Okemo Ski Vacation Guide

The Okemo Mountain Resort is one of the best ski resorts in all of Vermont. Just going on the basis of the stats, there are several ways in which the Okemo Mountain Resort is more advanced than any other in the state, for example, the resort has the greatest vertical drop of any ski resort in Vermont, at a distance of 2,200 feet. It also has the highest efficiency for snowmaking in the entire state, with 97 percent of all of its terrain covered by snowmakers so that you can be certain of having fresh snow on the slopes when you go out.

Ski Levels

Okemo is also a very large ski park with 117 trails, slopes, and glades in all. The 19 ski lifts service these trails include 9 quad chairs, three triple chairs, and seven surface lifts. Even when the ski resort is filled with people there is hardly any waiting to get to the top of your favorite trail with all of these ski lifts available to accommodate you. On the mountain, you'll also spot great terrain parks. The Zone is a includes a 20-foot jump, a hitching post, down rail, tire table, wall ride, multiple smaller jumps (two ten-foot jumps), flat rails, a mini c-box, an up rail, two starter boxes and more. The Nor’easter terrain park contains larger jumps; a forty five foot jump, a frame rail, a dog house box, a tree jib, a corrugated pipe and lots of other structures to choose from to come up with great new moves to add to your skiing or snowboarding repertoire.

Après Ski

When you visit, you can choose from lots of great dining experiences, with several great lodges on the mountain, each one offering a different ambiance and different styles of cuisine. The Okemo Base Lodge, the Jackson Gore Base Lodge, Solitude Village, the Sugar House Lodge, the Summit Lodge and Willie Dunn’s Grille at Okemo Valley Nordic Center all give you different eating options.

Nightlife on the mountain has you spending time with your fellow skiers and snowboarders; you can even go down into the Okemo Valley to find even more options for fine dining and après ski activities. The Okemo Mountain Resort has something for everyone – great ski and snowboard trails, great winter activities for the whole family, and excellent group rates for families or groups of friends to make this winter getaway the best winter getaway that you have ever had in all your years!

Okemo Snowboard Vacation Guide

Rider’s Guide

With a vertical drop of 2,200 feet, Okemo in Vermont offers some of the best skiing Vermont and North America have to offer at a friendly and family-run ski resort. There are 624 skiable acres with snowmaking over 95 percent of those areas. Most of the trails are for beginners, first-timers and intermediate skiers, with just a few for expert and advanced skiers, the emphasis is on the average skier. But there’s enough challenge in the harder trails to make it a great place for even adventure-seekers. There are 18 lifts at a capacity of over 32,000 skiers per hour.

Parks and Pipes

The 4 parks and 2 pipes at Okemo make it a top destination for snowboarders. The SoBe Super Park is the biggest terrain park for experienced riders. Rails and boxes as well as their famous "Truth Rail" make this a don’t-miss park for snowboarders. The Zone Jib Park has unique features and is often used for competitions. Progression Park is for freestyle snowboarders that are learning the moves, while Hot Dog Hill is perfect for riders just learning to handle boxes and rails with features at knee-height to make it easier to learn. Try a pipe with 17-foot walls and a wide path and see how much time you spend on the snow instead of in a lift.

Out of Bounds

An ice skating rink, fitness center, spa and plenty of opportunities for things like snowshoeing and snowmobiling make Okemo a great place for a variety of sports besides skiing and snowboarding. Cross-country skiing is available and lessons for beginning and first-time skiers can make your time at Okemo more fun and exciting.

Hangout & Hookup

Okemo has great après-ski destinations with restaurants right at the base of the base of the mountain that are full-service restaurants with full bars and many local beers on tap. Nearby bar and grilles, pubs and taverns supply live entertainment and canned music with dancing and nighttime fun.

The Deal

Getting to Okemo is easy via the Amtrak Ethan Allen Express from New York. Driving from Albany, Manchester and Hartford, all areas where flights come into the small regional airports, takes about 2 to 2.5 hours from each location. The resort is located in Ludlow, Vermont, on Okemo Ridge Road and is easily accessible from all directions by getting on Rte 103 north when nearing the area.