A new combination season pass for $429 for adults, $329 for youth debuted following the announcement of the sale. Skiers and riders can still purchases individual mountain season passes.
The purchase also means skiers and 'boarders will begin to see more improvements at 49 Degrees North, which has had the same owners for 47 years, and has undergone expansion in the last 20 years. Planned upgrades include a base lodge remodel, conveyor beginner lift, upgraded lifts and more snowmaking.
The two resorts are 114 miles apart, and the route crosses the Washington-Idaho state line just east of Spokane. Their location on the eastern front of the Cascades draws Pacific-drenched snowfall in most seasons.
Management at both resorts will remain the same, for the time being, according to sale officials.
Named for its location near the 49th parallel, 49 Degrees North has grown by 1,300 acres in the last two decades to 2,250 skiable acres – served by seven lifts – that spread off the 5,773-foot summit of Chewelah Peak and neighboring Angel Peak.
Located near Kellogg, Idaho, Silver Mountain began in 1968 as Jackass Ski Bowl until name changed to Silverhorn Mountain in 1973. In the 1980s, new ownership built a gondola from a parking lot in Kellogg to the base of the mountain.
“We think this is a great value as we are essentially adding an entirely new mountain to a normal season pass,” said 49 Degrees GM John Eminger. “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.”