Resort Guide 2018: East #9
It might be symbolic that a “must do” while skiing at Okemo Mountain Resort is ordering up a tabletop S’more at the base. Because Okemo may just be the tabletop S’more of Eastern resorts: simple yet sublime; delightful in a kind of G-rated way; made for family but just so darn fun for all; and with three perfect ingredients: great grooming, amazing lifts, and friendly service.
It’s no surprise that readers ranked Okemo No. 1 in Lifts. Its two heated bubble chairs (strategically placed on opposite sides of the mountain to keep crowds spread out) are highly addictive. Once you’ve ridden on a warm seat, shielded from wind by a sunny orange bubble, other lifts just feel ....old. Below them is snow that ranks No. 5 and grooming that ranks No. 3, an Okemo family mantra for decades. Readers lament the lack of steeps, though. “Fun but flat,” says more than one. Those in the know suggest using the free on-hill ambassadors to discover stashes off the Glade Peak Quad, and some runs down Black Hole. Or, just realize that sometimes, a sweet and delightful treat is exactly what everyone is craving in the first place.
Singleton’s General Store sells whiskey, guns, ammo, and arguably New England’s best bacon and sausage; the Granny Bangers (English sausage with Granny Smith apples) earn raves.
Epic, in the Solitude Lodge. Order the daily trio special or the hearty and soul- warming Japanese veggie hot pot, tricked out with the sushi-grade tuna.
Hit the Killarney Pub and scarf wings and Guinness drafts with the ski patrol gang.
Introduce the kids to the three top-to-bottom terrain parks off the Black Ridge and Green Ridge triple chairs: The Rockstar, The Zone, and The Superpipe.