49 Degrees North

The northeastern Washington wonder

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Located up scenic Flowery Trail from the northeastern Washington town of Chewelah, 49 Degrees North is made up of three basins, two peaks, seven chairlifts and 2,325 skiable acres with a vertical drop of 1,851 feet. The terrain offers a little something for everyone with pristine groomers and some of the best tree skiing in the Inland Northwest. In addition to its alpine terrain, 10 miles of Nordic skiing is also available through the resort. Food and beverage amenities are available in the main village as well as Sunrise Basin.

What's new?

After most of the past decade spent working on big mountain improvements, like the Angel Peak expansion and the Sunrise Basin projects, Mountain Manager Eric Bakken explains, "this season our focus has been on the ski area fundamentals, like brush cutting." Also upgraded this season are the webcams that have been around for a decade and a half. "We've upgraded all of our webcams to HD and added one in a new location, the Sunrise Basin," Bakken says. "We are even going to keep them lit at night so that skiers and boarders can see what is happening, even when it's dark outside." The three locations for these new HD cams are at the summit, the lodge and in Sunrise Basin.

Hot deals

49 Degrees North Ski Swap: On Saturday, Oct. 21 at the Colville Fairgrounds, the 49 Degrees North Ski Patrol hosts their annual ski swap, where the best gear deals can be found, getting you ready for the upcoming season. There'll be new and used ski and snowboard gear available, and all proceeds will benefit the ski patrol.

Packs of tickets: This is an affordable, noncommittal way of enjoying 49 Degrees North. These ticket packs have no blackout dates and are fully transferable, with no limit on how many can be used in a single visit, so bring your friends along. Tickets can be purchased in 4- or 6-packs. Check out their website (ski49n.com) for full details on rates; 4-packs start at $159, 6-packs $249 for youths.

Lift Tickets

Adult (18-61)

Unlimited: $59; Limited: $52; Half Day: $36

Youth (7-17)

Unlimited: $49; Limited: $46; Half Day: $31


Unlimited: $52; Limited: $49; Half Day: $35

Master (70+)

Unlimited: $52; Limited: $49; Half Day: $35

Chair #3 Only

Unlimited: $45; Limited: $43; Half Day: $30

Child 6 & Under


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Jen Forsyth

Jen Forsyth is the editor of the Snowlander series.