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Schweitzer’s newest and highest destination


History of a favorite run

22 WOMEN IN CHARGE Meet the ladies who lead

25 MOUNTAIN BIKING Trails revamped

26 MOUNTAIN HOSTS They make safety fun

8 FACE SHOT: MARTY BENNETT Schweitzer’s Housekeeping manager is keeping things clean


There’s a boom in building on our mountain


With CEO and President Tom Chasse

28 PHOTO ESSAY: BEFORE THE BELL Early mornings are busy at Schweitzer Mountain Resort


10 unexpected facts about Schweitzer


Aviation takes flight in Sandpoint

36 DINING A LA SANDPOINT Favorite eateries in town


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


Come summer, it’s a whole new mountain of activity

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t’s hard to believe that I’ve completed 11 years of service here at Schweitzer. I can remember one of my first days here, back in 2006, when I was approached by one of the locals at a welcome reception on my behalf. He really made me wonder what I was getting into when he said to me: “Just so you know, the over/under on you is two years!” I wasn’t quite sure how to respond but I thought to myself, “I think I can swing at least two years! Actually, I think I’m capable of a few more.” And so I set a goal of 10. Truth be told, I guess I’m somewhat of an overachiever and now that 10 years at Schweitzer have come and gone, I’m going to have to move the goal posts once again as I plan on extending my career out a few more years.

Schweitzer CEO and President Tom Chasse

There’s something to Schweitzer that makes it hard to leave both as a guest and as an employee. I am blown away by the limited staff turnover we see at Schweitzer. This type of long-term dedication is rare in skiing and in many industries in this day and age. Several years ago, we wanted to really celebrate this dedication and implemented a ‘Years of Service’ program to recognize staff at their 20 year mark, providing them with a lifetime pass. When they reach 25 years of service, we add an additional spouse pass. I’m proud to say that after the 2016/17 season, we recognized 10 people for 20 years of service to the company and five for 25 years. Over 50 employees have received a lifetime pass and I look forward to watching this number continue to increase over the years. It’s an incredible testament to the culture we value at Schweitzer.

In addition to the longevity of staff, I’m amazed at the number of families, going back several generations, who are pass holders to Schweitzer. The commitment they’ve made to support us through our good years, and our not so good years, is humbling. I was thrilled for them (and for us) that last season was one that will live on as one of the most memorable seasons I’ve had in a long time. February alone brought us 87” of some of the lightest, fluffiest snow around and the joy heard in the whoops and hollers from our friends and family out on the mountain is something I will never forget. Thank you all for your encouragement, engagement and enthusiasm. It’s contagious.

Tom Chasse, CEO and President

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’m a tough old broad, doing what I love to do,” said Marty Bennett, Schweitzer’s Housekeeping manager. “Sometimes I get called a battle ax,” she laughingly adds. But those monikers really don’t explain the true passion and energy that Bennett, 64, brings to her department. Bennett manages a staff of 40 housekeepers and 116 units including the rooms at the Selkirk Lodge, White Pine Lodge and off-site condos. “There’s always something new to keep me challenged, be it by adding new units or diving into our yearly spring cleanings,” said Bennett. “There are ups and downs, but being busy is really good for me.” Bennett started with Schweitzer in 1994 as the Housekeeping manager and left after two years. Then in 2002, she got the call that they needed her back. “I’ve been here now for 15 years in the same position. Never moved up, never moved down, and that’s a good thing!” “I really developed into a leader at Schweitzer, thanks in a big way to the training that the company provides the managers,” Bennett said. “I’m good at what I do because I’m tough and compassionate. I expect my team to come to work ready to work, but I know a lot of them are dealing with so many things in their personal lives. I hope that by being part of the housekeeping crew, they can focus on the work aspect and see how valued they are for a job well done.” Bennett sees housekeeping as a stepping stone for the majority of her past and current employees. “My crew learns so much about doing a good job and working for a good company. It’s wonderful to watch the evolution that happens as they move on and into other amazing jobs.” She hints at the idea of a change in her future, as well. “I’m at the point where I think I’m ready to see what other options there are for me,” Bennett adds. “There are other doors that I need to open, like spending time with my four grandkids and traveling, but I know that this crew is ready for the next challenges as Schweitzer continues to grow. These are some of the most amazing people.” “

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en years ago, the MountainSide development at Schweitzer was just keeping its head above water after the recession. Significant money was invested in utilities, roads and other infrastructure, but nobody was buying. Anyone who has watched the project over the past three years has witnessed something totally different. Fast forward to spring of 2017 and the new construction cycle - half of the 35 lots are sold (nine of the remaining lots are being held in reserve) with 18 units completed on them. Construction kicked in for the summer in full force – and what a year it turned out to be! In MountainSide alone, there were 10 units started with four duplexes and two single-family homes as well as three more single-family homes underway in other developments. “It’s really an exciting time for real estate at Schweitzer,” said Courtney Nova of Evergreen Realty. “Inventory is low, comp prices are up, and new construction is increasing.” The real estate sales community isn’t the only group noticing the growth.

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Skybrings House a new


By Dig Chrismer


ith any good meal, there’s a fine balance between flavor and flair, presentation and taste. Sure, something can look scrumptious but will your taste buds agree with the visual expectation set before you? And what if you just happen to be dining in one of the most breathtaking settings in the Pacific Northwest? How can the gastronomic creation set before you match the magic and energy that Schweitzer’s panorama of three states, Canada and the impressive Lake Pend Oreille provide? What recipe does it take to combine all of these sensory elements and make this dining experience one of the most extraordinary you’ll ever have? For Sky House, Schweitzer’s newest restaurant on the summit of the mountain, the answer is to use a tried and true method of starting with the right ingredients - a passionate executive chef and an impressive team of staff and crew that are as inspired by the location as Schweitzer’s guests have always been. Peter Tobin, Sky House executive chef, is no stranger to Schweitzer. A devoted fan of all things mountain, Tobin, 56, started working at ski resorts on the East Coast and eventually migrated west, ending up in Sun Valley for several years. He took on additional adventures in the cu-


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linary world, including working with the Seattle Seahawks and as an instructor at the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy in Spokane. “After all those years away from the mountains, I learned I should have never left ski culture,” jokes Tobin. “There’s something to this ski world that lets you see life differently. You can see the sunrise and sunsets. That’s inspiring.” For him, the chance to be a part of the grand opening team of Sky House was a thrilling opportunity. “I knew that we would have some incredible challenges running a restaurant at the top of a mountain,” he said. “The logistics alone were mind boggling. But I put out the word that I was looking for a ‘band of pirates’ who were up to this adventure and they all came through for me.” Tobin explains that cultures vary from one restaurant to the next. “Hiring people with different ideas and approaches in the kitchen has really made this such an exciting venture,” he said. “Everyone brought something totally different to Sky House, but we all knew that a restaurant is only as good as your crew. That goes for everyone both in front and in back of the house.” With Tobin’s extensive connections to the region’s culinary community, he was able to bring together an eclectic team of chefs to give a unique identity to Sky House. “Jorden

Hansen and I met when he was a student of mine over 10 years ago,” Tobin said. “When he heard about the project at Schweitzer, he wanted to be a part of it and that was fantastic.” With Hansen, 26, as Tobin’s sous-chef, they worked together on the inaugural menu, drawing inspiration from their own experiences as skiers and riders. “This season, Sky House was all about ‘winter warming’ with flavors and options that spoke to warmth, like our curry cauliflower or the noodle bowl,” Tobin said. “We wanted to really connect those feelings with what our skiers and snowboarders were experiencing.” “Being part of the beginning of Sky House lets you take any road you want,” he said. “And we chose a road that was needed at Schweitzer. Sky House is what people were waiting for. They didn’t know what ‘it’ was that they were missing, but this is it.” Tobin feels that he has no other option than offering the best food experience possible in the region. “It can take an enormous amount of effort to get to Schweitzer so when someone finally arrives at the summit and is looking to have a fantastic meal in this unbelievable location, it has to be amazing.” And the summer months offer plenty of opportunity for

him and his crew to exTop insets: From spring rolls to the periment with a menu that infamous noodle bowl, small plated options fill the need for quick bites connects to the experiencbetween runs during the winter season es Schweitzer guests will at Sky House. have during the warmer season. “I have been toyOpposite page: Jorden Hansen and ing with various recipes Peter Tobin lead the team at Sky House. for lemonade so that Background photo: Sky House rests when our guests arrive on the summit of Schweitzer, perfectly at Sky House after a hike placed to take in the 360 degree views or bike ride, they’ll get a between the Great Escape quad offglass of what summer at load and the top of Snow Ghost. Schweitzer is all about.” The connections Tobin makes to the food experience is only part of the overall success of Sky House. The menu and location work together thanks to his strong respect and admiration of his crew and the venue. Tobin is scrupulous with his team in that there is no drama, everyone is part of the team, and they are all expected to respect each other for their contributions. “The team learns from each other and from our own examples,”

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Guests in The Nest enjoy a cozy fireside meal with Lake Pend Oreille in the background. Middle inset: Fine wines, craft beers and a full bar are available in The Nest, Sky House’s intimate bar. Bottom: Sky House sliders provide a tasty way to warm up from the inside out.

he said. “I’m the first one to get out on the floor and connect with our guests, joking about football or bad weather. We are a part of the experience and a good restaurant doesn’t have to be stuffy,” Tobin said. “It just has to be good.” That balance that exists on the summit of Schweitzer is what Tobin wants his crew and Schweitzer’s guests to experience in both the winter and summer seasons. “Sky House is all about relationships. Between the crew and the guests, the food and the mountain, their emotions and the physical location, Schweitzer has always been good at this. Now we have the chance to grow this balance even more through what we experience at Sky House.” Schweitzer’s plans for Sky House aren’t limited to just lunch options during winter operations. The resort, with Tobin’s guidance, is looking to make the Sky House a premier destination for dining in the region in both of Schweitzer’s seasons. “We want people to get excited about coming to experience this in the summer too,” says Tom Chasse, CEO of Schweitzer. “We 16

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want Sky House to be at the top of that list of ‘must-dos’ in the region. When people in Coeur d’Alene or Spokane are looking for a unique experience on a beautiful summer day, we want them to come to Schweitzer for a fabulous lunch while taking in the breathtaking view from Sky House.” Being firmly planted in such a remarkable setting, it’s no surprise that Sky House is also a premier choice for private events and weddings. Schweitzer has hosted topof-the-mountain weddings for years, but the addition of Sky House adds another layer for those unforgettable moments. “People feel a real connection to this incredible place and we are thrilled to be the backdrop for such special occasions,” Chasse said. “This building completes the entire summit experience for all of our guests.” The same could be said for the staff and crew that call Sky House home. “This Sky House adventure has lived up to all my expectations,” said Tobin. “It’s so good on so many levels and we’ve only just begun.”

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im Toomey always enjoyed sharing a tale or two, even if he claimed to shy away from attention. Toomey had an eager listener in his great-granddaughter, Avery Summers. “He was always telling stories,” she laughs. And though Toomey is now gone – he passed away in 2014 – Summers was lucky enough to spend time with her great-grandfather and hear his accounts of growing up in Idaho, working in the timber industry, and his time in the 10th Mountain Division during WWII. “The 10th Mountain Division has an amazing legacy, and knowing that my great-grandfather was part of that is pretty awesome,” said Summers. “The history of his service is something I’m very proud of.” For Summers, learning about the 10th Mountain Division explained a lot about her great-grandfather’s love of backcountry skiing and the joy he felt when exploring the nearby mountains. “The 10th Mountain Division specialized in mountain warfare and my great-grandfather used what he learned to fight in the battle of the Po Valley in Italy, which was crucial

for the Allies in stopping the Nazis.” Indeed, the 10th Mountain Division had been trained specifically for that type of combat and Toomey, already accustomed to exploring the alpine environments he grew up in, came home a highly decorated hero with an even greater passion for skiing and exploring. “My great-grandparents were first in line on the very first day Schweitzer opened and were regulars on the mountain from then on,” Summers said. Her dad, Chad Summers, recalls outings with his grandfather. “I used to follow him around Schweitzer and we would go all over the place. We used to take the old chair up as high as we could go and then traverse across to find the line that he loved the best,” he said. “Patrol used to get so mad at him all the time for going out of bounds!” Over the years, the amiable relationship between Toomey and Schweitzer resulted in that favorite line being named after him in 1995. Toomey’s Trail is a steep black diamond chute located in the north bowl, and a favorite spot for many Sch2017 • 2018 | schweitzer magazine


weitzer skiers and riders. “I’ve always liked knowing this run is here for him,” said Avery Summers. “When it came time for me to complete my senior project at Priest River Lamanna High School, I wanted to recognize my great-grandpa’s military service and the connection the 10th Mountain Division has to his favorite sport of skiing.” The 10th Mountain Division has a storied legacy in the skiing community across North America, with several former servicemen being influential in the sport’s development during the 1950s and ‘60s. In understanding this strong tie, Avery Summers wanted her senior project to honor her great-grandfather’s own connection to skiing and the 10th Mountain Division in a more concrete way. After reaching out to the 10th Mountain Division, she designed a plaque to honor Toomey and the unit, and to designate Toomey’s Trail as part of the 10th Mountain Division’s patrimony. On January 30, 2017, Avery Summers and her father placed the plaque on the Toomey’s Trail sign so that her great-grandfather’s service and dedication would be recognized by all of those who enjoy his favorite place at Schweitzer. “There are many memories of my great-grandfather that fly through my mind when I think of him,” she said. “Throughout this whole experience, I have enjoyed learning more about my great-grandpa and the 10th Mountain Division, as well as getting to share his stories once again.” He would have liked that.


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Chad, Avery and Krista Summers stand beneath the 10th Mountain Division sign after it was placed on Toomey’s Trail in January 2017.



ack in 1996, as a young lady with little ski area experience, I was hired as a snowmobile guide for a large resort in Lake Tahoe. I often had to visit the operations base where it was subtly apparent that conversations would stop when I walked in, and jokes cracked as I walked out. It wasn’t just that I was the only woman in a “men-only” shop, but I was a girl who, from their perspective, didn’t deserve to be there. Didn’t I know that countless men who actually knew something about snowmobiles would kill for this job? My first reaction was to get mad, then sad and hurt, then tired, then embarrassed, and then … well then, I got busy. I worked harder. I spent every free moment learning to replace belts, change oil, repair windshields. I learned what a carburetor was. I got dirty, greasy and worked longer days. I showed up sick. I got busy learning … and it paid off. Two seasons later, I was manager of the department! Ten years and many resort jobs later, I arrived in Sandpoint and again found myself the only female at our weekly Mountain Operations meetings. Immediately, I felt I would have to start over, work harder, and earn respect from a new group of men. Same story, different ski area. However, as we often say in the Panhandle, “things are different up here.” It may have felt that way in the beginning, but Schweitzer really was - and is - different. The reason there were no women sitting in the room was not because there was gender bias, but at that time, there simply weren’t women who had put in the long, hard hours to earn roles that their male counterparts had. Over time, I watched that change at Schweitzer and now there are two women who run the largest Mountain Operation departments - Jess Parker and Arlene Cook, as well as Nikol Hampton, who is responsible for the largest on-the-snow department on the mountain. These women wear distinctly different jackets, both literally and figuratively, at Schweitzer - but they are all feminine, stubborn and tough-as-nails. They share a similar perspective regarding their role as women in high-level positions on the mountain: you may have to work harder initially to earn trust and respect, but when you combine a slightly addictive passion for this sport, a strong faith in yourself, with a director team committed to hiring the most deserving candidate, the opportunities are here regardless of your gender. Jessica Parker fell in love with Schweitzer skiing as a teenager and landed her first job here at the age of 14. After working in several departments, she found her niche as a lift attendant. With around 65 employees in the department, she moved up the ranks and became a supervisor after three years, assistant manager after seven, and is currently in her fifth year as man22

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ager of the Lift Services department. When Parker’s longtime predecessor moved on six years ago, she was the only female applicant in a pool of dozens who applied to replace him. “Gender had nothing to do with it,” said Mountain Operations director Bill Williamson. “Jess was the strongest, most qualified applicant among a competitive selection from around the country.” Parker partly attributes her upbringing to where she is now: “It can be difficult to work in a predominantly male environment, but I grew up a tomboy with two brothers and a mom that’s pretty tomboy so it’s a comfort zone for me to be outnumbered by guys.” Parker’s three kids grew up on the mountain, by default becoming part of the culture that will always be in their blood. Though they often have to sacrifice holidays, spring breaks, and typical family vacations, they share a passion for the sport and being on the mountain as a family. “You put in long hours and work weekends and holidays,” she said. “We have gotten used to the idea that a holiday is the day you are with family and celebrate, not a specific date on the calendar.” When 40-year veteran and Schweitzer legend John Pucci retired as Ski Patrol director five years ago, Williamson knew he wasn’t just trying to integrate someone into the position; it was a question of choosing the most worthy, experienced and deserving person for the job. “We had several strong applicants from inside the department, as well as many applicants from other resorts who had vast experience in patrol, management, and avalanche mitigation.” Although it was no secret that Arlene Cook, who was already on Schweitzer’s Ski Patrol, had the popular vote from inside the department, it didn’t impact the hiring process. Cook recalls telling William-

Left: Jess Parker, Schweitzer Lift Services Manager. Below: The 2016/17 Schweitzer Snowsports School. Right: Arlene Cook, Schweitzer Ski Patrol Director.

son during her interview that “I want to be hired because I’m the best person for the job. If I’m not, don’t hire me.” Cook also grew up skiing and working at Schweitzer. She started her first season after high school as a lift operator and quickly discovered her destiny was to be on skis full time. “I was too much of a ski bum to be a good lifty,” Cook said. “All I wanted to do was ski.” The following season, she earned a spot on Ski Patrol and has served as a patroller for 32 years, 17 of those as assistant patrol director. Cook may have the most challenging department in terms of gender roles. Patrollers require expert skiing skills in some horrific conditions, stamina for search efforts, as well as a great deal of technical knowledge of lift operations and medical training. They perhaps require the most skill of any position on the mountain and the need for tremendous confidence. Though the ratio of male to females is growing on patrol, it’s still very much a male-dominated department. “The women on my crew are top notch and to be honest, some of the males have not been. We, as women, have an underlying pressure to be on our game at all times. I know that some of our male counterparts may not have made it on to patrol with their skill-set if they had been a woman,” Cook said. There are many women in management positions at Schweitzer, but one in particular directs a staff of 85 employees. Traditionally held and sometimes characterized by arrogant, chauvinistic men is the Snow Sports School manager position. Nikol Hampton has crushed that perception. A petite blonde often seen doing laps around the village in a puffy down skirt, she took over three years ago as manager of the largest department at

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Schweitzer. Hampton grew up skiing in Colorado and has worked her way around and up in the industry for almost 25 years. Her daughter, now a teenage ski racer, was practically raised on the mountain. “Schweitzer has been like an extended family when it comes to raising kids,” Hampton said. “Everyone on the mountain watches out for each other and each other’s kids. Most mountains have not been so welcoming to the family of the employee.” Hampton shares Parker’s sentiment in regards to integrating mountain lifestyle with family. “The pros are we get to be together as a family on the mountain. Cons are that sometimes I don’t get to ski with them because I’m working,” Hampton says. “I do feel proud that my daughter can see her mom in a position that is somewhat unique. I would like to think that this would inspire her to realize her potential even in a typically male-dominated industry.” You might assume there are some women’s lib-type mentalities here; however, these women are setting the bar, not burning bras. “I think it says a lot about opportunities at Schweitzer,” said Parker. “You have the opportunity, but you will have to work for it and work to keep it. I find that your ability and strength will be challenged but it is not gender specific.” Hampton agrees. “I don’t feel that women have been excluded from moving up in the ski industry and frankly, in the past, I had met very few women that were even interested. But I feel strongly that Schweitzer tries to hire the right people, be them a woman or man.” But it is unique for a ski resort the size and caliber of Schweitzer to have any females in on-the-snow management positions, let alone three. They all agree they are in their positions because they worked hard and put in the time and effort to become experts in their respective fields. All three of these managers regularly attend industry-wide training sessions and conferences. “I would say that the percentage of females in the room is never more than 20 percent,” Parker said. “But I feel like that percentage has

Nikol Hampton, Schweitzer Snowsports School Director.


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Jess Parker, center, with the Schweitzer Lift Services team.

grown in the last 10 years. I used to be the only female in the room and I’m not anymore.” According to a recent article published by Snowsports Industries America (SIA,) having women in the highest corporate offices is correlated with at least a 15 percent increase in profitability. While there is no specific data for women’s leadership positions in snow sports companies, it’s no secret our industry has always been and still is male dominated. But a shift is underway. SIA research shows that 42 percent of snow sports consumers are women, and 95 percent of household spending decisions are made by women. Although those statistics have not played a role in promoting females at Schweitzer, it may down the road for other resorts looking to shift marketing strategies towards the female population. Ten years ago, the percentage of female managers at Schweitzer was 30 percent - and none in the Mountain Operations Division. Now the percentage of female managers is 42 percent, with three of them in Mountain Operations. Industrywide, there is some growth there as women shift into traditionally male dominated roles but comparative to the industry, Schweitzer has always had a high percentage and a fairly equal distribution of male/female positions. As reflected in research in the area of guest satisfaction, Schweitzer ranks top as having the friendliest employees … what we on the inside call “making the Schweitzer difference.” There’s no doubt these ladies make the Schweitzer difference for their departments and the guests. It has to do with their passion for snow sports, a strong work ethic, and a director team who chooses the best candidate for the job, regardless of their gender. In my experience, do I think it’s unique to have women in high level positions here, or anywhere, for that matter? Not particularly. But it’s the current trend in many industries now. There are more opportunities not necessarily because women are suddenly regarded as more educated, competent, or even equal for that matter. The opportunities are out there because women are getting in there and working hard, putting in their time, and becoming the most qualified candidate. They are getting busy. Parker sums it up for all of us: “There will always be someone looking to find fault with you. You have to have the faith in yourself, know your job, and have the conviction to stand firm in your decisions and defend them.”


By Charles Mortensen

Riders head down Pinch Flat from the summit of Schweitzer’s lift-served mountain bike terrain.


hen the snow melts off Schweitzer Mountain’s flanks and the skis and boards have been put to bed for the summer season, the vast terrain of Schweitzer Mountain Resort (SMR) and its surroundings is transformed into a two-wheeled playground of epic proportions. SMR’s Nordic trail system converts to a cross-country mountain biking network and the alpine terrain provides chairlift-accessed downhill terrain. As if this weren’t enough, Pend Oreille Pedalers (POP), a local bike club, and the Selkirk Recreation District (SRD), which serves SMR’s surrounding residential community, get busy building and maintaining vast cross-country and downhill mountain biking trail networks in areas surrounding and contiguous with the SMR trail system. The many biking trails at Schweitzer Mountain Resort are maintained by a trail crew managed by Kirk Johnson, who also runs the Ski and Ride Center. He maintains a rental fleet of about 30 high-end, downhill-specific, full suspension bikes for use on the lift-accessed downhill trail network, along with a smaller pod of cross-country and road bikes. In winter, Johnson brings out a pod of snow bikes for use on the resort’s 30-kilometer Nordic trail system. In 2015, the City of Sandpoint gave consent for POP to build the Watershed Crest Trail, a multi-year trail construction project that will result in tens of miles of trail connecting

alpine terrain between Schweitzer and Baldy mountains and points to the southeast along ridges bordering Sandpoint’s watershed in the Sand Creek basin. The city contracted with POP to execute the trail’s construction and much of the funding comes from generous contributions from the Equinox Foundation, including funds for the purchase of a mini excavator designed for trail construction. SRD has also been building and maintaining trails over the years, largely with the help of Mike Kirkpatrick and the bike club’s mini excavator. Many are familiar with Kirkpatrick’s signature trails, such as Ninja, Sidewinder, and Sparky’s, which weave through Schweitzer Mountain’s residential area and connect to completed portions of the Watershed Crest Trail system, such as the Lower Basin Trail on the lower slopes of the mountain and the Highpoint Trail that reaches the upper ridges of the mountain. Kirkpatrick also runs an SRD shuttle service for transporting downhill mountain bikers from the depths of the system to the upper reaches. Through the efforts of SMR, SRD, and POP, Schweitzer’s mountain biking terrain has been expanding and improving through the years, offering many miles of varied mountain biking terrain to locals and visitors alike. With the completion of the Watershed Crest Trail system, there will be few mountain biking destination areas that can equal Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s offerings. 2017 • 2018 | schweitzer magazine





By Dig Chrismer


f you’ve spent any amount of time at Schweitzer, you recognize the uniforms of various departments pretty quickly – Ski Patrol in their unmistakable black and red, Lift Operations with their distinctive navy blue Schweitzer coats, and the bright, unmissable yellow of Mountain Safety. But what may be harder to discern is exactly what some of the people sporting these uniforms actually do. It’s fairly easy to know that lift operators are concerned with the safe operation of our chairlifts and help guests navigate getting on and off those mechanical wonders. Ski Patrol is a close second with most of the general public being aware that they are our first responders in emergency situations. But what about those men and women who wear those hard-toignore yellow jackets? Who are these people that wait at the top of the lifts, by slow signs, near the village, and what on Earth do they actually do? “We are pretty easy to spot,” said Patty Doudna, who has been involved with Schweitzer’s Mountain Safety program when she became coordinator in 2005-06. “Most people see us without really seeing us.” And she’s right. The resort’s 35 Mountain Safety hosts are obvious when travelling around Schweitzer, but if you ask a guest just what they do, the response is often mute. “Some people see us as being playground monitors or some sort of mountain police,” Doudna said. “But there’s really so much more to what we do. Hon26

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estly, we are the eyes and ears of the hill.” Spread out over seven stations, hosts find themselves as eyewitnesses to the daily experiences that happen at Schweitzer – from first-timers navigating the lifts, teenagers dealing with forced family fun, or whole groups of folks needing an explanation on the easiest way down. “Signs can’t explain or engage people like a host can,” said Diane Brockway, Mountain Safety coordinator. “Human connections really make the Schweitzer experience.” “I love it when people high-five me as they get off the lift,” said Doudna. “We tend to see guests more than once and the connections we make carry through the day, the weekend, the month, ultimately, the whole season. We are witnesses to their adventures and memories at Schweitzer. It’s amazing.” “Joining Mountain Safety really changed my perspective of Schweitzer,” said Shannon Barnes, a first-year host from Sandpoint. “For years, I’ve approached things from a customer’s point of view, but now that I’m a part of ‘it’, even on my days off, I’m always paying attention to what’s happening out there and what’s happening to our guests.” The most unexpected thing for Barnes in becoming a mountain host was the intensity of Schweitzer’s safety focus. “A huge part of our job is to lend backup to patrol when needed. It becomes our role to support both patrol and our guests in emergency situations. Mountain hosts often become the face, the name, and

Opposite page: A Schweitzer Mountain Host takes time to explain the terrain to a guest. Left: Easily seen in bright yellow, Mountain Hosts are there to help and keep Schweitzer’s guests safe on the mountain. Above: The smiles reflect the genuine joy the crew brings each day to the mountain.

the point of contact for guests in what could be life and death situations. It’s made me acutely aware of the impact I have on those situations.” “The turnover rate for Mountain Safety is very low. Shannon was one of just five new hires this season,” adds Diane. “These are volunteer positions with a few perks, like a season pass. But there’s so much more to it than that. We are a team. We share a connection to each other and the resort that we can’t get enough of.” The crew has developed into a tight-knit fraternity of sorts, which prides itself on their mountain knowledge and being truly invested in Schweitzer. “Some folks think, ‘Oh, I’ll just be a mountain host next season.’ Well, it’s not that easy becoming a mountain host because nobody ever leaves,” jokes Doudna. With a 50-50 split of people who are retired or still working full-time, it’s interesting to note that the real motivation for continuing as a mountain host is that desire to be connected to the guests’ complete experience at Schweitzer. “I love getting to meet people in an athletic environment,” said Doudna. Newcomer Barnes concurs: “This is such a great community to be a part of, constantly learning and staying in touch with my outdoor skills and passions.” Turns out, a majority of mountain hosts have worked in ski resort jobs before, often as lifties or former ski patrollers.

“There are a lot of hosts who can afford to buy their own season pass but they come back to work holidays and weekends year after year. It’s like coming home for them,” said Brockway. As Schweitzer continues to increase the number of skier days, the role of Mountain Safety will continue to grow as well. “In 2006, the Schweitzer host program became the Mountain Safety Host Program. Since then, the past and current members have exceeded our expectations,” said Schweitzer Mountain Operations director Bill Williamson. “With Patty and Diane leading the group, they have taken on the challenges to assist in providing a safer resort while sharing information in an enthusiastic way that leaves our guests blown away at how friendly, caring, and dedicated this group is. “Each one of their encounters with a guest increases the positive experience that person has that day,” he said. “They are a very special group of people that help make Schweitzer a very special place.” Doudna said hosts are flexible and spontaneous, and happy to accommodate the needs at Schweitzer. “Part of the fun is that there is no playbook for what a typical day will look like,” she said. “We’re here to keep people safe, keep people having fun, and keep people loving Schweitzer.” It’s possible that the Mountain Safety uniforms’ bright yellow hue perfectly matches the spirit of those volunteers who wear them. 2017 • 2018 | schweitzer magazine


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arly mornings at Schweitzer are usually a mix of quiet natural beauty and hard work as staff get the mountain ready for the daily guests. From clearing snow to grooming and

Snow and ice are removed from the Lakeview Triple on a big snow day.

Sunrise breaks on Musical Chairs as a groomer heads back to the shop.


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food prep, there’s a lot going on before the lifts even start turning. All of these efforts make Schweitzer what it is – a well-loved, well cared for place to be. We hope you, our guest, enjoy it too.

Morning glow on K-Macs as a groomer finishes a high angle grooming pass.

The terrain park crew clears snow and marks the edge of the jump before the lifts open.

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This page, clockwise from top left: Overnight snowfall accumulates on the stairs behind the Lakeview Lodge. Ski Patrol commute consists of lifts and snowmobiles. Annie, one of Schweitzer’s avalanche dogs, is excited to get the day started. Right: Safety netting is put in place on Musical Chairs as the sun rises over Lake Pend Oreille.

This page, above: Building Maintenance clears deep snow from the admin deck early one snowy morning. Breakfast may not be over yet but it’s time to get the kitchen at Sky House ready for lunch.

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TOP unexpected things at schweitzer

10 9 5 MOUNTAINSIDE 8 4 7 3 6 2 1 Schweitzer is the largest ski area in Idaho and Washington (bigger than Sun Valley!) and with 2,900 skiable acres, we are the 16th largest ski resort in the U.S. and the 23rd largest in North America.

THE NEW ECO-FRIENDLY, We have the only six-person chairlift in Idaho. SLOPESIDE COMMUNITY

We are on 100 percent private land and have our own water and sewer company.

Our ski school, lift crew and ski patrol are all managed by women (so awesome!).

Gourmandie stocks more than 200 different wines from around the globe.

And the number

Schweitzer Mountain Resort doesn’t actually own any of the lodging we rent. We work as a property management company for approximately 80 owners, offering 119 units from typical hotel-style accommodations to larger private homes. In 2016/17, Schweitzer employed 600 people at peak season, making Schweitzer one of the largest employers in Bonner County. (Idaho Department of Labor, Jan. 2017)

Certified USSA downhill venue – next closest one is Mammoth Mountain, CA.

From the summit and the new Sky House, you see Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Canada. Nice spot to have a meal, eh?

unexpected thing:

Last year, we donated over $150K in cash and in-kind donations in the community and we are super proud of that!


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here must be something in the air that inspires aviation innovation to take flight in Sandpoint. This small town of roughly 8,000 people is home to a mini-aviation mecca with four influential companies dedicated to aeronautics. Combined, these four companies - Quest Aircraft, Tamarack Aerospace Group, Cygnus and Aerocet - make up the second-largest employer base in the area. Quest Aircraft started with a dream of providing “modern backcountry aircraft designed to meet the extraordinary demands of humanitarian aviation.” The company launched in 2001 and has grown rapidly over the last 16 years promoting its signature Kodiak plane worldwide. The company employs 276, and was purchased by Japanese company Setouchi Holdings in 2015 with plans on expanding their global network while still keeping their headquarters based in Sandpoint. Tamarack Aerospace is on the cutting edge of winglet technology for business, commercial, and military aircrafts. Winglets are more efficient at creating lift for planes, thus requiring less power from the engines and saving in fuel economy, lower CO2 emissions and overall costs. Tamarack’s innovative design of an “active winglet” has been touted as a game changer for aviation. Tamarack employs 30 at their Sandpoint headquarters. Cygnus is another area company that provides precision sheet-metal fabrication with a focus on small to medium

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components that are specific to the aerospace industry. The company’s customer list includes Boeing, Northrup Grumman, Lockheed Martin, U.S. military airframes and commercial aircraft. Thanks to their 80 employees, Cygnus’s dedication to quality helps keep planes soaring through the air. In some parts of the world, it’s also pretty important to make sure that planes stay nicely on the water, too. Thanks to Priest River-based Aerocet, their floats do that exact thing. The company of 69 employees focuses on developing floats for smaller aircraft from Cessna, CubCrafters, de Havilland, Piper and Quest, giving pilots the ability to take their planes further afield while staying afloat.

LITTLE GEMS ‘ROUND SANDPOINT! While Schweitzer Mountain Resort boasts the lion’s share of our region’s wintertime activities, it’s an easy trek to Sandpoint to take in a concert or fun event. Find art and film events all winter long at the historic Panida Theater, 300 N. First Ave. – a performing arts center that always has something lined up, whether it’s a local play, indie film, or rousing concert. View the latest lineup at Quench your thirst for locally crafted beer (and root beer!) at MickDuff’s Brewing Company, with two downtown locations to choose from: the family-friendly restaurant at 312 N. First Ave., or the small-craft brewery’s beer hall at 220 Cedar St. And just down the road (Highway 95, to be exact), Laughing Dog

Brewing, 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr., Ponderay, serves up great hometown brews at their taproom, located adjacent to their brewing facility. Of course, wine lovers will want to chart their own course to the award-winning Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St. in downtown Sandpoint. Located in the beautifully restored 301Belwood building, the lofty, open urban vibe makes the tasting room a perfect gathering place for an après-ski get-together. Horse-drawn sleigh rides make for a charming way to create family memories at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, 1413 Upper Gold Creek Rd. Load up the kids and enjoy a scenic outing, then gather back at the lodge for hot cocoa and a warm

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fire. Sounds cozy! And if you’re seeking a bit of cultural enrichment, the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center, 325 Bird Ranch Rd., Sagle, is a must-do on your list. Founded by Dr. Forrest Bird, inventor of the medical respirator, and wife Pam, the museum’s impressive collection pays homage to their love of aviation and innovation. Winter hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only (call 208-255-4321). And carve a bit more time to visit the Bonner County History Museum, 611 Ella St., where northern Idaho’s colorful history comes to life with wellcrafted displays and exhibits. You’re sure to be impressed! Check for up-to-the-minute event calendars for Schweitzer and Sandpoint. 2017 • 2018 | schweitzer magazine


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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.

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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

MILLER’S COUNTRY STORE 1326 Baldy Mountain Road. Offering fine deli meats and cheeses, an extensive selection of bulk food items, and delicious fresh-baked cookies, scones and breads. Miller’s bakes pies to-order or bake-your-own pies at home with Miller’s readyto-go pie fillings. Pick up fresh, raw milk and farm-grown eggs. Miller’s would be glad to pack your lunch for carry-out. 208-263-9446

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



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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312 N. First Ave. Enjoy handcrafted ales in a family-friendly downtown atmosphere, with a menu including traditional and updated pub fare – gourmet hamburgers, sandwiches and handcrafted soups. 208-255-4351


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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.


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ituated in the Selkirk Mountains in Idaho’s Panhandle, Schweitzer Mountain Resort 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, offering but 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 terrain and access to some incredible backcountry skiing and riding. With 2,400 vertical feet and 300 inches of snowfall annually, there are plenty of places to explore and enjoy all winter long. Since its beginning in 1963, Schweitzer 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 impressive Lake Pend Oreille. Schweitzer’s home base on the lake is the music-andarts-loving town of Sandpoint. The town, with a population of 8,000, hosts a plethora of year-round events including the renowned Festival at Sandpoint summer outdoor music series every August at War Memorial Field. The amazing 148-squaremile Lake Pend Oreille is a fantastic spot for sailing, wakeboarding, and fishing during the summer months. And the unforgettable friendliness of the area is one of the biggest reasons why people keep coming back year after year. Schweitzer’s own amiable village offers shopping, dining, and nightlife at an easygoing pace that invites guests to relax. 38

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ski and ride center

The Ski and Ride 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. 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, 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

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Schweitzer 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 offerings of sandwiches and fresh-baked goods. Other village options include tavern fare at Pucci’s Pub, ski hill favorites at the Lakeview Café, an après-ski vibe at Taps, gourmet pizza at Sam’s Alley, and coffee at Cabinet Mountain. For delicious delights like grilled paninis, 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. Sky House, Schweitzer’s premier mountain-top venue, offers small plate options in the intimate bar, The Nest, or delicious upscale “grab-n-go” options from the Red Hawk Café.


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 rentals. 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 four months to six 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 their group or private lesson with one of our experienced instructors. Multi-week programs are available for kids ages 5-14.

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 stateowned 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. Selkirk Powder is also expanding their backcountry experiences with the only heli-skiing operation in Idaho., 208-263-695

solstice spa

Treat yourself to a relaxing massage at the Solstice Spa, located in the Selkirk Lodge. A wide variety of therapies are available, from Eastern bodywork, hand and foot massages, to fullbody 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 offers 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 and tubing. The Schweitzer staff is wholly committed to creating memorable experiences for any event. 208-263-9555, ext. 2820 2017 • 2018 | schweitzer magazine


schweitzer activity center

Staff members at the Schweitzer Activity Center, located on the first floor of the Selkirk Lodge, can offer a variety of adventures and day-out suggestions to help round out a vacation at Schweitzer. Guests may opt for a moonlit snowshoe hike or an evening in Sandpoint. The staff also operates Hermit’s Hollow Snowtubing, located a short walk from the village. The Schweitzer Activity Center makes it easy to organize a day on or off the mountain. 208255-3081

terrain parks




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 Road 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.

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stats 2017-2018

DECEMBER 2017 1 Opening Day (weather depending)

17-19 Presidents Weekend Celebration

23 Santa Skis

18 Coca Cola “Let it Glow!”

Special activities with Sunday night skiing.

Santa will be on the slopes visiting and delivering treats.

Night parade and fireworks.

24 Santa Skis

SARS event.

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

JANUARY 2018 5-26 Junior Race Series Friday nights in January on NASTAR course. Sponsored by Independence Race League.

13-15 MLK Weekend 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 13th. Enjoy night skiing on the 14th.

FEBRUARY 2018 2-23 Starlight Racing Four weeks of evening racing on Friday nights followed by fun and fabulous parties in Taps.

22-25 Masters Racing and Clinics 23 Final Starlight Party Annual themed party – a “not-to-be-missed” event!

MARCH 2018 3 Mega Alpine & Snowboard Demo Day PAFE MegaDemo in the village. APRIL 2018 1 Easter Sunrise Service 7-8 Schpring Finale and the Rotary Ducky Derby Celebrate spring with great music and tons of fun!

8 Closing day

All dates are subject to change. For a full listing of events and up-to-date information, visit or call the 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 1, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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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. Schweitzer kicks off the summer with 7B Sunday, a day celebrating all the great things from our “7B” county with free chairlift rides, local vendors, and live music. Come July, we’re thrilled to host regional wine tastings at our Northwest Winefest! August is all about family fun with our Huckleberry Color Fun Run and then we wrap up the summer in style with our ever popular Fall Fest in September! Schweitzer has plenty to do 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. When you are ready to set out by bike or on foot, the folks in the Summer Activity Center will be happy to get you on the right mountain biking and hiking trails or even match you up with a fantastic horse for a beautiful trail ride to Picnic Point! Whatever the season, there’s nothing like taking the Great Escape Quad to the summit for jaw-dropping views of Lake Pend Oreille and the rugged Selkirk and Cabinet mountains. Once you are on top of the world, pause and enjoy a fabulous bite to eat at Sky House while taking in the breathtaking panorama around you. After lunch, explore the summit trails or head back to the village and check out The Source for gifts and gear, the Artists’ Studio for local creations or pick up sundries and spirits at The Market. You might just find yourself ready to refuel in the Chimney Rock Grill with lunch or dinner served inside or on the shaded patio. If a snack is all you need, visit Gourmandie and enjoy delectable lighter fare by the village green. When it’s time to hit the hay, staying on the mountain is easy and Schweitzer’s lodging options are close to everything. Lodging packages are available, including our “third-night-free” deal on the mountain or rustic cabin rentals on the lake at Bottle Bay Resort and Marina. 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!

Less down time. More downhill time.

Our Bonner General Health First Aid Station at Schweitzer Mountain Resort is open during the ski season to provide prompt medical attention for those needing immediate care.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort First Aid Station 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Road Sunday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. No appointment necessary.

Should you need care beyond first aid, we are here for you: Immediate Care

400 Schweitzer Plaza Drive, Suite 1, Ponderay (208) 263-0649

BGH Emergency Department 520 N. Third Avenue, Sandpoint (208) 263-1441

Bonner General Orthopedics

606 N. Third Avenue, Suite 201, Sandpoint (208) 263-8597

Performance Therapy Services

423 N. Third Avenue, Suite 150, Sandpoint (208) 265-3325 606 N. Third Avenue, Suite 202, Sandpoint (208) 265-3751 613 Ridley Village Road, Sandpoint (208) 255-3676 119 Main Street, Suite 205, Priest River (208) 448-4151

520 N. Third Avenue • Sandpoint, ID 83864 • 208-263-1441 •

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