Okemo is open for skiing and riding

LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort opened for the 2017/2018 winter season on Saturday, Nov. 11. Okemo opened with top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on five trails with two lifts operating, including the Resort’s Sunburst Six high-speed bubble chair with retractable orange domes and heated seats for six passengers at a time.

“This was our earliest opening in five years,” said Okemo Vice President and General Manager Bruce Schmidt. “We opened on Nov. 8 in 2012. In November, 2002, opening day was Nov. 2, and in 1997, opening day was Nov. 1. As luck would have it that year, we ended up closing until mid-November!”

Snowmaking started at Okemo on the afternoon of Nov. 7, and crews worked `round the clock to cover trails with a base depth of 12 to 18 inches in time for opening day. Okemo opened an additional trail on Sunday, Nov. 12, and the resort anticipates having more terrain open in the days and weeks ahead as snowmaking temperatures allow.

Several terrain park features have been installed on Countdown and Nor’easter temporarily until Okemo’s eight terrain park trails can be covered with snow. Okemo’s terrain parks were ranked among the top five in the East recently by Newschoolers and Transworld Snowboarding.

More information may be obtained by calling (802) 228-1600 or by visiting okemo.com. Complete snow conditions updates are posted daily.

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Nov. 11, 2017 was the first day of skiing at Okemo. They’ve been making snow for the past few days. Photo by Donald Dill.
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Okemo Base area on opening day, Nov. 11, 2017. Photo by Donald Dill.
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Snow guns seen blanketing Okemo slopes on opening day, Nov. 11, 2017. Photo by Donald Dill.

 

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