- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 5
- All-Mtn. Terrain 3
- Terrain Park 4
- Nightlife 5
Pros: side country, lifts, crusiers, Ludlow village, snowmaking, grooming
Cons: 3 lifts to summit, bad judgement on trail openings and closings, hilliy, one double diamond
Recommended For: Family Friendly
Date Visited: Mar 1, 2011
Okemo is good for a beginner or intermediate skier. Any expert will be bored after skiing Jackson Gore. Okemo has a ton of easy slopes and a huge beginner area on both mountains. Every lift has a beginner trail off of it and most lifts have an intermediate trail. For an expert it can be a good or bad mountain. Good if you're a mogul skier because about half the trails at Jackson Gore have moguls on them. Bad if you don't ski moguls because most black diamonds without moguls on them are easy or have only one short steep pitch (like Upper World Cup). I can't really tell how good or bad the glades are because each one had very minimal snow cover making it hard to ski. Even though it was the last weekend of March, there was still plenty of snow on trails with snowmaking. Trails without snowmaking had a ton of bare spots yet they were still considered open. One huge problem is that it takes three lift rides to reach the summit: 1.Take one of the two beginner quads. 2. Ski halfway down the beginner slope to the summit express quad (this takes you to the old summit). 3. Ski down to the south face express quad (it takes a lot of traversing and is easy to get lost).
Another problem at Okemo is that the mountain is way to hilly. It's nice to have a few mellow pitches on a trail, but at Okemo most trails are those mellow pitches. The only non-beginner trails with a constant pitch are Timberline (blue square), Ledge (black diamond, moguled), and Big Bang (the only double diamond, also has moguls).
So depending on your ability, Okemo can or can't be the thing for you. It was okay for me being an expert skier who got to work on his moguls.