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Northwest Stoke

SPRAWLING SLOPES AND PLENTY OF VERTICAL MAKE THE INDY PASS’S WESTERN RESORTS PURE GOLD WHEN IT COMES TO SOCIALLY DISTANT SKIING.

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BIGGER STATES BRING longer drives and greater distances between ski areas, but also more breathtaki­ng scenery and pit-stop exploratio­ns. In Idaho, 18 ski areas are scattered from the panhandle to the Utah and Nevada state lines, and dot mountains in the Sawtooth, Bitterroot, and Caribou ranges. And depending on where you land, the landscape, culture, and terrain can look mighty different.

That goes for all the Western resorts on the Indy Pass this season, which range from as far south as Arizona’s Sunrise Park and California’s China Peak to Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau, Alaska. That’s a lot of real estate. Skiers with time and gas to spare can go hog-wild planning far-reaching weekends in Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, and Idaho—where the resorts boast plenty of skiable acres, vertical, and tons of room to spread out. Make it a road trip or a few weekend missions—either way, Western Indy Pass skiers have adventure in their grasp this winter.

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