The Indy Pass is having a hell of a summer.
The pass already had resorts like Mount Hood Meadows, OR, Powder Mountain, UT, Jay Peak, VT, Granite Peak, WI, and Sunlight, CO, but it doesn’t seem like they’re slowing down any time soon when it comes to adding more value for their passholders.
Bluebird Backcountry is the country’s only non-mechanized resort. Guests come to Bluebird for avalanche-controlled terrain that is only accessible through skinning/hiking, and with new accommodations, the resort is slated to have an awesome season ahead.
Snowriver, MI is the new name of what used to be known as Big Snow Resort. The resort is made up of two mountains, and offers some of the best powder skiing in the entire Midwest.
Chestnut Mountain, IL is a silent BEAST. The mountain’s 475′ of vertical might not tickle your fancy, but the steeps are actually steep, and the beautiful views over the Mississippi River are enough to attract skiers from all over the region.
These additions bring the pass to a whopping 96 downhill resorts spread out across all regions of the United States, Canada, and Japan. Passholders get two days of access at each partner resort for just $299.
I fricken love the Indy Pass and I’m stoked that they keep expanding. Let the #indyrevolution live on!
Full press release from The Indy Pass below:
Indy Pass Adds Midwest and Colorado Resorts
Snowriver, Michigan – Chestnut Mountain, Illinois – Bluebird Backcountry, Colorado join the coalition for the 22/23 season.
PORTLAND, Ore. (September 6, 2022) – The Indy Pass announced today that Illinois’ most popular winter resort – Chestnut Mountain, will join Michigan’s newest named resort – Snowriver, and Colorado’s only non-lift-served resort – Bluebird Backcountry, to offer two days each to passholders this season.
“The Indy Pass is the dominant pass in the Midwest with 26 resorts now,” said Indy Pass founder Doug Fish. “The addition of Chestnut and Snowriver gives us two more great mountains for our passholders to enjoy in a region that is so passionate about the sport. And with the recent explosion of off-piste, uphill exploration, we are proud to welcome Bluebird Backcountry, the world’s first and only resort dedicated to human-powered skiing and riding.”
About Chestnut Mountain Resort
Only in the Midwest will you find such an unexpected diamond in the rough. High above the Mississippi, tucked nicely in the hills near historic Galena, Chestnut Mountain is Illinois’ premier winter resort that offers nineteen trails, a seven-acre terrain park among 220 rolling acres with a total vertical drop of 475 feet.
“Chestnut Mountain is excited to be a part of the Indy Pass, and we look forward to welcoming Indy skiers and riders from across the Midwest. Our season passholders will also be thrilled to explore other Indy mountains using the Indy AddOn Pass,” said Mike Bergles, GM of Chestnut Mountain.
Vertical: 475 ft.
Base elevation: 600′
Skiable acres: 220
Longest run: .66 miles
Lifts: 2 Quads, four triples, three surface lifts
No blackouts at Chestnut for Base Pass holders.
About Snowriver Mountain Resort
Snowriver Mountain Resort is the new name for the resort previously called Big Snow Resort, located in the “Big Snow Country” area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, so named because of its 20 feet of annual snowfall. Snowriver consists of two base areas about 1 mile apart, Black River Basin (previously Blackjack), and Jackson Creek Summit (previously Indianhead, the UP’s first ski area, founded in 1959). Total skiable acreage is over 400 acres, making Snowriver one of the largest in the Midwest.
“We are pleased to add our newest acquisition Snowriver Mountain Resort to the Indy Pass revolution,” stated Greg Fisher, CMO of Midwest Family Ski Resorts. “Last season Granite Peak and Lutsen saw huge redemptions, placing both properties within the top 15 most visited resorts by Indy Passholders. With over 200” of annual snowfall, Snowriver should easily be a destination for Midwest Indy Passholders for powder-filled fun.”
Jackson Creek Summit
Annual snowfall: 204″
Vertical drop: 638
Skiable acres: 230
Lifts: 9 (including a magic carpet lift)
Terrain park: 1
Black River Basin
Annual snowfall: 204″
Vertical drop: 490
Skiable acres: 170
Lifts: 6 (including two rope tows)
Terrain parks: 2
Snowriver will blackout the MLK and President’s weekends (six days) for Indy Base Pass holders.
About Bluebird Backcountry
Bluebird Backcountry offers avalanche-managed terrain, skin tracks instead of chairlifts, slopeside parking instead of crowded lots, great terrain without all the hype, a culture of education, and a grassroots scene chock full of campfires and live music. Located in the heart of Colorado ski country, between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling, and just two hours from Denver.
“Bluebird’s mission to revive the soul of skiing aligns perfectly with the goals of the Indy Pass,” said Bluebird Backcountry co-founder Jeff Woodward. “We love the mom & pop ski area culture that the Indy Pass continues to support, and look forward to making the backcountry more accessible for this season’s Indy Passholders.”
Skiable acres: 4,200+
Avalanche-managed and ski-patrolled acres: 1,200+
Guided-only acres: 3,000
Vertical rise: 1,245′
Base elevation: 8,600′
Highest elevation: 9,845′
Marked skin tracks: 11
Total runs: 28
Longest Run: 1.4 miles
No blackouts at Bluebird for Base Passholders.
All photos credit of Indy Pass Media Kit