The light fades early on a Vermont winter evening, but in the trailside homes at Okemo, windows glow warmly. Inside, around wood-fired hearths, ski families are busy making memories. The trailside home/condo is Okemo’s hallmark, and the families who inhabit them are the mountain’s built-in clientele, giving it an undeniable sense of community. Hardcore in their own way, they don’t care if their mountain only ranks 24th for Challenge. “An intermediate’s paradise, with everything groomed,” says one reader. With ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes, they don’t even care if “parking is inadequate,” or “loading and unloading is stressful,” or the “main base is terribly hectic.” They still love the vibe. “Everyone is nice and helpful.” And they love the famous Okemo grooming (No. 4). And they love how kid-friendly their home-away-from-home-hill is (No. 6 in Family Programs). Let visitors gripe all they want (about everything except the food; ranked No. 7). “Okemo is comfortable with its identity,” says one happy camper, “and doesn’t try to be something it’s not.”
On-Hill Lunch >> Epic, at the base of the Solitude lift, serves a lunch not often found at East Coast resorts: Japanese eggplant, duck salad, salmon carpaccio. Indeed.
Off-Hill Restaurant >> Downtown Grocery is Ludlow’s take on local and sustainable as seen through the eyes of chef and avid skier Rogan Lechthaler. Pastas? Homemade. Meats: Cured in the basement cellar.
Must Do >> Singleton’s Market in Proctorsville is a Vermont ski-town classic, where fine wines share the shelves with hunting supplies.