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49 Degrees North ski area, Washington, Management Description

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 49 Degrees North ski area Management Says:
Consistently voted the region's best family resort, 49°North Mountain Resort (just ''49'' to the regulars) truly offers adventures for everyone. Wide-open groomed runs, moguls, desert-dry powder, and hundreds of acres of legendary tree skiing. The summit of Chewelah Peak offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and ranges, and nearly 1,900 vertical feet to the base area and lodge facilities. Located on
    2,325 acres within the 1.3 million acres of the beautiful Colville National Forest, 49° North is a genuine winter wonderland.
The natural beauty of the area attracts visitors on a year-round basis, to enjoy a variety of recreational
opportunities available on plentiful National Forest, State or private lands in the surrounding area.
49° North Mountain Resort is located in the Newport Ranger District, of the Colville National Forest, on the slopes of Chewelah Peak. 49° North is located approximately 50 miles North of Spokane via US Highway 395 or via US Highway 2. The greater Spokane/Coeur d?Alene metropolitan area has a population of approximately 1,125,000 (the largest metropolitan
area in Eastern Washington). Hightway 395 serves as the primary corridor to eastern British Columbia, Canada (approximately 55 miles north of Chewelah), while Flowery Trail Road is considered an important transportation conduit from the Colville Valley to the Pend Oreille River Valley. 49° North is accessed via Flowery Trail Road approximately 10 miles East of the town of Chewelah, and 16 miles west of the town of Usk. Flowery Trail Road from the town of Chewelah is a paved, two-lane road that underwent an extensive face-lift courtesy of the Federal Highways Department. Flowery Trail Road from Usk was also re-aligned and paved offering a beautiful new route to our parking lot. The project was completed prior to the 2006/2007 winter season.
The climate at 49° North Mountain Resort is similar to other higher altitude mountain settings; however, due to its geographical location, the ski area experiences different weather patterns than other Pacific Northwest ski areas. Situated in the southern Selkirk Mountains, the ski area has a unique climate due to its location one mile east of Flowery Trail Pass (4,046 ft) that produces moderate temperatures with consistent snow pack at higher elevations. The total snowfall at the ski area averages 300 inches or more, while the total average annual precipitation at the ski area is 36.10 inches, with 69 percent of the precipitation coming as snow between November to April.
During the winter, nearly all precipitation in the vicinity of the ski area falls as snow. In the town of Chewelah and the surrounding lower elevations west of Flowery Trial Pass the snow pack is limited; however, in the towns of Usk and Cusick, and the surrounding lower elevations east of Flowery Trail Pass, the snow pack is greater than the west side. Snow begins to accumulate in November and usually reaches its greatest depth and water content sometime during March.
Ski Area History
The town of Chewelah (est. 1883) has long been a gateway for a myriad of outdoor recreational activities especially skiing. Skiing at Chewelah Peak (elev. 5,773 ft) has attracted numerous year-round recreational users since before the Flowery Trail Road was opened to motorized traffic in the early 1930?s. The Colville National Forest formally recognized the winter use of Chewelah Peak in approximately 1935. A permit was issued for development of a site approximately two miles west of the present site of 49° North Mountain Resort. The completion of Cy?s Hut in 1936 and a rope tow in 1939 firmly established winter recreation on Chewelah Peak. Cy?s Hut burned in 1949. After the completion of the two story Chewelah Mountain Lodge in 1950 and installation of a double chair lift in 1951, the area experienced an increased volume of recreational users and tourists. Over a period of years, obsolescence of the lift and lack of revenue due to a gradual decline in the condition of the facilities, culminating in closure in early 1968.
On May 6, 1970, the Chewelah Basin Ski Corporation was formed and submitted a bid to develop and operate a ski resort in a basin approximately two miles east of the old area. Development commenced in late 1970 and continued during the summers of 1971 and 1972. Construction of three lifts, runs and a day lodge was completed and the area first operated for public use in late 1972. In 1976, the U.S. Forest Service approved a master plan allowing for continued upgrading and expansion within the existing Special Use Permit. A fourth lift was added in 1980 and new runs to support the lift have continued to attract an increasing number of visitors. In June of 1996 Chewelah Basin Ski Corporation was sold to the Eminger Family.
The ski area currently operates a full winter and limited summer schedule. The USFS permit area offers skiing on 905 acres with an additional 320 private acres of base and slope area for a total area of 1,225 acres. There are nearly 60 miles of groomed snowmobile trails adjacent to the ski area courtesy of the Washington State Department of Parks & Recreation. From November to April, five ski lifts serve a 541.7 acre trail network with a lift capacity of 1,888 skiers. Skiers and visitors are provided support in the day lodge on a year-round basis and parking is presently available for approximately 595 vehicles. The Chewelah Basin Ski Corporation under a US Forest Service Special Use Permit operates all facilities.
49° North Mountain Resort remains a local family oriented facility, with a growing emphasis as a small regional resort, supported by the amenities and accommodations available in the town of Chewelah. The ski area is well known for its special events and contributions to the welfare of the community. The area provides a variety of year-round recreational opportunities enjoyed by both residents and tourists alike.


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 Ski Areas Near 49 Degrees North ski area:
Mt. Spokane, Washington , 37 miles away
   2000 foot drop, 5 lifts, 44 runs
   45% Expert & Adv.
   32% Intermediate
   23% Beginner
Red Mountain, British Columbia , 41 miles away
   2919 foot drop, 6 lifts, 87 runs
   0% Expert & Adv.
   0% Intermediate
   0% Beginner
Whitewater, British Columbia , 60 miles away
   1300 foot drop, 3 lifts, 43 runs
   0% Expert & Adv.
   0% Intermediate
   0% Beginner
Schweitzer, Idaho , 65 miles away
   2400 foot drop, 8 lifts, 59 runs
   40% Expert & Adv.
   40% Intermediate
   20% Beginner
 Whitewater Near 49 Degrees North ski area:
Spokane River, Spokane County , 29 miles away, Class II-III+ - 6.5 miles long (T.Highway Menach Bridge in Spokane to Plese Flats)
 National Parks Near 49 Degrees North ski area:
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Coulee Dam - WA , 38 miles away
 Golf Courses Near 49 Degrees North ski area:
Columbia Point Golf Course, Chewelah , 7 miles away
Chewelah Golf & Country Club, Chewelah , 13 miles away
Deer Park Golf Club, Deer Park , 17 miles away

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