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Okemo Mountain Resort. Family-owned since 1982 and still run by Tim and Diane Mueller, Okemo Mountain Resort has evolved into a major year-round resort, now with two base areas. At 2,200 feet, Okemo has the highest vertical drop of any resort in southern Vermont. Beginner trails extend above both base areas, with more challenging terrain higher on the mountains. Intermediate trails are the theme here, but experts will find steep trails and glades at Jackson Gore and on the South Face. The total 120 trails are served by an efficient system of 24 lifts, including nine quads, three triple chairlifts, and seven surface lifts; 96% of the trails are covered by snowmaking. Okemo has six terrain parks for skiers and snowboarders, including one for beginners, a progression park, and 500-foot-long superpipe. For cross-country skiing, the Okemo Valley Nordic Center has 14 miles of groomed cross-country trails and 8 miles dedicated to snowshoeing. For ice-skating, the resort's roofed Ice House rink near the Jackson Gore base area is open mid-December to April, with rentals and entry costing $4 each. A tubing facility can also be found there, with four groomed lanes serviced by a conveyor-style lift Friday and Saturday 3-6 pm. If you're looking for non-snow-related activities, you can play basketball and tennis at the Ice House next to Jackson Gore Inn or perfect your swing at the 18-hole course at the Okemo Valley Golf Club. The Spring House, next to the entrance of Jackson Gore Inn, has a great kids' pool with slides, a racquetball court, fitness center, and sauna. 77 Okemo Ridge Rd., Ludlow, VT, 05149. 802/228–4041; 802/228–5222 snow conditions. www.okemo.com.