Indy Pass A Good Option For Midwest Skiers And Riders
It's that time of year when the 2022/23 season passes are going on sale, and at the lowest price point before they start going up in a month or two. If you are a season pass holder now is the time to think about renewing, and if not maybe you want to consider your best option for next winter.
Many Heartlanders buy a season pass for convenience at a ski area near them and that they enjoy skiing or riding, which is fine. If you like to visit a variety of ski areas throughout the season rather than just staying with one you might consider purchasing the Indy Pass, which offers the most choices of any multiple ski area pass in the Midwest. It's good at 20 ski areas scattered across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and South Dakota.
The pass is currently available through May 17 at last year's price, which is $279 for the regular Indy Pass that does have blackout dates at some of the areas. The Indy+ Pass is $379 with no blackout dates. The pass is good for two free days of skiing or snowboarding at each ski area and 25% off the daily rate for a third day on the slopes. Focusing on independently owned ski areas, the pass is accepted at 20 different locations across the Heartland. Once your Indy Pass has been registered you simply go to the ticket window, and get your lift ticket with your driver's license or photo ID for each day you wish to ski or ride.
Several of the ski areas are grouped within easy driving distance of each other, which means you can take road trips to visit two or three different resorts over a week-long trip. There are trips like that in northwestern Lower Michigan, Upper Michigan, northern Wisconsin and Minnesota around the Great Lakes. The Indy Pass is also good at three of the Heartland's largest ski resorts, Lutsen Mountains in the Gopher State, Granite Peak in the Badger State, and Terry Peak in South Dakota's Black Hills.