LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort welcomes Jason Palmer as its new director of food and beverage. He will oversee all aspects of the resort’s culinary operations on a year-round basis.
A native Vermonter originally from Colchester, Palmer started skiing when he was 5 years old and competed on his high school ski team. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont. While attending college, he worked in restaurants and “got hooked” on the creativity and energy of the industry.
Palmer worked his way into a management position and has spent the last 15 years pursuing a career in food and beverage. He worked as the beverage manager at the Mount Washington Hotel, in Bretton Woods, N.H., and as food and beverage director at Burke Mountain, Trapp Family Lodge, and Mount Snow, in Vermont. He was a regional sales manager with U.S. Foods, and he owned a restaurant called Allium in Waterbury, Vt.
“Jason brings significant ski area experience and will be a good fit with the Okemo team. He understands the changing expectations of skiers and riders and how to provide a culinary experience which is on par with our snow quality and resort experience,” said Okemo Vice President and General Manager Bruce Schmidt.
Palmer is already identifying some opportunities at Okemo. He is looking forward to rebranding some of the resort’s restaurants and increasing the profitability of Okemo food and beverage operations.
“There are some innovative things we can do that will be attractive to our guests,” said Palmer. “We have a lot of repeat business from guests who have been visiting Okemo for years, and they want to see variety. I’m looking forward to offering that.”
When he is away from his office, Palmer enjoys spending time with his two children, ages 8 and 11. He is an avid outdoorsman who likes to ski, hike, go to the gym, and, of course, he likes to cook.
During the ski season, Okemo offers visitors a dozen dining options ranging from grab-and-go cafeterias to full-service, fine dining – and everything in between. During the summer, three restaurants feature popular alfresco dining in picturesque settings.
More information about Okemo Mountain Resort is available by calling 802-228-1600 or visiting www.okemo.com.