Bonnie MacPherson of [R304R, Okemo] says her snow reporters are all in place, and the snowmaking crew is on board and ready to fire up the resort's guns as weather allows.

"Barry Tucker, our V-P of operations, says that until the snowmaking temperatures come around our snowmakers will be in training. We're pretty efficient, so in 24 hours we can cover a trail as long as the temps are cooperating," MacPherson said.

Okemo will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner buffet at the Coleman Brook Tavern 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday Nov. 26, $29 for adults, $15 for kids.

The resort will host a season passholders party Nov. 28. "Thanksgiving weekend is the traditional opening of the season, and people use the holiday as a benchmark to come up and get things started, shake out the moths, and come to the party. We have a band, a fashion show, and lots of good food. Tim and Diane are there. It's like homecoming weekend," MacPherson said.

Okemo's annual Ski Swap and Sale is Nov. 20-22, with 75 percent of proceeds going to sellers, and 25 percent benefiting the Okemo Mountain School. The event is 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 20, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22.

The Killarney What-I-Learned-This-Summer Rail Jam will be held starting at 11 .m. Nov. 27 outside the Okemo Clock Tower base lodge. The rail jam competition is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, with a $20 entry fee. Registration is 8 to 10 a.m. in the Okemo Clock Tower base lodge mezzanine. Best trick wins $200 cash.

The early season crowd has a higher ratio of snowboarders to skiers, MacPherson said.

"It's mostly those real die-hard skiers and rides who just can't wait another minute. They've waited as long as they possibly could from the end of last season. We put out a couple of features, rails and boxes, as early as we can," she said.

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