Reviews for 49 Degrees North

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Reviews for 49 Degrees North

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I absolutely love skiing at 49. I've gotten a couple-dozen days in here over the past few years and have enjoyed each of them. The recent investments in snowmaking and the base-to-summit high speed quad have really make this place a solid ski destination. Its got a friendly staff, good food, and a chill vibe. I've got young kids and they really enjoy it. The beginner set-up for new skiers and boarders is really good. The Payday lift serves several green runs that all funnel back to the chair. The intermediate and advanced terrain is where this mountain really shines. The blue and black runs that drop off the ridges are a blast to ski, and several treed sections have been gladed out and ski incredibly well. This is my favorite area to ski in the Inland Northwest.
Loads of acreage and great tree skiing
Lack of sustained expert skiing terrain
Brandy Reynecke
I've been riding this mountain of and on since the late 90s. It became my "home mountain" about ten years ago because it's an easy drive from Spokane, the people who work and play here are fantastic, and it isn't crowded even when it's busy. And the Silver/49 combo pass is an awesome deal!! The snow making makes a huge difference during seasons of warm weather and low snow fall. Pretty stoked all around.
Lots of terrain, fun trees, nice groomers, nice gear one the retail shop,awesome staff, good food!
Anything I think of as a detriment is planned to be fixed in the coming few years.
This place has great terrain for everyone. The best tree skiing I’ve ever encountered. Snowmaking has been a game changer and it sounds like there is more to come. This has been a lean year for snow in the NW and you couldn’t tell by looking at the base. The crews have done a great job managing a low snow year. Looking forward to the ever expanding operations in the future.
Trail fall lines are top notch
Need more racing!
A hidden gem of a resort with plenty of space for everyone
Long fall line and immaculate grooming, high speed lift, gourmet food,friendly staff
not enough expert terrain
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!
No lines almost ever
When they say it's groomed and it's not! I can and will ski groomed black diamonds all day but when you get to the top and are selecting lots of groomed runs (because it says they are) and you encounter 10+ inches of powder that can mess you up. It's a co
Sarah Mathiason
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)
Wide variety, something for everyone
Needs a bigger lodge (which is coming)
Beverly Schoen
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.  
good conditions,
Not Family any more
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.
No lift lines, good grooming, lots of tree skiing
Lodge is old 60’s style, but do know plans to expand and improve are in the works.
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.
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.
Close to my home
Poorly managed
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