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Jeffrey J Mallia – Sad News – Calling Hours and Services

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

It is with a heavy heart that we report the loss of dear friend, coach, former OMARA Board Member, and long time Okemo community member Jeff Mallia. Jeff coached hundreds of Okemo athletes to great success for 17 years. He touched the lives of so many and will be dearly missed by all!

Calling hours will be on Wednesday 1/31 from 5-7 pm at the Jones Funeral Home in Schenectady, NY and a Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday 2/1 from 3-6 pm at the Edison Gold Club in Rexford, NY

U12 and U10 Weekend Update 1/20-1/21

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Hello U12 and U10 Families,

Hope all is well!   We had a fun day yesterday at Pico with the U12s for the Skills and Dual Panel SL. Congrats to Maisie Kostuchenko (3rd), Riley Keane (5th) for bringing home Skills medals for girls!  Bridget Waters, Samantha Mecane and Abby Kelleher were just outside the medals in the top 15.  Congrats to Graham Stein, Keiran Shea, and Henry Roe for making the top 15 as well in the Skills.  Though the dual was awarded as a team event, we had some standouts: Tad D’Andrea posted the fastest time of the day and Abby Kelleher, Maisie Kostuchenko, and Bridget Waters would have been top 5 if there were individual awards.  Results are posted here:  Please note that the dual results are posted as regular results, not in the team fashion that awards were given.  Also ties in the skills were not necessarily broken beyond top 10.
Request for parent volunteers:
1) We are looking for 1-2 parents per U12 race to video the race, both runs all Okemo athletes.  Please contact Mike Cronin if you are willing.  No experience needed.
2) Please get involved with bringing down jackets/pants at races.  We coaches are there to coach your athletes and our time is not best spent shuttling clothes.  It is, however, important that they get their clothes for warmth.  If you are willing to help, just plan to ski at races and show up at the start offering to help.
Plan for the weekend:
Saturday 1/20: U12s race GS at Killington (details below); U10s train GS at home
Sunday 1/21: U10s race GS at Killington (details below); U12s train stubby AND FULL GATE SL at home (SL armor needed)
***If you (parents) are looking for a fun night out on Saturday 1/20 check out Cocktails for Scholarships featuring the Myra Flynn Band to benefit the OMS Scholarship Fund.  Tickets can be purchased at the previous link.  If you need a babysitter check out the attachment!***
Looking ahead:
Saturday 1/27: U12s train GS at home; U10s train SL at home
Sunday 1/28: U12s race GS at Pico (all details to come next week); U10s train stubby SL at home
Killington Race Details – applies to both U10 and U12 race:
Once again, you MUST pre-pay for the race at  Please do this by Friday 1/19 at 5 pm, but please do so ASAP!
Saturday’s U12 race is here:
Sunday’s U10 race is here:
Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and end at 8:30 am.  Registration will be in the Killington Ski Club Building which is just up the hill to the right from the K1 Lodge, which is the lodge that is at the very end of the access road by the K1 gondola.  When you are looking at the ski club, instead of going in the front door, walk around to the right in the back of the building and head up the stairs and in the back door. Then go down stairs to the Johnny O Multi-Purpose room.  Bibs and lift tickets will be handed out at registration – remind your athlete to put the bib on right away and not to remove it. Killington requests (and so do I) that you have your athlete go to the registration table on their own – it’s a great way to get our athletes more involved in the process of race day!  I recommend getting there early! Killington is a busier place than everywhere else we go!    Note that you MUST keep your stuff in the K1 Lodge – not in the Ski Club.
Parent tickets are available for $60 at Registration only – cash or check to KMS only.  They are for parents only and only 2 per family.  They will stop selling them at the end of registration. There were issues in past years surrounding parent tickets – if you happen to hold a pass that is good at a sister mountain of Killington‘s, which would entitle you to a day ticket you must go to K1 GUEST Services to redeem this ticket.  They will not give you a free parent ticket at registration – KSC/KMS actually has to purchase these from the mountain and it isn’t their place to give them out for free.  You cannot see the race on foot without going for a decent length hike.
The coaches will meet the kids outside of the K1 base lodge at 8:00 AM to head to the course for inspection and a free run.  Please be sure that they are on time – the race trail is not right outside of the lodge so it is imperative they are on time to go for inspection. The race will be on Bunny Buster, which is most directly accessed by the Snowdon Quad or Snowdon Triple lift (whichever is running – quad at 8 am and triple at 9 am) which you will get to by going under the K1 gondola and continuing straight until you come to either one (the triple is first and the quad a bit further). Once over there, the best way to lap on the course will be to ride the t-bar.
The race is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am.
For U12s: Athletes should listen to their coaches for directions on where to be when for second run inspection and start time. Second run will be in reverse bib order within gender.  So last girl to go first run goes first in second run. Same with the boys.  Awards are based on best combined time.  Medals for the top ten in each gender.
For U10s: The second run will begin shortly after the conclusion of the second run.  Second run will be in reverse bib order within gender.  So last girl to go first run goes first in second run. Same with the boys.  Awards are based on best single run of the first two runs.  Medals for the top ten in each gender.  The U10s will also take a 3rd run which will be gender mixed and “for fun.” Times will be announced, but not published as formal results, and the top 3 regardless of gender will get a small prize.
For both U10 and U12s awards will be 45 minutes after the completion of the race outside of the Killington Ski Club.  Encourage your children to go skiing after their second run – freeskiing on new and varied terrain is a great way to improve racing skills!!
Directions to Killington:
From Ludlow, take a right onto Rt 100 North by Harry’s. Follow this until it intersects with Rt. 4 (watch out for cops in Plymouth when the speed limit drops!). Take a left onto Rt. 4. Go past the gondola on the side of the road and keep going until you go up a big hill. The access road will be on your left. Turn left onto access road and follow it all the way to the top to the K1 Lodge.  It takes about 35-40 minutes to get there.
I look forward to seeing everyone this weekend!

A Special thanks to OMARA for allowing our coaches to further their education in the sport we all know and love!! -THANK YOU

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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Monday, January 9th, 2017

U16/U19 Training/Racing Schedule for 1/7 and 1/8

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The schedule for the U16, U19 program for the weekend of 1/7-1/8 is as follows:

Saturday 1/7 Bromely SL- no training at Okemo. If you did not get into the race there is a Womens FIS SL on Wardance (Saturday and Sunday) with some of the best Female skiers in the country- go check it out!
Sunday 1/8- 8:30am meet at the yurt, train panel SL on Blind Faith. 11:30am Lunch. 12:30- 2:00 Freeski and watch second run of the Ladies FIS.
Enjoy the awesome snow this weekend everyone, the skiing right now is really good

U16/U19 Holiday Week Training Schedule 12/26-1/1

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Hello everyone,we are getting into the real beginning of the season and the skiing is getting better and better. Here is the schedule for the Holiday week. If you haven’t signed up for the VC GS at Okemo on Wednesday 12/28 and wish to race please do. There will be no training that day. There is also a SL at Cochrans on Thursday 12/29 which some of you would have interest in. If you wish to attend that race please sign up now and let us know so we can staff appropriately. There will be training at Okemo that day as the below schedule reflects. Remember the current schedule is always available on the OMARA website as well as some great video interviews created by Bobby Jones and important links so check it out.

Monday 12/26 830 meet at the yurt, train GS on Wardance. 1130 Lunch. 1230-230 GS freeski.
Tuesday 12/27–  830 meet at the yurt, train GS on Wardance. 1130 Lunch. 1230-230 GS freeski.
Wednesday 12/28 VC GS on Wardance, no training.
Thursday 12/29 830 meet at the yurt, train SL on Wardance. 1130 Lunch. 1230-230 SL freeski. OR Cochrans Holiday SL.
Friday 12/30 830 meet at the yurt, train SL on Upper Limelight. 1130 Lunch. 1230-230 SL freeski.
Saturday 12/31 830 meet at the yurt, train GS on Wardance. 1130 Lunch. 1230-230 GS freeski.
Sunday 1/1 OFF Happy New Year!

U16/U19 Weekend Training 12/17 – 12/18

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016


Hope everyone has had a good week.  This weekend we will be skiing on GS boards both Saturday and Sunday, meeting at the yurt at 8:30 as usual.  I am unsure of hill space, but it could happen.

We have yet to ski on GS, so miles will be important regardless.  Those few who have talked with myself, Bobby or Chris H., stick to that program for the weekend.


Ed Macdonald has been kind enough to offer an informal get together at his residence this Saturday from 4-5:30.  I was hopeful opening social two Saturdays ago at Jackson Gore to meet up real quick, but that did not happen.

This is to get those who are new to the 16’s to get to know each other.  Also, stepping up and racing under VARA and not simply the mid Vermont council does pose a few changes.  One of which is you are obligated to sign up your athlete for all races, and they do get a USSA point profile.

Don’t get to caught up on points to much, they just happen while racing.  But if you want to talk about it as a group, respond to Ed and we can meet up as a group!

So in summary,The Macdonalds (Emma) have offered to host an information social at their home this Saturday 12/18 from 4-5:30 p.m.  All U16 Coaches and U16 families, please join us to learn more about our U16 program.   Snacks and beverages will be available.


Please RSVP to Ed Macdonald at or 860-335-8201 (cell).


Location:  45 Trailside Road – 2nd House on left after turning onto Trailside Road from West Hill Road in Ludlow,,+Ludlow,+VT+05149/@43.3896049,-72.7262707,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e0354518c81a81:0x506bf705b073fc3!8m2!3d43.389601!4d-72.724082)” 


U/16 – U/19 Training Schedule for the weekend of 12/10 – 12/11

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Hello everyone, we look forward to seeing you this weekend. The weather has been very good and the skiing gets better every day. This weekend is supposed to be pretty chilly so please bring warm clothing. A backpack with some snacks and water that you can bring on the hill is always a good idea as well. The schedule will be as follows:

Saturday 12/10
8:30-11:30: Meet at the yurt. SL train on Buckhorn.
11:30-12:30: Lunch.
12:30-2:30: SL drills and freeski.
Sunday 12/11
8:30-11:30: Meet at the yurt. SL train on Buckhorn.
11:30-12:30: Lunch.
12:30-2:30: SL drills and freeski.
If you have any questions please feel free to text or call. Thanks everyone, see you this weekend!

Meeting time and location for this weekends(12/3-12/4) training for U16/U19

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Hello all!
Quick Update about the meeting place for group this weekend December 3rd and 4th, this Saturday and Sunday.
We will now be meeting top of the Sachem Chair at 8:30 a.m. so plan accordingly.
The last two days have had good coverage and fun snow wall to wall.  Lets hope that continues.  SL skis is what we are going to rock for the first weekend.
See you all Saturday!

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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