SKI

CLOSE TO HOME

GET FAMILIAR WITH THE INDEPENDEN­TLY OWNED COMMUNITY SKI AREAS IN YOUR REGION THIS SEASON THAT ARE ALL ABOUT THE SKIING—AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN.

- By Jenny Wiegand and Samantha Berman

Global travel may be off the table right now, but what better excuse to explore and embrace our regional resorts? This season’s expanded Indy Pass is a great place to start.

IF YOU’RE LIKE US, YOU WON’T LET A PANDEMIC WIPE OUT YOUR SKI SEASON. THAT SAID, WE DO NEED TO TWEAK HOW AND WHERE WE SKI THIS WINTER, STAYING CLOSER TO HOME AND PATRONIZIN­G SMALLER, LESS CROWDED RESORTS. ENTER THE INDY PASS. THE UP-AND-COMING MULTI-RESORT PASS WAS SEEMINGLY MADE FOR A GLOBAL PANDEMIC, COLLECTING SKI COUNTRY’S UNDER-THE-RADAR COMMUNITY- AND FAMILYOWNE­D GEMS ONTO ONE CONVENIENT PASS THAT WILL UNDOUBTEDL­Y HELP SKIERS PLAN AND EXECUTE QUICK GETAWAYS IN THEIR HOME AND/OR NEIGHBORIN­G STATES. NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE INDY PASS? THIS LITTLE WONDER NOW INCLUDES 56 RESORTS IN THE U.S. (PLUS ANOTHER THREE IN WESTERN CANADA, ALTHOUGH THE BORDER WILL LIKELY STAY CLOSED TO SKIERS THIS SEASON), AND IS SEEMINGLY ADDING MORE SKI AREAS DAILY. SKIERS AND RIDERS GET TWO DAYS AT EACH RESORT, PLUS MANY ALSO OFFER LODGING DISCOUNTS. IN OTHER WORDS, FOR THE GROWING CADRE OF INDY PASS HOLDERS, THE OPTIONS FOR QUICK WEEKEND JAUNTS TO SOME OF THEIR REGION’S MOST BELOVED FAMILYOWNE­D HILLS ARE NUMEROUS. SO WHIP OUT YOUR FAVORITE GPS DEVICE AND GET PLANNING. VISIT ONE PER WEEKEND, OR CRAM A FEW NEARBY DESTINATIO­NS INTO ONE LONG WEEKEND. WE MOCKED UP A FEW REGIONAL TRIPS TO LIGHT THE FIRE, BUT YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE AT INDYPASS.COM. HAPPY PLANNING.

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