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Last updated: 01/16/21 at 4:56am

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Responsibility Code

Know the code and be safe on the mountain

To have a a fun and successful day on the mountain, it is key to be courteous and use common sense while skiing or riding. 

Be aware that there are inherit risks to snowsports and these risks can be greatly reduced by following the code below. It is your responsibility to know the code!


The Responsibility Code:

  1. Stay in control at all times
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way
  3. Stop only in visible place that is safe for you and others
  4. When starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield to oncoming traffic
  5. Use devices to prevent runaway equipment
  6. Observe all signs and warning, keep out of closed trails
  7. Know how to ride, load and unload lifts safely before use.


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Contact Us

49 Degrees North Contacts

Main Line: (509) 935-6649

Fax: (509) 935-4218


Snow Conditions Hotline - x1
Ticket Office - x608
Season Pass - x2
Daycare - x618
Marketing - x607
Rental Shop - x620
Ski Patrol - x611
Ski & Snowboard School - x610
Discovery Club - x627
Nordic Center - x610


Mailing Address:

49 Degrees North
P.O. Box 166
3311 Flowery Trail Road
Chewelah, WA 99109


For media inquiries, please email

For donation requests, please fill out and submit THIS FORM


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Instructor Recruitment

Interested in the best job ever?

Share your passion of skiing or snowboarding with children and/or adults just getting started in the sport as an instructor at 49° North Mountain Resort. If you have great people skills, love skiing or snowboarding and want to share that passion with others, you’ll be a great instructor. Applicants should be able to ski or snowboard comfortably on green and blue groomed runs – no need to be an expert skier or rider to be a great instructor. If you can commit to being here between 22-30 days this season for training and teaching, then come join our mountain family.


Alison Pasino 
Assistant Director of Ski and Snowboard School


Employee Benefits Include:

- Unlimited Employee Season Pass

- Discounted or FREE dependent passes for spouse/domestic partner and dependents 18 years and younger

- Discounts at our Cafe & Alpine retail shop

- Exchange letters to ski/ride at other resorts free of charge

- Access to Instructor Locker/Storage room


Already have your 49 Degrees North Pass?

Once you've completed on-snow training and have become an official employee, receive a full refund on your pass!


What becoming an Instructor means

On any given operating day, our Ski & Snowboard School has students of all ages and ability levels ready to learn. All instructors will be able to teach in all age categories, from 4 year old private lessons, to adult group lessons.

Learn more about what 49 Degrees North Ski and Snowboard School offers here!

Learn about the world of Instructing here!


Ready to get started?

For First Year/Non-experienced instructors:

- Complete the PSIA-AASI New Instructor Course - See it Here
- Complete 5 days of indoor and on-snow specialized training
- Complete instructor evaluation & lesson observation

Once you have passed all the milestones, you will be eligible to be hired as a Ski or Snowboard instructor at 49 Degrees North!

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Terrain Park

49 Degrees North has two designated terrain parks during the winter season.

The Silver Ridge Park is located underneath the top of Chair 5. This park has several rails, boxes and jumps and is open to the public.

Our main Terrain Park is located under Chair 1 on Tamarack and is visible from the main lodge. This terrain park has many features and is updated regularly by our dedicated park crew. 

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Primetimers Club

Hello Primetimers,

Thank you all for continuing to support the mountain and the Primetimer group. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions and guidelines for the 2020/2021 winter season, we will be unable to hold our regular Primetimer events. 49 Degrees North will not be able to host an indoor appetizer or luncheon event during the winter season.

However, we still want to stay in touch! 49 will still email participants each week and will be issuing each member who paid their 2020-2021 Primetimer Membership fee a $20+tax gift card to use in the Boomtown Bar and Quickturn Café throughout the season. These cards will be available at Will Call in the Ticket Office on December 1st.

For those who are interested, an outside Tuesday Primetimer group ski can be organized. Please stay in touch throughout the season for updates and future plans.

Thanks again and hopefully we see you on the slopes again soon!

Primetimer Club

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Repair Shop

Welcome to the Repair Shop! Located in the same space as our Rental Shop, certified technicians are ready to get your gear ready for the mountain. See pricing and services below, please call the Repair Shop at (509) 935-6649 x620 with questions or specific requests.

Repair Shop Pricing:
Binding Work
- Binding Adjustment - $22
(test & adjustment)
- Binding Mount - $34
(mounting new skis/binding, test & adjustment)
- Binding remount - $42
(redrill, plug holes, mount, test & adjustment)

- Hot Wax - $13
(hand iron, scrape & brush)
- Side Edge & Wax - $22
- Basic Tune - $29
(machine edges & hot wax)
- Performance Tune - $38
(machine grind, hand tune edges, minor base repair & hot wax)
- Mega Tune - $52+
(base repair, basic tune + additional work needed)


Repair Shop

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Tree Well Safety

Deep Snow Safety


A tree well/ snow immersion suffocation accident can happen when a skier or snowboarder falls – usually headfirst – into a tree well or deep loose snow and becomes immobilized and trapped under the snow and suffocates.

In an inverted position you can become trapped under the snow. Breathing becomes difficult as the loose snow packs in around you. Without immediate help from your partner, you may suffocate. Prevention of falling into a tree well or areas of deep snow is all-important because the odds of surviving deep snow immersion are low.

90% of people involved in Tree Well/ SIS hazard research experiments could NOT rescue themselves. If a partner is not there for immediate rescue, the skier or rider may die very quickly from suffocation - in many cases, he or she can die as quickly as someone can drown in water.



A tree well is a void or depression that forms around the base of a tree can and contain a mix of low hanging branches, loose snow and air. Evergreen trees in particular (fir, hemlock, etc) can have large, deep tree wells that form when low hanging branches block snow from filling in and consolidating around the base of the tree. These voids can be hidden from view by the tree’s low hanging branches.

There is no easy way to identify if a particular tree has a dangerous tree well by sight therefore, treat all tree wells as dangerous.

In simple terms, a tree well is a hole or void in the deep snow, which is clearly marked by a tree. You can easily identify and avoid these areas.



Yell or use whistle to get your partners attention.

Do whatever you can to keep your head above the surface of the snow including rolling, grabbing tree branches or the tree trunk. If possible, keep your feet below level of your head.

If you become immersed, make a space around your face and protect your airway – resist the urge to struggle, it could compromise your airspace and entrap you further.

Stay calm to conserve air.

Trust your partner is on their way.

If possible, use your cell phone to call ski patrol or the resort's emergency number.

Deep snow and tree well safety information

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Mountain Safety

Be safe on the mountain!

- Avoid skiing or riding yourself into shape. You will enjoy the sport more if you are physically fit.
- Drink plenty of water; be careful not to become dehydrated. 
- Wear your hats and gloves. Consider mittens if your hands get cold easily.
- Bring sun protection with you; 15 sunscreen and a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes. 
- Know your limits. Stop before you become fatigued. 

Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly at a local ski shop.  You can rent high quality ski or snowboard equipment from the rental shop at 49.  Take lessons. Like any activity, you will improve with practice and guidance.  49 offers an excellent ski school with certified instructors. Winter clothing, sun protection and sun glasses may be purchased from the Alpine Shop inside the lodge.

Boundary Policy
Skiers and snowboarders wishing to go outside of marked area boundaries do so at their own risk. Areas outside of marked boundaries are not patrolled. Unmarked hazards of all types exist. Search and rescue operations may be authorized and conducted by Stevens County Sheriff's Department. You or your heirs will be financially responsible for this service.

Any person skiing or riding outside the confines of trails or runs open for skiing and snowboarding within the ski area boundary shall be responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from his or her actions.

Drone Policy
Drones or model aircraft use by guests, commercial operators or the media is prohibited without prior written approval of 49° North Mountain Resort.

Trail Map Markings
Skiers and riders should be advised A green circle, blue square or Black Diamond trail at one ski area is not necessarily the same as a similarly rated trail at another ski area. Skiers and riders should work their way up, beginning with the easiest trails, no matter what their ability level may be, until they are familiar with the trails at that ski area.

Weather Hazards
FROSTBITE is the most common injury involved in Snowsports. Frostnip is a precursor to frostbite. Watch for these warning signs - mild tingling or pain followed by numbness, gray or yellowish patches of sking (especially nose, ear, face, fingers and toes.)

Have someone else check your face and ears if you are unable to. If frostnip symptoms are detected. Please come see one of our patrollers right away!

Factors that heighten the risk of Frostnip or Frostbite
• Hypothermia
• Alcohol
• Smoking
• Immobility, injury or illness
• Fatigue or Apathy
• Previous Frostbite Injury
• Wet Skin
• Tight Boots, Gloves, or Clothing

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Park Smart

Terrain Park Safety

Smart Style is about all safety and having the knowledge to enjoy your freedom and the freestyle terrain. Park Smart reinforces five important points for the use of freestyle terrain.

Don’t get in the backseat
Control your speed
Land on your feet

Park Smart

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Snowmobile Guidelines

Please Note: Snowmobiles are not permitted within Ski Boundaries while 49 Degrees North is operating

Snowmobiles Rules of Use:
*No snowmobiles while 49 Degrees North is operating for the season

  1. No snowmobiles allowed until after closing day of the season
  2. Allowed during daylight hours on weekends only
  3. Limit weekday snowmobile use to the hours between 4:00pm and dusk, after maintenance crews on the mountain are done for the day
  4. Only unload/load snowmobiles at the west end of the main parking area, access to the ski runs using the road between Lifts 2 and 3
  5. Limited parking only at end of Nelson Creek Road. No trailers allowed, no loading/unloading snowmobiles. Do not block any roads
  6. Pack out garbage
  7. Slow down for Skiers
  8. Do not ride on areas clear of snow, plowed roads, dirt/grass or bare patches or parking lots (except at the west end of the main parking lot at load/unload area)
  9. All snowmobile usage is Ride at your Own Risk

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Ski Rental Packages

2020-2021 Ski Rental Pricing


Rental Packages (Skis, Boots & Poles)
Age         Full Day   Half Day
18+            $40           $34
7-17           $37           $32
6 & under   $20           $18

Ski Boots Only
Age         Full Day   Half Day
18+            $34           $28
7-17           $31           $25
6 & under   $16           $12

Skis Only
Age         Full Day   Half Day
18+            $35           $29
7-17           $32           $27
6 & under   $16           $12

Performance Rental Package
                            Full Day   Half Day
Rental Package     $48           $42
Skis Only               $42           $37

High Performance Demo Skis (Rossignol & Sneva Demos)
                           Full Day   Half Day
Rental Package     $58           $50
Skis Only               $49           $42

Rental Insurance - $4
Poles Only - $12
Helmet Only - $15
Goggles - $10

Ski Rental Packages

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Snowboard Rental Packages

2020/2021 Snowboard Rental Pricing

Rental Package
Age         Full Day   Half Day
18+            $40           $34
7-17           $37           $32
6 & under   $20           $18

Snowboard Boots Only
Age         Full Day   Half Day
18+            $27           $22
7-17           $22           $18
6 & under   $14           $9

Snowboard Only
Age         Full Day   Half Day
18+            $30           $24
7-17           $24           $20
6 & under   $16           $12

Performance Snowboard Rental Package
                            Full Day   Half Day
Rental Package     $48           $42
Snowboard Only               $42           $37

High Performance Snowboard Rental Package
                            Full Day   Half Day
Rental Package     $58           $50
Skis Only               $49           $42

Rental Insurance - $4
Helmet Only - $15
Goggles - $10

Snowboard Rental Packages

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49 Ski Patrol Recruitment

Interested in joining the National Ski Patrol at 49 Degrees North? 49 Degrees North Ski Patrol is currently recruiting!


What to do this winter: 

- Contact 49 Degrees North Ski Patrol
Gary Deaver -
Pat Estes -
John Huffstutter - ‎

- Fill out an Application

- Participate in On-Snow Screening & Job Shadowing


Outdoor Emergency Care Class (OEC) - Sep. 10th, 2020 - Nov. 2020

*Participants must be 15 years old to qualify

Become a Ski Patroller

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Season Pass Information

Season Pass FAQ's

49 Degrees North Deferment Policy          Purchase Your Season Pass Here

Receiving your 2020-2021 Season Pass - updated 11/25/20

We will not have a Season Pass “booth” this year for picking up or printing passes. If you have not received your pass via mail yet, we are missing something from you. It could be a release waiver, a photo, or proof of your College / Military / 1st Responder status. You will need to send us this information in order to finalize your pass. The day after we receive your required item(s), your pass will be available for pick up, from Will Call, located in the Ticket Office.

If you have not received your pass in the mail and you want to visit the mountain this weekend, we can take care of you! Just swing by our Ticket Office and we will get you a temporary day ticket. If you are unable to get us the required items, please give us a call and we will schedule you an appointment to pick up your pass.

*Please note, season pass holders will not need to reserve or schedule days to use their pass on the mountain*

If you do not have a pass photo on file from a previous year, you can email your picture to Please note, pictures must be clear head shots, above the shoulders, with no accessories (hats, glasses, etc). Photo size needs to be 160 wide and 120 high. If you purchased a College or Military Pass, please send documentation to College pass holders must prove that they are taking at least 6 credits. Acceptable College documentation would be a course schedule screen shot or something official from your Registration Office, with your name, school name, and dates of courses. Acceptable Military documentation would be a copy of your orders, a copy of your pay stub, or a document showing you are a Disabled Veteran.
**Passes must be paid in full before they can be issued.

Pass Ages and Categories
Age categories for all passes are decided on pass recipients age as of December 31st, 2020. Age 0-6 are 6 & Under. Ages 7-17 are Youth. Ages 18-23 are Young Adult. Ages 24-61 are Adult. Ages 62-69 are Senior. Ages 70-79 are Super Senior. In order to qualify for the College pass, you must show proof that you are attending college, with a minimum of 6 credits. In order to qualify for the Military pass, you must show Active, Ready Reserve, or Inactive Ready Reserve Military ID.

Half Payment Opt-In
You may opt-in to the half payment option when purchasing your 2020-2021 Season Pass in person or online. Please note, passes cannot be printed/picked up unless they are paid in full. To opt in online, please check the box on the lower right hand corner will completing your purchase.

Combo Passes with Silver Mountain Resort
We have partnered with Silver Mountain to offer 2020-2021 Combo Passes! The Combo Pass this season will be two passes, one for each mountain. Remember to bring the correct corresponding pass to each mountain you visit.

 Please note, due to Silver Mountain Policy, 6 & Under combo passes are only valid when purchased along with an adult Silver Mountain Pass or adult combo pass. Please see Silver Mountain's website for more information.

Primetimer Club at 49 Degrees North
The Primetimer membership is no longer included in the Senior (Primetimer's) Season Pass. A Season Pass is not required to purchase a Primetimer membership. You may purchase your membership online here, in person or over the phone at (509) 935-6649. See more information about the Primetimer Club here.


Season Pass Frequently Asked Questions

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Winter Employment Information:

Now Accepting Applications - Apply Online Here

Operation Updates:

We are currently working on updates to our procedures around the resort, and some things may look a little different than they have in past. We are working with state & regional agencies to make sure we will be following all applicable guidelines. Our priority remains the health and well-being of our employees, guests and community, and we are prepared to adjust where needed to provide not only a safe environment, but the best possible experience for our guests and staff.

Here's what we currently know:

- We will likely be adjusting indoor spaces to reduce the number of people able to gather in a space, and this will mean more time outdoors for our guests.

- We are implementing enhanced cleaning procedures

- To keep our resort and school healthy and open, we will ask that our staff commit to taking measures such as wearing a face mask, frequent hand washing and keeping socially distant when possible.

We are continuing to monitor best practices within all aspects of the ski industry in order to keep everyone safe while providing a great mountain experience. Things will continue to evolve over the coming months so please stay in touch with your supervisors.


Why work at 49 Degrees North?

Enjoy a wonderful and friendly atmosphere with scenic views, excellent snow, and much more! Winter seasonal work at 49 Degrees North is unique experience, perfect for those seeking full time work or just some time on the weekends. All employees are eligible for a discounted season pass, as well as other discounts around the mountain. 

Winter seasonal employees can also take part in the Ski Exchange Programs, which allows you to ski or ride at participating resorts at a fraction of the cost. Keep in mind, the mountain environment can range from blizzards to warm sunshine, so reliable transportation and the correct gear for the job is very important.

Job Listings

Employment at 49 Degrees North

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Gear up for Winter with Snowledge - Contest

It's time to celebrate the return of winter and gear up for the 20/21 season. We can all agree we've earned our turns for this year, and though this season may look a little different, we're still pumped to get out on the snow doing what we love!

To make sure you have the best days possible on the mountain, we've teamed up with Snowledge to bring you the Gearing up for Winter contest! Just download the app and favorite 49 Degrees North to enter to win gear and a 2020/2021 season pass!

Download the app and "Favorite" 49 Degrees North to enter! Find it in the App Store or Google Play to download


Snowledge is Powder!

The only complete, resort-connected GPS tracking app for skiers and snowboarders

Snowledge works across every resort and in the backcountry and is the only app you need on the mountain. Designed by and for skiers and riders who want to get the most out of thier ski day. See accurate, location-based resort info, find friends and get snow report information in moments. Enjoy easier trip planning, tracking and sharing, right at your fingertips!

Things you can do with Snowledge:
- View current snow conditions, operations updates, offers, and current contests at 49 Degrees North.
- Stay connected with friends, family, and the 49 Degrees North community, and see what skiers and riders around the world are up to.
- Find your friends on the mountain and track your day with stats, recorded weather, and maps showing runs skied.
- Customize your profile, bio, and gallery, and view detailed activity summaries of your   days skied.
- Get lift status updates, conditions, and parking information, as well as offers and  contests from 49 Degrees North. 




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Season Pass Deferment & Transfer

A 49 Degrees North Season Pass offers unlimited access to winter activities at a great price. However, there is some risk involved as there is no guarantee that winter will be what we expect. 49 Degrees North makes no guarantees in respect to the length of winter season operations. 49 Degrees North, at its sole discretion, will determine the length of the season, operating days and number of lifts operating any day and time. These decisions will be based on snow conditions, weather, maintenance and other variables.

Transferring your pass to someone else: If you are unable to use your pass, you MAY be eligible to transfer your pass to another person. Transfers will be considered only if you have a medical emergency or relocation for employment. Transfer requests must be received by December 1st of the season your pass is valid. If the pass has already been issued/printed, the transfer option is not available. Please fill out this FORM with your transfer request, and include documentation from your primary care physician or employer. For more information, please call (509) 935-6649.

20-21 Season Pass Deferment

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2020-2021 Covid Operations

Update: 12/20/20

Hello 49 family and friends,

We continue our quest to provide healthy outdoor recreation opportunities for you and your family to enjoy throughout the winter, but we need your help! Please plan ahead and check the website for updated operations. Plan on gearing up and eating at your cars, as well as staying with your family or household unit while on lifts or out on the slopes. We will do our best to keep you informed with respect to current guidelines and policies, and ask for the help of all of our guests in following those guidelines. We have no doubt that we can make this season a great one if we all work together. Thank you for your help in making this season possible. Please continue to check back and sign up for the Snow Report and Newsletter for updates throughout the season.


Lift Tickets & Reservations:

Lift tickets will be available to purchase online soon for those looking to pre-plan. Once our tickets sales are live, we are highly recommending that ALL day ticket guests purchase their tickets and book their visit dates through our online ticketing system. Capacity limitations within the Washington State COVID-19 guidelines will mean that only so many tickets are available each day. Purchasing tickets in advance for specific visit dates will be the only way to guarantee availability for those buying day tickets. This will be especially true for Weekends and Holiday periods. Please note, season pass holders will not need to schedule or reserve days to access the mountain at this time. *Reservation recommendations may change through the season, please stay tuned here, on social media and email communications.

Face Masks/Coverings:

Face coverings/masks will be required while in any indoor space and around our base areas. Masks will also be required in any outdoor area where social distancing is not possible. This will include areas such as ticket window and chairlift lines, unloading zones, and while riding lifts with others. This will be enforced, so please come prepared and help us stay open. Signs will be posted in these designated areas to remind guests and employees.

Updated Food & Beverage 11/16:

Seated dining will not be available in any of our indoor venues (Boomtown Bar, Quickturn Café, Cy’s Café) until January 11th, per state restrictions. At this time we are planning to have grab and go food service available, including hot food options for quick pick up and easy transport. We are currently working to increase outdoor seating space to provide additional places for our guests to take a break and get off their feet for a few minutes.

Guest Contact Points:

All guest contact points including the Snowsports School desks, Ticket Office stations, Rental Shop desks, Alpine Shop, Espresso and Cafe have been fitted with clear plexiglass barriers to protect guests and staff. Posted signs and corrals will also help guest manage distancing while in line.

Sanitization stations will be available around the lodge and at high frequency touch points for guests and staff. We will continue with a robust cleaning schedule throughout the lodge as well.

Update 11/17:

Guests will be expected to leave our facilities immediately after they are done skiing or riding to avoid over crowding and congestion. Evening gatherings in the parking lot will unfortunately need to wait until next season.

Lift Lines:

Guests will be asked to self-group and self-regulate their parties while in line and on the chairlifts. All lines will be set up to allow the recommended 6 feet of social distancing and we ask your help in making these effective.

Season Passes Pickup - click here for more details

Snowsports School

This year has offered unique challenges but we are excited to provide a variety of lesson offerings to allow individuals or families to get out and enjoy winter in the mountains. Reservations will be available for all lesson offerings this season. At this time we expect that we will need to require reservations during high visitation periods (weekends and holiday periods). Please plan ahead and make a reservation to guarantee availability. Learn more about all of our programs and schedules here.

Rental Shop

As with our other indoor spaces, capacity will be limited in the Rental Shop. We are finalizing a system that will allow guests to book rental packages in advance and have their equipment ready for pick up when they arrive. This will speed up the rental process on site, allowing guests to get to the lifts even faster. The only storage available inside the Rental Shop will be for footwear, for those renting equipment. All other personal belongings will need to be stored in vehicles.

Please stay in touch via, social media and our daily snow report emails.

2020-2021 Covid operations update

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49 Menu

Breakfast Sandwich - $7.99
Breakfast Burrito - $7.99
(ask for vegetarian version)

Hamburger - $9.99
Cheeseburger - $10.49
Bacon Burger - $11.49
+ sub vegetable patty - $2.99

Hotdog - $5.99
Bratwurst - $7.49

Chicken Strips - $9.99
Fries - $4.49
Tots - $4.49
Fried Cheese Curds - $7.99

Chowder - Bowl $8.49/Cup $6.49
Chili - Bowl $8.49/Cup $6.49
Soup of the Day - Bowl $8.49/Cup $6.49

Grab & Go
Cookie - $2.29
Muffin - $3.49
Candy - $2.49
Chips - $2.00
Trail Mix - $2.99
Granola Bar - $2.99
Poptarts - $2.29
Coffee/Tea - $2.00
Cocoa/Cider - $2.59
Small Fountain Drink - $2.99
Large Fountain Drink - $3.29
Large Bottled Water - $2.99
Regular Bottled Water - $2.69
Bottled Drink - $2.99
Sports Drink - $3.29
Rockstar - $3.99
Rockstar x2 - $5.00

Boomtown Bar Drinks
Craft Pint - $7.00
Domestic Pint - $5.00
Space Dust Can - $6.00
Coors Can - $4.00
Well Shot - $7.00
Mid Shot - $8.00
Top Shot - $9.00
Bloody Mary - $10.00
Coffee Nudge - $10.00
Hot Toddy - $9.00
Hot Butter Rum - $10.00
Tequila Sunrise - $9.00
Margarita - $9.00

49 Menu

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Chair 1 Update & Information

Update 12/11/20

Chair 1 will operate this weekend, Dec. 11th-13th. A redundant system of chair retention designed by professional tramway engineers has been retrofitted on Chair 1 this week and we have been authorized by the Washington State Department of Parks and Recreation Commission Tramway Inspection Program in conjunction with the US Forest Service to operate the chair.

We've also made the decision to not operate Chair 4 until we have completed the same upgrades to the retaining system on that lift. Despite having experienced no issues on that lift, we felt it was right thing to do. We plan to start the retrofit this week and have it ready for operation for the Holiday Period (Dec. 18th - Jan. 5th.)

With regards to the remaining lifts, Chairs 2, 3, 5 and 6 are not Riblet Chairlifts and do not use the same attachment mechanism. These chairs have external grips which already incorporate a redundant system, and would not benefit from a retrofit. They have also been inspected by industry professionals. 

We’ll post another update when the work on Chair 4 has been completed, please see our Ops Calendar for updated lift schedules.

For further inquiries, please contact


Updated 12/8/20
Chair 1 Detachment Information & Safety at 49 Degrees North

In light of the Chair 1 incident on Saturday, December 5th, we would like to address the main concerns of our guests and the general public. We will share what is currently known about what happened, how we are addressing the issue and what it means moving forward this ski season. Please know that the safety of our guests and staff continue to be our top priority. We have spoken in depth with industry and regulatory experts about the cause and solution and will be taking extensive steps to improve the safety of the lift.

At approximately 11 a.m. on December 5th, one chair detached from the line on Chair 1. Two people were on the chair when it fell and were promptly attended to by our Ski Patrol. They were shaken up but reported only minor injuries and left the mountain under their own power. After assessing the situation, the rest of the guests on Chair 1 were safely unloaded and the chair was closed.

Our Lift Operations and Lift Maintenance teams immediately began the investigation process, closely inspecting the chair/carrier involved in the incident along with all the chairs on the lift. They were able to determine that this chair detached from the line because a key piece of the attachment mechanism, the cotter pin, had failed or was missing from its clip. The chairs on this lift are held in place via a cotter pin placed inside the clip shaft, then bent at an angle to keep the pin in place. We have been unable to find the pin for this chair to verify if the pin had broken or had somehow come out of place. During our summer maintenance, all cotter pins on Chair 1 were replaced with brand new ones, checked and inspected, all fewer than 50 operating hours prior to the incident. Following Saturday’s incident, and after thorough inspection of every single chair and their individual components, we found no signs of any other missing or damaged parts.

Chair 1, along with the rest of our chairlifts, are subjected to rigorous testing and inspection. This chairlift was inspected this fall by a Washington State tramway inspector with decades of experience. Chair 1 was also load tested this fall, which is a stress test that is required by code every seven years. The chairlift passed all inspections and was issued a certificate of operation by the State of Washington this fall. Additionally, these tests were observed by engineers from the USFS. Every chairlift at the resort is extensively maintained over the spring, summer, and fall. All components are visually inspected, and many components are subjected to advanced non-destructive testing. 100% of the grips and carriers on Chair 1 were subject to non-destructive testing using industry standard methods such as wet mag particle testing, dye penetrant testing, and visual inspection. 

Unfortunately, we cannot definitively explain what happened to the cotter pin on this chair. In reflecting on this fact, and despite the existing system’s certification for current operation, we have decided to not open the lift to the public until we have completed the installation of an upgraded retaining system that has a superior and redundant secondary fastening system. This will circumvent any issue with cotter pins in the future. The new system uses a spring pin which is much more durable, and is superior to the cotter pin system in that it is self-retaining. As a redundant safety measure, the spring pin is also retained by a cotter pin that will keep it in place in the unlikely event that the spring pin were to fail. This system is retaining new flanged collars which are stronger than the previous components and easy to visually inspect. The decision to replace all retention systems on Chair 1 was made alongside state and federal regulating authorities as well as tramway engineers.

The safety of our guests is our primary concern, and we will not re-open the lift without completely and thoroughly addressing the issue that caused this incident. This week, we will have retrofitted (as described above) this chairlift and eliminated the components that have caused the problem.

This incident has brought questions and concerns about safety here at 49 Degrees North as well as chairlifts in general. Our maintenance staff works tirelessly to inspect and maintain all of our chairlifts. We adhere to the same high standards of safety and maintenance as all other resorts in the industry, and we want our guests to have confidence in our operation. We prepare and maintain our lifts in a way to not just to meet regulations, but as if our own friends and family members were riding them, because they are. Our guests are just as much a part of our family, and the safety and well-being of every person on this mountain is of the utmost importance to us. Be assured that we will continue to be vigilant in our safety measures moving forward and will continue to inspect and maintain all chairlifts on the mountain to high standards.

We will provide an updated status of the Chair 1 on Thursday, December 10th. Please reach out via email to for further inquiries.





Updated 12/5/20

Chair 1 will be closed until further notice due to a mechanical issue, details below

On Saturday, December 5th, at approximately 11am, one chair detached from the line on Chair 1. Two people were on the chair when it detached. They were immediately attended to by our ski patrol and escorted to our patrol room. Both guests were thankfully okay with only minor injuries. The lift was stopped for about twenty minutes to assess the situation, the chair then ran and the rest of the guests were safely unloaded.

We are investigating this mechanical issue and Chair 1 will be closed until further notice. We will be working with industry experts and regulatory agencies to identify and rectify the issue.


Please see the Ops Calendar for updated lift operations. For questions, please email

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Snow Reporting at 49

Curious about the snow report? Here's how we do it at 49 Degrees North!

5am update: Between 4am-5am, our snow report and lead groomer chat about conditions on the mountain. The groomer reports current weather, new snow and the grooming report, which is then added to the website. The Snow Report email is then sent with all the updates and the grooming report is updated with current groomed, opened and closed runs. Our Snow Conditions Hotline, Snow Radio Report and printed reports around the lodge are also based on this update.

2pm update: Between 1pm-2pm, the website is updated again with current weather, new snow and information about the next day's plan. This will include what chairs will be operating, links to purchase lift tickets and upcoming events. This update is the best place to see what you can expect on the next operating day.

Depending on the weather and changes during the day, the Snow Report page may be updated multiple times throughout the day. The time stamp at the top of each page will let you know the last time it was updated, be sure to refresh your page regularly if you keep it open. At the bottom of the page, you will see notes, events and deals. These boxes have details about mountain news, operating information and links to purchase tickets.

What do the 12hr, 24hr, 48hr and 72hr times mean?

Our snow reporting timeline is based on the 12 hour time periods of 4am-4pm and 4pm-4am. Any new snow accumulated during the day or night are added to our Snow Tracker, which calculates the 24, 48 and 72 hour totals based on the new snow added within those 12 hour periods. This means that our snow report will reflect accurate totals within those time frames, instead of a running storm total. Snowfall from 7 days ago is not reflected in the new snowfall, but is kept track of in the current snow depth and snowfall year to date. 

Tracking snow this way helps give you the most accurate snapshot of conditions on the mountain at any given time. For example, if we have received 2 inches of new snow in the last 12 hours but 8 in the last 72, you can expect a light layer of powder on groomed runs and lots of powder on the shoulders and in the trees. 

The snow reporting team is dedicated to providing accurate and timely snow information. Make sure you sign up for Snow Report emails to get information on operating days, and refresh the website regularly to see the most up to date info!


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