Okemo Mountain Resort attracts riders (and their families) from all over New England and especially Boston, so don’t expect to have this place to yourself on weekends and holidays. But the mountain definitely makes up for the crowds with quality—great snow conditions and grooming, and more recently, world-class parks and pipes. Okemo has built everything you want to ride, from a snowskate park to the Sobe Superpipe, and with constant maintenance from Mike and Mike (the two heads of the park staff), you’ll have plenty of terrain to get your shred-dogging done.
The Hot Dog Hill Mini Pipe is probably the equivalent to the U.S. Open pipe from 1996—but these days that’s considered mini, so for all the groms out there, have fun! In sharp contrast, the Sobe Superpipe is Okemo’s competition venue and is maintained with nineteen-foot, smooth transition walls. The staff has revamped all of the jibs and box features, and word has it that local artists contributed to the work, giving the park a down-home flavor worthy of the homes of Vermonters like Jerry Tucker and Hannah Teter. Don’t forget the new Nor’easter Superpark, and make sure to slam into the big vert wall at the bottom. The Blind Faith and Dew Zone parks also have all-new shaped rails, boxes, smooth kickers, and step-downs to keep you busy.
Okemo is located in the sleepy Vermont town of Ludlow—very local, but pretty cool if you look closely and mesh with the locals. Cheap food joints aren’t hard to find, and American Pie is actually one of the better resort-town pizza establishments in Southern Vermont. There’s also no shortage of coffee/breakfast stops along Route 103 in Ludlow, so no worries if you need to gas up before riding. There can be rain or foul weather in Vermont, so Ludlow has installed its own indoor skatepark called Rampage. Get in there on weekends to skate and dance the night away. If you need a place to crash, the relatively inexpensive Clarion and Best Western in Ludlow serve nicely. Give Okemo a call, or check Okemo.com for options.
Okemo is easy to find via land and air from major cities like Albany, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; and Hartford, Connecticut. From the south (Boston): take I-91 north to Vermont Exit 6 to Vermont Route 103 north and it’s just 25 miles to Ludlow. Also from the south (Albany), take Route 7 through southern Vermont and hit Route 103 south to Ludlow.