Sensational Snow and Summer Sport at Apex Mountain Resort
By Jane & Brent Cassie
Contributors to Travelink Publishing
Whether packing your mountain bikes or snow boards, this Okanagan destination is a perfect getaway any time of year, and with a van full of ski garb, our family of four had hopes of shussing powder slopes under sunny skies during our winter visit to Apex Mountain Resort.
Just thirty minutes from Penticton, the Inn at Apex is home base to a multitude of skill-leveled runs that funnel down from as high as seven thousand feet. The inn’s modern units are designed to meet guest’s varied needs, offering optional kitchenettes, open loft suites and adjoining rooms to house larger groups.
Before checking in, we enjoyed the lounge lobby, where western motif flows throughout and a creek rock fireplace warms natural pine furnishings. Owners Ted Garnett and Brian Martin can often be found here mingling with guests and providing that very personal touch that Apex is so well known for.
The fabulous hill-side view from our loft’s immense floor to ceiling windows was a stunning welcome, and the privacy from it’s upper bedroom was a bonus when our two boys watched the movie and sports channels on the main floor’s TV. The bar fridge, microwave, and coffee maker were handy for creating nighttime snacks and no fuss breakfasts but for dinner we treated the family to the fine cuisine at the village restaurant. Previously located up the hill, The ‘Gunbarrel Saloon’ and restaurant is now conveniently next to the inn. Although it has taken on a new look, ski memorabilia from the original bar has maintained the same historical ambiance, and this inviting atmosphere has hopes of winning back ‘Canada’s best ski bar’ award that they had been honoured with for twelve years in a row! It’s lower floor neighbour Trading Post and arcade, sells necessities you may have forgotten, and for teens like ours, offers hours of fun with its quarter guzzling games.
Our Apex adventure began with the spectacular morning view from our loft’s window - a picture perfect setting that all skiers dream about. An overnight dumping of untracked fresh powder enveloped countless ski trails, and the heaven-bound peaks soared towards crystal clear blue skies. A definite skiers paradise!
Our friendly tour host, Rick proudly guided us over varied terrain, including the snowboarder’s sensation of a three hundred-foot halfpipe, the beginnings of a fabulous terrain park, and oh that incredible powder we experienced it all and it was the best!
The village Snow Sport and Adventure Centre offers kids club and ski programs, and the rentals of snowshoes, boards, skates, and every type of ski imaginable to try.
Our adventures continued in the afternoon with the help from the inn’s Canadian Eskimo dog team. Bred from the Polo wolf, the towing is as pleasurable for this six-pack as the ride is for the wanna-be mushers. Horse-powered enjoyment is also available with the inn’s regularly scheduled pony and sleigh rides.
Moving to a somewhat faster mode of transportation, our two sons, with their boundless energy, looked forward to a snowmobile experience offered through the village Nickel Plate Adventure Company. Clad in full skidoo attire, and after brief instruction, we set out on our guided tour. Reaching our Apex summit destination an hour later, with its three hundred and sixty-five-degree panoramic view was like being on top of the world!
During our short stay, we couldn’t possibly fit in all of the activities that Apex Mountain Resort has to offer but we sure had fun trying! So much fun if fact, that our aching muscles were happy to get some reprieve with a visit to the hot tubs and sauna / steam room, followed by a massage, during which time our energetic lads worked out one last time at the fitness centre.
The sounds of soft jazz accompanied the Gunbarrel Saloon’s warm flickering fire while we enjoyed some time alone together at the end of the day. The night-lit slope before us still hosted the occasional skier and just as we were leaving, the snow started to fall all in preparation for another perfect day at Apex Mountain Resort.
Summer promises the same great accommodation and service while offering a variety of activities including film festivals, bike rentals with solo and guided tours, a climbing wall with certified instruction, hay rides, riding, ho downs and lots of other opportunities for outdoor fun and adventure.
If You Go:
Apex Mountain Resort
P.O. Box 1060
Penticton, BC V2A 7N7
Toll free: 1-800-387-APEX (2379
Ph: 250-292-8111 or 250-292-2880
Web site: www.apexresort.com
30 minutes outside of Penticton BC
41/2 hours from Vancouver via Hope / Princeton Highway
61/2 hours from Seattle
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