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UPDATED 11-20-13 at 2:30 p.m. with info on Silver Mountain.
WINTER SPORTS — Lookout Pass Ski Area plans to open for the winter season on Thursday, Nov. 21, and Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park have just announced they will open on Saturday, Nov. 23.
This will be the first time the Mount Spokane resort has opened before Thanksgiving in many years, operators say.
These resorts will join 49 Degrees North, which opened for one day on Sunday and will reopen on Friday.
Silver Mountain Resort is scheduled to open Nov. 29.
Resorts that are opening are on limited schedules with limited runs until more snow comes and allows full operations.
Read on for details from each resort:
WINTER SPORTS — 49° North Ski Area is covered in snow!
Friday's storm dumped enough snow to allow the resort to open Sunday Nov. 17, with Chairs 1 and 3 operating from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
We plan on opening up to 14 runs throughout the day, conditions permitting. We plan on grooming up to 7 runs. Silver Ridge and the Central Basin area will be open, as well as Mahre’s Gold and Silver Dollar. The upper 2/3 of the mountain is covered in heavy powder over a layer of dense older snow, while the lower 1/3 of the mountain has thinner snow coverage. We will be offering a special early season ticket price of $20. Limited services will be available. Early season conditions exist, please ski and ride with care.
WINTER SPORTS — Lookout Pass and 49 Degrees North ski areas have put skiers and boarders on alert that snow is piling up on their slopes and, depending on what the incoming storm deposits overnight, they may start their lifts this weekend for the first runs of the season.
From 49 Degrees North minutes ago:
It’s snowing very hard at 49° North Mountain Resort, 1-hour north of Spokane; it started snowing lightly at about 10:30 AM and has continued to pick up in intensity through the day. Prior to this storm we received 16” of new snow on the summit of Chewelah Peak and 9” at the base area. This has consolidated into a very dense base of snow on the upper ½ of the mountain. The National Weather Service is projecting that the winter storm currently impacting us will produce significant heavy snow accumulations at our elevation by tomorrow morning. If this storm produces snow accumulations as projected we plan on opening the resort for skiing and snowboarding on Sunday November 18th for limited operation. Please check our website at www.ski49n.com dates and further information.
WINTER SPORTS – Snow’s falling in the high country, a sure sign that used gear will be coming out of closets for great deals at annual ski- and winter-gear swaps.
The following fundraisers help raise money for area ski patrols and racing groups:
49 Degrees North Ski Patrol Ski Swap, Northeast Washington Fairgrounds in Colville, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. Register items for sale 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Saturday.
Mount Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap (49th annual event) at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Spokane Valley, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 9 a.m.-noon on Oct. 27. Register items for sale from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. on Oct. 25.
Lookout Pass and Silver Mountain ski patrols’ Winter Swap, Kootenai County Fairgrounds on Government Way in Coeur d’Alene, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Nov. 2. Register items 3 p.m.-8 p.m. on Nov. 1.
Fitness Fanatics Nordic Ski Sale and Swap specializing in cross-country gear at store, 12425 E. Trent Ave. starting at 9 a.m. on Nov. 2. Register items to sell before 5 p.m. on Nov. 1.
Schweitzer Alpine Racing School Ski Swap at Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Nov. 9. Bring items to sell noon-7 p.m. Nov. 8.
WINTER SPORTS — Thar's white gold in them thar hills, and plenty of snowpack for getting in a few more runs on skis and snowboards before spring creeps up into the the mountains.
Inland Northwest ski resorts are taking different approaches ending or extending their ski seasons this week.
Meantime, Craig Hill of the Tacoma News Tribune offers a West Side perspective on 10 top reasons you don't want to put your skis away too early in April … and, yes, bikini's are on the list. Click “continue reading.”
WINTER SPORTS — Good spring skiing is in the forecast for skiers and snowboarders as Inland Northwest resorts post various schedules, events and season extensions.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort announced today the extension of the ski season through April 14, noting the snowpack remains excellent. The annual Tropical Daze celebration is this weekend (April 6-7).
49 Degrees North has announced free lift tickets for skiers and snowboarders for the rest of the week before the resort shuts down for the season after Sunday (April 7).
Silver Mountain will be open Thursday-Sunday this week, with the end of the regular season festival and Splashdown Rail Jam this weekend. Thereafter, lifts will reopen for “Silver Saturdays” through April.
Lookout Pass is open Thursday through Sunday this week. The annual Slush Cup is set for Saturday (April 6). Next week the plan is to be open only on April 13 for the last day of the season.
Mt. Spokane is open for spring break, closing for the season on Sunday (April 7).
Stevens Pass is open this week through Sunday, then reopening April 8-14 to close the season.
WINTER SPORTS — 49 Degrees North has announced free lift tickets for skiers and snowboarders for the rest of the week.
The resort plans to shut down for the season after Sunday, the final day of free skiing, sponsored by Toyota dealers.
WINTER SPORTS — It's time for skiers and snowshoers to hitch a ride behind their dogs and sign up for the sixth annual Paws & Poles Race. The event that benefits SpokAnimal CARE is set for March 3 at 49 Degrees North.
Enter a 5-kilometer cross-country skijoring race or leash up to your dog for a 3K snowshoe race. Both races will begin at 11 a.m. at the resort's Nordic Center.
Registration opens at 9 a.m. Entry fee: $20.
Pre-register at Mountain Gear in Spokane. Info: 325-9000.
WINTER SPORTS — Today's snow storm is doing its magic at area ski resorts.
“Powder Wednesday was epic at Lookout Pass today,” reports Bill Jennings from Lookout Pass Ski Area. “Early this morning we had 22 inches at the base and at least 30 inches at the summit. It’s been snowing all day.
“According to the National Weather Service, we are expecting another 2 feet of snow through Friday!
Mount Spokane reported 5 inches of new powder fell between the 9 a.m. opening and 1:40 p.m. — and it was still snowing.
49 Degrees North reported the storm has dumped about 6 inches today.
Silver Mountain says it's received 8 inches in the last 24 hours.
All the resorts should be getting much more.
WINTER SPORTS – Cross-country skiers can test their performance over the course of the season and take a stab at winning cool prizes by entering the four-race Selkirk Nordic Series at Inland Northwest venues.
The series schedule includes:
Feb. 18: Group Health Pursuit, a 10K classic race at Mount Spokane. Info: (509) 922-6080.
Although not part of the Selkirk series, the Group Health Pursuit continues on Feb. 19 with a skate race. The Group Health event is of particular interest since it’s also a qualifier for teen competitors trying to reach the Junior Nationals. Expect to see a lot of good skiers both days.
The events are in the downhill ski area as well as on the nordic ski trail system.
From the endurance test of the hill climb and ski down, telemark lessons and gear demos to the night-time nordic ski tours and snowshoe walks and even a paintball biathlon race, this is one ambitious ageda, sponsored by the resort and Mountain Gear.
Note FREE nordic trail ski passes on Saturday and $5 passes on Sunday.
Read on for the entire list of events:
WINTER SPORTS — Free-heel skiers and snowshoers have plenty of events to sample in the next two weeks. Among them:
Snowshoeing activites organized by Spokane Parks and Recreation include:
Idaho Ski-Snowshoe Free Day, Jan. 7, at 18 Park N’Ski area across the state. Skiing and snowshoeing lessons at Farragut and Priest Lake state parks.
Winterfest at 49 Degrees North, Jan. 7-8.
Features more than a dozen activities, seminars and events. EPIC Hill Climb kicks it off on Jan. 7 followed by telemark and cross-country gear demos, free lessons, gate racing,avalanche seminars and evening nordic ski and snowshoe tours.
Jan. 8 includes a nordic ski race and paintball biathlon, plus tours.
Ferry County Rail Trail Ski Day, Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. based at trailhead north of Curlew.
Groomed trails as conditions allow, free ski lessons, gear and refreshments.
This is a screaming deal: Free demos, free mini lessons and free trail passes.
Plus, tons of fun from ski races to paintball biathlon.
Enjoy the moonlight ski and snowshoe tours, and then say overnight on the mountain — bring a sleeping bag and stay for just $15 at the Learning Center.
“It’s fun and cheap,” said 49 Degrees Nordic guru Doug Elledge, in a classic bit of understatement.
WINTER SPORTS — Silver Mountain opend its lifts Monday while 49 Degrees North had customers floating on two feet of prime powder for it's opener on Saturday.
Lookout Pass will reopen on Thanksgiving and Mt. Spokane opens Friday, conditions permitting.
FREEBIE FOR 5th GRADERS
Don't waste this great early season by you have a fifth grader in the family, take advantage of the 5th grade ski FREE passport that gives these prime learning-age kids free lift tickets at more than 20 Inland Northwest resorts.
The passport also includes special deals on equipment rentals, lessons and other activities. Some ski areas even offer specials for parents or siblings.
WINTER SPORTS — Technology has made it easier than ever to monitor snow conditions at the region's mountain passes and winter sports resorts.
Click on the following links for web cam views of your favorite Inland Northwest ski area or the road to get there.
WINTER SPORTS — Technology has made it easier than ever to monitor snow conditions for the region's mountain passes and winter sports resorts.
Click on the following links for web cam views of your favorite Washington ski area or the road to get there.
WASHINGTON Web Cams
WINTER SPORTS — Officials from 49 Degrees North ski area have just announced that a big dump of snow in the past 48 hours will allow them to open chairlifts and start their season on Saturday.
Schweitzer will open Saturday; Lookout Pass opened today.
Here's the word received from 49 Degrees North, slightly revised from what the resort sent earlier today:
OPENING DAY IS SATURDAY! 16 inches of new snow in the past 48 hours with more on the way today.
The mountain will be open Saturday through Tuesday from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Chairs 1,2,3,5 will be running with access to hundreds of snow covered acres.
Lift tickets will be $40 for everyone 7 years and older on SATURDAY.
We will close Wednesday and reopen again Thursday for Thanksgiving Weekend. Due to early season conditions, we advise skiers and riders to stay on the groomed terrain.
WINTER SPORTS — Schweitzer Mountain Resort announced today that it will open for the season on Saturday, the earliest opening for the resort since 1984.
About 20 inches of snow was reported at the resort this morning. That combined with the work of a snowmaking system will allow two chair lifts to open.
Reduced prices will be in effect this weekend and mountain parking will be free.
Schweitzer joins Lookout Pass ski area, which announced that it will open Friday.
Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park has announced on its website that it will open on Dec. 3.
MOUNTAIN BIKING — Eager riders are using this summer to tone up for the Tour de Rock Mountain Bike Ride & second annual Rough Ride 4000' at Chewelah and 49 Degrees North Ski Area.
The Oct. 1 event — which benefits the Ski Patrol — includes two events:
The “Rough Ride” starts at 10 a.m. in Chewelah and runs 10.2 miles on pavement up to the ski area. From there, riders ride the ski area trails to the summit, gaining a total of 4,000 feet of elevation on a variety of surfaces.
The citizen's mountan bike tour starts 11 a.m. at the ski resort and climbs up through the Sunrise Basin, traverses across the face of the mountain and concludes with an enjoyable downhill run back to the lodge.
Both rides conclude with a barbecue and live music.
Sign up early for $20 entry fee, $30 with a t-shirt.
Info: Call or email Doug (509) 937-4922, firstname.lastname@example.org.