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12/22-23 Would you hit K-ton or Okemo?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I've never had a problem with killington on non-holiday days, but some of my travel companions are interested in Okemo instead. Aside from saving $$ with the killington 2 for 1, is there a reason to recommend one over the other, purely in terms of skiing, for quick two day outing? I should add that one of the people coming is a 100% groomer skier (but hopefully we can ditch him when opportunity arises)

post #2 of 15

If you're looking for groomer skiing, okemo is hard to beat.  I was there the same dates last year and it was empty.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

That would definitely explain their preference. I  prefer a lot more variety. Does Okemo have what to offer in that regard?

post #4 of 15

Since Okemo is my home mountain I feel qualified to respond here.  Firstly, Okemo consists of mostly groomers but does have other terrain that is more challenging like "Big Bang" which is a longer and usually bumped up (talking big bumps here).

 

The problem right now is of course - NO Significant Natural Snowfall - so all the glades are still not open nor the more challenging runs like "Big Bang, White Lighting, and Rolling Thunder".

 

So for now groomers are what's available. Killington may very well have some of their more challenging runs open but generally I think they are in the same boat though.

 

Regards,

Doug

post #5 of 15

I don't think you will find any opportunity to ditch your groomer skiing friend anywhere in VT right now. Groomers are what's on the menu until Mother Nature decides to deliver the goods. If you want steeper trails Killington, better grooming Okemo. I doubt that you'll find a real crowd at either one.

post #6 of 15

Killington has some decent expert terrain open - Cascade, Superstar, East Fall for example.  And Bear Mountain opens tomorrow.  Bumps are firm but manageable.  Luckily Killington doesn't groom everything to death. 

post #7 of 15

Keep in mind Killington runs very few lifts mid-week and I am not a gondola fan. I choose Okemo for my mid-week skiing. Also, if you want to stay on groomers, Okemo places signs at the top of a trail to let you know that it is not groomed, which is a very good thing.

post #8 of 15

Both Superstar and Cascade have good bumps on them this past weekend. Good place to ditch your goomer friends. Conditions are pretty good despite lack of natural snow.

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by aschick View Post

 is there a reason to recommend one over the other, purely in terms of skiing,


 

"Purely in terms of skiing" - K-Mart all the way.

 

Okemo is the white bread of south VT- everything looks and skis the same, with the trails having a minimal of variety, it's vertically challenged, and groomed to the point of complete boredom. Oh, and the lower lift layout make no sense whatsoever, ensuring you HAVE to go through the beginner area to get to the "advanced" lift. Even Flatton seems core compared to Nokemo.

 

I'm not a real K-Mart fan, but compared to Nokemo, you'll feel like you're at Chamonix.

 

Pray for snow and go to Magic. They'll groom something (maybe) if they get a dump.

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

First, thanks for all the replies. It ended up being out of my hands and we skied Okemo. My impressions are that it could use some lift upgrades and lacks challenging or steep terrain or variety of skiing. But... the snow conditions were quite good and I appreciated that there were relatively long runs without flat runouts a the end. But since we were only there two days with people of mixed ability, it's shortcomings -except for the terrible lower mountain lift layout- were not that annoying.

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by aschick View Post

First, thanks for all the replies. It ended up being out of my hands and we skied Okemo. My impressions are that it could use some lift upgrades and lacks challenging or steep terrain or variety of skiing. But... the snow conditions were quite good and I appreciated that there were relatively long runs without flat runouts a the end. But since we were only there two days with people of mixed ability, it's shortcomings -except for the terrible lower mountain lift layout- were not that annoying.

you need to get to at least Killington or points north of there on Rte 100 for the type of terrain you want.
 

post #12 of 15

 


"Purely in terms of skiing" - K-Mart all the way.

 

Okemo is the white bread of south VT- everything looks and skis the same, with the trails having a minimal of variety, it's vertically challenged, and groomed to the point of complete boredom. Oh, and the lower lift layout make no sense whatsoever, ensuring you HAVE to go through the beginner area to get to the "advanced" lift. Even Flatton seems core compared to Nokemo.

 

I'm not a real K-Mart fan, but compared to Nokemo, you'll feel like you're at Chamonix.

 

Pray for snow and go to Magic. They'll groom something (maybe) if they get a dump.

 

 

so, hows the skiing in boca?

hahahaha..........

 

 

post #13 of 15

I am a season pass skier at k-mart and often get bored whenever I go to okemo. In my humble opinion they cater more to the intermediate / groomer skier vs those of us who want more challenging conditions.

 

I vote killington always over okemo.

post #14 of 15

i am a season pass holder at okemo.......  there are several advantages skiing at okemo but unfortunately the terrain isn't one of them.

i definitely prefer the terrain at kmart, however, okemo's amenities and family friendliness is what works for my family. if you are a young single type

the access road and the terrain at kmart are tough to beat..........

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so, hows the skiing in boca?

hahahaha..........



How's the skiing in Boca? - Usually at least as good as Slokemo. More vertical anyway. Truly, I'd rather be here in the sun than deal with the monotony and complete lack of challenge that's Nokemo.

 

So anyway, Whistler was pretty good Dec 12-19, and I'm looking forward to SLC starting next Monday (and you'll be using your season pass at Nokemo - hahahahahaha). He who laughs last.......

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