UPDATE: Indy Pass Adds 11 Additional Independent Ski Areas for 2020-’21 SeasonSki Magazine
Mid-Atlantic ski areas are planning on opening for the 2020-2021 season. As with everything in this COVID-19 era, there will be limitations and restrictions. A reservation only model with passholders given preference seems likely everywhere.

The Indy Pass, now in its second year, is one option for Washington D.C. area commuter skiers to consider. Through September 16, $199 entitles the passholder to 2 days of skiing to over 50 ski areas across North America ski areas. Prices will go up after that date.

Two all-day or all-night lift tickets at each resort with limited blackouts.

2020-21 Pass Pricing

The Indy Pass refunds a percentage of the pass if it goes unused.

Indy Pass near D.C.

The closest Indy Pass participants to the Capital Beltway are Bryce (VA), Massanutten (VA), Canaan Valley (WV) and Blue Knob (PA).

I skied both Massanutten and Blue Knob and have been eager to get back. Massanutten has the stronger snowmaking of the two.  Blue Knob is larger, but undercapitalized.

The best way to keep up with Indy Pass news and discounts is by following this DCSki forum thread: Indy pass 2020-21 season – 7 new resorts & more to come

What about kids?

A $99 kids Indy Pass is also being advertised. Sounds like a great Christmas gift.

In past years, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have offered discounted passes to rs. I was happy with the PA Snowpass program and gave it to my oldest son both years he was eligible. We were happy with the program.

UPDATED 9/8/2020: No 4th & 5th grade Pennsylvania snowpass this season

Major resort passes

Epic vs. Ikon Pass: The Battle BeginsDCSki
The two biggest ski companies offer passes as well at a higher price point but with more options.

Vail Resorts Charts Out Upcoming Winter SeasonDCSki
The parent company of the Liberty, Whitetail and Roundtop has outlined their strategy for the 2020-2021 winter.

DCSki forum thread: Multi-resort passes for 2020-21: Epic, Ikon, MCP, plus Indy

Don’t hate winter, use it

We’re still months away from what we hope can be a 2020-2021 ski season, but planning ahead could yield significant savings.

Please visit my DC Commuter Skier page to check out first hand reports of daytrips to ski areas in Mid-Atlantic region.

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