Apex Matters October 2019

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Volume 16 : Issue 2 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

October 2019

The first big snowfall of 51 cm was in September! Photo by www.preservedlight.com on October 1, 2019


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mountain experiences including ski and stay packages, group accommodation experiences and the ability for larger groups to deal with one registration system to book their entire group for rooms, lift passes and other experiences and dining options”, says Duckworth. Apex Mountain Resort and SkyRun Vacation Rentals are pleased SkyRun Vacation Rentals is excited to work directly with Apex to announce their new ongoing operating partnership as the official Mountain Resort on the creation and operation of Apex Places by accommodator of Apex Mountain Resort under the new name of SkyRun. According to Duckworth, the vision for the partnership is Apex Places by SkyRun. to build upon the diverse pre-existing array of properties at Apex The endeavour came to fruition as Apex Mountain Resort while bringing on new properties to enhance the experiences of recognized the need to centralize accommodation services through both property owners and guests alike. one primary service provider. The sole purpose of the search was For more information and a closer look into the properties available to better serve guests coming to stay at Apex Mountain Resort. from Apex Places by SkyRun, please visit: Apex.skyrun.com or “It was clear who our partner would be”, said General Manager chat with our helpful, knowledgeable local staff at 778-760-9101. James Shalman. Under the leadership of Stan Duckworth, Owner and General How Are The Roads To & From Apex? Manager, SkyRun Okanagan has shown great success having been operating at Apex Mountain Resort since 2011, and has the Acciona or “AIM Roads” is the road contractor for Apex Mountain largest number of both accommodation units at Apex Mountain Road and Green Mountain Road. Their mandate is to keep the and annual bookings. highways safe and open for the travelling public. Their winter shift Apex Places By SkyRun is now the largest operator of schedule is mid-October until mid-March. If you notice unsafe or accommodation properties throughout Apex Mountain Resort, with dangerous road conditions, please call AIM at 1-866-222-4204. a diverse range of choices including studio rooms, suites, cabins, townhomes and large vacation homes. SkyRun Vacation Rentals has provided new and better ways for vacation rental home owners to get the most out of their investment properties, as well as guests to get the most out of their vacation experiences. SkyRun utilizes technology, along with traditional and digital marketing streams, to leverage the best return for the home owners property. “The introduction of this new partnership will allow us all to better serve our guests, specify the ability to offer packaged Winter driving on Apex Mountain Road ~ Photo by www.leightruslerphotography.com

Apex Mountain Resort Come Join Our Team Job Fair October 23

Penticton Work BC Centre - Located in the Apple Plaza Suite 174 - 1848 Main Street, Penticton from 9am - 1pm

Apex Terrain Park Builders Ski & Snowboard Instructors Apex Ski Patrol Rental / Snow School Staff Childminding Attendants Snowmakers Skating Loop / Ice Rink Staff Reception / Front Desk Ticket Sellers Apex Season Pass Office Overseas Workers Welcome!

Interviews are done on a first come first serve basis. Please bring your resume.

Have you got what it takes to be a staff member of our Team? Apex Mountain Resort is renown for its friendly, helpful staff who do their best to make our guests have a fantastic experience. If you love people, love to ski and love the mountain resort lifestyle, you will thrive in our energetic workplace. Enthusiastic team members hail from far-flung locales such as England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, across Canada and our own backyard. Apex Resort hires for both paid and volunteer positions for the ski season. The perfect fit for Apex is hardworking, outgoing people who will want to show our guests the best time of their lives! Come and join us this season!

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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager

Don’t Miss Out!

Explore 56 km of Cross Country ski trails and 16 km of marked Snowshoe trails at the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre in Penticton, BC this Ski Season. Find more information at:on nickelplatenordic.org or visitpenticton.com

Open late November to early April

It’s almost “Go” time! Last week’s weather produced approximately 50 cms of snow on the trails at Nickel Plate. If you haven’t already purchased your membership, the Early Bird pricing ends October 31st. Keep your money in your pocket by registering before the deadline. Find the link on our website at nickelplatenordic.org. We’ll be hosting yet another preseason work party on October 12. The last weekend had no less than 40 volunteers show up, including the generous gesture from West Equipment Rentals who donated two skid steers and an excavator to help us move dirt. Needless to say we were able to tick a lot off the To-do list. On the 12th, we’ll be preparing more firewood to keep the day lodge warm during the season, and if we get enough people we’ll begin the big chore of cleaning up the lodge after the repairs to the chimneys. Our Skills Development Program is already full, due to a lack of coaches. Last year, the program had 14 coaches, while this year they have 4. Coaching is fun and doesn’t require you to be a fantastic skier. If you still don’t feel confident, the club will provide you with a free lesson by a certified instructor. The expense of the coach training is covered by the club, and you get a $25 stipend for every day you coach. And, the big plus ... You get to watch your own kids develop and enjoy the love of Nordic Skiing. We’re still looking to fill a part-time position. You would be helping our wonderful clientele with tickets and rentals, but also teaching lessons on snow. Contact Tricia at info@nickelplatenordic.org. There are a lot of exciting programming options for Adults this year to suit the schedules of more people. The details of all our programs will be on our website soon and announced on our Facebook page.

Nickel Plate Junior Racers Update By Chris Garwah, Head Coach

The season has started for the Nickel Plate Junior Racers. The team is practicing twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays either on the Pen High track or running trails. This year the dry land practices are designed to improve the athlete’s speed and power to enhance their cross country skiing. The team consists of 13 athletes from age 9 to 17. In September, most of the athletes took part in our annual dry land camp at Apex on September 13 and 14. With the help of Jeff Ellis, the team ran through a variety of cross country specific drills on the Friday and participated in a 16 km hike the following day. Most of the team participated in the “Test of Humanity” mountain bike race on the Sunday. With the new snow this past week, the team expects to get an early start to the season. For more information, please visit the Nickel Plate Nordic Ski Club’s website.

Resting on the Gunbarrel deck on September 14th during the dryland training day at Apex.

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Who’s That On The Hill?

What other stuff do you do for fun? Larry likes to pedal his Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone way up and down mountains It is that time again! Time for a little over-share and then, because that wasn’t enough, he hops on his road about one of our Volunteer Patrollers! What is your name? Larry Sandre, AKA ‘Scary Larry’, AKA ‘Mildly bike for kicks. You can also find him getting dragged behind Frightening Larry’ a boat, on skis of course. He Where were you born? Born with a bratwurst in his mouth and a takes full advantage of what stein in his hand, Larry hails from the land of Volkswagens and the area has to offer. lederhosen. He claims his parents were in the military, but it is common knowledge they were totally spies, working for the top What do you do for money? Larry reached a certain age where he became independently wealthy and no longer has to work. I guess secret Canadian agency MI-Eh. he retired or something. Really, we all know it was just an excuse How many years have you been patrolling? Two full decades! to patrol mid-week and steal all our fresh lines. Long enough that his tenure is considered a millennial. Longer than most marriages. He served 10 years at Big White before Should people hunt for you on tinder? Larry doesn’t think his wife Colleen would be too impressed if you looked him up on a dating coming to his senses in 2009. site. I’m just not impressed, because his profile is pretty weak. What shift are you on? Larry’s life of leisure affords him the opportunity to patrol as part of our mid-week crew. That’s right There we go! That is more than enough than we need to know folks, on those 20 cm work days, remember Larry is carving it up! about Larry. Remember to give him high fives when you see him on the hill this winter. Do you ski, board, telemark or something else? Skier, but his daughter married a snow boarder, so he keeps an open mind. It is very 2019 of him. Favorite run? Dropping into Bob’s Run down the right side after a fresh dump! Larry kindly asks that nobody, on the entire hill, poach his line. What do you like most about patrolling? Larry likes to think of patrolling as skiing with a purpose; giving something back to the sport I love. Plus, meeting people from all over the world is great! Favorite food? For Larry it ‘hasta be pasta’ with a side of chicken parm.

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Ski Skills For Life! By Head Coach Tanya Callon

Moguls, Terrain Park, Big Air & All Mountain for the kids club and community

Competitive & Non-competitive Programs for ages 6 & up www.freestyleapex.com

Caution! Side effects include smiles, laughter, new ski buddies, awesome knowledge of Apex Mountain and amazing ski skills for life!

IT’S SNOWING!!! Winter arrived early this year and we think it’s here to stay! Program Registration Opens October 10th at www.freestyleapex.com WHAT’S NEW? *New* Female Athlete Empowerment Program for young girls who love to ski! GIRLSTYLERZ is an extension of the Freestylerz program that caters to young athletes who identify as female. It focuses on all freestyle disciplines (moguls, slopestyle, air and all-mountain) and has been designed to offer young girls who already LOVE to ski, the opportunity to participate and progress through the sport of freestyle in a fun, safe and encouraging team environment.

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You’re Invited To “Skiing is Believing!” By Alec Henderson As a kid with an opportunity to grow up at Apex and live on the mountain, I loved being able to ski and play in the snow as much as I possibly could. My parents would often let me out to play all day and until the lifts stopped running at 9pm when night skiing was over. My friends and I would build jumps and rails wherever we could find space. My coaches have been so much fun and have helped me to become a better skier and showed me the importance of working hard and pushing myself to become better. Apex Freestyle is the best place for kids to learn the fun of skiing and get better at what they love to do.

I have been fortunate enough to earn a spot on the “BC Park and Pipe Team”. Unfortunately, this means I have to leave GIRLSTYLERZ is a 1-day program, every Saturday starting my home at Apex and train primarily out December 21, 2019 (13 sessions) with optional Christmas Camps of Whistler. The opportunity to ski with and Spring Break Camps available. this team is something I have worked for since I was 7 years old. Now at 16, EVENTS I find myself with living my dream and Apex Freestyle is hosting two national level events this 2019/2020 travelling all around Canada and USA winter season. We are starting Freestyle Canada’s season off with to train and compete. We train, ski, and the first event of the season, Canadian Selections on December travel over 180 days a year. It is so fun 14 & 15, 2019 where top athletes from around the country compete to have this chance and to meet so many other kids with the same against each other for spots on the North American Tour and World goals of competing and pushing ourselves towards the next level. Cup Tour. My mom and dad are helping me along the way so much. One of We will then finish Freestyle Canada’s season off with the the best things we are doing is organizing a fundraiser to help with Canadian National Championships on March 21 & 22, 2020. some of the costs associated with the ski team and travel expenses. Mark your calendars for this event, as you will want to come out These expenses can add up to $35,000 per year. On October 26, and watch some of the best mogul skiers in the world race down 2019, I am having a fun and social dinner night in Penticton with our course. our Apex friends and family, and enjoying a great meal with all of you. There will be amazing Silent Auction items, dinner, dessert, WE ARE HIRING! 50/50 draws, and more. If you would like to buy a ticket to support Looking for a fun and rewarding part-time job? Want to inspire and my “Skiing is Believing” or get a bit more information on the develop skiing skills in young skiers?! Freestyle Apex is looking for event, please contact my parents at 250-490-6523 or shawnda. dedicated FUNdamentalz and Freestylerz coaches to add to our henderson@hotmail.com or chadhenderson1969@gmail.com. COACHING TEAM. Freestyle skiing experience is recommended, but not required. Freestyle Canada Coaching certification courses I am looking forward to a very exciting year. Apex Mountain has available before the season starts. CSIA instructors welcome too. been my home for so long it will be different to be away, but I will work hard, train hard, and keep you all posted on how my new Please contact Tanya Callon at headcoachafc@gmail.com, if adventure goes. Thanks so much for helping me live my dream you are interested in joining our Coaching Team this season. and reach for my goals. Please follow me on Instagram for current Page 6 | October 2019 | ApexMatters.com updates: @alec_henderson_

Carvers Corner

By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach Registration is now open for Apex Carvers! Apex Carver’s is an entry level program suited for kids from 5-12 years of age. The program runs for 11 weeks starting in early January. 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. For the Early Bird Savings, register by November 15th. Welcome to the Club Brent Schleppe! Brent will be the Club’s U14 Coach. Brent has moved to the Penticton area from Jasper. We are excited to have Brent join our Apex Ski Club Team. Brent is very excited to ski at the best resort in the country. Warren Miller Movie Night is November 15th ~ Brought to you by Dr. Tom Evans of Eckhardt Dental. Visit with ski friends and enjoy the trade show in the foyer prior to the 7 pm show. $15 tickets are available after October 15th at Apex Ski Shop, Freeride, Pentagon, and Hoodoo Adventures.

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FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’ The Apex Waste Transfer Station will be operational within the next month or two, and I’m planning an opening ceremony event with staff for November. Watch for details in the next edition of Apex Matters and on Facebook. Subrina Monteith Director of RDOS Area ‘I’

The RDOS has issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) for the Apex Transfer Station maintenance contract. It closes October 21st. Please visit rdos.bc.ca for more details on this opportunity.

The Riordan Garnet Mine proponent has agreed to hold a community meeting with the date and time to be shared in the next edition of Apex Matters. Apex students have been lucky to have been accepted into the School District #67 catchment, as they are technically in School District #53. MLA Linda Larson and MLA Dan Ashton are both supportive of a boundary review request and will be advocating for that to occur in the future. Please email them and myself to voice your concerns. AIM Roads is the contractor for road maintenance, including snow removal, and should be your first line of contact for road condition reporting. AIM can be reached at 1-866-222-4204 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. You can also email aimroads@acciona.ca. 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

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Apex Community Association Update By Caroline Lachapelle, ACA President

We want to hear from you! What can the ACA do? Create subcommittees that foster projects, events, fundraising, infrastructure and more ... i.e. FireSmart, Community Building/Firehall, Year Round Events, Parks & Recreation, Canada Day Celebrations, Community BBQs, Permanent Paintball Field, and much more! Are you passionate about a certain project you’ve dreamt of making a reality at Apex Mountain? Now is your chance to help us. We invite you to share your ideas and vision for our community at the upcoming ACA AGM held on Saturday, October 26th in the Apex Cafeteria at 10am. The first Board of Directors meeting will be scheduled to commence directly after the ACA AGM ends.

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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Apex Volunteer Fire & Rescue Society Update By Caroline Lachapelle, AVFR Fundraising Coordinator

We’ve got a truck ... Now where are we going to put it? ~ Apex Mountain Resort has stepped up in a big way by allowing us temporary use of ½ of the Barn that is adjacent to the main parking lot. We had to customize a 7’ addition to fit Engine 121 in her new engine bay. The Apex and Penticton community have rallied together and provided us with donated materials to make this happen; South Okanagan Concrete Products, H&M Excavating, John Davis Contracting, RONA, Greyback Construction Ltd., Home Hardware, Benjamin Moore, Nielsen Roofing & Sheet Metal, Nickel Electric, and Bob’s Door Service Inc. Engine 121, “Timber”, is now safe and warm inside the Fire Barn. With ease of access, we will now be able to respond to fire and rescue calls much faster than before. We have also integrated a PPE (personal protective equipment) room beside the engine bay that holds all of our volunteer firefighter’s equipment. Allowing us to train and respond from one central location. Training! Training! Training! ~ In August of 2019, it was voted by the board of directors to be mandatory for all active volunteer firefighter members on the Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue to be certified through the brigade in; Wildland Firefighting, Peak Emergency Training Basic Medical Course, and Exterior Structural Firefighter Certification. On September 28-29, we held our medical training and now have 16 members who are basic rescue certified. This course was eye opening, informative and a great starting point for our future medical responders. Due to our isolation and possible lengthy ambulance response times, we are aware the Apex Community and its many visitors need this service. It was held and donated by Peak Emergency Response Training and we thank Jeff Burko for this generous donation. UPCOMING TRAINING on October 18-20, we will be completing our 3rd pillar of training with a full weekend of exterior structural training. We look forward to sharing our experience and knowledge from this certification with you in next month’s edition of Apex Matters. Fundraising: the fuel that propels our brigade forward ~ You may have noticed we are taking a different approach to our fundraising efforts. Instead of having our gofundme account open all the time with limitless goals, we will now be setting its limit with 1 piece of key equipment at a time. This will allow for more transparency on our end with our donors, to see exactly what we are doing with your donations. We will also be launching a new website in the coming weeks, which will have a page dedicated to larger item donations, as well as a “schwag” section where you can pre-purchase “I Support Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue” t-shirts with our new logo. Other upcoming fundraising events will include, but not limited to; fresh wreath drive (closer to the holidays), monthly pancake breakfasts, boot drives, Firefighter Winter Olympics weekend, and much more. We invite you to follow us on Facebook at “apexfirebrigade” and Instagram @apexfirerescue to stay in the loop and find out how you can help. #ApexCommunityStrong Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Can You Feel It? Ready Or Not ... Winter Is On Its Way!

By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventures & Chute Lake Lodge There are folks out there who may be very excited about winter, and some, not so much. Either way, I have a tip to help you get the most out of this winter. Of course, the best way to speed up time is to stay busy. The best way to stay busy is to fill your calendar with events and activities that you can look forward to! Don’t know what there is to do around here? Well, we’re here for you! Below is a list of activities that can be done in the surrounding area and events we’ve come up with that you can check off your must-do list this winter season. And, before you know it, spring will be upon us! Fun Winter Activities you must do this winter ... • Snowshoe to the top of a mountain or across a frozen lake • Play a friendly game of pond hockey • Take a horse drawn sleighride • Go ice fishing • Go tubing • Build your own toboggan run and spend hours (minimum) sledding down it • Dine and/or stay at a mountain lodge or resort • Go for a snowmobile ride • Head out for a nordic ski • Make your own adventure in the back country (of course hire a guide as needed!)

Winter Events at Hoodoo Adventures and Chute Lake Lodge ... • December 1st ~ Santa Rec Run • December 8th ~ Light up the Lodge at Chute Lake • Of course, all the Christmas Festivities! • January 19th ~ Snowshoe Dinner and 3 Course Meal • January 25th ~ Live music and outdoor live Ice Bar • Feb 14-17 ~ Love and Family Weekend Festival - Valentine’s Day Dinner, 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament, Bonspiel, Snowman building contest, skating, ice fishing tournament, snowshoeing, evening events, live music, etc. Cabins must be booked for the whole weekend. Lodge rooms can be booked by the night. • March 14 ~ Live Celtic Band! • March 16-29 ~ Spring Break with self-guided activities and events, along with restaurant specials. • April 13th ~ Easter Sunday event, Easter Egg Hunt, games and lunch • March 14th ~ Ski2Tree • March 28th ~ Elevator Race More information on all of our Winter Events and activities can be found at hoodooadventures.ca and chutelakelodge.ca. We hope to see you out an about this winter season, before it’s gone!

Preventing The Powder Cold By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, ND Fall brings with its fair share of sniffles. Kids back to school running around and sharing their fair share of germs. This is the time of year that more people call in sick or seek help from their doctor to get on the mend. Natural therapies have their place in truncating the effects of a cold by helping the body to heal itself. Hunkering down on keeping your diet clean is always the best bet for a good immune system. Keep your plate full of veggies and fruit. A well balanced diet provides the natural vitamins and minerals our engines need to keep going. Excessive sugar can reduce immune function, even if it comes from natural sources like fruit juices and honey. Keep Stress in Check ~ We have all seen this. Pushing through to an exam or deadline and after it is all complete, there is a crash. Whether it be a cold sore or a full on cold, it’s all too common to come on when the heat of stress is over. It’s a wonderful mechanism, our body’s ability to push on and get’er done. But, we all want to enjoy the down time too. My suggestion is to nip stress in the but. Natural medicine has much to offer in this arena - from B vitamins to adaptogenic herbs. And, a prescription of skiing fresh lines will be part of my treatment plans for my stressed patients this winter.

Dr. Deirdre O’Neill

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Vitamin C ~ It often seems natural to go toward oranges when we are sick. Vitamin C is a power house of a vitamin. Truncating any sickness when its levels are optimized. Dosing is based on your bowel tolerance. Typical levels most people can take are 1000 mg three times a day, without issue. Zinc Lozenges ~ When it comes to the common cold, Zinc is a sure winner. A recent analysis of 3 studies showed that Zinc lozenges, at a dose of 80 mg per day, shortened the length of a common cold up to 3 times. Lozenges are easy to pack and pop into your mouth heading up on the chair lift.

Herbal Remedies ~ Most colds are caused by viruses, leaving antibiotics to be an ineffective treatment. Yet there are many herbs that have powerful anti-viral and immune boosting properties. Vitamin D ~ Research shows that optimal levels of Vitamin D is Some of my favourites are garlic, oregano oil, echinacea and essential for a healthy immune system. As the sun dips in the north, astragalus. our skin’s production fades, necessitating us to get our Vitamin D With all this said, the best immune defence is what our moms through supplementation. Knowing what dose is best for you is always taught us. Washing hands frequently, with soap, keeps based on your own blood levels. I recommend having your Vitamin you from getting what’s going around the office or school. Recent D blood level checked annually to keep your immunity, bones and studies state that antimicrobial hand sanitizers are not as effective mood in tip top shape. We all know that the best access to the as good ole bars of soap. Teaching your kids to sing their favourite sun’s rays in the winter is up here at Apex. song while they wash their hands, will help rinse germs away. Warding off colds this season will keep you skiing and enjoying all that Apex has to offer. And using that powder cough for what it is meant for, a sick day spent up at the hill instead of in bed. Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, has an expertise in Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma. She practices in Penticton at Alpine Natural Health. You can also find her on the hill as part of the volunteer Canadian Ski Patrol. Hemilä H. Duration of the common cold and similar continuous outcomes should be analyzed on the relative scale: a case study of two zinc lozenge trials. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2017;17(1):82.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Physiotherapy Visit By Christine Campbell, BHK, MPT, CAFCI, FCAMPT No one wants to find themselves in physio. Maybe you had a workout-related injury, were involved in a motor vehicle accident, or are trying to get to the bottom of some lingering pain you’ve been having for a while. Whatever the reason, and because there is limited time, resources and budget, you want to get better as quickly as possible in the least amount of sessions as possible. I thought I would take this opportunity to provide you with a few tips to help you make the most of your physiotherapy appointment, and ensure you leave feeling satisfied! Have a good understanding of why you made the appointment During your initial assessment, the physiotherapist will start off by asking you questions relating to what brought you into the clinic. Most physiotherapists have a finite amount of time to spend with their patients, so being clear with your purpose will help you maximize your time and theirs. Knowing specifics such as when the pain/problem started, how it started, what makes it worse and what makes it better are important pieces to the puzzle. Know your Health History Giving your physiotherapist a good health history can make a big difference. A clinical picture of the problem is created through their knowledge, their clinical experience and your reported history. The more clues you can give, the more likely the puzzle will come together quickly and clearly. This helps us determine what tests we need to perform and what tests we may be able to leave out. Things that are important to communicate with your physio are: • Past injuries or surgeries • Medications • Other medical conditions you have been diagnosed with, Communicate including any mental health, genetic or congenital conditions. Please communicate with us. If you don’t understand something, Wear the right clothes if what we are doing makes you uncomfortable or helps relieve I can’t tell you how many times I have had someone come in the pain we need to know. If the exercises are aggravating your complaining of knee trouble and they are wearing jeans! It is condition or are too easy, we need to know that too. Please let us difficult to assess an injured area when I cannot physically see it. know any and all your questions and concerns. Make sure that when you are going to your physio appointment, you wear something that makes it quick and easy for the physio Think about having a preventative physiotherapy visit to assess the area. If you have a lower body issue: bring shorts, Physiotherapists are widely recognized as “Rehabilitation your regular footwear and any orthotic you may use. For the upper Specialists”, due to our expertise in meticulously evaluating body, I encourage women wear a tank top/sports bra and have movement and identifying deficits in posture, strength, long hair pulled back. The clinic does have gowns and shorts that flexibility and/or balance. The majority of individuals will see a you can borrow, but I find people move more naturally and I can physiotherapist once they are in pain, have had an injury or a recent surgery, but did you know that we can help you prevent an get a better clinical picture when they are comfortable. injury before it happens? Some of the movement deficit may exist Do your Homework prior to the onset of pain and can predispose individuals to injury. How quickly you recover will depend on if you do your homework As the ski and snowboard season is around the corner, I know a lot or not. Successful recoveries require your co-operation outside of you are starting to take your equipment out and evaluating their of our physiotherapy clinic. Your physio will most likely give you readiness for the season - maybe you will be taking your skis in exercises or some modifications to your postural or lifestyle habits for a “tune up”. This year, I encourage you to schedule a “tune up” that they want you to work on between sessions. Your dedication to for yourself with a physiotherapist to ensure a safe and successful your physiotherapy “homework” will greatly enhance the outcome snow season. of your physiotherapy and will help you to achieve your goals as quickly as possible. And if you don’t do your homework, please communicate that with your physio. We won’t be mad; it will help Don’t Despair us to understand your progress and how to modify your exercises We’ll Repair! to better suit your lifestyle.

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Dino’s Diaries, Adventures & Interviews

Pre-Season Snowshoe Equipment Checklist: First off, one should prepare themselves for a season of By Dino Giurissevich, Adventure Guide snowshoeing. I suggest going on hikes of varying difficulty. I use Having missed the first edition of Apex Matters because of being trekking poles during my hikes, as I firmly believe in using poles for off on a “family and friends tour” holiday, I am now back and slowly snowshoeing. For those that are new to snowshoeing, I suggest trying to get into the groove of writing. This year I will mix it up and long walks using walking poles. Stretching and/or Yoga are write about a few adventures, interviews with some lesser known excellent ways to loosen muscles before and after snowshoeing. and perhaps well known recreationalists and who knows what or Secondly, gear inspection. I visually inspect my snowshoe’s deck who else. Here comes another Apex Matters season! I hope you and frame for any rips, tears or cracks, which may seriously tag along for the ride and enjoy the articles. compromise their reliability. I put the snowshoes on the boots I By now, unless you were off grid somewhere, you have all heard of will be using to ensure proper fit and that the bindings are working. the massive record dump Apex and area received in September. I Telescopic poles will get a cleaning and lubrication. Boots should haven’t been up to see the white stuff, but have seen it through the be weatherproofed, if needed. Apex Facebook site. Lots of happy non campers! The die-hards Thirdly, backpack. Similar to snowshoes, I visually inspect for rips, getting in the first, and perhaps earliest season runs ever, which tears and broken buckles which could cause any problems. Then, will give them something to talk and brag about for years to come. I make sure I have in and on my pack the following essentials: History in the making. 1. Navigation ~ Compass, topo map, GPS or iPhone As for me, I have said it for years and say it again, “the mountain biking is as good as it gets right now, so I’m in no rush for snow.” 2. Sun Protection ~ Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses/goggles Hero dirt, or “brown pow” as we like to call it, and no dust with 3. Extra Clothing ~ Socks, gloves, toque, balaclava, fleece perfect temperatures and fall colours to appease the senses. As jacket, light windbreaker, pair of tights, long sleeve undershirt good as any 50 cm pow day! While on the subject of mountain (when reaching the summit of a lengthy climb, I will change biking, I would like to give a shout out to all my fellow Wednesday into a dry undershirt.) Night riders, and anyone else that helped with the re-bridging of 4. Illumination ~ Headlamp, with extra batteries and bulb the Good, Bad and Ugly trail at Apex. It’s not something I would usually miss, but I was on holidays. I look forward to riding the new 5. First Aid Kit ~ I will not get into specifics, as there are many items and sizes of kits. At the least, have a basic kit, which bridges next year, but you never know, maybe this year! can be purchased or made up. Sitting at the keyboard wondering what else to write about, I had 6. Fire Starter Kit ~ Lighter, waterproof matches in waterproof thoughts of how advanced most sports equipment has become in container, flint and steel, candle, lint from your dryer for fire my lifetime and also how extreme sports have become. Having starter. These should all be put in a zip-lock bag. said that, I have been snowshoeing for over 20 years now, which is 7. Repair Kit and Tools ~ Swiss army knife or multi-tool, folding about how long hi tech snowshoes have been around (give or take saw, short screw driver (for snowshoe adjustments), duct a hand full of years). This advancement in snowshoes is probably tape, zap straps or zip ties (various sizes), string or cord, and the major reason for the exponential popularity snowshoeing has small bungee cords. seen in the last 10 years or so. That, and, it is more or less a low impact sport with an easy learning curve. The one technical 8. Nutrition ~ Energy bars, mixed nuts and fruit, brown sugar. If advancement I have not seen, but have wanted to see for many I plan on stopping for a longer lunch break, I will bring along years, is a releasable binding. The snowshoe company that comes sandwiches and a thermos of tea. up with that advancement will certainly have my business. 9. Hydration ~ I usually hydrate quite well prior to a snowshoe That’s about it for my creative babble portion of this article. I will trip and also bring along a litre or two of water. Iodine tablets have Myleen insert a pre-season “equipment checklist”, as I have as well, in case of an emergency. done each year. I feel this is an often overlooked chore and one 10. Emergency Shelter & Miscellaneous Items ~ Emergency bivy that is very important for a safe and enjoyable snowshoe season. shelter, a couple of space blankets, hand and foot warmers, small piece of waterproof nylon, whistle, cell phone (with emergency #’s programmed) and a camera.

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If you carry a backpack with these essentials while out snowshoeing, your outing will be much more pleasurable, especially if lost, hurt or heaven forbid, you have to spend the night outdoors. Be safe! Have a great snowshoe season. Till next time ... Shoe you later. Snowshoe Etiquette Tip: It is bad etiquette to snowshoe on any established cross-country ski trails. Please respect their turf. Snowshoe to one side or the other, but never on their track. ApexMatters.com | October 2019 | Page 13

Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank

legit did not trip up the spell checker. That makes me proud. Anyway, so far we have only dipped our feet into house league, By Brad Nunes so we do still get to see friends and family every other weekend, So, how about that massive dump people! Over 50 cm’s ... in except on holidays of course. But, we know people. Well, have September! Bring it on baby! Dumps that large have not been known people. We called them friends in the summertime, but as described since Indian-Mexican fusion night at the old Nunes soon as September hits they disappear into the bowels of some manse. I cannot tell you how happy I am for the former dumps. dark arena. Occasionally, a text message will waft to the surface ... The later evokes a tich of the PTDD (post-traumatic dump ”I need more sock tape ... please bring Tims.” It is sad to see those disorder). Ok. Enough with the low-brow toilet humor. This is a with so much life in them cloistered away so young. The kids though, quality column that won’t stoop to poop to get cheap giggles ... they have a blast. Whacking at each other with sticks. Every rink Oh, who am I kidding. Dookie jokes makes the world go round. But sells dollar candy bags. They get to invade some poor innkeeper’s really, this amazing weather event really gets the itch going. And, establishment a number of times a year, much to the pain and this is the best kind. When I get all stoked for snow, I get nothing suffering of other guests. I guess that is why it forges a lifelong but glares from those who don’t partake of the sweet vertical. But, love of the sport. Anyway, pray for me. I’ll talk to you next month! this one was different. Sure, it was a little gloomy in the valley, but nobody had to shovel anything and nobody tripped in the shopping mall parking lot (unless banana peels were involved). This time, we all got to share in the marvel. Everyone was watching the meter stick tick up and up. We all had an interest in how high this game of reverse limbo could go. My father-in-law made sure to update me every couple of hours. Not only does it mean that he was super excited about the snow, but it also means he may have to take up more exciting hobbies! Anyway, it was refreshing to share in the joy of snow with everyone around me. But, for reals, yo! That base is THICK! Folks, I have some sad news. I have fallen victim to a horrible condition. I have now come down with a case of ... the “Hockey Parent”. For years, I have been doing my best to inoculate my children with skis, curling brooms and straight up cash bribes, but sadly our youngest has donned the skates and gloves. I can only assume our lives will soon become chockablock full of long, messy hair and donnybrooks. Just gobs and gobs of donnybrooks. Okay, The first hike to earn your turns was on September 29th ~ Contributed by Will Geary total side note, but something I find totally amusing ... “donnybrook” APEX PLACES BY SKYRUN: THE OFFICIAL ACCOMMODATOR OF APEX MOUNTAIN RESORT




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Jay’s Tunes To Turn To

Artist ~ Willow Smith / Track ~ “What a minute!” “Wait a minute”, did we just have the first big snowfall in September? Hold on, “wait a minute”, I still need to get firewood for this season. This song by Willow, the daughter of Actor Will Smith, is a great catchy song that will have you grooving in no time. Ski you later! Jay is a life-long skier, who has skied this great country from coast to coast. Join him this season in “Jay’s Tune To Turn To” with whatever he finds to share. YouTube his tunes and join in the fun.

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Great Cabin Recipes Chorizo Burrito Bowl with Avocado Salsa By Dee Martens Hello all! It is now officially fall and I find myself missing summer and craving those fresh flavours already! There is one genre of food that I can never seem to get enough of - Mexican! I find that dishes from this region are always bursting with fresh flavour, but that they pair perfectly with chilly fall days, as the spiciness can warm your insides. I tend to enjoy ‘jazzing’ my rice up a bit, for added flavour (and I think, freshness!) - but if you’re running short for time and/or don’t feel like adding to the rice, there is no compromise to the flavour - quinoa is also a great grain substitute. Begin by cooking your rice: bring 1 ¼ cup of water to boil in a small/ medium sized pot. While you wait for your water to boil, prepare your ‘avocado salsa’ (this will top your burrito bowl): dice 1 tomato into uneven chunks and place in a medium bowl. Next, zest and juice one lime and thinly slice 2-3 strands of green onion, add to the tomatoes. Cut your avocado in half before removing the pit and skin and chopping into chunks similar in size to the tomatoes and finally, chop a small handful of cilantro (with the stems). Mix together the tomatoes, avocado, half of the green onions, half of the chopped cilantro and half of the lime juice in a small bowl, adding salt, pepper and crushed red chili flakes for flavour. Add ¾ cup of rice to the boiling water and turn stove to low/medium heat, cooking for 12-14 minutes, until tender. While your rice cooks, heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Dice 1 small onion up into small pieces and cook until just translucent. Next, remove the meat from the casings of 4 chorizo sausages, breaking the sausages into small uneven chunks and cook with the onions until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Add the kernels from 1 corn cob (or 1 can of undrained corn kernels) to your chorizo and cook, stirring once or twice until golden brown (usually about 3 minutes). Next, grate (or crush) 3 cloves of garlic and add to your mixture before adding 1 tsp. of cumin, 1 tsp. of oregano, 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper, 1 tsp. of salt, 1 tsp. of pepper and 2 tbsp. of water. Cook, stirring meat mixture together, until fragrant. Once rice is done, fluff with a fork and add the remaining green onions, lime zest and cilantro and set aside. Next, combine 2 tbsp. of sour cream with the remaining lime juice and zest in a small bowl and whisk to make a crema for your dish. To compile your dish, divide the rice evenly between two large bowls and top with your chorizo mixture. Next, pile your avocado salsa on top of your burrito bowl before topping with your fresh crema and enjoy! Published by Okanagan Matters Publications apexmatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 www.ApexMatters.com Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2019 through April 2020. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and around Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 16th season in print! Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this publication. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement, and retain the right to edit all copy. Every effort has been made to make this publication as accurate as possible. All authors and advertisers are provided with a proof of their submission and their final approval is requested before being published. © 2019 Okanagan Matters Publications.