Those that were bold, braved the forecast, and went to the slopes over the weekend got the goods.
We were at Okemo as they continually dropped ropes on terrain as the weekend rolled along. By Sunday morning, we were skiing on a lovely layer of freshly-fallen snow atop the machine-made groomed.
Okemo hit the highest trail count in the East, over 50 trails open for those skiers and riders that stayed and played. When the snowflakes turned to rain at noon on Sunday, we folded, knowing we got the goods. That gave us time to get home for the Pats game too.
Okemo does so many things right, from their convenient and plentiful on-mountain lodging, speedy lifts and man-made snow, to their delicious on-mountain food. We stayed at the Jackson Gore Inn where you park underground, with hot tub outside, and ski to and from the handsome 177-suite hotel. For families, the expansive inn takes out the hassle and keeps the clan happy with dining options, a game room, pool, childcare, ski school and rentals. For couples, the fireside lobby and cozy bar, plus the steamy outdoor hot tubs and the swank wine room, add a little romance to your ski retreat. If you get the chance to go to Okemo...go.
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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.