It’s the “Oh my Gosh” corner at Sugarloaf that gets all the — rightful — accolades for boasting the most-impressive approach to a ski area in New England. Indeed, it’s a view that’s earned after what seems like an endless drive through Maine, navigating winding roads that lead motorists through small town after small town, until it eventually drops you in the face of Sugarloaf. The resort’s 4,237-foot summit comes into view suddenly and dramatically, a sight that prompts everybody in the car to, of course, exclaim, “Oh my Gosh,” or at least something similar to that nature.
But the most underrated approaching viewpoint to a ski area in this region might just be at Okemo Mountain Resort, a ski area that hovers over the lively Vermont town of Ludlow. The 3,334-foot summit might not be as commanding as visitors discover at Sugarloaf, but the very sight of the mountain, looming over Ludlow, immediately gets skiers amped. It’s like peering at a blank canvas awaiting your brushes.
Depending upon how you’ve come to know Okemo over the years, you might expect something different than what you’re about to experience. Okemo, located in south-central Vermont, is consistently ranked as one of the best family skiing destinations in the Northeast, a tag that might lead some to nickname it “Slowkemo.” The reality is that the resort’s terrain is spread out evenly over its 632 acres of skiable terrain. While 69 percent of the terrain is classified as “easy” or “intermediate,” Okemo can do gnarly as well. About 31 percent of the resort’s 121 trails are classified as “advanced” or “expert.”
In other words, don’t let one particular reputation define the place for you.