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2017 VARA World Cup Parade – Response needed by 10/13

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Hello Okemo Competition Center Alpine Families plus a few recent alpine alumni!),

It is hard to believe it is already October!  I hope all is well!  Many of you are probably wondering about registration for the Okemo Competition Center programs this winter.  You should be hearing from Peter Cornish, Director of the Okemo Competition Center, very soon regarding sign-ups for this winter.  I know that you are able to call the Okemo Call Center (802-228-1600) right now to register (see info on programs and rates HERE), but soon you may also be able to register online as well. Peter has been working with IT on making this convenience available.   However, I am contacting you right now regarding the VARA Parade of Athletes at the World Cup in November.
As many of you know, Killington will again host the Women’s World Cup the weekend of November 25th and 26th.  It was amazing to see World Cup racing back in the East last winter and we are all very excited to have it back again!
On Saturday 11/25 VARA clubs are again being invited to participate in a Parade of Clubs prior to the start of the GS race.  We hope to have a strong contingent of Okemo participants like we did last year!  We had over 100 march in the parade, which was the most of any club!
Read on for details, but be sure to complete this SURVEY if your athlete wants to get a spot in the parade.
Details are still being finalized by VARA and the WC Organizing Committee, but here is what we know as of now:
1) We will be able to have a certain number of athletes march in the parade.  Hopefully, this number will accommodate all that wish to march, but our number could wind up being somewhat limited.  Your response now will help ensure all can march!
2) Okemo is going to generously provide busing again this year and our buses will be able to drive all the way to the K1 Lodge for drop-off/pick-up.  HOWEVER, every athlete will need to be accompanied by an adult to ride the bus and this adult will be responsible for this/these athlete(s) during the course of the day at Killington.  Coaches will serve as chaperones only during the staging of and marching in the actual parade and will be watching the race from the VARA viewing area where the parade will end.  Your athletes are encouraged to watch the race with their coaches so that they can ask questions, etc, BUT coaches will not be responsible for supervising athletes during the race or making sure they they get back on the bus at the end of the day.  Last year proved too logistically difficult with so many different families having different plans for their athletes and last minute changes to those plans.  With such large crowds present at the event, we feel the best way to ensure athlete safety is to have each family responsible.  Depending on response for taking the bus we may need to limit athletes to one parent on the bus with them.
3) Any athlete who wants to march in the parade but NOT ride the bus is welcome to march.  The athlete will need to meet the group at the staging area near the K1 lodge.
4) Approximate timeline for Saturday 11/25. Note this may change prior to the event and details regarding meeting places will come!
6 AM – meet at Okemo for bus transport (athletes must have an adult!)
7:30 AM – meet at the staging area for the parade.  Athletes are left with coach chaperones.
8:30/8:45 AM – Parade begins
9 AM – Parade ends at VARA viewing area.  Athletes reconnect with their parents/adult chaperone in/just outside the VARA viewing area.
9:30/10 AM – race starts
2 PM – approx. race end
3:30 PM – approx time for bus departure back to Okemo.
Since we need to provide a number of athlete parade participants to VARA this weekend, I am asking that you click this link (https://goo.gl/forms/DkiBJqRN1Kq4UOgU2) to fill out a survey to indicate your athletes’ participation BY FRIDAY 10/13.  Please consider this a firm RSVP.  We also will need to work with Okemo to try and meet the demand for bus rides, so please reply accurately there too.  Both transportation and parade participation may be limited, and I may need to collect another set of responses later.  If you are interested in learning more about the parade, please make sure to fill out the survey, even if your response is NO.
Thanks!
Mariel

Hopefuls 2/18 – 2/25

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

We got some really great snow this past week and the skiing is going to be fantastic for the upcoming vacation week. The Hopefuls will be training on Saturday, 2/18, Tuesday, 2/21, and Saturday, 2/25. We’ll meet in front of the Sugar House at 9 and return there at 11, after lunch we’ll meet again at 12 and ski until 2 each day.

The race schedule for the rest of the season is Saturday, 2/25 on Bull Run and Saturday, 3/25 on War Dance. The final race will be combined with the end of season OMARA awards and BBQ including parents vs kids racing.

This Saturday evening is the OMS Winter Festival which features a great silent auction and a sampling of foods and drinks from local establishments. OMS is celebrating its 25th year so please come out and join the celebration at Willie Dunn’s from 7 – 10 pm.

Race results from Saturday’s race will be posted on the Okemo Competition Center facebook page later today.

Hopefuls 2016-2017

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Hopefuls Program. It was great to see many returning athletes and lots of new athletes this weekend! We are looking forward to a great winter skiing with your children.

The Hopefuls teams always start and finish at the Sugar House. Our training schedule is every Saturday, skiing from 9-11 and 12-2. Your child should meet with the same group of coaches each week. Please have your children dress warmly for all weather conditions, unless it’s bitter cold we try not to go inside during the two hour training sessions. We’ll be skiing all terrain on the mountain, periodically training some stubbies and brushes on Wardance, and getting some time training on the NASTAR course. We will also have five races during the season, schedule will be posted in the next couple of weeks.

Training days from now until the end of December are as follows: Saturday, 12/17, Tuesday, 12/27, Thursday, 12/29 and Saturday, 12/31. No training on Saturday, 12/24.

Looking forward to seeing everyone out on the hill soon!

 

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

Hopefuls Finals Saturday, 3/19

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Hi Everyone,

We will have our final Hopeful race this Saturday, 3/19, YAY! We’ll meet our teams at 9 am in front of the Sugar House, go to Wardance to inspect the course and the race will start at 10 am. Pizza party and awards to follow the race around 12:15 by the Yurt.

See you all on Saturday!

Pam and Jim

 

Hopefuls Saturday, 3/5

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Hi Everyone,

We will not be able to have our race this Saturday due to the rail jam. We’ll be training on our regular schedule the next two Saturdays, 3/5 and  3/12.

Our final race will take place on Saturday, 3/19, followed by a pizza party at the yurt.

See you all out on the hill!

 

 

Hopefuls training 2/6 and beyond

Monday, February 1st, 2016

We’ve got our schedule set for the upcoming weeks of February. This weekend, 2/6, we’ll be training on Saturday. Our schedule for the holiday week is as follows:

Saturday, 2/13, training 9-11 and 12-2

Sunday, 2/14, morning race at 10 am (meet at Sugar House at 9 am), then training 12-2.

Tuesday, 2/16, training 9-11 and 12-2

Thursday, 2/18, training 9-11 and 12-2

Saturday, 2/20, morning race at 10 am (meet at Sugar House at 9 am), then training 12-2.

We’ll also race on 3/5 and finals will be on 3/19 on Wardance followed by a pizza party.

Mark your calendars for the OMS Winter Festival which will take place on Saturday, 2/13, at Willie Dunns at the Okemo Valley Golf Club. This is a fun-filled night of music and dancing, local food and a great silent auction. This is a major fundraiser for OMS so please try to join us for a fun evening with friends.

See you all on Saturday!

Pam, Jim and the Hopeful Coaches

 

 

 

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

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