Apex Mountain Ski Resort

Apex Alpine Resort is a ski village in the Okanagan region of British Columbia. The closest city is Penticton. Apex is distinguished by its big-mountain terrain with a small-mountain village and vibe. The locals are fervent in their advocacy of the mountain. The lift lines are generally nonexistent but for weekends when the 'city people' come up and take over the slopes, village and parking lot. Unless it is an epic powder day the locals will stay at home on the weekends. Characterized by the 'Cheers' effect (i.e.: everybody knows your name) Apex is without doubt one of the friendliest hills in British Columbia. No one cares about sporting the latest styles in winterwear, rather they care about what's really important: the snow, and getting the most out of their beloved hill.

Get in

The only method into the village is by road. It is about a 35-45 minute drive from Penticton. Follow Green Mountain Road 20 km from town and turn right at the Apex Guest Ranch. If travelling from Keremeos then turn left at the ranch. You can also take your chances on the Hedley Corkscrew Road which winds down the mountain to Hedley via a system of tight switchbacks perched on steep cliffs. This is not recommended in the winter without a very good 4x4 vehicle (Read: a Hummer).

Get around

Well, you will want to ski of course! You can ski from the upper village to the main part, where the hotels and restaurants are located. Otherwise, you will have to drive or snowmobile.





Apex has a brief season in the summer for mountain biking. Most on-hill facilities are shutdown during the summer, so you may have to make it a day trip from Penticton unless you know someone. Although there are some year-round residents at Apex, in the summer it generally resembles a ghost town.

You can also go fishing at nearby Nickel Plate Lake or travel a bit further and visit the Historic Mascot Mine. If you plan to fish make absolute sure you have a valid fishing license, as conservation officials are able to confiscate all your gear including boats or vehicles and hit you with a stiff fine.


There is not much to buy up at Apex other than food and your lift ticket.





The only place to buy cold beer, wine, and spirits is at the Trading Post. Selection is limited, so if you are a discriminating drinker you will want to bring your own booze from town.

As far as nightlife, you only have one choice: Make your way to the friendly and inviting Gunbarrel Saloon. Mix with the locals and learn some Apex lore or just enjoy yourself by the fire. Check out the DJ booth, which is a gutted snowcat perched high from the rafters. There are a lot of vintage Apex signs, photos, and knick-knacks decorating the walls and ceiling. Pool and fooseball table. Live music most weekends. Pints/highballs $5.00 -$5.50


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