Apex Matters September 2021

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Apex Matters “Keeping You in the S’know”

Volume 18 : Issue 1 Your FREE Local Snow Culture Newsletter!

September 2021

Sunrise on May 21, 2021 along the Hedley Nickel Plate Road, looking down the Similkameen towards the Ashnola Valley.


Welcome Back To Apex Matters By Myleen Mallach, Owner/Publisher of Apex Matters While Covid-19 isn’t going away any time soon, neither is Apex Matters with huge thanks to our loyal advertisers. This snow culture grassroots newsletter for all those who enjoy Apex and recreating outdoors is made possible by local business support. Join our strong readership and showcase your business in Apex Matters, helping to support the Apex community in the process. Shop local. Buy local. Neighours helping neighbours. We have some great new content coming your way this season, including updates from Reece Howden, currently ranked #1 in the World for Ski Cross. Stay tuned for more good news stories, helpful tips, industry updates, community information, sweet deals, special events, and much more for “Keeping You in the S’know”. Fortunately, our annual CSP Ski & Board Swap is back on September 17-19. Buy and sell what you need this fall. Quick Reminder ... Be sure to purchase your Apex Season Pass at www.apexresort.com before October 10th and your Nickle Plate Membership at www.nickelplatenordic.org before October 31st.

Penticton Snowmobile Club Update By Stuart Drake, Past President

Penticton Snowmobile Club will be hosting our first meeting on September 15. We will be appointing a completely new executive board of directors. We will also be planning our season ahead, including work parties, trail maintenance, and signage, which are all on our agenda. Once we have things all sorted out at this first Published by Okanagan Matters Publications meeting, we will have a schedule for the upcoming season. We apexmatters@telus.net | 250.490.6951 will keep you all informed of our future projects, like signage in the www.ApexMatters.com Quick Facts: Apex Matters is published monthly from September 2021 through April staging areas, as well as our trails up at Apex and getting them 2022. Distribution covers Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, Penticton, Summerland and around registered for use by the public. Apex Mountain. Full advertising options, read past issues online, and link to join our Apex We are very excited for the season ahead, setting some new goals Matters eNews all at www.ApexMatters.com. Now celebrating our 18th season in print! for the club and getting them accomplished. If anybody has any Please Note: No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of ideas or would like to bring up any new business, please feel free the publisher. No liability is accepted for any loss or damage resulting from the use of this to reach us by email to pentictonsnowmobileclub@outlook.com. 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.

We will keep you apprised of any new developments with our club through this monthly column in Apex Matters. We look forward to seeing the snowflakes fly soon and getting back on our machines!

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Nickel Plate Nordic Centre Update By Tricia Wilson, General Manager Hello Apex, and Welcome Back! ~ Nickel Plate Nordic Centre is gearing up for another busy year of fun on skinny skis and snowshoes. We have a lot of new programming options available for skiers both young and old(er). Registrations for memberships and programming are now open, so make sure you secure your spot. Masters Programs ~ Our Masters recreational program is back in full swing, and we’re happy to announce our Masters Race Training program as well. With the World XC Masters in Canmore this season, this is a great opportunity to hone your speed and skill to prepare. The race season this year seems to be going ahead, so there’s no better time to start training. Details and registrations are available on our website at nickelplatenordic.org/services. Youth Programs ~ The Skills Development Program (SDP) is growing! This year we’ll be hosting Track Attack, which bridges the SDP program into the Nickel Plate Nordic Racers. For those young skiers who have learned all they can learn from SDP but aren’t quite ready yet for the race scene, Track Attack is a great way to get a sense of what the next level is like. Details on all youth programs are available on our website. The website also has a link to the registration page for memberships and youth programs.

Nordic Ski Swap ~ The Annual Nordic Ski Swap is scheduled for Saturday, October 16 from 9 am - 1 pm at The Bike Barn in Penticton. 20% of all sales will go toward supporting our Junior Racing Team. More details are in the ad space to the right. Volunteer Opportunities ~ We’re having our Annual Work Party on Saturday, October 2nd in order to get the centre ready for the winter. Sign up by emailing manager@nickelplatenordic.org. And, if you’d like to be involved in clearing and signing snowshoe trails, get in touch for that as well. Staff will be on site fairly regularly at this point, and with over 1300 trail markers to be installed, there’s a lot to do.

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Nickel Plate Nordic Racers By Jessica Roach, Head Coach The racing program at Nickel Plate has seen many changes within the last year, and we could not be more excited about it. This year we incorporated a summer training program, which helped our athletes improve on their endurance and ski technique. We are really excited to see the benefits of the training shine at races this year! We had several athletes from the summer program attend the BC Talent Squad camps, which helped them gain confidence and knowledge from other athletes and coaches in the province. We would love to have more people on skis this winter, whether that be for cross training or just wanting to try a new sport, there is a spot for you at Nickel Plate. Registration for the fall and winter programs have opened, further details and information can be found on our website at nickelplatenordic.org/services. The racing team is planning on attending many races in the Valley and surrounding areas. It has been a long year of waiting to race, but we could not be happier to finally get out on the race course and prove we have put in work over the past year. For those of you who might have your eye on racing as a Master, we have a program for you as well! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to jessica@nickelplatenordic.org. The Nickel Plate Nordic Racers are hosting their annual Ski Swap on October 16th at the Bike Barn from 9 am - 1 pm. Don’t wait until the snow falls to think about your winter equipment needs. If you have some extra equipment laying around that just isn’t getting the use it deserves, we would love to help sell it! For those of you who may need a little help knowing what the right equipment is for you, the racers and head coach will be available all day to help! Don’t miss out on some amazing deals! Start doing your snow dances, winter is coming!


More Setbacks

as a long-term athlete. The strengthening has By Fred Albrechtson, Nickel Plate Junior Racer Alumni assured me not only that The spring and summer stood to be another great opportunity for I will be moving properly, training and learning opportunities. Around the middle of June, I improving my technique; got in to see the “Return to Sport” Lead Physician at CSI Calgary but also reduced my (Canadian Sport Institute). It was a visit my coaches and I had chances of needing a knee both long anticipated. Essentially, it was to get a tailored training replacement before the plan to rework my biomechanics and improve on the muscular age of 30! weaknesses that lead to my stress fracture last fall. Unfortunately, The season looks like a go, we found more disruption in my knees, which we first deducted to returning to racing should be due to a fall I had skiing a few years prior. The initial diagnosis be more exciting than ever, led to more appointments with the sports medicine doctor that I had stay tuned for updates. been seeing for my previous injury. These visits lead to more X-rays, Again, check out my blog follow ups, and eventually an MRI to produce a definitive answer. (www.fredalbrechtsonblog. The MRI found early degenerative disease in my left knee, and wordpress.com) to check patellofemoral pain syndrome in my right. Perhaps this explained some of my other updates why my knees had been bugging me. Of course, chronic injury has throughout the summer. its setbacks, but the names are certainly much scarier than the Photo on right ~ Fred during treatment itself. Over the course of the summer, I’ve been working rollerski intensity training. Photo to reverse the degenerative disease and to improve biomechanics. courtesy of VR45 Photography. To do such, a major focus of my training has been on strength and conditioning; we cut back my load of endurance so to have more of a focus on my strength and rehabilitation, and fortunately, it has been working. My physical therapist has been ecstatic in my development and progression; at a rate that she said is typically not observed. It has not come without cost, however. Heading into this fall, I am somewhat uncertain on how things will play out: I have not completed even comparably the same amounts of volume, or intensity to my athletic counterparts. Nonetheless, I am not stressing about how I will stack up; I believe these last few months have been fundamental towards my development

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Meet Your ‘Stay At Apex’ Family By Sky Edwards Stay At Apex is a family owned and operated business. It was purchased by its current owners Adam and Michelle Heinrich in November 2015, formerly known as Apex Accommodations. Adam and Michelle both grew up in the Okanagan. Adam was born and raised in Penticton, while Michelle moved across Canada with her family from Thunder Bay, Ontario when she was only ten years old. They have been married for 33 years and raised their four children in Penticton. They currently live most of the year in West Kelowna, to be close to their children and their four grandchildren. They have always been family and community focused in everything they do. Stay At Apex is the product of that. They run their business with the same integrity that they live their lives, with a deep understanding that positive relationships and a sense of community are at the heart of it.

Mountain thrive and have people fall in love with everything the Resort has to offer Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall the same way they have. They have an amazing team supporting them who are just as committed and passionate about the business, the community, and creating a great experience for owners and guests. Being able to offer a variety of properties from hotel rooms, condos, lofts, all the way to ski chalets and cabins that meet each guest’s/family’s needs is important to them and they couldn’t do that without the owners who trust them with their properties. They look forward to serving their owners and guests for the 2021/2022 Ski Season.

Michelle: “I was asked to share a story about our owners or guests that comes to mind. Let me tell you that is a hard one to narrow down, because through the years I have had so many. I feel extremely lucky to do what I do, and without the owners and the guests, I wouldn’t be able to. One that will forever be my favourite Adam and Michelle believe that nurturing positive relationships is wanting to give back to the community in some small way last with property owners, and the Apex community has to come first. year. We wanted to be able to make a family’s holiday and year They are passionate about creating the best vacation experience a little extra special. With everything in the world that has been tailored to their guest’s needs. Their motto is “your vacation is our happening, and how it has taken so much out of people in so many full time job”. Adam works behind the scenes always looking for ways, we decide to pay for a 2 night stay and a catered meal ways to improve the business and the experience for the owners for one family during the holiday season. All we asked was that and the guests, while Michelle is hands on in the day to day they share a bit of their story with us, how the year had impacted activities of running the business. She is passionate, approachable them and what this would mean to their family. Let me tell you and receptive when it comes to dealing with people and she is it was hard to pick just one. In the process, one of our owners fully invested in making sure everyone is happy with their overall heard what we were doing and wanted to give another family the experience. same experience, so with another phone call we were able to Adam and Michelle love being a part of the Apex community, not give two families an extra special holiday. Without our owners, we only with their business, but as property owners as well as they can’t do what we do and can’t say enough about what a wonderful currently own three of their own units. They want to see Apex experience it is to work with them.”


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.

3-Day Christmas Camps Camp 1 ~ December 21-23 Camp 2 ~ December 28-30

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!

2 Spring Break Camps in March 2022

Apex Carver Program

Starts January 8 - Full Day Saturdays Starts January 9 - Half Day Sundays

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.

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Freestyle Apex Update By Kristi Richards, Program Director & Head Coach The water ramp and trampoline season was a splashing success, with lots of new tricks learned, new faces at the water ramps, and the Performance and Junior Team working on qualifying and dialling in their tricks for snow. We had high level coaches and vibrant camps all summer long, with some guest appearances from our Apex Alumni - now BC Team member and Alec Henderson and World Cup member Jordan Kober! We started off our water ramp season with an Air 1 + 2 coaching course at the Covert Farms Water Ramp and Trampoline Facility, getting some new coaches (snowboard coaches too!) certified, and having great collaborative conversations with the Learning Facilitator and former gymnast, Kalissa Lolos. The coaches came into the season brushed and polished up, and the season provided a lot of coach mentorship and guest coaching opportunities. We enjoyed having Alec Henderson go through his coaching certifications, and come help us out at the ramps this season! We hope to see him back for some more guest coaching in the winter, in between his training and competition schedule. We held 5 water ramp camp session blocks with over 29 days available to athletes to train. We saw a lot of progress, and a lot of interest in the sport. We hope to continue to grow the offseason offerings, as well as continuing to improve, maintain and build facilities.

Hello Apex Family

By Alec Henderson, BC Park & Pipe Team Member

It’s September! That means its almost time to be on snow again! The best part of summer 2021 was two training sessions in Montreal with Team BC. I was able to improve my skills with the air bag training at Maximise, and become a more technical skier. Freestyle Apex coaches and Performance Team athletes teamed As always, it was good to be with friends from the team. I also had up with Freestyle BC to launch and host the first ever ‘Prospect the great opportunity to take my Air 1, 2 and 3 courses this year. Program’ to help boost the level of programming for the top level This has led me to coach kids at the Apex Water Ramp, preparing club athletes, integrating fitness programs from Dwayne at Sunoka youth for the upcoming winter season. Fitness in Penticton, and offering nutritional seminars, goal setting On September 30th, my team and I are flying to Saas Fee in and mental training sessions. Athletes also had the chance to do a Switzerland for a month of training. I’m so stoked to ski in the training camp in Whistler, accessing fitness testing and programs Swiss Alps. After 19 months, due to the pandemic, we have our from the Canadian Sport Institute, and training alongside the first competition coming up in Yukon early December. I am ready! Provincial and National Teams. Bring on winter! I look forward to keeping you posted in the months The Covert Farms Water Ramp Facility was also host to a number ahead. Thanks for following my journey. of Teams for training this summer, including Fernie Freestyle, Fundraiser in Support of Alec’s Ski Journey Bow Valley, SilverStar, Big White, Freestyle BC Prospect and Saturday, September 25th Girlstylerz, Panorama and Whitewater. We hope to see more Lunch by “Thai on The Fly” & Bottle Drive teams come visit us in the future! Drop of your empties and pick up lunch! We are of course gearing up for another epic winter season and getting our best moves out for our snow dance! We are excited to 11-4 at Penticton Lakeside Parking Lot have the landing bag up and running for mid-November, and to see Across from Farmer’s Market ~ Everyone Welcome! some teams come and train at Apex early season. Of course, it is another OLYMPIC season, so we are cheering on and supporting our athletes on the journey to the Games. We will have registrations up by early October, so check out www. freestyleapex.com for the launch! Some of the programs you will see are: Jump and Bumps - 1/2 day or Full Days - ages 6+; Freestylerz - full days - choose either a Saturday or Sunday, or do both! - ages 8-12; Freeriderz - full days - Sundays - Ages 11+ ; Junior Team - full weekends - Ages 11+; Girlstylerz - Ages 8+; and Performance Team - 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 Donny Ellis, and GOLD MEDALLIST Ross Rebagliati. Programs available are: Snowboard Performance - Ages 11+; and Snowboard Recreational - Ages 8+. Thanks for a great summer, see ya when the snow flies! Page 8 | September 2021 | ApexMatters.com

Alec Henderson ~ Photo by Chris Foote @banffimagelocals on Instagram.


Up Your Game By Getting Better Sleep By Dr. Deirdre O’Neill, ND

One in 3 Canadians report that they don’t sleep well. That is, they don’t feel rested in the morning and may have had either difficulty falling asleep or are wakeful during the night. This lack of sleep has repercussions in the day. A reduction in productivity is what is most noticeable. Downing the caffeine to just be able to get’er done. Yet insomnia can have more insidious consequences - including increased risk in dementia, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Another area that sleep plays a role in is in optimizing healing and recovery times. If you get injured, have a look at optimizing your sleep quality as part of the treatment strategy towards getting better. We do the majority of our healing when we are getting a good night’s rest. You see, my practice is primarily comprised of Regenerative Medicine, helping you stay younger and more active. I use interventions to help heal your chronic aches and pains Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). These treatments require you to do the healing. I am just stimulating you into healing mode. Discussing sleep quality is part of my program. Those who report to be good sleepers have upped their game toward getting better results. The trick here is that people seeking Regenerative Medicine are often in pain. A contributing factor in ruining a restful night is being in pain. So, instead of just taking pain relievers to get through the night, look to solving the pain generators by getting treatment to resolve your pain once and for all. Women tend to be worse sleepers than men. I have found that some women report insomnia to develop during peri-menopause. Hormones go through a huge fluctuation during this time. With progesterone levels dropping, sleep disturbance rises. Adding in Bio-Identical Progesterone does not only improve sleep, it also improves well-being, mood and memory. If your partner has told you that you are a loud snorer and you report to feel unrested in the morning, sleep apnea is something to consider. Even though you think you are a good sleeper, you may be going through multiple episodes of stopping breathing throughout the night. This drop in oxygen can be the culprit for high blood pressure or diabetes. So here too, sleep apnea would affect your ability to heal after any injury. If any of this sounds like you, talk with your physician. Here are some basics about sleep hygiene: Chill out at night by setting the mood for a good night’s rest. Have a bath instead of watching TV; Go to bed and wake up at the same time. Your internal clock depends on this routine; Journal before you go to bed to put the day’s worries aside; Try not to nap during the day or drink too much coffee; If you wake through the night, consider a small protein snack before bed; Keep your Smart Phone & TV out of the bedroom; Keep the bedroom dark. Use block out blinds if necessary; and Alcohol can be great at “knocking you out”, but doesn’t lend to a deep restorative sleep. With all this said, make sure you fill up on sleep this fall. As it takes time to develop healthy sleep habits, get going on it now so that you don’t sleep through deep powder days. 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. References: Wong, Manuck, DiNardo, Korytkowski and Muldoon (2014) Shorter Sleep Duration Is Associated With Decreased Insulin Sensitivity In Healthy White Men; Spira, Chen-Edinboro, Wu and Yaffe (2014) Impact Of Sleep On The Risk Of Cognitive Decline And Dementia.

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Just Around The Corner By Jordan Kober, Canadian Freestyle Mogul Team Member Another season of working wildfires is coming to an end, as I trade my work boots for ski boots and get ready for the ski season. Our team will be getting an early start this fall as we head to Austria at the end of September. For anyone who has been generous enough with their time to follow along with my journey, they’ll know that we’ve had some bad luck these past two years during our fall training in Switzerland. Hintertux is a new training location for our team, but we are hopeful it will be a good alternative with fewer missed days due to weather. Currently, I am in Whistler training at the water ramps, getting my jumps ready for this first on-snow training camp. I’ve also been working on a new trick that I might try this winter. It’s called doublefull and consists of one flip with two twists. I have not tried anything new on-snow in several years, so it would be fun to experience that thrill once again. After this training camp in Austria, the competition season will be just around the corner and I will get my first opportunities to qualify for the Olympics. Hopefully, I can make it and represent Apex at one of the biggest sporting events in the world!

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Do What Makes You Happy, And Go Play Outside! By Phil Burman, Skier, Cyclist and Registered Physiotherapist September means different things to different people: return to school, return to work, warm sunny days with crisp clear nights, a new vintage of wine and cider, and many other things. This time of year is also when many people start thinking about the coming ski and snowboard season. In the months before the snow starts to fall, it is a good idea to get physically ready for the ski season. We all know that being physically prepared for the ski season is an important part of an enjoyable and injury-free winter. If you haven’t started yet, now is a good time to get ready to ski. For many skiers and boarders, the advice is pretty simple: spend some time outdoors doing a physical activity that you enjoy. The latest Canadian physical activity guidelines recommend accumulating 150 minutes (2½ hours) of ‘moderate to vigorous’ physical activity per week, plus several hours of light physical activity, as well as strengthening activities at least twice per week. The best pre-season strengthening activities are those that mimic the activity you are preparing for, such as squats for skiing, or lunges for free-heel skiers. If you wish to ski expert terrain or push hard as you chase friends around the mountain, you will need to raise your physical condition to the next level. Improving your agility, balance, control, power and co-ordination will help improve your performance on snow, and most importantly, increase your enjoyment. If you have an old (or new) injury that is bothering you, now is the perfect time to have that assessed. There is enough time to get ready for ski season. It is worth treating any aches and pains that may limit your fun on snow this season; skiing and boarding is simply more fun when you don’t hurt. A Physiotherapy assessment can help point you in the right direction, and help you get ready for a season on the slopes. Beyond physical health, it is worth noting that many people are suffering from ‘pandemic fatigue’ after many months of restrictions and social isolation. Choosing to share your time and outdoor activities with family and friends can be beneficial both physically and mentally. Outdoor activity is a perfect way to remain physically distant but socially connected in a relatively COVID-safe way. As a passionate skier, Apex local and Physiotherapist, my advice is this: do what you enjoy, share your time and activities with friends, be physically active, and go play outdoors. Have a fun season!

What’s Happening With The Apex Lodge By Dave Duckworth, Co-owner & Manager The Apex Mountain Lodge is excited to reopen this winter as an independently owned and managed boutique lodge offering just 11 suites. The lodge was fully renovated 5 years ago and offers a relaxing, comfortable, and scenic ski in / ski out experience in the heart of the village. For the upcoming season, the Lodge will offer both seasonal and short-term rental accommodation, including Queen Rooms (2), Family Rooms (8), and the 4-bedroom suite (1). Applications for seasonal rentals are now open. Bookings for short term rentals will open soon! Call 604-362-1009 for full details. The Apex Mountain Lodge is unique for both its central location to all mountain restaurants and stores and Lodge amenities, including a shared kitchen, lobby, ski locker room, parking and fantastic atmosphere. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Apex Mountain Lodge!


Monthly MLA Report By Roly Russell, MLA Boundary-Similkameen The morning air is crisper and I’ve cleaned off my basement waxing station: winter must be getting nearer! The summer has been very full, with my first real opportunities to travel the riding, and an inordinate amount of time spent on video and telephone calls. I’m still learning how best to create the change we all want, how to get the answers I’m being asked for by constituents, and how best to communicate. And, I’m always open to suggestions for improvement! It’s the time of year when schools are top-of-mind, and my office and I have been in discussions with the Ministry and the School District(s) trying to help find a more predictable and simpler scenario for Apex kids. I know the uncertainty is tough. I’m proud that provincially, $353 million has been put into new schools as part of the commitment to continue the largest modernization of schools in BC’s history. Given our two kids running around, I know that pandemic uncertainty and covid fatigue are making life harder for school children, as well as so many of the rest of us. Please note that there are great resources for a host of challenges that students are facing, with a great starting point online at erase.gov.bc.ca. This includes mental health supports, anti-bullying, and more, helping us build safer and more caring school communities. There’s also Wellbeing.gov.bc.ca for general mental health resources. Please remember to take some time to care for your friends, peers, and yourself in these uncertain times. Proof-of-vaccine will soon be required for some social and recreational settings. This requirement allows us to get back to doing more of the things that we enjoy, sooner. It helps keep all of us safer, including employees in our communities. While I absolutely respect everyone’s right to make their own choices (when not impacting other’s wellbeing), I’m extremely disappointed in the reckless and dangerous proselytizing of misinformation. This unfairly risks the wellbeing of others, by people that take zero accountability for the risk. So, please be skeptical and pay heed to the medical experts who are accountable for your health: get vaccinated. I’ve learned a great deal about how to do this job better, and so with wildfire evacuations being rescinded and the legislative fall session due to start soon, I’m keen to embrace the challenges ahead. Please reach out with any thoughts - and don’t forget to vote in the federal election!

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.

FROM THE DIRECTOR For RDOS Area ‘I’

Welcome to another season of fun at the community of Apex. There is a lot going on in Area ‘I’, including the creation of a new Fire Protection Service at Apex. The 2022 tax budget season is upon us, as I continue to work on building a sustainable area while refining services Subrina Monteith to optimize value for services received. Director of Look for a meeting in the near future RDOS Area ‘I’ to present the community tax budget to Apex home owners. This is something the community has received since my election in 2018. I encourage everyone to ask questions and get informed. As winter approaches, please contact “AIM Roads”, the road contractor for Apex Mountain Road and Green Mountain Road, at 1-866-222-4204 to request service to keep roads accessible for residents and guests at Apex Mountain Resort. I look forward to talking with anyone and as always I’m reachable via email or phone anytime. Also, consider renewing your APOA membership as they continue to advocate for your community and need your support. APOA meet with me as the voice of the community on topics from mining to education to forestry. They are a volunteer committee standing strong for the community of Apex. They are always looking for board members and I know from the meetings I’ve attended, they accomplish as much as they can, but as the community grows so do concerns. Subrina Monteith, Director of RDOS Area ‘I’ Direct: 250.486.1346 | smonteith@rdos.bc.ca | www.rdos.bc.ca

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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Summer Update From The ACA By Erica Fletcher This summer the Board of Directors of the ACA has undergone another shift. We welcomed Ashley Dunsford as our President, Cindi-Lou Baker and Louise Brady as Directors at Large, and we said goodbye to Andrew Drouin as our Vice-president. As a group, we are now working towards establishing the Apex Community Association as a “community building group”. We’re not looking to change Apex in any great way, but more to celebrate our uniqueness as a community and distinct people. We all love this place and want to acknowledge this wonderful place we have all decided to send roots into, by working towards some community spaces and hosting community events. The ACA is an opportunity to express our unique community outlook, to accomplish some wanted community projects, and to have some fun by bringing people together. A soccer club for kids was established this July. The ACA sponsored the start up costs of purchasing soccer balls and a couple of nets. It has been successful so far, and a really great opportunity to get all the Apex kids and families together. It’s on Sunday mornings in the hockey rink. Anyone is welcome to come and kick some balls around for an hour or so and have some fun. We’ll be carrying on with it into the fall until the weather turns. A huge thank you to Nate for agreeing to be the coach!

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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!

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APOA Update

By Jeff Brown & The APOA Board

If you are one of the many new property owners at Apex, you may be wondering what APOA is all about. Our mission statement at apexpropertyowners.com states it well: The Apex Property Owners Association is dedicated to building a community to fulfil the aspirations of all property owners. We strive to guarantee safe access to our properties, to address environmental concerns, to safeguard against adverse impact from development and operating activities on safety and public welfare, and to assist in the development of a community plan. The key issues/programs we’re tackling this 21-22 season are: School District Boundaries ~ Apex village is (just barely) within the boundaries of School District SD53 (Cawston/Keremeos), but no Apex students actually attend a SD53 school. Apex students are either home schooled or are served by Penticton School District SD67, which has been accommodating Apex students as best they can each year. However, there is no guarantee Penticton Many of you attended our Summer BBQ and Movie night in August schools will have room for Apex’s “out of district” students. Each (see photos above). It was a great success with a great turn out! school year, this uncertainty generates a lot of stress for both We had a fantastic team to pull it off, even despite the public health students and parents. APOA is lobbying for the obvious solution: curveball the day before. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the make Apex part of the Penticton school district, where it should sponsors we had for this event. Thanks to Hoodoo Adventures for have been all along. the use of their projector screen setup, Red Bull Media for allowing us to screen two of their winter snow films, The Edge Bistro for Resource Extraction ~ mining, forestry, cattle. Apex is surrounded allowing the use of their grill, and Apex Mountain Resort for the by Crown Land that is under intense resource development use of their space. Thanks to the grillers and popcorn wizards too! pressure. The impact that forestry and cattle ranging have on Apex’s recreation values is obvious to everyone who looks around One more Community BBQ will be happening on September (or steps around!) the Apex area. Further, Mt. Riordan is at risk 25th from 4-7 in the Apex Village. We hope to see you there! of becoming an open-pit garnet mine! Property owners need a This year we will be having our AGM on time and hopefully in strong collective voice representing their interests with these person. It will be in late October and in the Village Cafeteria. We resource industries. are hoping to discuss with the community what they want the Rebooting APOA Membership ~ Like most other non-profit fundraising money to go towards. We’ve discussed the creation organizations, Covid made it difficult to maintain momentum of a park and building and installing a community notice board, within our membership in 2020-2021. So this ski season, APOA but we’d like to hear from you! There will be more to follow on the is investing in a reboot of property owner participation! The first particulars, but just giving everyone a heads up to watch out for it. step is a ... SEASON OPENER SOCIAL. On Saturday, December I’m super pumped about the new focus of the ACA and the 18, the APOA will host our first social of the season! All property community members who have decided to join us! Thanks to owners are welcome. Save the date, and stay tuned for details. everyone who is helping to make things happen. If you would You can join the APOA online at apexpropertyowners.com, or like to join the ACA for any projects we are working on, have an come to the Season Opener Social and sign-up there. Membership idea for something, or want to come to our meetings, email us at is only $30, and is open to all Apex property owners. Remember, apexcommunityassocation@gmail.com. Happy Fall Everyone! your voice is strongest in unison with others.


Apex Fire Rescue Update By Molly Raine, AVFR Communication Lead In March of this year, the community voted for a tax funded Fire Service at Apex. We thank you again for your overwhelming vote of support for this initiative. This would not have been possible without help and support from Director Monteith, the Regional District of the Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) staff, Apex Mountain Resort, Apex Matters, and the Apex Fire Brigade Society Board of Directors - thank you all.

The Apex Fire Rescue Fire Engine and current Firehall in the Apex Village. Firstly, we have had some inquiries as to why insurance rates remain unchanged after a positive vote. Funding for the Fire Service does not kick in until 2022; therefore, we are presently Slushy Thoughts From The Snow Bank unable to apply for the required FUS rating that should positively By Brad Nunes affect insurance rates - we expect this to happen early in the New Year - as soon as we have access to the operational funding and Hello again everyone. Welcome back to my damp corner of the have been certified as an RDOS Fire Service. Matters. I hope everyone had a restful summer off. Lots of leisure We have a lot of work to do, but are well on our way. Even though and ... whatever you do in the off season. Me? What did I do? funding for the Fire Service, future Fire Station, and replacement Oh well, you know. Spent a week or so wondering if my house Fire Engine won’t be available until the New Year, it does not mean was going to be reduced to ash and deciding if I was wearing a we have been sitting on our hands. The process moving forward is mask due to a pandemic or if I needed it to breathe the smokey lengthy and we have already been busy getting our ducks in a row, cloud we called ‘air’ for a while. I have to give a massive, massive so we are ready to hit the ground running come January. shout out to all our firefighting personnel. I was directly impacted We are currently working closely with the RDOS team to secure by the Thomas Creek wildfire and I can say first hand the response an adequate land solution for the Apex Fire Station - that process was nothing short of spectacular. The air assault makes the Death is well underway. Meanwhile, our Fire Rescue Building Advisory Star trench run look like child’s play (yeah, I am a Star Wars nerd. Committee is working on space planning for the new Fire What of it?) and the ground crews were relentless. There was a Station. The information from this will be provided to the design water truck running up the road every 15 minutes. They basically professionals as soon as there is funding in place. We are sure moved a lake’s worth of water. They are the bravest, craziest, that more pieces of the “building” process will fall into place soon. hardest working crew out there. Thank you so much! Oh, and for Parallel to the Firehall process, we are also researching and the boaters or drone operators who got in the way? Get it right up planning for the most appropriate and cost-effective replacement youse! (Sorry ... I have also spent the summer watching Scottish Fire Engine solution. Follow us in Apex Matters and on social comedies on Netflix.) I hope anyone getting too close for photos media to stay up to date. We will be posting more regular updates drops their phone in the lake AND has all their unflattering selfies leaked onto the internet. Shameful. as soon we can confirm information. Despite Covid restrictions, Apex Fire Rescue has had a busy And while we are at shaming people, let’s talk about the folks summer. We kicked the spring off with wildland fire training, hosted who thought it was a good idea to protest outside of a hospital. the Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on July 11, continued Regardless of your opinions around our current health crisis, you with training sessions - twice monthly, secured a Medical First have to be right boneheaded to protest in front of the people with Responder agreement with the BC Ambulance Service, expanded the lifesaving ventilators and medications. If you are angry, go talk the FireSmart Neighborhood Recognition Program with the to the people who MAKE the decisions! The nurse who just pulled addition of the Whitetail neighborhood, ramped up the FireSmart her third double shift of the week, headed home to a kid she hasn’t Home Partners Wildfire Property Assessment Program and kicked been able to see in daylight hours for a month, while trying to keep off a free wildfire hazard reduction yard clean-up and chipping people alive from a now preventable disease, is NOT the person program for property owners who are aged 65 years and older. you should be yelling at. It is just plain mean folks. Our Fire Engine and three firefighters were also placed on standby Ok. Enough with the heavy stuff. You come here for the lame jokes with BC Wildfire Service at the height of wildfire season, and some and the ... the ... yeah ... why do you come here? Ski swap is right of our members were deployed on wildfire assignments across the around the corner. It is the time of year I go and try to find a pair province. of backcountry skis to stare at trying to convince myself that “Oh There will be more detail and updates about all of our programs yeah, you need these ... “ when knowing FULL well they will sit in upcoming issues. In the meantime, we are moving into our collecting dust. Like, I really like the IDEA of slapping on a pair of Exterior/Interior Firefighting and Medical First Responder Fall skins and trekking across the landscape to a distant, untouched Training Program and are always looking for and welcome any bluff. But then, like ... all the cardio, right? Sweating ... and there new interested members. If you are interested in being a firefighter, is this wonderful chairlift right here that is so convenient. And last I or helping out (at any level), please visit www.apexfirerescue.ca/ heard, The Edge doesn’t make deliveries out to Apex Proper. join-apex-fire-rescue/ and complete an online application, or email Anyway, great to be back. Much love to everyone. Can’t wait to info@apexfirerescue.ca for more information. see ya’ll out there!


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Top 10 Activities Inclusive To Everyone By Lyndie Hill, Hoodoo Adventure Company Though it feels like all we hear about these days are restrictions, my personal focus during the past 18 months has been to focus on what we can do, not what we can’t. For that reason, I would love to share with you my top 10 things that our entire community can do. #1 Canoe, kayak, explore and play at Vaseux Lake. This park provides preserves for an abundant wildlife population. The lake provides promising fishing opportunities for large mouth bass, rainbow trout and carp. In winter, there are great opportunities for skating, ice-fishing, and ice-boating. #2 Hike to the top of McIntyre Bluffs. McIntyre Bluff is a 10.5 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oliver in the South Okanagan, offering the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail. #3 Take a climbing lesson at Skaha Bluffs. Skaha Bluffs Park provides a variety of recreation opportunities including hiking, rock climbing and wildlife viewing, while also protecting habitat for a variety of species at risk. World-class climbing opportunities are found at Skaha Bluffs though it is important to note that climbing is prohibited in the southern area (the section of the park that encompasses Gillies Creek). #4 Take your friends or family to check out the Goldfish Pond! Access to the trail head can be found by venturing up McLean Creek Road (a lovely drive if you are looking for a back way to get to Penticton). Head east out of Okanagan Falls on 10th Avenue for a few kms passing wineries along your way. You will come to a 2nd sharp turn in the road and the entrance to this trail is on the west side. Head through the unlocked gate and follow this small dirt road heading towards the backside of Peach Cliff. Soon you will come to some old mining paraphanilia. What looks like a large stack of pallets will reveal itself to be a collection of core samples from mining days gone by before being greeted by a natural spring fed pond full of goldfish! This is a great place for families to explore. #5 Geocaching! This is an outdoor recreational activity in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and sometimes a pen or pencil. The geocacher signs the log with their established code name and dates it to prove that they found the cache. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, such as toys or trinkets, usually of more sentimental worth than financial. There are tons of geochaches around Penticton!

#8 Try Indoor Climbing! Indoor climbing is way more than just a fun thing to try. Done regularly it has huge health benefits. From increasing strength and building muscle, to a more engaging form of cardio, and a great way to practice stretching and flexibility. It is also an awesome thing to do as a family! #9 Pack a picnic and head to the top of Campbell Mountain. A fun, fairly quick day-hike to the top of Campbell Mountain. With a great view of Penticton lake-to-lake, this moderate hike is well worth it. If you pack a picnic, you can have a meal with the best view in town! #10 Just connect with nature. Research shows that people with a greater connection to nature are more likely to behave positively towards others, to the environment, wildlife and habitats. The wellbeing benefits of experiencing nature are especially important to your physical and mental health. I highly recommend, no matter how simple it is, to take some time to get outside, run your hands through the water or put your toes in the sand!

If there is any way that we can help anyone and everyone in our community to stay active this fall/winter, the team at Hoodoo #6 Bike the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. This converted rail trail Adventures is here for you. We are always looking to share our traverses through spectacular mountain and valley scenery. With passion and knowledge and help get you connected to nature. a maximum 2.2% grade, the trail can be cycled or hiked by most with just a little preparation. This is the perfect trail for all ages and abilities. In the Penticton area, you can access wineries, eateries, orchards, hiking trails, history, culture and more! #7 Explore Naramata Falls. This hiking trail follows Naramata Creek up through a deep river canyon to a cascading waterfall. The hike is about 2.4 km, round trip, and takes about an hour or so. The towering rock slabs, trees and trickling creek help keep the gully cool, even on the most sweltering of Okanagan days. The trail is lovely year-round, and worth visiting regularly to witness the changes that each season brings.