Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Jackson Gore Inn!

It was exactly five years ago today, that Okemo Mountain Resort's Jackson Gore Inn opened for business and welcomed its first guests.

Inn General Manager Charlie Dickerman remembers those early days when construction was still wrapping up and eager owners insisted on being the first visitors. I asked Charlie what he thought was the biggest change in the last five years. He thought about it for a minute and noted that with the addition of the Spring House fitness and aquatic center, the Ice House skating pavillion, plus all the scheduled events and activities, guests enjoy the luxury of parking their cars and leaving them parked for the duration of their stay.

Happy birthday, Jackson Gore Inn! Many happy returns.


Friday, December 19, 2008

I am NOT a Root Vegetable!

That's right, I am a tuber. I am not a potato or other rhizome-type of plant product. I happen to enjoy alternative types of snowsports as well as skiing. On certain days, I am proud to say that I am a tuber. I love the thrill of flopping down on an inflatable inner tube-type snow sled and sliding downhill in a specially prepared lane with other like-minded snow tube enthusiasts.

Okemo started to offer afternoon tubing a couple of winters ago and it was received with an inflated sense of enthusiasm. We're gearing up again and tubing operations will begin on the day after Christmas and run through Dec. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Jackson Gore base area. Then on New Year's Eve, you can almost tube your way into the new year with hours from 3 to 8 p.m. Then on Jan. 1 through 3, it's back to 3 to 6 p.m. Still haven't had enough inflatable fun? Okemo will round out the holiday week with tubing on Sunday, Jan. 4 with tubing from 3 to 5 p.m.

Look for more tubing on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the winter season.

Tubing rates and times, as well as information about other alpine alternatives, are posted online.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Deck the Bus with Boards of Holly (title © Gravity Hound)

Wow, it's been a while since the last post in here. I guess everyone (including myself) has been a little preoccupied with all the great skiing and riding we've had lately and all the events happening. With today's little coating on top of the 4-6'' from yesterday, Okemo is prime right now and looking great going into the holidays.

Last weekend, we unveiled the new Pepsi Amp Bus at the base of Nor'Easter. It's amazing that what began as someone's delusional nightmare is now a feature in our SoBe Superpark, but I guess that's innovation for ya. I've gotta hand it to them though, they did a great job with it and now it looks all dreamy sitting there burried in the snow.

Speaking of being burried in the snow, have you seen the weather forecast lately?! Al Roker and friends have us expecting several inches of snow tomorrow (Friday) with a chance of snow almost every day after that. A coworker and I were just saying the other day that we could't wait until you know what was out of the question. Well, I think we made it to that point! Winter is definitely here! Happy Holidays everyone!