If there’s one thing good to come out of the pandemic, it’s that mom and pop ski areas are having a moment. Today, Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire and Saddleback Mountain in Maine became the latest ski areas to join the Indy Pass, a multi-resort season pass lifting up independently owned and operated ski areas across the country.
“We believe the Indy Pass is helping keep the spirit of independent resorts alive while allowing them to be competitive against the conglomerate mega passes,” said Tim Smith, President/General Manager of Waterville Valley Resort. “We’re excited to be joining this collective of independent resorts across the country and can’t wait to welcome passionate skiers and riders to Waterville Valley.”
With the addition of the two ski areas in New England, Indy Pass holders now have access to two days of skiing and riding at 63 ski areas from the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest and Canada to Alaska for $259. Now in its second season, the Indy Pass has become the fastest growing multi-resort season pass on the market.
Though the ski areas in the Indy Pass fold aren’t the biggest in ski country, no one could argue that they aren’t the real deal. For decades these mom and pop hills have been raising generations of skiers, and that’s especially true of Waterville Valley and Saddleback.
People have been skiing Waterville Valley’s slopes on Mt. Tecumseh since the 1940s, even before Olympic skier Tom Corcoran officially opened Waterville Valley Resort in the ’60s. Today, Waterville Valley is a four-season resort set on 540 acres of private land surrounded by National Forest. It boasts 265 acres of skiable terrain, 12 lifts, and 62 trails.
Established in 1960, Saddleback Mountain in Rangeley, Maine, serves up more than 440 acres of skiable terrain, from blue cruisers to its challenging, hand-cut Casablanca Glades. What makes Saddleback truly unique, however, is that it’s owned by Arctaris Impact Fund, an organization with a mission to invest in economically distressed communities across the country. In the hopes of ensuring its own financial stability, the ski area is committed to helping solve economic challenges in its community.
Though they officially join the Indy Pass family for the 2021-’22 ski season, Waterville Valley and Saddleback are extending benefits to the current season. Indy Pass holders can ski for two days at Waterville Valley at no charge, while Saddleback is charging current Indy Pass holders just $10 per visit.
There’s still plenty of season to be had, too. Beginning March 1, 2021, the Indy Spring Pass goes on sale for $149 for youth and adults and $69 for kids 12 and under. Like the regular season Indy Pass, the Indy Spring Pass grants skiers two days of skiing at its 63 resorts—including Waterville Valley and Saddleback—with select blackout dates at a handful of the ski areas. Visit indyskipass.com/pricing for more details.