Schweitzer Mountain Ski Area
- Ski Areas: Schweitzer Mountain; (208) 225-3029
- Population: Sandpoint 7,365
- Snow Report: (800) 831-8810
- Annual Snowfall: 300″
- Ski Season: Late November-mid-April
- Chamber of Commerce: (208) 263-0887; www.sandpointchamber.org
- Average Cost 1-bedroom Apartment: $450-$550
- Schweitzer Lift Ticket Prices
- Local Newspaper: Bonner County Daily Bee, (208) 263-9534; www.bonnercountydailybee.com
Schweitzer is the second largest ski area in Idaho (Sun Valley being the largest ). Despite the recognition, Schweitzer still boasts that it has relatively short lift lines and a friendly atmosphere. The nearest town to Schweitzer is the lakeside village of Sandpoint, just eight miles from the ski mountain, which provides a family-oriented atmosphere. There are several great hotels near Schweitzer. In addition, there are many condos circling the slope area for great ski-in/ski-out convenience.
Most skiers find that the mountain is somewhat underrated for both beauty and challenging runs. The views at the top of the ski lift encompass Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake, and the vast countryside. The mountain has a 2,400-vertical-foot drop with 92 trails, and 2,900 skiable acres in all. The trails are marked 10% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 35% Advanced, 15% Expert. Night skiing is also available. In addition to skiing, there are opportunities to explore the area by snowmobile or on a sleigh ride.
Summer activities in this part of Idaho include hiking, biking, and whitewater rafting on the Moyie and St. Joe Rivers.
Concerts and mystery theater take place on the green slopes starting in June. The Festival at Sandpoint, the acclaimed music fest held in August, attracts national acts performing blues, rock, jazz, and country music.
Restaurants are found mostly in Sandpoint, as are the bars other than those at the hotels. A few restaurants and bars ring the lake for several miles.
Although this resort is fairly large, transportation is limited.Most locals and visitors recommend bringing your own car, since there is a lot to explore in the vicinity.
Most employees in this area must find their own apartments. The classified section of the local paper and area realtors are good sources for rates and availability. You can also look for rental listings online.
The resort employs a total of 500 people, including 200 winter and 75 summer hires. Applicants are encouraged to send all employment information by October.