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49 Degrees North preparing for opening day

CHEWELAH, Wash. - 49 Degrees North is adding runs to its mountain near Chewelah and putting the final touches on the Angel Peak chairlift, more than 4,000 feet long to move people onto the new terrain.

Monday morning the snow on the mountain was wet and heavy, which is just the way they like it right now. Snow Cats spent Monday track packing the snow to create a base that will last until late April.

video At the top of the mountain there is close to 20 inches of snow, with almost 16 closer to the bottom. This season skiers will also be able to ride the mountains newest lift.

"We spent our entire summer building we're extremely excited about it," Rick Brown with 49 Degrees North said. "It's going to access some new terrain for a lot of folks. There's just a ton going on here, ton to be pumped about."

The two person lift will take skiers and boarders to the top of Angel Peak. The new lift is actually a refurbished lift purchased from a ski resort in Colorado.

Of course everyone wants to know when opening day is. The answer is that right now it's looking to be sometime around Thanksgiving, give or take a few days.