Hidden Gems: Perfect North Slopes

Surprising to many, Indiana—a presumably flat state—offers one of the Midwest’s best ski resorts. The Southern Indiana hills were formed thousands of years ago when glaciers pushed down from the Great Lakes, flattening northern and central Indiana, creating hilly terrain in the Ohio River Valley. And with it, perfect slopes for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, less than 2 hours from Indianapolis. 

Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana

In its 43rd year, Perfect North Slopes is going strong, taking pride in providing family-friendly winter recreation. In fact, Perfect North is where notable Olympic freestyle skiers Nick Goepper and Justin Schoenfeld got started snow skiing!

Offering 100 acres with a 400-foot vertical drop, 23 ski trails (from beginner to advanced), 12 lifts and 23 tubing lanes, and 3 lodge areas, the resort offers something for everyone. 

With Indiana’s unpredictable winter weather, the resort relies on its own man-made snow, which starts in November and goes through early March. As much as 400 acre-feet may get made over the course of the winter to cover the slopes for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. It begins at the pump house, which draws water from the property’s lake. All that cold water is pumped through hundreds of feet of snow making pipe, straight to the 200+ snow guns spread throughout the hills. 

Ski Resort Features

New for 2022/2023 season, the new “Ella May Way” trail will twist through trees on the east side of the slopes. It’s nearly a half-mile long with 22 snow guns featured along the way. Throughout the resort, they also added new LED lights, restrooms, rental equipment, and installed heated floors in the tubing concessions tent. For this season, Perfect North offers nearly 4,500 sets of rental skis and snowboards. 

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Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Lessons at this resort are available. Based on availability, daily 50-minute group lessons are offered at the top of every hour for ages 4 and up. Tickets and lessons can be purchased onsite, however, you can buy tickets online at a discounted rate. They also offer an early return time incentive. So if you only use your skis for four hours or less, you receive a $10 Perfect North Slopes credit (per ticket). While Perfect North Slopes offers a variety of food and drinks in three different locations, guests are allowed to bring their own food and drink items. The venue also offers free parking—so you can go in and out of your car freely. While Perfect North Slopes has several warming huts and fire pits to warm up, it is recommended that you wear the proper gear. Well-fitted ski goggles, snow pants, jackets, gloves, and hats that repel water.

More Info

For overnight stays, the Doubletree Inn in downtown Lawrenceburg offers convenience to local haunts: restaurants, coffee shops, and even a newly opened arcade. Lawrenceburg also just 30 minutes west of Cincinnati OH, making it a convenient place. 

On weekends, expect large crowds and wait times. If possible, to avoid the lines and crowds, visiting the slopes during the week (or after 5pm) is a great way to avoid the busy times. But because the resort is open from 9:30am until midnight on Friday and Saturday, the longer opening time helps spread the crowds. The slopes are typically groomed overnight while Perfects is closed, and again in the early morning before the chairlifts are open, so it’s ideal to get there right as they open.

Perfect North Slopes is located at 19074 Perfect Pl Ln, Lawrenceburg. For more info, visit the Perfect North Slopes website

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