Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area

Location: Mullan, ID (Bitterroot Mountains)

Summit: 5,650’

Base: 4,500’

Terrain: 540 skiable acres/4 lifts/34 runs/2 terrain parks

Tickets: $34-49

Lodge: Historic lodge straddling the Idaho/Montana border is the second oldest lodge in the Northwest.

What’s New: Lookout’s Phase 1 expansion was approved in 2017, and work started last fall on cutting trails. Expansion work continues and when it’s all said and done will include two new chairlifts to the summit of Eagle Peak that will access 14 runs and gladed areas. An additional base lodge and more parking are also part of the plan. skilookout.com

 

Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park

Location: Spokane, Wash. (Selkirk Mountains)

Summit: 5,889’

Base: 4,200’

Terrain: 1,704 acres/7 lifts/52 designated runs/2 terrain parks & progression park

Tickets: $20-55/free for 6 and younger

Lodges: Main lodge (Lodge 2) near bunny hill/Lodge 1 near base of Chair 1

Tubing: 90-minute session, $8-$15 depending on age

Nordic: Over 60 k of trails within Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park (Discover Pass, seasonal SnoPark permit, and seasonal Groomed Area permit required).

Snowshoeing: Trail descriptions and map are available from Friends of Mt. Spokane (Discover Pass and seasonal SnoPark permit required).

What’s New: 7 new runs and 279 acres of new terrain are ready for skiing and riding on the backside and work continues to get the new lift running for the 2018/19 season. As of September, the 17 new lift towers had been installed and construction on the lift terminal operator building and ski patrol bump “shack” were underway. Mt. Spokane is also adding an expanded beginner area including a new surface lift. mtspokane.com

 

Silver Mountain Resort

Location: Kellogg, Idaho (Bitterroot Mountains)

Summit: Kellogg Peak 6,300’ /Wardner Peak 6,200’

Base: Gondola Village, 2,300’/Base of Chair 4, 4,100’

Terrain: 1,600 acres/gondola & 5 chairlifts/moving carpet/77 named runs/terrain park

Tickets: $42-$62/free for 6 and younger

Lodging: Morning Star Lodge condos in the heart of the Gondola Village come in various sizes and layouts and include access to the Silver Rapids indoor water park.

Village Fun: Access to the Silver Rapids indoor water park, Idaho’s largest, comes with your Morning Star Lodge condo stay. The park includes the FlowRider, a perfect, continuous wave that can be body boarded or surfed.

Tubing: 2-hour session, $7-$25, includes a gondola ride and access to the magic carpet for rides back to the top of the tube hill.

Best Hangout: Noah’s Canteen in the Gondola Village is the perfect après hangout, with great food and drink options and frequent live music. silvermt.com

 

49 Degrees North Mountain Resort

Location: Chewelah, Wash. (Selkirk Mountains)

Summit: Chewelah Peak 5,774’/ Angel Peak 5,295’

Base: 3,923’

Terrain: 2,235 acres/7 chairlifts/3 terrain parks

Tickets: $44-$62

Nordic: 25k of groomed trails ($7-$12 day pass required) and a warm and cozy yurt make 49 a great Nordic destination.

Snowshoeing: 6k of marked trails (rentals available at the Nordic yurt)

Fat Biking: Fat bikes are allowed on the groomed Nordic trail system

Coolest Hangout: Grab a beer, hot chocolate, cinnamon roll, German sausage, or other snack at Cy’s Café located in a yurt at the bottom of Sunrise Basin. ski49n.com

 

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Location: Sandpoint, Idaho

Summit: 6,400’

Vertical Drop: 2,400’

Terrain: Skiable Acres, 2,900 (largest resort in Idaho/Wash.); 92 trails plus open bowl skiing; 3 terrain parks

Lifts: 9 (including Stella, Idaho’s only six-person high-speed lift, a T-bar, and conveyor lift)

Tickets: $50-$81

Tubing: Hermit’s Hollow tubing center offers two chutes and one tow

Nordic: 32k of trails maintained daily

Fat Biking: Fat-tired bikes are allowed on the Nordic trails (trail use fee required); rentals are available

Coolest Hangout: Sky House summit lodge with 360 degree views, the local-purveyor focused The Nest Bar & Restaurant, and the cafeteria-style Red Hawk Cafe

What’s New: Coming off a record 2017/2018 winter season for snowfall, skier visits, and lodging occupancy, Schweitzer spent over 1.5 million dollars in capital investments this summer, including things like a new grooming snow cat, extension of the Musical Carpet beginner conveyor lift, and other improvements. Looking ahead, Schweitzer anticipates replacing the Snowghost double chair accessing the North Bowl with two new lifts during the summer of 2019. One lift will start near Cedar Park and unload at the current Snowghost midway station with the second lift providing summit access from a location near Will’s Runout and Vagabond. schweitzer.com

 

Big White Ski Resort

Location: Kelowna, B.C.

Summit: 7,606’

Lifts: 15

Patrolled area: 2,765 acres

Vertical: 2,550’

Annual Snowfall: 24.5’

Opening Day Last Season: Nov. 30

bigwhite.com/geo/usa

 

Bluewood

Location: Dayton, Wash.

Base Elevation (4,545’, 2nd highest in Wash.)

Trails: 24

Skiable Acres: 400+

Vertical: 1,125’

Annual Snowfall: 300+ inches

bluewood.com

 

Brundage Mountain

Location: McCall, Idaho

Summit: 7,803’

Lifts: 5

Lift-Accessed Terrain: 1,920 acres

Vertical: 1,921’

Snowfall: 320 inches

brundage.com

 

Fernie Alpine Resort

Location: Fernie, B.C.

Summit: 7,000’

Lifts: 10

Skiable acres: 2,500

Vertical: 3,550’

Snowfall: 30’

skifernie.com

 

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Location: Golden, B.C.

Summit: 8,033’

Lifts: 5

Resort acres: 2,800

Vertical: 4,133’

Snowfall: 24’

Inbounds chutes: 85+

kickinghorseresort.com

 

Kimberley Alpine Resort

Location: Kimberley, B.C.

Summit: 6,500’

Lifts: 5

Resort acres: 1,800+

Vertical: 2,465’

Snowfall: 13’

skikimberley.com

 

Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Location: Twisp, Wash.

Summit: 5,260’

Lifts: 3

Cut Runs: 10

Vertical: 1,240’

Snowfall: 12.5’

skitheloup.com

 

Mission Ridge

Location: Wenatchee, Wash.

Summit: 6,820’

Lifts: 6

Terrain: 2,000 acres

Vertical: 2,250’

Sunny Days: 300

missionridge.com

 

RED Mountain Resort

Location: Rossland, B.C.

Summit: 6,807’

Longest Run: 4.3 miles

Lifts: 7

Skiable Acres: 4,200

Vertical: 2,919’

Annual Snowfall: 300 inches

New Lodging: The Josie Hotel & Nowhere Special Hostel

redresort.com

 

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Location: Revelstoke, B.C.

Lift-top Elevation: 7,300’

Skiable Acres: 3,121

Longest Run: 9.5 miles

Vertical: 5,620 (North America’s greatest vert)

Annual Snowfall: 30-45’

revelstokemountainresort.com

 

SilverStar Mountain Resort

Location: Vernon, B.C.

Summit: 6,280’

Lifts: 11

Runs: 132

Skiable Acres: 3,282 (B.C.’s 3rd largest resort)

Vertical: 2,500’

Annual Snowfall: 275 inches

skisilverstar.com 

 

Stevens Pass

Location: Leavenworth, Wash.

Summit: 5,845’

Lifts: 10

Skiable Acres: 1,125

Vertical: 1,800’

Annual Snowfall: 460 inches

stevenspass.com

 

Tamarack Resort

Location: Donnelly, Idaho

Summit: 7,700’

Lifts: 6

Lift-accessed Terrain: 1,000

Vertical: 2,800’

tamarackidaho.com

 

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Location: Whitefish, Mont.

Summit: 6,817’

Lifts: 14

Terrain: 3,000

Vertical: 2,353’

Annual Snowfall: 300 inches

Terrain Parks: 5 (and a skier/boarder cross course)

skiwhitefish.com

 

Whitewater Ski Resort

Location: Nelson, B.C.

Summit: 6,700’

Lifts: 3 (and one handle tow)

Skiable Acres: 2,367

Vertical: 2,044’

Annual Snowfall: 40’

Lodge Food: Epic!

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