49 DEGREES NORTH Open for the season

(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)

MOUNTAIN COMES ALIVE: Despite slow snow totals in NE Washington, 49 Degrees North opens for the year…

While still early in the ski and snowboarding season, 49 Degrees North had enough snow to open for the year last weekend. Currently the mountain has eight inches at the base of Chewelah Peak and 18 on the summit.

The ski resort will be open again this Friday and operate from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A snow storm system hitting NE Washington mid-week also has the ski resort hoping for even more snow totals. Several days of rain later in the week down in the valley could equal snow totals up at the ski resort.

49 Degrees North hopes that more snow will mean more terrain and chairs opening this Friday. Holiday hours begin this Friday, so the mountain will be open every day from Dec. 20 to Jan. 7. Operations, terrain and schedule are all weather dependent. On Wednesday, the ski resort announced that chairs 1, 3, 4, 5 and the Gold Fever Conveyor lift will operate from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on these days.

“Early season in the ski world always means some uncertainty and quick calls on operations, and we continue to work hard to get our guests the most accurate information possible,” 49 Degrees North wrote on their Facebook page. People can stay up to date by checking the website ski49n.com, signing up for the snow report and newsletter, while also following 49 Degrees North on social media.

The ski resort first opened 47 years ago in late 1972 with three chairlifts. It has since expanded to six chairs and more skiing areas on the mountain which is located within the Colville National Forest.

For more information about the ski resort, got to ski49n.com.