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Apex Mountain Resort, Snow
Dec11

If you still fancy heading to the Okanagan this winter, why not visit Apex Mountain Resort?  This resort is located thirty minutes from Penticton and is perfect for a day trip or a stop-over especially if you like the snow!

Apex is largely a winter resort and builds its income from the amount of snow sports it offers.  With a range of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails – the longest run being close to 5km – this is a great ski resort to try out.  Test your skills this winter on one of the 73 downhill trails.

Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Tubing & Ice Skating!

If skiing or snowboarding is not really your thing, there are plenty of other optional activities you can take part in.  Why not rent some snowshoes and try hiking up one of the mountain trails?  It might take you a while to get used to the feeling of having weird metal contraptions on your feet – but just aim to walk normally and it will be easier than you think! Snowshoeing is an awesome way to experience the snow as well as giving you a workout.

For those that are looking for something a little less physical or an activity for the youngsters, Apex Mountain Resort also has a tube park.  Tube Parks are a family favourite – sliding down a hill in a tube never gets boring, no matter how old you are!

More of an ice-skater?  Apex has an ice rink too! Not only does it have an NHL-sized Outdoor Hockey rink, but it is also home to an Ice Skating Adventure Loop which is a 1km ice loop through the natural environment.  Admire the snow-lined trees and enjoy evenings skating against the stars and fairy lights.

Learn more about this gorgeous mountain resort here, and enjoy the Okanagan in the snow!

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Dec04

But that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate in your sweatpants and oversized sweater until spring comes. Here are some wearable ideas to make it through the winter months in style without getting frost bitten.

  1. Ski jackets: designed for the slopes the traditional ski jacket doesn’t have to be hidden in your closet and only taken out when you hit the hills. With several companies now making cute, wearable ski coats, you can get daily use out of that pricey winter coat.
  2. Long sleeves: believe it or not, your favourite cozy oversized tee with the sleeves that extend past your fingertips is in style this winter! Stay warm, comfy and in style, who knew?
  3. Puffy coats: that puffy down North Face jacket you’ve hidden in the back of your closet all those years? Finally in style! Haul that lumpy, oversized down coat out of storage and choose warmth and style this year!
  4. Trench coats: they get a bad rap, but the floor length button down with the belted waisted are IN.
  5. Turtleneck dresses: just because it’s snowing doesn’t mean you have to throw your dresses into hibernation! Try a long sleeved turtle necked knit dress with a pair of stockings and knee high boots. Cozy and chic!
sun peaks resort
Nov27

Why you should Ski at Sun Peaks Resort this Winter

 

While Sun Peaks Resort may not be as sought after as Whistler, it continues to offer superb ski conditions. Nestled high up in the Okanagan region, a short drive from Kamloops and just over three hours from Kelowna, Sun Peaks is Canada’s second largest ski area.

With three mountains and 4,270 acres of terrain, there’s a trail here for everyone.  You have the chance to ski all areas in one day as all mountains can be accessed easily.  There are many beginner, intermediate and advanced runs available across all areas of the Ski Resort so the whole family will be able to try out the snow, even if they’re not confident!

If backcountry is more your thing, the resort offers some excellent Nordic trails! Find your way through the mountains, admiring exceptional sights along the way.  Catch up with other Nordic enthusiasts at the Sun Peaks Nordic Centre or take your dog skiing on the pet friendly trails.

For those new to winter sports, there is the Sports School on site. They offer a range of lessons so that everyone can feel confident in their boots.  With options for all levels of ability, the sports school should be your first stop on the mountain! Improve your skills and make friends whilst getting ready to enjoy the season.

When you’re tired of perfecting your moves on the slopes, why not take some chill-out time?  Sun Peaks has lots of other activities on site such as tubing, dog sled rides and ice fishing.  More into shopping?  That’s okay too. Sun Peaks has a cute range of boutique shops where you’ll find all the gifts you never knew you wanted.  Take a sip of regional wine and wonder why you’ve never ventured out here before.

Being in the Okanagan Region, Sun Peaks has a high percentage of sun each year yet still manages to have a full helping of snow!  Look forward to lots of bluebird days and leave with an understanding of how this charming resort has earned its name.

In short, Sun Peaks needs to be on your bucket list this winter.

Written by Hannah Poaros

Okanagan Apples Recipe
Nov20

Spice up your cooking with Okanagan Apples

 

There are so many varieties of apples grown in the Okanagan, we thought we would look at interesting ways to use them in your home-cooking. Apples are harvested in September – late October in the Okanagan, but we all know that apples are a fruit that’s available all year round! Here is the perfect menu to satisfy all your apple-loving needs.

1. Appetizer: Apple Chutney.

Melt butter, add some onions or shallots, throw in some spices and/or vinegar, and stew those apples. Simmer everything, leave in the fridge until it’s cooled down and you’ll get a nice chunky chutney! Tip: you can add sugar or chili to adjust whether the dish is sweet or spicy. We’ve found this yummy recipe for Apple Chutney Stuffed Pork Chops  to start you off – we absolutely love it!

2. Entrée: Apple & Prosciutto Pizza.

Why not add apple to your pizza for a sweet taste? Get your favourite pizza base then add green onions, sour cream, thin apple slices and sliced prosciutto! Check out this mouthwatering recipe from thekitchn.com: Spelt Crust Pizza with Fennel, Prosciutto, and Apple – it even talks you through how to make your own spelt crust, if you’ve got the time to experiment with the dough!

3. Dessert: Baked Apples with Oatmeal.

Baking apples is one of the easiest, tastiest desserts to make! Though it does take a while for the apples to bake in the oven, it involves little preparation. All you need to do is core the apple so that there is a big hole in the middle. Fill this with your favourite oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter and bake until apples are soft! The filling will bubble over the edges. Have fun and read this Baked Apples with Oatmeal Filling for some inspiration!

What do you think? Will you be making any of these fabulous recipes? Got a favourite that we haven’t listed here- let us know! We are always on the lookout for our guests’ recommendations! Check out our other recipe suggestions here

 

Written by Hannah Poaros

Nov13

The Okanagan region has long been a coveted luxury destination for many Vancouverites. From the vast kilometers of the country’s best and most famous wine region, to the excellent hiking trails and pristine lakes, the Okanagan is an oasis. However, many Vancouverites never get to experience wonders of the Okanagan in the winter. While ski hills like Big White and Silver Star might come to mind, an activity that is often overlooked is ice fishing.

What You Need

Ice Fishing in the Okanagan allows you to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and escape to the quiet of the Greater Kelowna wilderness. One of the essential ice fishing items you will need is an ice fishing rod. These vary from traditional fishing rods because they are only around 2 to 4 feet in length. This means that they are much easier to maneuver, which is important if you are trying to fight your way through a hole cut in a frozen lake or pond. Ice fishing rods are also designed to be especially sensitive, since bites from fish in such cold temperatures can be a lot lighter than one would expect in the summer. As for your reel, it is ideal to use a smaller model for ice fishing.

In order to cut through Woods Lake (located just outside Kelowna) to access fish, you are going to need an ice auger. If you are a beginner, it is recommended to purchase a manual auger. While manual means more work on your part to cut through the ice, these augers allow you greater mobility and are lighter, so they are easier to carry onto the ice without the aid of a sled.
Be sure to buy a fishing line that is specially designed for ice fishing. A regular fishing line will not hold up against sharp ice, which is why buying ice fishing line is so important. For bait, you can use live varieties or artificial alternatives. For a beginner ice fisher, all that is usually needed is a small selection of jigs, sinkers, and bait hooks. If you like an extra hand detecting strikes, a simple bobber can also be used. Before you head out for a day out on the Okanagan ice, make sure you check to see which types of baits and tackles are legal in the region.

Where to Go

The last thing you need for your Okanagan ice fishing adventure is to choose one of the region’s extraordinary lakes. One of the hidden gems of the Okanagan region is Idabel Lake, located just 30 minutes from Kelowna. The lake even features a small resort which is the perfect place for a family wilderness adventure or a romantic winter getaway. Another ice fishing gem that is a favorite with Okanagan locals is Shannon Lake. This picturesque lake is located in the heart of West Kelowna and is the perfect mix of the great outdoors and the city. Next, all you need are a few warm jackets, a thermos of hot chocolate and you are ready to enjoy the best of ice fishing in the Okanagan.