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Ski Areas in Washington

-The heart of the American Pacific Northwest, the State of Washington has a total of 17 ski areas ranging in size from tiny “town hills” to gigantic “mega resorts.” This is a diverse region with wet and plentiful snow in the Western Cascades, and dry smooth snow in the Central and Eastern parts of the state.

49 Degrees North (WA)

Resort Classification: (Class 3) Medium

49 Degrees North Ski Area is a ski resort located in Eastern Washington State in the Colville National Forest about ten miles from the town of Chewelah, WA. 

The ski area was founded in 1972, and has had several owners since it’s inception. 

49 Deg North now operates 6 chairlifts and a surface lift spread over more than 2,000 skiable acres covering to adjacent mountain peaks topping out at 5,774 feet.


Famous For:

-Good tree skiing, & known for good fall lines.

-Quiet and laid back resort with decent terrain and good ticket prices.

-Recently upgraded base lodge and snowmaking.


Infamous For:

-Kind of an old school ski area with an identity crisis. While not broadly announced, 49 had grand plans for developing their base area and building slopeside condos as well as several infrastructure upgrades before the pandemic. However a murky set of land deals and the resort changing hands in 2019 have left the future of the resort in question. 


Closest town with lodging:

The closest town with lodging for this ski area is: Chewelah, WA. is about 10 miles to the West via Flowery Trail Rd. A Lodge, Inn, and a couple of motels can be found here.


Closest City with An Airport:

The closest major city with a commercial airport for this ski area is: Spokane International Airport is 65 miles to the South via US-395.


Season Pass Reciprocation:

49 Degrees North has season pass benefits with free days Bluewood, WA. Loup Loup, WA. and White Pass, WA.

49DN is also a member of the Indy Pass, which gives it’s holders 2 free days of resort access. 

Mtn stats



Base Elevation: 3,923ft

Peak Elevation: 5,774ft

Vertical Drop: 1,851ft

Skiable Acreage: 2,325

Annual Snowfall: 301″

Number of Trails: 82


Terrain Stats



Beginner Terrain: 30%

Intermediate Terrain: 40%

Advanced  Terrain: 25%

Expert Terrain: 05%

Av. Opening Date: Mid Nov

Av. Closing Date: Early Apr


Chair Lifts



Low Speed Doubles: 5

Low Speed Triples: 0

Low Speed Quads: 1

High Speed Quads: 1

High Speed 6 Packs: 0

High Speed 8 Packs: 0


Other Lifts


Half Day

Rope Tows: 0

Magic Carpets: 1

T-Bar / Pomas: 0

Gondolas / Trams: 0

Chondolas: 0

Snow Cats: 0




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  • Snow Making
  • Night Skiing
  • Snow Tubing
  • Nordic Trails
  • Backcountry Gates
  • Uphill Traffic Allowed



Lift served Mountain peaks: Chewelah & Angel.

  • Ski Lessons
  • Snowboard Lessons
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Snowboarding Allowed
  • Small Terrain Park
  • Big Terrain Park



Yurt with 10 miles of Nordic Skiing terrain. 

  • Slopeside Lodging
  • Free Parking
  • RV Camping Allowed
  • Wifi Available
  • Cell Service
  • Pass Reciprocation

This chart represents the different difficulties of terrain.

Beginner Runs


Intermediate Runs


Advanced Runs


Expert Runs


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SNow life ratings system.

Below is a series of ratings for this ski resort that is based upon the opinion of skiers and snowboarders directly associated with the Snow Life network of web pages. These ratings are based on personal experience from us actually going there and shredding it up. If an NR appears instead of the rating, it means we haven’t shred there yet, but rest assured, it’s on the list!!! Ratings are from 1-10, with 1 being poor, and 10 being the best.

sl rating:   7.1


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Glades / Tree skiing


Views / Scenery

Check out Cy’s Glades off of the Lost Dutchman trail for some of the best tree skiing in Washington!.

*Insider Tip*

Resort hours and location

Below are the operating hours for the lift system during the Winter Season according to this ski resort.


3311 Flowery Trail Rd, Chewelah, WA. 99109

Weekdays: 9am – 4pm

Weekends: 9am – 4pm

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