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Okemo Mountain Resort

Okemo

2014/2015 Calendar


WINTER 2014/2015
CALENDAR OF EVENTS


NOVEMBER

Nov. 1: Snowmaking Begins. With a little help from Mother Nature, Okemo’s “Operation Snowburst Part 2” will embark on its production phase. Following last year’s $1million investment in snowmaking upgrades combined with this year’s addition of 100 energy-efficient HKD tower guns, snowmaking efforts operating at maximum potential will prepare the slopes for opening day of the 2014/2015 ski and snowboard season.

Nov. 15: 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.

Nov. 21-23: 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. Drop off gear to sell Nov. 15, 16 and 19; 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the Sitting Bull. Sale opens Nov. 21, 4-7 p.m.; Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (802) 228-1513 for more information.

Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Dinner at Coleman Brook Tavern. A Thanksgiving buffet with locally raised, farm-fresh turkey and all the traditional fixings prepared by Executive Chef Scot Emerson and his staff. Served from 2-8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (802) 228-1435.

Nov. 29: Trot It Off 5k. This 5k running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational walker eager to burn off the calories from that extra slice of Thanksgiving dessert. 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 Tee-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. 13: Okemo Full Moon Hike. This guided snowshoe hike up the mountain will offer a nighttime perspective of Okemo’s Jackson Gore under the light of a full moon. Return to the fire pit at the Jackson Gore Inn to roast marshmallows and share stories. This event is free for participants with snowshoes. Rental snowshoes will be available for a nominal fee. Call (802) 228-1956 to register.

Dec. 13: 6th Annual December Demo. Test-drive the latest ski and snowboard equipment for free at the new Sugar House Demo Center. Registration is scheduled from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. A credit card imprint is required and snowboarders must provide their own bindings.

Dec. 20: 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 starts at 8 a.m. The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Race starts at 11 a.m. Race awards and victory party begins at 3 p.m. Visit skiverticalchallenge.com.

Dec. 21: World Snowboard Day. Last year, 160 resorts in 37 countries participated in this worldwide day of snowboarding fun. Okemo’s park rangers will be conducting impromptu contests in the terrain parks throughout the day with great swag to give away. Gather at the summit at 2 p.m. to take part in a giant snake run.

Dec. 21: 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. 23: Santa Balloon Parade. Santa and his elves will be out on the hill spreading holiday cheer and handing out free balloons.

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: Warren Miller's No Turning Back. 7 p.m. in the Jackson Gore Inn Cornerstone Room. Admission is $20. An annual tradition, this year's film was shot in some exotic, international locations: Greece, Norway, France, Switzerland and Japan. U.S. footage includes Colorado, Montana and Alaska - and the film includes some vintage, comedic footage as well. 

Dec. 27: Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display. A spectacular pyrotechnics show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Okemo Clock Tower base area, following an amazing torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing Okemo’s Open Slope trail. 

Dec. 28: 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. 29: Vermont Institute of Natural Science. 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. Free admission.

Dec. 31: Okemo’s Family New Year’s Eve. Midnight arrives early for friends and family enjoying a variety 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

Jan. 10: Grommet Throwdown. It’s time for the little jibbers to show off! Okemo will design a special rail park 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. 17: 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. 18: PHAT Day at Okemo. To commemorate National Safety Month, the 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.

Jan. 18: Fireworks Display. Okemo lights up the night sky with 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. For the best view, join the snowshoe hike and watch the fireworks from around a bonfire on the mountain. Call (802) 228-1600 to reserve a spot on the tour.

Jan. 24: 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 local, nonprofit organizations and honors the “heart and soul” of Ludlow. Call Vermont Properties at (802) 228-8877 for more information.

Jan. 26-30: 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.

Jan. 30: Okemo’s 59th Birthday. Celebrate with Okemo in the Clock Tower Base Lodge. Sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy a piece of birthday cake.

 

FEBRUARY

Feb. 2: Woodchuck Day. While some may look to another member of the marmot family, Vermonters (aka Woodchucks) turn to the woolly woodchuck to portend the length of winter. Attend Okemo’s version of the ceremonial emergence with a special guest “woodchuck.” Enjoy après ski revelry with a cold Woodchuck Cider in the Sitting Bull. 

Feb. 2-3: 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: Park Pig presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. It’s like HORSE in playground basketball. At this rail jam competition, Okemo gives participants three chances to spell out the word, “PIG.”

Feb. 8-10: 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. 12-13: 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: Valentines Day. Love is in the air and on the slopes. Okemo celebrates romance with an on-snow scavenger hunt. Red hearts will be “hidden” along ski trails for skiers and riders to find. Return a heart to Okemo’s loveable resort services staff and receive a prize. Enjoy a romantic evening with a special Snowcat Dining Adventure that includes a snowcat coach ride and five-course dinner at Epic. Call (802) 228-1600.

Feb. 15: Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Display. Enjoy a pyrotechnics show at 7:30 p.m. in the Okemo Clock Tower base area, following an amazing torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing Okemo’s Open Slope trail. Kids can participate in their own special Light Parade prior to the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Show. Call (802) 228-1600 to register in advance.

Feb. 19: 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. 20: 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. 21: Comedy Night at The Clocktower Base Lodge. 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. 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. Call Vermont Properties at (802) 228-8877 for information and tickets. 

 

MARCH

March 7: Light the Night Rail Jam. Okemo is lighting up the snow on Bull Run for skiers and riders of all ages to show off their best moves. $5,000 in cash and prizes is up for grabs. A new rail garden, constructed specifically for this event will be an optimal venue for participants and spectators alike. Registration and more information available at okemo.com.

March 12-13: 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.

March 14: Sugar Daze Concert. When the maple sap starts running, Okemo will be tapping into the sweet sounds of notable musical artists with Sugar Daze, a free concert series that culminates with a huge outdoor concert extravaganza in the Jackson Gore courtyard.

March 17: The Killarney St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Scavenger Hunt and Apres Ski Party. Cut-out 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 on draft.

March 21: 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 21: Vermont Specialty Food Day at Okemo. Sample locally produced foods at Okemo's Jackson Gore base area.

March 22: 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 another run through the mogul field in springtime freedogger style. 

March 29: 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. 

 

APRIL

April 4: Okemo Slush Cup. Costume-clad Slush Cup 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 4: Splash for Cash. Go big or go home! Okemo sets up a huge kicker at the beginning of the Slush Cup pond. You've got one shot to grab the bag of cash dangling above the slush pond. 


All events are subject to change. 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