Indy Pass Blog

Nordic Mountain: A WI Family-Friendly Ski Resort

Located near the center of Wisconsin, you will find a small rural town called Wild Rose. With just under 700 people recorded in the most recent census of Wild Rose, it’s the perfect place to get away for a secluded ski trip to Nordic Mountain. Open for 43 years, Nordic Mountain is a family-friendly mountain with staff that leave an excellent impression.

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Pats Peak: Live Free and Ski in NH

Just a 90-minute drive north from Boston and a quick trip from Manchester, Pats Peak is one of the premier ski areas in New Hampshire. It consists of 11 chair lifts and 28 trails and slopes within its 72 acres. In 2013 it expanded into adjoining Craney Hill, opening what it calls Cascade Basin, the first enlargement of its boundaries in its history. In other words, more room to shred the gnar!

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Ready to ‘Troll’ a New Ski Resort? Check Out WI’s Trollhaugen

Nestled in the rolling hills of Dresser, WI, “Troll,” as the locals call it, is a small hill with a vertical drop of only 260 feet. With 23 runs, three chairlifts, four terrain parks, night skiing, and a die-hard local crew, Trollhaugen was voted #1 resort in the Midwest by Transworld Snowboarding and #1 Park in the Midwest by Newschoolers.com.

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More than a Gondola Ride: Take in History on Silver Mountain, ID

Silver Mountain is home to some of the best skiing in northern Idaho, a region best known for thrilling terrain, deep snow, and sunshine. The ski area sits nestled in the mountains above the town of Kellogg, connected by the long gondola of commuting visitors between the slopes and their lodging. This gondola is an institution of the region, and to understand its history, and that of Silver Mountain is to learn the story of a community that has worked hard to transition from a 20th to 21st-century economy.

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‘GET LOST’ on MT’s Lost Trail Powder Mountain

When someone tells you to, “GET LOST!” about 45 minutes outside of Salmon, ID, go ahead and think twice. It might not be an insult, because tucked back 1/8 of a mile off of Highways 93 and 43 at the Montana/Idaho border, a hidden ski resort treasure sits, waiting for your arrival.

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NC Cataloochee Ranch Ski Area: Where Southern Charm Meets the Ski Slopes

If you asked someone in North Carolina about skiing in 1938, they would have called you crazy or stared at you blankly… “Skiing in the South? That’s unheard of!” Tom and Judy Alexander had other plans though. Even before the technology existed, the Alexanders planted the seed of opening a ski resort in the South, forging the way for North Carolina skiing decades ahead of their time.

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Check Out the ‘Suicide Six’ in VT

Long before downhill skiing was mainstream, before snowboarding was dreamt up, and before there was a true “ski industry,” American skiing was all about bringing small-town communities together and having a bit of fun in the winter cold. Modern skiing has become a serious luxury sport, full of Gondolas, pristine resorts, and private trips that have taken the sport far from its humble beginnings. But if you search beyond the lines of skiers and high-speed quads at the mega-ski areas, you can still find places where American skiing culture is thriving.

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Montana Ski Resort Might Bring Out the ‘Absurd’ in You

In the early years, if you were a skier, there was a little bit of “absurd” in you. It wasn’t the trendy winter sport you took your family on holiday to Aspen for. There were no glamorous lodges at the base of the mountain to sip hot cocoa at while seeking refuge from the bitter cold or a particularly rough storm. Hot tubs and comfortable, clean rooms with 24-hour service waiting for your return after a long day on the mountain were nonexistent. You were more likely to see a wild animal during your quest to ski a mountain slope than a stranger exploring the same terrain.

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Find Your Way at Bolton Valley Resort, VT

I think I speak for every snow lover when I say that I can vividly recall my first days on a mountain, learning to ski between the legs of my parents. I fell in love with the rush of gliding down a mountain, the bitter cold brushing against my face and the warm fire at the end of the day that gave light to our stories. Return to your roots at Bolton Valley.

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Oregon: Harold on the Hoodoo Slopes

Imagine carving down a perfectly groomed slope just after dark and something catches your eye from the tree line. Something green and fuzzy. Something with horns coming out of its head… and just like that, you are meeting the mascot of Hoodoo Ski Resort.

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‘Ski Magic’ at Swiss-Themed Vermont Resort

Swiss-born ski legend, Hans Thorner, dreamt of building a ski resort that he could dub, “a little corner of Switzerland.” After spending nearly three decades operating ski schools across the US, Thorner landed in the quaint region of Londonderry, VT. From the rich history and classic Swiss tradition to the friendly environment and spectacular terrain, Magic Mountain is a destination you should be adding to your winter wishlist.

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