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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


Okemo Snowboarders and USASA Nationals

Friday, April 14th, 2017

                    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.
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

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

Margie_mammoth pipe

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!

OMS Snowboarder Anna Valentine 3rd in USSA Rev Tour

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Anna_Rev Tour podium

A HUGE congrats to OMS Snowboarder Anna Valentine with her amazing performances at last week’s USSA Rev Tour events in Waterville Valley, NH. Anna competed in the first two Rev Tour stops on Thursday and Friday in some extreme conditions on opposite spectrums. Thursday the course was socked in with fog and Anna had a great run that landed her in 4th place, .75 and 1.25 point behind 3rd and 2nd place finishers. A cold front blew in on Thursday night which created a boiler plate course on Friday morning for the girls. However, in true East Coast fashion, Anna took the course in ease and deservedly landed on the podiAnna_f3 Watervilleum with a third place finish and a bronze medal.

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

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

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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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


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