49 Degrees North has focused this summer on making small improvements, taking a little breather, as it's been in expansion mode for most of the past decade. The largest growth spurt occurred in 2006 with the development of the Sunrise Basin area, adding 500 new acres of terrain and 20 new runs. Fast forward only two years, and 49° broke ground on the Angel Peak expansion, adding acreage, steeps and another chairlift.
"This season we are focusing on the small items (that will make a huge difference), like new lighting, new doors and new wiring in the existing lodge," says Sherry Brewer, director of marketing and sales for 49 Degrees North. It seems as if expansion is always on the horizon at 49. Talk has started and plans are being made to enhance the base area lodge, Brewer explains: "We are drafting plans to expand the current lodge. Expanding and improving the existing rental, retail and food service areas."
Making the Most of It
"To make the most of your time at 49 Degrees North, I'd say take a lesson," Brewer says. "We are focusing on the terrain-based learning concept." Terrain-based learning is a concept sweeping the industry, focusing on each individual resort's uniqueness and what a new skier or snowboarder wants to focus on, wrapping it all together, making it fun but also achieving results to ensure they return to the slopes. This goes for all abilities. Brewer adds: "49 Degrees North has some of the best tree skiing in the region." Want to learn how to ski trees? Take a lesson.
This time of year, all mountains boast great deals, and 49 Degrees North has its own special offers. Looking for a place to host your next company field trip? Got a family reunion coming up and want to get the family out and active? Think about 49 for your next group function. "The more people you bring up, the better the discount," Brewer says. Contact her (935-6649, ext. 607) for more details on group pricing.
Lift Ticket Deals
Not sure how much you'll be able to get up to the mountain this season? Have fear of committing to one mountain, but still want the ability to ski or snowboard for a cheaper rate? Check out the Six Packs at 49. They're a great way to save money, and make the perfect stocking stuffer. They're completely transferable and have no blackout dates, making gifting and using them easy and affordable.
Did you forget to buy your season pass before the deadline? Still want to buy a season pass to 49? You have one more opportunity to get the early season pass price, at the Snowlander EXPO. Representatives from 49 will be on hand at the EXPO, offering one last chance to get that early season deal.
The ski and ride school at 49 Degrees North offers a full array of options when it comes to learning, offering multi-week programs, group and private lessons. Purchase before Nov. 15 to get the best price on lesson packages.
Adult: full day $52 limited / $57 unlimited / $45 half day
Youth (7-17): full day $46 limited / $48 unlimited / $39 half day
College/Military: full day $49 limited / $51 unlimited / $43 half day
Master (70+): full day $49 limited / $51 unlimited / $43 half day
Chair 3 only: full day $45 / half day $38
Day Pass $7 limited / $12 weekends and holidays (weekend includes Friday)