It may come as a surprise in a state better known for basketball, race cars, and hog farms, that a ski area in the southeast corner of the Hoosier State draws well over 200,000 skiers, snowboarders and tubers to its slopes each season.
Perfect North Slopes, located near Lawrenceburg, Indiana, has the advantage of being only about 30 minutes away from the Queen City of Cincinnati and a little over an hour from Indianapolis and Lexington, Kentucky.
They average close to 30,000 lessons a season, and keep an inventory of 5,000 rental skis and 600 snowboards in rental stock. About 60-percent of their clientele rent equipment.
Perfect North spreads along a ridge overlooking an ancient glacial river valley. It opened in 1980 with four rope tows and a handful of runs on the Perfect family farm. Today, there are five chairlifts, over 20 runs - some wide open, some gladed - and one of the largest tubing parks in the region. The runs tumble off two peaks and, with a 400-foot vertical drop, offer a nice collection of black and blue cruisers. It skis and rides more like an upper Midwest area than what you would typically expect to find in the lower Heartland.
They added more snowmaking capacity over the summer, widened the top of the orange chairlift exit, extended Runway Trail, added additional glade skiing and riding, and made improvements to the day lodge. They also added 300 pairs of new rental skis and 200 new rental snowboards. You can never have too many.