49 Degrees North Mountain Resort celebrated the beginning of residential development at its new Sunrise Basin Alpine Glades housing community with dozens of guests, contractors and local representatives attending a groundbreaking ceremony at the base of the Sunrise Quad chairlift on Saturday afternoon, July 9.
Owner John Eminger was joined by General Manager Eric Bakken; State Representative Shelly Short; Stevens County Commissioners Don Dashiell, Wes McCart, and Steve Parker; Chewelah Mayor Dorothy Knauss; and Colville National Forest District Ranger Gayne Sears at the official ceremony, which was preceded by a reception and barbecue on the deck of the new Cy’s Cafe and Discovery Center yurts.
Although planning for the new development began almost 20 years ago when Eminger purchased the alpine ski resort, and infrastructure and road building started last year, this summer marks the start of major transformations at the Alpine Glades Phase 1 residential development. This year, Eminger expects to finish paving of the 2-mile Nelson Creek Road and begin construction on a single family home, 5-plex townhouse, and 8-plex condominium. The condominium units are sold out and are anticipated to be occupied by December, according to Eminger.
The Alpine Glades Phase 1 development sits on 50 acres within the 320-acre private property. The entire property is planned to be developed in phases over the next 20 years, with a total investment of nearly $500 million. The new development is adjacent to the existing 2300-acre resort which operates under a permit from the U.S. Forest Service.
Eminger is hopeful that Sunrise Basin, Washington’s only ski-in, ski-out resort development, will grow into a year-round community with additional improvements including lodges, trails, and other resort amenities.
For more information on the Sunrise Basin development, visit www.live49n.com. For more information on 49 Degrees Mountain Resort, visit www.ski49n.com.
By Jared Arnold/The Independent Staff