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OMST 12.9_12.10

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

OMST parents and athletes,

It was great to see everyone last weekend and we had a large group with some new members and the stoke level was high! Snowmaking will resume towards the latter part of the week which should ensure better coverage and some new trail openings. Rumor has it from the mountain ops department that a sub cold spell will be hitting the area over the weekend which should allow for a huge snowmaking effort by Okemo going into mid December.
Weekend schedule 12/9-12/10
8am Meet at Sitting Bull
8am-11am: Training
11am: 11:45 lunch
11:50-1:30pm Training

Okemo Snowboarders and USASA Nationals

Friday, April 14th, 2017
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                    Day 3 medal winners and coaching staff

Okemo Snowboarders including athletes from OMS and the weekend program competed in Copper, Colorado at USASA Nationals last week and the Okemo contingent took home 21 podiums at the big dance! This a record for our team and we commend all the athletes who competed at Copper for their valiant effort.
Podiums
Joey Okesson (Youth Men 14-15): 3rd slopestyle, 2nd in halfpipe
Tommy Okesson (Boys 8-9):  2nd in pipe, 2nd in slopestyle, 3rd in BX, 2nd in overalls
Julianne Tonkel (Girls 10-11):  1st in slalom, 2nd in halfpipe, 2nd in slopestyle, 1st in BX, 1st in GS, 1st in Overalls
Margie Black (Girls 14-15): 3rd in halfpipe
Henry Hall (Men 18-22): 2nd in GS, 2nd in Slalom
Otto Lichtensteiger (Boys 12-13): 3rd in Slalom
Max Landon (Boys 8-9): 3rd in GS, 3rd in Slalom
Maggie Hall (Women 16-17): 2nd in slopestyle
Anna Valentine (Open class): 1st in halfpipe
Samantha Skoler (Girls 12-13: 2nd in Overalls

OMST 3/11-3/12 and Peace Park

Monday, March 6th, 2017

OMST Parents and Athletes,

We had our last USASA SVS events this weekend and kudos to parents and athletes for their continued support and dedication to our series. Everyone rode really well this year in all disciplines and we are lucky to have one of the best and most competitive series in the country!
Peace Park Qualifiers
As most of you know, there is a VERY large event coming to Okemo this weekend. If you are not familiar with Danny Davis, he is an Olympic snowboarder who has graced the podium in major halfpipe events including X Games, Dew Tour, and Grand Prix’s. He is also one of the most popular snowboarders in the world and is know for unrivaled style and pure snowboarding. Each year, Danny Davis and Mountain Dew host an event called Peace Park in Grand Targhee, WY which is built by Snow Park. The event is a big session featuring invited riders to throw down progressive tricks on a progressive “course”. Okemo will be hosting the only Peace Park Qualifying event in the country this weekend featuring some the country’s best am riders and invited riders. The event will take place in the Dew Zone and Halfpipe area and Snow Park will be in there building all week to create a one of kind course. This is going to be super fun and I hope everyone can drop by to watch throughout the weekend.
Weekend Training
Training will be as normal this weekend and coaches will be working with the kids on Crazy Train (as the Zone will be closed). It will be a little looser this weekend as I am sure that our OMST athletes will want to watch the Peace Park event a lot and on Sunday, the venue will be open at 12:30pm for everyone to ride and enjoy.
Nationals Picture
Nationals invites will be coming out this week and I hope that we will once again have a strong Okemo contingent representing our series in Copper.  I will be able to provide everyone who will be attending Nationals with all the details and costs when I know who is going. It’s looking like anywhere from 17-20 OMS and OMST athletes will receive invites!

OMST 3.3_3.5

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

OMST Parents and athletes,

March is here and we will have our last USASA Southern Vermont Series Friday-Sunday at Okemo. Friday 3/3 and Saturday 3/4 will be slopestyle events and Sunday 3/5 is a halfpipe doubleheader. It will be nice to finish off the competition season on home turf and it will be a fun weekend wrapping up with a Southern Vermont Series BBQ at the halfpipe on Sunday. The Okemo Light the Night Rail Jam is also this weekend and will take place on Bull Run on Saturday night at 5:30pm with registration from 3-5pm- event starts at 5:30pm This is always a fun event for competitors and spectators. To pre-register your child for this weekend’s events see links below links:
For those of you who will be competing in slope and/or pipe, you will need to meet coaches in the upstairs of the Okemo Base Lodge at 7:45am for registration each morning. Please make sure to have boards waxed with temperature appropriate wax the night before slope days and waxed plus an edge tune for pipe comp day.
If you are not competing, training on Saturday and Sunday will be as normal.
Thanks,

OMST 2.25_2.26

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

OMST Parents and Athletes,

We have had some amazing weather over the past few days and perfect timing for President’s week training. Our coaching staff have noticed a ton of progression from all the athletes and the warm temps allowed for a fun and forgiving pipe and park over the weekend and into the week.
This weekend, there will be a Rail Jam at Stratton and because we have not had any athletes competing in a rail jam, there will not be any coaches going to Stratton on Saturday and we will be training slopestyle at Okemo. On Sunday, there will be the 3rd USASA slopestyle event at Stratton.  Athletes should meet coaches in the West Wing of the Stratton Base Lodge at 7:45am. If you have not pre-registered for this event, please do so asap and for all remaining Southern Vermont Series events that your child will be competing in. REGISTER ONLINE Lastly, please make sure to have your child’s board waxed with temperature appropriate wax for Sunday’s event.
For those who will not be competing, training times will be usual at Okemo on Sunday.

OMS Snowboarders Compete in Mammoth Mountain Rev Tour

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Anna Valentine takes first in Rev Tour Halfpipe

Anna Valentine takes first in USSA Toyota Rev Tour Halfpipe at Mammoth Mountain, CA

OMS snowboarders Anna Valentine (18′) and Margie Black (20′) traveled to Mammoth Mountain, California this past week to compete in the USSA Toyota US Rev Tour halfpipe and slopestyle events. The US Rev Tour features the country’s top amateur snowboarders and freeskiers and also includes riders from around the world.

Mammoth sized snow banks

Mammoth sized snow banks

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Margie Black with a nice frontside air during pipe practice

Upon arrival, California started to receive another gigantic snowstorm which resulted in a LONG drive to Mammoth on an alternative route through the Sierra desert. We made it safely and the snowstorm continued to drop 6 feet of snow throughout the week!  Needless to say, training slope and pipe was impossible and we improvised with a mix of hand built jumps and quarterpipes for the girls to session. The girls had a blast and towards the end of the week, conditions improved and the mountain opened up and they were able to ride some amazing powder prior to their events. On Saturday; after a delay the Superpipe went on as scheduled (due to all the snow) and the girls were able to compete. Margie Black competed in her first Rev Tour event and placed 19th with a solid and consistent run and

Anna Valentine took the win with insane style, large airs, and spins. This was her first Rev Tour win and a big congrats to Anna! The slopestyle event kicked off on Sunday and the Mammoth Unbound crew did an excellent job constructing a innovative course consisting of long rails, transitions, and large jumps. Margie Black placed 21st in her first Rev Tour slope and Anna Valentine finished 10th place. Props to both girls for their valiant efforts over the weekend!

OMST 2.4_2.5

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

OMST Parents and Athletes,

It’s hard to believe we that February is almost here which means we only have a month left of competitions in the Southern Vermont Series and less than two months of OMST training left! Let’s take advantage of every moment on the hill and let progression feed progression.
USASA Stratton BX 2/4 and 2/5
This weekend we have our last USASA Boardercross racing events which will be held at Stratton on Saturday and Sunday. Please make sure you pre-register for these events and also pre-register for the remaining Series events in which your child will be competing. Please plan on meeting your coaches in the West Wing of the Stratton Base Lodge at 7:30am on Saturday and Sunday. Also, make sure that your child’s board is tuned with sharp edges and weather appropriate wax. If a base structure is needed, please make sure to do so.Competitor tickets are $25 o please make sure that your child has cash or card both days. Best of Luck to everyone competing!
Friday 2/3 BX Training
There will be BX training at Stratton on Friday from 8:30am-1:15pm. If your child will be training please make sure to let Eddie or myself know and please meet OMS coaches in the West Wing of the Stratton Base Lodge. Training tickets are $45 and your child must have their USASA membership card or a printout of their membership to receive the discounted ticket price.
*Additional USASA SVSS Events
The Southern Vermont Series has added two events which will take place at Okemo the first week of March. On Friday, March 3rd there will be a USASA slopestyle event and on Sunday March 5th, the Series has added an additional pipe which will mean a halfpipe doubleheader on March 5th. The events have yet to be posted on the USASA site but when they do, I will send an email to pre register.
Lastly, for those who are not competing at Stratton this weekend, training at Okemo will follow our normal schedule with morning training from 8am-11am and afternoon training from 11:45am-1:30pm.
Thanks,

OMST 1.28_1.29

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

OMST Parents and Athletes,

I hope everyone had a great weekend and congrats to all the BX athletes in their successes at Stratton over the weekend. Okemo also opened up the halfpipe and is one of the best initial shapes I have seen, so kudos to mountain operations and the park staff for their hard work over the past week.
This weekend we have our first USASA Slopestyle events at Mount Snow on Saturday and Sunday. If you haven’t pre-registered your child online, please make sure to do so asap by visiting the SVSS page. Both events are USASA Southern Vermont Series events and Sunday is also Rev Tour Qualifying event in which a Rev Tour invite will be given to the top 2 riders from Open Class and the top one finisher from Youth class. We will meet athletes in the bottom floor of the Carinthia Base Lodge at 7:30am on both days. Mount Snow is a little over an hour drive from Ludlow. Lift tickets are not included in Registration and the cost is $35. Lastly, please make sure that your child’s board is waxed with weather and temp appropriate wax.
Friday Training: If any OMST weekend athletes would like to train on Friday at Mount Snow, OMS will be training at Carinthia from 9am-1:45pm. Mount Snow does not offer training tickets so please make sure to purchase your child’s ticket for Friday training online as it is the cheapest way to go.
Okemo Training: Training at Okemo for those who are not competing over the weekend will follow our normal schedule with an 8am meet at the Sitting Bull, 11am-11:45am lunch, and afternoon training from 11:45am-1:30pm.

OMS Shred the Gnar Snowboard Camp

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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The OMST Shred the Gnar Camp (Jan 30th-Feb 3rd) is Okemo Mountain School’s annual mid season snowboard camp and is an excellent opportunity for any athlete looking to train intensively with the OMS coaches and experience life at a ski/snowboard academy. Our coaching staff will be working with campers in the pipe, park, and on the mountain throughout the week with a scheduled day trip to Killington as well. Campers will hit the books in a supervised study hall after lunch (Monday-Wednesday), followed by some afternoon trampoline sessions and dryland workouts.

The STG Camp cost is $550 and includes a day ticket to Killington and a OMS Team Sweatshirt. This camp will be very conducive for progression as the midweek slopes will be quiet and Okemo’s parks and pipe will be in tip-top shape!

For more information please email at: [email protected]

OMST 1.21_1.22 and USASA BX #1 and #2 at Stratton

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

OMST Parents and Athletes,

It was great to have everyone for the long weekend and we have our first action packed USASA Boardercross events coming up this weekend at Stratton on Saturday, 1/21 and Sunday, 1/22. If your child will be competing, please make sure to visit the Southern Vermont Series page and register your child. Pre Registration closes on Thursday at midnight. Meeting times for the Stratton event will be at 7:30am in the West Wing of the Stratton Base Lodge on Saturday and Sunday. Also, please make sure that your child’s board is tuned with sharp edges and waxed with weather appropriate wax.
Friday Training
I placed a call to the Stratton Program Director and he is not 100% sure that the course will be open for training on Friday. They are starting the build tonight and fingers crossed that it will be completed in time for competitors to have a day to run the course on Friday. With that said, we will have Friday Training for BX regardless- whether at Okemo or Stratton. I will follow up with an email as soon as I find out to let parents know location, logistics, and costs for training.
Okemo Training
For those of you who will not be competing, we will follow our normal training times at Okemo this weekend with an 8am meet at the Sitting Bull, lunch 11am-11:45am and afternoon training from 11:50am-1:30pm.  Our training will be focused on slopestyle (Crazy Train will be open!) and Okemo is cranking on shaping the 18′ pipe as we speak so we may be able to train in the U tube as well!

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