49 Degrees North announces major expansion project

Five phase expansion in $15 million master plan

It has been five short years since the completion of the massive Sunrise Basin project that included the addition of 19 new runs and a quad chairlift at 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort. Two years ago, more terrain was added to Angel Peak. This summer, the Chewelah-area ski and snowboard resort is gearing up for another expansion. The ski resort announced last week that they have acquired a new double chair for Angel Peak. Building the new Angel Peak lift is slated to start next year, along with the construction of the Mid-Mountain Lodge and adding the finishing touches on the new north parking area. Work on the expansion is scheduled to begin during the summer of 2012 and should be completed prior to the start of the 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season, according to resort officials.

‘We are extremely excited to be able to get this project going…’

Washington Trust Bank, a longtime supporter of the ski area and the community, is working with the resort to provide funding for the expansion, which is one of the five phases of the resort’s $15 million Master Plan that was developed in partnership with the United States Forest Service in 2006. “We are extremely excited to be able to get this project going with private funding, and to partner with the United States Department of Agriculture,” said John Eminger, President and CEO of 49 De¬grees North.

See the complete story in the June 22, 2011 edition of the Statesman Examiner