OK, OKEMO FOR CHRISTMAS
by Paul Maraschiello
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Okemo Mountain Resort has prepared an exciting line-up of special events, sure to please visitors and residents of all ages during the Christmas Holiday Vacation Week. Ski, snowboard, snowshoe, cross-country and indoor golf Okemo Mountain Resort and Okemo Valley Golf Club & Nordic Center have a multitude of activities sure to please everyone. In addition to an exciting event line-up, Okemo's Village Shuttle Bus Service kicks off the season on December 22nd. Providing the finest snow conditions possible is an Okemo specialty. Okemo's top-ranked snowmaking and grooming teams are the "best in the business" and are dedicated to making this holiday experience a memorable one.
Okemo has become one of my favorite resorts. I really like to ski on their groomed trails.
They also have some really good bump runs too. My daughter and I once spent a day
skiing with the Okemo Freestyle Team and we had a really great time watching these guy
do their thing in the bumps. We skied a few bumps too, when we were with them. After
the team had finished for the day, the coaches took us to the gladed area and we skied
the bumps in the trees. Okemo bills itself as a family area but there is enough difficult
terrain to humble the best of us.
Holiday Schedule of Events:
Sat, December 22, Molson Apres-Ski Party with entertainment by the Spiders. Enjoy Molson Beer and giveaways from 3 6 PM in the Sitting Bull Lounge.
Tuesday, December 25, Christmas Dinner. Celebrate the holiday at Willie Dunn's Grille with a fabulous line-up of delectable soups, appetizers, entrees and desserts. Dinner is served from 4-9:00 pm. Call (802) 228-1387 for reservations.
Thurs-Fri, December 27-28, Dan Egan's Big Air Camp for Kids. This 2-day camp is designed to educate and motivate skiers and snowboarders of all disciplines. Participants perform drills designed to improve balance, power, fluidity, and agility in an effort to learn safe jumping and landing techniques. Call 877-SKI-EGAN for information and reservations.
Thurs, December 27, Sugar on Snow Celebration. Sample some of Vermont's finest maple syrup made locally at the Green Mountain Sugarhouse served on Okemo's famous natural snowfall. From 11 a.m. until it's gone. FREE for all ages inside the Base Lodge.
Thurs, December 27, Apres-Ski Entertainment by Bobby Dick. From 3 to 6:00 pm inside the Sitting Bull Lounge.
Fri, December 28, Okemo Slopestyle Series Contest. Competition open to skiers and snowboarders. Registration at 8 a.m., event starts at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $15.
Fri, December 28, Apres-Ski Entertainment by the Lustre Kings. From 3 to 6:00 PM in the Sitting Bull Lounge.
Sat, December 29, Apres-Ski Entertainment by the Lustre Kings. From 3 to 6:00 PM in the Sitting Bull Lounge.
Sat, December 29, Evening Snowshoe Tour. Snowshoe rentals available at the Okemo Express Rental Shop beginning at 6 p.m. Tours depart the Base Area at 7 p.m. and head up Bull Run for a birds-eye view of the fireworks & parade.
Sat, December 29, Gala Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Display. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Featuring a spectacular display of dancing lights and fireworks with Okemo Mountain employees on skis and snowboards.
Sun, December 30, Apres-Ski Entertainment by Kris Kleeman. >From 3 to 6:00 PM in the Sitting Bull Lounge.
Mon, December 31, Apres-Ski Entertainment by Bobby Dick. >From 3 to 6:00 PM in the Sitting Bull Lounge.
Mon, December 31, New Year's Eve Dinner at Willie Dunn's Grille. Features a fabulous line-up of delectable soups, appetizers, entrees and desserts. Dinner is served from 4-9:00 pm. Call (802) 228-1387 for reservations.
Tuesday, January 1, Apres-Ski Entertainment by Mass Confusion. From 3 to 6:00 PM in the Sitting Bull Lounge.
Okemo Village Shuttle Bus Service Starts on December 22nd
The Okemo Village Shuttle will debut for the season starting on Saturday, December 22, 2001 and will operate every weekend throughout the season until late March. In addition to regularly scheduled weekend hours, the Village Shuttle will run during the Christmas Vacation Week of Dec 26-Jan 1, 2002 (excluding Christmas Day), Martin Luther King Weekend (Jan 19-21, 2002) and Presidents Vacation Week (Feb 16-24,2002).
The Okemo Village Shuttle will comprise four separate routes and will make scheduled stops throughout the villages of Ludlow and Proctorsville. The bus will wait for three minutes at each scheduled stop and move on to the next scheduled destination.
The Okemo Village Shuttle buses will begin operating roughly at 7:20 am and run until 6:30 pm when the last bus leaves Okemo for town (some route start/finish times may vary). Village Shuttle Bus schedules can be picked up inside Okemo's Mountain Services Center.
Okemo Village Shuttle Routes
Route #1 - (7:20 am to 6:30 pm) Stops at Jewell Brook Inn, Andrie Rose Inn, United Church and The Mill
Route #2 - (7:15 am to 6:40 pm) Stops at All Seasons Inn, Brookhaven Condominiums, Timber Inn, Okemo Mountain School and Best Western/Ludlow Colonial - also pick up for High Street Lodge
Route #3 - (7:30 am to 5:10 pm) Stops at Stoney Field, West Woods and Alpen Meadows
Route #4 - (7:15 am to 5:25 pm) Stops at Golden Stage Inn, Mt Laurel Ski Club, Okemo Lantern Lodge, Cavendish Pointe Hotel and Happy Trails Motel
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