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Okemo’s Snowboard Athletes Continue to Impress at USASA Nationals


LUDLOW, Vt. – Each year, qualified snowboard athletes from Okemo Mountain School and the Okemo Mountain Snowboard Team travel to Copper Mountain, Colorado, to compete in USASA Nationals during the first week of April. This was an exceptional year for Okemo athletes who took home 21 medals and set an all-time podium record for Okemo Mountain School (OMS). 

OMS Head Snowboard Coach Luke Bonang said, "Our staff was extremely pleased to see that all of the hard work and dedication to training from our young athletes paid off at Copper. Our team had podiums in all disciplines and also in some of the largest and most competitive age groups, including Youth Men (14-15 years old) at 90 competitors and the Breaker group (12-13 years old) at 60 competitors. Our younger athletes (ages 8-11) also did very well with multiple podiums in slope, pipe and racing, which is a great sign for the future!"

“I speak for the entire OMS community when I say how proud we are of our snowboard team for their accomplishments,” said OMS Head of School Mariel Meringolo. “Every year the team is a force to be reckoned with at Nationals, but this year they went beyond all of our expectations. The athletes each show an excellent work ethic and commitment to their sport that drives their success. We also have Okemo Mountain Resort to thank for their incredible support of our program.”

Some highlights of the week were:

Joey Okesson (Youth Men 14-15): 3rd slopestyle, 2nd in halfpipe
Tommy Okesson (Boys 8-9): 2nd in pipe, 2nd in slopestyle, 3rd in BX, 2nd in overalls
Julianne Tonkel (Girls 10-11): 1st in slalom, 2nd in halfpipe, 2nd in slopestyle, 1st in BX, 1st in GS, 1st in overalls
Margie Black (Girls 14-15): 3rd in halfpipe
Henry Hall (Men 18-22): 2nd in GS, 2nd in slalom
Otto Lichtensteiger (Boys 12-13): 3rd in slalom
Max Landon (Boys 8-9): 3rd in GS, 3rd in slalom
Maggie Hall (Women 16-17): 2nd in slopestyle
Anna Valentine (Open class): 1st in halfpipe
Samantha Skoler (Girls 12-13): 2nd in overalls

Okemo Mountain School is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the academic and athletic development of serious snow sports athletes. Student-athletes are given the opportunity to train in alpine ski racing, snowboarding or freestyle skiing, while pursuing a rigorous course of academic study.

For further information, please contact Mariel Meringolo at or call (802) 228-1513. 

Contact: Mariel Meringolo
​802-228-1513 |

PHOTO CAPTION: Left to right: Coach Eddie Johnson, Coach Betsy Gritman, Max Landon, Maggie Hall, Julianne Tonkel, Henry Hall, Coach Matt Fortuna, Joey Okesson, Coach Luke Bonang, Coach and OMS alum Eric Verillo. Photo by Luke Bonang.

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