Apex Matters October 2021

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October 2021


Thankful For Apex By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters

Great Cabin Recipes Chicken Pot Pie

When October rolls around, the pockets of warm sunshine combined with crisp cool evenings and beautiful autumn colours always reminds me that it’s time to get ready for winter.

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Fall time means that the warm, comfort food comes out of the This time of year also brings us Thanksgiving, a time to reflect recipe books and goes straight to my thighs! Just kidding ... but for and be grateful for the little things we tend to take for granted. I real, this Chicken Pot Pie is absolutely amazing and sure to please am thankful for Apex, my favourite place to recreate, relax and even the pickiest eaters in your home. rejuvenate. I am thankful for the peace and tranquility that Apex Begin by mixing 2 ½ cups of flour with ½ tsp. of salt with a fork. always brings me. I am also very thankful to our many loyal Next, add 1 cup of cold butter, chilled and diced, and ½ cup of cold advertisers. This snow culture grassroots newsletter, for all those water to your flour. Using a fork (or pastry blender), try to make the who enjoy Apex and recreating outdoors, is made possible by local butter into pea-sized balls. Be careful not to over mix, as the flakey business support. Join our strong readership and showcase your texture is usually from the hidden butter balls in the mix! Cut dough business in Apex Matters, helping to support the Apex community in in half, press first half of pie dough into pie plate and poke a few the process. Shop local. Buy local. Neighours helping neighbours. times with a fork, saving the other for the top of the pie. Quick Reminder ... Be sure to purchase your Apex Season Pass To make the filling, heat ¼ cup of butter in a cast iron skillet. Next, at www.apexresort.com by October 10th and your Nickle Plate sweat 1 large onion cut into small diced pieces, 4 stalks of diced celery and 2 medium sized carrots (this should take approximately Membership at www.nickelplatenordic.org by October 31st. 5 minutes). Once cooked thoroughly, add ¼ cup of dried or fresh Published by Okanagan Matters Publications thyme and 1 tsp. of sage. Next, coat your ingredients in ½ a cup apexmatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 of flour, stirring to avoid having a gluey mess before adding ¾ cup www.ApexMatters.com of milk. Once you have brought your mixture to a boil, add ½ a Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2021 through April cup of frozen (or fresh) peas, ½ 2022. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and around cup of frozen (or fresh) corn and Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex the meat from 2 large chicken Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 18th season in print! breasts, diced. Add chicken filling Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of to your prepared pie crust before the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this topping with remaining crust. 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. © 2021 Okanagan Matters Publications.

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Apex Mountain Lodge Seasonal & Short-Term Rentals By David Duckworth, Co-Owner The new ski season is almost here and we are excited as we get Apex Mountain Lodge ready to welcome guests for the 2021/22 ski season. The Lodge is a ski in/ski out experience with 10 suites, including Queen Rooms (sleeps 2), Family Rooms (sleeps 4) and a 4 Bedroom Suite (sleeps 8-10). Located in the centre of the Apex village, the Lodge is pleased to provide both seasonal and short term rentals in a charming building. Independently owned and managed, the Lodge is perfect for families, groups, and teams. We are now hiring a Lodge Host and a Caretaker and looking for an exceptional, customer focused individual(s) who is hard working and ready to lead the Lodge through the 2021/22 ski season. Daily tasks will include welcoming guests and providing a positive experience for our guests, common area cleaning, minor maintenance and repair, snow removal, cleaning rooms, and hosting guest events. To apply or get more information, please email duckworth@indianarm.eco. Check out the new Apex Mountain Lodge website at ApexMountainLodge.ca and book your next holiday!

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Ski Bums ... Sit On It And Rotate Dude! By Grant Gichard, Physiotherapist at Sports Clinic Physiotherapy As much as I’d like to reminisce, I’m not here to knock that time honoured tradition of devoting one’s life solely to a strict diet of skiing and hedonism. That can wait for another day. Now that I have your attention, I’d instead like to take some time to celebrate those muscles that make up the skiing bum - the underrated and often misunderstood Gluteal Muscles. What are they, what do they do, and why do we fall apart when we neglect them? Most of us know about the Gluteus Maximus or rump muscle, that shapely buttock we’re accustomed to seeing on scantily clad underwear models and photos from the Keg Cup after midnight. This beast is the main extensor of the hip joint, driving us forward when our leg moves behind us during skiing or landing from a jump. It’s important to have strength in big players such as these and their quad muscle neighbours to generate the power we need during jumping and landing. But what use is power, if we can’t keep a handle on it? This is where the remaining deeper butt muscles come into their own. The Gluteus Medius and Minimus muscles which lie underneath their big brother Maximus, head up an inauspicious team of smaller muscles which number 7 in total. The fact that there is a whole sevens rugby team devoted to doing the same thing, hints at their overall importance. These muscles are stabilizers or core muscles of the pelvis and they keep us stable, by controlling - you guessed it - rotation of the hip joint. The smaller deeper bum muscles combine to externally rotate the hip joint while we are standing or landing on one leg. In doing so, they prevent the hip joint turning inwards which is coupled with that most dreaded of physiotherapy afflictions, the dropping of the pelvis on the opposite side. Marilyn Monroe made a name for herself walking like this. The dropping of the pelvis or the Trendelenburg sign is sometimes referred to as the Marilyn Monroe gait. She actually asked her shoe makers to make one heel higher than the other so her hips would alternately drop, giving her that eye-catching, “butt waggle” walk. Great if you’re an iconic sex symbol or if you’re going for that ski bum swagger, but I digress. If it looks sexy, what is so wrong with a pelvis that drops off the level? It’s not too difficult to see how repetitive hip drops coupled with inward leg twists might create problems above and below the hip. A sloppy pelvis often contributes to pain on the outside of the hip (trochanteric bursitis), outside of the knee (iliotibial band syndrome) and front of the knee (patellofemoral pain). To make matters worse, inward rotation of the leg creates repetitive strain issues leading to calf muscle pulls and Achilles tendonitis. Hamstring muscles overwork to compensate for a lazy bum that’s not pulling its weight, excessive motion in the low back creates stresses ... and so on. But enough of this doom and gloom. There are specific exercise drills targeting what is referred to as rotational hip stability that address these issues. The key is to carefully progress exercises from non-weight bearing to more challenging standing and running postures. This gives our brain and nervous system the chance to regain conversations with muscles that may have disappeared off the radar - often due to an old lower knee or foot injury. In short, fix your bum and the rest will follow. So, don’t be shy. Talk about it with your friendly neighbourhood Physiotherapist. We take ski bums seriously.


Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update

Nickel Plate Nordic Racers

By Kevin Dyck, President

By Jessica Roach, Head Coach

Hi Apex! We’re getting down to the wire for Early Bird pricing on Nickel Plate Season Passes! The sale ends October 31st. At the same time, you can register the kids for the Skills Development Program that runs Saturday mornings, or the Nickel Plate Nordic Race Team for those ready to participate in the race scene or just want to train.

Fall training has kicked off and it has been nice to see some faces we missed during the summer. The athletes are switching their focus from biking and running to skiing and it is exciting to see the improvements in their fitness levels. This past weekend we had our first training camp of the season. The team was a huge help at the Nickel Plate work-party with stacking wood and putting up trail Another date to remember is the Nordic Ski Swap on October 16th signs. We got to go for a long run through the ski trails and see them at the Bike Barn in Penticton. This year, we’ll have a whole crew of in a different season. Don’t worry, the view is still breathtaking. Or knowledgeable folks there to tell you all about our race programs is that the elevation? The athletes also participated and helped in the first annual Naramata Cross Country Classic. All the athletes and to help you pick out gear that is just right for you. ran their hearts out around the courses in Manitou Park. It was And speaking of programming, the Masters groups are almost sold awesome to see the young talent this area has. The racers finished out. We’re offering both the ever popular weekly group lessons, the weekend with a long rollerski with some amazing views. as well as our new race training stream. Registration for Masters programs is through our website under ‘Services’. Some big news this month is that Nickel Plate Nordic Centre has been certified by “Living Wage for Families BC” as a Living Wage Employer, one of only two Nordic clubs in BC to achieve this recognition. This means that employees of Nickel Plate will be offered a wage that is deemed by the society to be sufficient for a family of four to afford all the basic expenses of living in the region. Lastly, what fun would a newsletter be without talking about Covid? The goal posts continue to move daily, but at this point the club will not be requiring vaccination passports for those visiting the centre. We will continue with strict Covid protocols including mandatory masks inside buildings and physical distancing. Access to the lodge at this point is still up in the air, but is looking promising with reduced capacity and strict compliance with yet-to-be-developed protocols. Stay tuned for an update next month in Apex Matters.

Saturday October 16th, 2021 9 AM to 1 PM

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The days are getting shorter and that means winter is coming yay! With that, equipment must be on your mind. Be sure to stop by the NPNR’s Ski Swap on October 16th at the Bike Barn. Lots of knowledgeable team members will be available to help with sizing and all equipment needs. If you have unused ski equipment you’re looking to sell, now is the time. Programs are starting to fill up, so make sure you get your youth outside and on skis this winter. We have a program for everyone, be it the Bunnies (ages 4 and 5) Skill Development Program with levels going up to four (ages 5-9), Track Attack or Trail Blazers (ages 10-12) and the Racing Program (ages 13+). Our Masters programs (racing and recreational) seem to be very popular, so you better act quickly if you want a spot! We are looking forward to the season ahead! ApexMatters.com | October 2021 | Page 5


On The Ski Cross World Cup Circuit By Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni After a long hot and smokey summer, I am more than excited to be flying to Europe to get on snow. Currently, I am in Saas Fee, Switzerland, at our pre-season training camp. We are working on GS, SX start training and will be getting on the full SX track shortly. Stay tuned for more updates this season in Apex Matters!

Reece Howden, Apex Ski Club Alumni, was the Ski Cross World Cup Crystal Globe Winner and Rookie of the Year last season, standing on the podium 6 times, winning the gold in 4 races and silver in 2. Reece was voted “Rookie of the Year”, which is voted on by his competitors and all the coaches. He also won the overall Men’s World Cup Ski Cross Crystal Globe, which is awarded to the athletes with the most overall race points. Reece ended last season with 691 points and 2nd place Swiss racer, Jonas Lenherr, accumulated 405. Apexers wish Reece all the best this season!

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Carvers Corner

By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director Welcome Back Everyone! A new exciting season is fast approaching. What a great season 20/21 was, with amazing skiing opportunities for all of us. Special thanks to the resort for all their hard work all season. We are all so excited for 21/22 season to begin. The club is very excited for this year. Our website has been updated and ready for registration. Early Bird Registration ends on November 15 for all programs. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Last season was little different, as you can imagine. There were no race events, but we managed to keep the fire going all season long. 21/22 will be a welcome change from the past year. Apex Carvers ~ Skills and drills will be at the forefront again this year. This program is perfect for teaching kids strong ski skills, so they learn to love the sport for life. This 11 week program is for those between 5-12 years of age. We offer a Full Day Saturday program and a 1/2 Day Sunday program. It’s amazing to watch these kids take their skiing to a new level each year. 3 day camps are also offered during the Christmas and Spring Break. Extra days for extra confidence on the slopes. See notice to right for Christmas dates. Visit the website for more. www.apexskiclub.com U12 ~ This is an amazing program. Kids in this program can ski more days with the coach. We highly recommend this to kids, as it really gets them rolling in the skills needed to be a very proficient skier. You all would have seen these rippers all over the mountain last season with their coaches. U14/U16 ~ Just like the our U12 program, but with older age kids. We utilize the amazing Apex Mountain Resort, which has some of the best training in the country. We are all excited to get back at it this season!

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2 Spring Break Camps in March 2022

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Runs weekly though March 19 & 20

Okanagan Ski Team (OST) ~ We are so proud of our group of U16 athletes who are moving up: Molly Raymond, Sienna Blaser, Amy Clarke and Sam Lawlor. These ladies were on fire all last season, training so hard daily. They are so eager to race this season. We will get opportunities to see them a lot, as the OST trains at our amazing resort. BC Ski Team ~ Congratulations to Heming Sola (Apex Ski Team alumni), as he continues to crush it. We are very excited to watch him this season. Heming finds himself ranked right on top in the country. He just recently traveled to Europe for early season prep. Good luck fella. Marcus Athans will be racing, but is now focusing on school. He just arrived at UBC, where he will continue his studies in Engineering. Well done fella. Reece Howden ~ Keep your eye on this Apex Ski Club Alumni. Ranked #1 in the World in Ski Cross. We still can’t believe the season he just had! Lots of great things going on this season. Looking forward to seeing you all on the slopes. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry

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Hintertux By Jordan Kober, Canadian Freestyle Mogul Team Member Well, we made it to Austria. It’s been almost a week here now in the small village of Hintertux. It is such a small, little village that I think the people are outnumbered by cows. There’s been some pluses and minuses to this place so far. On the positive side, we haven’t had any weather days yet, which is why we wanted to get away from our usual October training location in Zermatt. However, on the minus side, although the ski hill might be open, there is not much snow to ski on. Until a couple days ago, most of the terrain we were skiing on was exposed glacial ice skates would have been just as appropriate as skis. Luckily, we’ve now received a few centimeters of snow and conditions are looking a little better. There is still an insufficient amount to build a full mogul course, which is what I would normally expect for this time of year, but we are making the most of the situation. We skied in a few lines of moguls on a pitch with a bit more snow and we will hopefully have a jump site to train on in the next couple days. Due to this lack of snow, there is now a good chance that some of us will end up returning to Zermatt after all. The course there is currently being built and should be ready to go in a few days. So, we are left with two options: One, we can stay here in Austria and be able to consistently ski on a less adequate training setup; or two, we can go to Zermatt which will have better training, but only if there is decent weather and the ski hill decides to actually open. I gotta say, sometimes I’m jealous of other sports, like hockey, where heading to practice doesn’t mean embarking on some epic odyssey. Regardless of what happens, I am optimistic that I will be able to have some quality training that will prepare me for this competition season, which kicks off in Sweden in just over a month!

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Hello Apex Family By Alec Henderson, BC Park & Pipe Team Member Today, I am packing for my first ever trip to Switzerland. We will be meeting on September 30th and flying out from Vancouver as a team. We will spend the entire month of October training and finetuning our skills at Saas Fee in the Swiss Alps. I’m so looking forward to being on snow and in the park in a few short days from now. In photo to left ~ Alec Henderson (on left) with best friend and team mate Andre Dreyer (on right) at the Penticton Lakeside Resort during Alec’s recent fundraiser. My family and I would like to say a big thank you to the Prystay family and his staff at the “Penticton Lakeside Resort” for hosting a space for my fundraiser held on “Thai on the Fly” set up for the September 25. A “Fundraiser in Support of Alec’s Ski Journey” huge shout out to my uncle Steve Sheridan as well for providing the delicious Thai food. Thank you to my friends and family for coming out for lunch, dropping off empties, and supporting my ski dreams. The day was a success and definitely helps me to move forward in my sport. If you would still like to contribute your empty bottles and cans, please feel free to drop off at our address, 137 Lee Avenue in Penticton, by our front door. Thanks for your continued support! The Apex Freestyle Water Ramp closed down a few days ago. It was great to see everyone and throw some more big tricks before heading into the winter.

Jordan Kober training on the Zermatt glacier a few of years ago. Page 8 | October 2021 | ApexMatters.com

I look forward to seeing you at Apex when I have time to hit the airbag and hopefully see all the Apex Freestyle kids throwing down. See you as soon as the snow flies!


Freestyle Apex Update By Kristi Richards, Program Director & Head Coach Hello Apex! Freestyle Apex is bursting with excitement for the snowflakes to fall and the season to come ... We have been working behind the scenes to set you up for an other action packed, yet safe season ahead. We are so fortunate to have so many amazing facilities to utilize, and better yet, a great team of Freestyle Families to work with. Massive gratitude to the Apex Freestyle Club Board for its big vision for the Club and the sport, and to Apex Mountain Resort for always entertaining and supporting our ideas and needs for the athletes, both visiting teams and our own. We are hoping for some great early season opportunities with the landing bag and early mogul course, and are excited for the prospect of being able to host some key Freestyle and Snowboard events this season. The first event on our plate is the Canadian Selection event, held mid-December. This is a high level event on ‘Kristi’s Run’, that will be host to Canada’s top athletes gunning for their National Team and Provincial Team spots. We usually see a great International turn-out to that event, as Apex is a favourite early season training spot for many teams, that will hopefully be back this season. Make sure to come watch, as it will be high flying and action packed skiing! The landing bag will see it’s first full season in operation this season, with great sponsorship exposure opportunities, event opportunities and of course daily (and maybe even nightly) training. The landing bag is suitable for athletes of all ages and abilities, from 8 year olds to adults, snowboarders and skiers alike.

PROGRAMMING will be open for registration by mid-October. Be sure to sign up early! • Jump and Bumps ~ 1/2 day or Full Days - For ages 6+ • Freestylerz ~ Full days - choose either a Saturday or Sunday, or do both! - For ages 8-12 • Freeriderz ~ Full days - Sundays - For ages 11+ • Junior Team ~ Full weekends - For ages 11+ • Girlstylerz ~ For ages 8+ • Performance Team ~ For ages 11 + And, we are so pumped to officially welcome SNOWBOARD to our Club! We are starting off with incredible support from the community, and rockstar coaches like former pro-snowboarder Donny Ellis, GOLD MEDALLIST Ross Rebagliati, and former prosnowboarder Ty Kuhn. • Snowboard Performance ~ For ages 11+ • Snowboard Recreational ~ For ages 8+ www.freestyleapex.com

Another massive thanks to an EPIC water ramp season! We finished it off with a Splashdown SHOWDOWN, where our younger athletes had to team up to beat the score of some of our Performance Team, and BC Team members Alec Henderson and Andre Dreyer. The sun came out and the smiles were large. Of course the best smile goes to our Girstylerz member, Frankie! (See photo below on left.) The best splat award went to Performance Team member, Grady Parsons for a double backflip splat!

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Magnesium & Curcumin Dr Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Doctor Seeing a dusting of snow on the hills and getting out last year’s gear to see what you will rip down the hill with is always a sure way to bring on the stoke. But are your muscles and old injuries ready for bombing it down the hill again? You likely are concerned about easing your muscle aches, building stamina and keeping inflammation in check. Many people resort to ibuprofen or advil for some of these effects. But have you thought that supplements can replace these over the counter medications? There are a few key players in the natural medicine arena that come to mind that are versatile and supportive for the active skier. Just as you are making sure you have hand warmers at the ready, stock up on these two beneficial supplements - magnesium and curcumin.

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The other most common prescription I give in my practice is curcumin. The majority of patients I treat suffer from arthritis, due to repeated injuries over the years. These patients are often seeking an alternative to NSAIDS that doesn’t negatively affect the stomach lining, yet is effective at keeping them out on the slopes longer. The alternative pain reliever that I prescribe most often is the active ingredient in turmeric curry called Curcumin. Even though curcumin comes from turmeric, don’t think that increasing your curry intake will provide the pain relieving benefit. To reduce pain in the joints at a comparable level to ibuprofen, the dose of curcumin runs to 1200 mg daily - that would be a heaping amount of curry. Not only does curcumin reduce inflammation in the joints, it also has an anti-inflammatory effect on the cardiovascular system. I use curcumin as a neuroprotective when it comes to supporting brain recovery from a concussion.

One of the most common minerals that I prescribe in my practice is magnesium. It is not just a side player to calcium to aid calcium’s absorption. Magnesium can have its own limelight. Upping your magnesium intake while you up your fitness will help to reduce muscle tension, pain and trigger point formation. There are different types of magnesium for different purposes. Magnesium Citrate ~ Most people take this form as its bioavailability is superior. You have to be cautious in taking too much, as the citrate form is notorious for causing loose stools. Magnesium citrate is great for helping you get a good night’s sleep, reducing anxiety and replenishing your magnesium stores. Magnesium Malate ~ I choose this form when I want to support the muscles. Combining magnesium with malic acid improves cellular energy production and eases muscle aches. Magnesium Sulfate ~ You will get this one in epsom salts. If you don’t have a hot tub for an après ski dip, stock up on epsom salts to throw into a bath to ease your muscles by absorption through the skin. Magnesium Glycinate ~ When it comes to getting support for the heart and cardiovascular system, the glycinate form is where it is at. This form will help reduce blood vessel spasms, support the heart and bring down high blood pressure. As skiing is a cardio fitness sport, consider magnesium glycinate to keep your stamina up. Magnesium Threonate ~ This form crosses the blood brain barrier. If you are one that has suffered from a concussion or two, this is the form of magnesium to keep in mind. I find it useful for treating headaches, improving memory, helping concentration. When it comes to neuroprotective properties, magnesium threonate shines.

Most people tolerate curcumin. Although curcumin is used to treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohns disease, some people get gastrointestinal upset from high doses of curcumin. Caution is also recommended if you are taking an anti-clotting medication or if you have gall bladder disease. Curcumin and magnesium can definitely be considered main players when it comes to treating pain, old injuries and improving overall health. If you are looking for specific support to keep you living the skier’s dream, contact me to give you a tailored plan. 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.

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Monthly MLA Report By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen At night, I’m normally exhausted and fall asleep fast, not much can actually ‘keep me up at night’. Recently, that’s changed. And what’s keeping me awake is not the complex policy challenges ahead to modernize forestry so it works for rural BC, it’s not the challenges of meaningful mental health supports, or navigating out of the opioid crisis: it’s the erosion of the legitimacy, accountability, and truth at the heart of our public discourse. This threatens the very nature of our society.

FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

Several people have reached out to me regarding off leash dogs roaming around the Apex community. A friendly reminder that dogs must be on leash off your property. This isn’t a new issue and due to the rural living of Apex, dog owners seem to forget that not everyone wants your puppy to visit. For peace and harmony for all, please Subrina Monteith This has surfaced, for me, in difficult conversations that have been keep your dog at home, securely Director of catalyzed by the pandemic (vaccines, science, public health), but RDOS Area ‘I’ fenced or tied up safely. it is concern about the amplification of misinformation on a much It’s been a pleasure getting updates from RDOS staff who have longer time-scale that worries me even more. Jim Hoggan put it well back in 2013: “The public square - the been working with the Apex volunteer fire fighters to make forum for free debate that we depend on in a democracy - is being progress in setting up the service which will begin soon. Keep choked by misinformation, denial and bitter adversarial rhetoric. It in mind that everything takes time to acquire equipment, build a is causing the Canadian public to turn away in despair, creating an building, and train high quality volunteers to provide the service that the community voted to create. If you see a member of the epidemic of mistrust and what’s worse, disinterest.” Apex fire brigade, thank them as it’s their passion and dedication We all have a role to play, on whatever scale, to help reduce the that will create an essential service for the community of Apex. Do mistrust and despair that’s around us. My call to action here is know that volunteers and staff are doing everything possible to to everyone: please listen openly and compassionately, but also keep costs down and get outside funding. An exciting opportunity actively correct misinformation. This can’t be done by government is Gas Tax Funds that RDOS directors are responsible to allocate or grassroots alone, it must be a collective effort. We all are to area projects. 2022 is the year that Gas Tax has been allowed to responsible for promoting healthy civil discussions rooted in reality. be spent on a Fire Service, which means I’m able to offset some of Parallel to this call to action, much of this week has of course been the building costs by outside funding. Everyone is doing their best spent in reflection about Truth and Reconciliation. Awareness, to keep costs of service down for rate payers. openness, and a willingness to listen and learn about the past are As always, please reach out with any questions or comments. at all at the heart of the ‘truth’, for me at least. And simultaneously, reconciliation requires we all are open to shifting what we think is Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.460.0723 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca normal, work that requires a lot from all of us. I encourage people to take a few minutes to read Phyllis Webstad’s story about the origin of Orange Shirt Day, and let yourself get lost in some of the narratives that develop from that starting point. Poignant, emotional, and important; and part of how we will come together to reconcile the truth of the past with compassion and openness. Whether discussing the realities Indigenous peoples have faced, COVID-19, or any other issue, the truth, and trust in the truth, matters. And, that requires honesty and a willingness to listen from every one of us.

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Acciona or “AIM Roads” is the road contractor for Apex Mountain Road and Green Mountain Road. Their mandate is to keep the highways safe and open for the travelling public. Their winter shift schedule is mid-October until mid-March. If you notice unsafe or dangerous road conditions, please call AIM at 1-866-222-4204.

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Apex Mountain Resort would like to remind local residents and visitors alike that water conservation is extremely important all year round! It is integral to the well-being of this beautiful mountain that we love so much. We all need to make a conscious effort to conserve water when you can.

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Fall Is Here, So Winter Is Near! By Erica Fletcher We were all blown away by the turn out at our Community BBQ on Saturday, September 25. The weather gods and goddesses blessed our gathering with warm sunny weather, so most of the community was keen to take a break from wood cutting and home repairs to come down and enjoy company over burgers and beverages. It was so great to see everyone! Thank you to all who came out and generously supported the future endeavours of the ACA. It’s after an event such as this that I truly love and appreciate this little mountain community. All of you rock! You make this place so special. Thank you!

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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APOA Update

By Jeff Brown & The APOA Board

I’m sure you are wondering what some of the future endeavors of the ACA are, and this is the perfect place to let everyone know! Right now, we’re looking at the creation of a community board for locals to have a place to post information about things going on at Apex other than the Facebook page. We’re saving funds and looking into grants to build a park, hopefully next summer. And of course, we like to host Community Events and BBQs, so some of the funds from events like this one go towards hosting new events, and the ball keeps rolling. We’re also hoping to host a few winter events this season as well, so watch out for those. Oh, and stickers are on the backburner somewhere ... because who doesn’t like stickers right?! Things to mark your calendar for this autumn from the ACA: •

Halloween Event: Join us on Sunday, October 31 in the afternoon/evening in the village centre.

Apex Community Association Annual General Meeting: Join us on Sunday, November 14 at 3 pm in the village cafeteria.

If you would like to join the ACA, have ideas for future projects and events, or suggestions, please contact us at apexcommunityassociation@gmail.com or https://www.facebook. com/profile.php?id=100067709146871. Cheers! Page 12 | October 2021 | ApexMatters.com

Apex Village lies on the boundary between two school districts and two provincial ridings. The following is an excerpt of the letter APOA sent to both school boards and both MLAs in February 2020. Little has changed, so the letter’s content is as relevant today as it was 20 months ago: The Apex Property Owners Association is the non-profit advocacy group for the 500+ property owners of Apex Village. In recent years, Apex Resort has welcomed a growing population of permanent residents, and importantly, a growing number of young families that are making Apex their full-time residence. The positive impact on the economic and social health of Apex Resort created by these young residents cannot be overstated. We love our young families! As you know, Apex village is within SD53 boundaries. The APOA Board of Directors is writing you today to formally request that SD53 and SD67 work together to initiate the legal, regulatory, and procedural steps necessary to move Apex Resort village into SD67 (Penticton), thereby correcting the anomaly in school district boundaries that is already damaging Apex Village’s attractiveness to young families. The APOA will, if requested, outline the many community and economic arguments justifying our request. However, we are confident those arguments are already well understood by all concerned. Suffice to say the only school bus transporting Apex-resident students goes to SD67, not SD53. This provides ample evidence of what Apex families want, and indeed what common sense indicates, is the obvious solution to this situation: bring Apex Village into SD67, where it should have been all along. The APOA appreciates that to-date SD67 has been exemplary at serving the needs of Apex’s children. We also acknowledge the constraints that school district boundaries place on student placements when school enrolment becomes full. Notwithstanding, eliminating the immense stress this has placed on Apex families is justification enough for immediate action. A broader consideration is the impact this is having on other young families considering making Apex their home. What we want to convey to both SD67 and SD53 is the importance of fixing this issue before next September. Further, we need local realtors and the public at large to be made aware that this schooling issue is being addressed. The negative impact on the village’s ability to attract new families is at stake. The APOA strongly urges immediate action on this important issue.


Get FireSmart Today By Molly Raine, AVFR Communication Lead BC has endured a long summer of wildfires and data from the province shows that this season is the third-worst year ever in terms of the total area burned. To put it into perspective, 1 hectare is approximately two-and-a-half times the size of an average football field and over 889813 hectares were burned in BC. Wildfires are and will continue to be a natural and necessary ecological disturbance in our forests. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to manage our individual properties to reduce the wildfire risk to our homes and our community. As we begin to settle into the fall season and prepare for winter, it’s a great time to think about what you can do to FireSmart your home now and start planning for next summer. Taking action to FireSmart your property will dramatically decrease the risk of wildfire damaging your home. The best part is, it’s surprisingly easy to do. Here are some tips to get started: • FireSmart sheds and other outbuildings within 10 metres of your home to the same standards as your home. • Keep combustible materials and vegetation a minimum of 3 metres from propane tanks. • Move firewood and lumber 10 metres away from your home, or store in an ember resistant structure. • Prune trees to create a 2 metre clearance from the ground to the lowest branches. • Add non-combustible 3 mm screens to external vents (except dryer vents). • Reduce the flammability of your landscaping and keep grass/ weeds cut below 10 cm. • Clean and maintain gutters and roofs. Keep decks and balconies clear of leaves and debris. • Clean under your deck to remove any combustible material and create a non-combustible surface. • Establish a 1.5 metre non-combustible zone around the perimeter of the house and deck.

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Penticton Sno-Trackers Club

(Formerly the Penticton Snowmobile Club) By Amber Hobbs, Secretary

The AFBS offers a few programs in partnership with FireSmart BC. Welcome! There have been many exciting changes taking place this past month, starting with club’s name. Dating back to 1969, The FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition Program aims to the Penticton Sno-Trackers has a long and proud history within the get neighbours working together to reduce risk and you can even snowmobile community to which we hope to uphold. get national recognition. Getting this status not only ensures your neighbourhood is prepared, but it can also be a great way to spend The Board of Directors is full of new faces, eager and excited to build upon our community relations within the Apex community. time with others in your community. We are in the beginning stages of planning the upcoming season The FireSmart Home Partners Program is designed to engage and are always open to hear input from the Apex community and homeowners in voluntary mitigation activities by offering a *free* can be reached at pentictonsnotrackers@gmail.com. professional home assessment and report by the AFBS for your Apex property. This assessment evaluates a home for wildfire Follow us for exciting announcements on our Instragram page @ penticton_snotrackers and Facebook page @pentictonsnotrackers. exposure in their unique risk and ways to reduce it. The free 65+ FireSmart Yard Clean-Up and Chipping Program is for property owners age 65 years and up. Sign up for a *free* FireSmart Home Partners Program assessment. The AFBS crew will undertake assessments, mitigate your yard, and chip and haul vegetation for you. By donation FireSmart Curbside Chipping Program is for property owners under 65 years of age. Sign up for a *free* FireSmart Home Partners Program assessment. Do the work that is recommended in the report. Follow the directions for piling your vegetation curbside and the AFBS crew will chip and haul your vegetation by donation.

A work party was held recently which saw 20 + volunteers turn out, all of which pitched in to clean up the club’s cabin and rec site and replenish the fire wood supply in preparation for the season. We’re excited to begin mapping our riding areas and registering the trail systems to be able to share this knowledge with the public to ensure safe riding within the Apex community. One of our main focuses this season will be signage. Signage to help the snowmobile community navigate Apex safely and respectfully, while providing access to our trails, staging area and parking lots.

If you have any questions, would like to learn more, or would Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 13 at 6:30 pm and we like to sign up for the FireSmart Home Partners Program, visit invite all snowmobile and snowbike enthusiasts to come see what our website at apexfirerescue.ca or email our local FireSmart we’re all about! Looking forward to shredding some powder! representative Graeme Lindsay at firesmart@apexfirerescue.ca. ApexMatters.com | October 2021 | Page 13


GN’R Alpaca Boutique Alpaca fibre, yarns, products, workshops, hats, mitts, socks and much more ... Gail Franklin-Hawes 7171 Tucelnuit Drive Oliver, BC

Inside The GN’R Alpaca Boutique By Gail Franklin-Hawes, Owner GN’R Alpaca Boutique is a new unique, everything alpaca and fine fibre and yarn store. Having sold our alpaca and sheep farm and moving to the Okanagan, we wanted to be in a location where we could choose when we would enjoy the colder winters sports, and keep warm and be comfortable in our alpaca clothing. Alpaca is much warmer than wool, and definitely super soft. It contains no lanolin making it hypoallergenic too.

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South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre By Wendy Weisner, PhD, Executive Director

Our hats and mitts and scarves are also an outdoor person’s Feeling lonely? A “dose” of Volunteering makes loneliness friend. From full thick chunky hats to light lacy scarves, GN’R less common. We know if we eat healthy foods, exercise, and Alpaca Boutique has a wide selection of styles and colours. avoid smoking, our chances of living a happier, longer, and Workshops ~ Not only is GN’R Alpaca Boutique a beautiful healthier life increases. But, it appears that regular volunteering boutique of all things alpaca, they also have studio space to do should be added to that healthy checklist. And, there’s a growing some amazing workshops. “Fibre is very forgiving”, you don’t body of research to support this. need to be crafty to make something beautiful, unique and useful. Workshops include: Introduction to spinning (a one-on-one 3 hour class); Yarn Dying (leaving with 2 full 100 gram skeins of alpaca yarn) done in 2 different techniques; Nuno felted scarf or table runner, 3D felted vessels, felted soap, knitting with beads, thrum mittens and more. Classes run around 3 hours, with a minimum of 3 students, and all materials are supplied. Why not plan a lady’s craft night? Call for details. Plus, I could come to you. Please check out our website at gnralpacaboutique.ca and for a great run, other than the ski hill, come visit the boutique and feel our beautiful alpaca items.

Volunteering at least two hours a week may go a long way toward helping to ease feelings of loneliness and social isolation, which impacts our physical and mental wellbeing.

The best ways to derive health benefits from volunteering is to: 1. Volunteer for the right reasons; to help others. 2. Volunteer consistently throughout your life. 3. Volunteer to meet the threshold of 2 hours a week. 4. Volunteer in a diverse range of opportunities or organizations. Less-lonely people might be more apt to venture out to volunteer and that’s where the SOS Volunteer Centre can help. Each month we have a Volunteer Gathering where volunteers meet first and get to know one another before embarking on volunteer work of their choice. Volunteer Gathering ~ Join us on October 27 for the monthly Volunteer Gathering. Register at info@volunteercentre.info. Register on the SOSVC website, www.volunteercentre.info, as a ‘Volunteer’ to receive updates on volunteer needs. Register as a ‘Leader’ in to receive board training and opportunities. ‘Like us’ on SOSVC Facebook. Before volunteering, read the “The Volunteer checklist - Volunteering during Covid-19”. For more information, email info@volunteercentre.info or call 1-888-576-5661.

Blood Donor Clinics October 25 & 26

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1:30-5:30pm - Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre, 2965 South Main St Call 1-888-2DONATE or www.blood.ca It’s in you to give!


Summer Vacation, Ski Bum Style By Whitney Wynn With the ski season just around the corner, I thought a quick “Hello” and update was in order! What the heck have the Ski Bums been up to? Ironically, it was our most productive off-season yet! This summer, I was at the hill full-time, which sure gave me lots of time to make soap! I also took a few courses on our high speed internet (LOL) all about natural skincare formulation. The institute is based out of Denmark, and WOW was it educational! I’ve learned so much, lots of testing and tweaking of formulas, which has led to some pretty amazing products now in the works! Speaking of new things ... have you had a wander through the new Artisan’s Den at the Apex Mountain Inn? What a fantastic space and fun place to shop and learn pottery! You may notice a new brand on display, so I guess the cat is out of the bag - we’ve grown! Say hello to Tiller + Main, a simple approach to natural skincare and home products. As the Ski Bum brand has grown, it was time to branch out and get a little, ya know - boujie. I’ve launched a full skincare line (with even more to come), taking everything I’ve learned over the past few years and finally settling on some formulas that I feel are as effective as any upscale boutique brand - all while maintaining our commitment to naturally-derived ingredients and affordability. You will find lots of crossover between the 2 lines, and of course, the bottom line remains the same ... environmentally friendly, sustainable sourcing and production methods; but now with a look to appeal to all types - those cheeky ski bums, or the more “refined” who prefer a simpler, more subdued look. Rest assured, both brands uphold the high standards Apexers have come to expect, and both continue to be made right here on the mountain! I hope the summer has kept everyone busy and well, and you are getting ready for another great season at Apex. Bring on the snow!

Jay’s Tunes To Turn To

Artist - Saint Motel | Song - “Move” The ski season is going to be here before you know it! Make sure that you “Move” and get into shape for those epic powder days. “Gotta get up, I gotta get up” ... When you know it’s snowed all night and its time to catch that first chair. “Head. Shoulders. Knees. Toes. Look alive it’s time to go.” Whether your preseason training involves hitting the gym, riding your bike, holding the tuck position while waiting in line at the grocery store, or that seasonal chore of gathering firewood, be sure to work all your major muscle groups, stretch, and drink plenty of water too! “Move” now to help you enjoy the whole season ahead and also to avoid any injuries. So, get outside and “Move”! 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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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes Happy October folks! I hope everyone’s fall is going well. I am heartened by all the moisture we have been having so far. I feel like overall it has been a pretty wet September and I hope that it translates into a wild winter! It is always really nice if you can get some nice thick dumps in early December. I mean The Mountain Shop may shed a tear because I am not coming in for my weekly fill, but they will just have to manage. Speaking of staying on top of the snow ... I am loving all the new webcams on the mountain. I can now obsessively check conditions from 5 angles when I should be doing work. I do worry that the next step is James creating an Apex Mountain OnlyFans account and then we will have to pay to watch all that sexy snow. Try explaining that one to your significant other. I swear! I am just checking the snow report! Those are the only mounds I am ogling! Thanksgiving and Halloween both grace us this month. I may just combine the holidays this year. Thanks-o-ween! I forget making a turkey with the 10 other complex dishes and just stuff myself with Halloween candy. I forgo the costume because I look like a hobgoblin anyway. If I want to get a good fright, I can just review the credit card bills for my kids’ hockey, dance, music, and jiu jitsu classes. Relatives come over, but they have to stay outside, ring the door bell and I just throw all the Glosset Raisins at them. Sounds much more relaxing and way cheaper. Lastly, I want to recognize our latest national holiday. In all seriousness, I hope that you took at least a little time to reflect on what reconciliation means and how you can be a part of it. If you are still looking for something to do, I highly recommend stopping at the Residential School Memorial near the En’owkin Centre just off Green Mountain Road on the PIB. You are most likely driving right past it on your way up and down the hill. Just take 15 minutes and read the history, hear the stories. Knowing better makes us do better, so learn a little more. It’s the very least we can do. Thanks everyone. Cheers! Advertise Your Business Here. Shop Local. Buy Local. Neighbours Helping Neighbours. apexmatters@telus.net 250.490.6951

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