Springtime deals and fun at Okemo
Bonnie MacPherson, email@example.com
Okemo Mountain Resort
It’s a tradition as old as the hills. Okemo Mountain Resort celebrates the arrival of spring with great deals, barbecues, brews, live outdoor music and some wacky events.
Okemo introduces the Spring Skiesta Card this year with unlimited skiing and riding from March 17 through closing day. Okemo’s target closing is April 13 – that’s less than $3 a day, or better if the season is extended.
Springtime on the slopes is all about basking in the sun and goggle tans, so no one wants to be indoors at lunchtime. Okemo is firing up the grill in Jackson Gore’s courtyard on March 22, 29 and April 5. Live music is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. with Play Dead on March 22, Master Cylinder on March 29 and The Rick Davis Experience April 5.
Smokey Jo’s at the Sugarhouse is serving up some barbecue and brews on the deck March 22 and 29. The Rick Davis Band will be playing on the deck March 22 and musical entertainment will be provided by Brenden Bieber with Jason Osbourne on March 29. Both bands will be performing from noon to 3 p.m., weather permitting.
The `80s are back at Okemo on March 23 with Bumps & Bamboo. Event participants will be ripping through a race course in the morning and sashaying through the bumps in the afternoon. Bonus points will be awarded for best retro ensembles. All the fun takes place on Bull Run.
The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Finals take place at Okemo March 29. This race series is a free, fun race open to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. Okemo hosts the season finale with race registration starting at 8 a.m. The Vertical Challenge Race starts at 11 a.m. and the Race Awards and Victory Party kick off at 3 p.m.
When skiers and riders donate a minimum of five nonperishable food items, they get a $39 lift ticket on March 30. Okemo’s Cares and Shares Spring Food Drive donates all food to local food banks.
On April 5, Okemo’s Slush Cup sees costume-clad competitors schuss toward an 80-foot-long slushy pond and try to make it across without falling in. It’s a chilly spring dip for those who don’t make it. This is event is open to the first 125 participants who register.
Okemo’s Splash for Cash is all about going big and getting wet on April 5! The slope leads to a kicker at the beginning of the slush cup pond. Competitors have one shot to show their best freestyle trick.
It’s a Tug-o-War on April 6. The last dry team standing in this single-elimination tournament wins $200 and bragging rights for a year. Teams must have at least six members, including one female.
More information about Okemo Mountain Resort’s celebrations of spring is available by calling (802) 228-1600, or by visiting www.okemo.com.
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