Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”
Volume 17 : Issue 7 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!
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Enjoy The Snow!
By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters What an amazing season of abundant fresh powder snow! Ullr really delivered the goods in February. I don’t recall a season ever where Apex continually topped the Global News Snow Report for amount of snow fallen and depth of base ... and day after day after day. I trust everyone has been able to enjoy some of the epic conditions this season. Get out there and enjoy it while it lasts!
It’s Time To Get Ready for BBQ Season!
Photo by Johnny Smoke
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There’s Always Something Happening At The Edge! By Cheﬀy and Ash I think we can all say February was an epic month for snow! We hope you all got out there, as we sure did! Bring it on March, our legs are ready. This month also brings spring skiing and longer sunny days, so keep your eyes peeled for The Edge BBQ specials that will be happening outside on our snow patio during the weekends and March Break! Cheﬀy has got some delicious BBQ ideas brewing. The Aﬀogato has been catching on and we will continue serving it throughout the rest of the season - a perfect cool treat for those spring skiing days. We will also be introducing some new drink features this month as well ... the Salted Caramel Latte and the Matcha Latte. Ski by and give them a try! We would like to give a “Big Thanks” to some of our locals; Keith Harvey, Amanda Layne, Jon Hodel, and Wayne Shafer for contributing more nostalgic Apex wall art for the café. We appreciate you helping showcase Apex’s awesome history on the walls for all to see. If you haven’t checked out our wall art yet, come by and take a look! A reminder that our “Take & Bake Pizza” menu is available daily with pick up after 3 pm. A great dinner for one or the whole family. Place your order online or at the café. NEW BONUS - Starting March 1st until the end of the season, for every “Take & Bake Pizza” purchased at The Edge you will receive a coupon for 50% oﬀ a Ski/Board Tune-up at The Mountain Shop!
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Our Edge Hoodies are still in stock, so come grab one before the season is over. Great for cozy nights at the cabin or for summer evenings by the campﬁre. It’s hard to believe we are in the last month of the ski season. We really appreciate you all for making things run smoothly at Apex and at The Edge during these challenging times. We are so grateful that we can continue to enjoy our mountain lifestyle. Thank you all and we’ll see you at The Edge!
On Left - The Edge Bistro take out patio buried again. On right - The making of another beautiful bluebird morning, as seen out the window of The Edge Bistro.
On Left - Leah under the epic Edge cornice after one of February’s mega storms! On right - First tracks in the village!
Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update By Jessica Roach, NP Coach
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Nickel Plate Junior Racer Athlete Bio: Name: Jonas Mengr Grade: 9 Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update First Ski Memory: My ﬁrst race By Kevin Dyck, Nickel Plate Nordic President Favourite Ski Technique: Classic Spring is in the air! Outside of November, December, January 3 things on your bucket list: and February, oh and sometimes October and part of September, • Go skiing in the Alps March is the best time of the season at Nickel Plate! The days • Own a Mercedes Sprinter are getting longer and the sun is warmer making the ﬁrepit a nice reward at the end of the day. • Visit Auschwitz The club would like to thank everyone who supported the Junior Guilty Pleasure: Playing video games Racers / Skier Development Program Skiathon. The team was able Where would you like to travel? Red Square, Moscow. to raise approximately $4000 that will go towards the continued Weirdest thing you’ve eaten? I’m not sure, I eat normal food. growth of our youth programs, including the expansion of summer What will be the biggest thing on the internet in ﬁve years? I training options. don’t know, I can’t see the future. In addition to that, the club has had a great response to our call for donations to support our signage campaign. This year we have Summer Training & Camps approximately 40% more members and an equal number of new day users, and even from our most seasoned visitors there’s a call With the warmer months approaching, we have launched a for more signage. With a combined total of over 80 km’s of trails to summer training program! If you, your child or someone you know maintain, the cost for proper signage isn’t insigniﬁcant. So, thank would be interested in joining us for some fun activities outside this summer, then please do not hesitate to get in touch at jessica@ you to everyone who has contributed so far. nickelplatenordic.org. Tuesday & Thursday Evening Sessions: $325 ~ Structured Training twice a week from April to August. You’ll be at the top of your game come September! Tuesday OR Thursday Evening Sessions: $200 ~ Join your friends once a week for training to keep your ski muscle memory primed. Weekend Camps: $TBD ~ Two camps will occur, May 14-16 and August 20-22. Team bonding and training sessions that will get you in great form for ski season. Costs will be determined closer to the dates depending on Public Health Orders, but will likely be in the $50 range.
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Same Old, Same Old
Who’s That On The Hill?
By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Alumni
Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone
February was a typical training month for me and all the other athletes in Calgary. We started oﬀ the month getting into our groove, with most athletes coming back from being home for Christmas. Not much longer after that, we did the polar vortex, and did we ever get hit. (Photo to right.) Temperatures ranged from -25 to -30. Despite the cold temperatures, we continued with our training; however, we cut back on intensity. I unfortunately pushed too hard in our ﬁrst intensity session back, and the cold air irritated my throat bad. I ended up having to take a few extra days oﬀ to recover. These few days oﬀ were right in the middle of our reading week for university; a week the team was taking to do a “volume camp” out of Calgary, where we would take the team van to a new skiing location each day. It was too bad that I missed out on these longer skis with the team; however, it was about time I started prioritizing recovery and wellness. I also moved into a new house with a few teammates. It has been a lot of fun so far, but productivity levels have deﬁnitely decreased since. Our team has also now started a weekly time trial on the trails in the city, with a distance starting at 1.5 km, and then bumping it up half a kilometre per week. We are comparing times with other surrounding teams.
Hello everyone! We have a fresh one here! Say hello to Lucas!
What is your name? Lucas ‘loose lips sinking ships’ Matthies Where were you born? He was born under the shadow of Sun Peaks in the sleepy hamlet of Kamloops. How long have you been on patrol? This is Lucas’ rookie year at Apex, but 5th year patrolling overall. He jumped over the Rockies from Nakiska. Do you ski, board or tele? He has admitted to strapping on a snowboard just for a lark, but he is ﬁrmly planted on two planks. What is your favorite run? Lucas loves diving deep into The Pit ... or really anything with powder. Why do you patrol? Well, you get to ski and you get to help people ... so like, why not? What is your favorite food? Lucas is a big fan of tucking into a boat of sushi or a juicy steak. What else do you do for fun? Well, he bikes, climbs, camps and umm ... ‘pwns n00bs’? I dunno. Something about video games. What do you do for work? He must really like patching people up. Unfortunately, the races that were potentially set for March have He is a paramedic! been canceled, eﬀectively ending our season that never started. Should people look for you on tinder? Sorry ladies, this pink Wishing everyone back home well and that you’re all able to get toqued beauty has a girlfriend. out and enjoy the bounteous amounts of snow that’s been falling. So, now you know Lucas. Be sure to say ‘hi’!
By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director Happy Spring Everyone! I believe I mentioned in the February issue that we would receive snow. I remember writing the article and looking out the window noticing the lack of snow. Guess all our wishes came true! Crazy amounts of snow in such a short amount of time! Everyone was able to enjoy it. Too deep for some and just right for others. I’m sure it improved everyone’s skiing, as deep snow makes it very challenging for the entry level skier. Just spend a day in deep snow and it will make you move those hips up and forward. Then, the next time you head out on a groomer, it feels so much easier. Such an amazing month of snow fall. Bring on the spring now. Get the shades out and head up top for a picnic in the trees. This is the best time of year to enjoy the hill with lots of snow coverage and no cold toes. Snow will soften each day by lunch time. Everyone loves spring skiing! U12-U16 ~ We have enjoyed an amazing winter. Yes, we are lacking the away competitions, but we have seen amazing individual skill development. See some of our U16 ladies below. Having the time and not rush oﬀ to races has been an adjustment, but such a silver lining. We are still able to have timed runs with each other, which has the same eﬀect on the athlete. We have also been blessed with only one cold snap. Lucky for all of us in this amazing, yet diﬀerent year. Carvers ~ We have had a great season with the young kids U12 and under. Coaches have been having a blast with this gang this year. Mid-season report cards have been sent out and the rippers have 4 weeks to go. Spring Break we will again have our 3 day activities. You can sign up online via the website. 3 consecutive days is an amazing way to work on their skills, and time on snow is important at this age. Hope you can take advantage of our 2 three day activities during the break. Visit www.apexskiclub.com for information. Click on the registration button for payment.
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has 17 World Cup starts and 7 podiums! This is one of the best World Cup starts of any athlete at this level. The Crystal Globe is the overall winner of the World Cup series. With some good old fashioned Big Rig skiing, this young man will bring it home!
FIS Racing ~ We are so excited for Marcus Athans and Heming Have wonderful spring skiing everyone! Chat again in our ﬁnal Sola. They just came home from a European adventure. Both publication in April. Big shout out again to the resort for crushing were able to have a month of racing. Returning home was a little it daily out there! boring, as both were in quarantine for two weeks while we all hit the 100cm dump. Both men are heading to Kimberly for a training block. Aaron Leaman (AP) is heading to the World Juniors. He will be racing for Thailand. You may have seen him training this past month in the blue outﬁt. Best of Luck AP ... you’re amazing! Reece Howden ~ What can I say? This is such a big deal! The Big Rig is crushing it! Our club athlete is having one hell of a season! Such a humble focused lad. I communicate with Reece regularly. He is so focused and dialed in. Hopefully, we have a Crystal Globe to report on soon here. For those who are new to Apex Matters, Reece Howden is an Apex Ski Club Athlete who is ranked number 1 in the World in Ski Cross. To date, Reece
On The Ski Cross World Cup Circuit By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni Over the last month, I have raced in the World Championships in Idre Fjall and a World Cup in Reiteralm. World Champs did not go as well as I hoped after winning the last two World Cup races on that track. I ended up placing 5th. Unfortunately, one small mistake in the semi ﬁnals cost me the big ﬁnal, but I was happy that I was able to recover and win the small ﬁnal. Reiteralm was a new race on the World Cup series and I was very excited to place 2nd after some diﬃcult days of training. (Below - On podium in Reiteralm.)
Currently, I am in Georgia competing in the ﬁrst World Cup Ski Cross hosted by that country. It’s very exciting to get to compete somewhere new and culturally diﬀerent. I am very excited for what the ﬁnal races of the season have to oﬀer.
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Ski Skills For Life! Moguls, Terrain Park, Big Air & All Mountain for the kids, the club, and the community
Competitive & Non-competitive Programs for ages 6 & up
By Kristi Richards, Program Director & Head Coach I seriously can’t believe how good the skiing conditions have been this season, and how much great snow and sun we’ve had! The hype is real! The Apex Freestyle Team has been working hard at their skills, but mostly trying to contain the level of fun this season, as its a serious problem.
Our Spring Camps are ﬁlling up with options for Jumps and Bumps athletes, Freestylerz, Freeriderz and Performance athletes. We are welcoming another rockstar Olympian coach, Tami Bradley, for our GIRLSTYLERZ SPRING BREAK CAMP, March 16, 17 & 18! It is going to be buzzing around the Apex Freestyle Training Area for the Spring Break, so be sure to make a turn down ‘Kristi’s Run’ and check it out: •
Jumps & Bumps ~ Full Day - March 16, 17, 18 - Ages 6+
Jumps & Bumps ~ 1/2 day - March 16, 17, 18 - Ages 6+
Girlstylerz ~ March 16, 17, 18 - Ages 8+
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With no events on the map, Freestyle BC went VIRTUAL! Our athletes ages 9+ will be ﬁlming their Mogul, Big Air and Slopestyle runs and submitting to a judging panel for a provincial wide ranking! Mogul ﬁlming took place February 27-28 by cinematographer and alumni Ethan Morf, and Slopestyle and Big Air will take place March 6-7. The athletes have been training and gearing up for this, as it is truly the only province wide event they will have in 2021 to see how they stack up against the ﬁeld. These competitions are important as they start to set sights on the next level of competitions, like the Canada Cup Series, Junior and Senior Nationals, and to start to catch the eye of the Provincial coaches and high performance directors. For our younger athletes, the club will hold skillz scavenger hunts, grudge match dual bumps, rail Photo from BagJump ~ This is a rendition of what our bag will look like (this is not the exact jams and landing bag sessions throughout the month of March. landing bag or set-up) Keep your eyes peeled for that high ﬂying freestyle action! There has been a lot of talk, fundraising eﬀorts and sponsorships geared toward the excitement of the new Olympic sized landing bag, which we are going to see up and in action for the entire month of March. Thanks to Apex Mountain Resort for their support and resources on this project, as well as Mike Richards, our facility manager, and our supportive board of directors. We are continuing to look to secure funding and sponsorships for this project, as the capital investment and operating costs are a huge cost to carry for a club. We feel that this is an integral piece to safe learning in our sport, as well as for the addition of Apex’s snowboard athletes, and a lasting facility that will cater to athletes at all levels and ages. We believe in investing in the kids, the club and the community. We hope you can jump on board to support, applaud, or just stand in amazement when you watch the athletes ﬂy! Please reach out to Terri for some amazing high visibility advertisement space on the side of this huge bouncy castle! firstname.lastname@example.org Patrick Farcau, Performance Team Apex Freestyle is EXPANDING to welcome SNOWBOARDING to its list of disciplines we cater to and support! We have seen Snowboard Clubs come and go at Apex, and with all of the hype around the freestyle team and venues this season, we have been approached by a local committee of riders, business people, parents and supporters to help re-launch and revive an Apex Snowboard Club. We are starting oﬀ with a 3 day SPRING CAMP March 16, 17 & 18 for a small group of proﬁcient riders ages 11+ to come shred the hill, terrain parks and test out Apex Freestyle’s new Olympic Size Landing Bag! The camp will be coached and hosted by some guest snowboard coaches, including local former pro snowboarder and owner of The Bum Wrap in Penticton, Donny Ellis! Adding to the star power of this camp is fellow Olympian, and GOLD MEDALLIST Ross Rebagliati! This is a camp based program to help launch the snowboard side of the Apex Freestyle Club, and we will look forward to developing coaches and programs for all ages and stages for the season of 2021/2022. Page 8 | March 2021 | ApexMatters.com
On a very personal note, I want to send a massive LOVE HEART to the Kuroda family during this time. We are all feeling the loss of Brayden from our club and our sport community last year, but we also feel his light and his passion every day on that mogul course. WE SKI FOR BRAYDEN!
Lastly, thank you to the Apex community for making this season so welcoming for my brother and I to come HOME to! Apex Mountain Resort was where I learnt how to ski, its where I got my start in Freestyle Skiing with coach Dave Boehm, Apex Mountain Resort was my ﬁrst major sponsor, and its where I’ve come home to after my career on the World Cup to give back in the most tangible way possible. Please say ‘hi’ in the lift line - I’m still easy to spot under my mask!
Over Already? By Jordan Kober, Canadian Freestyle Mogul Team Member It is only February as I write this, but it looks as though my competition season may have already come to an end. I needed to get a solid result in Deer Valley to keep the season alive, but unfortunately, I failed to earn my place among the top skiers in the world. A challenging course, like the one in Deer Valley, acts as a ﬁlter with only the very best skiers making it out the other end. The course was especially challenging this year, but as I skied my qualifying run it looked as though I would make it through this ﬁlter. Everything was going well, I had a nice top air and was skiing smoothly through the middle section at a good pace, but as I took oﬀ of the bottom air, I knew I made a mistake. I set my cork 7 too early and drifted out of line. I landed much too close to one of the control gates and had to make a sharp adjustment to get back into the moguls. So just like that, a mistake occurring within a tenth of a second cost me the rest of the season. What a crazy sport. As I did not get the result I needed in Deer Valley, I failed to qualify for World Championships and the only other event on the schedule for me would be Nationals, but I’m not so sure it will end up happening. Whether it happens or not though, I am looking forward to lots of training over the next couple of months. Since I am usually busy competing during this time of the season, it is uncommon having this chance to take a step back and focus on improving my skiing and jumping. Once May hits, I won’t have much time to train, because I will be starting another season with BC Wildﬁre. Therefore, in the meantime, I plan on throwing all other life balances out the window to exploit this rare training opportunity. Who knows? Maybe this is just what I need to qualify for the Games next winter. I can’t say my chances are looking great at the moment; however, there’s still time to bump myself up the rankings with a few more competitions at the start of next season, and who doesn’t love a good underdog story?
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Hello From Whistler By Alec Henderson, BC Park & Pipe Team Member
Jordan Kober at last mogul competition in Deer Valley, Utah.
March is here so quickly, and often it is the best time to be on the slopes. Spring skiing is my favourite time of the year. Thanks to Mom and Dad and all the great support I have from my Apex and Penticton family, I have been able to stay and train the whole month of February in Whistler and Blackcomb at the Park. Our team has been able to take advantage of the great conditions here and we have been working on new skills, strength, and ﬁne tuning our more diﬃcult tricks. There was some hope for competitions to happen in March and April, but unfortunately all have been cancelled because of the ongoing pandemic. In time, when we do get to compete, it is going to be even more exciting. Looking ahead, our BC Park and Pipe team will continue to train together in Whistler, and keep building our foundation for next year. We have had some fun team comps for free lunches and continue to focus our energy on the virtual competitions. I am always looking forward to each day on the slopes and feel so fortunate to still be skiing every day. I hope everyone at Apex continues to have an amazing season, and I will let you know how March goes for myself and my team. Until then, keep on skiing! ApexMatters.com | March 2021 | Page 9
Penticton Snowmobile Club Update
Skiing Photos By Johnny Smoke
By Stuart Drake, President Greetings everybody! We hope you are ﬁnding some great snow in the deepest parts of our winter. So far this year, Apex has been hit with some wonderful deposits of snow, making it so much better for us to access the backcountry and ﬁnd some deep snow on our machines! We would like to take this time to remind everybody to practice caution and safety when entering the backcountry on your snowmobiles. Before you head out, be sure to check your local forecast at avalanchecanada.ca. Be sure to study your weather conditions for the day and make terrain assessments based on that information ﬁrst thing in the morning. It’s also important to check everybody in your group for beacons make sure they are on and functioning. Also, have your shovels and probes readily available in your avalanche backpacks at any given time. If you’re heading out on your snowmobile into the backcountry and have not already completed an Avalanche Skills Training Level One Course, you should seriously be thinking about taking it as soon as possible. Courses are taught by our local teacher, Finbar O’Sullivan, for our snowmobile club here in Penticton. If you’re interested in taking the course next season, please feel free to reach out to the club by emailing us at email@example.com. Remember, the more you prepare to be out in the backcountry, the safer time you will have and the more fun you and your group will experience. So, be sure to get in the habit of studying your snow pack and knowing your terrain and where to go before you head out. Also, it’s a great idea at this time of year to do beacon searches with your riding partners to make sure that they are all keeping their skill set sharp for when it is needed, as well as for getting ideas to help quicker reﬁne your searches and the techniques you use. Remember, we train so that we are ready in the event of an emergency. We plan, prepare and train for anything that can go wrong ahead of time, so that we can react quickly and eﬃciently when it does. With the recent trigger of a class 3 sized avalanche in the Apex backcountry in the secondary bowl by a snowmobilier, it is a good time to remember to stay sharp out there. Watch for overhead and above dangers like wind loaded cornices and drifts. Stay oﬀ slopes that are not stable and have not settled and consolidated with the snowpack and are prone to avalanche, due to steepness of terrain. Stay safe and stay sharp out there. Keep an eye out for things that can get you into trouble and avoid them. Have fun ﬁnding suitable terrain with low risks. Have fun ﬁnishing oﬀ this great winter season we have had and this wonderful deep snow that we have to play in!
Becky getting fresh tracks!
Adrian enjoying a secret stash!
Wendy charging through the glades!
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Preserving Knees By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician Do you go hard on your knees? You may think that it is inevitable that if you have had a good skier’s life that your knees will get trashed and that they will dictate your lifespan on the hill.
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Likely, you are not alone in these thoughts. If a skier has an Naturopathic Physician & Prolotherapist injury, 40% of the time it involves the knee. Surprisingly, it is all 250.770.1079 too common for teens to injure their knees - their ability is likely 3373 Skaha Lake Road www.drdeirdreoneill.com intermediate and their judgement is lower than adults and are Penticton, BC firstname.lastname@example.org more likely to risk more in a jump. I know this all too well when I see my boys ﬂying down The Pit. What a teenager doesn’t quite eye wear to be able to read the variable terrain to minimize hard think about is how these injuries may create future joint pain - hits. many years down the road. Keep In Shape ~ We often think about preseason training to get Knee injuries that have sustained damage to the ligaments are the legs in shape by hiking, biking, rowing and continual squats. more prone to have a secondary incident. Sprained ligaments will It is equally important to stay in shape throughout the season. have a stretch to them - this is where there has not been a tear, but Always warm up to get your muscles ready for variable terrain. rather a strain to the And, don’t forget to stretch before and after your ski day. collagen ﬁbres. Even Know Your Limits ~ It is all too common to sustain an injury after a 4% stretch of the lunch. Speaking to Ski Patroller Becky Hyde - she considers poor ligament is enough to technique and tired legs are big factors in injuries seen on the destabilize the joint. hill. If you choose to ski above your ability level, consider to do so Ligaments are what when your legs are fresh to reduce your chances of meeting Becky hold a joint together, on the other side of a toboggan. with the right level Maintain A Healthy Body Weight ~ Choose low impact exercise of tensile strength and strength training for your leg muscles. Not only does this to prevent wear and form of exercise reduce strain on the knees, it also helps to boost tear on the joint’s metabolism - you got it - to lose weight. Excess weight puts cartilage. Once there pressure on weight bearing joints, such as the knees. Go easy is a loss of tensile on après ski snacks, so that you can still get the aerobic beneﬁt strength, the knees of your time out on the hill. Staying well hydrated helps to support become more lax. If ligament function is not restored, chronic your metabolism, with the added bonus of cushioning your joints. instability becomes a major factor in the pain and dysfunction If you feel like you have been masking the symptoms of nagging associated with osteoarthritis. knee pain with NSAIDS to be able to maintain a ski life, it might So, you see here how previous injuries can lead to osteoarthritis. be time to make an appointment. I can help you determine if an This joint disease has a signiﬁcant loss of cartilage within the joint. injection of prolotherapy or platelet rich plasma can ease the pain The cause of osteoarthritis is multifactorial. It can be due to aging, or if natural supplements like Vitamin D or glucosamine will work hormones, history of injury to that joint, and genetic. Women and for you. For some, knee reconstruction may still be the best option. men equally experience osteoarthritis. Yet women tend to show signs ten years after men, once they hit menopause. So, deﬁnitely I know all too well what it is like to wear hardware while I ski. I too hope to outlive my knees. hormones play a role in keeping stiﬀness and pain levels down. So, how can you preserve your knees to lengthen your time in skis Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich and hasten the progression towards osteoarthritis? Plasma using Ultrasound Guidance. She practices Reduce The Likelihood Of Injury ~ Your equipment is a variable in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also in injury occurrence that is often not considered. Regularly get your ﬁnd her on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian bindings checked at The Mountain Shop and consider to replace Ski Patrol. them if they are more than 4 years old. Don’t forget to wear proper ApexMatters.com | March 2021 | Page 11
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VOTE YES! on Saturday, March 27, 2021 Any questions or concerns, please email info@apexﬁrerescue.ca.
Apex Fire Brigade volunteers are busy with training and getting certiﬁed. ~ Est. 2007
Watch for our “Fun Video Series” ... Coming Soon on Facebook! Join the Apex Fire Brigade, as they share more insight on the details surrounding the need for a dedicated Fire Service at Apex. The videos will deﬁnitely be educational and entertaining, as time, research and a little humour has gone into this project. We are sure you will enjoy them! www.facebook.com/apexﬁrebrigade
Thank You For Your Support Over The Years! We are forever grateful for our short-term solutions, with the donation of a ﬁre truck by Bryan Reid Sr. of Pioneer Log Homes (Timber Kings), donated used equipment, as well as the donated temporary space at the Apex Barn to store our truck and equipment. Unfortunately, there is an expiry on the use of these donations. The time has come to step up and become a recognized and certiﬁed Fire Department, ensuring we meet industry standards and to reduce ﬁre insurance costs. We need your help in order to keep protecting our community. VOTE YES!
Watch for our “Fun Fact Series” ... Coming Soon on Facebook! We will post something fresh and new, informative and interesting, on a regular basis to ensure our community knows all that they need to before the Referendum Vote on Saturday, March 27th. Full details coming soon! www.facebook.com/apexﬁrebrigade
Join our “AFBS Virtual Town Halls” ... 7-8 pm on March 11 & 18, 2021 Join the Apex Fire Brigade for more details on the costs and beneﬁts of a dedicated Fire Service. We have provided some Questions & Answers on the next page. Our two Virtual Town Halls are another learning opportunity and a time to ask questions. If you would like to join us, email info@apexﬁrerescue.ca for the links. Join Your Community ... Neighbours Helping Neighbours!
Apex Fire Brigade volunteers ready for action in ﬁghting ﬁres at Apex. ~ Est. 2007
Apex Fire Service Referendum 2021 ~ March 27, 2021
APEX FIRE SERVICE REFERENDUM 2021 ~ Q & A 1) Why do we need a Fire Service and a Firehall Now? • It has been 15 years since we last went to a referendum and the insurance climate has changed dramatically. • Apex has grown up and is now a community of 550+ homes and condos. • Insurance costs are rising signiﬁcantly, and our community is rated as “unprotected”, meaning higher insurance rates (or in the not-too-distant future - no insurance available). • Many insurance companies will not even quote or provide insurance. BCAA has already taken that stance. 2) How are we going to pay for this Fire Service and Firehall? • We are going to borrow up to $3 M through RDOS and pay 6) What happens if we do nothing? • Our current Fire Brigade is not sustainable. We operate for it over 25 years. (www.rdosregionalconnections.ca/aap) on donations and grants and the money is not always • All properties will be assessed based on their value, and it there. Most members have full-time jobs and have no will be part of your property taxes. (See website above.) time for fundraising, along with the mandatory ongoing 3) Don’t we have a Fire Brigade and Equipment already? training. Some have indicated they will not continue to put • Yes, we do have a small, dedicated group of volunteers, themselves at risk, if the public does not want to support but with very little outdated and uncertiﬁed equipment their eﬀorts. putting themselves at risk of injury. • We will not get a FUS “fully-protected “ﬁre rating therefore: • Much of the equipment is used/donated and not certiﬁed by • Most likely, our insurance rates will continue to go up. FUS (Fire Underwriters Survey). • Or worse ... We might not get insurance at all! • With this volunteer brigade and existing uncertiﬁed • No insurance will mean no mortgages will be available equipment, we are most deﬁnitely considered an to buy or sell your property and likely no development “unprotected” area by the insurance industry. This status will be forthcoming for the resort. will not change without a rated service in place. 7) Why don’t we just use Penticton’s Fire Department (PFD)? 4) How will we staﬀ this new Firehall and Department? • PFD cannot respond to Apex. They work and are funded by • There are approximately 20 trained volunteers on the and for the Penticton community. brigade who mostly live on the mountain, with a few that live • PFD do not have the resources or the ability to support in Penticton. Currently, we have an experienced Fire Chief Apex as well (even if they wanted to). and Assistant Fire Chief who both live on the mountain. • PFD will only respond if we become certiﬁed (funded • For a certiﬁed service, we require a minimum of 15 trained by RDOS) through a mutual aid agreement between (unpaid) volunteers and a part-time Fire Chief. communities. This is another beneﬁt of having a funded 5) Will this reduce my insurance costs? service. • We understand the answer to that is YES (as much as 8) Why is it costing so much? And, why can’t we just make do 55%), but the amount will depend on your insurance with our existing Fire Brigade? company. You should ask your insurance broker what your • The borrowing amount is based on replacing our ﬁre engine savings might be. with a newer one (which is another FUS requirement) and • We believe that single family homeowners will see the building a Fire Station to house that equipment. biggest savings, as having a certiﬁed FUS rated, fully • To be rated by FUS (Fire Underwriters Survey), a building protected Fire Department is a big part of your insurance must meet certain building codes, NFPA and WorkSafeBC premium. standards, along with highly trained and skilled volunteers • We believe that condo or multi-family buildings will still see who are available 24/7. some savings, but not as much because the ﬁre protection • All equipment and ﬁre ﬁghters need to be approved and is a smaller portion of the overall insurance costs. However, certiﬁed. it is becoming more diﬃcult to obtain condo insurance • Construction costs are currently at an all-time high. period. • Fire-ﬁghting equipment is very expensive. For an example, • Please talk to your broker and compare an “unprotected” to it costs approximately $9,000 to outﬁt one single ﬁreﬁghter. a “protected “ﬁre rating. We should receive a FUS 3A rating • There is currently no funding to sustain the current ﬁre once we are a funded service for single family homes and brigade, never mind a certiﬁed service. an 8-commercial rating for multi-family complexes.
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VOTE YES! on Saturday, March 27, 2021 Any questions or concerns, please email info@apexﬁrerescue.ca.
REGIONAL DISTRICT OF OKANAGAN-SIMILKAMEEN Notice No. 10-2 2. Residential address;
NOTICE OF ASSENT VOTING
APEX MOUNTAIN FIRE PROTECTION SERVICE ESTABLISHMENT BYLAW NO. 2920, AND APEX MOUNTAIN FIRE PROTECTION LOAN AUTHORIZATION BYLAW NO. 2921 ASSENT VOTING OPPORTUNITY PUBLIC NOTICE is given to the electors within the proposed Apex Mountain Fire Protection Service Area in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen as deﬁned on the map below, that assent voting will be held on the following question: “Are you in favour of the Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen adopting Apex Mountain Fire Protection Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2920 to provide for ﬁre protection services for the community of Apex Mountain -ANDAdopting Apex Mountain Fire Protection Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 2921 to authorize the long term borrowing of up to $3,000,000 (three million dollars) for the purchase of a ﬁre truck and to acquire property and construct a ﬁre hall at Apex Mountain?” VOTING DATES AND LOCATIONS GENERAL VOTING: SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2021 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Rippin’ Rascals Corner Lot K550 Beaconsﬁeld Lodge Apex Mountain Resort ADVANCE VOTING: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2021 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC
3. Address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors); 4. Method of delivery of your mail ballot package: • pick up at Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen oﬃce; • regular letter mail through Canada Post to residential address; OR • regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate address provided when requesting the mail ballot package. 5. Two pieces of identiﬁcation that together prove who you are and where you live. Combined BC Driver’s License/Services Card is considered one piece of identiﬁcation. Mail ballot packages will be sent out commencing on or about February 16, 2021. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Oﬃcer at 101 Martin St., Penticton no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 26, 2021, or received by the Presiding Election Oﬃcial at Rippin Rascals Corner, Lot K550 Beaconsﬁeld Lodge, Apex Mountain Resort between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on March 27, 2021. Your mail ballot package will contain instructions on how to complete and return your mail ballot. Mail Ballots can also be returned: • In person at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, 101 Martin Street, Penticton during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) until March 26, 2021 • Between 8:00 am and 8 pm on March 27, 2021 (Assent Voting Day) at the voting place, Rippin Rascals Corner, Lot K550 Beaconsﬁeld Lodge, Apex Mountain Resort MAP OF SERVICE AREA
ELECTOR REGISTRATION There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of qualiﬁed electors will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements: • 18 years of age or older on assent voting day • Canadian citizen • resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration • resident of OR registered owner of real property in the Apex Mountain Resort Area for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration, and • not disqualiﬁed under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in the assent voting and not otherwise disqualiﬁed by law. Resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identiﬁcation (at least one with a signature). Picture identiﬁcation is not necessary. The identiﬁcation must prove both residency and identity. Non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identiﬁcation (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, provide proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if there is more than one owner, provide written consent from a majority of the property owners to one owner voting.
SYNOPSIS OF PROPOSED BYLAWS
To create a service for the provision of ﬁre protection and to borrow funds for the purchase of a ﬁre truck, equipment and to acquire land and construct a ﬁre hall. TAKE NOTICE that the above is a synopsis of the proposed bylaws and that this synopsis is not intended to be and is not to be understood as an interpretation of the bylaws. The full bylaws may be inspected at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen oﬃce, 101 Martin Street, Penticton, during regular oﬃce hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday or online at www.rdos.bc.ca. For further information on the bylaws or the voting process, please contact: Christy Malden, Chief Election Oﬃcer at 250-490MAIL BALLOT VOTING 4146 or email@example.com; or Gillian Cramm, Deputy Chief REQUESTING A MAIL BALLOT PACKAGE: Mail-in ballot Election Oﬃcer at 250-490-4145 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or toll packages can be requested by ﬁlling out the Application for Mail-In free at 1-877-610-3737 Ballot Package form available at www.rdosregionalconnections.ca Christy Malden, Chief Election Oﬃcer or in-person at the RDOS oﬃce (101 Martin Street, Penticton) or Voting safely in person during COVID-19 ~ The RDOS by contacting Legislative Services at email@example.com or 250-492- encourages all eligible voters to consider submitting mail0237 (toll free 1-877-610-3737). in ballots in order to minimize in-person attendance at the polling stations. Due to additional COVID-19 safety measures, Information Required: delays and longer wait times are anticipated. 1. Full name;
From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay Many sectors have been hard hit by the pandemic, and agriculture is one of them. Despite concerns about food security and pleas to buy local, orchardists and farmers in the region have had a number of serious headwinds facing them over the past year. BC apple growers have had to deal with huge production from just across the border in Washington State for decades. They have responded over the years with innovative practices that dramatically boosted production and value per acre. But lately, it has been harder and harder to make a living in apples. While consumers pay about $2 a pound for apples in grocery stores, local producers often get only about 12 cents a pound and it costs more than 30 cents a pound to produce apples. The diﬀerence goes to big distributors and big box retail stores, such as Walmart and Loblaw that control prices across the continent.
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To add insult to injury, last year many of the big chains charged new fees to suppliers to help the stores expand even more. And the COVID fatigue is taking a toll on all of us. I am pleased to start to growers are forced to pay - they are selling a perishable product glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine roll-out and really have no choice but to accept the price they are oﬀered. picking up speed; how I miss when we could have a couple friends over in the backyard! As if it wasn’t diﬃcult enough competing with U.S. producers, last year, United States growers were given a 7 cents per pound My days are packed with organizational work and community subsidy from their government as a support in times of COVID-19. outreach. The lists just keep getting longer! We’re receiving a huge volume of requests for assistance, so please be patient if Suddenly, Canadian producers were even farther behind. you’re waiting for a response on questions - and I never mind being The big impact of COVID-19 on local fruit growers and grape ‘reminded’! As we get organized, we’ll also get more eﬃcient and growers has been the drastic reduction in the number of workers eﬀective. I look forward to that. from Mexico and the Caribbean. These skilled workers, essential No doubt you are aware, but a quick reminder that the RDOS for pruning the trees and vines and harvesting the crops, had to referendum is approaching soon for the Apex Fire Service (March deal with a lack of available ﬂights and stiﬀ quarantine restrictions 27). There are two open houses hosted by the Fire Brigade on to enter Canada. This year promises to be even more diﬃcult, with March 11th & 18th, both at 7 pm. Wearing my previous hat as a added requirements for COVID-19 tests, expensive quarantine rural director, I have seen the value of having a formal service for arrangements and more cancelled ﬂights. a ﬁre department service in a rural community and the dramatic The federal government has an Agristability program that was implications for insurance rates. designed to help farmers through bad years. Originally, growers Last week, there was an important announcement about making would qualify if their receipts were only 15% below average. That the wholesale pricing of liquor for restaurants and bars permanent. was dropped to 30% below average a few years ago. But apple Given how hard it has been for these businesses during the growers have had several bad years in a row, so their average pandemic, I’m pleased to see that this support is not only there receipts are already low. Now, it is almost impossible to qualify to help, but with the permanence to provide security to those even in a very bad year. At the very least, the government should businesses knowing it won’t go away. return to 15% below average as the trigger for qualiﬁcation for an Primary Care is a topic I’m passionate about, and I recently had Agristability grant. a great conversation with the Divisions of Family Practice for the For vineyard owners and wine makers, the continuing problem region. The need for ‘wrap-around’ care and attraction of physicians they face is selling their products direct to consumers in other to the region is top-of-mind; this will be an ongoing conversation provinces. Only BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia with all the key partners to try to design a solution that works well allow consumers to buy wine directly from other provinces. We for our communities. need to keep the pressure on provinces that still prohibit crossFinally, a quick reminder about two business support programs border sales, and the new private members bill put forward by if you know a business that could use a little help: the Small and Dan Albas serves to keep the spotlight on that issue and those Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant, and a new opportunity provinces that maintain their barriers. I will support that eﬀort and called Launch Online. The latter option will help cover a number any other initiative that promotes the reduction of interprovincial of costs of helping increase your online presence and pivoting into barriers to wine sales. that space - including website development, photography, online Most Canadians say ‘yes’ when asked whether they support advertising, and more. buying local products, including foods such as fruit and vegetables. Travel restrictions mean I can’t ski with you this winter, but that However, most of us too often look for the most inexpensive means even more visits next winter! As always, reach out with any apples or wine when shopping. So, next time you are buying questions or thoughts you have to share, and stay safe. Together, apples or wine, remember the diﬃculties faced by hard-working we’re getting through this! local producers, and buy local. Try to buy direct from the producers if possible - you are not only getting high quality products, but you Roly Russell - your MLA, your representative are also contributing to our local economy. Email: Roly.Russell.MLA@leg.bc.ca If you have any questions or concerns, please email Richard. Phone: 250.498.5122 Cannings@parl.gc.ca or call 250-770-4480. Photo taken during first cross country ski in 2020.
FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’
The community of Apex is scheduled to vote in a referendum on March 27th at Rippin Rascals Daycare, Lot L 550 Beaconsﬁeld Lodge, Apex Mountain Resort between 8 am and 8 pm to give assent to the creation of a Fire Service within Apex. There is Advance Voting on March 17th Subrina Monteith at the RDOS Oﬃce located at 101 Director of Martin Street in Penticton, as well RDOS Area ‘I’ as mail-in ballots are encouraged, but must be organized ahead of time (form on the RDOS website). All information on cost and tax implications is presented on the RDOS website at https://rdosregionalconnections.ca/aap-referendum, as well as a Q&A with staﬀ. Apex Fire Brigade Society has been building for the last 15 years to this step. AFBS has a slate of qualiﬁed volunteers who are available to provide the service that the Apex community needs to reduce or maintain insurance rates. 550 plus homes and condos in one small community creates a tax base that would fund the service with more potential growth in the near future within the service area. I would like to thank the AFBS board for providing a professional complete budget and building plan to RDOS, which has led up to the referendum. RDOS and AFBS are asking homeowners to consult with their insurance provider to see impact on insurance rates within a ﬁre protected area. If you have any questions, please contact Christy Malden, Manager of Legislative Services, at 250-492-0237 or myself at 250-4861346. If you have any questions for the Apex Fire Brigade for speciﬁc operational inquiries, email info@apexﬁrerescue.ca, and they will assist you in ﬁnding the information you request.
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Happy Retirement Gary Vollet! Thanks for all your years of service to the AFBS.
Changing Of The Guard By Gabe Lavoie, Fire Chief
Since its inception in 2007, the Apex Fire Brigade Society has relied on dedicated volunteers to move the non-proﬁt organization forward. These volunteers have made massive strides in moving from no protection at all, to establishing a compliment of organized and dedicated volunteers and basic equipment on a shoestring budget. Gary and Debbie Vollet are two of these dedicated volunteers who have contributed countless hours since the beginning. Through all of the transitions and changes, Gary and Debbie were ready to step in and lead the charge as part of the AFBS executive. Up until 2019, Gary had carried the responsibility as President. Gary and Debbie have been pillars in keeping the organization together and maintaining a basic ﬁre response capability. Since 2019, Gary has played a role as a director at large within the board, in supporting the transition of the AFBS to where we are today. Recently, Gary has decided to hang up his ﬁre coat and retire from the AFBS. Congratulations on your retirement Gary! The AFBS would certainly not be where it is without the years of dedication and hard work that you and Debbie have contributed. In reviewing the accomplishments and development of the organization during Gary and Debbie’s tenure, it provokes the thought of what has changed with regards to the community’s ﬁre service requirements, ﬁreﬁghter training standards, ﬁre hall requirements and the associated costs and time that maintaining these now require. With a refreshed board of directors taking up the charge in 2019, upgrades were many and goals were set, based on the recognition of the rapidly changing insurance climate for rural communities with respect to ﬁre protection. New board members brought extensive ﬁre expertise, along with the direct experience of responding to recent massive community ﬁre losses in rural communities, across BC and North America, and the recognition of similarities in conditions with the Apex community. With the renewed direction, came the perfect spark to the ﬁre brigade’s growth with the donation of a ﬁre engine from Pioneer Log Homes (of “Timber Kings” fame) owner Brian Reid Sr., who had also been severely impacted by recent ﬁre losses. A new ﬁre engine typically costs in the ballpark of $500,000 for a bare bones apparatus. Appropriate apparatus is required for a ﬁre service to be certiﬁed, and typically more than one apparatus is required to meet the Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) community rating requirement. Many variations of apparatus are available depending on a community’s size and requirements. Fire engines are the minimum requirement. Water tenders may be required if hydrants are not available, or do not meet the minimum ﬁre ﬂow requirements. Ladder trucks are required after a certain threshold of multi-story commercial buildings, and rescue trucks are required to respond to car accidents and other rescue scenarios. Each apparatus requires several diﬀerent inspections per year to ensure they meet provincial standards and are response ready. After acquiring an apparatus, it is then essential to properly equip it with the needed equipment such as; ladders, hundreds of feet worth of hoses, ﬁttings, nozzles, hand tools, breathing apparatus and spare cylinders and many other specialized pieces of ﬁreﬁghting equipment. All of this specialized equipment can add another $100,000 to the total cost. After all of this, a ﬁre engine cannot be older than 25 years to meet FUS certiﬁcation. After receiving the donated ﬁre engine, we were stuck with a major problem. Where do we store a ﬁre engine, so that it’s protected from the elements and safe from thieves? Thankfully, we were oﬀered a space in the “barn” in the Apex parking lot. Apex Mountain Resort was kind enough to loan us space temporarily in a portion of the barn building. This space is a dirt ﬂoor area that we had to modify in order to ﬁt the truck inside and protect it from freezing. We had to add 7 feet to the length of the space, as well as a large enough
door to allow us to get in and out. All of this was accomplished with donated material and volunteer time. It was known from the start this space was only temporary, but we didn’t know what our next step would be. The search was on for a permanent site for a future ﬁre hall. After many long discussions with the resort and other stakeholders, an ideal solution was found. We would share the property where the current Scouts Canada cabin is located on Apex Mountain Road. Next, as the discussion of a referendum came to light, we began thinking about what a much needed permanent ﬁre hall might look like to meet the minimum safety and regulatory requirements to support a sustained FUS “protected” community rating for the foreseeable future. The ﬁrst question is what is the minimum number of apparatus we need to enable the required 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year response capability? The reasonable answer is two full ﬁre engine bays to accommodate one FUS certiﬁed front-line ﬁre engine (to be purchased using a portion of the borrowed money), and our current ﬁre engine 121 that will serve as a back-up in the event that the frontline engine is out of service for maintenance or repairs. There is also a proposed additional space for a smaller wildland/rescue truck that can respond to wildﬁre and motor vehicle incidents outside the village on a cost-recovery (from the province) basis. Considerations for space include the length of vehicles we will be storing there now as well as in the future. A ﬁre engine is typically 40 feet long and space is required to safely work and move around the apparatus. WorksafeBC then mandates that any space where vehicles will be running requires an exhaust evacuation system. Fire apparatus are also always plugged in while they are parked to ensure they and the equipment they are carrying stays fully charged and ready to respond. Next, our ﬁre hall would require a well ventilated room to store our ﬁreﬁghting suits to address WorkSafe health and safety requirements (particularly carcinogens). Typically, to decrease response times these rooms are accessed from outside the ﬁrehall and have direct access to the apparatus ﬂoor, so dressed ﬁreﬁghters can jump into the vehicles and speed oﬀ to their call. Within the apparatus area, we would also require a dedicated clean room that meets WorkSafeBC and National Fire Protection Association requirements, for housing our breathing air compressor and self-containted breathing aparatus ﬁlling station, a room for storing and repairing miscellaneous equipment, and a space for cleaning and drying equipment. Moving out of the apparatus bays, we then require administration, storage, and training/emergency operations/ multipurpose space, as well as the basic public building facilities (e.g. bathrooms, electrical and mechanical rooms). To top it oﬀ, being an emergency services building, it must be built to commercial, public building, and post disaster standards to ensure it meets all of the safety requirements and can survive major events, while providing a safe space for ﬁreﬁghters to operate from in all conditions, and an area of refuge for the public. Further considerations include energy eﬃciency to reduce operating costs, and the potential for future expansion requirements to accommodate future community growth. Its safe to say that the construction requirements of ﬁrehall are vastly diﬀerent than those of our homes. The proposed ﬁrehall building budget is based on the minimum safety and regulatory requirements. The Apex Fire Brigade Society has come a long way since it was founded in 2007, but the goal was always the same; to provide the required ﬁre protection service to ensure the safety and economic viability of the Apex community. We have a very capable and diverse board of directors, and members, all bringing their professional backgrounds, extensive knowledge and specialized expertise to the table to ensure that the ﬁre service is managed cost-eﬀectively, professionally, and in the best interest of the community. We sincerely hope that the community will rally with us to create a tax funded ﬁre service to ensure that our public safety and community investments are protected into the future.
March APOA Update By Arnie Erickson, APOA President We have had a cabin at Apex since 1972, which makes next year our 50th Anniversary at Apex! My family and my brothers’ families grew up skiing at Apex. It has always been our happy place, with lots of great memories. It is easy to forget that in the early years not all cabin owners could make it work. Some struggled and left, but then new “Apex pioneers” would arrive, working hard to make Apex their happy place too. Many things have changed during our half a century at Apex, but always progress, and always better for everyone. The village expanded, mountain shacks became cabins, and many cabins became substantial homes. Apex is no longer just a winter place, we now have a large and growing number of all-season residents. It took 50 years, but Apex village grew into the vibrant and friendly community we sometimes take for granted today. Our own cabin also grew too, going through several additions. Finally in 2001, we abandoned the original and had a contractor build us a new mountain residence. Then, in January 2017, through no fault of our own, we experienced what every property owner fears, a major ﬁre. If not for the Apex Volunteer Fire Brigade, we would have lost our home that day. They arrived just minutes after the ﬁre was reported, and put it out with an eﬃciency that I still marvel at. The insurance adjustor arrived the next day, looking very confused. “I thought there was a ﬁre?” she asked. We took her inside and showed her the damage. Her confusion remained. “It was obviously a big ﬁre, how on earth did you put it out?” I told her, “No way I could have put it out, it was our ﬁre department!” Her insurance report listed Apex as “unprotected” for ﬁre service. She had arrived expecting our home to be nothing but ashes. Some might say we were lucky, but luck had nothing to do with it. In 2017, the Apex Fire Brigade saved our home. I know our Fire Brigade is right when they say they can’t keep limping along with outdated equipment, sporadic grants and fundraising, and growing expectations from residents who’ve invested a lot of time, money, and energy into their Apex homes. Without a properly funded ﬁre service, the insurance industry will always classify Apex as “unprotected”. So, let’s talk insurance. In discussions with my neighbours and friends, I know not everyone feels their insurance costs have risen substantially, especially if they are bundling their valley home with their Apex home. My own story is quite diﬀerent. I received my insurance renewal this month. I ﬁnally looked at it carefully, and I encourage everyone to do the same with theirs. I calculated the insurance cost per $100,000 building value. My Penticton house is costing $205 per $100,000, while my Apex cabin is costing $448 per $100,000. Apex’s unprotected ﬁre service rating is doubling my insurance costs! The way the insurance industry is going, I suppose I am happy I can still get insurance. But, the future is looking bleak. What will happen to Apex when potential buyers, and those looking to build, can’t get ﬁnancing because the building can’t be insured? What happens to property values when nobody can qualify for an uninsured mortgage? I have been at Apex a long time. I have seen many changes. This is a change whose time has come. But, it is not going to happen unless we all get out and vote ‘Yes’ on the March 27 Fire Service Referendum. A lot of us won’t be here for the 100th Anniversary, but some of you just might. Let’s not jeopardize Apex’s future. Please vote ‘Yes’ on March 27th. For more information on the APOA and how you can join, please visit18www.apexpropertyowners.com. Page | March 2021 | ApexMatters.com
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Apex Community Association Needs You! By Erica Fletcher, ACA Secretary The Apex Community Association needs members. I’m looking to you ski bums and locals, the ones who just can’t seem to kick the Apex life no matter what you do. Please, join the ACA. You are needed. Yes, you! We need a president. We need board members, and just general members to join projects or events that they’re interested in helping out with. The commitment is to watch one less Netﬂix episode every couple of weeks, if that, depending on what role you decide to take on. Is that manageable? I hope so ... for your community. Have I convinced you yet? No, well, think about it. Yes, well, email me and we’ll get you in straight away. I meant to wrap up what we talked about at our AGM hosted on February 8, 2021, but on second thought, I don’t think you need a play-by-play. I have a question to put to the community before I sign oﬀ. My big question is this: What do you want to see the ACA accomplish? We need Apex community members to help us decide what to work towards. Without your input, any of our goals have little meaning unless they reﬂect what the community really needs or wants. As we are a community association, we need community members and community voices. We have some ideas, but we could be way out in left ﬁeld. Here are some potential goals for Apex that I’ve heard over the years that might be interesting to save towards: 1) Building an outdoor all-season gazebo, or amphitheatre, to use for outdoor events as a gathering spot, etc; 2) Acquire or build a community centre/building; 3) An outdoor sports complex with volleyball, basketball, tennis, bike pump track, etc; and 4) Community events throughout the year, such as bike events, BBQs, movie events, lake events, or any other outdoor fun that we can dream up! So please, think about all this. Think about joining the ACA. We currently are a tiny group of 8, and this in no way properly represents the community of Apex. I promise, we’re not all super dorks with all kinds of spare time to be a part of this association. I’m waiting to hear from you! Let me know what you think, what direction you think the ACA should go, and if you’d like to join us. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: @ApexCommunityAssociation
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Get Outdoors ... For Your Overall Health By Rebecca Sidow, BKin, MPT, Interim Physical Therapist NSCA Strength & Conditioning Coach, 200-Hr Hatha Yoga Instructor With spring edging nearer and vaccines beginning to roll out, the world is beginning to shed its winter blues and sigh a bit of relief. Indeed, it has been a metaphorically darker winter for many with COVID restrictions in place. However, up here at Apex, we have been fortunate to be able to ski, snowboard and skate all our stressors away. As we begin to come into shoulder season on the mountain, we still have a good couple months of breathing in that fresh mountain air and enjoy a healthy dose of social interactions (from 2 metres, of course!). As a physiotherapist, I know the importance of health comes not only from being physically ﬁt, but it also comes from being mentally well and from having a socially healthy environmental around you. The technical term for this is the bio-psycho-social model. We often see people come into the clinic in severe pain with no biological or physical injuries. And sometimes, we see people who have clearly slipped, fallen and given themselves a dozy of an ankle sprain; and that is obviously your physical body causing the pain. The point is, we need to address all areas of health and wellness in order to feel good. Another way to think of it is this: Imagine you have stuck your tongue to a mental fence at - 25 degrees below zero. Now, is this going to hurt more to pull oﬀ if you think it’s funny, or if you are in a complete state of panic? We tend to feel more pain when our mental capacity is not at its best. We also tend to feel more pain if our home/work/school environment are not mentally healthy or if our social interactions are toxic. So, how is it that we can address our biology, psychology, and social environment all at once? Well, I tend to oﬀer my patients this: go outside and have fun and bring a friend along with you. And if you are already up at Apex, reading this article, you can pat yourself on the back for looking after yourself on more levels than just your physical ﬁtness. Since this past year has been hard for all of us, consider who else in your life could also beneﬁt from joining you on your next outdoor adventure. Spring skiing is a great time for someone new to visit the mountains. It’s warm, the days are longer, the crowds are less terrifying, and people are in good spirits. So next time you are heading up the hill, encourage another friend or two to join along with you. Trust me, neither one of you will regret it.
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Acciona or “AIM Roads” is the road contractor for Apex Mountain Road and Green Mountain Road. Their mandate is to keep the highways safe and open for the travelling public. Their winter shift schedule is mid-October until mid-March. If you notice unsafe or dangerous road conditions, please call AIM at 1-866-222-4204.
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The History, Romance And Adventure Of The Canoe Expedition Comes To Penticton By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company This season, we are ecstatic to be oﬀering a product that just doesn’t get any more Canadian ... Canoeing! This April, we have a huge ﬂeet of 50 canoes arriving. That’s right ... 50! The canoes will be used in our new Expedition Canada Adventure Race, but we will also be oﬀering other events, as well as individual and family day and multi-day trip packages, youth expeditions, school programs and more! Now is the time to get outside and reconnect with nature and what better way to do so then by exploring our stunning waterways with this serene activity? So, I thought it might be a good time, and kind of cool, to share more about Canada’s history with the canoe. The Canadian Canoe Museum suggests that “in the history of watercraft, the canoe of the Aboriginal Peoples is perhaps the ultimate expression of elegance and function. All its parts come from nature, and when it is retired, it returns to nature.” This sentiment is echoed by the craft’s historical importance. The canoe was critical to almost every facet of life for every living soul in Canada. Save for the tribes of the Plains, it was the principal means of transportation across the country. Each Aboriginal group could be identiﬁed by their canoe designs and materials. Some boats were skillfully carved from the massive trees of the northern Paciﬁc coast, transformed either into large vessels ideal for trade, war and hunting great whales or smaller crafts suited for creeks and small waterways. Outside the Paciﬁc coast, Aboriginal builders used the rind of the White Birch tree to create the birch bark canoe. This canoe was a masterful invention. It could manage the rigours of early travel in the Canadian wilderness while carrying a great load, but still be carried as the need arose. The word “canoa” or “canoe” was adapted from the Arawak language of the Native Caribbeans and appeared in the earliest known writings about the First Peoples of the New World. But, it was not until late in the 18th century that Europeans began to truly appreciate the incredible utility of the Aboriginal canoe. These early settlers ventured deep into the vast wilderness outside of the ﬁrst Canadian settlements in search of furs, where they discovered the extensive Aboriginal trade networks already in place along established canoe routes. They also discovered that their bulky European boats were unsuitable for maneuvering the lakes, rivers and portages in the depths of the North American continent. River guides and canoe builders quickly became a necessary tool in the commerce of the day. Perhaps the most celebrated ﬁgure of this early commercial activity was the voyageur: the colourful paddler who remains enshrined beside the birch bark canoe in Canadian folklore today. Large bark canoes paddled by voyageurs were used for distance transport and connected the businesses of the St. Lawrence valley with the Mississippi, as well as the western and northern reaches of the continent. These men, the voyageurs, provided the ongoing trade connection between Aboriginal groups and Europeans and helped reshape not only the canoe, but the North American continent itself. Pierre Trudeau once wrote an Essay on Canoeing. He said, “I would not know how to instill a taste for adventure in those who have not acquired it. (Anyway, who can ever prove the necessity for the gypsy life?) And yet, there are people who suddenly tear themselves away from their comfortable existence and, using the energy of their bodies as an example to their brains, apply
themselves to the discovery of unsuspected pleasures and places. I would like to point out to these people a type of labour from which they are certain to proﬁt: an expedition by canoe. What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it puriﬁes you more rapidly and inescapably than any other. Travel a thousand miles by train and you are a brute; pedal ﬁve hundred on a bicycle and you remain basically a bourgeois; paddle a hundred in a canoe and you are already a child of nature.” ~ Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Patriot, Paddler, Prime Minister of Canada for 15 years. For more information on Hoodoo Adventures’ Canoe Programs, visit hoodooadventures.ca. For information on Expedition Canada Adventure Racing World Series, visit expeditionracecanada.ca.
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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director Find these volunteer roles and more at www.volunteercentre.info The Penticton Access Centre helps alleviate the eﬀects of poverty through support in accessing services. The Access Centre is in need of a variety of volunteers including: • Reception: Part time role working on the front line. • Board: Help with planning and decision making, bring your ideas. • Fundraising specialist: Help us reach our fundraising goals, can be done remotely. • Marketing: Help us market to the community, ﬂexible hours, can be done remotely. Contact Brandi via email@example.com or call 250.493.6822. Oﬃce hours are Monday - Thursday from 10-4. Do you have a passion for animals? Love pets? If the answer is yes, Critteraid can always ﬁnd a meaningful role for you: • At the Thrift Store, people are needed for shifts to sort through donations and to help tidy up and on the ﬂoor or working cash. • The sanctuary has three areas of need; the cattery, projects and maintenance. • The third area is the pasture, looking after a variety of birds and animals. Turner has been involved for about ﬁve years and has helped in several areas, but her heart lies to direct care of the animals. Contact Andrea via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250.486.2444. Healthy Volunteers - Healthy Communities publication provides tools for volunteers to help cope with changes in their lives and to stay healthy and keep involved. Download your copy from the website at www.volunteercentre.info or email info@ volunteercentre.info to receive the publication. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 31 for a Zoom Conference from 11 am to 12 noon. EVERYONE WELCOME! Register by email to email@example.com. Zoom orientation is available for those who request it. Register on the SOSVC website at www.volunteercentre.info as a Volunteer to receive updates on volunteer needs. Register as a Leader to receive board training and opportunities. Like us on the SOSVC Facebook page. Before volunteering, read the The Volunteer Checklist - Volunteering during COVID-19. For more information or to speak with a staﬀ member, email info@ volunteercentre.info or call 1.888.576.5661.
New Home Wanted: For “Caramel the Cat” Caramel is a 9 year old neutered male indoor cat. He’s had one owner and is not used to children or other pets. Caramel is shy with strangers, but is very playful and entertaining on his own terms. He is loyal and very smart. Caramel would rather sit beside you, than on your lap. I am moving and unable to bring Caramel along. Pet carrier, cat box, litter, brushes, food dishes, food and cat treats all provided. Call Nancy at 250-493-2277. Page 22 | March 2021 | ApexMatters.com
Great Cabin Recipes Swedish Cinnamon Knots By Dee Martens I do believe that cinnamon buns are a treat to be enjoyed at all times of the day, and for any occasion. However, these knots are so divine (and easy to make) that I may never make the ‘realdeal’ again. I have to pay homage to Sweden, as their traditional cinnamon buns are similar to these buns - only they include cardamon, which you can feel free to add for authenticity (2 tsp.). Start by warming 2 cups of milk on the stovetop, over medium-low heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. You want the milk to be just over room temperature, not too hot that it will burn your yeast, but warm enough to activate it. Next, remove your pot from the heat and add 2 ¼ tsp. of quick-rising yeast, stirring until dissolved. Move your mixture to a standing mixer (or to a large bowl, if you’re going to hand knead) and add ½ a cup of sugar, 1 tsp of salt, ½ a cup of room-temperature butter and 6.5 cups of white ﬂour. Using your dough attachment, combine dough for 8-10 minutes, the dough should be ﬁrm and not sticky. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise for 30 minutes, or until doubled in size. While you wait for the dough, combine your ﬁlling: ½ cup of softened butter, ½ cup of sugar and 2 Tbsp. of ground cinnamon. Whip ﬁlling until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Remove the dough from the bowl gently and knead lightly until dough just loses its tackiness from rising, using a dash of ﬂour if needed. Roll the dough until it is approximately 1 cm thick; If the dough needs extra help, I found that stretching it (similar to pizza dough) did the trick. Once the dough is formed into a large rectangle, spread the ﬁlling evenly over your dough, I lightly wet a ﬂexible spatula and used that at the end to even out the thicker parts of ﬁlling on the dough. Next, fold your dough ‘hamburgerstyle’, ensuring that your ends meet up. Using a sharp knife (or a pizza cutter), slice your folded dough into 1-inch strips. Once strips have been cut, hold up slices with both hands, twisting the dough on both sides about 5 times (per side) before rolling the dough and turning them to a knot with the end tucked under the bun. Once assembled, place your knots on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets (12 per sheet) and cover with a towel, letting rise for 30 minutes. While your knots rise, pre-heat the oven to 480 degrees Fahrenheit and whisk a large egg in a small bowl until frothy, adding 1 tsp. of water for consistency. Once buns have risen for the second time, brush with your prepared egg wash and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of raw sugar. Bake your knots for 6-7 minutes in the middle of the oven, baking each batch separately.
A Glance At Our Night Sky
These videos of Mars are well worth watching: • www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zpojhD4hpI Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the • www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NRFk_jNhek snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share a thought Mars is high in the southwest after dark. The Moon will be full on provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s March 28. (Photo below by Preserved Light Photography) Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden.
Focusing On Mars The latest ﬂotilla of spacecraft to arrive at Mars must make that world the most-visited planet in the Solar System. There are two reasons for this “group visit”. The missions were timed to be when Mars was particularly close to us. A shorter trip and an easier rendezvous means a given launcher can accommodate a bigger and more capable spacecraft. Since our current method for travelling between planets involves a big shove followed by “falling all the way there”, the laws of orbital dynamics apply, which requires the launches to fall within a restricted window of time. It is like throwing a baseball into the air and then throwing another one so that it gently nudges it. We want to arrive at Mars with a low enough relative velocity to require just a small rocket shove to enter orbit or to dive into the atmosphere at the right angle. The second reason is that Mars is currently a candidate for being the most fascinating object in the Solar System. Even today, as a cold desert world with a thin atmosphere, out of all the planets in the Solar System it is the one most like ours, and one we could live on for long periods, with a lot of technical help of course. Then there is the discovery that Mars was once a warmer, wetter world, with a thick atmosphere. There are dry water courses, canyons, lakes and seas over most of the surface. The dry riverbeds are ﬂoored with water worn pebbles and little round pellets of salts precipitated as the water disappeared. Actually, today there is a lot of water on Mars, as layers of ice below the surface. On a really warm, summer day, close to the equator, temperatures may reach 20˚ C. This melts some of the underground ice, causing short-lived water ﬂows down sandy slopes. Even on those summer days, the temperature dives to far below zero at night. This raises the next fascinating issue; billions of years ago, when Mars was warmer and wetter, was there life? We know that life appeared on our world very early, around 3.5 billion years ago, more or less as soon as our world had cooled enough for liquid water to accumulate on its surface. Why could it not have been the same for Mars too? We are looking hard for traces of that ancient life, or even better, some it its hard-bitten descendants eking out a tough existence somewhere below soil level. Thanks to our robot explorers, we are learning about Martian geology and weather, and are piecing together what happened to Mars, and just as important, why it didn’t happen here. In addition to our scientiﬁc curiosity, we have a special cultural attachment to the Red Planet. Ever since Percival Lowell mapped the canals, which were actually a combination of wishful thinking and poor observing conditions, and launched the idea of the Martians working hard to sustain life on a dying planet, we got the idea that the Martians might just want to come here. This launched a stream of novels, movies and radio plays. We were usually saved by sheer luck. In “War of the Worlds”, it was our bacteria, to which the Martians were not immune. In “Mars Attacks”, it was the lucky discovery that Martians could not tolerate yodelling country music. Actually, it is unlikely that Martian life had a chance to evolve to the point of achieving interplanetary travel. Until around 500 million years ago, life here was single-celled bacteria and algae. Then things started to happen, with complex life forms appearing. It looks as though Mars became the hostile place it is today, more than a billion years ago. Since Earth and Mars formed at the same time, it is reasonable that if life appeared on Mars, it happened at the same time as it did here, but never had time to get past the bacterial and algal stage. We could be wrong!
Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Oh sweet lord of powder ... how we have been blessed. There is a real, honest chance that by the time you are reading this we may be over 300 cm. 3 oh oh centimeters BABY! That is some thick snow folks. It took a little while to hit us, but now we are riding a tsunami sized wave of champagne ﬂuﬀ and I think we all have to applaud James for working extra hard on all the social media posts. It looks to be a real struggle for him to have to go out day after day, ﬁlming Warren Miller wannabe turns in knee deep powder. I am sure he would be much happier if he could just stay all cozy in his oﬃce pushing papers, but this is sometimes the sacriﬁce the GM of a killer little hill has to make. If the struggle ever gets too much, I am sure there are a few of us he could tag in. We are totally willing to help lift your burden James. Either way, we love showing oﬀ the goods. It looks stellar and you are representing us very well. Keep up the good work. Spring Break is coming up here as well. Sadly, this will mark one year of the global pandemic, but honestly, we are one year in and we are already rolling out vaccines. There is talk of maybe starting to lift restrictions. I really am starting to see a silver lining on a very cloudy year. And, we got a ski season out of it. Many things were taken from or paused for us, but we got to have our hill and on a personal level it was a really big deal. Aside from a little extra masking and a little bit of a wait in the lift lines, it felt pretty normal. I got my coﬀee from the Edge. I had a caesar and a meal (which is somehow the same thing ...) at the GB. The vibe at the hill was always positive and folks were just so stoked to be out and doing the thing we all love. So, a huge thanks to everyone for putting up with a few small inconveniences and sharing in what really was one of our best years in the last 3. It was more than the conditions, it was also so much about the atmosphere. Ya’ll are just awesome to hang out with. Thanks for being you and doing all that you do. Lastly, I want to give a MASSIVE shout out to all the staﬀ and crew up at the hill. You guys faced so many unknowns and you just rose above it and you did it with smiles and laughter. Yeah, despite wearing a mask, I know you were smiling. I could feel your genuine enthusiasm and pride through a minimum of two layers pulled up over both mouth and nose. You are a special bunch. From Lifty to Maintenance, from my brothers and sisters in Patrol Red to the Restaurant Staﬀ, and from Parks Crew, Rental, Snow School, Grooming, Admin, Mountain Shop and everyone else, you did it! You pulled oﬀ a pandemic ski season and you did it with style. Kudos and we cannot thank you enough!