Apex Mountain Resort is located in the highlands of the Thompson Plateau between the Cascade Mountains and the Okanagan Valley. It lies 33km/20.5mi southwest of Penticton.
Sheltered from moisture-laden Pacific air by the Cascade Mountains, Apex gets an average of 600cm/19ft of snow each year. This snow is dry and fluffy – the champagne powder Okanagan resorts are renowned for – completely different from snow at resorts closer to the ocean like Whistler Blackcomb.
Accolades for Apex
Ski conditions and terrain have repeatedly won Apex Mountain Resort accolades from Ski Canada Magazine such as Best Steeps and Best Grooming. The Englemann spruce and subalpine fir forest has been carefully thinned to create a mix of wide-open runs and glades.
Apex's ski runs take in three different faces of the mountain, providing opportunities for skiing in the sun through much of the day. Because of the elevation, 1,575m/5,197ft at the village and 2,180m/7,197ft at the summit, temperatures are generally several degrees cooler than in the valley. Winter highs average -4°C/25°F.
Apex has significant snowmaking capabilities and coupled with elevation, the resort is able to produce skiable snow conditions from mid-November. However, the early season is reserved for national aerial teams training for the World Cup circuit. The resort opens to the public from early December to late March.