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Insiders Guide: Perfect North Slopes

Perfect-North-Slopes-Perfect-North-photo Rolling terrain at Perfect North Slopes. (Perfect North Slopes image)

Perfect North Slopes, located in southern Indiana along the Kentucky border a stone's throw away from Cincinnati, is a lower Midwest ski area that has more in common with its northern brethren in Michigan.


It's 400-foot vertical will match any southern Michigan ski area as well as its 23 trails covering all levels of skiing. Eleven lifts, five chairs, and six surface tows keep the large weekend crowds moving and spread out over the area's 100 acres. They also offer one of the Heartland’s largest tubing operations with 23 lanes and two carpet lifts. The longtime ski area is celebrating 40 years this season.

Trails and terrain

Perfect North, which spreads along a ridge overlooking an ancient glacial river valley, opened in 1980 with four rope tows and a handful of runs on the Perfect family farm. Today they offer 23 tree-lined trails and three terrain parks serviced by 11 lifts with a 400-foot vertical drop, which is huge for the lower Midwest. They offer a nice variety of trails including three black diamond and a double-black. They have a large equipment rental operation with many of their clientele being first-time skiers. A free lesson is offered to everyone, four and older, with the purchase of a lift ticket. With one of the Heartland’s largest snowmaking operations, they have been open continuously since December 6.


The lodge offers a nice selection of the usual food and snacks found at ski areas. Nearby restaurants to try in Lawrenceburg: hamburgers you can't beat the Lawrenceburger Restaurant; for pizza, it's Strong's Brick Oven Pizzeria; and fine dining try Whiskey's Family Restaurant in the historic district, which is known for rib racks, seafood, and meatloaf.


Perfect North partners with nearby bed and breakfasts and motels that offer lodging packages. Packages, with some including breakfast, start from around $156 per night for two adults and include two lift tickets. The lodging properties are an easy 5 to 15 miles away from the ski area. The ski area attracts snowsports enthusiasts from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama that like to come and partake for a couple of days.

Other fun

If you're looking for nearby nighttime fun and like a little casino action check out the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, a dockside riverboat casino on the Ohio River. Shades of Mike Fink and the riverboat pirates.

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