Okemo Mountain Resort

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Pros
  • Great family resort with varied, well-groomed terrain for all levels
  • Excellent ski school
  • Best terrain parks on east coast with the only superpipe in the northeast
  • One of the closest Vermont ski resorts for southern states
  • Multiple heated bubble chairlifts
Cons
  • Expensive place to ski
  • Crowds during holiday periods
  • Less steep and lack of challenging terrain for experts
  • Slopes can get icy
Overall
4.1

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. 

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

January to February

Best months to visit Okemo are January or February when enough natural snowfall has had a chance to be had.

FLY TO

Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport

DRIVE/SHUTTLE TO

Okemo (0.5-1 hour)

Okemo

  • True ski-in/ski-out options including mid-mountain accommodation
  • Great variety of lodging options from B&Bs to hotels
  • Perfect for large groups and families

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Jackson Gore Base Area

  • Offering the best ski-in/ski-out lodgings
  • Close to many facilities and on-site dining
  • Great for groups and families

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Ludlow

  • Bustling restaurants and après ski
  • Resort shuttle to take you to and from the mountain during the weekends and holidays
  • Great for groups and families

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For beginners

Okemo has plenty for beginners and has a top-notch ski school! If you're staying slopeside, you could be near the easy Sachem run which gives you quick access to the Sachem Quad. Easy Rider to Mountain Road is the best winding, summit to base run in the resort! It's also the longest and is an easy cruiser. Bounder Terrain Park is great for beginner boarders with gentle jumps and ramps while Robin's Nest is a great beginner terrain park for families.

For intermediates

Intermediate skiers and boarders will enjoy the long, uninterrupted blue trails that traverse from summit to base. Hot Dog Hill is great for intermediate boarders looking to progress their skills. Our favorite intermediate trails are at the Solitude area, with its well-groomed corduroys on the Sidewinder and Heaven's Gate runs plus it has a fun blue glade,Tree Dancer!

For experts

Ungroomed trails and glades are all over at Okemo, however, those who really like a challenge will probably get bored easily due the lack of steep terrain. The steepest (and our favorite) area is the Jackson Gore Peak which has the best perks of being the least crowded area since most of the trails are black or double blacks. Tree-skiing experts will enjoy Okemo's 48 ac of glades; some are unmarked and waiting to be discovered! Expert boarders can find challenging terrain at the OMS Crazy Train Park.

Find freshies

Freshies can be found in the glades. The Jackson Gore Peak areas are the least crowded so the freshies are less likely to be skied off. There is some tree-skiing not marked on the trail maps making for exciting backcountry skiing.

Ditch the crowds

The orange bubble lifts attract quite the crowds since they provide relief from the cold with the heated seats and covers. The base lifts near the clock tower also see queues as they allow access to easier terrain. Staying on Jackson Gore Peak will help avoid the worst of the crowds with most beginners avoiding the peak.

Non skiers

There are so many activities at Okemo such as riding the mountain coaster, tubing, pools with slides, hot tubs, fatbiking, ice skating, outlet shopping in nearby Manchester, sleigh rides, spa, hiking and the list goes on! The snowcat excursions are quite enjoyable, especially the Snowcat Dining Adventure - traveling by snowcat across the mountain to a 5-course fireside meal, paired with specific wines.

Families

What makes Okemo great for families is its excellent ski school, the magic carpet area and the easy ski-access back to the lodging to take a break! Also, the condos at Jackson Gore are conveniently close to everything you need. For those with beginners, the A, B and Sachem Quad lifts provide access to multiple beginner trails. Child care facilities are also available if you have little ones who aren't ready for the slopes.

Okemo Mountain Resort vs
Okemo Mountain ResortJay Peak
beginner32 %20 %
intermediate37 %40 %
advanced23 %40 %
expert8 %-
total runs121 78
ski area667ac 385ac
summit elevation3,344ft 3,968ft
total lifts20 9
child lift ticketFree Free
adult lift ticket$110 $64
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall75″ 226″
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Okemo Mountain Resort Reviews

Fabulous 4.5 / 5
based on 14 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Very Good!4 / 5Oct 07, 2012
JJohn
Okemo is a great family resort. The staff is always pleasant and the conditions are consistantly the best in the area.
Poor!2 / 5Feb 08, 2012
MMeghan
I didn't like their ski school but that wasn't an option. Sugarbush is sooooo much better it doesn't even compare.
Superb!5 / 5Sep 01, 2009
MMarilyn
It is one of the few resorts I've found that is constantly making improvements that actually benefit the skiers.
Superb!5 / 5Nov 16, 2008
GGlen
It is close, it is beautiful country, and it has had a more laid back family oriented atmosphere. I have used skiing for family bonding and recreation.

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