Everyone has heard of Sun Valley, but there’s another Idaho resort that you can add to your must-ski list: Schweitzer Mountain Resort.
Schweitzer Mountain recently opened Sky House, a 9,300-square-foot lodge that sits at the summit of Schweitzer Mountain. It offers views of Canada and three states. Four years in the planning and at a cost of $5M, the 9,000-square-foot, two-story structure includes a full-service restaurant and bar, lodge areas, and a group function space. Schweitzer Mountain spent more than $900,000 toward other improvements that you might not see but will enhance your experience – a food and beverage technology system, upgrades for the ski rental fleet, and the purchase of grooming equipment.
Schweitzer opened in 1963 and now offers 2900 skiable acres, 92 trails, and open bowl skiing all serviced by nine lifts. Selkirk Powder has provided snowcat skiing out of Schweitzer Mountain Resort since 2003 and hopes to add heli-skiing last March.
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ski Sun Valley. It is known worldwide for many good reasons. The 3,400 feet of vertical, 13 chairlifts, 2,000 acres of skiing terrain, and 65 named trails are some of them.
This year, Sun Valley – the first ski resort in the US – celebrates its 80th birthday. Join the celebration with a stay at the Sun Valley Lodge. The lodge opened in 1936 as part of the original Sun Valley resort. A restoration has just been completed that maintains the character of the historic building. Updates include the lobby, restaurant, and other guest amenities. Some of the small rooms have been combined to create suites with fireplaces.
This season, Sun Valley has also cleared 21 more acres for gladed skiing, increasing the total acres to a whopping 55. It replaced 125 snowmaking guns with a model that provides twice the output, and cuts energy use by 90%. Two snow groomers were replaced with high-efficiency models.
Whether you choose Sun Valley or Schweitzer Mountain, go to Idaho to experience some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world!