Resort Overview: One of Vermont's largest mountain resorts, Okemo offers a number of advantages for families. Kids 6 and under ski free, and free lodging at Okemo Mountain Resort properties is offered to kids 12 and under. The state-approved Penguin Playground Day Care Center accommodates children 6 weeks to 8 years offers supervised indoor and outdoor activities as well as a $15 Introduction to Skiing option for ages 3 and 4. Kids' Night Out evening child care is available from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Saturday's during the regular season and certain holiday weeks.
Okemo's Cutting Edge Learning Center instructional programs feature a staff of 250 professional ski & snowboard instructors that offer private, semi-private and group lessons. Children's ski programs include Snow Star Skirs (ages 4-7), Young Mountain Explorers ( ages 7-12) and Get Altitude (ages 13-18). Children's snowboard programs include Snow Star Riders (ages 5-7), Young Riders (ages 7-12) and Teen Riders (ages 13-18). First Tracks introduction to skiing or snowboarding offers an economical lesson, lift ticket and rental equipment package, all for about the price of a one-day lift ticket. A wide variety of ski and snowboard instructional options are offered including our renowned Women's Ski Spree and Adult Snowboard Camps. Okemo also offers an Adaptive program for disabled skiers and snowboarders that includes discounted lessons (reservations required) and lift ticket options.
What's New This Year:$1.5 Million in Improvements for the 2000-2001 Season - Expansion of the Mid-Mountain Pump Station
Various snowmaking pipe and valve replacements; 3 brand-new Bombardier Grooming Machines
New "Super Pipe" measuring 400’ long x 55’ wide x 17’ high x 15 degree slope; New highly-advanced Super Pipe Dragon Grooming Machine
Terrain Park on Nor'Easter; Sun Kid Wonder Carpet in the Snow Stars outdoor facility
New Okemo Resort Shuttle Service accessing Okemo Mountain’s condominium complexes, the base lodge area, Okemo Valley Golf Club & Nordic Center and Willie Dunn's Grille
Lift Ticket Prices: $51 Adult; $34 Child - Kids 6 and under ski Free
Passes/Discounts Available: Yes; The Okemo 8-Pack - The popular 8-Pack offers you eight days of skiing and riding for the price of seven! It is like getting multi-day savings one day at a time. While 8-Packs may be shared among family and friends, only one ticket per 8-Pack will be issued per day. Stop by the Mountain Services Center to purchase your supply of 8-Packs. 8-Packs are valid for one calendar year from the date of purchase and are available for Adults, Young Adults/Seniors (65-69) and Juniors/Super Senior (70+). They also make great gifts for family and friends who visit during the season!
Okemo 8-Packs are just:
$392 for Adults (age 19-64)
$336 for Young Adults (age 13-18)/ Senior (age 65-69)
$252 for Juniors (age 7-12)/Super Senior (70+)
(includes 5% VT Sales Tax)
The Okemo Flex Card - The new Okemo Flex Card offers you savings every day of the season. Save 30% on midweek daily lift tickets and 25% on weekend/holiday lift tickets. Plus, you may use your Okemo Card at Mount Sunapee, NH and receive the same discounts off their lift ticket rates. For just $99 (includes 5% VT Sales Tax) you'll save every day. Low up-front cost, valid on single day tickets, non-transferable. Present your Okemo Flex Card at any ticket window and save! Okemo Flex Cards can be purchased at the Mountain Services Center or purchase now in our Online Store. For more deals, visit their website.
Day Care: Penguin Playground Day Care (ages 6 weeks - 8 years) Penguin Playground Day Care Center provides your child with the opportunity to explore new experiences in a supervised environment while you ski. Infants and children from age 6 weeks to 8 years are welcome.
The state licensed facility provides a secure, nurturing environment in which children can learn about themselves and their world. Our indoor space is designed with developmental needs in mind. The children will also have the opportunity for outdoor snow play when weather is suitable. Day Care Rates One Day $55; Half Day (am or pm) $33; Season Pass $1,195; Season Pass with Intro to Skiing $1,595; Kids' Night Out ($10 non-refundable deposit required); Hourly $10; Full Session (4 hours) $30; Family Rate $40 ; Evening Season Pass 1 Child $300; Family Pass $300.
Children's Lessons: Snow Star Skiers and Riders - The Okemo Snow Star Programs are designed to help kids become better skiers and snowboarders while assuring parents that their little ones are in the care of highly trained, professional instructors. We've developed programs that emphasize safety, learning and fun! Kids are carefully placed in classes appropriate for their age group and skill level. NEW THIS YEAR: Your child will receive a personal progress report at the end of each lesson.
Snow Star Skiers (Ages 4-7) The Snow Star Program is the ultimate program for teaching young children to ski. Snow Stars provides a fun atmosphere that helps kids increase their skill and confidence. At Okemo, Snow Stars have their own teaching slope and poma lift with an expansive indoor facility right next to the slope. As children improve, they venture from the beginner terrain and explore other mountain challenges. This is a terrific way for children to become better skiers. Junior ski rentals are available at the Okemo Rental Shop.
Snow Star Riders (Ages 5-7) Using the same facilities and teaching approach as the enormously successful Snow Star Skiers Program, Snow Star Riders allows the children to participate in a snowboard learning program at a young age. We also have smaller snowboard rentals available at the Okemo Rental Shop.
Snow Star Skiers & Snow Star Riders Packages Full Day (includes lunch) $67 Half Day* (morning or afternoon) $42 2 Consecutive Days $125 3 Consecutive Days $180 Each Additional Day $58 Season Pass for Snow Stars Skiers/Riders $1,320. To register for the Snow Star Program, please call: (802) 228-4041.
Family Recreational Activities:
Okemo Mountain Resort offers more than just skiing and snowboarding. Enjoy other On-Going Winter Activities including Mountain Tours, Snowshoe demos and tours, and SnowBlade demos.
Kids Rental Items: Baby's Away (800) 446-9030
Lodging: Okemo has a varitey of lodging options including: Country Inn and Lodges; Bed and Breakfasts; Condos and Townhouses; Private homes; Chalets and Hotels and Motels. Check out their website for a directory that lists all of these properties plus current rental rates.
Amenities: Base Lodge Cafeteria & Bakery Counter - Open weekends and holidays from 7:00am to 5:00pm and 7:30am to 4:00pm midweek. Serving breakfast for the eager skier. Stop by for lunch and enjoy a burger or hot dog, hot daily specials, pizza and our famous spicy fries. Stop at the Bakery Counter for a quick bite. Sitting Bull Lounge - Located inside the Base Lodge. Open daily 11:00am to 6:00pm. Enjoy entertainment Friday through Sunday with apres-ski parties, giveaways, raffles and prizes. Featuring delicious soups, salads, subs as well as the famous "Macho Nachos", all with quick and friendly service. Sugar House Lodge & Tap Room - Located on the mountain near the base of the Northstar Express high-speed quad chairlift. Open weekends and holidays from 7:30am to 4:00pm and midweek from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Now offering breakfast weekends and holiday periods. Serving spectacular sandwiches, outrageous daily specials, soups and outdoor BBQ's on sunny days. Also home of the Tap Room, serving beer and wine on the ground floor. Summit Lodge - Located high atop Okemo on the summit near the Northstar Express. Open weekends and holidays from 8:00am to 3:30pm and midweek from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Enjoy the breathtaking views, sampling a burger, pheasant quesadilla, daily specials or soups. Also home of the Sky Bar serving beer, wine and hot & cold beverages. Willie Dunn's Grille at the Okemo Valley Golf Club & Nordic Center - Open year round! A full service restaurant serving lunch, dinner, and cocktails in the lounge. Featuring mahogany-finished cherry wainscoting and a cozy fireplace with spectacular views of the Okemo Valley Golf Club & Nordic Center trail network and Okemo Mountain. Call (802) 228-8871 for reservations. Gables at Solitude - Located at the base of the Solitude Express. Open weekends and holidays 9:00am to 4:00pm and midweek 10:00am to 4:00pm. Offering continental breakfasts weekends and holidays and full service simple gourmet lunches daily. Enjoy the peace and tranquility by the fireplace while feasing on a sumptuous lunch. Stop by the deli counter for a quick take out. The Yurt - Located at the base of Okemo's massive competition halfpipe and Snowboard Park. Enjoy a quick snack and watch the riders from the deck. Open weekends and holiday periods.
Transportation Available: Okemo Mountain is an easy drive from several major airports. Connections from Boston's Logan International Airport to Rutland, VT (just25 miles to Okemo) are available through Continental Connections at (1-800-523-FARE). Great rates from Thrifty Car Rental and others are available by calling the Okemo Mountain Lodging Service at 1-800-78-OKEMO.
By Train - Now Amtrak offers service to Rutland, (VT just 25 miles to Okemo) aboard the Ethan Allen Express. For more information, call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL.
By Bus from NYC & Hartford, CT by Absolute Adventures Shuttle Service For NYC & Hartford, CT Departures call (212)-921-9161 Absolute Edventures Shuttle Service, 1384 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, New York 10018
For Vermont Departures call (802)-464-2810, Absolute Edventures , Shuttle Service, PO Box 990, West Dover, VT 05356
**New this season, Okemo Resort Shuttle Service will enable guests to conveniently access Okemo Mountain's condominimum complexes, the base lodge area, Okemo Valley Golf Club and Nordic Center and Willie Dunn's Grille -- all without having to drive a car during their visit. Call Okemo Mountain Resort Properties at (800)78-OKEMO to reserve a 1-5 bedroom slopeside and ski-in/ski-out condo
Awards: Ski Magazine ranked Okemo an overall #14 out of 60 of the the best ski resorts.