Snow Report

It's Spring Ski Season!

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Ahhh... Springtime in Vermont.

There’s a delicate balance when March comes to Vermont. The ever changing temperatures, rain, snow and everything in between can make for a difficult challenge to ski areas. We have been very fortunate this year with higher than normal snowfall and cold temperatures to fill in the gaps. Of course Okemo is the best of the best when it comes to grooming natural snow and making it when there is a need.

What does all this mean? That the Spring season will be an extended one here on Okemo Mountain! With over 140 inches of snow this season and an average base depth over 2 feet, the season keeps going.

Don’t forget to grab your Spring Skiesta card from Okemo allowing for unlimited skiing from Saint Paddy’s day to the end of the 16/17 season. Given the conditions and extended forecast, it could be a long Spring season!

We predict that we’ll see you on the Mountain well into April.

And Since We've No Place to Go....

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Let is snow, let it snow, let is snow…

Winter is here! We are expecting a nice little storm tomorrow which should dump several more inches of fresh snow on the Mountain. The snow guns are in overdrive and creating the perfect winter wonderland for Okemo fun. The Okemo snow team has been able to capitalize on the recent cold front that continues to stick around, expanding the open terrain to 8 lifts, 36 trails, with 211 skiable acres. This means that there is terrain for all ability levels including the terrain park on Nor’easter and the mogul run over on The Plunge. Open terrain is expected to increase on a daily basis. Keep in mind, you can check out the daily ski report via our website and even look at the four live cams at any time to see if it's snowing on your favorite part of the Mountain. Pack your gear and head to Vermont! We’ll see you on Okemo!

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!

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!

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

 

Snow on the Trails!!

Driving to the office this morning, I rounded the corner and Okemo came into view. Today I noticed there was snow on some of the trails. Could it be the Mountain will soon be open? There has been no official date set but word on the street is that they are shooting for mid-November.

Only a few short weeks ago we were still enjoying warmer weather. Though we knew our summer days were drawing to a close, stunning foliage was right behind it to distract us as the temperatures steadily declined.

Suddenly, here we are. We have flipped the page on our calendars, our clocks have been turned back, the days are shorter and temperatures have dropped below 30 degrees at night. Sounds like winter to me!

Keep your eyes open! Take a look around Okemo Mountain with their new Okemo Live Web Cams and check out the snow report often, you never know when you will need to grab your skis and come visit us in Ludlow!

Of course if you decide you want to stay, stop by and see us at Vermont Properties and Development, you can find us at 29 Locust Hill Rd., across from the golf course.

We can help you with a seasonal rental or to find a place of your own in Vermont. Not interested in being directly on the Mountain? No problem, we have properties both on and off Okemo, in the Village, Lakes Region and surrounding towns. We look forward to meeting you.

Family Skiing MT