Okemo Mountain Resort

Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont

Written by Greg and Heather Burke

Everything about a ski trip to Okemo is well thought out. The ski slopes at Okemo are so well groomed, with sweeping views of the Ludlow Valley, and the staff here is as friendly as you will find. From the wide range of on mountain lodging to the well-placed lifts including two new high-speed orange bubble-covered lifts, a six-pack, and a quad, to the huge snowmaking power, it is no wonder Okemo ranks high among New England skiing families. Okemo Mountain Resort has the beautiful setting of a Vermont ski area, with a charming town of Ludlow down the street, plus all the resort amenities you would expect from a major western ski resort. Staying at Okemo on a ski vacation is convenient, comfortable, and catered to. Okemo Ski Resort has 121 trails with 20 lifts, a great Snow Stars ski school for adults and kids, some of the best on mountain food of any ski resort in the East, and bonus activities like Snowcat Dining Evenings at Epic, zip lining, and a Mountain Coaster - called the Timber Ripper. Okemo Mountain has two separate base areas, Okemo Village - the original base with the Clock Tower, and Jackson Gore which was added in 2003. A new South Face Village at Okemo is being built with more on mountain homes and condos, with two new lifts and trails to connect to the main mountain.

For lodging at Okemo on your ski trip, you can choose from a multitude of slopeside condos, we highly recommend ski in ski out locations like Winter Place and Solitude, or the full-service hotel called Jackson Gore Inn. If you prefer to stay off mountain, The Castle Hill Resort and Spa is a magical setting just a short drive from the ski slopes - just be sure to request lodging in the Castle or the beautiful Resort Homes on the hill.

From the 177-suite hotel Jackson Gore Inn, you can walk to Okemo’s high-speed quad for first tracks in the morning, and slide off your ski boots and into a sumptuous leather couch by the fire for après ski in the Coleman Brook Lobby Bar. An outdoor heated pool and hot tubs await or you can go glide on the Ice House ice skating rink. Also steps away is the Spring House, an indoor pool, and a fitness facility. The kids can play in the game room and grab a pizza, while you settle into a superb dinner in the Wine Spectator Coleman Brook Tavern. Also at Jackson Gore are two condominium buildings, The Bixby House and The Adams House - both offering spacious condo style suite lodging ideal for families, and as a guest, you get to use all of the Jackson Gore Inn amenities.

The Solitude area is quieter than Jackson Gore or Okemo Village, set between these two more major developments of the resort, so it is well named. Solitude guests will have their own swimming pool at the Solitude Base Lodge, which happens to be home to a fantastic culinary restaurant called Epic. Meanwhile, Okemo Village is the original part of the resort and here you will find many on-mountain condos convenient to day care and ski school, the Base Lodge ski shops and services.

Okemo has something for everyone, especially among our top 10 Eastern ski resorts for family skiing, nothing on the mountain is super steep although a few peppery glades like Whistler and Evergreen and some edgy STP terrain parks add to the trail map. Treat yourself to the best on mountain lunch at Epic, or S'mores by the bonfire at the end of the day at Coleman Brook Tavern.Après ski at the Sitting Bull in the Okemo Village Base Lodge has live entertainment Saturdays. The Mueller family, a husband and wife team,  operate Okemo and continue to enhance the Ludlow Vermont resort, improving snowmaking, grooming, and adding luxurious on mountain dining options and amusements like a Mountain Coaster called the Timber Ripper for thrill seekers to enjoy all four seasons. What we love about Okemo most is they remember what matters most... the mountain, the snow, delicious food, and a warm inviting suite at day's end.

Elevation

Base
1143 feet
Base
Summit
3343 feet
Summit
Vertical Drop
2200 feet
Vertical Drop

Lifts

High Speed Six
1
High Speed Six
High Speed Quads
4
High Speed Quads
Quad Chairs
5
Quad Chairs
Triple Chairs
3
Triple Chairs
Surface Lifts
7
Surface Lifts

Terrain

Beginner Runs
32 %
Beginner Runs
Intermediate Runs
37 %
Intermediate Runs
Advanced Runs
23 %
Advanced Runs
Expert Runs
8 %
Expert Runs
Total Runs
121
Total Runs
Terrain Parks
9
Terrain Parks
Longest Run
4 miles
Longest Run
Skiable Terrain
667 acres
Skiable Terrain
Snowmaking Area
654 acres
Snowmaking Area

Lift ticket and season pass prices

Category Age restrictions Price (USD unless otherwise stated)
Adult 19 - 64 $110
Child 6 & under Free
Child 7 - 12 $84
Child 13 - 18 $97
Senior 65 - 69 $97
Senior 70 & over $84
Season Pass
(2017/18 Classic Season Pass)
$1,375

Overall Rating

4.5 / 5 based on 14 reviews
John Barone

One of my favorite resorts in Vermont , great mountain , great food and energy of people . Town is small and not overcrowded. Great terrain parks. Homestyle hostel is great place for food drinks or cheap stay

Posted on Nov 20, 2017
Ed Leibowitz

I'm a season pass holder at this resort. I like Okemo for its excellent snow grooming. I'm a senior and prefer to ski on trails that are well groomed. It's a good idea to use goggles that are good for flat light when skiing at Okemo.

Posted on Nov 06, 2017
Steven Zebrowski from Florida

Okemo is a great family mountain. If your an intermediate skier you will love it especially the new Jackson gore area. Ps the burgers and long trails at the base of Jackson gore are great.

Posted on Oct 17, 2017
Derek Osborne from Colorado

Okemo was the first mountain I learned to snowboard on. I am a born and raised Vermonter and will always consider okemo home. It has an amazing hometown feel to it, and you can always find trails to get away from the big crowds on the weekends. 10/10 would recommend!

Posted on Oct 08, 2017
Parkin from New York

Okemo Mountain has more true ski-in/ski-out accommodations than any other mountain in the Northeast. This coupled with excellent snow conditions and family friendliness makes it my favorite mountain.

Posted on Jan 09, 2013
Seamus Woods

Very family friendly ski resort. Great terrain parks when resort is 100% open for the season. resort has wide variety of options for all different levels of expertise. Town of Ludlow is a great town that has a number of different restaurants to choose from.

Posted on Nov 13, 2017
Saihung koo from New York

One of my favorite mid Vermont resorts. Why? Because many of the trails go straight down the face and do not go laterally much. But the best thing is the endless amount of rollers you can boost off of. Seriously there are endless places to jump off, so do your pre season squats. Only slight negatives is that the main lift is not immediatly accessible and the "town" is not as developed as some other resorts. Other than that, great place to go ski and ride

Posted on Oct 21, 2017
Troy Sambalino from New Jersey

I have been traveling to Okemo mountain since I was a child. It’s truly one of the best the east coast and has to offer. The staff is super friendly and they do an amazing job with snowmaking and grooming. It’s family oriented and always been a favorite for me. Okemo always gets five stars in my book.

Posted on Oct 12, 2017
Keb from New York

So many ski in ski out options. The condos on the mountain are great.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013
Tara from New Jersey

I think Okemo does a great job all around. Their conditions are always great, the people are friendly and the variety of different trails is wonderful.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012