Yes that would be my concern....I rather people get to where they NEED to goNot to mention any discretionary trip would be competing for seats with people who are desperately trying to get home.
You'd enjoy a couple of days at Apex. Several ways to keep groups skiing together for the day despite having a mix of advanced/expert and intermediate. Apex's reputation as a mountain for experts is deserved, but there is plenty of novice and intermediate terrain as well. Recommend coming in February if possible to allow snow base to build - provided you're not restricted by Aussie school holidays. Given sufficient notice, I should be able to schedule some time for a guided tour of the mountain, including some 'not on the map' lines if you so desire.
New snow today, about 10 cm. Scheduled closing day was a month ago. No doubt there are some hidden dangers, but from the village there was not a blemish to be seen on the slopes. Snowbanks next to the main parking lot are still 3 m high. Drainage channels are running well and the melt is clearly on. Creeks down in the valley are swollen but not flooding yet, and Okanagan Lake has risen 30 cm since hitting low point a fortnight ago. Consider that the lake is 120 km long and 3 km wide; 30 cm over that area is a vast quantity of water, and there is so much snow left up high still to melt.
What a shame we never got to ski to the end. For Apex, this was probably the biggest snow year in its almost 60 year history.
There won't be lake flooding on Okanagan like in 2017, the big snowpack was quite evident back in January and the lake level was lowered accordingly to make room for it. But one sharp rain event could certainly cause some local flooding.
Factoid: Apex and its surrounds actually drain into the Similkameen River, which joins the Okanagan River just south of the US border. Despite being considered a tributary, the Similkameen is a fair bit larger than the Okanagan since it rises on the crest of the Cascades up in Manning Park area, and also drains other high elevation/high snowfall areas like the Cathedral Range and the Ashnola wilderness. During peak runoff periods, its huge flow is greater than the capacity of the river channel downstream of the Okanagan confluence. This channel is cut fairly deeply into the surrounding terrain, so cross country flooding isn't really possible. Instead, the smaller Okanagan River will flow backwards and the Similkameen water fills up Osoyoos Lake, about 3 km north of the river fork and straddling the border. Authorities on both sides have to watch carefully for this and take quick action. Outflows from Okanagan Lake in Penticton must be reduced or Osoyoos lake will flood in less than a day. The Americans have an irrigation/small hydro dam on the lower Similkameen that can be used for partial control of outflow as well.
I've heard of attempts at establishing commercial whitewater rafting on the Similkameen, but apparently there's only a narrow window of opportunity between way too much water (too wild) and not enough water (too tame). The sweet spot isn't big enough for a decent length season and so the rafting trips have mostly settled on the Thompson and Fraser. Good exposure (trans canada right alongside) and more sustained water flow rates.
Not sure how I got here! A comment about May snowfall ended up at river rafting via cross border river flow controls. Just call me the ramblin man...
I might have to put you on ignore shortly.More terrain open after some fresh through the week. All the north side runs, plus Tongue and Hanks, Face and Poma. Run of the day was the Tongue, I pounded those bumps 4 times.
Took a couple of laps on the triple, grooming is impeccable considering how little snow there is. Snow forecast tonight, hopefully enough to get us into the double blacks that loom above the top of the triple like a wall.
That’s great! Such a cool “little” hill.We usually talk about skiing here of course, but here's a short video of the ice skating loop at Apex. It is located at the far end of the main parking area in the village and is free to use and open seven days a week and lit until 11 pm.
During the 80s, Apex built and operated a network of XC trails, most of them on the lower slopes of Green Mtn to the south of the village. The little village loop was just 1 km long and used a piece of land surrounded by townhouses and condos but left vacant because it was too swampy for buildings. In the mid 90s they abandoned XC operations due to the advent of Nickel Plate XC Club trail network 6 km away. The resort by this time had built its hockey rink in the village and acquired a Zamboni to groom it. Someone had a great idea: build edge boards and flood and groom the old Village Loop XC trail. It has only mild rise and fall and proved to be a huge hit with the public. Very popular for families to come up from Penticton for the evening to skate as there is no outdoor ice there, and the bushland trail setting is unique. Skates can be rented from the Mountain Shop in the village and there is a small building at the loop for lacing up and changing. Definitely worth a look if you're staying in the village.