- 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
- Expensive place to ski
- Crowds during holiday periods
- Less steep and lack of challenging terrain for experts
- Slopes can get icy
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.
Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport
Okemo (0.5-1 hour)
- 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
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
- 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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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||Jay Peak|
|beginner||32 %||20 %|
|intermediate||37 %||40 %|
|advanced||23 %||40 %|
|child lift ticket||Free||Free|
|adult lift ticket||$110||$64|
|value for money|
|average total snowfall||75″||226″|