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Okemo

77 Okemo Ridge Road Ludlow, 05149 us 802 228 5222 website: http://okemo.com
Ranked No. 10 overall by readers in our 2010 Resort Guide
By Gordy Megroz

Okemo

Reviewed by Gordy Megroz

Nov 06, 2008

avg. snowfall

200 in

number of runs

120

base elevation

1,134

peak elevation

3,344

vertical drop

2,200

skiable acres

632

+Great family resort. Impeccable grooming.

-Terrain is a little boring in places.

The brass at Okemo have a trick to making people love their resort: provide polite and friendly service (no. 3), dish out excellent food like venison and short ribs (no. 3 for On-Mountain Food), blow lots of snow (no. 4), then obsess over, as one reader puts it, “grooming, grooming, grooming!” Okemo boasts such perfect corduroy that it earns a no. 2 rank in Grooming. It’s enough to make most people forget the mountain lacks expert challenge. “Good for intermediates,” says one reader. Okemo ranks no. 3 for Family Programs, thanks to festivities like Family New Year’s Eve and the fun and convenience of the Jackson Gore Inn, with its pool, spa, restaurants and bar. And those still missing that rush of adrenaline can hit the resort’s Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster— a roller coaster that weaves in and out of the trees at 25 miles per hour for seven minutes. — Gordy Megroz

Local Secret » The first hour of skiing every day is free. You can take a run to check conditions before investing in a lift ticket.

Off-Mountain Restaurant » The Downtown Grocery in Ludlow, opened last fall by Chef Rogan Lechthaler (formerly of Stratton’s Verde). Try the house-made linguine with lobster.

Après Spot » Tom’s Loft Tavern, at the main base, for great company, local beer, and irresistible jerk chicken wings.

reviews of Okemo
My Rating:
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RE: 2011 Resort Review (East) Top 5... Tremblant: Without Question. Stowe: YES. Smuggler's: Yes. Okemo: NO. Whiteface: Yes. - Back to Okemo... NO, NO, NO. How Okemo ranks higher than Stratton baffles me. The Okemo base lodge is archaic, dirty and unpleasant. On-mountain food is horrible and overpriced. Grooming may be good, but the rest of the skiing experience is underwhelming - especially for advanced skiers. Employees are unprofessional and rude. Case in point: lift attendants asked us why we were skiing at, "their Mountain" because they saw that we had passes to a different resort... (Apparently they thought they were being funny. We were not amused.) As a family of expert skiers (10th Mt Division, PSIA, USSA) we went to Okemo with high hopes for a great day of skiing. We left disappointed and disenchanted. We will never return.
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