- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 2
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 1
Pros: They do a GREAT job of making and maintaining snow!
Cons: The Rockies don't run through Southern Indiana.
Recommended For: Family Friendly
Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009
I've been skiing at Paoli Peaks for almost 20 years, now. They do absolutely the best job of making snow and then taking care of it of any place I've skiied. Seriously, they do and it's because they have to. I almost always have a great time when I'm there and that's primarily because I know what I'm getting when I go. If they are nothing else at Paoli they are consistent.
Is it a world class ski resort? Not by any stretch. Do they have snow on a slope? Absolutely!
The lodge is comfortable, the food is average and the value for your dollar is acceptable. If you are looking for a true destination-type ski experience you will come away disappointed. If you are a beginner looking for a place to get your first experience on skis or an experienced skier looking for a place to get some runs in between trips to "real" resorts you will probably be very satisfied.
The only real caveats are that it can get crowded on the weekends. If you pull into the parking lot and see more than one church bus plan on spending your day skiing defensively since there will be plenty of out-of-control beginners pumped up on peer pressure trying to ski runs that are beyond their ability.
Graber's Express is listed as a black diamond run but it's barely a blue at most resorts. The runs are short and the 300 foot vertical they boast may be a bit of a stretch. Still, Paoli is a fun, friendly, comfortable little ski area. Keep in mind that it IS, after all, in Southern Indiana. They are doing absolutely the best they can with what they have.