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FEATURES 16

DEPARTMENTS

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4 INSIDE LINES

With CEO and President Tom Chasse

6 MOUNTAIN LIVING

Spending a family night at MountainSide

9 FOOD AND WINE

Famous potatoes at the Outback Inn

11 FACE SHOT

Meet behind-the-scenes champion Dave Rowe

12 TIPS FROM THE TOP

Insight from Schweitzer insiders

13 ONE MOUNTAIN, THREE WAYS

18 PHOTO ESSAY: THE LAKE FROM ALOFT

How three ‘old’ hands spend a day on the mountain

26 DINING A LA SANDPOINT

16 TIMBER OF YESTERYEAR Giant cedars stand vigil in Outback Bowl

23 BILL AND CHACO

Mountain operations director puts avalanche search dog in the ranks

28 OFF THE MOUNTAIN

Top five things to do in Sandpoint

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30 THIS IS SCHWEITZER

Overview, services and amenities, trail maps, calendar and stats

34 SUMMER AT SCHWEITZER

Come summer, the mountain blooms with activity

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THE SCHWEITZER DIFFERENCE

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t’s amazing to think that five years have passed since I first rolled across the Long Bridge into Sandpoint to begin a new chapter here at Schweitzer. As I look back on the last few years, I can vividly remember my first few days on the mountain. Like many of our first-time guests, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What would the ski experience be like? Would the staff welcome me? How would Schweitzer compare to other areas that I’ve visited? What was I getting myself and my family into by moving across the country and leaving a place we had called home for so long? Fast forward to today. As I begin my sixth winter at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, I’m happy to report that the initial exhilaration of my first few runs down the Schweitzer Bowl hasn’t worn off. In fact, the anticipation of another winter on the mountain is stronger than ever. As summer greens fade to the colors of fall and the first hints of snow dust the higher peaks, I can’t contain my enthusiasm for the winter ahead. And, truth be told, I’m not alone in feeling this level of excitement. Our staff here is eager, too, to welcome you, our valued guests, to the mountain. I’ve learned over the last few years that Schweitzer is special to Schweitzer CEO and our guests and staff for many difPresident Tom Chasse. ferent reasons. Undoubtedly, one such reason is the incredible diversity of terrain. Few resorts in North America can match our 2,900 acres of cruisers, steeps, chutes, trees and wide-open bowls. Many guests comment on the grooming here at Schweitzer as being a key differentiator versus other resorts that they’ve visited – no doubt because we have an amazing crew that knows every detail of the terrain and exactly how to groom it to perfection nightly. Others cite the unparalleled friendliness and genuine enthusiasm exuded by the staff. You won’t find a happier and more guest-focused bunch at any other resort. Still others comment on the learning programs, while Schweitzer’s unpretentious skiin, ski-out village receives kudos from overnight guests. Collectively, all of these unique aspects are what we call The Schweitzer Difference. While other ski resorts may get great snow or have the newest lifts, chances are the sum of their many parts simply won’t live up to The Schweitzer Difference. Yes, five years later, I can tell you that, without a doubt, The Schweitzer Difference is real, is special and is something that I invite you to experience for yourself this winter.

Warm regards,

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Published by KEOKEE CO. PUBLISHING, INC. Sandpoint, Idaho

Publisher CHRIS BESSLER Editor BILLIE JEAN PLASTER Copy Editor BETH HAWKINS

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Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc. 405 Church St. Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 208-263-3573 www.keokee.com Entire contents © Keokee Co. Publishing, Inc. 2011 All rights reserved Schweitzer Magazine is the official publication of Schweitzer Mountain Resort, published annually and distributed to Schweitzer visitors; local advertisers’ restaurants, retail shops and other establishments; and by mail to season pass holders, mountain lodging guests and potential real estate clients. Schweitzer Magazine is published for Schweitzer by Keokee Co. Publishing of Sandpoint. For advertising information, contact Keokee Publishing. View the digital flip-page edition at www.schweitzermagazine.com

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A FAMILY REFLECTS ON THE AMENITIES AND PRIME LOCATION OF THIS SLOPESIDE HOME

A NIGHT AT MOUNTAINSIDE

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By Beth Hawkins

Photos by Caroline Hawkins and Beth Hawkins

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chweitzer is an incredibly big part of our family’s life. The kids love to ski, our college-age son, Dalton, works for the Schweitzer Events Crew during winter breaks, and my husband, Bill, pretty much grew up on the slopes. As for me, the mom, I enjoy taking my youngest son, Will, on increasingly challenging runs, and hitting the black diamonds with my daughters, Caroline and Delaina. So this past summer, we gladly accepted an invitation to spend the night in one of the newly built MountainSide homes. These are slopeside homes located in an awe-inspiring spot just above the Schweitzer Village, at the heels of the popular Midway ski run. As regular visitors to the resort, we enjoyed this chance to soak up Schweitzer’s scene during our overnight stay. In fact, as we were relaxing on the deck that evening with friends – gazing up at the chairlifts and wide-open runs – there was a feeling of never wanting to leave! Seriously, everything our family enjoys was right here. As the mom, I was smitten with the top-of-the-line amenities in this beautiful home: spacious bedrooms, luxurious bathrooms, and a gorgeous kitchen complete with granite countertops and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Bill was perfectly content barbecuing on the deck while taking in views of Schweitzer’s ski runs, as well as the sweeping vista of Lake Pend Oreille. And when the kids weren’t soaking in the hot tub on the deck, they were down at the Village’s swimming pool (an included perk that comes with the home) or catching up on cartoons on the home’s four flat-screen TVs. As my 12-year-old daughter, Caroline, exuberantly exclaimed: “Mom, there are TVs everywhere!” “The location’s awesome, it’s one-of-a-kind,” said Realtor Patrick Werry, who represents Schweitzer Mountain Real Estate for sales of the MountainSide homes. “There’s no other slopeside home that offers the views of MountainSide. And during Outrageous Air it probably has one of the best views of the jumpers anywhere.” My 9-year-old son, Will, even spotted the familiar NASTAR ski-racing shack, where his brother works during the winter, as he glanced out the kitchen window. “That’s so awesome!” he said, as he peered up at the little hut perched high on the mountain and quickly recited his fastest racing time from last winter. The home is built environmentally friendly, with bamboo flooring and a sloped roofline to hold the snow – which in itself is an insulation factor. And comfort is the name of the game here, with hydronically heated floors as well as forced air. “No expense is spared,” said Werry. Our stay occurred during the popular Huckleberry Festival, an annual August celebration of this prolific northern Idaho wild berry. Our family enjoyed the bounty of fun activities happening just steps away from our front door: huckleberry pancake breakfast, games, huckleberry-picking hikes, a climbing wall for the kids, tennis and chairlift rides. There was so much to do, in fact, that we couldn’t fit it all in. And after entertaining friends in the evening back at the MountainSide home, my husband and I reflected on the intangible memories that were created for our family: a beautiful sense of relaxation and laid-back comfort, views of our favorite ski runs out every window, and, of course, our purplestained fingers from huckleberry picking! It’s an experience we’ll never forget.

Opposite page: Relaxing with family and friends is easy in the spacious living area of the MountainSide home. Top left: The Hawkins kids entertain themselves for hours in the Village’s swimming pool. Top right: Will takes flight on the bungee trampoline. Above: Will and Caroline at the entrance of the MountainSide home. At left: Will contemplates his next move on the climbing wall. Below: Caroline and Delaina enjoy Schweitzer’s huckleberry pancake breakfast under the tent in the Village.

To learn more about the MountainSide homes, call Patrick Werry at 208-290-2016, Schweitzer Mountain Real Estate at 208-255-7300, or visit www.SchweitzerRealEstate.com. 2011 • 2012

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FAMOUS POTATOES IDAHO’S GOT THEM AT THE OUTBACK INN

By Katie Ross

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t’s hot. It’s cheesy. It’s served at a mountain near you. It’s the Outback Potato! The mammoth tater, a featured delicacy of Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s Outback Inn, features everything a skier or snowboarder could want to warm up their frigid bellies after a long day in the cold: a large, steamy baked potato swimming in piping hot chili, shredded cheese, spicy jalapeños, crisp onions, sizzlin’ bacon bits, cool sour cream and juicy tomatoes. A prodigious delight for hungry skiers and riders, the loaded potato has long been the signature dish at the Outback Inn, found right next to the high-speed 6-pack, Stella, in the Outback Bowl. Powder hounds come from far and wide to seek out this legendary tuberous treat. Perfect for supplying the vigorous energy required for shredding the slopes, the Outback Potato will always be a favorite among snow-hungry locals. “The potato is one of the best-kept secrets at Schweitzer,” said President and CEO Tom Chasse, “but it’s time we shared that secret with the world!” Of course, the giant potato is also completely customizable. From adding extra toppings to taking them away, the friendly Outback staff is happy to oblige. Said Outback Lodge Manager Tom Tharp, “Mountain regulars often have their own unique ways of enjoy-

ing the Outback Potato, and we’re happy to oblige with countless variations on the standard presentation.” For those hearty enough to conquer its chilicovered slopes, the potato provides endless rewards. A warm stomach, messy face and sense of extreme accomplishment are just a few of the Outback Potato’s many gifts. It’s also just one of numerous tasty indulgences offered at the Outback Inn. The potato is joined on the menu by delicious items such as burgers, hot dogs, hot cocoa, pastries and more. There’s something to satisfy every appetite at this hidden gem of a lodge. The potato itself has a rich history in Idaho. It was first introduced to the state in 1836 by Christian missionary Henry Spalding, who wanted to teach the local Nez Perce tribe to cultivate the vegetable. Potatoes were also of great importance during the Idaho gold rush in 1860, when much of the potato harvest was used to feed miners during their quest for riches. Since then, the spunky spud has continued to thrive as Idaho’s signature crop. 2011 • 2012

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KEEPING IT RUNNING IT’S BEHIND-THE-SCENES CHAMPION DAVE ROWE

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mong the unsung heroes of Schweitzer Mountain – those behind-the-scenes champions in all departments who keep it unique and running – one employee stands out. That would be Dave Rowe, the snow service and special projects manager, but jack-of-all-trades and master of everything is more accurate. There isn’t a job this man won’t take on. From building and installing chairlifts and trail management to snow making and grooming, he has seen and done it all. Snow and winter are second nature to this self-proclaimed ski-bum. The book “Outliers: The Story of Success” proposes that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. When asked about that concept, Rowe softly smiles and says he has quadrupled that number when it comes to grooming. Rowe, 47, grew up under the wing of his father, who was a general manager for several ski resorts, and relocated to some of the best areas for skiing during his childhood. The first time he stepped foot into a snow cat was at the impressionable age of 15. He has been hooked ever since. The technology and discipline it takes to oper­ ate a quarter-of-a-million-dollar machine and groom the 92 trails to perfection are what keep Rowe passionate about his job. With utmost humility, he lists a few of the qualities it takes for him and his crew to get behind the wheel: “You have to have courage and composure to take on the mountain or face a crisis.” Rowe is not just the father of the mountain. He goes home to a wife and

two daughters. His face lights up when he talks about them, and the lessons he tries to impart on his children are nothing short of inspiring. “It’s important to be true to yourself. Admit when you make a mistake, and follow through if you say you’ll do something. Live your life with honesty,” he said. Yes, it’s as simple as that. We should all take note of his sage words and notice their reflection in the snow and trails that we ride every day!

Dave Rowe, the snow service and special projects manager at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, is passionate about grooming trails to perfection

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t i p s f ro m t h e to p WITH 2,900 ACRES OF TERRAIN, it’s a rare day when the entire resort is enshrouded in fog. If the front side has low visibility, there’s a good chance that the Outback Bowl is better – particularly the lowerelevation runs off Stella. Stick to narrow trails where the tree lines offer good contrast, and best of all, take a lesson with one of our THE NEW ECO-FRIENDLY, experienced coaches who SLOPESIDE COMMUNITY can share additional tips.

THE SNOW UNDER THE SUNNYSIDE lift stays untracked for days after a big storm; take the cat track to Musical Chairs when Sunnyside isn’t running!

DID YOU KNOW that the combined lift ride times for Stella and The Great Escape are still less than the Snow Ghost double? Don’t let a weather closure on this lift get you down – the back side is still skiable, and you’ll have it nearly to yourself!

MOUNTAINSIDE GRAB A TRAIL MAP at the beginning of the season and hang it on your fridge. Try to ski every run on the hill. Make sure to keep track regularly by highlighting the runs you conquered. There are 92 of them so give yourself some time to hit them all!

HAVE A SEASON PASS? Check out the “passholder perks” page on the website (Schweitzer. com) to find out where you can save at various outlets throughout the resort.

IS ABRACADABRA GROOMED TODAY? Be sure to check the grooming report to see if Abracadabra has been groomed; if so, you are in for a rollercoaster ride down this fun and fast groomer.

CROSS-COUNTRY AND SNOWSHOEING trails await from the village – 32 kilometers of ‘em. Pick up a trail map at the Mountain Activity Center. A journey to the popular Picnic Point overlook is not to be missed.

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How three ‘old’ hands spend

a day on the mountain

By Sheryl Bussard. Photos by Sean Briggs and Sean Mirus

THE COUPLE Him: Lifelong Enthusiast

Local businessman Brett Taylor (Taylor & Sons Chevrolet) has been recreating at Schweitzer Mountain since he was 8 – alpine, freestyle, moguls, boarding – you name it. Now age 32, he’s just being characteristically modest when he says he can “get down the mountain.”

TEENAGE BRAINIAC Skier Turned ’Boarder

Born and raised in Sandpoint, Andy Meyer, 17, started skiing when he was 2 and took up boarding six years ago. His family has a condo in the Village, so this stellar Sandpoint High student totally knows his way around the mountain. His parents, Julie and Steve Meyer, own Pend d’Oreille Winery in Sandpoint.

Her: Snowboard Convert

Sara Collins, 29, moved to Sandpoint four years ago. She learned to ski as a kid in Colorado and switched to boarding when she was 15. Although she works full-time, Sara managed to rack upwards of 25 days last winter and prides herself on conquering new expert runs every season.

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It’s hard to believe Gary Quinn, 58, has been skiing for nearly half a century. To him, Schweitzer is an almost sacred place, and his passion for everything backcountry comes through loud and clear. Part of his inside edge? Wife Mary is the events and activities schweitzer magazine director 13 at Schweitzer.


first things first

on the snow

PREFERRED PARKING

FIRST HIT If there’s new snow I’d probably go over to Chair 4 (Sunnyside) or go down to the back side where there’s fresh powder so I can get to it before it’s all tracked up.

We park at our condo building in the Village. So that makes it pretty easy.

STARTING TIME

If we’re staying at our condo, we’ll usually get out around 9 a.m. If we’re coming up from town, it’s usually 10:30 or so.

1 TEENAGE BRAINIAC

SNOW PREFERENCE Powder. Deep powder.

FAVORITE CHAIR Chair 4 (Sunnyside)

BEST INTERMEDIATE RUN Anything off Chair 4 (Sunnyside.)

BEST EXPERT RUN

I really like Australia, and I started doing a lot of the Outback Bowl chutes.

Andy Meyer

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on the snow

PREFERRED PARKING

He says: At the very bottom, where you ski over to Chair 2 (Musical Chairs). She says: On the road that goes up to the lodge. Or the middle lot.

FIRST HIT He says: First thing I do laps on the Lakeview Triple; it’s what I always do. She says: I usually start on The Basin Express; there are so many different runs off Midway you can do it over and over.

STARTING TIME

BEST INTERMEDIATE RUN

He says: If it’s a powder day, I might come up early, say 8:30 a.m. She says: 10 or 11 a.m., depending on conditions, but in the spring, not till noon.

2 THE COUPLE

He says: Snow Ghost or Little Blue Ridge Run. She says: I like taking Little Blue Ridge Run all the way back down to Stella.

SNOW PREFERENCE

He says: When there’s 2½ feet of fresh powder, I head for the South Bowl cornices – you can just go off. Or 45 degrees in the spring with nice medium jumps. She says: Groomed runs with about 8 inches of powder.

FAVORITE CHAIR Chair 4 (Sunnyside)

BEST EXPERT RUN He says: Lakeside Chutes in the Outback Bowl or The Face from the Lakeview Triple. She says: Quicksilver and J.R. when it’s soft. Hardest for me is Upper Kaniksu.

Brett Taylor & Sara Collins

first things first

on the snow

PREFERRED PARKING

FIRST HIT It depends on the snow, but I’ll take the Quad (Great Escape) to Kohli’s Big Timber or Pucci’s Chute. Chair 6 (Snow Ghost) – that’s where I do my laps, the Siberia area.

I park at the Red Barn and take the bus up most of the time. It’s so convenient.

STARTING TIME

Usually first chair. If it’s a powder day I’m definitely first chair. I do a few runs and head off to the backcountry.

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BEST INTERMEDIATE RUN On the front side, Ridge Run. On the back, Lower Kaniksu.

BEST EXPERT RUN Kohli’s

Big Timber – that’s the first place I go on a big powder day.

SNOW PREFERENCE

Powder. As deep as it gets. Which is what’s so great about the backcountry – if there’s no powder in the area, you can always find it in the backcountry.

FAVORITE CHAIR Chair 6 (Snow Ghost)


relaxation and breaks

need to know

SECRET PLACE

GOOD PLACE TO MEET UP

FAVORITE SCHWEITZER EVENT

NEW TO THE MOUNTAIN

LUNCH Chili fries at the main cafeteria in the Lakeview Lodge. They’re really good. That’s what I go for.

BEST THING ABOUT SCHWEITZER

My brother Paul found a pretty cool spot off Chair 4 by Loophole Loop – a really nice spot between the trees. Oh, now it’s not a secret.

I take them on Midway and see what kind of skier they are. If they’re a good skier and can keep up with everyone else, we’ll go up on the Quad and stay on the front side.

A lot of my friends ski in the park, so I meet them down by the new quad or around the Midway area.

APRÈS-SKI We’re usually back at our condo for dinner with my family, or we get pizza from Thor’s (now Powderhound Pizza). Then we like just hanging or wandering out in the Village.

Tropical Daze is a lot of fun. That’s what my parents call it. I really like spring skiing. Also I raced SARS when I was really little.

There are lots of tree runs and since I don’t like the groomers, there are lots of diverse runs I can go on. At night, it’s fun to explore the powder in and around the Village, just to walk around.

relaxation and breaks

need to know

SECRET PLACE

GOOD PLACE TO MEET UP

FAVORITE SCHWEITZER EVENT

NEW TO THE MOUNTAIN

LUNCH She says: Hmm, it depends what time we get started. Sometimes lunch means the blueberry scones at Cabinet Mountain Coffee (in the Lakeview Lodge). Or sometimes a bowl of soup at the Chimney Rock by the fireplace.

He says: Not that I’m willing to share with everyone. But anywhere with the lake view is pretty special. She says: It’s not really a secret but Quicksilver is definitely “our” run. He says: I show them every chair and take them all over the mountain because from the lodge, you can’t tell the vastness of it. She says: It’s always good to start on Midway to determine the person’s skill level. If they’re comfortable, we’ll go on to the Great Escape, Sunnyside and Stella.

He says: We have a locker in the Lakeview Lodge, so that’s a really convenient place for the two of us.

He says: When I was younger I really enjoyed the Stomp Games. I miss the Bump Bash, a mogul contest that started in the late ’70s. She says: Definitely the (Downhill) Dummy (Derby) the last weekend of the season. We get a big group together to cheer on our favorites.

BEST THING ABOUT SCHWEITZER

APRÈS-SKI She says: When we’re meeting friends after skiing, it’s usually Thor’s Pizza (now Powderhound Pizza). Or upstairs at Taps. He says: Or sometimes we’re just tired and hungry after a long day on the hill, so we’ll grab a snack before we head back down the mountain.

He says: It’s a mountain where you can continually progress. It offers a variety of terrain and a great mix of intermediate and expert runs. She says: The mountain is huge and I feel continually challenged; it pushes me to get better. It’s great that there are no lines and everyone’s so friendly.

relaxation and breaks

need to know

SECRET PLACE

GOOD PLACE TO MEET UP

FAVORITE SCHWEITZER EVENT

NEW TO THE MOUNTAIN

LUNCH Since we’re mostly out in the backcountry by lunchtime, it’s all pack-in, pack-out.

In the trees you can always find little secret stashes, and when my kids were growing up we explored lots of them. One of the things that’s really great about Schweitzer is the side country. You can go out of bounds on a gate and then come back into controlled area to a chairlift without having to skin out (hike out.) It’s really important to go with someone experienced the first time and have the proper gear.

We don’t take too many breaks; it’s more like we ski until we’re done and then we need a hot tub.

APRÈS-SKI The Gourmandie,

in the White Pine Lodge, is a great place to grab a beer or a glass of wine and a panini after skiing.

I really like the Starlight Race Series. A great way to have a fun Friday night with friends and run lots of gates. Plus you get a handicap if you’re an old guy like me.

BEST THING ABOUT SCHWEITZER It’s a family mountain. The ski school, the activity center – there’s so much to do. It’s where we raised our three kids and they have the same passion for skiing that we do.

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Timber of Yesteryear

Giant cedars stand vigil in Outback Bowl By Katie Ross Photos by Sean Mirus

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The back side of Schweitzer Mountain is guarded by giants. Old-growth cedars, some between 300 and 400 years old, stand vigil over the pristine runs of Schweitzer’s Outback Bowl. Skiers and riders may not notice these majestic old-timers as they swish by in search of pillows and powder stashes, but the trees are part of the living history of Schweitzer Mountain. Back before the resort took shape in the 1960s, the area around Schweitzer was a logging operation. Many trees did not endure through this period, and much of the forest on Schweitzer Mountain is newer growth. How the cedars survived logging and the construction of the resort is not entirely known, but Schweitzer’s forester, Phil Opperman, thinks it could be a combination of a number of factors. “These trees didn’t grow in the time when the resort came up; they’re much older than that,” Opperman said. “Obviously someone had the foresight to save them when the runs were made.” Opperman also pointed out that the cedars are not in prime condition. Some are missing their tops, making them shorter than other old cedars. This could be due to the extreme weather. Wind and ice can build up in the treetops and sometimes lead to rot, according to Opperman. Also, the old-growth cedars at Schweitzer sit right on the edge of their preferred elevation. Higher up the mountain, the trees change to alpine fir. Lower on the mountain, there are younger cedars, the offspring of those felled by logging and harsh conditions. The goliaths sit right in the middle, fighting for survival. “You just have to stop and look at them; they’re amazing” said Donna Chasse, wife of Schweitzer President and CEO Tom Chasse. “It’s just something you don’t see every day – trees that big.” One of the best places to view the trees is in Cedar Park, a trail in the Outback Bowl. Zip Down, the lower parts of Snow Ghost and Phineas’ Forest also have some large cedars. These clusters of trees are probably the most accessible and easiest to find. Then there is the legendary “big tree,” a cedar some 10-plus feet in diameter located off the Springboard run. This behemoth is tricky to locate but worth it. Head down Springboard, and right when Stella cuts into it (at the base of the second runout), hang a sharp skier’s right into the trees, then quickly turn left and head down. The enormous tree sits in a little gully along with the stump of another old cedar. Skier’s right of the large tree is another good-sized cedar. These three cedars are excellent examples of the different generations of trees. “That tree is astounding,” Schweitzer marketing intern Jaimie Crawford, an East Coast native, said of the big tree. “Back where I’m from, we don’t have anything even remotely like this. It’s crazy to think how long these trees have been here.” These historical trees now have to compete with the younger plants of the forest for food and nutrients, such

as the thick alder that grow on the forest floor, Opperman said. The alder prevents many seeds from reaching the mineral-rich soil and also chokes new seedlings as they battle to break through and reach sunlight and rain. Besides competing with other plants for resources, the trees have to hold up against extreme weather. Ice, rain, heavy snow and winds can all damage the trees and make it difficult for them to grow.

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One interesting part of the old-growth the base of the legendary “big cedars at Schweitzer is the presence of tree” off the Springboard run. springboard notches. When logging was Above left: Even an ancient cedar prevalent in the area in the early days, needs a little love – Ski Patroller lumberjacks would cut notches in the thick Brian Johnson offers a hug. trunks of the cedar, insert a piece of wood Above right: Standing guard over the Outback, this cedar has stood into the hole and stand on it. They would the test of time. then cut the tree while standing on the springboard. Cedars tend to have swollen trunks where the wood is less viable and harder to cut with a crosscut saw. Look for these historic cedar stumps with their distinctive springboard notches around the run named for them – Springboard. Many of them have new growth sprouting from the stump. Old-growth cedars are not unique to Schweitzer. Nearby, Ross Creek Cedars off Montana State Highway 56, also known as the Bull River Highway, boasts impressive examples of these trees. Some of the cedars at Ross Creek are about the same age and size as those at Schweitzer Mountain. Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars in Priest Lake contains trees that are between 800 and 2,000 years old. The trees in this virgin forest are up to 12 feet in diameter and 150 feet high. It was designated a scenic area in 1943. The old-growth trees are a unique part of Schweitzer Mountain. Their majesty augments the grace and beauty of the mountain landscape. These trees are living reminders of a past when the forest was unscathed. They deserve to be respected and conserved so that future generations can enjoy their beauty as much as we do. So next time you’re zooming through the forests of the Outback Bowl, stop and take a minute to glance around. You could be in the presence of giants. 2011 • 2012

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Chaco MOUNTAIN OPERATIONS DIRECTOR PUTS AVALANCHE SEARCH DOG IN THE RANKS By Kerri Kuntz Photos by Sean Mirus

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” – Roger Caras It is a beautiful, cold morning just before the opening of the lifts at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. The lift operator at the quad greets Chaco like a regular customer as Chaco waits for his ski pass to be scanned. Bill Williamson quietly gives his command to “load up,” and Chaco jumps on the chair like a seasoned pro. Like most other employees at Schweitzer, the small chocolate Labrador retriever mix does his job well and loves it. Of course, he doesn’t exactly know it is a job because it’s so much fun (another typical employee characteristic.) However, his is perhaps the most important job on the mountain. While dogs have been used for centuries in searchand-rescue applications, it is only since the 1930s when the Swiss Army began training dogs specifically to find avalanche victims. Much later, in the 1980s, dogs began gaining credibility in the United States for their skill in finding avalanche victims. Dogs have a sense of smell 100,000 times greater than humans that, when properly trained, allow them Left: Bill and Chaco start their day to use their nose to pick up on the Basin Express Quad. on a scent of a person buried several feet under the snow. Above: Chaco makes a find – in this case, the photographer burWhile scent is a skill every ied in a game of “hide and seek.” dog has naturally, it takes countless hours of training, along with reading terrain and wind patterns, to know 2011 • 2012

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Above: Chaco and Bill clock some vertical. Left: When it’s time to “load up” on the Great Escape, Chaco swings into action. Right: The team stops on South Bowl ridge to take a break and admire the view.

how to properly handle a dog to lead them to a successful find. Behind every good rescue dog, there is a patient and dedicated handler. Bill Williamson, mountain operations director at Schweitzer, began training Chaco in the fall of 2009 when he was just over a year old. It began as a simple game of hideand-seek. Someone who the dog is familiar with hides and the handler introduces basic search commands as they set out together to find the hider. The dog receives some sort of reward when the person is found, usually in the form of enthusiastic praise or a game of fetch or tug-of-war. Progressively, the hiding spots become less obvious, the terrain becomes rougher, and, eventually, a stranger with an unfamiliar scent is completely buried under the snow. Under the proper training technique, the dog is forced to use air scent to pick up on a human scent. When they learn the “game,” dogs are taught to ignore visible clues (other people in the vicinity, ski gear scattered about) and their instinct leads them to pick up on the largest human scent buried under the snow. When they pick up on that scent, they begin to dig, alerting their handler of a find. Part of Chaco’s training includes riding the chairlift, getting in snow cats, riding snowmobiles and running the mountain with his handler, partly to get oriented with the routine and terrain and partly to stay in strong working shape. Most employees and guests enjoy seeing Chaco on the mountain. Some get out their cameras to take pictures and some cheer him on from the chairlift, but not everyone understands what he is doing. 24

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Meet Chaco’s Handler,

Bill Williamson

Growing up in Hawaii, Bill Williamson, 57, didn’t begin skiing until he was 21 years old, when he took a break from college to work at a ski resort. “I never found a job in Hawaii where they’d pay me to be a surf bum, but it only took me a couple of years to find a job where they’d pay me to ski,” said Williamson, about his decision to pursue a career in the ski industry. He spent two seasons as an equipment operator, lift operator, parking attendant and ticket checker before he got hired on with Ski Patrol at Sugar Bowl in Norden, Calif. His patrol career took him to New Zealand at the only ski area there doing avalanche control at the time, and back to California where he spent the next 17 seasons patrolling at Alpine Meadows.


“The avalanche control program at Alpine was a pretty progressive program in the Tahoe region, if not the country,” Williamson said. His first involvement in training avalanche search dogs was at Alpine Meadows, where his roommate had a search dog he helped train. Shortly afterward, Bill got an avalanche dog of his own, a flat-coated retriever named Java. On March 31, 1982, the worst avalanche disaster in ski resort history occurred at Alpine. At the time, Williamson was stationed on top of the mountain in the patrol shack where he had spent the night. When the avalanche occurred, he was stuck in the shack another two days before being picked up by helicopter to assist in search efforts. “Seven people perished in the avalanche, the main lodge was hit, the entire employee building was demolished, the lift running next to that building was destroyed as well as several cars in the parking lot,” Williamson said. “My boss, the

mountain manager, was one who was killed.”

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An avalanche rescue dog was instrumental in finding the only victim alive after five days of being buried, an extremely rare occurrence in the history of avalanches.

“Depending on where you are, it’s a helpless feeling,” Williamson said. “Once you are pulled into it, you do all you can do to stay on the top, hoping you don’t go over a cliff band or hit a tree.”

“Time is of the absolute essence,” Williamson said, of finding a victim alive. “The percentage exponentially goes down with increasing time. After 30 minutes, there is a less than 50/50 chance of survival.” Williamson was caught in slides of varying degrees about a half dozen times during his career as a patroller. He has helped dig out friends and coworkers

Mountain Operations Director Bill Williamson and Chaco

Those memories don’t go away, and that has motivated Williamson to remain involved in avalanche organizations and emphasize mountain safety throughout his career at several large resorts throughout the West, first as a patroller, then patrol director and for the past 14 years, mountain operations director.

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“Some guests see Chaco on the lift or on the hill and think it’s OK to bring their dog up to ski, not realizing what his job is, the efforts I’ve put into training him and what an asset he is to the mountain,” Williamson said. Schweitzer has avalanche terrain in both of its bowls, the majority on the ridgeline, as well as a fair amount of avalanche terrain outside the ski resort boundaries. “Three years ago, we had a couple of large, in-bounds, skier-triggered avalanches, and we weren’t 100 percent sure that someone wasn’t in there,” Williamson said. “I’ve always felt it would be worthwhile to have a dog available here. Dogs are the best tools available for finding buried victims who aren’t wearing any locating system.” What’s the next step in Chaco’s training? “It’s important there are several handlers who are able to work with Chaco; refining his skills; obedience can always be worked on; and there are schools and certification programs Chaco may attend to take it to the next level,” Williamson said. Mountain enthusiasts hope Chaco will never get that call to duty, but in the event that he does, Chaco’s fun game of hide-and-seek could be a lifesaving event.

A&P’S BAR & GRILL 222 N. First Ave. A traditional tavern located downtown on Sand Creek. Serving “the best burgers in town” and pub fare. Enjoy Taco Tuesday every week. Pool and dart leagues run every week throughout the year. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere, food and drink. Located on First Avenue in downtown Sandpoint.

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CONNIE’S CAFÉ 323 Cedar St. Historic hospitality! Connie’s Café, the landmark Sandpoint restaurant, reopened its doors after a comprehensive remodel. New owners Dave and Penny Libbey are proud to lovingly restore this northern Idaho icon to its former glory. Their approach is to maintain Connie’s legacy of a 1950s coffee shop with breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings that are of the highest quality while highlighting the quirky nature of this longstanding eatery. 208-255-2227

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PITA PIT 116 N. First Ave. “Fresh Thinking, Healthy Eating.™” A place with great tasting food that’s healthy, fresh and still served fast. Our pitas have lean, savory meats that are grilled to perfection, a large choice of crisp, fresh veggies, and exotic toppings, including our own zesty signature sauces. Come in and try a Gyro, Chicken Souvlaki, a vegetarian Falafel or one of our breakfast pitas. 208-263-8989 PitaPitUSA.com

MICKDUFF’S BREWING CO. 312 N. First Ave. Come and enjoy MickDuff’s fine handcrafted ales in a family dining atmosphere. They offer a variety of top-of-the-line beers ranging from fruity blondes to a seasonal porter. MickDuff’s also brews a unique-style root beer for those young in age or at heart. The menu is packed full of flavor with traditional and updated pub fare. You will find toasted sandwiches, hearty soups, gourmet hamburgers and much more at this cozy brewpub located in downtown Sandpoint. 208-255-4351 MickDuffs.com

SLATES PRIME TIME SLATES PRIME TIME GRILL & SPORTS BAR 477272 Highway 95, Ponderay. Slates serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with mouth-watering Black Angus prime rib on Friday and Saturday nights, and some of the best burgers, salads and steaks in the area. Numerous big-screen TVs, plus a full bar and happy hour every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The kitchen is open late on Friday and Saturday nights and closes at 9 p.m. the remainder. 208-263-1381 SlatesPrimeTime.com

EICHARDT’S PUB & GRILL 212 Cedar St. A comfortable pub and grill, Eichardt’s is located downtown in a charming, historic building. This relaxing pub mixes casual dining with seriously good food. There’s something for everyone – more than a dozen beers on tap, good wines including oak cask local red wines, and regional touring live music. Upstairs you’ll find a fireplacewarmed game room with a pool table, darts and shuffleboard. Eichardt’s has been nationally recognized and locally supported since 1994. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for smokeless dining seven days a week. 208-263-4005

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TRINITY AT CITY BEACH 58 Bridge St. The “new Café Trinity.” Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with the best view of Lake Pend Oreille. Deck seating. Outstanding menu featuring seafood, steaks, salads and appetizers. Full bar serving a great selection of wines, beers and cocktails featuring a daily happy hour. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Located at the Best Western Edgewater Resort adjacent to Sandpoint City Beach. 208-255-7558 TrinityatCityBeach.com

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ix up your trip to Schweitzer Mountain Resort by checking out some of Sandpoint’s hot spots. Below are a few activities you can partake in when your ski legs scream for a break.

VISIT COLDWATER CREEK FLAGSHIP STORE & WINE BAR

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Stop into Coldwater Creek’s rustic brick building and browse the latest fashionable clothing. Afterward, head upstairs to the luxurious wine bar. You’ll feel at home as you sink into a deep leather chair next to the large fireplace in the middle of the room. Pick from an extensive wine list and complement it with a favorite cheese platter.

BROWSE ART GALLERIES Sandpoint is known for its eclectic culture and talented artists. Grab a warm cup of coffee and take a stroll around downtown Sandpoint, stopping at the unique local shops. Be sure to make it to Art Works Gallery located on First Avenue, representing more than 50 artists and voted the top art gallery in Sandpoint.

CELEBRATE SANDPOINT WINTER CARNIVAL You’ll stay busy all week during Sandpoint’s Winter Carnival. This exciting celebration of snow and winter includes a rail jam, skijoring and more. Mark your calendars for this fun event that happens prior to President’s Day in February. To get a full schedule check out www.sandpointwintercarnival.com.

SEE A SHOW AT THE PANIDA THEATER Built in 1927, the Panida Theater has been a staple of Sandpoint entertainment for decades. With more than 100 shows scheduled annually and 550 seats, it’s relatively easy to see a show during your time in Sandpoint. Find out what’s playing at www.panida.org.

RIDE IN A SLEIGH AT WESTERN PLEASURE Just 20 miles from Sandpoint is the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Families and friends can enjoy a two-mile trot through dense forest coupled with amazing views of the Selkirk Mountains. Prices for sleigh rides range from $15 to $19 per person. More information can be found at www.westernpleasureranch.com.

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ituated in the Selkirk Mountains in Idaho’s Panhandle, Schweitzer Peak towers above an open bowl easily visible from the idyllic town of Sandpoint, Idaho. As a glistening beacon, that snow-loaded peak guides people to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. While Schweitzer Bowl may cause onlookers to gape, their jaws really drop when they discover that’s only half the mountain. The Outback Bowl adds a whole ’nother side, totaling 2,900 acres of terrific terrain, not to mention many more acres of accessible backcountry. Since its beginning in 1963, Schweitzer Mountain Resort has transformed into a destination ski and snowboard mecca lauded for superb tree skiing, outstanding snow and dramatic views. Exploring all those acres is made all the more fun with 2,400 vertical feet and an average annual snowfall of 300-plus inches. Schweitzer isn’t the only one winning accolades. Its music-and-arts-loving hometown of Sandpoint has been named the “The West’s Best Small Town” by Sunset Magazine and “Most Beautiful Small Town” by USA Today and Rand McNally. Titles aside, it’s the friendliness of both the town and the mountain that keeps people coming back year after year for a truly unforgettable experience. Beyond its unspoiled and uncrowded terrain, Schweitzer Village offers shopping, dining, nightlife and luxurious perks – all at an easygoing pace that invites guests to really relax. 30

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Schweitzer Village has something to suit everyone’s cravings, from the Chimney Rock Grill’s fine-dining atmosphere, featuring steaks, seafood, salads, pasta and burgers, to the Mojo Coyote Café’s casual eatery, offering lunch specials and freshly baked pastries. Other village options include tavern fare at Pucci’s Pub, Mexican cuisine at the Lakeview Café, après-ski at Taps, gourmet pizza at Sam’s Alley and Powderhound Pizza, and coffee at Cabinet Mountain Coffee. For village alternatives, St. Bernard dishes up music, great food, billiards and beer, while the Outback Inn (located in the mountain’s Outback Bowl) offers hot food and cold drinks inside or on the deck near the bonfire. For the gourmet with a flair for food, Gourmandie stocks everything needed to create delicious hors d’oeuvres or full-blown meals.

shopping

Anyone needing a ski break can choose from several shopping options at their fingertips in the village. The Source and The Alpine Shop sell mountain gear essentials such as goggles and gloves, plus specialty equipment and rentals. Stiles Mountain Wear and Gifts features outdoor lifestyle clothing, unique local artisan jewelry, gifts, and home/condo décor. The Artists Studio, a local artist cooperative, showcases unique photos, drawings, paintings, glass art, jewelry and more. Gourmandie is a new gourmet market that sells groceries, beer, wine and culinary treats from around the world.

services

Drop off your children, ages 4 months to 6 years, at Kinder Kamp (208-255-3038) for lessons, crafts and snacks, then head to the Ski and Ride Center to try the latest demo equipment. Afterward, treat yourself to the healing services at the Solstice Well Being Spa and Wellness Center (208-263-2862), providing a wide range of therapies that specifically target ski-related aches and pains.

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The center features top-quality rentals from Rossignol and a full-service tuning and repair shop with one of the region’s most extensive alpine demo fleets. Lessons, packages and specialty clinics taught by certified coaches are offered for skiers and riders of all levels and ages. (208-255-3070)

lodging

The condominium-style, slopeside White Pine Lodge boasts gas fireplaces, views overlooking Schweitzer Village or Lake Pend Oreille, and other amenities such as full kitchens, cable TV and DVD players. Also slopeside, the Selkirk Lodge features similar amenities in European-style hotel accommodations. Other condominiums are located throughout Schweitzer Village and feature full kitchens, gas or wood fireplaces, and luxury amenities. (Schweitzer.com, 877-487-4643)

selkirk powder

Located 100 yards from Schweitzer’s Great Escape Quad, Selkirk Powder’s guided snowmobile tours zip along groomed logging

roads through thousands of acres of private and state-owned forest on four-stroke Arctic Cats. Their daylong cat-skiing adventures have skiers and riders on untracked powder by 9:30 a.m., thanks to Schweitzer’s six-minute summit lift – you ski the backcountry side for the first run down to the cat waiting at the bottom. Customers typically complete seven to 10 runs (racking up as much as 14,000 vertical feet) on 3,000 acres of diverse terrain. (SelkirkPowder.com, 866-464-3246)

meetings and events

Looking for a place to host your mountaintop wedding, corporate retreat or family reunion? Schweitzer’s Group Services staff provides a unique setting for events, customizing to fit any group’s needs. Features include cutting-edge technology, custom banquets, bars and more. Outdoor group activities – skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, geocaching and tubing – encourage interaction and camaraderie. Beyond all the tiny details, the Schweitzer staff is wholly committed to creating memorable experiences for groups. (208-263-9555 ext. 2820)

mountain activity center

Staff members at the Mountain Activity Center, located on the first floor of the Selkirk Lodge, offer a variety of adventures and day-out suggestions to help round out a vacation at Schweitzer. Guests may opt for a moonlit snowshoe hike or an evening in Sandpoint. The Mountain Activity Center makes it easy to organize a day on or off the mountain. (208-255-3081)

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terrain parks

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The Stomping Grounds Terrain Park offers an extensive variety of some of the most unique custom park features around. A variety of rails, boxes and jumps keep the experts entertained while beginners build skills in the Terrain Garden on smaller rails and jumps. The Starfish terrain park is Schweitzer’s newest addition, featuring hiker-friendly, unintimidating, medium-sized features. Park features are groomed nightly by those who ride them daily, and the crew aims to add new features each week. Rangers staff the park whenever the resort is open, bringing safety, education, oversight, support and a fun vibe to the park.

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Schweitzer is located at 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd. in Sandpoint, Idaho. The resort is 45 miles from Coeur d’Alene and two hours from Spokane International Airport. The nearest business district is 11 miles away in the city of Sandpoint.

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DECEMBER 2011 3 Holiday Kick Off The lights come on and the holiday season officially begins with hot chocolate, cookies and carolers.

TBA Schweitzer Extreme XC Race 6K, 15K and 30K contests.

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MARCH 2012 2 Final Starlight Party

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This annual themed party is a “not to be missed” event!

Santa will be skiing on the hill and handing out treats from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Mrs. Claus. At 2 p.m. they will lead a balloon parade from the top of the Basin Express chair down to the village. Follow him into the Selkirk Lodge for hot chocolate, cookies and to deliver your lastminute wishes from 3-4 p.m.

31 New Year’s Eve Parties Parties for all ages including the rockin’ concert in Taps, the teen tubing party and the ever-popular “tween” party for the kids. These parties will sell out – be sure to purchase your tickets early! Tickets available at The Activity Center starting Dec. 1.

JANUARY 2012 6-27 Starlight Junior Race Series Local race series on Friday nights in January.

14-16 Schweitzer MLK Weekend Celebration 21 Cougar Gulch Cross Country Race 28-29 USASA Races United States of America Snowboard Association competition includes alpine and slopestyle events for both snowboarders and skiers. www.usasa.org

FEBRUARY 2012 3-March 2 Starlight Racing A perennial favorite for locals, Friday night races followed by 21-and-over parties in Taps.

4-5 College Daze Grab your roomies and head up to Schweitzer for College Daze weekend. Students with a current valid college ID enjoy discounted lift tickets and much more.

18-25 Winter Carnival Celebration Family-friendly events to celebrate winter in Sandpoint including Taste of Sandpoint, Skijoring, K-9 Keg Pull, Rail Jam and more.

24-25 Outrageous Air Show Olympic skiers join local talent in a Big Air Show for a spectacular evening of entertainment. Crazy themed parties follow in Taps.

MOUNTAIN TERRAIN Skiable Terrain: 2,900 acres Tree Skiing: more than 1,200 acres Summit Elevation: 6,400 feet Village Elevation: 4,700 feet Lowest Elevation: 4,000 feet Vertical Drop: 2,400 feet

3 Deschutes Base Camp for Beer Fanatics Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery pours several beers at multiple locations throughout Schweitzer Village and on the mountain, combined with fun competitions and activities for this hilariously fun “base camp.”

10 Vertical Express for Can Do MS Formerly the Jimmie Heuga Express, the Vertical Express for Can Do MS is a great fundraiser for the re-animation of people with multiple sclerosis.

LIFTS Schweitzer features 9 lifts with an uphill capacity of 12,500 people per hour. Lift Lakeview Basin Express Great Escape Sunnyside Stella Snow Ghost Musical Chairs Idyle Our Musical Carpet

Type Triple Quad Quad Double 6-Pack Double Double T-bar Carpet

Rise 710 feet 1,063 feet 1,678 feet 1,280 feet 1,550 feet 1,906 feet 592 feet 60 feet 100 feet

Time 4.5 minutes 4 minutes 5 minutes 8 minutes 5.5 minutes 13 minutes 6 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes

11 Grom Stomp presented by Oakley Calling all groms (ages 6-11) for our grom-sized slopestyle and boardercross competition.

16-18 Stomp Games presented by Smith Optics Back bigger and better than ever! The best riders in the region compete in a rail jam, slopestyle and ridercross categories, ages 12 and older. Space is limited – register early!

30-31 24 Hours of Schweitzer 24-hour skiathon raises funds for cystinosis research.

APRIL 2012 7-8 Tropical Daze Bring out your Hawaiian shirt for some fun in the sun! Pond skimming and lots of family activities daily. Rotary Ducky Derby Saturday and Downhill Dummy Derby Sunday.

SUMMER 2012 EVENTS Late June Summer Celebration

TRAILS Alpine Runs: 92 designated runs Longest Run: 2.1 miles / Little Blue Ridge Run Open Bowls: 2 (Schweitzer and Outback) Nordic: 32 kilometers Ability-level breakdown Beginner: 20 percent Intermediate: 40 percent Advanced: 35 percent Expert: 5 percent HOURS 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Twilight skiing: Fridays, Saturdays and holidays from Dec. 26 to March 3 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mid-July Mountain Music Festival Early August Huckleberry Festival Labor Day Weekend Fall Fest All dates and information subject to change. For more events and up-to-date information, visit Schweitzer.com or call the Mountain Activity Center at 208-255-3081.

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inter guests at Schweitzer may have a difficult time imagining a summer world of hiking, biking, wildflowers and waterfalls beneath all that snow; yet, that’s exactly what the resort offers up when the seasons change. From late June through Labor Day, the mountain features unique thrills, from lift-serviced downhill mountain biking to scenic chairlift rides, live music, festivals, zip line and much more. Take the Great Escape quad chairlift to the top for jaw-dropping views of Lake Pend Oreille and the rugged Selkirk and Cabinet mountain ranges. From the top, a wide variety of mountain biking trails are available, including the signature Beargrass Cruiser. If hiking is in the cards, a scenic summit loop won’t disappoint, or enjoy the nature trail back to the village. A mountaintop disc golf course and summit activity center are also available, as is horseback trail riding through Mountain Horse Adventures, located on-site. Not to be missed is huckleberry picking, with August providing prime picking opportunities. This tasty and uniquely Northwest fruit is a celebrated part of the local culture. In fact, Schweitzer’s own Huckleberry Festival pays homage to the berry and should be part of any summer itinerary. Other summer festivals of note are the Mountain Music Festival in July and Fall Fest over Labor Day weekend – featuring a fine selection of Northwest microbrews and wines available for tasting. In the village, the Chimney Rock Grill serves up tasty options for lunch or dinner, either indoors or out. Other activities include a bungee trampoline and climbing wall, shopping, artist studio and much more. Schweitzer’s lodging options position guests in the heart of the action and within close proximity to town and the lake. Several popular package options are available, including the “Stay 2, Get 2” lodging and Silverwood Theme Park package, the popular third night free program, plus cabin rentals at Bottle Bay Resort and Marina. Speaking of Sandpoint, summer is high season for this gem of northern Idaho. A wide range of events, including the highly anticipated Festival at Sandpoint outdoor music series delights young and old. Summers in Sandpoint revolve around Lake Pend Oreille, with City Beach a central gateway to water adventures. Summer is also high time for group events at Schweitzer. Each year, the mountain plays host to mountaintop weddings, casual family reunions and company outings. The group sales team, located in the Cirque Group Welcome Center in the White Pine Lodge, is ready to help make any group function a successful reality with a quick visit or call to 208-263-9555 ext. 2820.


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Schweitzer Magazine 2011-2012  
Schweitzer Magazine 2011-2012  

Lifestyle and visitor magazine for Schweitzer Mountain, a four-season ski and snowboard resort in Sandpoint, Idaho.