History of the Okemo Mountain Resort
The Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont, is a ski resort with many amenities. Ludlow was formerly a mill town, and a General Electric plant was located there until 1977. A group of Ludlow businessmen founded Okemo in 1955 and began operations in 1956 with two surface lifts and four inches of snow. The charge to ride the upper lift was 60 cents and the lower lift cost 20 cents to ride. Okemo added four additional lifts in the early 1960s and the first chairlift began operating in 1965.
In 1961, Okemo developed lodging for visitors on the slope side and began using snowmaking equipment in 1966.
Floods, fires and competition contributed to hard times for Okemo in the 1970s, and in 1982, the owners were facing bankruptcy and opted to sell the resort to Tim and Dianne Mueller. Although the resort was on the verge of bankruptcy, the Muellers wanted to maintain the historic atmosphere and kept the name Okemo – a Native American word meaning, “all come home”. Okemo has been growing since that time and improving all aspects of the facilities. More than 600,000 skiers enjoyed visits to the resort in 2009, and Parents Magazine gave Okemo the rating of top US family snow resort.
In 2006, the Muellers switched to wind power for the energy usage at Okemo, helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by thousands of tons every year.
Okemo is not only a winter attraction, but has activities in the warmer months as well. You will find hiking trails with marvelous scenery, or for those who would rather drive, there are paved roads with lookout points along the way. The 18 hole par 70 Okemo Valley golf course is host to two Vermont PGA Tour events, and Golfweek rated it the best public course in Vermont in 2006. Some other features are an indoor training center, outdoor learning center, clubhouse, pro shop and restaurant.
Winter months feature skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, ice skating and other activities. You will find a spa, pools, hot tubs, fitness and aquatic center and fine dining. There are excursions, family programs, wine and cheese receptions, movie nights, moonlight snowshoe tours, dance lessons, live music and a winter carnival with a parade and fireworks.
The resort offers many entertainment events for enjoyment during a stay at Okemo. Among them are the Jackson Gore Concert Series and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
Ways to Get Coupons, Special Deals, and Rates
Some of the deals available are “learn to ski for free”, “online only deals”, “college student deals” and “steals + deals”.
You can check the web for rates and rentals. Generally you can get ski or ride deals at special rates when you buy tickets online. Some of these deals are only valid on certain days, so be sure to make your plans accordingly.
You can buy a one-day weekend or holiday lift ticket in advance online and pay last year’s price. There is an offer for a free ticket for a 7-18 year old child with an adult lift ticket purchase. Another deal is for a free lunch voucher with the advance online purchase of a Monday through Friday lift ticket. This is just a sample of the available deals, and they change periodically, so check often to find money saving opportunities at Okemo. You will enjoy your fun-filled vacation even more when you get some great deals and reduced prices on tickets and meals.