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.