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4 Inside Lines

With CEO and President Tom Chasse

6 Mountain Living

Introducing the eco-friendly slopeside community, Mountainside

9 Food and Wine

Gourmandie: New market caters to the gourmet

20 Photo essay: Women Who Rip

Meet five females who ski, ride and rock the telis

25 Face Shot: All in the Family

Patrolling Puccis make skiing, safety a family business

10 Tips from the Top

Insight from Schweitzer insiders

12 The Family View

Follow a local family crazy about fun in this humorous journal log

16 Lifty Culture

26 Off the Mountain

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Schweitzer pirates, er, lifties are passionate about the mountain and their mission

A day-by-day guide to experiencing town like the locals

28 Dining a la Sandpoint A guide to noshing in town

30 This is Schweitzer

Stats, the particulars, calendar and more about the mountain and its town

34 Summer at Schweitzer

Come summer, the mountain blooms with activity

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inside lines M A G A Z I N E

Greetings Friends!

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friend within the industry asked, “What’s Schweitzer’s story? How is it different?” I’ve given this question a lot of thought and indeed, Schweitzer’s story continues to be written each day. A good resort story isn’t written by the marketing department. It’s not a handful of facts, figures and measurements to convey size, scope or competitive advantage. Rather, the Schweitzer story is about one thing: people. Schweitzer’s story started with visionary people who saw a mountain and had a dream. Sadly, the resort lost its founding father, Jack Fowler, last year. Jack’s legacy lives on with each powder-filled run that we carve today. His dogged determination, along with that of others like Schweitzer’s first general manager, Sam Wormington, helped create the Schweitzer that we know today. Our dedicated group of past and present employees undoubtedly play a big part in the Schweitzer story. This edition of Schweitzer Magazine features two great articles that highlight a few of the many employees that bring a positive difference to the resort: the Pucci family’s contributions to Schweitzer Ski Patrol and our dedicated crew in the Lift Service Department. I couldn’t be prouder of our team here at Schweitzer. Talented, unique and just a little bit different, they work tirelessly to give lifts, trails and snow an amazing personality that is the Schweitzer story. And you, our valued guests, bring the Schweitzer story to life. Your own personal Schweitzer CEO and tales of time on the mountain and the memoPresident Tom Chasse, who just happens to be ries you make speak volumes. As the world the No. 1 Red Sox fan becomes smaller through technology, you west of the Mississippi share your own Schweitzer stories, photos and videos through Facebook, YouTube, Trip Advisor and countless other avenues, which, in turn, inspire others to join our story in progress. Your words of encouragement, meaningful suggestions and occasional criticisms help us to refine and reflect on our operation. So, as you flip through this magazine, ask yourself a simple question, “How can I become a part of the Schweitzer story?” Will it be in the runs you take, the family memories you share, the interactions with our team or the friendships you gain? We’re waiting to write the next chapter and we invite you on board! All the best,

Tom Chasse, CEO and President

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collection of cozy, distinctive homes quietly sprouted above the village last winter. Stunning in every way, these new homes are turning heads for their contemporary, sustainable designs and top-shelf decor. MountainSide is the newest slopeside community adjacent to and just above the Schweitzer Resort Village, offering fractional and single-family full-ownership homes as well as premium lots for custom construction. Homes were designed for environmentally conscious buyers interested in enjoying the outdoors and simplifying their lives. MountainSide homes feature three bedrooms and three and a half baths while boasting  high, timber ceilings and easternfacing windows with awesome views of the sunrise over the Cabinet Mountains and Lake Pend Oreille. At just under 2,000 square feet, these well-thought-out floor plans dedicate more space to the open living area and kitchen. Elegant touches include fully equipped kitchens with Sub-Zero refrigerators and ENERGY STAR appliances, along with Sony LCD televisions in every room. Generous balconies offer sweeping views of mountains, the lake and village. Bamboo floors were chosen for durability, beauty and sustainability. Heating and cooling systems take full advantage of cutting-edge, geothermal technology – allowing for hydronic floors and driveways. Granite and tile touches abound, and the furnishings and fixtures were artfully selected by hands-on interior designers. Fractional ownership enables owners to pay a price for a vacation home proportionate to the amount of time they use it. For $195,000, buyers will own a one-eighth, fee-simple interest in a beautifully furnished, well-appointed and equipped, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home. The oneeighth interest allows for a minimum four weeks of use per year. This type of ownership is a lifestyle choice that makes sense for those seeking a carefree and environmentally conscious way to own a second home. Fractional ownership reduces ecological impact with shared use. Owners pool resources and, as a result, get more amenities, service and benefits such as a spa, pool and concierge. On-site management handles all aspects of maintenance and upkeep. Most important, MountainSide provides an opportunity to experience a fullservice family vacation with all the luxuries and comforts of owning your own home. For more information on MountainSide at Schweitzer, visit schweitzerrealestate.com or call 208-255-7300. 2010 • 2011

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he Gourmandie at Schweitzer Mountain Resort is a new and unique market that offers visiting gourmets an awesome array of culinary products. Jon Harding, market manager, says, “The main focus of the grocery is to showcase and continually seek out hard-tofind wines, cheeses and foods from around the world and make them available to create unforgettable and special meals.” The market features Farmstead Cheeses, cured meats and fine groceries. Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s newest market, Gourmandie, is known to have the best sake selection in the Inland Northwest. Couple this with the unbelievable options of Northwest and European beers and a constantly rotating menu of Italian, French and Northwest wines, and you begin to understand that this is no ordinary grocery store. Don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed with so many choices, the highly trained staff happily makes recommendations. Don’t miss the scheduled monthly wine tastings, a fabulous way to

expand your knowledge of particular wine regions. As in old-world European markets, fresh deli items are cut and weighed on demand. This allows customers the ability to create their own cheese and meat plates to enjoy in the store along with a glass of wine or beer or to take home. The Gourmandie features a daily panini special as well. Harding says they are proud to be a retailer of Fra’ Mani Handcrafted Salumi (that’s the plural of salami in Italian). Fra’ Mani uses only the highestquality pork raised with no antibiotics. In addition, Gourmandie also offers a diverse collection of oldworld, European-style meats from Bavarian Meats of Seattle. Be sure to stop by if it’s been awhile since your last Landjaeger. The Gourmandie also sells grass-fed and organically certified sausage and beef from Cascade Creek Farm in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. The staff also proudly stocks fresh produce and eggs from area farmers. This upscale and diverse market fills the shelves with pastas from Rustichella d’Abruzzo, breads from La Brea Bakery and coffee from local roaster Doma. Complement your special meal with a myriad of sauces, olive oils, artisan salts and spices. Whether you stop by to have a glass of wine, enjoy a gourmet snack or purchase the supplies to create your own memorable meal, check out The Gourmandie, located in the White Pine Lodge. 2010 • 2011

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With the Idyle Our T-bar closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays, midweek powder is preserved longer in this area of the Outback Bowl. Head there early Thursday morning for fresh lines. Family vacations are more affordable when you stay in the Selkirk and White Pine lodges. Each stay includes free breakfast daily for each family member up to maximum occupancy. Schweitzer is the king of high-angle grooming. Check out runs like Bud’s Chute, K-Mac’s and Upper Kaniksu for the ultimate in steep groomers. Groomed many nights by winch cat, these runs will let you master gravity while testing your nerve.

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tuned your equipment lately? You’ll be amazed at Activity Center for an how your skills imairboarding adventure. prove on properly Ride a steerable, inflatable tuned equipment. Stop by the Ski & sled from the top of the Ride Center and mountain in this guided talk with the pros at tour, available beginthe repair shop. They ning in March. can have you tuned and ready to go in no time. Stop into the Outback Inn to try the famous Outback Potato. A trip to Idaho isn’t complete without one. Taps Lounge is the premier après-ski scene at Schweitzer. Watch your favorite game on the HD screens or enjoy free pool. Did you know that Schweitzer Mountain Resort operates Bottle Bay Resort and Marina in the summer? Enjoy lakeside dining, moorage and cabin rentals with the hospitality and service Schweitzer is known for. Keep your equipment safe while you take a break in Schweitzer Village. Gear

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Check offers a secure location to drop off your gear during the day or overnight. The Activity Center, located in the Selkirk Lodge, is your one-stop concierge for events and activities. Find out the latest entertainment schedule, book dinner reservations, sign up for a snowshoe hike and much more. Selkirk Powder offers snowcat skiing on the back side of Schweitzer. Featuring thousands of acres of untracked snow and limitless lines, the experience complements the lift-serviced terrain on the front side. And, did we mention, they also do snowmobiling tours, all from the Schweitzer summit. From the village, 32 kilometers of cross-country and snowshoeing trails await. Pick up a trail map at the Activity Center. A journey to the popular Picnic Point overlook is not to be missed. Need your daily dose of caffeine? The Mojo Coyote Café, located in the Selkirk Lodge, and Cabinet Mountain Coffee inside Lakeview Lodge are ready to serve up your favorite warm beverage along with tasty muffins, pastries and other gourmet treats.

Schweitzer features more than 1,200 acres of tree skiing – one of the most diverse, gladed skiing experiences in North America.

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It’s a beautiful spring day and I’m riding the Great Escape with Meredith Everson-Lynch and her daughter Olivia. Olivia is 6 and tells me that she learned to ski from her Aunt Ashley – who burps a lot, she opines – at Schweitzer. I ask when that was, but she doesn’t remember; she was just 2. Olivia is sad because she forgot her NASTAR medals today. In the Friday Night Race series this winter, she took second in her class and improved her course time from 1:06 to :31. She is, according to her dad, “smokin’ fast.” It doesn’t take her long to forget the medals – a run down Pend Oreille, on which I find that she is, indeed, fast. One chair ahead of us, Olivia’s father, Patrick Lynch, and her older sister, Emilia, 8, are laughing it up. Patrick is effervescent. He bubbles with enthusiasm and humor. Meredith is the quieter, more patient spouse. But, she too has a glint of adventure in her eye. Today, I will learn that this family is somewhat crazy – crazy about having fun together. They have come to the right place. The sky is blue, the snow is white and the lift lines are short. I explain to them my duty to ride every lift running, except the Magic Carpet and handle-tow, on any day that I come skiing. OK, as big as Schweitzer is, riding every lift is still relatively easy. We’ll get to see the whole big, beautiful mountain, and, most importantly, it adds to the fun factor. The family accepts the challenge. There’s no big rush. We spend the morning in the Schweitzer Bowl. Up the Great Escape. Down Pend Oreille. Up the Basin Express and over to the Terrain Park. Back up the Basin Express and on up the Lakeview Triple. Down Ridge, Charlie’s and Midway to the Village, where we meet the photographer, Haley Sorbel. Up the Great Escape for a portrait of the family riding the chair. Then halfway down Pend Oreille, we pause for a picture or two. Then, we ditch the photographer. Who wants to stand around posing on a day like today? Let’s go skiing! We ride the Great Escape. Sundance. Quicksilver. Then Patrick and I get ditched for a “girls only” ride on the Basin Express. We “boys” are assigned to claim a lunch table in the sun on the 12

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This Schweitzer-skiing family is crazy about having fun together

Story by Sandy Compton Photos by Haley Sorbel


Photos, clockwise: 1. Patrick, Emilia, Olivia and Meredith Lynch rise above it all on the Great Escape Quad. 2. When Emilia said, “I’m going to ski for as long as I can,” she wasn’t just talking about today. 3. Like father, like daughter: Patrick and Emilia play on Pend Oreille. 4. Patrick’s enthusiasm is contagious. Even his daughters catch it.

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outdoor patio of the Lakeview Lodge. We stake out the joint and pounce on a newly available spot in the sunshine. Patrick waxes enthusiastic (why am I not surprised?). “Our season passes have paid for themselves. For the amount of recreation we get as a family, we’ve gotten a great bargain – especially the girls.” A day on the mountain costs less than a day at any amusement park if you ski 20 days in a season. Patrick swings his arm to take in the surrounding mountains. “This is why we live here. One of our annual priorities is season passes. We plan for it, put a little away each month. And the mountain has done nothing but get better – terrain improvements, glading. And, the staff is taking friendly pills or something.” He leans in and confides, “On powder days, we get a babysitter.” Girls return and we break out lunch, supplemented by fries and drinks from the Lakeview Lodge. Olivia and Emilia high-grade the M&Ms out of my trail mix. In return, Meredith shares smoked salmon. The older children – Patrick and I – enjoy a Blue Moon from the patio-side bar. After lunch, I steal Olivia and Emilia for a ride up the Triple. “Have you ever skied ‘Show Me?’ ” I ask. “What run is that?” Emilia asks. I let them wonder. We ski the lift line back to the Village. They greet their parents with “We skied ‘Show Me!’ ” Patrick and Meredith haven’t a clue what we’re talking about, but it’s not time to quibble about names of runs. It’s time to “go to the back.” We ride the Great Escape and skate past the top of venerable old Snow Ghost, the last long double Riblet chairlift on the hill. We head for the Idyle Our T-Bar, a short ride that opened up new territory when it came online a few years ago, adding 400 acres of eminently skiable terrain to the area – and, making backcountry more accessible to Patrick and Meredith. Patrick and Meredith are both dedicated backcountry skiers, and Schweitzer has established several gates that allow telemark and AT (alpine touring) skiers to get to the ultimate off-piste. “The outof-bounds access is one of the reasons we really love this mountain,” Meredith says. “Not a lot of resorts let you enter the backcountry. This one does.” Meredith grew up in Oregon and 14

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Photos, clockwise: 1. Meredith, Emilia and Patrick pose patiently, but fast gal Olivia, left, says “C’mon, let’s go!” 2. Olivia slows down for hot chocolate. 3. The sky is blue, the snow is white and the lift lines are short. The family is happy! 4. One more lift to ride to complete the day: Stella! But first, a little rest and refreshment at the Outback Inn.


learned to ski at Bachelor. “Bachelor was, like, only groomers, so I couldn’t really turn very well when we moved here and I started to telemark.” She has since learned how to turn very well, and touring out of the ski area is one of her favorite self-indulgences. From the top of the T-bar, we ski Little Blue Ridge to Detention to Have Fun to Git Back to Chair 6, and a long, beautiful, contemplative ride up through Colburn Basin. The girls each manage to lose a ski on load, and I am handed one as I load behind them. Olivia and Emilia are not in the least bothered. They know the lift crew will slow the lift down for unload, and that their skis are in the hands of friendly folk behind them. It’s like they’ve been doing this all their lives. Oh, that’s right. They have. We have one more lift to ride: Stella, the six-pack chair just below the Outback Inn, Schweitzer’s Outback Bowl restaurant. We have hot chocolate in our sights; but, first, it’s my favorite run – Colburn School. The Everson-Lynch family and I skied this a few weeks ago, the girls’ first trip down one of the most beautifully laid-out runs I’ve been on. We turn in and begin downhill for the hot chocolate. Racer Olivia stays on the groomed, but I see Emilia picking her way through leftover trailside powder. She told me at lunch, “I’m gonna ski as long as I can,” and she wasn’t talking about today. She’s a forward-thinking 8-year-old, that one. We pull up to the bonfire at the Outback and slurp the marshmallows off the top of our cocoas. Haley shows up to capture the moment. Then, we go get on the last lift on the list; Stella whisks us to the top. For the first time today, we’re all on the same chair. There’s not much conversation. We are talked, laughed and giggled out. The girls are tired. We lean back in the sun and think our own thoughts. Patrick and Meredith decide it’s time to call it a day. We say “So long,” and off they go, headed for the front side and the parking lot. Everybody is wearing a big grin as we say goodbye. I turn down Revenge and go load on Snow Ghost. Still a couple hours left, and I see Colburn School over there waving at me. I find myself thinking, “Right on, Emilia. I’m with you.” I look forward to more family days at Schweitzer. 2010 • 2011

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Saturday morning at Schweitzer produces a sunrise for the ages. Lake Pend Oreille is flooded with fiery reds and purples. Alpenglow blankets the crystallized corduroy, and just as the sun rises from its slumber, a silver-scale flag eclipses its glow. At its end is a pirate – a mountain pirate – also known as a Schweitzer “lifty.”

When Chris “Cree” Currey, lift operations manager, developed the motto G.E.T.S.U.M.M. and the pirate logo at Schweitzer, he did so because he saw a need for change in the Lift Services Department: a way to “document their professionalism.” So he went to the most credible source for advice, his staff. Currey approached his senior lifties and asked them what he could do to make the department better. From there, a culture was born. The Schweitzer Lift Crew has been known to dress in anything from eye patches to ’80s wear, to create gallery-worthy ice sculptures, and to smile 12 hours straight without stopping, all while singing and dancing and joking and riding. At the same time, they deliver the best possible service and create the safest possible environment for guests. With a growing Facebook following, two lifty mothers with a knack for knitting skull-and-crossbones beanies,

and, of course, truly authentic personalities, the Schweitzer Lift Crew has become an incredibly recognizable representation of what this mountain is about: A little something different. And it isn’t rare to hear passing guests confirm that the lifties at Schweitzer are in a league of their own. Currey developed a program that would recognize four levels of lifty. While G.E.T stands for Greet, Engage and Thank the customer, S.U.M.M. stands for Superior, Uplifting, Mountain, Masters – the four levels of lifty, each represented by a color patch with different requirements and added responsibilities. (See sidebar, “The Meaning Behind the Schweitzer Lift Crew Motto.”) After a while, Currey and his staff began noticing that these levels not only gave lifties a sense of pride, but it allowed customers to recognize the different levels of training each lifty had.

“I certainly have enjoyed interacting with your friendly, fun, polite, hardworking lifties. Pretty cool that they manicure the load areas and sculpt ice figures and actually talk with all the skiers and riders. I actually play the trivia games they write out for us. Bonsai even rides up and chats with me when it’s his time for some turns back on Stella. And Jerel puts me in a great mood just with his ‘having some fun’ laugh while he works. Nothing like skiing up and getting greeted by name on lifts all over the mountain. So OK, your lifties treat me great as a regular, but I watch them treat everyone in a helpful, inclusive manner and they do it consistently day in, day out with customer after customer.”

Holding the pirate flag, Chris “Cree” Currey, opposite, leads the Schweitzer Lift Services crew, the “friendliest lifties in the nation,” who take their job seriously while having a whole lot of fun. Crew members aspire to deliver the highest degree of service through a unique program developed by Currey called G.E.T.S.U.M.M.

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“It’s taken our department to a different level of professionalism,” Currey said. “It connected us with the customer base on a different level than I think it ever has before.” A huge benefit on the public side is that they are now more in tune to what a lift operator does. Currey said this has made a difference in the way people see the lifty culture. “Maybe people look at a lift attendant and see them as someone who sits at the bottom of the lift and doesn’t do anything. Now they start engaging them and asking, you know, ‘So what’s this color mean?’ or ‘What does that patch mean?’ It’s become a conversation piece with the guests and lets them know the experience of that lifty and how great or how new they are to that position.” Moreover, he found internal benefits in the form of improved employee retention. 18

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“There were 60 returning lifties this year,” Currey said, “out of 80.” He estimates that at least half of the department has college degrees, among them, biology and engineering. “There is a lot of educational back-

The lifty culture at Schweitzer is brought to life by people known for their friendly antics, boundless energy and positive attitudes.

ground there,” he said, “but this is a lifestyle choice.” He credits the family feeling for attracting new employees and keeping the old ones around.

Sponsorships are also appealing to employees. Companies traditionally reserve sponsorship for the biggest and best of athletes, but the Schweitzer Lift Services Department is sponsored by Spacecraft Clothing, which provides their outerwear. “For a lifty to be sponsored is pretty huge,” said Currey. But aside from sponsorships, games and costumes, the lifties are most known for their energy. “Our crew room really pumps everyone up in the morning,” added Currey. The crew has added items to make it feel like a family room, from a big screen TV to pictures, anything to make it feel like home. “In the morning we put the coffee on and play music, and it’s just a bunch of friends coming together before work and engaging,” said Currey. “It’s the antics of the crew that jives everybody up. It’s like a circus.”


G.E.T. S.U.M.M. The Meaning Behind the Schweitzer Lift Crew Motto Their mission:

To create consistent lift services. G.E.T. Helps a lift services crew member “get” involved with guests on a personal level. G.E.T. = Greet, engage, thank. S.U.M.M. = Superior, Uplifting, Mountain, Masters: Four levels form the basis of requirements within the Lift Services Department, designated by different colored patches on a lift service member’s uniform. Each color signifies a precedent of training and mountain knowledge.

Superior:

Schweitzer lifties are unique; they add a piece of who they are to the whole and this adds to the lift family experience.

But Cree is firm about what’s important. “When it’s time to go to work, everybody’s on it,” he said. “Our lift crew is really looking to be known for their professionalism and the seriousness they take in safety and training. The guests are a huge concern, and we want them to feel comfortable at the lifts.” At the end of the day, the lifty culture works here because of the mountain, according to Cree. “The friendliness was here before we got here. We’re just capitalizing on it and trying to let people know that we believe we are the friendliest lifties in the nation.” It’s an area of the mountain where hard work pays off in every way. “You’ll hear them complain about weeks and weeks of early mornings because of huge snow dumps, but truly, that’s when they are at their happiest. The more customers out there, the happier you’ll see the lifties.”

Green – the color of a new lift family member entering the G.E.T. S.U.M.M. Program. To enter the superior program, lifties must obtain a 90 percent or above on the lift test and complete a full training checklist.

Masters: Schweitzer lifties who master everything they do. They overcome and are prepared for anything. Red – pertains to the supervisors who master the final level of the program, excelling at safety, training, guest service and all aspects of the lift services environment. They remain informed of mountain events and activities, are capable of running all chairlifts on the mountain, and score 100 percent on the lift test. Red levels mentor one white level captain.

The Meaning Behind the Schweitzer Lift Services Logo The skull reminds Schweitzer lifties that they have a skull and to protect it with a helmet. The eye patch reminds them to use protective eye equipment (goggles). The shovel reminds them to clear the pathway to the lifts. And the rake reminds lifties to give smooth ramps to Schweitzer guests.

Uplifting: Schweitzer lifties who possess a passion for the mountain and share a piece of their spirit with guests, locals and fellow employees. Blue – pertains to lift leads who implement their training for superior guest service. To enter the uplifting program, lifties must understand all service guidelines, goals and the areas scored on in surveys. Blue levels mentor one green crew member.

Mountain: Schweitzer lifties who realize they wouldn’t be here without the mountain and share a unique camaraderie. The mountain is a part of who they are, and they recognize the importance of its history. White – pertains to lift captains who are familiar with all of the mountain facilities and are capable of directing guests. White levels mentor one blue level lead crew member.

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imes have changed. Women are no longer sitting in the background of a man’s world. Whether it’s politics, business or sports, ladies are getting it done. There’s no better place to witness this than on the mountain. Coming off an Olympic year in which our female skiers and boarders completely dominated, this photo essay takes a look a little closer to home. You’ve seen them on the mountain – they’re everywhere – skiin’, ridin’, rockin’ the telis. Learn a little about who they are in this pictorial featuring five women who rip: skiers Riann Riedel and Des Leipham, telemarker Suzanne Pattinson, and snowboarders Jen Davis and Jess Parker. Take some notes and maybe you could even be one of the lucky ones who gets a chance to shred with one of them. Take it. Just try to keep up.

Jess Parker, 34: “I started riding Schweitzer when I was 9 and learned to ski when I was 3. I love Schweitzer because the view still stupefies me, the tree skiing is heaven and it’s home to me. I’m a Lift Operations supervisor, and I love being outside – even if it’s blowing and below zero, I still prefer to be outside. Some of the best days I have are taking all three of my boys out on the mountain.”

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Riann Riedel, 22: “I have skied at Schweitzer for as long as I can remember. According to my father, I’ve been skiing here since I was 2 years old. I love that we have some of the best terrain to ski in the Inland Northwest. Also, it always feels like you have the place to yourself!”

Suzanne Pattinson, 31: “I started skiing when I was 7 and have been telemark skiing and living at Schweitzer for nine years. I was on the U.S. Telemark Ski Team for the last four years and competed in World Cup races in the United States, Canada and Europe. I like Schweitzer because there are no crowds, good terrain, tree skiing and accessible backcountry. My favorite time is when I get a run or whole area all to myself.” 2010 • 2011

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Des Leipham, 37: “I have been skiing for two years at Schweitzer. I love the people and exploring the phenomenal tree skiing that is available at Schweitzer. I have fun finding different lines depending on what group of locals I happen to be lucky enough to ski with on any given day. It’s like a new mountain every time I ski depending on conditions and where someone may share their secret stash with you.”

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Jen Davis, 22: “I’ve been riding Schweitzer since I turned 16 and got my license. Schweitzer has the best terrain and the best skiers out of all five mountains around here. I ride the park all the time. I go there first. And I love powder and bluebird days.”

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All in the Family Patrolling Puccis make skiing, safety a family business

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ne only needs to take a few steps out of the Schweitzer Village parking lot to begin to understand the legacy of John Pucci. The first building to greet every eager visitor houses Pucci’s Pub – named after this longtime ski patroller. Find yourself in a precarious situation on the slopes, and chances are if you don’t meet John, you’ll meet one of his sons. All members of Schweitzer Ski Patrol, the Puccis have made skiing and safety a family business. With 83 years combined experience, John, Jonah and Allo Pucci have undoubtedly experienced a mountain of change and evolution in the ski industry. And while the long hours and grueling work can be physically, mentally and often emotionally taxing, hard times can’t compete with the satisfaction they each get from helping others and being a part of the elements. “My favorite part is just being outside,” John said. “There’s a different situation every day, and really, I like to help people. There are so many aspects of this job that keep it challenging and fun.” “What he said,” Jonah, 33, chimed. John, 66, entered ski patrol after a couple years of college. He started in 1965 as a lift operator. After a brief leave in 1970, John is now in his 44th year of

“My favorite part is just being outside. There’s a different situation every day, and really, I like to help people. There are so many aspects of this job that keep it challenging and fun.”

patrolling. John said when his sons joined ski patrol, both in 1990, he couldn’t have been more proud. “They grew up in a lift shack,” he said. “They would just live out of my locker when they came up on the weekends, and they eventually got on the trail crew and became interested in ski patrol. They’ve come up through the ranks and earned their spot.” Growing up with your dad as head of ski patrol did have its downfalls though. “I just remember when I was a little kid, I couldn’t get away with anything, because there were 25 patrollers on the mountain. Anything we did got reported back to him within an hour,” Allo, 36, said. Jonah added, “Normally when you duck a rope, you lose your pass for two weeks. I lost mine for a month.” Things are a little different now.

Ski Patrol Director John Pucci, middle, and sons Allo, right, and Jonah have 83 years combined experience patrolling Schweitzer.

John runs a concrete business in the summertime – another family business. “I like working for him in the summertime because he pretty much lets me do anything,” said Jonah, “but not in the winter.” But ski patrolling is not for every Pucci. Another Pucci son, Adam, tried out ski patrol but found a passion in auto body work. “You have to be a hardhead to be in ski patrol – Type A,” said Jonah. “You have to have a screw loose,” added John. And while perhaps they have been tempted at one time or another to seek safekeeping of other white-capped peaks, they can’t leave the lake, the town, the mountain. “You learn to make it work, financially,” John said. “By having this concrete business, it worked. That’s what we all do – we all make more money in the summer time, so we’re able to work up here.” And for those who come to Schweitzer and find themselves in a situation requiring red-vest/white-cross assistance, you’re in good hands. As Jonah and Allo put it: “We learned from the best.” 2010 • 2011

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andpoint’s good any day of the week for browsing mom-and-pop shops, art galleries and the flagship Coldwater Creek store, not to mention noshing or imbibing at a great variety (for a small town!) of eateries and watering holes. The town is also home to a vintner and two brewers, who share their creations through daily wine tastings and tours at Pend d’Oreille Winery, a tap room Monday through Saturday until 6 p.m. at Laughing Dog Brewing, and daily brewpub action at MickDuff ’s. This little berg also satisfies the curiosity of history buffs four days a week, when the Bonner County Historical Museum opens Tuesday through Friday until 4 p.m. And it feeds the soul with performances and eclectic films most weekends at the historic Panida Theater. Want to experience Sandpoint like a true local? Schweitzer staffers herein offer a weeklong guide with insider tips for dinner, drinks and entertainment about town.

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Tuesday

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Are you full of useless knowledge? Then trivia night at MickDuff’s will suit you perfectly. Bring the family and create a team or join one there. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m., though you’ll want to show up early to get a table.

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Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the live music at Pend d’Oreille Winery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. And check out the new Bistro Rouge menu featuring delicious apps and pizza (offered Thursday through Sunday).

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From noon until 6 p.m., you can take a tour at the award-winning Laughing Dog Brewing. Otherwise, look no further than Schweitzer Village to spend a fun night tubing with your family and friends. Zoom down the tubing hill, then relax as the towline brings you back up; reservations are recommended. Afterward warm up at the St. Bernard while listening to live music, starting at 9 p.m., and party the night away.

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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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700 Kootenai Cut-Off Rd., Ponderay and 116 N. First Ave., Sandpoint. Now with two locations, Fiesta Bonita in Ponderay across from Walmart and La Fiesta on First Avenue in Sandpoint. We offer only the best in authentic Mexican food and service for you, our customers. Family owned and operated. Open 7 days a week.

Ponderay 208-263-6174, Sandpoint 208-255-1606

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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Hoot Owl Café 30784 Highway 200 East. Voted “Best Breakfast in Bonner County” for 10 straight years. Come in and see for yourself. Enjoy our signature chicken fried steak. Open 7 days a week from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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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

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Bring in your Schweitzer Lift Ticket and receive a FREE slice of homemade pie or cinnamon roll with entrée. Expires: April 30, 2011

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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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Schweitzer Village has something to suit everyone’s cravings, from the Chimney Rock Grill’s fine-dining atmosphere, featuring burgers, steaks, salads, pasta and seafood, 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 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 flare for food, Gourmandie stocks everything needed to create delicious hors d’oeuvres or fullblown 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 like goggles and gloves, plus specialty equipment and rentals. Stiles Mountain Wear features outdoor lifestyle clothing for men and women, while 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 for lessons, crafts and snacks, while you test the latest skis at the Rossignol Demo Center, located at the top of the Great Escape Quad. Afterward, treat yourself to the healing services at the Solstice Center for the Healing Arts, providing a wide range of therapies that specifically target ski-related aches and pains.

ski and ride center

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 log-

ging roads through thousands of acres of private and state-owned forests 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 it 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 dayout suggestions to help round out a vacation at Schweitzer. Guest 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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The lights come on and the holiday season officially begins with hot chocolate, cookies and carolers.

6K, 15K and 30K contests.

18 Great Scott Cross Country Race

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

24 Santa Skis at Schweitzer 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 Nestle hot chocolate, cookies and to deliver your last-minute 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 2011 7-28 Starlight Junior Race Series Local race series on Friday nights in January.

15 Schweitzer Lights Up the Night Torchlight parade and fireworks. DJ follows in Taps.

15-17 Winter Carnival Celebration Family-friendly events to celebrate the weekend.

22 Cougar Gulch Cross Country Race 23 USASA Races Slopestyle event.

February 2011 4 Starlight Racing A perennial favorite for locals, Friday night races followed by 21-and-over parties in Taps.

March 2011 4 Final Starlight Party

12 Heuga Center Vertical Express for MS An annual event raising funds to support the Heuga Center.

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

18-20 Stomp Games presented by Smith Optics Back bigger and better than ever! Some of the best riders in the region compete for cash prizes! Guaranteed purses in all pro categories! Rail jam, slopestyle and ridercross categories in pro and amateur divisions, ages 12 and older. Space is limited – register early!

April 2011 1-2 24 Hours of Schweitzer 24-hour skiathon raises funds for cystinosis research.

9-10 Tropical Daze Bring out your Hawaiian shirt for some fun in the sun! Pond skimming and lots of family activities daily. Rotary Duck Derby Saturday and Downhill Dummy Derby on Sunday.

Summer 2011 events Late June Summer Celebration Mid-July Mountain Music Festival Early August Huckleberry Festival

5-6 College Daze

Labor Day Weekend Fall Fest

25-26 Outrageous Air Show

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.

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 LIFTS Schweitzer features 9 lifts with an uphill capacity of 12,500 people per hour. Lift Type Rise Time Lakeview Triple 710 feet 4.5 minutes Basin Express Quad 1,063 feet 4 minutes Great Escape Quad 1,678 feet 5 minutes Sunnyside Double 1,280 feet 8 minutes Stella 6-Pack 1,550 feet 5.5 minutes Snow Ghost Double 1,906 feet 13 minutes Musical Chairs Double 592 feet 6 minutes Idyle Our T-bar 60 feet 4 minutes Musical Carpet Carpet 100 feet 4 minutes 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. Night skiing: Fridays, Saturdays and holidays from Dec. 26 to March 5 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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hen winter white melts away to reveal the green hues of summer, Schweitzer blooms with activity. From late June through Labor Day, the mountain features unique thrills, from lift-serviced mountain biking to scenic chairlift rides, live music, festivals, horseback riding, tennis and much more. Take the Great Escape quad chairlift to the top for jaw-dropping views of Lake Pend Oreille and the rugged Selkirk range. 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. Not to be missed is huckleberry picking, with August providing prime picking opportunities. This tasty and uniquely Northwest fruit – Idaho’s state 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 Sept. 3-4 – 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. The Great Escape Package, Schweitzer’s signature summer lodging program, offers each individual on the package $30 in “Adventure Bucks” each night. These coins can be used to choose your own adventure – good for activities, dining, shopping and a host of options in Sandpoint. 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 will delight 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 resort 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 reality with a quick call or visit.


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Bring your family, your friends, your dreams Fractional ownership is a carefree way to own a vacation home. MountainSide at Schweitzer is a collection of contemporary mountain homes adjacent to the Schweitzer Village. With the ski and summer resort in your backyard, and the expansive view of the lake and valley in your front yard, the possibilities are endless any time of year. The homes are fully furnished, with concierge and maintenance service, and access to pool, hot tub and more. At a fraction of the price.

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Schweitzer Magazine 2010-11  
Schweitzer Magazine 2010-11  

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