It's almost too sweet.
Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vt., is celebrating Valentine's Day Feb. 14 with a scavenger hunt, find-the-liftie contest, romantic dining, and fireworks.
Ten red hearts will be hidden along ski trails throughout the resort on Valentine's Day. When a skier or rider finds a heart and takes it to Okemo's Learning Center Desk at the Okemo Clock Tower Base Area, they will win a prize package with confections provided by M&M Mars.
"Okemo loves its lifties," says Bonnie MacPherson, "so the resort wants skiers and riders to recognize that the hearty men and women who keep chairlifts running smoothly and safely have a lot of love for resort guests. One of Okemo's lifties will be wearing a bright red heart on his or her uniform on Valentine's Day. Skiers and riders who report the name of the lovable liftie to the Okemo Clock Tower Base Area Ski and Ride School desk, will win a sweet Valentine treat."
Okemo's Snowcat Dining Experience offers sweethearts to gaze romantically into each other's eyes over dinner. Board a special snowcat coach for an on-mountain tour prior to enjoying a chef-prepared five-course dinner at Epic, Okemo's eclectic eatery that is a favorite lunch stop for skiers and riders. Reservations are limited to 30 people with three seatings of 10 people each. Prix fixe: $125 per person, plus tax and tip.
Okemo finishes off the day with a fireworks show starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Okemo Clock Tower base area. For a bird's eye view of the show, Okemo will offer a free guided snowshoe tour departing the base area at 7 p.m. Snowshoe rentals are available for $15 and reservations for the tour are required.
The fireworks show follows a torchlight parade of skiers and riders traversing a mountain trail to the base area. Children can participate in a Light Parade of their own on the slope next to the F-10 Carpet. Glow-stick lights will be provided. To participate, children must be age 4 to 14 and must be a level 4 or better. The fee is $15 and participants will meet in the Clock Tower Base Area SnowStars Center at 6:30 p.m. for check in and group activities prior to the light parade.
Reservations: Epic Snowcat Dining, 802-228-1600; Snowshoe Firewords Tour, 802-228-1558.