Despite being known for winter sports, and particulary skiing, Vermont has more visitors during the summer and fall than it does during the winter. Okemo Mountain Resort welcomes those visitors with open arms and a variety of activities to fill those long, warm summer days.

Adventure Zone

Okemo Mountain Resort’s Adventure Zone at Jackson Gore offers fun for the whole family. Whether visitors spend an hour or an entire day ripping it up on The Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, zipping along a Zipline Tour or flipping on a bungee trampoline, The Adventure Zone is sure to garner giggles, shouts and squeals of pure delight.
 
Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster
Similar to a roller coaster, sled-like cars carry one or two riders along rails at speeds nearing 30 mph. Equipped with brakes so riders determine their own speed, cars glide smoothly around banking turns, between trees, and along 3,100 feet of track that twists through corkscrew turns, along banking loops and over rippling waves before finally coasting toward the terminal.
 
Haulback Challenge Course
High among the trees, Challenge Course adventurers follow a self-guided layout of suspended obstacles and ziplines while wearing a safety harness that is connected to an overhead cable using a continuous belay system. Participants travel at their own speed and course attendants offer assistance if needed. 
  
Sawyer’s Sweep Zipline Tour
This guided high-flying treetop tour features suspension bridges, rappels and seven zipline segments that rise 40 to 50 feet above the ground.
Schweppes Big Air Bag
It takes a real thrill seeker to take a leap into a giant inflatable bag like a movie stuntman. Measuring 30 by 50 feet, the bag’s internal air pumps ensure constant pressure to absorb the 15- or 30-foot fall from a platform above. 
 
Stump Jumper Bungee Trampoline
This four-station hopping hub combines technologically advanced trampoline jumping surfaces with bungee cord tethers attached to a jump harness, allowing participants to reach heights of 20 feet. 
 
Segway Personal Transport Tours
Forget Mall Cop. This off-road, guided excursion puts those knobby tires to the test. Tour participants explore open fields and wooded trails on a self-balancing, two-wheeled personal transport. 
Climbing Pinnacle
Painted to look like a giant tree trunk, this three-sided climbing tower offers routes of varying difficulty. Trained staff on belay help guide climbers as high as they want to go.
 
Lumberin’ Cal Mini Golf
Each hole in this 18-hole course is themed with an element of local legend and lore. Choice is the motivator in this course with multiple paths to the cup. The course designer’s unique concept of “intentional luck,” allows children and less-skilled players to score as well as adults and expert putters.
The Maples at Okemo Disc Golf
Instead of a ball and clubs, disc golf players use flying discs in an 18-hole round with regulation targets. The Saplings Course is a smaller version for families with targets uniquely inspired by Vermont’s maple sugaring traditions. 
Coleman Brook Mining Company
Young prospectors can pan for gems, minerals and even fossils using a screen tray and water flowing through an old-time wooden sluice. They may discover garnets, rose quartz, fool's gold, emeralds, aquamarines and many other beautiful stones and use the handy charts to accurately identify what treasures they’ve found and get to keep.

Inflatable Bounce Stations
Air-filled fun for hours of bouncing, kids love these trampoline-like enclosures where they can jump, play, pretend and imagine all sorts of inflatable escapades. 

And More …
The delicious Belgian waffles Okemo skiers and snowboarders know so well are now available all summer long. The Waffle Cabin is operating in Okemo’s Adventure Zone. In addition to those famous (featured on The Travel Channel) freshly made waffles, the Waffle Cabin folks are serving burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and other sundries. Guests can enjoy their food in a nearby shaded picnic area. Nearby Coleman Brook Tavern offers full-service dining in the Jackson Gore Inn. Lunch is served al fresco or in the comfort of an air conditioned dining room.
 
Lift Served Mountain Biking

The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo offers lift-served mountain biking with a full-service demo center located at the Clock Tower base lodge. In addition to the recent expansion to the summit, which offers longer, steeper, and more challenging terrain accessed by the Sunburst Six chairlift, the Evolution Bike Park still offers its flow trails accessed from the South Ridge Quad A lift. The lower-mountain trails are rambling descents that move through open terrain and pockets of forest, while traversing the naturally undulating terrain on well-constructed mountain bike trails with banked turns, wide wooden bridges, berms and rollers. These trails can be ridden on all types of mountain bikes, allowing novice riders an introduction to mountain biking, and advanced riders fun descents with a taste of things to come.
Scenic chairlift rides are available to non-biking visitors as well. The Sunburst Six provides a safe and comfortable ride to the mountain top aboard six-passenger flying sofas with footrests and retractable transparent orange domes.

Golf

A longtime winter destination for skiers and winter sports enthusiasts, Okemo Mountain Resort welcomes summer visitors with 36 holes of championship golf, driving ranges, putting greens and a Family Fore course for youngsters and future golfers.

Okemo Valley Golf Club is Vermont’s premier heathland-style course.
Designed to honor the traditions of the game and the Okemo Valley terrain, the par-70, 18-hole championship layout features wide, emerald fairways framed with rolling fields of golden fescue.  Moderate elevation changes, strategically placed hazards and undulating greens, are the hallmarks of this scenic course. Four sets of tee boxes ensure that all players can enjoy the course while providing a challenge for the accomplished golfer as well. Although truly punishing features are few, risk-reward is a course feature that improves with course knowledge at OVGC. 

Family Fore at Okemo Valley Golf Club is for all ages.
Okemo’s Family Fore Course is a fun course offering beginners and future players superb course qualities with none of the pressures of championship course play. Four holes ranging from 60 to 100 yards mimic Okemo Valley's championship course, with gentle rolling terrain and greenside bunkers. The Family Fore course is open Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Play is based on an hourly rate.
Okemo Valley Golf Club is located on Fox Lane, in Ludlow, Vt. – just north of the village, off Rt. 103/100N. For tee times call (802) 228-1396.

Tater Hill Golf Club is nestled in a pastoral, hill-farm setting.
This par-70, 18-hole championship course measures 6,400 yards.  Although it offers plenty of challenge for low handicaps, golfers of all ability levels can enjoy a layout that features undulating fairways, spectacular views, cottage-style flower gardens and the casual ambience of an old Vermont hill farm where potatoes were once grown. 
Located on Popple Dungeon Road (off Rt. 11), 22 miles southwest of Ludlow, in Windham, Vt. 
For tee times call (802) 875-2517.
 
Okemo, al fresco

One of the best things about summer is dining in the outdoors and Okemo Mountain Resort has a fine selection of al fresco options for lunch and dinner. 

Coleman Brook Tavern
Located at Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn, Coleman Brook Tavern offers a lovely outdoor dining area surrounded by Green Mountain vistas and planters filled with colorful summer blooms. Okemo’s culinary staff works with dozens of local farmers and food producers to create breakfast, lunch, pub and dinner menus. Okemo’s Summer Music series brings live music to the courtyard every Friday evening while Coleman Brook Tavern boasts a full bar, an impressive selection of craft beers and a wine list that has earned the restaurant the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.

Willie Dunn’s Grille
The patio at Willie Dunn’s Grille feels very intimate in spite of its open vistas of Okemo Mountain and the fairways and greens of Okemo Valley Golf Club’s pristine course. Summer breezes caress the golden fescue in waves as diners enjoy shaded tables under a large awning or seated at sun-drenched patio rounds with cafe umbrellas. Golfers making the turn often pop in for a cold beer at Willie’s or end their round of play with a drink from the fully stocked bar. But Willies isn’t just for golfers. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the restaurant’s fresh salads, signature sandwiches and creative daily specials. 

The Clubhouse Restaurant at Tater Hill 
Formerly a potato farm, Tater Hill and its clubhouse, in Windham, Vt., still exudes the comfortable ambience of a Vermont farmstead. Lunchtime favorites served on the deck overlooking the 18th hole and surrounding verdant hillsides include deli sandwiches, burgers, homemade soups, fresh-from-the-garden salads and daily specials. 
 
A Green Mountain Wedding

Okemo Mountain Resort offers a variety of venues for wedding ceremonies and receptions. With indoor and outdoor spaces that accommodate 30 to 300 guests, Okemo is the ideal setting for an intimate celebration or a grand wedding gala.
Okemo’s newest ceremony site is a scenic overlook situated on a plateau along Ridge Runner, not far from the popular Sapphire trail. It offers a splendid view eastward, across the valley toward Mount Ascutney, and beyond. This mountainside setting even offers shuttle-bus access for wedding guests.

Another on-mountain setting that Okemo offers is accessible by chairlift and offers an ideal reception venue at the base of the lift. A stunning mountain vista is the backdrop as the bride and groom exchange vows surrounded by family and friends. Inside the mid-mountain Solitude Lodge the culinary team at Epic works to make every wedding reception as memorable as the ceremony. A concert of culinary mastery, superb service and the venue’s whimsical, eclectic decor will make any couple’s special day as magical as they can imagine. 

Yet another option is The Toll Gate Garden. Once a coach stop and tavern for travelers making their way along the historic Green Mountain Turnpike that linked west-central Vermont with Boston, the old homestead was the site of a toll gate; one of four located along the road – the vestige of which still runs past the farmhouse and garden. Respectful of the property’s history, cottage gardens with flowering shrubs and classic perennials line the edges of what is now a country lane, and border a low enclosure constructed of stone recovered from the property. A stone patio creates a picturesque focal point for nuptials. A shaded sanctuary garden space, ideal for an intimate ceremony or wedding-party photos, is located across the tree-lined lane. The Toll Gate Garden easily accommodates a wedding of 200 people.

Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn offers a variety of options for hosting wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, anniversary celebrations or reunions. One of the most popular locations for an outdoor ceremony is the Jackson Gore Inn courtyard. Beautifully landscaped with weathered stone and mature plantings around an expanse of lush lawn, this setting is convenient to the inn and the Roundhouse, a popular reception venue with easy accessibility. 

For more information about planning an Okemo wedding, visit okemo.com or call (802) 228-1835.


To learn more about Okemo, or to book accommodations, call (802) 228-1600. 
 
 
 
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