Apex Mountain Resort will be opening for the 2013/2014 season on Saturday December 7th. The T-Bar and the Magic Carpet will be in operation. The Okanagan Run, Old Mill, Wild Bill and the beginner slope will be open to the public. “We just need a bit more snow to open up the Triple Chair and the High Speed Quad”, comments James Shalman, General Manager, “the drainage ditches are still not covered and it is just not safe to open up the rest of the mountain yet.” Discounted lift tickets will be in effect until more terrain opens, the discount will be 50% off the regular ticket rate.
My office window at twenty to five in the afternoon in early November shows a lot of things. Yep, its cold and kind of dark out. But its a couple of other things too. I spent my Okanagan summer, like many others, under the hot Penticton sun. How far back does that seem now? A lifetime. Or yesterday maybe. But it doesn’t matter, it’s bleak days now. The land of peaches and beaches is a quiet place in autumn. The valley gets chilly and blowy. The clouds start to hang and seem normal. Missing the sun leads to thoughts of warmer climes and we all find ourselves tempted towards hearty eats to keep warm for the coming winter cold.
But my office window shows me something else too. I look out and I see the first snow on the ground in the village that is likely to stick around. Kerissa hiked up this weekend and told a tale of snow nearly knee deep. And I believe her! What is coming is more snow; a few centimeters every few days until it becomes a meter and we look forward to two. The Okanagan Run will be open very soon to get teams from around the world up training for their seasons. The sound of gates slapping snow and the silence of freestyle aerialists owning their little piece of the sky. Then we won’t be alone up here all day and the mountain will come to life. It’s like the blood starts to pump and the heart and soul of Apex begins to light up for a new season. We forget that the valley is grey and cold and windy. Life happens on the mountain when whoops and cheers sound from the trees. Stories rehashed over a cold pint of Big Surf in the Gunbarrel. Friends who haven’t seen much of each other for eight months or so reunite like giddy best buddies. Walking from the village up the road past Strayhorse and the scent is evergreens from the forest and smoke from the cabin woodstoves.
Its palpable and its right around the corner. It’s okay to get excited about the season now; it’s no longer too soon. Bring on winter and bring on a fresh season of play in the snow. See you all very soon.
Hey there snow riders! Its that time again when the snowline drops down the mountains and we all get a little itchy to carve out some turns! Kick off the season right by getting your stoke on with one of skiings longest running traditions – Warren Millers Ticket To Ride is showing November 20 in Penticton. Don’t miss it!
Super awesome trailer found here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1XjV8icshA … as if you needed a better reason to go!
Also if you missed out on our earlybird season pass sales we are offering a ONE DAY ONLY special for the Warren Miller showing of our early bird rate plus $30 available only at 877-777-2739 between 8am and 4pm or at the movie itself. Not available online. Purchase by Credit Card or Cheques ONLY. No Debit or Cash purchase available.
November 20 at Cleland Theatre
Doors open at 6:00pm show starts at 7:00pm
Purchase at Apex Ski Shop, The Bike Barn, Sport Chek, Pentagon, The Edge Bistro (beside IGA), True Outdoors and Pharmasave City Center.
Proudly sponsored by Dave Novak Vista Financial Group Scotia McLeod
APEX JOB FAIR
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16
50 CALGARY AVE
Come ready with your resume and a smile! We are looking for fun, hardworking, snow loving people! Come to the YMCA Work BC which is right beside BC Services, behind safeway! Click here for more info ——>>>Apex Job Fair
5 New Runs! 5 new runs were cut over the summer. One run aptly named ‘The Cut’ will allow riders to access the Highspeed Quad Chair from the Wildside. Formerly this was a mountain bike trail that snaked through the trees, with enough whoops to shake your fillings loose. This was not a recognized trail or run, however many people did use it to save time getting back to the Quad after riding the Wildside. We had our excavator cut down trees and excavate through rock and dirt to cut the new run. “The Cut” will now be able to be maintained by our grooming machines and provide a safe, easy fun and fast way to circuit back to the Quad from the Wildside.
There is also a new run on the Stocks Chair , it is a blue run with fun undulating terrain and wide open glading and rolling natural features. It is skiers left of Sluice Box and will surely be a new favourite run on the Triple Chair.
Another new run is the Easy Out on the Wildside. This is a high end green to blue run that has been excavated through the Glades. This will allow high end beginners and intermediates a way to enjoy more terrain on the mountain.
A new run on the Wildside that was never completed during the initial phase of the Wildside build has now been completed. The 5th run that was cut is a chute that goes down through the Glades on the Wildside. This is a perfect fall line run with a very consistent pitch.
The 1/2 pipe has also had a facelift and will become a night lit terrain park with new features. The 1/2 pipe has been filled in and the existing dirt contoured to set up new park features for this season.
A new Guest Service Area, which was formerly the Longshot Bar, will now be transformed in to a multi-use guest service area. This will be a public environment with uses such as: a place to put on your boots, a brown bag lunch room, find out about upcoming events, or a place to relax and think about where you want to ride next!
Other improvements to the mountain included a $150,000 upgradae to the High Speed Quad Chair. The ‘Bus’ is back as a rideable feature in the Claim Jumper Terrain Park, however, it’s not the same bus, it’s a longer, wider 80 passenger mega bus. The lighting on the Adventure Skating Loop has been increased. Improvements to the snowmaking system and a new $260,000 grooming machine.
Our season passes will be on sale online at apexresort.com available at Freeride Boardshop, Pentagaon Boardshop, and the Apex Ski Shop, or purchase from Apex in person at the Cherry Lane Shopping Center from Sept 26th to 29th. Season passes will be on sale until Sept, 29th only! Don’t miss out on the most affordable way to play.
See ya on the slopes!