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Okemo Mountain
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Location: Ludlow, Vermont, US
Nearest city: Londonderry, Vermont (12 miles south), Rutland, Vermont (25 miles southeast), Boston, Massachusetts (120 miles southeast)
Coordinates: °′″, °′″
Top Elevation: 3344 ft (1019 m)
Base Elevation: 1144 ft (348.7 m)
Skiable Area: 624 acres (252.5 ha)
Runs: 117
Longest Run: 4.5 mi (7.242 km)
Lift system: 12 chairs, 6 surface lifts
Terrain Parks:
Snow fall: 16.6 ft (5.06 m)
Web page: Okemo Mountain Resort

Okemo Mountain Resort is a ski resort located in Ludlow, Vermont. It is one of the few remaining family-owned ski areas. Before becoming a popular ski resort destination, Ludlow was originally a mill town, and was the home of a General Electric plant until 1977. Ludlow, Vermont Ludlow is a town located in Windsor County, Vermont. ... Official language(s) None Capital Montpelier Largest city Burlington Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 9,620 sq mi (24,923 km²)  - Width 80 miles (130 km)  - Length 160 miles (260 km)  - % water 3. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... Londonderry, Vermont Londonderry is a town located in Windham County, Vermont. ... Rutland, Vermont Rutland is a town in Rutland County, Vermont, United States. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City on a Hill, Beantown, The Hub of the Universe (The State House, according to Oliver Wendell Holmes, is the hub of the Solar System), Athens of America Location Location in Massachusetts Government Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Geographical characteristics Area     City 232. ... This article is about a foot as a unit of length. ... metre or meter, see meter (disambiguation) The metre (in the U.S., chiefly meter) is a measure of length, approximately equal to 3. ... This article is about a foot as a unit of length. ... metre or meter, see meter (disambiguation) The metre (in the U.S., chiefly meter) is a measure of length, approximately equal to 3. ... An acre is an English unit of area, which is also frequently used in the United States and some Commonwealth countries. ... A hectare (symbol ha) is a unit of area, equal to 10,000 square meters, commonly used for measuring land area. ... A mile is any of a number of units of distance, each in the magnitude of 1–10 km. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer), symbol: km is a unit of length in the metric system equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words χίλια (khilia) = thousand and μέτρο (metro) = count/measure). ... A chairlift in Bad Hofgastein, Austria A chairlift, also known as a fixed-grip chairlift, is a type of aerial lift, which consists of a constantly moving loop of steel cable strung between two end terminals and generally over intermediate towers. ... A surface lift is a mechanical system used to transport skiers and snowboarders uphill. ... This article is about a foot as a unit of length. ... metre or meter, see meter (disambiguation) The metre (in the U.S., chiefly meter) is a measure of length, approximately equal to 3. ... A ski resort is a ski area with a village and/or high-end accommodations and other amenities at the base of the mountain. ... Ludlow, Vermont Ludlow is a town located in Windsor County, Vermont. ... Amoskeag Canal, 1948, by Charles Sheeler A mill town is a community that grew up around one or more mills or factories, usually on a river that was used as a source of power in the days before electricity. ... GE redirects here; for other uses, see GE (disambiguation). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...

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History

Okemo was founded in 1955 by a small group of local businessmen. Operations officially began January 31, 1956 with four inches of snow, two Poma surface lifts, and lift tickets for 20 cents apiece. The early 1960s saw the introduction of four more Pomas, and the first chairlift was introduced in 1965. Snowmaking was first installed that year as well. With all of these improvements, Okemo became the first resort to offer slopeside lodging, starting in 1961. 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A platter lift, or just platter, is a mechanised system for pulling skiers uphill. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Snow cannon at Mölltaler Gletscher, Austria A snow cannon is a device used to produce snow artificially. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ...


The '70s brought in tough times for Okemo. There were fires, floods, and competition from the West. In 1982, the owners decided to sell the resort rather than go into bankruptcy. Tim and Dianne Mueller purchased the resort on August 2, 1982. While the resort was in danger of going bankrupt and the facilities were now outdated, the Muellers wanted to preserve the historic feeling. They kept the name Okemo, which is Native American for All Come Home. Certain trail names also continue to preserve this sentiment, such as 'Chief,' 'Tomahawk,' 'Wardance,' 'Sachem,' and 'Arrow,' all of which are present on today's trail map. August 2 is the 214th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (215th in leap years), with 151 days remaining. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An Atsina named Assiniboin Boy Photo by Edward S. Curtis. ...


Since 1982, Okemo has grown in many different ways. The facilities have been expanded in every aspect, with new chairlifts, trails, lodges, and snowmaking. Since purchasing Okemo, the Muellers have also acquired Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, New Hampshire and Mount Crested Butte in Crested Butte, Colorado. Newbury is a town located in Merrimack County, New Hampshire. ... Mount Crested Butte is a town located in Gunnison County, Colorado. ... Mount Crested Butte Resort Often called the last great Colorado ski town, Crested Butte is a small resort town located in Gunnison County, Colorado. ...


Mountain statistics

Elevation

  • Base: 1,144 ft(348 m)
  • Summit: 3,344 ft (1019 m)
  • Vertical drop: 2,200 ft (670 m)

Trails

  • Skiable area 624 acres (2.52 km²)
  • 117 trails
  • 38 novice - 33%
  • 44 intermediate - 38%
  • 33 advanced and expert - 29%
  • Longest trail - 4.5 miles (7.24 km) Mountain Road

Lifts

  • 18 total
  • 9 quad chairs
  • 5 highspeed detachable quads
  • 3 triple chairs
  • 6 surface lifts
  • Uphill capacity - 32,250 people per hour

Skiing the Mountain

Many find that Okemo is a pleasant mountain to ski because of the 95% snowmaking coverage and nightly grooming of a lot of the trails. It is particularly well suited for intermediate skiers because there are a lot of cruising trails. Expert skiers may feel limited when the resort is compared to other Vermont resorts like Killington, Sugarbush or Stowe. However, there is plenty of terrain to keep advanced skiers and riders interested. Killington Ski Resort is a ski resort near Killington, Vermont. ... Species See text Protea or sugarbush is a genus of flowers in the family Proteaceae, consisting of tropical African shrubs. ... Stowe is the name of several places in the United Kingdom: Stowe, Buckinghamshire Stowe, Gloucestershire Stowe, Herefordshire Stowe, Northamptonshire Stowe, Shropshire Stowe, Staffordshire and in Canada: Stowe, Alberta and also in the United States of America: Stowe, Pennsylvania Stowe, Vermont These should not be confused with several places called Stow...


There are four main areas at Okemo, each with at least one high speed detachable quad. The Southface area faces the sun in the morning and is served by a 1100 ft 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 Punchline, and Okemo makes sure to mark mogul trails. Okemo is also known for their bailout lanes, groomed sections on bump runs where one can escape from the moguls. On busy days, the Southface is a good area to avoid the crowds.


The main moutain is serviced primarily by the Northstar high speed lift and two older fixed grip triples. The 1700 vertical foot cruisers, such as Chief, World Cup, and Jolly Green Giant are accessed from the Northstar lift. Lines can accumulate on busy days at peak times in this area. Intermediate skiers and riders will particularly enjoy Sapphire, a classic New England cruising trail, with great views of the valley. The main area also includes runs directed at more advanced skiers, such as Searle's Way, Sel's Choice (moguls), Nor'Easter (jumps), Defiance, and the Dew Zone (Mountain Dew sponsored halfpipe and snowboard park). Mountain Dew is a caffeinated sweet citrus-flavored soft drink produced by PepsiCo, Inc. ...


The next area is Solitude, which offers about 1100 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 (blue) cruisers, though some blues and blacks exist, such as Exhibition, Sidewinder, and the Plunge (moguls).


The last area is the newly developed Jackson Gore, complete with its own access road, lodge, ski school, and most other ammenities 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. Lines are unlikely to be found here, although there is often traffic on the lower Limelight trail as tired skiers wind their way home at the end of the day. For safety, keep an eye out for erratic movements and be able to turn/stop at whatever speed one is traveling at.


Although the East Coast ski experience has been known to be icy, Okemo does a credible job in controlling the issue with frequent snowmaking and grooming. One can see where fresh snow was blown by checking a map at any of the ticket offices each morning.


Hiking trail

The 2.9 mile (4.7 km) Healdville Trail starts at a small parking lot off State Route 103 and makes a relatively easy ascent to the fire tower at the top of the mountain.


References

  • Okemo Mountain Resort
  • Trail map

  Results from FactBites:
 
The Okemo Mountain School - Ludlow, Vermont Est. 1992 (407 words)
The Okemo Mountain School - Ludlow, Vermont Est.
Currently Julia’s rankings in the country for her age group are: 1st in slalom and 3rd in downhill, super G, and giant slalom.
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The Family Travel Network (2473 words)
The mountain has been enhanced with a gigantic terrain park (rated double-fl), a Sobe Super Pipe and Dew Zone (there is music and a lift to serve the pipe), as well as a halfpipe and a terrain park in the lower mountain geared to beginners.
Okemo, which pioneered the ski in/ski out concept in the 1960s (the resort was founded in 1955), has 700 on-mountain units, but because owners use them so much, only 120 are available in the rental pool.
Okemo is as hip as they come for singles but is an exceptional ski destination for families, because it caters so well to all ability levels and ages (we saw a four-year old getting a snowboard lesson) and offers such a pleasant environment.
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