Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Looks like the Groundhog was wrong.........


February is here and it looks like we will begin with some snow! This year the new way we know when the storm is forecasted to be big is when the Weather Channel gives it a name. The storm forecasted for Friday/Saturday is named Nemo…..

So what are we seeing at Okemo? As you can imagine, I look at many different weather web sites and Okemo contracts with a weather reporting service. It looks like all forecasts are pointing towards lots of snow. I think it is going to be a good old fashion Vermont winter snowstorm. Nothing way out of the ordinary, but more than a few inches. My take on “Nemo” is that it is going to be slower than what they are saying and be prolonged into Saturday. I don’t believe there will be as much snow during the day Friday as they are forecasting with the bulk coming Friday afternoon and evening.
Bottom line, the skiing is going to be great. This snow is forecasted to be champagne powder. Lots of fluff! Okemo will get as much open as we can and leave as much powder as possible. Put this on top of all the snowmaking we have done since last Thursday and you have things looking good. We have gone from South Face to Jackson Gore and covered lots of acreage. Snowmaking will go on break for a few days while the storm goes on through and then we will reevaluate. We don’t want to screw up the new powder, and the snowmakers always need to help us snowplow and shovel.

Spread the word. Snow is on the way. My prediction is 10 – 16 inches of fresh powder by Saturday afternoon.

Bruce Schmidt
Okemo GM

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