When we realized that this year Easter came early and that my district was honoring a fairly long spring break, we knew a ski trip was in order. After skiing in Park City, the kids had been wanting more than what our local resorts could offer. So we started to research New York and Vermont. On a recommendation, we started to check out Okemo. A less than five hour drive from Northeastern Pennsylvania made it perfect for a short trip.
We were thrilled to find lodging at the Jackson Gore Inn right on the mountain. When we decided to head up a night early, the front desk was helpful in securing us with the same room for all three nights! With mid week and late season pricing, we scored a great deal averaging $200 a night for a studio. This room had a pull out and very comfortable Murphy bed as well as a full kitchen. Extra features included a balcony , large bathroom, foyer with storage, and a four seat dining table. The kitchen was perfect for breakfast and lunch! With the location right on the mountain, a quick and affordable lunch and bathroom break in the room was a pleasure.
The inn provided us with access to both an indoor and outdoor heated pool, hot tubs, a sauna, steam room, exercise facilities, and large ice skating rink. After skiing, we loved using the pool and hot tub at the beautiful Spring House.
Let’s get down to the purpose of the trip, skiing! Skiing in the Poconos gives us a lot of options, but so much of it is spent on lifts. Okemo offers amazing lifts including two bubble lifts. These high speed lifts boast heated seats and a bubble that blocks the wind. While the weather was warm enough not to use the bubble, we couldn’t resist.
The variety of terrain and accessibility to lifts made this a dream mountain. We could shoot down a nice long Black Diamond or wind our way around the mountain on trails lasting twenty minutes. We skied 18 miles one day and 25 miles the next. The glades and terrain parks were a favorite of the kids and since my husband and I are no pros, we decided to send the kids to a half day lesson. While we enjoyed two hours kid free, the pros took the kids on all the terrain that they yearned for!