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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 two hours from Indianapolis. 

In its 43th year, Perfect North Slopes is going strong, each 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. 

New for 2023 season, the “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. 

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

19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg | perfectnorth.com

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