Ski Season In VT

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!

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.

Winter in Vermont Already? ~ The Snow has Made an Appearance!

It is barely the end of October and the pumpkins and mums have a white coating this morning on the porch of Vermont Properties.

As we sit on the cusp of autumn and winter we know what is in our not so distant future. The Old Farmers’ Almanac is once again predicting a cold and snowy winter for the northeast. Now, I know some of you might be thinking… Farmers’ Almanac? What next, are they watching the wooly bear caterpillars too? The short answer is, yes…yes we are; but before you fall down laughing, know that these two indicators of our winter weather are usually on target. Granted, we Vermonters may have some strange ideas but many have stood the test of time. They have been passed down from generation to generation. And really, isn’t that one of the reasons you love Vermont so much?

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, ”New Englanders will once again experience a very frigid winter”, with lots of snow in the forecast again this year. January and February are being flagged as experiencing some very heavy winter weather (aka SNOW) which is expected to last through to March. So sharpen your skis and boards, the East Coast is gearing up for some ideal mountain conditions.

Of course, Okemo has their fantastic snowmaking upgrades all ready to step in should Mother Nature take a vacation. Either way, we will have you covered…. In snow!

Stop by and see us when you come to Vermont. If you decide to stay, we can help you find your very own piece of winter paradise.

Dig out those long johns or Hot Chillys, whatever keeps you warm. You’re going to need them!

Spring Brings Crazy fun to Vermont

So…looking out the office window and what to my wondering eyes should appear? Snow! Go figure…But there is a benefit to all this white stuff still piling up, spring skiing will be great!

March brings longer, sunnier days and as expected, it has come in like a lion hinting toward some extended spring skiing. We are still accumulating fresh natural snow making for great conditions that are rare this time of year. We begin to see people skiing and riding without their jackets and some so bold as to shed their winter gear altogether and don a bathing suit!

As we cruise through the month, Okemo Mountain pulls out all the stops to end the season with a bang. Jackson Gore will be hosting a variety of events that are worth checking out.

Mid-March, “Spring Daze” brings a free outdoor concert to Jackson Gore, complete with heated tent, beer garden, barbeque and 3 bands rocking the afternoon.

Toward the end of March, a new event will draw the crowds. Hops on the Snow brewfest will be at Jackson Gore. This will be a one-day beer festival where folks can sample 10 new seasonal beers and have some great food at the barbeque while listening to some live music.

As March turns in to April, one final crazy spring tradition will take place. The Slush Cup and Splash for Cash event will bring a smile to your face. Costume-clad Slush Cup competitors take a downhill run toward an 80-foot-long slushy pond and try to make it across without falling in. The most fun is watching the ones who do not make it. Time for an early and very cold swim!

We look forward to seeing you in Vermont for some of the best spring skiing in years and some pretty cool events.

It's been a crazy busy year for the VT Properties team but we hope to break away and join you on Okemo for some spring fun!

 

Baby It's Cold Outside - Stay Warm

Brrrr...It’s cold outside!
We prayed for snow and boy did we get it, but with the snow came the freezing temps.
Vermont is famous for its winter activities from skiing and snowboarding to snowmobiling and hiking.
Whatever winter activity you choose, don’t forget to stay safe in these frigid temperatures.

As our mothers taught us, wear your coat, hat, boots and mittens. Stay bundled up. Take frequent breaks and come inside to warm up. While you are staying safe and warm, the folks at Vermont Properties wants to remind you to take some precautions for keeping your furry companions safe and warm too!

When the mercury dips, extra precautions need to be taken:
• Keep your cat inside. Felines can freeze, become lost or injured
• Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice
• Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. Cars act as freezers in the winter
• Puppies and elderly dogs do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, limit the outdoor play time
• Make sure your furry companion has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts

Dogs & cats lose most of their body heat from their paw pads, ears and through respiration, consider a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the neck to the belly. For some, a nice pair of paw booties will keep them warm and free from salt.

By taking some simple precautions, our furry friend will be as safe and comfortable as their human counterparts. At VT Properties and Development, we care about you and your pets. Stay safe out there!

Mount Holly a Special Place in the Valley!

At just 49 square miles, Mount Holly is a small town with so much to offer. This little town of rural simplicity is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the day. Year round, take in the farms and fields dotted along the dirt roads and rolling hills as the backdrop to spectacular views of the valleys and mountains. While the town has much to offer in the warmer months due to its proximity to Star Lake and Lake Ninevah, it surely cannot be overlooked in the winter months!

When you decide to take some time off the Mountain to explore the various towns surrounding Okemo be sure to make some time for the miles of V.A.S.T trails in Mount Holly or just walk around the village and say hi to the locals.

This special town takes real pride in their community events from their special 4th of July celebration to Columbus weekend, the folks in Mount Holly come together to appreciate what they have and invite everyone to join in their celebrations.

The next time you are in town and thinking that you might want to venture out of Ludlow village, take a short drive up the scenic 100 byway to Mount Holly. You will be glad you came!

Next week we will take a ride up the road to Plymouth. 

If you are interested in any of our special towns or property on Okemo, contact us at Vermont Properties and Developement. We would love to meet you.

Find your Perfect Place on Okemo

The 2014-15 ski season is off to a great start! We have had some nice natural snow and perfect temperatures for Okemo to “fill in the gaps” with their upgraded snow making capabilities.

As we begin the new year, I thought we should take some time to take a fresh look at the various complexes on Okemo. From intimate 1 bedroom units at Okemo Mountain Lodge to big homes on Solitude there is something for everyone.

Winterplace remains a favorite on the Mountain. Winterplace offers a convenient location mid mountain and within walking distance to the half pipe and the earliest snow making on the Mountain.

Solitude delivers some of the best long range views and convenient trail access. Though centrally located on this busy mountain, it lives up to the given name providing privacy at the end of the day.

Jackson Gore is an upscale community offering slope-side living and top notch amenities for the entire family. Convenient access to dining, shopping and mountain services; everything you need is just a short walk from your door.

Trailside consists of five distinct villages, each with unique styles, features, and ski access. Expansive views of Ascutney and Ludlow Village can be seen from many of these units, a spectacular sight at night.

Kettle Brook is one of Okemo's original slope-side communities. With Okemo's Bull Run and Kettlebrook trails just outside your door you enjoy coveted ski on/ski off access making this a prime location wtih a private setting and classic alpine style condos.

Ledgewood is a unique and contemporary complex comprised of seven buildings and located directly on the maintained Ledgewood ski trail complete with snow making. 

Snow Trak consists of twenty one single family homes on the convenient Snow Trak trail; each with beautiful views and luxurious floor plans.

Okemo Mountain Lodge (OML) provides easy access to base area slopes, main lifts and skier services. Located at the base of Okemo Mountain, this ski in/ski out condo location is a favorite option for busy skiers.

Alpen Meadows is a community of single family homes on cul-de-sac style roads with private wooded settings, convenient shuttle service to the slopes and close proximity to Ludlow Village.

No matter your preference, Vermont Properties can help you find your perfect location both on and off Okemo. Come Live Where you Play!

 

 

There Will be Snow

As you know, Okemo Mountain is open! The snow guns are humming and the snow makers welcome the colder temperatures. We have had some natural snow here in Vermont but most of the trails will be brought to you courtesy of the snow making team on Okemo.

You may be thinking that you can't wait until we are buried in natural snow! After all, that's what winter is about in this area.  There is no such thing as too much snow, right? But ask someone from Western NY about this and you may get a very different answer. Turns out, there is such a thing as too much snow.

Never fear, regardless of Mother Nature's gifts (or lack of), the Mountain team can handle anything that comes their way; there will be snow, it will be groomed. Winter is our time to shine and we will not disappoint.

If you are newer to the Okemo scene, check out our Condo Guide. This is a great tool to orient you to the Mountain and it's various complexes. We also have links to help familiarize you with the area and to find other activities in the area.  There is so much to do both on and off Okemo.

Come Live Where You Play ~ The team at Vermont Properties and Development can make it happen!

Yukon Kornelius Okemo Mountain Resort

It's Okemo time!

What has 11 trails and 161 guns? Give up? It's Okemo Mountain!

Yes, the Mountain is officially open and people have begun to arrive in our little town. The real estate market never really took a break this year and we are gearing up for an even busier season than anticipated. Now that we have snow cover this early in the year, we know there is no time to pause and catch our collective breaths.

Winter is bearing down on us early this year and as noted in a previous blog, we are expecting plenty of snow and conditions that are perfect for Okemo to take full advantage of their massively upgraded snowmaking system when needed. Be sure to check out the live web cams on the mountain. Vermont Properties is excited to be sponsoring the cameras for Jackson Gore, The Summit and Sugar House. What a great way to literally keep your eye on the mountain's conditions.

When you are in town, stop by and say hi. We are easy to find, situated between the entrances to Okemo and Jackson Gore and directly across from the Okemo Golf Club.

Grab your winter gear, we'll see you in Vermont!

Family Skiing MT