can, and does, change. But the end goal is always the same – provide the best possible conditions and get skiers and riders on the mountain on time the next day. “We always try to get the top of the mountain open,” Kinney said of plan B in the daily operations plan. “Worst case scenario – if the weather’s real bad – we’ll go after (trails off the Sachem and Glade Peaks Quads) first to try to get something off the top. And then we’ll go directly to Jackson Gore.” In addition to battling Mother Nature, skiers and snowboarders also move quite a bit of snow down the trails and to the sides throughout the day, and that snow needs to be farmed back up the slope on a nightly basis, and then groomed flat, which takes time and an experienced operator to meet the guests’ expectations. “Corduroy, that’s what people have come to know,” Kinney commented. “Unless it’s a powder day, and even then sometimes you get in trouble because you haven’t groomed enough. But people love that corduroy look and that corduroy feel.” It may not snow 2-4 inches every night, and the sun may not shine every day! But Okemo’s mountain operations team has the talent, experience and technology to provide that post-worthy ski day, no matter what Mother Nature does. Tom Horrocks is a longtime cyclist, runner and a skier who was born and raised in Colorado. These days he’s chasing his two daughters around the ski slopes of Vermont, writing stories for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, and managing the marketing and communications for SnoCountry. Okemo Mountain Ops EXPERIENCE IS THE OKEMO DIFFERENCE! - continued from page 61 - After 35 Years Serving the Okemo Community... I N T E R I O R S MAIN STREET Gift & Home Decor ...It’s Time for a Facelift! Our Main Street store has been replenished with all new products to meet today’s homeowners’ decorating & gift-giving needs. 122 Main Street • Ludlow, VT 05149 802.228.4581 New Locally-made Products from Vermont and the New England Area Beautiful Mirrors • Fresh New Lighting • Unique Hostess Gifts Our Pond Street location now has a great new selection of tile & stone, and over 60 granite, marble and quartz countertops to choose from. 72-A Pond Street • Ludlow, VT 05149 802.228.2075 Ralph Lauren • Kravet • Miles Talbott • Paladin Bassett • Hubbardton Forge • Meyda Tiffany Full Service Interior Design and Renovations > 802-228-1600 > page 63