Visitor reviews for 49 Degrees North Ski Resort
April 02, 2012
Rosco from Canada
Hello fellow skiers! I've been skiing at 49' on and off for the past twelve seasons, most recently 28 February 2012. Cannot say enough about the service they provide and this year's conditions have been top notch. The ski host I spoke to was most helpful and the people in the office answered all my stupid questions. My only complaint is the new triple chair (#5) was not running the day I went and it opens a lot of great terrain. My only worry is that with the building of another new chair, their lift tickets are going to get pricey. It is a family type hill though so perhaps they can "hold the line" on price. It is some what isolated, as the previous writer noted, but I find that an advantage! Chewelah is close and Spokane about an hour or so away. Everyone should try 49' at least once!! Hopefully see ya there!! Good luck with the new lift!!
P.S. I ski a great deal and all over the northwest US and Western Canada so I'd like to think I know what is going on out there!!
49 Degrees North Ratings
Overall: 3.8. Based on 1 vote and 2 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of 49 Degrees North.
Public Transport: 5.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to 49 Degrees North, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near 49 Degrees North, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 5.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in 49 Degrees North.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.0
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at 49 Degrees North, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) 49 Degrees North is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) 49 Degrees North relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at 49 Degrees North, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at 49 Degrees North are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) 49 Degrees North is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at 49 Degrees North, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.0
(1) 49 Degrees North usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 5.0
(1) The staff at 49 Degrees North are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at 49 Degrees North are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 3.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Variety of pistes: 5.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) 49 Degrees North has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at 49 Degrees North, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.0
(1) Not even a kicker at 49 Degrees North, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
Mountain Dining: 4.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 1.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Value (Global): 5.0
(1) Overall, 49 Degrees North is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
March 01, 2008
Jean Pastana from United States
This resort has added a new quad-chair lift with beautiful new runs but they are not the only draw for this budding ski resort. It's the remote location that will eventually be the most unique feature. Forty Nine Degrees North ski area has been around for decades but it's only now being developed into it's full potential. The process of this development has taken many long hard years of dedication by the current owner/ceo John Eminger and he has earned huge cudos for hanging in there where others may have thrown in the towel.
Hopefully NOW it will begin to pay off. thumbs up all