+Great family resort. Impeccable grooming.
-Terrain is a little boring in places.
The brass at Okemo have a trick to making people love their resort: provide polite and friendly service (no. 3), dish out excellent food like venison and short ribs (no. 3 for On-Mountain Food), blow lots of snow (no. 4), then obsess over, as one reader puts it, “grooming, grooming, grooming!” Okemo boasts such perfect corduroy that it earns a no. 2 rank in Grooming. It’s enough to make most people forget the mountain lacks expert challenge. “Good for intermediates,” says one reader. Okemo ranks no. 3 for Family Programs, thanks to festivities like Family New Year’s Eve and the fun and convenience of the Jackson Gore Inn, with its pool, spa, restaurants and bar. And those still missing that rush of adrenaline can hit the resort’s Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster— a roller coaster that weaves in and out of the trees at 25 miles per hour for seven minutes. — Gordy Megroz
Local Secret » The first hour of skiing every day is free. You can take a run to check conditions before investing in a lift ticket.
Off-Mountain Restaurant » The Downtown Grocery in Ludlow, opened last fall by Chef Rogan Lechthaler (formerly of Stratton’s Verde). Try the house-made linguine with lobster.
Après Spot » Tom’s Loft Tavern, at the main base, for great company, local beer, and irresistible jerk chicken wings.