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!!