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With CEO and President Tom Chasse

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8 FACE SHOT: BRETT MULLINDER AND KELLEY KENNEDY Cooking with love on the mountain


Don’t dream about mountain living, do it!




The Outback: A hidden gem, vintage comfort


Insider transportation advice from staffers who know


28 PHOTO ESSAY: FACES OF SCHWEITZER The smiles say it all





Resort gives back to community, remembers its roots Standout stomping grounds with three freestyle parks New summit lodge icon of the mountain, spectacular views


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f you roll back the clock about 18 months to the winter of 2014/2015, Schweitzer faced what turned out to be the most challenging operating season in my 39-year career. We had significant weather issues which led to a reduction in open terrain, a barrage of lodging cancellations and a significant drop in skier visitor numbers. One of the most difficult years, in recent memory, to be in the ski business. As we waited for the start of the winter of 2015/16 season, we had mixed forecasts of “El Nino” which is often a hit-or-miss weather pattern for us in North Idaho. The anticipation was difficult but once the first flakes started to fly, we knew that no matter what, Schweitzer was going to make it a great winter regardless of the weather. Luckily for us, we had a wonderfully “average” year with good coverage throughout the season and some amazing powder days over the Christmas holidays. In all honesty, I never imagined being so pleased with an average season. And now here we are again, anxiously reading the long range forecasts, the Farmers’ Almanac, the OLD Farmers’ Almanac, reports of “La Nina” heading our way … all of these setting us up for what we hope will be an above and beyond average season. After being in this business for so long, it’s wonderful to have a Rolodex full of industry contacts, consultants and experts who are all willing to share their experiences with me as we look ahead, but what’s become apparent Schweitzer CEO and President Tom Chasse to me through these past two seasons is how much I rely on local knowledge, Schweitzer’s company culture and the community around me to help get through the challenges of operating this sometimes fickle weather-dependent business. I am so proud to be part of the Schweitzer community and the culture we’ve created. Our service philosophy, “Passionate, Friendly, Genuine People Creating Great Experiences,” keeps things in perspective when faced with unknowns, and being connected to such a remarkable Sandpoint business community is always reassuring. The “we’re all in this together” approach is what makes this community such a special place to call home. Throughout this issue of Schweitzer Magazine, you’ll find articles and stories about our dedication to the communities we hold dear, both as employees and as locally minded individuals. We hope our friends and neighbors in Sandpoint and beyond know just how important these relationships are to us and to our guests. Through your continued support, we thank you for being a critical part of this dynamic and vibrant community. See you on the slopes!

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t’s pretty incredible to think that the majority of the tasty treats at Schweitzer are the culinary creations of one fantastic foodie couple, Kelley Kennedy, 38, and Brett Mullinder, 34. The pair moved to the area in 2002 when plans for relocating to Oregon didn’t come to fruition. “We’re from Maine originally and thought going from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, would be kind of cool,” Kennedy said. “Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out like we hoped so we came to Sandpoint instead.” “Our good friend was already established in the area and working on the mountain,” Mullinder added. “So, we got in touch with him and Kelley started waiting tables in Chimney Rock while I started as a line cook.” After 13 years and various positions for both in every food and beverage outlet at Schweitzer, Mullinder is now Schweitzer’s banquets chef and Lakeview kitchen manager while Kennedy manages Taps and the Bottle Bay Resort & Marina. “Working for the same company can have its challenges as a couple,” Kennedy said, “but we try to find ways for it not to consume us, like going golfing or being out on our boat.” Mullinder laughed and added: “We were here for four years before we actually got to spend time on Lake Pend 8

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Oreille. Once we got out there, that was a ‘wow’ moment for both of us, especially thanks to our water-loving roots growing up in New England.” Over the years, the couple has incorporated different New England specialties into their menus, from clam chowder to fresh lobster nights. “That was purely selfish on my part,” Kennedy said. “I needed seafood!” Both Kennedy and Mullinder feel their time at Schweitzer has been a working education, giving them insight into managing restaurants and staff on a corporate level. “When you are working for a resort like Schweitzer, there’s more on the line, more things to look out for,” Kennedy said. Sandpoint is the perfect mix of work and play. “It’s been such a great opportunity to have such solid jobs here in Sandpoint,” Mullinder said. “This is where we want to be and we’re doing what we love.” Kennedy agreed: “We’ve learned over 14 years that communication is key to being a successful manager and a successful husband-wife team. And he’s such a dreamboat when he listens to me!”

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here’s an old adage that says, “If you lived here, you’d be home now,” invoking thoughts of being where you need to be right then and there – home. For many people who ski and ride Schweitzer Mountain on a regular basis, the dream of owning a home in this part of paradise is never far from mind. In recent years, the resort has been working with developers to make these second-home dreams a reality through new construction with projects by Copper Basin and Idagon Design Build. According to Ron Nova from Evergreen Realty, 20 new homes were built in the last three years with three currently under construction on the mountain. “While new construction was quiet for a number of years, there were 10 new homes built in 2014,” Nova says. “Seven new in 2015 and for 2016 we have three currently under construction with at least three more in the planning stages.” Schweitzer’s MountainSide subdivision has a total of 35 lots adjacent to the slopes and within walking distance of the village. Currently, 12 of those have been sold leaving

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23 lots in highly desirable locations on the mountain. “The lots in MountainSide are the premier lots available at Schweitzer,” says Sean Mirus, marketing and sales director for the resort. “Once these ski-in/ski-out lots are snapped up, there won’t be any other opportunities to build a dream home in such a prime location.” “If you compare pricing around the country, and even in our region, the lots in MountainSide are competitively priced,” Mirus adds. “Especially when you consider all the amazing amenities already in place for potential buyers. Schweitzer’s village offers shops and restaurants right out your front door as well as perfect access to both the Great Escape and Basin Express quad chairs during ski season.” This season’s real estate market is vibrant. “Compared to 2015, 2016 is shaping up to be a strong year for real estate at the resort,” Nova says. “We have had 21 residential sales to date and vacant land sales have improved with five lots sold so far this year.” The average price for lots has risen from an average of just more than $50,000 in 2014 to about $102,000 in 2016 with prime lots pricing closer to $300,000. “The market is moving and now really is a great time to make that custom dream home a reality,” Mirus adds. “Don’t just dream about being home at Schweitzer. Make it happen.” 12

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The 2015-2016 season was Tom Tharp’s final as manager of the Outback Inn. This season, you’ll find him skiing and maybe sipping hot cocoa on the deck at 10 a.m.


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hen your legs are tired and your hands are cold, there’s nothing better than spying the Outback Inn as you carve turns down Cedar Park. The smell of a campfire boosts your spirits and you can almost taste those homemade Rice Krispies treats as you arrive at Schweitzer’s oldest existing on-mountain restaurant. “We offer $5 burgers (on Wednesdays), loaded Idaho potatoes, and bread bowls that are a big hit with our hungry riders,” said Tom Tharp, who started managing the lodge on the “back side” in 1996 and ran it for 20 years before retiring at the close of last season. The Outback Inn first opened for the 1971-1972 season, and 45 years later, it boasts an impressive collection of vintage skis and a menu high in comfort food. In the beginning, the crew hauled food, supplies and the subsequent garbage in backpacks. “Eventually, we used an old cat that ski patrol had as an ambulance to haul stuff over, like kegs. That didn’t work too well, though. Lost a lot of beer that way,” Tharp said. These days, the crew has a cat specifically for the Outback that sets off at

7:30 a.m. and carries everything the restaurant needs to feed the skiers and riders during the day at the base of Stella. “Typically, we are busy on the weekends and during races on Zip Down,” Tharp said. “The athletes love being able to relax here between races, but we also have a crowd of regulars who are here every morning at 10 a.m. for hot cocoa and water.” Tharp is especially proud of the Outback’s décor of eclectic skis. “All the skis on the walls have been donated to us by local skiers,” Tharp said. “My favorite pair is from World War II and used in Italy. Looking at the old styles of bindings and ski styles is a trip down memory lane for everyone who stops in.” The inn’s groovy vintage vibe and hearty fare draws customers in. “People feel comfortable hanging out here,” he added. “My favorite memory is from a few seasons back when we had Miah Kohal play on the deck while we grilled brats. People just enjoyed being back here, relaxed and part of the family. I love these customers. Everyone is a local at the Outback.” The Outback Inn is open when Stella is running in the Outback Bowl.

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In this installment of Tips from the Top, we asked eight Schweitzer employees for their advice related to transportation. Consider these top eight tips to ensure you arrive safely, timely and in style!

Once you reach the mountain, park at the Fall Line or Gateway lots for ski-in/ski-out access. Randi Lui, Activity Center

Carpool: You always know somebody heading up the hill! Catch a ride, share the cost of gas and have more fun riding with a buddy. Tonja Lynch, Guest Services lead

Decided to drive? Use the pullouts on the road – let those lead-footed folks on by – and follow the 35 mph speed limit to arrive safely. Beau Marshall, Lakeview Cafeteria.

Once you’re here, just stay at the hotel. Park your car in the underground garage at the White Pine or Selkirk lodges and relax. Laura Whitby, Owner Services liaison

Use the SMR shuttle from the Red Barn Shuttle Lot! Park that car and for only $3 (or free for passholders), get on the bus! Schedule is flexible so regardless if you are a first-chair powder hound or part of the Crack o’ Noon Club, you’ll find a bus and a seat. Mary Chorzempa from Accounting

Take the SPOT bus from town! Easy, FREE transportation to and from Sandpoint, Ponderay and Dover to hotels, shopping and downtown, plus the Schweitzer connector in winter from the Red Barn Shuttle Lot. Tracy Tuttle, graphic designer

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“It’s not that successful people are givers; it is that givers are successful people.” – Patti Thor, author of “Radical Giver”

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t 3 a.m. on a Saturday in March, a 12-year-old boy skids into a lift station and fist pumps the pirate-dressed lift attendant. Their noses dripping in the cold hours of the morning, Bob Marley music reverberates from the lift shack. This has been going on for hours – 18 hours to be exact – and six, long hours remain. An outsider witnessing this scene would truly think there is something awry in North Idaho and keep their children far, far away. But around Sandpoint, pulling your children out of school for the day and taking them to the mountain to ride slippery slopes for 24 hours straight is philanthropy, Schweitzer style. Schweitzer has been hosting 24 Hours of Schweitzer (previously termed “24 Hours for Hank”) since 2009, a 24-hour ski event in which Schweitzer operates lifts and facilities and allows participants to ski or ride for 24 hours straight to raise money and awareness for cysti2016 • 2017 | schweitzer magazine


nosis research. Born from a local family’s battle with the rare genetic disease, the event has become a “labor of love for Schweitzer,” says Mary Weber-Quinn, events and activities director and member of the donation committee for Schweitzer. “We couldn’t resist being involved in such a great adventure that builds a true community experience. We love supporting this event as individuals and as a company. It’s amazing watching the event bring out the best in everyone.” The resort knows it’s important to give back to the community that gave this mountain its start. According to Jack Fowler, the “founder” of Schweitzer Mountain Resort, in

community rallied to build is now a major philanthropic player, giving back to the community. During the past three years alone, Schweitzer has contributed approximately $350,000 of in-kind and cash support to the community. In a winter season that already feels short with all the holidays, fun events and activities packed into it, Schweitzer remains loyal to its top events that generate money for the community while supporting a good cause. Since 2006, the resort has hosted Community Day, originally called “A Day for Heather” in honor of Heather Gibson, a former Schweitzer employee and wife of assistant Ski Patrol

Tom Chasse presents a check to Bonner Partners in Care and Community Cancer Services on Community Day in December 2015.

1961, there was a drive to collect the money needed to build Schweitzer Basin. In the end, it would take approximately $320,000 of federal funding from the Area Redevelopment Administration, about $50,000 from the Small Business Administration and around $100,000 in cash from the community. “Though the community contribution was the necessary prerequisite to getting the federal money, the real significance of the fundraising was unifying the Sandpoint community. The community united and everyone gave what they could, even if it was in donated work. The fourth-grade class at Farmin Grade School donated their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to come up with ten dollars donation,” Fowler wrote in “Looking Back on Schweitzer” (1991, Spokane, WA: Marshall Publishing Company, now out of print). The community made Schweitzer Basin a reality and the resort is quick to remember its roots. The ski area that the 18

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Director Greg Gibson, who lost her battle with cancer in 2006. Held annually in early December, Community Day promotes $10 lift tickets with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to Community Cancer Services, which Heather Gibson helped found, and Bonner Partners in Care. This day alone generally raises about $20,000 for these two organizations. The longest-running event for a cause at Schweitzer is the Vertical Express for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis (MS), held annually in early March, the only national event series that combines skiing and fundraising to empower people living with MS. Schweitzer has hosted the event for 32 years and is currently one of seven host resorts around the country. These events aren’t possible without the support of Schweitzer directors and staff, who despite the long hours and challenges in additional hours and resources, make them fun and memorable for all involved. Hundreds of lift tickets each

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season are sold to staff members – who already have season passes – on $10 Community Day, lift attendants often dress in costume for added flair, and the Activity Center staff holds special offerings for kids. Schweitzer President and CEO Tom Chasse is a big supporter of the philanthropic spirit. “We want to do what we can to support and partner with the local community,” Chasse says. “Providing fundraising support through donations and volunteerism has been our biggest community contributions. It’s a partnership. If we can help an organization that’s challenged, it keeps us and them engaged in the community.” In addition to hosting stand-alone events, Schweitzer sponsors dozens of lesser-known beneficiaries and recipients. One of the largest is North Idaho Mountain Sports Education Fund (NIMSEF) that gives area youth with an economic need eight weeks of lessons and a season pass. The program not only provides children with the gift of a lifelong activity, but it also teaches them a strong work ethic and volunteerism by being responsible for a portion of their tuition. NIMSEF also helps them learn how to participate in fundraising and gives them a sense of belonging and accomplishment. Schweitzer participates annually in Sandpoint’s Independence Day parade, volunteering many hours and resources to contribute to the festive summer community event. Schweitzer staff works for weeks beforehand to put together a float, often stockpiling and preserving snow for the float for three months, to support the Sandpoint Lions Club and the community. Schweitzer staff explain the layout of the village Year-round and seasonal staff particion Community Day in December 2016. pate in an annual road clean-up day, combing the nine miles of Schweitzer Mountain Road (maintained by the Independent Highway District) from Schweitzer Village as constantly looking for ways to give back at all levels, even to the Red Barn parking lot at the base of the mountain. As something as simple as donating our lost-and-found items to a part of the resort’s dedication to responsible stewardship, Schlocal veterans organization.” weitzer started a volunteer environmental committee in 2007 It’s difficult to put a value on the ways that Schweitzer that researches and implements ideas to minimize the resort’s contributes to the overall well-being of the region, and it’s imimpact on the environment. portant to remember how valuable the community’s support These efforts by the staff, directors or ownership aren’t was to giving Schweitzer its start more than 50 years ago. It’s just a marketing ploy. Schweitzer’s employees are dedicated a symbiotic relationship that has proved to fare well for the to the communities they call home in the region. Currently, community, the resort, employees and the guests who come every director is a volunteer member of at least one nonto Sandpoint and feel the generous spirit in this unique region. Schweitzer based organization, giving their time to help other As bestselling author Patti Thor says, “You have something to causes in the area. “It’s hard to put a value on the time we spend supportgive. It is this gift that is the seed to create your future.” ing local associations as volunteer board members or event supporters,” Chasse says of Schweitzer’s volunteerism. “We Schweitzer’s donation process with guidelines and an online application may be found at are all active participants in a variety of organizations as well 20

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or more than two decades, Schweitzer Mountain Resort has remained a Northwest leader for offering a cutting-edge, innovative freestyle terrain park that is ever-changing and inspiring

for shredders. Since the proposal to build one at Schweitzer Mountain Resort slid across the desks of resort administration in the early 1990s, the mountain has developed three terrain parks filled with a variety of custom features designed to accommodate all levels of riders. “Snowboarding was a young, rapidly growing sport, and the idea of building terrain specifically for catching air was quite new to the industry back then,” said Schweitzer Terrain Park Manager Dan Nylund, 38, who has been leading the charge since 2005. “Twenty-four years later, terrain parks are about as common as wet socks and hot chocolate, and almost every resort offers something in the way of freestyle terrain.” According to Nylund, it took a dedicated and passionate group of people to convince ski areas around the country that there was a demand for these facilities, and it takes a dedicated and passionate group of likeminded individuals to continue building freestyle terrain, facilitating the progression of the sport of skiing and snowboarding today. Early renditions of man-made freestyle terrain parks would appear somewhat primitive by today’s standards. Cat time was expensive and primarily designated to make slopes flat. Pushing up piles of snow for a bunch of kids to jump off of was pretty low on most people’s list of priorities. But piles did get pushed and shaped by hand. Kids flocked to the terrain parks to push their limits and motivate each other to go bigger, spin faster and learn new tricks in the sun. One of those kids was Sandpoint resident, entrepreneur

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and father of two, Matt Gillis, 32. Gillis dominated many of Schweitzer’s freestyle events growing up and remains an active member of the skiing community participating in a variety of events. These days, Gillis spends much of his free time in the surrounding backcountry, but he’ll never forget the countless hours he spent lapping the Stomping Grounds Terrain Park. “Schweitzer Mountain and the Stomping Grounds Terrain Park have had a significant influence on who I am as a skier,” Gillis said. “The Stomping Grounds crew always promoted a great balance of progression and safety, and gave me a real mountain community. Some of my greatest memories skiing come from sunny spring days in the park hiking the jump line until sunset with a handful of buddies, pushing 22

schweitzer magazine | A2016 • 2017 rider slides the box in the Terrain Garden.

The crew went above and beyond when creating a jump over the Lakeview Triple for a film from Level 1 Productions.

each other to learn the next new trick.” The tradition continues as kids today do things on skis and snowboards that were never even considered possible in the mid-’90s. “Before most of today’s park crew ever knew how to ski, and before some were even born, Schweitzer was earning its reputation as one of the most cutting-edge terrain parks in the Northwest,” Nylund said. As tricks and skills have progressed, so too have the parks themselves and the equipment used to build them, he added. Snowcats designed specifically for building freestyle terrain features have been invented, and resorts devote substantial resources to their park programs to make them bigger, safer and more fun than their competitors.

“Schweitzer takes pride in this evolution and continues to raise the bar year in and year out with new park layouts and expansions, a variety of events, and post-season photo and video shoots,” said Nylund. This commitment to providing guests a top-quality terrain park experience is evident in the number of high-caliber riders the mountain has produced over the years, according to Nylund. Many who grew up calling Schweitzer home have become familiar faces on podiums and in broadcasting booths around the world. Riders like Luke Van Valin, Noah Wallace, Dash and Kix Kamp, and the Holland brothers – Nate and Pat – all honed their skills in Schweitzer’s terrain parks. The trend continues each season with new kids emerging as standout riders in the parks. Pushed by their friends and in2016 • 2017 | schweitzer magazine


Competitors wait their turn at the start of the Stomp Games. Lower photo, during special events, like the TransWorld SNOWboarding TransAM contest, the crew created a custom park at the summit.

spired by their favorite video stars, these kids help motivate the Schweitzer park crew to push snow all night, shovel all day, continuing to take the parks to the next level. Another motivation for the Schweitzer Park Crew has been the opportunity to showcase their work in films from Poor Boyz Productions and Level 1 Productions. “Getting the chance to build some extraordinary features for some of the sport’s premier athletes over the past nine years and witnessing these athletes utilize these creations to their fullest potential can be both awe-inspiring and terrifying at the same time,” Nylund said. From Mike Wilson’s 75 mph tow-in road gap in “Jib-Jam,” to Bobby Brown’s triple corks on Middle Ridge, and most recently Tim McChesney and Adam Delorme’s session on the Lakeview Triple jump in Level 1’s “Less,” each of these moments stand out as highlights for everyone involved in making them possible. “Not a lot of cat drivers get to build features like these. It’s an exciting thing to be a part of,” said Sch24

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weitzer park builder Cole Gollen. The Stomping Grounds Terrain Park also served as a college classroom for six years for North Idaho College students enrolled in the Terrain Park Management Course as part of their Resort and Recreation Management curriculum. The class included 30 hours of on-hill time where students were involved in designing and building terrain park features as well as trying their hand at operating a snowcat. It was an opportunity for individuals interested in the business to get their foot in the door by gaining some background knowledge and by making contacts with some established industry professionals. Several students became Schweitzer Terrain Park employees while many others found work at other resorts or in other facets of the ski industry. Tyler Wahlin was one of those students in the inaugural class and now works as a lead ranger in Schweitzer’s terrain parks. “It gave me a glimpse of what the inner workings and daily operations of a terrain park entail and it sparked my interest to become a part of it,” Wahlin said. Aside from the pride taken in seeing local park riders do well in the professional ranks or seeing their work on the big screen or in magazines, the real driving force behind what the park crew does is a simple love of skiing and snowboarding. The reason they all got involved in the business in the first place was to build stuff that they wanted to ride, and they’ve been able to do that for close to 25 years now. Many of Schweitzer’s park riders have moved away over the years, but you can find them returning to Schweitzer with the next generation in tow, introducing their children to the joy of catching air for the first time. “It’s exciting to watch and to wonder what the parks they’ll be riding 10 years from now will look like,” Nylund said. “Crews add new features just about every week in the meantime.” He adds that rangers staff the park whenever the resort is open to concentrate on safety, education and oversight. Terrain parks have come a long way since 1992. Schweitzer’s crew may not have the biggest budget in the business nor the most acreage or the largest number of features, but what they do have is a great team of passionate individuals. Schweitzer has a great community of park riders and the terrain park crew is determined to provide that community with the best park experience year after year. Story written by Terrain Park Manager Dan Nylund, who has worked at Schweitzer for more than 20 years, and edited by Dig Chrismer.


Architect Tim Boden’s rendition of the lodge located at the summit of Schweitzer.


we-inspiring views of Canada, Montana and Lake Pend Oreille, greet visitors at the new 8,000-squarefoot summit lodge that is a symbol for everything Schweitzer. Opening in December, the spectacular lodge will greet guests unloading from the Great Escape quad and offer them a full-service restaurant, bar and cafeteria with seating for 180 people. It is also the new home for ski patrol dispatch during the winter months and provides an exceptional summer destination for day visitors, groups and special events. “This is something we’ve been dreaming about doing for several years,” said Tom Chasse, CEO and President of Schweitzer. “To see the project coming to completion is very exciting for the mountain and its fans. We’re really looking forward to having this iconic structure become a critical part of the Schweitzer experience in both our winter and summer seasons.” Idagon Homes began construction in earnest during the 2015 summer season, with a pause taken during the 20152016 ski season. Immediately after the mountain closed in the spring, Schweitzer’s mountain operations team was hard at work plowing snow from the access road so construction crews could commence phase two of the project.

For Schweitzer, this building offers more than just an onmountain dining facility. “Having the lodge at the summit will enable people to really enjoy the incredible views of our two adjacent states, Canada, and the always-extraordinary Lake Pend Oreille,” said Chasse. “We can’t wait for our guests to enjoy relaxing in comfort while surrounded by this incredible natural beauty.” Overseeing the development of the summit restaurant is Schweitzer Food and Beverage Director Bret Wieman, who joined the company in April 2016. “The lodge will also be a fantastic setting for private group functions and weddings during the summer season,” added Chasse. “We have had tremendous success with our mountaintop weddings already, and now we will have the ability to provide a venue for the entire event on the summit.” Regardless of the season, Schweitzer’s summit lodge is a welcome addition to the facilities at the resort – slopeside accommodations, impressive dining options and a plethora of family-friendly activities. For Chasse, the summit lodge is the icing on the cake as the mountain offers a complete resort experience. “Once the lodge is opened, regardless of the season, from the village to the summit, our guests will find a spot that will make them feel right at home,” Chasse said. 2016 • 2017 | schweitzer magazine


Come Saturday, kids (and parents) get a


night out

eing a parent is hard. Period. Being a parent while finding time to be married, have a date or just time for you is almost impossible. In an effort to hold on to that tiny ounce of what’s left from your younger and more independent days, you decide to plan a ski vacation to Schweitzer to share your passion for the mountain with your family. You’ve booked the room, lessons and rentals. When you get here, you ski all morning with your kids, eat lunch together at the Outback, and then ski some more. The lifts close and you’re exhausted, but your kids are still bouncing off the walls asking, “What’s next?!” I’ll tell you what’s next: mommy and daddy need a drink! I’m right there with you. I’m a skier and a parent and I’m in dire need of time with my husband. When was the last time you sat down to enjoy a steak without having to talk 26

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about homework or soccer practice? If you’re anything like me, you may just want to sit together in silence, smiling about how quiet it is. This is why I love Schweitzer’s Kids Night Out on Saturday nights during the winter season. We can drop the kids off at KinderKamp, and while they are busy playing with jumpy balls, slack line, Nintendo Wii dance and decorating cookies, we get to enjoy some parent alone time! Best part is, it may cost nothing. Gain a little bit of parent peace by simply leaving a credit card deposit of $25 per child between the ages of 4 and 11 or $50 max per family. If parents provide receipts for $25 or more from their evening at a Schweitzer-owned outlet, they can get their full deposit back. That’s a great deal for everyone. “When you’re trying to get some couples time,” says

It’s all

fun and games for the kids

All in all, Schweitzer knows that vacation time is family time, and the mountain offers a multitude of things to do together. Consider a few of these fun activities. After skiing and snowboarding the day away, kick up your boots around a village campfire as you sip hot chocolate and munch on s’mores. During the winter season, the Selkirk Theater offers free movies three times a day. The schedule is posted on the door of the theater and on the back of the daily Activities Sheet. In the summer months, guests can choose a film from the set playlist on a first-come, first-served basis. If getting out and about is more your thing, the resort offers a treasure hunt around the village. Pick up your first clue in the Activity Center and then head off on a hunt around the resort to find the big prize. The Activity Center also offers kids crafts on Saturdays and Sundays in the winter season, “Crafts-To-Go” year-round, as well as board games, hula hoops and books. If the family is missing their home video game systems, the Activity Center has Wii available for rent with a slew of games for the whole family to enjoy. If your crew is still looking for more to do, the Activity Center can help you plan an excursion to Sandpoint to experience great restaurants and a unique shopping scene. Summer and winter, there’s plenty to keep you busy. –Dig Chrismer

By Dani Demmons, Schweitzer Activity Center manager

mom of two, Amy Rose, “it’s nice to know there’s a safe place for the kids to go and have a blast.” But here’s where Kids Night Out really shines. Our little loves don’t miss us one bit! “I loved the slackline, and we got to play lots of games,” said our son, Bodi, 5. “The teachers were super nice, and it was fun to play with the other kids there,” chimes in friend Addison Douglass, 7. Addison’s mother, Darla Douglass, added: “We have taken advantage of Kids Night Out for the past two winters. Our daughter looks forward to going every time, and my husband and I enjoy having a date night knowing that Addison is in a safe, fun and very affordable environment. She is disappointed to leave each time she goes! We will definitely do it again next winter.” 2016 • 2017 | schweitzer magazine


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ost people love that Schweitzer Mountain caters to all kinds of winter enthusiasts, regardless of age. That’s what makes spending time at Schweitzer so memorable.

From young to old, while skiing or playing, the joy of the mountain is contagious. Our fans make Schweitzer the community it is and we are so glad to have them.


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A two-nation

Sandpoint/Schweitzer key destination on the International Selkirk Loop


or many Americans, the thought of traveling internationally conjures up images of long lines in customs, paralyzing foreign languages and expensive flights. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t even need to get out of your car if you don’t want to. But you’re going to want to. Traveling the International Selkirk Loop, a 280-mile scenic highway encircling the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho, Washington and British Columbia, is a road trip through culture with nature as your guide. Follow the rivers that lead you around the majestic Selkirk Mountain range and you’ll find quaint small towns, fantastic skiing and incredible culinary delights. Sure, there may be an international border between the loop’s anchor towns of Nelson, British Columbia, and Sandpoint, Idaho, but there are more similarities than differences to enjoy and experience. This is one of the guiding principles for the creation of the International Selkirk Loop, according to Kate McAlister, president of both the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce and the International Selkirk Loop board of directors. “This whole region shares so much of the same natural wonders that are fantastic to explore year-round,” said McAlister. “We see this area as a perfect destination for people who want to experience some of the most beautiful and uncrowded parts of the North American Rockies.” Starting in Sandpoint, Idaho, the International Selkirk Loop winds 280 miles past scenic lakes, impressive mountain passes and ski resorts, including Schweitzer. “Many people think the roads are closed once it snows,” said Stephanie Sims, executive director of the International Selkirk Loop. “But the loop is as amazing to travel in the winter as it is in the summer months with many of our visitors taking time to ski at resorts in both countries.” The ability to use the loop to experience world-class resorts in one trip is something that both Schweitzer and Whitewater outside of Nelson have embraced promoting. “Partnering with Whitewater has been great for us when we have skiers traveling to the region from far away,” said Sarah Nuri, guest services manager at Schweitzer. “Having the ability to experience two different places on one ski trip is a huge plus for many of our visitors. Add in all the other attractions of the Selkirk Loop on top of that, and it’s a win-win for both resorts.” “The natural beauty of the area is a huge draw in both summer and winter,” said Sims, who has been with the orga32

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nization for four-plus years. “Northern Idaho and the far eastern corner of Washington state are a continuation of the Kootenay Rockies and offer such a vast playground to explore, be it by resort and backcountry skiing or summertime hiking, mountain and road biking.” In fact, according to Sims, the second most-used form of transport on the loop is bicycles. “Even more than by RV or motorcycle, people are exploring the loop by road bike.” Four organizations offer five different bike tours in the area, including the six-day WaCanId Ride and a full threeweek tour that encompasses the entire loop and its six “Super Side Trips.” “The loop brings thousands of visitors to the area who want to get away, really get away, and relax,” Sims said. “These are the people who dream of experiencing the natural beauty we live in every day,” McAlister added. “Borders are made by men and governments, but mountains and lakes speak universally.” To learn more, look up, where you can download or order the annual 72-page Travel Guide. It’s free and chock-full of information on the towns, activities and events around the International Selkirk Loop.

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off t h e m o u n t a i n WINTER HAPS KEEP

DOWNTOWN SANDPOINT HOPPING inter may be ski season on the mountain, but the town of Sandpoint offers great events and shows that complement any winter stay at Schweitzer. The Banff Mountain Film Festival makes a stop in Sandpoint during January showcasing a wide range of topics that focus on the various aspects of mountain living. From sustainability to radical mountain exploration, the film series is inspiring. Plan ahead – all three nights typically sell out. From September through March or April, the Pend Oreille Arts Council (POAC) sponsors an annual series of live theater, concerts and even opera with world-renowned artists at the Panida Theater. In February, partake in Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Two full weeks of fun events for the whole family feature the K-9 Keg Pull, fireworks at Schweitzer, the Parade of Lights downtown and much more. Sandpoint may be a small town, but it’s got a big appetite and offers more than 24 restaurants to choose from. “Dine Around Sandpoint” begins during Winter Carnival, in which diners during this month-long event are entered to win a grand prize drawing – a meal a month, for one year, for two guests at participating Sandpoint restaurants. Sandpoint’s unique and lively personality is reflected in an event known as The Follies in March, when Angels Over Sandpoint showcases this politically incorrect, raunchy, racy and ridiculous variety show for adults 21 and older at the Panida Theater. The Follies – a staple for more than 12 years – donates all proceeds from the show to help members of the Sandpoint community in need. One of the most recent additions to the Sandpoint event scene has been The Hive, a high-tech, 900-plus-capacity concert venue. The Hive offers visitors and residents of Sandpoint an intimate setting with top-notch acoustics for live music. From the incredibly popular “Aftival” series in the summer to monthly concerts all winter long, The Hive offers world-class live music in a local setting. The winter months are great for exercising those skiing and snowboarding muscles, but Sandpoint’s winter festivals and events make sure your mind and soul are along for the ride.

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Check for up-to-the-minute event calendars. Some of Sandpoint’s many entertainment events shown clockwise from top are Banff Mountain Film Festival, Winter Carnival bonfire, recent live theater event by POAC, live concert at The Hive, The Follies variety show and the Winter Carnival Keg Pull.

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202 N. Second Ave. Enjoy authentic Thai food in a welcoming atmosphere. All of Bangkok’s dishes, including a wide variety of vegetarian, are cooked to order using the freshest ingredients with no added MSG. Bangkok offers a fine selection of wine and beer as well as Thai tea and coffee. All desserts are made on-site. Enjoy your meal on our sidewalk dining area. Closed Sundays.

524 Church Street, by the historic Granary Tower. A craft Roasting Studio and Café focused on the very best coffee experience. Top scoring micro-lot coffees are roasted on-site, sourced directly from our partners at origin. Talented baristas prepare espresso drinks, pour-overs, and high quality chai, loose leaf tea, and fresh baked pastries. The café is newly renovated in an urban rustic style, with indoor and outdoor seating, and a giant rollup door to the espresso bar. 208-265-5553 Like us on Facebook!


MONARCH MOUNTAIN COFFEE 208 N. Fourth Ave. Sandpoint’s original coffee roastery serving Idaho’s freshest coffee since 1993. Bring all your friends for the very best espresso drinks, real fruit smoothies made with all-natural ingredients, handcrafted milk shakes, granitas, iced or hot tea, yerba mate and fresh lemonade. Enjoy Monarch Mountain’s half-pound breakfast burritos or homemade soup.


SPUDS 102 N. First Ave. Located on beautiful Sand Creek overlooking the marina, Spuds Waterfront Grill offers the freshest of lunch and dinner entrees specializing in American regional recipes. Spuds Waterfront Grill has been a landmark restaurant in Sandpoint since 1995. 208-265-4311



323 Cedar St. Historic hospitality! Connie’s Café, the landmark Sandpoint restaurant, is known as “a coffee shop with dinner house quality.” The eatery’s wholesome, made-from-scratch menu is filled with mouthwatering breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes of the highest quality, while the relaxed, beautifully restored 1950s decor makes everyone feel right at home.

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.





314 N. Second Ave. A Sandpoint favorite for over 20 years offering both traditional and Americanized Mexican dishes in a fun family-friendly atmosphere. Full bar, summer patio seating, banquet facilities, glutenfree menu, quick to-go menu, indoor waterfall and fish tank offer something for everyone.

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SWEET LOU’S In Ponderay, 477272 U.S. Highway 95, open every day 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Proudly serving hand-cut steaks, freshly ground burgers, wild salmon and smoked ribs. Both locations offer a family-friendly atmosphere with full bars and tasty items. Come hungry, stay late, eat well. New location opening November 2016 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 601 E. Front Ave. – across from McEuen Park and Tubbs Hill.

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TRINITY AT CITY BEACH 58 Bridge St. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille. Waterfront dining with an outstanding view and menu featuring seafood, steaks, salads and appetizers; great selection of wines, beers and cocktails. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.


this is schweitzer




ituated in the Selkirk Mountains in Idaho’s Panhandle, Schweitzer Mountain boasts an impressive open bowl that is easily visible from the idyllic town of Sandpoint, Idaho. This stunning view showcases some of the varied terrain that can be found at Schweitzer but only offers a glimpse of all that the mountain has to offer. The “hidden” backside is another impressive open bowl, giving Schweitzer a total of 2,900 acres of lift-served acres and access to some incredible backcountry skiing and riding. Since its beginning in 1963, Schweitzer Mountain Resort has transformed into a true destination ski and snowboard resort lauded for superb tree skiing, outstanding snow, and dramatic views of three states, Canada and the impressive Lake Pend Oreille. With 2,400 vertical feet and an average of 300 inches of snowfall annually, there are plenty of places to explore and enjoy all winter long. Schweitzer’s home base on the lake is the music-and-arts-loving town of Sandpoint. The town has been named a “Top Ski Town” and “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” by USA Today & Rand McNally and one of the “Top 10 Coolest Mountain Towns” by Men’s Journal. The unforgettable friendliness of both the town and the mountain are one of the biggest reasons that people keep coming back year after year. Beyond its unspoiled and uncrowded terrain, Schweitzer’s intimate village offers shopping, dining and nightlife at an easygoing pace that invites guests to really relax. 38

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


The Selkirk Lodge features hotel style accommodations with a variety of room types that can accommodate couples and larger families, all just steps away from three outdoor hot tubs and the resort’s heated pool. Also slopeside, the White Pine Lodge boasts gas fireplaces, views overlooking Schweitzer’s village or Lake Pend Oreille, and other amenities such as full kitchens, cable TV and DVD players, and two outdoor hot tubs. Other condominiums are located throughout Schweitzer’s mountain community and feature full kitchens, ski-in/ski-out access, and luxury amenities. (, 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 forests on four-stroke Arctic Cats. Daylong cat-skiing adventures start from the summit of our lift served terrain and have skiers and riders on untracked backcountry powder by 9:30 a.m. Customers typically complete up to 10 runs and rack up as much as 14,000 vertical feet on 4,350 acres of diverse terrain. (, 208-263-6959)

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Schweitzer’s village has something to suit everyone’s cravings, from the Chimney Rock Grill’s comfortable fire-side dining featuring burgers, steaks, salads and pasta to the Mojo Coyote Café’s casual eatery, offering sandwiches and fresh baked goods. 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. For delicious delights like grilled panini, Gourmandie is the go-to spot for light eats and specialty wine and craft beer selections. The Outback Inn, located in the mountain’s Outback Bowl, offers hot food and cold drinks inside or on the deck near the bonfire during the winter months. New for the winter 2016-17 season, Schweitzer will offer a full bar, restaurant and cafeteria in the new summit lodge.


Anyone needing a ski break can choose from

several village shopping options right at their fingertips. The Source and The Alpine Shop sell mountain gear essentials like goggles and gloves, plus specialty equipment and demo rental equipment. The Artists’ Studio, a local artist cooperative, showcases unique photos, drawings, paintings, glass art, jewelry and more. The Market at Schweitzer has a great selection of fine spirits, sundries and ice cream as well as those forgotten items you might need to make your stay more enjoyable.

children’s center

Drop off your children, ages 4 months to 6 years, at Kinder Kamp for lessons, crafts and snacks, then sign your older kids up for lessons at the Ski and Ride Center. They’ll enjoy group or private lessons with experienced instructors. Multiweek programs are available for kids ages 5-14.

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The Ski and Ride Center features top-quality

Treat yourself to a relaxing massage with the Solstice Spa, located in the Selkirk Lodge. A wide variety of therapies are available from Eastern bodywork, hand & foot massages, to full body treatments. Appointments can be made through The Activity Center at 208-255-3081.

meetings and events

Looking for a place to host your mountaintop wedding, corporate retreat or family reunion? Schweitzer’s Group Sales team can offer customized event planning to fit any group’s needs at our unique mountain setting. Let us arrange all your group’s needs from comprehensive audio/visual equipment, banquets, bars, and outdoor group activities including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, geocaching and tubing. The Schweitzer staff is wholly committed to creating memorable experiences for any event. (208-263-9555 ext. 2820)

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suggestions to help round out a vacation at Schweitzer. Guests may opt for a moonlit snowshoe hike or an evening in Sandpoint. The staff also operates Hermit’s Hollow snow tubing, located a short walk from the village. The Schweitzer Activity Center makes it easy to organize a day on or off the mountain. (208-255-3081)


terrain parks

Southside Terrain Park features hiker-friendly, unintimidating, medium-sized features. It’s Schweitzer’s most popular park and is located on Crystal Run. 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.




Schweitzer is located at 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., in Sandpoint, Idaho. The resort is 45 miles from Coeur d’Alene/I-90 and two hours from Spokane International Airport. The nearest business district is 11 miles away in the city of Sandpoint and can be reached via the SPOT bus connection in winter.

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DECEMBER 2016 2 Opening Day (dependent on snow)

FEBRUARY 2017 3-24 Starlight Racing

9 Community $10 Day Fundraiser

Four weeks of evening racing on Friday nights followed by fun and fabulous parties in Taps.

100 percent of ticket proceeds benefit a local non-profit.

23 Santa Skis Santa will be on the slopes visiting and delivering treats.

24 Santa Skis Santa and Mrs. Claus are visiting to ski, host a balloon parade for all the kids and hear last minute wishes in the Selkirk Lodge.

31 New Year’s Eve Parties

4-5 College Daze 4-5 USASA Competition Slopestyle and snowboard races.

10-11 Stomp Games Banked slalom races.

18-20 Presidents Weekend Celebration Special activities featuring Laser Light Show on Sunday with night skiing.

Parties for all ages – tickets go on sale Dec. 1 on Eventbrite.

23-26 Masters Racing and Clinics

JANUARY 2017 6-27 Junior Race Series

Annual themed party – a “not-to-be-missed” event!

24 Final Starlight Party

Friday nights in January on NASTAR course. Sponsored by Independence Race League.

MARCH 2017 4 Vertical Express for MS

14 Winter Trails Day

4 Demo Days Invitational

Complimentary access to Nordic trails, plus cross-country ski lessons.

In the village.

14-16 MLK Weekend

A uniquely challenging event that is a great fundraiser for cystinosis research and a fun time!

Special activities all weekend, kicking off with Northern Lights at Schweitzer – fireworks and torchlight parade followed by a party with live music in Taps – on the 14th.

21 Smoking Aces Slopestyle Show off your skills as you wind your way through jumps, rails and boxes in this slopestyle event.

27 Toyota Ski Free Day Free lift ticket for the driver of any Toyota driven to Schweitzer.

24-25 24 Hours of Schweitzer

APRIL 2017 8-9 Schpring Finale - Big LeBREWski and the Rotary Ducky Derby Celebrate spring with great music and tons of fun!

9 Closing day All dates and information subject to change. For more events and up-to-date information, visit or call the Schweitzer Activity Center at 208-255-3081.

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 nine 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

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: 10 percent Intermediate: 40 percent Advanced: 35 percent Expert: 15 percent HOURS 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Twilight skiing: Fridays, Saturdays and holidays from Dec. 26 to March 4, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2016 • 2017 | schweitzer magazine







schweitzer magazine | 2016 • 2017

chweitzer isn’t just a big winter mountain, it’s a big summer mountain, too! From late June through Labor Day, the mountain offers lift-accessed mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, festivals and more wildflowers than you can pick. No experience compares to riding the Great Escape Quad to the summit for jaw-dropping views of Lake Pend Oreille and the rugged Selkirk and Cabinet mountains. From there, a variety of mountain biking trails lead down the mountain, including the sensational Beargrass Route. Need directions? The folks in the Activity Center are happy to point guests to the right biking and hiking trails or match them up with a fantastic horse for a mountain adventure. Schweitzer has plenty of options for young and old, including mining gems at the Cranky Jennings sluice box, aerial thrills on the 750-foot zip line, and the popular “Air Jumper” bungee trampoline. Schweitzer kicks off the summer with 7B Sunday, a day celebrating all the great things produced and enjoyed in our county, “7B,” with free chairlift rides, local vendors and live music. Come July, Schweitzer hosts regional wine tastings at Northwest Winefest! August is all about family fun with the Huckleberry Color Fun Run. Then Schweitzer wraps up the summer in style at the ever-popular Fall Fest in September! Hungry during the festivals or after playing on the mountain? Refuel in the Chimney Rock Grill with lunch and dinner served inside or on the shaded patio. If a light bite is all you need, visit Gourmandie and enjoy scrumptious lighter fare by the village green. Once you’re refueled, explore The Source and The Artists’ Studio or stock up on sundries and spirits at The Market. Staying on the mountain is easy, and Schweitzer’s lodging options are close to everything. Lodging packages are available, including the “third-night-free” deal on the mountain or rustic cabin rentals at Bottle Bay Resort & Marina on Lake Pend Oreille. The amazing 148-square-mile Lake Pend Oreille naturally complements Schweitzer Mountain. This vast, beautiful lake is a fantastic spot for sailing, wakeboarding and fishing. Stop to explore City Beach and get a taste of summer, Sandpoint style. The town hosts a plethora of events including the renowned Festival at Sandpoint outdoor music series. With so many options, it’s no surprise that Schweitzer has become the perfect choice for group events. Each year, the mountain successfully hosts mountaintop weddings, casual family reunions and company outings. Contact Group Sales to help you get your group hooked, year round!

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