CHEWELAH, Wash. -- After arainy start to the ski season, a winter storm droppednine inches of fresh snow at 49 Degrees North over night. More than 5 inches fell at the lodge where skiiers and snowboarders anxiously hit the slopes, many for the first time this season.

Elevations above 3,000 feet saw up to several inches of snow accumulate since Saturday, which is exactly what local ski areas waited all week for.

Rain showers forced 49 Degree North to close last week. Sunday was their fourth open day.

Ski Director Rick Brown said the new snow is enough to sustain a base, and the resort should stay open for business throughout the remainder of the normal season.

We're back on track now. The early season is unpredictable and that's normal for the Northwest. We get a little bit of rain, we get a little bit of snow, but we're usually able to keep operating, Brown said.

The storm also dumped 2 of snow on Mt. Spokane, 10 on Schweitzer Mountain, 7 on Silver Mountain, and 8 on Lookout Pass.

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