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2 months ago

Indy pass is out, sale starts on 9/1. https://www.indyskipass.com

7 new resorts added (for now), more to come.  I’ve heard of some of the destinations in west coast. But I am not familiar with their locations / whereabouts, wondering if I can make a ski safari out of it? 

Asking because I haven’t purchased any pass for next season yet. 

Of all indy pass destinations, Castle mtn, marmot basin, China peak,Tamarack resort are on my “wish” list.  It’d be nice if T’line in WV can be added to Indy. 

Did anyone purchase it last season?  How many resorts did you visit?  How many days did you use the pass?
I only visited 2 resorts: M’nut and Bryce, one for each day.  Was planning to use it for Castle Mtn in Alberta in early April, then covid lockdown happened, had to cancel the trip.

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marzNC - DCSki Supporter
2 months ago

I got the Indy Pass during it’s first season for NC/VA/WV.  Hoped to do a day trip from Mnut to check out CV for the first time but that never worked out.  I used a day at Cataloochee, and two days each at Bryce and Massanutten.

Bryce is only an hour from Mnut so when I’m staying there for a few nights, it’s a fun day trip for a little variety.  Although the first day was unexpected.  Bryce opened mid-Nov with one lift and essentially one run and I happened to be going to DC that weekend for other reasons.  Stopped in on the way just for fun since I’d never been to Bryce before.  Went back in late Feb when a friend got Indy for the late season price and joined me at Mnut over the weekend.  We skied Bryce in the morning and Mnut in the afternoon.

I plan to get Indy again.  This time I’ll get the discounted price for also having an Mnut season pass.

I included Indy in the multi-resort thread for the upcoming season:

Multi-resort passes for 2020-21: Epic, Ikon, MCP, plus Indy

http://www.dcski.com/forum/99424

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

Indy has added Winterplace.  I haven’t been for a while but it’s easy to reach from NC and fun when it’s not crowded.  That usually means midweek.  But who knows how things will run this winter.

Also added Snow King and White Pine in WY.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

Buck Hill in MN was added to Indy too.  So 45 returning locations and 11 new locations so far.  With kid’s prices, could be useful for families in the DC/NoVA area willing to do a little driving to stay overnight for a weekend ski trip.  Shawnee impressed me as having a good ski school for beginners.  But both Shawnee and Winterplace would be better midweek.  If kids are doing school online, perhaps that could work for some families this winter.

SOUTHEAST/MID-ATLANTIC

PA: Blue Knob, Shawnee

WV: Canaan Valley, Winterplace

VA: Bryce, Massanutten

NC: Cataloochee

TN: Ober Gatlinburg

 

one month ago

The Indy Pass is getting tempting. If they add Elk (and a rollover to next season in case of COVID concenrs like some of the other passes) it’ll be hard for me to say no.

 

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
one month ago

wfyurasko wrote:

The Indy Pass is getting tempting. If they add Elk (and a rollover to next season in case of COVID concenrs like some of the other passes) it’ll be hard for me to say no.

 

Indy has a very simple credit idea if someone can’t get enough use out of their pass during 2020-21.  Really very little financial risk in my opinion.  As long as you are willing to plan ahead a little and make the drive to a couple of locations a couple of times.  I have little doubt that CV, Bryce, and Mnut will open their slopes.  $199 for adults and $99 for kids, with blackouts.   Or $50 more if need to be able to ski during holiday periods.

You will receive an automatic credit for a 2021-22 pass if, for any reason, you use your Indy Pass less than four days – no questions asked.

Zero days = 80% credit
One day = 60% credit
Two days = 40% credit
Three days = 20% credit

one month ago

Indy is getting interesting, I am locked into a midweek pass elsewhere after they partially  credited pass holders from last season.

 I wonder if an Indy could work for an out west trip I would like to make, most likely driving, the pass I have is for a place up north so the Indy would give me local options as well, glad I have some time to think about it, thanks for the info Marz! 

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
19 days ago

Indy Pass sales are open!  Below is the email I got today.  Doug Fish knows how to get right to the point.

https://www.indyskipass.com

FROM INDY PASS ON SEPT 1, 2020

Happy September!

Skiers and riders are the most optimistic people I know. No matter what mother nature throws at us we are convinced that the next storm will be a sweet one. The Corona Storm of ‘20 slammed the end of our season and our entire country. However, as eternally optimistic skiers we believe fresh tracks are just around the corner!
 

Ski resorts are run by people with incredible determination and resilience who always rise to the challenge. And despite unprecedented challenges, our resort partners are going to deliver a great season. While we don’t have resort-specific details to share today, some resorts are planning reservation systems and other protocols to ensure a safe environment for staff and guests.

Rest assured that Indy Passholders will be able to redeem two tickets at all participating resorts but some advance planning may be necessary on peak days. We will keep you up to date throughout the season on what to expect but our advice will be to check resort status in advance and ”Know Before You Go.”


We want you to be the first to hear that we are proud to welcome 55 independent resorts including 11 new members to the Indy alliance. 51 of those resorts will have ZERO blackout days.

New Resorts:

  • Buck Hill, MN
  • Cannon Mountain, NH
  • China Peak, CA
  • Crystal Mountain, MI
  • Granite Peak, WI
  • Lutsen Mountains, MN
  • Sasquatch Mountain, BC
  • Snow King, WY
  • Tamarack Resort, ID
  • White Pine, WY
  • Winterplace, WV

What’s new for 2020-21.

  • NEW: Indy+ with no blackouts for $299 (adults still $199 for two days at each resort)
  • NEW: Kids Pass for 12-and-under is now available for just $99.
  • REDUCED: Indy AddOn Passes are now just $129 for partner resort full season passholders.
  • NEW: Dozens of independently owned lodging properties are offering discounts.
  • NEW: The Get America Skiing Promise guarantees you’ll get three days or a credit on your account
  • SAVE: Buy before 9/16 and make four payments of 25% of your purchase price.

I hope you’re as excited as we are about the coming season. We are all skiers and riders and this is just a big storm so let’s bundle up and make it a great year!


Be well and stay stoked,

 

Doug Fish

Founder, Indy Pass

19 days ago

A nice change from last year, Canaan Valley no longer have blackout dates.  It had last year.  

It will NOT be selling on REI this year per Doug Fish. 

19 days ago

Any idea if and/or when they stop selling the Indy Pass? Like a lot of folks, I’m sitting on my hands trying to decide what to do for the upcoming season. The show stopper for me in not buying an Epic or Ikon Pass this year is the whole reservation issue. I’d usually have my passes and airplane tickets bought by this time for the upcoming season. Not this year. 

It would be nice to know that I could buy the Indy Pass at the last minute once the ski season has started. That way I’d have a better idea of how the smaller mountains are going to handle operations for this season. 

19 days ago

I’m very happy to see Winterplace added to the Indy pass.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
19 days ago

ksampson3 wrote:

Any idea if and/or when they stop selling the Indy Pass? Like a lot of folks, I’m sitting on my hands trying to decide what to do for the upcoming season. The show stopper for me in not buying an Epic or Ikon Pass this year is the whole reservation issue. I’d usually have my passes and airplane tickets bought by this time for the upcoming season. Not this year. 

It would be nice to know that I could buy the Indy Pass at the last minute once the ski season has started. That way I’d have a better idea of how the smaller mountains are going to handle operations for this season. 

Based on what happened for 2019-20, the first season for Indy, they won’t stop until early spring  What happened was there was a “sale price” starting in Feb 2020 for spring skiing.  Then sales stopped on March 1.  My guess is that plan had nothing to do with COVID-19.

I fully expect Indy to stil be available in January.  What Doug wants to do is help small independent ski areas.  For those operators, it can make a difference that a visit based on Indy actually brings in revenue.  Obviously not as much money as when someone buys a day ticket, but having Indy could encourage them to at least give a small hill nearby a try for a day trip.  I’d thought about checking out Bryce for years when staying at Mnut, but Indy made it happen.

18 days ago

ksampson3 wrote:

Any idea if and/or when they stop selling the Indy Pass? Like a lot of folks, I’m sitting on my hands trying to decide what to do for the upcoming season. The show stopper for me in not buying an Epic or Ikon Pass this year is the whole reservation issue. I’d usually have my passes and airplane tickets bought by this time for the upcoming season. Not this year. 

It would be nice to know that I could buy the Indy Pass at the last minute once the ski season has started. That way I’d have a better idea of how the smaller mountains are going to handle operations for this season. 

Per Doug Fish, IndyPass founder: “Our prices will increase on 11/30 and we will stop selling passes sometime in March”

18 days ago

fosphenytoin wrote:

ksampson3 wrote:

Any idea if and/or when they stop selling the Indy Pass? Like a lot of folks, I’m sitting on my hands trying to decide what to do for the upcoming season. The show stopper for me in not buying an Epic or Ikon Pass this year is the whole reservation issue. I’d usually have my passes and airplane tickets bought by this time for the upcoming season. Not this year. 

It would be nice to know that I could buy the Indy Pass at the last minute once the ski season has started. That way I’d have a better idea of how the smaller mountains are going to handle operations for this season. 

Per Doug Fish, IndyPass founder: “Our prices will increase on 11/30 and we will stop selling passes sometime in March”

That works for me. I don’t really care if prices go up in December as long as I can still buy the pass. Like others have said, this looks like the year to check out some hills that I wouldn’t have looked at otherwise. 

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
16 days ago

Got my Indy Pass Add-on today.  My number was #2208.  Last year on Sept. 12 I was #182.  Fair to say a lot more people are interested in Indy this season.

Getting the Add-on was a little confusing.  It’s listed as a separate “product.”  The explanations are very clear, so if you read those for Indy, Indy+, Indy Add-on, and Indy+ Add-on then it’s actually pretty obvious.

As part of the purchase process, there are survey questions to see if people are also buying a season pass, Ikon/Epic/MCP, and/or using Indy instead of some other multi-day package for a specific ski area.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
16 days ago

Here’s an overview of the Indy locations in all regions for anyone interested in using it outside the Mid-Atlantic.

https://skiing.substack.com/p/indy-pass-solidifies-second-year

16 days ago

Thanks for the article marz, enjoyed it.  Indy Pass really is a no-brainer this year!

JimK - DCSki Columnist
16 days ago

swoop wrote:

Thanks for the article marz, enjoyed it.  Indy Pass really is a no-brainer this year!

I agree. That was an Excellent synopsis of the latest scoop on the Indy pass!

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
16 days ago

There is other good info about Indy locations in an earlier article on The Storm Skiing Journal from May when the addition of Cannon was announced.

https://skiing.substack.com/p/indy-pass-adds-cannon-and-six-other

Another link well worth checking out in the Sept article is a custom Google Map with all the locations on the east coast, from New England to NC.  Hopefully one for the west coast will be developed too.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/4/viewer?hl=en&hl=en&mid=1sUe2bMYD74LZdjs6TrWhd402BlQqbDPo&ll=40.13583937099599%2C-77.36102245&z=6

14 days ago

I don’t think I can pull the trigger this year. If I had my own equipment, I’d do it, but I don’t yet. Sigh.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
13 days ago

wfyurasko wrote:

I don’t think I can pull the trigger this year. If I had my own equipment, I’d do it, but I don’t yet. Sigh.

You’ve been renting ski gear?  Boots too?  What’s been holding you back, if you don’t mind me asking?

13 days ago

marzNC wrote:

wfyurasko wrote:

I don’t think I can pull the trigger this year. If I had my own equipment, I’d do it, but I don’t yet. Sigh.

You’ve been renting ski gear?  Boots too?  What’s been holding you back, if you don’t mind me asking?

Cost and frequency of use if I did buy boots and skis. At 1 to 2 trips a season, it’s hard to justify the huge expense. I’m sure if I had my own equipment, I’d get more trips in but that’s difficult with two growing kids.

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
13 days ago

wfyurasko wrote:

marzNC wrote:

You’ve been renting ski gear?  Boots too?  What’s been holding you back, if you don’t mind me asking?

Cost and frequency of use if I did buy boots and skis. At 1 to 2 trips a season, it’s hard to justify the huge expense. I’m sure if I had my own equipment, I’d get more trips in but that’s difficult with two growing kids.

Can fully understand life is very busy with two kids.  I only had one, retired early, and she liked to ski. :-)

I always had my own boots as an adult, even though I skied very little.  Bought them before becoming a parent.  First pair of 4-buckle boots were $250 bought during early season near Sugar in NC.  They were comfortable recreational fit.  Rented skis for a couple seasons since that made rental for my daughter free (under age 5) for Massanutten.  Then I bought former rental skis for $100 from eBay.  So the payback compared to renting was pretty quick.  We were only taking 2-3 ski trips those winters for 10-15 days total, staying overnight since closest ski areas are 3+ hours away.  By then I was doing a season lease for my daughter.  Even if just break even, not having to deal with the paperwork and lines for rental gear was worth it for me.

13 days ago

I had boots for 20 years, but I couldn’t get shops to rent me skis for them any more.

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What’s a decent pair go for these days?

13 days ago

I had “Superman boots” for 20 years — some San Macros I got when I was in college. The toe and heel pads were gone and shops wouldn’t rent me skis anymore. Every rental I have had since is so much more comfortable, so it’s not all bad.

13 days ago

Wfy, I have a used pair of K2 Apache Recon 160’s you can have if you want, 

marzNC - DCSki Supporter
12 days ago

wfyurasko wrote:

I had boots for 20 years, but I couldn’t get shops to rent me skis for them any more.

What’s a decent pair go for these days?

Really depends.  But obviously there is no reason to buy the current model year.  During early season and late season sales, a good boot fitter has a collection of “new old stock” that can be worth considering.  The general advice for a newbie for whom a recreational fit is fine is to budget $500.  But I think $300-400 is possible if you don’t have complicated feet.  No need for a custom footbed, but worth spending $25 for a generic footbed.

A phone conversations with one of the experienced boot fitters in the DC area could be worth considering.

Rental boots are always too big.  Otherwise they wouldn’t be comfortable.  However, that also means less control because when you move your foot a little, nothing is transmitted to the ski.  Not a big deal for cruising on MidA groomed trails though.  So it’s a matter of personal preference when not skiing more than 10 days a season.

12 days ago

wfyurasko wrote:

What’s a decent pair go for these days?

Got my from a ski shop here in DC for $299 - Lange brand (a high end model as I am told). It is past years’ model, brand new.  I told my ski boot fitter, I am not looking for high end, don’t want to spend a fortune, just need something better than my then “bucket” boots (i.e. oversized).  He found it from a shop in Salt Lake City, shipped to the shop, got me fitted.  

For men’s, my understanding is, it is usally more expensive than womens.  My boot fitter told me and I am not sure why.  

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