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Okemo in 2005
Okemo Mountain Resort
Ludlow, Vermont
Status: Open
First Season:1955-56
Vertical Drop:2200 feet
Standing Lifts:1 high speed six pack, 4 high speed quads, 5 quads, 3 triples, surface lifts
Past Lifts:
Left: Okemo in 2005
Recent NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News:
11/3/2016: Six Major Ski Areas Sold to Hedge Fund
7/19/2016: Vermont Re-approves Okemo South Face Village EB-5 Investment
6/24/2016: Vermont Halts Okemo South Face Village EB-5 Investment
3/31/2016: Okemo to Install New Quad Chairlift at Jackson Gore
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Located in the Green Mountains, Okemo is one of the most popular ski areas in New England.

Early Years

While skiing in Okemo State Forest dates back to the 1930s, lift served skiing was not developed on Ludlow Mountain until the 1955-56 season. A $200,000 development was rolled out for that season featuring two Poma lifts, including the longest one of its type in New England history (at 6,207 feet). Okemo officially opened on January 31, 1956.

For its sophomore year, Okemo added another trail and some more open slopes. The base lodge was improved for the 1957-58 season.

Okemo circa the early 1960s
Okemo circa the early 1960s

Pomas, Pomas, and More Pomas!

A third Poma lift was likely installed for 1958-59 season, serving the lower mountain.

Two new Poma lifts were initially advertised for the 1960-61, however it is possible that only Black Poma was installed. Nonetheless, the new lift was opened in conjunction with additional trails, such as War Dance, Bow, and Arrow.

The Blue Poma was extended uphill for the 1961-62 season, providing easier connecting to the upper mountain lifts. In addition, a new trail was cut in the Glades area.

The base lodge was doubled in size for the 1962-63 season, while general trail improvements and expansions also took place.

A ski school lesson at Okemo circa the 1960s or 1970s
A ski school lesson at Okemo circa the 1960s or 1970s

Finally, a Chairlift

Already considered one of the larger areas in the state, Okemo took a giant leap forward in 1965 when it installed its first chairlift, the Sachem Double. Along with the chairlift and the installation of the F 10, Okemo's lift network had grown to 7 Pomas.

To help the ski area in lean seasons, a new snowmaking system was added for the 1966-67 season.

The Sachem Double circa the 1960s or 1970s
The Sachem Double circa the 1960s or 1970s

A $400,000 base lodge project debuted for the 1968-69 season, to be opened in conjunction with Okemo's second chairlift. Construction on the latter was halted due to an early season snowstorm. Combined with a lean 1969-70 season, the Northwest Summit double chairlift did not debut until February of 1970. The Rim Rock Trail likely opened in 1970-71.

Financial Woes

The South Ridge double chairlift, Okemo's third, was installed for the 1971-72. With the new lift, Okemo now had top to bottom chairlift served skiing for the first time. Unfortunately for skiers, it would be more than a decade before the next installation, as Okemo was rolling into financial trouble. While Bromley manager Stig Albertsson attempted to purchase Okemo, he was unsuccessful.

The Muellers Take Over

The Muellers
The Muellers

By the start of the 1980s, a planned expansion was shelved while debt increased. On August 2, 1982, Tim and Diane Mueller took a principal stake in the ownership of the mountain and began a campaign of dramatic improvements.

During their first full off season, the Muellers installed the area's first triple chairlift, ushering in an era of repeated record breaking skier visit figures.

After eclipsing 300,000 skier visits, a sizable expansion took place a few years later with 1987's Solitude development.

Okemo's first two high speed detachable quads were installed for the 1992-93 season, serving the main mountain and the Solitude area.

The ski area expanded again in 1994-95 with the new South Face area. Skier visits soon surpassed 500,000. By the end of the decade, Okemo was launching its new nordic skiing and golf facility. Meanwhile, the Muellers became operators of Mount Sunapee, NH in 1998.

Jackson Gore

Jackson Gore, under construction in 2002
Jackson Gore, under construction in 2002

An ambitious project was rolled out in 2002, when a new base area and trail pod were developed on Jackson Gore. While original plans called for extensive developments such as a gondola, the implementation has been much more gradual. The main lift was installed for the 2002-03 season, whilst the base area and lower mountain lift were added for the 2003-04 season.

On December 5, 2008, Okemo parent company Triple Peaks, LLC sold its developed ski area assets (including Okemo) to the Real Estate Investment Trust CNL Lifestyle Properties for $132 million. Triple Peaks, LLC then entered into an agreement to lease its three areas back from CNL for 40 years, therefore continuing operational control.

During the 2010 off season, the Snow Star Poma was replaced with a Magic Carpet lift, marking an end to Okemo's long Pomalift history.

More recently, Okemo has unveiled plans to develop South Face Village below South Face, providing new trails, lifts, and real estate opportunities.

Bubbles!

The Sun Burst Six (2016)
The Sun Burst Six (2016)

During the 2014 off season, Okemo installed a new high speed six pack bubble chair, replacing the Northstar Express Quad. The following year, bubbles were installed on the Jackson Gore Express, which became known as the Quantum Four. As a result, Okemo became the only ski area in New England with two bubble chairlifts.

NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News
Recent Articles
Six Major Ski Areas Sold to Hedge Fund - Nov. 3, 2016
Vermont Re-approves Okemo South Face Village EB-5 Investment - Jul. 19, 2016
Vermont Halts Okemo South Face Village EB-5 Investment - Jun. 24, 2016
Okemo to Install New Quad Chairlift at Jackson Gore - Mar. 31, 2016
New Lifts Slow to Open - Jan. 2, 2016
Lifts Operating in Four States Today - Nov. 24, 2015
Vermont Construction Projects Hitting Final Stages - Nov. 9, 2015
New Quad, Bubble Chairs, and Trail to be Added at Okemo - Jun. 23, 2015
REPORT: CNL Lifestyle Properties Looking to Sell Ski Holdings - Mar. 14, 2015
Mt. Sunapee Will Replace Sun Bowl Quad in 2014 - Jul. 17, 2014
Okemo Mountain Resort NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News Page

Expansion History
Project
Season
South Face Village
Construction
2015-16
Glades Peak
Open
1968-69
Solitude
Open
1987-88
South Face
Open
1994-95
Morning Star
Open
1995-96
Jackson Gore
Open
2002-03

Image Gallery
1955-56 Eastern Ski Map1956-57 Eastern Ski Map1957-58 Eastern Ski Map1959-60 Eastern Ski Map1960-61 Eastern Ski Map1961-62 Eastern Ski Map
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Lifts
Click on lift name for information and photos
Standing Lifts
Installed
The Black Ridge Triple in 2012
Black Ridge Triple
Poma
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1984-85
The Coleman Brook Express Quad in 2004
Coleman Brook Express
Leitner-Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
2003-04
The lift line in 2014
Glades Peak Quad
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1991-92
The bottom terminal (2016)
Green Ridge Triple
Doppelmayr
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1986-87
The Morning Star Triple in 2002
Morning Star Triple
Poma
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1995-96
Quantum Four Opening Day (December 21, 2015)
Quantum Four
Leitner-Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
2002-03
The Sachem Quad in 2012
Sachem Quad
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1989-90
The Solitude Express Quad in 2005
Solitude Express
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
1994-95
The South Face Express Quad in 2005
South Face Express
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
1997-98
The bottom terminal (2016)
South Ridge Quad A
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1990-91
The bottom terminal (2016)
South Ridge Quad B
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1985-86
Opening day (November 29, 2014)
Sun Burst Six
Leitner-Poma
Chairlift - Sixpack - Detachable
2014-15
The bottom terminal (December 2015)
Sunshine Quad
Leitner-Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
2015-16
The bottom terminal (2016)
The Pull

T-Bar
1996-97

Past Lifts
Seasons
Baby Poma

Platter
1961-62
-
Black Poma

Platter
1960-61
-
1983-84
The Blue Poma (right) circa the 1960s
Blue Poma

Platter
1958-59
-
1984-85
F-10 Poma
Poma
Platter
1965-66
-
2004-05
Green Poma
Poma
Platter
1963-64
-
1985-86
Northeast Triple
Poma
Chairlift - Triple - Fixed
1983-84
-
1991-92
The Northstar Express Quad in 2012
Northstar Express
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Detachable
1992-93
-
2013-14
Lift work circa the 1969 or the early 1970s
Northwest Summit Double
Riblet
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1969-70
-
1990-91
The bottom terminal circa the 1950s
Red Poma

Platter
1955-56
-
1982-83
The Sachem Double circa the 1960s or 1970s
Sachem Double
Poma
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1965-66
-
1988-89
Snow Star Poma
Poma
Platter
1988-89
-
2009-10
Solitude Quad
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1987-88
-
1993-94
South Face Quad
Poma
Chairlift - Quad - Fixed
1994-95
-
1996-97
The bottom terminal circa the late 1970s
South Ridge Double
Heron-Poma
Chairlift - Double - Fixed
1971-72
-
1989-90
The Yellow Poma (left) circa the 1960s
Yellow Poma

Platter
1955-56
-
1984-85

Maps
1958-59 Okemo Trail Map1962-63 Okemo Trail Map1963-64 Okemo Trail Map1967-68 Okemo Trail Map1997-98 Okemo trail map1999-00 Okemo trail map
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Year by Year History
Adult Weekend Full Day Lift Ticket; Adult Full Price Unlimited Season Pass
2010s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2016-17$101.002016-17 Ticket Price Graph$1619.002016-17 Season Pass Price Graph16.0 daysNovember 232016-17 Skier Visit Graph
2015-16$97.002015-16 Ticket Price Graph$1599.002015-16 Season Pass Price Graph16.5 daysNovember 24April 32015-16 Skier Visit Graph
2014-15$92.002014-15 Ticket Price Graph$1529.002014-15 Season Pass Price Graph16.6 daysNovember 16April 262014-15 Skier Visit Graph
2013-14$89.002013-14 Ticket Price Graph$1499.002013-14 Season Pass Price Graph16.8 daysNovember 13April 132013-14 Skier Visit Graph
2012-13$88.002012-13 Ticket Price Graph2012-13 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 8April 142012-13 Skier Visit Graph
2011-12$84.002011-12 Ticket Price Graph$1419.002011-12 Season Pass Price Graph16.9 daysNovember 24March 252011-12 Skier Visit Graph
2010-11$81.002010-11 Ticket Price Graph$1379.002010-11 Season Pass Price Graph17.0 daysNovember 23April 172010-11 Skier Visit Graph
2009-102009-10 Ticket Price Graph$1339.002009-10 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 5April 9603,0002009-10 Skier Visit Graph
2000s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
2008-09$77.002008-09 Ticket Price Graph$1299.002008-09 Season Pass Price Graph16.9 daysNovember 21April 122008-09 Skier Visit Graph
2007-08$74.002007-08 Ticket Price Graph$1249.002007-08 Season Pass Price Graph16.9 daysNovember 16April 20640,0002007-08 Skier Visit Graph
2006-07$72.002006-07 Ticket Price Graph$1229.002006-07 Season Pass Price Graph17.1 daysApril 222006-07 Skier Visit Graph
2005-06$69.002005-06 Ticket Price Graph$1199.002005-06 Season Pass Price Graph17.4 daysNovember 18April 92005-06 Skier Visit Graph
2004-05$67.002004-05 Ticket Price Graph$1325.002004-05 Season Pass Price Graph19.8 daysNovember 122004-05 Skier Visit Graph
2003-04$65.002003-04 Ticket Price Graph$1375.002003-04 Season Pass Price Graph21.2 daysNovember 13April 112003-04 Skier Visit Graph
2002-03$62.002002-03 Ticket Price Graph$1240.002002-03 Season Pass Price Graph20.0 daysNovember 2April 20604,0002002-03 Skier Visit Graph
2001-02$59.002001-02 Ticket Price Graph$1200.002001-02 Season Pass Price Graph20.3 daysNovember 14April 142001-02 Skier Visit Graph
2000-01$56.002000-01 Ticket Price Graph$1150.002000-01 Season Pass Price Graph20.5 days593,0002000-01 Skier Visit Graph
1999-00$54.001999-00 Ticket Price Graph$1150.001999-00 Season Pass Price Graph21.3 daysNovember 11April 161999-00 Skier Visit Graph
1990s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1997-98$50.001997-98 Ticket Price Graph$1110.001997-98 Season Pass Price Graph22.2 daysNovember 14560,0001997-98 Skier Visit Graph
1996-97$48.001996-97 Ticket Price Graph1996-97 Season Pass Price Graph540,0001996-97 Skier Visit Graph
1994-95$45.001994-95 Ticket Price Graph1994-95 Season Pass Price Graph480,0001994-95 Skier Visit Graph
1993-941993-94 Ticket Price Graph1993-94 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 41993-94 Skier Visit Graph
1992-93$42.001992-93 Ticket Price Graph1992-93 Season Pass Price Graph465,0001992-93 Skier Visit Graph
1991-92$41.001991-92 Ticket Price Graph1991-92 Season Pass Price GraphApril 26446,0001991-92 Skier Visit Graph
1990-91$39.001990-91 Ticket Price Graph1990-91 Season Pass Price Graph420,0001990-91 Skier Visit Graph
1989-90$37.001989-90 Ticket Price Graph1989-90 Season Pass Price Graph400,0001989-90 Skier Visit Graph
1980s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1988-89$35.001988-89 Ticket Price Graph1988-89 Season Pass Price Graph1988-89 Skier Visit Graph
1987-88$32.001987-88 Ticket Price Graph1987-88 Season Pass Price Graph1987-88 Skier Visit Graph
1986-871986-87 Ticket Price Graph1986-87 Season Pass Price Graph320,0001986-87 Skier Visit Graph
1985-861985-86 Ticket Price Graph1985-86 Season Pass Price Graph224,0001985-86 Skier Visit Graph
1984-85$25.001984-85 Ticket Price Graph1984-85 Season Pass Price Graph165,0001984-85 Skier Visit Graph
1983-84$23.001983-84 Ticket Price Graph1983-84 Season Pass Price Graph1983-84 Skier Visit Graph
1982-83$20.001982-83 Ticket Price Graph1982-83 Season Pass Price Graph1982-83 Skier Visit Graph
1981-82$18.001981-82 Ticket Price Graph1981-82 Season Pass Price Graph86,0001981-82 Skier Visit Graph
1980-81$17.001980-81 Ticket Price Graph1980-81 Season Pass Price Graph95,5001980-81 Skier Visit Graph
1979-80$15.001979-80 Ticket Price Graph1979-80 Season Pass Price Graph88,8001979-80 Skier Visit Graph
1970s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1978-791978-79 Ticket Price Graph1978-79 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 231978-79 Skier Visit Graph
1977-78$12.001977-78 Ticket Price Graph1977-78 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 2176,0001977-78 Skier Visit Graph
1976-771976-77 Ticket Price Graph$300.001976-77 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 31976-77 Skier Visit Graph
1975-76$11.001975-76 Ticket Price Graph1975-76 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 61975-76 Skier Visit Graph
1974-751974-75 Ticket Price Graph1974-75 Season Pass Price GraphNovember 281974-75 Skier Visit Graph
1970-71$8.501970-71 Ticket Price Graph1970-71 Season Pass Price Graph1970-71 Skier Visit Graph
1969-70$7.001969-70 Ticket Price Graph1969-70 Season Pass Price Graph132,1701969-70 Skier Visit Graph
1960s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1968-69$7.001968-69 Ticket Price Graph1968-69 Season Pass Price Graph1968-69 Skier Visit Graph
1967-68$6.001967-68 Ticket Price Graph1967-68 Season Pass Price Graph1967-68 Skier Visit Graph
1964-65$5.501964-65 Ticket Price Graph1964-65 Season Pass Price Graph1964-65 Skier Visit Graph
1963-64$5.001963-64 Ticket Price Graph1963-64 Season Pass Price Graph1963-64 Skier Visit Graph
1962-63$5.001962-63 Ticket Price Graph1962-63 Season Pass Price Graph1962-63 Skier Visit Graph
1961-621961-62 Ticket Price Graph1961-62 Season Pass Price GraphDecember 19April 839,9001961-62 Skier Visit Graph
1959-60$4.001959-60 Ticket Price Graph1959-60 Season Pass Price Graph1959-60 Skier Visit Graph
1950s Ticket Price Season Pass Price
Pass Payback
Opening Day
Closing Day
Skier Visits
1958-591958-59 Ticket Price Graph1958-59 Season Pass Price Graph30,0001958-59 Skier Visit Graph
1957-581957-58 Ticket Price Graph1957-58 Season Pass Price Graph25,3001957-58 Skier Visit Graph
1956-571956-57 Ticket Price Graph1956-57 Season Pass Price Graph11,8001956-57 Skier Visit Graph
1955-561955-56 Ticket Price Graph1955-56 Season Pass Price GraphJanuary 31April 213,0001955-56 Skier Visit Graph

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External Links
  • Okemo - official site
  • Ludlow Mountain - FranklinSites.com Hiking Guide
  • Last updated: January 27, 2017

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