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Hopefuls Race Day 3/10 and Family Gathering

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Hello Hopeful Families,

Hope you are all having a great week. We are expecting up to a foot of snow at Okemo between Wednesday and Thursday so we should have a great weekend of skiing coming up. We have a race Saturday morning, 3/10. We’ll meet at the Sugar House at 9 am, head over the Bull Run to inspect the course. The race will start at 10 am, once kids have taken both runs they are free to go to lunch. We’ll meet again at noon and ski until 2. Hope you can all come out to cheer the kids on.

This Saturday we’re going to combine the race awards with a Hopefuls family gathering sponsored by OMARA at Murdocks on the Green in Proctorsville. The family gathering will be from 3:30 – 5 with OMARA providing snacks and drinks and a cash bar for adult beverages. Murdocks is owned by our Hopeful Coach, ET (Etienne Ting). We’ll do the awards at 4 pm.

Our last race is on 3/24 and will take place on War Dance. The awards that day will be combined with the OMARA end of season barbecue and awards which will take place by the Yurt at the base of War Dance.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend.

Pam, Jim and the Hopefuls Coaches

Hopefuls Race Day 1/20

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The weather looks great for this weekend! Our first race is Saturday. We’ll meet in front of the Sugarhouse at 9 am. Kids and coaches will proceed to the NASTAR arena for course inspection. The race will start at 10 am. Format is a dual course and the kids will take a run in each course. Results will be based on combined time.

Please come out and cheer on the kids, we always have a great turnout for our races. Once the kids are done with both runs they are free to go to lunch. You can pick them up at the bottom of the race course.

We’ll meet at noon at the Sugar House for our afternoon session, returning there at 2 for results and awards.

Also, the Blount girls are hosting a skiathon this weekend benefiting cancer research. If you’d like to join the team and ski runs for research or donate to this great cause here is the link to do so. There is an apres ski party with prizes and fun times at Willie Dunns from 4-6 pm. Hope you can join in on this worthy fundraiser.

See you on Saturday!

Pam, Jim and the Hopeful coaches

Hopefuls 1/6 and 1/7

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year! The weather forecast for Saturday is sub zero temps and lots of wind. Believe it or not, even colder than last week. In the interest of safety for our athletes and coaches we are canceling the race and training for Saturday, 1/6.

We will have training for all Hopefuls on Sunday, 1/7, from 8:30-12:30. This is the usual Sunday program but it will be open this weekend to all Hopefuls. We’ll probably take a couple short breaks in the session so please send the kids with some hot chocolate money and warm clothes.

Don’t forget Mario the Magician on Saturday night, tickets are still available.

Upcoming races are scheduled for 1/20, 2/10, 2/20 (tentative), 3/10, and 3/24.

Thanks for your patience in this crazy weather!

Pam, Jim and the Hopeful Coaches

Hopefuls Training CANCELED 12/23

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Due to the weather forecast for Saturday, 12/23, there will be no Hopefuls training. See you all on Tuesday, 12/26!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Hopefuls 12/16-12/17

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Hope everyone is having a great week. It’s a winter wonderland here in VT now, we got over a foot of snow yesterday and the skiing is fantastic. We’re looking forward to skiing with the Hopefuls this weekend.

Our plan, as usual, is to meet at the Sugar House at 9 am ski with our teams until 11 am, returning to the Sugar House. We’ll re-group at noon and ski until 2 pm, again returning to the Sugar House.

It looks to be a cold weekend so please have your children dress warmly in layers. We try to stay out for the 2 hour session, but will go in if kids are cold. It might be a good idea for your child to have some money for a hot chocolate if we go in.

Our upcoming training schedule is as follows:

12/16, 12/17 (Sunday program), 12/23, 12/26, 12/28, 12/30, 12/31 (Sunday program). The first race is 1/6/18.

We’re looking forward to a great season skiing with your children. As always, if you have questions please email Pam or Jim at or





2017 VARA World Cup Parade – Response needed by 10/13

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Hello Okemo Competition Center Alpine Families plus a few recent alpine alumni!),

It is hard to believe it is already October!  I hope all is well!  Many of you are probably wondering about registration for the Okemo Competition Center programs this winter.  You should be hearing from Peter Cornish, Director of the Okemo Competition Center, very soon regarding sign-ups for this winter.  I know that you are able to call the Okemo Call Center (802-228-1600) right now to register (see info on programs and rates HERE), but soon you may also be able to register online as well. Peter has been working with IT on making this convenience available.   However, I am contacting you right now regarding the VARA Parade of Athletes at the World Cup in November.
As many of you know, Killington will again host the Women’s World Cup the weekend of November 25th and 26th.  It was amazing to see World Cup racing back in the East last winter and we are all very excited to have it back again!
On Saturday 11/25 VARA clubs are again being invited to participate in a Parade of Clubs prior to the start of the GS race.  We hope to have a strong contingent of Okemo participants like we did last year!  We had over 100 march in the parade, which was the most of any club!
Read on for details, but be sure to complete this SURVEY if your athlete wants to get a spot in the parade.
Details are still being finalized by VARA and the WC Organizing Committee, but here is what we know as of now:
1) We will be able to have a certain number of athletes march in the parade.  Hopefully, this number will accommodate all that wish to march, but our number could wind up being somewhat limited.  Your response now will help ensure all can march!
2) Okemo is going to generously provide busing again this year and our buses will be able to drive all the way to the K1 Lodge for drop-off/pick-up.  HOWEVER, every athlete will need to be accompanied by an adult to ride the bus and this adult will be responsible for this/these athlete(s) during the course of the day at Killington.  Coaches will serve as chaperones only during the staging of and marching in the actual parade and will be watching the race from the VARA viewing area where the parade will end.  Your athletes are encouraged to watch the race with their coaches so that they can ask questions, etc, BUT coaches will not be responsible for supervising athletes during the race or making sure they they get back on the bus at the end of the day.  Last year proved too logistically difficult with so many different families having different plans for their athletes and last minute changes to those plans.  With such large crowds present at the event, we feel the best way to ensure athlete safety is to have each family responsible.  Depending on response for taking the bus we may need to limit athletes to one parent on the bus with them.
3) Any athlete who wants to march in the parade but NOT ride the bus is welcome to march.  The athlete will need to meet the group at the staging area near the K1 lodge.
4) Approximate timeline for Saturday 11/25. Note this may change prior to the event and details regarding meeting places will come!
6 AM – meet at Okemo for bus transport (athletes must have an adult!)
7:30 AM – meet at the staging area for the parade.  Athletes are left with coach chaperones.
8:30/8:45 AM – Parade begins
9 AM – Parade ends at VARA viewing area.  Athletes reconnect with their parents/adult chaperone in/just outside the VARA viewing area.
9:30/10 AM – race starts
2 PM – approx. race end
3:30 PM – approx time for bus departure back to Okemo.
Since we need to provide a number of athlete parade participants to VARA this weekend, I am asking that you click this link ( to fill out a survey to indicate your athletes’ participation BY FRIDAY 10/13.  Please consider this a firm RSVP.  We also will need to work with Okemo to try and meet the demand for bus rides, so please reply accurately there too.  Both transportation and parade participation may be limited, and I may need to collect another set of responses later.  If you are interested in learning more about the parade, please make sure to fill out the survey, even if your response is NO.

Hopefuls 2/18 – 2/25

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

We got some really great snow this past week and the skiing is going to be fantastic for the upcoming vacation week. The Hopefuls will be training on Saturday, 2/18, Tuesday, 2/21, and Saturday, 2/25. We’ll meet in front of the Sugar House at 9 and return there at 11, after lunch we’ll meet again at 12 and ski until 2 each day.

The race schedule for the rest of the season is Saturday, 2/25 on Bull Run and Saturday, 3/25 on War Dance. The final race will be combined with the end of season OMARA awards and BBQ including parents vs kids racing.

This Saturday evening is the OMS Winter Festival which features a great silent auction and a sampling of foods and drinks from local establishments. OMS is celebrating its 25th year so please come out and join the celebration at Willie Dunn’s from 7 – 10 pm.

Race results from Saturday’s race will be posted on the Okemo Competition Center facebook page later today.

Hopefuls 2016-2017

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Hopefuls Program. It was great to see many returning athletes and lots of new athletes this weekend! We are looking forward to a great winter skiing with your children.

The Hopefuls teams always start and finish at the Sugar House. Our training schedule is every Saturday, skiing from 9-11 and 12-2. Your child should meet with the same group of coaches each week. Please have your children dress warmly for all weather conditions, unless it’s bitter cold we try not to go inside during the two hour training sessions. We’ll be skiing all terrain on the mountain, periodically training some stubbies and brushes on Wardance, and getting some time training on the NASTAR course. We will also have five races during the season, schedule will be posted in the next couple of weeks.

Training days from now until the end of December are as follows: Saturday, 12/17, Tuesday, 12/27, Thursday, 12/29 and Saturday, 12/31. No training on Saturday, 12/24.

Looking forward to seeing everyone out on the hill soon!


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

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