Sandpoint Ridge Runner snowmobiling
The Sandpoint Ridge Runner tour is perfect for those who only have a few hours to play or may be new to snowmobiling. This guided snowmobile tour takes in our private summit trails with incredible views of Lake Pend Oreille and around the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the East River. If time allows, we'll dip further down into the Priest River Valley, a vibrant forest ecosystem and home to bull trout, moose, bear, wolf, and all manner of wildlife. Everyone up here is stoked that we're a new Polaris Adventures location! #adventureiscalling
Why are guided snowmobile tours with Selkirk Powder Guides so fun and unique? How about the fact that you’ll begin your snowmobiling tour at the top of a ski area? And a big ski area at that—Idaho’s largest! Your adventure begins with us after you check in, and then we’ll whisk you up a chairlift from the base of Schweitzer Mountain Resort and guide you to our summit operations lodge where our carefully maintained fleet of snowmobiles is located.
With your guide in the lead, you’ll drive your snowmobile on groomed and ungroomed trails, stopping at spectacular areas to take photos and enjoying snacks and beverages while also learning about some of the rich natural history and lore of our very special area. After returning to our Summit Lodge and reviewing maps of where you’ve toured and perhaps some awesome photos, you’ll once again ride the ski lift back down to the village and take a last stop at our reception area.
So if you find yourself at Schweitzer and are looking for some real outdoor fun, look no further than our snowmobile tours! No prior riding experience is required. Bring the entire family or your small group, and have some fun on the tops of the mountains just like the skiers do!
Our domain is just off the back side of Schweitzer: 188,000 acres in Priest Lake State Forest. We ride hundreds of miles of groomed trails and logging roads that skirt along summit ridges with amazing views or drop into thick and unspoiled forest. Wildlife is abundant, and it’s not uncommon to spot moose, bunnies, and other critters during our tours.
Our trails aren’t up high like they might be in Colorado or Utah: our elevations range from 2,600 – 6,650 ft, so catching your breath is easy.
- licensed guides experienced in the area *
- riding instruction
- single-use lift ticket (not valid for skiing)
- snowmobile rental
- open-face DOT helmet (if you don’t have your own)
- goggles (if you don’t have your own)
- post-tour hot cocoa
- heavy insulated snow boots
- warm winter socks
- long underwear & undershirt
- snow pants & parka
- winter knit hat
- sunglasses or goggles
- gloves or mittens
- hand & toe warmers
- face covering: neck gaiter, scarf, ski mask, or buff / 3-layer bandana
- personal DOT-rated helmet
- camera; drone (by licensed individuals only)
- day-pack with extra winter gear
- your favorite snacks
- non-alcoholic beverages
Three tours run every day.
||Check-in with us at our desk in Schweitzer Mountain’s Lakeview Lodge. You’ll complete registration documents and receive briefing on what happens next.|
||As you off-load from the lift, you’ll meet your guide and head towards our Summit Lodge. Your safety and equipment familiarization continues as your guide demonstrates important techniques and answers any questions you may have.|
||Now it’s time for fun! You’re cruising through the backcountry and experiencing some of the most unique and beautiful terrain you’ll ever ride through!|
||Arrive back at our summit operations lodge. If you take one of the two earlier tours, consider ending with lunch at Sky House.|
|Ride back down the chairlift to the Village base area.|
Outfitters who are part of this exclusive network of local adventure experts are accepted into the Polaris Adventures program based on experience, adherence to best practices, high scores in customer satisfaction as well as a commitment to safety and ethics. We ride two-stroke Polaris Indy snowmobiles specifically built for touring; they are powerful, comfortable, and easy to operate. All models can accommodate a passenger and feature key switch ignition, tall windshields with mirrors, and heated hand grips. They’re well-maintained and ready for the trails. Experienced riders will recognize the quality, and first-time riders find they’re easy to learn on and very comfortable to ride.