Indy Pass Blog

Road Trip Stop at Terry Peak, SD: A World of its Own

Skiing Terry Peak begins with skiing, not a lift ride. I redeemed my Indy Pass at Stewart Lodge (elevation 6,500’) and descended a perfectly groomed, wide blue to the Surprise Express. I was already whooping at the carving conditions. Surprise gives skiers access to the summit, which at 7,100 feet, towering over every East Coast resort and many mountains in the Cascade range. I stopped in the 3-degree weather to take a panoramic of the Black Hills poking up above the cloud line.

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Roadtrip Stop Mohawk Mountain: Ski a Connecticut Legend

If you’ve skied an East Coast resort in the last 60 years, you owe a lot to Walt Schoenknecht. I know I do. The ski hall-of-famer is the father of Mt. Snow, Brodie, and Mohawk Mountain. He invented snowmaking! But perhaps most triumphantly, he could be considered the creative force behind today’s most popular idea of a ski vacation: one that invites new skiers to fall in love with the sport and captivates our imagination to return winter after winter.

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From Boston to Oregon: Natalie Akers’ Indy Pass Road Trip at Greek Peak, NY

The state with the most ski resorts in the U.S. is not Colorado. Nor is it Utah, Vermont, Montana, New Hampshire, Idaho, California, or any of the other states I rattled off in conversational trivia with Drew Broderick, VP of Sales and Marketing at Greek Peak Mountain Resort and Toggenburg. Try New York. Home to 51 ski resorts, New York state hosts a full 20 ski operations over Colorado.

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Visit British Columbia, and Take on the Epic Apex Resort

Written by: Lauren Cranston | Edited by: Dara Barney Apex Resort is nestled in the Western Okanagan region of British Columbia. This big mountain terrain with a small-mountain village atmosphere was stumbled upon in the 1940s. Eager local downhillers went looking for new terrain to ski. Apex’s diverse terrain was discovered on the Beaconsfield Mountain. Thus,… Read more »

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Bryce Resort: VA Might Bring You a Little Snow Magic

Every year, the beautiful Bryce resort in northern Virginia celebrates the return of winter to their slopes with a bonfire ritual for Ullr. At the end of each November, right when the first flakes of winter are tuning into true storms, the resort builds a massive bonfire dedicated to the old Norse god of skiing.

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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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