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Ski lifts open today at Lookout Pass, 49 Degrees North; Schweitzer opening Nov. 18

49 Degrees North staff cranks up the lifts on Nov. 10, 2017, for the start of the Chewelah-area resort's winter season. (Courtesy)
49 Degrees North staff cranks up the lifts on Nov. 10, 2017, for the start of the Chewelah-area resort's winter season. (Courtesy)

WINTERSPORTS --  Lookout Pass and 49 Degrees North are open for skiers and snowboarders starting today through the weekend, and Schweitzer Mountain resort has just announced its lifts will begin running on Nov. 18.

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.

Lifts at 49 Degrees North cranked up for visitors starting this morning 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.   Ticket prices vary in early season. Lookout's lift tickets this weekend are running $30 for adults and $20 for juniors while 49 Degrees is charging $40 for all tickets.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort was originally scheduled to open Dec. 1, but with 37 inches of snow stacked up, resort managers to announce today plans for a Nov. 18 opening, seven days a week, with full-day passes at $45. The Schweitzer Cut-Off Road from Highway 95 is temporarily closed with a detour via Bronx Road.

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

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.

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Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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