Lots of Okemo bashing goes on here, which is a bit of a puzzlement...I would expect it on TGR where your participant tends to be more hcore, but it still is misleading IMO.
Does Okemo have a lot of steep and deep? Of course not. None of the Okemo regulars are making that claim. It is a great, well patrolled, pleasant hill with enough nicely buffed trails to make for some very memorable cruising days. Solitude area is as good as it gets for cruising. Period. I have had some wonderful days at Okemo. The Okemo terrain parks are great according to my 1080 wearing 22 yr old. The Moellers have worked very hard to get things right. I expect them to do equally good things at Crested Butte.
Unfortunately, Okemo has gotten too pricey for me to enjoy it with my entire family, we have had to seek out cheaper options. Bretton Woods in NH is a very similar area with much cheaper lodging avail in the Mt Washington Valley area. My family likes BW nearly as much and the shopping in North Conway is a nice bonus. If there is a no ski day for the less timid in my group my oldest and me can get in a day at Wildcat where there is no shortage of steep stuff. Of course, there are still the New England Action Sports bus trips to Okemo..
If you have the big $$$ necessary to stay slopeside at Okemo with your family you will have a great time and everyone
will smile. That's the real bottom line. IMHO.
If you seek real
challenge, go elsewhere. Simple.
reposted from another thread...