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OKEMO EVENTS CALENDAR WINTER 2016/2017

Oct. 8: Okemo’s Fall into Winter Celebration. Farewell to foliage – it’s time to start celebrating the transition of the seasons with live music, hayrides, pumpkin painting, a pie-eating contest, apple cider and hot chocolate. Plus, Okemo’s Adventure Zone will be open with activities for the entire family. Enjoy live music, a beverage from the beer garden and great food selections. The party starts at 11 a.m., rain or shine, at Okemo’s Jackson Gore courtyard. Lawn chairs and picnic blankets are welcome. Call (802) 228-1600. Presented by Lipton Tea.

Nov. 18-20: OMS Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap. 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. 12, 13 and 16; 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in Okemo’s Sitting Bull. Sale opens in the Clock Tower base lodge Nov. 18, 4 to 7 p.m.; Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (802) 228-1513 for more information. 

Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Dinner at Okemo’s Coleman Brook Tavern. A Thanksgiving buffet with locally raised, farm-fresh turkey and all the traditional side dishes prepared by Executive Chef Scot Emerson and his culinary team. Served from 3 to 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (802) 228-1435.

Nov. 26: Okemo’s Trot It Off 5k. This 5k running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational walker hoping 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 T-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.

Dec. 4: Okemo Cares & Shares Food Drive. 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 the same day. 

Dec. 10: Okemo Moonlight Hike. This guided snowshoe hike up the mountain will offer a nighttime perspective of Okemo’s Jackson Gore under the light of a nearly 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. 10: Annual Okemo December Demo. Test-drive the latest ski and snowboard equipment for free at the Jackson Gore base area. Registration is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A credit card imprint is required and snowboarders must provide their own bindings. 
 
Dec. 17: 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. 19: Visit with Santa at Okemo. 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. 21: Okemo’s Santa Balloon Parade. Santa and his elves will be out on the slopes spreading holiday cheer and handing out free balloons.

Dec. 24: Okemo Christmas Eve Service. Celebrate the season with a Christmas Eve candlelight service led by Pastor Abraham Gross, in the Jackson Gore Roundhouse. All are welcome to Pastor Abe’s sharing of the Christmas story and traditional Christmas caroling. Service starts at 8 p.m.

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 Here There & Everywhere. In this 67th annual Warren Miller film, movie-goers can take a freeski adventure with industry veterans Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, tour Eastern Greenland by dog sled with Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill and follow Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday aboard the Glacier Express. Explore the backcountry of Western Montana’s Glacier Country with Tyler Ceccanti, Collin Collins and Keith Curtis and catch a powder day with Kaylin Richardson, Matt Elliott, Marcus Caston and the Kicking Horse ski patrol in British Columbia. Travel along as Warren Miller Entertainment commemorates Stein Eriksen in Deer Valley, captures the big air at Boston’s Fenway Park and rides the steeps of Squaw Valley to the big lines of Cordova, Alaska, plus much more. Showings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in the Jackson Gore Cornerstone Room. Admission is $20 for all ages. Presented by William Ravies Real Estate, Vermont Properties.

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

Dec. 28: Okemo 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 Free Presentation for Families. This firsthand raptor 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 Okemo’s Jackson Gore. Free admission.

Dec. 30: Okemo Paint and Sip. Guests may tap into their inner Picasso while enjoying an adult beverage as a local artist offers step-by-step instructions to create a work of art worthy of framing. This is a great event to attend with friends or a perfect environment to make new ones in the Jackson Gore Roundhouse. $50 includes supplies. Call (802) 228-1600 for more information and reservations. Presented by Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.

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, snow tubing,  mountain coaster rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, party hat 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. Call (802) 228-1600.

Jan. 7: Okemo’s Grommet Throwdown. It’s time for the little jibbers to show off! Okemo  designs a special park for kids 13 and under. Spend the morning training in the rail garden under the guidance of some of Okemo’s Park and Pipe instructors and then show off those new skills after lunch for some great prizes! More info and registration available at okemo.com.

Jan. 7: Mario the Magician. Mario "the Magician" Marchese is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and his clever and refreshing integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance. Despite his use of cutting edge technology, he never sacrifices the old-school slapstick vibe that audiences love.  It’s vintage meets the future; Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin for the modern age. Okemo Clock Tower base lodge doors open at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit OMARA, a non-profit booster club that was founded to support the athletes, families, and coaches of Okemo Competition Programs. Call (802) 228-8877 for more information.

Jan. 8-10: Women’s Alpine Adventures - Three-Day Program. 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. 14: Okemo Let It Glow Laser Show and Fireworks. Okemo presents a laser light show spectacular with colorful lasers projected on the Bull Run trail and into the night sky just outside Okemo’s Clock Tower base lodge. A fireworks finale is sure to amaze. Okemo’s Sitting Bull will be open for beverages and rocking live music.

Jan. 15: Okemo 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. 16: 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. 21: Flannel with Flair Fundraiser. Enjoy dinner, dancing with live music and auctions at Okemo’s Jackson Gore Roundhouse. A benefit for the Okemo Community Challenge, Flannel with Flair supports the local community’s nonprofit organizations by giving grants that honor the “heart and soul” of Ludlow. Call William Raveis Vermont Properties at (802) 228-8877 for more information.

Jan. 22: Okemo Helmet Head Contest. Show off your helmet head! Join Okemo’s celebration of National Safety Month. Find one of Okemo’s photo teams at the base areas and show off the matted mess of hair underneath your helmet for a chance to win two free lift tickets! Must be wearing a helmet to participate.

Jan. 23-27: Okemo 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 61st Birthday. Celebrate with Okemo in the Clock Tower Base Lodge. Sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy a piece of birthday cake.

Feb. 2: Woodchuck Day at Okemo. 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: Okemo Women’s Alpine Adventures – Two-Day Program. 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: Valentine’s Day at Okemo. 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. Call (802) 228-1600.

Feb. 18: Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Display. Enjoy a pyrotechnics show at 7:30 p.m. in the Okemo Clock Tower base area. An amazing torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing Okemo’s Open Slope trail precedes the fireworks show. Kids can participate in their own special Light Parade prior to the Torchlight Parade. Call (603) 278-1600 to register children in advance.

Feb. 21: Okemo Paint and Sip. Guests may tap into their inner Picasso while enjoying an adult beverage as a local artist offers step-by-step instructions to create a work of art worthy of framing. This is a great event to attend with friends or a perfect environment to make new ones in the Jackson Gore Roundhouse. $50 includes supplies. Call (802) 228-1600 for more information and reservations. Presented by William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties.

Feb. 22: Vermont Institute of Natural Science Free Presentation for Families. This firsthand raptor 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. Free admission. 

Feb. 23: 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. 24: Vermont Specialty Food Tour at Okemo. Sample locally produced foods at Okemo’s Jackson Gore base area.

March 4: Comedy Night at the Clock Tower Base Lodge. Sponsored by William Raveis Vermont Properties and Okemo Mountain Resort, this side-splitting night of professional comedy, featuring Bob Marley, 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 OMARA, a non-profit booster club that was founded to support the athletes, families, and coaches of Okemo Competition Programs and Okemo Mountain School. Call (802) 228-8877 for information and to purchase tickets. 

March 4: Amp Energy 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 5-7: Okemo 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 9-10: Okemo 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 11: Okemo 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. Presented by Volvo.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Scavenger Hunt and Après Ski Party at Okemo. Cut-out shamrocks will be hidden along Okemo’s trails. When kids find one and bring it back to the Clock Tower Base Lodge Resort Services 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. 

March 18: Okemo Spring Demo. This event is open to the public and features top brands of the latest gear from a variety of ski, snowboard and snowshoe companies. Snow sports 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. Presented by Mary W Davis Realtor and Associates Inc.

March 19: Okemo Cares and Shares Spring Food Drive. Donate a minimum of five nonperishable food items and ski or ride the same day for $39. All donations go to local food banks. 

March 25: Okemo `80s Retro Jam. It’s time to break out those old acid-washed jeans, your brightest neon and smoothest on-snow moves. Okemo revisits the 1980s with a retro celebration and on-snow competition of rad skills. Registration is free for anyone dressed in a totally righteous way. Visit okemo.com for more information.

April 1: Okemo Hops on the Snow. This one-day beer festival takes place on snow in the Jackson Gore Courtyard. Okemo will serving 10 new seasonal beers. Enjoy beautiful spring conditions on the hill in the morning then quench your thirst by sampling a few brews and barbecue with live music in the afternoon.

April 8: Amp Energy Slush Cup at Okemo. Costume-clad Slush Cup competitors schuss toward an 80-foot 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 8: Okemo Splash for Cash. Launch off a kicker and grab a dangling bag o’ cash before splashing into the chilly slush pond. Successful skiers and riders keep the cash!

April 16: Okemo Golden Egg Hunt and Junior Egg Hunt. Find the specially marked Golden Egg “hidden” on an open trail accessed by the South Ridge Quads and win a pair of skis or a snowboard. Other multi-colored eggs containing wrapped candies and toys will be hidden on those same trails. The Hunt begins when lifts start running and continues until all eggs are found. The finder of the Golden Egg can claim their prize at the Resort Services desk in the Clock Tower Base Lodge. For younger egg hunters, too small to hit the slopes, hop on over to the Jackson Gore Courtyard for Okemo’s Junior Easter Egg Hunt, for kids 6 and younger. The Junior Hunt begins at 10 a.m. and continues until all eggs are found.

All events are subject to change.

 

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