CMR Lands LLC last week acquired 49° North Mountain Resort, a ski area located on Chewelah Mountain in Northeast Washington. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
For the last 85 years, Chewelah Mountain and 49° North has had several generations of long-term owners and managers. 49° North and Silver Mountain resorts will now have related ownership but will operate as independent entities.
The management team at 49° North Mountain Resort will remain intact, with John Eminger continuing as the general manager after 23 years as the owner and operator. The management of both areas are looking forward to the synergies created between the resorts that will benefit passholders and guests.
“It has been an honor over the last two decades to be part of increasing the size of the ski area,” Eminger said. “We have grown from 905 acres to nearly 2,250 acres, created a Nordic trail system with nine miles of trails, opened a new summit to lift assisted skiing, created over 35 new trails and glades in two basins and added new lifts. It is all a testament to the well developed winter community in Chewelah.
“This transition in ownership will allow for continued improvements and growth, especially in skier experience on and off the snow. We look to increase passholder benefits, remodel the lodge, add a new conveyor carpet to the beginner area, upgrade lifts and add new grooming equipment.”
A new discounted combo 49° North and Silver Mountain pass that will allow passholders to ski at either resort is debuting this week with an introductory price of $459 for adults and $329 for youth, and can be purchased at either mountain.
“We think this is a great value as we are essentially adding an entirely new mountain to a normal season pass,” Eminger said. “For the storm riders, it offers a seven-day-a-week option and allows dual pass holders to follow the snow and great conditions. We think this will be a great product for our Spokane guests who can go an hour either direction for a great snow experience.”
49° North and Silver Mountain resorts will also be adding additional benefits to their respective season passes for those who choose to only ski at one resort.
49° North Mountain Resort is a 2,250 acre ski resort with seven lifts, two summits, three basins and Nordic system located in the Colville National Forest near Chewelah Washington.