Independent’s Day for Ski Lovers – 2024 Indy Ski Pass Expansion

Classic New England Style trails at Ragged Mountain Resort - Image appears courtesy: Ragged Mountain Resort

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I still remember back in 2021 when the stoke for the Indy Pass was just starting, and there were only 72 ski resorts included. Fast forward to today, they now GUARANTEE over 200 ski resorts for the 2024/25 ski season. And now, they’ve added another ten ski resorts to their portfolio. So, who are these new additions, and where are they located?

 

More JaPow!

Snowboarder enjoying powder Skiing Japan at Aomori Spring Resort
Me enjoying the pow at Aomori Spring Resort which is an Indy Pass resort – Photo by Jaime Pirozzi – Local Freshies®

We’ve had the opportunity to sample Japan’s powder, and it’s everything it’s cracked up to be. Powder hounds from around the world have taken notice as well, and competition for first tracks is real at major resorts like Niseko. You can, like many other visitors, venture into the surrounding backcountry or aim for the first chair if you want the goods.

Plan B: The Indy Pass For Pow

With almost 500 ski resorts and a drop of over 75% in the number of Japanese skiers since its peak in 1998, the key is hitting up the resorts that Westerners aren’t visiting. The answer? The Indy Pass!

Along with its already insane roster, they’ve now added another four ski resorts in Japan:

  • Amihari Ski Resort
  • Maiko Snow Resort
  • Nayoro Piyashiri Ski Resort
  • Palcall Tsumagoi Resort

Before you book that trip, we HIGHLY recommend reading our “10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Skiing in Japan.”

 

The Sun Rises In The East

Along with beefing up its JaPow selection, the other six ski resorts that have joined the Indy Pass Revolution are on the East Coast.

  • Camden Snow Bowl, ME
  • Mt. Abram, ME
  • Cape Smokey, NS
  • Hatley Pointe, NC
  • Ragged Mountain, NH
  • Middlebury Snowbowl, VT

Indy Pass Saves Skiing

Hickory Ski Center in upstate New York that was re-opened thanks in part by the Indy Ski Pass – Image appears courtesy: Hickory Ski Center

If you look at websites such as New England Lost Ski Areas and Colorado Ski History, you’ll find plenty of ski areas that have become ghost towns for one reason or another. While the big passes continue to acquire multi-million dollar resorts and upgrade lifts to high-speed eight-packs, the Indy Pass has taken it upon itself to save ski resorts from closing or even bringing them back to life. Just last year, they saved Black Mountain from closing and helped revive New York’s version of Mad River Glen.

 

Another Chance to Join the Evolution

With the addition of these 10 ski resorts, there’s now increased skier capacity. To celebrate, they’re releasing another limited batch of passes, which will sell out soon. From July 1st to 4th, those on the waitlist can access a pass. On July 3rd and 4th, partner season passholders can pick up an AddOn at a 25% discount. Finally, on July 4th, the remaining passes will be available to the public.

We’re devout followers of the Indy Pass, as anyone who reads our content knows. While we own an Epic Pass because our two local resorts are on it, we make it a point to support the Indy Pass for all their hard work. Plus, they give us access to places like Soldier Mountain and Brundage, which remind us of what skiing is all about. If you’re on the fence, pick up a pass now before it’s too late.

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