By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni I just got back from the ﬁrst half of the World Cup season. It started in November in Beijing with a test event at the Olympic venue. We later traveled to France and Val Thorens. After working around a 150 cm of new snow in 4 days, we managed to get in 2 races. It was at this time I was starting to realize I wasn’t skiing like I was last year. I struggled through the next race in Arosa, but learned something that I took into the team event. This is where I won all my heats and ﬁnished in 2nd with my teammate Zoe Chore. I was starting to feel more like myself. The next race was in Italy, where I ﬁnished 3rd in the ﬁrst race with some really good conﬁdent skiing. The next day I went out in the ﬁrst round, although the skiing was good it seemed I was dealt a tough hand. The start of the season was a good reminder that this isn’t easy and things don’t always go as planned, but trust yourself and the results will come.
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Monthly MLA Report By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen With the blue wax on the kids’ skis, the chilly 22 below last week gave us crisp and beautiful skies. Happy to be into the season for winter fun! And, as I’m looking forward the ski season, I’m full of hope and optimism about the year ahead. Part of the reason for my hope and optimism for 2022 is, in fact, borne out of the remarkable challenges that we weathered over the last year. Fires, ﬂoods, poisoned drug supplies, heat waves and drought dominated the year, all visited upon us against a backdrop of a relentless global viral epidemic and a growing prevalence of insidious misinformation that deepened divides in society. Add to that the individual stories I’ve heard, it’s clearly been a diﬃcult year for so many. Precisely because of the trials we endured, I move into 2022 with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for us building a better future for all. Connections between increased atmospheric greenhouse gas and natural disasters have been predicted for years by climate science experts: in recent months/years we’ve lived these events. This highlights the urgency and the saliency of effectively mitigating and adapting to climate change. I’m proud of our award-winning climate action plan. I’m conﬁdent we can align a thriving economy in rural BC with a shift to cleaner fuels and reduction of our negative impacts on our environment - it will take dedicated and creative work in the years ahead, which I am thrilled to be a part of. Aligned with this, one core reason I ran to be your representative was to improve our management of emergencies. Historically, this was excessively response-focused; in recent years, the BCNDP government has embraced a much more holistic perspective on disaster risk reduction, focusing and investing on preparedness, mitigation, and recovery, in addition to response. Smart decisions that improve our safety, increase well-being, and save money: these are the kinds of changes that I’m looking forward to facilitating with upcoming changes to BC’s emergency management legislation. Our forest industry wasn’t working well for British Columbians; we saw 30,000 jobs lost in the sector over the last two decades, and simultaneously witnessed increasing calls for better environmental management of our forests and watersheds. Extensive consultation helped create our intentions paper last spring, and implementation of those changes will continue to be a prime focus of mine in the year ahead - helping transition to an industry that provides sustainable and long-lasting employment, while increasing local priorities and decision-making in our forests. This work will be central to the year ahead, and these changes will help us ensure that forestry in our province meets our collective vision of what economically, socially, and ecologically sustainable forestry should be. Whether it is building a sustainable future with CleanBC, overhauling our emergency management approach, modernizing our forest industry, or otherwise, 2022 will certainly be packed with work to make the lives of current and future generations of British Columbians healthier, safer, and more secure.
Subrina Monteith Director of RDOS Area ‘I’
2021 has sure taught us a lot about resilience and team work. The community of Apex held a referendum, which approved a ﬁre department service being created, as well as the borrowing of funds to build a ﬁre hall and purchase a ﬁre truck. This is an important step for the continued growth of the community. I really look forward to seeing the community grow in the future, as the residents continue to build a year around community.
I’m working with RDOS on a large item pick up for 2022, as well as improving the waste transfer station use with education. It’s critical that the signage inside the building be followed for everyone’s safety. Knowing how to use a waste transfer station takes time and effort and by working together it will save tax payers in the long run versus repairs and removal of items that can’t be received at the location. Watch for a Virtual Information Session on the 2022 Property Taxes with speciﬁc information for Apex community residents. Covid has increased costs, but there are some saving opportunities that were utilized where applicable. May 2022 be the most amazing year yet! Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.460.0723 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.rdos.bc.ca
Apex Community Association Update By Ash Dunsford Happy New Year from all us in the Apex Community Association! We hope 2022 brings you all fresh starts and lots of fresh tracks! We look forward to organizing some more community events these coming months once we’re able to, so be sure to stay tuned and stay connected in the meantime. As we reﬂect on the progress the ACA has made over the past year, we become more certain as to what we would like to accomplish as a local group. Maintaining this unique lifestyle we get to experience, as well as be part of a supportive and caring community is essential. Cultivating an inclusive community as our populace grows is a priority, along with respecting what impact we have on the world around us. Thus, the ACA aims to play an integral role in the growth and safety of our mountain community, not just as a ski resort, but as a place we want to thrive and grow. So if you have any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions, we would love to hear from you! Email email@example.com.
Artisan Winter Market At Apex By Erica Fletcher
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Ash and I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who came out and supported the 2021 Artisan Winter Market held in the new Artisan’s Den on December 18th! It was a huge success and we’re grateful that we were able to pull it off this year. Thanks to the vendors who came to showcase their wares; there were some truly amazing creations to enjoy this year. And, a special thanks to Jane for rearranging her space and hosting the market in her wonderful Art Den. May the New Year bring everyone together for more events such as this! In the meantime, happy crafting and creating everyone. See you next year!
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By Jeff Brown & The APOA Board The APOA’s Season Opening Social on December 18th was a great success! Special thanks to the staff and management of the Gunbarrel Saloon, who provided drinks and delicious appetizers for previous and new APOA members. Did you know 2022 is an election year for our local school boards? You want to yawn quietly and change the subject, right? Not if you realize what’s at stake. Schooling is a factor stopping some families from making Apex their full-time home, but it doesn’t have to be. Many decades ago someone drew School District boundaries on a map. They must not have known much about Apex, because they decided Apex belongs in School District 53, which has Cawston and Keremeos, but not Penticton. For reasons obvious to every young family that calls Apex home, Penticton is where Apex’s students actually go to school. The trouble is Apex students are classiﬁed as out-of-district students in the Penticton School District, so every year Apex families are forced to wait until the end of September before they know if there is a Penticton classroom available with an empty seat. For Apex’s students and families, this annual stress and uncertainty is no way to start the school year! Penticton School District 67 has been accommodating Apex students as best they can, including sending a school bus. However, out-of-district students do not have the same legal or ﬁnancial status as in-district students. That matters when it comes time to decide how many classrooms can be funded, and indeed whether or not out-of-district students can actually be accommodated. There is an obvious solution. It will take some effort on their part, but School Districts 53 and 67 both need to request a school boundary review, so the lines on the map reﬂect what is actually happening on the ground. Fortunately, 2022 is an election year. Given the historically tiny voter turnout for school trustees, the 550+ Apex votes can make a real difference. Remember, even if Apex is a second home, you still get one vote per household! Only vote for someone who cares about the future of Apex, and who agrees that all your school tax dollars should go to those actually educating Apex’s students. Also, if you have a home in Penticton, ask every Penticton School Trustee candidate if they are going to push for a boundary review. Let’s all work to get Apex into the Penticton School District, and make our wonderful village an even better place to raise a family.
New Year, Big Changes By Molly Raine, AVFR Communication Lead This past year, the Apex Fire Brigade Society (AFBS) and the Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue (AVFR) have seen signiﬁcant change and success. The most signiﬁcant change of all is the AVFR being established as our tax-funded ﬁre protection service for the Apex community. It was questionable whether or not a donation-based service was sustainable long-term for the purposes of achieving and maintaining a Fire Underwriters Survey Fire Protection Rating. Given the current climate surrounding insurance rates and forest ﬁres, it is expected that the homeowner’s ability to obtain insurance in the currently “unprotected area” rating that Apex holds, will be increasingly diﬃcult, if not impossible. AFBS members spent countless hours engaging with the community and conversing with the residents of Apex about the positives of a tax funded service. As of January 1, 2022, Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue is our RDOS tax-funded ﬁre service for the Apex community. This said, the AVFR will continue to remain closely linked with the AFBS through the AFBS bylaws, AVFR Standard Operating Guidelines and the AFBS/AVFR Joint Strategic Plan. As we enter into 2022, and transition to the RDOS AVFR ﬁre service, we’ve got our schedules packed full with: • Onboarding of our AVFR members as paid on call ﬁreﬁghters • Transitioning equipment from the AFBS to the AVFR • Training and achieving certiﬁcation for our members as exterior ﬁreﬁghters (Fireﬁghter 1), as well as interior attack ﬁreﬁghters (Fireﬁghter 2) • Training and achieving certiﬁcation of some of our designated members as Medical First Responders • Engaging in advanced wildﬁre and structure protection training for AVFR members • Leadership training and certiﬁcation for our oﬃcers • Breaking ground on the construction of the new AVFR ﬁre station • Purchasing of a replacement frontline structural ﬁre engine Retroﬁtting our newly acquired F550 into a wildland ﬁre engine • This upcoming year is going to be very exciting with a lot of new changes. I am conﬁdent that our team is up for the challenge, especially with the support from the Apex Community. Alone, we can only do so little, but together, we can do so much.
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Penticton Sno-Trackers Club (Formerly the Penticton Snowmobile Club) By Curtis Turchak, Treasurer Happy Holidays to the Apex Community and Nickel Plate Nordic Centre! My name is Curtis Turchak, I am the treasurer of the Sno-Trackers and will be responsible for the new map and signage program taking place this winter and summer in the Apex region. I have been working for many years with Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) as the President of the Southern Okanagan Dirt Bike Club (SODBC). At the SODBC, I am responsible for the mapping and signage of our Naramata, Okanagan Falls, and Oliver riding areas, along with looking after the Okanagan Falls Recreation Site on Allendale Lake Road. Our Smethurst riding area in Naramata completed this summer has 100 km of geo-referenced trails and more than 200 signs to keep our members and other user groups safe. At the SODBC, I am also responsible for trail and roadway maintenance during the summer months. Our dozen dedicated chainsaw volunteers clear and maintain more than 1,000 km of trails and roadways in the South Okanagan. Look for my “CT” tagged trees next time you are hiking or biking in the backcountry. My plan for the Apex region is to develop a named and numbered trail system, which radiates outward from our new parking lot on Nickel Plate Forest Service Road. This trail system will guide our members safely across more than 100 square kilometres of backcountry and will utilize both physical signage and electronic geo-referenced maps. The reﬂective signage will be mounted on proper “break-away” steel roadway posts and must conform to British Columbia Snowmobile Federation guidelines. This signage will pay particular attention to alerting our members that other user groups are both crossing and using the same trails as the snowmobiles. A variety of skier crossing, yield, snowmobile allowed, bridge ahead, reduce speed, and stop signs will be placed at critical junctions and intersections to keep everyone informed and safe. Along with the physical signage, we will be creating an electronic geo-referenced topographical map which will show our trail system along with private property, Apex Mountain Resort property, vehicle roadways, and the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre trail system to help minimize multi-user conﬂicts. The map will be available on our website to download and print for no charge or can be uploaded to your smart phone as a geo-referenced map. The geo-referenced map combined with the free Avenza software will allow you to navigate the back country safely even without a phone signal! The proposed trail system, signage, and map will be provided to representatives of Apex Mountain Resort and the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre prior to submission to the provincial government. We look forward to working with all user groups at making the backcountry safer and more enjoyable in 2022. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!
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John Davis Contracting 250.490.7952 Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Happy New Year Everyone! As I dig my hung over butt out of my snowbank, it is time for me to reﬂect on the year past and look forward to what fresh hell 2022 will greet us with. But I digress, there have been some silver linings on these disease ridden clouds of 2021. Our kids got to return to organized sports! While this is amazing for the kids, what it really means is that I am falling deeper and deeper into crippling debt because, of course, my 10 year old who can barely tie his own skates needs Bauer Vapor 3x Pro skates and a True Catalyst stick. I am sure my child, whom likes to fart on the dog and pick his nose, can feel the subtle extra response that a carbon-graphite hyper-ﬂex core brings to the gloves. But yeah, whatever it takes to get him that coveted participation medal. There has also been a return to school band. The kids missed out on a year, so they are extra squeaky and ﬂat this year. They are so proud to be honking their way through a half tempo rendition of Hot Crossed Buns ... or at least I assume they are proud? Because while band is back, large parent gatherings are still off the table. Sadly, we have had to miss that angelic tone as the 3rd alto sax, who is playing on a 100 year old instrument they really didn’t even want from grandpa, misses the high C by a good 3 notes. Oh well. There is always next year! So, what grand plans do I have for 2022? Well, I suspect it will be a whole lot more Zoom calls in what I call the “Work From Home Mullet Attire.” This is when you wear a nice shirt, maybe a tie or a tasteful sweater, and you pair that with your rattiest pair of PJ pants. The ones that have all the nice extra holes for ease of scratching. Why the mullet? Business on the top and party on the bottom. I will continue to complain at the dog, making sure she knows she is a lazy freeloader. I mean, I am busy spreading my sheets and facing my times, while she just sleeps, begs for food, demands attention and then licks herself ... for an uncomfortably long time. It gets weird and I don’t like it. And ﬁnally, I will be here. Sharing my ... um ... wisdom I guess? With anyone who feels like stopping by. I hope that you can ﬁnd a little something to chuckle about. And you ... yeah you ... you are going to do great things this year! It will have its ups and downs, but you will do alright. I know you will. I got your back. Let’s do it! From all of us here at the Snow Bank, have an amazing 2022! Much love as always, Cheers!
You’ve Still Got It ... It Is The “It” That Has Changed! By Sue Barnes, Registered Physiotherapist Some tips to help you keep active as you age. What is the big deal about keeping active as you get older? Haven’t you earned the right to slow down and sit on the couch? A friend and colleague of mine, Jenn McGrinder, Kinesiologist with the Dale Charles Physiotherapy group, penned a statement which really resonates with me, she says: “For me, exercise isn’t just about being healthy or looking good, it is about building resilience. Resilience is possessing the capacity, mobility, strength and tolerance to withstand the demands of life, bounce back after injury, illness or setbacks and still have the energy for the fun stuff”. This is also my philosophy. Many of us experience signiﬁcant changes in our sixties, work/ life balance changes with retirement, grandchildren, and aging parents. It can become quite challenging to carve out portions of time to invest in our own health and well-being. Remaining active is a big part of well-being; however, new aches and pains and diﬃculty doing sports and activities which we have enjoyed all our lives, can make staying active very challenging. So, how can we stay active when our bodies begin to object? Here are some tips ... • Variety is the spice of life. Select 4-5 sports or activities which you enjoy (not those suggested by your kids or your doctor!!) and do one each day for 30 minutes to an hour. The activity can be traditional exercise, i.e., walking, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking etc. or just activities which raise your heart rate moderately, like housework or dancing, etc. By doing several different activities, you will be exercising different muscles and systems and will likely avoid repetitive strain injuries. • Make a daily appointment with yourself. When we have all day to do something, it often does not get done! Book off an hour on your calendar for yourself every day, choosing the time of day when you have the most energy. Prioritize yourself. • Manage New Expectations. So what if you can no longer “Shoot the Chute”, do a few groomers on the triple and be able to get out of bed tomorrow! If you ﬁnd it depressing that you can no longer do your sport at the level you used to be able to, trying a completely new activity may be less frustrating for you. • The Canadian Winter. If walking and hiking is your gig, several months of ice and snow on the sidewalks can be challenging. There are a variety of boot grips available and using walking poles with ice spikes on can be helpful. The indoor walking track around the mezzanine at the SOEC is a great facility. There are benches and washrooms, and it is open most weekdays, depending on events and Covid restrictions, etc. So, instead of meeting a friend for a coffee and doughnut, meet for a walk and then have the coffee and doughnut! If you are on the ski hill, snowshoeing is the obvious choice. • That 5-letter word COVID. The pandemic restrictions have affected many ﬁtness and recreational activities during the last two years and continue to do so; however, it has also brought about a whole new generation of “online” exercise opportunities. There are now more virtual resources than there ever have been. All you need is a bit of space, a device, self-discipline, and motivation ... No problem! So, to ﬁnish up, I am now going to tell you which is the best exercise/ activity. IT IS THE ONE WHICH YOU WILL DO BECAUSE YOU ENJOY IT! Hopefully, these tips will keep you out of physiotherapy clinics!
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Finding Your Resolution By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician I am sure many of us want to leave this past year behind. Trudge on forward to a year of health, happiness and togetherness. How do you welcome in the New Year? Are you one to make New Years Resolutions? Or, are you happy just to close out a year and not look back? I know why some people shy away from resolutions, as they are so diﬃcult to maintain. Some times resolutions look at what is wrong - making you quit something - versus bringing you towards what you want to attract. It also can be diﬃcult to maintain a resolution, as we are creatures of habit. It takes time to have something stick. We can be impatient to see results right away. A plan may not be in place to execute the change you want to see. When there is not a distinct path to get you to your goal, it is easy to falter. Resolutions can be challenging to uphold, if you don’t know your tendency. If you are one who needs to be accountable to others, but don’t let anyone in on your resolution - you may ﬁnd that your resolution doesn’t stick. Learning about your tendency, according to Gretchen Rubin, can help set you up for success. Find out if you are a Questioner, Obliger, Rebel or Upholder through quiz. gretchenrubin.com As I took a break from writing this article, I picked up my phone (like most of use do when we want to be distracted) and came across a post on Instagram (@grantmediapr) that offered a different approach to welcoming in the New Year. The post was focused more-so around not reﬂecting on the past year, but approaching the year by manifesting what reasonable goals and desires set out for either yourself or for your company.
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Lay out your 2022 goal on paper.
Ask yourself, “What type of support is required to help me get there”. What does that road map look like?
With reﬂection, do you feel it in your gut and heart to go after this goal?
I have not been one to make resolutions. Likely, due to failed attempts in the past. I don’t throw out the idea all together. I just enter the New Year in a different way. I have found that a mantra or a theme word gives me the success I am looking for. This word is like a compass for me. It gives me a direction for my year. When I am making decisions throughout the year, I look to this word to keep me on track.
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For me, my word for 2022 is “Poise”. I want to approach this upcoming year with balance. This may ring true for me on the hill while I carve my turns, as well as having poise in my work and recreation life. I hope to approach my health with the same poise - by enjoying a pint and cauliﬂower wings during aprés ski, yet focusing others days with nourishing instant pot recipes. However you go about this New Year, I hope you have a prosperous one with endless reﬁlls of snow. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. ~ Chinese Proverb Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also ﬁnd her on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol.
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Welcome To GN’R Alpaca Boutique By Gail Franklin-Hawes, Owner Happy New Year from Gail and Richard of GN’R Alpaca Boutique. Warm and toasty wishes for a Happy 2022. GN’R Alpaca Boutique is a unique, everything alpaca, ﬁne ﬁbre and yarn store. Having sold our alpaca and sheep farm and moved to Oliver, we chose a location that offered mostly warmer days, but also a choice of outdoor winter sports like skiing. We opened a boutique that features ﬁbre of the gods’, Alpaca, which is much warmer than wool, and deﬁnitely softer. It contains no lanolin, making it hypoallergenic too. This makes it a great choice for winter wear. It keeps you warm and comfortable and yet not bulky. Our hats, mitts, and cowls are an outdoor person’s friend. From full thick chunky hats to light lacy scarves, our boutique has a wide selection of styles, colours and price range. Our alpaca socks are available in a variety of colours, and in 4 sizes, 3 weights, and 2 heights. The ankle sock is awesome as a slipper all year. The most popular 8” boot height is amazingly warm and cushy, with just the right stretch top band. Alpaca breaths and traps warm air in its hollow ﬁbre, keeping your feet warm. The socks are blister resistant, nonrestrictive, have natural odour control, moisture wicking, stronger and warmer than wool. Your feet will love you. We also have felted insoles. These are great for inside your shoes or boots. Alpaca for the warmth and wool for the squishy volume. The Apex Artisan Den has some of our socks and insoles in stock. Please check them out if you have not already, they have lots of great handmade items. GN’R Alpaca Boutique has amazing hand spun, hand dyed, and commercial yarns in stock. Unique one of a kinds, knitting and felting kits, and spinners ﬁbres. We offer supplies and workshops as well. Please check out our website at gnralpacaboutique.ca and for a great run, other than the ski hill, come visit the boutique and feel our beautiful handmade alpaca items.
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