Snowmobiling FAQs

You’ll find lots of useful information about our snowmobiling program below. And, our reservations specialists are always happy to share tips about the most suitable lodging for your group, suggestions on eateries about town, or even what gear is best for conditions. Don’t hesitate to call–we enjoy consulting with our guests!  (208) 263-6959 from 7:30AM – 4:30PM PST

  • Chevron down What times are your snowmobile tours available?
  • Ridge Runner Tours are offered three times daily, at 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM

    The Middle Fork Valley Tour is only offered at 8:00 AM due to longer riding times.

  • Chevron down How long are your snowmobile tours?
  • Ridge Runner is about 2 hours, and Middle Fork Valley tour is up to 5 hours, including a break for lunch. Tours includes chairlift rides and casual time at the Selkirk Powder lodge.

  • Chevron down When can we go snowmobiling? When are tours available?
  • Our snowmobiling season typically runs from Thanksgiving to mid-April.

  • Chevron down Do you drive your own snowmobile?
  • Yes, after an orientation and self-driving demonstration you will drive your own snowmobile and are led by a licensed snowmobile guide.

  • Chevron down Can I have a passenger on my snowmobile?
  • Yes, but for safety reasons our combined weight limit is 350 lbs.

  • Chevron down What kind of clothing do I need?
  • Insulated snow boots, snow pants, snow parka, heavy duty snow gloves/mittens, thermal wool socks, neck gaitor or scarf, long underwear, and warm layers of clothing. In short–good WINTER Clothing. Hand and toe warmers are popular with some riders also. Sunglasses or goggles and a warm, winter hat.

    NO bluejeans or light fabric pants, or non-insulated footwear like sneakers or duck boots.

  • Chevron down Can we rent snow parkas, snow pants and snow boots?
  • Yes, Schweitzer’s Ski and Ride Center [208 255-3070] can fully outfit you for your winter adventure. Make arrangements ahead of time and come early to prepare correctly. If you’re leaving on an early morning tour you may want to make your arrangements the day before in order to have your gear on hand

  • Chevron down What prior snowmobiling experience do I need?
  • None required. We provide you with instruction on how to operate a snowmobile or ride as a passenger. Tours are tailored to each group’s experience level.

  • Chevron down How old do you have to be to drive your own snowmobile?
  • Minimum age of 15. Every snowmobile driver must possess a valid and current state driver’s license or learner’s permit.

  • Chevron down How old do you have to be to ride as a passenger?
  • 5 years or older.

  • Chevron down How many snowmobiles can you have in a group?
  • Selkirk Powder operates at a one (1) guide to six (6) guest driver ratio. Each snowmobile can also accommodate a passenger, for a maximum of 12 people per tour.

  • Chevron down What equipment does Selkirk Powder provide?
  • Selkirk Powder provides a snowmobile, open-face helmet, and goggles if you don’t have your own.

  • Chevron down Do I need to bring snacks and water?
  • We provide lunch on the Middle Fork Valley tour with snacks and water, and we provide hot cocoa after all tours. We recommend that you bring along any additional items that you may need to get you through the day. We have plenty of room to stash knapsacks at the lodge or bring them along with us on tour.

  • Chevron down What kind of snowmobiles do you use?
  • We use  2 and 4-stroke touring snowmobiles. These snowmobiles are powerful, comfortable, and easy to operate.

  • Chevron down Can a driver and passenger switch out?
  • Yes, as long as both are licensed.

  • Chevron down I am traveling with my family--- some of them are not ready for the backcountry. What can they do?
  • There are plenty of other activities for your group to enjoy while you’re snowmobiling including skiing the resort, snowshoeing, tubing and zip lining, shopping in Sandpoint, or even sleigh rides. And don’t forget the Schweitzer Mountain Activity Center, a great source for all sorts of information and activities: 208.255.3081

  • Chevron down Do I need to buy a lift ticket?
  • No. We provide a single ride ticket to our lodge on the summit.

  • Chevron down What is the avalanche danger?
  • Avalanches occur in the backcountry. Our experience however has been that we see few, if any, natural avalanches in our snowmobile terrain.

  • Chevron down Can I bring a camera?
  • Yes!

  • Chevron down What if a snowmobile becomes damaged?
  • When you register you will need to sign a waiver contract agreeing to cover any repair costs for damages caused by negligence.

  • Chevron down Can I bring a snowmobile to Schweitzer?
  • Yes, but you may only access via the Middle Fork Trail within the designated Priest Lake trail system. Please contact our reservations desk for additional information.

  • Chevron down Where do you snowmobile ride?
  • On Schweitzer Mountain Resort private property and the Priest Lake State groomed trail system.

  • Chevron down How far do you go?
  • That depends on the individual party. Guides will tailor the speed and distance of the tour to the needs of each group. We have about 21 miles of our own mountaintop trail system which feeds into a 400-mile groomed trail system.

  • Chevron down Are there places to “play” or are there off-trail riding/high-marking areas?
  • No. Our Idaho permit requires that we stay on the forest logging road system or groomed snowmobile trails.

  • Chevron down Does the price include tips?
  • No. A standard tip is 10-20%, the same as you would for service in a restaurant or similar service industry. Tips are pooled and shared by guides and your reservations representative.

  • Chevron down When should I register?
  • Some of our guests make their reservations up to a year in advance, so don’t wait too long to contact us.

  • Chevron down Should I buy travel insurance?
  • We recommend travel insurance policies with “Cancel For Any Reason” coverage for peace of mind and reducing your exposure should you want to cancel or become ill.

    One such provider may be consulted via the following link

    Comprehensive travel insurance policies with “Cancel For Any Reason” coverage may typically cost between 10-15% of your overall vacation expenses, but they provide you with an additional layer of protection.

  • Chevron down Payment Policy
  • 25% non-refundable deposit is required upon confirmation of your reservation with us. If paying by credit card, please ensure the same credit card is used for both deposit and final payment.

    Full payment is due no later than 60 days from your tour date. Failure to pay in a timely manner will result in forfeiture of your reservation and your deposit. Reservations made 59 days or less from your tour date are payable in full.

  • Chevron down Cancellation Policy
  • If you must cancel your tour with us and we receive your notice more than 30 days in advance of your scheduled tour date (and we are in receipt of your full payment), you will be credited for a new tour with us for a period of up to 5 years from your original date.

    Any cancellations 30 days or less from your scheduled tour date are 100% non-refundable. We encourage our guests to purchase travel insurance through an outside provider.

    A Note About Weather: We have no control over Mother Nature. We tour in sun, snow, rain, wind or any combination of interesting weather. It is, after all, an alpine environment. Be prepared, and dress accordingly. We reserve the right to cancel a tour for safety or mechanical reasons, as conditions warrant. In such an instance you will be credited for a new tour with us for a period of up to 5 years from your original date.

  • Chevron down What if I need to make a change to my reservation?
  • If you need to reschedule your tour during the current season (and we are in receipt of your full payment), you will be charged a $40 administrative fee. We will endeavor to honor new tour dates, but please be aware that any changes are subject to space availability.

© 2019 Selkirk Powder

Phone (208) 263-6959
Map Marker

10000 Schweitzer Mountain Road
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864