Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Idaho

Varied and Exciting Terrain

In the Northern Idaho Panhandle between Montana and eastern Washington, approximately 50 miles south of Canada and 11 miles northwest of Sandpoint, Idaho, you will find Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

Schweitzer boasts 2,900 acres of varied and exciting terrain.

The area consists of two very large bowls, and within each of the two, there are two smaller bowls divided by gradually sloping ridges.

There is challenging and steep skiing at the top of the bowls, with more intermediate terrain down below and some of the best tree skiing around.

Advanced beginners can ride most of the lifts to the top, as there are several gradual ridges and roads that provide an easy way down.

A great advantage to skiing Schweitzer is that friends and family can ski most of the lifts together, but from the top can choose steep and challenging, long mogul runs, long intermediate cruising runs, or easy runs down.

For families, Schweitzer is the perfect mountain.

The mountain and terrain is such that families of differing skiing abilities can ride the lifts together, start off skiing together, then take different runs for their abilities, yet meet again easily for more rides up the lifts together.

Schweitzer offers a variety of activities on and off the slopes. Guided snowmobile tours, groomed cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, NASTAR, self-timed race courses, hot tubs, massage, live music, free movies for the kids, chapel services, apres ski get-togethers and special interest ski seminars are provided for the entertainment of all ages.

There are plenty of accommodations to choose from, such as the beautiful, European-style Selkirk lodge on-mountain with 82 rooms, including suites, efficiency kitchenettes and Jacuzzi rooms. The White Pine Lodge is also a great ski-in, ski-out luxury condo option in the heart of the Schweitzer village.

There are more than 50 condominium units on-mountain for rent and a number of bed and breakfast establishments, hotels and motels in the town of Sandpoint.

Schweitzer has been providing excellent skiing opportunities for more than 30 years. It is known for its incredible views of the enormous Lake Pend Oreille and peaks of Montana, North Idaho, Canada, Eastern Washington and beyond. The views are very similar to Lake Tahoe, but Idaho boasts a more comfortable, genuine and friendly small town atmosphere punctuated by a surprising amount of local events, theater and music.

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Mountain Statistics for Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Base Elevation: 4,000 ft (1,219 meters)
Summit Elevation: 6,400 ft (1,951 m)
Vertical Drop: 2,400 ft (732 m)
Skiable Area: 2,900 acres (1,174 hectares)
Annual Snowfall: 300 in (762 cm)
Longest Run: 14,256 ft (4,345 m)
Snowmaking: 5 %
Number of Lifts: 9
Uphill Lift Capacity: 12,502 per hour
Types of Lifts: 1 Surface Lift
1 T-Bar
3 Double Chairs
1 Triple Chair
2 Hi-Speed Quad
1 Hi-Speed 6 Passenger
Number of Trails: 92
Trail Ratings for Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Easiest: Easiest 10%
More Difficult: More Difficult 40%
Most Difficult: Most Difficult 35%
Experts Only: Experts Only 15%
Trail ratings indicate the relative difficulty of the runs within a given ski area and are not meant to be used for comparison between ski areas.
Area Details for Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Alpine Skiing: Yes
Snowboarding: Yes
Night Skiing: Yes
Snowcat Skiing: Yes
Terrain Park: Yes
Nearby Cross Country: 32 km
Nearby Snow Tubing: Yes
Snowshoe Trails: Yes