49° North Mountain Resort north of Spokane will be open for skiing this weekend, the resort announced today.
Chairlifts 1 and 3 will run 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The resort, located east of Chewelah, will resume operations Thursday through Nov. 28.
Brad Northrup, the resort’s director of sales and marketing, said conditions are near-perfect for an early opening.
“We have received nearly 4 feet of snow on the upper mountain in the last three weeks,” Northrup said in a news release. “More importantly, the snow that has fallen has had a good amount of moisture in it, which is ideal for creating a solid base. We are definitely off to a great start.”
This is the second year in a row 49° North Mountain Resort has opened before Thanksgiving.
Lookout Pass Ski Area along Interstate 90 at the Idaho/Montana state line opened today.