Mountain Guide

Okemo Trail Guides

 

Beginner

Okemo is a premier destination for beginners. The Clock Tower and Jackson Gore bases are particularly well equipped to service new skiers and riders. Green trails are actually accessible from all four base areas. Slow skiing zones are clearly marked for an added sense of security to newcomers. Mountain Road offers a 4.5 mile scenic tour of the entire mountain - start from the top of the South Face Express Quad and return to the Clock Tower Base.

Intermediate

Moderate skiers and riders will be very comfortable with Okemo's range of approachable terrain. Intermediates can enjoy beautiful groomers as well as entry-level terrain parks, ungroomed trails and glades. Here’s the secret: Intermediates can expand beyond the 36% of trails marked Blue and dip their toes into some of the advanced terrain. Many of the Black trails are rated as such because of a short, steeper pitch that ends quickly with a blissful blue run-out (e.g, Exhibition).

Advanced/Expert

While nearly a third of Okemo’s terrain is identified as Advanced and Expert, true experts may find this generous. That’s not to say that thrill seekers can’t find some adrenaline. Okemo hosts GS and Super G races on Chief, a wide, steep Okemo classic. The resort is also known for its terrain parks, home to one of the very few superpipes in the East. Maintained with laser precision, the "pipe" will bring a rush to any who dare tackle it.

  • With terrain for everyone and many intersecting trails, groups of varying abilities can easily part ways and reconvene before reaching the lifts (especially in the Solitude Area)

  • With its aggressive snowmaking and pristine grooming, count on Okemo to provide a reliably good experience regardless of the New England weather

Top Trail Picks

Category
Trail Name
Description​
Area / Getting There

Starting Out

Bright Star Basin

A protected, beginner only area with a super gentle pitch; ideal for beginners to succeed

Jackson Gore Base Area; access from the Star Gazer Carpet

Learning

Lower Mountain Road

Though primarily a commuter trail, it's quite pleasant with wide-open, well groomed terrain

Clock Tower Base Area; take the A or B Quad Lifts; exit left

Longest

Mountain Road

4.5 miles from the top of the South Face Express; winding and scenic, but go early in the day for less traffic

Clock Tower Base Area; a scenic ride up the Sachem Quad to the Glades Peak Quad; exit straight then stay right 

Groomer

Sapphire

Long and rolling, this run is continually refreshed with snowmaking and always well groomed

Exit the Sunburst Six to the right and pass under the Green Ridge Triple

Bumps (Just Learning)

Lower Timberline

Often left ungroomed, this narrow trail rolls under the Glades Peak Triple and has a classic New England feel

Exit the Sunburst Six to the right and head straight under the Green Ridge Triple

Scenic Cruiser

Tuckered Out

Beloved by children and parents; the pitch and camber change constantly to keep you engaged and amused

Jackson Gore Base Area. Exit the Quantum Chair to the right

Steady Pitch

Heaven's Gate into Screamin' Demon

Lap this longer groomer combo several times to get some mileage on steady pitch

Solitude Base Area; exit the Solitude Express Quad to the left

Sun

Blind Faith

Come early for low traffic and warm rays; the extra wide, off camber pitch is a "carve-aholics" dream

Exit the South Face Express Quad left and take Moon Dog to Rim Rock, then and make a right past Wild Thing

Showing Off

Quantum Leap

This wide trail leaves room to arc some fast, high-edge angle turns; you can be sure to turn the heads of those basking in the warmth of Okemo's second covered lift running directly overhead

Jackson Gore Base Area; take the first Left when exiting the Quantum Four Lift

Steeper Groomer

Upper Chief

Regular host site for downhill races; this is a thriller, steep and rolling with incredible views of the Ludlow valley

Exit the Sunburst Six to the left; slide down the top of Count Down and take the first trail, slightly on the left

Bumps (Advanced)

Rolling Thunder

Natural bumps form on this wide, never groomed trail; when blessed with recent snowfall, you will find pillowy, playful mounds

From the top of the Quantum Four, turn left onto Upper Limelight, then left onto White Lightning, then hang a right

Glades

Forest Bump

While there's an obvious down the middle route, stay to the skier's right for softer stuff; add extra right turns to extend the journey and find untracked snow

From the top of the South Face Express Quad; take Moon Dog to Rim Rock and make a right past Blind Faith

On Mountain Dining Recommendations

Okemo offers a wide-range of dining options from cafeteria to full service-style. With 14 on mountain dining options, there are menus to suit all tastes, think classic BBQ to Asian inspired. Several venues highlight local ingredients. The greater Ludlow area has dozens more choices. Our top on mountain picks are below:

Epic at Solitude

With ski-in only access, this restaurant near Solitude Village feels exclusive, but has a laid back vibe. For a cozier experience, snag a table by the central fireplace. The menu features small plates best enjoyed family style for a taste of all the local VT flavors. We love the duck quesadillas and Wagyu burgers. This is an easy favorite for a relaxing, table service lunch.

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Coleman Brook Tavern

Known for its vast selection of wines (over 800), you can be sure to have the right pairing for your meal. This casual, yet fine dining establishment offers classic American fare, think delectable burgers and hardy salads. It is also open for breakfast during the week and serves brunch on weekends. Located in the Jackson Gore Inn, it's also convenient for meeting with anyone taking the day off.

Smokey Jo's

It's hard to beat this BBQ lunch where pulled pork sandwiches, philly cheese steaks and artisan hot dogs are prepared right before you. While on-hill, this venue is easy to reach, in the Sugar House Lodge, situated at the top of the entry level A/B Quad Lifts The outdoor deck has heat lamps. On a clear day, you can find many a slider pulled over, soaking in the sun with a tap beer.

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Roundhouse / Taphouse

Conveniently located at the Jackson Gore Base, this traditional food court has burger and fries as well as hearty salad and soup selections. On weekends, for a more relaxing experience, consider heading up to the Taphouse, on the second floor. Here you will find table service, a more refined menu with local ingredients as well as craft cocktails and a choice of beers.

Hamburger and Fries
 
Terrain Mix
 
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Okemo Stats

Size / Elevation
  • Peak: 3,344 ft | 1,019m

  • Vertical Drop: 2,200 ft | 671m

  • Base: 1,134 ft | 346m

  • Total Area: 632 acres | 3 sq km

Terrain Overview

​Mountain Range: Green

  • 121 Trails   

  • 3 Bowls

  • 9 Terrain Parks

Peaks
  • Okemo Mountain (3,344 ft)

  • Jackson Gore (2,725 ft)

Bases
  • Clock Tower (Main Base)

  • Jackson Gore Base Area

On Mountain Dining

  • 14 on mountain / base area options (see our guide)

Lift Stats

Uphill Capacity: 35,500 ppl / hr

20 Total Lifts

  • 1 High speed six pack

  • 5 High speed quads

  • 4 Quads

  • 3 Triples

  • 7 Tows

  • 2 Minimum lift to access peak from base

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