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

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


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