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Spring pow at 49 Degrees North

49 Degrees North is kind of a remarkable place. Here’s some reasons why:

  • Even with slow lifts, it’s by far the quietest  ‘main stream’ ski hill we’ve ever visited. Friday there was maybe a 100 people skiing. At most. Saturday was only a few more. And both were excellent powder days. Sunday almost felt busy in comparison. We skied straight on to every lift all weekend. It makes our regular mountain, Mission Ridge, seem like Vail!
  • The tree skiing is extensive, easily accessed and varies from wide open ‘blue-ish’ trees such as Stockholders to steep, tighter glades on the skiers right of chair 1. With so few peeps, there can be fresh turns in the trees for days after a storm.
  • They are seriously good at grooming. Sunday was a calm weather day after a Saturday warmup, and not a day for clunking around off groomed. But the groomers – manicured with almost Sun Valley-like precision – were as good as we have skied all season. High speed ripping at its very best.
  • The lodge may be unassuming but it serves as a good a burger as you will find on a ski hill. Perfectly cooked, thick and juicy. And there are few better bars to hang out after skiing, chat with friendly locals, and enjoy a local microbrew or two. It’s quirky for sure, but great fun.

On this trip, Friday was a storm day. There was a solid 6 inches in the parking lot at the end of the day. It was heavy stuff down low, but fluffy, getting ever deeper pow up high. The trees were the place to be, giving visibility amongst the storm clouds. And the snow was great.

Saturday morning was even better. Cool, clearing and 6-10 inches of freshies everywhere. We scored first tracks down Tombstone, second tracks down Peacemaker, and in Cy’s Glades there was pow all morning long. Several runs off Chair 4 were left ungroomed, providing soft buttery untracked snow to carve all afternoon as the sun slowly warmed up the mountain.

And on Sunday, there were those groomers ….

8800m, 9600m, 5500m vert

54 days, 446,500m vert, 16 powder days






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