The only method into the village is by road. It is about a 45 minute drive from Penticton. The road comes to a 'Y' junction at the Apex Guest Ranch. Turn left (east) to Penticton, and right (west) to Keremeos. You can also take your chances on the Hedley Corkscrew Road which winds down the mountain to Hedley via a system of switchbacks. This is not recommended in the winter without a very good 4x4 vehicle.
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. Snowmobile rental is available.
There is also a Horse-drawn cart ride available, though this is not a practical method of transportation.
The view from the top! Many days at Apex will have clear blue skies, and you can see a thick blanket of clouds below covering the Okanagan Valley.
World Cup Skiing. Apex usually holds a World Cup event every year. Come see the FIS World Cup Freestyle event March 17th to 19th, 2006.
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 Trading Post is a small bakery/convenience store that stocks food/drink, essential toiletries, and a modest selection of Apex souvenirs. The trading post is also the only place to buy beer/wine/spirits on the mountain other than the bar. Located in the bottom floor of the Gunbarrel Saloon.
The Mountain Shop sells ski and snowboard equipment and clothing. Also handles repairs and service to equipment. Be warned that the location on the hill warrants a 15-20% markup over prices you would pay in town. It is recommended to get the gear you need in town unless absolutely necessary, or you have money to burn. Located above the rental shop.
Double-Diamond Hostel, +1 250 292-8256, toll free: +1 866 APEXRES. Features inexpensive dorms and also private rooms for couples/families (or those that want to pay more for privacy). Shared bathrooms and kitchen. High-speed internet cafe/coffee bar. TV room. Fireplace. Games room. Laundry facilities. Very friendly staff. Dorms $20; Private rooms $59.
Apex Mountain Inn, +1 250 292-8126. Ski in/ski out. Outdoor patio with hot tubs. High Speed Wireless Internet. Restaurant and spa in lobby. Rates depend on the date, packages available. Standard room: $155-185.
Saddleback Lodge, +1 250 292-8118. Bed and Breakfast rooms. Some private kitchenettes. High speed wireless internet access. Specials and packages available. Rooms $150-$275.
Apex Accommodations, +1 250 292-8256, toll free: +1 866 APEXRES. Arranges accommodations in several different lodges, condos, and cabins. A worthy option for groups. Rates vary by property.