Saturday, December 26, 2009

Good King Wenceslas looked out ...

Happy Saint Stephen's Day! Yes, today is the day of the feast that good 'ol Wenceslas looked out on. And just like in his day, the snow at Okemo is deep and crisp and even. Wenceslas was known for helping people like the poor man from the song who was gathering winter fuel. Some think that the U.K.'s Boxing Day came about, in part, because of Saint Stephen's Feast. Stephen was a martyr who, in his final words, asked forgivness for those who were stoning him to death.

In that spirit of goodwill, Boxing Day has typically been a day to recognize the things that people do for you all year long. It's also a good day to help those who are less fortunate or to simply offer random acts of kindness throughout the day.

At Okemo, this is shaping up to be our busiest day of the season so far and the whole week ahead is a popular time for skiers and riders to enjoy the fruits of our labors. Today would be a good time to remember Saint Stephen and to offer some simple acts of kindness ... give way to the person who arrives at the lift line the same time you do ... or hold the door for someone headed into the base lodge. Engage in conversation with lift attendants and thank them for holding the chair for you. Smile and wish a stranger a good day while out on the slopes. Imagine what it would be like if everyone on the mountain this week was courteous and giving. You can make it happen.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Santa Claus Came to Town

A few fortunate children and their families got to meet with Santa Claus one last time before his big night of deliveries around the world. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at The Jackson Gore Inn by snow groomer - Okemo's 500 hp "Beast" that is the largest and most powerful groomer manufactured by Prinoth. Although Santa was impressed by the machine, he has no imediate plans to replace his team of flying reindeer.

Santa will return to Okemo on Christmas Day, to make a few runs after he finishes his rounds.

Here's wishing you lots of warm Santa hugs and a very merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

totally tubular, dude

Tubing season at Okemo begins on Saturday, Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. Pricing remains the same as last winter at $9 per hour and there is a limit of 100 tubers per hour. Hours of operation run from 3 – 6 p.m. through the holiday week.

Okemo's tubing lanes are located at Jackson Gore and are serviced by a user-friendly conveyor-style surface lift.

It's a treat to be heading into the holiday week with off-slope amenities in full gear. If you're not the tuber type, how about ice skating at Jackson Gore's Ice House? Rental skates are available. Learn more by clicking here.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


What happens when you try to tape a TV commercial about Okemo's wicked smaaat snowmaking and the HKD guns are a little too loud? Heck -- you use subtitles, that's what you do.

Does that actually work? Well....