Sandpoint, Idaho

Sandpoint, which sits on the edge of Lake Pend Oreille [ponder-ray] under the mighty Selkirk Mountain Range, is a beautiful town surrounded with endless outdoor recreation features. The lake (the 38th largest in the United States) is pristine and deep, and the same could be said for the snow which falls in the mountains above.

Aerial of snowy town and mountains

The town is home to 7,500 residents, great restaurants and bars, comfortable accommodations, numerous galleries, well-stocked shops, a regional hospital, and an airport. All facilities one would expect to find in a town of this size are found here. The Village of Schweitzer, made up of about 400 residences plus the ski area’s base of operations, lies 9 mi and 2,400 ft above town. To learn more about what town and village-based businesses have to offer, browse the portals Visit Sandpoint and Sandpoint Online.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Schweitzer Mountain Resort is the largest ski area in Idaho and Washington.

Schweitzer and the village by drone
There’s a backside, too
Schweitzer Bowl trail map Outback Bowl trail map

The ski area operates ten surface lifts that service nearly one hundred named runs on 2,900 “inbounds” acres that face primarily east and north. The trail difficulty breakdown is:

  • 10 %  beginner
  • 40 %  intermediate
  • 35 %  advanced
  • 15 % ◆◆ expert

Schweitzer annually publishes their glossy, full-color Schweitzer Magazine.

Schweitzer & Selkirk Powder

Selkirk Powder, which abuts the resort at the summit ridge and skis to the west, plays on a broader upper swath of terrain lending to a footprint of 4,350 acres.

The summit of Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Added together, and including the SMR-owned sidecountry accessed by the backcountry gate system, the combined enterprises rival or exceed the footprint of the largest ski areas in North America.
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