Daily lift tickets are available in full day ($51 midweek adult/$56 weekend adult) and half day ($39 midweek adult/$42 weekend adult.) Multi-day and season passes are also available, and they run specials every once in a while.
Due to their incredible snow-making system, the conditions are always pretty decent, even in November before the big snows come. I know the East Coast gets a bad rap for icy conditions, but in my many years of skiing Okemo I have rarely had to contend with ice patches or slushy conditions. The one thing to remember is that Vermont temperatures are really COLD - I get excited when the thermometer reads in the mid-20s, that's a warm day! You really have to have proper gear to keep you warm.
The base lodge at Okemo is typical - pro shop, lockers, damp changing rooms, a large cafeteria with long rows of tables. Do yourself a favor pack a picnic lunch, the food is awful and overpriced. We like to pack a good lunch and eat it at either the Sugar House Lodge, near the base of the Northstar Express quad chairlift (about halfway up the mountain), or at the Summit Lodge near the top of the Northstar Express - it has beautiful views. The lodges that are located up on the mountain are a bit nicer than the busy base lodge.
Okemo is in the process of opening another mountain, Jackson Gore, which is scheduled for Winter 2002. This will add a considerable number of trails and lifts to Okemo's already large network, in addition to an entire village of condos,hotels, and shops. They even claim that they are going to have train service from New York via Rutland. We'll see - I just hope this doesn't create a crowd problem.
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January 7, 2005
People are very friendly and helpful. There's not much expert terrain, but plenty for beginner/intermediate, and it's an excellent destination for families.
From journal Snowstars at Okemo
Sea Girt, New Jersey
March 4, 2001
From journal Skiing in Southern Vermont - Okemo Mountain
by Foxboro Marmot
February 9, 2001
Ticket prices - there are deals on Thursdays called State Days. Check Okemo's web site for details, but if you have a valid ID (driver's license) from selected states. Your lift ticket is only $25. If you have a beginner (skier or boarder), get the first tracks package - rental, group lesson, lower lift ticket for $55. Otherwise, if skiing two days check into the Ski and Stay plan through your lodging provider.
Rentals - AS ALWAYS, do not rent at the mountain. Rip-off rentals are twice as expensive as those in the town. We rented for some of our party at Totem Pole Ski Rentals in Ludlow - $35 for two days.
Recommendation given is "recommended", but you need to understand that experts and people looking for a challenge won't find it here. If you want to cruise you should like it.
From journal Skiing Okemo