An Overview of Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd.
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
Ph: 208.263.9555 or 800.831.8810
Schweitzer Mountain Resort is transforming the long-time popular ski area into north Idaho’s favorite year-round destination resort. The effort started several years ago when Selkirk Lodge was completely renovated. More recently, Schweitzer added Stella, Idaho’s only high-speed, 6-passenger chairlift. This past August, White Pine Lodge was built, completing the first phase of the new Schweitzer Village.
Guests who haven’t visited the resort recently will be captivated by today’s Schweitzer Village — it’s a relaxing, peaceful and welcoming place that features ski-in, ski-out accommodations, animated retail, a renovated restaurant and some of the region’s best outdoor winter recreation. Plans are underway for additional construction, including up to 450 modern mountain homes, new restaurants and expanded amenities.
Schweitzer now offers two ski-in, ski-out facilities, with other guest hotels now in the planning stages. All Schweitzer Mountain Resort accommodations can be booked at www.schweitzer.com, phone 1.800.831.8810, fax 208.263.7961 or by email at email@example.com. Schweitzer Village lodging options include:
- White Pine Lodge a Red Lion Hotel, is the first residential development in Harbor’s 10-year plan to create a premier winter resort village at Schweitzer’s base. The White Pine Lodge sits in the middle of Schweitzer Village with ski lifts a short walk from their doors. Built in the traditional mountain-lodge post and beam style, the lodge is accented in native Idaho colors and fine contemporary mountain furnishings. The lodge’s contemporary mountain architecture features fully appointed living space, including high ceilings, gas fireplaces and carved wood mantles. The exterior stone was quarried from Schweitzer’s mountainside. Inside, the lobby and Great Room feature stone walls finished with exposed timber and brick.
White Pine Lodge’s 50 guest units feature full kitchens complete with dishwashers, fireplaces, washers and dryers, expansive balconies, vaulted ceilings, and floor-toceiling windows that offer views of Schweitzer Village, Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding mountains.
White Pine Lodge guests enjoy a fully equipped fitness center, which includes: luxury changing rooms with a sauna; two outdoor hot tubs; access to an outdoor heated swimming pool; and equipment for cardiovascular and strength-training workouts. Other amenities include full kitchens, roomy tiled bathrooms, cable TV and VCRs, Internet access, heated underground parking, and sweeping views of the Cabinet and Bitterroot mountains, Schweitzer Village, and Lake Pend Oreille, one of the world’s deepest freshwater lakes.
- Selkirk Lodge a Red Lion Hotel, is a ski-in, ski-out facility located in the heart of Schweitzer Village. This newly renovated guest lodge offers deluxe units, a host of luxury amenities and easy access to Schweitzer’s lifts, restaurants, lounges, shops and day-lodge. Selkirk Lodge provides visitors the opportunity to experience the mountain in the comfort of newly renovated, slope-side accommodations.
Selkirk Lodge is a European-style lodge with 82 fully furnished ski-in, ski-out units. Many rooms are equipped with wet bars, microwaves and refrigerators. All Selkirk Lodge rooms have mountain, village or lake views.
Selkirk Lodge provides abundant guest amenities, including an outdoor heated pool, heated underground parking, three hot tubs, a fitness room, and stunning views of the surrounding freshwater lakes and mountain ranges. A cozy restaurant at the lobby level serves delicious meals throughout the day, and a café offers guests a lighter alternative with hot breakfast items and daily lunch specials.
Resort Condominiums are available throughout Schweitzer Village for guests to rent during the winter months. Some units can accommodate as many as 11 people. All feature full kitchens, while many have gas and wood fireplaces, hot tubs and saunas, and other luxury amenities. A full list of units can be found on Schweitzer’s Web site.
- The Chimney Rock Grill, winner of Wine Spectator’s 2003 Restaurant Wine Award was fully renovated last year. Chef, Michael Williams, offers fresh, regional cuisine using local ingredients whenever possible. A fully stocked bar and comfortable Northwestlodge furnishings and fireplaces complete the appeal.
- The Mojo Coyote Café, located in the first floor of Selkirk Lodge, is Schweitzer’s coffee shop and serves Tully’s coffee, fresh baked pastries, hot breakfast items and lunch specials daily.
- The Outback Restaurant, located in the back bowl of Schweitzer Mountain, is a place for skiers and riders to enjoy hot lunches — loaded Idaho potatoes are a must — and a wide range of refreshments. Guests can sit out on the deck and enjoy the wood bonfire.
- Thor’s Pizza is located in the Village’s Lazier Building. Guests enjoy pizza and beer in a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere.
- Spuds on the Run on White Pine Lodge’s lobby level serves lunch-time items such as hearty sandwiches, soups and salads. Dinners are available for take-out. Spuds’ specialties are rotisserie chicken and all the fixings, and delicious homemade desserts.
- Alpenglow Deli and Ice Cream is a favorite attraction for Schweitzer sweet-tooths, and also features a full deli and coffee for skiers on the run.
- The Source at the base of Schweitzer Mountain offers top quality rentals, clothing, goggles, gloves, and other winter sports needs for Schweitzer guests.
- The Alpine Shop features specialty equipment, clothing, repairs and demos.
- The Mountain Market has groceries, sundries, videos, beer, wine, liquor and deli subs.
- Snowy Mountain Gifts offers a full line of giftware and home accessories from local artists.
- Finan McDonald has mountain lifestyle clothing for women and men.
- Wine Sellers on the Mountain features wine, fine chocolates and a selection of cigars.
- The Lakeview Lodge is Schweitzer’s base day-lodge featuring Taps Bar, offering live, acoustic music throughout the week. The Lakeview Café offers a full menu of breakfast and lunch items served cafeteria style.
- Cross Country Skiing is offered on more than 30 km. of groomed and track-set, scenic trails, from easy rolling to challenging grinds. Rentals are available at The Source.
- Schweitzer Mountain Terrain Park offers skiers and snowboarders 250 acres of professionally maintained terrain with a variety of spines, hips, rail slides and jumps, some reaching 65 feet in height. The park also includes a 250-foot-long half pipe and handle tow. Schweitzer has added a dedicated snow cat capable of creating taller, bigger and better terrain park features than anywhere in the Inland Northwest.
- Snowskate Park is open Friday and Saturday evenings and features rail slides and fun boxes. Rentals equipment is available at The Source.
- Snowmobile Touring lets guests travel to the other side of Schweitzer Mountain to explore spectacular backcountry. Guided tours depart from the top of Schweitzer’s Great Escape Quad lift and venture down to Priest Lake. Tours are available through www.allaboutadventures.com or by phone at 208.263.6959 or 1.800.831.8810.
- Snowshoeing is available for guests who want to savor the peace and quiet of Schweitzer trails running through Hermit’s Hollow. Trail passes and snowshoe rentals are available at The Source Rental and Retail Shop.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort can be enjoyed just as much during the off season when the sun is high overhead and skis and snowboards have been stored away for the summer. Activities include:
- Mountain Biking on some of the region’s best single-track and jeep trails;
- Disc Golf 18 hole course on Schweitzer Mountain, clinics available;
- Chair Lift Rides take guests up 2,000 vertical feet to the top of Schweitzer Mountain;
- Golfing is close at Sandpoint’s Hidden Lakes Golf Course, the state’s most challenging course;
- Kayaking is offered through Full Spectrum Tours on Lake Pend Oreille and All AboutAdventures;
- Horseback Riding on local trails is available seven days a week at Schweitzer;
- Hiking trails take guests up the mountain where they can enjoy sweeping views;
- Huckleberry Picking is a north Idaho favorite in the months of August and September;
- Lake Cruises on Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake, run daily in the summer;