Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Snow Update - Man made and Natural


It is amazing what a difference a few days with cold temperatures makes.  This Christmas week is looking good with the skiing being top notch, trails being added and a snowstorm on the way.  The snowmakers and groomers worked right through Christmas getting the slopes and trails ready.  We are now up to 60 trail and 11 lifts.  I anticipate us probably adding another 3-5 on Wednesday and more within the next few days.  In speaking to Chris on Ski Patrol, he feels that many of our natural trails will be able to be added. Ski patrol has been ski packing many of them during the day and with a foot or more of natural Wednesday night into Thursday, I would anticipate we should be between 85 – 95 trails.  I wouldn’t anticipate us being able to open our gladed trails or the real steep trails like Ledges or Big Bang, but we should get others.

Snowmaking will continue as temperatures permit.  My guess is we may have to cut back with snowmaking during the snowstorm depending on the intensity of the snow. The forecast is for 8 - 12 inches of fresh powder by Thursday night.   Looking at the weather forecast, the temperature will be rising but then falling again as we head into Friday.  Looking at the next couple days I would anticipate opening on Wednesday, Nor’easter, Exhibition, Moon Shadow, Wardance & Homeward Bound.  By the end of the week we should be skiing several more including Upper and Lower Chief, Chute, Line Drive & Daybreak. As an FYI, last year during this holiday week we had about 50 trails!
Many thanks to all the Okemo staff who shared their Christmas day working at the resort.  It is because of the dedication of our hard working staff members that we are able to provide the best skiing and riding experience around.
A hearty Thanks to all our Okemo supporters and guests who have the confidence in the job we can do to make skiing the best there is and provide a great experience for you and your families.  As always, let me know how we are doing.
Happy Holidays,

Bruce Schmidt
Okemo GM

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