It’s 21-22 Spring Season Pass Sale Time!

It’s 21-22 Spring Season Pass Sale Time!

I know it seems impossible to think about, but your best ski deals for the next 2021-2022 season are right NOW! Aggressive? Yes. But find your Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Western New York or Maryland ski season pass deals are all right here and you’ll be happy you did.

My eye is on the Indy Pass (mega pass for single resorts), Timberline ($359!), Wisp (Closest) and Highland Pass (3 resorts and SO MANY perks). Plus, I always regret not getting Wisp’s Mission: Four’dable pack deal… How do I choose?! Someone tell Tucker County to make a Ski the Valley pass and I’ll be DONE!

Christina Skis Mid-Atlantic Mountains

To me, my favorite Mid-Atlantic mountain resorts are in the tri-state area, marked by Snowshoe in the south and Holiday Valley in the north. To get a full range, Whitetail is probably as far as I would drive myself for a day trip, even though I worked at sister resort Liberty Mountain. But with Roundtop, those three are really on the Harrisburg and DC side of PA. Plus, they’re all on the Epic Pass and I’m trying to get you a good deal.

As for the small guys, Tussey, Mystic Mountain and Boyce Park all in Pennsylvania – those are your best mountains to learn on, and I highly recommend them. However, this post is for season passers, the snow people who are already in love and can’t get enough.


Table Key

  • Pass X Payoff = how many times you have to ski or ride at the mountain to pay off your season pass, per weekend rates.
    *multi-packs are a good option if you don’t think you’ll go that much.
  • Regular Pass Rates Listed = any day, no blackouts, no discounts. Most mountains offer separate Jr/Sr or Military rates.
  • Buddy Tickets = usually mean 25-50% off lift tickets for a friend or family member, the same day you are there.
  • Swap Tickets = 1 free lift ticket and ticket discounts at… [See Full Details]
    • Resort Swap (7 Springs, Hidden Valley, Laurel Mountain, Wisp & Wintergreen)
    • Mountains of Distinction (Massachusetts: Jiminy Peak, Wachusett, New Hampshire: Cranmore, New York: Bristol Mountain, Holiday Valley, Ski Windham, Vermont: Bromley)
    • 3 days at Cooper Mountain in CO


PENNSYLVANIA RESORTS

HIGHLAND PASSSpring Pass PricePass X PayoffPerksOther Deals
Seven Springs,
Hidden Valley,
Laurel Mtn
ON SALE 2/27
$643
before May 1
7+ times8am Lift Access
March Buddy
Swap Tickets
Resort Discounts
Uphill! 7a-9a
Pass = $20
No-Pass =$50

Super 7 – $448
(lift tickets)
*There are no individual passes for the Highlands Resorts anymore. 
SKI AREASpring Pass PricePass X PayoffPerksOther Deals
Blue Knob
*ON INDY PASS!
TBD
($599 20-21)
TBDAny Resort SP =
$35 midwk lift tix.
TBD
Weird flex on the perks, but OK….
EPIC PASSSpring Pass PricePass X PayoffPerksOther Deals
Liberty Mountain,
Whitetail Resort, &
Roundtop Mountain
TBDTBDMega Pass?1-7 Day Options
Epic Pass is epically confusing. Plus, Vail doesn’t need my help – check them out if you’re interested here: EpicPass.com


MARYLAND RESORT

SKI AREASpring Pass PricePass X PayoffPerksOther Deals
Wisp ResortTBD
($399 20-21)
TBD8am Lift Access
4 Buddy Tickets
PGRI Resort Access
– Powderhorn, CO
– Ragged Mtn, NH
– Wintergreen, VA
– BC Canada Resort
Resort Discounts
4-Pack for $229


WEST VIRGINIA RESORTS

White Grass is a cross country ski area. While I highly enjoy the place ($20 for the day), I’m creating this for downhill season passes.

SKI AREASpring Pass PricePass X PayoffPerksOther Deals
Snowshoe (Ikon)
ON SALE 3/11
$429
Thru May 4
5 timesResort DiscountsSilver Creek
Pass – $199
Canaan Valley
*ON INDY PASS!
TBD
($600 20-21)
TBDNoneDiscount for
WV Resident
Timberline Mountain$359
by April 1
($389 July 1)
5 timesNoneNone
Perks and other deals subject to change closer to next season. This is Timberline’s 1st year back!
Unfortunately Snowshoe’s Ridiculous Pass super-deal has been discontinued.


WESTERN NEW YORK RESORTS

SKI AREASpring Pass PricePass X PayoffPerksOther Deals
Holiday Valley
ON SALE
$979
by April 30
12 timesEarly Lift Access
1 Private Lesson
4 Buddy Passes
Swap Tickets
Resort Discounts
Under 25
= $699

Ultimate
White Card

(9) 8-hr Tix
= $272
Peek’n PeakTBD
($499 20-21)
TBDTBDTBD


BONUS CONTENT! THE INDY PASS

#indyrevolution is is in everyone’s mouths right now, and for good reason. The Indy Pass is really good deal for 2 free lift tickets at 63 resorts all over the US, and they keep adding more. If the locations weren’t juuuust far away enough this would have already been in my pocket. Get Wisp on there and it’s mine!

This pass is all about the “core” skier and rider who doesn’t want lift lines and enjoys an authentic mountain vibe. Think hipster, that doesn’t know about White Grass yet. But I hate putting people in boxes. Just get the pass – it doesn’t matter if you’re the goth kid from highschool or Candide Thovex – you’re still going to enjoy it.

Mountains on the pass include Blue Knob (PA), Canaan Valley (WV), Winterplace (WV), Shawnee (PA), Massanutten (VA) and Bryce (VA). But hold up… JAY PEAK?! Come on!

Pass PriceHow it Works
TBD on 21-22, for an idea:
Indy+ Pass – $399 (no blackouts)
Indy Pass – $259 (with blackouts)
Spring Pass – $149 (March 1)
2 free lift tickets at each resort.
25% off daily rate after that.
No pass, just present photo ID.
Boom.

Did I miss one of your faves that you can get to with an easy drive? Do I need to add Ohio to my roundup of states?!?! Let me know in the comments. See you out there! ❄

Wisp Review: The Start of Something Good

Wisp Review: The Start of Something Good

First day out on the slopes and it was oh so good! I am starting to love Wisp. It has a decent amount of terrain and little “hideaways” which are just sections of the mountain that people don’t usually go.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Stuck between holiday weekends and following an absolutely freezing Saturday, this place was EMPTY. I am talking ski right onto the chairlift as a single rider no lines. It was great! The cold temps paired with rare early east coast snow storms left the conditions basically perfect for early season. Dare I say, “no ice?”

I would call this mountain entirely “intermediate.” If you look at the map, it’s pretty blue and the rest of the terrain difficulty is pretty in-line with that. Warm up on the front facing blues, take down under over to chair 5 for a couple laps and then head over to North Camp on the opposite side – it’s awesome, especially on an east coast powder day. 

Trail Maps

Wisp Resort Trail Map

Chair 5 Area

These will get you the best turns on any day if you are an experienced skier. I think an intermediate skier can be pushed this way and excel here if he or she has to keep up with friends. Down Under is a fun run but keep your speed as it flattens out for a good bit a the bottom.

Wisp Trail Map - Chair 5
North Camp

I found my way last year on a busy day right after it snowed 26″ in January. The mountain was crowded, but I happened upon North Camp which gave us ungroomed terrain and unlimited powder day fun – and I was there with the same type of people! No lines at chair 7 the last two Sundays I’ve been here… I could see it happening, though.

Wisp Trail Map - North Camp Area
Final Thoughts

All in all, I will choose to go here more often. I was a Seven Springs warrior for a long time but nowadays you will find me at Wisp most likely. Recommend for families and groups of friends that have a range of abilities – they will all have fun together at Wisp Resort.

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A Pow Day in Maryland

I now know what the true meaning of “it’s dumping” means. We got 26″ in 24 hours and there was even more that fell if you were south. It was the most snow in the shortest amount of time I’ve ever seen.

I was essentially stuck. Forget the bread and milk, I headed for a bottle of wine (or two), as there was NO way I was even digging myself out of my parking lot. I did, however, try to ski down it, and realized there was not enough slope and way to much snow for me to get anywhere. The guy pictured above figured it’d be better to go the already plowed route. You live and you learn:

I was finally freed from my snow-jail around noon on Sunday afternoon, when I held my breath and busted my FWD Kia out of the lot and headed south. Yes, south, to Wisp.

I took advantage of the Regional Resort Swap with my Snowshoe pass, and to my surprise, I skied 36″ of powder at no cost. Thank God, because my body was NOT ready for that!

Damn, did my legs burn. I don’t ski Wisp much, as West Virginia usually trumps my choice for southern ski states, but I happened to ski into a section of Wisp called North Camp. The entire vibe of every rider was different here – powderhounds of all ages. The front side seemed a bit overcrowded with people that were wishing for groomed terrain and weren’t finding it, and back at North Camp spirits were high and smiles were big. Lots of conversations with happy strangers and cheering kits sending it off a lip under the lift. All in all, North Camp is where it was at. It was a good day.

Always a fan of opposites, the next day I ended up pretty much as south as I could go in the US… Florida.f999e716-6dc8-4904-a4ae-af34a4311037