- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 5
- All Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 4
Pros: Ski in/out, variety of terrain, bumps, family friendly, apres ski options
Cons: Overhyped, crowded lift lines
Recommended For: Single/Newlyweds, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Dec 1, 2009
If you can get past Okemo's self promotion, their marketing department has shown some genius, and ignore their guaranteed inflated stats, Okemo does offer something for just about everyone. Personally, I hate the fact that they don't give honest stats on their snow report and inflate their trail count. On Christmas Day with advertised 26-45" base, they still had 30 trails closed and "thin cover" posted on a number of the open trails. Doesn't bare dirt and thin cover on open trails mean 0" not 26"? As for trails, like the Hutch/Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway in CT... one road that changes names three times, at Okemo one trail may have four names top to bottom... and some may only be 10-20 yards cross connecting... just to hype to trail count... like Sprout... it's laughable.
On a more positive note, they do make snow, lot's of it, and keep it pretty well groomed. You can find enough variety of terrain to keep you busy for a day and if you're lucky, with natural snow their glades are pretty good. The staff are friendly, their instructors are top notch and you can get good food at the base, mid-mountain and the summit. As for apres ski, if you want to sip champaign cocktails and have tasty smores, finish the day at Jackson Gore... if you want to hang with the locals, head to The Lodge.
All in all, something for everyone...