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Big News for Ludlow, VT!

36 years ago, Tim and Diane Mueller purchased Okemo Mountain Resort and began their journey in the ski industry. Over the years they have made many improvements to Okemo, along with acquiring Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire and Crested Butte in Colorado. They have truly made a great impact on not only Ludlow, but the ski industry in New England.

With the ski industry at its peak, Vail Resorts has approached the Mueller’s to buy Okemo, Mount Sunapee, and Crested Butte. Vail Resorts is based in Colorado, but owns several mountains around the country, along with the recent purchase of Stowe Mountain in 2017. It has been reported that the sale of Mueller’s Triple Peaks LLC will be final this summer. Tim and Diane have said, “we want you to know that this was the hardest decision we have ever made, especially as we begin to transition through this deal and say goodbye to each of you”.

While we are sad to lose the Mueller’s, we are very excited about what this purchase could mean for all three mountains, Okemo in particular. We are sure that improvements and changes to the mountain will continue for years to come, making Ludlow a prime destination, not only in New England, but in the country. If you are thinking about purchasing your own home in the Okemo Valley, now is the time to do it!

We would like to thank the Mueller’s for being such an integral part of our community, as well as wonderful friends of our Vermont Properties team. We wish you luck on your next chapter!

New Listing: Trailside Village 45-B | Okemo Mountain

Our team just listed this wonderful three-bedroom and three-bath townhouse at Trailside Village 45-B on Okemo Mountain. Recently renovated with a gorgeous kitchen, this unit boasts panoramic long-distance easterly views of Mount Ascutney. The views are even better from the covered deck equipped with a private hot tub.

Three levels of living provide an open kitchen/dining/living room area to entertain and a lower level den for overflow. There is a sauna in the lower level to enjoy after your day on the slopes. You'll love the top-floor private master bedroom suite with jetted tub. Amenities include a seasonal outdoor recreation area with a shared in-ground pool and two tennis courts. Plus, take advantage of the on-demand ski shuttle to access the slopes.

 

For further listing details on this new listing, please click here!

 

Call us at (802) 228-8877 or visit www.vtprop.com

History Highlight: The Okemo Fire Tower

Known as one of the most iconic landmarks of Ludlow, Vermont, it's only fair that we kick off our History Highlight series with this well-known and loved icon. Reaching 3,343 feet tall, Okemo Mountain boasts stunning views, excellent terrain, hiking trails, and over 600 acres to explore. At the summit of Okemo Mountain rests the base of the original fire tower from the 1930s. Climbing up the winding staircase is worth the trip as you'll find yourself in the center of a panoramic, 360-degree view of Vermont's Green Mountain, New York's Adirondacks, and New Hampshire's White Mountains. Rising above the ski lifts, the tower is the highest point on the mountain. Today, the fire tower is used only for soaking in the awe-inspiring views, a photo-op, and a quiet place to relax. 

 

According to the Green Mountain Club, a Vermont-based hiking organization that oversees the famous Long Trail and other local trails, the Okemo Fire Tower was erected around 1932-1934 and used to fight against forest fires. In 1920, the summit was used to spot fires near and far, and as this location was deemed successful, the Civilian Conservation Corps, a Depression-era work relief program, decided to construct the steel tower. The tower was thoroughly manned until the 1970s, offering onlookers a unique perspective of Ludlow, Cavendish, Mount Holly, and other surrounding towns, as well as out-of-state areas. As technology was brewing, the need for the fire tower was limited but never-the-less, it was named to the National Historic Lookout Register in 1998. 

 

Hikers and skiers alike continue to access the Okemo Fire Tower today! There are a few ways to get there, some including vehicles or lifts, and others only requiring you and your hiking legs. Here are our favorite ways to reach the tower:

 

1. The Healdville Trail:

Located just three miles from Okemo, the Healdville Trail is located off Route 103 in Mount Holly, Vermont. This small trailhead along the Green Mountain Railroad starts the excursion on the 5.8-mile round-trip hike. The well-blazed trail is named after the long-lost Healdville train station. This is a great hike for friends and family to enjoy with a moderate pitch, an easy-to-follow path, and a well-marked trail. Once you've reached the summit, you'll find a sign directing you to the Fire Tower!

 

2. Mountain Road via Vehicle:

This option is great for families with small children who want to get a bit of exercise, or for those who don't have the whole day to explore. In the summer months, you can drive up Mountain Road, a ski trail turned access road to the near top. You'll have to ditch your car and enjoy a ten-minute walk to the actual summit. From there, you'll find a trailhead leading you into the woods and off the road, which then filters out to the base of the Fire Tower. 

 

3. Scenic Chairlift Ride:

On a sunny and clear day, this is one of the best ways to get to the fire tower! Jump on the Sunburst Six chairlift and take a scenic ride to the top. From there, enjoy an easy hike up the ski trail to the actual summit at the Glades Peak Quad. You'll see the fire tower once you get here, and you'll just follow the path to the base of the tower.

 

4. Winter Ski Access:

Take a break from your ski day and pop off your skis or snowboard and take a quick walk through the woods to the fire tower! To get there, take the Glades Peak Quad to the true summit and then ski down to the trailhead. Or, take the Solitude Express Quad, and follow the trail to the fire tower. Ask any local and they can help direct you, too! 

 

 

New Event: Taps & Tastes | Okemo

Our team is beyond excited to share that we are bringing beer festivals back to Okemo this fall! Introducing the all-new Taps & Tastes event at Okemo's Jackson Gore Courtyard. Come sample countless varieties of cold drinks from 20+ regional craft breweries. We will have over 50 beers and ciders on tap for you to experience while enjoying live music in the mountains. Join us on Saturday, September 18th from 12 to 5 p.m. with V.I.P. entrance beginning at 11 a.m.

 

While the beer and cider sampling is the highlight of the event, you won't want to miss the incredible live music we have lined up for you. The afternoon will kick off with Danny & The Parts, an Americana band from Burlington, VT. The upbeat and whimsical original songs with a hint of traditional rock are exactly what we need to get the party started. Danny & The Parts will be on stage from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Following the opening act, you will enjoy the sounds of Della Mae, the Grammy-nominated, all-women string band.  This engaging roots band features a diverse musical style with a fiddle, bass, guitar, mandolin, and lead vocalist. If they weren't already cool enough, their mission as a band is to showcase top female musicians and to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance. Della Mae will take the stage from 2 to 5 p.m.

 

 

The event isn't called "Taps & Tastes" for nothing! Aside from the incredible spread of beer and cider, the festival will also showcase a great lineup of tasty food options. We know that if Okemo is cooking, it's got to be yummy. You'll find everything from specialty food options to simple and delicious bites. Plus, there will a spread of craft and local vendors at the event offering items like local maple syrup, Vermont-made gifts, and snacks!

 

Last but not least, the festival wouldn't be complete without a little adventure. Okemo's Adventure Zone will be open throughout the duration of the event including the Haulback Challenge Course, the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, Lumberin' Cal's Miniature Golf, and more! Tickets can be purchased for the Adventure Zone online and ahead of time. 

 

You won't want to miss this epic one-day festival! Tickets can be purchased online in advance up to 72 hours before the event. Walk-up tickets can be purchased at the gate for general admission, designated drivers, and children only. No V.I.P. tickets are available day-of. Ticket prices are as follows:

 

-General Admission (21+ years): $45 per person in advance; $55 per person for walk-up
Includes admission to the venue, commemorative beer glass, and 3 drink tokens.

-V.I.P. Admission (21+ years): $75 per person in advance only
Includes reserved parking, early access to the venue (11 a.m.), commemorative beer glass, 1 specialty food ticket, and 4 drink tokens.

-Designated Driver: $15 per person in advance and walk-up
Includes admission to the venue

-Minor (Ages 4 to 20 years old): $15 per person in advance and walk-up
Includes admission to the venue

-Child 3 & Under: Free
Includes admission to the venue

**Admission for this event will be limited in order to maintain safety protocols, so purchase your tickets early!

The last call for ticket purchases is 30 minutes prior to closing.

The last pour is 15 minutes prior to closing and all drink tokens must be redeemed before the end of festival hours.

 

Visit www.okemo.com for more information on Taps & Tastes! We can't wait to see you there. Visit us under our blue Vermont Properties tent!

William Raveis Vermont Properties is the proud sponsor of Taps & Tastes. 

 

 

New Seasonal Rental! Birch Landing Condominium

 

Our team is excited to share our newest seasonal rental with you. Located at Birch Landing on Echo Lake, this two-bedroom and three-bath townhouse is just a short drive to either Okemo or Killington. Nestled under pines, this comfortable condominium offers beautiful winter views over Echo Lake.

 

The main floor flows seamlessly from room to room, perfect for enjoying apres-ski moments in front of the brick fireplace. Vaulted ceilings and lots of light create a perfect setting for your Vermont escapes. Birch Landing is a setting perfect for winter walks and snowshoeing, too!

 

This seasonal rental sleeps eight people. Contact our team for more details and to get your winter getaway locked in for the 2021/2022 season! Call us at (802) 228-8877 or visit www.vtprop.com

New Listing: Adams House at Jackson Gore | 820/822 Qtr. III

Our team just listed this wonderful quartershare condominium at Okemo's Jackson Gore, located in the Adams House #820/822 Qtr. III. Enjoy slopeside living in this three-bedroom, three-bathroom condominium with over 1,800 square feet of living space. Located within Adams House at Jackson Gore on Okemo, this location offers direct ski trail and chairlift access.

 

Find luxury living at its finest with full access to the Spring House, offering an indoor pool, fitness center, and spa. Other amenities include underground parking and slopeside ski lockers. This open floorplan features a fully equipped kitchen, jetted bathtub, gas fireplace, and lock-out capabilities. This cozy condominium sleeps up to ten people with two kings, two queens, and a queen sleeper sofa. The Okemo Valley is the perfect choice for year-round fun with skiing and snowboarding, an award-winning golf course, the picturesque lakes region, mountain biking, local shopping, dining, and more!

 

Interested in more details? Learn more about our new seasonal rental on our website!

 

Call us at (802) 228-8877 or visit www.vtprop.com