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Ski and More in Ludlow and Okemo

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Ludlow,_VT_ArchitectureThe town of Ludlow, Vermont is a gorgeous 150 year old mountain town offering fantastic skiing, charming b&bs, and great night life! While in years past it may have been seen as just a place to drive through on your way to Okemo Mountain Resort, it has grown into a thriving town worth spending some time in.

With much of the village listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ludlow offers anyone who visits it a charming respite from everyday life and an chance to travel back in time to a simpler time.  Now a condominium and retail center, the Gaymont Woolen Mill was once the economic powerhouse of Ludlow, providing employment for many of its residents.   It remains a prominent feature of the village today.

Black River Academy, another building on the National Register of Historic Places, was the town of Ludlow’s public high school until the 1930s.  Several notable students roamed its halls including rotary founder Paul P. Harris, U.S Attorney General John Garibaldi Sargent, and President Calvin Coolidge.  It now houses the Historical Society and the Black River Academy Museum.

Okemo Mountain Resort was founded in 1955 by a group of Vermont businessmen.  Lifts officially opened on the 31st of January, 1956.  In its early years, the resort used only Poma surface lifts, charging 20 cents per ride for lower lifts and 60 cents per ride for upper life.  It was not until almost 10 years later, in 1965, that they would install their first chair lift to reach more advanced terrain.

In the years since, the resort has expanded greatly, installing many more chair lifts and opening many new trails.  It aims to preserve its historic, homey feel, staying true to the name Okemo, which they claim to mean “All Come Home” in an undetermined Native American language.

While Okemo has grown, so has Ludlow.  However, unlike many mountainside towns it has not become overgrown with ski huts, chalets or boutique shops.  It is the perfect place to get away and ski without having to deal with the pretentious ski resort attitude.

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