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


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