Situated on the southern portion of Washington's Colville National Forest, just 10 miles east of Chewelah, 49 Degrees North has been catering to powder-hungry throngs of snowsports enthusiasts for nearly half a century. Six lifts scattered across 2,325 acres of skiable terrain make for a truly shreddable experience, and on-area amenities like the Boomtown Lounge and Cy's Cafe offer all the hot chocolate, cinnamon rolls and craft beer riders need to stay fueled. Add to all that, four Saturdays of night skiing per season and it's easy to see why 49 Degrees North belongs on this season's must-ski list.
What's new: After 23 years as owner and operator of 49 Degrees North, John Eminger passed the torch in April 2019 to Silver Mountain owner CMR Lands LLC. Marketing and communications director Emily McDaniel says the ownership change has "brought new energy and ideas to 49 Degrees North and we're excited to continue providing great skiing and riding to our guests with many new improvements." And the enigmatic Eminger will continue to be a presence on the mountain, stepping into the role of general manager.
Making the most of it: Though the resorts will be operated as separate entities, CMR Lands' purchase has enabled riders to buy a season combo pass good at both 49 Degrees North and Silver Mountain. Combo passes are still available through Nov. 6 and run $579 for adults and $449 for youth. Additional rates for seniors, college students and military personnel can be found at ski49n.com.