LUDLOW, Vt. – With a dedicated parks and pipe crew, some robust snowmaking efforts, and a little help from Mother Nature this winter, Okemo Mountain Resort is providing freestyle skiers and snowboarders a tremendous variety of terrain. Six terrain parks offer 55 features, including a new Dragon feature and a Park Plaza; a collection of multi-use and multi directional features set up on a platform at the bottom of Nor’easter.
“We are keeping things fresh in the parks,” says Okemo Terrain Parks Manager Jeremy Baronet. “The dragon has been a popular item since the day we put it in place, it seems to work very well at the top of Nor Easter. As you approach the feature, it looks as if it’s going to shoot you into town. It’s a good view for those riders looking for a nice photo or video opportunity.”
Okemo is also home to a massive 520-foot-long superpipe, the Amp Energy Big Air Bag and a variety of glades, bump runs and trails with natural conditions … in addition to all the groomed cruisers for which Okemo is famous.
Terrain Parks now open at Okemo
Located in the trees off the Lower Arrow trail, this is Okemo’s newest addition to the terrain park lineup. This gladed terrain park offers all-natural features made from fallen trees and unfinished wood. With the challenge of features among the trees, this park is for expert skiers and riders only.
Superpark on Nor’easter
Okemo’s premiere park is also the resort’s largest. It features jumps and elements for the most experienced park riders and is serviced by the North Star Express Quad. This is also the location of Okemo’s new Park Plaza and Dragon feature.
Located on Black Out, this collection of features is a recent addition to Okemo’s terrain park lineup. Knee-high features, perfect for the progressing freestylist, offer a great step up from Hot Dog Hill. Accessed by The Pull and the Black Ridge Triple Chair, this is a favorite spot for slopestyle comps.
Hot Dog Hill
Located on Open Slope, this park is a great place for terrain park newbies to learn how to hit rails and boxes. Some low, wide rails and a couple of low, flat boxes help make the learning experience unintimidating. This park is serviced by South Ridge Quad A and B.
Located on the Inn Bound trail in the Jackson Gore base area, this is a smaller version of Hot Dog Hill with easy features for the less experienced park rider. Although this park is walk-up accessible, a lift ticket is required to use Bounder Park.
Amp Energy Big Air Bag
Step aside, Hollywood stunt men; Okemo skiers and riders have a giant inflatable bag just like yours! Made in The Netherlands and constructed from high-quality PVC, The Amp Energy Big Air Bag is 30 feet wide and 50 feet long. Skiers and riders launch themselves off a snow jump and land on a cushion of air that absorbs the impact and re-inflates instantly. The Amp Energy Big Air Bag is located at the bottom of the Lower Chief trail. Tickets are sold individually for $5 a jump or three for $12. Helmets are required and a release of liability must be signed by the user or a parent/guardian before use. A valid Deep River Snacks Park Safety Pass will satisfy this requirement. Website visitors can watch live-action leaping online at okmo.com.
Okemo is dedicated to safety on the slopes and requires all skiers and riders who enter terrain parks to display a Deep River Snacks Park Safety Pass. The pass is free and the PSP program ensures that skiers and riders know some basic rules of park safety and etiquette prior to riding features. Upon successful completion of a ten-question quiz, taken online or in person, guests are issued a certificate to present for a card pass that they must wear, like a season pass, while riding Okemo’s terrain parks. Park rangers enforce the program and can administer the quiz onsite. Riding terrain park features without a park pass initially results in a verbal warning and supplemental warnings may result in loss of lift ticket privileges.