Apex Matters March 2022

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Being An Olympian

February Sure Flew By!

By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni

By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Alumni

Well, I now am officially an “Olympian”. It was amazing to be part of such a legendary event and being included in Team Canada as a whole. Going to the Olympics and being unsuccessful, you realize the real prize you bring back from the Olympics isn’t the medal or the Olympic experience itself, for it seems to come and go in the blink of an eye. What the Olympics gives you is a goal that dictates a lifestyle, where you are constantly striving for the greatest and betterment of yourself. The Olympics gives out blue prints for lifestyles that challenge you, reward you, disappoint you, and take you to the edge physically, mentally and emotionally. That’s how I want to live my life and that’s how I want to be remembered.

The last week of January, I was in Red Deer, AB, competing at Western Canadian Championships. Heading out there, I was pretty concerned as to what to expect. There was virtually no snow in Calgary, and it was 5 degrees out. Fortunately, in Red Deer, temperatures were a little cooler, and they did have snow, not much, but they had snow. I got there Thursday, January 27th to pre ski courses for the next few days. Friday was a 10 km skate. Red Deer doesn’t have too many hills, but the courses remarkably do have hills. The climbs and descents are relatively short and punchy, which doesn’t allow for a whole lot of rest, and your heart rate never really recovers. This makes for some great racing, and truly brings out the strongest of the skiers. The attendance was low, in part due to the low snowpack and location, but nonetheless, it was still fun to get out there and throw on a bib. That day I finished 2nd. I had hoped to ski a little better. Still, I wasn’t too disappointed in my performance. Saturday was a 1200 m skate sprint. The heats were run Kings Court style, so the top two racers moved up, the bottom two moved down, and the middle two stayed. These are always a lot of fun, as you’re never racing the same people each heat. I had a pretty good day and was able to stay in the top heat for all three heats. I Fred catching some rays in the 15 km. finished with a 3rd. Again, not what I had hoped for, but it still felt good. Sunday was the real kicker with a 15 km classic. I felt so good and left it all out there. Finally, I had a race that truly felt how a race should. I came away with a 1st place, and a renewed sense of motivation. After that, I headed back to Calgary for a week of solid training, before heading back home to BC for a few days, and a BC Cup in Salmon Arm. Salmon Arm was great, as always. I was very happy to catch up with all the Nickel Plate Junior Racers who attended! On Saturday, February 12th, we raced a 1200 m skate sprint, and Sunday a 15 km classic. Apart from the four-hour transition between our qualifier and heats, Saturday rocked. I felt great racing and was able to catch up with many people whom I had not seen for quite some time. I finished with a 2nd place. Sunday was a little tougher. Salmon Arm’s courses always kick butt and take no survivors. It got the best of me and hurt pretty bad. I was still able to pull off a 1st, however, and that felt great! Immediately following the race, I packed up and headed back for Calgary, where I finished off a tough training block before jumping into a few days of (very needed) rest. I’m now in the final phases of preparation for Nationals, which are being held in Whistler the last two weeks of March. Despite all the adversity I’ve faced this year, from injuries to everything else, I have high hopes and am pushing for some good results. Stay tuned for the latest update in the next issue of Apex Matters.

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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Kevin Dyck, President It seems way too early to announce this, but closing day at NPNC will be April 3rd this year. We might have a bonus weekend or two, but regular operations will come to a close that weekend. It’s been a rocket of a season with our highest membership to date, our earliest opening day, and a whole lot of stuff in between. We need to give a special shout out to the perennial Ray Mumby, who has been our Trails Director and Lead Groomer for longer than most can remember. When the machine breaks out on the trail, he’s the guy pulling 14 hour shifts and lying in the snow underneath it to cobble it back together. Think about that the next time you have grooming “advice” to give him. ;-) Also, thanks once again to Apex Mountain Resort for loaning us Snowcat Pat, so he could groom the 20+ cm’s we received while Snowcat Pat from Apex & Des from NPNC on a guided tour. the Prinoth was in the shop. On a very happy note, we’re excited to announce that a small team of volunteers have stepped up to bring racing back to Nickel Plate. On March 13th, we’ll be hosting the last Teck OK Cup race of the season, and we will need volunteers to help it roll. Please email events@nickelplatenordic.org to offer your support. So, enjoy this last blast of winter before it’s gone! We still have over a month of skiing left at Nickel Plate with perfect, full-winter conditions well into April. Before you hang up your skis, please, please, please do yourself the favour of enjoying spring skiing at NPNC. There’s no bad time to be here, but wow, hitting your stride in the spring is something else. Happy trails everyone, be they covered in snow, asphalt or dirt!

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Nickel Plate Nordic Racers By Jessica Roach, Head Coach Wow, the season is going by quickly. Hard to believe it’s already March and the end of the season is fast approaching. This past month has been filled with some big races and lots of smiles, traveling to Salmon Arm for the second BC Cup races at Larch Hills. It was a wonderful weekend where some athletes had their first ever ski races, and others tried to sharpen their skills. It was the biggest event yet this year and made for more exciting races with larger and faster fields. We had good showings from Fred, Miles, Yvonne, Tobias and Nicholas, with Sebastian, Noë and Émilie having strong first race performances. During Family Day weekend, the nordic racers hosted the annual Ski-A-Thon. The athletes skied on a 2km loop for a couple hours in the hoops of raising funds for the racing team. We had around 30 participants who were rewarded with food and prizes throughout and after the event. The money raised will be going towards helping to continue the development and growth of the racing program. The Track Attack Championship was the last weekend in February and was hosted by Telemark Nordic Ski Club in West Kelowna. The weekend was full of youth athletes from around the province and provided many lasting memories to all in attendance. The athletes took part in a team relay, sprint race and a distance race. It was wonderful to see all the athletes making lifelong friendships. Lastly, we’re hosting the final Okanagan Cup race of the season on Sunday, March 13. We have distances that range from 500m to 10km with the hopes of getting everyone involved. If you are wanting to register, visit https://zone4.ca/event/2022/3C0E6918/. Even if you are a recreational skier, this is a fun race to be a part of whether by racing, cheering or volunteering. We hope to see you there with cowbells, smiles and loud voices!

What’s Happening At The Edge? By Colin Mottershead, aka “Cheffy” I think we all agree that February was another wacky weather month. Fortunately, we finally received some snow at the end of the month. What will March bring us this year? Hopefully, a good mix of snow and sunshine! Congratulations to all The Edge toque winners last month. We still have a lot of our amazing toques in house for sale. With over 10 colours to choose from, there’s a colour for everyone. Come by and find your favourite before they are all gone. We still a few baseball hats and hoodies available for purchase too. The Edge Team is looking forward to firing up the big BBQ in March. We will enthusiastically be participating in all the theme days that Apex has planned this month. The Edge Snow Patio will be rockin every weekend! Weather permitting of course. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages for BBQ Party updates.

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Carvers Corner By Lesley Evans

Racing! Lots of racing! This month saw many opportunities for all of our members to take part in events. As mentioned last month, our Carvers raced at the end of January at Apex. While dropping in at the start gate can be a little intimidating the first time, our littlest members were rockstars and got the job done. Coach Shelby (kneeling below) and her coaches were all pretty pleased with their crew.

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250-809-1861 homes@triciaradcliffe.ca www.triciaradcliffe.ca Our club had the opportunity to host the U12, U14 and U16 Okanagan Zone Race at Apex on February 12th and 13th. While some of us recreational skiers were not thrilled with the conditions that weekend, it was absolutely perfect for racing. A huge thank you to Apex Mountain for their support in closing the run, as it led to an optimal training and racing environment. The coaches had nothing but positive words afterwards, and were impressed that all of our racers were able to take advantage of skiing at home and turn in some excellent performances. They gave special mention to Julia Johncox (racing below) for having some of her highest placings yet. Thank you to all of the volunteers for your time, effort and energy that weekend!

Following that, Head Coach Jorgen and our U16/U18 racers were at Silver Star at the beginning of February for round one of the Teck Open. Many great performances were seen there, with an exciting 3rd place podium finish for Hannah Droppo (below) in the Slalom. This month, the team is looking forward to more racing with the Also of note, Eva Wyse had a great showing with a 5th place in round two of the Teck Open for U16/U18 at Sun Peaks and the the Giant Slalom and Gavin Santoro made the top 10 in Slalom. U14 Provincials at Grouse Mountain. As we move through Spring Break, all of our racers will have the opportunity to attend an event at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. And finally, a quick update on a couple of Apex Ski Club alumni. Heming Sola is having a great season with the BC Ski Team, with some impressive results lately on the NorAm Circuit. As a club, we were super proud to see Reece Howden in his Olympic debut. It’s pretty amazing to see these racers getting results internationally. Congrats guys! For anyone with younger skiers who are interested, the Carvers Camps are running over Spring Break and details can be found on the Apex Ski Club website at www.apexskiclub.com. As always, I’d like to extend our appreciation to the coaches, many parent volunteers, as well as James Shalman and Apex Mountain Resort, for their support as we continue our successful season.



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Apex Freestyle & Snowboard Club For The Kids, the Club and The Community By Sarah Holeton A good coach can change a game ... A great coach can change a life! ~ John Wooden Apex Freestyle Club has been blessed over the years with so many amazing coaches who have come and left their mark in some way. To say Apex Freestyle has had some amazing coaching is an understatement. The likes of Kenni Kuroda, Jeff Fairburn, Tanya Callon, Jeff Queen and so many more have contributed to the success of this club. The tradition continues with our Program Director, Kristi Richards, and the coaches she has brought together this year to make it another success. So, take a minute to thank your child’s coach and really appreciate the effort they take in each athlete’s learning and growth, both as a skier and human. I wanted to focus on a few of our amazing coaches and share with you what coaching means to them. Ty Kuhn: I am honoured to call Apex Alpine Resort my home mountain. I grew up ski racing at Apex and learned so many skills that transferred to snowboarding. After high school and living in the Kootenays and New Zealand for 10 years, I found myself back in the Okanagan. Being given the opportunity to coach the first year of the program at Apex this season has been truly rewarding. Seeing the faces of kids in my class after learning a new trick, or having a top to bottom powder run has been a true breath of fresh air. Thanks to everyone who has helped behind the scenes getting this amazing program off the ground. Looking forward to what the future holds for Apex Freestyle & Snowboard Club!

Jay Tost: It was the winter of 2020 and there was talk of creating a snowboard club at Apex Mountain and I just had to get involved. What a great opportunity for the community of Apex. I then became an ambassador/coach and dialed into the AFSC Spring Camp. The response was amazing! With the success of the Spring Camp, I knew I wanted to become a coach and get kids completely hyped to be out on snow. Coaching the snowboard groms and watching them progress week by week has been such a cool thing to witness and experience. But most importantly, these kids are awesome and now we’re out here making friends and having the most fun available. This is exactly what the AFSC is all about!

Debbie Vollet: This ski season, 2022, is Gary and I’s 20th season coaching with Apex Freestyle Club in the FUNdamentalz program. Our goal is to introduce Apex Mountain to the kids, so that they are comfortable and safely know how to get down ‘any run’. Gary and I were privileged to take our Level 1 Freestyle Coach course with Rob Kober in December 2000 and I began coaching for the club that winter. Gary joined me a few years later. I coach the “Little Ones” and for me, coaching, ‘sharing the mountain’, is my passion. You see, I was blessed to marry a ski racer, and he showed me that skiing was fun. So fun, it became our lifestyle choice. I share that joy, that freedom, that PASSION with my ski kids. Coaching athletes, and watching them bloom from snow plow ’timidsters’, to them gaining confidence in themselves to take on ‘the Dip’ on Maverick, to trying their first black run - Hidden Gold or Window. Jumps and Bumps is a consecutive 11 week program, and that is where the difference comes in - Progression. This is where we as coaches have the advantage to make a big difference in these athletes’ skiing ability, teaching them to respect the mountain. It is my pleasure to coach these ‘little ones’. They make my day. Thank you to all the Apex Freestyle coaches who have put their heart and soul into this club. Thank you to Apex Mountain - you are a hard taskmaster, but you have made us all better skiers. And, we are proud to call Apex our own. Thank you Apex Mountain Resort, for being here for us. Apex Mountain Resort is OUR HIDDEN GEM! Sun Peaks Timber Tour & Super Youth Competition ~ We had great results from all our athletes. With blue skies and warm weather, all athletes came back with big smiles and many with medals around their necks! We had over 15 athletes participate and all had great results. Head over to the BC Freestyle website for results: https://freestylebc.ski/results/ Upcoming Competitions & Events: 1. Year End Club Wind Up - March 12-13 - Super fun weekend to wind up the Fundamental & Snowboard programs! 2. Canada Cup March 17-20 - Mt St Anne, Quebec 3. Canadian Championships - March 25-27 - Val St Come, Quebec 4. Junior Nationals - April 1-3 - New Brunswick 5. BC Championships - April 7-10 - Whistler, BC Online Silent Auction Fundraiser Is On Now! The Slackwater Online Silent Auction is here! Please take a minute to check out our amazing donations from our Freestyle parents and local businesses. So many AWESOME items up for grabs! The auction runs from March 1-15. Check it out online at https://app.galabid. com/apexfreestyle Thank you for supporting our club. In Memory Of Brayden Kuroda ~ The club would like to take a moment to recognize the Kuroda family, who lost their son Brayden on February 17, 2020. Brayden starting skiing at two years of age and quickly soared under the coaching of his father Kenni. He progressed from Apex Club athlete to BC Mogul Team to reaching his goal of competing for Canada on the National Mogul Team. Community was so important to Brayden and conversely his passing has left an unfillable hole in the heart of this ski community. It was a real honour to see his friends dedicate the mogul area “Brayden’s Bumps” overlooking the course where he spent so much time perfecting his craft. May his legacy live on in everyone he touched.

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By Alec Henderson, BC Park & Pipe Team Member It is suddenly the end of February and I have just been invited to my first World Cup in Georgia (Europe), leaving this Saturday February 26th. I will be competing with Team Canada. This happened very quickly and is super exciting for me! It was my goal for this year, and I was able to reach it by having consistent NorAm results during my competition season. In February, our team travelled to Mammoth California, where I placed 8th in the NorAm Slopestyle. A quick turnaround brought us back to Sun Peaks, where I landed a Gold in Slopestyle and a Bronze in Big Air. After Sun Peaks, we travelled to Calgary, where the conditions were challenging and I wasn’t able to make it into the Slopestyle final. Fortunately, I had competed well in the Big Air qualification and I managed to grab a spot in the Big Air finals, finishing 10th overall. Next, we flew to Aspen, Colorado for another NorAm. This time, I was able to place 5th overall and was the top Canadian in Slopestyle, and I also placed 12th in Big Air. I have many emotions going to my first World Cup, but the biggest feeling is happiness. I am going to meet new people and experience another new country. I am grateful for this opportunity and thank everyone who has made it possible. Thank you for your ongoing cheer and support. For continuous updates and fun news, please follow me on Instagram @alechendersonn. To help with expenses, our family is doing an ongoing bottle drive. If anyone wants to donate recyclables, please drop off at 137 Lee Avenue in Penticton. I look forward to telling you about my first World Cup in Europe. Until then ... keep skiing!

Apex Ski Patrol wish to extend a massive thank you to all of the local businesses, volunteers and donors for making the 2022 Avalanche Awareness Day, BBQ and Auctions a huge success! This year’s contributors include: IGA Penticton, Hoodoo Adventures, BritFit 30 Minute Fitness, Betts Electric, Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, Apex Matters, Barry Beecroft Fuel Distributors, Cannery Brewing, Sun ‘n’ Sup, Ramada Penticton, Station Pub, Lang Vineyards, Let’s Finish It, The Bike Barn, Freeride Boardshop, Freedom the Bike Shop, Poplar Grove Winery, Red Rooster Winery, Penticton Honda, Sports Clinic Physio, The Edge Bistro, Maple Leaf Spirits, The Artisan Den, The Mountain Shop, The Ski Bum Soap Company, Avalanche Canada, Paul Hirschfield, Steve Portman, Kevin Sweetman, James Shalman, Apex Mountain Resort, and of course the Gunbarrel Saloon for donating the venue to host our event! 75% of Apex Mountain Resort’s terrain is avalanche terrain. The purpose of Avalanche Awareness Day is to increase knowledge about mitigating avalanche risk, encouraging education about avalanches both in bounds and in the backcountry. All proceeds of this event go to the Canadian Ski Patrol, Avalanche Canada and in support of the Apex Ski Patrol Professional Avalanche Control Training with the Canadian Avalanche Association. Thank you to the Apex community for coming out, learning more about avalanches, and supporting us.

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NEW WINTER MEMORIES Feeling In The Seasons By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company I am sure that we have all experienced the seasons impacting our state of being. Each season brings a different energy that influences our daily experiences of the world. From long summer days full of energy, light, and fun to the cooling shift of a fall harvest and into a winter of quiet comforts, and short, cold days. Many of us experience a sadness in the winter months, feeling isolated, battling the low energy of the season. In a busy world, this lack of energy can feel like a major burden and that the winter will never end. Winter is often a time for reflection, and when living in a chaotic and uncertain world, many of us may not want to look too deeply, as it can feel lonely and heavy in there. While the first snow fall is often beautiful and welcomed by those of us who enjoy winter sport, by the end of winter the sight of snow can make one cringe. And then, we see a sign of new life. A flower blossoms or a sprig of grass turns green. Spring arrives just in time to help wash away the winter blues and welcome us back into the warmth of the sun. Hopefully ideas and creativity awaken, bringing energy to our days, inviting us to seek more connection to each other and the earth. There are limited things in life that we have control over, and the seasons are not one of them. If we choose to focus on the things that we can control, like our actions and our words, then hopefully it can make those that we can’t control, easier to experience. In this upcoming season of new beginnings and restored light, may we all remember that we have the power to make the things we have control over just as impactful as the things we do not. Page 10 | March 2022 | ApexMatters.com

I had the privilege of sitting down and having a cup of tea and a conversation with Jean Lamb. Jean is a founding member of the Penticton SnoTrackers back in 1968. One of the many stories she told me was when two skiers went missing up Apex Mountain area in the 1970’s. The Sno-Trackers were having an event up at Chute Lake Lodge, literally on the other side of the valley. There was a tremendous effort to contact the PST members to assist in the search for the skiers. Quite a feat I can imagine, considering the technology at the time ... and the skiers were found safe and sound. On December 12, 2021, the Penticton Sno-Trackers (PST) had a convergent volunteer training day with Penticton Search and Rescue (PENSAR), Oliver/Osoyoos Search and Rescue (OOSAR) and Eclipse Helicopters at Apex Mountain Resort. Convergent volunteers can be defined as individuals with a specific skill set that can provide additional support to an organization. Steve Horton, current PENSAR president, mentions that by registering convergent volunteers from PST in advance, we have improved our response time and capabilities, particularly in the Apex/Nickel Plate backcountry. He goes on to say that PENSAR relies on convergent volunteers in the community for their extensive knowledge of the local trails and recreation areas. Volunteers are often needed during large scale search operations, where we need as many boots on the ground as possible. Training included the demonstration of RECCO , which is advanced rescue search technology. PST also participated in winter triagehypothermia care and wrap, and our own Amber Hobbs was our brave volunteer. In addition, we were given an overview on how government agencies assess and control avalanche terrain with the use of helicopters. PST then shuttled those volunteers on backcountry skis by snowmobile to a staging area for their task. Armed with newly acquired skills, the Penticton Sno-Trackers team then performed a mock lost snowmobiler scenario in conjunction with PENSAR members. After the completed tasks, all the different teams returned to base and a debrief was done about the day. It was a positive learning experience for all groups to work together. The Penticton Sno-Trackers, although never wishing to be called upon, are committed to always be ready and available should the need ever arise.

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Goggle Tans By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician Getting above the clouds and spending a day in the sun may help you work on your goggle tan. Lathering on sunscreen is part of the spring routine to prevent a burn from the sun’s reflection on the snow. Is the spring sun exposure enough to raise your Vitamin D levels? Vitamin D is synthesized by our bodies when our skin is exposed to UVB sun rays. UVB rays enter the atmosphere when the sun is high enough in the sky. In other words, follow the shadow rule when your shadow is equal in length to your height or shorter you will get enough sunlight for Vitamin D synthesis. Plus, your skin needs to be exposed to the sunlight, so no sunscreen or coverup. So even if you are getting a spring tan, you still need to look to supplementing with Vitamin D throughout the ski season. Where is the benefit in Vitamin D? Achieving optimal levels of Vitamin D will reduce your susceptibility to infection. Vitamin D helps to reduce the damaging inflammatory response of white blood cells. If you still do get sick, optimizing Vitamin D will truncate the severity and length of illness. Not only does your immune system benefit from optimal Vitamin D, so does a host of other systems. Many people are aware of Vitamin D’s positive impact on bone structure. Optimizing Vitamin D enhances mood health, plays a role in preventing cardiovascular disease and is cancer protective. Like any vitamin, it is best to not shoot in the dark when it comes to supplementation. Find your optimal Vitamin D dose by doing a 25 hydroxy Vitamin D test. An expert in the topic of Vitamin D, Dr. Alex Vasquez, looks to levels being optimal at 125nmol/l. For some people, it can be taking upwards of 6,000 IU per day and at times more for those that are obese. In obesity, higher doses are

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By Molly Raine, AVFR Communication Lead CO is a toxic gas that you can’t see or smell, which can be extremely harmful if you are exposed to it. It is a by-product of burning gasoline, natural gas, propane, wood, oil, kerosene or tobacco. A buildup of CO can result from these fuels not having enough fresh air to burn completely. It can come from: furnaces, gas ranges, gas clothes dryers, water heaters, boilers, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves; portable fuel-burning heaters and stoves like the ones we use for camping; vehicles, generators and other combustion engines running in an attached garage/ enclosed space; blocked chimneys or flues; second-hand smoke; back drafting and changes in air pressure; and BBQs and grills. CO is sometimes called the “invisible killer” because you can’t see it, smell it, feel it or taste it. Unlike other toxins or poisons, CO doesn’t cause irritations or pain - there’s no warning or danger signs. It’s important to be alert to physical symptoms such as unexplained severe headaches, disorientation, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, confusion, fatigue and weakness, sleepiness and lastly, lack of consciousness. The risk of CO poisoning when you have correctly installed, maintained and properly used appliances is extremely low. Have a licensed contractor install, inspect and service your appliances, as well as check vents regularly to make sure they are connected, clear and in good condition. Some other prevention tips: make sure outside air ducts, vents and bug screens are clear - allowing air to flow freely; always use the exhaust fan when cooking on a gas range to ventilate the fumes outside; never use any appliances (BBQ, generator, heater, lamp) intended for outdoor use inside; don’t start chainsaws, leaf blowers or lawnmowers inside garages or enclosed spaces; and never start a vehicle in a closed garage. Every home with a fuel-burning appliance or heater, attached garage or fireplace should have a CO alarm. Make sure it has a proper certification mark to show that it meets the Canadian safety standards. Test them monthly and replace batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. While the effects of CO poisoning can be devastating, they can be prevented. If you suspect CO poisoning, get into fresh air immediately and call 911. CO inhibits the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen and can cause health problems before you even notice that it is present.

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By Ash Dunsford Wow, this season is just flying by! The Apex Community Association has been embracing some down time the past few months as we rest, ski, and take time to enjoy the main reason we all love living here ... winter! With restrictions lifted, the ACA was able to scramble together and organize a stand-up comedy fundraiser, “Laughter at the Longshot” with comedians Jack Hirschfield, Matt Baker and Randy Jernidier. The February 26th event was a great success, with a special thanks to ACA Board Members, Cindi-Lou Baker, Vanessa Fox, Richard Rae, Gina Lee and Molly Raine for making it happen. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the event and a BIG thanks to the comedians for hosting a great evening for the Apex Community! Thank you to Apex Mountain Resort for donating the Longshot space for the event and The Gunbarrel Saloon for their essential support. Many laughs were had! Stay tuned for more upcoming ACA events and projects as we roll into spring, and in the meantime, enjoy March and let it snow!

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Monthly MLA Report By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen During February, we heard the speech from the throne, released both BC’s Economic Plan and Budget 2022, and witnessed the creation of a new Ministry for Lands and Water Stewardship. It was a very busy month. First and foremost, however, my thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, and those impacted by the war of aggression that is unfolding there. Our government, the opposition, and the third party all unequivocally have condemned what is taking place there. The speech from the throne lays out government vision for the immediate future, with the economic plan and budget framing out what that direction looks like on the ground. These documents all highlight government’s plans to support people - whether they are rebuilding after fires and floods or simply getting through the challenges of COVID-19. The throne speech and budget make clear that continued top priorities for government are keeping people healthy and safe through the rest of the pandemic, and building a people - and community - centred recovery. We’ll further improve health care, fight climate change, expand connectivity, and help communities prepare for extreme weather. And, of course, do this with a solid focus on supporting rural BC’s needs.

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Do you own a house or condo at Apex? You will not want to miss the Apex Property Owners Association (APOA) Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 26 at 3:30 pm in the cafeteria at Apex. Yes, we are doing a live AGM this year! This is THE MAIN EVENT Personally, an exciting common thread in both the Budget and for property owners who want to be informed about what’s BC’s Economic Plan is the focus and recognition that thriving happening in and around Apex Mountain Resort. communities include not just economic well-being, but also social The agenda and presenters are still being lined up, but we are and environmental health. This explicit recognition is key to a shooting for the following: bright future, given that most of us implicitly know that successful • Discussion of where members would like to see the growth needs to also be both clean and inclusive growth. APOA focus our energy. Recently, some ugly, racist, and hateful behaviour came to light, • Apex Mountain Resort update on the year and any future targeted at high school students in Oliver. It serves as a good plans. reminder that we all have to do better at not just being inclusive, • Nickel Plate Nordic Centre update. but proactively eliminating the room for racism to spread. We all • RDOS Area “I” update. can probably do better at actively calling out such behaviour as unacceptable, and supporting our neighbours and peers. • Update on forestry activity in our area, and the possible impact of new forestry legislation and a 20% reduced Take care. Allowed Annual Cut. • Background on the school district boundaries issue, and FROM THE DIRECTOR what’s being done about getting our kids into the right school district. For RDOS Area ‘I’ • Apex Fire Department update. It’s a busy time for everyone at Apex still enjoying the winter season and • Apex Community Association update. planning for spring. Apex is a growing If you have a topic you’d like to see added to the AGM, email us at community that has had sustainable apoaexec@gmail.com. services added in the last few years. If you have not yet signed up to the APOA don’t worry. Simply With the creation of the Apex Fire bring your $30 membership fee and we’ll renew or start your Service, residents can rest assured membership on the spot. Only members can vote on resolutions that the community is protected in the brought forward. event of a fire year around. Subrina Monteith If you are new to Apex you might be wondering ... what exactly is Director of Apex Property Owners Association the APOA? The mission statement of the APOA says it all: RDOS Area ‘I’ (APOA) Annual General Meeting is on Saturday, March 26 at 3:30 pm in the cafeteria at Apex. APOA “The APOA is dedicated to building a community to fulfill the works hard to advocate for change when it comes to concerns from aspirations of all property owners. We strive to guarantee safe logging to mining, education and more. If you aren’t a member, it’s access to our properties, to address environmental concerns, time to become a member to ensure the association can continue to safeguard against adverse impact from development and operating activities on safety and public welfare, and to assist in to be a community voice. the development of a community plan. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ ApexMatters.com | March 2022 | Page 13 Direct: 250.460.0723 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca See you at the AGM!

Why Do My Calves Hurt When I Ski? By Crystal McLeod, Physical Therapist Calf and foot pain can be crippling and cut your day of skiing right down. When skiing, we are in an ankle flexed position that is not natural for most people. If your calf muscles are tight, when you flex forwards into your ski position you are stretching these muscles to the max. So if they are not used to it, they will eventually become tired and painful. You need strength, stamina, mobility and good coordination to avoid calf and foot pain. Here are some solutions: 1. Advanced Preparation - Make your calf muscles healthier by: • Rolling - posterior and lateral calf muscles. • Stretching - calf stretches with knee straight and knee bent to stretch both the gastrocs and soleus. A great stretch for the posterior chain of muscles is downward dog. • Strengthening - Load the tissue with the issue. Normal calf strength is when you can do 25 single leg heel raises. Strong calves will contribute to less painful feet. 2. Address Limited Ankle Flexion • If you have stiff ankle flexion, you can work on increasing your range of motion with kneeling lunges. • However, if you have bony blockage limiting your range of motion, adding a heel lift to the boots can relieve tension in the calves and under the forefoot. When ankle flexion is limited, your heel must lift to allow contact with the front of the boots. The heel lift fills the void under the heel, takes the tension out of the calves and allows contact across the whole foot again, bringing welcome pain relief. 3. Ski Posture & Boot Adjustments • A consequence of not having enough ankle flexion is that you can end up skiing ‘in the back seat’, because you can’t get forward. • Ski boots are built with forward lean to put you into a good ski position. So if you don’t have flexion, you will be standing more upright and will end up with pressure on the calves. • Custom modification to remove the spoiler in the back of the boot may help you relieve the pressure. 4. Are You Wearing The Right Size Boots? • One of the biggest causes of calf pressure is simply not having enough volume in the boot. Certain boot models are better than others, as they flare at the cuff and liner at the top to accommodate a larger calf. • Setting the buckles on their loosest setting can relieve some tension. Personal solutions I’ve found to make me pain free on the hill: Ski Boots - my plush full tilts have enough space for my calf and I tighten the upper strap to the first setting. Then to avoid having my calf push my toes to the front of the boot, I tighten the ankle buckle as tight as possible to keep my foot back in place. Snowboard Boots - I haven’t looked around for new boots, as my old boots with a cut out calf portion work well. Yes, I actually cut the liner away, but the boots work great now. Most Importantly - the stronger and more flexible my calves are the better days I have on the hill. Cheers to happily skiing all day long! If you need help with pain, exercise prescription or correction, call the Sports Clinic at 250-487-1455 to book an appointment. Page 14 | March 2022 | ApexMatters.com

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Inside The GN’R Alpaca Boutique By Gail Franklin-Hawes, Owner Warm Socks and Insoles ... What’s better than warm feet? Well, GN’R Alpaca Boutique has a 75% alpaca with 23% nylon and 2% spandex sock to offer. Available in a variety of colours depending on which animals were used, and available in 4 sizes, 3 weights, and 2 heights. The most popular 8” boot height is amazingly warm and cushy, with just the right stretch top band. From hats to mitts, scarves, stuffies, wristlets, pet toys, dryer balls, coasters, hand spun and hand dyed yarns, and knitting kits, there is something useful and beautiful for everyone. We have gift selection for men, woman, children and babies too. If you have moms or crafters in your circle, GN’R Alpaca Boutique has some beautiful alpaca, wool, blends and even acrylic yarns. Kits are available, starting at $5 for felted soaps. Kits for thrum mitts, shawls, scarves, headbands or blankets are available and easily custom made to suit your colour choices. A skein of local, hand crafted yarn is always on a knitter or crocheters wish list. Gails handspun yarn is unique, her hand dyed yarns are stunning and the selection is always being added to. Alpaca is GN’R’s specialty, being softer than wool, not prickly, warmer and comes in a huge natural colour range. Fibre is available raw, in roving or batt form, ready to spin or felt as well. Gail holds a variety of workshops, from spinning, dyeing, knitting and felting. Please check out our website at gnralpacaboutique.ca and for a great run, other than the ski hill, come visit our boutique in Oliver and feel our beautiful alpaca items.

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Well, this season has certainly been unpredictable, from arctic temperatures in December, sunshine and spring temps through January, and now back to .. well, who knows! Anyone else’s skin feeling the effects of this strange weather and cold, dry winds? Winter skincare can sometimes feel like a losing battle, but here are some tips to get the jump on dry, irritated skin and chapped lips. Number one is stay hydrated. In cooler weather, we tend to decrease our water intake without really noticing. Make a conscious effort to keep drinking lots of water, as we are still out on the hill working up a sweat and exposing our skin to dry air that can suck moisture away. Invest in a humidifier. They work especially well in a bedroom, where we can spend a good chunk of time soaking everything in. It also helps to use cooler water when showering and washing your hands and face, keeping our skin from overheating and allowing more evaporation from the surface. Using a cream or oil based facial cleanser will help retain our natural moisture, while still cleaning away dirt and pollution. So, no need for soapy cleansers that can strip our skin and actually do more harm. Adding a lightweight face oil to your skincare regime helps to create a barrier against moisture loss, while delivering vitamins and nutrients to boost cellular regeneration and calm irritated skin. Look for creams and moisturizers formulated with soothing plant oils such as shea or mango butters, and avoid those with alcohols or too much fragrance that can further irritate dry skin. And, with these spring conditions of late, make sure to continue using that sunscreen! Chapped lips? Balms with beeswax or rice bran wax are a great way to shield our lips from the elements and lock in moisture. I hope everyone is staying active and entertained with these intermittent snow storms!

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