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Winter 2018-2019 Events Calendar

July 26, 2018

Nov. 16-18: 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 at The Sitting Bull Nov. 10, 11 and 14; 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Sale opens in the Clock Tower base lodge Nov. 16, 4 to 7 p.m.; Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (802) 228-1513 for more information.

Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Dinner at Okemo’s Coleman Brook Tavern – A Thanksgiving buffet with locally raised, farm-fresh turkey and all the traditional side dishes. Served from 3 to 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call (802) 228-1435.

Nov. 23: Okemo’s Trot It Off 5k – This informal 5k running/walking race is ideal for the avid runner or the recreational walker hoping to burn off the calories from that extra slice of Thanksgiving dessert. Pre-registration is $25 per person or $30 per person the day of the event. 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. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with 5k starting at 9:15 a.m. Advance registration available online at okemo.com.

Dec. 2: Okemo Cares & Shares Food Drive Day – 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 $45 lift access valid that same day. Donations accepted 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dec. 8: Okemo Night Hike – This guided snowshoe hike up the mountain with Naturalist Joe Karl offers a nighttime perspective of Okemo’s Jackson Gore. Return to the fire pit at the Jackson Gore Inn to roast marshmallows and share stories. 7:30 to 10 p.m. This event is free for participants with snowshoes. Rental snowshoes will be available for a nominal fee. Call (802) 228-1956 to register.

Dec. 15: 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 is required and snowboarders must provide their own bindings. Presented by William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties Team.
 
Dec. 15: 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 7:30 a.m. The Vertical Challenge Race starts at 11 a.m. and concludes at 1 p.m. Race awards and victory party begin at 2:30 p.m. Visit skiverticalchallenge.com to register.

Dec. 22: Visit with Santa at Okemo – Santa Claus makes his 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. 23: Okemo’s Santa Balloon Parade – Santa and his elves will be out on the slopes spreading holiday cheer and handing out free balloons throughout the morning.

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 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. He’s one fast cat, so catch him if you can!

Dec. 26: Okemo Cookies and Crafts Night. Okemo keeps the holiday season going with an evening of cookies and creativity from 5 to 8 p.m. Attendees may test their art skills while decorating a sugar cookie, coloring a holiday scene or creating a marshmallow snowman. Admission is free.

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. A torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing Okemo’s Open Slope trail precedes the fireworks show. Naturalist Joe Karl leads a snowshoe hike up the mountain to offer a different perspective of the fireworks show. Meet inside the Okemo Rental Shop (Clock Tower base area) at 6 p.m. to be fitted for snowshoes. Tour departs from beside South Ridge Quad A at 6:30 p.m. and heads up Bull Run to watch the fireworks! Presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.

Dec. 28: Okemo Shake n’ 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. 6 to 9 p.m. Admission fee charged. Skate rentals are available. Call (802) 228-1600 for more information.

Dec. 28: Okemo Paint and Sip – Guests may tap into their inner Picasso while enjoying an adult beverage from 7 to 9 p.m. A local artist offers step-by-step instructions to create a work of art worthy of framing. Attend with a group friends or make new ones in the Jackson Gore Roundhouse. $50 includes supplies. Call (802) 228-1600 for more information and to reserve a spot.

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: Warren Miller's “Face of Winter” – Loving the pure joy of winter is something we have in common with the late, great Warren Miller, who helped create and capture the magic of skiing. This year, “Face of Winter,” the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen, will bring new and veteran athletes together to pay tribute to the man who started it all. Watch the world’s best skiers and riders cover ground in some of the most legendary destinations. Visit some of Warren’s favorite locations, from Switzerland to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand and more. Come along to far-off regions, meet the locals, carve faces of remote mountain ranges, and celebrate the thrills of a life lived in high places. Showings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in the Jackson Gore Cornerstone Room. Admission is $20 for all ages.

Dec. 31: Okemo’s Family New Year’s Eve – Midnight arrives early for friends and family enjoying a variety of activities from 5 to 9 p.m. 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. 5: Okemo’s Grommet Throwdown – It’s time for the little jibbers to show off! Okemo designs a special park for kids 13 and under. After a morning of training in the rail garden under the guidance of some of Okemo’s Park and Pipe instructors, young athletes, known as grommets, show off those new skills after lunch for some great prizes! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information and registration available at okemo.com.

Jan. 5: Mario the Magician – Mario "the Magician" Marchese is an artist and inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his clever integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance; it’s vintage meets the future. 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. Presented by Cota & Cota Oil, Sam’s Steakhouse/Mr. Darcy’s and William Raveis Real Estate, Vermont Properties. Venue courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort.

Jan. 19: Okemo Let It Glow Laser Show and Fireworks – Okemo presents a laser light show spectacular with colorful lasers projected on the snow and into the night sky just outside Okemo’s Clock Tower base lodge starting at 7 p.m. A fireworks finale is sure to amaze. Okemo’s Sitting Bull will be open for beverages and rocking live music. Presented by American Express, the official card of Let It Glow.

Jan. 20: Okemo Shake n' Skate Night – A fun evening of ice skating with a live DJ, games and fun for the whole family, from 6 to 9 p.m., in Okemo’s Ice House skating pavilion at Jackson Gore. Admission fee charged. Skate rentals are available. Call (802) 228-1600 for more information.

Jan. 21: 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 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Clock Tower base lodge. They’ll have stickers, posters and helmet raffles. 

Jan. 26: Okemo Helmet Head Contest – Show off your helmet head! Join Okemo’s celebration of National Safety Month. Find one of Okemo’s photo teams, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 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. 26: Cocktails for Scholarships with live music by The Myra Flynn Band – This evening of music, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar takes place at Epic, Okemo’s popular lunch spot, located in the Solitude Day Lodge, from 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds support the Okemo Mountain School's Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available at www.okemomountainschool.org. This event is hosted by William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties. The venue is provided by Okemo Mountain Resort.

Jan. 30: Okemo’s 63rd Birthday – Celebrate with Okemo in the Clock Tower Base Lodge. Sing “Happy Birthday” and enjoy a piece of birthday cake from 1 to 2 p.m.

Feb. 2: Woodchuck Day at Okemo – While some may look to this member of the marmot family under a different moniker, Vermonters turn to the woodchuck to portend the length of winter. And since the nickname “woodchuck” is given to every true native of the state, it makes Okemo’s version of the ceremonial pre-spring emergence a must-see event. A special guest “prognosticator of prognosticators” will make an appearance at 11:30 a.m. at the base of South Ridge Quads. Après ski with a cold Woodchuck Cider in the Sitting Bull. 

Feb. 9: Tails on Trails at Okemo – Grab a leash and your four-legged canine companion for a guided hike in the Jackson Gore base area, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., with local naturalist Joe Karl.

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. When skiers and riders find one of the 14 red hearts “hidden” along Okemo’s 121 trails, they can present it as a Valentine to Okemo’s loveable resort services staff and receive a prize.

Feb. 16: Okemo Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display – A spectacular pyrotechnics show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Okemo Clock Tower base area. A torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing Okemo’s Open Slope trail precedes the fireworks show. Naturalist Joe Karl leads a snowshoe hike up the mountain to offer a different perspective of the fireworks show. Meet inside the Okemo Rental Shop (Clock Tower base area) at 6 p.m. to be fitted for snowshoes. Tour departs from beside South Ridge Quad A at 6:30 p.m. and heads up Bull Run to watch the fireworks!

Feb. 17: Sylvia the Ventriloquist – World-renowned, professional actress-ventriloquist-comedian Sylvia Fletcher will dazzle with her amazing talent, lively, unforgettable characters, inanimate objects and voice illusions that lure audiences into her hilarious and intriguing world of comedy. Showings at 6, 6:45 and 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson Gore Cornerstone Room. Free admission.

Feb. 18: Okemo Curling Clinic – For those who watched the U.S. Men’s curling team take home the gold and wished they could try this Olympic sport, Okemo will host Upper Valley Curling and the Woodstock Curling Club for a two-hour curling clinic, starting at 6 p.m., at Okemo’s Ice House at Jackson Gore. Twenty minutes of off-ice instruction is followed by on-ice instruction and game play. $40 includes equipment. Call (802) 228-1600 for more information and reservations.

Feb. 19: 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. 20: Okemo Paint and Sip – Guests may tap into their inner Picasso while enjoying an adult beverage, from 7 to 9 p.m., 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 Team.

Feb. 21: Okemo Shake n’ Skate Night – A fun evening of ice skating with a live DJ, games and fun for the whole family, from 6 to 9 p.m., in Okemo’s Ice House skating pavilion at Jackson Gore. Admission fee charged. Skate rentals are available. Call (802) 228-1600 for more information.

Feb. 22: Vermont Specialty Food Tour at Okemo – Sample some of Vermont’s highly recognizable brands and locally produced goodies at Okemo’s Jackson Gore base area. Skiers and snowboarders can snack and sip their way through Vermont’s favorite local food and drink vendors with Ski Vermont.

March 2: Comedy Night at the Clock Tower Base Lodge – 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 local charities. Call (802) 228-8877 for information and to purchase tickets. Presented by William Raveis Real Estate, Vermont Properties. Venue courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort.

March 2: 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 starts at 3 p.m. More information is available at okemo.com. Presented by Schweppes.

March 9: Mardi Gras in the Mountains – Lassiez les bons temps rouler! Celebrate the Mardi Gras season at Okemo’s Clock Tower base area from 1 to 3 p.m. Wear your best carnivale costume and walk in the parade for a chance to be chosen the King or Queen of Mardi Gras. Enjoy live music, a bead toss and a little taste of New Orleans in Vermont.

March 10: Okemo Cares & Shares Food Drive – When skiers and snowboarders donate at least five non-perishable food items, between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., they receive a coupon for $45 lift access, valid the same day. 

March 16: 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 event that features a huge outdoor concert extravaganza in the Jackson Gore courtyard. Stage sponsored by William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties Team.

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, they can trade it for a special prize bag filled with goodies at the Clock Tower Base Lodge Resort Services desk, A St. Patrick’s Day Party features live music from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Sitting Bull Bar & Restaurant. 

March 23: 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. Snowsports enthusiasts can visit the demo tent area to test-drive the latest in equipment at no charge. A credit card and signed waiver is required. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presented by Mary W Davis Realtor and Associates Inc.

March 23: 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, from 1 to 4 p.m., with a retro celebration and on-snow competition of rad skills. Registration is free for anyone dressed in totally righteous ski clothes. Visit okemo.com for more information. Presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.

March 30: Okemo Hops on the Snow – This one-day beer festival takes place on snow in the Jackson Gore Courtyard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Okemo will be 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. Presented by Mary W. Davis Realtor & Associates Inc.

April 6: Okemo Slush Cup – 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. Prizes awarded in a variety of categories. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Presented by Schweppes.

April 6: 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! Event starts immediately following Splash for Cash. Presented by William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties Team.

April 13: Tails on Trails at Okemo – Grab a leash and your four-legged canine companion for a guided hike in the Jackson Gore base area, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., with local naturalist Joe Karl.

 

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