The backside operation is Selkirk Powder Company and is now operating a cat rather than the Sherpa and trailer. The link here is a video TR from earlier this year.http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=51694
Schweitzer doesn't have the steeps that some areas have, for sure. But, there are some good steep shots in the north bowl as well as some steeper stuff off the south ridge. It's not 'fall and die' steep or exposed but there are some decent shots for like 800 vertical. The only problem is that since the two bowls are truly bowls, they tend to flatten out early so the vertical steep is limited. There's quite a bit off-piste stuff and tons of open backcountry opportunity.
The biggest downfall is that it can be foggy but if you're skiing a lot, you'll have plenty of bluebird days as well as some great powder days as the average snowfall is over 300" per year. Usually if it's foggy on parts of the mountain, you can move around and find some decent visibility. Sometimes it's just pea soup.
Fernie is quite a ways (about 3 1/2 hours) away but Nelson and Whitewater are only about an hour to an hour and a half away. If you're looking to relocate, Sandpoint's a great little town with the lake in the summer and a real artsy style to it. It's easy to get around and a fun place if you like all kinds of outdoor stuff to do.
The Quality Inn is a decent hotel but be aware of the train tracks behind it. You can get woken up late at night and early in the morning by the trains. I would suggest the La Quinta which is actually a little closer to the downtown activities and restaurants.