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Okemo riding on ASC's success with a new season pass?

post #1 of 19
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http://okemo.com/okemowinter/ratesan..._valueplus.asp Looks like Ktons "bronze" pass, but for 519.00 vs. 369.00 and you can ski Stratton and Mt. Sunnapee but has 17 black out days, being your typical holidays.

My family prefers skiing Okemo vs. Kton, I am not sure which way we want to go, and with my wifes recovery, not usre if we can pull the trigger by the 4/28 date.
post #2 of 19
Hey Phil,

The wife wants to hit Okemo up next year with the kids. Any inside info, you can pass along?
post #3 of 19
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Originally Posted by Ullr
Hey Phil,

The wife wants to hit Okemo up next year with the kids. Any inside info, you can pass along?
I really like the mountain but there are people here more qualified to answer that, like Max Capacity and TCarey.
post #4 of 19
Thanks. I have two kids (8 & 7) and the wife really wants to try it out. I know they have a specialty lesson for just the park, that my 8 year old is dieing to try.
post #5 of 19
Hi there,
Okemo is a great family mountain to ski. The trails are user friendly and we have a great staff. We have several kid's programs depending on their ages.Okemo also offers a Womens Alpine Adventure program for those ladies who are looking to get away and have a great time! Phil's wife Lola participates in this and I am sure she had a good time! Am I right about that Phil? Check out Okemo's webpage for more details!

Terry
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Ullr

The wife wants to hit Okemo up next year with the kids. Any inside info, you can pass along?
Psst, here is some inside information you won't find on the web page:

Okemo is very well run, but crowded. I'm not a big fan of Okemo skiing, but in lean snow years recognize the truly excellent snow making and grooming. Okemo can recover from a rain and freeze event when other mountains are like hocket rinks. Families go to Okemo because it relaibly provides a good ski experience.

Get up early and eat a huge breakfast. Bring a power bar along. Snag a spot close to the lodge.

If you must eat lunch bring it in a backpack an stash it in the Lower level of the Summit Lodge or Sugar House Lodge.

Get to Okemo early if you are using the main base area, lifts turn at 8:00 AM and sometimes a few minutes earlier. Be in the lift line at 7:55 AM, yeah I'm sure the kids don't want early revielle, but trust me the base area is zoo later in the morning. Plan on not returning to the base area until you are leaving for the day.

Do laps off of the North Star quad until the lift line builds (~9:30 to 10:00 AM).

Move to either Solitude or South Face and do laps until the lines get long or you want to ski other trails.

Jackson Gore is a time consuming waste of time if there isn't fresh snow. The lower elevation and high skier traffic makes for trails with a diabolical mix of hard pack and sugar bumps. If there is fresh snow stay away until I have tracked out a few places.

At Noon the line at the North Star may have died down so do a few more laps here until ~1:05. If you eat lunch go get your pack and snarf down your food while others are waiting in line after eating over priced and terrible lodge food.

Trails get skied off quickly at Okemo, but 'thin cover' signs keep many people off of these trails and Okemo is conservative about what should be open.

Don't poach closed trails. The Okemo ski patrol clips tickets on the first offense even if you have a true and heart rendering story.

On powder days the mountain tracks out in about 45 minutes so have a well developed strategy to hit your favoirite glades as soon as the lifts open. Okemo empties out as the groomed trails bump up and even on a busy Saturday the trails will be empty except for you and other bump skiers. Okemo is fun when covered with soft pillowy bumps and most of the other skiers are swilling beer at the Sitting Bull Lounge.

Okemo has very similarly cut trails which people love or don't love. There are vestiges of older trails that are fun to ski after fresh snow: Whistler, The Narrows, and Searles Way for example. There are some fun glades but they track out quickly.

On a typical Saturday the trails get skied off and icey by 2:30 or 3:00PM. Leave early as exiting the mountain can be torture. Eat delicious snacks and sips micro brews in luxury at an in an off mounatin while others are struggling to get off of the mounatin.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by tcarey
Hi there,
Okemo also offers a Womens Alpine Adventure program for those ladies who are looking to get away and have a great time! Phil's wife Lola participates in this and I am sure she had a good time! Am I right about that Phil?

Terry
You are 547% right Terry. Beside my wife, we have 3 other family and friends who attended it this year. Plus this is my wifes (and mother in laws) 5th year. There is no way I could keep her away from taking this program. Maria and Terry run one of THE BEST programs in the east.

I know she will be there next year and getting her knee back into ski-shape.
post #8 of 19
Talisman, do you work there too? You have it figured out.

If we're going to ski JG we head over there first thing from the Northstar. Ski Quantum Leap a few times and then get out. Don't forget about the Glades Peak chair and the Greenridge Triple. They may be slow but there could be warm on a windy day. I'll spend my Saturday afternoons on the Glades chair if it's busy. Don't tell to many prople that.

Yes stay away from the base area, go up and stay up. We will sometimes do a early lunch and get back to the Northstar around 11:15. The line is small about that time.

I will say that JG has the best food if you want to make it over there for lunch.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity
I will say that JG has the best food if you want to make it over there for lunch.
Hmmm, I dunno, that prime rib sandwich at the sugarshack as damn good.
post #10 of 19
Phil,
Don't forget my sidekick Crystel Newbound!
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by tcarey
Phil,
Don't forget my sidekick Crystel Newbound!
How can I forget Crystal!!!!!!??????

Phil: Crystal, please stand up!

Crystal: I AM standing up!!!!!!:
post #12 of 19
Thanks for all the info. Found a condo to rent on the bus route. Checking in on a Sunday night and checking out Friday morning. Skiing 4 days. I avoid weekends whenever possible.

Thanks again,
post #13 of 19
Phil,

You better stick with the All East Pass.
post #14 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Max Capacity
Talisman, do you work there too? You have it figured out.
I'll spend my Saturday afternoons on the Glades chair if it's busy. Don't tell to many prople that.
I'm actually a reluctant Okemo skier as I don't match their market demographic, but in poor snow years show up there frequently for some of the faux snow. I ski a lot each season at a variety of places, which gives me perspective on what some mounatins do well.

The Green Ridge and Glades Peak chairs are great recommendations on a busy Saturday. It is a puzzle those chairs are empty and almost ski on.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by Paul Joness
Phil,

You better stick with the All East Pass.
That is the way I am leaning. One of the main reasons is Kton doesn't get nearly as busy on the weekens as Okemo. Plus I like Mt. Snow over Stratton as the alternate mountain.
post #16 of 19
Okemo could be the beginning of the end, bro. You're on the back nine and skiing a place like Okemo could put you over the edge. Did you ever listen to the music they play there? Sounds like a rest home!
post #17 of 19
Smugg's has a cheap pass with no blackout dates and they have one thing all the aforementioned resorts don't: challenge.

...also I wouldn't call the pass a success for ASC; merely a necessity to get SOME cash flow.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by shmerham
Smugg's has a cheap pass with no blackout dates and they have one thing all the aforementioned resorts don't: challenge.

...also I wouldn't call the pass a success for ASC; merely a necessity to get SOME cash flow.
MY situation is that my in-laws are right between Okemo and Kton. I would love if they were 1 hour north and it was between MRG and Kton. But I am dealing with the hand that was dealt me.
post #19 of 19
Not a bad hand though, said the Pa. skier.
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