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Greetings Team Devo !

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Greetings Team Devo !

Welcome back to our returnees — and welcome aboard to our first-time attendees.   We’ll be meeting up for the first time this Saturday, 12/9 (details below).    Our roster will take final form as we add a few more faces over coming weeks.   We’re assured of a solid squad; large enough for all to make new friends, small enough to maintain our group’s personal feel.

And as the season starts, a quick note on a few items ….

* Logistics

Look for us (the two most dashing senior ski bums clad in matching red jackets) at the top of the A/B, off to the far side of the trail on skiers’ right at 8.25 am.  Departure will be near 8.30.


Our group will ski the morning and break around 11 am, shed the goggles and facemarks, re-test name and face recognition and in the spirit of camaraderie, have the group eat together.   We will generally break at Sugar House — but might opt for Jackson Gore on those days we’re hucking cliff jumps and cornices in the back country.  (OK, maybe not.)

Near high noon, we’ll jump back on snow for another two hours.  Around 2 pm we’ll set the group free — ready for you to serve up much-deserved hot chocolate. Please make sure your daughters/sons have lunch money and means to connect with you at the end of the day.

No de-merits if your son/daughter can’t participate on any given day — but for planning purposes, please drop me a note if he/she will be absent.

* Holiday Week Schedule

We will meet on Saturday, 12/23, Tuesday, 12/26, Thursday, 12/28 and Saturday, 12/30.  Thereafter, Saturdays until the next holiday break.  We’ll be checking everyone’s availability and update info on other holiday/school vacations as those dates draw closer.

* Early Season Routine

Back to basics, yes.  Balance, body position, fore and aft pressure are front and center for these early weeks.  Nothing glamorous, but critically important  even for the most experienced skiers during early season.  Maybe you’ll get a laugh, maybe a yawn, or maybe a groan about feeling uncomfortable, but each of these skills builds for real improvements as the season progresses.   We’ll keep you posted on progress in the time ahead.

* Equipment

Mike and I will talk with you if any equipment modifications are necessary. We like to keep it simple, but the proper tools are critical for safety — and executing on the skills we’re looking to build.  In the past we’ve sometimes recommended stiffer, longer skis, better fitting poles or most importantly, appropriate boots.  (We’ve also politely consulted in those rare instances of extreme goggle gap.) But seriously, in all cases, keeping skis sharp and tuned is vital.  We’ll gladly do an instructional tuning session a few weeks into the season.


* Terrain

Last year offered significant opportunity to ski the entire mountain — hence our group honed stylish turns in the glades on many weekends.  Let’s hope for similar conditions this season and we’ll quickly progress from groomers to the Nastar course, moguls and glades.

* Homework

For this week’s assignment, please have your daughter or son prepped with enthusiasm, willingness to make some new friends and a big smile.

Stay tuned, the fun is about to begin.

As always, feel free to reach out with thoughts or questions.

See you on the snow,

Bill and Mike


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.


$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


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


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

Weather or Not … Devo Update 2/13

Friday, February 12th, 2016

cold temp therm

Weather or not ? ….

Yes, we are on for Saturday !

However, with the confluence of cold temps and wind — there will potentially be some adjustments to the schedule.  At a minimum, the group might add in a hot chocolate break, so please  supply your sons/daughters  with a few extra warm-weather dollars.   Also, consider possibility of us  ending earlier than 2 pm.  (By the way, tomorrow is a good day to redeem any those hard-earned hot chocolate awards.)

In terms of gear, please make sure to equip your kids with proper skin protection (really critical), hand and/or boot warmers and added layer(s) of warm clothes. 

(OK, for full disclosure, I won’t be joining the group tomorrow.)  Not for fear of the weather, but I am tending to a minor injury.  Mike will be looking for everyone at the same time, same place, departing the top of the A/B at 8.30 am.

* Next week …

Plan is for us to get together on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (and of course Saturday) during the holiday week  Or more correctly, holiday week for the select few, as school schedules are proving  less and less consistent   I am hopeful to be back on snow for each of those days — we’ll keep you posted if any changes are needed. 


Bill and Mike

Devos Update !

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

All –

We’ve made solid use of the improved snow conditions over the past several weeks. And our returnees have done an admirable job of welcoming in our newest additions.  Mike and I are pleased with the effort and willingness for most everyone to push beyond their traditional levels of comfort.


  • Congrats !
    Yes, congratulations to several of our Devos who claimed positions on their high school ski teams.  The hard work, fundamentals and your time on snow really do matter .  Keep up the great work.   And a big shout-out to those who participated in the recent Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge.  I missed the official video replay on ESPN, but rumor has it that many of our team members took podium positions.  Congratulations and great job !

(Partial attendance — end of day at South Face)

  • Speaking of Video

I’ll be sending a link to an uncut / unedited video file from material shot on Wardance a couple weeks back.  No, the material is not meant for primetime viewing — nor will it claim any critical film awards.

However, I am hopeful that all members of our group will quickly scan through the footage, locate pertinent material and do a self-assessment.  If a  picture is worth a thousand words, hopefully the video clips will have some value in identifying concepts that we’ve been discussing throughout the season.   Start with feet and shins, move up to torso, shoulders, arms/hands, etc.  Any thoughts on positioning ?

Ciara and Kristen are due hot chocolates from our last homework assignment.  Who is up to the task of supplying a good self-assessment for the coming week ?

  • Holiday Week Scheduling

Also, we’d like to get a headcount on who will be available  on each day of  the upcoming holiday week.  If we have reasonable attendance, we will add a few sessions.  Please drop us a note.

See you on the slopes this Saturday.

Bill and Mike


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,
Winter Fest

Devo (PGs) ! (for week ending January 16th)

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Hello Devo (PG)s !

Quiz for the week …

So, for those who were dialed-in and paying  reasonable  attention during our sessions last Saturday, this should come easy …

  • What’s the significance of this photo relative to our recent ski training ?













  • And how about photo #2 ?

Javelin toss






Devo (PG)er emailing us the best answers before Saturday morn  earns a hot chocolate.  (Succinct but yes, do include some relevant details, please.)

On another note, our schedule of make-ups will be forthcoming.  (Generally we’ll keep consistent with Hopefuls.)

See you all on the slopes,

Bill and Mike
whauser (at)



Important Information / Action Required – Proxies and Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016


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,


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bill Hauser

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


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Devo (PGs)

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Hello Devo (PGs) !

Positive results during our first week of meetings.   Theme for the week?  Building a strong foundation; establishing a proper stance and the early elements of developing forward pressure.  Sounds basic for sure, but much of what we covered is identical to the drills utilized by World Cup athletes during their initial days on snow each summer.   As part of our balance and stance exercises, the group mimicked everything from falling leaves to helicopters.   (Video highlights to follow.)

For this Saturday, we’ll be meeting as usual at 8.30 a.m., top of the A/B quads.  Now that we are moving into full swing, we will be departing nearer that time, with little delay — so please arrive early.  We recognize that last week the early morning journey from JG proved challenging on a couple occasions.  As mentioned, other opportunities to meet up would generally include the Sunburst Six – or off toward skier’s right, near the Summit.   Also, we are generally in Sugar House from approximately 11 a.m. till noon.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

BH –

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