Saturday, February 9, 2008

Powder Pirates Plunder Ludlow

The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce put together a great Winter Carnival last weekend. People in the community really got into the theme - Pirates of Powder. The parade on Saturday night was so fun. I suspected the event would be a little hokey, but it was just good ol' American hometown fun. Okay the string of town plow trucks and bucket loaders in the parade may have been a bit much, but the floats were over the top! Okemo was the first pirate ship to roll past spectators. The wood shop guys did a great job building the vessel for the "safety Pirates" of Ski Patrol who tossed fistfulls of Snickers to spectators. The pirate music was an especially nice touch.

Kevin Barnes won the snow sculpture contest with his massive snow skull pirate embracing the OKEMO name. Steps going up the side of the sculpture lead to a slide for kids who prefer not to walk the plank. Kevin spent 15 hours building the bony-fingered behemoth.

How much does a pirate pay to have his ears pierced? A buck and ear ... get it? ... a buccaneer?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

V-day gift for your sweetie

Okay guys and gals - Valentine's Day is a short 11 days away. If you're looking for a unique gift that will steal their heart, how about a romantic ski getaway for two?

Our special romance package includes:
~two nights lodging at the Jackson Gore Inn or Solitude Village
~daily lift tickets for two
~two one-hour massages
~a 3-course dinner for two
~a special Vermont welcome basket
~full access to our fitness center, pools and hot tubs

Make it a holiday you'll remember for years. Call 1-800-78-OKEMO and book this romantic escape today!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Okemo Blog Contest - Win Tickets!

(Photo caption: Yukon Kornelius = L to R: Eric Fawcett, Jason Biggs, Stefan Lessard, Adam Gardner and Ed Robertson)

Last month, Okemo sponsored a benefit concert to raise awareness and money for the Vermont and New Hampshire Food Banks. The band Yukon Kornelius was formed by Stefan Lessard, bass player for the Dave Matthews Band and was comprised of Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, Adam Gardner of Guster, actor & emcee Jason Biggs (on cowbell!) and Eric Fawcett of N.E.R.D. and Spymob. The band was joined on stage for two encores by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister (autograph on set list pictured).

If you can correctly identify each and every song from the abbreviated/nicknamed set list below, Okemo will award you with 2 FREE weekday, non-holiday lift tickets good until Closing Day in April, 2008. Email your answer to and use ‘Yukon Kornelius Set List’ in the Subject line. Contest Rules: All entries must be made via email, from a valid email address and must contain your complete name and mailing address to qualify. You must be 18 or over to enter. One entry per person. Only complete entries attempting all 15 song titles will be counted. Winners will be notified by email. No on-site entry permitted. Okemo staff are not eligible to win. Contest limited to first 20 correct entries. All entries must be received by 11:59 PM on February 29, 2008.

Here’s the set list from the raucous Yukon Kornelius show on January 9.
Good luck, and keep on rockin’ Okemo.



The clock is ticking and it's only a matter of hours until the big game gets underway! I convinced a co-worker (with a big-screen TV and a girlfriend who is an exceptional talent in the kitchen) to host a Super Bowl party. It's such a comforting feeling to know that, even as I type, the wings are marinating and a variety of dips are in various stages of formation. I'm trying out a new recipe for crab dip. I hope it's a success, but then again, what's not to love with butter, cheese, sour cream and crabmeat?

I must officially go on record as saying that I completely underestimated the commitment of New England and New York winter enthusiasts. I really thought that skiing and snowboarding would take a back seat to the anticipation and preparation for the big game between the two rivaling regions. I expected that the slopes would be empty - that it would be slower than a midweek day in May ... and that no amount of advertising or p.r. messaging could convince skiers and riders to come to Okemo on Super Bowl Sunday. I even went on the record with that prediction. Clearly, it's not going to be as busy as it was on MLK weekend, but the weekend that we, in the marketing and sales departments, have affectionately referred to as a "sucking-sound" weekend, has turned out to be surprisingly good. Eastern skiers and snowboarders, I salute you. Now pass that plate of nachos, would you? Cheers!