Sunday, December 8, 2013

Snowmaking info and thanks for your support of Cares and Shares


For the past 8 days Okemo continues to have the most acreage open in the East….As we head into the second full week of December let’s hope the weather change stays this way for a while and not the back and forth we have seen.  These warm spells with some liquid moisture sure doesn’t help things out on the mountain.  The mountain operations staff is working to stay ahead of these weather changes, but no doubt there are struggles.  Snowmaking came back strong starting on Friday night.  The temperatures didn’t quite get as cold as forecasted. If you skied on Saturday, you probably noticed some great and no so great.  Limelight was a little off, but by Sunday things had changed quickly. Limelight was resurfaced with the new SV-10 guns and then left ungroomed.  The skiing was noticeably different and some of the best of the season.  Upper World Cup and Sapphire were also left which made for some great turns.

The plan has remained the same with snowmaking.  With the good snowmaking temperatures forecasted, we should meet our goals of opening Sachem, Quantum Leap, Vortex, Moonshadow, Line Drive, Moments Rest, Sprint, Rimrock, Bull Run and into South Face.  At the same time we will be using some of our snowmaking capacity and resurfacing some of the existing terrain we are skiing on now.  I’m hopeful to have 55 trails and 10 lifts by the weekend.

This past weekend Okemo sponsored our annual Cares and Shares day on Saturday 12/7.  Each year Okemo offers a reduced rate ticket for those who bring in 5 non-perishable food items.  This year we took in 2,275 non-perishable food items for Black River Good Neighbors.  Also in your generosity, Okemo Skier and Riders donated $1190 to the Good Neighbors program.  All of us here at Okemo can’t thank you enough for your support and kindness with this program. One of Okemos values is community and we are proud to support and help the Black River Good Neighbors.  A little unknown fact that many may not know, any leftover food at the end of the day from the Clocktower Base cafĂ© and Sitting Bull is taken to the Mountainside house in Ludlow which is a home for Teens. We truly enjoy our relationship with them and grateful that we can help in a small way.

Come on up and check out the skiing. You will be impressed…  Thanks for reading and enjoy the snow.  Let me know how we are doing.  Email at

Bruce Schmidt

Okemo GM

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