Apex Matters November 2020

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Ice formations and a surreal sunset over Nickel Plate Provincial Park on October 26, 2020. Photo by www.preservedlight.com

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November 2020

Apex COVID-19 Winter Protocols

We recognize that some of these changes are inconvenient and ask you to please wear a face covering, be mindful of social What is the Resort doing for COVID-19 safety and prevention? distancing, use hand sanitization stations and be patient as we Apex Mountain Resort General Manager James Shalman says, attend to your needs. “We are planning our winter season with Covid precautions for our Tickets ~ Daily lift tickets do not require reservations in advance guests and our staff’s safety in mind. While we would like to operate and will not have a daily limit. Lift tickets can be purchased at close to normal, you should expect Covid precautions to affect our the Ticket Windows at the Administration Office or from the Rental daily operations. Covid precautions will cause larger lineups due Shop and Snow School desk. Discounted daily lift tickets will to social distancing, especially in areas where congestion occurs. be available in Penticton at Sportchek and the Travel Penticton With that in mind, we have come out with a plan to protect our Office, located at 888 Westminster Avenue West. Discounted daily guests and staff in relation to Covid. While there may be some lift tickets are also available at Costco locations throughout BC. inconveniences, we hope our customers will understand that this Face coverings will be mandatory in lift ticket lines, season pass is for their own safety and for the safety of our staff.” pick-up lines and in the Administration Office. There will not be any reservations required to ski or snowboard at Restaurants ~ We are following protocols and mandates as set Apex Mountain Resort throughout the season. There will not be a out by the Ministry of Health. They are subject to change without daily cap on rider visitation or a limit on season pass sales. notice. All indoor food facilities have their table volume reduced, The resort will be implementing physical distancing, self- and social distancing measures in place. Increased sanitization screening, and increased cleanliness and sanitization throughout measures will be in place. Servers will be wearing masks. the resort. We will continue to follow all Interior Health and Customers are not required to wear masks. Closing times will be Provincial Government regulations related to Covid. These governed by the Liquor Control Board and Provincial regulations. Policies are subject to change due to recommendations and best Guest Services and Resort Amenities ~ All resort amenities are practices within the industry and as mandated by local, provincial planned to be open during our normal hours of operation. However, and federal government bodies. Our policies may need to be due to Covid, expect social distancing measures to be in place. adjusted or change completely as the Covid situation changes in our Province. Below is a list of current guidelines on how we plan The Hockey Rink will be open with the change rooms removed, to operate this winter season. We hope this information helps you due to the confined space and the lack of the ability to control to be prepared for your experience at Apex Mountain Resort, so social distancing. Boot/skate change benches will be located at we can work together to provide a safe and enjoyable day for all. the entrances to the rink and the skating loop. The hockey rink and the ice skating adventure loop will be open from 9 am to 10 pm. Outdoor Operations ~ Both staff and guests will be required to wear masks or face coverings at all times in lift lines, loading the The Tube Park will be open on Friday nights from 4 pm to 9 pm chair and unloading the chair and are recommended when walking and on Saturdays from 10 am to 9 pm and Sundays from 10 am through the village. Appropriate masks and face coverings are to 3 pm. Please keep social distancing in mind, groups can tube defined as any material that covers the face and nose adequately. together in their own bubble. This can include neck warmers, buffs, non-medical face masks, The Mountain Shop and Ski/Board Repair Shop ~ The Mountain disposable face masks, and other coverings. Due to the mandated Shop will have guest and staff hand sanitizing stations, mandatory face coverings, lift corrals can remain the same. Guests will be mask wearing and limited number of customers in the store at any asked to ride chairlifts only with the people they have arrived with one time. The Repair Shop will be open, but limited by the number (your bubble). Singles can ride the Quickdraw Highspeed Quad of people in the store. with 2 singles per lift, sitting on opposite sides of the chair. For the Arrival at the Resort ~ Please be prepared for the following: Triple Chair and T-Bar, singles can ride by themselves and others • Hand washing and sanitization stations are available can ride to the lifts full capacity with those in their bubble. The throughout the resort. Magic Carpet already has spacing of loading two meters apart, • Regular sanitization of surfaces and increased daily riding single, and each person facing forward. sanitization protocols. Ski Patrol ~ The Ski Patrol treats trauma patients ONLY. If you feel • Glass sneeze guards are installed at all counters where you may have symptoms of Covid, do not come to the Infirmary customers and staff interact. asking for help. Stay home and isolate or go to Penticton for a • Wash or sanitize your hands often. test. Guests will be asked to wear masks before being treated by • Practice physical distancing of a minimum 2 meters (6 feet). ski patrol, who will also be wearing masks while treating patients. • Avoid touching your face. Snow School and Rental Shop ~ The Snow School’s focus is to • Face coverings are recommended outside in the village deliver a safe lesson product to our customers. Programs will be and will be mandatory inside resort buildings, such as the different this season with lesson protocols structured to protect the Administration Office, Rental Shop, Snow School, The health of guests and staff. Lessons and rentals must be booked in Mountain Shop, public washrooms or inside common advance using the, soon to be released, online booking and preareas, in all lift lines and while riding all lifts. payment system. Students must self-screen before each lesson and maintain physical distance wherever possible. Face coverings Published by Okanagan Matters Publications 250.490.6951 apexmatters@telus.net are mandatory for instructors and students during all lessons. Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2020 through April Class sizes and duration have been reduced. Day care services 2021. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and around have been suspended. Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex Rentals are available to guests who book ahead (24 hour minimum) online. Equipment will be pre-set prior to your arrival. Due to limited occupancy in the rental shop, please allow extra time to complete your equipment pick up. Face coverings are required in the rental shop. The rental shop layout has one-way flow to a separate exit. Page 2 | November 2020 | ApexMatters.com

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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes I am all about that base! We have been blessed with some sweet early season fluff! I am getting all antsy in my pantsy in anticipation of this season. I am cautiously optimistic that we may be drowning in snow this year! I mean, with how the year has gone so far, the least the Good Lord can do is dust us liberally with powder. Now, we all just have to behave real good. Keep 6 feet apart and wear a mask please. For the love of all the sweet lines, please DO NOT lock us down! Everyone just keep in line and we can get through this together ... while laying down sweet, sweet turns in deep, deep pow. I also like to take time in November to reflect on our veterans. This year, we won’t be able to honour those who have served like we have in years past. And for many of our older veterans, isolation is a major issue this year. It is hard to visit those in elder care facilities. It will be very hard to show them the respect they deserve. So Next this Remembrance Day, I encourage you to find new and creative Deadline ways to connect with our veterans. If you have the means to October connect with them over FaceTime or Zoom, please do. You could also mail cards or simply hold a sign outside their window. 30th My grandfather who served has been gone now for a few years, so I don’t have a close connection with a living veteran. If you do know a living vet, old or young, please connect with them and remind them how much we value the sacrifices they made. We will never forget. Many thanks to all who have and continue to serve. Advertise Your Business Here. Neighbours Helping Neighbours.

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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager Opening Day is likely going to be Saturday, November 21st. Mother Nature will have to approve this, but we are o to a good start. We had started to pack the trails, but when warmer weather arrived it was not all complete. Sadly, we have lost most of our snow. But do not fret, as it will be back! Reminder to review our Covid-19 reopening plan on our website, as it will not be the same winter as last year. Come and enjoy the trails, but do not linger around. We don’t have the capacity to have many people inside the buildings. Plan on having your lunch in your car, tailgate parties are back (but socially distanced). :) I am in need of some old downhill skis, longer would be better. Looking to build ski racks I can pull outside the rental shop. If you have any, please email me at info@nickelplatenordic.org. Hope you have seen our new car wrapping around town. I have always been amazed when I meet locals who have been here for a while and have no idea that Nickel Plate is just up the road. It really is a hidden gem, and the best way to enjoy winter.

Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update By Jessica Roach, NPJR Coach The Junior Racers have been busy with their pre-season dryland training this fall. The team joined together up at Apex on Saturday, October 3rd with a climb to the top. See photo below. If someone you know is interested in a fun way to keep active this winter, there is still time to register with the Junior Racers by sending an email to jessica@nickelplatenordic.org.

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Who’s That On The Hill?

Not The Plan

Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone

By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Alumni

Buckle up folks ... meet the legendary Jim Bain! What is your name? Jim ‘The Sweet Songbird’ Bain Where were you born? Jim was born in Blairmore Alberta. This explains Jim’s driving habits. How long have you been on patrol? Jim has patrolled 26 YEARS! What shift are you on? Jim hails from the Mighty “A”. Do you ski, board or tele? Jim tried snowboarding once. We are not sure whether his rear or his pride was injured more. He has stuck with skis ever since. What is your favorite run? Jim loves ripping a fresh groomed Sluicebox, a Tongue full of powder and flushing the Toilet Bowl pretty much any time. Why do you patrol? Jim loves patrolling because of the great people he works with on the hill and how the patrol helps folks who really need it. What is your favorite food? Jim loves nothing better than his Granny’s apple pie. What else do you do for fun? Jim loves fly fishing and camping, as well as playing and restoring electric guitars. What do you do for work? Jim is now a few years retired, but he was a mental health case manager helping those with mental illness manage their lives. Should people look for you on tinder? The only flame in Jim’s heart is his wife Brenda. Together they have a 28 year old daughter, named Mikaela. Well, this is Jim. If you are ever stuck with him on a stalled quad, ask him to sing you a song. He has a few originals!

October was somewhat of a different month. All the hours spent training finally caught up with me. Around the middle of the month, during a running intensity, something just felt wrong and I had to quit the workout. Walking home from practice was brutal. I got in for x-rays a few days later and it didn’t look good. Finally, last week I had a bone scan to confirm it; I had sustained a stress fracture in the upper part of my left tibia from overdoing my training. Right before the stored snow (Frozen Thunder) in Canmore was rolled out! I am now off my normal training plan for 4 weeks. Despite it being a big set back training-wise, my coaches and I agree that the time is right to take some time off, and it could be a huge benefit from a stand point looking later in the season. So, I may feel much fresher come Nationals and not so bogged down as per usual. It has also been a lesson to me to listen to my body and to take a rest when I need it, rather than let it build up to a point where I’m forced to take extended periods off from training. Nonetheless, I know great things are to come this season, so stay tuned for that!

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Carvers Corner

By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director The Apex Ski Club is very excited for the start of the season. Great job by the resort getting things rocking and rolling up there. Snow guns blazing, getting us covered for the winter. We are just a month away folks when we get wind in our faces and do what we all love to do. Apex Carvers Registration is still OPEN ~ Early Bird savings until November 15th. Great 11 week program for kids 5-12. Full day Saturdays and 1/2 day Sundays are great options for your kids to work on skills and ski this great resort. For more details, go to www.apexskiclub.com. Don’t forget about the 3-day Christmas Camps. These camps are great for getting the kids going at the beginning of the season The Apex Ski Team has been busy prepping for the season with dryland training (see photos this page). Great group of hard working kids. They are all eagerly awaiting the start of the season.

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We would like to say a big “Thank You” to all our new corporate sponsors! ~ Interior Roofing has stepped up to become our Gold Sponsor and it is going to be awesome to see the Carvers kids ripping it up this season wearing our new pinnies courtesy of Interior Roofing. Penticton Collision Centre, Neighbourhood Brewing, Ohmland Heal and Cumming Investment Strategies were very keen to become a Silver Sponsor and we are so happy to have them on board supporting the kids. Betts Electric, B&L Machine Shop, Capri CMW, Cumming Construction, Unified Alloys and IGA all have generously signed up as Bronze Sponsors. All of our club members and families give you a big virtual group hug thanking you for your support. Thank you also goes out to True Colours Benjamin Moore in Penticton for donating the exterior stain for the club cabin, P&E Lumber for donating the sprayer rental and the load of firewood, as well as Zep Okanagan for the hand sanitizer and dispensers. We have an amazing community! Thank you.

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A Great Start To The Season By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni With all the uncertainty in the world right now, it is refreshing to witness the seasons changing and snow piling onto the mountains. I have been fortunate enough to get an early start to my racing season this October, with a training camp in Saas Fee, Switzerland. Although traveling is stressful and difficult at the moment, it all seems worth it when you stomp into your bindings and send yourself downhill. I have found myself training longer hours on the mountain than ever before, because it’s the only time in the day that things go back to normal. It has reminded me why I turned my childhood sport into a career and legacy. I feel more prepared than ever for this coming race and ski season. I plan on it being a great one. Stay tuned for more updates in Apex Matters.

Adapting The Annual Warren Miller Movie Night ~ You can enjoy the show in your own home this year. With the purchase of the movie, you will be given 2 days access to the movie. Show time is November 21-23. Here is the link ... https://www.showclix. com/event/warren-millers-future-retro-western-premiere/tag/ ApexSkiClub. You will get all the info you need for the show via this link. Now you can watch with the entire household! Happy days folks ... it’s getting so close to the best time of the year. 1st is Kevin Drury SX overall champ 19/20, in 2nd & 3rd in front is Brady Leman See you on the slopes! 2018 SX Gold, in 2nd & 3rd in back is Reece Howden, and 4th is Jared Schmidt.

Injury Prevention or Neuromuscular Training Programs - Why Are They Important and Do They Really Work? By Shandia Cordingley, BScPT, Registered Physiotherapist Lead Physiotherapist Canada Snowboard Speed Disciplines

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With all the early October snow, we are all getting excited for the upcoming snow season and crossing our fingers in hopes of maybe even an early start! That also means it is time to start prepping our bodies and minds, so we get the most out of what is sure to be an amazing season!! Most of us understand that warming up prior to our favourite activities is important, but what should that warm up really entail and is it worth your time? Well, the science tells us Injury Prevention or Neuromuscular Training (NMT) Programs do in fact reduce the incidence of injury by up to 70%! So, besides trying to avoid missing out on the upcoming La Niña year due to an injury, why else should athletes, coaches, parents and teachers care about injury prevention? Many readers have heard of the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL, one of the major ligaments that contribute to the stability of our knee joint. Unfortunately, injuries to the ACL are one of the most common knee injuries sustained as a result of sports participation, especially in athletes 12-25 years old. A sizeable portion of all alpine skiing injuries, up to 50%, are ACL injuries. Other sports such as soccer, basketball and football are also high risk for ACL injuries due to the high demands of cutting, jumping and dynamic landings. Interestingly enough, snowboarding has a relatively low risk of ACL injury until the elite levels. Approximately 70-85% of all ACL injuries are non-contact (no one is around the athlete) or indirect contact (when the athlete is hit off balance and injured on landing). An ACL injury is devastating and significantly impacts a person’s function and quality of life. Those who suffer an ACL injury will often require costly reconstructive surgery, be away from sport for a minimum of 9 months and can take up to 2 years to return to preinjury performance levels. In addition to other potential sequelae, those who have sustained an ACL injury are 4x more likely to show signs of moderate osteoarthritic changes later in life. Young females tend to have a higher incidence of ACL injury then males and over the last 15 years, some countries have seen the number of ACL surgeries increase by 70%. It is not all doom and gloom though! NMT programs train the link between the muscular and neurological system to optimize fundamental movement patterns in sport. Research has shown incorporating these types of specific programs or ‘dynamic warm-ups’ can reduce ALL ACL injuries by 50% and non-contact ACL injuries in females by 67%. In addition, NMT programs have been shown to reduce the incidence of all knee injuries (meniscus, patellar tendinopathy) by 50% and lower extremity injuries (ankle sprain, calf strain) by 22%. FIFA11+ is a common NMT program designed specifically for soccer. Implementing the FIFA11+ prior to all practices and matches, thru an entire season, reduced all lower extremity injuries by 58% and ACL injuries by up to 80%. A study out of the UofC compared a 12-week, school based NMT program to the ‘standard’ warm-up practice of a 10-minute jog and 5 minutes of stretching. They found implementation of the NMT program reduced the overall incidence of sports injury by 70%! Beyond reducing the incidence of injury, research shows that NMT programs are also performance enhancing! Faster sprint times, higher jumping, better fitness, and less practice time missed all resulting in improved individual and team performance. In addition to strength and aerobic components, a successful NMT program must also include plyometric, agility and balance

drills that match the demands of the sport. The biggest benefits for injury reduction come from a NMT program that includes lunges, a hamstring exercise, calf raises and at least 5 landing/stabilization drills that can be tweaked to match your sport (i.e. drop landings, ski hops, lateral cuts). The programs only take 15-20 minutes and can replace the ‘standard’ warm up. Dosage and compliance matter with greater than 30 min/week resulting in the largest reduction of injury. For all you ‘weekend warriors’, consistently doing two NMT sessions per week as part of an existing workout routine, in addition to implementing it prior to participating in your sport of choice, is all you need to do. And yes, even if you are ‘middle-aged’ or well into your golden years, a consistent NMT program will still be beneficial. I have provided the links for some of the best, evidence based, online examples of NMT programs below. There is also a fantastic FREE app, GET SET - Train Smarter, developed by the International Olympic Committee to help reduce sporting injuries. It provides exercise ideas for 51 different sports (including snowboarding, alpine & Nordic skiing) that you can incorporate into your workouts and/or NMT program. It is never too early, or too late, to implement a NMT programming into your routine, starting now will help you to make it a habit as you head into the upcoming snow season. Unfortunately, we cannot prevent 100% of injuries, but the evidence clearly shows with education, awareness, and a little bit of work, we can reduce the incidence of these injuries by up to 70%. In my opinion, taking 15 minutes to implement a specific NMT program before your activity of choice will be time well spent! FIFA 11+ - www.footballfedvic.com.au/fifa-11plus/ || FIFA 11+ KIDS - footballmed.net/11kids-warm-up-programme/ || Netball KNEE - knee.netball.com.au || AFL Footy First - www.aflcommunityclub.com.au/index.php?id=906 || PEP - Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance - www.aclstudygroup.com/pdf/pep-program.pdf || UofC Study, video of exercises used - www.facebook.com/uofcsiprc/videos/956466954541030?sfns=mo

Ski Skills For Life! Moguls, Terrain Park, Big Air & All Mountain

for the kids club and community

Competitive & Non-competitive Programs for ages 6 & up

Program Line Up By Kristi Richards, Head Coach

With the cold temps in October and the snow accumulating, the Freestyle Club is chomping! We have lots of great programs and a stacked team of coaches for the season, with yours truly, leading the charge backed by my incredibly talented and highly experienced brother, Mike. Mike comes to us from coaching and operating the airbags and building the terrain parks for Momentum Ski Camps for 7 years, as well as originating and building the Fernie Club, and coaching high performance athletes from multiple clubs and teams. He is one of Canada’s top Learning Facilitators, and will be joining us as a mentor coach for the season. We are so lucky! Welcome back to some of the other great coaches for our Freestylers and Performance Teams; Ethan Phillips, Nate Parson, Anna Spence and Cole Patton. A HUGE welcome to the coaching side of the sport, Ainsley Macdonald, who recently retired from her accomplished competitive career with the Apex Performance Team and The Canadian Mogul Academy. We have a stand out crew returning for the Jumps and Bumps programs, like Debbie and Gary Vollet, Mark Billups, Sean MacDonald, Ryan Paulhus and Jon Hodal. A warm welcome to some of these coaches for some days as well ... Look out for Austin Eaton, Zoe Mackenzie and Dave Boehm (my first freestyle coach ever!) this season, and some guest appearances from Koleton Phipps, Kassidy Todd, and Matt Finlayson.

We are offering these following programs for the season. Be sure to check on our website to catch when the registration opens. Performance Team ~ Ages 11+. Runs Dec 4 to Mar 28. For those athletes looking to take their skills to the next level, attend a few comps, and have a dedicated year round structure to their athletic plan. (Sat + Sun + Comps and extra camps) Junior Team ~ Ages 8+. Runs Dec 4 to Mar 28. For those younger athletes that want to commit to a season long plan skiing both weekend days, including the opportunity to go to some selected competitions and be included in some extra dryland opportunities. (Sat + Sun + Comps and extra training) Freestyle Sessions ~ Ages 8+. Runs Jan 2 - Mar 28. Open to ages eight well into the teens. This is a fun, inclusive all around freestyle program, with coaches that can guide you through the bumps, hitting jumps and working on your skills at any level, and even take you into the big mountain on some epic powder days. It is available as a one day program, for added flexibility. You can go to comps or not, your choice, but the aim is FUN! (CHOOSE - Sat OR Sun - all levels - groups will depend on ability, age and areas of passion/focus) Freestyle Fridays ~ Ages 8+. Runs Jan 8 - Jan 26. Open to all freestylers, junior and performance teams wanting and extra day! By drop in. Jumps & Bumps ~ Runs Jan 2 - Mar 14. 6+Fundamentalz Program - Ages 6-11. This is the new branding of the widely successful Jumps and Bumps program. FUNdamentalz is a Freestyle Canada grassroots developmental program, which focuses on allowing athletes to develop their basic freestyle ski skills. It also provides kids with the opportunities to learn and develop their all around ski skills, which are necessary for navigating runs on their own. Skill Range: Skiers must be able to load a T-bar and/or chairlift unassisted (mostly) AND ski parallel on a green run, up to advanced parallel skiers. Available full day Saturdays OR Sundays! Plus, 1/2 day morning sessions available on both Saturdays and Sundays this season! Sign up as soon as registrations open, as these programs fill up fast, and we are expecting an epic snow season! Go to freestyleapex.com for more information.

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Swiss Quarantine

By Jordan Kober, Canadian Freestyle Mogul Team Member My last update took place halfway through a training camp in Switzerland. Perhaps you remember the mentioning of an approaching storm? Well, as it happened, this storm hit hard and shut the ski hill down for a full week! A tunnel three meters high, used for accessing the slopes, was completely buried in snow. The 22-foot super pipe at the neighbouring Saas Fee was filled nearly to the top. I heard rumours that a lift tower for the t-bar we use to get to the mogul course was blown over. The storm hit on October 2nd and the mountain didn’t open again until the 8th. With our flights booked for the 10th, this left us with only two more days to ski, so we decided to extend the camp. Everyone changed their flights to the 12th, but I was unable to find any flights that day, so I booked my trip home for the 13th. Why not get one more day, right? So, after a week of Swiss quarantining, we head up the mountain on the 8th and discover that the course wasn’t buried too deep in the snow. (Phew!) It took most of the day to get the course back into shape, but we still managed to train on top air, since it was the first part of the course excavated from the several feet of powder. The whole course was ready to go for the following days and what happened next is what us mogul skiers dream of: Powder moguls. Run after run, all day long. This may be hard to understand for all you ski folk out there that won’t even so much as look at moguls, but I really mean it when I say these pow bumps were right up there with ripping “The Pit” after a good dump at Apex. After a couple days, the snow did finally set and it was back to reality, which I suppose wasn’t a bad thing because as fun as the powder is, it may not be quite as productive as more challenging conditions. I got to ski two more days after the powder was gone for a total of five days in a row. It’s pretty unusual to train five days straight (a typical training cycle is 3 on and 1 off), but sometimes you’ve got to adapt, even if you’re legs start to disagree. I ended up skiing 9 days while I was there, which is actually the same amount I skied last year despite being there for five days less this time. As I type this out, I am nearly at the end of a long, uneventful two weeks of quarantining. With the snowguns blasting at Apex, I might be able to walk out of quarantine and put my skis on! (Thank you Apex!!!) I found out just the other day that I will get to start my ski season on the World Cup circuit and will be heading back over seas to Sweden and Finland in just a few weeks. So, the hard work that Apex is putting into snowmaking could create a fantastic athome opportunity for me to maximize my preparedness for these first two World Cups.

There’s Always Something Going On At The Edge! By Colin Mottershead, a.k.a. “Cheffy” The Edge Bistro team has recently been busy getting ready for another great season. We look forward to seeing all of our Apex friends and families soon. New to the Edge this year is our “Take Out Window”! A convenient way to grab a quick coffee or snack, located just off the ski trail, on your way to the chairlifts. There will be an outdoor patio area set up beside it as well, for those warm and sunny bluebird days. The Edge will continue to offer in house seating at a limited capacity. We hope folks will still enjoy the atmosphere, great food and beverages inside the bistro. Entry into The Edge will be through the main lobby doors by The Mountain Shop this year, while the exit being through our normal doors. Apex has opened up many other seating areas throughout the village. Although things will be a little different this year, we hope you’re as excited as we are for another big snow year at Apex! Be safe and see you all soon!

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Hello From Penticton

By Alec Henderson, BC Park & Pipe Team Member

Left to Right - Jordan Kober, Laurent Dumais, Gab Dufresne and Mik Kingsbury.

It’s almost November, and the ski season is rapidly approaching. We can’t wait to be on snow again. Montreal was great for dryland and air training at Maximize Camp (in photo to right). Next, our team will be going to work on rails and jumps in Panorama. I imagine we will feel freedom once we feel the snow under our skis. Looking forward to the Yukon with Team BC for training in December. Will tell you all about it soon. Let it snow ...

From The Hill By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay I don’t usually go into the “inside baseball” minutiae of backroom politics on Parliament Hill - the battles over make-up of committees, opposition motions with poison pills, and filibusters - because, frankly, most Canadians aren’t concerned about these details. They just want parliament to work for them, especially when so many individuals and businesses are struggling through an unprecedented health and economic crisis. But, the games played by the Conservatives and Liberals that brought us very close to triggering a federal election in the past few days bear some discussion. A quick background: there are four House of Commons committees studying the details around the WE Charity scandal. In one of those committees, Liberal MPs filibustered for hours last week before adjourning the meeting to avoid answering important questions. Most MPs realize that having four committees looking in to this important but contentious subject is tying up parliamentary time and resources, and the NDP suggested creating a single special committee to study it. The Liberals accepted that suggestion but insisted that they chair the committee, which goes against the normal structure of this sort of committee. The Conservatives upped the ante with an Opposition Day motion to create an “anticorruption committee” (there’s the poison pill). Prime Minister Trudeau then went all in by declaring the vote on that motion would be a confidence vote, thereby triggering an election if the vote passed. When all we needed was a moment of cooperation to make sure that this minority parliament could function smoothly, the over-thetop brinkmanship of the Conservatives and Liberals brought us to the edge of ending the 43rd Parliament. I now have to point out that recent polls show the Liberals well out in front of the Conservatives and an election would likely return a Liberal majority government. So, we had a crazy situation where the Conservatives were praying that their motion failed, so they didn’t have to go into an election. The Liberals, on the other hand, are itching for an election (they wouldn’t have made this a confidence vote if they weren’t) and were hoping that the motion passed, even though it was highly critical of the government. As NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said, “We don’t want to have anything to do with this farce.” And so, it was left to the NDP (and the Greens) to vote with the government to keep this parliament alive. In doing so, we left both the Liberals and Conservatives perhaps a bit sadder, but wiser. We were voting against an election. The focus of the NDP continues to be on helping Canadians. This is how a minority parliament should work. We will continue to work with the other parties to get answers about pandemic spending and will immediately call for witnesses to the Ethics Committee (the standing committee best suited for this work) to continue studying the WE Charity. This will help us find out the truth behind serious questions of the government’s actions. An election would not have revealed that truth.

Richard Cannings

Member of Parliament South Okanagan - West Kootenay

Richard.Cannings@parl.gc.ca 250.770.4480

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If you haven’t already gotten your season pass at Apex Mountain Resort or Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, now is the time to do so. I hear the predictions are for heavy snowfall, which is just what we need to wrap up the crazy year 2020 has been. Covid-19 has Subrina Monteith temporarily changed our world and I look forward to finding our new normal Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ and returning to life activities. Metal Containers ~ I was asked by residents at Apex to bring forward a bylaw on metal containers and their use in the Apex community. On November 19th, there will be a public hearing in the evening to share your feedback on the regulatory bylaw. The current containers would be grandfathered, but future ones would need to meet new standards as proposed in the bylaw and information provided. Please read through the information and call me with any questions prior to or after the hearing. There are changes that can still be proposed before the bylaw is approved by the RDOS Board in the New Year. Further information is at www. rdos.bc.ca/development-services/planning/strategic-projects/ metal-storage-review/ Waste Transfer Station ~ This facility has been well used and continues to provide the services needed to safely dispose of garbage in the community. For any concerns on maintenance or operations, Apex Mountain Resort is the contractor for the facility operations. Roof repairs were completed under warranty and the building is ready for it’s second winter at Apex. Education ~ Access to education continues to be a struggle for residents of Apex. Technically, Apex students fall into School District #53, yet families work in Penticton and wish their students to attend School District #67 schools. This issue is politically unfortunate and pressure needs to be placed on School District #53 to do a boundary review to correctly place the Apex community where the students are being educated. Correspondence in this regard should be emailed to the Trustees via general@sd53.bc.ca and ask for representation to do the right thing and support the students of Apex to have fair, safe access to education. I would be willing to help anyone willing to write or share background information, but without pressure to change, the political issue will halt students’ access to education for the foreseeable future if there isn’t available space to transfer in to School District #67. APOA ~ If you haven’t already done, so please join the APOA. APOA meets with myself and is the strength behind advocating for the community of Apex. Visit www.apexpropertyowners.com. Many of the community issues are supported by the APOA from forestry, mining, education, road maintenance, etc. Be a part of the solution by being involved as a member. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca

Dear MLA Ashton ... By Lyndie Hill, CEO & Founder of Hoodoo Adventure Co I am writing today as a community focused business owner of 14 years who relies greatly, but not solely, on tourism. As I sit here and update my spreadsheet projections with Fall/Winter expenses and explore creative ways we can increase revenues for the coming season, that due to Covid, are limited and much different than usual, I can’t help but worry for our future. I reassure myself by thinking about the importance of what we do in our community, about the impact we have on those who live here and why we continue to fight. Part of that fight is to ensure that government understands the true value of tourism and why the industry deserves support. Although I know often money speaks loudest and I am confident the financial value of tourism will become evident throughout this pandemic, I want to be an additional voice to express that the importance of tourism for our community and Province reaches far beyond the increase of the visitor’s spend over a few summer months. Tourism is far more important than that and I want to outline the reasons why I ask you to fight alongside me to ensure the longevity of businesses like mine. Tourism helps preserve our culture and history. It gives us a gateway to share stories, to learn from the past and to show the world that they can be a part of writing the future and we need this now more than ever. It teaches people about our environment, the flora and fauna, the soil, the air, the water. It helps us access nature and connects us to the earth and each other in the process and we need this now more than ever. It teaches us about each other, about our neighbors, other communities and how they live. It expands boundaries and respect for other cultures and communities by allowing you to be part of them and we need this now more than ever. It helps bring people out of their comfort zones, it may push them to try something new and allow them to overcome anxieties, to know the world is often not as scary is it may seem on TV. They may challenge themselves physically or mentally and in turn they will most likely connect emotionally. This is so important for our mental health and we need this now more than ever. It gives us active time with our families and friends and allows us to connect with each other through experiences, rather than devices, and we need this now more than ever. It offers employment opportunities for our youth who learn the value of a dollar and hopefully gain respect for the adults in their lives who work every day to provide for them. They learn humility and hustle, how to use a broom, how to count back change, how to look into the eye of a stranger, how to face their own fears and become part of the world. It perhaps even allows them to help their own families that are struggling financially. It gives them purpose and we need this now more than ever. In our business, tourism revenues subsidize the most important work that we do with children and outdoor education. It creates a platform for us to build leadership programs, to show our youth that there is a whole other world out there, that riding your bike and paddling a kayak is just as physically and mentally beneficial as playing a game on a sports field. That there are all sorts of jobs out there to explore, that they can turn their passion into their career, if they choose to do so. That having a respect for self, others and our environment is a simple, yet invaluable. way to live our lives. That they too can have an impact on their community and our planet, and we need this now more than ever. Tourism gives people access to the ‘farm to table’ experience. It allows people to see where their food comes from or should come

from. It allows them to touch the soil that grows the food they eat and the wine they drink. They can pick their own produce, which will always taste better than anything bought in a store. We need this now more than ever. The tourism industry is full of people who are passionate about their trade, about their creations, their jobs, their lives, many of whom work to play every day. They enjoy life to it’s fullest and their passion for their craft, their environment, their community, is contagious and we need this now more than ever. In our region, our leaders are focused on sustainable tourism and the benefits it has for our communities. We are thinking long term, looking at the bigger picture and we understand the impact we can have as human beings on this planet. We want to share what we have and what we know with the rest of the world. We actively work to make the world a better place for at least one person every day. What we do has a ripple affect that reaches so far beyond the common misperception that tourism value is just money spent over a few peak months. We know that’s important too, but this letter is to remind you that all the other things I’ve listed above will have an impact on our economy and the health of our communities forever and we need these things now more than ever. Thank you for your consideration in joining me to ensure that businesses like mine have a fighting chance through these challenging times. We are excited for the opportunity to continue tell this story. Climbing, Hiking, Camping, Winter Sports & Apparel #101 - 136 Front St | 236.422.3733 | www.eskalamountainsports.com ApexMatters.com | November 2020 | Page 11

The Cost Of Firefighting By Gabe Lavoie, Fire Chief Every community needs a well-equipped and welltrained fire department to protect residents’ homes and lives, as well as local businesses. This necessity was recently brought to reality during the October 27th condominium fire in Penticton, which unfortunately resulted in 2 fatalities. However, without the quick response of the Penticton Fire Department, supported by surrounding mutual aid fire departments, the outcomes would likely have been much worse. Due to the fast response of appropriately funded and well-equipped fire departments, dozens of residents and the neighbouring motels and apartment complexes were saved. Now look around at the Apex community, which is characterized by a core of the same type of high occupancy, high density condominium-style residences surrounded by medium density subdivisions of townhomes and single-family residences. All of this compounded by the isolated nature of Apex. Without a well-trained and well-equipped fire department that is based within the community, and is supported by sustainable funding, any fire that would otherwise be suppressed, or contained by a fast responding and well-equipped fire department can quickly get out of control and cause catastrophic damage and loss.

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The Fire Underwriters mandate the maximum life of a first line fire engine is 20 years for large cities and 25 for rural communities. This is due to age and reliability worries when fighting a fire. Establishing and maintaining an effective fire response capability Should a fire apparatus fail during a fire, structures would be lost, does require investment in training and equipment, but how much and firefighters could be injured or killed. To outfit a fire truck with does this cost? The short answer is “more than you probably the minimum necessary equipment (hoses, tools, and various expect”. The more complete answer is “there are many reasons firefighting equipment) to respond to emergencies costs a further for these high costs, so let’s explore them”. $50,000-$75,000. Firefighters need a wide range of sophisticated equipment that: Currently, the Apex Fire Brigade Society operates without a budget • Transports them to fires quickly and carries all the necessary as there is no consistent source of funds. The AFBS is not publicly funded like most other volunteer and paid departments. is forced gear. to rely on donations through fundraising efforts of volunteers who • Protects them in fires burning at more than 500 degrees are also required to train regularly (most have full time jobs and Celsius. families to support). Grant funded fire departments are being • Allows them to breathe when the air is filled with smoke. scaled back and transitioned to tax-based operations in most • Helps them find people in need of rescue even when it is regions of BC, due to local government liability concerns. Reliance nearly impossible to see due to darkness and heavy smoke. on fundraising, donations and grants is not a sustainably viable • Enables them to extinguish all types of fires, including strategy to support the core operations for fire services. electrical fires.

This specialized equipment is expensive. For example, to outfit a firefighter to fight fires each firefighter is required to have their own set of proper fitting turn out gear (helmet, balaclava, coat, gloves, pants, and boots). One set of this “turnout gear” costs about $4000 per firefighter. The National Fire Protection Association and WorkSafe BC require this gear be replaced every 10 years, no matter how much it has been used. If gear is used heavily or damaged beyond repair, it will need to be replaced more frequently. Air-packs (SCBA’s), which firefighters must wear so they can enter a burning building and continue to breathe, cost about $9,500 each. Every air-pack needs an annual test costing approximately $160, whether it has been used of not. Air-packs also must be replaced on average every 15 years. Firefighters use other specialized, and often expensive equipment. Thermal imaging cameras allow firefighters to move more safely through the dark, smoke-filled buildings and more quickly locate and rescue people in distress. These can cost several thousand dollars and every department should have more than one. A used fire engine costs around $300,000 depending on the type of cab and other factors. Some have custom cabs designed for firefighters. Others have commercial cabs like those found on semi-trucks. Page 12 | November 2020 | ApexMatters.com

Our volunteer members are not currently equipped with the proper personal equipment to safely undertake firefighting activities (reliant on outdated “hand me downs” donated by departments complying with regulations). As a result, the AFBS currently is therefore restricted in our firefighting capabilities due to the inability to put members in fire environments that are otherwise immediately dangerous to life and health without the appropriate equipment.

What Is The APOA? By The APOA Board You might be wondering ... since Covid-19 means APOA can’t host our traditional season-opener social this year, what good is the APOA this year? Indeed, what is the APOA anyway? Let’s say somebody thinks that removing a big chunk of Mt. Riordan would be a great way to mine some garnet and make some money. Or, perhaps there is a plan to do wildfire risk mitigation and quite a few trees are going to be removed close to the village. Or, maybe an Apex family discovers that due to an out-of-date school district boundary, Apex’s children are basically second class citizens at the school system most of them attend. Or, the most recent issue ... insurance costs have skyrocketed at Apex and a property owner wants to know what’s happening? Who are they going to call? Apex does not have a mayor or town council to phone up and ask questions, or that can organize a community response to a development proposal. How does a concerned property owner reach out to the Apex community, whether it be to ask questions about what’s happening, get property related information, or maybe to raise an alarm? BC’s natural resource regulations require developers to consult with impacted parties, but you won’t see resource developers posting detailed proposals on Facebook! APOA is a long-established and credible organization with the sole purpose of representing the interests of Apex property owners, and only Apex property owners.

The APOA ... The Heart of the Apex Community!

APOA membership is open to all Apex property and condo owners. Love your Apex playground? Want to keep it pristine? Love to use the snowshoe & cross country trails? Like to drive on safe roads to get to Apex? Concerned about the status of logging? Then, the APOA needs YOU!

Many voices make a strong community. Add your voice and become an APOA member.

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That means APOA is the organization that industrial developers contact for input before undertaking major developments near Apex. Moreover, APOA has a lot of expertise to call on when evaluating these development proposals. We can almost always tap into Apex owners who have a lifetime of relevant experience and knowledge. The community couldn’t afford to buy the deep expertise Apex owners bring to our mountain every day. And, what if the Apex community does need to acquire specialized expertise, maybe legal representation or a consultant’s report? It has happened in the past, it could happen again. Having an established, active community organization like APOA means the community can quickly mobilize, raise funds, and acquire the advice and services we need to help protect our community. So, what is the APOA? If you are a property owner it is YOUR organization. Yes, we host socials so neighbours can meet and discuss what’s happened. And, we will do that again when we can. In the meantime, APOA is still here, ready to step up whenever the community needs us. But, APOA needs your action as well. Canadian privacy laws mean we can’t communicate directly with property owners who are not members. By becoming or renewing your membership each year you give APOA permission to send you newsletters and email you directly when needed. So, if you own property at Apex, please go to www.apexpropertyowners.com and renew or start your APOA membership.

CatMatch Are You An Adoption HERO? An Adoption HERO is the person who adopts a cat that is not fully socialized, who may have health issues, has an injury that leaves them looking a bit different than the average cat. AlleyCATS has several cats that fit into these categories at the moment, looking for an Adoption HERO to take them into their homes and offer them a lifetime of love with no strings attached. If you can find joy in just being able to provide love, food, and a cozy home with no promise of purrs and head butts from a cat, AlleyCATS Alliance wants to hear from you! (Cider & Spritz in photo.) www. AlleyCATSAlliance.org

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Building Resilience By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, Prolotherapist Seeing the snow fall around town, has me reflecting on all that has occurred in our world since snow blanketed Apex this past spring. Is your mood lower than normal at this time of year? How about your ability to focus and concentrate on your tasks? Is your energy low? These all may be signs that long term stress is affecting you. For instance, I find that long term stress can affect energy - plummet it actually.

Dr. Deirdre O’Neill

Natural Pain Solutions

Naturopathic Physician & Prolotherapist 3373 Skaha Lake Road Penticton, BC


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I am seeing more and more patients in my office where their moods are negatively impacted by this pandemic. Realize though that it’s not just moods that get impacted by long term stress. Stress can drive up inflammation, reduce pain tolerance, affect sleep and even impact how often you get sick. We all know that this pandemic is not going away any time soon. Through all of this change and uncertainty, remember that there are some things that you can control. This is where building up resilience comes in. Strengthening your own internal bubble, so that you can get through the winter with less stress on your plate. Here are some of my top resilience tools that I share with my patients daily. 1.


Get Your Zzzz’s. Sleep deprivation is the quickest way to stress the body. Insomnia contributes to mental stress, anxiety and depression. Poor sleep also drives up inflammation in the body. Getting a good night’s rest is the best way to then tackle your day with ease, especially if you are gunning for first chair. A couple of my favourite tips for optimizing sleep is to sleep in a dark room, limit electronic usage at night and stop coffee by noon. If this doesn’t quite do it for you to gain a restful night, there are different supplements geared toward improving sleep initiation or sleep maintenance. Melatonin tends to work great at helping people to fall asleep, whereas Magnesium If you are trying all of these things, and are looking for some and Theanine often work better at keeping you asleep. targeted steps to build your resilience, book an appointment with Cold Water Immersion. I got into the Wim Hoff approach this me at www.alpinenaturalhealth.ca. year. The Iceman, as Wim Hoff is referred to as, is a proponent Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, of being able to unlock a multitude of health benefits simply has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet using cold therapy, breathing techniques and believing in Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at yourself. These benefits include better sleep, more energy, Alpine Natural Health. You can also find her stronger immune system, improved mental well being. Cold on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian therapy can be achieved by cold showers, jumping in the Ski Patrol. lake or even immersing oneself naked in the snow. One of the places I was introduced to it was through the TV show on Netflix, “The Goop Lab”.


Further to how a positive mindset can improve your sense of wellbeing, look at John Kabat Zinn. He has taught mindfulness meditation throughout the world and has had a profound impact on people’s pain and depression. Another piece of mindset is being thankful. I believe that having gratitude to even the simple things - like Ullr’s rewards - can have a profound effect on one’s mood and ability to get through difficult times.


Movement. Exercise in all forms helps to build resilience. I am working on my quad strength these days, so that I have stamina to shred it this year. But outside of preseason conditioning, exercise is brilliant for keeping the mood in check. With patients, I often talk about it as movement - what type of movement did you do today?


Key Supplements. Some of my favourite supplements to help during times of stress are the B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. During heightened stress, I offer B vitamin shots to help improve energy, mood and concentration.

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Dear Apex Property Owners Michelle and Adam at Stay at Apex would like everyone to know that they have made the following changes to their business for the 2020/2021 season. Lowered their management fees Expanded their booking and marketing channels Made substantial improvements to operating procedures Are accepting a limited number of exclusive contracts Are looking for overflow units Have increased demand for accommodations More guests than inventory available Accepting non-exclusive contracts

As Apex property owners themselves, Adam and Michelle and their team are committed on maximizing the annual revenue for the property owners. Being creative, flexible and present is important as the world changes rapidly around us. Adam’s knowledge and experience in Asset Management, combined with Michelle’s strong 5 year track record and commitment to providing a great Owner and Guest experience is part of what makes Stay at Apex the premier choice for long term Apex property owners.

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Great Cabin Recipes Onion-Jam Chicken Balsamic Stew By Dee Martens

This hearty, scrumptious recipe needs little introduction. Although rustic, this dish is still moderately easy to re-create, although it has many important steps, feel free to substitute where necessary with store-bought.

leaves, mixing until incorporated. Next, sprinkle 3 Tbsp. of sugar over mixture, waiting 2-3 minutes until sugar is melted (to avoid clumping) before mixing. Season mixture with salt and pepper, cooking on medium heat until golden brown (about 15-20 minutes). Once mixture is golden, set aside to cool.

Heat 2 Tbsp. of Olive oil in an oven-proof pan on medium-high heat. Add one large onion, diced to the pan, cooking for roughly 4 minutes (until translucent and fragrant). Next, dice the chicken from 2 chicken breasts (or 4 boneless, skinless thighs) into 1 inch To begin, in a large bowl, add 1 Tbsp. of ‘quick-rise’ dry yeast, pieces and generously season with salt and pepper. Add chicken, 1 Tbsp. of sugar, and 1 Tbsp. of salt. Next, add 2 cups of warm 1 clove of crushed garlic, 1 tsp. of rosemary and 1 tsp. of dried water and let this stand until the yeast is dissolved. Gradually add parsley to your chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. 4 cups of flour, 1 cup at-a-time and mix thoroughly until the dough Next, add your onion jam (established from the steps above), 3 easily pulls away from the sides of your bowl (adding more flour Tbsp. of red-wine vinegar and 2 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar. Mix - up to one cup - if necessary). Turn the dough out onto a floured well, scraping the bottom of the pan when necessary with a surface to knead. Knead for 8-10 minutes, adding an additional 1/2 wooden spoon. Add 1 tsp. of chicken bouillon to your pan before cup of flour, if necessary - this might be a bit tough, but don’t give adding 1.5 cups of water and stirring until evenly mixed throughout. up! Once the dough is smooth and elastic, form a ball and leave Bring your contents to a boil before reducing heat to medium and in your bowl, covered (with a warm, damp towel) for 30 minutes simmering for 6 minutes. Once your chicken is cooked, add 1 cup - your bread should almost have doubled in size. Next, shape it of chopped kale and stir until wilted. into a loaf, pinching the sides and leaving the seam-side down on Next, slice your bread (from the first step above) into 4-5 slices. your parchment covered pan (repeat this process twice, as this Place bread slices closely together on top of your stew and top recipe allows for two loaves). Place a towel over loaves and allow with a soft white cheese to rise for 10 minutes. Once your bread has risen, slice bread 3-4 (such as provolone or times before brushing with a mixture comprised of 1 tbsp. warm mozzarella). Move skillet water and the beaten yolk from one egg. Bake at 400 degrees for from the stove-top to the 35 minutes, until loaves are golden brown and sound hard when oven, turning the broiler tapped - set bread aside to cool. to high for 3 minutes until While bread is baking, slice one large onion into small, pea-sized cheese melts and becomes pieces. Next, heat 2 Tbsp. of butter in a saucepan over medium slightly crispy. Remove your heat. Once melted (and slightly browned), add your cut onion, stew from the oven and 2 Tbsp. of red-wine vinegar and 1 Tbsp. of fresh or dry thyme divide into serving bowls. ApexMatters.com | November 2020 | Page 15