The wait is finally over for the Sunrise Basin expansion. While plans have been in progress for some time now, dirt has started to move. 49 Degrees North General Manager Eric Bakken explains: "We are looking forward to a huge season! The Sunrise Basin continues to grow and expand. We are starting to build a new road, installing utilities and building two new yurts for this season. This is just the beginning of the construction of an entirely new base area.
"For this season, specifically, you will find two new runs in the Sunrise Basin, and until a permanent lodge is completed, a pair of cozy yurts connected by a deck at the base of the Sunrise Quad. In addition, we are constructing a new parking lot adjacent to the yurts with a capacity for 50 additional cars, and an additional 2.5-acre parking lot is also being constructed in the Calispell Creek base area."
Back over on the front side, infrastructure work has been completed which will allow for expanded snowmaking. "New for the 2015-16 season are two new snowmaking guns and 10 acres of snowmaking, which will provide coverage at the base area, beginner slopes and teaching area," Bakken says. "We will make snow as soon as temperatures drop, and this will result in improved coverage for those areas that tend to start out a bit thin."
Future snowmaking infrastructure is planned for the 2016-17 season, with an additional 30 acres of snowmaking on three major runs, made possible by the addition of a new well system and a 500,000-gallon, mid-mountain reservoir.
Making the Most of It
In addition to many great deals through local partners (check them out at ski49n.com), 49 Degrees North offers Six Packs as a great incentive to ski when you want with whomever you want. Adult and Youth Six Packs have no blackout dates and no other restrictions. They're completely transferable, and there's no limit to how many can be used in a single visit. Just show up and present your Six Pack voucher to redeem your lift ticket. Youth Six Packs are $219; Adult Six Packs are $279.
Be one of the first thousand people through the door at the Snowlander Expo each day, Nov. 20 and 21 at the Spokane Convention Center, to receive a free lift ticket to 49 Degrees North. Only one ticket per person; some restrictions apply.
Half Day $39
Half Day $33
College/Military/Master (70 & up)
Half Day $36
Chair 3 only
Half Day $32
6 & under