Why is Apex Mountain ski resort considered among the best small mountain ski resorts in Canada? Well, it's possibly the 2000 feet of vertical, 65+ runs, 2 terrain parks, and nearly 20 feet of Okanagan powder we get every season (but, you'll find that all the ski resorts in the Okanagan BC). :-)
For families especially (like us), Apex ski resort is affordable and convenient; it's not too big and not too small! We love Okanagan BC skiing, and Apex ski resort is where we spend the majority of our winter.
It's comfortable and cozy, yet still offers enough in the way of activities and amenities to keep you busy having good outdoor winter family fun, but not break your ski vacation pocket book.
Apex Mountain resort is a short drive from the city of Penticton BC. It's close enough that you can either lodge at the hill, or stay in town and just drive up for the day.
The lifts at Apex are rarely over crowded, and the weather is usually mild enough that you can enjoy every minute of your day on the slopes.
Oh, and by the way, kids 7 and under ski Apex for FREE!
Our own top kid learned to ski at Apex when he was 3. It was our family's first time at an alpine ski resort, and a first time skiing in the Okanagan.
Although he was more interested in playing in the snowbanks than learning stopping techniques ;-).
It wasn't long before he was navigating trails through trees and finding jumps to fly over.
And now that he's onto snowboarding, the terrain parks are where he's headed - leaving mom to the powder on the less difficult greens and blues! Apex resort is open year round, and is also popular among locals in the Okanagan for mountain biking and hiking. Quiet during the summer months, it's a great place for a day trip, or a weekend getaway (more on that later).
Now, back to the good stuff...skiing and snowboarding! ;-)
Apex Mountain Resort is just 30-45 minutes from the city of Penticton and receives about 20 feet of snow every season. It's our little winter vacation treasure!
Apex mountain has more than 65 downhill ski and snowboarding runs for every skill level, 2 terrain parks for snowboarding enthusiasts, and lots to do off the slopes like outdoor ice hockey, a skating loop, a tube park, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, ice climbing and nearby Nickel Plate Nordic Center for cross country skiing.
Apex ski resort has also claimed many awards including Canada's Best Small Destination Resort and B.C. Alpine Resort of the Year, best weather, best lift/run Ratio and steeps, best grooming, as well as best ski bar and best new lodges. If you ask any local, they'll likely agree. ;-)
Apex Mountain Resort is also a National Training Centre for both aerials and moguls, so you may even catch some training or competition events - which are so fun to watch!
There's a nice cozy village with great dining, child care facilities, ski & snowboard school, a mountain shop, ski and snowboard rental shop, the 'Gunbarrel Saloon' restaurant, a small cafeteria and plenty of mountain resort accommodations including a hostel.
There's also a snack shop and restaurant, as well as a gift shop. You'll never have to walk very far to get to any of the amenities, which is what makes it so great!
And you can also ski right out onto the hill from the village.
Apex Mountain Ski & Snowboard Trails
- The easiest trails (Green Runs) are the Grandfather trail from the top of the quad lift, and from the triple chair, the Whipsaw, Dewdney, Finger, Greenhorn's Traverse, and Village Traverse.
- Blue Runs, or intermediate, like the Juniper, Ridge Run, Wild Bill, Gambit, Stagecoach, Lucky Strike, and Sluice Box are fun!
- And there's plenty of Black Diamonds and Double Blacks for those seeking more challenge and thrill. You'll want Sweet Sue, Tooth Tusk, Toilet Bowl, The Great Wall and Sun Bowl for single black, or Winchester, Buckshot, Dirty Harry, Gun Barrel and K2, to name a few!
Relaxed Family Fun At Apex Mountain
Tim Horton's Tube Park is located next to the Apex Mountain Shop in the village and features 4 chutes that will send you flying down the hill. It's a very popular activity for all ages, and is open in the evenings on weekends too!
Apex has a full NHL size outdoor hockey arena, a wonderful skating loop that they build every winter, plus some other activities you can take in like snowshoeing, or a mountain tour.
If you're there over the Christmas holidays, there's an annual torchlight parade and Christmas festivities including fireworks and a bonfire. It's always a lot of fun!
Nickel Plate Nordic Center near Apex Ski Resort has groomed trails for classic and skate skiing, back-country and snowshoe trails, day lodge kitchen, eating lounge areas, separate heated washrooms, shower facilities and rental equipment. It's absolutely beautiful up here! If you're up at Apex Mountain, you should take an afternoon and explore the center.
Apex Mountain Resort is open from early December to the beginning of April, generally speaking.
The lifts run daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and there's also night skiing on Fridays and Saturdays (beginning near the Christmas holidays). Call the mountain office to confirm holiday hours, tube park hours and Christmas hours.
Phone: (250) 292-8222 or Toll Free: 1-877-777-APEX (2739)
You can also get a discount on a day pass if you hold a seasons pass from another British Columbia ski resort, or if you have a seasons pass from some resorts in Alberta, Manitoba, and even Washington State, and Idaho. Be sure to ask at the ticket office.
Getting To Apex Mountain Ski Resort
If you've never driven up to Apex Mountain resort before you'll want to be well prepared. Be sure your vehicle is in good working condition and you have good winter tires. The road is paved about half way up to the hill, and the upper half is a maintained gravel road. Be patient and prepared for heavier traffic coming down at the end of the day.
Drive times are approximately 2 1/2 hours from Big White in Kelowna, 2 1/2 hours from Silver Star in Vernon BC, 3 1/2 hours from Sun Peaks (Kamloops) and Spokane, 4 1/2 hours from Vancouver, 8 - 9 hours from Calgary, 6 hours from Seattle and a 45 minute drive from Penticton. Kelowna airport is about 90 minutes from Apex, and Penticton airport is also available to you.
From Penticton you'll head south on BC-97 South (the channel parkway). When you reach Green Mountain Road, turn right. You'll drive about 20km and turn onto Apex Mountain Road, which will take you the rest of the way to the ski hill.
If you're planning a weekend getaway or a short vacation, there are some very nice hotels, motels and B&B's in Penticton, as well accommodations - vacation rentals, hostel and hotel - that are right up at Apex Resort.
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