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Snowmaking and Grooming highlight Okemo Mountain Resort improvements this winter

LUDLOW, Vt. – Preparations for winter and the 2017/2018 ski and snowboard season are underway at Okemo Mountain Resort. Improvements this year include more snowmaking enhancements, new grooming machines, new rental equipment, tuning equipment upgrades, culinary advancements and more.

Okemo’s dedication to creating a superior snow surface continues this winter with the addition of two new grooming machines. Okemo is adding a Bison and a Bison X to its fleet of Prinoth Beasts. What makes the Bison a powerhouse is its high-performance engine. Its output of 261 kW (355 hp) and a maximum torque of 1,562 Nm, translates into pure power for slope grooming. The Bison demonstrates excellent maneuverability and climbing ability in even the most adverse conditions. The Bison X is the ultimate park vehicle, providing innovative park-building features that can shape any park with ease and absolute precision. The Bison X distinguishes itself with the shaping of jumps, pipes, rails, and more, as a true funpark expert. Okemo is also rebuilding its Zaugg Superpipe Cutter to ensure meticulous grooming of its 450-foot long Superpipe. For the snow tubing park, Okemo has added a new tubing lane shaper. This piece of equipment attaches to any grooming machine and ensures more uniform lanes for the safety and enjoyment of tubing guests.

Upgrades for this season include a new 16-inch feed pipe from Okemo’s Base Pump Station to Mid-mountain Pump Station. Additional new pipe is being installed on the popular Jolly Green Giant trail. Okemo is also adding new HKD SV 10 snowguns, bringing its arsenal of snowmaking tower guns to 1,300 mountain-wide. The HKD SV 10 is a low-energy workhorse capable of multiple flow adjustments. It uses internal mix nucleators that are customizable to meet the needs of Okemo’s specific climate and snowmaking objectives.

Okemo is continuing its rental equipment replacement program with the purchase of more new skis and snowboards this season. And, to keep all that equipment, plus the equipment of resort guests, in top condition, Okemo is upgrading tuning equipment in the rental and tuning shops at both base areas. 

There are some exciting new ingredients in the recipe at Okemo Mountain Resort’s culinary department. Okemo welcomes Ashley Elicker as its new director of culinary services and congratulates Chef Jason Tostrup on his promotion to executive chef. Elicker, originally from New Canaan, Conn., and a graduate of Middlebury College, in Vermont, earned her MBA from the University of Virginia and completed the French Culinary Institute’s Classic Culinary Arts Program. She oversees all aspects of the resort’s culinary operations on a year-round basis. Formerly Okemo Mountain Resort’s executive sous chef, Jason Tostrup joined the Okemo culinary team at the start of the 2013/2014 ski and snowboard season. With his extensive experience and creativity he took the popularity of Okemo’s Epic restaurant to new heights. As executive chef, his epicurean talents will now reach across the entire resort.

Okemo’s Spring House Pool & Fitness Center is undergoing a makeover with all new cardio and strength training equipment. The old air-pressure system is being replaced with a new weight-stack strength training system, and a full assortment of Green Series Fitness cardio equipment will get heartrates pumping. In addition to treadmills and elliptical trainers, upright and recumbent bikes, Okemo’s Fitness Center will feature a new rowing machine and a StairMaster Gauntlet stair climber.

For more information, please call (802) 228-1600, or visit 



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