Located 30 minutes west of Penticton, British Columbia is Apex Mountain Resort. Aside from being one of the hidden gems of Canadian skiing, it’s a fantastic destination resort with quality snow, great weather, incredible terrains, and friendly people. When you stay at Apex Mountain Resort, you can choose from a range of accommodation and vacation rentals that are both comfortable and cozy.
You can opt for a condo rental close enough to the village that you can walk, or you can choose accommodations that are higher up on the slopes - where you’re away from everything and have more peace and quiet but can still ski-in/ski-out. With more than 1 bedroom and bathroom, and sleeps from 4 people and up, everyone will have the space they want and need for a relaxing vacation. Kick your feet up and keep warm while lounging on the furniture by the fireplace, finishing a book or playing board games with the kids. Look out at the picturesque windows as the place is a winter wonderland or a summer bliss. The kitchen has an island and dining area, equipped (including a good supply of condiments and spices to get you started) and has loads of cupboard space to store your groceries. Enjoy the unrestricted view of the Okanagan night ski trail or the mountains from your own private hot tub on the deck. Other amenities include flat screen TV with cable and DVD player, high-speed internet, full-size washer and dryer, BBQ grill, lots of space for parking and room to store your skis, snowboards, boots, and skates. You'll have everything you need for a relaxing vacation on the slopes.
Tip: Be sure to bring enough food. Do your grocery shopping in Penticton or the city before heading up to the resort to avoid having to drive down which takes 30-45 minutes, one way! Otherwise there are some groceries available at the convenient store on the hill. Save yourself some money and time by coming well prepared.
You need to see the view from the top, of course. Many days at Apex will have clear blue skies and you can see a thick blanket of clouds below covering the Okanagan Valley.
During winter, alpine skiing is what Apex is all about. The hill has 67 marked runs spread over 1,112 skiable acres served by two chairlifts, a T-bar, and a magic carpet in the beginners' area. Several gladed areas, a terrain park, and some of the steepest terrain on any lift-serviced hill in British Columbia are available - so expect a full-service hill, rentals, and single/group lessons. Play hockey or just skate some loops on the NHL sized skating rink or enjoy Nordic skiing in the extensive trails at the Nickel Plate Cross-Country Skiing area.
Apex also has a brief summer season great for mountain biking, wine tours, fishing at Nickel Plate Lake (don’t forget your fishing license), golfing in Penticton, and hiking.
The Long Shot Cafeteria is a good choice for burgers, hot dogs, poutine, fries, etc. The Edge Bistro features quick hot sandwiches and soups, pastries, and other snacks. The Rock Oven has a good selection of pizza, salad, and entrees. The Trading Post is both a good place to enjoy coffee while checking on emails or chatting with loved ones and the only place to buy cold beer, wine, and spirits. Selection is quite limited so you’ll want to bring your own booze from town.
For some nightlife, make your way to the friendly and inviting Gunbarrel Saloon. Mix with the locals and learn some Apex lore or just enjoy your drink by the fire. The DJ Booth is a gutted snowcat perched high from the rafters, there’s pool, foosball table, and live music most weekends.
Getting to Apex Resort is easy either by ground or air. It’s only a 30-minute drive from Penticton Regional Airport - the closest interior ski resort to a major airport. If you’re going to drive, make sure your vehicle is in good working condition and have good winter tires. From Penticton, head south on BC-97 (the channel parkway). Once you reach Green Mountain Road, turn right and drive about 20 km and turn onto Apex Mountain Road.
You’ll probably ski to get around the resort. Ski from the upper village to the main parts where the restaurants are located. Otherwise, you’ll have to drive, walk or snowmobile.
Apex Mountain Resort is open year-round, but the resort is open from early December to the beginning of April, generally speaking. It’s also popular among locals in the Okanagan for the quiet summer months as a great place for a day trip, or a weekend getaway.
Owner Direct Vacation Rentals at Apex Mountain Resort has everything you need for a relaxing holiday, whether in the snow or under the sun.