[R017R, Apex Mountain Resort] hits a milestone this weekend—50 years. The resort plans to celebrate its five decades this Saturday, Dec. 10, with a day of special events. It will also introduce a new mascot named Shreddi.

Apex Alpine, as the ski area was originally called, officially opened Dec. 10, 1961. Its one Poma lift has now been replaced by several lifts, including one high-speed quad. The resort has grown into an early-season training facility for the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association with its aerial and mogul sites.

The ski resort will celebrate its 50th anniversary this Saturday, Dec. 10 with what the resort hopes to be a host of skiers and riders decked out in retro attire from the '60s, '70s and '80s. Special lodging deals are available for the anniversary weekend.


Several retro competitions will take place this Saturday, Dec. 10, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apex. Photo Courtesy of Apex Mountain Resort.

During the anniversary day, three retro competitions come to the Apex slopes. The Apex Ski Club will put on a “Match Your Time” race open to anyone, including those sporting 200-centimeter skis and old school snowboards. Pentagon Boardshop will sponsor a Big Air and Big Hair contest, where mullets can win. The Freeride Boardshop will host an Old School Railjam and award points for the best outfit and most-retro equipment. The entry fee to each event is $10.

Food and dining deals will honor the anniversary, too. A birthday cake celebration will take place in the village at 3:30 p.m., and beers and appetizers will be 50 percent off in the Gunbarrel Saloon. The new Rock Oven Bar and Grill will sell a personal pizza and sleeve of beer for $12.

The community of Apex is planning a second celebration for Jan. 13 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. A family banquet and dance will give celebrants a chance to look at historic images, equipment and fashion from Apex’s past. Tickets cost $65 per person. Tickets may be purchased online here.

If you've never visited Apex, you can get a taste of what the resort has become in this video, courtesy of YouTube: