Overview of 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.
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.
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.