Know the code and be safe on the mountain
To have a a fun and successful day on the mountain, it is key to be courteous and use common sense while skiing or riding.
Be aware that there are inherit risks to snowsports and these risks can be greatly reduced by following the code below. It is your responsibility to know the code!
The Responsibility Code:
49 Degrees North Contacts
Main Line: (509) 935-6649
Fax: (509) 935-4218
Snow Conditions Hotline - x1
Ticket Office - x608
Season Pass - x2
Daycare - x618
Marketing - x607
Rental Shop - x620
Ski Patrol - x611
Ski & Snowboard School - x610
Discovery Club - x627
Nordic Center - x610
49 Degrees North
P.O. Box 166
3311 Flowery Trail Road
Chewelah, WA 99109
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Interested in the best job ever?
Share your passion of skiing or snowboarding with children and/or adults just getting started in the sport as an instructor at 49° North Mountain Resort. If you have great people skills, love skiing or snowboarding and want to share that passion with others, you’ll be a great instructor. Applicants should be able to ski or snowboard comfortably on green and blue groomed runs – no need to be an expert skier or rider to be a great instructor. If you can commit to being here 12+ days this season for training and teaching, then come join our mountain family.
Snowsports School Director
Employee Benefits Include:
- Unlimited Employee Season Pass
- Discounted dependent passes for spouse/domestic partner and dependents 18 years and younger
- Discounts at our Cafe & Alpine retail shop
- Exchange letters to other resorts
- Access to Instructor Locker/Storage room
Already have your 49 Degrees North Pass?
Once you've completed on-snow training and have become an official employee, receive a full refund on your pass!
What becoming an Instructor means
On any given operating day, our Ski & Snowboard School has students of all ages and ability levels ready to learn. All instructors will be able to teach in all age categories, from 4-year-old private lessons to adult group lessons.
Ready to get started?
For First Year/Non-experienced instructors:
- Complete the PSIA-AASI Online Instructor Courses
- Complete 5 days of indoor and on-snow specialized training
- Complete instructor evaluation & lesson observation
Once you have passed all the milestones, you will be eligible to be hired as a Ski or Snowboard instructor at 49 Degrees North!
49 Degrees North has two designated terrain parks during the winter season.
The Silver Ridge Park is located underneath the top of Chair 5. This park has several rails, boxes and jumps and is open to the public.
Our main Terrain Park is located under Chair 1 on Tamarack and is visible from the main lodge. This terrain park has many features and is updated regularly by our dedicated park crew.
Welcome to Primetimers
More information is coming soon!
Primetimers meets each Tuesday at 12:30pm in the Boomtown Bar.
Tuesdays at 12:30 BoomTown Bar is our weekly gathering. We will have a discounted menu of 5 different appetizers and of course, beer and wine is discounted for Primetimers. There will be a sign-up sheet and intake of membership and ID information for those who do not want to use the online membership portal.
While the skiing is still not normal in February, the Primetimers will be in full swing in the BoomTown Bar so come join us, and let's do a snow dance!
For those who are interested, please contact Sherry at 509-690-8006 or email at Primtimers49n@gmail.com
To create a login for yourself and to find more information please visit: www.49degreesnorthprimetimers.com
Welcome to the Repair Shop! Located in the same space as our Rental Shop, certified technicians are ready to get your gear ready for the mountain. See pricing and services below, please call the Repair Shop at (509) 935-6649 x620 with questions or specific requests.
Repair Shop Pricing:
- Binding Adjustment - $26
(test & adjustment)
- Binding Mount - $44
(mounting new skis/binding, test & adjustment)
- Binding remount - $54
(redrill, plug holes, mount, test & adjustment)
- Hot Wax - $15
(hand iron, scrape & brush)
- Side Edge & Wax - $26
- Basic Tune - $34
(machine edges & hot wax)
- Performance Tune - $44
(machine grind, hand tune edges, minor base repair & hot wax)
- Mega Tune - $58+
(base repair, basic tune + additional work needed)
A tree well/ snow immersion suffocation accident can happen when a skier or snowboarder falls – usually headfirst – into a tree well or deep loose snow and becomes immobilized and trapped under the snow and suffocates.
In an inverted position you can become trapped under the snow. Breathing becomes difficult as the loose snow packs in around you. Without immediate help from your partner, you may suffocate. Prevention of falling into a tree well or areas of deep snow is all-important because the odds of surviving deep snow immersion are low.
90% of people involved in Tree Well/ SIS hazard research experiments could NOT rescue themselves. If a partner is not there for immediate rescue, the skier or rider may die very quickly from suffocation - in many cases, he or she can die as quickly as someone can drown in water.
90% OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN TREE WELL / SIS HAZARD RESEARCH EXPERIMENTS COULD NOT RESCUE THEMSELVES.
A tree well is a void or depression that forms around the base of a tree can and contain a mix of low hanging branches, loose snow and air. Evergreen trees in particular (fir, hemlock, etc) can have large, deep tree wells that form when low hanging branches block snow from filling in and consolidating around the base of the tree. These voids can be hidden from view by the tree’s low hanging branches.
There is no easy way to identify if a particular tree has a dangerous tree well by sight therefore, treat all tree wells as dangerous.
In simple terms, a tree well is a hole or void in the deep snow, which is clearly marked by a tree. You can easily identify and avoid these areas.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU GO DOWN
Yell or use whistle to get your partners attention.
Do whatever you can to keep your head above the surface of the snow including rolling, grabbing tree branches or the tree trunk. If possible, keep your feet below level of your head.
If you become immersed, make a space around your face and protect your airway – resist the urge to struggle, it could compromise your airspace and entrap you further.
Stay calm to conserve air.
Trust your partner is on their way.
If possible, use your cell phone to call ski patrol or the resort's emergency number.
Be safe on the mountain!
- Avoid skiing or riding yourself into shape. You will enjoy the sport more if you are physically fit.
- Drink plenty of water; be careful not to become dehydrated.
- Wear your hats and gloves. Consider mittens if your hands get cold easily.
- Bring sun protection with you; 15 sunscreen and a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Know your limits. Stop before you become fatigued.
Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly at a local ski shop. You can rent high quality ski or snowboard equipment from the rental shop at 49. Take lessons. Like any activity, you will improve with practice and guidance. 49 offers an excellent ski school with certified instructors. Winter clothing, sun protection and sun glasses may be purchased from the Alpine Shop inside the lodge.
Skiers and snowboarders wishing to go outside of marked area boundaries do so at their own risk. Areas outside of marked boundaries are not patrolled. Unmarked hazards of all types exist. Search and rescue operations may be authorized and conducted by Stevens County Sheriff's Department. You or your heirs will be financially responsible for this service.
Any person skiing or riding outside the confines of trails or runs open for skiing and snowboarding within the ski area boundary shall be responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from his or her actions.
Drones or model aircraft use by guests, commercial operators or the media is prohibited without prior written approval of 49° North Mountain Resort.
Trail Map Markings
Skiers and riders should be advised A green circle, blue square or Black Diamond trail at one ski area is not necessarily the same as a similarly rated trail at another ski area. Skiers and riders should work their way up, beginning with the easiest trails, no matter what their ability level may be, until they are familiar with the trails at that ski area.
FROSTBITE is the most common injury involved in Snowsports. Frostnip is a precursor to frostbite. Watch for these warning signs - mild tingling or pain followed by numbness, gray or yellowish patches of sking (especially nose, ear, face, fingers and toes.)
Have someone else check your face and ears if you are unable to. If frostnip symptoms are detected. Please come see one of our patrollers right away!
Factors that heighten the risk of Frostnip or Frostbite
• Immobility, injury or illness
• Fatigue or Apathy
• Previous Frostbite Injury
• Wet Skin
• Tight Boots, Gloves, or Clothing
Smart Style is about all safety and having the knowledge to enjoy your freedom and the freestyle terrain. Park Smart reinforces five important points for the use of freestyle terrain.
YOU ARE IN CONTROL
Don’t get in the backseat
Control your speed
Land on your feet
YOU ARE IN CONTROL…
Equipment Tips for Renting or Fitting Gear
-Ski or Snowboard Boots can fit or feel very different than your normal, everyday shoes. Toes should lightly touch the front of the boot once they are laced or buckled up when you stand with ankles and knees flexed slightly. Toes should not be jammed at the front of the boot or too far away. Boots should fit snuggly around the whole foot, ankle and lower leg, with fairly even pressure everywhere, like a firm handshake.
-We recommend ONE PAIR of light or medium weight TALL socks to wear with your ski or snowboard boots. Wool, or a synthetic material like polypropylene are best (avoid wearing cotton). Multiple pairs of socks or extra material from pants, sweats or leggings cut off circulation to your feet or cause terrible discomfort and should be avoided.
-We recommend wearing waterproof and/or insulated pants, with pant legs that are wide enough at the cuff to go over the top of your boots.
-Don’t forget your goggles, gloves, and helmet/hat. We have helmets available to rent in the Rental Shop, and we sell hats, gloves, goggles and more in our Alpine Shop in the main lodge. Check out this video for more information.
Looking for a lesson and rental combo? - Lesson Packages for First Timers
Interested in joining the National Ski Patrol at 49 Degrees North? 49 Degrees North Ski Patrol is currently recruiting!
What to do this winter:
- Contact 49 Degrees North Ski Patrol
Gary Deaver - firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Fill out an Application
- Participate in On-Snow Screening & Job Shadowing
Outdoor Emergency Care Class (OEC): September - November
*Participants must be 15 years old to qualify
Season Pass Information
Receiving Your Season Pass
Looking to get your pass before the Winter season? We have a few options.
Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or if you would like to pay to have your pass mailed. Release waiver must be completed, pass photo must be received, and College/Military/1st Responder status must be verified (if applicable) before a pass can be printed. If you already paid to have your pass mailed, but have not received your pass, we are likely missing something from you. Please give us a call at your earliest convenience so we can look at your account.
If you need to send us a pass photo please note, pictures must be clear headshots, above the shoulders, with no accessories (hats, glasses, etc). Please submit your photo by email to email@example.com, and use the pass holder’s name as your email subject line.
Pass Ages and Categories
Age categories for all passes are decided on pass recipient's age as of December 31st, of the current season. Age 0-6 are 6 and under. Ages 7-17 are Youth. Ages 18-23 are Young Adults. Ages 24-61 are Adults. Ages 62-69 are Senior. Ages 70-79 are Super Senior.
College Season Pass
If you purchased a College Pass, please send documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. College pass holders must prove that they are taking at least 6 credits. Acceptable College documentation would be a course schedule screenshot or something official from your Registration Office, with your name, school name, and dates of courses.
If you purchased a Military Pass, please send documentation to email@example.com. To qualify for a Military Season Pass, you must provide Active, Ready Reserve, or Inactive Ready Reserve documentation. Acceptable Military documentation would be a copy of your orders, a copy of your pay stub, or a document showing you are a Disabled Veteran. To qualify for the EMS Season Pass, you must provide one of the following: a state license, an EMT / Paramedic certification issued within the past 48 months, or an ID Card with their name and title on it. Retired First Responders can use a retiree ID card, retirement certificate, etc. Other occupations that qualify for the EMS pass - Fire and Law dispatchers, retired Law Enforcement, Wildland Firefighters, National registered EMT, and Jailers. All require proper proof via email or in person when picking up the purchased pass.
Half Payment Opt-In
Our Season Pass payment plan allows you to pay half now and half later. This option is available online. Please note, that a pass cannot be issued until the pass is paid in full.
Combo Passes with Silver Mountain Resort
We have partnered with Silver Mountain to offer 2023-2024 Combo Passes! The Combo Pass this season will be two passes, one for each mountain. Remember to bring the correct corresponding pass to each mountain you visit.
Please note, due to Silver Mountain Policy, 6 & Under combo passes are only valid when purchased along with an adult Silver Mountain Pass or adult combo pass. Please see Silver Mountain's website for more information.
You will need to pick up both passes separately for each mountain. You cannot pick up both passes at one single resort.
Silver Mountain’s College Combo Pass is not available for pickup until the fall semester of 2023.
You will need to bring a copy of your fall 2023 class schedule or transcript to pick up your College Combo Pass at Silver Mountain.
For any Season Pass questions, please call (509)935-6649 ext. 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in working at 49° North Mountain Resort!
We are still accepting applications for winter 2023/2024 employment.
Now Accepting Applications - Apply Online Here
49 Degrees North Job Fair –
Our Job Fairs are over however you can still apply! Visit the link to our our job openings and submit an application online. You may apply and interview for as many positions as you would like.
Why work at 49 Degrees North?
Enjoy a wonderful and friendly atmosphere with scenic views, excellent snow, and much more! Winter seasonal work at 49 Degrees North is a unique experience, perfect for those seeking full-time work or just something part-time. All employees are eligible for a discounted season pass, as well as other discounts around the mountain.
Employees can also take part in the Ski Exchange Programs, which allows you to ski or ride at participating resorts at a fraction of the cost. Keep in mind, that the mountain environment can range from blizzards to warm sunshine, so reliable transportation and the correct gear for the job are very important.
Interested in becoming a Ski or Snowboard Instructor?
Contact us directly at email@example.com for information!
A 49° North Season Pass offers unlimited access to winter activities at a great price. However, there is some risk involved as there is no guarantee that winter will be what we expect. 49 Degrees North makes no guarantees in respect to the length of winter season operations. 49 Degrees North, at its sole discretion, will determine the length of the season, operating days and number of lifts operating any day and time. These decisions will be based on snow conditions, weather, maintenance, and other variables.
Season pass reimbursement, credit, or transfer will only be considered if season pass insurance was purchased at the time of the pass purchase.
Season pass insurance
$45 for 49 Passes and $60 for Combo Passes.
Season Pass Reimbursement Policy: If you are unable to use your pass, and you purchased pass insurance, you MAY be eligible to receive a Season Pass Reimbursement. Please click here to see our complete Season Pass Reimbursement Policy. If you would like to request a Season Pass Reimbursement, please fill out Our Season Pass Reimbursement FORM, and include documentation from your primary care physician or employer. For more information, please call (509) 935-6649 ext. 2.
The Boomtown Bar is Open 10am-4pm on Operation Days
For Music and Entertainment please visit our Upcoming Events page Here!
Lunch & Appetizers Menu
ALL BURGERS ARE 1/3LB FRESH ANGUSBEEF PATTIES SERVED ON A BRIOCHE BUN WITH YOUR CHOICE OF FRIES, SWEET POTATO FRIES OR TOTS.
Upgrade to onion rings or garlic parm fries for $3.00
THE BOOMTOWN BURGER Comes with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles.$16
THE OLD WESTERN BURGER Piled with cheddar cheese, bacon, deep-fried onion rings, and drizzled with BBQ sauce. $17
THE SIX-SHOOTER Comes with grilled mushrooms, caramelized onions, swiss cheese, mixed greens, garlic aioli, and sweet balsamic vinaigrette. $18
THE RINGER Topped with bacon, blue cheese, jalapenos, and hot honey finished with lettuce, red onion, and mayo. $18
THE BOOMIN CHICKEN Zesty, crispy, chicken fillet with boomin sauce and mounds of pickles finished with lettuce and tomato. $16
THE HOT HARLOT Crispy chicken fillet drizzled in hot honey, topped with red onions, dill relish, and a dried cranberry coleslaw. $16
THE REUBY JANE Freshly sliced pastrami, grilled red onion, and sauerkraut with melted Swiss cheese, dill relish, and boomin sauce served on marble rye. $16
DRUNKEN GERMAN Beer-soaked German sausage topped with grilled onions, and sauerkraut, and drizzled with house-made boomin sauce. $14
Sub a 3-grain S.W. veggie patty. $3.50
Sub a gluten-free bun on any sandwich. $3
STARTERS & MORE
JALAPENO POPPERS Crispy fried Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese served with a sweet chili dipping sauce. $12
STEAK BITES Sirloin steak bites seared to perfection and served with a horseradish lemon dipping sauce. $15
LOADED NACHOS Tri-colored tortilla chips with seasoned ground beef, 3 cheese blends, salsa, sour cream, black olives, jalapenos, and green onions. $15
CHEESE CURDS Garlic-battered Wisconsin white cheddar cheese curds served with a hot honey sauce and a marinara sauce for dipping. The squeakiest of cheeses! $12
FRIED 'SHIMP' Crispy battered Shrimp (GF) splashed with lime juice, and sesame seeds, and served with a sweet chili dipping sauce. $12
ONION RINGS Thick-cut, beer-battered onion ring served with Boomin sauce. $12
LOT TOTS A double order of tots with cheese, bacon, sour cream, and green onion served with fry sauce. $15
GARLIC PARM FRIES Crispy steak fries with garlic, olive oil, shredded parmesan, and sweet balsamic drizzle. $14
LARGE FRIES, SWEET POTATO FRIES OR TOTS $10
CHICKEN STRIPS AND FRIES Breaded Chicken strips and steak fries served with your choice of BBQ, honey mustard, or ranch. $16
FISH AND CHIPS Battered Cod served with Steak Fries, coleslaw, lemon, and homemade tartar. $18
Cup of Soup $7
Bowl of Soup $9
Bread Bowl $14
HOMEMADE CHILI Mike's award-winning recipe is made with lean ground beef, onions, tomatoes, kidney beans, and spices.
IVARS CLAM CHOWDER The Best Chowder served this side of the Mississippi.
SOUP OF THE DAY Chef’s Choice.
SALADS SALADS SERVED WITH MIXED GREENS
HOUSE SIDE SALAD Tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, house-made croutons, and choice of dressing: Ranch, Blue Cheese, 1000 Island, Honey Mustard, or Sesame Vinaigrette. $6
COBB SALAD Grilled chicken, bacon, blue cheese crumbles, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and hard-boiled egg. Served with blue cheese dressing. $15
MANDARIN CRISPY CHICKEN Crispy chicken, mandarin oranges, red onions, and red bell peppers served with a sesame vinaigrette. $14
CHICKEN CEASAR SALAD Grilled chicken, house-made croutons, parmesan cheese on freshly chopped Romain served with Caesar dressing. $14
Pizza of the Day $28
P.M.S. Pepperoni, mushroom, and sausage. $23
HAWAIIAN Canadian bacon, pineapple, and bacon crumbles. $23
COMBO Pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, bell peppers and sausage. $27
GARLIC RANCH CHICKEN Pepperoni, mushrooms, onion, bell peppers and sausage. $27
PIZZA BY THE SLICE
1 Slice $5 2 Slices $7
BUILD YOUR OWN! TOPPINGS:
EXTRA CHEESE FETA CHEESE PARMESAN PEPPERONI SAUSAGE CHICKEN BACON CRUMBLES MUSHROOM ONION BELL PEPPER PINEAPPLE OLIVES JALAPENOS TOMATOES CANADIAN BACON
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION $12.49 10” cauliflower crust, available for whole pizzas only.
ADD ANY TOPPING $2.00 EACH
TAKE & BAKE Choose a whole specialty pizza or build your own! Take it with you before you go.
Truly /Seltzer $5
Canned Cider $6
Canned Domestic $4
Canned Micro $6
Champagne / Mimosa $6
Justin's Kid Friendly Cocoa$5
Non-Alcoholic Beer $4
Breakfast Burrito - $9.49
Maintenance (Shane's) Special Burrito - $11.49
Breakfast Sandwich - $8.49
Good Morning 49 - $12.49
Biscuits and Gravy - $8.49
Floyd's Special - $9.49
Flap Jacks - $8.49
Waffle - $8.49
Chicken and a Biscuit- $11.49
Cinnamon Roll French Toast - $9.49
Side of Hashbrowns, Sausage Patty or Links (2 turkey or 2 pork), Ham or Bacon - $3.49
Side of Toast or Two Eggs - $2.49
All burgers and sandwiches are served with your choice or fries or tots
Hamburger - $11.49
Cheeseburger - $12.49
Make it a Double + $3.49
Chicken Sandwich - $13.49
French Dip - $12.49
Philly Cheesesteak - $13.49
Grilled Cheese - $10.49
Hotdog - $6.49
Bratwurst - $8.49
Add Chili + $5.40
Chicken Strips & Fries - $12.49
Beer Battered Cod - $14.99
Teriyaki Chicken Bowl - $15.49
Bulgolgi Bowl - $15.49
All baskets are served with your choice of fries or tots
Chicken Strips - $13.49
Beer Battered Cod - $15.49
Fried Shrimp - $16.49 *GF
Basket of Fries or Tots SM $5.49 LG $7.49
Garlic Cheese Curds - $9.49
Chili Cheese Fries - $12.49
Bowl - $8.49
Soup Cup - $6.49
Bread Bowl - $11.49
16” Hand tossed crust with red or white sauce and Mozzarella cheese
Pizza of the Day - $27.49
Cheese - $18.49
Pepperoni - $20.49
P.M.S. Pepp/Mush/Sausage - $22.49
Hawaiian - $22.49
Combo - $26.49
New! Garlic Ranch Chicken - $26.49
Build Your Own (+$2 per extra topping)
By the Slice Chef’s Choice
1 Slice - $4.49
2 Slices - $7.49
Sub *Gluten Free option $12.49
10” cauliflower crust, available for whole pizzas only.
Add any topping $2.00 each
Choose a whole specialty pizza or build your own.
Take it with you and bake at home!
Grab & Go
Cookie - $2.29
Muffin - $3.99
Candy - $2.99
Chips - $2.25
Trail Mix - $3.29
Granola Bar - $3.29
Poptarts - $2.69
SM fountain drink $3.29
LG fountain drink $3.69
LG bottled water $3.00
Rockstar x2 $7.00
Curious about the snow report? Here's how we do it at 49 Degrees North!
5am update: Between 4am-5am, our snow report and lead groomer chat about conditions on the mountain. The groomer reports current weather, new snow and the grooming report, which is then added to the website. The Snow Report email is then sent with all the updates and the grooming report is updated with current groomed, opened and closed runs. Our Snow Conditions Hotline, Snow Radio Report and printed reports around the lodge are also based on this update.
2pm update: Between 1pm-2pm, the website is updated again with current weather, new snow and information about the next day's plan. This will include what chairs will be operating, links to purchase lift tickets and upcoming events. This update is the best place to see what you can expect on the next operating day.
Depending on the weather and changes during the day, the Snow Report page may be updated multiple times throughout the day. The time stamp at the top of each page will let you know the last time it was updated, be sure to refresh your page regularly if you keep it open. At the bottom of the page, you will see notes, events and deals. These boxes have details about mountain news, operating information and links to purchase tickets.
What do the 12hr, 24hr, 48hr and 72hr times mean?
Our snow reporting timeline is based on the 12 hour time periods of 4am-4pm and 4pm-4am. Any new snow accumulated during the day or night are added to our Snow Tracker, which calculates the 24, 48 and 72 hour totals based on the new snow added within those 12 hour periods. This means that our snow report will reflect accurate totals within those time frames, instead of a running storm total. Snowfall from 7 days ago is not reflected in the new snowfall, but is kept track of in the current snow depth and snowfall year to date.
Tracking snow this way helps give you the most accurate snapshot of conditions on the mountain at any given time. For example, if we have received 2 inches of new snow in the last 12 hours but 8 in the last 72, you can expect a light layer of powder on groomed runs and lots of powder on the shoulders and in the trees.
The snow reporting team is dedicated to providing accurate and timely snow information. Make sure you sign up for Snow Report emails to get information on operating days, and refresh the website regularly to see the most up to date info!
Cold Temps = Great Turns!
Cold weather actually makes for some incredible conditions on the slopes. From the chalky groomers offering up amazing grip to arc some carved turns, to the light, dry powder that evokes terms like “Cold Smoke” or “Blower Pow,” there’s a variety of serious fun to be had on the mountain. The key to making those frigid days from magnificent lies in the preparation and the gear we choose, especially the clothing! If you need any help selecting the right gear, make sure to stop by our expanded Alpine Shop. Our experts can help you with everything from socks to outerwear, and handwarmers to facemasks.
Here are a few tips to make the most out of those really chilly days.
Layer, Layer, LAYER!
Most of us know that exposed skin on those ice-cold days is a no-go, along with the benefits of adding layers. However, just layering isn’t enough, layering smarter is much more effective than simply piling on more and more layers! Here’s a rundown on how to ensure that your layers will perform for you.
Base Layer – Your base layer’s main job is to keep moisture away from your skin. Synthetic materials and Merino Wool make the best base layers, keeping your skin nice and dry. Body heat is lost significantly faster when your skin is wet. Wool is one of the few natural fibers that can absorb and hold moisture while still keeping you warm. Fibers like cotton should be avoided, as they hold moisture against the skin and lose insulating value when wet, making you colder faster…
Mid Layer – Your mid-layer should serve to trap air, in turn holding the heat your body produces! Synthetic insulations like Primaloft or fleece and natural insulations like down are incredibly good at trapping warm air. The synthetic materials maintain most of their insulating properties if damp. Make sure you keep your down dry though, as performance decreases quickly when it gets wet.
Outer Layer – An outer layer has one main job: protect you from the elements! Your outer layer should be a tough ski/snowboard jacket that can handle whatever conditions you’re looking to take on! In the Northwest, that can mean just about any kind of weather. Waterproofing and breathability are two big factors that separate good outerwear from great outerwear. A high level of waterproofing (15,000-20,000mm/sq. in. and up) will keep you dry from the outside elements while a high level of breathability (12,000-20,000g/m2 and up) allows moisture vapor to escape from within so that you stay dry on the inside. Keeping the cold air and wind out is another key feature. Sealed zippers, storm flaps, wrist and waist gaiters all help to keep the cold and snow from sneaking in.
Go ahead and have that extra fry, it’s important to have calories to burn when you’re out in the elements. Whether it’s a big breakfast before a morning on the mountain or a stop in the Quickturn Café for a mid-ski lunch, make sure you’re providing your body with food to burn for a day full of energy.
We can get dehydrated quickly in the cold, especially when we’re active. Just breathing releases a lot of our water resources into the air. We not only get tired faster and experience things like soreness and muscle cramps more easily when we get dehydrated, but we also are way less efficient in maintaining warmth. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day when you’re up on the mountain.
Overall, just stay warm.
‘Stay warm’ sounds obvious, but it’s the most important thing you can do for your health! Being unprepared in the cold can lead to injuries, a weakened immune system, and overall, a bad time on the mountain. So ski or ride hard, stay warm, and enjoy this beautiful winter season.
Our Human Powered Uphill Travel Policy has recently Changed - - Please Read Carefully:
Before and after chairlift operations:
Acceptable forms of human-powered uphill travel include skis, split boards, and snowshoes. Boot-only hiking is usually too damaging to the snow surface and is only allowed in snow conditions where the boot imprint is less than 1”.
Human-powered uphill travel is allowed up until 30 minutes before first chair, and then again 30 minutes after last chair. Anyone wishing to explore within the ski area boundaries should be informed about the potential dangers, follow the protocols noted here, and avoid any travel on the slopes when any snowmaking operations or equipment is present weather currently making snow or not, or when grooming operations are taking place in the vicinity. If in doubt, the best approach is to stay out.
During chairlift operations:
Human-powered uphill traffic will be allowed within the ski area boundary during operating hours with the following restrictions:
1. A valid ticket or pass is required. Acceptable tickets or passes include a Downhill season pass, a Downhill day ticket for the day climbing is taking place, a No-chairlift/Climb Only day ticket, or a No-chairlift/Climb Only season pass. Tickets can be purchased in the ticket office, in Cy’s Café, or online.
There are two approved uphill routes within the ski area boundary:
2. One route ascends Big Bear and then climbs Huckleberry Ridge to Silver Ridge, then on to the summit, the climber is to keep as close to the climber’s left-hand tree line as is practical and safe (see the trail map)
3. The second route is to the top of Angel Peak up Quartzite Ridge beginning at the Saddle where the 4,800’ intersects Lost Dutchman. There are no up-routes in the ski area leading to the saddle; Access is either from outside the ski area boundary or downhill by Lost Dutchman. Angel Peak terrain above Lost Dutchman is not patrolled when the Angel Peak Chairlift is not running, please use Backcountry etiquette and common sense, be prepared, and do not ski or ride alone.
4. Uphill travel may not unduly damage the snow surface, boot only hiking is only allowed when the boot imprint is less than 1”
Fall and Winter of 2023-2024
Beginning November 1st 2023, Uphill Tickets and Passes will be required for all uphill travel regardless of the status of chairlift operations. Day tickets are available for purchase online and can be picked up regardless of the time of day at the ticket kiosk at the main base area. Approved routes are:
During chairlift operation- Big Bear to Huckleberry Ridge.
Outside of chairlift operations- Runs without snowmaking equipment or active grooming operations.
Uphill travel can be demanding and dangerous, please make sure you are adequately prepared, and do so at your own risk.