West of Penticton, Apex Mountain Resort has carved a reputation as a freestyle playground — a favoured spot for mogul competitions, high-flying aerials and even the kind of ski-cross races we’ll seeing at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

And it’s not hard to see why: last year’s installation of a tricked-out skier and boardercross track — complete with five-metre (15-foot) walls on some of the banked turns and step up- and multiple-takeoff upgrades on every table at ClaimJumper terrain park — means thrill-seekers can huck it big or take a smooth slide along the rails.

Don’t forget to pack the sunscreen; sunny skies are a staple at this Okanagan Valley resort. If you’re not catching a few rays while heading down a smooth cruiser or a steep chute, you can soak in the sun from the sidelines — namely during the resort’s lineup of heart-thumping contests, including the NorAm and BC Series Slopestyle competitions.

Just the right inspiration to get you back on track … for a trick or two. www.apexresort.com

Photos of park and pipe action at Apex courtesy of www.apexresort.com

SnowOnline Editor: Lori Knowles