by: anonymous_user - 30th April 2008

  • 4
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Expert
  • 5All-Mtn. Terrain
  • 5Family Friendly
  • 4Nightlife
  • 4Terrain Park
  • Value

Full review

I have skied every resort in Washington State over the years, and rank 49 Degrees North in my top 3. Plenty of well groomed terrain for skiers and boarders of all levels. This is a great place for kids and families. For the experts, the numerous glade runs are awesome...steep and deep. Because the mountain is north facing, the snow tends to be light and fluffy. I skied 49 at least 20 times this season and never failed to find untracked pow. The employees at 49 are friendly and helpful. The Mountain Hosts are awesome. I skied with a number of newbies this season and the Hosts were always around checking to make sure the newbies were OK and knew where they were going. The lodge is old and funky, and can get crowded on weekends, but serves it's purpose. The Boomtown Bar is a great place for apres ski. 49 is rarely crowded and lift lines are virtually non-existant. The only drawback to 49 is the interminable ride to the top on chairs #1 and #4. A high speed quad would make a world of difference. The new quad in the East Basin opened up several new runs for skiers of all levels, and allows you to ski the top of the mountain without having to make the long chair ride up from the base. If you're looking for the powder stashes, ski the glades off of chair #4. John Eminger has some exciting plans in the works to bring a new lodge and real estate development to 49 in the coming years. Ski 49...you won't regret the trip to Chewelah!
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