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What's New for the 2018-19 Season

Wondering what your local Ski NW Rockies Resorts have up their sleeves for this season?  Here's all the fun new features you can look forward to:


49° North Mountain Resort:

  • New wire haul rope (10,400’) for one of the most iconic lifts in the Pacific Northwest.  Chair 4 in the West Basin services Cy’s Glades and Concentrator areas.  The ski area is proud to be laying claim for another couple of generations some of the finest tree skiing in the Northwest with this improvement.
  • Expanded snow making schedule to be prepared for an early season opening and maintaining excellent conditions in the spring.  Snow making will continue to be an important part of the ski area’s operational stance.
  • New BAR in Sunrise Basin will serve adult beverages, we will be opening the new bar in one the twin yurts at the bottom of the Sunrise Basin Quad.  Family yurt for food and hot chocolate and Adult yurt (21y/o up) to refresh and relax.
  • Expanded and intensive brush cutting program for the huge 2,000 acres ski area.  This year we will have all runs cut to the nubs to allow earlier season start up.
  • New webcams. We have upgraded our webcams to high resolution and added one more camera location (bottom of chair 5) we plan on adding more in the very near future (Top of chair 6 and looking east off of chair #5).

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Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park:

Installation of Chairlift in the Expansion Area: 

  • It's been four decades since the last chair was built at Mt. Spokane and it's hard to contain our excitement that a brand new Skytrac triple chairlift is becoming a reality.
  • Construction is scheduled to be completed for the upcoming season accessing an additional 279 acres of scenic terrain with 7 professionally designed runs. Our deepest gratitude goes out to the many donors in the community that have pledged their support.  These much needed funds have brought us through the Summer as we get to the final stages of construction.

Mountain Sports School Learning Center:

  • Designed by ALSC, this beautiful building will house our 100+ instructors, provide office space and a warming area for our students. 
  • The bottom floor will contain critical storage and a large shop area with mezzanine for our mountain operations department. 
  • We greatly appreciate the support of our Washington State legislative delegation and the state’s Capital Budget Committee for funding this project and understanding the growing demand for affordable outdoor recreation in our region and the recreational, social and economic impacts it generates.

New Surface Lift:

  • A new, 110’ Chairkit surface lift will be installed and ready to carry students up the hill vastly improving our beginner learning experience.  As a bonus, it will also be used to transport guests in the morning from the parking lot up to Lodge 2. 


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Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area:

  • Lookout’s new Master Development Plan was approved by the USFS in May 2017.  Phased development of 2 new chairlifts to Eagle Peak will make Lookout Pass a two peak ski resort with14 additional ski runs on 650 acres of new terrain.  Total vertical drop will increase to 1,650’ with a top elevation of 6,150’. 
  • A 14,000 square foot lodge addition plus expanded maintenance facilities and upgrades to existing ski lifts are in the works. 
  • A 2.3 mile permanent maintenance road to the Eagle Peak Summit was engineered, surveyed and staked this summer. 
  • The USFS timber contract is near completion which will allow us to proceed with the road development and logging of the new runs. 
  • Avista Power Company made preparations for the power feeds to the new ski lifts by eliminating the overhead power feed that previously existed over Interstate 90 and went underground to various locations that will enable future electric power needs. Look for a conversion of our Chair 1 to a quad chair, at a minimum, next summer
  • A new Pisten Bully 400 groomer was added to the fleet of Pisten Bully and Prinoth grooming machines to further our commitment to world class grooming. “Rippin’ Roy” and “Powder” are frequently used snow conditions terms at Lookout Pass!
  • A new Ski School Director, Chris Milam, has joined the team.  Chris managed the Killington Mtn. Resort Kids Programs.
  • Lookout Pass maintains our commitment to open as early as possible, as is our long standing reputation. Last winter we opened on Nov. 4th.
  • The mountain will operate 7-days a week from Christmas Vacation through the end of February. 
  • A new kids program for ages 4 to 12 years is in the works with full and ½ day lesson offerings available. 
  • The grass and brush on the front of the mountain has been mowed down and other key trails are in the process of being mowed. This will make it easier for the mountain to open given the gift of natural snow from Old Man Winter!  
  • Lookout Pass has also established itself as “The Region’s Favorite Family Ski Area” with affordable rates and its signature Free Ski School for Kids program that starts January 5, 2019.  This nationally recognized program has been in existence for 77 years. When we say Free, we mean just that! The lessons are free and no lift ticket is required during the lesson sessions.  Kids and Juniors, ages 6-17 years, may participate in as many of the lesson sessions as they are able.  The lessons are offered every Saturday morning starting January 5 through March 9.  Beginner lessons start at 10:00 AM.  Intermediate and Advanced lessons start at 11:30 AM, Pacific Time Zone.  Registration is now open for the 2018-2019 season and limited to the first 500 participants.  Visit for information.

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Silver Mountain Resort:

  • Four new gladed runs were added in bounds this summer to increase our incredible tree and powder skiing. All four are on the upper part of the mountain around the current Tall Paul and Sunset trails.  
  • The ski run Eureka was widened and a winch tower was installed so this high angle run can be groomed.   
  • A substantial amount of dirt work was accomplished this summer.  Dirt mounding was done in the terrain park, so we can get jumps and features up earlier in the season.  Several other areas were recontoured to allow for a better ski experience, including the bottom of Centennial. 
  • Installed a new catch road at the bottom of Chair 4 to funnel powder skiers back to the lift.
  • Installed new software that allows people to book their ski school and daycare reservations on line.  All revenue centers now offer on line booking to make the experience easier for our Guests. You can now book directly from Silver Mountain’s website by visiting
  • Remodeling has commenced on our Food Court to add more self-service items and speed up the flow, so people are spending more time on the slopes. 
  • Due to popular demand we will be hosting three night ski parties during the year.  January 12th to celebrate our birthday affectionately called Jackass day, January 26th to celebrate the Doug E. Fresh bordercross, and March 10th for our Marchi Gras celebration. 
  • Work continues on the long-term plans for Silver. 
  • As always, we have had a large contingent of people brushing and mowing to make sure we are ready to go with the first good snow.

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