Apex Matters October 2017

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know” www.ApexMatters.com

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October 2017



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Welcome To A New Era For Apex

By Mike Duggan, Managing Partner, Apex Mountain Resort The ownership of Apex Mountain Resort has changed hands this spring. I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce myself as the Managing Partner of this new group. My personal background is in senior leadership positions at Silver Star Mountain Resort, Sun Peaks Resort, top Resorts in Whistler and the board of Tourism of British Columbia. I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to support this new group to maximize the future potential for Apex Mountain Resort. Change can often lead to concern and speculation about what might happen in the future, so I thought this would be a good chance to highlight some of the initiatives currently happening and the direction our new group would like to see for the resort. Envisioning When our group purchased Apex Mountain Resort, we had some ideas on how the resort’s long-term potential could be achieved. However, we are certain that the best direction for the resort will be attained through a shared vision with all stakeholders. Over the next few months, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on the issues important to you, and how the resort might look in the future. Concurrent with this, we have officially notified the Mountains Resorts Branch of our intent to seek a new Master Development Agreement with the BC Government, which will allow for future ski area and resort expansion. As well, we will soon be meeting with First Nations peoples and getting their input on direction and requesting their support for this endeavor. Collectively, we feel Apex Mountain Resort can be a truly special place. Welcome to Apex Places Lastly, a real challenge for Apex Mountain Resort has been the inability to package accommodations and lift tickets to offer a complete “Stay & Play” experience to guests. This has been a significant disadvantage, resulting in marketing funds being directed primarily at lifts, lessons and rentals, as the promotion of accommodations hasn’t been cost-effective for the resort. Because our new team also specializes in resort accommodation and vacation rental management, we felt that introducing a new rental management division at the resort makes a lot of sense. Therefore, we are very pleased to announce our new vacation rental company, APEX PLACES. Beginning this fall, this new company will help position the resort and it’s accommodations in new and existing tourism markets. With a much broader reach to consumers, this proven, professional management group will help to generate a stronger return on your Apex investment. To support this, Apex Places and the homes it represents will be showcased from our current and new website. As well, we have agreements in place with the main Global Distribution Systems (GDS) such as Booking.com and Expedia, as well as leading winter travel specialists. If you’re looking for new opportunities to create better yield from your rental property or are considering placing your vacation home for rent on a periodic basis, we would be happy to hear from you. Our rental management agreement is available from the website or call our office for further information. To contact Mike Duggan directly, please email mduggan@apexresort.com. Looking forward to seeing you on the mountain soon!

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Go Play Outside!

By Phil Burman, BHSc.(PT) Registered Physiotherapist, Apex Local & Former Ski Bum As Physiotherapists, we spend a lot of time talking with people about their physical health, and the activities they like to do. The most common goal when treating an injury is to help that person return to the activities and things they love to do. For a lot of us, that is skiing or snowboarding. One theme that has been apparent this season is that many people have done less physical activity than usual; whether due to the fires, the flood, poor air quality, the July heat-wave, a few months of drought, closures to back-country access or a number of other factors, many people have done less physical activity than in a typical summer. As we enter the fall, that equates to less physical conditioning, which is not great before ski season. Fortunately, the smoke has cleared, and the weather through October is typically great for hiking, cycling, and outdoor activity. If you feel that you may not be in ski-ready physical shape, I encourage you to spend some time over the coming weeks outdoors, doing whatever activity you enjoy doing. Typically, the highest frequency of injuries occurs at the beginning and end of every ski season. It is thought that early season injuries are likely due to poor conditioning. Every extra kilometre you walk or ride from now until ski season will translate into better strength and conditioning when the snow flies. Go for a hike. Ride your bike to work. Take the stairs. Climb a hill. Do an extra lap around the block. Take the stairs again. Get stronger by doing something you enjoy. If you have an old (or new) injury bothering you, or making you question how you’ll perform on snow, now is the perfect time to have that assessed. It is usually worth treating any aches and pains that may limit your fun on snow this season; skiing and boarding is simply more fun when you don’t hurt. A good, thorough hands-on clinical assessment is the first step in figuring out what is wrong, and what to do about that. Far too often, people suffer when they could recover. Ask for help. Call your Physiotherapist. According to the almanac, it looks like a great start to the season at Apex. Are you ready? Will you be ready in 8 weeks time? Before you scope your line down The Pit, The Chute or Peashooter, and prepare to jump down a 40° slope with a few metres of leverage on each foot, make sure your legs are up for the challenge. Fortunately, there is still time to get stronger. In the next issue of Apex Matters, my colleague Denise will cover some specific pre-season exercises. For now, go play outside!

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By Megan Keevil Some find it on the dance floor, or in the waves, Some in words between a dusty page. The freedom from the daily wheel, A place our tired minds can heal. For us, we whisper to frozen hills, Snow ghosts waving as wild wind chills. Sore muscles and bruises are welcome signs Of those little moments not imprisoned by time. A place to capture that thought release, Where we remember how to breathe. So you can find us on that mountainside, Carving our secrets in powder and white in our eyes. I don’t get on my knees and pray, But it’s higher power when I move that way. In my heaven, all I’ll need to know; Above me is sky, below me snow.

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October 2017

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Nickel Plate Junior Racers ~ The Nickel Plate Junior Racers attended their dryland camp at Apex on September 29 & October 1st. The team consisted of 13 kids in total that hiked to Apex Proper on the Saturday and then mountain biked on the Sunday in the snow. The team is excited for the racing season ahead! Thank you for your support of our junior racers.

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9am - 2pm at The Bike Barn Needing new gear? Wanting to get rid of skis that the kids have outgrown? This event is the perfect opportunity for both. Drop off Nordic gear to be sold at the Bike Barn during business hours on Wednesday, October 11th until Friday, October 13th. Attach a price or ask us to price it for you. 20% of the sales will go towards the Nickel Plate Junior Racers. The Bike Barn is located at 300 Westminster Avenue West in Penticton. They are open 9am - 5:30pm Tuesday - Saturday. For more info, call 250-492-4140 or visit www.bikebarn.ca.

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Snowcat Operators Wanted:

Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is looking for experienced snowcat operators to be a part of their grooming team for the 2017/18 season. They offer above industry average compensation and the opportunity to work in a pristine mountain resort environment with great snow near Apex Mountain Resort and beautiful Penticton. To learn more about Nickel Plate Nordic Centre, please visit www.nickelplatenordic.org. The deadline to apply for this position is October 15th. Please email a cover letter and resume to info@nickelplatenordic.org. Full House For Film Fest ~ Nickel Plate hosted the Banff Mountain Film Festival on September 20th at the Cleland Theatre for the second year in a row. It was a full house once again and the crowd enjoyed the jury selected 10 short films. See you next fall, when the Film Festival returns for a 3rd year!

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Upcoming Club Events ~ Be sure to mark your calendars! • Saturday, October 14th - 9am - 2pm Annual Cross Country Gear Swap at The Bike Barn. Drop your gear Wednesday through Friday the week of the Swap. • Saturday, October 21st ~ Final Ski Lodge Woodcutting Party! We still need lots of hands to fill the woodsheds to keep our lodge cozy and warm this winter.


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We currently have openings for more properties this season! We are also currently looking for full and part-time staff! Call Michelle at 250.292.8256 to discuss the benefits of joining us at Stay at Apex!

Thank You Apex Community! As we enter our family’s third season operating Stay at Apex, we want to thank all our property owners and the community at Apex for all your support and encouragement over the past 2 1/2 years. We are busy preparing for another successful year at Apex and look forward to seeing you all and meeting those of you we have not met yet.

Stay at Apex is in business for two reasons: 1) To assist our property owners in generating income and preserving value in their family’s real estate asset. 2) To provide our guests with a friendly, positive experience at Apex Mountain Resort, so they come back again and again.

By working with us at Stay at Apex you get the following! Personal service provided by the owners of Stay at Apex that are long standing members of the local community. An ownership team that cares about your asset and will take an interest in what you are looking for from your property. Access to a growing database of repeat guests that have been booking through Stay at Apex for 12+ years, which has created solid repeat business for our owners. Established long-term relationships with the major wholesalers for BC Ski Vacations. A fair contract and lots of extra value. Effective marketing that includes International exposure and strong relationships with Wholesale Vacation Companies, Local Travel Agencies and Internet Marketing Travel Companies. Friendly and professional staff to handle all bookings, reservations and check-ins, as well as 24 hours assistance to all our owners and clients during the ski season. You and your family can still enjoy your property and we will rent it out during nights that it is available. Less wear and tear, as opposed to long term rentals. Housekeeping and hot tub maintenance are all provide by our company. A strong relationship with Event Organizers to be one of the recommended accommodation providers at Apex Mountain Resort.


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Apex Freestyle Update

The program is open to young skiers 8 to 12 years of age upon evaluation by the coaches. Skiers will have the option to By Kenni Kuroda, Head Coach compete in all BC Super Youth Challenge and select Okanagan REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN: Regional events throughout the season. For those athletes not apexfreestyleclub.com participating in the competitions, there will be no classes on The Apex Freestyle Club is again offering learn to ski / ski to those days. The competition dates are posted on our calendar. freestyle programs for ages 5 through 18 years old. NEW for New participants wanting to enter this program must contact this year is our BIG MOUNTAIN program, which will encompass Head Coach Kenni afckenni@gmail.com prior to registering. free mountain skiing, aerial training and avalanche safety. Development/Freestylerz ~ BACK for the 2017/18 season. Space is limited, so sign up early to avoid disappointment. Jumps & Bumps ~ Geared for ages 5-12. An introduction to Back by popular demand is our Development Program catering to 12 to 18 year old skiers who want to have fun with the skills of Freestyle Skiing in a safe fun environment. freestyle skiing but not at a competitive level. The program will Jumps & Bumps is a learn to ski program designed to give run 11 consecutive Saturdays beginning January 6, 2018 and young skiers (5 to 12) an introduction to the skills of Freestyle running until March 17, 2018. Skiing in a safe and fun environment. Jumps & Bumps is a four-step program that involves a passport book that the Competitive Freestyle ~ For all aspiring young skiers that skier’s coach fills out, as the athlete progresses through the want to take their skills to the top. skills. Once the skier has completed all the levels, they will Competitive Freestyle is the highest level of our program be awarded their “wings” - the official crest of the Canadian designed for aspiring young skiers aged 13 to 18 years that Freestyle Team. Skiers entering the program must be able to want to take their skills to the top. With great coaching and a demonstrate snowplow turns on easy terrain and they must also year round program consisting of at least two days a week of be comfortable with getting on and off a chair lift unassisted. on snow training beginning mid November (snow conditions Not only is the Jumps & Bumps program a fun way to ski and permitting), to April, and optional water ramp, trampoline and make friends, it also prepares young skiers with the basic skills dry land training, athletes will be able to reach some of their highest goals. needed to become future Olympic Champions. Jumps & Bumps is a 1-day a week program that runs for 11 The competitive program includes on snow training every consecutive Saturdays. ½ day programs are also available for Saturday and Sunday 9am to 3pm (1 hour lunch), as well as scheduled competitions throughout the season. Skiers 5 & 6 year olds. Junior Competitive ~ Geared for ages 8-12. For aspiring will have the option to compete in all BC/Timber Tour Series events and eligible athletes will also have the option to young athletes who have a will to compete. compete at Canadian Series events, COT, Junior Nationals The Junior Competitive Program was established in 2010 and Senior Nationals. For those athletes not participating in as a ‘step-up’ in Jumps & Bumps for aspiring young athletes the competitions, there will be no classes on those days. The who had a will to compete. In the first 2 years of the program, competition dates are posted on our calendar. 10 out of 10 of the original members had a podium finish in a Regional or BC Series event. This year in 2017/18, the AFC Big Mountain ~ NEW for the 2017/18 season. has 2 athletes on the Canadian National Team, 7 athletes on This year we are offering for the first time, a 10-week Big the BC Provincial Mogul Team, 2 on the Alberta Mogul Team, 1 Mountain Skiing program for skiers aged 13 and over with on the Ontario Mogul Team. And, guess what? 6 are from the advanced skiing skills. The program will combine big mountain original 10 who started the program. WOW! skiing with avalanche training, first aid, rescue and basic Our goal in this program is to introduce the same structure aerial training. As well as being coached on skiing technique, as Competitive Freestyle, while maintaining the emphasis on athletes will spend time in the classroom receiving instruction a whole lot of fun. Athletes will be trained in the competitive from qualified professionals in the other areas of safety. The aspects of freestyle skiing Saturdays and Sundays from 9am - program will run for 10 consecutive weekends, Saturday and 3pm (1 hour lunch), with optional off season trampoline, water Sunday beginning January 13, 2018 and running until March 18, 2018. ramping, and dry land training available.

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A Ski Movie that will make you ... DROP EVERYTHING!

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Matchstick Productions is proud to introduce the funniest, most action-packed ski movie of 2017: DROP EVERYTHING. Following an artful, narrative-driven 2016 film release, the team at Matchstick took a decidedly more light-hearted approach that returns the focus to the featured athletes and world-class action. DROP EVERYTHING features the world’s preeminent freeskiers, along with quick-hitting comedy, stunning locations, a potent sound track, and stellar cinematography. Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 9th at the Cleland Theatre in support of the Apex Freestyle Club. Get your tickets online at valleyfirsttix.com or at the SOEC Box Office. Thanks to our sponsors - BP Wood and the Lakeside Resort in Oliver, BC.

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On The Road To The Olympics

By Andi Naude Fall is upon us, and I could not be more excited! Just the other day I was up at Apex with my family, prepping the cabin for the winter season, and it began to snow! I could hardly believe it, but it was a very welcomed surprise. We will be out on the slopes again in no time! Since my last update, I have been at home training hard in the gym and on Apex’s Andi Naude, my bike. September is the month when Ranked 4th in the World my teammates and I spend most of For Women’s Mogul Skiing our time at home, focusing on strength training and conditioning. It is one of the last big blocks where we can dial in our fitness to help keep us healthy throughout the long competitive season. I spend at least two hours every other day in the gym, working on strength, power, and agility. On the other days, I like to ride my bike for conditioning, as well as complete a little core workout. We are so lucky to live in such an amazing area for outdoor activities; the cycling at this time of year is absolutely fantastic. To keep things interesting, I love to get out and do fun activities with my friends and family. I believe that it is incredibly important to keep a healthy balance in life, and sometimes you just have to change up the regular routine! During this recent trip home, I went on two backpacking treks in the North Cascades, just south of the border. Both hikes were simply spectacular, filled with great views, weather, camping spots, and company. Not to mention it was also great cross training, with all the miles covered and elevation gained! Now, I am off to one of my favourite training camps of the offseason, held every October in Zermatt, Switzerland. Zermatt is a spectacular little mountain village nestled at the base of the famous Matterhorn, located in the Swiss Alps. It is one of the last big on-snow training camps for the entire team, before we head into the competition season. I am very excited, and cannot wait to be back on snow. Thank you again for following and supporting me on my journey to the Olympics. I so appreciate it! Stay tuned for more updates here in the Apex Matters, and feel free to visit my website, andinaude.com, for more!


An Apex Glance At Our Night Sky

Do you look up at the night sky and question more than the snow conditions the next day? In this issue, we share a thought provoking article by Ken Tapping, an astronomer with NRC’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory in Kaleden.

The Edge Of The Universe

By Ken Tapping, September 26, 2017 The universe began about 14 billion years ago in an event that is called the “Big Bang”. This name conjures up a vision of an unimaginably big and violent explosion, with the stuff that would one day become galaxies, stars, planets and us flying off in all directions, at high speed and incredibly hot. “Big Bang” was a derisive term used by astrophysicist Fred Hoyle, who did not believe it. The term stuck. The idea that the universe had a definite Beginning comes from the discovery that the universe is expanding. By measuring the distances of galaxies and the speeds they are moving away from us, we can track back where those galaxies were in the past, and we found that just under 14 billion years ago they were all at the same location. So far this supports the explosion concept. However, we see the same relationships between distance and rate of expansion no matter in which direction we look. If we, along with everything else were being thrown out from an explosion, we would see different things in different directions. Looking back towards the explosion location would give us a very different relationship between distance and expansion rate than the one we would see looking in the other direction, in the way we were moving. If such an explosion happened, there would be only one place where we would see the same things no matter which way we look, and that is at the precise centre of the explosion. However, throughout history we have harboured illusions about being at the centre of everything, and have been shown over and over again that we have been wrong. The rest of the universe does not orbit around the Earth. The Earth is just one of a number of bodies orbiting the Sun. Herschel thought the Sun lies at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy, which was believed to be the only galaxy. Then, we found we live in the Milky Way’s suburbs, far from the centre. Now, we know there are billions of galaxies, stretching out as far as we can see, all containing billions of stars and countless planets. The Beginning of the Universe was not just a creation of matter and energy; it was also the creation of space and time. We see galaxies getting further away, because they are being swept away by the expansion of space. Imagine a bubble or a balloon with dots on its surface. As that bubble or balloon inflates, the inhabitants of any of those dots would see the other dots getting further away, with the rate of recession increasing with their distance. Those living on the surface of the balloon live in a two dimensional world, which is expanding in a third dimension. We live on a three dimensional environment that is expanding in a fourth dimension. An ant wandering around on the surface of the balloon would never find an edge; she would just end up back where she started. If we set off in a spaceship and held to a straight line course, after a very, very, very long time we would wind up back where we started. Like the surface of a bubble or balloon, the universe has no edge. The Big Question is what was going on before the “Big Bang”? An idea getting increasing interest, and one that marks one more level of demotion for us, is that what we call universes form and disappear like bubbles in multidimensional cosmic foam. This raises an interesting possibility. What would we see if our “balloon” is touching one or more others? It is possible to calculate what the contact points would look like, and a search is going on. If our universe is just one of many in a multiverse or superverse, what comes after that? A scientist once said that “the universe is not only stranger than we imagine; it is stranger than we CAN imagine”. We can still try to Left to right: Amy Buzikievich, Vicky Cumming & Andi Naude hiking in North Cascades. understand a little though, like reading a good book that never ends.


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Carvers Corner

By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director The club is poised for another fantastic season! Apex Carver’s entry level 11 week program is ready for your registrations. As always, we will have Christmas Break Camps, which have been very popular over the years. Early registration is key to deliver a quality program. The club has simplified the registration process via www.apexskiclub.com. If you have any questions, please ask through the website and you’ll receive a prompt email response. Warren Miller is November 24th ~ New this season, we‘ve moved the film to a Friday night! Visit with ski friends and enjoy the trade show in the foyer prior to the 7pm show. $15 tickets at Apex Ski Shop, Freeride, Pentagon, True Outdoors & Hoodoos.

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Getting Kids Back to Nature By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company Ltd. Last month, my oldest son started Kindergarten. Because I have made the choice to work and grow a business while raising a family, I am one of many moms/parents that needs day care and/or after school care. It is of utmost importance to us that our kids spend as much time outdoors as possible. While my life choice to start a family, while starting and growing a business at the same time, often meant that I would just do what I had to do to get through the day, week, month, season or year. I wasn't always able to be the hands-on parent I wanted to be. But now, I am in a unique position to ensure that my kids are getting opportunities that most kids do not by giving them a special outdoor adventure education.

Making new friends! Our first paddle strokes!

Not only am I lucky enough to get to do this for my own children, but I get to do this for other children in our community as well. We provide them the opportunity to bike, hike, paddle, climb and expand their boundaries physically, emotionally and socially though outdoor experiences. Today, as I watch my 2 sons and their little adventure crew head out into the bush to build some shelters and learn about the life of a pine tree, I feel proud of all those parents, like me, that are pushing their kids to go outside and go outside often! In the early 1980s, a Harvard University biologist named Edward O. Wilson proposed a theory called “biophilia”, meaning that humans are instinctively drawn towards their natural surroundings. Many 21st century parents, however, would question this theory, as they watch their kids express a clear preference for sitting on a couch in front of a screen over playing outside. The international panic about kids spending too much time indoors has become so extreme that the crisis actually has a name, which is called the “Nature Deficit Disorder”.

It is clear that kids spend significantly more time inside than outside these days. Of course this shift is largely due to technology. The average American child is said to spend 4 to 7 minutes a day in unstructured play outdoors, and over 7 hours a day in front of a screen! Increasing parental fears about diseases and dangers of playing outside, despite evidence to the contrary, are major hurdles to spending time outside.

My first 20m ascent!

As suburbs and exurbs continue to expand, nature is parceled off more, and kids seem less inclined to spend time in a fenced-in yard, let alone jump the fence into a neighbour’s or walk in the woods. Instead, indoor activities can seem easier (no sunscreen necessary!), safer, and even more sociable for kids who are growing up with video games and social media accounts. Recent studies have exposed the benefit, even necessity, of spending time outdoors, both for kids and adults. Studies agree that kids who play outside are smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors. While it’s unclear how exactly the cognitive functioning and mood improvements occur, there are a few things we do know about why nature is good for kids …

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It builds confidence. It promotes creativity and imagination. It teaches responsibility. It provides different stimulation. It gets kids moving. It makes them think. It reduces stress and fatigue, as fascination creates feelings of pleasure, not fatigue.

So, now you can tell your kids to "take a hike" with the confidence of knowing that you have their best interest at heart! For more information on ways you can get your kids outside and active, check out www.youthoutdoorrecreationsociety.ca and be sure to come see us at Hoodoo Adventures, where a passion for the outdoors is truly contagious!


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Mommy & Me: Using Your Stroller By Rachael Van Cleave After having a baby, our bodies change - not necessarily for the better. Perhaps our most important muscle group, our core, is most affected. Our abs got pushed out and our backs overcompensated for that loss of strength. Now, we ask them to do the same workout moves we did before? It doesn’t always work and we’re often off balance when we try. Below are some ways to help you get your core in shape and to use your stroller to stabilize yourself.

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1. Squats ~ With any squat move, you should be engaging your lower abs. To do that, think of holding in urine and that will give you an idea of how it should feel. To use the stroller to stabilize, put both hands on the stroller bar and lower yourself into the squat. Do this move for a minute. If you can do it without the stroller, that’s great! This is just to help you stabilize if you’re feeling a bit wobbly. 2. Leg Lifts ~ First, put one hand on the stroller with your arm fully extended, put one foot slightly back, then engage your lower abs and your gluteus (butt) muscles. Slowly hinge forward at your hips lifting the leg. From there, using the stroller for balance, lift your leg. Do this for a minute each side. 3. Lunges ~ This one you can do when you’re out for a walk with your baby. Put both hands on the stroller bar and do a normal walking lunge. As you lunge forward with one leg, try to get the opposite knee as close to the ground as you can. Do this for a minute. This move allows you to get your baby moving, be stabilized by the stroller, and get a great workout in. 4. Plank With Pelvic Tilt ~ This is one of my favorite core moves. Hold a plank for a minute and about once every second tilt your pelvis toward the ground. This really makes sure you’re getting those lower abs worked out as well.


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Full Workout: Do interval rounds of high knees, meaning high knees for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds and repeat eight times if you can. Then do three rotations of each of the above moves. This workout should be about half an hour long. Remember 99.9 percent of the time, you will not regret working out. Just show up and you won’t regret it. Please note: Be sure to check with your doctor first before you start a new fitness routine, especially after having a baby.

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Active Aging By Rhonda Roth, Fitness Trainer and Active Aging Specialist, City Centre Health and Fitness Why, as people get older, does it seem to be so hard not only getting into shape but also staying in shape? Why does it seem that you have to work twice as hard to see half the results? Why is there a loss of muscle tone, strength and stamina? Why is it so hard to maintain weight? Why does it seem to be such a struggle to be fit as we age? As people age there is a lot of pressure to understand and make allowances for the increase in health issues. There is a loss of muscle mass and tone, strength, and metabolism can be affected. There is a greater risk of weight gain, osteoporosis, arthritis, knee replacements, back issues, diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol and their related conditions. Some of these issues can be related to aging and some can be attributed to lifestyle. The loss of muscle mass can be due to many factors, including being sedentary, age related (sarcopenia), medication and disease related muscle weakening. As people age, skeletal muscles (also known as lean muscle mass) start to deteriorate. These are the muscles that attach to bones and are under voluntary control. As a result of deterioration, people begin to look flabby, or lose muscle tone. These changes may start as early as age 30, but most people see the biggest changes between 40 and 50. A recent study concluded that total muscle mass decreases by nearly 50 percent for people between the ages of 20 and 90. On average, people lose about 30 percent of their strength between ages 50 and 70, and another 30 percent of what’s left per decade after that. Generally, people lose about 1 percent of their lean muscle mass per year after age 40. Muscle deterioration is a natural process, but a sedentary lifestyle can accelerate it. You can rebuild muscle mass lost from a sedentary lifestyle - all you have to do is get off the couch and do something physical! Age-related muscle loss is called sarcopenia and is not an inevitable part of aging; it is the result of the loss of around ten ounces of muscle a year that isn’t replaced, due to a sedentary lifestyle. You can win this muscle back with a strengthtraining program. Strength training increases muscle mass, strength and muscle tone. As you gain muscle, you also raise your metabolism. Each pound of muscle burns approximately 50 calories, so the more muscle you have the more calories you burn. This aids in weight management. The more lean muscle mass you have, the stronger your bones have to be to support it. This results in greater bone density, which aids in the fight against osteoporosis. As your muscles get stronger, your activities become easier to do with less effort and pain. As a result, your stamina increases and so consequently you have a better quality of life. Strength training is accomplished by using exercise machines, (especially the Keiser Air Circuit), resistance bands, free weights, or even your own body weight at least 3 times each week. Any activity that increases your heart rate is called cardiovascular training and rounds out your complete exercise program. An exercise program should include both cardiovascular and strength training.




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The Living Legends of Apex

By Ronda Barzilay nee Mason It was 44 years ago that my family began skiing at Apex, which was the beginning of being surrounded by some of the most amazing skiers and characters that make Apex more than just a magical place to ski. It seemed fitting with the resurrection of Apex Matters it was time to share that history with all of you who enjoy this incredible mountain resort. I decided it was best to start with the woman, Margaret VanOs, which makes Apex one of the most fashionable places to ski. Growing up we all knew that if we wanted to look amazing on the slopes, we needed to see Margaret at Apex Ski Shop. Margaret put the sleek and sexy in skiing at Apex. To this day at the amazing age of 84 years young, she is one of the best skiers on the mountain and does it in high fashion! Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of having an amazing visit with Margaret. Margaret started her love of skiing on Bear Mountain in Dawson Creek before moving to Penticton when her husband Bob was transferred by Standard Oil. Margaret stated that their relationship with Apex was born on June 26th, 1960, the same day their second daughter Andrea was born. Bob was asked to meet with the 12 original directors to become a shareholder and he was at that very meeting when Andrea came into this world. It was on that day Bob decided they would go into the ski business. As with anything that Bob decided, Margaret followed to be right there by his side working! The original Apex Shop opened its doors to the public in 1961. It was located in the

north corner of the NEW lodge! When skiers needed boot fitting they visited Bob and Margaret at their Chevron Station in Penticton. Some of Margaret’s favorite memories are raising her four children (Libby, Andrea, Stuart and Jeff) and now grandchildren (Jaime, Shelby, Sarah and Brandon) on Apex and being so involved with the Ski Club. Margaret got a huge smile on her face when she reflected of the great times partying, dancing and working at the races. I am thinking that Margaret loves to party just a little bit! She got an even bigger smile on her face when she told me of the run that gives her the biggest challenge, which is the Gunbarrel. Margaret had fond memories of the reunions that were held of the folks that had skied at Apex over the years and how it was so nice that all the wives skied, some not as well as others. She talked of Al Menzies and his gang of Vancouver friends coming for the weekend (prior to 1963) and stowing a case of wine at the shop, which was shared following a great day of skiing. Margaret told a real funny dating back to the day when we all wore those wonderful stretch pants. The ladies would holler from the dressing room that they were having trouble getting the pants up and Bob would say just come on out! As many shocked lady would walk out, then Bob would give the pants a pull from the behind bringing the pants up to the ladies waist to fit just right! Apparently, no one complained! Margaret shared her many pictures with me and one book that was especially dear was that of the pictures from 1999, when the Ski Club roasted Margaret and Bob. This winter you will find Margaret skiing with her dear friend Anne Rogers who is 75 years young, or snowshoeing on the trails around Apex or skiing with her kids or grandkids. Occasionally, you will catch her out with a big gang skiing the mountain. Margaret enjoys the time she spends at the family cabin and looks forward to the end of the ski day to join the ‘young people’ at the Gunbarrel Saloon for Happy Hour. I am certain we are all looking forward to doing a few turns with Margaret this season! See you on slopes!

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Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment By Robert McLennan, APOA Board Member In November 2016, the Apex Property Owners Association (APOA) through the RDOS (Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen) conducted an HRVA workshop. You might ask, “What is an HRVA workshop and why are you doing this? HRVA stands for Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment. An HRVA is to help a community make risk-based choices to address vulnerabilities, mitigate hazards, and prepare for response to and recovery from hazardous events. There are 57 known hazards that are evaluated in this process, which range all the way from air crashes to utility failures and everything in between. The APOA, the voice of Apex property owners, wants to help better prepare the outdoor recreation area of Apex, including both its residents and recreational users, on how to approach different hazardous situations should they occur. If a situation does arise, how to we go about sounding the alarm and knowing what resources will begin to assist us as an event unfolds. A matrix was created based on this workshop’s findings. Two hazards that rated at the top of this risk profile were both fire related. The full matrix can be viewed on the APOA website at www.apexpropertyowners.com, then click on “Results from HRVA”. We are actively working with the RDOS to have this manual available for the 2017/2018 ski season.


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Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen Tom Siddon, Electoral Area ‘D’ Director 250.809.2548 | tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca Area ‘D’ Community Services Office Shona Schleppe, Rural Services Manager 778.515-5520 | sschleppe@rdos.bc.ca Is everyone inspired after watching the Banff Mountain Film Fest World Tour - thanks Nickel Plate Nordic! Don’t forget to put your old Nordic boards and boots in the Annual Nickel Plate Ski Swap - drop off equipment at the Bike Barn starting on Wednesday, October 11th for the Saturday, October 14th sale. Mark your calendars for Warren Miller’s “Line of Descent”, hosted by Apex Ski Club on Friday, November 24th! As well, Apex Mountain Resort’s new owners are planning to host strategic planning sessions on how to improve the mountain, so stay tuned for the details. Cooler weather and a dusting of snow in alpine areas has allowed the RDOS to rescind the FIRE BAN. Campfires will once again be allowed for those lands, which are contained within the RDOS Fire Protection Areas. And, BC Wildfire Service rescinded the campfire ban on those lands which fall within their provincial fire jurisdiction. The online survey regarding proposed changes to Electoral Area “D” Division Public Survey closed mid September. A final report and recommendations will be presented to the RDOS Board of Directors on October 5th. Hope everyone took advantage of the Early Season Discount on Apex Season Passes!

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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen The Legislature is now sitting again. Sessions began with the Speech from the Throne, followed by the budget presentation. Being in opposition does put a different perspective on the business of government for myself and my colleagues, but it is important to remember that we did win the most seats and the popular vote in the May election, and have an obligation to represent our constituents to the best of our ability. Some of the budget was a duplication of what our government presented in the early spring. The reduction of MSP Premiums, the completion of the Penticton Regional Hospital Tower, and continuing tax relief for our Credit Unions are all still in the budget. The concern for all of us should be how the government will pay for all the new promises. Yes, there is a surplus, but most of that has now been committed in this interim budget and will be gone by February 2018, when the next budget is presented. Further expenditures rely solely on raising the personal taxes for everyone over $150,000 in income and the industries that are the job creators will bear the highest burden. The budget forecasts a drop in revenue from personal income tax, and anticipates jobs lost from cancelling projects like the Massey Tunnel replacement. There is no plan for any job creation and support for rural BC through the Rural Dividend program has been dropped. There is a huge boost, as always, to health, but the money is targeted to the opioid crisis. There is nothing in the budget for seniors or support for the caregivers that is so desperately needed. As we move forward, we will hold the government responsible for the decisions they make, just as the opposition did to us when we were in power. We are still struggling with the longest and most devastating wildfire season in BC’s history, and it is not over yet. The impact on the BC economy will manifest itself over the next year and it won’t be good. The timber lost will mean jobs lost, and the closure of mills and the shortage of timber will push the prices of lumber up for consumers at all levels. The loss of grasslands and cattle will also be reflected in the cost of beef for the consumer and the long costly road of recovery for the ranchers. Tourism operators who have lost a whole season, and in some cases, their actual places of business - again, more jobs lost. In the Boundary-Similkameen, we have had floods and fire, but we have made it through both in better shape than many of our fellow British Columbians. We will celebrate the harvest and our farmers at our Fall Fairs, as we should. We will support our wine industry and the Fall Wine Festivals with enthusiasm, and we will pray for rain.

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By Greg Caverly, Accent Fireplace Gallery When The Power Fails, Your Valor Won’t ~ Valor fireplaces are fully functional heaters that don’t use electricity. These products provide efficient warmth, designed to heat your home without a fan or power supply. By zone heating a specific space in your home, you create a central area for the family to remain warm, safe and comfortable. Engineered to circulate air through natural convection, Valor fireplaces are highly efficient without a fan - providing reliable heat, even during a power failure. Valor HeatShift™ Technology ~ “The Right Heat, In The Right Place”. Warming homes since 1890, Valor gas fireplaces are recognized as leaders in advanced heat management. Identifying homeowner needs and expectations is what Valor does best. Taking the concept of “No Power, No Problem” to the next level, Valor introduces a heat management system that redirects fireplace warmth to a higher elevation in the room. Designed to reduce surface temperatures, the Valor HeatShift™ Technology System is recommended, especially when adding a wall mounted TV or heat sensitive material directly above the fireplace. In essence, raising the heat outlet improves conventional airflow, reducing wall temperatures and improving overall performance. Excess warm air is then circulated back into the room at a higher elevation. Advantages • Reduces wall temperatures above fireplace - ideal if placing a wall mounted TV or heat sensitive materials. • Run combustible finishing materials right up to the fireplace surround maximizing installation opportunities. • Excess warm air is circulated back into the room at a higher elevation improving overall performance. • Up to 60% of fireplace heat rises and flows through the HeatShift™ System and back into the room. • Heat is elevated naturally using gravity and Valor product ingenuity. • No reliance on electricity or a noisy fan operation. • Sleek heat outlet or hidden wall valance - providing heat distribution back into the living space. • Easily paint the plenums or grilles to match your design style.

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Thermal Burns By Jeff Burko, PEAK Executive Medical Director With cooler temperatures now, many of us will be turning to our fireplaces and space heaters to heat our homes. What comes with fire of course are burns. Unfortunately, as the temperature drops, we as Paramedics, see an increase in burn related 911 calls, especially in children. When it comes to thermal burns (heat-related), here are a few Do’s and Don’ts: THE BURNING PROCESS: DO stop the burning process as soon as possible. This means removing the casualty from the area and/or extinguishing the fire. Stop, drop and roll! DON’T put yourself at risk of getting burned as well. One patient is more than enough. COOLING THE BURN: DO cool the burn as soon as possible with lukewarm to cool water for 20 minutes. DON’T use ice or iced water to cool a burn. REMOVE CLOTHING AND JEWELRY: DO remove clothing and jewelry that is near the affected area of skin. DON’T forcibly remove clothing or materials that have adhered to the skin; doing so will likely cause greater soft tissue injury. KEEP THE CASUALTY WARM: DO place a blanket or layers of clothing on the casualty. Hypothermia is a risk, if one is attempting to cool a large burn area. DON’T place blankets or clothing directly on the affected area. This is to prevent infection and to ensure that the material does not stick to the area. PROVIDE FIRST AID: DO apply a dry non-adhering dressing like Telfa to the affected area. DON’T apply any creams or greasy substances to the burn area - for those of you who are my age DON’T use butter! ™ ™

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Pre-Season Training By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician If you are like me, you think of autumn as the gateway into winter. You spend much of your time getting geared up for ski season and begin the ritualistic prayers to the snow gods. With all this excitement of the first snowfall brings on pre-season training. Some things to keep in mind while you get your body fit for the hill are: Hydration ~ Drinking water is as important now as ever. Focus on proper hydration before, during, and after workouts. Ditch those electrolyte drinks. They are filled with sugar. The Canadian Pediatric Society has denounced the use of sport drinks, since most kids don’t benefit from them and don’t need the added sugar. An alternative to sports drinks, if you must, is coconut water or pineapple juice with a dash of salt. Stretch ~ Get your muscles warmed up prior to exercise and don’t forget to cool them down post. Stretching can reduce muscle tension, improve range of motion in your joints and improve coordination. The more coordinated you are, the less likely you are to injure yourself even riding the bumps. This is also a great time to incorporate Yoga into your routine. Switch it Up ~ Change up your exercise routine. Include some endurance, along with strength training. The best cross training routine will use a wide variety of activities, to work different muscle groups. Nutrition ~ Fuel your body so that it can perform well for you, as you would your car. Pre-workout fuel should be food that is easy to digest. This is where smoothies can come into play. Bring along some dried fruit (dates, apples, mango, peaches) to snack on for workout fuel. Eat right after your workout, focusing on protein to prevent muscle wasting. Overall, your body will perform best on nutrient dense whole foods. Balance it all out - with carbs, protein, and healthy fats. Magnesium ~ Muscles can benefit greatly from magnesium. This mineral gets easily depleted post exercise. It is needed for forming ATP, think energy, in the engine of every cell. Sufficient magnesium will reduce muscle cramping. Get In Those Fish Oils ~ Essential fatty acids, found in fish and algae oil, pushes the anti-inflammatory pathway, aiding in recovery. Just think that if the Norwegian skiers are using upwards of 10 grams of fish oil per day, a couple of capsules per day would help us Canadian recreational alpine skiers. MEAT ~ If you do injure yourself pre-season, follow the MEAT acronym and not the well-known RICE acronym. MEAT stands for Movement, Elevation, Analgesic and Treatment. Research shows that following these 4 simple measures early after an injury will greatly improve healing. Through all of this pre-season training, you might even find a new passion that can make autumn more fun. Dr Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma. She practices in Penticton. You can also find her on the hill, as part of the Volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol.

Slushy Thoughts from the Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Hello again everyone. Welcome to our fall season. I hope everyone is as pumped as I am for falling leaves and influenza. It is a great time of the year. I can trade my lawn mower in for a leaf blower and we all know blowers are way better than mowers (I think?). Anyway, October is when we north of the 49th parallel get to celebrate the harvest with a little thing we like to call ‘Thanksgiving’. It isn’t as big and flashy as that wacky thing they claim as Thanksgiving down south. Come to think of it most of the things down south are bigger and flashier; their fireworks, their military, the fake tan on their leader. We don’t have Black Friday, but rather a hung over, turkey stuffed, Monday. You heard it here first folks. I am going to dub it ‘Brownish-Green Monday’. I think that pallet covers most of what we are feeling. In all honesty, if you want any hope of safely traveling a mountain pass in this country to visit your relatives, you have to travel by mid-October. I know some of you would kill to have the excuse, “but there was snow in the pass”, so you didn’t have to watch Grandma lose her teeth into mashed potatoes because she has been into the G&Ts again. But, we politely put up with all that in mid-October, because we are Canadian and that is just what we do, gosh darn it (pardon my language). We also get to celebrate Halloween. And by celebrate, I mean I get to spend a fortune on cheap imported costumes so that my offspring can go around blackmailing old ladies into giving them candy. I mean what a con! Hey there Aunt May, give me some candy or I’ll egg your house! And, we all condone this barbaric ritual. It is truly madness. And, because I am the ‘Fun and Responsible’ parent, I have to trudge along after these rug rats. At least I get to wear a mask, so as not to be identified. You would think that the upside would be all the ladies in their ‘sexy’ style costumes. You would be wrong. While all the young ones flock to the bars and Halloween parties to shed their coats and become a ‘Sexy Ketchup Bottle’, all of us parents are in triplicate layers. We are well past winter tire season by the end of October. The only skin showing my Halloween night might be my butt crack, as I bend over to pick up my son who has tripped over his costume for the 8th time. Parenting Pro Tip: Tails are always a bad idea on costumes.

Oh well. Ski season will soon be upon us. There were already a few fleeting flakes in September. For now, I just have to pretend. Makes it awkward when the wife comes into the References: Bohl, Caroline & Stella Volpe. (2002) Magnesium and Exercise. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 42(6). Ronson, O et al. (1999). Supplement bedroom and asked what I am doing bent over. ‘Tucking’, I use and nutritional habits in Norwegian elite athletes. Scand J Med Sports. Feb 9(1) replied. She still seemed disturbed. Have a great fall everyone. See you on the slopes! 28-35. http://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/energy-and-sports-drinks


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A BIG Thanks To The Snow Sliding Public!

By Joshua Mercer, CSP President - Apex Zone With another year’s swap in the bag, the Canadian Ski Patrol, Pacific South Division, Apex Zone would like to acknowledge and appreciate the contributions of our local snow-sport enthusiasts. Thanks to your continued support we can happily categorize this years event as another HUGE success. For those of you that braved the check-in line and were successful in “swapping” your old gear, congratulations, your cheque is in the mail! I would also like to recognize our out of town vendors that bring a great deal of inventory to the event each year and without whom we would be left wanting. Thank-you to our resort partners in Apex and Baldy mountains, who were both on hand to provide early bird passes and some sneak peaks at the upcoming season. I think it is safe to say we are all excited to get this thing underway and are united in our prayers for SNOW!!! Our group has been hosting the annual ski swap for a long time with the goal, albeit not singular, of rebuilding our volunteer cabin at Apex. With your support over the years, and as we have saved, the Canadian Ski Patrol has not only provided first aid services, but a wide variety of equipment for on-hill use, from toboggans to an AED and all things in between. For over 44 years, we have enjoyed a unique relationship with Apex Mountain and have occupied the original double A frame located off the upper parking lot at the bottom of “The Chute”. To say our home has been well loved is an understatement. In the summer of 2015, we began phase one of our renovation/ rebuild and I am proud to report that we will complete phase two in advance of the upcoming season. The 50 current members of our local volunteer group and their families put in countless hours, not just fundraising, but training to ensure we can provide that top notch first aid service hand in hand alongside the professional staff on payroll at Apex. Our relationship is a special one and I am so proud of what this group has accomplished to date. It is a service that with your continued support we, the CSP, hope to continue providing for the next 44 years. Stop on by and say ‘hello’! Come take a look at how we have put your contributionsBtoe swork. t S k i T owns 1


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Phase One of the renovation/rebuild of the Volley Cabin in Summer 2015.

Phase Two of the renovation/rebuild of the Volley Cabin in Fall 2017.

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Dino’s Snowshoe Diaries By Dino Giurissevich, Snowshoe Guide As of this writing, the snow up Apex way has come and gone and come again. What will the conditions be like this season, and, how early will conditions be good enough to really enjoy? We shall see. For this article, I have decided to do a little product review on snowshoes, poles and boots. More specifically those which I use or have used. I will not get into detail about the products, just a quick review of the pros and cons, along with an anecdote or two thrown in. Firstly, and most importantly, snowshoes. I have been using, renting, and selling Faber snowshoes for about 12 years. They are Canadian made and have been around since 1870. Pretty amazing I think! The top-of-the-line Mountain Masters are the snowshoe I choose, which retail Faber Mountain Master for about $350. These snowshoes have a ratcheting binding system, which makes putting them on and taking them off quick and easy, plus the added bonus of a secure fit. The ratcheting binding system does add a little more weight compared to pull strap bindings, but I feel its well worth the compromise. One concern I originally had with the ratcheting binding system was the moving parts, which can mean something could go wrong. But, in 12 years of use, I have never had a binding fail. As matter of fact, in 12 years I have only sent back about 3 pair of snowshoes, two for minor warranty and one for decking repair, which a dog chewed. And believe me, I have put my snowshoes through hell and back! I won’t get into comparing different snowshoe manufacturers, as in my opinion they all make awesome snowshoes, both high end and low end. What sets Faber apart from most is the quality ratcheting binding system and being Canadian made. I would give them a 9 out of 10. Now, if they could only come out with a releasable binding system, that would be a 10 out of 10! Secondly, snowshoe boots. I have tried many different pairs over the years. Most have been adequate, but none, as yet, perfect. The pair I have been using for about 4-5 years now are Vasques. They are waterproof and warm (400 Thinsulate), have a D-ring at the front of the boot for attaching a gaiter, offer moderate ankle support, and have a ledge at the back of the boot which helps prevent the back snowshoe strap from slipping down and off the boot. The only maintenance/ repairs I have had to do in 5 years is to replace the laces once and to add waterproofing every month or so. I would give the Vasques a 6 out of 10. One type of boot I would like to try is a mountaineering type boot, but at $500-700? Maybe this year.

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Lastly, poles. I am a big advocate of using poles! Faber has a relatively cheap telescopic pole, which retails for about $45. I have been using them, as well as other brands, for about 12 years. They have a nice big basket, which is necessary for use in deep powder snow. A lot of pole manufacturers don’t have this, even high end models. One issue I have had with just about any pole I have used is that of the basket unscrewing while snowshoeing in certain conditions. Not much fun if you lose a basket and have to descend down a steep powdery slope. It throws off your balance, making it tougher and less enjoyable. As a result, I always carry an extra basket which has come in handy more than once. I give the Faber poles a 5 out of 10. Last year, I purchased a few pairs of Komperdells Backcountry Trail poles, which I use for snowshoeing and because of the length, light ski touring. These are a higher end pole with nice big baskets. When I first received them, I was concerned about the way the basket was attached to the pole. It seemed a little cheesy and sure enough after about half a dozen outings, the basket broke away from the pole. However, because of the design of these poles at least, the baskets can’t unscrew themselves from the pole. Once again, the benefit of being prepared comes in handy, as does duct tape to save the day! The company has sent me a fix for the basket problem, which I have yet to try. I give these poles a 5 out of 10, but may bump that up to a 7 or 8, once I try the basket fix. Well, that’s it for another issue. As always, I’m not in a rush for the snow to come, well, perhaps it can come higher up. I’ve had enough banging away at the keyboard for now, I’m off for a mountain bike ride!

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Vacation Home Planning

Making sure your financial future is secure.

By Robert McLennan, RBC Investment Advisor Whether you already own a vacation home or you’re just thinking about it, there are some key issues and planning ideas you need to consider. Before committing a large amount of money to purchasing a second property, consider renting in a few desirable areas for a period of time to test the location and neighbourhood. Financing Your Property ~ Once you are comfortable with the location and have selected an appropriate property to purchase or build on, the next major decision is how the property should be financed. If you require a mortgage, the mortgage interest will not be deductible if the property is used strictly for personal purposes. In order to make the loan interest deductible, consider the following two-step strategy: 1. Use existing cash or investable assets to purchase the property 2. Take out a line of credit to purchase income-producing investments In this case, since the loan is used directly to purchase incomeproducing investments and not the personal property, the interest on the loan is potentially deductible. Succession Planning ~ In straightforward situations, a person often acquires ownership in a vacation property either solely or jointly with their spouse for control and simplicity reasons. As people get older and no longer actively use the vacation home, they sometimes decide to transfer the property to their children. Here are some succession planning strategies that can help avoid disharmony among family members: • If your children will inherit the property and you expect it to significantly appreciate in value, consider gifting the property to the children today. Although this sale will trigger accrued and unrealized capital gains to you today, future gains may be taxed in your children’s hands and probate taxes may be avoided. • If the property value is high and you are over age 65, consider the cost/benefit of rolling it into a joint partner trust today in order to avoid probate taxes related to the property at death. • Life insurance can be used to pay any capital gains taxes realized as a result of the deemed disposition of the property on your death. It also creates a pool of funds to pay children who are not interested in inheriting the property. • If more than one child will own the property, they can enter into a co-ownership agreement to determine when and how they can use it, as well as how expenses will be paid. This article is an excerpt from the RBC Dominion Securities guidebook, Family Wealth Management - Ten Strategies to Build and Protect Your Family’s Wealth. Please contact us at 250-770-1214 for a complimentary copy. This article is supplied by Robert McLennan, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.* Insurance products are offered through RBC Wealth Management Financial Services Inc., a subsidiary of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. *Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund. This article is for information purposes only. Please consult with a professional advisor before taking any action based on information in this article. Robert McLennan can be reached at 250-770-1213.

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Apex Matters Sudoku Puzzle

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With the temperature cooling and the leaves changing, my thoughts of skiing will soon be a reality. To prepare for the coming season, think about tuning up those muscles needed. Go for a hike, bike, or whatever you like to get ready to ride when the snow flies. I really don’t want to see you in the infirmary with a season ending injury. So, get out and enjoy the crisp fall air and you will have your “groovy motion” down the slopes before you know it! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Tunes To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in.

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Great Cabin Recipes Mexican Style Stuffed Sweet Potatoes By Dee Martens Well, it’s officially fall. The leaves are changing, the days are growing shorter and root vegetables are calling your name! For this dish, I have added a Mexican flare to the sweet potato; I find that the vibrancy of the citrus and fresh vegetables gives this autumn dish the freshness that some root vegetable dishes lack (and it really does taste amazing, guys). Please Note: This recipe is for two servings, feel free to double/ triple the following ingredients for more guests. Begin by preheating your oven to 450 degrees and then proceed to cutting 2 sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Toss in a bowl with 1 Tbsp. oil, ½ tsp. of salt, ½ tsp. of cayenne and ½ tsp. of cumin and arrange on a baking sheet with the flat edge up, roasting until fork-tender (about 25 minutes for 4 halves and 35 for 8 halves). While the potatoes bake in the oven, in a skillet over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and one diced red onion, mixing occasionally until onions become translucent (3 minutes). Next, add 1 diced red or yellow pepper, 1 and 1/2 minced garlic cloves, one can of rinsed black beans (15.5 ounce can), ¾ cups of vegetable (or chicken/beef) broth, ½ tsp. salt, ½ tsp. of cayenne and ½ tsp. of cumin and cook until the beans become soft (10 minutes). Once soft, add 2 cups of baby spinach and the juice from one lime to the bean mixture - cook until spinach wilts (30 seconds) - be careful not to over cook your spinach. While the beans cook, mash 1 avocado and remaining ½ clove of garlic in a bowl with a fork until it becomes smooth. Stir in approximately 2 Tbsp. of cilantro (optional), the juice from one lime and a pinch of salt and set aside. Using a spoon, push in the middle of the potato to create a vessel for your delicious bean mixture. After you have added generous portions of the beans, top with avocado mixture and cilantro. If you are like me and love cheese on everything - load up your sweet potato, top with grated cheese (I prefer queso fresco), broil in oven for 2-3 minutes and then top with avocado mixture and sour cream. This dish has it all: sweet, salty, spicy and fall-y! Tip: Potatoes and beans can be made up to 3 days ahead if covered and stored separately in the fridge. Simply reheat potatoes in the oven and the beans on the stovetop before serving (I love to make these ahead of time for parties - simple, tasty and impressive!) Pair with Predator Ridge’s Pinot Noir for a perfect balance of acid, savory and sweetness ... or, let’s be real here, any variety of Mexican Beer! ¡aclamaciones! Stay Tuned for next month’s Great Cabin Recipe by Dee.


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