New Indy Pass includes Cataloochee for 2019-20

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Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:25 am

Since the new Indy Pass includes Cataloochee and my daughter started at UNC Asheville, might actually get to Cat for the first time.

Have the day ticket prices for Cat been stable in recent years? I see $70 for a day ticket for 2018-19.

The Indy Pass is $199 and includes 2 days at each partner ski area/resort. Also includes Massanutten, Bryce, and Canaan Valley, plus Blue Knob. Hard for me to get to all of them this winter, but still tempted. Goes on sale Sept. 1.

http://www.indyskipass.com
2019-20: Bryce, Cataloochee. Plans: Massanutten; Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:20 pm

Indy Pass list continues to grow. Added another place in Michigan. Plus the first ski area in the Southwest. Up to 36 locations scattered all over.

Turns out the creator of the Indy Pass isn't associated with a ski area/resort. A marketing guy out in Oregon. His goal was to keep the price under $200.

https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-New ... ndy-slopes
2019-20: Bryce, Cataloochee. Plans: Massanutten; Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:29 am

Indy added another 8 locations. The list for the southeast now includes Ober Gatlinburg, along with Cat, Massanutten, Bryce, and Canaan Valley. Greek Peak in central NY is new too.

Unofficial Networks has a complete list by region and state for the 44 locations as of 10/1/2019.

https://unofficialnetworks.com/2019/10/ ... -just-199/
2019-20: Bryce, Cataloochee. Plans: Massanutten; Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:58 pm

Worth reading thru the Indy Pass FAQ if you are considering getting one. Two items caught my eye today.

I’ve already purchased a season pass at an Indy Pass resort, do I get the two free days at the other resorts?
Sorry, the Indy Pass is separate from a season pass at participating resorts. Some Indy Pass resorts will offer a discounted Indy Pass add on for their season pass holders for $159, so check with your home resort to see if they are offering this option.

Why isn’t there a kids Indy Pass and why can’t I buy one for my kid under 12 years old?
We do consider young families very important, so Indy Pass resorts offer a minimum of 25% off for kids 12 and under. We encourage parents with young kids to check kids pricing at the resorts where they plan to ski, as it may be cheaper to purchase kids tickets with the 25% off discount than purchasing an Indy Pass for them. If it’s still less expensive to purchase a pass for a child under age 13 then you may do so. No ID is required for children to redeem lift tickets but they must be present at the ticket window in order to redeem.
2019-20: Bryce, Cataloochee. Plans: Massanutten; Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:21 pm

If Sugar was on there Id get one. I just dont see that ever happening given their $800 season pass and $80 weekend rates. Damn it is too expensive to ski in the south...
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Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:54 pm

killglobalwarmingnow wrote:
Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:21 pm
If Sugar was on there Id get one. I just dont see that ever happening given their $800 season pass and $80 weekend rates. Damn it is too expensive to ski in the south...
NC is too close to GA and FL, as well as pulling people from TN and SC.

One reason I ended up deciding to make Massanutten my home mountain is that the season pass was around $400 and the Sun-Fri pass was around $250. Wintergreen has a pretty low season pass price for 2019-20 too.

I'm more interested to see if Beech will ever join Indy.
2019-20: Bryce, Cataloochee. Plans: Massanutten; Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:19 pm

The economics are stacked against us in the south... way too many people and not enough mountains/skiable acres. It makes you wonder why you don't see new resorts or more terrain... I guess real estate prices have something to do with it. And there is a lot of risk with the uncertainty of mother nature, you need a unique set of investors and willing finance.

Still as crazy busy the resorts in NC get on the weekends and the prices they charge it is still wonderous that no one had tried to start a new resort.
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Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:24 pm

The Indy Pass price goes up to $219 on 12/1, as expected.

The plan for the rest of the 2019-20 season is now clear. Price goes up another $20 to $239 on 1/1/2020. The Indy Pass stays available until 3/1/2020. So in theory if Cat, Bryce, Mnut, and Canaan Valley are likely to have decent snow conditions in March, could be good for Mid-A spring skiing. But have to decide by late Feb.

I had a very good time using my Indy Pass at Bryce for Opening Day on 11/16. Happened to be spending a long weekend at Massanutten for other reasons. Fully intend to go back for another day when Bryce is 100% open.
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Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:02 pm

Here's an interview with the creator of the Indy Pass. He's based in Oregon and been doing marketing for ski resorts for decades. Retired from his company in order to have time for other projects like the Indy Pass.

https://nyskiblog.com/doug-fish-and-the-indy-pass/
2019-20: Bryce, Cataloochee. Plans: Massanutten; Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:05 pm

Probably doesn't make much difference to SkiSE folks, but two more locations have joined the Indy Pass: Detroit Mountain in MN and Black Mountain in NH.

The Indy Pass is partnering with Snowledge and a few other companies for a drawing for a trip to Eaglecrest, AK. Deadline is Dec. 15 and have to download the app. Includes flights but only from an airport that serves Alaska Airlines.

https://www.snowledge.co/indy-pass-contest/
2019-20: Bryce, Cataloochee. Plans: Massanutten; Taos, SLC using Ikon, Steamboat, Alta in April
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