OKEMO IS a maze of pistes gouged out of a single Vermont mountain, criss-crossing each other until they reach the long, flat basin in the valley below. At 3,000ft, the mountain is small in comparison with the Rockies, but the 98 trails offer some of the best skiing in the region.

Okemo is a great place to spend a few days, and its easy accessibility from Boston and New York makes it a good destination to combine with business or a city break. Since most of the clientele are locals coming for the weekend, it can be a pleasant place for relaxed mid-week skiing.

There is plenty of accommodation right on the slopes; but most of the restaurants, with the exception of the excellent Summit Lodge, are at the bottom of the mountain. Over the past year, nearly $4m has been spent there, mainly on snow-making facilities - which are now the most efficient in eastern USA. This balances out the cold and icy conditions that can sometimes mar a trip to Vermont, and enables the resort to stay open for a long season: the first slopes open on 11 November and should remain open until the end of April.

No British operators offer packages to Okemo. Book by calling the resort on 00 1 802 223 2439 or visiting their website: www.skivermont.com