Schweitzer Mountain Resort

A view from Schweitzer Mountain in the summer
A view from Schweitzer Mountain in the summer

Schweitzer Mountain Resort is located in the northern Idaho panhandle about 11 miles northwest of Sandpoint. 2 very large bowls with 2 smaller bowls inside of each, Schweitzer offers steep, challenging terrain at the top with intermediate terrain just below. 2 of the lifts going to the top allow midway loading and unloading for those who want the steeps or want to avoid the steeps. Because there are several ridges and roads that provide an easy way down, even advanced beginners can take the ride all the way up and take advantage of some good, long runs coming down. Long mogul runs, steep chutes, long intermediate cruisers, wide open bowls, gladed tree runs, and a full-time half-pipe make for some different choices for skiers and boarders.

The base area offers a lodge with 82 rooms: suites, Jacuzzi's and efficiency kitchenettes, about 50 condo units for rent and nearby Sandpoint has quite a few hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and luxury mountain home rentals. The scenery here is similar to Lake Tahoe but the towns are smaller and more comfortable, and the folks are friendlier.

Quick Facts about Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Nearest City: Sandpoint
Season: Late November to early April (Weather permitting)
Hours of operation: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Lifts: 10
* 1 high speed 6-passenger
* 2 high speed quads
* 1 triple chair
* 3 double chairs
* 1 T-bar
* 1 handle tow
* 1 surface lift
Average Annual Snowfall: 300 inches
Base Elevation: 3,960 ft
Top Elevation: 6,400 ft
Vertical Rise: 2,440 ft
Skiable Terrain: 2,900 Acres
Terrain Parks: 1
Snowmaking: 200 acres
Night skiing: 2 chairlifts
Number of Trails: 92
Trail Classifications:
Beginner: 20%
More Difficult: 40%
Most Difficult: 35%
Experts Only: 5%
Longest Run: 1.7 miles - Little Blue Ridge
Click on either of these upper maps for a larger version:
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Schweitzer's front side
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Schweitzer's back side
Upper photo courtesy of the Idaho Department of Tourism
Ski Trails Maps courtesy of Schweitzer Mountain Resort