Oak Mountain

Small-town ski area grows to three-season operation

Here’s the thing about ski-area economics: When Oak Mountain went up for sale in 2012, the cell tower at its summit was worth a lot more than the ski operation. Skiing’s a tough business – you need snow and cold, and increasingly, it seems, those aren’t guaranteed. So after purchasing this 650-vertical-foot hill, new owners Matt and Laura O’Brien turned it into a three-season operation, adding mountain biking and other warm-weather diversions. Winter’s still at the heart of Oak Mountain, though. A terrain park for freestylers and tubing are also available. 

At a glance
  • 14 trails, 3 lifts (2 T-bars, 1 quad)
  • Lift rides and live music series all summer long
  • Also available: Mini golf, snowshoeing, snowmobile trails

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