Chestnut Mountain Resort courtesy of Indy Pass

Move over IKON Pass, Epic Pass, even Mountain Collective Pass, and make room for the Indy Pass with access to 120+  small independent ski areas in the US, Canada and Japan.

Through Dec. 31, an Indy Pass is just $349 for two free days at each area, and discounted lift tickets after that.  Extra deal – there are no blackout dates at most Indy Pass resorts.

The Indy Pass has been growing steadily in the last few years, with 40+ resorts added just this season.

If you want to avoid long lift lines and support smaller areas – including family-owned areas – where lift lines are shorter and friendlier, consider the Indy Pass.

Here’s some of what’s new this season with the Indy Pass –

Granby Ranch, Colorado

Just 90 miles west of Denver, this family-owned resort is designed and operated with families in mind.  It’s laid out with two mountains – East and West – offering different levels of terrain.  East is largely green and blue, while West offers more challenging blues and blacks.  All trails feed back to the base area, so friends and family can meet easily.

Granby Ranch gets an annual average snowfall of 120 inches.  The base elevation is 8,202, and there’s 406 skiable acres.

Echo Mountain, Colorado

This is the closest skiing, snowboarding and tubing area to Denver, just 50 minutes from downtown.  Annual snowfall is 150” and the base elevation is 10,050.

Bluebird  Backcountry, Colorado

Bluebird Backcountry offers avalanche-managed terrain, skin tracks instead of chairlifts, slopeside parking instead of crowded lots, a culture of education, and a grassroots scene of campfires and live music.

Located in between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling, just two hours from Denver, this family-owned area offers 4,200+ skiable acres including 3,000 acres of  guided-only backcountry terrain.  The longest run here is 1.4 miles, and there are no blackout dates for Indy Pass holders.

Chestnut Mountain Resort, Illinois

This is the most popular downhill resort in Illinois, high above the Mississippi and tucked into the hills near historic Galena.  There are nineteen trails and a seven-acre terrain park

Lock Lomond Ski Area, Ontario, Canada

Nestled in the heart of the Nor’Wester Mountain Range on the North Shore of Lake Superior, this area boasts some of Central Canada’s gnarliest ski and snowboard terrain, with an apres ski scene to match.

Annual snowfall is 80”, vertical drop is 750”, and there are more than 60 skiable acres.

Calabogie Peaks, Ontario, Canada

This is the first Eastern Canadian resort to join the Indy Pass.  It is the tallest public ski resort in Ontario.Plus, three other Alpine partners and four XC resorts have been added this season in the USA and in Canada.

They are –

  • Bear Valley Adventure Company, California
  • Crosscut Mountain Sports Center, Montana
  • Jay Peak Cross Country Center, Vermont
  • Nickle Plate Cross Country Ski Club,  British Columbia, Canada

For our article on the Indy XC Pass click here

See you on the slopes!  Or the XC tracks!

One Comment

  1. Teton Gravity Research has produced two videos about some of the Indy Pass Mountains:

    In Pursuit of Soul and In Pursuit of Soul 2

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