Outdoors

Ski season starts this morning in Washington for those willing to make the long drive

49 Degrees North opens Friday-Sunday at 9 a.m. The ski area, the second largest in Washington, is located north of Spokane near the town of Chewelah.
49 Degrees North opens Friday-Sunday at 9 a.m. The ski area, the second largest in Washington, is located north of Spokane near the town of Chewelah. The Spokesman-Review file, 2008

Friday is the first day of ski season in Washington, but South Sound residents will need a tank gas to hit the slopes.

49 Degrees North opens Friday-Sunday at 9 a.m. The ski area, the second largest in Washington, is located north of Spokane near the town of Chewelah.

For something a little closer, Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood is expanding to daily operations starting Friday. The year-round ski area has been offering weekend skiing.

Lookout Pass on the Idaho-Montana border opened Nov. 4 for weekend operations.

Crystal Mountain hoped to open for the season Friday, but had to cancel the plans when a recent storm didn’t deliver enough snow.

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