2024/25 Indy Pass Buyer’s Guide

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Note: The 2024/25 Indy Pass is off sale now. 

You likely familiar with the bigger, more popular ski passes, like the Ikon Pass, Epic and The Mountain Collective passes. But there’s another ski pass you should seriously consider. That’s the Indy Pass, described as “the spirit of alpine skiing at North America’s authentic, independent resorts.” The pass features 2 days at each resort, with 25% off your third day.

Buy early, however, as prices go up incrementally as the next season gets closer. Plus, in 2023, there was such high demand that a waitlist was established. The Indy Pass, which is guaranteeing access to 200 ski resorts and cross-country ski areas for the 2024-25 season, may not include the big-name ski resorts, it includes some wonderful smaller ski areas like the Lutsen Mountains in Minnesota, Red Lodge in Montana, Jay Peak in Vermont, and so many more offer a great ski experience. Since all the participating resorts are independent, the total list is not completely final at the start. Indy Pass adds a number of new ski areas every season.

Red Lodge skier Powder bluebird day.
©Red Lodge Mountain 

Who owns the Indy Pass?

The Indy Pass came about in 2019 as a less expensive alternative to the major ski passes. As such, it is not owned by a conglomerate like Vail Resorts or a partnership like Ikon Pass and The Mountain Collective passes. The Indy Pass includes many of the excellent, smaller ski areas that you won’t find with the other passes. The cooperative pass was launched by Doug Fish, owner of Fish Marketing in Oregon. Indy Pass was acquired in 2023 by Entabeni Systems, while Doug Fish continues to lead it.

More ski areas continue to grow Indy Pass

The addition of new ski areas in recent seasons have made the Indy Pass that much more attractive. Indy Pass skiers and riders can enjoy Marquette Mountain, which brings the serious benefit of lake effect snow from nearby Lake Superior. The mountain picks up an average of 150 inches of snow each season. Nub’s Nob has long been a fun resort and is in the Boyne Mt./The Highlands neighborhood in the lower peninsula. Treetops, in Gaylord, sits at the highest elevation in the lower peninsula, at 1,394 feet, and offers a playground of 1,500 skiable acres. Other Indy Pass ski areas include Mt. Kato, located just 15 minutes from downtown Mankato, and offering 65 acres of terrain and 19 trails, all lit for night skiing.

Newer headliners include Oregon’s Mt. Hood Meadows, the largest of the nation’s independent resorts and the most exciting in the western U.S. Mt. Hood Meadows has 2,150 skiable acres with 85 named runs served by 11 lifts. Other newer additions have included Calabogie Peaks Resorts and Loch Lomand, Ontario, Canada; Mountain High and Dodge Ridge, California; Arctic Valley, Colorado; Granby Ranch and Echo Mountain, Alaska; Mt. Crescent, Iowa; Sleeping Giant, Wyoming; Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park, Illinois; Dry Hill Ski Area, New York; and Whitecap Mountain, Wisconsin.

New Ski Resorts for the 2024-25 Ski Season

At the close of the 2023-24 season, Indy Pass announced seven new alpine resorts for the 2024/25 Indy Pass, consisting of Big Moose Mountain in Maine, Mt. Eyak in Alaska, Mt. Washington Alpine Resort in British Columbia, Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Colorado, Steeplechase in Minnesota, Wintergreen Resort in Virginia, and Wisp Resort in Maryland. Indy Pass also added five cat skiing operations: Big Red Cats in British Columbia, Selkirk Powder in Idaho, Brundage Mountain Snowcat Adventures and Soldier Mountain Cat Skiing in Idaho, and Cascade Powder Guides in Washington. Cat skiing is a new addition to the Indy Pass. Alpine passholders receive a 10% discount when they book day seats or packaged visits.

Indy Pass has also added several East Coast ski resorts, consisting of Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire, Camden Snow Bowl and Mt. Abram in Maine, Middlebury Snowbowl in Vermont, and Hatley Pointe in North Carolina. They also added Cape Smokey in Nova Scotia, and a few Japan ski resorts, including Anihari, Maiko, Nayoro Piyashiri, and Palcall.

The best part: Passes are a bargain with the Indy Pass and it’s so easy to use. Indy Pass keeps growing each year as more and more of the regional ski areas and cross-country centers see the value of bringing newbies to their areas with the hopes of converting them into regular guests.

Mt. Hood Meadows bluebird day, snowboarder.
©Mt. Hood Meadows

Here’s the current roster of Indy Pass ski area participants:

For the 23/24 season, Indy Pass added 54 new resorts to their lineup. With a mix of cross-country and alpine locations, they are working on expanding their territories and offering more options to pass holders, and have already added a number of new ski areas for the 24/25 ski season. In total, they now offer access to more than 200 resorts worldwide.

West resorts on Indy Pass:

Alaska resorts on Indy Pass — Arctic Valley, Eaglecrest, Mt. Eyak; B.C Apex, Baldy Mountain Resort, Big White Ski Resort, Manning Park, Phoenix Mountain, Sasquatch Mountain, Shames Mountain; California — Bear Valley Adventure Company, China PeakMt. Shasta Ski ParkMountain High, Dodge RidgeOregonCooper Spur Ski Area, Hoodoo Ski Area, Mt. Hood Meadows; Washington — 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort, Hurricane Ridge Ski & Snowboard Area, Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Mission Ridge, Ski BluewoodWhite Pass.

Eaglecrest, Alaska.
©Eaglecrest Ski Area

Rocky Mountain resorts on Indy Pass:

Alberta — Castle Mountain Resort, Pass Powderkeg Ski Area; B.C — Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, Mt. Washington Alpine Resort; Arizona — Sunrise Park Resort; ColoradoEcho Mountain, Granby Ranch, Howelsen Hill, Powderhorn, SunlightIdaho — BrundageKelly CanyonPomerelleSilver MountainSoldier MountainTamarackMontana — Blacktail Mountain, Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Montana Snowbowl, Red Lodge MountainUtah — Beaver Mountain, Cherry Peak (Allied Resort), Eagle Point ResortPowder MountainWyoming — Antelope Butte, Meadowlark Ski Lodge, Sleeping Giant (Allied Resort), Snow King MountainWhite Pine Ski Resort.

Brundage Mountain Resort, female portrait.
©Brundage Mountain Resort

Midwest resorts on Indy Pass:

Illinois —  Chesnut Ski Resort, Snowstar Resort; Iowa Sundown MountainMichigan — Big Powderhorn Mountain ResortCaberfae PeaksCrystal Mountain, Marquette Mountain, Mont Ripley Ski Area (Allied Resort), Nub’s NobPine Mountain ResortSchuss Mountain at Shanty Creek, Snowriver Mountain Resort, Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area, Treetops Ski ResortMinnesotaAndes Tower Hills Ski Area, Buck Hill, Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, Lutsen Mountains, Mount Kato, Powder Ridge Winter Rec AreaSpirit Mountain, Steeplechase; Ontario — Mont Baldy Ski Area, Loch Lomond Ski Area; North Dakota — Bottineau Winter Park, Huff Hills Ski Area; South. Dakota — Great Bear Ski Valley, Terry Peak Ski AreaWisconsin — Granite PeakLittle SwitzerlandNordic Mountain, The Rock Snowpark, TrollhaugenTyrol Basin Ski & Snowboard Area.

Eastern resorts on Indy Pass:

Connecticut — Mohawk MountainMaine Big Moose Mountain, BigRockMountain, Black Mountain of Maine, Camden Snow Bowl, Mt. Abram, Saddleback MountainMassachusettsBousquet Mountain (Allied Resort), Berkshire East Mountain ResortNew Hampshire — Black Mountain Ski AreaCannon Mountain, Dartmouth Skiway, King Pine (Allied Resort), McIntyre Ski Area, Pat’s Peak, Ragged Mountain, Waterville Valley Resort, Whaleback Mountain; New York — Catamount Mountain Resort, Dry Hill (Allied Resort), Greek Peak, Maple Ski Ridge, Peek ‘n Peak, Skaneateles Ski Club (Allied Resort), Snow RidgeSwain ResortTitus MountainWest Mountain; Ontario, Canada — Calabogie Peaks Resort; VermontBolton Valley, Burke Mountain (Allied Resort), Jay PeakMagic Mountain, Middlebury Snowbowl (Allied Resort), Saskadena Six Ski Area.

Cannon Mountain, NH skier in powder, spring skiing.
©Cannon Mountain Ski Resort

Mid-Atlantic resorts on Indy Pass:

North Carolina — Cataloochee Ski Area, Hatley Pointe; Maryland — Wisp; Pennsylvania — Blue Knob ResortMontage MountainShawnee Ski Area, Ski Big Bear, Ski Sawmill, Tussey Mountain; Tennessee — Ober GatlinburgVirginia — Bryce ResortMassanutten Resort, Wintergreen Resort; W. Virginia — Canaan Valley ResortWinterplace Ski Resort.

Japan resorts on Indy Pass:

Ani Ski Resort, Anihari, Aomori Spring Ski Resort, Geto Kogen, Kamui Ski Links, Kiroro Snow World, Madarao Ski Resort, Maiko, Nayoro Piyashiri, Okunaakayama Kogan, Palcall, Pippu Ski Resort, Shimokura, Tazawako, Togakushi Ski Resort, Yubari Ski Resort.

Europe resorts on Indy Pass:

Austria — SkiWelt (consists of 9 resort villages united by one lift ticket: Brixen im Thale, Ellmau, Going, Hopfgarten im Brixental, Itter, Kelchsau, Scheffau, Söll, and Westendorf.)

Kaprun Glacier, Austria.
©Kaprun Glacier, Austria

How to use your Indy Pass

The Indy Pass historically has not been a physical pass. New for 2023-24, Indy Pass issued a commemorative RFID pass to each pass holder.

Access and pricing (Prices for 2024-25 as of March 1, 2024)

For the third year in a row, the Indy Pass will not be increasing its prices for returning customers, keeping the adult pass price at $279. If you wish to renew your pass, simply scan the QR code on the physical pass itself or login to your account and begin the renewal process there. All prices listed below are for the General Public sale and not returning passholders.

Indy Base Pass: Adults $349; Kids $199. This pass includes some blackout days.

Indy Base AddOn Pass: Adults $269; Kids $149. You must have an unlimited season pass at an Indy Pass ski resort. Turn your season pass into a “travel pass” and explore any and all of the resorts. However, your AddOn pass is not valid at your home resort. This pass includes some blackout days.

Indy Plus Pass: Adults $469; Kids $259. There are no blackout dates with this pass.

Indy + AddOn Pass: Adults $389; Kids $199. This pass grants full unlimited access for season pass holders at Indy Partner Resorts.

The Indy Cross-Country Pass: Adults $99; kids $49.

The Indy Cross-Country AddOn Pass: Adults $79; kids $39.

Indy Pass Pricing for 2024 guide.
©Indy Pass

Some advice: Buy your pass at the end of the current season and you can take advantage of a small down payment and a payment plan due in full by December of the next season. The price escalates slightly as the months go by.

Other things to know

Payment Plan: Pass buyers can pay for their passes in 2 installments with no interest, meaning a base pass would cost $199.50 per month. The Indy Pass Payment Plan is fully managed by Indy Pass, meaning it comes with zero interest, no credit checks, and no third-party lenders, unlike the other passes.

Capacity Limits: As the Indy Pass continues to grow in popularity, a capacity limit has been placed on pass purchasing to ensure fewer crowds at the participating resorts. The only way to now purchase a pass is to join the waitlist and you will receive a code as space opens up.

Service fees go away: The 3 percent service fee typically charged on all Indy Passes at checkout will be eliminated for the 24/25 season. In exchange, all pass holders will be mailed a custom-designed 24/25 commemorative, RFID-enabled Indy Pass with a photo for a $10 fee. The physical Indy Pass will include benefits such as direct-to-lift access at select Indy resorts, expedited lift ticket pick-up at all Indy resorts, and discounts on products and services from Indy Pass partners.

Lodging: Discounts are available at a range of lodging properties.

The Indy vs the Big Boys

There’s a big difference between the Indy Pass and the bigger Ikon Pass and Epic Epic Pass. Think of it like taking a weekend or even a Midwest day at your “home hill” — you know, when push comes to shove and someone asks you about your favorite ski area even after returning for a “week out West.” These are all unique, friendly, and in some cases smaller independent ski areas.

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