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It’s a big day for both prospective and renewing Indy Pass holders: The multi-pass product is back on sale for next season, and has added three new ski areas to its long list of partner resorts.
First, the new ski areas. For the 2021-’22 season, Utah’s Powder Mountain, Oregon’s Mt. Ashland, and West Mountain, N.Y., brings the number of resorts on the Indy Pass up to 66 in the U.S. and Canada.
Powder Mountain is a huge get for the Indy Pass, literally. It’s the largest ski area in the U.S., with 8,464 skiable acres—a number that includes cat skiing terrain. But it’s also a great fit for the Indy Pass thanks to its independent spirit and adventurous and varied terrain. Powder also sets itself apart by limiting ticket sales to ensure an authentic and enjoyable experience for its skiers. On weekends, 100 Indy Pass holder tickets will be available, and 250 will be up for grabs on weekdays.
Mt. Ashland is a small community hill about eight miles from the artsy town of Ashland. Even though there’s only 240 skiable acres served by five lifts, the hill skis bigger thanks to the Cirque—a steep, heavily corniced bowl that’s legit expert terrain. The quirky little town of Ashland is a gem known for its annual Shakespeare Festival that attracts Elizabethan types from all over the country. Fun fact: All of Ashland’s runs are named after Shakespeare plays and characters.
At 126 skiable acres and five lifts, West Mountain is a local ski area with a vibrant night skiing scene; the hill keeps half the trails open for night skiing. There’s also a fun tubing operation with a 100-foot vertical drop.
“All three of the latest additions to the pass are independent by every measure,” says Indy Pass founder and president Doug Fish. “We did not have anyone in the Adirondacks or the Siskiyous, and only one in the Wasatch Mountains, so geographically and culturally speaking they were a great fit. Plus, whenever you have an opportunity to get the largest ski resort on the continent on your pass, not much else matters!”
Another notable Indy Pass bullet point is that no resorts are leaving the pass for the upcoming season, which speaks to the perceived benefit each ski area gets from partnering with the low-priced multi-resort pass product.
For the skier, the benefit is obvious. The Indy Pass goes on sale today for $279, which gets skiers two days at each of the 66 resorts, with blackout dates. Upgrade to the Indy+ Pass for $379 and enjoy no blackout dates all season long. If you’re a season pass holder at one of the 66 partner resorts and want to enjoy the Indy Pass’s benefits in addition to the season pass from your resort, you can buy an AddOn pass for $189 with blackout dates or for $289 without.
All in all, it’s a pretty sweet deal for road-trippers and skiers who like to stay on the move. And while Pow Mow and company are the newest additions—Idaho’s Soldier and Pomerelle joined in February, then Saddleback, Maine, and N.H.’s Waterville Valley a couple weeks later—they’re likely not the last. Indy Pass founder Fish says that they’re always seeking out resorts that offer that Indy vibe.
“We look for resorts who are independently owned and operated and not part of a major corporate structure,” Fish explains. “The criteria includes resorts of all sizes and we also have a few state or municipally owned properties. We also strive for geographic diversity in order not to have too many partners in a single region.”
Passes are on sale now. For more info on the Indy Pass or to purchase, visit Indyskipass.com.