The Wang, left center, drew a nostalgic crowd on the last day of the season. PHOTO BY CHRIS BESSLER
beerful goodbyes as we lose the Wang
Some Schweitzer fans are mourning the loss of the Wang Shack, the ramshackle summit bar. Taking its place is the $3.8 million summit lodge. The Wang was an ode to simple North Idaho roots where drinking in a shack was a cherished tradition. It was so cool it made Ski Magazine in August for “Best Use of Idaho Chrome.” The Wang Shack was well, a shack: Two small-frame buildings cobbled together. Mountain Operations Manager Bill Williamson opined it was “held together by paint.” Ski was kinder: “duct tape and staples.” Before it was the Wang, it was an outpost for The Source, with demo skis parked outside. Inside, there was very limited seating, with a big cooler on the left side of the door, a one-tender bar with two taps and an essentials-only selection of liquor and standing room for a couple dozen close friends. If you got a beer out of the cooler, you might have stood in line to
show the empty can to the bartender when you paid. When a foursome tipped a Shotzski, everyone else in the room had their backs against the highly decorated walls. “The Wang has what feels like 100 years of history in only a short span of six years,” Sandpoint skier Erich Thompson said. “I’ve never ever seen a place like it or that’s close to being as cool. For me the end of the Wang Shack will be a sad day. Save the Wang!” Despite the rumors and ardent desires of the “Save The Wang” movement, the shack is not relocating. “If we try to move it, it’ll just disintegrate,” said Tom Chasse, CEO and president. No matter; the Wang will remain a joyous memory. RIP Wang Shack.
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