Indy Pass adds Snow Ridge

Indy Pass logoThe Indy Pass is adding Snow Ridge in Turin NY to its lineup of New York ski areas. Passholders will now have access to four resorts in the state: Catamount, Greek Peak and recently added Swain Resort round out the list.

Snow Ridge — located in New York’s snowbelt — is a great addition to the pass, and potentially more so in a year when access to the powder of Vermont is in doubt.

For 75 years Snow Ridge has been delivering deep powder turns in the lake effect snow that falls to the east of Lake Ontario. Long before snowmaking became the price of entry in the ski business, it was the place to be for deep powder in New York.  To this day the 230+ inch annual snow totals, make it the snowiest resort in the state.

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Snow Ridge: Full Send Plateau

This past weekend may well have been the best of the season in the east. A storm that dropped 8-12 inches across most of the region, favored Stowe, Whiteface and Snow Ridge on Tug Hill with significantly more than that. Evan and I had the same thought: first chair at Snow Ridge on Saturday.

Friday, I took the afternoon off to ski McCauley, a taste of what was to come. After close that day, the lake effect band settled over Turin NY. Overnight another 6-8 inches fell, bringing the storm total for Snow Ridge to 29 inches.

One thing I was pretty sure of, it would be more work for us to grab first chair at Stowe or Whiteface on Saturday. At Snow Ridge it’s pretty easy. We arrived 45 minutes before opening, and parked next to the three other cars that were there.


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Turin NY: Report from the Ridge

I’m optimistic that this winter’s rain is behind us. The turning point was 5pm last Saturday in Turin NY, when it turned to heavy wet snow at Snow Ridge. I know this because I checked the webcam repeatedly, willing it to be so, willing it to be snow.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one watching. Blue and his brother Stefan called me right after the changeover. We made plans to meet up for first chair the next day.

It was a sleepy Sunday morning at the Ridge when I pulled in at 8:30. There were about 4 other cars in the parking lot and a similar number of people occupied the lodge. Blue and Stefan weren’t far behind me. By the time we were ready, the Ridge Runner was spinning.

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