Okemo fans like to point out a couple of things. First, this is one of the few family-owned ski resorts left in New England: It has been owned by Tim and Diane Mueller since 1982 (who now also own Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire). It offers more varied and challenging terrain than ever. It doesn't attract as many ski yahoos as a place like Killington; this is first and foremost a mountain for families who enjoy the slopes and a friendly base area that isn't too intimidating to kids -- there's even day care. The well-maintained half-pipes (with music) are popular with snowboarders, and there's excellent cross-country skiing, too. In recent years, Okemo has expanded to take in the slopes of adjacent Jackson Gore Peak, another family-friendly move that included construction of a new inn, fitness center, and two golf courses. Parents should note that the resort offers discounts for young adults (ages 13-18) and seniors (ages 65-69), and deeper discounts for juniors (ages 7-12) and "super seniors" (70 and over).