November 19, 2010 in City, Outdoors, Region

49° North ski slopes to open this weekend

Lookout Pass Ski Area photo

Skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes this morning for the season opener at Lookout Pass Ski Area in North Idaho.
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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.

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