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What's New for 2015-16

What’s New at your Ski NW Rockies Resorts in 2015-2016

posted: November 12, 2015

49° North

  • New for the 2015-16 season are two SMI fan guns and 10 acres of snow making, which will provide coverage at the base area, beginner slopes and teaching area. We will make snow as soon as temperatures drop, and this will result in improved coverage for those areas that tend to start out a bit thin. During the 2016-17 season an additional 30 acres of snowmaking on 3 major runs will be added as a new well system and additional infrastructure improvements come on line, including a 500,000 gallon mid-mountain reservoir.
  • We are growing!  Last June the Stevens County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a development agreement allowing the construction of up to 2,000 residential units and 200,000 square feet of commercial space in the Sunrise Basin.
  • Residential lots, homes, and multi-family units are currently being reserved for sale when the final plat is approved in March of 2016.
  • In preparation for lodging Sunrise Basin continues to grow and expand as a new road, utilities, two yurts with sun decks and more are being added before the season.
  •  Two new runs in the Sunrise Basin.
  •  More parking! A new parking lot adjacent to the Yurts with a capacity for 50 cars.  An additional 2.5 acre parking lot is also being constructed in the Calispell Creek base area.
  • Nelson Creek Road construction is underway and scheduled for completion in November. This 1.25 mile road is being built to state highway standards and will be complete to crushed rock surface. The road will be paved and guard rails will be constructed next summer. This multimillion dollar project will involve moving more than 100,000 yards of earth. A short video of the project can be found at


Lookout Pass

  • Snowsports School: A higher level of instruction is available at Lookout for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities with extended time for lessons.   Programs include the Senior Workshop on Mondays, Downhill Divas for women only on Fridays and Next Level for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders on Sundays. Individual and group lessons are offered every day the mountain is open. Partnered with Tri-State Outfitters to include more added value to our Learn to Ski or Ride in 3 program with an additional graduation incentive. Learn more:
  • Powder Wednesdays: Lookout gets so much snow we’re adding another day of face shots once again for 2015-16. In January and February the mountain will be open six days a week, from Wednesday through Monday.
  • Benefits Partners: Added more value to our season pass with the addition of new businesses to the Season Pass holder Benefits Partnership.
  • WiFi available in the lodge to Lookout guests
  •  Read more about what’s new with photos at:


Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park

  • With $1.5 million from the last Legislative session, a great deal of work has been completed to repair and update our lodges and move forward with plans to construct a new guest services building at Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.
  • The Main Lodge features a new roof and flooring throughout the main level.  Lodge 1, which is open to the public on weekends and holidays, has undergone a complete overhaul.  New entrances allow for improved access from the parking lot, and new restrooms on the lower level, new flooring, energy-efficient windows, and other updates have modernized the entire building.   Lodge 1 serves as home base for Spokane Parks & Recreation’s Therapeutic skiing program, as well as the Spokane Ski Racing Association.  This venue is the hub for championship races that serve thousands of youth ski racers and families from Washington and neighboring states.
  • A new Guest Services building, to be located at parking lot level near the Ski Patrol Building, will host Tickets, Snow Sports Center, Ski School programs, Daycare, and an expanded Rental Shop once complete in 2017.  Design is underway and construction is expected to begin in 2016.
  • Mt. Spokane State Park and Nordic Area also received funding for significant improvements, including design of a new Nordic Center to better accommodate a growing user base, road maintenance inside the Park, and moving the maintenance facility from the park entrance to Linder’s Ridge.
  • In addition to providing year-around recreation, Mt. Spokane is an economic catalyst for our region.  We plan to hire up to 300 part-time employees this season to support our ski and snowboard operations.  More information can be found at
  • Following the ruling last fall allowing Mt. Spokane to move forward with expanding skier access by installing a new chairlift and runs on the backside of the mountain, we have been working closely with Spokane County and the Washington State Parks Commission on our path forward.  The permitting process is moving ahead, and pre-construction activities are currently underway.
  • Mt. Spokane has been inducted into The Pacific Northwest Inlander’s Hall of Fame as the region’s Best Place to Snowboard for 10 years running.  Routinely voted by the region’s public as the favorite place to ski and snowboard, Mt. Spokane proudly offers night skiing, the Northwest’s largest ski school, a tubing hill for the whole family, and more.
  • Read more at:

Silver Mountain

  • Daily Operations for the 2015-2016 Winter Season! Seven day a week operations planned for December 17, 2015- April 4, 2016 adding potentially 26 additional days of riding on the mountain. Friday-Sunday operations planned beginning November 27, 2015.
  • Extensive brush cutting campaign by the mountain team to enhance the early season riding experience and provide more terrain with less snow.
  • Improving the value and convenience for guests with new pass products including the young adult (ages 18-23) and family pass (two adults and up to three youth) and as always the season passes come with 4X access to Silver Rapids Indoor Water Park.
  • Terrain based teaching techniques continues to be added to the ski school to make it easier to learn how to ski or board. 
  • The progression terrain park continues to be expanded to help introduce young and adventuresome riders to the joy of rails and air time.
  • The Rental Shop has added new skis, snowboards and boots to the fleet.
  • Fresh remodel of Mogul’s on the Mountain will greet guests this year. 
  • An extra session during the weekends to the popular 800 foot tubing hill providing more guest options.
  • Snowmaking capabilities

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