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Okemo Mountain

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Trail Map
Trail Map
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Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

Manchester NH Regional Airport
Airlines:
Air Canada, Continental/Continental Express, Delta/Delta Connection,  Southwest Airlines,  United/ United Express,  US Airways/US Airways Express
Car Rentals:
Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty


Albany International Airport   
   
Airlines:
Air Canada, Cape Air, Continental Express, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines
Car Rental;

Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National/Alamo, Thrifty

 

Burlington International Airport

Airlines:

JETBlue, US Airways, Continental, United and Delta.
Major car rental agencies are available at the airport.

 
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Amtrak(1-800-USA-RAIL) Ethan Allen to  Rutland, VT
 
 
 
 

Lodging
Lodging
Check our other guides for more area lodging and dining options at these nearby resorts: Magic, Mount Snow, Bromley, and Stratton.
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

The Jackson Gore Village

Jackson Gore base area

ski-in/ski-out

 

Inn rooms, studios, 1-4 bedroom suites,skier services within walking distance include tickets, child care, the Ski & Ride School, rentals, and retail,  Spring House pool and fitness center, The Ice House skating rink, snow tubing. On-site dining
Property amenities include 24 hour front desk, valet and concierge services, elevator access, air conditioning, high speed Wi-Fi, phone in room, TV/DVD in room (larger units/2), TV lounge,kitchen facilities, restaurants and bar on site, shuttle service
12

$175

to

$1475

The Mountain Lodge at Okemo
Clock Tower base area

 

One bedroom residences, all skier services including two high speed quads & magic carpet, tickets, Resort Services, the Snowsports Shop, Ski & Ride School, Daycare, rentals, and restaurants.
Property amenities include Okemo's fitness and aquatic facility. Mountain Lodge is also conveniently located on the Resort Shuttle route, and is just steps from the Lodging & Welcome Center. Residence features, phone in room, TV/DVD in room, fireplace (includes firewood), fully equipped kitchen, daily towel service, shuttle services, no smoking, high speed Wi-Fi, ski lockers.
6

$239

To

$930

More Resort own Properties on and off mountain.

Resort Reservations

Condos, Townhouses, Efficiencies, up to 5 bedrooms. Varies with properties Varies with properties
All Seasons Motel
112 Main Street
Ludlow, VT 05149
The closest motel to Okemo Mountain. Located on Main Street in downtown Ludlow; walk to everything. All Seasons Motel offers 17 units, including 6 efficiency suites, all with full bath, phone with voice mail, cable TV, and refrigerator. Seasonal Pool. Free shuttle bus right outside. Don't forget our great midweek Ski & Stay Packages-call for details. NA

$79

To

$249

Best Western Ludlow Colonial
93 Main Street
Ludlow, Vermont
48 Deluxe units with cable/HBO, phone/voice mail/data port, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, microwaves and refrigerators. 48 Deluxe units with cable/HBO, phone/voice mail/data port, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, microwaves and refrigerators. Complimentary continental breakfast. Free high speed wireless internet. Fitness room & seasonal pool in summer. Village restaurants, shops, churches, and Laundromat are within easy walking distance. Okemo shuttle. AAA 3-diamond. Handicapped accessible. NA

$99

To

$499

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Dining
Sams Steak House
91 Route 103 S
Ludlow, VT
Panarello's Fine Italian Dining
31 Route 103 S
Ludlow, VT

REAL ESTATE
 
 
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WHAT'S NEW
 
 
 
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Snowsports School

Equipment Rental

Day Care

 

 

GOOD, BETTER, BEST
 
 
Okemo Mountain
Description:

Located in the Black River Valley of central Vermont, Okemo Mountain Resort has been transformed from a small local ski area in the early 1980's into one of the northeast's leading resorts. Unlike much of the competition in the rapidly consolidating ski industry, Okemo is independently owned by Tim and Diane Mueller. The Mueller's have invested nearly $200 million in facility improvements during the years. On-mountain condominiums, along with privately owned homes, are a big part of the landscape at Okemo and provide the ultimate in ski-in/ski-out convenience. Okemo's slopeside condominiums range from 1 to 5 bedrooms and offer all the amenities of home. On the slopes, Okemo's snowmaking and grooming teams are recognized nationally for overall snow quality and consistency. The mountain is a perfect choice for snowboarders and freestyle skiers, as it features two super pipes and five terrain parks. Okemo's has over 610 skiable acres with 95% covered by snowmaking. Directly below Okemo Mountain, the village of Ludlow offers a fine blend of shops, restaurants and attractions. Ludlow offers many outdoor winter activities including ice-skating, sleigh rides, and snowmobiling.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent96%
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet5
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad5
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts19
Lifts-Total lift capacity33,450/hr.
Trails-1-Beginner32%
Trails-2-Intermediate36%
Trails-3-Advanced32%
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park6
Trails-6-Half pipe1
Trails-Total119
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run4.5 miles
General-Base elevation1144'
General-Vertical drop2200'
General-OwnerTim and Diane Mueller
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds632 acres
General-Snow making coverage605 acres
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: Service - Snow Making - Grooming - Town - Ski School - 120+ Trails - Lift System - 4hrs from NYC

Cons: Few Expert Trails

I've been skiing in NE for over 40 years and recently decided to make Okemo our home mountain as my family and I took up skiing after a long pause.

 

Okemo may not have the highest peak (12th in NE at 3,3500 feet) or the steepest runs (23% advanced - 8% expert) or longest vertical drop (6th in NE at 2,200 feet) or get the most snow fall. It may not have the most trails (4th in NE with 121 trails) or the longest trail (3rd in NE at 4 miles) and it may not have the most lifts (2nd in NE with 20 lifts). 

 

But, Okemo is one of the better managed mountains anywhere and it does have the most snow making of any mountain in NE with 650ac. With the second highest number of lifts and highest snow making capabilities, along with great trail grooming, Okemo can really make a difference on many days. Just ask anyone looking to ski in NE in 2015/2016. Okemo is also mainly South-facing, which makes the often brutally cold NE weather a bit less brutal.  

 

Aside from the mountain itself what makes Okemo stand out from most other resorts in NE is that it is a place with exceptional mountain staff and great off-mountain options. The ski school is probably the best in NE - as is their racing school. The instructors are top notch and the programs are well thought out. Their base staff is always helpful and their on-mountain staff is amazing, be it the mountain ambassadors, ski patrols or lift operators. Often it seems that there are more mountain staff around you than skiers.

 

And rarely does the mountain feel crowded, which is surprising since it is the second or third most visited mountain in NE (which would reflect the positive opinion people have of Okemo). That is because it has the second most lifts and a very well thought out lift system and great on mountain staff.

 

They have almost a dozen on mountain dining options as well great facilities, including stores, locker rooms, lounges, children's play areas, etc. that make the experience that more enjoyable. Even the parking is easy enough - about a 100 yard walk from car to snow.

 

While many NE mountains do not have a town, Okemo has a great home town in Ludlow right at the base of the mountain. There are numerous hotels, restaurants, shops and activities all in and around Ludlow.

Posted

Pros: Grooming, long top to bottom runs

Cons: Lack of variety, missing steeps

Okemo is a beautiful resort in Southern Vermont. As with its close by neighbors Stratton and Mount Snow, Okemo is known with its grooming capabilities. Once the lifts stop Snowcats turn on their engines and run until next morning. People who are looking for long blue/black cruisers will love Okemo. Most of their runs have a rolling hill profile, so you usually do not get bored on these long cruisers. Though it has fairly large number of lifts, people love to ride their new bubble chair, hence expect long lines at this lift. However, since it's a 6 people chair, singles line move fairly fast. The two side peaks Jackson Gore and South Peak also offer nice runs. When the main mountain is crowded, plan to move over these two peaks. I haven't really used their mountain loges for dining so do not want to comment on the quality of food and pricing.

 

Speaking of negatives. Okemo lacks variety. Out of the 120 trails only a few is left with moguls and ungroomed terrain. I can spend my whole day on groomed runs but people looking for variety may get bored after a while. Okemo doesn't offer much a steep terrain either. Most of their blacks can be a blue run on Sugarloaf. Even the double black Big Bang on Jackson Gore does not create a wow factor. So people looking for steeps may get disappointed at Okemo.

 

Though the ticket prices are compatible with the other nearby resorts Stratton and Mount Snow. If you're looking for a cheaper large-sized mountain option consider Gore or Whiteface in NY. However, Okemo offers a Spring Skiing pass for about 99$ each year. That lets you ski free typically after March 15-20 depending on the snow quality. For the last two years I went Okemo with this pass and both times snow quality was fantastic.

Posted

Pros: I don't ever have to go back

Cons: Theft is a huge problem at this mountain. Brand new board stolen and the bored staff hands you a form to fill out with shrugged shoulders.

We have tried numerous times with numerous individuals to get some level of courtesy shown to my fifteen year old for having his snowboard stolen.  The first thing out of each person's mouth is "the mountain is not responsible" and the second thing is "here is a form to fill out".

They have security cameras but apparently they are not for securing their paying customers equipment.  We are not being allowed access to the footage even though we know exactly where item was taken from and within a two hour time frame.  

Theft is a huge problem at this mountain that neither they nor the Ludlow police can keep up with.

Better snow, faster lines and less crowds at too many other mountains to take the risk.

Posted

Pros: friendly staff, great grooming

Cons: a little crowed on Saturdays

I live less than an hour from Okemo, which puts me also less than an hour from Mt Snow and Stratton. So if its crowdeed at Okemo its worse at the other areas. My tip - stay off the high speed quad at the main base area a peak times. Southside lines are less, and most people dont go over to Solitude. I guess if they park at the base lodge or Jackson Gore they just tend to stay there,

 

Great place for families, but if you seperate make your plans to meet up again- easy to get lost.

 

Lots of intermediate terrain at the base area, the black diamonds , Chief, World Cup and Defieance are nice wide cruisers. Good tree skis on Forrest Bump, Black Hole and Supernova.

Posted

Pros: Good lift set up, variety of terrain up to lower advanced, good snowmaking and grooming

Cons: Lack of challenging terrain, relatively expensive

I have only gone to Okemo during the week, so I can't comment on its supposed weekend crowds, but I found the lift system effective and only waited in short lines.  Okemo was the first Vermont resort I skiied, and I came away impressed.  It was much more ample than anything I'd been on in PA or SW NY and as I was an advanced intermediate at the time, it provided me with a good amount of terrain that was very skiable, but pushed my ability somewhat.  I've improved since then and have less a desire to return, but would not be against it.  The terrain was varied enough that it would still be fun and if I brought my girlfriend who is just learning, it might be perfect for her to progress.  If you could go during the week, it might be an ideal place for a group of mixed abilities. The terrain around Jackson Gore is particularly fun.  If you are an advanced skier looking for challenging terrain, I'd go to Magic, Killington or farther north to something like Mad River Glen or Jay Peak.

 

The restaurant in the Jackson Gore development served us a very good lunch and was little more expensive than cafeteria food would have been.  I recommend it for something a step up from general cafeteria food but not that expensive (at least by resort skiing standards).  Ludlow is also a nice New England ski town even if it has been slightly commodified by the large number of resorts built in its vicinity.

Posted

Pros: Grooming

Cons: Not enough steeps

I have to say i LOVE Okemo, what a well oiled place. The snow is usually great the people are friendly. Plus where else can you get a college season pass for $200 with no blackouts.. Check out Double Diamond after a day of fresh, you will want if every run.

Posted

Pros: Large Mountain Terrain

Cons: Getting Crowded - service

I have been a regular to Okemo for over a decade. They expanded nicely and have updated the lodges (+added new ones), expanded terrain, added snow making etc.  The growth  has been great but maybe catching up to them. Service is now less personal and attention to details are being lost.  My young son took a snowboarding lesson and was left on the mountain (crying!). Thankfully a stranger used a cell phone to contact me (kids carry cell# for emergency).  To make matters worse my youngest son had his snow boots stolen/taken from day care!  Management did apologize - but that was it...no consellation...

Pros: Conditions were good

Cons: Very cold weather; service is poor; too much inexperienced help.

 

Won't be going back anytime soon...to the disapointment of the landlord whom rents us his chalet every year.

Posted

Pros: grooming

Cons: grooming

No matter how many times I go, I always forget about what I like/dislike about Okemo.  It doesn't really standout in my mind.  It's on par with a resort like Stratton.  It's a mostly mellow mountain, great for beginner and intermediates.

Posted

Pros: Ski school, parks

Cons: Easy, icy, busy, cold

 Okemo is a decent place to ski, and is a good vacation spot for families.  The ski school is good, and the younger members of my traveling group have had a very good time with their instructors.  The parks (NorEaster) are good for a smaller mountain.  The terrain honestly sucks.  Every skier quickly outgrows Okemo either from lack of challenge or boredom.  There are a few nice glades over on South Face that are definitely worth your time, and Jackson Gore has a few interesting runs.  It was crowded as hell last time I was up, and the visibility was awful.  Also, the town is cute but not exciting at all.