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Lookout Pass, 49 Degrees North gearing up to open Friday

A skier finds plenty of whiteness as he heads down toward the lodge on Sunday at Lookout Pass Ski Area, the first in the region to open its lifts for the 2017-2018 season. (Lookout Pass Ski Area)
A skier finds plenty of whiteness as he heads down toward the lodge on Sunday at Lookout Pass Ski Area, the first in the region to open its lifts for the 2017-2018 season. (Lookout Pass Ski Area)

UPDATED Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m. with news that Schweitzer plans to open Nov. 18.

WINTERSPORTS -- Lookout Pass Ski Area led the pack of the region’s resorts to start its lifts for the season last weekend providing good snow for the opening.

Lookout Pass plans to reopen Friday through the weekend.

Lifts at 49 Degrees North also are scheduled to run Friday through Sunday to begin the season at the Chewelah-area resort.

Check resort websites for details on what lifts and runs will be open in the early-season conditions. Decisions can be made at the last minute.

Silver Mountain is targeting Nov. 24 for it’s season opener.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort was originally scheduled to open Dec. 1, but a bounty of snow this month prompted resort managers to announce plans for a Nov. 18 opening.

Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park has set Nov. 17 as a tentative date for opening.

Mount Spokane State Park cross-country trails are not yet being groomed, but there’s enough snow for skiing on the trail system.

Sno-Park Passes will be required at trailhead parking areas starting Dec. 1. Until then, either a Sno-Park Pass or Discover Pass will cover the park’s vehicle access requirements.

How lucky are skiers to have Lookout Pass for early skiing and boarding?  Here's some insight from Ski Idaho:

Lookout Pass  is the second northwest ski resort to open this season and the only one open in Idaho, Montana or Washington. It is the seventh U.S. ski resort that has opened to date and one of only 10 resorts currently operating in North America. Plus, at only $45 for a full-day walk-up adult lift ticket, it's also the least expensive.

The resort has 16 inches of snow at the base and 28 inches at the summit and will reopen for the Nov. 10-12 weekend. Last weekend it offered nine groomed trails on the front of the mountain, ran two of its four chair lifts, and opened all of its facilities, including rentals, lessons, food services, and tavern.

Lookout Pass marketing and sales director Matthew Sawyer describes last weekend as awesome, says guests traveled as far as 7 hours to get in the first turns of the season, and claims the resort had the most open terrain in the country.




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