‘Tis the season for holiday happenings at Okemo

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 20, 2010 12:51 pm

It’s the holiday season and Okemo is welcoming families with a full slate of on-snow fun and après ski events and activities.

 Dec. 23: Visit with Santa. Santa and Mrs. Claus make a Jackson Gore grand entrance at 4 p.m. for a pre-Christmas visit with children before the jolly old elf makes his way to the North Pole for final holiday preparations.

 Dec. 25: Ski and Ride with Santa and Friends. Santa and his merry crew will be cruising the slopes on Christmas Day. He’ll have a sack filled with sweets for good little skiers and riders.

 Dec. 26: Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display. A spectacular pyrotechnics show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Okemo Clock Tower base area, following an amazing torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing Okemo’s Open Slope trail.

 Dec. 26: Guided Snowshoe Tour. Participants will be rewarded for their effort with a bird’s eye view of Okemo’s fireworks display. Meet inside the Okemo Express Rental Shop (Main Base) at 6 pm to be fitted for snowshoes. Rentals are $15. Tour departs the Okemo Base Area beside South Ridge Quad A at 7 pm and climbs the Bull Run trail.

 Dec. 26: Kids’ Light Parade. Children ages 4 to 14 will participate in their own on-snow Light Parade along the F-10 Carpet lift. Glow lights will be provided to each child for the Parade. Participants must be a level 4 or above. Meet in Clock Tower Base Area SnowStars at 6:30 p.m. for check in and pre=parade group activities.Skiing from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.with pick-up at the base of the F-10 Carpet. $15 per child.

 Dec. 27: Shakin’ Skate Night. Come out and enjoy a great evening of ice skating with a live DJ, games, and fun for the whole family from 6-9 p.m. in the Jackson Gore Ice House. Admission is $13 per person and skate rentals are available for $4.

 Dec 29: Nature Museum at Grafton Free Family Presentation. This complimentary, one-hour presentation features “Animal – Winter Tracking” In the winter, animals leave clues about where they have been, who they are, and what they have been doing. Learn about the track patterns animals leave and learn to identify them. The program is free and open to the public, and starts at 7 p.m. in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore.

Dec. 31: Okemo’s Family New Year’s Eve. Midnight arrives early for friends and family enjoying a whole host of activities. Following early evening ice skating, snowtubing, snowshoeing, mountain coaster rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, cookie decorating, bingo games and a trivia tournament, families can ring in the New Year early with a DJ dance party – and still get the kids to bed in time for a full day on the slopes the next day. Party games, balloons, noisemakers and fireworks add to the New Year celebration, complete with a pizza party dinner in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore from 5-9 p.m. Activities-only wristband $23; Activities and Roundhouse Dance Party, $39 for adults. Call (802) 228-1600 or visit Okemo’s New Year’s Eve Party web page for more information.

Okemo is not just for skiing and snowboarding. The Resort excels at providing a memorable winter vacation experience off the slopes, as well as on. Families visiting the popular resort can enjoy alpine coaster rides, ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, swimming, year-round indoor golf, racquetball, fitness classes, aerobic and weight training, massage, sauna, relaxing by a fire, or soaking in a hot tub. The village of Ludlow offers great shopping and a fine selection of dining options.