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Fall 2016 Sunday Conditioning Days: Training from 12:00pm – 3pm

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Come Workout with Us!!!

Sunday Conditioning Days are FREE to all Okemo and OMS athletes that would like to attend.  Please sned an email to: Charles “Jet” Robbins with your athlete’s name and sessions to be attended to register.  All those that register will be notified of the location as we get closer to the respective date(s).  Please include a telephone contact number as well.

2016 Fall Dates Available:

September 25, October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, and October 30

Sunday Conditioning Days are a great way to get a quality workout with an OMS coach and get a good idea of how you have progressed individually and how you stack up to your fellow athletes as you enter the Fall.  Please bring a Water Bottle and wear athletic clothing.

 

OMS Summer Conditioning Camp Reminder

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
OMS_logo OMS Summer Conditioning Camp Next Week!  There are a few spots still available…Email to Reserve Your Spot Now!
OMS Summer Conditioning Camp:

Session 2: July 11-July 15

This camp will be focused on specific training for skiing and snowboarding with morning conditioning sessions followed by afternoon activities including hiking, mountain biking, running, rock climbing, ropes courses, kayaking, paddle boarding, skate boarding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, and swimming.

Cost:

$475 Monday – Friday  or  $100 per day

Please Contact Chris Hurka or Mariel Meringolo

2015-2016 Post -Season Achievements – Congratulations to all our Okemo Snowsport Athletes!

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
OMARA Awards:

Bud McKeon – Carver Provance
George Watts Award – Isabella de Buy Wenniger
Frank Provance Award – Chris Green
Kevin Pearce Perseverance Award – Chris Savage

Snowboard:

USASA Nationals
Tommy Okesson
Sumner Orr
Max Landon
Nate Marguiles
Julianne Tonkel
Livvie Jennings
Otto Lichtensteiger
Olwen Lavrich
Margie Black
Pete Tonkel
Connor Shea
Joey Okesson
Ally Nadolecka
Portia Desimone
Maggie Hall
Anna Valentine
Ali Hsueh
Henry HallFreestyle:
USASA Nationals
Connie Brogden – Bronze Superpipe, 1st overall Combined Women’s 13-15 age group
Liam Brogden – Bronze Superpipe
Finbar Ford
Jace Provance – Gold in Skiercross
Chris GreenUSSA Junior Freeskiing Nationals
Connie Brogden
Mogul Skier Of The Year – Jack Schlamkowitz
Mogul Skier Of The Year – Madison Peters
Most Improved Mogul Skier – Eric Heitsmith
Most Improved Mogul Skier – Jessica Schlamkowitz
Most Improved Freeride Skier – Tyler Zengo
Freeride Skier Of The Year – Jack Murphy

Alpine:

Hopefuls
Congratulations to all our Hopefuls!
U10 Awards
MVP – Abby Kelleher
MVP – Ben Chute
Most Improved – Blake Nelson
Rookie of the Year – Johnathan Lisi
Coaches’ Award – Bridget Waters
Sportsmanship – Hope Schoudel
U12 Piche’s Team
Julianna Lisi
Reilly Shea
Merina Visnic
Nina Garbarino
Josh Rosenberg
Ryan Thomson
Chris Amato
John Kelleher
U12 Awards
MVP – Merina Visnic
MVP – Josh Rosenberg
Most Improved – Sarah Chute
Rookie of the Year – Nina Garbarino
Coaches’ Award – Christian Carretero
Sportsmanship – Julia Bragg
U14 VT State Championships

Drew Visnic
Brennan Hynes
Seth Tobin
Cameron Washburn
Katherine Killian
Ava Comey
Samantha Burton
Emma Nelson
Emma Laurion
Alexandra Hoffman
Caitlin Slaminko
Emma MacDonald
Erin Kelleher
U14 Easterns
Samantha Burton
Katie Killian
Ava Comey
U14 Can-Ams
Katie Killian
U14 Awards
MVP – Emma Laurion, Seth Tobin
Most Improved – Lindsey Filoon
Coaches’ Award – Caitlin Slaminko, Rocco Coschigano

U16 Finals

Jillian Mirabile
U16 Eastern Champs
Honor Brogden
Carolina de Buy Wenniger
Carver Provance
Jack Shea
U16 Awards
Coaches Award Men’s – Noah Coppola
Coaches Award Women’s – Jillian Mirabile
Most Improved Men’s – Jonah Tobin
Most Improved Women’s – Daly Hynes

U19 Vermont Cup (Overall podium sweep):

Elise Michaels (1st)
Kristina Bonnet (2nd)
Isabella de Buy Wenniger (3rd)
U19 Finals
Kristina Bonnet 3rd GS
Kristina Bonnet and Elise Michaels tied for 2nd SL
Morgan Dawkins 1st SL
Eastern FIS Finals
Kristina Bonnet
U19 Awards
Outstanding Women’s – Lydia Hill
Outstanding Men’s – Morgan Dawkins
Most Improved – Jackson Baker
PG Awards
Most Improved Men’s – Gregory Brew
Coaches’ Award Men’s – Florin Castor
Most Improved  Women’s – Halley Goodrich
Coaches’ Award Women’s – Ciara Murphy

Sixth Annual Okemo Mountain School Winter Festival: Saturday, February 13th

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Dear Friends of Okemo Mountain School,

I wanted to take a moment to invite you all to the Sixth Annual Okemo Mountain School Winter Festival onSaturday, February 13th, 2016 from 7 – 10 pm at Willie Dunn’s at the Okemo Valley Golf Club. There will be a great sampling of wines and beers, as well as hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants.  We will have great silent auction items up for grabs and, new this year, the DJ will be playing dancing music to add to the fun!
It is a casual evening meant for mingling with friends, old and new, and enjoying great food and drink. Tickets are $20 in advance (available at OMS, Okemo Guest Services and Administration, and the Wine and Cheese Depot) or $25 at the door and include the wine and beer tasting.   We will also have wine and beer available for purchase.  Bring a friend (or ten!). This event is most appropriate for adults only. Hope to see you all there!
Also, please consider further supporting OMS through our accompanying Winter Festival Fundraising Campaign. See the attached donation form for more details and contact me if you have any questions. You can also click here to donate ONLINE.  Okemo Mountain School is a 501(c)3 and donations are tax deductible.  A donation in any amount is greatly appreciated and makes a great impact!
I hope to see you all on February 13th!
With warm regards,
Mariel
Winter Fest

Important Information / Action Required – Proxies and Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

PLEASE READ!  WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE.

Over the coming days, please check your mailbox for an important mailing from OMARA.  The mailing includes materials that require a response from all 2014-2015 OMARA members – regardless of your current status with the program. 

For the past several months, OMARA’s Board of Directors has been working with outside counsel to complete a much-needed update of the entity’s governing documents.  

 However, your personal involvement is critical, because our current  governing documents require a 2/3 vote by all 2014-2015 OMARA members in support of the new documents. 

Copies of the Annual Meeting Notice, proposed new  By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation are enclosed in the mailing.  Please contact me, our secretary Lisa Sherman, or any other board member, to discuss any questions you may have.  We will also schedule a conference call for anyone interested in discussing the importance of these changes. The updates will streamline and modernize our rules,  improve governance and promote flexibility to address the needs of our members. 

Whether or not you plan to attend the Feb 14th Annual Meeting at Willie Dunn’s please complete and return the Proxy in the self addressed, postage-paid envelope that is included with the mailing. 

Our collection of proxies will ensure that we have a quorum at the meeting, enabling us to proceed with the vote.  If you decide to attend, we can easily return your proxy at time of check-in if you desire to cast your own ballot. If you cannot attend but wish to cast your own vote in lieu of a proxy, please contact me at the number listed, below, or Lisa Sherman at 508-255-2133, ext. 247.

 

On behalf of OMARA,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bill Hauser
President
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Bill Hauser, President .  Lisa Sherman, Secretary . Karyn Calcano, Treasurer
Veronica Bonnet . Julia Burton . Peter Cornish . Ed Kelleher . Allison Laurion . Laura Lovejoy

 

OMARA is pleased to celebrate more than twenty years of service to the athletes, families and coaches of Okemo Snow Sport Competition Programs.  Please visit  go2omara.com

Happy New Year ! Competition Programs Update as of Thursday, 12/31

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Greetings and Happy New Year !

Thanks to everyone for the flexibility in managing through a most unusual start to winter.  Truly, collaboration between Okemo Mountain, our comp center director, coaches, parents and athletes has gone a long way in making the best of a difficult season.

With limited terrain during a holiday week, the slopes were destined to become congested. As competition teams move together in groups — often at speed — they can easily intimidate other guests and bring on other logistical issues.   Under these circumstances, other mountains could have easily shut down competition access in entirety.  Meanwhile, Okemo has been extremely responsive to accomodate our needs; offering some early (pre-opening) lift access, restricting terrain for exclusive competition use and when viable, diverting snowmaking to competition-specific terrain.  In good times and through challenges, they’ve given full support to our programs.  (See the plan from Okemo’s GM, Bruce Schmidt, for valuable insights.)  And when you have a chance, pass along a simple thank you to anyone on the mountain ops or snowmaking team — those words will be well received.

With colder temps again in the forecast, we are optimistic that more favorable conditions will soon be in store.   Competition programs will now be reverting to traditional training schedules and times.  Check in with your coaches and their individual blog posts for more detail.  Also, please continue to check this website frequently for ongoing updates.

For New Year’s Eve, offer up a toast to snowier days.  Again, this winter may have been delayed, but we will not be denied.

See you on the slopes,

Bill Hauser

 

Competition Programs Update as of Tuesday 1/29

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Competition Programs Update as of Tuesday 12/29

The training plan employed for the past two days will remain in place.  Please refer to the following schedule;

U14,U16,U19 and Snowboarders will meet from 8 am – 11 am 

U10-U12 and Freestylers will meet from 11 am – 2 pm

Groups will meet at regularly assigned locations, unless coaches announce alternative plans.  Participants should not be skiing/riding as a group outside of the allocated time slots.

Hopefuls and Devos will be meeting on;

Wednesday 12/30, Thursday 12/31 and Saturday 1/2

Hopefuls will meet at 9 am in front of Sugarhouse for Wednesday.
Another update might follow on possibility of daily split sessions /alternative times for Thursday and Saturday.

Devos will meet at 8.30 am off the top of the A/B quads

Please check this blog frequently as plans remain variable and could change.

Again, many thanks for your patience.  As mentioned in prior notes, Okemo is working closely with the Competition Center Director to manage through current conditions. The mountain remains committed to maximizing training opportunities in a safe and appropriate manner.  

Also, as a reminder, I would strongly encourage everyone to click here and read the note from Bruce Schmidt of 12/25.  

Bill Hauser

Competition Programs Update as of Sunday 12/27

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Competition Programs Update as of Sunday 12/27

At present, plans call for the following training schedule;

Monday 12/28

U14,U16,U19 and Snowboarders will meet from 8 am to 11 am 

U10-U12 and Freestylers will meet from 11-2

Groups will meet at regularly assigned locations, unless coaches announce alternative plans.  Participants should not be skiing/riding as a group outside of the allocated time slots.

Daily schedule for age groups noted above to remain in place until further notice.

Tuesday 12/29

Please refer to age group schedule for Monday shown above.
Hopefuls and Devos will not be meeting on Tuesday.

Current schedule calls for Hopefuls and Devos meetings on;

Wednesday 12/30, Thursday 12/31 and Saturday 1/2

Hopefuls will meet at 9 am in front of Sugarhouse for Wednesday.
Another update might follow on possibility of daily split sessions /alternative times for Thursday and Saturday.

Devos will meet at 8.30 am off the top of the A/B quads

 

Please check this blog frequently as plans remain variable and could change.

Again, many thanks for your patience.  As mentioned in prior notes, Okemo is working closely with the Competition Center Director to manage through current conditions. The mountain remains committed to maximizing training opportunities in a safe and appropiate manner.  

Also, as a reminder, I would strongly encourage everyone to click here and read the note from Bruce Schmidt of 12/25.  

On to snowier days  (they are coming),

Bill Hauser
OMARA

Okemo General Manager’s update for OMARA families

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Greetings,

I want to take some time to give everyone an overview on what we see happening in regards to mountain operations and snowmaking and how it will affect the Okemo Competition Programs.  As you are aware, for this weekend, Competition Programs will not be training.  Please see Competition Programs Update for details. 

Okemo as well as the entire East coast is facing weather patterns that we have never seen previously.  As you know, the weather just hasn’t gotten cold enough for a real winter to begin.  With that said Okemo is working hard to do what we can to provide a winter skiing experience against strong odds.  The Okemo race program participants and families are very important to the resort.  The relationship that Okemo has with the racing families is strong and appreciated by both sides.  With that said I wanted to give you an update on where we see things from our perspective.  Here are some of things we are thinking and doing around the resort.

  • Okemo wants to provide training for our athletes, but we want to do this in the safest manner possible.  When decisions are made to cancel or postpone training it is because the coaches feel the terrain, space or business levels may not be conducive for ski racers to be training on the slopes.
  • The competition department is working very closely with Okemo and our mountain operations team to look at opportunities to train.  We were hoping to be able to do this over in Solitude again this coming weekend, but because of the limited terrain we have and some of the trail conditions, we are unable to provide early morning training this week.  Okemo is committed to providing this training when the conditions improve.
  • Peter and his coaches are meeting regularly to look at training schedules and speak with myself and our mountain manager. We have daily discussions on training options.
  • Okemo is committed to holding as many races as possible, but we need to balance this with our skiing public demands.  I can assure you that we will do our best to hold these postponed races as we can through the rest of the season.
  • Some good news, Okemo is planning on making snow on the Wardance trail in this next round of snowmaking.  The snowguns are in place.  I am hopeful for good things on the trail after a couple nights of snowmaking. Our plan will be to get the trail opened even if it is not wall to wall to provide some training space.
  • Our plan for terrain parks is to hopefully get started on one soon.  We know this is a real concern for the freestyle and snowboard teams and we feel your pain.
  • Our Mountain Manager and I have discussed finding a spot for some moguls to be built, even if they are a short section so the mogul racers can at least have something.  This may not be able to be done in this coming round of snowmaking, but is something we are looking at. 

My goal is to continue to communicate the best we can with what we are thinking.  I cannot tell you how much the Mueller family and Okemo staff appreciate the loyal support of the racing families.  We are all in this together and we are committed to do all we can with the resources and weather we have.  Rest assured that Okemo Ski racers, Snowboard competitors or Freestyle competitors are not forgotten and are important to the resort.

May you all have a great holiday season and thanks for sticking with Okemo

Bruce Schmidt
Vice-President & General Manager
Okemo Mountain Resort

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COMPETITION PROGRAMS UPDATE. ALL OKEMO COMPETITION PROGRAM TRAINING CANCELED FOR SATURDAY, 12/26 AND SUNDAY, 12/27

Friday, December 25th, 2015

ALL OKEMO COMPETITION PROGRAM TRAINING CANCELED FOR SATURDAY, 12/26 AND SUNDAY, 12/27

Okemo Mountain remains fully committed to the competition program, however, historic weather has forced ongoing changes to this season’s plans.  While many other competition programs across New England are shut out in entirety, Okemo has worked diligently to provide us with hill space where available.  However, a strong plan, great equipment,  and a committed team can not fully overcome Mother Nature.  I would strongly encourage everyone to click here and read the note that Bruce Schmidt provided to me this afternoon.  His note emphasizes the importance of our collaboration and Okemo’s commitment to our athletes.   Truly, the level of support that Okemo provides our program  is uncharacteristic among other resorts.

Colder temperatures are forecast to return on Sunday eve and rest assured, the snow makers will be out in force.  And, the forecast is calling for snow early next week.  The Competition Program Director and coaching staff are in ongoing contact, working on means to mitigate the impact on our athletes’ training.  Please continue to look for updates on the OMARA  and team-specific blogs.     Many thanks for your continued support and flexibility.

Delayed but not denied … and on to snowier days,

Bill Hauser
President
OMARA

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