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Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

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Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

Hello, everyone! Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me. My family of five--three children from 6-13--are planning a trip to Vermont with some friends over the winter break in December. I know that's a busy time of year, but it's the only time we can take off of work, so that's the week we have to go. With the exception of my husband, we are all novice skiers, who have only skied maybe five times on small mountains.

Friends have recommended the Hearthstone Lodge in Stratton or Jackson Gore in Okemo for our trip, so between the two, which would you recommend for lodging and the best private ski lessons and activities for the children? Also, if you have stayed at Jackson Gore in Okemo, which of the condos do you prefer--the ones at the inn or the Brixby house? I will have to work some of the time for maybe two days in the room, so the room itself is important to me since I'll be holed up in there while the family is outside!

Thank you again for any recommendations! I appreciate the help!

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1. Re: Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

Can't comment on your lodging options...but as far as the ski mountains themselves are concerned you really can't go wrong with either one. Both are great mountains for beginners and intermediates and have good ski schools. I would pick whichever lodging you think will be a better fit vs. which mountain.

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2. Re: Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

Thank you! That's very helpful. We are coming from New Jersey and Stratton is a little closer, so we may go with Stratton. The lodging is virtually the same in Okemo and Stratton (at least based on the website), but we are trying to figure out which might be less busy (I know it's going to be busy over the holiday anywhere, but even a touch less busy is appealing) and has more for children to do. They both seem to have a nice town to visit, which will be nice! I'm excited. I've only been to Vermont once and not to ski! Thank you, again, for your help.

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3. Re: Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

Okemo has more of a 'Vermont' feel with about 55% beginner/intermediate terrain. The town of Ludlow is darling featuring authentic Vermont establishments. I highly recommend The Downtown Grocery for dinner if you can sneak away from your children.

Stratton has most everything you need right at the base. There is little 'Vermont town' feel to the place. However, there are about 70% beginner/intermediate trails. A fun spot to dine with your family is Mulligans.

A bonus of Stratton is easy access to Bromley - a great place to learn to ski. Fewer crowds and award-winning instructors. And, 'Very Vermont'!

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4. Re: Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

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5. Re: Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

Both are fine, both will make as much snow as they can to get ready for the holiday week. Okemo is bigger. Ludlow is a real town whereas Stratton has a base "village", Manchester is the nearest big town.

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6. Re: Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

Thank you all for your help and time! I really appreciate it.

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7. Re: Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

I would go with Okemo.

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8. Re: Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

Another spot you might consider is Smuggler's Notch, which is known for its kids programs. Some of the answers to your questions depend on where you are coming from/how you are traveling. . .Stratton is nearer to NY/South but is crowded at peak season. Okemo is a great cruiser mountain and has some more challenging vertical. Smuggler's is a bit more remote (though closer to Burlington if you are flying and make that your entry point).

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9. Re: Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

Thank you for your reply. I should have noted in my original post that we are coming from New Jersey. I appreciate the help! I'll look into Smugglers Notch, too. We have friends who go there every year, but I was under the impression think that my children are too new to skiing to be able to ski that area just yet. But I'll explore that option!

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10. Re: Stratton or Okemo for novice skiers

There's a good, fairly objective look at ski areas at http://www.skibum.net/

From the banner at the top, click northeast -> vermont

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