The history of skiing on Apex Mountain dates to the 1940s when intrepid downhillers trekked in for winter camping and skiing holidays.
A group of Penticton residents set about developing an easily accessible ski hill in the late 1950s and the decision was made to clear the runs on an adjacent shoulder, Beaconsfield Mountain.
A single-lane road was pushed through to what is now the core village and Apex Alpine officially opened on December 10, 1961 with a poma lift.
Improved Facilities at Apex
The poma is long gone. Over the decades lift capacity has steadily increased with each successive generation augmenting or replacing earlier facilities and alleviating congestion as traffic increased. Currently the mountain is serviced by a high-speed quad, triple chair and T-bar. A magic carpet has been added for beginners and tubers.
Apex has added new skiable terrain at regular intervals. The nucleus of the main village was laid out in its current location in 1979 as more of the north face of Beaconsfield Mountain was developed. Two years later, installation of the Stocks Chair (triple) opened up excellent beginner and intermediate areas.
From the early 1990s, various lift configurations have provided access to the mountain's steep chutes and south powder bowls.
Early Season Snow
Getting a jump on the natural season since 1994, Apex currently operates 12 guns that provide top-to-bottom snow-making capability for over 610m/2,000ft of vertical. With this capacity, the resort is able to operate its early season training camp each fall, hosting elite athletes from many countries as they tune up for the World Cup circuit.
World Cup Facilities
Facilities at Apex include an aerial site and a mogul site of such high caliber that the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association has named it the national training centre for aerial competitors. Apex has hosted FIS Freestyle World Cup Competitions, NORAM Super G and Mars Cup Downhill and Super G races.
The village centre and surrounding residential streets have a unified feel. Inns, lodges, condos, townhouses, vacation homes and chalets mostly stick to a western-style with cedar siding stained in a variety of colours.