Don’t let it technically being autumn and feeling like summer (it’s still gin and tonic season!) distract you for some deals for DC commuter skiers.
While not an exhaustive list (a visit to the dcski.com forums and skidome.org is worth a few minutes of your time) there are a couple of packages that have my attention.
A pass that includes Massanutten and Blue Knob? I really enjoyed skiing those mountains earlier in the decade and have been itching to get back. Blue Knob has new ownership now and is hopefully getting through some deferred maintenance. Other regional ski areas – Canaan Valley (800-ish vertical feet) and Bryce.
DETAILS: Indy Pass Payment Plans
DEADLINES: Buy your Indy Pass before 10/16 for just $66.34, plus two easy payments of $66.34 on 10/30 & 11/30 interest-free. Price increases $20 on 12/1!
[ First hand reports: Massanutten (2014) | Blue Knob (2012) ]
More from DCSki: Independent and Family-Owned Ski Resorts Team Up to Offer $199 Indy Pass
Peak Resorts was just purchased by Vail Resorts and is selling what’s basically a Pennsylvania + Hunter Mtn. pass that is $149 for three lift tickets at Whitetail, Liberty, Roundtop in Southern Pennsylvania and small hills Big Boulder (snowboard-centric) and Jack Frost. The latter two aren’t really worth the trip for a Washingtonian, but Hunter Mtn. (1500 vertical feet) might be if an overnight stay isn’t a blocker.
DEADLINES: September 30 for $149, December 2 for $159
More from SKI Magazine: Vail Resorts Adds 17 US Ski Resorts to 2019-’20 Epic Pass
[ First hand reports: Whitetail (several) | Big Boulder & Jack Frost (2007) ]
Pennsylvania Ski Pass
If you have a child in 4th or 5th grade, the Pennsylvania Ski Pass is a great option. I’ll miss not being able to buy it for my oldest this season. You don’t even have to be Pennsylvanian.
Remember, don’t hate winter, use it