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49 Degrees North Ski Area

At: Washington, United States
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About: The 49 Degrees North Ski Area is a ski resort located in Washington, United States, in the Selkirk Mountains. The base elevation is 3923 feet with the peak at 5774 feet. The mountain is served by five chairlifts in an area of 2350 acres. Access & Operations Hours Flowery Trail Road was recently widened, paved, and extended. The road is well-maintained during the winter season with a fleet of sanders and plows. The mountain is open seven days a week from mid-December to mid-February, and Thursday to Monday otherwise. Chairlift operations are 9 AM to 4 PM, daily. The Mountain 49 Degrees North has five lifts:
  • Chair One is a "base-to-summit" fixed-grip double chairlift.
  • Chair Two is a fixed-grip double that accesses the terrain park.
  • Chair Three is a fixed-grip double that serves beginner learning trails.
  • Chair Four is a fixed-grip double that serves the West Basin.
  • Chair Five, the Sunrise Quad, is a fixed-grip quad that services the Sunrise Basin expansion and installed in 2006.
49 Degrees North uses the NSAA standard for trail difficulty markings, in which a green circle indicates a novice trail and a blue square indicates an intermediate trail. A black diamond indicates an advanced trail, and a double black diamond indicates a trail for experts only. As at all ski resorts, the system is a relative one, meaning that an advanced trail at one resort may be an intermediate one at another. Future In 2006, the resort installed a used fixed-grip quad in the East Basin, an area eyed for expansion since the resort opened. As part of the expansion, the basin was renamed "Sunrise Basin" and twelve new runs were cut. Trail design is now underway for the next major lift expansion, Angel Peak. Angel Peak is the tallest mountain in the Chewelah Peak group and runs will be cut during the summer of 2009. Lift installation, to service these runs, is scheduled for the summer of 2011. The Sunrise Village is a proposed full-service mountain village located on 320 acres of private land in the Sunrise Basin. The master plan calls for up to 2,700 ski-in/ski-out condominium units, but Phase One only includes 360 units and condominiums in the Founders Lodge at the base of the Sunrise Quad. In addition to the homes, plans call for a concert amphitheater, a fitness center, and numerous mountain biking trails. The Master Plan also calls for two additional chairlifts to service the village. Construction was scheduled to begin in the spring of 2008, but has been delayed until 2010 in order to allow more time for infrastructure and other planning requirements and the current economic crisis.

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