Indy Pass: The best value in skiing is perfect for the Midwest

Some early season pow at Red Lodge, Montana. ( blog)

In the era of the multi-resort ski pass, the Indy Pass is filling a void in the industry and becoming a must-have for Midwest skiers. 

The Indy Pass features more than 50 resorts across the continent, giving each passholder two days at each. Best of all, it was for sale at $199 in the early season and can now be purchased for $229. 

In a pass ecosystem that includes $1,000+ options in the Epic and Ikon passes, and another $500-ish pass in the Mountain Collective, something smaller was welcome news to skiers. What sets the Indy Pass apart, however, is how many Midwest ski areas are included on its map. 

Popular Midwest areas like Granite Peak, Lutsen, Buck Hill and Big Powderhorn are all on the list. Lutsen’s day passes are close to $90 on any given day, so by skiing two days at Lutsen, you’ve almost already skied the value of the entire pass. 

The Midwest ski areas included in the Indy Pass. (Google Maps/Indy Pass)

Another way to look at it: There are at least 5 ski areas in each of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. If you ski two days at each resort in your state, you’re paying about $20-$25 per day. 

Here are all of the Midwest ski areas on the Indy Pass: 


  • Lutsen Mountains
  • Spirit Mountain
  • Buck Hill
  • Detroit Mountain Recreation Area
  • Powder Ridge Recreation Area


  • Granite Peak
  • Little Switzerland
  • Nordic Mountain
  • Trollhaugen
  • Tyrol Basin


  • Crystal Mountain
  • Big Powderhorn Mountain
  • Caberfae Peaks
  • Pine Mountain Resort
  • Schuss Mountain at Shanty Creek
  • Swiss Valley Ski and Snowboard Area

South Dakota: 

  • Terry Peak

The value of the Indy Pass is good enough to stay in the Midwest, but taking a trip to some of the hidden gems of the west should also be on the docket if you buy one. 

Red Lodge (Montana) and Brundage (Idaho) are both classic independent ski areas that have sterling reputations. Silver Mountain (Idaho), Tamarack (Idaho), Hoodoo (Oregon) and White Pass (Washington) also come highly recommended. 

Find more information about the pass at its website, which includes an interactive Google Map of all its ski areas.

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