Okemo Mountain Resort is preparing for the 2015/16 winter season with more improvements. In addition to a second bubble chair at Jackson Gore, Okemo is installing a new chairlift and creating a new trail at South Face Village, and adding snowmaking to two trails at Jackson Gore.
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Another Bubble Chair
Skiers and snowboarders visiting Okemo Mountain Resort this winter will view the snowy landscape through the bright orange tint of a retractable, transparent dome when they ride in the comfort of another new, high-speed bubble chairlift named Quantum Four. Okemo’s upgrade and renaming of the Jackson Gore Express Quad includes the replacement of chairs with comfortable four-passenger bubble chairs that protect skiers and riders from wind and weather as they ascend Okemo’s Jackson Gore summit. Okemo will become the first resort in North America to feature multiple bubble chairlifts.
“We have always put the guest experience first,” said Okemo Mountain Resort Owner Tim Mueller. “State-of-the-art lifts and snowmaking are the heart of the skiing experience, so this is one more example of maintaining that standard and keeping Okemo as the gold standard in the industry.”
Okemo’s snowmaking system expansion this year includes White Lightning and Rolling Thunder at Jackson Gore. This installation increases Okemo’s snowmaking coverage to 98 percent of its trails.
SouthFace Village Lift and Trail
At SouthFace Village, Okemo’s newest on-mountain community, the Sunshine Quad, a new fixed-grip Leitner-Poma chairlift, will connect the Village Center at SouthFace Village at Okemo to the South Face Express Quad and provide access to the new Suncatcher trail. The trio creating SouthFace Village at Okemo includes the developer, SouthFace Village at Okemo Development Company LLC, headed by Ted Rossi; designer/builder Bensonwood; and Okemo Mountain Resort managing mountain operations and trail maintenance.
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
Skiers and riders visiting Okemo will no longer have to fumble with gloves, zippers and lanyards in search of lift tickets and season passes prior to loading a lift. Instead, they can glide through special gates equipped with RFID readers that scan radio-frequency-identification-enabled cards which can be stowed safely inside jackets or pants pockets. This technology makes the cumbersome visual checking of lift tickets and season passes a thing of the past. And, after an initial visit to the ticket window to purchase an RFID card, skiers and riders can go direct-to-lift on subsequent visits; they simply go online to load new products like lift tickets and even resort credit onto their card prior to visiting.
Additional improvements at Okemo this winter include a new Prinoth 500 horsepower grooming machine and the continuation of Okemo’s partnership with Snow Park Technologies to enhance the Tomahawk trail for more flow and originality with jumps and hits.
The Homeward Bound terrain park will be renamed Robbins' Nest to recognize the contributions of Okemo’s first Snowboarding Program Director Gordon Robbins. The park will include jumps, hips and features that will highlight and celebrate Robbins' love for snowboarding.
The former Snowboard Shop, below the Clock Tower, will be the location for the all-new Logo'd at Okemo store, featuring logo wear, souvenirs and gifts.