Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”
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We have some great new content coming your way this season. Stay tuned for more good news stories, helpful tips, industry updates, community information, sweet deals, socially distanced special events, and much more for “Keeping You in the S’know”. Sadly, our annual CSP Ski & Board Swap was cancelled due to Covid-19. We trust you can buy and sell online this fall instead. Quick Reminder ... Be sure to purchase your Apex Season Pass at www.apexresort.com before October 4th and your Nickle Plate Membership at www.nickelplatenordic.org before October 31st. Published by Okanagan Matters Publications firstname.lastname@example.org | 250.490.6951 www.ApexMatters.com Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2020 through April 2021. 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 17th 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. © 2020 Okanagan Matters Publications.
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Welcome To The Season Ahead By James Shalman, Apex Mountain Resort General Manager Last season was absolutely amazing with Apex Mountain Resort setting a snowfall record for the most snowfall in a 48 period in North America (maybe the World!). It is a shame that we had to close a little earlier than we would have liked, however, we were still able to be open for operations for 107 days, only closing 12 days earlier than we normally would have due to Covid-19. Season passes are now on sale until October 4th and we have frozen our rates to be the same as last season. In addition, if you had an Apex Mountain Resort Season Pass for the 2019/20 season, we are oﬀering a 10% discount towards your purchase of a 2020/21 Season Pass. This oﬀer is due to the early closure of Apex Mountain Resort as a result of Covid-19. A Season Pass is the best way to enjoy Apex 7 days a week from December 5, 2020 to April 4, 2021! For the 2020/21 season, we are currently conﬁrming pass-holders at Apex will now receive TWO FREE Bonus Lift Tickets at: Whitewater (New This Year!); Silver Star Mountain; Mt Washington; Seymour; Manning Park; and Baldy Mountain. That’s 12 FREE LIFT TICKETS valued at over $900, which is worth more than your season pass alone. A season pass is the most aﬀordable way to play at Apex. After 9 times, you will have the rest of the season free with an adult pass, or ski free after 8 times with an adult family pass. Seniors, teens and juniors only need 7.5 times to ski the rest of the season for free. There will be a few changes on the mountain this season due to Covid-19. First of all, if you are not feeling well or are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, please stay home. Wearing a face covering in the village outside is recommended; however, it is
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Oﬀ Season Grind By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Alumni After a disheartening end to last year’s the race season, with Nationals alongside other races being cancelled, not much Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update changed throughout the summer. By Tricia Wilson, General Manager Almost all spring and summer training camps were cancelled; Membership Registration 20/21 ~ It’s go time! If you haven’t however, I was still able to put in some huge hours and rack up already heard, membership sales opened September 1st. Early the kilometres. The ﬁrst two weeks of August were spent in and Bird pricing is in eﬀect, so be sure to purchase your 20-21 pass around Whistler, staying at a place we have in Pemberton. Then, now. The link to the registration page on Zone 4 is conveniently a few days of riding in Squamish, followed by a BC Team Camp provided on our website. Once again, CCBC is running a provincial in Whistler. This was the ﬁrst provincial training camp of any sport membership drive, and all clubs with at least 20% of last year’s that had been held since before Covid-19. membership will be entered to win some pretty cool prizes. You’ll Before that camp, we spent a week running in Whistler. From doing also receive a coupon for $100 oﬀ winter tires at Kal Tire. The oﬀer the Black Tusk to Mount Rohr on the Duﬀy, we got around; for a grand total of thirty hours of running in only six days. During that expires September 30, so register soon! For those hoping to have kids in the Skills Development Program, week, we put down 180 kilometres. We witnessed some amazing registration has been delayed until September 15th. Crystal and views and lived the high life of athletes with nothing better to do Steve are still planning numbers and procedures, one more joy of than explore the vast alpine of some of BC’s most spectacular mountains. The coolest part was we would go and get completely a pandemic era. lost, following no trail but our intuition ... we still would come across September Work Party ~ The date for the next work party is other like-minded individuals regardless of how bizarre the location. September 26th. We have approximately half of the required Once we ﬁnished that trip and the training camp, I came home ﬁrewood for the season, so you know the routine. We’ll also be to enjoy some Okanagan heat. Only a week and a bit later, cleaning facilities and sprucing up the place for the coming season. I moved to Calgary and began training with my new team, the We have piles of logs that we NEED to get rid of this year. It isn’t Alpine Insurance Alberta World Cup Academy. I also began online the best wood because it has sat for a few years, but If you need classes at the University of Calgary. I look forward to what this ﬁrewood for the winter, please come help for a couple of hours race season will bring, despite having some setbacks. and ﬁll your truck. Of course, we would also accept donations for Thank you for reading. And, thank you to everyone back home ﬁrewood. who is supporting me on this journey! Covid-19 Operating Plans ~ The challenge we all have these days is making the best of diﬃcult times. Covid-19 has changed the way we do the simplest things, from groceries to hugging friends, thoughts of a microscopic virus are in the back of our minds. Tricia has been feverishly (he he ... ) working on plans and procedures for this coming season. There are many regulations that we have to enforce, and of course they’re changing often. We’ve added a Covid-19 Resources page to the website and have a draft Programming Policy posted (SDP, Lessons, etc.). We will post a draft Facilities Procedure Plan soon. Some things that will likely be in place: • 50 person limit in the lodge • Mandatory masks in facilities • Online ticket and rental sales • Restricted numbers in the bathrooms
Fred enjoying the view from Mount Rohr and glissading the Wedgemount Glacier.
By Jorgen Anderson, Head Coach & Program Director Here we go folks ﬁrst issue of Apex Matters. It seems like we just read the April issue, but it’s Welcome Back to Ski Season 2020-21! My goodness, everyone must have stories of how they spent their spring and summer. We found ourselves getting the snow pulled out from under us. But, this gave us an opportunity to learn in diﬀerent ways, and discover diﬀerent parts of our province, and taking on new activities. What a great way to spend a summer! The world has obviously changed, but skiing has not. All the rules still apply. This is the time to get organized and have the best winter ever! Let’s all check our gear out and be organized for when the snow ﬂies. Apex Ski Club will host a “Buy and Sell”, if anyone is looking for used race gear on our website, www.apexskiclub.com, where you will also ﬁnd out about registration, etc. Apex Ski Club is excited for another season! Apex Carvers registration is now open. This is a great opportunity for your kids to acquire skills needed to move through our wonderful sport. We are so fortunate to have a resort like Apex to call home. Since I was a child I have heard, “If you can ski Apex, you can ski anywhere”. We look forward to your registration in our programs. You will enjoy watching your children’s skills progress through the season. Skills and Drills ~ This was a program we started last season for Saturday nights. It’s included in your registration. Parents, kids and coaches spend a couple hours on the hill and work on some speciﬁc needed skills. This is extra time allotted to master skills needed in our everyday skiing. Practice makes perfect. One can never practice enough. World Cup skiers work on the basics daily. U12-U16 ~ The kids have now started dryland. We workout twice a week together pre season. We will hit the slopes when the snow ﬂies. Last season was amazing. Coaches were so excited to work with such a talented dedicated group of skiers. Hopefully, many of you witnessed these kids crushing Westbank. This is our favorite run for the team. Seriously, it’s one of the greatest runs on the hill. FIS U18 and Beyond ~ We are so excited for these kids. Congrats to Marcus Athans and Heming Sola on their summer of training with the Provincial Ski Team. These two young men are 2 of 5 male athletes on the team. Both men are headed to Europe in October. Very excited for you both. Reece Howden will spend his winter in Europe skiing Racing Ski Cross. Reece will take on the world now. Reece was just a part-time World Cup skier last season, as he needed to ﬁnish his University studies. Lookout he’s coming this season. Reece is so ready! This part-time World Cup ski cross skier got his ﬁrst win last season. One of the youngest yet to achieve such a historic win in Canadian Ski Cross. Please stay tuned for more ski info in the coming months. Big thanks to Myleen for keeping this publication going. We are very lucky to have Apex Matters.
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Ski Skills For Life! Moguls, Terrain Park, Big Air & All Mountain
Back At It
By Jordan Kober, Canadian Freestyle Mogul Team Member
After an exciting summer working for the BC Wildﬁre Service, I am getting ready for another winter of skiing. There is a lot uncertain about this upcoming season, so I don’t really have too much to for the kids club and share. However, our team got the green light to have our annual community www.freestyleapex.com camp in Zermatt beginning on the 23rd of this month. I will meet my teammates out there a few days later, once I have ﬁnished up New Head Coach with work. By Evan Phillips I am hoping our team will train here at Apex in November and I am very excited to announce Kristi Richards as the NEW Head December. Beyond that, I have absolutely no idea what is going Coach of the Apex Freestyle Club! Two time Olympian and World to happen. But as long as I’m skiing, I can’t complain! Champion, Kristi Richards grew up right here on the slopes of The biggest change this season though will be the absence of Apex Mountain. Kristi’s esteemed career has lead her across the several Apex skiers that I was fortunate to share this crazy globe in her amazing journey not only as a champion athlete, but journey of mogul skiing with. Koleton, Kassidy, Mackenzie, and as a high-performance coach and mogul specialist. Kristi has Ainsley have all decided to move on from competing. I had a lot over 20 years of coaching experience at Momentum Ski Camps of fun skiing and travelling with all of them, and it was very cool in Whistler, ﬁve years leading and developing Team Ireland, was to see how much they progressed over the years. I won’t be far employed at the “Ski with an Olympian” Program in Whistler for 8 behind them, but I’m not quite ready to hop oﬀ this ride yet. And years, and is a Freestyle Canada Supercoach. Kristi has also had the absence of Brayden, that’s just a change that none will ever time to gain certiﬁcation as a CNP - certiﬁed nutritional practitioner, get used to. I came across a quote from John Kerouac the other is a holistic chef and entrepreneur operating Solfeggio Whole day: “I hope that it is true that a man can die and yet not only Foods, and is a YTT certiﬁed Yoga teacher. Needless to say, Kristi live in others but give them life, and not only life, but that great brings energy and focus to everything she does. consciousness of life.” Kristi’s vision for Apex Freestyle expands on our current facilities and programs and sets an exciting stage for the future of Apex Freestyle. We are extremely lucky to have such a vibrant and accomplished Head Coach at Apex and welcome Kristi Richards back home to Apex Mountain. Please stay tuned for Apex Winter Programs announcements from Kristi and help Apex Freestyle Club welcome her to the family! Apex Freestyle is excited to oﬀer all of your favorite programs again this year. We remain committed our athletes, club and our mountain and have been working closely with our provincial and national sport organizations to identify and overcome concerns due to Covid-19. Jordan Kober fighting the wildfire on Green Mountain Road last month. Play together and stay together at APEX! Family and friends are encouraged to come out and get involved in the club. Whether Hello From Squamish it’s helping on the board or joining us out on the slopes, the club needs your help. Hop in and help out! Take part in the action on By Alec Henderson, BC Park & Pipe Team Member and oﬀ the slopes. I’m here training for a few days. My dad and I hiked the Chief Please visit our website for updates and information on all the club today. Great views from the top! (See photo below.) activities and programs for the 2021 season. Though this year hasn’t gone as planned, I’m glad I had my best See you on the slopes! results last winter, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season. Competitive & Non-competitive Programs for ages 6 & up
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Today, I will train with my team at the Squamish Airhouse. We have a set schedule for September through November. This includes, trampoline, water ramping, and training in Montreal to maximize on the airbag. I’m recovering from a broken wrist, which happened while cross training at Whistler in July. Overcoming obstacles is something I’m learning this year. I look forward to this ski season and hope you are well! Catch you in the next edition of Apex Matters.
Some Things Change, Some Stay The Same. By Phil Burman, Skier, Cyclist and Registered Physiotherapist September means diﬀerent things to diﬀerent people: a return to school or return to work, a new vintage of wine and cider, and warm sunny days with crisp clear nights. It is also when many people start thinking about the coming ski season. As a result of the pandemic, September this year looks diﬀerent to previous years in many ways. In the words of 80’s band The Pretenders, “Some things change, some stay the same.” As terms like ‘pandemic’ and ‘self-isolating’ become part of our vocabulary and we adjust to wearing masks indoors and ‘physical distancing’, it is easy to lose sight of the things that remain the same. The mountains around BC are just as amazing as ever, and Apex may even be slightly better thanks to the summer grooming. Winter is coming, and very soon the snow will start to fall. That is worth being excited about. There may even be some ‘pandemic positives’. Most families have been able to spend more time together; many people have rediscovered the joy of being outside in nature; a lot of people have taken up new activities; many have spent more time this summer exploring their own province. Unfortunately, there are many who have not been able to see that silver lining on the dark cloud that is Covid-19. Many people, especially seniors, have been very isolated for months. Humans are social creatures; for many of those in prolonged isolation, their mental health has suﬀered. If you have anyone in your life in this situation, please try to ﬁnd a way to stay socially connected while respecting physical distance. Inviting a friend or family member for physically-distanced walk in the sunshine would probably make their day. In Physiotherapy, we spent a lot of time helping people return to their activities, sports and hobbies. In preparation for the coming season, my advice to all the skiers and snowboarders out there is this: spend some time outdoors in nature, doing an outdoor activity that you enjoy with some of the people you love. Stay socially connected, but maintain physical distance.
Penticton Snowmobile Club Update By Stuart Drake, President Greetings once again from the Penticton Snowmobile Club! Welcome to our upcoming winter season. We are very excited to see how our winter will be shaping up, as we have a wonderful forecast with lots of snow and cold temperatures. This has us all very excited for the season ahead and all the rides and events we will be able to do as a club.
Our excellent Provincial Health Oﬃcer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said it We are tasked at this particular time of the Covid-19 pandemic to best ... “Be kind, be calm, and be safe.” ﬁgure out our options that will be best suited for our meetings and our club get-togethers, such as rides and events. We are conﬁdent that we will still be able to have a great season and follow all the Covid-19 guidelines set forth and help keep all of our members Meet Cuddles and volunteers safe during this diﬃcult time. I have had a rough life and bear the physical scars from having to live on If you have any questions about the Penticton Snowmobile Club, the streets. I finally found my way to a or how to join and attend our events or rides, please feel free to halfway house, where all my physical contact me at any time at email@example.com, needs are now being taken care of. I or you can reach us through our Facebook page as well. I am can never put into words how grateful always available day or night for anybody’s questions or concerns I am to be able to sleep in a warm bed regarding the club. I sincerely look forward to the season and and not have to worry about where getting together with most of you for my next meal will come from. I am now stable and want to find the a ride and enjoying the wonderful most important ingredient for a happy life ... Someone to love and winter conditions ahead. We will share the rest of my life with. Please consider being that person and be holding our executive meeting family. www.AlleyCATSAlliance.org in the coming weeks and by the next edition of Apex Matters, we will Jardin Estate Jewelry & Antiques have a full schedule for the season available. Thanks so much for Recycling the Elegance of the Past following the Penticton Snowmobile 5221 Hwy 97 Okanagan Falls Club. We look forward to seeing 250.497.6733 www.jardinantiques.com you all out there!
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Who’s That On The Hill? Submitted by the CSP Apex Zone Hello again everyone. Time to meet another member of your Apex Volley Patrol. This time we get to introduce Mr. Mike Hill. What is your name? Mike ‘I am totally not over the’ Hill Where were you born? Despite being born in Vancouver, Mike has a Kiwi accent so thick you can cut it with a Wahaika. He is just as at home on a beach in the Tasman Sea as he is bombing down hills (on bike or board) in the South Okanagan. How many years have you been on patrol? 12 years this young buck has been rocking ‘the red’. He is proud to have joined, as his Dad was one of the ﬁrst patrollers on Apex in the 60’s. It was daunting at ﬁrst, but he has come to know the love and warmth that being a Volley brings to his heart. So much so, he is now a director in charge of recruitment. What shift are you on? C shift. C is for ‘cookie’, and that’s good enough for me. Everyone on Volley patrol likes to think the shifts are all the same, and they’re right. Mr. Hill claims C shift is just that little bit better and is sure the other shifts would agree, if they were really honest with themselves. (Submitter’s note: A shift is actually the great hotness, we just let C THINK they are really cool.) Ski/Board/Tele/Other? Snowboard. Mike skied til the mid 90’s, but has been on a board ever since. He claims nothing beats a board in powder. But with advancements in ski technology and constant ridicule from fellow patrollers, he is keen to give skis another go. What is your favorite run? A toss up between Westbank, Pit and Mini Colorado. The fall line on that whole face is perfect. What do you like most about patrolling? Mike says, “Giving back to something bigger than me. Being of help and comfort to people
who need assistance. First tracks on a pow day. Don’t hate me when it happens, just consider joining patrol.” Favorite food? Even split between Thai or Indian. He could eat Thai or Indian every day for the rest of his life. What other stuﬀ do you do for fun? Ride bikes, any kind of bikes. It makes him feel like he is 6 again. He often makes noises when he rides like “Weeee!” (We have all heard him!) Mike also likes sail boats and being outside with his wife. He has a passion for teaching his kids new things and hanging out with friends. What do you do for money? Mike will do whatever he has to do. And by do, he means Hoodoo. Adventures that is. Swing by and check them out on Ellis Street! Should people hunt for you on Tinder? Mike is happily married to an incredible woman that motivates him every day to keep the heck up or get left behind. He has 3 kids. The thought of something like Tinder terriﬁes him. Well, that is our Mike. Say howdy next time you see him ride on by!
Boost Your Knees By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, Naturopathic Physician, Prolotherapist You may have forgotten about how the bumps kill your knees. Or, how you rely on your hot tub to get back out on the hill for a second day. Or, how getting down to pick up things oﬀ the ﬂoor is especially challenging after a couple of powder days. Remember that skiing is not your knees’ best friend. Actually, skiing contributes to the multitude of knee injuries that are seen each year - where knee injuries account for 43% of all acute skiing injuries. You likely know someone, or even this is you, that has sustained an ACL injury from a fall where a binding didn’t pop oﬀ. Just as likely, arthritis in the knee will be one of the most common sources of pain that discourages people as they age to keep skiing. If you are getting amped up to ski this year, now is the time to look after your knees.
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Not to skip over the beneﬁts of movement in keeping arthritic joints moving, with movement it really comes down to what you enjoy to do, as doing what you love will lead to more mileage. Gentle forms like pilates, yoga and generalized stretching don’t stress the knees. Working with a trainer to make sure you are getting the beneﬁt out of your preseason squat sessions can be greatly beneﬁcial. Biking and rowing are low impact forms of exercise and are a great way to strengthen your quad and hamstring muscles in order to support your knees.
Knee arthritis is one of the most common complaints that I see in my oﬃce. Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) work fantastically for treating knees. These are regenerative treatments - stimulating your body to repair the areas - namely here damaged ligaments and arthritic joints. The procedure is safe and eﬀective, Supplements do have a place in slowing the arthritis process. Key leading to results within one or two treatment sessions with PRP ones for the knees are glucosamine sulphate, omega 3 from ﬁsh oil and curcumin. Not all people respond to glucosamine, but those injections. that do state they have a signiﬁcant improvement in their knee Remember that these treatments take time to work. To be ready for pain. Fish oil and curcumin have similar eﬀects to over the counter the ski season, it’s best to start treatment in the fall. The nice thing NSAIDS, like Ibuprofen, without the risk of gut bleeding. And, not is there is little to no downtime after these procedures, allowing to forget the beneﬁt of drinking enough water to keep your joints you to keep active and ﬁt through the fall. And, actually patients lubricated - targeting for a minimum of 8 glasses per day. who remain active tend to respond better to these regenerative Go out and buy your season pass. Tune your skis. Get amped for treatments. a new ski season just around the corner. Care for your knees this I utilize musculoskeletal ultrasound for two purposes - to ﬁgure fall with the targeted care of regenerative treatments to keep you out why your knees are hurting and to guide the injections that are moving and active on the hill. done to the targeted area. The ultrasound can pick up on a baker’s cyst, ligament tears and signs of osteoarthritis, including swelling References: of the knee joint. Cook CS, Smith PA. Clinical Update: Why PRP Should Be Your First Choice for Injection Therapy in Treating Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2018;11(4):583-592. doi:10.1007/s12178-018-9524-x Perkins K, Sahy W, Beckett RD. Efficacy of Curcuma for Treatment of Osteoarthritis. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017;22(1):156-165. doi:10.1177/2156587216636747 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. Ultrasound image of the back of the knee. The large dark area in the centre is a baker’s cyst. PRP injection into the knee joint under ultrasound guidance.
How Are The Roads To & From Apex?
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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From The Hill
By Richard Cannings, MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay Late August, I cycled around the riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay for the 5th year in a row. I take seven days to cover the trails and highways, stopping at cafes and restaurants along the way to meet with constituents and ride with them on their trails. This year, I took care to meet in open-air patios where we could talk at a distance. And once again, the ride lived up to its expectations ... good conversations on a wide variety of topics, great weather and the stunning scenery across this beautiful riding. I started the ride with a few fellow cyclists at Glenﬁr, about 8 kms north of Naramata on the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. We arrived in Penticton in time for breakfast and a surprise visit by Mike Farnworth, the BC Minister of Public Safety. Since the Christie Mountain ﬁre was still burning and the Emergency Operations Centre was only a block away, I took the Minister to the EOC to discuss the ﬁre ﬁghting and evacuation responses and lessons learned from previous years. After an ice-cream stop in Okanagan Falls and lunch in Oliver, I got back in the car at Osoyoos and drove to Big White, the northwest corner of the riding. I met with local business people over breakfast the next morning and then got back onto the KVR Trail at McCulloch and cycled the 60 kms to Beaverdell. We met several groups of cyclists on the trail who all praised the route, while strongly suggesting that it be maintained in better condition for cyclists. At Carmi, we passed a BC Wildﬁre checkpoint and the woman manning the checkpoint was full of praise for the ground and air crews ﬁghting the ﬁre and another on Solomon Mountain. Over pizza in Rock Creek, I had a brief chat with the local school principal about schools reopening and a longer talk with a local businessman about improving economic outlook for Beaverdell. The next day, I continued down the KVR trail to Rock Creek, where I toured the new Riverside Centre, an exciting new addition to the region that provides visitor information, social services, a trails oﬃce and banking services supplied by the Osoyoos Credit Union. We had supper at the Keg and Kettle Grill in Midway, a new restaurant that is doing a thriving business in challenging times. On the 4th morning, I met up with Ciel Sander, the local trail coordinator, for the ride up to Eholt and down to Grand Forks. Ciel graciously lent me her fattired e-bike, pointing out that the surface of this section is in terrible shape and diﬃcult for my normal bike. Members of the Grand Forks Cycle Club met us near Eholt (in the middle of the very dark Hodges Tunnel to be exact!) and pointed out the diﬃculty in maintaining rocky and sandy parts of the trail when it is shared with motor vehicles. Thanks to those fat tires (and the electric pedal assist!), I arrived for lunch in Grand Forks on time, where another group had gathered for discussions on the sidewalk patio with topics ranging from concerns around 5G cell tower rollouts to politics at all levels. I dropped in on the new bike store in downtown Grand Forks to chat with the owner about encouraging cycling (bike
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stores everywhere have been overwhelmed by business during Covid), while I surreptitiously checked out e-bikes with fat tires. From there, we cycled to Christina Lake on a beautiful trail that follows the Kettle River to Cascade. It was a hot afternoon, so I decided to leave the trail at Cascade and ride the highway to Christina Lake, where I celebrated another good day with a big milkshake. At the Christina Lake breakfast the following morning, the conversation centred around the growth of invasive plants in the lake, which has made recreation diﬃcult at the south end. We then (full disclosure) drove up and over the Paulson Pass and I got back on the bike to cycle over Strawberry Pass to Rossland. After lunch with the mayor of Rossland, the new trails coordinator for the Kootenays and others, it was a quick (brakes on all the way) ride down the long steep hill into Trail. Over coﬀee there, I talked with constituents who wanted to discuss speciﬁc situations, such as the lack of refunds from Covid-related ﬂight cancellations and cross-border diﬃculties with employees who work in Canada, but who normally live in the USA. We drove from Trail up to Fruitvale, where a large group was waiting at the Ruala Café. There the conversation was mostly about Canadian politics, the possibility of an election and what might be in the upcoming “Speech from the Throne”. We talked so long that it wouldn’t have been possible to do my planned ride back to Trail and on to Castlegar (and it was very hot as well), so we drove to the Bombi summit and I enjoyed the 17 km ride down to Castlegar on that scenic stretch with the mighty Columbia. After a pub dinner in Robson, we drove up to Nakusp to be in place for the ﬁnal two days of the ride. The next morning, I cycled up to Summit Lake and down through Hills to get on the Galena Trail along Slocan Lake to New Denver, one of the most beautiful sections of the whole ride. Conversations at a late lunch in Silverton centred around the very busy tourism summer that the Slocan Valley (and really, the entire riding) has had. As more people explore the back country of BC this summer, it’s clear we need more camping and trail infrastructure to accommodate what will likely be a permanent increase in that sort of tourism. The single big issue in the upper Slocan was the proposal for a large wilderness adventure development at Zincton. Still in its early stages, some have compared the idea to the ill-fated Jumbo resort proposal in the East Kootenay, while others feel it might be a ﬁtting project to provide jobs in the valley. The big news in Slocan was the town’s purchase of the 20-acre mill site on the lakefront. This property has been sitting vacant for years since the mill closed down, and the purchase will give the town full control over what will happen with the site. Farther south, the talk turned to wildﬁres, as we cycled by the Talbott Creek ﬁre. The week ended with a lunch at the Frog Peak Café in Crescent Park and the odometer showed 433 kilometres cycled between Naramata and South Slocan. As usual, I learned a lot from residents along the way and renewed my appreciation of what a beautiful part of the world we live in. I hope you are all enjoying this long, lingering summer. I’ll be going to Ottawa next week, so will bring you that news in my next column.
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By Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen After such a cool spring, the heat we are now experiencing is a bit of a shock and a reminder of how quickly we can move from a ﬂooding situation to a potential deadly ﬁre season. It is even more of a worry as so many people have taken up camping in our unregulated areas, and unfortunately, not everyone treats our environment with care. Garbage left in our forests creates an additional ﬁre hazard and a danger to the health of our wildlife. Please be extra aware of all the potential problems if you choose to go ‘oﬀ the grid’ and be respectful of others and our environment. The volume of visitors we are experiencing is a mixed blessing for the entire Okanagan, Boundary and Similkameen. Our Tourism Industry desperately needs the numbers of visitors that are here just to continue to survive as businesses, and also, to continue to employ the large numbers of local people who depend on those jobs. With the extra visitors around, I have made it a habit to wear a mask whenever I am inside where there are people not in my bubble, and I continue to social distance where possible and wash my hands. And yet, we are all concerned at the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases and the impact another lock down would have on our economy and our mental health. It is extremely unfortunate that our population under the age of 40 does not understand the seriousness of this virus. This group is used to socializing in larger numbers with many people who are not close friends, but are part of a larger collective, that meet at bars and other social gathering places as part of their normal lifestyle. I think we all can understand the diﬃculty in changing these patterns, but it is extremely important to the health of our entire community that everyone make an eﬀort to social distance and follow all the health guidelines. The Legislature completed a six week hybrid sitting on August 14th with the Premiers Estimates, which is really an opportunity for the Leader of the Opposition to question the Premier directly on issues of concern to all British Columbians. There are always lots of questions and traditionally not a lot of answers, this year was no diﬀerent. Topics such as an Economic Recovery Plan (which other Provinces have, but BC doesn’t), the escalating Opiod crisis, the warehousing of the homeless in motels without supports that is destroying the surrounding businesses, the costs of strata and ICBC insurance, and the uncertainty of just what school is going to look like for the fall, just to name a few. I have a daughter who is trying to work and yet has two young children who need an education also. How do parents hold down a job when they have no idea of whether there will be only one day, or two days,or ﬁve days a week, that kids will be in school. The Minister of Education is now leaving all the decisions up to each individual school district to come up with a plan, and I am sure no two districts will be the same. The BC Government continues to hide behind Dr. Henry to make all the decisions as it relates to every aspect of our economic recovery, while in every other Province the elected government is taking responsibility and putting out concrete plans to move forward to reboot their economies. And, daycare is still an issue for many parents trying to get back to work. It will be a diﬃcult and uncertain September, not just for the parents, but also for our hard working school trustees, teachers, school district staﬀ and all the people who work inside our school system. Please be patient. Another aspect of concern for this Riding is staﬃng our Ski Resorts this winter. Big White normally hires 1200 workers for the season,
many who normally come from Australia and New Zealand and with the resurgence of Covid-19 “down under” this is another very serious economic issue facing our communities. Apex and Mt Baldy, as well as numerous other ski hills around our Province, are also caught in this situation - where are the employees going to come from this winter? Over the next few weeks, I will be on the road in my Riding trying to catch up with communities on issues that have had to take a back seat to Covid-19 for the last 6 months. UBCM is traditionally held the last two weeks in September, but like most organizations, the Executive will be working on plans to help Municipal and Regional Governments connect to the Ministries with their concerns. It will be virtual and unfortunately will not have the same success rate on resolving issues as meeting face to face has done in the past. We will all make the best of it. Oﬃce hours for the public are Tue-Thur from 10-2. If you cannot connect with us during that time, please phone 250-498-5122.
FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’
2020 has been a year to remember. From Covid-19 pandemic to wildﬁres and ransomware hacking, the RDOS has been busy trying to keep business operations as normal as possible while supporting those in need. Area ‘D’ had a large wildﬁre that gave everyone quite the scare. This brings Subrina Monteith the Apex community to a decision Director of on how to move forward and support RDOS Area ‘I’ the Apex Fire Brigade. The AFB has done an amazing job of growing, training and acquiring basic equipment to protect the community. The next step in 2021 will be public engagement with residents, which will lead the community to a vote on creating a Fire Protection Service through RDOS to ensure that the department can be adequately trained, staﬀed and equipped for the current community needs now and into the future. Stay tuned for more information in Apex Matters and on Facebook. Forestry practices are still planned to take place around the community of Apex, including some wildﬁre mitigation work to reduce the risk for the community by creating a barrier around the community. Planning will take place in 2020 and work will be done in 2021 and beyond. Access to education is still a challenge for year-round families at Apex, as the boundary for school districts includes Apex in School District #53, while families seek to transfer their children to School District #67. Education has become political and unless trustees begin advocating for a boundary review change, it won’t happen. Education isn’t part of my portfolio, but my alternate Director Ginny Manning has many years of experience as a trustee. She has found opportunities for the School Districts to work together to better service the families of the Apex community. I encourage you to write rural trustees of School District #53 and #67, asking them to initiate change that will support the community. The Apex Waste Transfer Station repairs have been completed under warranty and modiﬁcations are underway to capture liquids that escape the compactor. RDOS is moving towards composting, which will be an added potential regional service in the coming years at Apex. Apex Mountain Resort is providing the maintenance service on the Apex Waste Transfer Station located in the village. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | email@example.com | www.rdos.bc.ca
School District Boundaries By The APOA Board Attracted by the outdoor lifestyle it oﬀers, each year Apex Mountain Resort is home to more and more year-round residents. Apex’s growing cohort of school-aged children have typically attended school in Penticton. Often one or both parents work in Penticton. Their friends attend school in Penticton. The school bus that comes to the bottom of Green Mountain Road goes to Penticton. Trouble is, there is no guarantee Apex students will be allowed to attend school in Penticton! Many decades ago, Apex was put into the Keremeos, Oliver and Osoyoos School District or SD #53. That means admission to a Penticton school in the Okanagan Skaha School District or SD #67 classroom is only allowed by special request. These requests are evaluated per student, each year, 2 weeks after school starts. If there is no space in a Penticton classroom, the Apex student has to go to a SD #53 school, or try another town like Kaleden or Summerland. By regulation, only SD #53 is required to make room for Apex students. For Apex’s parents and students, it creates a very stressful and uncertain start to every school year. Early last winter, parents and the APOA reached out to both school districts numerous times. We were eventually told they reviewed the situation, but had no willingness to initiate a review of school district boundaries. So in mid-July, APOA sent a letter to the Honorable Rob Fleming, Minister of Education, both school districts, and the area’s two MLAs - Dan Ashton and Linda Larson. The letter summarized the situation and requested the situation be corrected. So far, we have received no reply from any of them. We understand that the Ministry and local school boards are busy restarting the school system in this era of Covid-19. However, in the process, we also learned there is no school trustee who represents Apex. Every Apex property owner pays school taxes. They are mandatory, and are by far the largest line item in every owner’s rural property tax invoice. Yet, Apex apparently has no one representing our parents and students. Isn’t this taxation without representation? Apex property owners deserve a school trustee who will advocate for our interests. Common sense says Apex should be in the Penticton School District. This requires a political solution at the provincial government level. After resumption of the school year is underway, APOA will be seeking the public’s support in getting this unacceptable situation resolved. If you would like additional information or would like to join in this action, please contact APOA board member Liz Caskey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Handyman & Custom Finish Carpentry
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Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank By Brad Nunes
Welcome back everyone. It has been too long! The sweet song of the snowy slopes is starting to call out again to me. This year, I hear the call of “bomb down this sick run dude” with a chorus of “you had better not sneeze on me or I will yeet you oﬀ this chair lift”. It will be a unique season of skiing to be sure. Sadly, no oﬃcial ski swap this year. As much work as it is to put on, I can say that we Vollies are going to miss it. It really is a chance to mix and mingle with all you mountain folk, while wearing shorts. It is a diﬀerent sort of vibe. It also oﬀers me the opportunity to practice my negotiation skills. I get to negotiate with my wife about why spending $500+ dollars on backcountry skis, that I will realistically use twice a season, is a great investment. She will then counterpoint by explaining why the dog house, though not fully furnished, is a great place for me to sleep. I guess this year I will have to practice my debate skills on regular things like when is it appropriate to put the toilet seat down and which way the roll should be installed on the toilet paper roll holder? Huh ... Come to think of it, there is a lot of marital conﬂict bread out of the bathroom. Maybe we can toss all of Dr. Phil’s advice out the window and just have dedicated his/hers bathrooms? Have I just solved 90% of couples’ disputes? Man, I am good. And, you came here for fart jokes!? Now, I am saving relationships! So without the swap, we now get to go looking for used gear in my favorite place ... Internet Classiﬁeds! Oh man, you can ﬁnd ANYTHING on pages like Facebook, Castanet or Craigslist. I saw one lady selling a collection of fake frogs. Fake Frogs! Like plastic, china, glass, you name it, she had it. She also wanted like $100 for the lot. Now to be fair, there was a boat load of frogs, but who wakes up and says, “You know what I need in my life? To completely outﬁt my entire home in frogs!” I get that people ‘fall into’ a theme. My aunt ran a dairy farm, so naturally folks bought her cow related items. My children had a friend who liked stuﬀed pigs. That is ﬁne. But, the thought that there is a person out there that one day wakes up and is like “I totally need an uncomfortable amount of amphibians ... like RIGHT NOW”, makes me smile. That is totally weird and quirky and I LOVE that. Ok, well that was an odd trip. I hope you expect nothing more (or nothing less) from my ramblings. I am stoked to see you all out there once again! I hope you are safe, happy and healthy. Much love everyone!
Recent Wildﬁres: A Call To Action For Apex Residents To FireSmart! By Kelly Johnston, RPF Assistant Fire Chief Recent local and international wildﬁre occurrences should serve as a good reminder for Apex Mountain residents to take FireSmart action on reducing their property’s risk to wildﬁre. The Christie Mountain wildﬁre started on August 18 and rapidly spread to a ﬁnal size of 2,123 hectares, forcing the evacuation of over 300 homes, placing over 3,000 homes on evacuation alert and destroying one home. Hot on the heals for the Christie Mountain ﬁre, the Green Mountain Road ﬁre ignited and quickly spread through the challenging and steep terrain near the Apex community. During this same time, wildﬁre activity in the Okanagan Valley of Washington State, as well as across Washington, Oregon and California erupted, resulting in unprecedented evacuations and home losses that are ongoing as this article is being published. We at Apex should all feel extremely fortunate, as we have (so far) narrowly dodged the direct impacts of the wildﬁre bullet this season. That said, we can be sure that we will likely experience the long-term fallout of these ﬁres, as the very same insurance re-insurers that are insuring the insurance providers in California, Oregon and Washington re-insure the insurance providers who cover our Apex homes. As we transition from the ﬁre season and start directing our thoughts towards the steep and deep winter we are all looking forward to, Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue (AVFR) members encourage all residents to use this time before the snow ﬂies to begin reducing your home’s wildﬁre risk.
Participants in the FireSmart Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on July 11. On July 11, the Apex Fire Brigade Society in partnership with the Apex Community Association hosted the communities ﬁrst FireSmart Wildﬁre Community Preparedness Day. The FireSmart WCPD is an annual national event at which communities and community groups spend the day learning about and addressing their wildﬁre risk. At the Apex WCPD, residents learned about the FireSmart Home Ignition Zone concept and how each individual property owner can play a role in reducing the overall community risk, by addressing what are often “simple ﬁxes” on their homes and yards. Residents also learned about the provincially supported plans to undertake Wildﬁre Risk Reduction forest fuel treatments in select areas that are immediately adjacent to the community, starting this fall with the ﬁrst treatment unit above The Circle and Bighorn neighbourhoods at the base of Riordan Mountain. Finally, AVFR members shared the tools and programs they have been working on to support the resident’s wildﬁre risk reduction actions, including “hands on” tree pruning and Home Ignition Zone workshops. As part of the WCPD, the Apex Community Association was the successful recipient of a $500 award from FireSmart Canada. The funds from this award were used to purchase pruning tools that can be signed out by any resident to work on removing vegetation on their property for the purposes of reducing their wildﬁre risk. To support all these eﬀorts, the AVFR has been busy developing and implementing several programs, including the FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition Program, the FireSmart Home Partners Program and the Apex Saws ‘n Slaws Program. This year, the Clearview neighbourhood is working towards being the ﬁrst Apex neighbourhood to be recognized as a FireSmart Neighbourhood with Ed Wright leading the charge as the Neighbourhood Champion and guided by the Apex Local FireSmart Representative, Graeme Lindsay. We are also truly fortunate as a community to now have several our AVFR members trained up as FireSmart Wildﬁre Mitigation Specialists, who can provide you with a detailed FireSmart Home Partners assessment of your home. Through this program, you will receive a customized detailed work plan you can follow to reduce your homes susceptibility to wildﬁre. This is a nationally supported program that can result in home insurance beneﬁts. The ﬁrst residents to sign up for this program before April 15, 2021 have a chance to win a Husqvarna battery powered chainsaw, a pruning kit, or a structure protection sprinkler kit. Finally, the Apex Saws n’ Slaws program is based on the “barn raising” concept in which residents pool their eﬀorts to help fellow residents on individual, or groups of properties to move from “to get done” to “got’r done”. To learn more about FireSmart, visit ﬁresmartbc.ca. To reach the Apex Volunteer Fire Rescue, email ﬁresmart@apexﬁrerescue.ca. ApexMatters.com | September 2020 | Page 13
By Andrew Drouin Mt. Riordan, located immediately northwest and adjacent to Apex Mountain Resort (Mt. Beaconsﬁeld) hosted the original rope-tow back in the early 60’s, care of the hard work and ambitions of Jack Stocks. Later, a T-Bar, then a double chair lift appears to have graced its slopes, the last vestiges of which were removed in the early 80’s. Plans have been afoot for decades with regard to mining operations on the summit and various slopes of Mt. Riordan. It turns out that this small height of land hosts the world’s highest density of a mineral called ‘garnet’. The summit of Mt. Riordan is referred to as “Crystal Peak”, not Mt. Riordan, within mining circles, and numerous areas around the summit have been extensively drilled and core-sampled. Of the many mining evaluation holes drilled, the average density of garnet on Mt. Riordan is in the neighborhood of 80% (!). That might be good news for miners, but ‘not-so-much’ for the general public, which enjoy the recreational aspects of Mt. Riordan. For the time being, however, we have the opportunity to explore Mt. Riordan via a variety of dual and singletrack trails, in all seasons. If one sticks to the dual-track roads, Mt. Riordan’s terrain can be considered, on average and across a variety of sports, as ‘experienced-beginner’, but as soon as one heads onto the singletrack, the required balance and overall skill level requirements increase. This is mostly due to embedded rocks en route, as well as some challenging pitches. There are numerous access routes to the summit of Mt. Riordan. The access that you select will depend on the form of transport that you choose. If you are hiking this area, you can select any access route that you wish. There is no ‘black diamond’ hiking shown in the companion maps. If you are mountain-biking this height of land, you need to choose more carefully, due to the relentless climbing that you’ll face along some access points. I’d suggest that you may wish to ride twotrack road up and singletrack down, if you access Mt. Riordan from the upper parking lot via the Powerline Road side, know that the Good / Bad / Ugly singletrack is on Apex property and has some challenging pitches when ascended. Apex Mountain Resort has also become access-adverse to their terrain at any time other than ski season. If riding, and accessing the route from the Nickel Plate Lake side, ride a combination of two-track roads up, and anything you like down. If accessing Mt. Riordan using an eBike, you may select any route up you like, except for Lollipop Lane, which is on the edge of being too steep in several places, even for an eBike. You will also likely end up push-biking the section marked “switchback needed” in the accompanying image. No matter what loop you put together, be sure to summit Mt. Riordan, as the vistas are pretty decent. I also suggest a visit to the Three Ponds, just across Hedley-Nickelplate Road, which are small but tranquil, and Nickel Plate Lake just beyond. Google Earth tracks for this route are available on SweetSingletrack. ca, listed under “Mt. Riordan (Apex)”. Please do your part and kick a rock, ﬂick a stick, prune a branch when you visit these tracks. There is no “Mr. Ranger” maintaining these trails. It’s all on us. Mt. Riordan Stats ~ Low: 1842m | High: 2102m | Length: Varies | Water: None | Cell Access: Full Page 14 | September 2020 | ApexMatters.com
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Bear Facts: Ski Slopes To Lake Shores By Zoe Kirk, RDOS WildSafeBC Community Coordinator At this time of year, it isn’t only humans getting prepared for another winter season; enjoying pumpkin spice lattes and heading up to the ski cabin or winter recreation areas. Local wildlife is getting ready for winter too. Managing attractants in and around your mountain home, cabin or chalet will reduce the risk that unwanted critters will take up residence, get into mischief and become a danger. When getting our winter shelters ready for the season, consider implementing attractant management systems before the season starts, and making sure all users know the rules. If we manage attractants with bears in mind, it deters other wildlife and vermin from loitering in your space. Knowing a few key bear facts will make modifying procedures at your property easier. Following a few simple actions can avoid putting you and your neighbours at risk. Bears can smell ﬁve times better than a bloodhound. They can smell a peanut butter sandwich over a kilometre away: • • • •
Remove Bird Feeders (or bear-feeders), as they are a 5,000 calorie meal for a bear. Make sure only to feed the birds after December 15th until March 1st. This keeps out bears, deer, raccoon, mice, cats and rats.
If you have a backyard composter, make sure they are working; equal parts of browns and greens, veggie or garden waste only. Keep it damp. NO meats or breads. Stop using it before the hard frost and cover with lots of leaves to allow it to freeze. This keeps out bears, raccoons, rats, mice and coyotes.
Feed pets indoors and make sure no leftover food is available outside. This keeps bears, coyotes, rats and mice oﬀ your porch or patio.
Keep in mind that bears will return again and again, if they obtain even a small food reward. Bears can mistake non-food items as food ~ Bears may confuse waxes, fertilizers, automotive products and even some paints as food. Keep all well sealed and stored in a secure area. Bears are well known for eating or trying to eat just about anything! Bears get up early and stay up late ~ Dawn and dusk are prime times for wildlife movement, so be cautious walking or hiking with children and pets on local trails. Dogs are great alert systems, but if not on a leash can create a hazard. Bears will chase dogs, who always run back to their owners. Carrying bear spray (and knowing how to use it) can go a long way to staying safe when in bear country. Be cautious walking around your sheds and outbuilding near dawn and dusk too. Surprising a bear can make it more defensive.
Wildﬁres can aﬀect bears and other wildlife ~ During and post wildﬁre season, areas that have been subjected to wildﬁre can aﬀect bears and other wildlife causing them to be more unpredictable. Keep garbage securely stored until disposal or pick up. Freeze really pungent foodstuﬀs and then put in the garbage This is especially true if they have had to ﬂee their regular home range. They will be looking for water, food and safe shelter in right before disposal. unfamiliar surroundings. Most wildlife, predators included, are Manage BBQ’s - burn oﬀ any residue from cooking. These range animals and can become anxious and act irrationally when steps will keep out bears, raccoon, deer, dogs and rats. a perceived (or real) imminent threat is anticipated. This can put Clean up everything after all outside activities, like cook outs them in conﬂict with other wildlife and humans. at the ﬁre pit. Tidy up all food related bits, such as ‘Smores’, Apex Mountain and the surrounding area is a beautiful, easily hot dog remnants, bottles and cans. accessible four-season playground, providing residents, cabin
owners and visitors a stellar outdoor experience. More and more ‘new’ folks are discovering the area, buying land, cabins, condos, and chalets. Share your ‘wildlife’ knowledge with newcomers. Help keep you, your loved ones and your community safe. For more information on attractant management, visit www. rdos.bc.ca, click on the WildSafeBC tab, or www.wildsafebc.com. For a great video on how to use bear spray, visit https://www. cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/spray-simple-acronymbear-spray-1.4784095 If you have a conﬂict with wildlife, call the BC Conservation Oﬃcer Reporting Line at 1-877-952-7277. For any further questions or concerns, please contact RDOS WildSafeBC Community Coordinator, Zoe Kirk at 250-490-4110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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