Schweitzer Mountain Resort is the largest ski resort in Idaho and Washington
with 2,900 acres, compared to Sun Valley’s 2,100.
Schweitzer's northwest Rocky Mountain location in heart of the Selkirk Mountains
is just 50 miles to Canada and their sister resort Whitewater in Nelson BC, part
of northern Idaho’s panhandle. See our
Schweitzer Mountain Ski Photo
With so much terrain, from consistently pitched steeps in perfectly spaced trees
to wide groomers and family friendly terrain to wilder off piste, Schweitzer is
like five distinct ski areas. Schweitzer Bowl on the front side has groomed steep runs and powder glades serviced by speedy quads. Plus there’s the
Stomping Ground terrain park above the Village Lakeside Base Lodge and a perfect learn to
ski area below - Musical Chairs. On the back side Outback Bowl offers a plethora of steeps and
groomers in an entirely different alpine aspect. Stella six-passenger chair
serves great groomed runs peppered with a few fun glades in a protected pocket,
while the Snow Ghost Double climbs 1,900’ vertical bringing you to steeps and
expert chutes, along with the resort’s longest run – 2.5 mile Little Blue Run
reached by a short summit T Bar.
For advanced skiers, Selkirk Powder Cats offers cat skiing on an additional 3,000
acres starting from Schweitzer’s summit.
Schweitzer is like the Lake Tahoe of Idaho for its beautiful views and legit
vertical – 2,400’. On a clear day you can see as far as Montana, Washington, The
Canadian Rockies and most impressively Lake Pend Oreille (ear lobe in French –
named for it shape) – the spectacular lake that spreads below and sparkles in
the sunlight. A new $4 million Schweitzer Summit Lodge opens for winter 2016 offering
skiers phenomenal 360 views from the top of the Great Escape Quad. The village at Schweitzer is relatively new, very well laid out to
resemble a European ski village with the quintessential clock tower (though this
one is sponsored by Toyota). All the modern alpine conveniences are steps from
the ski lifts. You can lodge at Selkirk Lodge or White Pine Lodge in Schweitzer
village – offering beautifully-appointed hotel and condo style suites.
You can walk to the lifts, the Solstice Spa for a
massage, art and ski shops, wine and cheese tastings at Gourmandie, and dinner at
Chimney Rock Grill.
Happy hour at Pucci’s Pub is cozy and local, while
après ski at the bigger Taps
Bar often features a band, and there’s a view of the Lake and the ski slopes
from this upstairs of aptly named Lakeview Lodge, where base lodge services are
For lodging off mountain, the really cool town of Sandpoint, on Lake Pend
Oreille, is just 11 miles down a switchback access road from Schweitzer ski area.
Sandpoint is a fun festive place to shop,
watch the sunset at Trinity Beach Bar, and stay at a less expensive hotel than up at the mountain
It's Idaho skiing, Pacific Northwest, so funky weather, fog and low visibility can be an
issue – they call it “frozen fog”. Some Schweitzer ski
expressions include: If you
can’t see, ski the trees. If its foggy on the front, hit the back. Stella you
can usually see betta. Always ski with a skigee (squeegee for your goggles). But
when the sun shines on Schweitzer, and there’s fresh snow, its big and beautiful
with bountiful skiing. Best in Idaho!