The Country Travel

| November/December 1989


Skiing at Schweitzer

Every weekend last winter (except when an arctic blast dropped temperatures to 20° below zero), Jim Zuiches, director of Agricultural Research at Washington State University, packed up his family and made the nearly three-hour drive from Pullman, Washington, to Schweitzer Mountain Resort, located 11 miles outside Sandpoint, Idaho, near the Canadian border.

''We've skied all over the country,'' Zuiches told me, "but we haven't found anyplace — except maybe Snowbird in Utah — that we like better. For one thing, there's no crowding or long lift lines, and for an intermediate skier like I am, it's just perfect."

Schweitzer can, indeed, back up its claim to some of the best skiing in the Northwest, including amenities normally found in much larger resorts. It has seven double chair lifts, 2,400 vertical feet of skiing, and over 40 runs — from novice to advanced — carved across two natural bowls and weaving through a blend of open and wooded terrain. On an average year, the area receives over 200 inches of fantastic powder snow with a moisture content of only 17 %. Furthermore, people often compare the spectacular views of Lake Pend Oreille and the rugged Selkirk Mountains with those at Lake Tahoe.

There are accommodations both at the resort itself and in the bustling town of Sandpoint. Children 12 and under can ski and stay free anytime during the 1989-90 ski season when their parents purchase a minimum three-day skiing/three-night lodging package in participating lodges, condominiums, and motels. In addition, children six and under always ski free at Schweitzer.

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