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The Really Big News!

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Yes, there is another storm about to hit the Okemo area, but that is not the big news here in Ludlow VT. What is it you ask?

One year ago Vermont Properties became William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties and we could not be happier. Whether you are buying or selling, our Team has always worked hard to meet your needs and this has not changed. Now we are able to do it on a larger scale while remaining the top local real estate company you know and trust.

So what is the big news? In our first year as William Raveis Vermont Properties, we have been recognized as the Top Affiliate with the most sold/closed units company wide. In a word…EXCITING… okay, two words…PROUD. Proud to be an affiliate of William Raveis and proud of our entire Team.

Thank you to everyone who entrusted us with your real estate needs and especially for sending your family and friends to us. Our greatest compliment is your referral.

We’ll see you on the Mountain!

        

What is white and white and white all over? OKEMO!

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In the past 17 days we have received almost as much snow as we did all last season. The Mountain is bustling with skiers and riders of all ages. This week there are many other extra activities to enjoy.

On Tuesday February 21st get ready for a new way to “paint the town”? Grab your paint brush and meet your friends at the Jackson Gore Roundhouse for the Paint and Sip event; sponsored by William Raveis Vermont Properties. Don't worry, no experience necessary - a local artist will instruct you step by step to create an original piece of art while you follow along with a cocktail! At the end of the night you'll take home your beautiful painting and hopefully a new found talent! They provide everything: paint, canvas, brush and apron. Don’t forget to come a little early and grab your drink, after all, it is Paint & Sip!

Check out the events calendar to see the other happenings on the Mountain. If you decide to venture into town, stop by 29 Locust Hill Rd, across from the golf course and say hi.

Best Local Raveis Spots to Beat the Summer Heat

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With temperatures at an all-time high, heat lightning & thunderstorms abound & steamy commutes to and from work, we need a place to beat the heat! We’ve teamed up with nine of our local experts in each of the states William Raveis Real Estate occupies to bring you the best places to relax and cool down for the remainder of the summer.

Kathy Burns, one of our top agents in Ludlow, Vermont tells us exactly how she relaxes after work on summer weekends.  “Buttermilk Falls is a series of waterfalls and swimming holes attached to the Branch Brook which is part of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.  I go with my husband and two daughters to swim in the fresh pools to cool off during the heat.”

To read about the other places to beat the heat check out the rest of the Raveis Blog

Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow Vermont

Vermont Properties and Development Becomes William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties

We are pleased to announce that as of April 15, 2016 Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. has become an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate and we couldn’t be more excited to be part of the William Raveis family. Our goal has always been to provide the best services to our buyers and sellers.This partnership has already proven to be an asset to both. We have received numerous phone calls to congratulate and let us know that we made a smart decision. Just today, we received a call from a seller that was looking for a local company that has strong ties to the New York City and Connecticut second home buyer market. The caller knew the William Raveis name well and thought we would be the perfect match to sell his home. We agree! As the largest family owned real estate company in New England, William Raveis has the gravitas that buyers and sellers look for when deciding who will represent them. Our affiliation also provides us with enhanced marketing capabilities that we are already putting in place for our current clients.  One of the most exciting is the Exceptional Properties division.

We are still the same local real estate team that people have come to rely on. If you want to know more, give us a call or stop by the office at 29 Locust Hill in Ludlow.

Check our website often to stay on top of the real estate market in the Okemo Valley and other happenings around the area. We are your leading real estate team!

Take a Hike! No better way to see Vermont's natural beauty.

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Ludlow Vermont has a well earned reputation as a popular winter destination, but when the snow melts and the temperatures begin to climb, summer takes hold of the Okemo Valley. We begin to look at other activities this area has to offer. People come to fish, boat, cycle and play golf, but a favorite pasttime for all is exploring the various hiking trails in the area. There is something for everyone.

We are called the Green Mountain State for a reason. Don't limit your time with us to the winter season alone.

Okemo Mountain Hiking

Okemo specifically has its own hiking trail network. With easy access from both the base of Okemo and Jackson Gore you will find a couple of ways to get to the top. For the more adventurous, take one of the trails. If a more relaxed pace is what you are looking for there is a 4.5 mile road directly to the summit. Many people find themselves taking the "ski" trails to the top; trading in skis for hiking shoes. Just make sure you are ready for some work!

Another popular hiking location is the Healdville Trail which winds to the top of Okemo's 3,340 foot summit. Almost 6 miles round trip, you will use the better part of your day.  Features along the trail include a fire tower and several lookouts, which offer a bird's eye view of the local ski area.

There are a couple of vista points along the way. The first will give you a sweeping view of Mount Holly and the Green Mountain chain. Just past the next clearing where the trail merges with a work road you will find the reconditioned fire tower which is open to hikers. This hike is considered to be one of the best and most rewarding. Your reward is finding yourself above Okemo Mountain's 3,340 foot summit for a panoramic view of Vermont's Green Mountains, west to New York's Adirondacks and east to New Hampshire's White Mountains.

Before we realize it, the idyllic skyline found at the top of Okemo will welcome skiers and snowboarders as they come to make their snowy descents. But for now, come explore our area on any of our beautiful trails.

After a long day on the trails, do what the locals do, find a swimming hole and take a dip. Pitch your tent and enjoy a night under the stars.

Who knows, after a good night's rest out in the fresh Vermont air, you may even decide to stay! If so, stop by William Raveis Vermont Properties located across from the Okemo Golf Club. We will show you the best homes in the Lake's RegionOkemo Valley and Okemo Mountain.

Accolades for Okemo Mountain's Snow Crew

We all know that Mother Nature took the winter off, where is she...Florida? Despite her vacation, the snowmaking team at Okemo Mountain did not hesitate to step up and take over her duties.

Anyone who skis on the Mountain knows how great the conditions are, but do they know how they became so great? Locals know that when they look up at the Mountain late in the day or early evening and see what looks like a cloud of snow hanging in the sky over the trails that the snow crew is out in full force. These guys head out when everyone else is headed home. They are the uncelebrated crew that takes to the Mountain using every tool at their disposal to be sure the next day's conditions are awesome.

Every year the HKD Ski Area Management "I am a Snowmaker" award is given to outstanding snowmaking individuals. This year the award has been expanded to recognize six standout snowmaking crews, rather than individuals as in previous years, from mountain resorts across North America. This new award recognizes that successful snowmaking is a team effort.

When faced with a less than stellar snow season, eastern snowmakers have stepped up big time. This has been one of the most challenging winters in a very long time, especially in the Northeast. It is no surprise that three of the six finalists in the prestigious HKD Ski Area Management "I am a Snowmaker" award are from eastern resorts. Chosen from hundreds of resorts throughout the entire country, these teams are the best of the best.

The team from Okemo announced, "If our snowmaking team was a professional sports team, our mascot would be an arctic wolf." They also said their ideal long-range weather forecast is for "temperatures colder than a pint of Ben and Jerry's." And in case you wondered, if they could train one celebrity to be a snowmaker, they'd choose Chuck Norris. Why? "Because he can make snow with a cold stare."~ SAM Ski Area Management

You can tell from their interview that they possess the camaraderie, humor and dedication necessary to be a successful snow crew.

Check out their entire interview at http://www.saminfo.com/iam/okemo-mountain. You are going to love these guys and likely, if you're a local, they are your friends and neighbors.

So, the next time you know that the weather has not been good to us here in Ludlow, you know who you can thank for creating the best possible conditions day in and day out.

Vermont Properties congratulates the all the snowmaking crews, but an extra kudos goes out to our own local boys. Keep up the great work guys; we appreciate all you do!

As the Okemo Snow Crews says "No Guns, No Glory!!

Congratulations guys!

Comedy Night 2016!!! Join us on Okemo Mountain

Join us on Saturday February 20, 2016 for Comedy Night.

Steve Sweeney, legendary Boston comedian is coming to Okemo Mountain for this year's comedy night.

 

Well known for appearing in films such as "There's Something about Mary" and "Me, Myself & Irene", Steve has also performed at the famous Ding Ho Comedy Club with Lenny Clarke, Dennis Leary and Jay Leno. Steve uses his famous Boston characters to point out the absurdity of life and human nature. Something we can all laugh at!

 

Always a sell-out show, tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 at Vermont Properties, Okemo Mountain, Okemo's Jackson Gore and The Wine & Cheese Depot.  If still available, tickets may be purchased at the door for $28.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show begins at 8:00 p.m.  Appropriate for ages 21 and over.

 

This year's proceeds for the show will benefit OMARA, Okemo Mountain Alpine Race Association. (OMARA). OMARA is a non-profit booster club founded to support the young athletes, families and coaches of Okemo Competition Programs and Okemo Mountain School. Vermont Properties & Development has been a proud supporter of OMARA for many years.

 

This yearly event is sponsored by Vermont Properties and Development, Inc.

Thank you to Okemo Mountain Resort for once again providing the venue.

 

Join us in the great room at the Okemo Clock Tower base lodge.

Get your tickets quickly; this event will sell out again this year.

 

For more information, please call Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. at 802-228-8877 or visit our web site to see all Upcoming Events.

See you there!!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow...

It is the middle of December and we have been waiting with bated breath for Mother Nature or her designee to step up and bring us some snow. She still seems to be slacking but there is some good news. The Snow Gods have decided that enough is enough and have stepped in to answer our prayers. Overnight Friday, the snow began to slowly fall; by Saturday morning there was ground cover. We all woke to find Ludlow and Okemo blanketed in white. We admit, it is not a lot, but it is enough to get us excited and coupled with the colder temperatures, Okemo is able to step in with their upgraded snowmaking system and cover the trails.

We may have gotten a late start this year but having a little taste has reminded us that it is indeed December and the snow will eventually bury us. Vermonters are known the make do with what they have and to make the best of any situation. After all when life gives you lemons, make lemonade; when life gives you cold weather, make snow. Okemo is doing a great job rising to that challenge. As my grandmother would say..."If you don't like the weather in Vermont, wait a minute and it will change".

Don’t let the reports of warming temperatures or El Nino scare you. Okemo will make the best of this situation; we will have snow waiting for you. You have only to show up; Okemo will take care of the rest. Of course if you decide to stay, Vermont Properties will take care of that for you.

If you are in Ludlow and have the time to stop by 29 Locust Hill Road and say hi, we would love to meet you. We are directly across from the Okemo Golf Club in the big red farmhouse. 

6 Best Places to Buy a Winter Home in Vermont... Okemo is One!

Investopedia, a premiere Internet site dedicated to providing information for investing education, personal finance and market analysis, recently posted an article titled

 “6 Best Places to Buy a Winter Home in the US”.

As you can imagine, we were thrilled to see Okemo Mountain make this list. Anyone who has spent time in this area already knows what a special place Vermont and most specifically, Ludlow is. Even through the years of growth, both have maintained a small town feel that many come to Vermont to experience. The team at Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. are proud to be active members of this special community and the premiere real estate agency both on and off Okemo Mountain and in the Lakes Region. Below is an excerpt of the article; you can click on the link above to read the full story.

Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, Vermont

Why: Okemo topped the list of OnTheSnow.com's “Best Family Resort in America” in 2014 so if you’re looking for a family vacation destination, this might be it. According to Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations at the resort, Okemo got this No.1 rating because the family who owns the operation understands that “families are looking for activities they can enjoy together on and off the slopes.” Take the Muellers, Tim and Diane. They bought a home at Okemo Mountain Resort in 1982 for themselves and their two kids; they still spend their winter vacation there but now their grandchildren come along, too. The resort boasts “options for every level, available from the top of each chair” with 121 trails, 655 skiable acres and, thanks to snowmaking equipment, a “weatherproof” ski vacation. Okemo is a three-hour drive from Boston, just under five hours from New York City.

What’s Available Now: Well, not exactly now. A brand new development at Okemo called SouthFace Village is not quite finished – it should be fully operational for ski season 2016. It’s in a sun-all-day, ski-in/ski-out location (you can go from your fireplace to your first run in two minutes tops) with homes that come fully equipped “from flatware to the flat screen TV,” according to the marketing materials. You can choose a 1- to 4-bedroom homes with prices that begin in the mid $400,000s.

Summer Fitness Ideas in the Okemo Valley

Summer is officially here! Unfortunately not only is it here, but it will be gone before we know it. Coming into August, here are some summer fitness ideas to work into your schedule before the warm weather eludes us again for months!

While relaxing in the sun is a wonderful way to de-stress and let your mind wander towards anything other than the usual day-to-day and week-to-week tasks, some of us ignore an incredible outlet for both mental and physical health… exercise! Sure, skiing and snowboarding are awesome exercise in the winter, but what about summer, you may ask? The village of Ludlow has nearly countless options for fun, rejuvenating, relaxing, and exhilarating exercise. We promise there is something for everyone! Just some of the options include: biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and golf.   

Hiking: With Okemo Mountain in the heart of Ludlow, who could ask for a more convenient hiking spot? Okemo offers many trail networks to enjoy and explore, and if you’ve already taken advantage of these beautiful trails and are looking to expand your hiking horizons, there are MANY more breath-taking locations within an hour or two of Ludlow. For more information on hiking at Okemo, please visit Okemo Mountain's website.

Biking: Okemo has an exciting new activity to offer visitors of all fitness levels, ages, and experience at their Evolution Bike Park! The Evolution Bike Park is a lift-serviced mountain biking experience that includes trails for people of all levels of experience. From first-timers to veteran mountain bikers, everyone is sure to enjoy this park! For more information on the Evolution Bike Park at Okemo.

Canoeing/Kayaking: The Ludlow/Okemo area is home to 3 pristine lakes for visitors to enjoy: Echo Lake, Lake Rescue, and Lake Pauline. For more information on boating, fishing, and outdoor swimming, check out Your Place in VT for more information

Stay cool and stay fit out there!

As always...If you are in town stop in and say hi. We would love to see you!