Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Changes in March


As I write this on St. Patrick's Day I think about how this past weeks weather is typical spring.  Warm weather, mixed precipitation and then back to cold weather, some snow, with always sun mixed in.  The word March come from the Roman God of War, “Mars”.  “Mars” was also the Roman name for Tuesday which is the third day of the week and March is the 3rd Month.  It also means change as in changing weather. The Suns angle is changing as it leaves the Southern Hemisphere and heads towards the Northern Hemisphere for our summer.  So as the sun begins to change position, there is a lot of upheaval in the atmosphere and adjustments being made and thus we get all types of weather from Mother Nature.

Speaking of change, there is a lot of discussion on the change in seasons passes offerings at Okemo this year. Namely the fact that Okemo and Stratton are not offering a joint season’s passes.  The Okemo/Stratton pass offering was an added-value benefit we offered on select season pass options.   Okemo and Stratton had a gentleman’s agreement to offer skiing and riding, but unfortunately after lengthy discussions and compromise, Okemo and Stratton could not come to an agreement and we are no longer able to extend this added-value benefit to our pass holders. I'm sure you know that this does not detract from the full experience of skiing and riding.  Okemo will continue to do what we do best.  Great grooming, snowmaking, early season opening, skiing into April, helpful and friendly staff and an exceptional resort experience. 

The extended forecast is looking good with snow on the way this week and more spring like temperatures as we head into next weekend.  Okemo is remaining committed to providing some great spring skiing with continued nightly grooming; we will be running a good selection of lifts and keeping open our facilities. 

There is a lot of skiing and riding left to be done this spring and some great events happening.  We are looking towards an end date of Sunday April 14th, but as we all know that is our target and things can change..

Thanks for your support and have a great spring skiing season.

Bruce Schmidt
Okemo GM

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