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JEAN STRONG SINCE THE SUN PEAKS SECONDARY ACADEMY (SPSA) was founded eight years ago, students have taken part in a unique learning experience by blending online learning with volunteer work, fun field trips and, of course, lots of skiing and snowboarding. The school has grown each year since inception with 20 students enrolled in 2018. This year five students will graduate with their Dogwood Diplomas and make their way

into the world of post-school life. For some that means travel and for others it’s continuing their education. No matter what lies ahead they’re well prepared and excited for new experiences. The public can celebrate the graduates alongside their family and friends at the first ever SPSA commencement at 4 p.m., June 25 at the Upper Village Stage. Meet the grads below and learn about their time in SPSA and future plans and dreams. Chloe Bremner, 17 Chloe moved to Sun Peaks

with her family in 2012 from Sechelt and started her grade seven year. Her skiing improved and so did her ability to self motivate, learning to monitor herself and her workload. She said she appreciated the variety of field trips to places like 4Cats and escape rooms. Six years later she has completed her course work and is ready to take a summer off before moving to Vancouver Island to attend the University of Victoria to study Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience. She said she always been in-

terested in sciences from psychology to computer science and microbiology. Chloe said she liked UVic had smaller classes than other universities and is looking forward to moving back to the coast. Paul Fedor, 18 Paul and his family moved to Sun Peaks from the Sunshine Coast two years ago to be closer to friends. They had visited before but Fedor said it was a big change and at first he struggled to get used to classes that demanded more self motivation

and organization. He grew to love hanging out with other students, volunteering for community events and became president of a new Rotary Interact Club. Before moving he could ski blue runs with some difficulty but said he can now confidently conquer the mountain. After working this summer on the golf course he will move back to the coast, attending UVic to study computer science. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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“It’s a field where you do a lot of problem solving; it’s something that I really want to study.” Korina Linder, 18 Korina has attended school in Sun Peaks for eight years after attending school in Heffley Creek. She said the schooling was different, especially pushing herself to complete online courses. But that flexibility allowed her to work ahead to take time off and get a lot of ski days under her belt. Korina said she liked helping people by taking part in school leadership and organizing We Day activities for other students. Now that she has finished high school she is considering studying adventure tourism but first she plans to take a year off. She would like to travel to Switzerland during the winter to work and maybe take a couple courses to prepare her for when she heads to university. Wyatt Marshman, 17 Wyatt has attended school at Sun Peaks for three years after one year in Kamloops. He and his family moved from Saskatchewan to be closer to family in B.C. He had visited previously but said his snowboarding improved greatly living on the mountain. The school gave him the chance to have more freedom

to do things like take time off to work on farms in Sask. and B.C.

environment and structure required adjustment. This summer he is in Van-

“I WANT TO EXTEND A HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT MADE IT HAPPEN. THEY DID EXCELLENT WORK IN CREATING A UNIQUE PROGRAM THAT HAS A BIG IMPACT...IT’S A GREAT MODEL FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES.” He said he liked the small size that made a tight community where everyone was friends, spending time volunteering for events like the Firefighter’s Gala and starting a Rotary Interact Club. As he finishes he said he will take the summer to explore his options. “It feels good (to be done), it’s not going to get easier and I might end up doing more school. I don’t know yet.” Brennan Sorge, 19 Brennan finished his coursework at the end of 2016 but will take part in the graduation ceremony this June to celebrate his hard work. He is now attending Thompson Rivers University to study business. He said the school prepared him well for university because he can work independently but the

couver for an internship as an assistant researcher for the Fraser Institute. He has written for the organization for four years and said he’s looking forward to having the chance to complete studies of his own. During this exciting time of his life he reflected on Sun Peaks as one of his best experiences so far. “I want to extend a huge thanks to everyone that made it happen. They did excellent work in creating a unique program that has a big impact...It’s a great model for rural communities.” Bram Treissman, 18 Bram is currently wrapping up the last of his class work after returning from a semester on a sailboat with Class Afloat. Aboard the floating school Bram travelled from

France down the coast to Lisbon, Portugal over two and a half months. “It was pretty crazy,” he said. “But it was really rewarding. We started as strangers but you’re living in such close proximity you start to feel like a family.” He said attending school at Sun Peaks since grade 9 was just what he needed after struggling with large classes at a traditional high school which helped him succeed far more than he would have otherwise. He added it prepared him well for the unique program by teaching him to have an open mind. “It’s definitely very outdoor-ed oriented, it definitely led me to try out things I normally would not be into,” he said. “It helped me accept new ideas and new ways of thinking.” After his first great solo adventure Bram is planning to attend TRU in the fall for the Adventure Studies program. “I’ve always loved outdoor adventure based activities. I don’t like being cooped up inside all day. My dream idea is to be outside doing something with people.” I want to extend a huge thanks to everyone that made it happen. They did excellent work in creating a unique program that has a big impact...It’s a great model for rural communities.

Community works for Bear Smart Certification JEAN STRONG AS SUN MELTS SPRING SNOW, bears have emerged from their dens after a winter of hibernation. For those living in or visiting Sun Peaks this means exercising extra caution to not attract or interact with the animals. Two years ago a group of volunteers began work alongside Sun Peaks Mountain Re-

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sort Municipality (SPMRM) to earn the community a Bear Smart certification. This year Thompson Nicola Regional District Wildsafe BC community co-ordinator Rhiannon Guerra will complete an assessment outlining issues Sun Peaks must address before earning the certificate. The assessment may include things like natural attractants, garbage management and educating those who

come into the community. Guerra said the assessment and its approval will take a few weeks then it’s up to SPMRM and the committee to complete the work. As bears have now left their dens Guerra said it’s important to be cautious in areas they frequent. “Bears are active now...people hiking should know there are bears in the area.” She recommended hikers

carry bear spray and keep dogs on leashes. She also said to look for signs of bear activity like scat or scratch marks on trees. Guerra will attend some of the Sun Peaks Market Days this summer to answer questions and provide information. To get involved in the committee contact Catherine McGauchie at reception @sunpeaksmunicipality.ca


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LOCAL NEWS Echo Landing sales reflect strong market JEAN STRONG ECHO LANDING, a new 48 unit residential development in the East Village, sold out March 30 just over four months after sales began. As construction started on the site beside Settler’s Crossing, Sotheby’s Sun Peaks’ staff wrapped up the final sale. The two to four bedroom units priced between $350,000 and $619,000 were at what managing broker Liz Forster called the midpoint price range of the resort’s market. “That middle point is very popular, as is the tourist accommodation zoning,” she said. “To have a project sold out before they start building is pretty special.” Most were bought as secondary residences but Forster said many owners have long-term plans to live in the community. She added many people were attracted to securing their unit with a deposit and paying the remainder when the project is completed in mid-2020. Forster said the majority of

“WE’RE NOT SEEING ANY DWINDLING OF DEMAND,” SHE SAID. “BUILDING CAN’T KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND.” buyers were Canadian, 52 per cent from B.C. and 6 per cent from elsewhere in Canada. Eight per cent of units were sold to international buyers while only one unit was purchased by someone from the U.S. The project had less international buyers than A&T Project Developments’ other local project, Village Walk. Forster said the larger units and central village location of that development was more attractive to foreign buyers. Each project showed the strong demand Sun Peaks has seen over the last two years. “We’re not seeing any dwindling of demand,” she

Work has now begun for Sun Peaks’ newest development, Echo Landing. | PHOTO SPIN

said. “Building can’t keep up with the demand.” Forster said being the second largest ski area and a string of announcements for projects like the Sun Peaks

Centre and new lift for the East Village is attracting people who want to purchase before being priced out. She added buyers are continuing to come from Whis-

tler where increasing demand and prices can make ownership challenging and popularity means growing crowds and lines.

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MEAGAN MASON AND HER HUSBAND Ryan purchased Tod Mountain Café one and a half years ago. They fell in love with Sun Peaks after moving to Kamloops, B.C. from the prairies six years ago. “One of the first places we checked out was Sun Peaks. It has a really special vibe; stress just melts off when you’re up there.” They knew right away they wanted to focus on local vendors and products. But when looking for a local coffee supplier the couple came up short. That’s when they decided to get into the business of roasting their own, despite each having other jobs and no coffee creating experience. The found a roaster in the summer of 2017 and began to roast their own coffee in Kamloops under the name Twisted Goat Coffee. The name was inspired by the tale of coffee being discovered when goats

ate berries in Ethiopia drawing the attention of farmers who began to brew the berries for their own consumption. Finding the perfect blends took time and it wasn’t until just before Christmas 2017 they felt ready to present it to the world in the café. “In the first month I had never drank so much coffee in my life,” she said. “I found the science and technology side very interesting.” In the end they settled on three blends, all named to reflect Sun Peaks and its mountain culture. Lone Fir is a medium roast with beans from Nicaragua and Sumatra with elements of dark chocolate, plum and walnut. Bushwhacker is a dark roast from Guatemala and Nicaragua and Tighten Yer Boots is an espresso with beans from Colombia, Guatemala and Sumatra with flavours of vanilla, hot chocolate and almond. Mason said they’ve become passionate about roasting and the profiles that are unique to each roaster. With their new

education they will be attending the Kamloops Farmers’ Market and the Sun Peaks Market Day to sell bags of beans branded under Tod Mountain Coffee and give tastings using different brewing methods. “We’ll do pour overs and french presses to taste the different flavour profiles. Some blends taste different based on how they’re brewed.” Depending on interest and how the market education is received Mason said they are interested in hosting workshops at the cafè to teach more about cupping, brewing methods, single origins and more. They would also like to expand to selling in other locations and are looking for interested cafés or stores. “So far it’s been great, we’ve got some really nice compliments...we want to be more a part (of Sun Peaks), we want people to come say hello at the markets.” For more information about future workshops contact Meagan or Ryan at hello@twistedgoatcoffee.com.


LOCAL NEWS Search for Shtuka passes 12 weeks Ping places phone in resort early morning JEAN STRONG WHEN HEATHER SHTUKA ARRIVED in Sun Peaks late at night Feb. 17 after her son Ryan was reported missing, she had no idea she and her husband Scott would still be searching in the resort more than12 weeks later. New information released by the family described a cell phone tower ping at 3 a.m. on Feb. 17 that placed Ryan’s cell phone in Sun Peaks. No information was available on the exact location of his phone. That fact, other information the family has, as well as mother’s intuition means Heather believes Ryan is still in Sun Peaks. She said she has heard doubt he is still here as so much snow

has melted and he is yet to be found. “He’s in an area where there’s still lots of snow,” she said, adding that some areas they are searching are higher up the mountain and have waist deep snow in places. “There are so many paths, trails and ways that he could’ve gone. We don’t know his state of mind, level of intoxication, if he was becoming hypothermic. “You expect that this will be over soon,” she said. “It’s like Ryan left that house and just disappeared into thin air.” The change in seasons also means a change in searches, continuing grid searches without the need for shovels and probes in most areas. A plane has passed over searching and an RCMP helicopter has flown over the area several times since snow began melting. Heather said because his clothes would now be wet and potentially dirty he would be difficult to spot from the air. “We’re now looking at

“We will be leaving. Our kids need us. I think Ryan will understand.”

more of a discovery (of Ryan). Likely someone will stumble across him and that’s heavy. “We had hoped we would be able to find him while he was still in the snow and preserved with no animal contact or decomposition.” The search’s command centre has moved from hotels into the old Health Centre portable and more than 700 volunteers have helped search over the last few months. More search and rescue dogs from the Canadian Canine Search Corps (CCSC) came to the resort May 12 and 13. Another search team from Victoria, B.C. will work in the resort

May 19 and 20. The Search and Rescue Dog Association of Alberta (SARDAA) is also trying to come to Sun Peaks in May. Heather said different types of trained search dogs and less snow may give them higher chances of success. Kamloops Search and Rescue returned for another search of the area on May 12 and will return again, depending on weather and snow melt. Volunteers have also walked logging roads and trails between Whitecroft and Sun Peaks, others from ATVs and quads. A charter plane of searchers from Edmonton, Alta. arrived May 12 to search for two days alongside other volunteers driving to the resort from across B.C. and Alberta. On May 12 an event was held at Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops to raise money for the family who are paying rent in Sun Peaks as well as household expenses in Beaumont, Alta. Funds are also used towards

supporting volunteers, search dogs, signage and more. Heather said that although she truly believes he is in Sun Peaks, they are missing important time with their two daughters at home in Beaumont. Although the girls have been able to spend some time in Sun Peaks, Heather has had to miss her eldest daughter Jordyn’s preparation for high school graduation. “They have part time jobs, I missed grad dresses, alterations, shopping. Her birthday is June 6.” She said if they cannot recover Ryan soon she and Scott will discuss going home. Ryan was last seen in the early morning hours of Feb. 17 at a house party on Burfield Drive. He was wearing dark grey jeans, a white and grey shirt, blue jacket, burgundy hat and sand coloured Vans shoes. Anyone with information has been asked to contact the RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Heffley Creek bridge delayed until summer JEAN STRONG OVER ONE YEAR AGO A SECTION of Old Highway 5 in Heffley Creek washed away as flooding swept through the area. The damaged area was beyond repair and has required extensive work to construct a new bridge. City of Kamloops capital project manager Darren Crundwell said construction is ongoing. It was originally estimated

the project would be complete winter of 2017 but delays pushed completion to be expected in spring or summer of 2018. Work was delayed in January as the area was identified as having the potential to contain First Nations artifacts and a heritage inspection or investigation was completed before work could resume. Delays have left some residents disconnected from the community, requiring additional travel time on Highway 5. Construction continues in Hefley Creek. | PHOTO SPIN

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COMMUNITY Remembering inspirational women in skiing RON BETTS

“BEGIN DOING WHAT YOU WANT TO DO NOW. WE HAVE ONLY THIS MOMENT, SPARKLING LIKE A STAR IN OUR HAND, AND MELTING LIKE A SNOWFLAKE.” – MARIE BEYRON RAY

PEOPLE RARELY SET OUT with the goal of being inspirational; they become so through action or conviction. They might become so because of a single event but more often it’s a lifetime of events, small actions over time. Like the sea on a boulder, you don’t notice the erosion happening, but eventually you see the result. Three such women passed away this winter. They didn’t know one another, but they shared a common bond. Skiing played a part in each of their lives and each of them touched the lives of many. Patricia Lloyd and her husband Ken were married for 58 years, they had two children and five grandchildren. Pat loved them all very deeply. She passed away on Valentine’s Day, with her family at her side. Pat didn’t ski, she may have at one time but I didn’t know her as a skier. Her husband, daughter and grandkids, however, are all avid skiers. That’s how Ken and Pat found

themselves at Sun Peaks each winter coming to spend time with family and share the kinship of the mountains. Pat might not have skied, but she most certainly didn’t sit still. She joined book clubs, Scrabble clubs, she hung out with the Sun Peaks Polar Bears. She was active in the community and a default mom to anyone who entered her orbit. She made fantastic pancakes and fed them to many hungry skiers, me included. I was lucky to know her. Ruth Boutilier was born and lived her entire life on Cape Breton Island. I once wrote an article about her for Ski Canada Magazine. In it, I described her as an 82-year-old diminutive tornado. She was a force of nature, a wonderful force of nature. Ruth was many things: a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a lifetime yoga teacher, (in fact she was the first trained yoga teacher on Cape Breton). She also taught skiing for 50 years. She introduced literally thousands of school kids to the sport. The only other woman who may have influenced more young skiers is Nancy Greene Raine. Nancy would have loved Ruth. As per her wishes, Ruth’s ashes will be scattered on the bunny hill at Ski Ben Eoin, near Sydney N.S., as it was where she spent most of her time. I was lucky to know her. Lisa Korthals was 49 years old when she passed away in the mountains she loved, taken much too early by an avalanche. Lisa was a superb skier and Level 4 member of the Canadaian Ski Instructors Association. She found her true calling as a big mountain skier,

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making many first descents in the Coast Mountains, Alaska and in Europe. Later, Lisa shared her love of the mountains with others, working as a heliski guide. Along the way, she married her perfect adventure partner, Johnny. Together they have a young son, who shares his mom and dad’s talent on snow. Lisa touched many lives, in fact over 1,000 people came together to celebrate her life and remember the vibrant, fun-loving, infectious person that she was. I was lucky to know her. Being a person who has never looked to divinity for comfort or answers, I try to honour the memories of people I care about in my own way. Sometimes by quiet reflection, sometimes by emulating qualities I admire about them. We honoured Pat with an onhill service at Sun Peaks, later we followed Ken as he led us around the mountain, a small group of family and friends sharing in a special moment, doing what we all love. I was also at Sun Peaks when I heard that Ruth had passed. I stood at the top of several runs that day and thought of how special she had been. It was late in the season when I heard of Lisa’s passing. I’ll think of her often in the years to come, whenever I’m in big mountains. I’ll channel her energy and share some joy with those around me. A pebble tossed in a still pond sends ripples outward in all directions; all three of these extraordinary ladies made waves, touched lives and influenced those who knew them. I was lucky to have known each of them.

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COMMUNITY Resort occupancy numbers remain stable

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JEAN STRONG AFTER A RECORD BREAKING 2016 winter season accommodation numbers for the 2017 season stayed flat. Tourism Sun Peaks (TSP) president Arlene Schieven said last year’s 15 per cent increase in room nights sold stayed steady with a strong start to the 2017 season in November and increases in January and March. Schieven said April saw a small decrease due to less room nights sold for the Coors Light Snowbombing Canada festival. “The winter overall was really successful,” she said. “It was cold over the holidays but other activities were popular

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and it was overall still positive.” In a survey completed by TSP two thirds of resort businesses said this season was better than the last, especially with large events like the HUB International Nancy Green Festival. The 21st Annual Sun Peaks Okanagan Winter Wine Festival also grew and drew large amounts of people with more sold out events than ever before. Looking toward the summer TSP hopes to surpass the 10 per cent increase seen in room nights last summer, despite an expected decrease in tour bus traffic. “With changing tours we’re not always on their path,” she said. “We’re comparing to a record year.” Marketing programs launched in May aim to pro-

Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) is adopted. The bylaw is designed to collect money to pay for municipal costs for things like roads, drainage and sewers associated with the construction. The bylaw has been through two readings and was written with input from Sun Peaks Resort LLP and

mote summer activities. Events are planned for a second weekend of Canada Day festivities this year. Big Sugar will also headline on June 30 and another concert weekend later in the summer is being planned. Schieven said Retro Weekend also draws large crowds booking rooms as does the Alpine Blossom Festival. “We just hope to continue the momentum from last year.

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LOCAL NEWS All in a day’s work for Fevang EMILY PERRINS I MET ARNE FEVANG AT 9 A.M., though he’s been at work since 6 a.m. and achieved a half day’s work already. Fevang is Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality’s public works and special projects assistant, although the title doesn’t seem to accurately reflect how much he does for the community. Fevang described his position in basic terms. “I’m responsible for the (municipal) roads and anything to do with the roads,” he explained. “In winter, this means checking conditions and determining if and when the plows are required.” In spring it means coordinating the roads being washed, swept, patched, re-swept and re-painted. Not to mention keeping track of any construction debris that makes it way to the wrong side of the curb. But as we drove around the municipality, Fevang pointed out more tasks that fall under his job description: forest fuel mitigation, garbage removal, building repairs, Valley Trail maintenance, vandalism clean-up, sports area upkeep,

ice rink checks and security camera installation. He handed me a list of his spring projects; it’s a two page document. Fevang seemed undaunted by the workload. Rather, he enjoyed the variety it brings. “Every day is different,” Fevang said. “You have to be flexible because your day changes on a daily basis. Almost on an hourly basis a lot of times.” Fevang moved to Sun Peaks in October 1995 and helped install the sewer and water network, before serving as chief of Sun Peaks Fire Rescue from 1997 to 2000. It’s evident, even just from all the locals and contractors that wave to him as we pass, that Fevang is an integral part of the community, both past and present. But he has a leading role in the community’s future as well, through his part in upcoming development projects. Fevang explained what he needs to coordinate ahead of the building of the new sports centre. Then, amongst the gravel pit and piles of rocks behind P5, he pointed out where new infrastructure for

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the East Village could be in five years’ time. “We’ll have a baseball diamond here or a bandstand... Put the skateboard park right behind us.” This is something Fevang works on with any spare time. “I come out here and I move gravel, and I’ve got a pile of waste that I burn in the fall.

This is an ongoing project.” Are there ever enough hours in the day for it all? It certainly doesn’t seem so, as he explained how he can work long days, weekends and also be on call throughout the night. Fortunately though, after two and a half years in the role, the municipality is hiring an assistant to help with the increasing

New leaders emerge as Rotary celebrates one year JEAN STRONG NEARLY ONE YEAR after first meeting, the Rotary Club of Sun Peaks has accomplished a lot. From fundraising for students at Sun Peaks, to hosting a scavenger hunt for the Skate Park and brunch for Polio, members have been busy. In addition to raising money the group has worked hard to meet with community members and learn what is needed locally. As they begin to plan more summer events and fundraisers two locals are taking over

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the position of president from Brenda Wilkinson, one of the organization’s founders and first president. Chris Wagner and Jenny Cox will be co-presidents for a one year term. Wilkinson said she is happy to see the club growing. “I’m so proud of the club, that we’ve been able to achieve so much,” she said. “It feels so great to have these two capable people taking the reins.” Wagner has lived in Sun Peaks since 2012 and grew up in a Rotary family that instilled a passion for giving back. “We were delivering Christmas hampers to single mums... at the door she would be crying

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and the kids would be so excited. At 12 years old that makes a really big impression on you,” he said. He said he wants to learn more about what the village is interested in but he has a personal interest in helping water transportation in Africa. “The experience I’ve had in Rotary means I’m wanting to help the community but it depends on what the community is looking for.” Cox moved to Sun Peaks last year and joined the group to meet other people living in the area and contribute. She quickly became involved as secretary and said she’s excited to

take on the role of co-president. “It’s pretty unique. It (the club) is so new and being in a mountain resort we can customize the approach and make it our own.” She said she’s also looking forward to learning what the community would like to see more of and host more events like the Mother’s Day Brunch for Polio. “Once you learn more about it it just seems like the right thing to do.” Anyone interested in joining the club or looking for more information can visit rotaryclubofsunpeaks.org.

workload. Applications for the posting closed May 4 and Fevang hopes whoever is hired will start by June. Before leaving, I asked how he intended to spend his time off once his new coworker starts. “What will I do with three days off?” Fevang joked. “I’ll have to get another job!”


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loop in our area! This trail is perfect this time of year when the balsamroot flowers are in full bloom. Consider bringing lunch or a snack to enjoy lakeside as well as lots of sunscreen and water on those hot Kamloops days! With the exception of one section through the trees, the majority of this hike is in the open. The hike is dog friendly, just make sure you bring some water for them as well! This trail does not follow the signed Deep Lake Loop which only goes to the lake and back. Instead this trail goes around the small hill to the right of the lake and comes up around the backside of Deep Lake. Park in the pullout area at the base of the Rockcliffe community. You should see the sign board indicating the trail head. Follow the path to the left of the board. Continue up past the housing development, walking along the road, to the black gate. (This used to be the start of the hike.) From here, follow the well worn path. As the path starts to weave around to your right, you should see a sign post and a partly broken sign; follow it

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up a small ravine. Continue on this path until you cross a cattle guard. Shortly after, you will see the dirt trail climb up the hill. Don’t go up this hill! Instead, keep your eyes open for a trail heading off to the right (a couple hundred metres from the cattle guard). Take this trail and follow it through the trees. Continue fol-

the slope on the far side of the lake, you’ll arrive at a junction. Veering left will rejoin you to the trail that goes back to the cattle guard you crossed earlier. We continued straight, which takes a slightly different loop back past the water reservoir, eventually leading back to the parking area.

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GET OUT THERE Summer sipping on Kamloops wines JEAN STRONG THE DAYS ARE LONGER, the weather warmer and the patios more welcoming. A glass of wine is the perfect complement to relaxing in the summer sun, and you need not look far to find the perfect glass. After the first vineyard opened in Kamloops in 2005 a local wine industry blossomed. Now there are six vineyards and four wineries in the region. Trish Morelli, executive director of the Kamloops Wine Trail, said the region’s recent designation as an official wine region will help the area continue to grow and be recognized as a wine destination. “It means a lot, it really helps to validate everything that we’re doing here,” Morelli said. “The Thompson Valley will be like the Okanagan Valley, we will be officially on the wine map. We won’t be lumped under emerging wineries. It brings so much credibility.” With the designation under their belts the wine trail is now looking forward to future growth. “I’m very proud of this region and very proud of the B.C. wine industry…every one of the wineries has shown double digit growth. We’re expecting a pretty epic year this year.” The area’s semi-arid climate with shorter and less harsh winters combined with minimal precipitation has proven to be ideal growing conditions. All this means great wines to try and wineries to visit; see our summer guide to Kamloops wine.

Monte Creek Ranch Winery The beautiful terrace at the Monte Creek Ranch Winery is open for the summer and Instagram ready. The menu features local food, mouth watering baked brie, beautiful platters and more. With more than 1,200 acres of ranchland with 75 acres of wine, this working ranch is home to a wide array of features. Take part in the daily tour program at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. to get an up close look at the vineyards, hakasp, bee colonies, the ranch and wine cellars. Their summer wine recommendation is their 2017 rosé made with Marquette grapes. Its perfect pink colour and refreshing but dry strawberry rhubarb taste was unaffected by the smoky skies it was grown under last summer. Privato Vineyard and Winery With a wide variety of events Privato is ready to welcome everyone this summer. Pet parents will enjoy the Dog Days of Summer on May 27. Pups get treat tastings as their people sample wines and visit pet vendors. An agility course will be set up and a competition will be held for owners who resemble their pets. For those more focused on wine than pets the Spring Release Party on June 23 will feature a variety of wines including their first Grande Reserve released since 2012. Want to add food to the mix? Make it to one of the outdoor long table dinners hosted in July and August. Local caterers will delight the taste buds in these themed meals.

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Other public and private events will be hosted throughout the summer. Stay tuned to their website or Facebook page for more information. On your way take the McLure ferry for a unique experience before you pick up a bottle or two of the perfect summer wine. While the rosé is the most popular summer pick, the chardonnay and “gew” also make for easy sipping. Harper’s Trail Cabernet Franc lovers will be happy to hear two more acres of grapes have been planted for the varietal and fruit should be ready for harvesting next year. Until then stay busy with Wine Down Wednesdays, head to the winery every Wednesday from June 6 until the end of August for 10 per cent off food and wine

purchases and live entertainment every second Wednesday. The events are free and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Don’t want to put the picnic basket together yourself? Local crackers, meats, cheeses,

olives and nuts can be bought on site. On trend with the region, Harper’s Trail’s most popular summer wine is their refreshing rosé with hints of pomegranate, cranberry and apricot.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Trusting your gut WELLNESS TALK COMES TO CAHILTY LODGE JEAN STRONG Those interested in learning how the health of their gut can impact many areas of their life will have the opportunity to learn on June 1. Hayley Petznick is a yoga instructor who has also studied kinesiology, sports nutrition, performance coaching and personal training. This combined education has made her aware of how wellness is connected and made her believe that it comes from within. “Our gut plays such a monumental role in our health, 90 per cent of disease is now being linked to the gut. I believe that it’s important to start with healing

the gut whether it’s for general health, athletic performance, mental clarity, energy, mood or chronic illness.” During her talk, “Wellness From Within - Trust Your Gut,” Petznick will teach the importance of gut health and answer questions. She lived at Sun Peaks for four years where she began her journey as a yoga instructor. “I’m really excited to bring this knowledge to the community up there. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you have specific health concern or are just looking to improve your quality of life.” The talk will take place at 6 p.m. at the Cahilty Lodge and tickets are $20 at the door. Haley Petznick will host the event teaching how your gut impacts other areas of your health. | PHOTO SUBMITTED

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Mountaintop yoga, workshops featured at wellness festival JEAN STRONG AFTER A FIRST YEAR that left more than 200 attendees inspired and well rested, the Mountain Spirit Festival is returning to Sun Peaks for the second time. The weekend from June 22 to 24 offers a mix of motivational speakers, workshops, yoga and other outdoor activities. This year will offer more onehour workshops designed to help one’s wellness, spirituality and healing. Organizer Elizabeth Beeds said she expected the number of participants to double for this year’s event after a warm response to the first year. “Last year was incredible, the response was amazing,” she said. “These kind of events have gotten really popular globally so it’s really special and unique that we have our own.” Classes have also been moved from the Burfield Lodge to more central locations at the

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Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre, the Cahilty Hotel and Suites and the Hearthstone Lodge. Another highly requested change was the addition of mountain top yoga to be hosted at the top the Sunburst Chairlift. Vendors will be set up for the public during the Sunday Sun Peaks’ Market Day as well as during a festival market in the village on Saturday. Those interested in trying yoga can take part in twenty minute sessions during both day’s markets. Those who purchase VIP tickets will be treated to a dinner made from local foods at the Sun Peaks Grand with entertainment, music and “Soul Talks” which are short but powerful speeches. This year’s speakers include local Tracy Munson, Michelle Morrison, Bonita Summers, Stephanie Banks and Fran Banting. Beeds said she can’t wait for the events,

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A yoga class in the Burfield Lodge last year. | PHOTO NATALIE SAARI

especially the speakers. “It’s such a transformational experience...It’s so fulfilling, it just fills my heart up with such a

feeling of gratitude for the community that comes together to make it happen. It’s truly a life changing weeknd.”

For more information on tickets, schedule and events, follow the event on Facebook or visit mountainspiritfestival.com.


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Jasper continues to talk about the risk of wildfire JASPER, Alberta With summer fast approaching, wildfire is on the minds of many in Jasper. A recent meeting drew as many as 200 people to hear what the fire chief and others are thinking. Some would like Parks Canada to create a 100 metre treeless belt around the town within Jasper National Park. A fire expert with the agency said Parks Canada must weigh concerns, including the impact of clear-cutting on wildlife species that depend on the cover of the forest, the health of the soil and the impact to water bodies. Residents were urged to hew to the guidelines of FireSmart. Those guidelines advocate removing flammability within a 10 metre radius around a house. Jasper has been divided into 10 evacuation zones. As well, five sites in the town have been identified if people need transportation. The goal, officials iterated, is to make sure locals know what to do if a fire occurs when there are 30,000 tourists in town. Black bears struggle in years of drought but also warmth GENOA, Nev. Drought invariably

means a hard summer ahead for black bears as food sources for the bruins become scarce. The New York Times explained that in 2012, a year of marginal snow in Colorado and other states, food supplies for black bears collapsed. Scientists tracking female bears near Durango, Colo., that year found that only 87 of the 203 female bears they had been tracking survived the food failure. That story about Durango was contained in a lengthy piece about the effect of climate change on black bears in the West. The story was sparked by a study in the Journal of Applied Ecology that found that for every one degree Celsius that minimum temperatures increase in winter, bears hibernate for six fewer days. As global temperatures continue to rise, by the middle of the century black bears may stay awake between 15 and 39 more days per year, the study found. Heather Johnson, a research wildlife biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and an author of the hibernation study, told The Times that bears hibernate in response to cold weather. But they can also remain active if there are more plentiful food supplies. But human food poses problems. Bears, with their versatile and powerful paws, are able to get into trash cans, cars and even homes. Scientists told the Times of one bear they found dead near Lake Tahoe. It was a little over

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a year old. A field necropsy revealed that its stomach was engorged with dozens of individual ketchup packets. The packaging most likely killed it. Arguments for bolstering the attractions of a small ski area JACKSON, Wyo. In places, ski companies seem to be making lots of money. Consider how the price of Vail Resorts stock has soared from $16 per share to $228 per share in little more than 20 years, with dividends along the way. Alterra Mountain Co., the new giant on the ski industry block, was created last year on the premise that great wealth can be generated to its owners. Then there are the little ski areas like Snow King. It’s the in-town ski area at Jackson, Wyo. Located just six blocks from the town’s famous antler-arched town square, it has respectable numbers: almost 1,600 feet of vertical and an average 380 cm of snow per winter. What it lacks is visitors. Most people flying into the local airport want to ski the newer, better-known Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Located 10 miles away, it’s owned by the billionaire Kemmerer family, scions to a fortune made in coal. This winter Jackson Hole pushed above 600,000 skier days for the first time and is gradually joining the ranks of the continent’s major ski areas. Snow King has barely hung on. A few years ago there was even some thought it would not survive. The town thought about taking over ski area operations, but walked away. Then new buyers were lined up. By a set of metrics reported by the Jackson Hole News&Guide, Snow King remains a marginal operation. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort had 15 times the number of skiers during the 2016-2017 season but gross income 107 times greater than that of Snow King. At Grand Targhee, on the western slopes of the Teton Range, adjusted gross income was 14 times that of Snow King.

The relevance of these numbers is Snow King’s proposal to add more attractions. The owners argue that skiing doesn’t pay the bills. In the last two years Snow King has added a mountain coaster, putt-putt golf, and a high ropes course. There’s also a new restaurant. Now comes review of a proposed zipline, a mountain bike park, an observatory, a backcountry yurt, and a mountain-top restaurant that would be accessible for a new gondola. Ryan Stanley, the general manager, insisted his company wants economic sustainability, not a financial windfall. “No one is planning to make a lot of money here. If they wanted to, they wouldn’t have bought the ski resort.” Not everybody agrees. Most vocal among critics has been the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, which warns of an “amusement park” and real estate venture. A butterfly flaps its wings in Beijing, and in Ketchum… KETCHUM, Idaho Thinking globally, Blaine County commissioners— which includes the ski towns of Ketchum and Sun Valley—have halted the county’s mixed-paper recycling program. For the time being, the paper will be going to a landfill instead of recycling centers, which simply can’t hold any more. “The building is stacked to the rafters,” a recycling center manager told the Idaho Mountain Express. The paper had previously gone to several sources, for multiple purposes: to be created into hydro mulch and cellulose. But a lot of the paper— as is true across the United States—was shipped across the Pacific Ocean to China. There, plants and mills converted the paper into pulp and, then, completing the cycle, back to paper. But China has new regulations that sharply limits the contamination levels for mixed paper. Previously con-

tamination of up to 5 percent was acceptable; now it’s only 0.5 percent. Paper used to be worth $20 a ton. Now, local recyclers must pay somebody $35 a ton to take it off their hands. In Ketchum, they’re not willing to do that. The local recycling center in the Ketchum-Sun Valley area is still taking corrugated cardboard, plastic, aluminum and tin. Those are what China still accepts. What caused Airbnb scam at Aspen to get short circuited ASPEN, Colo. It was a pretty sweet deal for the tenant until early February. Then one day three people showed up at the office of the Truscott affordable housing complex in Aspen, wanting to know where the Airbnb unit No. 72 was. That’s a no-no. The tenant of the deed-restricted affordable housing unit had signed a contract saying the unit could not be subleased. She had instead advertised the unit on Airbnb as a “cozy one-bedroom apartment” with room for up to four people as a base camp for “exploring what Aspen has to offer.” The price was very un-Aspen-like: $135 per night, with a two-night minimum stay on weekends. Learning of the violation, the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority ordered the tenant to remove the listing from the Airbnb website within three days. She was poking: it took her 20 days to get that done. By then, her lease had been revoked. The affordable housing staff occasionally studies vacation rental sites to see if there are any scofflaws. This one had missed their eyes. The tenant had been doing this for almost a year. City officials are now hiring an outside firm to identify how many people are dodging paying sales and lodging taxes when using online rental platforms. Deed-restricted units will be part of the probe.


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>> SPORTS Rokosh’s road to recovery NIKKI FREDRIKSON AFTER SPENDING HIS SKI SEASON working to qualify for the National Championships in Mt. St. Louis Moonstone, Ont., Justin Rokosh’s competition dreams came crashing down after sustaining a lacerated spleen and internal bleeding injuries following a fall on his first day of training. “For five days in the hospital I wasn’t allowed to leave the bed, but at the time I was so drained of energy all I wanted to do was sleep,” recalled Rokosh. “When I landed sideways my edge dug in and then I just whipped my side into the ground and it felt like any other crash really so I didn’t think a whole lot of it at the time...10 minutes later I was going up the chairlift and then I started getting really lightheaded. I pretty much couldn’t see because everything was so bright,” he said. Once he got off the chairlift Rokosh laid in the snow for around 25 minutes before he

felt well enough to get down the hill. He called his mom, who is also a nurse, who advised he get to a hospital after listing his symptoms. “(She said) it sounds like you hurt your spleen you could have internal bleeding. So (I) kind of thought ‘Ah I probably don’t but I should go anyways’ and then me and one of the coaches Mike went down to the hospital. Then there turned out I did end up cutting my spleen and had bleeding going on,” he said. Rokosh said because his mom had already suspected his injury he wasn’t shocked when the doctors diagnosed him. “I kind of thought it as like if it didn’t happen on the first day it would have happened eventually. I’ve got to think of it that way,” he said. “I was sad about missing nationals and not being about to compete but the missing the rest of the ski season and pretty much laying in my bed and seeing Snapchats and videos of my friends skiing and doing all different types of stuff, that kind of sucked more I think.”

Justin Rokosh took the top spot in the Timber Tour’s U18 Men’s Slopestyle Best of Series for his results this season. | PHOTO SUPPLIED

Following his diagnosis, Rokosh spent time in the hospital on strict bed rest before being cleared to fly back home where he would spend another 12 weeks doing no activity. Having had eight and a half

weeks of recovery behind him Rokosh said he is starting to feel better and was hoping to be cleared to attend the Team BC Selection Camp in mid-may at Whistler Blackcomb but unfortunately, he’ll be waiting a

few more weeks before getting back to any activity. Rokosh will now set his sights on getting back to competition in June with plans to begin his competitive dirt biking and endurocross season.

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>> SPORTS Spring training prepares Alpine Club for next season NIKKI FREDRIKSON

“BASICALLY WE TREAT THIS AS THE START OF THE NEXT SEASON SO WE WENT RIGHT BACK TO BASICS.”

GETTING BACK TO FUNDAMENTALS was the goal for the Sun Peaks Alpine Club’s (SPAC) spring training camp held April 26 to 29. The four-day training camp was an opportunity for the Racers to get back on the mountain to officially begin training for next season after a short break. “Basically we treat this as the start of the next season so we went right back to basics. Just got the kids establishing a good platform on their skis, so that was the main goal with all the kids just to go back to the fundamentals,” said SPAC program director Montana Molyneux.

Over the course of the camp, nine athletes worked on skill sets that are being emphasized province-wide. The athletes who attended all four days of the camp were able to work through a bit more of the fundamentals than the kids who attended just one day. “It’s something we go back to no matter what, so they’re all getting there but everyone’s definitely still working on that,” said Molyneux.

With the spring camp being held so close to the end of the ski season Molyneux acknowledged the athletes were still in last season’s mindset and not fully comprehending the camp was kicking off the next season. “They’re pretty young, so they might not understand what we’re doing and why but we just try to explain it and make sure they’re having fun and they’re safe. So they want to come back for summer camp or if they want to do preseason for the next one,” she said. The club plans to open registration for the 2018-19 season earlier than usual with a July intake. Spring training camp attendees on day three of training.

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Golf course focuses on family time JEAN STRONG WHEN THE SUN PEAKS GOLF COURSE opens on May 26 kids and families will have more opportunities to get on the course with two new programs as part of an industry trend to get more young people interested in golfing. The first will let those 18 and under golf for free with a paying adult Monday through Thursday. The second is a package for one youth and one adult on Mondays after 4 p.m. $40 for nine holes or $5 for a bucket of driving range balls. “We want to encourage the future of golf,” said golf course manager Lauren Fine. “We’re also looking at the greater picture. The fact is that the school

is growing and people are asking what to do with their families.” Another new program will encourage locals to make groups of two to eight for lessons with the local golf pro. Golf newbies or experts can also look forward to Ladies’ Night on Wednesday nights and Mens’ Night on Thursday nights. It’s recommended to book in advance, a $35 fee includes nine holes with a cart and an additional $10 gets you in the running for prizes. For those with a competitive streak two public tournaments are planned for the summer. The BC Adaptive Snowsports Charity Tournament is June 15. The Nancy Greene Big Little Tournament, nine holes played to fundraise for the Sun Peaks Education Society, takes place

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>> SPORTS Rugby star recovering from injury in Sun Peaks EMILY PERRINS CAMERON PIERCE STRIKES AN IMPOSING PRESENCE at six feet seven inches. It’s not difficult to picture him on the pitch as one of Canada’s top rugby players. He played rugby internationally for six years but stepped back following a string of concussions, during which time Sun Peaks has provided a good retreat. Pierce has remained busy off the field, even in recovery mode, currently coaching the Kelowna men’s rugby team. “Coaching has become a bit of a passion,” he said. “It’s a good way to stay in the game without (getting injured).” Inspired by his own negative experience of “pushing through headaches” to stay in the game, Pierce has also helped establish a non-profit organization called the Rugby Safety Network (RSN), which aims to heighten awareness among rugby players about concussions and head injuries in the sport. Recently he worked with RSN and their partner, Headcheck Health, to work with B.C. provincial teams to tighten con-

cussion rules, baselines and proper testing. Having already experienced a serious neck injury and multiple concussions, it was a particularly bad “head knock” in October 2016 that sent the 26-year-old into recovery for 19 months. “It’s been a hard pill to swallow,” Pierce lamented about the break from rugby, but addded support from close friends and family has made it easier. The recovery time has also allowed him more time with family in B.C. It was Pierce’s Kamloops-born wife Paris—who he met in the Czech Republic—that first introduced him to the village. “Her family has had a place up there since it was Mt. Tod. “Every time we get back to her neck of the woods, we always make the effort to spend as much as time as we can up at Sun Peaks. It’s such a hidden gem,” adding the pair chose the location for their wedding last summer. “I like snowboarding, though it’s different now because I have my limitations and I go very easy. I love playing hockey as well … and I really enjoy the golf course.” Born and raised in Vernon, Pierce became interested in

rugby in high school and quickly excelled in the sport. He played for B.C. and Canada before the age of 20 and scored a contract with the prestigious ASM Clermont Auvergne Academy in France in 2011. Pierce was promoted through the French leagues, eventually reaching the Top 14 premier league with Pau in 2015, which allowed him to play at a higher level than the Canadian national level. “Canada is not like other (rugby playing) countries. There are no (full-time) professional contracts,” he said. Pierce is still officially under contract in France until 2018, but beyond that, anything is possible. “We’ve been looking into real estate in Sun Peaks. We’re definitely interested in investing up there.” Meanwhile, regarding his future career: “Between my neck and my head, time to pick a more subtle profession,” he said with a laugh. “What I want to do, I actually want to be a firefighter. Perhaps not the most “subtle” pick, but not a bad fallback for someone over six and a half feet tall.

Cameron Pierce is spending his summer in Sun Peaks as he recovers. | PHOTO SUPPLIED

5K Foam fest makes bubbly return JEAN STRONG LOOKING TO START YOUR SUMMER with a slippery, muddy and active bang? The 5K Foam Fest will return to Sun Peaks on June 16. All are welcome from hardcore runners to beginners walking the course. The five kilometre course travels up and down the mountain over more than 22 obstacles from mud pits to slippery slides and rope climbing. Those with a

fear of heights may want to skip the world’s largest inflatable waterslide. Kids seven years and younger may not run the course but they can take part in the Kid Fun Zone for free. After conquering the course head to Masa’s Bar + Grill for a beer garden from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and an after party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com and will be less expensive than the $85 at the gate day of.

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