49 Degrees North Ski Resort

49 Degrees North Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Washington in USA. The resort is in the town of Chewelah, WA. We recently ranked all of Washington's ski resorts, so you can see where 49 Degrees North stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

49 Degrees North is a part of the INDY Ski Pass system. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all of the slopes that are also a part of the group.

49 Degrees North Lodging:

49 Degrees North Ski Resort Terrain Overview

49 Degrees North has a total of 89 ski trails, which are serviced by 7 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 2,325 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 941 hectares, 4 square miles, or 9 square kilometers.

49 Degrees North's slopes see on average 288 inches (113 cm) of snowfall a year. That is almost 24 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
2,325(9 km2)
Annual Snowfall
288"(113 cm)

49 Degrees North Ski Resort Elevation

49 Degrees North Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 5,774 feet, or 1,760 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 3,923 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,851 feet (564 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

49 Degrees North's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
5,774'(1,760 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,851'(564 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
3,923'(1,196 m)

49 Degrees North Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
49out of 100
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49 Degrees North can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 71% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

49 Degrees North has 2,325 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

49 Degrees North is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 29% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 71%.
29%(674 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
40%(930 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
31%(721 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is 49 Degrees North Ski Resort good for beginners?

49 Degrees North can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 71% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

49 Degrees North Ski Resort Location

49 Degrees North Ski Resort is located in the state of Washington, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Chewelah, WA.

Chewelah, WA 99109 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
48.30100, -117.56000

Getting to 49 Degrees North Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (49 Degrees North Ski Resort), its coordinates of 48.30100, -117.56000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Chewelah, WA to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to 49 Degrees North.

Spokane International AirportGEGSpokane, WA47 mi
Castlegar/West Kootenay Regional AirportYCGCastlegar, BC69 mi
Pullman Moscow Regional AirportPUWPullman/Moscow, WA110 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to 49 Degrees North Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of 49 Degrees North Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Echo ValleyColville, WA3,900 ft48%29 mi
Mt. SpokaneMead, WA5,889 ft49%33 mi
Schweitzer MountainSandpoint, ID6,400 ft67%45 mi
RED MountainRossland, BC6,807 ft70%56 mi
Silver MountainKellogg, ID6,300 ft58%59 mi
Salmo Ski HillSalmo, BC3,100 ft33%62 mi
Phoenix Mountain Ski AreaGrand Forks, BC4,652 ft36%72 mi
Turner MountainLibby, MT5,952 ft68%75 mi
WhitewaterNelson, BC6,567 ft62%80 mi
Baldy Mountain ResortOliver, BC6,965 ft35%96 mi
Loup Loup Ski BowlOkanogan, WA5,280 ft53%99 mi

49 Degrees North Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation5,774 ft
Base Elevation3,923 ft
Vertical Drop1,851 ft
(29% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  31% Expert)
Skiable Acres2,325
Avg. Annual Snowfall288 inches
49 Degrees North Ski Resort Mountain Stats