Another snow day here at Okemo. We could get used to this. Snow on top of snow. As we head out of the holiday week the new snow will make for some great skiing and riding. The new snow has made for a happening ski resort and lots of guests enjoying some fun in the mountains.
Snowmaking is going to begin tonight with snow being made on Black Out, Halfpipe & the base area trails. We will be focusing on some of these locations to build base depth. Bull Run needs snow to get the Nastar course in place, Black out and Nor’easter needs snow for the building of the features for the parks, the halfpipe needs snow to begin construction and we also need snow on mountain road and open slope. We don’t anticipate going on any of the other trails as we don’t want to affect the great skiing we have now. Next week’s weather is looking colder, so we will work on areas that need a lot of snow which we can make more efficient in the cold temps.
The parks staff is headed towards Black Out and Nor’easter to get the terrain parks in place. I would anticipate having the Black Out park ready by next weekend with the Nor’easter Park following soon after. The Superpipe construction will begin this week after snow is made during the week. It takes some time to get the Superpipe made, so no estimate on time yet. We also expect to see some mogul trails this week.
This week has seen some good crowds on the slopes. I also realize that there have been some traffic concerns at the end of the day. Some of this is expected due to it being Christmas week. We continue to work with the town of Ludlow on making the exit off the mountain as smooth as it can be.
Guests have been very patient this week and I can’t thank you enough. We train our staff for this week, but there will always be challenges. I am hopeful that even though we haven’t gotten everything correct, how we recover from those challenges is what sets us apart.
On behalf of all of us here at Okemo, Thanks for skiing and riding with us and we hope that you and your family have a very Happy New Year.