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“Okemo, wonderful as always”

Okemo Mountain Resort
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Ludlow
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Family-friendly resort offering skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and other outdoor activities in the wintertime...plus golf, hiking, biking, swimming and more in the summertime! New for 2011 - come ride our brand-new mountain coaster!
Reviewed January 15, 2013

We spent five days at Okemo over Christmas. I've been there a few times in the past, and this trip was as good as the others.

We got there and the check in process was as easy as could be. It took less than 15 minutes to get checked in, collect the great little gift bag they had for us, and get to our condo at Solitude Village on the mountain. The people were friendly, and had recommendations for both restaurants and a market other than Shaw's for food.

The condo was supposed to be ski in/ski out, but the trail that runs behind the condo was not open when we arrived. We had to rent some equipment anyway, so we had to head down to the base on the first day anyway, so not a big deal. B the time we left, they had made enough snow to open the trail, and the condo was easy to get to (and from) easily throughout the day.

My sister and brother in law's condo had an issue with its wifi and, more importantly, had an icing problem on the small walkway to their front door. The resort gave them no trouble at all about moving, and put them in a fantastic place, closer to the trails, that had more bedrooms and lots of open space. It was a great location for us to converge after a day of skiing.

No matter where we went, everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. Whether it was check in, maintenance, instructors, lift operators or restaurant staff, it was always a smile and "how can I help you?" And I felt like they really meant it. We rented some of our equipment the afternoon we got there, and the rental place stayed open late for us when they saw our younger kids antsy to ski and snowboard.

It snowed a lot on our last day of skiing (about 15") and the crews kept the access road clear and dry.

The one downside, which has nothing to do with Okemo, and everything to do with ski resorts in general, was the absurd prices for lunch on the mountain. Lunch for my two young daughters (both not yet teens) and myself ran over $50 a day. But a captive audience and a limited season make that typical at ski resorts everywhere.

Verbally, the trip was a huge success, and the kids had a great time. My brother in law, who great up skiing in New Hampshire (including time as a ski instructor), said he's found a new favorite mountain.

1  Thank ExNYEater
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Well groomed runs, a great ski experience for the whole family! From the easy runs to the Black diamonds there is something for every level here. the ski school is great and the layout of the mountain is nice.

Thank Mitchel M
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Okemo is a nice mid-size mountain with a lot of slopeside condo/home choices. We stayed over New Year's this year (1/1/2013) in a 2-bedroom unit in the Kettlebrook condos. Our unit was about 100-150 feet from the slope, where we would ski down to the beginner lifts. There are other units that have direct trail access (truely slopeside) - if you've never been this close, you'll love it! It's a great way to go.

The price of the condo was a bit high for the condition it was in, but again, location can be everything. ;) It wasn't newly renovated or anything, but not in bad shape at all - clean. The size of the unit was pretty good, and as a 2nd floor unit, it has 2 floors - really one with a very large Master Bedroom Loft, and a vaulted ceiling. The Fireplace with lots of wood was welcome. Small, but adequate kitchen.

Some of the other condos in the area feed into other lifts, which could be key on busy days - we had no crowds, so it was not an issue. Feeding into the beginner lifts can be a problem because they tend to be very busy and you could end up on long lift lines.

The mountain itself was typical Vermont - nice terrain, and a good number of lifts. They could use to update more of the lifts to Detachable lifts, though - most were the older style that don't detach, which is harder with small children. Don't forget that Vermont isn't Colorado, and the mountain can get icy. ;) We were lucky to have recent snow, and a dusting while we skied. Our group was mostly Blue skiers (2 are between 45-50, 2 between 25-30, and a 12-yr old), and the mountain has a lot of Blue trails, so all were pretty happy. They had enough moguls to keep me happy too. ;)

The base lodge was ok - not very large, but had everything you might need. Starbucks in the main lodge is a nice touch, but wasn't open on New Years Day. :( The food wasn't excessively priced in the restaurant, but we did note that mixed drinks at the base lodge bar were pricey (Patron Margarita for $12!).

Lift prices were about average, and were booked with the condo - very convenient. The condo was about the same price you would find out west (Colorado, etc), maybe even higher than some.

All-in-all, a nice place that I would go back to for a weekend because it was a decent mountain and I really like ski-in/out lodging, but i think I would pick one of the other base areas because of the potential crowding at the main base area lifts. The Solitude and Jackson Gore areas looked like they would be much better.

Thank Vincef69
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Lots of really nice intermediate runs, nothing very challenging for the experienced skier. Good snow making coverage despite the lack of natural snow, but does cause lots of icy spots. Went the week after Christmas vacation rush, so was quiet and enjoyable without the crowds. Saturday was busy, would avoid weekends if possible ( Maybe check in and out on Satudays). Stayed at Okemo Village. Would recommend it if you don't mind the short walk. Winterplace and Solitude would be a better ski in/ski out alternative, but no large units were available when we booked. Staff were all very friendly and there were plenty of them. Really appreciated the adequate staffing that directed cars and lines. My school aged kids had a wonderful time.

2  Thank Christine256
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We have been to Okemo several times, as well as to Killington. Okemo positives include lots of slopeside lodging and dining options and great kids programs. The past few years, though, it has been quite icy. This may just be East Coast skiing in the current climate, and not related to grooming practices. However, the past few years, it's had us wishing we could afford to fly the family out West for powder. For a large group, if you can't afford to do that, Okemo is a decent, family-oriented alternative.

Thank njmotherof3
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