As the celestial event approaches, Vermont is gearing up to witness a breathtaking phenomenon – a total solar eclipse. The Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited to guide both tourists and residents through this rare and awe-inspiring experience. The last time, Vermont saw a total eclipse was in 1932 – check out the history here! It’s certainly a once in a lifetime experience and Vermont won’t be in the path of totality again until 2106! (Green Mountain Club). 

Learn from Astronomer Claudio Véliz from the Southern Vermont Astronomy Group in the interview below!

Claudio is both an architect and astronomer. He has worked at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, Columbia University, and Castleton University, and runs his architecture firm from Chester, Vermont while also teaching at Keene State College.

Preparing for this celestial spectacle:

1. Timing and Location: Mark your calendars for August 8 when the moon will perfectly align with the sun, casting a shadow over our beautiful state. Much of Northern Vermont will be in the path of totality. Here in Okemo Valley we will also have a partial viewing! Check out NASA’s Eclipse Explorer to learn more about specific locations by zip code.

  • What exactly does ‘totality’ mean? “During totality, viewers may be able to see the chromosphere (a region of the solar atmosphere, appearing as the thin circle of pink around the Moon) and the corona (the outer solar atmosphere, appearing as streams of white light).” (NASA). Learn more about what to expect and the stages of the Total Eclipse here.

2. Safety Precautions: While witnessing a solar eclipse is a mesmerizing experience, it’s crucial to protect your eyes whenever you look at the sun. Make sure to wear certified eclipse glasses or use a solar viewer to safely observe the event without damaging your vision.

You can pick up a pair of glasses Friday, April 5 – Saturday, April 6 at the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce! There are also many local businesses in the area that offer these!

3. Eclipse Events: Join fellow eclipse enthusiasts at community gatherings! From educational workshops to eclipse viewing parties, there will be plenty of opportunities to come together and marvel at the wonders of the universe.

For more special events in Okemo Valley, check out our calendar.

4. Eclipse Etiquette: Respect the environment and fellow eclipse watchers by following guidelines for responsible viewing. Be mindful of local regulations, dispose of waste properly, and embrace the spirit of community and wonder that this celestial event brings. Many trails and state parks are closed this time of year during Mud Season so be sure to look up information in advance on trailfinder.

5. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date with the latest eclipse news and updates as weather and conditions may change. Text ‘VTECLIPSE’ to 888-777 to receive texts and updates (via Vermont Vacation)

Resources for weather planning (cloud coverage, wind, etc.) for the Eclipse Day:

As Vermont prepares to witness this celestial spectacle, let’s come together in awe and appreciation of the natural wonders that surround us!

Browse places to stay or dine and drink during the Eclipse Weekend in Okemo Valley.