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Schweitzer Mountain

Schweitzer Mountain Resort was named by Ski Magazine in 2012 as one of the "Best Mountains You've Never Skied." It is nestled at the base of the Selkirk Mountains in the Idaho Panhandle overlooking the town of Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille. The mountain is famous for its massive snow-filled bowls and breathtaking views into three states and Canada.

The Backcountry Awaits

With 2,500 skiable acres and Idaho's only high-speed six-passenger chair (named Stella), the area offers fantastic skiing for all levels. In addition to immense tree-skiing, perfectly groomed cruises, and a separate beginner's area, it caters to the free-spirited with two freestyle terrain parks—one for the advanced and one for those just getting started. The resort is committed to providing a safe, fun place for you and your family to play, as their ski patrol watches carefully over you.

The village offers gourmet dining and interesting shops. Only 11 miles from Sandpoint, Idaho—a unique community recently chosen by Outside Magazine as a "Dream Town" and by Sunset Magazine as their "Favorite Small Town in the West"—it's a town blessed with many outstanding attractions. There is a thriving arts community, a wide range of excellent restaurants and accommodations, including a fine array of hotels, motels, lodges, inns and bed and breakfasts. It also offers unusually superb shopping as noted by the national retailer Coldwater Creek. Sandpoint is located on the majestic 43-mile long Lake Pend Oreille and is surrounded by the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains, as well as the Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort.

Getting Here

Easily accessed from the Spokane International Airport, then drive the 75 miles to the resort.

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