LUDLOW, VT - (News Release - Dec. 21, 2007) — Halfpipe riders rejoice! Okemo Mountain Resort is the first in the East to open a superpipe again this winter. Okemo dropped the ropes on its superpipe on December 20 — more than a month ahead of last year. Snowboarders and twin-tippers can now enjoy the 450-foot long SoBe Superpipe with decks spaced 50-feet apart and walls measuring 18-feet high. The debut of Okemo's SoBe Superpipe this early in the season is a testament to the resort's renowned snowmaking and grooming proficiency.
Okemo's Snowboard Ambassador and Olympic Gold Medalist Ross Powers and Okemo Freeride Team member T.J. James were the first snowboarders to have the honor of riding the SoBe Superpipe this season.
"It was really good, said Powers. "Not only did Okemo have the first pipe in the East, it was in great shape. It was the best East Coast opening-day pipe I can remember.
A legend in the world of parks and pipes, Powers is the holder of more halfpipe titles than any other rider in history, including a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. In addition to working with Okemo's award-winning grooming team to offer more terrain variety, Powers will be running snowboard camps to benefit the Ross Powers Foundation, a non-profit foundation for athletes with financial need, and attending events at the resort to build excitement for the sport and the winter outdoor lifestyle. "Okemo is an awesome family resort with great terrain parks, said Powers. "It's a place where I can train and raise my family. Powers has a 4-year-old daughter, Victoria. He and his wife, Marisa, have recently celebrated the arrival of their second daughter, Meredith.
Okemo's SoBe Superpipe is located in the Dew Zone. It is maintained regularly with a Zaugg Pipe Monster and the pipe is serviced by its own lift — The Pull surface lift.
For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort, please call (800) 228-1600 or visit www.okemo.com.