Where to Stay
The Ashley Inn
Holiday travel is slowly but surely growing in popularity as more and more travelers are realizing they can spend time with family and friends in a stress-free atmosphere. The Ashley Inn strikes the perfect balance between the incredible richness of outdoor adventure and an intimate atmosphere to relax, unwind, and spend time with loved ones. The Inn provides an elegant, friendly atmosphere with first-class services and amenities to make the holiday season even more memorable.
While the beauty of the Inn may tempt some guests to stay inside, the calm and serenity of the mountains awaits those that want a weekend packed with adventure. Nestled in the mountains of Idaho, just 90 minutes hours north of Boise, the Inn is located just miles from Tamarack Resort, Brundage Mountain Resort, and the Payette National Forest. Snow tubing can be found at the south end of Lake Cascade, and hikers can trek the magnificent mountainous landscapes. Skier and snowboarders rate the area “superb” and snowmobilers delight in more than 800 miles of territory to roam.
For information on holiday packages, pricing, and booking information, check web site www.theashleyinn.com or call 866-382-5621.
What to See & Do
2018 is THE year to fish the South Fork of the Snake River! The Lodge at Palisades Creek offers world class fishing on a world class river with world class accommodations and dining
If you have been thinking about booking the fly fishing trip of a lifetime or are considering dates to return to catch the big one that got away, act fast, the lodge is booking quickly for 2019/2020.
The Lodge has assembled the best guides, chefs, housekeepers, servers and administrative associates in this area. It's an incredible 22 acre property with comfortable cabins and a great main lodge that can accommodate individuals or groups.The staff provides an exceptional guest experience from the river to your room.
In May, hunting starts for big rainbow trout. Call for early season rates. The largest fish come from the river this time of year when the water is high, but clear. Primarily nymph fish go to hungry trout. After the long winter and lower flows, they are ready to eat. This year the Lodge is offering a 2 for 1 special on lodging the month of May. Plan on experiencing great food, warm comfortable cabins and arm bending fishing at half the rate. Huge browns eat the san juan worms as the rising water scours the river banks and deposits tons of food in the river system. A complete fly shop with the best gear from Orvis and other renowned manufacturers is on the premises.. Don't have it, forgot it? You'll be covered.
Breakfast, Lunch and dinner, all prepared by the chefs. You can expect healthy, local food items prepared with western flare when staying at the Lodge.
Expect clean, comfortable, rustic rooms set with two twin beds or one king size bed. Every day you get maid service including fresh towels and a turndown service that offers water, wine, ice and snacks waiting for you when you return from the river.
With over 22 acres, including a casting pond loaded with trophy trout, riverside access, a party room with full bar, pool table, music, cigar humidor. Having cabins spread out and a fully stocked fly shop, you'll be assured to enjoy your time off the water as much as on the water.
It's really simple. The Lodge is all inclusive. Just bring some clothes and sunglasses, everything else is here. You can fly into Idaho Falls, Id.(IDA) or Jackson, Wy.(JAC). They are both about an hour away. You can rent a car or be picked up. The Lodge is sopen May 1st and close around Thanksgiving. Just call 1-866-393-1613. Talk to Rayna.
Facts About the Lodge
The lodge is a family owned business built by Marshall and Patricia Geller and in operation since 1990
For more information contact The Lodge at Palisades Creek
2014 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year
3720 hwy 26
Irwin, Id. 83428
What to See & Do
The sound of hammers and saws is once again ringing throughout Schweitzer Mountain Village. The recent renovation of the Mill Building is just the latest in a long line of improvements made in recent years. The Selkirk Lodge rooms have all been updated; the gourmet grocery, wine and beer market, The Gourmandie, has been remodeled; upgrades to lifts have been made; and a new addition is being planned for the White Pine Lodge.
All these improvements really reflect the attitude of the staff here at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Improvements are constantly being made in order to give guests the best experience possible. It is called the Schweitzer Difference. From the cheerful lift attendants to the helpful ski patrol you’ll notice the difference in these 2900 acres of unpretentious and unspoiled terrain.
Schweitzer Mountain Fast Facts
Season Opening Subject to conditions usually late Nov. or early Dec.
Season Closing Subject to conditions
Hours of Operation 9am to 4pm
Average Annual Snowfall: 300 in (25 ft or 762 cm)
Snowmaking Capacity: Midway and Happy Trails
Skiable Terrain: 2,900 acres
Summit Elevation: 6,400 ft.
Village Elevation: 4,700 ft.
Lowest Elevation: 4,000 ft.
Vertical Drop: 2,400 ft.
LIFTS Type Rise Time
Lakeview Triple 710 4.5 minutes
Basin Express Quad 1,063 4 minutes
Great Escape Quad 1,678 ft. 5 minutes
Sunnyside Double 1,280 ft. 8 minutes
Stella 6-Pack 1,550 ft. 5.5 minutes
Snow Ghost Double 1,906 ft. 13 minutes
Musical Chairs Double 592 ft. 6 minutes
Idyle Our T-Bar 160 ft. 4 minutes
Musical Carpet Carpet 100 ft. 4 minutes
Total Number 9 (including t-bar and surface conveyor)
Uphill Lift Capacity 12,502 per hr.
Alpine Runs: 92 designated runs
Longest Descent: 2 miles
Open Bowls: 2 (Schweitzer; Outback)
Nordic: 32 kilometers of groomed and track-set scenic trails. The
trails range from easy rolling to challenging grinds.
Beginner 10 %
Intermediate 40 %
Advanced 35 %
Expert 15 %
The Stomping Grounds Terrain Park offers an extensive variety of some of the most unique custom park features around. There are always a variety of rails, boxes, and jumps to keep the experts entertained while beginners can build their skills in the Terrain Garden and the newly expanded Starfish Park. Park features are groomed nightly by those who ride them daily, and the crew aims to add new features each week. Stomping Grounds rangers staff the park whenever the resort is open, bringing safety education, oversight, support, and a fun vibe to the park.
LIFT TICKET PRICES
Adult Half Day $58
Juniors (7 17) $50
Junior Half Day $40
College/Military/Senior (65 and up) $10 off full priced adult ticket
College/Military/Senior Half Day $10 off half day adult ticket
Child (6 and under) FREE
Beginner’s Chair Only $25
Beginner’s Chair Only Half Day $20
Night Skiing $15 (all ages)
Nordic/Snowshoe Trail Fee $12 Adult / $10 Junior
More information about Schweitzer Mountain Resort can be found at schweitzer.com. Sign up for Schweitzer snow reports online to have them sent to your email address, or simply view the report online. Schweitzer’s website includes updates on mountain weather conditions, recent accumulation, open trails, trails groomed and more.
Schweitzer Village Fast Facts
Profile Schweitzer Village is a relaxing, peaceful and welcoming gathering place featuring luxury accommodations, shopping, a variety of restaurants, a burgeoning après ski scene, and an array of non-skiing activities. Lodging Schweitzer offers two slope-side facilities in the heart of the village, plus a distinctive and diverse array of condominiums.
Dining & Nightlife Chimney Rock Grill- A fine-dining option in the village, the grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring exquisite cuisine with southwestern flair. A full bar, fireplaces, and comfortable lodge furnishings complete the appeal. The Chimney Rock is also offering a hot breakfast for guests in the Selkirk and White Pine Lodges as part of the new Schweitzer Difference package. Lakeview Café- Serving cafeteria-style lunch as well as delicious Mexican cuisine.
Taps- The mountain’s prime après spot features a full bar, 24 beers on tap, big screen televisions, pool tables, dance floor, and a stage featuring live music and DJ’s throughout the winter season.
Sam’s Alley- Gourmet pizza by the slice or pie.
Mojo Coyote Café- A casual eatery with hot breakfast and lunch specials, coffee
drinks, and freshly baked pastries.
Cabinet Mountain Coffee- Located in the Lakeview Lodge. It is a prime spot for a
quick coffee and lunch on the go.
Outback Inn- An on-hill option for hot food and drinks, it’s located in the mountain’s
Outback Bowl. Seating is available inside and on the deck near the bonfire. Open
when the Stella lift is running.
Pucci’s Pub- Focus on local and organic ingredients, Pucci’s serves high-style pub
fare for lunch and dinner, plus microbrews and wine.
Powderhound Pizza- Specializing in slices and pies, Powderhound is a great place
to stop for a beer and a slice. Located in the Lazier Building.
Gourmandie- Newly expanded. Our specialty foods market that is located in the White Pine Lodge. It focuses on artisanal items from around the world, highlighting
the culinary craftsmanship of the Northwest.
Shopping The Source- Outdoor gear including mountain apparel, goggles, gloves, and other winter sports needs.
The Alpine Shop- Specialty equipment, clothing, rentals, repairs and demos.
The Mountain Market- Groceries, sundries, videos, beer, wine, liquor, gifts and
The Artist’s Studio- A local artist cooperative showcasing unique photos, drawings,
paintings, glass art, jewelry, and more.
Day Lodge Lakeview Lodge is Schweitzer’s day-lodge which offers plenty of relaxing, warm space to rest up and rejuvenate. The Lakeview Lodge houses Taps, Sam’s Alley, The
Caribou Room, The Lakeview Café, Cabinet Mountain Coffee, Kinder Kamp, our Season Pass
Office, Guest Services, Ticket Sales, Selkirk Powder and lockers.
Services Mountain Activity Center is the place to plan vacation activities. The friendly
staff assists guests with scheduling individual activities or planning an itinerary for
their entire stay.
Kinderkamp is a childcare program offered at the resort. The facility is located on the lower lever of the Lakeview Lodge and accepts children ages four months to six years old. Services range from childcare only, to supervised ski lessons with meals and playtime in between. Schweitzer Ski and Ride Center Newly remodeled -- offers lessons for skiers and riders of all levels and ages, plus equipment rentals and repairs. Get top-quality Rossignol rentals from an extensive alpine and snowboard demo fleet. Nordic rentals and snowshoes are available too. Plus there’s a full-service tuning and repair shop.
Snowsports School is a great place for certified coaches to assess students’ current abilities and set realistic goals. Coaches then work with students in a group of 10 or less or one on one for maximum improvement. Focused specialty clinics are
available. The Snowsports School also offers Funatics for youth ages 7-14 years old.
Kids are placed in a group of skiers or snowboarders of similar ability and spend
eight weeks exploring all the mountain has to offer. The group and their coach stay
together for the entire program. Mountain Explorers is available for children ages 5-
9 and is a flexible, multi-week program that allows parents to choose from a range
of dates and lesson lengths. Snowboarding is not available for this program.
Solstice Center of the Healing Arts offers a wide range of integrative therapies
from Oriental bodywork to therapeutic and relaxation massage. Solstice combines a
clean, professional environment and clinical knowledge to suit the needs of any
Selkirk Powder offers cat-skiing adventures on the backside of Schweitzer Mountain. Guides take pride in finding you the best untracked powder turns around. Also offering guided backcountry snowmobile tours.
The Mountain Activity Center offers non-skiing activities weekly. Examples include movies, crafts and village games for kids. Snowmobile Touring lets guests travel to the other side of Schweitzer Mountain to explore spectacular backcountry. Guided tours depart from the top of Schweitzer’s Great Escape Quad.
Snowshoeing is available for guests who want to savor the peace and quiet of Schweitzer trails. Trail passes and snowshoe rentals are available at the Mountain Activity Center and The Ski and Ride Center.
Hermit’s Hollow Tubing Center teaches us how to be a kid again. Tubing is easy and fun, and is open Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available in the Mountain Activity Center and at all ticket windows. Advance reservations recommended. Zip Lining lets you descend over 700’ while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Pend
Oreille. Tickets are available in the Mountain Activity Center. Advance reservations are recommended.
Lodging Fast Facts
Description The Selkirk Lodge, Schweitzer’s signature slopeside hotel, is located in the heart of Schweitzer Village. The Selkirk Lodge offers cozy accommodations with easy access to Schweitzer’s lifts, restaurants, lounges, shops and day lodge.
Residences Selkirk Lodge is a European-style lodge with 77 rooms and suites. Most rooms offer mountain or village views. Many rooms are equipped with kitchenettes including microwaves, refrigerators, and sinks. By redesigning some of the deluxe units and adding a twin over queen bunk bed, our family suites now comfortably sleep five. All
family suites include kitchenettes. In addition, the Selkirk Lodge has dramatically upgraded the sleeping experience with a completely new bedding package that will further add to the comfort and coziness of the Lodge.
Amenities Selkirk Lodge guests have access to an outdoor heated pool, three hot tubs, heated underground parking, a fitness room, secure ski locker room, HD LCD TV’s, cable TV and DVD players and wireless internet access.
Selkirk Lodge Rates
Check with the Lodge for the latest rates & package deals.
White Pine Lodge
Description White Pine Lodge is a premier condominium-style property at Schweitzer. Built in the traditional mountain-lodge post and beam style, the lodge is accented in native Idaho colors and fine contemporary mountain furnishings. The exterior stone was quarried from Schweitzer’s mountainside. Residences White Pine Lodge’s guest units feature full kitchens complete with dishwashers, as well as fireplaces, laundry facilities and balconies. Rooms have either beautiful views of the Cabinet and Bitterroot Mountains and Lake Pend Oreille, or Schweitzer Village and Schweitzer Mountain. The White Pine Lodge has dramatically upgraded the sleeping experience with a completely new bedding package. Designer accents and plush linens make for a luxurious nights rest.
Amenities Other amenities include heated underground parking, HD LCD TV’s, cable TV and DVD players, wireless internet access, a fitness center, outdoor hot tubs, and access to the Selkirk outdoor, heated swimming pool.
White Pine Lodge
Schweitzer offers a variety of on-mountain condos perfect for families and groups. Convenient and private with a variety of floor plans and full kitchens, condos have that cozy feel of home. From budget to extravagant, our condos can accommodate up to fourteen people. All feature full kitchens, and many have gas or wood fireplaces, hot tubs, saunas, and other luxury amenities. A full list and photos of condominium rentals can be found at schweitzer.com. Reservations: Call 877.487.4643 or visit schweitzer.com for more information. Restrictions may apply.
The Cirque Group Welcome Center, conveniently located in Schweitzer Village, houses group services staff. Schweitzer offers a variety of unique settings for your gathering, from intimate rooms to spacious outdoor locations. Each setting is exquisite and can offer all of the modern conveniences with cutting-edge technology, custom banquets, bars, and more. From skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing, geo-caching
and tubing, outdoor group activities encourage interaction and camaraderie. Our staff is committed to meeting your goals, whether they focus on productivity, team building, or just a great time.
Facilities- Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers several private meeting room options for your group. The Selkirk Lodge Conference Room is ideal for smaller gatherings. Wrapped in panoramic windows in the Lakeview Lodge, the Caribou Room can accommodate larger private affairs. The North Room, available during the summer months, is well suited for casual events and provides full-bar service, a stage and a dance floor. Group meetings and private parties can be arranged at one of the resort’s outdoor settings as well, utilizing the Village Patio or the summit of Schweitzer Mountain. Guests can ride to the top on the Great Escape Quad Chairlift to enjoy wide acres of open space and sweeping views of mountains and lake.
Technology- Schweitzer offers a full complement of audio and visual equipment. Choose from our all encompassing conference, live sound, and wedding packages, as well as
offerings from a menu of the latest multimedia projectors, sound systems, computer
systems, LCD TVs, Wi-Fi Internet, white boards, easels, conference phones and more. Onsite technical support is also available.
Activities- Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers an array of recreational activities that can be arranged for team building or just for fun in conjunction with gatherings. These include skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, geo-caching, zip lining and tubing. Nearby Sandpoint offers additional sightseeing, arts and entertainment. Support- Professional meeting organizers work with clients from start to finish, ensuring a successful meeting. Catering, overnight lodging, discounted lift tickets, equipment and lessons can be arranged upon request. Schweitzer provides support for copying, computer and projector assistance as well as other administrative functions. Information- Stop at The Cirque, call 208.263.9555 ext 2820, or visit http://www.schweitzer.com/groups/
Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing
Schweitzer has more than 32 kilometers of cross-country trails groomed for skating and/or classic. Outlining the cross-country trails are routes for those that prefer snowshoeing. Trails range in ability from low intermediate to expert and boast views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Cabinet Mountains.
Several Nordic races and clinics are offered during the winter season. Check schweitzer.com for updated event information. Rates are subject to change without notice.
IN THE BEGINNING
The history of Schweitzer Mountain Resort dates back over a century ago when, as legend has it, a Swiss hermit took shelter at the bottom of the basin in the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains overlooking Lake Pend Oreille where Schweitzer now sits. Little was known about the man, other than at one time he had served in the Swiss military. The hermit became such a presence in the area that, some years later, locals in the nearby mountain town of Sandpoint would name Schweitzer Mountain after him. The word Schweitzer, in German, means “Swiss man.” Fun-seekers from Sandpoint began recreating on Schweitzer Mountain in the early 1960s. It wasn’t until a few years later that Schweitzer would officially open as a winter ski area.
THE FOUNDING FATHER
Jack Fowler, a Spokane native, founded Schweitzer Mountain Resort. He had the idea one winter day while traveling back to Spokane from a ski vacation in Whitefish, Montana. Fowler looked up and was struck by the beauty of Schweitzer Mountain’s snowy basin mountaintop. At once he knew the area could be developed into a premier ski resort. Fowler, Jim Brown and other key investors combined their resources, sold shares to local residents, and built Schweitzer’s first chairlift. December 4, 1963 was the official opening of the resort. THE BROWN YEARS A few years after Schweitzer’s modest beginnings, Jim Brown bought out his partners and began to expand the resort. He built the Red Cricket apartment complex and constructed a day lodge at the base of the mountain. Brown greatly increased the attraction of Schweitzer and the surrounding Sandpoint community where, until then, things had been woefully quiet in the winter months. During his ownership, he was credited for starting Schweitzer summer lifts for mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts, and for hosting the first Festival at Sandpoint, an annual music festival showcasing international and local composers and performing artists.
HARBOR TAKES THE HELM
On December 31, 1998, Harbor Resorts purchased Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Owners of Stevens Pass and, at that time, Mission Ridge in the Cascades Mountain Range, the Seattle-based real estate company brought more than a quarter century of experience in ski-resort development and management. In 1999, Green Gables was renovated and re-named The Selkirk Lodge. The Terrain Park was rebuilt and lit for night operations. Harbor installed two new handle lifts, improved local roads, and expanded the beginner ski area. One year later, Stella, Idaho’s only high-speed 6-passenger chairlift, opened on the mountain. The lift, housed by a 19th century cable carriage barn complete with steaming boilers and spinning gears, takes visitors back in time as they anticipate their ascent of Schweitzer Mountain. Stella greatly improves guest access to more than 150 acres of family-friendly terrain. More than that, it provides Schweitzer visitors a unique visual and emotional experience. The one-mile ride to the top climbs more than 1,500 feet in just five-and-a-half minutes. Along the way, visitors have plenty of time to take in the striking Idaho scenery. In May 2001, construction began on White Pine Lodge. The 75,000-square-foot guest lodge, which opened in August 2002, is the premier property on the mountain with its contemporary mountain architecture and luxury accommodations. It features 50 fully furnished condominium units which command spectacular views of lake or mountain, various shops and restaurants at its ground level, and two floors of underground guest parking. In 2002, The Chimney Rock Grill, a full-service restaurant in the heart of Schweitzer Village, was completely renovated and in 2003, the Schweitzer Activity Center was added, which offers yearround mountain activities.
The resort remains committed to its history and its character. In 2002, Jack Fowler celebrated his 80th birthday at Schweitzer Mountain. As a tribute to Schweitzer’s founding father, a new run, “Jack’s Dream,” was built close to where the first chairlift was built over 40 years ago. In 2005, a new surface lift called the Idyle Our T-bar was installed, expanding the area’s skiable terrain by 400 acres into the Little Blue area, and making Schweitzer the largest ski resort in Idaho. Hermit’s Hollow Tubing Center, an expanded beginner’s ski area with the addition of the Musical Carpet, and day lodge improvements have been added as well.
In 2006, Tom Chasse joined the management team as President and CEO of Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Two new chairlifts, the Lakeview Triple and the Basin Express Quad were built during the summer of 2007; a cutting edge snowmaking system was installed during the summer of 2008 and completed in 2009; and Schweitzer renewed its dedication to excellent guest service. During the summer of 2012 Gourmandie was expanded, the Mill Building received an architectural update, the Ski and Ride Center was completely remodeled, and upgrades were made to the Great Escape Quad and Musical Chairs lifts.
Getting to Schweitzer
Location: Schweitzer Mountain Resort is nestled in the rugged Selkirk Mountains of the Idaho panhandle and the northwest Rocky Mountains. Located 11 miles from the town of
Sandpoint, Idaho, Schweitzer is surprisingly easy to get to. Several convenient travel
options are available by land, air and track. By Land: North From I-90, take the US-95 exit (number 12) in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and head north to Sandpoint. Continue North through Sandpoint to the intersection of US 95 and Schweitzer Cut-off Road. Turn left on Schweitzer Cut-off Road and continue to the “T” intersection (North Boyer). Take a right on North Boyer and drive about one-half mile until reaching the Schweitzer sign. Go left and travel 9 miles uphill to Schweitzer.
South From Eastport, start out going south on US-95 toward Government Way. Turn
right on US-2/US-95/ID-200. Turn right onto Schweitzer Cut-Off Road. At the “T”
go right on North Boyer and drive about one-half mile until reaching the Schweitzer
sign. Go left and travel 9 miles uphill to Schweitzer.
From Porthill start out going Southwest on Porthill Loop toward ID-1. Turn left onto
ID-1. Turn slight right onto US-95. Turn right on US-2/US-95/ID-200. Turn right onto
Schweitzer Cut-Off Road. At the “T” go right on North Boyer and drive about onehalf
mile until reaching the Schweitzer sign. Go left and travel 9 miles uphill to Schweitzer.
Service: Ground transportation options between Spokane and Schweitzer Mountain Resort include: Pay Less Shuttle Service 888-870-7433
Omni Bus 208.667.6664
Spokane International Airport is serviced by most major car rental companies. A full
list is available at the airport’s homepage, www.spokaneairports.net. Some include:
By Train: Amtrak serves Sandpoint from a number of major cities, including Seattle, Portland, Vancouver BC, Chicago and St. Paul. The most up-to-date information on Amtrak rates, departures and arrivals is available at www.amtrak.com. In Town: Getting around Sandpoint and up to the mountain is easy with the following transportation options:
The SPOT bus is a free service that travels between the cities of Dover, Sandpoint,
Ponderay, and Kootenai. This service includes a stop at the Schweitzer Park & Ride
where guests can catch the Schweitzer bus to the village. Visit www.spotbus.org for
routes, schedules and more information.
Bonner Cab Service
Information is available by calling 208.263.7626
Sandpoint Cab Company
Information is available by calling 208.610.6212
Schweitzer Park & Ride
Guests can park at the base of Schweitzer Mountain Road and ride our bus to the
Village. Shuttles run frequently on weekdays and weekends. Go to
www.schweitzer.com for more information. Nominal fare.
Parking: Complimentary underground parking is available to overnight guests at the Selkirk
Lodge and White Pine Lodge. Day guests have several options for on-mountain
parking. Fees may apply at the Lakeview Lot. From satellite parking lots, the
Musical Chairs lift and the Schweitzer shuttle carry visitors to Schweitzer Village for
RV’s: RV parking is available in the Gateway lot for $20 daily or $249 for a season parking pass if purchased through 10-31-12. After 10-31-12, RV season passes will cost
$299. Hook-ups are not available.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Location: 10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Road 10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Road
Sandpoint, ID 83864 Ph: 208.263.9555 x 2210 or 208.255.3031
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