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Remembering the swinging ‘70s

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CELEBRATING THE BIG Five oh!: Old schoolers from Tod Mountain’s early days reminisce about the ‘70s. From left to right: Danny

Taylor, Ian McLaren, Allan Watte and David Stelmock. by Kim Cameron kim@sunpeaksnews.com

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Ask an “old schooler” what they remember about Tod Mountain back in the ‘70s and the answers are as varied as the people themselves. Some recall the mountain as their personal playground where just about anything went. Others wax on about the endless parties and wild nightlife. All of them remember those early days as some of the best times of their lives. “Back in the ‘70s, and I don’t

think you’ll find anybody that would disagree, it was Utopia for anyone living here,” says former ski instructor, David Stelmock. Stelmock, who back then, lived in his camper in the parking lot near the Burfield lift, remembers his buddies first turned him on to Tod Mountain. “I was working back East and my buddies said, ‘If you want to go skiing, you’ve got to go to Tod Mountain,’” says Stelmock noting that the “‘Burf ” delivered him to 3,100 vertical feet mere steps from

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where he slept. Allan Watte, a former ski patroller, first arrived at Tod Mountain in 1970 after he and his ski buddies couldn’t find work in Lake Louise. “The local cops figured that the hard core skiers were the cause of all the funny smelling smoke in town,” says Watte. “They circulated a list to all the employers and said, ‘You can’t hire these bums anymore.’” It was Watte’s friends that steered him to the newly reopened Tod Mountain where he worked as a ski patroller and stayed for love of the mountain. “It was the best hill I’d ever seen,” reflects Watte. “I came from the East

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and had only skied at Lake Louise, Norquay and Whistler, but Tod Mountain was it. Whistler might be better, but we get better snow.” Ian McLaren, owner of McSporties ski shop was a ski instructor back then and remembers the ‘70s as a time, “When everybody was pretty free and easy with the ski bums around.” With a mantra of “anything goes” ruling the mountain, McLaren says they used to build their own ski jumps, and have bum jump competitions, all culminating in yardarm contests at the Burfield Bier Stube. “You could go out and pretty much do want you wanted on the hill,” he says. Stelmock agrees. “You’d go out after skiing and you’d be in the bar, and everyone would get talking then we’d go outside and start building big jumps.” McLaren remembers, “We used to build a jump under the chair past mid-mountain by the Chief. It was made out of part of a tree and we’d pack snow under it and launch off,” admitting, “I actually broke my leg there, doing that!” It was back in the ‘70s that Wonder Weekend was first created with dual slalom and crazy carpet races and a kid’s jousting contest. Then came the Labatt’s Freestyle Ski Team, putting on a show and a top to bottom race. “We spent all our time at the Burfield and during the freestyle competitions we had races and jumps and everybody could see it from the bottom,” says Stelmock. “There’d be a big crowd, it was just a big party.” The party generally continued into the night and, from what the old schoolers recall, the dress code for many of those events was “clothing optional.” “Those were the days of the

streakers,” notes McLaren, who’s backed up by Stelmock. “We’re all in the Bier Stube at night and a group from the ski patrol go running through with bandages on, but basically, they’re naked!” According to McLaren, it didn’t end there. “It was a full on naked dance party,” he says. “The older locals who were my dad’s age, were a little mortified at what they saw when they looked in the window.” Watte, in a reflective moment of discretion says, “I couldn’t even tell you about some of the outrageous stuff that happened here!” It was a different time with different economics, and none of the old schoolers got rich working at Tod Mountain. “Back then, a beer cost 25 or 50 cents,” says Watte. “But when you only made $1.40 an hour (ski patrolling), that’s pretty dear!” Danny Taylor has averaged 80 days a year skiing Tod Mountain since he first arrived back in 1974. He remembers the ‘70s as a time when he and his buddies had the mountain to themselves. “My best memory of the ‘70s is how few people were actually skiing here,” he says, noting that, “If it snowed on a Sunday or Monday, you skied powder all week.” Ultimately, it was the love of the mountain and the “Burf ” that kept many of the old schoolers here. They worked maintenance and construction in the summer, building chairlifts and improving the road to the resort, just so they could ski all winter. “I’ve been here since ’73,” says Stelmock. “When I’d get up in the morning I’d walk 100 feet and I’d be at the bottom of the longest chairlift in North America, with the most vertical feet. That’s why I came here. That’s why I stayed.”

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Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the resort, Sun Peaks’ history has been chronicled in a coffee-table book to be released in December. Dr. Kathleen Scherf, a professor of communications at Thompson Rivers University and the book’s author, first approached Sun Peaks Resort Corporation with the idea last summer and has spent the last few months curating the stories and archival images of the ski hill that became a resort community. “I had the opportunity to develop an upper level course (for TRU) on mountain culture,” says Scherf. “In researching the course l realized what a striking history Sun Peaks has and I thought ‘there’s a book here,’ especially with the 50th anniversary coming.” Scherf conducted over 50 separate interviews to record the history of the resort, including one with Dr. Bill McLaren, one of 12 founders of Tod Mountain ski area. “I had the amazing good fortune to run into Bill McLaren and he also got very excited about the project,” beams Scherf noting

that it was 90 year old McLaren who drove her to the spot where partners Don Munro and Don Whyte first spied Tod Mountain and conceived the idea of the ski resort. Sitting at that very spot, the two had a toast. “(Bill) brought a tiny container of scotch and, in Don Whyte’s memory we drank a toast at the very spot he would have first laid eyes on Tod Mountain.” While Scherf hopes the book will finally provide a complete history of the resort, Anne Haight, director of marketing for Sun Peaks Resort, notes that it’s more than just a history book. “It’ll certainly be an entertaining and fun read for a lot of people,” says Haight who thinks the personal stories and photographs will bring back a lot of memories. “We’re hoping everyone enjoys it as much as Kathleen and I enjoyed putting it together!” The book will be available in early December at John Tod Trading Company and other stores throughout the Sun Peaks village.


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SAY | YOU SAY

Being a Sun Peaks “local” As will happen in other resort towns, people from around the globe flock to Sun Peaks, B.C. each winter to ski, work, holiday, party, and do whatever it was that inspired them to come here. While the success of Sun Peaks Resort as a resort community is based on the positive experiences of all our guests and visitors, it’s also directly tied to the positive attitude of those that call it home—the Sun Peaks “locals.” As SPIN publisher I’d like take this time to enlighten all those new to this great community on a few subjects as the locals see them, so while they’re here they too can also live the positive Sun Peaks lifestyle that sets the tone in this great community. As we’re a global community, being a Sun Peaks local isn’t really based on years lived here, but is based instead on a positive attitude while living here. True locals don’t litter the ski hill,

Adam Earle

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adam@sunpeaksnews.com parking lots, village core, or anywhere else, with their garbage, cigarette butts, dog crap or anything else, as these same locals are the ones who invariably pick all this garbage up each spring. Snow doesn’t make litter, empties or dog crap go away, locals make it go away. Locals never walk on Sun Peaks Road as that amounts to Russian roulette with cars and trucks. They walk the lit and ploughed Valley Trail, night or day. Locals don’t fight, smash bottles and scream at the top of their lungs when leaving the bars and restau-

rants at 2 a.m., they quietly leave the village core so as not to disturb others not attending their after party. Locals don’t drink and drive, they get a sober ride home or they walk the whole 15 minutes it takes to get anywhere in this town. Locals are respectful of those visiting Sun Peaks and instead of saying, “What do you want?” to a guest or customer, locals say, “What can I do for you?” or, “How can I help?” While everyone that lives, works and breathes Sun Peaks may be here for different reasons, the simple fact is we’re only as good as the collective show we put on to the world, and the success of that show is on everyone’s shoulders. If you want to be a Sun Peaks “local” during your stay here then we’ll happily welcome you with open arms, but with that title comes the same responsibilities that one would expect if we all moved to your hometown.

Deserving and getting aren’t always synonymous “Maintiens le Droit.” RCMP motto roughly translated as: Uphold the Law. Canada’s unique in that it’s a country where the national police force is a symbol of pride and supposed professionalism. Cop cadets around the world thrive on often true tales of lone Mounties on dogsleds, always getting their man. The Musical Ride spectacle and Stetson hat represent justice and fair treatment, or used to. This bucolic image has taken a beating in the past few years. Never mind that in Trudeau’s day the mounties burned down barns and tried to pin the blame on Quebec separatists. Or that an on duty constable was caught red handed, incredibly on camera, last summer kicking a man on his hands and knees in the head. His punishment: suspension with full pay while the stuff hit the fan. What does one have to do to get suspended without pay in our new RCMP? Even my mother was livid at this travesty. In the past weeks we’ve been assailed by reports that several female officers are seeking lottery-sized payouts after having to endure years of harassment by their male

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gerald@sunpeaksnews.com counterparts. They’re still on the payroll, one of them for over four years now, for stress leave. What these crybabies should get through their heads is that being an RCMP member entails some toughness, and that being subject to off-colour jokes absolutely doesn’t justify sitting on one’s butt collecting pay for some nebulous accusations. If the allegations are serious, physical injury, for instance, fair enough. Sorry ladies, in Copland, as in the real world, hurt feelings don’t justify oodles of cash. We, in Sun Peaks, have witnessed a series of break-ins lately. By the time the rural constabulary get here, the deed’s done and the culprits have vanished. Policing has been one of the issues in the past civic campaign here, but

the cost of $150,000 for one officer is too much for us to afford. Could it be that the force is paying people to sit around while denying us basic service? We’d all love to have a police presence here, but the economics are lousy. Staying on the topic of sex and power, it appears that the same politically correct idiocy that infects the RCMP is also alive and well in the U.S. presidential campaign sphere. Four women now allege that Herman Cain made unwanted advances towards them up to 14 years ago. No charges were ever brought forward, but his campaign’s now doomed because of his awkward answers and evasive behaviour. This isn’t an entirely bad thing because his profound cluelessness on economics and basic geography deem him too dumb to be President anyway. Like Rick Perry before him, one must be reasonably cognizant of world events and have ready, realistic answers or suffer the inevitable pointed questions about his preparedness. Ask Sarah Palin how this feels. To her credit, she had the balls to take the heat without lawyering up.

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Two votes for Raine Thankfully we have experienced and thoughtful leadership from Al Raine at Sun Peaks. We are certainly in good hands with Al as our mayor. Long may it continue! Malcolm & Katie Brown, submitted online

Re: Breaking the cycle of break and enters Keep up the good work Mr. Mayor.  As victims of one of the recent break and enters it’s good to know we have a concerned responsible team in charge. Let’s keep it that way.  Margaret and Roy Fox, submitted online

Re: The smell of money

I’ve just read the very informative and well done October 2011 report on recent real estate sales and other Sun Peaks events. I was very pleased to see that sales were up, possibly even due to the really great motocross event held at Sun Peaks this past summer. Thanks again, Mike Forster, for all the effort you put into this event and the decency you and your volunteer crew had in picking up as many signs and markers as you did. I am sure all the animals that were probably more amused by this event than scared by it also survived, as I have seen as many deer, bear and foxes this year as I have in my previous 14 years on the mountain. No doubt, any first-time event is going to have its wrinkles, and I hope this event is held again so it can be even better next time. The 230 or so people that came, visited and filled the village must be looking forward to coming again and I bet that some of them may even decide to buy a place here. I saw a lot of Alberta licence plates, and that’s where the money is. Now, we have not only skiing, golf, fishing, mountain biking (on trails that probably leave some type of insidious ruts that nature always seems so capable of taking care of), but also another summertime event to help make Sun Peaks a success. And I suppose a “Thank You” should also go out to all the hikers and anyone else who picked up or removed any leftovers from the event that the volunteers may have missed. It’s nice to see that everyone—hikers, visitors, residents, competitors and volunteers—want to see Sun Peaks prosper. In this, our 50th year, we should also give a shout out to the many that built the logging roads (to log where we now ski) that were used by the original brave souls to get to the mountain to cut the first runs, build the longest chair in North America, a lodge and a small subdivision and didn’t get rich doing it. It could never be done today. Basil Rathbone, Sun Peaks

Re: Celebrating 50 golden years Correction notice Please note, in the Vol. 9 Issue 12 SPIN article “Celebrating 50 Golden Years,” Sun Peaks Antique Ralph Nelson was inadvertently referred to by the wrong first name. We apologize to Mr. Nelson for this error.

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Sun Peaks Firefighters’

10th Anniversary Charity Gala Sun Peaks Fire Rescue, Sun Peaks Alpine Club and the Sun Peaks Education Society Would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to all the sponsors, donors, volunteers and generous guests that made the 10th Anniversary Sun Peaks Firefighter’s Gala a huge success. $28,000 was raised for the charities which will directly benefit the children and families of the Sun Peaks and Kamloops areas.

A & T Project Developments Inc. AALL GLASS Access Picture Framing Acushnet Golf Alain Cordonier Alpine Meadows B&B Boardshop Barry Brady – Auctioneer BC Alpine BC Wildlife Park Bear Country Property Management Ltd. Beauty Code Boutique Big O Tires Big Rock Brewery Bolacco Café Borland Creek Brewing Brentwood Enterprises Brian Jacobsen Bridgeport Floors Britt Janyk Brownstone Restaurant Burger & Café Joy Business Development Bank of Canada Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Canadian Western Bank Cartwright Consulting Casa Décor Home Furnishings Catharine Adams Chinook Cove Contracting Chrigel’s Timber Chalet Inc. Classic Woodcraft Coast Hillcrest Revelstoke

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre Cope Financial Services/Manulife Financial Delta Burnaby Delta Grand Okanagan Delta Lodge at Kananaskis Delta Sun Peaks Resort Delta Vancouver Airport Delta Vancouver Suites Delta Whistler Village Suites Dianne Clarke Discover Sun Peaks Adventures Diverse Training Center Eric Horigan – FDNY Erler Family Ferguson Equipment Fifth Avenue Jewellers Fire Department of New York Flinn Family Fox N’ Hounds Pub & Fox N’ Hounds Sahali Liquor Store Fratelli Foods Full Boar Bike Shop Fusion North Boutique Gateway Property Management Globe Café & Tapas Bar Gordon Food Services Halle Smith Hands on the Move - Natalie Klimmer Harvest Golf Course Home Hardware Innspire Property Services James Cannon Jardine’s Domaine Jardine’s Sun Peaks Jason Hickey - FDNY

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Jason White - MC Juniper & Heffley Creek Store Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club Kamloops Family Vision Kamloops Golf & Country Club Kamloops Home Hardware Building Centre Kamloops Paint & Window Coverings Ltd. Keg Steakhouse Kevin Gorman - FDNY Korina Linder Kumsheen Rafting Resort Landyachtz Longboards Margit Bull Maria & Colin Cannon Mark Seitz McSporties MDL Cabinetry and Millwork Mel Roberts Meranti Developments Ltd. Mike Janyk Mike Schreiner - Smith Chevrolet Cadillac Ltd. Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Miss Kate Cartwright Mobile Massage Monkeys Jewels Mountain High Pizza Mountain Man Adventures Mr. Yano Napa Auto Parts Niko Linder NRI Distribution Inc. Okanagan Springs Brewery Oronge Boardshop Owen Imaging Paris Sanesh - Miss Kamloops

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Pat & Peter Cowburn Paul Filek Pav’s Contracting Peaks Media Peter’s Pasta Pineridge Golf Course Plowe Power Systems Ltd. Powder Ventures Princess Auto Province Wide Communications Quagmire Golf Ra Hair Studio Rayleigh Pub & Liquor Store Re/Max Alpine Resort Realty Re/Max Kamloops Jim Knowles Rental Service Corp. of Canada Ltd. Ric’s Grill Aberdeen River City Nissan Rivershore Estates & Golf Links Riverside Adventures & Fitness Center Rob & Sheri MacDonald Rockport Shoes Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory RONA Home Centre - Mt. Paul Way Rosedale on Robson Sabino Med Spa Sara Kate Smith Seklap Business Services Servicemaster of Kamloops ServicePlus Servus on Creekside Smith Cameron Pump Solutions Sol Metal Designs Sotheby’s International Reality Canada

Sparkling Hills Resort Spoke ‘N Motion Stylish Eyes SUGOI Performance Apparel Sun Country Toyota Sun Peaks Aquatics Sun Peaks Lodge & Steakhouse Sun Peaks Resort Corporation Sun Peaks Spa SurFit Sysco Kelowna Terri Reed The Bear’s Lair Lodge The Bowra Group The Bruce Family The Duff Family The Hendry Family The Jacoby Family The Madill Family The Murray Family The Smith Family The Sorge Family The Whitecross Family The Williams Family Tim Hortons TLC Pet Resort Tod Mountain Coffee House Treeline Studios Treetop Flyers Uli’s Mountain Massage Wayne Latz - FDNY Wilkinson Steel and Metals Woodward Tree Nursery Work n’Play Merritt Yoga by Amber

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Doing your part to save the planet

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According to the Recycling Council of B.C., more than 280 million beverage containers never made it to recycling centres last year. Al-

though B.C. provides many ways to recycle empty containers, including recycling depots and return-to-retail operations with money-back

incentives, some people still can’t be bothered to do the right thing. Studies show that while most people recycle their containers most of the time, there’s one group that’s responsible for 87 per cent (or 242 million) of the containers that hit the trash, rather than the recycle bin. They are usually single, male and between 18 and 34 years of age. “The push is really on to recycle as much as we can,” says Dennis Lebrie, environmental health safety technologist for the ThompsonNicola Regional District. “I

know it’s a lot of work, but they’re going to inherit the earth.” Recycling has been available at the Sun Peaks transfer station since 2008 when the TNRD collected 840 metric tonnes of garbage and only 41.77 metric tonnes of recycling. In the time since, recycling has grown to 100.57 metric tonnes, while waste has gone down to 388 metric tonnes, proving that we’re doing something right at Sun Peaks. While this dramatic reduction of waste and increase of recycling is impressive, we can always do more.

“We’re really quite pleased,” them off during normal businoted Lebrie. “We’d really ness hours. For some people the addilike to bring that up to 50 per cent. That’s our goal, to ramp tional cost of blue bags can up and double what we’re re- be perceived as a barrier to cycling currently. It’s just so recycling. much better for the environ“If you don’t want to put it ment.” in a blue bag and you have a The TNRD makes it easy tote or a cardboard box, you for residents and visitors to can put all your stuff in that recycle by providing a collec- and you can dump it in the tion station at the Sun Peaks bin and keep the box, keep retransfer station, located on using it. You can get around Industrial Way. Simply put the eight cents, that shouldn’t your recyclables in a see- be a stumbling block,” comthrough blue bag (keeping mented Lebrie. glass and For information on how to recycle c ardboard and for transfer station hours, visit: separate) www.tnrd.ca and drop

Province helps fund green transportation options

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New car buyers can now tap into $17 million in provincial funding for greener transportation. The new initiative is the first of a four part plan that includes point of sale rebates for new car buyers, rebates for home charging stations, as well as funding for public charging stations and the B.C. Scrapit Program. The program provides a reduction of up to $5,000 on new battery electric, fuel

cell electric, plug-in hybrid or compressed natural gas vehicles. Qualifying vehicles for the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV ) point of sale rebate include Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi iMiev, Nissan Leaf, Smart Fortwo and Toyota Prius as well as the Mercedes-Benz B-class F-cell and the Honda GX compressed natural gas car. The program is an initiative of the B.C. Ministry of the Environment, LiveSmart B.C. and the New Car Dealers Associa-

tion of B.C. in an effort to promote sales of CEVs. “B.C.’s new car dealers have been working closely with auto manufacturers to attract new CEVs to the B.C. market,” says Blair Qualey, president and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of B.C. Aside from encouraging manufacturers to choose B.C. when developing and deploying clean energy technology, Qualey notes, “It will also provide B.C. consumers with financial

incentives to adopt clean energy transportation options.” The plan provides $6 million in funding for new charging stations and upgrades to hydrogen fuelling stations at existing facilities. Homeowners may also qualify for an additional $500 per household rebate for installing a dedicated CEV charging station in their home. As part of the program the Province has provided $2.5 million for the B.C.

Scrap-it Society to help British Columbia is the remove high-polluting ve- first major region in North hicles from B.C.’s roads. America to operate a car“We’re excited about mov- bon-neutral public sector. ing more power polluters “These programs will help off of B.C. roads. It’s clear us build on our global leadwith programs like these, ership in low carbon transB.C. is committed to pro- portation infrastructure and viding greener options for technology and that means a cleaner future,” remarks new jobs and more ecoDennis Rogoza, B.C. Scrap- nomic opportunities,” notes it Society’s CEO who points Rich Coleman, B.C.’s minout that older vehicles pro- ister of energy and mines. duce up to For information on CEVs and 60 times the available rebates, visit: emissions of www.cevforbc.ca CEVs.

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Energy efficient digital TV boxes now available in B.C.

BC Hydro and Telus have forged a partnership to minimize energy use of TV set-top boxes. More than one million homes in British Columbia use digital TV set-top boxes and each one could potentially use more energy than a small refrigerator. Through their partnership, BC Hydro and Telus are now offering Energy Star set-top boxes which use 30 per cent less electricity than standard boxes. Because set-top boxes are always plugged in, 70 per cent of the electricity they consume is used while in standby mode. The new energy efficient models will use fewer than 180 kilowatt hours of electricity each year, significantly lower than the 280

Recycle Christmas lights

More and more consumers are making the switch from incandescent to LED holiday lights as they decorate their homes and businesses for the festive season. This new, greener technology is more energy efficient and has a longer life cycle of up to 50,000 hours. While many people are making the switch to LED, most are unsure of how to dispose of their old lights. The B.C. Recycling Council indicates that recycling lights is increasing each year. For the first time this year the TNRD is accepting holiday lights at their waste management sites during the holiday season. “We have confirmed with our scrap metal

kW hours current models use. “This kind of initiative demonstrates why B.C. is viewed as a climate change leader,” notes Rich Coleman, energy and mines minister of B.C. “The least expensive power is the power we don’t have to produce, namely power saved through conservation. We all need to make conservation a way of life and doing business.” Telus is the first to offer this new technology in Western Canada. “We’re very proud to be the first TV provider in Western Canada to offer an Energy Star qualified set-top box,” says Chris Langdon, Telus vice-president of consumer products and services. New Optik TV customers in B.C. can receive a free Energy Star qualified high definition PVR offer when they sign up for a threeyear service contract. contractor that we will be able to accept strings of Christmas lights at our waste management sites,” says Martin Dickson an environmental health services technician for the TNRD. Before decorating your tree, it’s important to inspect the lights, checking for cracked/ frayed wires, damaged sockets or cracked insulation which may shock or start a fire. If the lights have any of those defects, they should be replaced. Recycling lights is easy; simply remove all bulbs from the light strings and drop the strings off at any of the TNRD waste management sites where they’ll be sent to a processing centre, stripped of their metals and plastics then shipped overseas for use in manufacturing.


HEALTH • MIND

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IN BRIEF

Bisphenol A prenatal exposure worsens in girls Researchers say girls exposed to higher bisphenol A (BPA) levels in utero exhibit more anxious, hyperactive and depressive symptoms by age three than girls with lower exposure. This finding comes from a study of prenatal exposure to BPA in 240 newborns as they mature. It was published in the journal Pediatrics by researchers from Simon Fraser University, Harvard University, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre. “What’s noteworthy,” says Bruce Lanphear, SFU health sciences professor, and member of the research team, “Is that the behaviour problems persisted in girls with higher prenatal BPA exposure to age three and that comparable behaviours were observed in experimental laboratory studies. These early results indicate the effect of prenatal BPA exposure on behaviours are not transient.” The researchers have yet to determine why prenatal BPA exposure affects girls more than boys, but they think it’s linked to the compound’s impact on hormones such as estrogen. Bisphenol A is an organic compound that’s commonly used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, and is found in bottles, toys, water supply pipes, medical tubing and food container linings as well as in thermal paper such as receipts, theatre and airline tickets. More than 90 per cent of Canadians are routinely exposed to BPA through ingestion, handling, inhalation, and from a mother to her fetus. Canada has declared BPA a toxic substance. To view the complete study visit: pediatrics.aappublications.org

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For the past several decades there’s been considerable focus on living in the “now.” Many books have been written on the subject and most spiritual disciplines address the concept in one way or another. Eastern religions point us to living in the present through meditation and rituals. Western religions seek the experience through prayer and devotional reading. Many teachers tackle the subject in their writings. Ekhart Tolle does so in “The Power of Now” and Ram Dass addresses it in his book “Be Here Now.” Sydney Banks, in his book entitled “The Missing Link,” talks about “living in the now.” From the simple yet profound perspective of his teaching it becomes quite clear what’s meant by the “now.” He describes it as the state in which the personal mind is free from memories of the past or fears of the

Tourism Sun Peaks

Community Update: December As Sun Peaks Resort kicked off its 50th year of winter operations on November 19, Tourism Sun Peaks (TSP) coordinated a video shoot and live feed of footage and interviews that day which was sent to Vancouver television stations. As a result, both CTV BC and Global Television aired stories on Sun Peaks. The TSP sales team will be conducting travel trade appointments at Canada West Marketplace in early December. A record 46 appointments are pre-scheduled on the trade show floor over the three day period. These appointments give TSP the opportunity to develop incremental business with existing operator partners as well as an opportunity to establish new partnerships and visits for the resort. TSP is attending the Canadian Inbound Tourism Association – Asia Pacific Winter Function which combines a market analysis session and a trade show, attended by key Asian Receptive Tour Operators. New Sun Peaks 15 and 30 second TV and online video commercials have launched on Global TV in BC and a variety of online channels in BC, Alberta and Washington state. Ski Television on Rogers Sportsnet will be airing Sun Peaks commercials starting mid-December, and a Sun Peaks focused episode of Ski Television will air later this season after the film crew visits Sun Peaks in early February. Other advertising mediums on the go include radio commercials in Vancouver and Edmonton, a direct mail postcard to the Central Reservations database, and online programs on King5.com and the Seattle Times among others. Congratulations to Central Reservations and department manager, Theresa St. Louis, for recently earning its designation as a licensed travel agent under the Consumer Protection Act of BC. It has also become certified to sell Travel Insurance. This exciting new product provides additional service to our guests and additional revenue opportunities. The new product should be in place by December 15. Space has sold out for the 4th Annual Sun Peaks Christmas Market with 33 vendors spread out over the resort this year for a ‘Progressive’ themed market, similar to the Winter Okanagan Wine Festival progressive tasting event. Ticket sales are going strong for the 14th Annual Winter Okanagan Wine Festival (January 14–22, 2012) with the Medal Winners Tasting event already sold out!

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PSYCHOLOGY June graduated from Antioch University with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She is a graduate of U of T in Physical & Occupational Therapy and has a B.Sc in Rehabilitation from UBC.

june@sunpeaksnews.com future. It’s our natural default setting when we’re taking our thinking lightly. The problem with the “now” comes from the fact that we’re not always aware of or present to it. Have you ever noticed, when travelling somewhere, that you can be almost at your destination and yet completely unaware of the past several miles. Your mind has been wandering. Your thoughts were not in the moment. When we’re in the moment we’re not thinking about the past or the future.

We’re simply attentive to what we’re doing. For example, when we’re touched by the beauty of a sunset or a painting, or when we’re moved by a baby’s smile or a loved one’s voice we’re living in the now. What happens, all too often, is that our thoughts wander. Perhaps when we’re touched by a sunset we might be reminded of another sunset in the past that was shared with a lost love and we feel sad. Or we might think of a sunset that accompanied a hilarious beach party when we were in our teens and we feel amused. In either situation we are drawing an experience from the past and giving it life through a thought. This will happen from time to time. It’s inevitable and part of our humanity. It would be impossible, I believe, to live constantly in the moment. What we can do, though, is be-

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come aware of what we’re doing, of where our thinking is taking us. We can see our thinking as the source of our feeling. We have the amazing gift to choose where we’ll go with that thought. We can catch ourselves in our moment to moment creation and decide whether we want to make an elaborate web out of a single thought or simply let it go.

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A group of us were passing a church recently and noticed the sign which read “Each day comes only once in a lifetime.” We might take it even further and say that each moment comes only once in a lifetime. How many moments are we willing to miss in the service of past events remembered or future events imagined? The answer is, as few as possible!

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“Local Kids” ski school almost in session by Kim Cameron kim@sunpeaksnews.com

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Once again, children local to Sun Peaks, Kamloops and the surrounding region have an opportunity to learn to ski in a 10 week course with the Sun Peaks Sports School’s “Local Kids” program. Now in its 11th year, the Local Kids program was built out of the demand for an affordable ski school for children in the community. “It’s a great program for the local community,” says Vincent Lafontaine Sun Peaks Resort’s sports director, noting that the group lessons make learning to ski less expensive than private instruction. “It’s a really good value for the price they pay,” says Lafontaine. The program has grown from 20 students in the first year to over 140 students expected this year in

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large part due to the growth of the family population in the area. Starting Sunday, Jan. 8 four and five year olds can enjoy two hours of group lessons for 10 weeks for $185, plus HST. A second program for six to 12 year olds is also offered for the same price over the same time frame. Barb Kupferschmidt Linder’s children were amongst the first to benefit from the Local Kids program when it first began. “In a group like that, it’s more of a fun atmosphere, rather than feeling like it’s a lesson,” says Kupferschmidt Linder. Local Kids commits the same instructor to each group of students throughout the program, limiting the student to instructor ratio to eight to one. By having a consistent instructor throughout the

program, students’ progress is easily tracked and areas for improvement are quickly identified. “They have some great instructors,” says Kuperschmidt Linder. “It’s a great program to get them in on something weekly. They meet new friends and it’s another option to the race program.” With instruction starting for kids as young as four, Local Kids aims to create ski fans for life with many students going on to the Alpine Club to further hone their skills. “Our goal really is to get them started and keep them around skiing or snowboarding. They become fans and they love the sport and being in the mountains,” remarks Lafontaine. For information or to enrol, call Snow Sports School at: 250-578-5505

Welcome to the routine

Sending the baby off to school isn’t just a milestone for the child, it’s the coming of a new age for parents as well. Early childhood resources recommend parents prepare their children for school by ensuring they can perform a variety of personal tasks independently, such as being able to put on their own coats and shoes. My resource list extends that guideline to being able to put on ski boots and skis. School begins at 8:30 a.m., and it’s accessed by either hopping on a 150 metre surface lift conveyor belt, or strapping on skis to ride its sister lift, a platter, to school. Parents knew that this day was coming, and some rued the prospect of sherpa-ing the skis, boots, helmets and poles to school. Parents of non-skiers and reluctants worried about how the process would unfold. But, wouldn’t you know, our concerns were for naught. Sure, we’re still the sherpas, sure we have to hustle the kids out of the house 15 minutes earlier, and sure we have to suit them up in snow pants and toques, but looking at the kids, I, for one, can’t complain. My kid was the “wait till the last possible minute to leave the house” kid on school days, but now that the effort’s extended, she’s pleased as punch to get out the door. Likewise, she was a fair weather skier, as

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Kirsten has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill, and a BEd from TRU. She started the teaching program when her daughter was six months old, and finished it while she was pregnant with her son. In lieu of teaching in a classroom, she spends most of her time being a mom.

kirsten@sunpeaksnews.com long as the mood struck her, and now she’s begging to stay after school to ski a little bit longer. This school’s a different sort of model; a model that didn’t meet my kindergartner’s expectation of “school.” “Are you excited about going to kindergarten?” I asked her in the summer. “Oh, yes!” was her response. “What are you looking forward to?” “Big, wide hallways, my own desk and the gym,” she replied to my sinking heart. Her school has none of these things. But, when the day came to drive the 12 minutes to get her to her new classroom and she complained of the carsick, horrid feeling the drive brought, any reser-

vations about expectations unmet went out my driver’s side window. Hallways, personal desks, and gyms were a fair sacrifice for 12 minutes in the car versus the 45 minute plus alternative on the big yellow bus. For my carsick kid at least. And now I’m still getting up before the roosters. I’m still negotiating the massive drying rack of boot liners, mitts, balaclavas and toques that grace my living room fireplace each morning and night. Not to mention the homework, changes of clothes, lunch, helmet, and surely she has a second ski pole somewhere? It’ll turn up, no doubt, in the middle of the lawn when the snow melts in spring. I’m still hauling the gear up the magic carpet, but beside me, my daughter, as proud as can be, is wearing her colours riding a ski lift to school. She’s greeting the lifties as members of her team, anticipating lunch hour when she can not only put on her own coat, but her snow pants, ski boots, helmet and skis too, before heading out the door for her mid-day ski. There are a lot of things that come with kindergarten, and sometimes things that don’t. Hallways, desks, gyms and a mom’s laissez faire hopes of getting out of the house with ease are a few that can be tossed when it comes to seeing a smile on the face of a surprised little kindie en route to a lifetime of healthy, active living.

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FRONT ROW SHOW: Sun Peaks locals make the pilgrimage to town for the yearly Santa sighting at the Santa Claus Parade.

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Grade 4 and 5 Snowpass returns for 15th year The Canadian Ski Council is once again promoting its “ski and snowboard for free” program to eligible Grade 4 and 5 students. Sun Peaks is one of the 58 participating resorts in Western Canada offering free lift passes to Grade 4 and 5 children, born in 2001 or 2002. The SnowPass is valid from Dec. 1 to the end of the ski season and can be redeemed for three free lift tickets at each of the participating resorts. Program applications are available online, and through Grade 4 and 5 elementary school teachers, at Sport Mart, SportChek, Sports

New family law legislation puts children first

A new Family Law Act has been introduced to ensure family law in B.C. places the interests of children first when making legal decisions in their regard. It will replace the Family Relations Act introduced in 1978, and addresses issues that are more relevant to today’s families. The act, if passed, will clarify parental responsibilities and the division of assets if relationships break down, address family violence and encourage families to resolve their disputes out of court. “The legislation marks a milestone in family law in B.C.,” states Shirley Bond, attorney general. “(The) Family Law Act expressly states that, when making decisions involving children, the best interest of the child should be the only consideration.” Changes to be introduced with

Experts and Intersport stores across Canada. The Canadian Ski Council has already processed over 7,000 applications for this year’s program. To apply simply fill out and mail the application form along with a 2 x 2 inch picture of the child (similar to a passport photo), proof of the child’s age (such as a photocopy of their birth certificate), and the administrative fee of $22. SnowPass is a perfect way to introduce the sport of skiing or snowboarding to first time skiers and riders. Participating resorts offer discounted lessons and rental equipment to SnowPass holders. For program info and applications visit: www.snowpass.ca the Family Law Act include reinforcement tools for failure to comply with agreements vis à vis time with a child, and range from counselling, monetary reimbursement for travel expenses and lost wages, and fines issued to the parent denying time with the child. “We want to help ensure children have time with their parents so they can maintain a meaningful relationship,” Bond continues. “The proposed legislation provides a range of remedies and tools to more effectively deal with situations when parenting time arrangements aren’t honoured. This will ensure parents receive— and follow through on—parenting time they are given.” Additionally, this would be the first provincial law in Canada to include relocation provisions to assist parents and the courts in resolving issues when a parent wishes to move with their child. Implementation of the new law is expected to take 12 to 18 months. For more information visit: www.gov.bc.ca/ag


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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! by Kim Cameron kim@sunpeaksnews.com

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With a frosty blanket of fresh fallen snow, horsedrawn sleighs jingling through the village, shops, hotels and restaurants dressed in their holiday finest and the sound of carollers ringing in your ears, Christmas is definitely on its way. To celebrate the season Sun Peaks offers a host of activities. From an eclectic Christmas market to artistic painting classes, there are plenty of ways to ring in the season. On Dec. 16 and 17 grab a hot chocolate and roam the village square shopping for handcrafted holiday gifts at the 4th annual Sun Peaks Christmas Market. Local artisans offer jewellery, clothing, homemade baked goods and a wide assortment of gift ideas. The market moves outdoors this year with vendors

setting up their displays alongside the village’s boutiques and shops. Warm up with a stop at the Delta Sun Peaks Resort to take in the Hand Bell Choir performing from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day. New to Sun Peaks this season are two Artists’ Workshops hosted by Sherry’s Fine Art Studio. On Dec. 17 create your own hand painted Christmas cards, or join the class on Dec. 18 to paint a holiday themed decorative skate scene. Both classes take place at Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Lodge from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and cost $49 per person. Advance registration is required.

When he’s not busy delivering gifts to good girls and boys, Santa likes to hang his hat in Sun Peaks and he doesn’t just ride a sleigh while he’s here; he skis and ice skates too! Dec. 21 provides a perfect opportunity

Gifting outside the box by Kim Cameron kim@sunpeaksnews.com

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Remember the Cabbage Patch Kids? Those so-uglythey’re-cute baby dolls of the ‘80s? How about Tickle Me Elmo, the “must have” gift of the ‘90s? If so, then you know a little bit about holiday gift giving hysteria. With the potential of another recession around the corner, consumers have more power than ever to speak with their wallets and many are contemplating meaningful rather than material gift giving this holiday season. Before you plan your holiday gift giving list, consider some of these “gifting outside the box” trends. First, join the “buy Canadian” movement and consider buying goods manufactured in Canada over those manufactured overseas. Not only is buying Canadian a quiet show of patriotism, it creates local jobs, helps the environment by reducing carbon footprints, and builds communities by supporting local family-run businesses. Then, shop at the small businesses on the main street of your town, rather than in the big box stores. Buying on Main Street keeps dollars in the community that can

then be reinvested locally as part of the economic cycle. Aside from the economic benefits of shopping locally you’ll often find unique, never duplicated gifts that national chains don’t carry. Not sure what to give your hairdresser, dog sitter or the neighbour that picks up your mail? How about a subscription to their favourite magazine, a series of yoga classes, or a voucher for an oil change? Everyone appreciates it when everyday expenses are covered by someone else. Opt to give the gift of a valued service such as a year’s worth of lawn mowing or sidewalk shovelling, or free babysitting for a couple’s monthly date night. It needn’t be extravagant; the idea is to give something that has meaning or will make a difference to the recipient. Once considered impolite, re-gifting is in vogue this year and is a great way to share unused, duplicate or improperly sized gifts with someone who will appreciate them. Re-gifting can be a bit of a tricky venture so make sure you don’t re-gift to the original giver! Small gestures add up to big ones and rather than spending money on a big

ticket item, take care of all those little things that break down around the house and have them repaired or replaced. Your spouse will thank you for it! If the person you’re buying for really does have everything, consider taking the money usually spent on material gifts and donating it to the recipient’s charity of choice. You can still put a gift under the tree by presenting the recipient with a small token that represents the charity—a creative way to keep the surprise in philanthropic giving! It’s an age-old adage, but the gift of time is perhaps one of the most appreciated gifts you can give. Make a date, put it in your calendar in ink and then make plans to spend time with your loved ones, ice skating, skiing, taking in a movie marathon, or simply hanging out together. It’s those moments captured one-at-a-time, that add up to a lifetime of memories. These are just a few ideas to inspire you to give outside of the box this year. All it takes is a little forethought and planning and you too can make this year’s gift giving a meaningful affair.

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B.C. dog mushers form professional association

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Mushing through the snow: Mountain Man Dog Sled Adventures returns for their second season in Sun

Peaks mid-December. The team spent the off-season training to forge fresh tracks all winter long. by Kim Cameron kim@sunpeaksnews.com

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In an effort to strengthen animal welfare and provide an oversight of the sled dog industry in British Columbia, sled dog industry members recently formed the Professional Dog Musher’s Association. “The government invited us out,” says Taryn Rixon, coowner of Mountain Man Dog Sled Adventures in Sun Peaks. “They were trying to facilitate us grouping together and get on the same track to set goals for the association, how to set it up in a legal sense, gaining charitable status, and so on.”

A provincial government task force recommended the establishment of a professional association whose mandate includes networking with other professional mushers, providing leadership to establish and maintain kennel standards and guidelines for sled dog care, and providing information and education to the government and public on working sled dog operations in the province. According to Rixon the initial assembly was a great success. “(The first meeting) was just to facilitate the formation of the group and to be more of

erations, this year Mountain Man is offering kennel tours twice daily in addition to the four daily sled tours. “They can see exactly where the dogs live, we’ll tell them about the history and breed of sled dogs,” says Rixon. She finds that people are often surprised by the type of dogs used for mushing. “It’s quite different from what people expect. We don’t have any Siberians, which is usually the thing (people expect).” One star of the Mountain Man team is Loki, an Iditarod veteran who has completed the gruelling 1,150 miles race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska three times. “We’re hoping he’ll be a stud for us,” says Rixon. “We’re waiting for a female to come into heat and we’ll have puppies for the winter.” As the snow begins to fly in the mountains, the team is anxious to return to Sun Peaks. “The dogs are really, really excited to get back on the snow,” she says. “They love for people to visit and we’re really excited!”

a support for each other,” she says, noting snowmobiling and horseback riding outfitters operate similar businesses and have their own professional associations. Mountain Man Dog Sled Adventures, run by Rixon and her partner Chris Schwanke, is gearing up for their second season at Sun Peaks, and anticipate their dogs returning to the mountain in mid-December. In keeping with the association’s mandate to educate the public For more info visit: on kennel mountainmanadventures.ca and and sled gov.bc.ca/agri/taskforce dog op-

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Resource road legislation “Resource road” is a designation that includes forest service roads, industrial roads, land act roads and permit roads, and there’s an estimated 450 thousand kilometres of them in B.C. For foresters to archaeologists; dirt bikers to snowmobilers, resource roads are common terrain for many British Columbians. These one or two lane gravel roads are often built for a specific purpose and then used by multiple industries, commercial operations and the public. They’re governed by up to 11 different laws. In an effort to better serve the needs of all resource road users, the B.C. government is revisiting the existing legislative framework. It intends to consolidate resource road legislation into a single act—the Natural Resource Road Act (NRRA). The Act will provide common requirements and responsibilities regarding construction, maintenance and use of resource roads with consideration for public interest and the environment. “Resource roads connect us to the various industries that produce jobs all over B.C.,” says Steve Thomson, minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations. “The driving force behind this project is to improve consistency in how they are managed for the benefit of industrial users and commercial users, as well as the general public and communities.” A discussion paper is available to inform stakeholders and to encourage feedback on proposed principles and key policies, and the government invites feedback on the proposal until Dec. 15. View the paper, and offer feedback at: www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/nrra

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upcoming EVENTS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Dinner Mantles Restaurant

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SUNDAY DECEMBER 25 Christmas Day Lunch Mantles Restaurant

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A special night calls for a special plated dinner with appetizer and dessert stations! Contact Mantles Holiday Reservations directly at 250578-6031 or go online for more details. $52.95 plus taxes and grats $15.95 Children 12 years and under Christmas Buffet Dinner

Sun Peaks Ballroom

A casual environment perfect for families and large groups featuring traditional offerings of turkey and stuffing with Chef attended stations plus a special “kids” buffet. Contact Banquets Holiday Reservations directly at 250-578-6031 or go online for more details. $49.95 plus taxes and grats $15.95 Children 12 years and under

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Don’t miss this perennial event popular for families and large groups throughout the village to get together for a fantastic early evening of dancing before the Fireworks. Contact Holiday Reservations directly at 250-578-6031 for more details. $59.95 plus taxes and grats $19.95 Children 12 years and under New Years Eve Dinner Mantles Restaurant

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Paralympic hopeful, Promo Thapa with adaptive ski coach Jim Knowles & friend.

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Bob Hughes serves up a lift line breakfast on opening day.

N Sun Peaks Fire Chief Bill Stoner and members of the New York and Burnaby Fire Departments at the 10th Anniversary Firefighters’ Gala at the Delta Sun Peaks Resort.

BC Ambassador, Paris Sanesh and mom, Natalie, the reigning Miss Tod Mountain, at the 10th Anniversary Firefighters’ Gala.

McSporties owner, Ian McLaren, and Sun Peaks volunteer firefigher Neil Otsig at the Firefighters’ Gala.

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SUN PEAKS LODGE STEAKHOUSE Sun Peaks’ newly re-elected Mayor, Al Raine thanks the village during the Firefighters’ Gala. Raine won his second term with over 95% of the votes.

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Event Listings EVERY SATURDAY Roman Catholic Mass 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Delta Sun Peaks. 250-578-6000

SUN., DEC. 11 Resurgence Rail Jam Registration opens 10 a.m. Event starts 12 p.m. sunpeaksresort.com

WEDS., DEC. 21 Skating with Santa From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the ice skating rink. 250-578-5542

EVERY SUNDAY BEGINNING DEC. 11 Christian Ministry Church Service Hearthstone Lodge Beginning at 6 p.m. 250-579-2679

TUES., DEC. 13 Discovery Centre Kids’ Christmas Concert Come out to the Discovery Centre Kids’ 2nd annual Christmas Musical. Concert is free and open to all. Begins at 5:30p.m. in the Hearthstone Lodge. balancededucation.ca

An Evening with Ken Farrar Art Show Alpine Images at Delta Sun Peaks Residences. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 250-434-5764

EVERY SUNDAY BEGINNING DEC. 18 Welcome Reception with Nancy Greene At the Hearthstone Lodge, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Complimentary 250-578-5542 EVERY TUESDAY Bottoms Locals Nights Great music, drink specials. 250-578-0013

EVERY WEDNESDAY STARTING DEC. 14 Family Fun Night Enjoy games, music & hot chocolate around the bonfire and Sun Peaks’ own Hockey Night in Canada. $5 per person 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 250-578-5542

SAT., DEC. 3 Sun Peaks’ 50th Anniversary Celebration Celebrate 50 years of skiing at Tod Mountain with 50 per cent off lift tickets. Dress in your favourite ‘60s inspired attire to win! 250-578-5474 DEC. 9 TO JAN. 2

2011 Wildlights Festival Light displays, holiday maze and fireworks at the B.C. Wildlife Park. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 250-573-3242

DEC. 16 & 17 4th Annual Sun Peaks Christmas Market Shop for handcrafted gifts and edibles at this year’s outdoor market. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 250-578-5542 DEC. 16 TO JAN. 2 Festival of Trees

Scavenger hunt through the village to bid on decorated trees and raise money for the Sun Peaks Education Society. sunpeaksresort.com

THU., DEC. 22 Skiing with Santa

Meet at the top of Sunburst Express Chairlift at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Alpine lift ticket or season pass is required. 250-578-5542 FRI., DEC. 23 Sleigh rides with Santa Rides depart at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Reservations required. 250-578-5542 SAT. DEC. 24 Pancake Breakfast with Santa Join Santa at Masa’s for a hearty pancake breakfast. Reserved seating available at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. 250-578-5542

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Kamloops favourite releases a modern blues album

With the mercury Small and Kris Ruston. dropping outside, there’s A lot of work went no better time to snuggle into the building of 3, up in front of the fire with Hayes spending a and spend more time couple hundred hours listening to new music! writing, arranging, Kamloops quintet and developing the Blackdog Blue has been songs before heading pleasing Kamloops to the studio. While he crowds for six years now, can’t pick a particular and with the release of favourite on the album, a new album, titled 3, Hayes explains there are Rikki MacCuish they’re set to keep on a few that have special MUSIC DIVA’S | CD REVIEW going. meaning for him.   The band, comprising Dennis “I think my songs are like Hayes, Renea Denis, Corey my kids, I like them all for Yamaoka, Darrell Hanna, and Uli Scheck, different reasons,” he says. “I have my celebrated the album’s release this fall at political rants in songs like, “‘Burn it The Blue Grotto. While 3 has stuck close to Down,’ ‘Talk About Love,’ lyrically, has Blackdog Blue’s roots, it features a more a strong message for empowerment contemporary sound, and production of women, and ‘Give Me Strength’ was polish. written for my wife’s birthday.” “When we first started out we had a Blackdog Blue has been a Kamloops blues, classic rock format,” says Hayes, favourite for many years. They bring guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for a lot of talent and energy to their Blackdog Blue. “As a songwriter I wanted performances and their fan base in to become more contemporary—you’ll Kamloops is growing steadily. Their Music see more of an evolution in songwriting.” in the Park closing performance drew 3 touches on sounds reminiscent of The approximately 1,500 people, and Hayes Allman Brothers, and even Elton John. says the band can barely keep up with It’s a versatile album with a number of show requests. excellent songs, especially appealing to a “We’re almost at the point where we’re classic rock or blues-rock audience. turning down as many gigs as we’re Recorded for the most part at Perry’s getting,” he says. Recording Studio in Kamloops, Blackdog The album does an excellent job of Blue went to Small World Studios to finish combining contemporary sound, and production, and gain insight from leading excellent lyrics with lead vocalist Denis’s Kamloops musicians/producers Henry bluesy singing. It’s a great listen!

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The snow is here, you’ve had a few turns and it’s time to get into the full swing of winter fun at Sun Peaks. Resort life is all about a work-play balance, with an emphasis on play, and there’s no better night out than at a local hip hop show! Kamloops MC Auk— Austin Ingram—is bringing hip hop to Club Mackdaddys on Dec. 16. The Velocirap-Tour, featuring Rushden and Diamonds, KutMasta Kurt and DJ Weezl, is one of many MC Auk is throwing around the Interior in the next month. He says it’s finally time he organized his own events. “I’ve been doing this for a while, but just recently started promoting,” Ingram says about his progression from MCing to organizing. “I thought, ‘I should be doing this myself.’” MC Auk has been regularly hosting events at Pogues Mahones in Kamloops, and the Sturgis North Pub in Salmon Arm. Sun Peaks is a new venue that MC Auk is very excited about. “I’m getting a tour going, and want to hit up some ski hills,” he says.

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MUSIC DIVA Rikki is a frequent concert-goer who always has one ear to the ground and the other to the speaker. Always looking out for new and innovative artists, she loves everything Indie and keeps a close eye on what’s going on in music locally and internationally.

rikki@sunpeaksnews.com One wouldn’t normally associate Kamloops with hip hop, but it’s a genre that’s becoming more popular in the desert city, according to MC Auk. “It’s been more on the underground,” he says, “But it seems like people have started getting more into hip hop lately.” He says it hasn’t been easy getting local shows going, as most nightclubs aren’t interested in hosting hip hop shows, because of the negative things they associate with the genre. MC Auk says there’s a different mentality that comes with hip hop.

“It’s different than the metal community, because in hip hop there’s no band, there’s no team mentality. There’s a lot of ego.” The Velocirap-Tour unfortunately doesn’t feature Kamloops hip hop. The artists performing are quite well-known, and will be a good inspiration for the potential in hip hop here. Rushden and Diamonds is a comical hip hop group from Vancouver. Their debut album 2010 came out last September. KutMasta Kurt is an American producer wellknown for his “Enth E Nd” Linkin Park remix featured on the 2002 album Reanimation. He’s also done work with Kool Keith and Masters of Illusion. DJ Weezl hails from Edmonton and has some mad scratch skills. He’s toured all over and has also done work with Kool Keith. The Blackalicious show at Club Mackdaddys in 2009 was amazing, so hopefully this show will draw an equally lively crowd. Cover for the Dec. 16 show is $5— it could be the best $5 you ever spent.

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Freestyle Fundamentals to Better Explore the Mountain Taught by certified Freestyle Coaches and available for all ability levels for youth aged 6–18 years, this cool new program emphasizes technical skills progression in free skiing/riding, terrain park, and moguls to help them better explore Sun Peaks’ vast terrain on their own terms. Program kicks-off January 8 and runs until March 18. Lessons are Sundays from 1:00pm–3:00pm. To book or for more info on this and other Sports School Programs, call 250.578.5505 or visit www.SunPeaksResort.com.

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While Hollywood seems to be awash in talented thirtysomething actresses these days, finding a guy who can hold his own against a strong female lead is a bit harder. There are plenty of distinguished older gentlemen who have proven that they’ve got the chops to keep a saucy 30 year old in check. But the list of thirty-something men is uninspired. Except for Ryan Gosling. Whether it’s luck, or good choices, or being raised in the wilds of suburban Ontario, Gosling has fashioned himself into a go-to leading man. This edition of Rave Reviews takes a closer look at Gosling in two of his latest releases, The Ides of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love. The Ides of March was released in theatres earlier last month and when a friend wanted to catch it on the big screen, I jumped at the chance. George Clooney wrote and directed the tight political thriller, and the cast was solid: Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei, and of course, Ryan Gosling. Gosling plays Stephen Meyers, a young campaign manager whose political savvy serves his boss, a presidential

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RAVE REVIEWS Amanda loves movies—she particularly adores indie and horror films. When she’s not reading, Amanda spends a lot of her time looking up previews for upcoming releases.

amanda@sunpeaksnews.com hopeful, well. That is, until an amateur move puts him on the outs with the campaign team. But what those around him don’t know is that Meyers has an ace up his sleeve, an explosive secret that could tank his boss. Gosling is picture perfect in this role. He has just enough ice in his veins to pull off the calm veneer of a political operative, yet still conveys a naiveté that he gradually sheds over the course of the film. The script adds just the right punch to make the Ides of March an Oscar contender. After watching Gosling in Ides, I was more than a little surprised to see him starring opposite Steve Carell in the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. Gosling plays

Jacob Palmer, a slick ladies man who takes Carell’s Cal Weaver under his wing after Cal’s wife leaves him for another man. The pairing is perfect. Gosling portrays Jacob as a bit of a wise guy with a soft spot for the hapless Cal. It’s not long before Cal is transformed into a debonair dandy, taking down marks with ease. As a girl who can’t abide romcoms of the sappy variety, I was more than happy to find myself laughing at Carell’s antics and smirking as Gosling’s smug attitude comes undone. Gosling was, once again, a pleasant surprise, matching Carell’s comic timing with ease. If you’re looking for a date night movie I’d recommend picking up Crazy, Stupid, Love on your way home. Gosling has a few movies slated for release in the near future, including Terrence Malick’s latest, Lawless, and The Place Beyond the Pines, co-starring Bradley Cooper and Rose Byrne. If you find yourself developing a Gosling addiction, as I have, Gosling filmography includes a little bit of everything: romance, drama, action, comedy. Curling up for a Ryan Gosling marathon is a movie night worth planning.


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Festival of Trees lights up the streets

The Sun Peaks Festival of Trees runs Dec. 16, 2011 to Jan. 2, 2012 and provides visitors and residents alike an opportunity to bid on their favourite decorated holiday tree to help raise funds for the Sun Peaks Education Society. To vote on a holiday tree you only need fill out a ballot and your name will be entered into the draw. New this year is a scavenger hunt featuring some of the village’s most festive venues. Tickets can be purchased at the Adventure Centre and are $10 per adult and $5 per child. The more times you enter, the greater your chances of winning. For more info on the Festival of Trees visit the events calendar at: sunpeaksresort.com

Sun Peaks offers student contest for day of free skiing

Sun Peaks Resort and the Canadian Ski Council are offering Grade 4 and 5 students in the Thompson Valley an opportunity to win a day on the slopes for their whole class on National Learn to Ski or Snowboard Day, Jan. 18, 2012. To win students must submit a written or photo essay stating why their class should be selected for a day of free lessons, rentals and skiing/snowboarding. The winning entry will be selected based on how well the class demonstrates their love of winter and why they deserve the prize. Submissions will be accepted until Fri., Dec. 16, 2011 and must include the school name and address, teacher’s name, grade level and contact details. Send submissions to: Chelsey Moore c/o SPRC 1280 Alpine Rd, Sun Peaks BC V0E 5N0 or sprcsalesmanager@sunpeaksresort.com

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And then there was none: The aftermath of the 2001 Delta fire

at Sun Peaks. The village core narrowly escaped conflagration that night. Kim Cameron kim@sunpeaksnews.com

October 26, 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of the fire that destroyed the Delta Sun Peaks Resort weeks before its grand opening. That seminal event sparked the community of Sun Peaks into charitable giving that continues to this day. Although there are many theories as to how the fire started, one thing is certain; the volunteer fire-

fighters that fought the $26 million blaze were the heroes that day. “We got $15 (each) for showing up to that fire!” chuckles Mario Pozza, Sun Peaks Fire and Rescue deputy fire chief, who remembers that the community of Sun Peaks showed up that night too. “That was the good part,” he says. “It really was kind of cool that at three or four in the morning, restaurants were open, they were giv-

ing us coffee and they were putting food into us.” That night, with a skiff of snow and temperatures well below seasonal averages, community support was more than welcome. A week after the inferno, the community gathered to thank all those involved. “They put together an event, sort of as a thank you,” notes Pozza. “(It) was at Masa’s a week or two after the fire in 2001 and technically, that was our first Firefighters’ Gala.” November 19, 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of the Firefighters’ Gala, an event organized by the Sun Peaks Volunteer Firefighters’ Society that benefits local charities. This year the Sun Peaks Alpine Club (SPAC) and the Sun Peaks Education Society (SPES) will share the $28,000 raised at the event.

Strong showing for 50 season of skiing The Nov. 18 opening weekend at Sun Peaks Resort welcomed close to 4,000 people for the 50th year of skiing at Tod Mountain. With almost 30 runs open the first weekend and 75 open within the week, it was a strong showing for the resort. “It was a good opening weekend for us,” says Anne Haight, SPRC’s director of sales and marketing. “With 30 runs open, it was about double what we had last year.” 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of skiing Tod Mountain at Sun Peaks Resort, and opening weekend kicked off the year long anniversary celebrations. “I think there’s certainly excitement building,” says Haight, noting that people are more aware of the milestone event that will be commemorated on

PHOTO: Alpine Images

first come, first served: Eager locals waited their turn to be the

first on the Sunburst on opening day. December 3rd. “The official ceremonies start around 11:30 a.m. (on Dec. 3) and we’re going to have music, a cake, and we’re going to create a time capsule that we’ll bury and open up maybe 10 years down the road.” Anyone who wants to contribute to the time capsule is encouraged to bring their memorabilia to the event. As part of the anniversary celebrations the resort is also offering a punch card for skiers to tour the mountains,

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Cable TV and internet service provider Mascon Cable Systems has now expanded their service area from Sun Peaks to Little Heffley Lake. Crews spent the last several months running over 18 kilometres of fiber and coax cable to service the Heffley Lake area. This $200,000 program was partially funded by the Connecting Citizens Grant and to date has 67 new customers signed up for phone, internet and cable TV services.

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having the card stamped at each chairlift. “Then you can be entered to win some prizes and we’re going to give away prizes for costumes and people’s retro gear,” says Haight. When the resort opened 50 years ago, the Burfield chairlift was North America’s longest double chairlift at 9,300 feet. To honour the anniversary, the Burfield lift will be open on Dec. 3. According to Haight, “We’re opening the ‘Burf early, which is a first for us.”

The SPAC promotes skiing for persons of all ages and abilities. Funds raised at the Firefighters’ Gala support the racers’ training, and off-set expenses associated with competing. The SPES founded the Discovery Centre for Balanced Education, an on-mountain learning centre for elementary students. Its gala proceeds will go toward

the school’s operational costs. According to Pozza, while there is need in Sun Peaks, the Firefighters’ Gala will continue to support the community. “As long as they need fundraising, we’ll do that,” he says, confirming that the charitable work of the Firefighters’ Society is one of the best outcomes of that historic fire.


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Bluebird Day Fund supports Big Brothers, Big Sisters The Bluebird Day Fund has teamed up with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Kamloops to provide a day of skiing or riding for prospective little brothers and sisters throughout the winter. To support the program, the Bluebird Day Fund is holding a gear drive to collect equipment and clothing for little brothers and sisters’ use. Through their fundraising initiatives, the Bluebird Day Fund supports local riders and terrain park skiers to advance in their respective sports. Their financial support has provided sponsorship, event registration and training camps for athletes interested in pursuing their passion for skiing and riding. This new initiative came about after initial consultation with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. “They reached out to us,” says Shannon Ritchie, Big Brothers, Big Sisters Kamloops mentoring coordinator supervisor. “They wanted to do a gear drive and after getting together with some of their members we decided to go a little bit beyond and match some Bluebird members to 10 kids from our waiting list.” Big Brothers, Big Sisters matches kids, known as “littles” with mentors, known as “bigs.”

riding or skiing. “We have a blue box at Bottoms Bar and Grill (in Sun Peaks) and Oronge Board Shop (on Victoria St. in Kamloops),” says Lupul. “We’re collecting old gear that’s still usable: old skis, boards, pants, goggles, jackets, helmets, toques, that kind of stuff.” The gear they collect will be available to little brothers and sisters to sign out when it’s not in use for the Bluebird Day Fund. “Initially we want to make sure we have enough gear for these 10 kids,” says Ritchie. “We’re going to house it here and it’s going to be like a lending library where the kids can come down and borrow it.” The Bluebird’s sports mentorship program is one of many ways to support Big Brothers, Big Sisters. “We’re really excited about this partnership,” says Ritchie. “If anyone else from Sun Peaks wants to get involved in any way with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, there are lots of ways.”

“We have approximately 80 kids currently waiting for a ‘big,’” says Ritchie. “It’s an opportunity for the mentors from Bluebird to decide if they want to continue after they’re done the winter program.” The sports mentorship program provides a day on the mountain for little brothers and sisters from January to April. “We’re taking 10 kids from the program and we’re providing transportation, lift tickets, lunch and mentors for the day,” says Bryan Lupul, the Bluebird Day Fund’s president. According to Ritchie, aside from being active and learning a new skill, the little brothers and sisters selected for the program, “Will have a mentor, someone they can look up to, someone to spend time with, someone to talk to.” The Bluebird gear drive intends to colFor more info on these lect enough sets of charities, visit: clothing and equipbluebirddayfund.com and ment to outfit each bbbskamloops.ca child for a day of

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Stay safe, drive sober

As visitors and residents alike enjoy the festive season, it’s important to make plans for a safe ride home at the end of a night of celebrating. Whether it’s a night out in the pub, a holiday party, or an après ski get-together, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) encourages you to plan ahead for your ride home. “Let’s make sure that no one’s celebration ends in a crumpled car on the side of the road,” says MADD Canada National President Denise Dubyk. “Plan ahead for a safe and sober ride home.” No one ever thinks their holiday will entail a car wreck, but every day on average, four Canadians are killed and more than 190 people are injured as a result of impaired driving. Although there is no Operation Red

Nose service available in Sun Peaks, there are ways to make it home safely after a night of revelry including car pooling with a designated driver or dressing for the elements and walking home. Many of the resort’s hotels and inns offer a “take the elevator home” rate to help promote a safe party atmosphere and you need only check at any of their front desks for the rate of the day. It’s important to note that pedestrians should always use the designated and lighted Valley Trail when travelling between neighbourhoods and the village, as walking along Sun Peaks Road is extremely dangerous in winter when visibility is low and snow banks make the already narrow road just that much tighter. Your body is no match against a sliding vehicle.

Discounted beginner ski and riding programs now available

The Discover programs introduce newcomers to the sports in a safe, supervised fashion. The programs include rentals of downhill skiing, cross-country or snowboarding equipment as well as lift tickets or Nordic trail passes and lessons from certified ski and snowboard instructors. The program at Sun Peaks starts at $58 per person and includes a two hour group lesson, half day equipment rentals and a half day learning area pass.

The Canadian Ski Council is offering discounted lessons for first time skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers through their Discover Skiing, Discover Snowboarding and Discover Cross-country programs at selected resorts across the country. Sun Peaks Resort is one of the 22 resorts in British Columbia offering the program.

For more lesson info, visit: www.sunpeaksresort.com/ winter/sports-school/adult

Rain, fog, snow and ice. Together with winter’s lower light, driving in these conditions can be a challenge. Brush up on your winter driving IQ to help you get there safely. Drop your speed to match road conditions The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. It is often safer in winter to drive below the posted speed. Use caution when passing and ease up on the gas - it won’t take much longer to get there. Driving 20 km? At 80 km/h it take 15 minutes. At 60km/h it takes only 5 minutes longer. Maintain a safe following distance - You’ve heard about the two-second rule. But in winter conditions, you need to at least double that to four seconds. Driving 80 km/h? That’s 22 metres per second. Leave at least 88 metres between your vehicle and the one in front.That’s about 14 vehicle lengths or way longer than the length of a hockey rink! Be cautious when approaching highway maintenance vehicles - (eg., snow plows, salt and sand trucks) - Maintain a safe following distance. These vehicles throw up snow and spray, making it difficult to see. Tempted to pass? Think again.You won’t be able to see what lies ahead as you pass. And passing on the right is a really bad idea. Other vehicles may be stopped on the side of the road.

Watch for hidden dangers - Shaded areas, bridges and overpasses, railway crossings and intersections can be icy, even if other areas are not. Think you’ll see it in time? Maybe, but black ice is difficult to see.Why push your luck? Slow down as you get closer to these areas. Turn your cruise control off - Slippery roads can cause your wheels to spin. The only way to regain control is to reduce your speed. But if your cruise control is activated, your wheels will continue to spin. Think using cruise control makes highway driving easier? If your wheels start to spin and you lose control, you’ll have to turn it off before you can regain control. And what if it’s too late?

Know how to handle a skid - If you start to skid, ease off the brake or accelerator, look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go.You may overcorrect, causing your vehicle to then skid in the opposite direction. This may happen a few times. Repeat the procedure until you regain control. Once you do, proceed with caution. Feel confident in your skid handling? Remember - every vehicle handles differently in each of winter’s driving conditions. But the principle remains the same - look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go.

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Avoid sudden moves - Sudden or abrupt braking, accelerating or turning on wet, snowy or icy roads can make your car skid. Make your moves smoothly and steadily. Think you can get away with it? Why take a chance that could result in your vehicle turning donuts in oncoming traffic?

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Breaking down walls to build tourism strategy

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WORKING TOGETHER TO DRIVE RESULTS: Thompson Okanagan Tourism As-

sociation CEO, Glenn Mandziuk presenting TOTA’s 10 year tourism strategy at their annual conference by Kim Cameron kim@sunpeaksnews.com

“The competition is not in the room,” According to Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) CEO Glenn Mandziuk, addressing 175 delegates of the

association’s annual conference held in Sun Peaks in November. The success of the newly revealed 10 year tourism strategy will be heavily influenced by tourism operators’ ability to work cooperatively to grow revenues by

the projected five per cent, per year as outlined in the plan. “We need to get industry to work together,” says Mandziuk. “They have to break down the thought that the competition is in the room. The competition is not in the room, the competition is everywhere else.” The tourism industry contributes $1.73 billion to the economy of the Thompson Okanagan region and creates more jobs than all other industries in the region. While this is the fastest growing tourism region in the province, even out-pacing the province’s revenue growth, 80 per cent of the region’s revenues are earned in a two month window, forcing operators to find new ways to attract visitors during shoulder or off-season months. According to Mandziuk, “The primary market is happening in a two month period of time.” With most revenues earned between January and March, the challenge for Sun Peaks is no different than

Busy schedule for re-elected mayor and council Al Raine won a second term as mayor of Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality in November’s election. Raine, the municipality’s first mayor won his second term with more than 95 per cent of the votes while councilors Popig, Forster and Pozza remained by acclamation. Raine, who won on the platform of experience, leadership, commitment and track record noted throughout the campaign that, “To be a great resort, we must be a great community.” After Raine’s swearing in on December 5, he and the council will continue the work they began in their first term, including working on a grant application to support a community recreation centre. “We’re hoping to make an application under the community recreation facilities grant program which will be an application of $400,000 from the Province,” says Raine. “That has to be submitted before the end of the year and we have a lot of work to do to put the paperwork together to support the application.” In addition to the recreational facilities grant application, council will focus their efforts on the resort’s security issues, short-term rent-

als and creating an Official Community Plan (OCP). “We are mandated by the province to have an OCP,” says Bryon Johnson, CAO of the Municipality of Sun Peaks. “Until such time as we have our own plan, any zoning bylaws or anything affecting land use, we have to go back to the Province and get specific approval on any of those changes.” Both the short term rentals and the OCP require community input. “You have to understand what the community wants and it’s a matter of seeking input, understanding the vision of Sun Peaks unrolling in the future and then putting zoning in place to help to regulate it,” notes Johnson who is also planning on a community meeting in January to get further input on short-term rentals. “We’ll bring up the Whistler Centre for Sustainability again to manage that meeting,” says Johnson indicating the agenda will include community feedback on the location of shortterm rentals in Sun Peaks and what rules need to be in place to minimize

the impact of short-term rentals on neighbours. Both Raine and Johnson say Sun Peaks security and by-law enforcement are top priorities for council. Johnson affirms, “We’re working on the security aspects of the community,” acknowledging the recent rash of break-ins is a concern for residents and homeowners. “(The break-ins) have slowed down now that people are coming back to the municipality, but we want to have something locked in place for the end of the ski season,” says Johnson. The first meeting of council will be December 19 in council chambers. All residents are welcome to attend.

other Thompson-Okanagan destinations whose peak season occurs in the summer months. Tourism operators need to find new ways to attract visitors in the off season, increasing visitation and capturing a greater share of customer’s dollars. To help facilitate increased visitation in the off-season, the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM), in conjunction with Tourism Sun Peaks, is seeking funding from the Province’s Resort Municipality Initiative Program to help promote Sun Peaks in the off-season. “There are 13 other towns in B.C., the biggest one being Whistler, that are on to that program, so we’re trying to get signed up as well,” notes Sun Peaks Municipality CAO Byron Johnson. Banking on the past success of the Retro Rock Weekend, the SPMRM has earmarked the funding, if approved, for a summer concert series beginning in 2012. According to Johnson, “A con-

cert series is one of the ones people talk about because it’s a fun way to get a lot of people up here on the weekends, in the summertime, making Sun Peaks a fun place to be.” In addition to working on initiatives to drive individual visitation in the resort, some hotels are promoting Sun Peaks as the perfect location for conferences in the shoulder and off-season, which helps to spread tourism dollars throughout the year, not just in the winter months. “For us, we rely on group sales and conferences such as the TOTA Conference, to help flatten out (the seasonality),” says Ian Thorley, Delta Sun Peaks’ director of sales and marketing whose team is working to secure a number of conferences for future months. Five per cent, per annum growth is an ambitious target, especially in a down economy. As Mandziuk says “It will be achievable, if all operators work together.”

Annual festival welcomes winter and wine November heralded the earliest start to the Icewine harvest the Okanagan has seen recent years. Icewine, “liquid gold” to many Okanagan wineries, is just one of the highlights of Sun Peaks’ 14th Annual Winter Okanagan Wine Festival. “It’s really exciting to see how it’s grown,” says Melanie Simmons, Tourism Sun Peaks’ media relations specialist. “It started as a weekend event and now covers nine days with almost 20 events, so we’re really excited for the 14th annual festival.” This year’s event allows enthusiasts of all ranges to enjoy wine in a casual or more formal setting. “One of the things we’ve been trying to do in the past few years is diversify the events to really appeal to a broader spectrum of

people,” notes Simmons. “You’ll see From Russia with Love and Wine…and Vodka, a really neat event where wine is still a focus, but we’re incorporating another beverage and how you can mix the two.” Sun Peaks is an ideal setting for the Winter Okanagan Wine Festival, mixing culinary events with superb winter recreation. “The wine festival fits so well in Sun Peaks, whether you’re an expert skier or beginner there’s something for you and it’s the same with the wine festival. There are those casual style events where you can enjoy wine so-

cially, or if you really want to learn about wine you can take in a seminar.” The 14th Annual Winter Okanagan Wine Festival runs from Jan. 9 to 14, 2012.

For more information visit: sunpeaksresort.com

A Winter Safety Reminder About Strange Odours Strange odours can come from your floor drains when they dry out— remember to pour water down to fill the P-Trap from time to time to stop sewer gases from escaping into your property. Strange odours can also come from leaking piping or gas appliances (rotten egg smell). Other gases like carbon monoxide (from incomplete combustion) don’t smell but can harm you or your guests if not dealt with (CO detectors are easy to install). If you smell or notice something that you think is wrong with your utility services, call the Utility at: 250-319-0629 or dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.

For more information visit: www.sunpeaksutilities.com or call 250 578 5490

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The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) recently recognized Nancy Greene Raine and Al Raine with the Tourism Toronto Lifetime Achievement Award at the Canadian Tourism Awards Gala. TIAC awards are presented to recipients annually to recognize success, leadership and excellence in Canada’s tourism industry. Following their successful careers in downhill skiing, Greene Raine and her husband have been leaders in the development of Canada’s ski tourism industry. They’ve been pivotal in the development of Whistler-Blackcomb and Sun Peaks, and have been pioneers in this uniquely Canadian industry over the past

four decades. “Al and I are very pleased to receive the award by peers in the tourism field for our 40 plus years in the development of British Columbia ski tourism, first at Whistler, and for the past 18 years at Sun Peaks,” says Greene Raine. True tourism industry forerunners, each has held leadership roles in the development of the ski tourism industry in Whistler and Sun Peaks. In addition to her career as a Senator for British Columbia, Greene Raine remains the director of skiing at Sun Peaks Resort. Al Raine is the mayor of the Mountain Resort Municipality of Sun Peaks.

“We’re very proud to have been part of developing resort communities with top quality planning,” she continues. “(The communities) have attracted amazing people who contribute so much to our guests’ experiences.” David Goldstein, TIAC’s president and CEO notes, “Their contribution to the development of B.C.’s ski industry and its integration with the broader tourism sector has helped us create an unparalleled experience for visitors, and tens of thousands of jobs for Canadians.” The award was presented at the annual TIAC conference in Ottawa in November.

RCMP seeking public help to catch a thief by Kim Cameron kim@sunpeaksnews.com

According to the RCMP, if you have an unoccupied rental property with flat screen TVs in Sun Peaks, your property is a prime target for the thieves who’ve made the municipality their personal shopping ground. Reported break-ins began late in the summer with four homes on Fairways Drive being burgled. RCMP note the number of incidents was not unusual given that village was quiet in the off-season. In the past weeks, however, there have been more than 25 break and enter incidents which is a dramatic increase over previous years. According to Constable Bernie Ward of the RCMP Rural Detachment, thieves are targeting specific areas, looking for specific goods. “This is people trying to obtain property,” notes Ward. “The threat to the public is miniscule, they’re looking for unoccupied units and they’re looking for specific electronics.” Specifically, thieves are looking for flat screen TVs and have been known to pass up other items of value in order to get the televisions. Homes are targeted after dark, when they’re vacant, with burglars prying their way

into the units. RCMP investigators are actively working each case and maintain the key to catching the thieves is an aware public. While many newcomers to Sun Peaks may not know their neighbours, seeing anyone walking around with electronics is cause enough for concern and worthy of reporting to the RCMP. Constable Ward encourages anyone seeing anything suspicious contact the RCMP at the time and not to wait until after the fact. “If you see something, call (the RCMP). We’ve had a couple instances where people, after the fact go ‘Gee, we saw somebody, but we didn’t call it in.’” In light of the rash of breakins RCMP patrols in the area have increased. “At this time of year, when the mountain is getting busy we gear up because the more people that are around, the more police presence is required. It’s as simple as that,” says Ward. Not only is the

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RCMP encouraging residents to report any suspicious behaviour at the time they witness it, but they’re asking the public to go a step further and record a vehicle and/or license plate of the suspect. Ward notes that if the thieves are leaving the mountain, having a license plate and vehicle description will assist officers in capturing the culprits. “We’ve got guys roaming in the area and if we get a description of a vehicle that gives us grounds to pull it over and search it, that’s key,” he says, stressing the RCMP will respond to all calls, regardless of the time of day reported. To make a report, call the RCMP at: 250-314-1800

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Municipality notes The Animal Control Bylaw, No. 0018 was approved at the Nov. 17 municipal council meeting. The new bylaw requires dogs be leashed while in the village, on the Valley Trail or at the base of ski lifts and that owners clean up after their dogs and dispose of all waste in a sanitary manner in the bins provided. The bylaw also makes provisions for the safe care and handling of animals used for tourism operations (such as sled dogs and horses), control of dangerous animals and prohibition of cruelty to animals. Fines range from $500 to $10,000 for violations of the new bylaw. Bylaw No. 0024, which amends

the Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 0011, was also passed at the November meeting revising the schedule of penalties for bylaw violations. Sun Peaks resident and systems architect Vladimir Grebenyuk provided a sustainability report for lighting, heating and water consumption at the Sun Peaks fire hall for council’s consideration. The Sun Peaks Health Association and the Velocity Challenge both received grants under the Municipal Grant Program. For council minutes or a copy of the bylaws, visit: sunpeaksmunicipality.ca

Kamloops launches bicentennial logo design contest 2012 marks 200 years since explorer David Stuart first established a trading post on the south shore of the South Thompson River. To commemorate the shared history of the Secwepemc people and the settlers that came after Stuart, the city of Kamloops is inviting artists to submit a 2012 anniversary logo design depicting the theme “2 Rivers, 2 Peoples, 200 Years.” “Two rivers” refers to the North and South Thompson Rivers and their confluence that gives Kamloops its name, which in the Secwepemc language means “meeting of the waters.” “Two peoples” refers to the Secwepemc First Nation and the settlers that arrived after Stuart.

The logo contest winner will receive $1,000, or the equivalent in City of Kamloops facility passes or program credits, as well as a commemorative plaque presented by the mayor. The winning entry must include the phrase “2 Rivers, 2 Peoples, 200 Years,” and be suitable for black and white or colour reproduction. Entries will be judged by a panel and the winner will be announced Jan. 4, or soon thereafter. Submissions must be received by Dec. 31 and can be emailed or delivered to the Kamloops Museum. For contest guidelines and to submit an entry, email: museum@kamloops.ca

CBC’s Dragons help turn failing businesses around

Canada’s top-rated reality TV show, Dragon’s Den is taking to the road to aid struggling companies get back in the black, offering their expert advice, and their own money. Producers are searching for struggling Canadian companies to work under the Dragons’ tutelage. CBC’s The Big Decision, is a weekly one hour show that will feature two separate businesses facing PHOTO: CBC tough times. A Dragon will visit each company, roll up their sleeves and put their expertise (and dollars) to work to help turn the businesses around. The producers of The Big Decision are looking for businesses that have been in operation for at least three years and average a revenue of $500,000 per year. The businesses must be privately owned with more than five employees who are willing to be filmed for the show’s production. Successful applicants get a free Download and submit business consultation and a chance applications at: to win an investment or loan to www.cbc.ca/thebigdecision help get back in the black.

Tougher impaired driving laws working in B.C.

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One year after the implementation of some of the country’s toughest impaired driving laws British Columbia has realized a 40 per cent drop in alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths. B.C. averaged 113 alcohol related car crash deaths in the five years prior to the implementation of the new impaired driving laws.

Between Oct. 1, 2010 and Sept. 30, 2011, that number was reduced to 68. “For the first time in a decade we’ve seen a real drop in the deaths associated with impaired driving,” notes Shirley Bond, B.C.’s minister of public safety and solicitor general. “Together with public education, prevention programs

and criminal sanctions, the roadside penalties will continue to play a role in helping to ensure the success seen over the past year becomes a lifesaving trend over the longer term.” Resultant of the new laws, police impounded 20,020 impaired drivers’ vehicles between Sept. 20, 2010 and Sept. 30, 2011. Of the

23,366 roadside prohibition notices served to drinking drivers, 15,401 were served to those who failed the roadside test, showing a blood alcohol content of .08 per cent or over. “The B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police strongly supported the new law, and recognized that enforcement would be critical to help

build awareness, changing drinking and driving habits, reducing injuries and collisions and ultimately saving lives,” says Chief Superintendant Bill Dingwall, president of the association. Impaired drivers risk having their vehicle taken away, their license suspended and administrative penalties ranging from $600 to $4,060.


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“Students on Ice” sends Kamloops teen to Antarctica

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FUNDING STUDENTS ON ICE: Justine Wild is selling encaustic wax cards at Sotheby’s in Sun Peaks to help fund her Antarctic Expedition. by Kim Cameron kim@sunpeaksnews.com

It’s not your average 14 year old that asks to go on an expedition halfway around the world, but that’s just what Kamloops’ Justine Wild did when she asked her mother if she could join the Students on Ice expedition to the Antarctic, departing Dec. 27. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” gleams Royanna Wild, the intrepid ex-

plorer’s mother. “We’re just so excited she can participate.” It was while attending a lecture on Ernest Shackleton’s heroic expedition to Antartica that Justine first learned of Students on Ice, the organization that coordinates the educational expeditions to the world’s polar regions. Initially, Justine didn’t meet the minimum age requirement of 14 to apply for

the expedition. “I was 13 when I found out about it, so I waited until my birthday,” says Justine. “I filled out my checklist with my perspective on the environment, what I do at school, all that sort of stuff.” Three weeks later, her mother received the news her daughter had been accepted into the program. “I was so excited when the letter came to us, I texted her at school hoping she’d look at her phone,” exclaims Royanna. The Students on Ice mandate is to provide students, educators and scientists from around the world inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of the Earth, helping to foster a new understanding and respect for the planet. Now in its 11th year, the organization has escorted almost 2,000 students to both the Arctic and the Antarctic, providing a connection to the natural world that many might not otherwise have experienced. Geoff Green, former educator and adventure guide, and now founder and CEO of Students on Ice, developed the program after seeing the affect the regions

have on travellers. “I had been seeing how profoundly impacted people were by going to the Arctic and Antarctic and I thought ‘imagine if we could give that experience to youth at the beginning of their life and how that would open new horizons and change perspectives,’” says Green. Justine’s expedition will explore Ushuaia, at the tip of South America, before crossing the Drake Passage to the South Shetland Islands. Each day will present a new opportunity to explore landing sites and conduct scientific research as part of the Students on Ice curriculum. “We’ll be doing some ice coring, which is an ongoing study the students started four or five years ago monitoring one particular ice cap,” says Green who ensures that students conduct meaningful research while on expedition. “I’m really looking forward to doing research activities because it’s all hands on stuff,” says Wild. “I’m also looking forward to learning about the affects of UV rays on the thinning ozone layers, because it’s really impacting the Antarctic.”

According to Green, Students on Ice expeditions are a life changing experience. “Places like the Antarctic are the great equalizer, no matter what age you are,” he says, noting that most of their student explorers are operating out of their comfort zone. “Disconnecting from all those things we think are important in our society, you’re homesick, maybe you’re seasick, and by the time you get to Antarctica, you’ve been travelling for five days, you’re kind of broken down. There’s a “no technology” policy, so the kids are in withdrawal. Then they get to Antarctica and it’s so overwhelmingly beautiful, and so humbling, it builds the kids back up again. It’s a transformative experience that takes place in a relatively short time.” There to help along the way are staff and volunteers who provide a positive, caring and nurturing environment for the students. “We have this incredible collection of adults—scientists, teachers, artists,” says Green. “We bring our own

doctors; we have field staff, adventurers, journalists, politicians, Nobel Prize winners and astronauts. A big part of the experience is the mentorship, getting the kids to learn about the life journeys these people have had.” The journey isn’t without cost; tuition and travel expenses for Justine’s adventure are more than $13,500. A motivated young lady, she hopes to raise $10,000 herself with any shortfall being made up by her parents. “We fully support her on her endeavour and whatever she doesn’t raise we’ll find a way to make it happen,” says her mother. Between school commitments and band practice, Justine is busy creating crafts to sell at craft shows as well as designing encaustic wax cards she’s selling at the Sotheby’s office in Sun Peaks. To help Justine offset her expedition costs, donations are being accepted in her name through the Students on Ice Foundation. The foundation is a registered Canadian charity and all donations are tax deductable.

For more information or to make a donation, visit: www.studentsonice.com

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Vol. 9 Issue 13, 2011

The sexy dance craze that is Zumba

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follow the leader: Zumba’s godfather, Beto Perez, shows the crowd how it’s

done. Conceived in 1999, there are now 20,000 Zumba instructors in 35 countries. At least six studios offer Zumba classes in Kamloops with 37 certified instructors. Kirsten Flinn kirsten@sunpeaksnews.com

The Latin-based cardio dance workout that is Zumba is growing by leaps, bounds and dance steps. The dance fitness craze was established in 2001 by Beto Perez in Columbia, and has since exploded into a worldwide fitness phenomenon. Brittany Pastorek, a trained level two Zumba instructor, teaches Zumba classes at the Kamloops Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre, and describes it as “Bringing the party atmosphere to your workout.” Since she started in September, she has expanded her clientele from two, to

about 50 dancercisers. The explosion of interest in Zumba seems to be travelling by word of mouth, suggests Julie Tuba, a volunteer Zumba instructor at the downtown Kamloops YMCA-YWCA. “We’re always getting new people, and our classes are packed,” she states, yet there’s very little advertising that goes into marketing the classes to the community. Each of the six classes offered per week at the downtown YMCA-YWCA can accommodate 45 participants. Ladies Only Fitness launched the first Zumba classes in Kamloops in 2008 after owner

Kristy Plato discovered it at a fitness conference. Her clients, some of whom have been dancing with her from the start, love it. “I get thank you letters all the time about changing their lives, changing their fitness, how they think about their bodies. People just love it,” says Plato. But, although a dancer can burn through 600 calories per class, Plato explains that Zumba isn’t just about losing weight or getting fit. “They (dancers) feel confident, some of its sexy, so as they become comfortable with the instructor, comfortable with the class, comfortable with the exercises, they kind of let go a little bit, they feel so good after. It’s not just a physical thing; it works our heart, it works our mind,” she says. It’s also working philanthropically. Tuba and some friends organized a Zumba marathon dubbed “Bazumba” and raised $700 for the October Walk for the Cure for breast cancer. She’s also participating in the organization of a Zumbathon in February 2012 to kick off the Y Strong Kids Campaign. “We’re looking at doing three hours (of Zumba) in the morning, which will include a kids’ Zumba class, and a two hour class in the evening,” Tuba explains.

They’re hoping for 150 participants for the event. This growing exercise trend is always transforming itself whether in venue, style or focus, so it never gets dull. “It’s always changing,” says Plato, “And depending on the instructor, they can really change it up. It’s not just Latin-based but worldly based. It’s not the same old thing.” Pastorek agrees, “The good thing about Zumba is that they keep coming out with more. It used to just be Zumba, and now there’s Zumba Toning, using one to two pound toning sticks, and then there’s Aqua Zumba.” Further than that, the franchise has also developed Zumba Gold targeting baby boomers, and Zumbatomic for kids. As more songs are released, instructors are kept on their toes learning new moves and routines. Young and old, male or female, you’ll find every sort of person in a Zumba class. The commonality—everyone’s there to have fun. So, for a music-blasting, high energy workout that’ll put a smile on your face, take a shot at Zumba. There are currently six studios and gyms offering Zumba fitness classes in Kamloops.

For all things Zumba, check out: www.zumba.com

’TIS THE SEASON

TO T OG GIVE, IVE , RECEIVE, RECEIVE , S SHARE, HARE , A AND ND E ENJOY NJOY

( RRelax, elax, w we’ve e’ve ggot ot yyou ou ccovered overed ) Sun Peaks Resort Makes Holiday Shopping Easy Swing by our Kamloops Store location in Sahali Mall, from December 6-24, to finish up your holiday shopping. Resort Gift Cards are perfect for anyone on your list: available for any value, easily reloaded, and can be used at participating locations throughout the resort. And in mid-December, hot off the presses, we’ll have a limited edition 50th Anniversary Book just in time to make a perfect holiday gift—contact Guest Services for availability. The Resurgence Rail Jam Kicks Off This Season’s Park Events B&B Boardshop presents the 2nd Annual Resurgence Rail Jam December 11. Registration is at 10:00am in the Village Day Lodge and the first rider will drop in at noon. Lots of great prizes to be had! Our Biggest New Year’s Eve Celebration... Ever! The events start at 6:30pm, with the grand finale fireworks extravaganza at approximately 8:30pm. Be sure to dress warm as this will be a longer light show not to be missed. Highlights of the night include live music, Kids Glowstick Parade, 5th Annual First Flight Big Air Invitational, the Famous Torchlight Parade, 50th Anniversary Fireworks, and more! Thanks to our sponsor, JLT Insurance, for making this night one for the record book.

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IN BRIEF

Snow Sports School offers new programs This winter the Sun Peaks Sports School is expanding to offer three new classes for freestyle, Nordic and adaptive skiers. The Freestyle Program teaches foundational skills with an emphasis on technical riding in the terrain park, skiing or boarding on moguls and all mountain freestyle for boards. The freestyle course begins Jan. 8, 2012. Sun Peaks’ cross-country program expands with new lessons including an introduction to Nordic skiing, group and private lessons. Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks (ASSP) provides opportunities for people with a range of cognitive and physical disabilities to participate in snow sports programs. Serving the needs of the disabled from the surrounding area, the adaptive sports program helps students enjoy the freedom and thrill of skiing with their peers. The current program includes a learn to ski adaptive lesson, a friends and family private lesson and an ability to ski adaptive lesson. For individuals interested in teaching disabled skiers on a volunteer basis, a Level I Adaptive Skiing instructor course will be offered from Dec. 9 to 11 at Sun Peaks. For more Snow Sports School information visit: sunpeaksresort.com


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Terrain park skier competes for best skier on the Internet title

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Kieran Nikula hits the terrain park in pursuit of the title “Best Skier on the Internet,” awarded by www.newschoolers.com.

taking flight:

by Kim Cameron kim@sunpeaksnews.com

He took a wicked spill doing an urban jam, but that didn’t stop Kieran Nikula from getting back at it a couple of days later to film his second video for the Best Skier on the Internet competition. Nikula has been skiing for his whole life, and in the last few years, his passion for jibs, urban rails, step-ups and step-downs has found him burning it up in the terrain park. “I’ve been skiing since I can remember,” says Nikula. “I raced for a number of years, and when I finished racing, I went straight to the park and I’ve been there ever since.” The Best Skier on the Internet has entrants of all abilities upload their best skiing videos in at least five

winner of the title is also awarded a pre-qualified spot in the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) World Championships in Whistler in April. “You’re automatically entered into the AFP world championships for slopestyle and that’s just huge,” exclaims Nikula. The Best Skier on the Internet isn’t the only way Nikula competes, last year he competed in his first big mountain event. “I really liked it, it was called Wrangle the Shute. It was kind of a unique event because it wasn’t just solely riding a big mountain line,” explains Nikula. “It’s a big mountain line with a jump at the bottom and then for fun, they had a mechanical bull ride that was tallied to your score.” An aspiring filmmaker, Nikula spends his down time learning all he can about filming and editing for the production work he does for LSL Productions. “That’s a good way to stay in the ski industry,” he says. “I’ve become very passionate about it. I like it, and I love skiing and that’s what I want to do.” Nikula’s round two video is open for voting from Dec. 6 to 12. The Best Skier on the Internet will be awarded on March 27, 2012.

of seven categories including backyard jib jam, urban rails, park rails, park jumps, backcountry/big mountain, half pipe and slopestyle. Nikula, along with his production partners at Inflik Media, produced a backyard jib jam video for round one. He finished number two, a mere two 10ths of a point behind the winning entry. “That’s okay,” he says, pointing out that there are four more opportunities to increase his standing. “It’s seven rounds, the next section will be urban, so handrails and all that.” Winning the title of best skier on the Internet is a prize Nikula covets. “You win a full set up of skis, outerSearch for The Best Skier on wear; stuff the Internet for more: like that,” he www.newschoolers.com explains. The

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News from the Alpine Club by Johnny Crichton

Things are rolling along here with the Sun Peaks Alpine Club. The kids have been training hard in the gym twice a week for the last three months and it’s paying off on the hill. We’ve been on snow since the OSV training center opened on Nov. 11, and the kids have been exposed to some of the best skiers in the world, skiing alongside Swedish Down Hill podium finisher Hans Olsson, “The Flying Fin” Andreas Romar, and the Austrian women’s World Cup Team. Sun Peaks locals may have seen the B.C. Ski Team van in the village for the last month. That’s because the provincial men’s team made Sun Peaks their home for the month of November. They

realize the awesome training opportunities here at Sun Peaks and have been taking full advantage of it. That’s lucky for our Sun Peaks Racers because they also get exposed to our province’s best while they tear up the OSV. Brandon Dyksterhouse, the head coach of the B.C. Ski Team, was pleased with their time at Sun Peaks, saying, “B.C. Team is proud to call Sun Peaks home. It’s rare to have world-class training in your backyard, and management who are pro ski racing. Sun Peaks combines both and does so with style. Thanks Sun Peaks we couldn’t have done it without you.” Also exciting in the Alpine Club is the upward trending career of adaptive racer

IN BRIEF

Busy start to racing season for Terwiel Racers described the snow at Aspen’s World Cup Slalom race as “grippy and aggressive,” which may have contributed to Sun Peaks’ Elli Terwiel’s unsuccessful completion of the course at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup on Nov. 27. In a field of 60 racers, 19 failed to finish. ”I straddled a gate and crashed,” says Terwiel, shaking it off. “I really charged out of the gate and when you charge, sometimes you crash,” she

Promo Thapa with the king of ski coaches “Captain” Jim Knowles. They’ve been training in preparation for the opening NorAm’s of the season in Breckinridge, Colo. Thapa’s had the opportunity to train downhill with the Austrians, super G with the Swedes and GS with the B.C. ski team. It’s pretty cool to see how everyone welcomed him and gave him some great opportunities to ski with the best in the world. Knowles and Thapa have been working out five days a week in the gym all summer to prepare for the snow, and Thapa trained on the course more than 20 days in November alone. We’ll be cheering from home for him to score his first NorAm points on the road to his Olympic dream.

says. “It’s all part of the game.” Just a day after her World Cup DNF, Terwiel competed in the FIS NorAm Cup in Aspen, Colo., finishing a strong 7th in her event. “I came in 7th, but 2nd North American with the full U.S. and Canadian teams in attendance,” notes Terwiel, obviously happy with her results. Next up for Terwiel, exams at the University of Vermont where she’s studying Civil Engineering before heading back to B.C. for the Audi Coupe Nor-Am Cup at Panorama. Follow Elli at: elliterwiel.blogspot.com

Jason White top pick for Canadian Tire series

Sun Peaks’ own Jason White was named the Most Popular Driver in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. White, who’s been one of the most well liked drivers since joining the NASCAR circuit in 2008, is appreciative of the fan recognition. “This is such an honour for me,” says White. “To say I’m humbled would be an understatement.” Winning the number one title is not something he achieved on his own and White notes that his sponsor, A&W, and his team helped him reach top ranking. “I think it shows everything my sponsor, A&W, and my team have done and it’s definitely not gone unnoticed,” says White adding that reaching out to his fans is a big priority for him and his team. “We made a real concerted effort this season to keep them (the fans) updated on everything happening with the # 21 A&W Dodge team through social media as well,” stated White. “We got some very positive

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feedback that the fans appreciated that.” The award will be presented at NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala in Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 10 and will be streamed live on the NASCAR Home Track website. “It’s very gratifying to have this opportunity to represent NASCAR Canada as the most popular driver,” says White. “(I’m) proud to represent Canadian racing fans and show how much enthusiasm there is for racing in Canada.” Follow the latest on White and the #21 A&W Dodge team at: jasonwhiteracing.com

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Each officE is indEpEndEntly ownEd & opEratEd

Residential Lots

Fireside Lodge starting at:

Build your own recreational dream home and experience all the great $111,900 activities Sun Peaks Resort has to offer! Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Lodge This is your opportunity to be part starting at: of one of Canada’s top ski resorts. It $110,000 has the second largest skiable area in Hearthstone Lodge starting at: B.C., and third largest in Canada. Sun Peaks caters to the admirer of natural $22,900 beauty, outdoor adventure and all the Sundance Lodge starting at: pleasures of mountain living... Join the generations of families who call $32,000 Sun Peaks home.

Delta Residences starting at:

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1344 Burfield Drive

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3 bedroom 1/2 duplex situated next to McGillivray Creek. Separate 1 bedroom non-conforming suite w/private entry. Views of Burfield lift & ski runs. Easy ski-in access from Mt. Morrisey. Main floor shared laundry, hot water in-floor heating, ample level parking, quiet area of town w/great potential.

South facing end unit with mountain and golf course views. 3 level town home features a stone fireplace, 3 sundecks, open concept with new tile flooring, plus a non-conforming studio suite with separate entrance. Private hot tub and all furnishings are included. HST not applicable.

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This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home features a gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops, attractive heated slate floors, authentic bridge timber & ledge stone fireplace, private sundecks & patio, hot tub, steam shower, large tandem garage and much more. This home is being sold fully furnished and HST is not applicable.

With true ski-in/ski-out access, this condo was completely rebuilt from the foundation up, w/unique split level design with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths featuring a clawfoot tub and steam shower, recessed lighting, cozy fireplace with attractive builtins, heated tile floors. HST exempt.

$499,000

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$294,900

#32 Crystal Forest

#39 Trail’s Edge

Bright and clean 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom townhouse with warm pine finishing, two secure underground parking spaces, fully furnished with private hot tub, cozy river rock fireplace, open & functional floor plan, spacious patio & sun deck, close to village & golf course. Mountain views & great ski-in/ski-out access.

Ski-in/Ski-out Village Location

Luxury condos delivering the highest standard of accommodation and presentation at Sun Peaks. Full concrete structure and advanced standards of environmental efficiency. Conveniently located in the village adjacent to McGillivray Creek & valley trail. These mountain homes are beautifully decorated and ready for immediate possession. Elevator, secure underground parking and fantastic location.

Slope side 4 bedroom, immaculate mountain townhome offers true ski-in/ ski-out access and is adjacent to the golf course in a private setting. Great floor plan with plenty of space for the growing family. This home is offered fully furnished with hot tub & HST is not applicable.

$325,000 #30 McGillivray Creek

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You must see this townhome that has something for everyone, including 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. Fully furnished with private hot tub and 3 patios. Spacious custom kitchen design w/granite counters, stainless steel appliances, gas stove, 2 storey vaulted ceilings and river rock fireplace in living room.

Great opportunity to run your own business. Available to lease or buy in Sun Peaks newest luxury development, Kookaburra Lodge, right in the heart of Sun Peaks. High traffic exposure and good storefront visibility. Concrete structure for strength and acoustic and fire qualities. Sprinkler system in place. Phone listing agent for details.

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Village Condo Suites

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Cozy upper floor 1 bedroom condo with private sun deck and ski-in/ ski-out location. Underground parking, extra ski storage space, sunny southern exposure, heated tile floors in the kitchen and bathroom. Close to village and all amenities, comes fully furnished. HST is not applicable .

Beautiful level entry 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms, with private garage nestled in the woods next to McGillivray Creek & fronting onto the Sun Peaks Golf Course. Ski-in/ski-out via the Mt. Morrisey lift, sunny southern exposure with private patio & backyard, sundeck off master bedroom, heated tile floors, cozy fireplace & close to all resort amenities. HST not applicable.

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Log & wood frame half duplex w/3 spacious bedrooms with loft and private master bedroom and ensuite. Open floor plan with soaring windows and ceilings, beautiful kitchen, electric fireplace, offered fully furnishd. Includes 2 separate rental suites. HST is not applicable.

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#29 Trapper’s Landing This superior entry level mountain home has never been rented, and comes completely furnished for your next visit. 4 bedrooms plus large family room compliment this exclusive townhome. Ski-in/skiout, with private garage and extra storage, large deck for entertaining with beautiful mountain views. HST is not applicable.

$189,000

$519,000

#61 Settler’s Crossing

#15 Forest Trails

This 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom mountain home is conveniently located on the corner giving you great light and access to the mountain and golf course. Settle for only the best with terrific ski-in/ski-out access that comes fully furnished with your own hot tub.

This 3 bedroom level entry ski-in/ski-out townhome backs onto green space with a creek. Features single car garage, covered sun deck, heated tile floors & cozy rock fireplace. Just steps from the Valley Trail & village & comes fully furnished to provide you with the convenience of a home away from home. HST not applicable.

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