Opening Days have Arrived – Resort Updates and Current Conditions

Opening days have arrived! No matter where you live throughout the Northwest, the recent snowfall hammered down just enough of a base layer for many area resorts to open this weekend. So if you haven’t had time to get your skis or board waxed and ready to go, now is the time! Here’s what you can expect from the Inland Northwest Resorts in the coming days:

  • 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort
    • Operations began last weekend, and with the snowfall from earlier this week, the resort anticipates reopening Friday, December 2nd if current conditions hold. The 2nd will follow the early season lift schedule, so not all terrain will be open, but 8 inches of untouched snow sits on top of  a solid base, meaning this might be the earliest powder day in the last few years. Snowmaking has moved
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      Sunsets at 49 Degrees North.

      towards the middle of Chair 3 to help cover up some thinner areas of snow, but as they’re claiming on their snow report, “Friday is shaping up to be AMAZING.”

  • Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park
    • Opening Day is December 2nd! Operations at Mt. Spokane begin tomorrow at 9 a.m., and lift tickets are available for $25 for all ages. In the last 24 hours, they’ve received 10 inches of new snow, bringing the total depth up to 25 inches at the summit. Surface conditions are listed as “POWDER,” so be prepared for some (somewhat) deep pockets around the hill. Chairs 2,3, and 5 will be up and running until 4 p.m.
  • Silver Mountain Resort
    • Silver has received 23 inches of snow since Sunday, with the NOAA calling for more snow throughout the rest of the weekend in the Idaho Panhandle. Chair 2 will be running tomorrow, December 2nd, with more terrain opening depending on weather conditions. Normal winter operating hours begin this weekend, so as soon as more runs open up, its sure to be a stellar season with the expected La Niña conditions.
  • Lookout Pass
    • Three inches of snow have fallen in the last 24 hours, but like Silver Mountain, more precipitation is in the forecast for Lookout, so the early season conditions won’t last much longer! The mountain is open with top to bottom skiing and riding on Chair 1 and the beginner area. Chair 4 is also up and running, but with limited terrain. Tickets are available at a reduced rate until the weather cooperates a bit more, so take advantage of the lower price while you can! Season passes are still available at a sale price of $359, and Lookout holds true to its claim of having the most affordable skiing in the region!
  • Schweitzer Mountain Resort
    • Schweitzer has received 2 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, setting up tomorrow’s opening day for a great day of skiing! Musical Chairs and Basin Express will run from 9 a.m. until 3:30, with tickets at a reduced price of $45. Saturday sees a slight increase in price to $55, but the Lakeview Triple rolls into operations as well. The regular bus schedule begins Friday as well.

For more mountain info, check out the links over on the snow reports page. You’ll find all the listings for resorts throughout Washington and Idaho, and each link will take you right to the mountain conditions for each area. Happy shredding!

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