Friday, January 4, 2008

Who Wants Pie?

Okemo is playing host to a group of skiing and snowboarding celebrities this week. Musicians from various well-known groups are coming together as Yukon Kornelius for a benefit concert at the Pickle Barrel Nightclub on Wednesday, January 9. Yukon Kornelius is anchored by Stefan Lessard, bass guitarist from the Dave Matthews Band, who will be joined on stage by Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies and Adam Gardner of Guster. Special guests, such as drummer Eric Fawcett from N.E.R.D and others, will join Yukon Kornelius. Stage and screen actor Jason Biggs will be the host for this special evening.

Jason is best known for the lead role in the movie American Pie. if you've seen the movie, you can well imagine the sophomoric jokes being lobbed around the marketing office this week. I have to admit that I've played a key role in instigating the silliness.

Jason is reported to have said, "I've heard every pie joke in the book. I'm still waiting for an original one."

I don't know if we've come up with any original jokes, but we've been having fun trying. Always at the ready to take it over the top, some conspiring members of the Okemo sales and marketing team started my day with a laugh. A freshly baked apple pie on my desk awaited my arrival to the office this morning. Who needs coffee when you can start the day with a belly laugh? Jason was standing outside my office door when I broke into hysterics and got a chuckle out of it all when someone handed him the pie.

Another quote attributed to Jason is, "A girl came up to me in a bar and said she wanted to be my apple pie. I wish I'd said something cool, but I was stunned."

By now he's probably come up with a comeback for that line and you'll have a chance to test out that theory on Wednesday night, Jan. 9, when Jason emcees for the Yukon Kornelius concert at the Pickle Barrel in Killington, Vt. Visit Okemo's website for information on the concert and learn how you can get tickets to the show. Cheers!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy 2008!

Happy New Year!! Today's expected snow came early. It's not even 10:00 am and it is a winter wonderland outside! There's no better way to start the year with a fresh slate than with fresh new powdery SNOW!!

Monday, December 31, 2007

New Snow

What a day! What more could you ask for? After dumping six inches of fresh powder on top of groomed corduroy, the sun is starting to poke through the clouds.

More snow on the way - stay tuned to the Okemo snow report. Here's wishing everyone a safe and happy New Year. Cheers!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Holiday Hijinks!

Okemo is known as a family-friendly mountain, but not many people realize it's not just human families we strive to please. For years, a pair of penguin siblings named Toby and Philamena lived happily in the Snow Stars Children's Program building at the Main Base. When the Snow Stars Program was expanded to the Jackson Gore (J.G.) Base Area several years ago, the penguin pair was split up, with Toby being sent against his will to the other side of the mountain. Upon seeing how distraught his sister was over losing her only brother, the Snow Stars Penguin Protective Detail was born.

Sworn to secrecy, this crack-squad of kids’ instructors uses whatever non-violent means possible to keep Toby and Philamena together. After being reunited at the end of last season, Toby again disappeared around the beginning of December. Rumors claiming Toby was back at the J.G. Snow Stars H.Q. were impossible to confirm until yesterday. Upon learning of the location of their beloved bird, the S.S.P.P.D. sprang into action late last night.

It is my honor to announce that the penguin duo has once again been reunited! Although a ransom note has been dispatched to the J.G. Snow Stars staff, the demands are not expected to be met. A Jackson Gore Snow Stars official who refused to be identified said, "The Waffles aren't the issue so much as the smelling of [Snow Stars Assistant Manager] Kyle's feet!"

It is hoped that by publishing the previously classified details of the on-going penguin war, public outcry will lead to a d├ętente between the two sides. Stay tuned for more information...

Arriving Just in time for the New Year!

Did you see the forecast for tonight....NEW SNOW!!! and Just in time to ring in the New Year. The mountain's been quite to sight this week. When you drive up VT Rte 103, all the trails are white and there's snow in the woods. There's snowmobiling, x-country skiing and of course everyone who likes to slide down hill.

I like to ski and have fun, just like the next guy, but I can say from experience, please, please, take your time when getting around the mountain and around the valley this week. We're all here to have fun and enjoy time with friends and family. Let's share our space with new people and we'll all have a really good time. When possible, remember to "pass it forward"....being nice has a great way of building up your Karmic energy reserves.

Speaking of good times and reserves. Have fun on new Year's Eve. Make reservations at a party or at a local hot spot. Drink responsibly, drive safe and see you on the snow on New Year's morning.


PS. It's supposed to snow on New Year's Eve too. Sweet!