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“Adventure Zone - a great way to spend the da!”

Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Ludlow
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Owner description: Opening in the 2003-04 winter season, this new addition to the Okemo mountain area features trails reminiscent of classic New England with sweeping turns and gently curves.
Reviewed 29 May 2014

After a few great hikes, we paid a visit to the Okemo Mountain Adventure Zone at Jackson Gore for the second time. The Timber Ripper (aka safe mountain coaster) and all of the activities were a hit with kids and parents alike. This year we also tried the Haulback Challenge, which is a 3-level ropes course. So much fun! So proud of my family for making it through Levels 1 & 2 and my hubby even made it through Level 3. I definitely recommend a stop if you're feeling adventurous and love the outdoors!

Thank Kimberly M
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

I love Jackson Gore as a base for week day skiing. A little quieter and newer than the Okemo base. I like the Coleman Brook Tavern at the end of the day, too.

Thank RI-Sailor-Skier
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Reviewed 10 March 2014 via mobile

Jackson Gore at Okemo is by far our favorite family ski area in New England! When taking our family of 5 skiing, including three young kids ranging from ages 4-11, convenience and activities are very important. This place has plenty for everyone!! We pull in Friday evening and drive right up to the lobby, where my wife and kids have hot chocolate in front of the fire at the Coleman Brook lobby bar while a valet takes our skis to the ski check and then meets me in the heated underground garage to take our luggage to our room. This seemed a little extravagant our first visit, but any father who's toted a carload of stuff up a few flights of stairs in the dark after driving a car full of kids for several hours on a Friday evening will quickly appreciate this parking facility, elevators, and the helpful staff!

In the morning we grab our skis at the ski check and walk 30 yards to the lift, after stopping at the Waffle Cabin, which has the BEST waffles ever. Okemo has lots of great trails for diverse skiers and great ski programs for the kids. The fun doesn't stop when lifts close though -Jackson Gore has other great amenities for parents and kids! We head to the lobby bar for après ski when the kids get tired, where my wife and I have drinks in front of the fire and the kids make s'mores with a table top grill. There's also a nice big outside fire pit surrounded with seating that is well fed with wood by staff into the night. But our kids aren't content to sit by any fire very long - a few marshmallows and chocolate bars seem to rejuvenate them and now they're ready to get to the outdoor pool and hot tubs! These are located right at the Jackson Gore Inn, so no jackets and boots and car ride required - just swimsuits and flip flops for the elevator ride down to the pool complex on the first floor of the Inn. There is also a sauna and steam room in the pool complex.

After a nice soak in the hot tub and a shower to wake up, we head to the Coleman Brook Tavern for dinner. It's on the first floor of the Inn and it shares the same comfortable feel as the lobby bar. The food is a little on the pricey side and nothing so great that you'll talk about it after you're back home, but it is as good as any slopeside restaurant we've been to and they have a terrific wine list.

By now we're all pretty wiped out so we head back to the room for a good night's sleep so we can do it all again. But instead of the outdoor pool, the next day we go to the indoor pool -which is in a separate building yet is close enough to walk to in bathing suits. That is, of course, after fitting in some tubing and a ride on the mountain coaster. There is also an indoor ice rink across the parking lot, which we've never had enough time to use.

The town of Ludlow has the basics - a grocery store, several ski shops, and a number of decent restaurants. Two restaurants worth mentioning are Harry's and American Pie. Harry's lost it's charm after recently moving to a larger, slightly tacky, location but the food is still pretty good. Great American Pie is one of a number of pizza joints in Ludlow, but their wood fired pizza is really good, which has made it a regular stop for takeout during our visits.

This trip is only three days but by the third I'm tired from trying to keep up with the kids! We're all pretty fatigued from a long winter this year in New England but on the drive back home we're already talking about how many visits to Jackson Gore we can fit in next year!

2  Thank Geese91
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

Ski back & forth over to Okemo. Stay here slope-side and enjoy an early start, eat lunch at the lodge, then do a hot tub. Skiing was great with mostly black diamonds and blue but a little magic carpet for learners. The tubing did not look inviting. It looked like one had to climb over the hill after getting off the magic carpet. I'd be afraid to try their mountain ride but them I'm afraid of roller coasters.

Thank Travelwaves
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Jackson Gore ski area is okay. We only skied one trail - mostly black diamonds and a couple blue. But really easy to ski over to Okemo. The one trail we skied was nicely groomed.

Thank Joan D
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