Winter In VT

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.

Baby it's Cold Outside - Keep your Furry Friends Safe!

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Brrrr...It’s cold outside!
We prayed for winter to arrive and boy did we get it, along with 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 William Raveis Vermont Properties want 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 friends will be as safe and comfortable as their human counterparts. At William Raveis Vermont Properties, we care about you and your pets. Stay safe out there!

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!

What has 121 trails - 1,125 guns and a vertical drop of 2,200 feet? Okemo Mountain!

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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 on the mountain,  we know there is no time to pause and catch our collective breaths.

Winter is bearing down on us and we are expecting conditions and cold weather that is perfect for Okemo to take full advantage of their massively upgraded snow making system when needed. With all the massive upgrades over the past year Okemo is now situated to open more terrain earlier in the season and improve their ability to recover more rapidly from unfavorable weather events throughout the season.

 Be sure to check out the live web cams on the mountain. William Raveis Vermont Properties is excited to be sponsoring the cameras for Jackson Gore, The Summit, Sunburst Six 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’re 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!

Winter is Coming ~ There Will Be Snow

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It's that time of year again! We’ve turned back our clocks and the days are getting shorter and colder. Our thoughts are now turning to Vermont's favorite time of year. Ski season!

We have had some fleeting snow here in the Okemo area and know that in the blink of an eye we can go from a few flakes to a full blown Nor`easter. My grandmother used to say "If you don't like the weather in Vermont, wait a minute, it will change."

According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, we are anticipating colder temperatures in the Northeast for the 16-17 season and are excited about more snow. But, even if there is a lack of natural snow no need to worry, Okemo's major snow making upgrades will allow the Okemo Snowmaking Team to step in at a moment's notice and make the conditions great no matter what Mother Nature has in store. What has changed for this year’s forecast? COLD TEMPERATURES. The snow making team can do wonders with the cold weather.

We have officially ushered out summer and Old Man Winter is moving in. Brrrrr...The change in the air is noticeable. So put away those summer toys, dust off the winter gear and get ready for what is expected to be an awesome ski season in Vermont.

We’ll see you on the Mountain!

A Look into the 2016-2017 Season at Okemo Mountain Resort

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The 2016 - 2017 ski and snowboard season is fast approaching!

Over the past months, Okemo has been working diligently to make improvements for the coming season. 

SkiierOkemo has expanded their snowmaking capabilities, and coverage is now at 98% of their trails! They also added  a new Prinoth Bison X Cat snow groomer. This groomer not only meets new federal emission standards, it is also extremely agile -- even on the steepest terrains; which means added grooming capabilities on sharp curves and the most demanding jumps making it possible to construct refined shapes in the terrain parks. Speaking of terrain parks, new jib features will be built and showcased throughout the coming season. Snowboarder

In the rental shop visitors will find over 500 new pairs of Volkl skis, over 850 pairs of Dalbello ski boots, over 100 Burton snowboards, and over 270 pairs of Burton snowboard boots. You will also find a new Wintersteiger Micro 71 tuning machine. This machine has polishing, edge grinding, deburring, cold waxing, stone, and belt capabilities. At the base lodge, visitors will see new carpeting, fresh paint, and general improvements. 

For more information on the improvements made this summer click here

Not sure what pass is right for you? Okemo offers 7 season pass options!

Park Pass

Enjoy holiday, weekend, weekday, unlimited access to Mount Sunapee, and 3 days at Killington with no blackout dates! Additional benefits include:

Adult
(19 - 64)

Young Adult
(13 - 18)

Junior
(7 - 12)

Senior
(65 - 69)

Super Senior
(70+)

$1,619 $1,345 $1,069 $929 $485

 

Millennial Pass 

Enjoy holidays, weekends, weekdays, and 3 days at Killington with no blackout dates! Additional benefits include:

Adults
(19 - 29)

Adults 
(17 - 18)*
*part-time college students eligible with proof of enrollment

$789 $789

Ultra Pass

Ski and ride every day at Okemo, Mount Sunapee, and Crested Butte with no restrictions. Also enjoy 3 days at Killington. Additional Benefits include:

  • $15 off rates on demos and high-performance rentals
  • 7:45 am lift access on weekends and holidays
  • 10% off retail at Okemo snowsports, snowboard, and mountain outfitters shops
  • 10% culinary discount for all Okemo-managed restaurants
  • 25% discount on Spring House membership
  • 25% discount on preferred parking
  • 25% off a stay at Crested Butte Mountain Resort properties
Adults
(19 - 64)
Young Adults
(13 - 18)
Junior
(7 - 12)
Senior
(65 - 69)
Super Senior
(70+)
$1,829 $1,619 $1,405 $1,099 $595

Value Pass

Ski and ride every day at Okemo and Mount Sunapee with the following blackout dates:

- December 24, 2016 - January 1, 2017
- January 14 - 16 2017
- February 18 - 24 2017

Additional benefits include:

Ages 7+
$939

Sunday Plus Pass

Ski and ride Sunday - Friday at Okemo and Mount Sunapee with the following blackout dates:

- December 24, 2016 - January 1, 2017
- January 14 - 16 2017
- February 18 - 24 2017

Additional benefits include:

 Ages 7 - 69 Ages 70+
$699 $425

Midweek Pass

Ski and ride Monday - Friday at Okemo and Mount Sunapee with the following blackout dates:

- December 24, 2016 - January 1, 2017
- January 14 - 16 2017
- February 18 - 24 2017

Additional Benefits include:

Ages 7 - 69 Ages 70+
$555 $385

4.0 College Pass

This pass is for college students enrolled full-time. You must provide proof of enrollment from your registrar's office as well as a valid college ID card. Benefits include:

  • Unrestricted access to Okemo, Mount Sunapee, Killington, and Pico
  • Includes 5 buddy passes (buddies must show valid college ID)
  • Additional benefits are resort specific
Pass Bought Before
December 15, 2016
Pass Bought After
December 15, 2016
$379 $419

 

More information about season passes can be found here

You might also be interested in condos, rentals, homes or land available at Okemo. 

Ski Magazine Accolades

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Lauded by Ski Magazine as one of the top ten ski resorts, Okemo placed high in 11 out of 15 categories ranked. With the installation of its second orange high-speed bubble chair, Okemo was named the Top Dog of Lifts out of all ski resort reviewed, following closely as #2 for kid friendliness.

According to Ski Magazine, “Okemo pairs big mountain feel with small town vibe”.

Teasing families with “top notch on mountain amenities” (ranked #2 in lodging and #6 in dining).

Seducing them with “superb grooming and snow making” (ranked #3 for grooming and #5 for snow)

Winning them over with an “overall super friendly atmosphere” (ranked #4 in service)

Okemo continues to bring in happy skiers from all over the country.  As stated in Ski Magazine, “Okemo never disappoints, it’s not Vale, but you can’t fly to Vale every weekend.”

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.