Saturday, February 7, 2009

Ludlow Winter Carnival Fun Race

Ludlow's 2009 Winter Carnival, the Village Vikings - Conquerors of Snow was last weekend. It proved to be another success. Okemo entered it's Viking Ship into the parade on Saturday evening. It sailed down main street with it's crew launching Snickers to all parade enthusiasts. The parade was followed up by Marshmallow roasting, a bonfire and a fabulous fireworks display at Dorsey Park.

Sunday was the inaugural Kid's Fun Race at Jackson Gore. This free race timed children as they ran up the huge mound of snow, down the backside, over bails of hay and thru the finish line. All children who participated won a prize. We had prizes for the fastest Boy and Girl, with a 6 & Under division and a 7 - 12 year old division.

This years winners were:

Boys - 6 & Under - Joseph Caldiero

Girls - 6 & Under - Emma Casey

Boys - 7 - 12 yrs - James McGuire

Girls - 7 - 12 yrs - Monigue Labarre

Well over 200 children participated in the Fun Race. Pictured are the winning Girls and their new goggles. We hope to see ya'll next year at the Ludlow Winter Carnival!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wicked Nice Snow...and counting trails

Funny how the snow report this morning talked about trying out new trails. I've been skiing here for a number of years and decided it was time to "complete" my list of skiing every single trail at Okemo. And I too just traveled down Eclipse for the first time on Tuesday. I was quite please with the natural snow conditions. And the week before, I went down Rolling Thunder. I really liked Rolling Thunder... nice snow, nice pitch, and good moguls.

I'll admit, I usually hate midwinter moguls. I have memories of skiing on brutally hard snow, with shaved troughs and being absolutely miserable. So this winter, with all the natural stuff covering Okemo's mogul runs, I've been pleasantly surprised.

My current trail total is: 113 out of 119. Does Snowtrak really count? I hate walking back to the base area. I know, it's there for the guests to ski and ride home. Trails I have yet to ski are Supernova, Snowtrak, White Lightning, Rising Star, Blackhole and The Bends. How about you? My point, along with our snow reporter's is...get out and try some new stuff. Perhaps you will find a new favorite.

Have fun!