Yes, Virginia, there is skiing in spring. Pardon my humor, but I thought it was a great touch to let all know that as long as there is snow, there is skiing going on. A family travel trip from NYC to Vermont was the perfect way to start our spring break vacation.
Did you know the ski season actually ends a lot later than we think? This year at Okemo Mountain, the mountain will be open almost until the end of April.
When Momtrends invited my family to go to Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, Vermont, for the last weekend of March, my family was very excited to be going away for a holiday weekend.
My girls just started skiing last year and it has been many years since my husband and I skied down a mountain. I was amazed at how much I had remembered. Baby steps, baby steps and yes, I made my S’s and wedges and did not fall!
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo Mountain Resort went above and beyond my expectations for instructors. All in all my family worked with 5 different instructors during the two days and each one was stellar. I felt comfortable and ready to go out of my comfort zone thanks to my instructor.
In addition to skiing, Okemo is known for snowboarding too with superb snow and surface conditions. My yougest spent one day learning how to snowboard. It wasn’t easy but she persevered. She transitioned back to her skis for the next days but was happy that she stepped outside her comfort zone.
Ski and Snowboarding Lessons at Jackson Gore Inn
My older two had a great two days on skis and definitely felt more comfortable by day 2. It was evident that they had improved and their smiles showed they were loving it!
After a few hours, they were ready for the chair lift.
Look at them go!
Thanks to @KProcmom, Karen, because she captured happy moments on the chair lift and up on the mountain.
By the middle of the day, I knew I needed a break. Apres ski anyone?
The Waffle Cabin is a must. I loved the plain and my daughters enjoyed the chocolate drizzled waffle. As long as you have a few dollars in your pocket (the Waffle Cabin only takes cash), you can literally ski down the slope and pick up a waffle! Delish!
Lucky for me, a festival was going on this weekend!
Jackson Gore Inn’s courtyard offers a great place to relax in Adirondack-style chairs and enjoy the brewfest.
Hops on the Snow Brewfest. was a great way to try new craft beers while enjoying live music near the Jackson Gore Inn. It was an absolutely gorgeous day.
When my girls came off the slopes, we headed to the stone fire pit to enjoy some Seriously Sharp cheddar provided by Cabot Cheese.
One of my favorite things about Okemo Mountain Resort was the proximity of our suite at the Jackson Gore Inn to the slopes. We literally went down the elevator and walked right out the chair lift. Super close. When we entered our suite, we created a mud room for all boots and helmets. Notice one of the helmets is not a rental. Thanks to the Snowsports Shop Tent Sale, my youngest found a purple helmet at an awesome price!
On Easter morn, the little ones participated in an Easter Egg hunt and had a visit from the Okemo mascot. I took the opportunity to get a character photo op and show off my new bag from Vermont Flannel Co. Love it!
We could not have asked for a better weather weekend. The Jackson Gore Inn is a beuatiful sight as well as the majestic mountains.
Before we left, we took one last family photo to remember a wonderful weekend as a family as well as a great time spent with good friends.
Snowtubing at Jackson Gore Inn
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there are so many great off-mountain activities to enjoy outdoor fun at Okemo. My girls absolutely loved Okemo’s Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster. It is is a thrilling ride through an alpine landscape. Cars that carry one or two people glide smoothly on tubular rails that follow the natural contours of the mountain, twisting and turning between trees and along giant, banking corkscrew turns. Passengers control their speed, making each ride a distinct experience down the mountain.
After dinner one evening my younger two ventured to The Ice House, a multi-functional, year-round sports pavilion, for some time on the ice. I do love ice skating but my sore muscles wanted to visit the outdoor hot tub. Best idea ever!
My girls thought it was pretty awesome that we were going to close down the snow tubing area. April 1st was the last day. Snow tubing is a popular early-evening activity at Jackson Gore. Specially groomed chutes keep inflatable snow-sliding “inner tubes” on track for an exciting slide down a snowy slope. Snow tubes are available for rent and a magic-carpet style surface lift returns tubers to the top of the chutes after each exhilarating ride down.
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For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort, please call (800) 228-1600 or visit okemo.
Thank you to Momtrends for the invite to Okemo Mountain’s Influencer Weekend and to Okemo Mountain for a complimentary stay, ski lessons, ski rentals and passes to off mountain activities. All thoughts and opinions are my own.