Chair 4 at 49 Degrees North closed for rest of season

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

Skiers ride a ski lift up 49 Degrees North (49 Degrees North photo)

Unforeseen mechanical issue causes shutdown…

Chewelah-area ski resort 49 Degrees North announced that an unforeseen mechanical issue has closed down Chair 4, Silver Lode, for the remainder of the ski season.

Due to the type of repair that is required, the resort is unable to safely engage in the work to the lift during ski season. It will also take 12 weeks to manufacture the replacement parts.

“With this season’s record-breaking snowfall, the staff at 49 Degrees North Ski Area is running at maximum capacity to provide the best possible experience for our guests, and to keep the resort functioning as safely and efficiently as possible,” 49 Degrees North owner John Eminger said.

As a result of the closure, chairs five and six, Sunrise Quad and Angel Peak will be moved into a more aggressive operational schedule for the spring season. In a separate incident, one chair was separated from Chair 1 at the Midway loading point. The skiers loading had their feet on the ground at the time of the chair detaching and 49° North’s maintenance team was on sight within minutes to assess and repair the chair. The issue was identified and fixed within 20 minutes and the maintenance staff will continue to perform routine maintenance on all lifts to ensure the safety of the guests.It has been an epic ski season for 49 Degrees North, with 181 inches falling on the summit and 136 inches at the lodge with many powder days.

“There are powder patches and tree skiing for those who like that kind of thing, plus our groomed runs and easier terrain is great for beginners and skiers/riders who are not so comfortable with powder,” 49 Degrees North Marketing Director Emily McDaniel said.

The February snow dump has give 49 Degrees North some of its best conditions of the season. The Inland Northwest had gotten one of its snowiest months since the 1930s, and snow if forecasted for both this week and next week.