Okemo Mountain Vacations are one of Vermont's Premier Vacation Destinations! Okemo Mountain, Vermont is truly an outdoor enthusiast dream come true! Tailored to be an all season Vermont Vacation Destination. Okemo Mountain Resort is a ski resort located in Ludlow, Vermont. The resort experienced 600,000 skier visits in 2009. Parents Magazine rated it the Top US Family Snow Resort.
Discover Vermont Vacations specializes in Okemo Vacation Lodging & Accommodations:
Select form a variety of creature comforts & amenities from the following Okemo Vacation Properties:
Okemo Mountain Activities
Okemo Mountain All Season Facilities
Golf, Golf & more Golf!!! Golf Okemo!!!
Okemo provides two incredible golf courses! learning programs are offered at Okemo Valley Golf Club and Tater Hill Golf Club as well.
Okemo Winter Activities - Ski Okemo - Okemo Skiing!
Okemo mountain offers exceptional Vermont skiing & snowboarding. Ski Okemo on snow that is ranked in the top 3 in the East year after year by SKI magazine. A full-service Nordic Center, new ice skating facility & snowtubing park enhances the Vermont Winter Vacation experience for you and your family.
Okemo Excursions and tours are provided by a multiple Okemo merchants:
Okemo Hiking - Hike Okemo!
Okemo Biking - Bike Okemo!
There are plenty of places to ride in the Okemo Valley region. We have compiled a list of tours offered in the area with varying levels of difficulty:
Fishing & Boating on your Vermont Vacation
Lake Pauline, Lake Rescue, Echo Lake, and Amherst are home to rainbow, brook, and lake trout, perch, bass, and pickerel. There are a multitude of rivers and streams in the Okemo region: Black River , Williams River , and Ottauquechee are local favorites.
Black River: The Mountains' best rainbow and brown trout fishing. Six miles of the river are designated as a "Trophy Trout Stream".
Echo Lake & Camp Plymouth State Park: beach and recreational areas.With a total acerage of 295 acres. 46 of which comprise the developed portion of the park. There are also 249 acres with hiking trails, fishing, hunting, gold panning, and primitive camping, but is largely forestry oriented.Park features include a camping area & picnic area, play area, large field for activities, sandy beach, horseshoe pits, concession, and boat rentals. The area has well known swimming holes, including a "must see" Buttermilk Falls.
Okemo Area Wildlife
VINS Nature Center is located just west of Quechee Gorge on Route 4. The VINS Nature Center features over 30 live birds of prey native to Vermont, and is considered to be one of the most impressive collections of live raptors in North America. You'll find a beautiful winding nature trail that leads to the Ottauquechee River, featuring a bird blind, a vernal pool and several other natural points of interest. Programs such as Predators of the Sky and Fledgling Corner are both educational and entertaining. There is also a Nature Store filled with wonderful books, educational toys and games, bird houses and birdfeeders, clothing, art, jewelry and other gifts.
Billings Farm and Museum is located in nearby Woodstock, VT. One of the finest Jersey farms in America & a museum of Vermont’s rural past. Working farm, farmhouse, exhibits, hands-on programs & activities, afternoon milking.
Okemo, VT Fall Foliage
Hot summers and a cool autumn enhance the beauty and majesty of Vermont's mountains and the Vermont Fall Foliage experience. Vacation Travelers will be in awe of the vivid imagery of mother natures fall show.
Okemo Mountain History
Okemo was founded in 1955 by a group of local businessmen. Operations officially began January 31, 1956 with four inches of snow and trails serviced by two surface lifts. The lower poma cost 20 cents per ride, while the upper one cost 60 cents. The early 1960s saw the introduction of four more Pomas, and the first chairlift, the Sachem double, was introduced in 1965. Along with all of these improvements, Okemo began to offer slopeside lodging starting in 1961. In 1963, Okemo purchased its first groomer, a Tucker Snow-Cat model. Snow making was first used, starting with the lower part of the mountain, in 1966. The 1970s brought tough times for Okemo. Since 1982, Okemo has grown in many different ways. The facilities have been expanded in every aspect, including new chairlifts, trails, lodges, and snow making.
The base of Okemo stands at 1,144 feet above sea level, and the summit is 3,344 feet. This gives Okemo the largest vertical drop in southern Vermont, 2,200 feet The mountain has a total of 119 trails spread across 632 skiable acres. Trail difficulty is almost evenly divided between novice, intermediate, and advanced/expert. A paved road that runs along the mountainside is used as a ski trail in the winter, making it Okemo's longest trail at 4.5 miles Mountain Road can be driven during the summer and has parking spots for scenic viewing of the valley.
96% (605 acres) of the trail area is covered by snow making; one of the highest percentages in the East. The snow making pond has a total water capacity of 155 million gallons. In addition, the quality of the grooming is ranked sixth in the nation by SKI Magazine readers.
Okemo's "Themed" Trails
The trails built as each new part of the mountain have had some sort of theme, such as the Native American names on the main mountain and the astronomy-related names at the top of Jackson Gore.
There are four main areas at Okemo, each with at least one high speed detachable quad. The main mountain is serviced primarily by the Northstar Express Quad and two older fixed-grip triples. The 1,700-vertical-foot cruisers, such as Chief, World Cup, and Jolly Green Giant are accessed from the Northstar Express. When lift lines become crowded the Green Ridge Triple can be used to reach the top of the mountain instead, although it loads at the middle of the mountain. The main area also includes runs directed at more advanced skiers, such as Searle's Way, Sel's Choice, Nor'Easter Terrain Park, Defiance, and the Dew Zone (Mountain Dew sponsored half pipe and snowboard park).
Solitude, to the right of the main mountain as one looks uphill, offers about 1,100 vertical feet. The Solitude area also has its own base lodge, hotel accommodations, and private trailside homes. Most of the trails in this area are intermediate cruisers, though some blacks exist, such as Exhibition and The Plunge.
The South Face area, to the left, has the highest peak on the mountain, faces the sun in the morning, and is served by a 1,100-foot high-speed lift. This area is known for its more difficult terrain, including most of the double-black diamond trails. While some of the main thoroughfares are groomed nightly in this area, trails like Outrage and Forest Bump remain natural. There are also mogul trails in this area, such as Punch Line; Okemo marks its mogul trails. Okemo is also known for their bailout lanes, groomed sections on bump runs where one can escape from the moguls.
The final area, on the far right, is the still-developing Jackson Gore, complete with its own access road, lodge, ski school, and most other amenities also found at the Base Lodge. This area, served by two high-speed quads, has some of the steeper terrain on the mountain, as well as the standard green and blue trails. One alternative is Jack-a-lope or Moonshadow to Southern Crossing, although this goes to the base area only rather than the lift to the peak. Future plans for the Jackson Gore base area include more condominiums off to the right, with ski-in access provided by a new fixed grip quad and trail underneath it. There is also a plan to place a gondola that loads at Jackson Gore's base and unloads at the top of the main mountain. The proposed location for this gondola is shown on the trail map as a line of snow through the trees that goes through Solitude Village and Solitude's trails and continues to the main peak next to Upper Tomahawk, remaining to the right of the Green Ridge Triple.
Okemo's fifth area and its smallest is Glades Peak, between the main mountain and the South Face, serviced by one fixed-grip quad. It provides access to most trails on the mountain, including a couple that are exclusively served by its lift.
There are also designated snowshoeing trails on the map, in several different loops on the lower part of the mountain. Like the ratings for skiing the trails, these routes also range from easier to most difficult, determined by how steep each trail is. The ratings vary along each route based on what trail it takes to go back in the opposite direction. In addition, a tubing area has recently been installed at the base of Jackson Gore.