I'll back up Hugo's statement about nothing being reasonably priced around Okemo. This is one of the few places in ski country that charges top dollar for everything prior to the Holidays. The last time I went there before Christmas, (two years ago), they were charging full price for a lift ticket ($54), with only 20 some trails open, with marginal cover, and the trails that were open were so crowded that I was fearing for our safety. After one day of that, we packed up and headed north. Been there, done that, won't do it again.
It seems to me that if people are willing to travel from far and wide to attend this event, then some consideration should be given to try to give them the best experience possible. Why not have it at some place like Stowe, where they have great early season ski and stay packages, an endless variety of lodging, dining and shopping options, are much more likely to have abundant natural snowfall at that time of year, and is a fun place to visit even if we're having one of those years when the early season conditions aren't that great.
I'm not trying to knock Ludlow, I stop there frequently during the season (but not to ski), and I have my bones to pick with the mountain at Stowe, too. But for an early season gathering, I think it's something that should be taken in to consideration.