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paolipeaksThe Hoosier State is more likely to conjure images of basketball rather than skiing, but those Midwesterners passionate for the slopes can get their fix at Paoli Peaks in Western Indiana. Snowfall amounts are quite low in the region, just north of Hoosier National Forest, but 100% snowmaking allows for completely open trails during the winter months.

Paoli may not compare to the large resorts in the Eastern and Western United States, but it isn’t necessarily attempting to compete with them either. Its niche is wide-open runs, decongested lifts ands runs and a family friendly atmosphere. New skiers are free to take their time and learn the sport at Paoli, without the worry of hoards of skiers passing by. Night skiing is also available seven days a week and those seeking a different experience can snow tube or play in Paoli’s two terrain parks.

Paoli Peaks also boasts a large, 45,000 square foot day lodge equipped with everything visitors might need during their day on the slopes. A cafeteria-style restaurant and pizzeria, Bully Bar, ski and snowboard rental shop, pro Shop, ski patrol first aid facility, ticket Sales Office, ski/ride School; and group sales office are all available in the lodge.

Regular rates range from $25-$35 for children (age 7-12), $25-$41 for adults and little ones 6 and under are free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket. Affordable rentals and a full service pro shop are available on-site.

Paoli Peaks Statistics:

  • Seasons: Winter: Mid December - Early March
  • Lift Operations: Mon - Thurs: 10am to 9pm; Friday: 10am to 3am; Saturday: 9am to 3am; Sunday: 9am to 9pm
  • Elevations: Base- 600 feet
  • Summit Elevation: 900 feet; Vertical rise of 300 feet
  • Snow: Average Annual Snowfall – 18 inches; Snowmaking - 100% of trails
  • Trail Classification: Skiable Acres: 65 (25% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 10% Advanced, 10% Expert); 15 trails
  • Lift System: Total Number of Lifts: 8
  • Uphill Capacity: 11,000 people per hour
  • Terrain Parks: 2 (Powerline Park and Bon)
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