Love is in the air at Okemo Mountain Resort. Two loving couples recently became engaged – Okemo style. Okemo’s staff has enjoyed playing cupid, twice this winter season, by arranging to write wedding proposals in the snow for potential brides to read while riding a chairlift.
Okemo Love Connection Coordinator Liam Fracht-Monroe, who is a newlywed himself, says, “Okemo’s corduroy is legendary with skiers and riders, and it makes a perfect canvas to proclaim your love. And what better way to celebrate a shared passion for winter sports than popping the most important question of your life while riding a chairlift at your favorite mountain?”
Most recently, on Jan. 31, James Croswell, of Roxbury, Conn., wrote a message to his girlfriend Jenna Winter, of Ludlow, Vt., in giant block letters written on the snow under Okemo’s Black Ridge triple chair. It read, “I (heart) U Jenna. Will you marry me?”
All this romance has prepared Okemo for Valentine’s Day. On Feb. 14, the Resort will play cupid again by giving a new name to the “singles line.” Single skiers and riders in search of a match should plan to ride the Black Ridge Triple Chair starting at 1 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Couples will be created randomly, on-the-spot, and in the time it takes to ride the lift to the top, fate will make a love connection, or skiers and riders can go their separate ways and return to the “Lookin’ for Love Line” again.
In addition, guests visiting the popular Green Mountain resort can participate in a Sweetheart Scavenger Hunt, a Find-the-Liftie-with-a-Heart contest, or play Okemo’s social media Valentine’s Day photo game.
Ten oversized red hearts will be hidden along some of Okemo’s easiest ski trails on Valentine’s Day. When a skier or rider finds a heart and takes it to the Real Estate Info Desk in the Okemo Clock Tower Base Area base lodge, they will win a prize package with confections provided by M&M Mars.
Because Okemo loves its lifties, otherwise known as lift attendants, the resort wants skiers and riders to recognize that the hearty men and women who keep chairlifts running smoothly and safely, have a lot of love for resort guests. On Valentine’s Day, one of Okemo’s lifties will be wearing a bright red heart on his/her uniform. Skiers and riders who report the name of the lovable liftie to the Okemo Clock Tower Base Area base lodge Real Estate Info Desk, will win a sweet Valentine treat.
Social media sweethearts who take a photo of themselves in front of Okemo’s digital lift signs when a special Valentine message displays, can win a Snowcat dinner adventure for two to Epic. When they e-mail their photo to firstname.lastname@example.org, they become eligible to be a finalist in a Valentine facebook photo contest.
Hopeless romantics who long to gaze into each other’s eyes over a candlelit dinner should plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day at Okemo’s Coleman Brook Tavern, located in the Jackson Gore Inn. Executive Chef Michael Breen will lovingly prepare a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu that includes salad, an appetizer, entree and dessert for $150 per couple. Twosomes can add a wine pairing with each course for an additional $70. Coleman Brook Tavern’s nightly dinner menu will also be offered. Call 802-228-1435 for information or reservations.
For a romantic rendezvous, Okemo is offering a Romance Lodging Package for couples who would like to steal away for a Valentine holiday. Romance Packages start at just $699.95 for a couple and include: two nights of lodging in a Jackson Gore Inn Executive room, a three-course dinner for two at Coleman Brook Tavern, a 50-minute massage for each guest, a Vermont gift basket and optional two-day lift tickets at a special rate of $112.20 per person. This package includes all taxes, travel protection plan and it is valid any midweek (Sun.-Thurs.) non-holiday period, excluding March 13-18. Call (866) 706-5366 to make a reservation.
“Jenna’s answer to the marriage proposal? It was `yes,’ of course” added Fracht-Monroe. “Who could refuse a proposal written in three-foot tall letters?”