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Perfect North, Paoli Peaks, Hidden Valley Attract Dixie Skiers To Midwest Slopes

Perfect North SlopesLower Midwest ski areas in Indiana and Missouri attract Dixie State snowsports enthusiasts from Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama.

Perfect North Slopes and Paoli Peaks, both located in southern Indiana, and Hidden Valley in southern Missouri draw thousands of skiers and riders from below the Mason-Dixon Line.

Perfect North, about a half-hour west of Cincinnati along the Indiana/Kentucky border, pulls skiers from the Dixie states on weekend trips, according to CEO Chip Perfect.

“It’s an easy weekend trip for many skiers coming from the southern states, and we’re not far off the interstate system,” he said. “We always have reliable conditions with one of the largest snowmaking systems in the Midwest.”

Perfect North offers 23 tree-lined trails, two terrain parks and a 23-lane tubing park, all serviced by 11 lifts with a 400-foot vertical drop. It’s one of the largest ski operations in the lower Heartland and has a huge rental inventory. A free lesson is offered to all first time skiers and riders with the purchase of a lift ticket. They partner with nearby lodging properties in the tri-state area. Weekend packages start from $129, and some include breakfast.

Paoli Peaks, less than 50 miles from Louisville, Ky. says that close to 90-percent of visitors are first-timers. They maintain a large rental inventory of ski and snowboard equipment. Close to 30,000 lessons are provided per season.

The upside-down ski area has parking and the huge day lodge on top of the ski hill. It offers 15 trails, two terrain parks, five chairlifts and two carpet tows in the beginner area. The beginner area is located on top of the 300-foot hill offering nice views with gentle terrain. Paoli Peaks packages are available at nearby lodging facilities including historic French Lick Resort. Enjoy the spa, indoor pools and bowling alley at the resort after a day on the slopes. It’s a perfect combination for families looking to give snow sports a try.  


Snowboarder at Hidden Valley, Mo.

Hidden Valley, a popular day-trip area southwest of St. Louis just off I-44, recently expanded with an eye towards becoming a regional destination for many southern skiers, according to Peak Resorts CEO, Tim Boyd. 
“The expansion will enhance Hidden Valley’s ability to attract out-of-state visitors as well as improve facilities for local skiers,” he said. The area offers a 310-foot vertical with 16 trails, two terrain parks, and a tubing park, all serviced by four chairlifts and three surface tows including a carpet lift in the beginner area. The expanded day lodge is all new.

Lodging rates and packages at nearby locations, no more than a 15-minute drive, start from a room rate of $69. Holiday Inn at Six Flags is also nearby.  

Photos: Top -- Perfect North Slopes (Perfect North); Bottom -- Snowboarder at Hidden Valley, Mo. (Hidden Valley)  

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