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Okemo Mountain Resort

Okemo

2013/2014 Calendar


WINTER 2013/2014
CALENDAR OF EVENTS


NOVEMBER

Nov. 1: Snowmaking Begins. With a little help from Mother Nature, Okemo’s “Operation Snowburst” will embark on its production phase with snowmaking efforts operating at maximum potential in preparation for opening day of the 2013/2014 ski and snowboard season.

Nov. 16: Target Opening Day of the 2013/2014 Ski and Snowboard Season. Although the start of the season is entirely weather dependent, Okemo is aiming at a mid-November opening day.

Nov. 22-24: Annual Ski Swap and Sale. Here’s a great opportunity to purchase new and pre-owned ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and accessories at great prices! All proceeds benefit Okemo Mountain School. Sellers keep 75 percent of the selling price and OMS receives 25 percent. Nov. 22, 4-7 p.m.; Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (802) 228-1513 for drop-off times or more information. 

Nov. 28: Thanksgiving Dinner at Coleman Brook Tavern. A Thanksgiving buffet with locally raised, farm-fresh turkey and all the traditional fixin’s prepared by Executive Chef Scot Emerson and his staff. Served from 2-8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (802) 228-1435.

Nov. 30: Trot It Off 5k. The Okemo Trot It Off 5k is a community-oriented event that takes place each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving. This running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational walker hoping to burn off the calories from that extra slice of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Registration is $25 per person and proceeds go to support the Wendy Neal Scholarship Fund and Black River Good Neighbor Services. All participants will receive an event t-shirt. The Tots Trot, a kids’ fun race for children 12 and younger, will take place just before the 5k. Register online at okemo.com.

DECEMBER

Dec. 7: Okemo Cares & Shares Food Drive Day. When skiers and snowboarders donate at least five non-perishable food items, a new child’s toy or new clothing item, they receive a coupon for a $39 lift ticket good on this day. 

Dec. 14: Super Demo. This event is open to the public and features top brands of the latest gear from a variety of ski, snowboard and snowshoe companies.  Snowsports enthusiasts can visit the demo tent area to test-drive the latest in equipment at no charge. A credit card imprint and signed waiver is required. 

Dec. 21: Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge. Okemo kicks off this popular eastern race series. The free, fun race on Okemo’s Bull Run, is open to all ages and abilities. Race registration opens at 8 a.m. The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Race starts at 11 a.m. Race awards and victory party begin at 3 p.m.

Dec. 22: Visit with Santa. Santa Claus makes a Jackson Gore grand entrance at 4 p.m. for a pre-Christmas visit with children before the jolly old elf makes his way to the North Pole for final holiday preparations. 

Dec. 25: Ski and Ride with Calvin the Catamount and Friends. Okemo’s mascot and his merry crew will be cruising the slopes. He’s one fast cat, so catch him if you can!Dec. 26: Okemo On-Snow Scavenger Hunt. This fun family activity will reward those who find the day’s secret items “hidden” along some of Okemo’s most kid-friendly trails.

Dec. 28: Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display. A spectacular pyrotechnics show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Okemo Clock Tower base area, following an amazing torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing Okemo’s Open Slope trail. 

Dec. 29: Shakin’ Skate Night.  A fun evening of ice skating with a live DJ, games, and fun for the whole family in Okemo’s Ice House skating pavilion at Jackson Gore. Admission fee charged. Skate rentals are available.

Dec. 30: Vermont Institute of Natural Science Free Presentation for Families. This first-hand encounter with live falcons, hawks, and owls focuses on the natural history, ecology, and adaptations of these efficient predators. Participants learn what adaptations make a bird a raptor. 7pm in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore.
 
Dec. 31: Okemo’s Family New Year’s Eve. Midnight arrives early for friends and family enjoying a whole host of activities. Following early evening ice skating, snowtubing, snowshoeing, mountain coaster rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating, bingo games and a trivia tournament, families can ring in the New Year early with a DJ dance party - and still get the kids to bed in time for a full day on the slopes the next day. Party games, balloons, noisemakers and fireworks add to the New Year celebration, complete with a pizza party dinner in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore. Tickets may be purchased at okemo.com.

JANUARY

Okemo Celebrates National Safety Awareness Month. The National Ski Areas Assoc. National Safety Awareness Month is an annual event highlighting resort safety education efforts while increasing slope safety around the country. Fun and educational activities focus on safety and awareness on the slopes with children’s clinics, safety messages and helmet demos. Some of the month's highlights include Okemo’s “Helmet Head” contest, and a visit from Vermont’s own PHAT (Protect Your Head at All Times/Protect Your Head on All Terrain) Team. 

Jan. 4, 11, 25: Ski Patrol Sweep. Head out with Okemo Ski Patrol and close down the mountain for the day at 4 p.m. Spaces are limited and participants must be advanced level skiers or riders. Visit okemo.com for more information and to sign up.

Jan. 11: Grommet Throwdown. It’s time for the little jibbers to show off! Okemo will design a special rail park for this event, for kids 13 and under. Spend the morning training in the rail garden with the guidance of some of Okemo’s Park & Pipe instructors and then show off what you learned after lunch! More info and registration available at okemo.com. Jan. 18: Shakin' Skate Night.  A fun evening of ice skating with a live DJ, games, and fun for the whole family in Okemo’s Ice House skating pavilion at Jackson Gore! Admission fee charged. Skate rentals are available. 

Jan. 19: PHAT Day. Celebrate helmets with the PHAT (Protect Your Head At All Times on All Terrain) team. There will be helmet giveaways, stickers, and safety information on snow in front of the Clock Tower Base Lodge from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Jan. 19: Fireworks Display. Okemo’s kickoff to the holiday weekend. Prior to a spectacular fireworks show at 7:30 p.m., visitors can enjoy a winter warmer in the Sitting Bull, located in the Okemo Clock Tower base lodge. Or, for the best view, join the snowshoe hike and watch the fireworks from around a bonfire on the mountain.

Jan. 23-24: Women’s Alpine Adventures – Two-Day Program for all ability levels. This program is designed exclusively for women and led by some of the best female ski and snowboard coaches in the business.  Their goal is to take skiing and snowboarding women to the next level in any snow conditions and on any terrain.  Participants quickly overcome fear, build self-confidence and meet new friends in a supportive and social environment. For more information, call (802) 228-1600.

Jan. 25: Flannel with Flair Fundraiser. A benefit for the Okemo Community Challenge, Flannel with Flair continues the tradition of supporting the economic, environmental, and social well-being of the local community. Enjoy dinner and dancing with live music at Okemo’s Jackson Gore Roundhouse. OCC offers challenge grants to worthy, local nonprofit organizations and honors the “heart and soul” of Ludlow. Call Vermont Properties at (802) 228-8877 for more information.

Jan. 27-31: Women’s Alpine Adventures – Five-Day Program for Level 4 and up. This program is designed exclusively for women and led by some of the best female ski and snowboard coaches in the business. Their goal is to take skiing and snowboarding women to the next level in any snow conditions and on any terrain.  Participants quickly overcome fear, build self-confidence and meet new friends in a supportive and social environment. For more information call (802) 228-1600.

FEBRUARY

Feb. 2: Woodchuck Day. While others may look to another member of the marmot family, Vermonters (aka Woodchucks) turn to the woolly woodchuck to portend the length of winter. Find the woodchuck on the slopes and claim a prize. Enjoy après-ski revelry with a cold Woodchuck Cider in the Sitting Bull. 

Feb. 2: Big Game Night. Party at Okemo’s Sitting Bull with the Big Game on the big screen.

Feb. 3-4: Women’s Alpine Adventures – Two-Day Program for Level 4 and up. This program is designed exclusively for women and led by some of the best female ski and snowboard coaches in the business. Their goal is to take skiing and snowboarding women to the next level in any snow conditions and on any terrain.  Participants quickly overcome fear, build self-confidence and meet new friends in a supportive and social environment. For more information, call (802) 228-1600.

Feb. 7-9: Women’s Alpine Adventures – Three-Day Program for Level 4 and up. This program is designed exclusively for women and led by some of the best female ski and snowboard coaches in the business. Their goal is to take skiing and snowboarding women to the next level in any snow conditions and on any terrain.  Participants quickly overcome fear, build self-confidence and meet new friends in a supportive and social environment. For more information, call (802) 228-1600. 

Feb. 11: PHAT Tuesday at Okemo. It’s Mardi Gras, Okemo style. Vermont’s own PHAT (Protect Your Head at All Times/Protect Your Head on All Terrain) team will be on hand to extol the virtues of wearing a helmet while skiing and riding. They’ll have stickers, posters and helmet raffles. Ten strings of Mardi Gras beads will be hidden along ski trails for a PHAT Tuesday Scavenger Hunt with prizes. Okemo’s Sitting Bull Restaurant will be serving up some Mardi Gras specials for après ski.

Feb. 13-14: Women’s Alpine Adventures – Two-Day Program for all ability levels. This program is designed exclusively for women and led by some of the best female ski and snowboard coaches in the business. Their goal is to take skiing and snowboarding women to the next level in any snow conditions and on any terrain.  Participants quickly overcome fear, build self-confidence and meet new friends in a supportive and social environment. For more information, call (802) 228-1600.

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air and on the slopes. Okemo celebrates romance with an on-snow scavenger hunt. Fourteen red hearts will be “hidden” along ski trails for skiers and riders to find. Return a heart to Okemo’s loving resort services staff and receive a prize. 

Feb. 16: Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Display. Spectacular pyrotechnics show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Okemo Clock Tower base area, following an amazing torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing Okemo’s Open Slope trail.

Feb. 20: Vermont Institute of Natural Science Free Presentation for Families. This first-hand encounter with live falcons, hawks, and owls focuses on the natural history, ecology, and adaptations of these efficient predators. Participants learn what adaptations make a bird a raptor. 7 p.m. in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore.

Feb. 21: Shakin' Skate Night.  A fun evening of ice skating with a live DJ, games, and fun for the whole family in Okemo’s Ice House skating pavilion at Jackson Gore! Admission fee charged. Skate rentals are available.

Feb. 22: Comedy Night at The Clocktower Base Lodge with Bob Marley. Sponsored by  Vermont Properties & Development and Okemo Mountain Resort, this side-splitting night of professional comedy is sure to have ‘em rolling in the aisles. Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. Fans are familiar with Bob as a regular on the late-night TV circuit including The Late Show, The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O`Brien. He has also been featured in his own special on Comedy Central. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Appropriate for ages 21 and over. Proceeds benefit Okemo Mountain Area Race Association. Advance tickets are available by calling Vermont Properties at (802) 228-8877. 

MARCH

March 1: Spring Demo Day sponsored by Mary Davis Realtor & Associates. This event is open to the public and features top brands of the latest gear from a variety of ski, snowboard and snowshoe companies.  Snowsports enthusiasts can visit the demo tent area to test-drive the latest in equipment at no charge. A credit card imprint and signed waiver is required.

March 8: Light the Night Rail Jam.  Okemo is lighting up the snow for skiers and riders of all ages with $5,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Okemo is building a brand-new rail garden for skiers and riders to show off on! Registration and more information available at okemo.com.

March 17: The Killarney St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Scavenger Hunt and Apres Ski Party. Ten shamrocks will be hidden along Okemo’s trails. When kids find one and bring it back to the Clocktower Base Lodge Ski + Ride School desk, they win a special prize bag filled with goodies.  A St. Patrick’s Day Party sponsored by Guinness will feature musical guests Gypsy Reel from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Sitting Bull Bar & Restaurant. The party continues at The Killarney with more Celtic music and Guinness draught.

March 23: Bumps & Bamboo. The `80s are back and you get bonus points while ripping the race course or sashaying through the bumps if you’re doing it in your best retro ensemble. Participants will take a timed run through the race course and through the mogul field in springtime freedogger style. More info at okemo.com.

March 29, 30: Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Finals. The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Race Series is a free, fun race open to skiers and boarders all ages and abilities. Join in the fun and the excitement of this race series with the season finale at Okemo.

March 30: Cares and Shares Spring Food Drive. Donate a minimum of five nonperishable food items and ski or ride on March 30 for $39. All donations go to local food banks. 

March 30: Cardboard Box Race. Bring out your inner inventor and build your own cardboard-box creation to race down the tubing course at Okemo’s Jackson Gore. More info available at okemo.com. 

APRIL

April 5: Okemo Slush Cup. Costume-clad competitors schuss toward an 80-foot-long slushy pond and try to make it across without falling in. It’s a chilly spring dip for those who don’t make it. Open to the first 125 participants. 

April 5: Splash for Cash. Go big AND get wet! Okemo is setting up a huge kicker at the beginning of the slush cup pond. You've got one shot to go big and get wet. Show us your best freestyle trick and land any way you want in the “warm” slush cup water. 

April 6: The Killarney Tug-o-War. The last dry team standing in this single-elimination tournament wins $200 from The Killarney and bragging rights for a year. Teams must have at least six members, including one female. 



All events are subject to change due to weather or extenuating circumstances. To confirm an event or for more information, please call (802) 228-1600, email info@okemo.com, or visit www.okemo.com.



Contact: Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations
Okemo Mountain Resort | 77 Okemo Ridge Road | Ludlow, VT 05149
802-228-1947 | pr@okemo.com