Apex Mountain reviews

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2 reviews
Emmo (Guest)
The scale is smaller here. If you're looking for the "village apres" like Whistler or Big white you won't find it, the village is more local, small town and authentic. The mountain is a short drive to Penticton (35 mins) so you can choose to be on or off the hill easily, and there are many who make this little village their home full time. The very definition of a 'local hill' without any pretension. The hill and amenities are great for families and non-skiers/riders alike including skating, snowshoeing, and x/c at the Nickelplate nordic centre 10 mins down the road. If you're looking for more challenging terrain it certainly is available (black diamond's comprise 40+% of the runs) and there is a ton of relatively low consequence, easily accessible side country and touring options (simple and mildly complex terrain) if you're so inclined. Small crowds, good lift lines means you're not waiting an hour for the gondola upload. The big mountain freeride snobs may be critical, but in my opinion as an advanced skier myself there's more than enough terrain options at Apex to keep you entertained certainly for a weekend or more. The Canadian freestyle team trains here and there are numerous Olympic and FIS champions that this hill has produced - it's no joke. Apex isn't Whistler or Big White or SunPeaks, but that's not a bad thing.

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Apex is a small town located 33 km west of Penticton, a couple of hours south of Kelowna and Big White as well as three hours west of Red Moutain. (By car of course.)
Somewhat steep in the upper part of the system, but it is short. Otherwise, there are good pistes, as well as opportunities for off-piste skiing, albeit limited. The lift system is OK. A good little family place in other words. On average you get 6 m of snow a year, half of what Whitewater gets, but it's snowy, it's obviously just as good here as there. The area may well be seen as a complement to the Okanagan resorts Big White and Silver Star which are within easy reach for day trips if you have a car. A small but pleasant town is located at the foot of the mountain, where there is also a hostel with cheap accommodation.
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