LUDLOW, Vt. – Okemo Mountain Resort opened for skiing and riding on November 13 – three days ahead of its target opening date. Okemo recently invested nearly $1 million in the purchase of energy efficient HKD tower guns and upgrades to pumps and pipe. Combined with some cooperation from Mother Nature, in the form of cold temperatures, Okemo was able to open with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on five trails serviced by three lifts. This was the first time Okemo offered top-to-bottom skiing and riding on opening day.
“This earlier-than-planned opening day is due to the hard work of our mountain operations and snowmaking teams as well as Okemo’s commitment to snowmaking,” said Okemo VP and General Manager Bruce Schmidt.
Snowmaking efforts are ongoing and continuing whenever the temperatures allow. Okemo anticipates having more terrain open by the weekend and will add more as soon as conditions allow and Ski Patrol deems it safe.
Terrain park features were installed on Upper World Cup on Okemo’s opening day and more features will be added as the season progresses.
Rising above the village of Ludlow, in south-central Vermont, Okemo Mountain Resort is a four-season playground that built its reputation for quality and superior guest service as a winter retreat for skiers and snowboarders. Originally a small, community-run ski hill, Okemo began to blossom in 1982 when Tim and Diane Mueller purchased the ski area and transformed it into a popular, world-class resort destination. It consistently receives accolades and wins awards for snow quality, grooming, terrain parks, family programs, slopeside lodging, resort dining and its friendly, professional staff. Okemo is not just for skiers. Alternative activities abound.
More information may be obtained by calling (802) 228-1600 or by visiting okemo.com. Conditions updates are posted daily.