Skiing Okemo

Okemo Mountain is a fine place for low stress, intermediate skiing in southern Vermont. Tip on a bed and breakfast inn and good restaurants.


Skiing Okemo

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Foxboro Marmot on February 9, 2001

Ski at Okemo Mountain or, for more challenge, Ascutney Mountain. Stay at the Henry Farm Inn bed and breakfast in Chester Vermont. Dine at Raspberries and Thyme in Chester or at Windsor Station in Windsor, VT. AS ALWAYS, if you need equipment, don't rent at the mountain - try Totem Pole Ski Rentals in Ludlow.${QuickSuggestions} ${BestWay} You will neeed a car.

Henry Farm Inn

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Foxboro Marmot on February 9, 2001

The Henry Farm Inn was built in the late 1700s as a stop on the stage coach route from Boston to Montreal. There are seven large rooms each with private bath and views of snow covered fields and hills. Throughout, there is evidence of the inn''s history: wide pine floorboards, fireplaces (alas, not all are operative - a prior owner closed up many of them to reduce heat losses) and the first bathtub in Chester VT (no longer operative either!). The inn is owned and operated by the Dexters, hospitable and customer oriented hosts who serve an excellent breakfast. If you plan to ski Okemo two days inquire about the ski and stay package.
Henry Farm Inn
Green Mountain Turnpike
Okemo Mountain, Vermont

Windsor Station

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Foxboro Marmot on February 9, 2001

Windsor Station Restaurant is in the old train station for the town of Windsor, about 45 minutes from Ludlow VT and Okemo Mountain. When you enter, the lounge is on the right and the dining area is on the left. They've done a nice job restoring the place and every so often a train whistles by a few feet away so you don't lose sight of the structure's original purpose. The food is good and attempts to use locally available materials - be sure to try the maple butter. The presentation can be spectacular - it's up to your server to garnish and drizzle material around on the plate. I expect that depending on who you get and how busy the place is, you may have a lesser display. Judging by the conversations around us, it appeared - at least on a weekday evening - most of the crowd was local, which usually translates to decent food at a reasonable price.
Windsor Station
Depot Avenue
Okemo Mountain, Vermont
(802) 674-2052

Raspberries and Thyme

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Foxboro Marmot on February 9, 2001

Raspberries and Thyme is in a Victorian home on the Chester Common, which in a prior life hosted an American Legion post. Fortunately, you won't see any evidence of this today. Dinners are generous to a fault - more food than any normal person would eat - but the worst part is knowing just how good the desserts are. Take a look at the display when you first come in the door so you'll know what you want at the end of the meal. Unlike some places that substitute quantity for quality, the meals were pretty good. Be warned: Rumor is that service is very slow on weekends.
Raspberries and Thyme
Chester Common
Okemo Mountain, Vermont

Okemo Mountain

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Foxboro Marmot on February 9, 2001

Okemo has a lot of well-groomed intermediate trails. Don't pay attention to the trail markings - there are no true expert trails except for the couple of trails marked double diamond. Even these are no more than low-grade expert trails - they earn their rating at Okemo because they are treed and consequently ungroomed. Intermediate skiers can go anywhere without fear and better skiers can simply scream down the hill. Okemo does maintain five or six bump runs, giving a nice option for those who want to work their knees hard, but each of these has a groomed strip to one side where you can bail out if tired, if necessary of if a less experienced person is skiing with you. The most annoying thing is the base: no matter where you want to go, you need to take a beginners lift to get away. However, there are enough places to eat scattered around the hill that you won't need to come back until the end of the day.

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.

Okemo Mountain Resort
77 Okemo Ridge Road
Ludlow, Vermont, 05149
(802) 228-4041

Windsor Covered Bridge

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Foxboro Marmot on February 9, 2001

If you do get over to Windsor, you should take a look at the Windsor-Cornish Covered bridge over the Connecticut River. While I'm apparently immune to the charms of the covered bridge, many people get very excited, perhaps more so since "The Bridges of Madison County" came out.

If coming from the south of Windsor you'd be driveling north on Route 5. At the first stop light in Windsor, turn right on Bridge Street and it's about a quarter mile down. For photographers, there's a nice angle from the New Hampshire side where you can get the bridge in the center of your picture with Mount Ascutney in the background. As long as you're on the New Hampshire side, look around for reclusive author J.D. Salinger ("Catcher in the Rye", "Franny and Zooey"). He lives in Cornish and occasionally shows up in Windsor.


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