The BASICS • 632 Acres of Terrain • 119 trails, both gladed and groomed • Summit Elevation: 3,344 ft • Longest trail: 4.5 miles • 5 Peaks • 19 Chair Lifts
Okemo Mountain is home to long, wide, swooping trails that are meticulously groomed – a beginner and intermediate skier’s dream. Given its choice green and blue runs, Okemo is an excellent family mountain with stress-free beginner and intermediate areas – which are serviced in the Jackson Gore area. If you’re looking for something different or more challenging, Okemo has got that as well. Home to five terrain parks, including a superpipe, Okemo has a strong following of snowboarders and park skiers. Along with having an incredible terrain park, a few trails are dedicated solely to moguls for you mogul enthusiasts.
Despite the icy rap East Coast skiing seems to get, Okemo seems to be a head above the rest. Snowmaking is offered on 96% of the trails, and according to Skiing Magazine, the mountain ranks Top 3 in the East for snowmaking quality and #1 in the East for grooming. As a result, Okemo tends to be extremely family oriented, with the majority of the crowds on the groomed trails.
Slope-side condominiums are located throughout the lower half of the mountain and are a must for those interested in getting fresh tracks early in the morning. If skiing didn’t provide an adequate workout, the Spring House fitness center has an 18,000 sq. ft. pool, free weights, and cardio room to finish you off.
For guests unfamiliar with the area, Okemo offers guided tours of the mountain where ambassadors will gladly escort you and your family to the best areas that fit your skiing ability. Although few chairlifts are new this season, almost all of them are updated and modern, and some even have extra padded seating for added comfort during the ride. If you’re interested in backcountry skiing, Okemo is not necessarily the ideal location. However, the terrain park, mogul fields, and some of the steeper groomed runs will produce enough adventure for you.
Although Okemo has a small village of condominiums and mountain services around the base lodge, the majority of restaurants are located at the base of the access road in Ludlow, Vermont.
Ludlow is a small town of approximately 3,000 people with several businesses catering to the needs of the skiers that frequent the area. One standout restaurant to try if you are in the mood for steak is The Corners Inn and Restaurant. If you are craving something else, there are plenty of option for seafood, Italian, and French. The Inn at Weathersfiled (voted one of the top 10 culinary Inns of America and editors choice from Wine Spectator) is a must for fine dining, with the Coleman Brook Tavern, and the Castle Resort and Spa as great alternatives. If you are looking to venture just a little bit farther to Proctorsville, you can experience the Castle. An early 20th century castle, it offers a truly unique dining and lodging experience. Family-friendly with solid snow, Okemo is probably one of the best Vermont ski experiences.
*all photos courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort
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77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow, 05149
Phone: 866-706-5366 Snow Report: 802-228-5222
Albany (ALB), Hartford Springfield's Bradley International (BDL), and Manchester (MHT) airports are each about a 2-hour drive.
From the South: Take I-91 North to VT exit 6 then VT Route 103 North, 24 miles to Ludlow. The Okemo Mountain Resort entrance will be on your left. Or continue 1.5 miles to the Jackson Gore Inn, also on your left.
From the East: Take I-89 to NH exit 12, then NH Route 11 West through Claremont. Watch for two right hand turns in Claremont to follow Route 11W and cross into Vermont. Continue to VT Route 131 West to VT Route 103 North 2 miles to Ludlow. The Okemo Mountain entrance will be on your left. Or continue 1.5 miles to the Jackson Gore Inn, also on your left.
Alt. route from Boston: Take MA Route 2 West to I-91 North to VT exit 6 to VT Route 103 North, 24 miles to Ludlow. The Okemo Mountain entrance will be on your left. Or continue 1.5 miles to the Jackson Gore Inn, also on your left.
From the West (NY, NJ & Western MA): Take I-87 North to New York Exit 23, then follow I-787 North to Troy, NY to Exit 9E toward Troy, NY and Bennington, VT. Follow NY Route 7 East to NY Route 279 (Bennington Bypass) to VT Route 7 North to Exit 4 in Manchester. Take VT Route 11 East to Londonderry VT to pick up VT Route 100 North (keep a close eye on road signs as there is one additional right hand turn to remain on Route 100 North) approx. 15 miles to Ludlow. In Ludlow, take left on Route 100/103. Follow signs to Mountain Road, 1 mile on left. Or continue 1.5 miles to Jackson Gore, also on your left.
Alt. route from the West: Take VT Route 4 East to VT Route 7 South to VT Route 103 South, 20 miles to Ludlow. The entrance to Jackson Gore will be on your right. Or continue 1.5 miles to Okemo Mountain Resort entrance, also on your right.
From the North: Take VT Route 100 South to Jct VT Route 103 to Ludlow. The entrance to Jackson Gore will be on your right. Or continue 1.5 miles to Okemo Mountain Resort, also on on your right.
Alt. route from the North: Take VT Route 7 South to VT Route 103 South to Ludlow. The entrance to Jackson Gore will be on your right. Or continue 1.5 miles to Okemo Mountain Resort entrance on your right. Turn right onto Okemo Ridge Road.
From White River Junction, VT: Travel South on I-91 for approximately 20 miles. Take Exit 8 - VT-131 toward VT-12 / Ascutney/US-5/Windsor. Turn RIGHT onto VT-131 (becomes VT-131 scenic) for 15.6 miles. Turn RIGHT onto VT-103 3.5 miles to downtown Ludlow. The Okemo Mountain entrance will be on your left. Or continue 1.5 miles to the Jackson Gore Inn, also on your left.