Vermont Business Magazine Okemo Mountain Resort opened for the 2017/2018 winter season on Saturday, November 11. Okemo opened with top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on five trails with two lifts operating, including the Resort’s Sunburst Six high-speed bubble chair with retractable orange domes and heated seats for six passengers at a time.
“This was our earliest opening in five years,” said Okemo Vice President and General Manager Bruce Schmidt. “We opened on November 8 in 2012. In November 2002, opening day was November 2, and in 1997, opening day was November 1. As luck would have it that year, we ended up closing until mid-November!”
Snowmaking started at Okemo on the afternoon of November 7, and crews worked `round the clock to cover trails with a base depth of 12 to 18 inches in time for opening day. Okemo opened an additional trail on Sunday, November 12, and the resort anticipates having more terrain open in the days and weeks ahead as snowmaking temperatures allow.
Several terrain park features have been installed on Countdown and Nor’easter temporarily until Okemo’s eight terrain park trails can be covered with snow. Okemo’s terrain parks were ranked among the top five in the East recently by Newschoolers and Transworld Snowboarding.