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32. Tuesday, December 26th, 2023

Good morning skiers and riders, it's Abby back with a Christmas recap and vacation week outlook! To those who celebrate, we hope you had a merry little Christmas. ๐ŸŽ„ I was lucky enough to spend Christmas with my chosen family this year: Noah and the Schmidt Family (Bruce, Lisa, Abigail, Rachel, and Natty) Hannah and Cole, and my husband Danny. Working around the holidays means we can't always travel for Christmas, but a day on the slopes and a big family meal with my closest friends is truly the best. โค๏ธ


Today's report will recap our ski day yesterday (we got carried away and didn't have time to write a report) and we will talk about what to expect throughout the rest of the vacation week from weather, terrain, and tips from the locals about managing crowds and lift times. We hope you enjoy! ๐ŸŽ



Noah, Bruce, Abby, Danny, Abigail, Natty, Cole, Hannah, and Rachel (left to right)

๐ŸŽ„ Christmas Day Recap:

Yesterday's conditions were spring-like; soft, variable, and carvable. I hadn't skied since the first week of December (I'm sure some of you are shocked and think I ski every day, but I don't) so it was nice to ski newer terrain like Lower Limelight and to park at Jackson Gore, which you all know is my favorite pro tip. ๐Ÿ‘Œ


We all know Vermont hasn't had any significant natural snow in way too long, and instead we've had some quite warm temps, fog, and periods of rain, so I was expecting the worst. ๐Ÿซฃ To be honest, Okemo is doing a nice job keeping the open trails nicely groomed and fully covered, so if you don't pay attention to the grass surrounding you, it can feel like mid-winter conditions at times. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty sad to see grass instead of snow during Christmas time, but the mountain is doing a great job with what Mother Nature has served them. ๐Ÿ’ช


If you're looking for a reliable run, try out Heaven's Gate to Screamin' Demon. These trails have some of the most recent snowmaking, so there is great coverage, lots of fun rollers, and the snow is pretty consistent from top to bottom. ๐Ÿ† Classics like Sapphire to Lower Arrow and Nor'easter are sure to have more traffic, but you can really count on the snow quality. Beginners would like Sachem, but during the busy week this trail can get pretty congested so choose a line and stick to it.


Today's Quick Facts:

๐Ÿ”๏ธ Trail Count: 51/122

๐Ÿšก Lift Count: 17/20

โ›ท๏ธ Yesterday's Ski: Nordica Santa Ana

๐ŸŽฟ Yesterday's Boot: Nordica Dobermann 5

๐Ÿงค Yesterday's Gear: Helly Hansen Powderqueen Set

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Pro Tip: Follow Okemo Conditions for updates on lift closures, delays, and more.

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Vacation Week Outlook:

Do you want to good or bad news first? Let's start with the good... snow is in the forecast for Saturday! โ„๏ธ And if it doesn't snow, it looks like the snowmaking team could likely turn the guns back on to freshen up for the new year. The bad news is that the next three days do not look promising with off-and-on rain showers. But, this could actually be ideal for your family ski trip because it may scare off some of the crowds. Don't worry about the ski conditions because Okemo's grooming team is unstoppable and there is enough of a significant base that it's unlikely we lose major trails. This reminds me of the time my family decided to stop at Busch Gardens for the day on our cross-country trip and it was an absolute monsoon, to the point that we were the ONLY guests in the park. We ended up riding every single ride with no wait times and it is one of my favorite memories. So my advice to you is if it rains, just send it. Get out there, laugh at the rain pelting your face, and you're sure to create a lasting memory. ๐Ÿ˜„


Tips from the Locals:

While it is the most magical time of year, it's also the busiest at ski resorts across America. Okemo is one of the most visited resorts in the country (no surprise there, it's totally the best), so be prepared to put your patient pants on this week. ๐Ÿ‘– Lift lines, ticket lines, rental lines, and cafeteria lines will be longer than normal, but it'll be worth it to enjoy the slopes with friends and family. As locals, we are pretty well-versed in how to handle crowds so here are some tips you can stick in your back pocket this week.


  • Park at Jackson Gore: Fewer crowds, shuttle service, and easier to walk the hills.

  • Pack a lunch: Enjoy your meal outside by the fire or on the Sunburst Six.

  • Eat at off-hours: If you're dining at Okemo, eat lunch at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

  • Pocket snacks: Enough said.

  • Stay Left: People tend to stay right when getting into line, so stay left for possible shorter waits. The same goes for ski trails.

  • Evergreen Express: If the Sunburst Six line is long, this chairlift is your bestie.

  • Sachem Quad: If A&B Quad are jamming, you can take the F-10 Carpet to the Sachem Quad to bypass the area. Be mindful of kiddos in the beginner area.

  • Arrive early: The mountain opens at 8 a.m. this week, so enjoy about an hour of skiing before it gets really busy.

  • Stay late: Enjoy apres on the slopes, because the traffic leaving the mountain and getting back into town can be backed up.

  • Boot-up at your car: Don't bother bringing your bags into the base lodges, it's just one more step, so get ready at your car because it won't be too cold!

  • Unpopular trails: Black Out, Southern Crossing, Upper Limelight, Turkey Shoot, Wardance, and The Plunge are a few trails that are often less busy than others.

  • Morning Star Triple: Escape from it all and lap the Morning Star Triple, where a line does not exist here.


We hope our tips and weekly outlook help you plan your ski trip! Enjoy yourselves, don't take it so seriously, and be kind to the staff. Be safe and have fun. โœŒ๏ธ

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"The mountain is serving up mashed potatoes for your Christmas dinner!" - Hannah

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Think snow,

Abby + Noah


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