Fish notes that the Indy Pass is perfect for those who might be traveling for a ski vacation, as well as those who live within driving distance of a number of resorts. For those who want to ski weekly or multiple times a week, he says some customers use Indy Pass to supplement a season pass at a local resort – the good news here is that anyone who has an unlimited season pass at a single Indy ski resort has a 30% discount on the largest pass.
If you’re considering getting an Indy Pass or want to know where you could use one, check out our guide below to the best independent ski resorts in North America, all of which are part of Indy Pass. (Most of these resorts open early to mid-December for the season, depending on the weather. Keep an eye on their websites for the best information on opening dates and note that they usually to change.)
Brundage Mountain Resort, McCall, Idaho
Located in the high peaks of west-central Idaho, Brundage Mountain Resort was the first to reach Indy Pass, launching what would become a major player in the world of seasonal ski packages. In addition to the 1,920 acres of terrain within the boundaries, Brundage offers guided ski touring via SnowCat on 18,000 acres, guaranteeing untapped, powder-filled trails that skiers and snowboarders spend seasons searching for.
The best bet for lodging and dining is in the nearby town of McCall. Shore Lodge, which overlooks the glacial waters of Lake Payette, offers a number of spacious lake view suites and standard rooms with a modern mountain lodge feel.
Powder Mountain, Eden, Utah
For connoisseurs, Powder Mountain represents the pinnacle of alpine skiing in North America. With nearly 8,500 acres of skiable terrain, the resort is larger than Park City and even Whistler. Technically, much of Powder’s terrain is only accessible by SnowCat, hike, or snowmobile, meaning knowledge of backcountry travel is required to ski it. But with limits on season and day passes combined with over 500 inches of powder a year, finding new trails from one of their nine lifts is rarely a problem.