Ski Canada: Apex Mountain Resort

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010

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Apex Mountain Resort is a full service ski hill set in the sunny Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, just 30 minutes from the Penticton aiport and a short drive from Big White, Silver Star Mountain and Sun Peaks.

The bus feature at Apex Mountain Resort in British Columbia. (Apex Mountain Resort)

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Apex is a ski hill with a base elevation of 5,187 feet (1,581 meters) and a summit elevation of 7,187 feet (2,180 meters). There are 1,112 acres of skiable acre with a 2,000-foot drop overall.

The resort gets more than 235 inches of snow every year on its slopes that are classified as16% beginner, 48% intermediate, 18% advanced and 18% for experts only.

There are 67 trails to explore at Apex, serviced by four lifts. The longest run is over three miles long!

Apex also has two terrain parks, a World Cup Aerial Site, World Cup Mogul Course, Night Skiing, Lift Accessed Tube Park, Outdoor Regulation Size Hockey/Skating Rink, and a 1 km Adventure Ice Skating Loop (maintained and lit).

There are a plethora of options, no matter your skill level at Apex, with rolling trails and steeps to challenge even the most daredevil skiers.

The mountain resort has three areas, each with a different challenge. The south bowls, Wild Side Glades and steep, deep narrow runs on the north side will keep you occupied while beginners can start on the Magic Carpet Lift and graduate to the 7,200 feet high speed quad to check out the famous Billy Goat Hut and the 3.1 mile (5 km) Grandfather’s Trail. Juniper and Highway 97 are two other great learning trails.

Explore the variety of bowls, gullies, mogul fields, glades and beautiful groomed runs all day and then relax in the village, full of retail shops, restaurants and night life spots. Try to imitate Canada’s 2010 gold winning Olympic hockey team on Apex’s outdoor regulation-size rink after nightfall! Sleigh rides, snowmobile trails, movies, tubing and ice-skating are other fun activities in the village.

Cross country skiers will love the 56 km of scenic trails at the Nickle Plate Nordic Centre and little skiers and boarders can have fun learning at Rippin’ Rascals learn-to-ski/childcare program. Lessons open to children from 18 months to 12 years old.

As with any full-service mountain resort, there are spa services to melt your sore muscles and a variety of yummy restaurants to please the appetite. The Gunbarrel Saloon and the Three:Thirty Grill are two great choices for places to head for a warming après ski cocktail!

To best reach Apex, head to the Penticton or Kelowna Airport where the resort has shuttles available. Otherwise, the resort is easily reachable by rental car.

Telephone: (250) 292-8222
Snow Phone: (250) 492-2929 x2000

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