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Emergency ski trip: Okemo (Ludlow), Vermont, USA

By on January 25, 2009 in USA

I spent three excellent days skiing at Killington, and then went on for two days of skiing at Okemo.

Having lived in the area for 5 years back in the 1990s I know Okemo well, and it is a ski area I like. It is not challenging, but it is a lot of fun, with some truly great cruiser trails.

Two things were new for this trip. A whole new ski area has been opened up:

Okemo - The new ski area

Okemo – The new ski area

Okemo - The new ski area

Okemo – The new ski area

There were some fun runs around it (and some truly amazingly big and expensive houses in the woods), but I found the area soulless.

The second new thing, and this is something I have never seen before, was a magic carpet on the TOP of the main lift from the lodge. This was just weird. A magic carpet is one of those moving walkways that you normally see at the bottom of a lift where they are used to get skiers up to speed for non-detachable high-speed chair lifts. Having one at the top is just wrong!  Basically, the chair gets to the top, and you put your skis down on a fast moving carpet, and as you stand up (and your back gets wrenched and you wobble) before being shot off the end on to the snow.

Summary: Two great days of skiing. The weather was cold, but the snow was just amazing. The Best Western in Ludlow (the town near Okemo) was warm and comfortable. Ludlow is a small and quiet town and did not have a great post-ski scene.  Only a couple of bars and the town felt quite dead and sleepy in the evenings.

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