It Keeps Getting Better

by: Cynwyd Guy - Jan 18, 2009

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 5
  • Nightlife 5

    Pros: Family Friendly, Good surrounding town and base facilities, Good groming and snowmaking, Great Terrain Park

    Cons: Can get crowded

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Dec 1, 2007


Full review

There was a time when Okemo's downhill terrain was seen as its weakness. Since the development of Jackson Gore much of that sentiment has disappeared. In general, the expert terrain offered between the South Face area and Jackson Gore is now on par if not above par with most other resorts on the east coast. Okemo is still best known for what it has always been good at, giving beginners good terrain to learn on and giving intermediate skiers long cruiser runs to enjoy.

This mountain is incredibly family friendly and is a great place to learn or take lessons to improve. The town of Ludlow is just beyond the base of the main mountain and offers a decent variety of restaurants and shops. Ludlow is an authentic Vermont town which is something most ski areas in the area lack. The base area of Jackson Gore has really changed the complexion of the mountain and the accommodations there are something you would expect from a ski resort out west. Despite lacking a lift that offers direct access to the mountain the addition of Jackson Gore has helped moved Okemo to a different class of ski resort.

The terrain parks offered at Okemo are some of the best if not the best I have found on either the east or west coast. If the halfpipe or jumps are your thing this mountain is for you. The main downside to Okemo is that as it has improved it has become more and more popular. The slopes can get crowded on some weekends and especially during holiday periods. Lift lines are a little rough at times but if you know where to hang out you can generally avoid most of the long lines.

Some tips for crowded days: If the Northstar is packed take the Black Ridge Triple to the Green Ridge or the Sachem Quad to the Glades Peak, I know the lifts are slow but it beats sitting on the Northstar line for an eternity. If you don't mind riding up solo, the "singles" lines are always faster than waiting on the regular lines.

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