If skiing followed a lunar calendar, this would be the year of the Indy Pass. Back in February, they announced two Indy Pass ski resorts being added. Then just a few weeks ago they added another two, and as of today, ANOTHER FOUR resorts have joined making for 72 resorts in total under this one-of-a kind pass.
As we’ve talked about in 70+ Resorts & 144 Days Of Skiing… Indy Pass Is The Deal Of The Year, this season pass isn’t a corporation but rather a conglomerate of independent ski areas. They’re still owned by the local ski area, but the pass gives you access to ski each ski area for two days.
Latest Converts To The Pass
This latest set to join literally span the continent from California to Canada and even the east coast!
For the first time in Indy Pass’s history, they’ll have a SoCal resort within its portfolio and the third in California. Snow Valley Resort is situated in the San Bernardino Mountains just above the Los Angeles basin. It’s also home to Southern California’s ONLY six-pack high speed lift. This fast lift will help you get as many turns in as possible before heading down to catch a few barrels on the Pacific.
Titus Mountain Family Ski Center
The next mountain to join the Indy Pass ski resorts is in the far northerly reaches of New York’s Adirondacks. In fact, it’s so north that it’s only thirty minutes from the Canadian border. You’ll find an impressive network of fifty trails dropping 1,200 vertical feet spread across three mountains. Year in and year out, Titus is one of the top-rated in New York for families due to its terrain, amenities, and affordability.
For those living in NYC, you can now access Pennsylvania’s Montage ski area. Just a little over two hours from money making Manhattan, you’ll find stunning views and the third highest vertical drop in the state. The ski area touts itself as having the East Coast’s second steepest trail. Called “White Lightning”, the trail descends 1,100 vertical feet reaching a pitch of 46 degrees.
Out of all the Canadian National Parks I’ve visited, Jasper is the one that I’ve held closest to my heart. It was the 1st time I ever went on an alpine hike (albeit a small one), but as a young “tween” it felt like we stepped into the wildest place ever. Marmot Basin is located within this park, and as such, is a place I want to visit as an adult. Perched at the highest base elevation and east of the continental divide, the temps can be downright frigid. On the flipside of that, you’ll find high quality chalky snow almost all season long.
Is this the answer independent ski areas are looking for to compete against the Epic & Ikon pass Goliaths? I can’t help but think of what Bob Dylan wrote when talking about the Indy Pass:
Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide, the chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon, for the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’
For the loser now will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’