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I love t his mountain (most the time). It's probably my favorite (most the time) but when they say groomed it should be groomed!... Full Review
The high speed chair is a game changer and a quick pace to the top. I have never thought that it was ever too crowded. The food is phenomenal (new food and beverage manager is killing it) and people are really helpful and kind. The prices are great as well! There will be a new lodge coming and is sorely needed to expand and update the departments.
Tons of classes, you can't get bored. There is day care, lessons, a Nordic center, a (less used) alternative lift/parking spots on the Cy's side, awesome retail (which has an awesome variety of waterproof items) which I think you get what you pay for -they have mid range and up -so NO crappy/useless stuff in there, rental equipment is brand new!
If you want a simply good time this is your place, it really is a hidden gem (almost like that favorite fishing spot you hesitate to tell others about)... Full Review
Under its former long time owner 49 Degrees North took pride in being a “Family Friendly” ski area.
Not only were the ticket prices among the most affordable the day lodge offered an area were families could feed their kids in a “brown bag” area with food and drink from home...that their kids would eat!
Other skiers who didn’t like walking in ski boots in the slippery parking lot brought their boots up to the lodge and left their “street shoes” in a bag tucked under a table or in a corner. These are friendly courtesies no longer available under the new owners (who also own Silver Mountain). Now in the day lodged there are signs everywhere stating that No Outside Food or Beverages are allowed. This results in a day of skiing becoming even more expensive to the family bringing kids. Additional signs inform that if you leave that sports bag with your extra gear it will be removed to the Lost and Found area. Not so friendly. At the end of the day I spoke to some Mountain Hosts who volunteer to guide skier unfamiliar with the area. The new ownership has taken away their storage area where they could store skies etc. so they didn’t have to drag them up every duty day. A large number of these hosts are beyond retirement age! On a positive note, the new owners have made improvements to the ski terrain so 49 remains a good place to ski….sadly, just not so friendly.
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We moved to the area specifically for this mountain resort (and the 27 hole golf course) as I was tired mega resorts, crowds and lift lines. 49 hasn’t disappointed!!! Love this mountain! Tree skiing abounds along with plenty of steeps. ... Full Review
I got lift tickets to 49 Degrees North and Mt Spokane for Valentines Day and we lodged at the condos on Mt Spokane so we could go to both over the weekend. We were very skeptical on our way there because it was forecasted to be quite cold and many of the reviews for 49 Degrees North were absolutely heinous. We were honestly expecting to walk into a “shit pile” as some people call it. But we bundled up and got our boots on to go to 49 anyway. To our pleasant surprise, the employees were very friendly, the bathrooms were very clean, the lodge was very up to date, and the lifts were running just fine. The snow conditions were decent considering the lack of recent snow and the grooming was very good. We stopped at the yurt in sunrise basin and the chili was delicious and the employees were accommodating. We have ridden many ski areas and we were very impressed with our time at 49 Degrees North and we will definitely be back and encourage others to visit. ... Full Review
It's been disappointing to see the decline of 49 over the past couple of years. Ski lifts constantly breaking down. Poor mountain maintenance. Ski patrol don't wear Covid masks and don't seem to do much except to get first tracks. Grease drips off the lifts onto your close. Lifties don't clean snow and ice off the chairs. Mt. Hosts are just there to ski and won't even talk to people on the slopes. This place needs new management.... Full Review
I’ve been going to 49 for a while now and I don’t think I can do it anymore. The news of the chair detaching and falling off with people on it was the last straw for me. I do like riding there. It’s a good mountain with lots of potential. But I think it’s just poorly managed. I was hoping it would get better when the owners of Silver mountain purchased it. But it seems like the same people are there running it to the ground. My main complaint is with the terrain park. It takes too long into the season for them to get features in. They don’t change them up enough. And the park doesn’t get properly groomed with a snow cat. I’ve talked to the park crew and it seems like upper management is holding them back. If you want to see an example for how to run a park go to Mt Spokane. I would like to keep skiing at 49 but there needs to be some changes. Replace chair one or at least keep the chairs from falling off. Build a quality terrain park. And with a few other upgrades 49 would be the best mountain in the northwest. ... Full Review
As far as the skiing experience, the professionalism of the resort/staff was excellent. As far as the resort being family friendly,not so. As soon as I walked into the lower area of the resort with my twelve year old grandson I smelt marijuana smoke.
I went upstairs and told a cashier in the deli who said she would let her supervisor know. I went back downstairs to put on my ski attire which took about 15 minutes, during this time no one from management came down to check on my complaint/concern. I went back upstairs to go out to ski and as soon as I walked out of the main door I smelt cigarette smoke and observed a women standing within 3 feet of the door smoking. Not cool. I realize that you cannot police the facilities every moment but please be vigilant about addressing complaints and stopping people from smoking right outside your door.... Full Review
It feels lie the management doesnt like skiing and would not be there if not for the money. The chairlifts are scary old and creaky. The mountian is badly groomed at best and mostly not groomed. The lodge is cold, crowded, wet and there is zero seating due to all the families hanging around while one family member skis. The employees clearly hate being there and are likely paid garbage wages with no benefits. The road up to the place is terrifying hav es real snow vhf tires and bring your ki wn sand as they dont sand the damn road. The prices are very high for the way the place is maintained. The most extreme part of skiing at 49 north is the chairlift ride. The lifts are clearing ready to fall apart. It is a lawsuit waiting to happen. If I were a spokane injury lawyer I would be leaving cards on the tables in that place. Even the rentals are old. I hate to think of the diseases in the ski boots. Eeewww... Full Review
Workers are very disrespectful. Mountain snd lodge are not maintained! ... Full Review
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