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Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Check out the Unofficial Guide to Schweitzer Mountain Resort for details on things like secret stashes, best places to ski, avoiding lift lines, and other local insights on the mountain. 

 

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Trail Map
Trail Map

 

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Conditions
 

Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

 

Spokane International Airport
Airlines operating from Spokane include Alaska Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Horizon Air, Southwest, United, United Express and US Airways Express.

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
 
 

Lodging
Lodging
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

White Pine Lodge

 

1,2 and 3 bedroom condominiums with access to pool, hot tub and fitness center. Extra person charges may apply $242 and up 

Selkirk Lodge

 

 

Standard hotel rooms and suites, some with kitchenettes. Hotel has pool, hot tub and fitness center. Packages including breakfast, Internet access and use of all amenities. 

Extra person charges may apply

 

$164 and up 

 

Holiday Inn Express

 

 

Newest hotel in Sandpoint offering free deluxe continental breakfast, free Internet access, microwave and refrigerator.  Amenities include indoor pool and hot tub.

Extra person charges may apply

 

$99 and up

 

       
       

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Dining

 

Second Avenue Pizza

 

Ivano's Ristorante

 

The Bistro at the Inn at Sand Creek

  • Additional dining options are available in Sandpoint, Idaho.

 

REAL ESTATE
 
 
DEALS
 
 
 
 
WHAT'S NEW
 
 
 
ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
SERVICES

 

2013 - 2014 Rental Equipment Rates


2013 - 2014 Adult Lesson Rates

 

2013 - 2014 Children Lesson Rates


2013 - 2014 Snow Tubing Rates

 

2013 - 2014 Spa Services

 

GOOD, BETTER, BEST
Good: The local town is Sandpoint, a funky lakeside resort in summer, a funky mountain town in winter.
Better: Stop at Mickduff's Brewing Company, great brew, good food!
Best: The view of Lake Pend'Oreille from the top of Schweitzer on a clear day!
 

 

Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Description:

Schweitzer Mountain is a prime vacation spot all year long. Hike, horseback ride, bike, take a trail ride or hitch the quad to the top of the mountain to get the best pickins' of the huckleberry season. And the city of Sandpoint is only a short, 9-mile drive down the mountain. Sandpoint, in any season, is well worth a visit, boasting a four-season climate and fun opportunities for all ages. If fishing is your favorite sport, try trophy fishing on Lake Pend Oreille. The 43-mile long lake is over 1,150 feet deep and offers a chance to land a BIG ONE, a 25-pound-plus Kamloops trout. City Beach, in the downtown area, offers a variety of lake access activities such as sailing, chartered boat excursions, parasailing, kayaking, wind surfing and swimming.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double3
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple1
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad2
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other1 HS Six
Lifts-Total number of lifts9
Lifts-Total lift capacity12,502/hr.
Trails-1-Beginner10%
Trails-2-Intermediate40%
Trails-3-Advanced35%
Trails-4-Expert only15%
Trails-5-Terrain park3
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total92
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run2 miles
General-Base elevation
General-Vertical drop2400'
General-Owner
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds2900 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: wide open slopes, uncrowded, great variety of terrain, greats lifts, inexpensive compared to more popular resorts, great ski town (Sandpoint)

Cons: not for extreme GNAR

Schweitzer has a base elevation of 4700’ and 6400’ at the top.  The Outback bowl side of the resort goes lower to about 4000’.  Both sides are huge bowls, with steep chutes at the top 1/3 of the mountain and wide runs all over the mountain.  The Schweitzer bowl side is more open, and has two high speed quads from the village (Basin and Great Escape, which gets you to the top and can access either side).  Near the top of the Basin quad a fixed grip triple (Lakeview) gets you to some nice chutes.  The Outback side has nice tree runs and glades, with a high speed 6 pack (Stella), a old fixed double (Snow Ghost) and a newer T-bar.   Both sides have blacks and double blacks chutes from the top, feeding into long blue cruisers.   Also, each side has long blue ridge trails that access many black and blue runs.  The Great Divide run from the Great Escape chair allows you to ski a dozen runs on either side, either to Schweitzer bowl or Outback.

 

So here it was, December 23rd, in a year where most areas had very limited runs open and, every run at Schwetizer was open, all 2900 acres.  Schweitzer proudly advertised that they have the largest open terrain of any resort in North American right now, even though they hadn’t had any new snow in about 3 weeks.  You can pretty much ski everywhere, in between the marked runs if you want.   There were no crowds, minimal lift lines, and the runs are all pretty wide.  On many, or most runs you have the feeling you’re the only ones on the mountain. They do a lot of grooming all over the mountain and nothing was really icy.  Well, maybe that chute from Lakeview at the end of the day that freaked me out when I started skidding out of control and needed to self-arrest.  I looked on the map later and it listed it as a black diamond.  Felt like a double diamond to me.  They do use a winch groomer on some of those chutes.   Later on Saturday and Sunday I took some black diamonds on the Outback side that were gladed, but less steep than the Lakeview chutes, and a double black with some glades that was similar in pitch to the Lakeview single blacks.  By no means were any of these runs subject to “grade inflation”, the blue runs have some steep pitches to them and the black diamonds are truly black.  There’s nothing truly extreme or gnarly, like cliffs and rocks and such, but overall enough challenging terrain to keep most people happy. 

 

 

What is really striking about Schweitzer is that it’s so wide open, that even if it’s busy (for Schweitzer), it doesn’t seem crowded.  There is so much terrain and nothing really dangerous as far as cliffs, so you can ski anywhere, in between runs, through trees.  On a clear day you have awesome views, on a foggy day you have lots of trees on the Outback side.  Locals are friendly, mountain hosts and lifties are courteous and helpful.  The lift system is efficient and it's easy to get from one side of the mountain to the other.