This morning the Indy Pass announced that it would be adding Snowriver Mountain Resort in Michigan's UP (previously Big Snow) and Chestnut Mountain in Illinois as full Indy Pass partners.
Although this is technically two more additions for the pass, given that Snowriver Mountain consists of two ski areas, it's almost as if they added three. Please note, however, that pass holders will only get 2-days at Snowriver resort, but they will be valid for both areas.
These additions mean that Indy Pass now has 26 (or 27 if you count Snowriver as two) full partnered resorts and one allied resort across the Midwest. These additions mean that the Indy Pass has nearly 24% of the total Midwest market.
Chestnut marks Indy's first ski area in Illinois and a popular one among Chicagoans. Located just under three hours from Chicago, this ski area is the perfect addition to perfectly round out the Souther Wisconsin/Chicago market. Chestnut will not have any blackout days as part of the pass.
Chestnut offers 475 feet of vertical drop, 19 runs, and beautiful views of the Mississippi River. With another partnered resort less than one hour from Chestnut (Sundown Mountain), this addition could make for a fantastic four-day ski trip to the Mississippi river valley ski areas.
Snowriver Mountain Resort
This addition came as no surprise for many, as Charles Skinner (Owner of Lutsen Mountains and Granite Peak) announced the official purchase of these ski areas last week. The ski areas were once called Big Snow and include Jackson Creek Summit (previously Indianhead) and Black River Basin (previously Blackjack.) Snowriver will blackout the MLK and President's weekends (six days) for Indy Base Pass holders. Passholders will only get two redemptions total, but each redemption will allow access to both ski areas via shuttle.
Averaging over 200" of natural snowfall each season, both of these ski areas offer great terrain with the snowfall to boot. These additions add to Indy's impressive lineup in the UP, including Big Powderhorn, Marquette Mountain, and Pine Mountain.
I named the Indy Pass one of the best values for Midwest skiers and riders, and today's announcement only solidifies them in that position. If you want to learn more or buy yours today, head on over to www.indyskipass.com