Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Opening Day This Friday!

Well Okemo Skiers and Riders winter is in full motion here at the mountain, cold temperatures are here to stay, and our snowguns have been blasting all week long covering our trails in white! And, thanks to all the great weather and snowmaking happening around the mountain we’ve bumped up our opening day to this Friday! That’s right everyone, the wait is almost over and you now have just two more days to prepare for the start of the winter ski season. So make sure you have your skis and boards ready for this weekend so you don’t have to sit home while we’re all out cruising the fresh slopes.

For Friday’s opening we will have six trails open with top to bottom skiing and riding, serviced by three lifts. Our F-10 carpet will surf you up to our Sachem Quad where you can then take a run down Lower World Cup to our Northstar Express Quad to ride the rest of our open terrain. The other five trails open will include Upper World Cup, Countdown, Link, Fairway and Open Slope. On Saturday we will be adding even more trails to the mix, so stay tuned, and two additional lifts with the Green Ridge Triple, and South Ridge Quad A. All this will make for some awesome opening weekend skiing and riding conditions!

For all you jibbers out there, we’ve still got a little something for you on opening weekend with a few small bumps and jumps, and at least one rail and one box. Make sure to look out for much more to come this season because Okemo’s parks and pipes were ranked number one in Vermont by Transworld Snowboarding magazine this year and our crew of park guys are awesome! They will be bringing you new and innovative terrain park features to the mountain, along with superior upkeep on our superpipe, and our brand new SoBe Bus which will be parked at the bottom of the Superpark on Nor’easter. If you’re curious about this crazy bus feature, check out our Parks and Pipes page.

It’s crunch time now, so if you’re still looking for gear to sport for the winter season, don’t forget about Okemo Mountain School’s annual Ski Swap Sale happening this weekend on Friday from 4-7 pm; Saturday from 9-5 pm; and Sunday from 9-1 pm. If you need new equipment or a new jacket, OMS’s swap has great deals on both new and used equipment and outerwear. Purchases made at the sale will benefit the kids at OMS, so you can get some great gear for the winter all while helping out a good cause. If you’d like to sell some of your own used gear at the sale, today is your last day to drop-off equipment. You can bring your used gear down to the First Aid Building at the Main Base of Okemo.

Also, don't forget to check out the Rates and Rentals section of our website for Okemo's steals and deals this season. We've got plenty of ways for you to save this winter, and options for every type of skier and rider. So whether you visit the mountain religiously all season long or if you can only make it out a few times a year we have many ways for you to help keep your wallet full. Some great options for our frequent skiers and riders include the Flex Card offering visitors the utlimate in flexible savings, and our Okemo Pack Deals. There are also many discount days offered this year as well as online deals so make sure you stay updated by visiting our website.

Just two days skiers and riders until we’re carving the fresh powder for the first time this season! Grab your buddies and get on up to the mountain this Friday, November 21st for what will be an opening day you don’t want to miss. Keep checking back with our snow report for all the latest updates on the mountain, and we’ll see you all out on the slopes!

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