The Schweitzer Story

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Schweitzer Life

What's in a Name?

Since the spring of 2019, the Schweitzer team has been busy working on our latest project, the new hotel in the village. Once complete, Schweitzer will have an additional 31-unit boutique hotel offering some of the most comfortable ski-in/ski-out accommodations in the Pacific Northwest. The new hotel will also feature a restaurant and bar with outdoor seating facing the village core. It has been several years since we started crafting plans and looking over renderings, but once we finally broke ground, it felt great to start building this newest chapter in our Schweitzer story.

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Schweitzer's Newest Eatery

Introducing Schweitzer's Newest Bar & Restaurant - Crow's Bench. Opening for the 2021/22 winter season.

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Parking in the Age of Covid

It’s been a little while since I’ve reached out to everyone with an update on how things are going.  All in all, we feel like the winter is going pretty well. Compared to some parts of the country, we are very lucky. A couple of areas that keep popping up in guest surveys and comments are parking and lift lines.

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Schweitzer Life

What's in a Name?

Since the spring of 2019, the Schweitzer team has been busy working on our latest project, the new hotel in the village. Once complete, Schweitzer will have an additional 31-unit boutique hotel offering some of the most comfortable ski-in/ski-out accommodations in the Pacific Northwest. The new hotel will also feature a restaurant and bar with outdoor seating facing the village core. It has been several years since we started crafting plans and looking over renderings, but once we finally broke ground, it felt great to start building this newest chapter in our Schweitzer story.

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Twilight Skiing Cancelled for MLK Weekend

Due to an overwhelming lack of compliance with our mask policies and social distancing in the rental shop, day lodge, and lift lines during twilight skiing, I have made the decision that Schweitzer will not be offering twilight skiing over the MLK holiday weekend - Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Jan 15 – 17, 2021. 

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Being Proactive - Help Us Continue to Shred

Here we are in December, with a couple of weeks of operation under our belts. We’re making progress as we adapt to the Governor’s roll back to stage 2 and the Panhandle Health District mask mandate, but we still have work to do.

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Covid Protocols and Reopening on November 27

It was great to see everyone this past weekend! I’m sure it was as exciting for you to be back on the mountain as it was for me. As good as it was to be on my skis again, I wish I could say the opening weekend went off without a hitch, but that was not the case.

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Schweitzer in the News

10 Ares Where You Can RV Camp in the Parking Lot

With most ski lodges and hotels imposing limited capacity this winter due to COVID-19, why not bring or rent a camper or RV instead? Most resorts don’t allow for overnight parking, but Outside Online found ten ski hills (Including Schweitzer!) across the country that have dedicated lots for your cabin on wheels. 

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Covid and the Indoors this Winter

As we inch our way towards opening, I thought I would update you on our indoor operating plans. The state of Idaho has reverted to stage 3 of Covid precautions which will have an impact and require a few changes. 

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SnowSports, Day Care and Lessons During Covid

As we get closer to our opening day, we have had many inquiries about Snowsports School programs, day care and lessons. Here’s where we currently stand with regards to those programs ...

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Parking, Transportation, & Shuttle during Covid

Snow in the village this week has created somewhat of an urgency to complete all our on-mountain improvements while we refine our protocol for the coming winter season. We have had many questions about parking, transportation and shuttle services so let’s take a closer look at these now.

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More on Covid & Winter Ticket Sales in 2020/21

As we continue the transition to our winter season, I thought I would reach out to all the Schweitzer community members on the mountain with an update with regards to day tickets. Please feel free to share this message with anyone else who might be impacted by day tickets sales ...

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Crafting Operating Plans for Schweitzer During Covid

Now that the summer season has come to an end, we are transitioning toward winter. We are working diligently on refining our operating plans with a strong focus on staff and guest safety. While we’re excited to re-open our doors, there is still a significant amount of anxiety and stress associated with the uncertainties this pandemic presents. 

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Winter 2020/21: Day Ticket Sales During Covid

As we look ahead to the transition from a successful summer season to what’s expected to be a winter season that is different from recent years,  I thought I would address a few of the questions that arose after our first message about the 2020/21 ski season.  

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Looking Forward - Covid and Winter 2020/21 at Schweitzer

"In an effort to provide full disclosure and transparency, I wanted to take a moment and fill you in on some of our current thoughts surrounding the Covid-19 environment at Schweitzer." - Tom Chasse, Schweitzer Mountain Resort CEO

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Out of Uncertainty, Real Change Will Come

We’re sure we are not alone when we say the last few months have been a whirlwind … months that could not have been conjured even in our worst nightmares.

From a global pandemic that put our beloved sport (and the rest of the world) on hold; to the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and now Rayshard Brooks; to the protests that followed around the world and in our own community - it is an unsettling and uncertain time to be alive. 

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Schweitzer in the News

Off the Bunny Hill: Schweitzer's Blue Squares

Local author and writer for Out There Outdoors, Amy McCaffree, has some great advice about tackling Schweitzer's Blue Squares as a family and enjoying the best kind of french fries for lunch! 

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Bigger Isn't Always Better for Family Ski Trips

LIKE IT OR not, megaresorts dominate the ski industry. And for families seeking a wide variety of terrain, extensive lift systems, and ample amenities, the big resorts make perfect sense. But families pining for a lower-key ski vacation have options too, among the smaller, easy-going mountains that are thriving despite the broader industry trend. 

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It's Your Mountain Too

I know that I’m biased in thinking that Schweitzer and all our mountain exploits are the be all and end all of living in Sandpoint, but luckily I’m reminded of this fallacy in my thinking from time to time. Just the other day, as I stood waiting to pay for groceries, I overheard the checker remark to another customer how they haven’t been to Schweitzer ever. Sure, they know kids that go up, she said, but she hadn’t been on the mountain and didn’t see a reason to. “I am not a fan of snow,” she remarked with a giggle.  

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Making (and keeping!) "Skiing Friends"

For a lot of us who learned how to ski or snowboard later in life, we may not have fond memories of getting dragged to the top of a mountain with a group of “friends.” Said “friends” then would proceed to take off at breakneck speed, leaving us there wondering just how on earth we are supposed to stop on these board like things. Once you finally got moving and accomplished approximately 150 traverses in 50 feet, you breathlessly caught up with your posse only to have them take off again leaving you to wonder just who the heck these “friends” really were. 

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My Home Mountain. #mySchweitzerID

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been having some deep philosophical conversations in the Schweitzer Marketing office about what it means when someone calls Schweitzer their “home mountain.” Does this mean it’s where they learned to ski? Is it where they spent years growing up in our Funatics or MtnX programs? Or is Schweitzer home because this is where they’ve retired to and where they anxiously look forward to skiing out their days? What is “Schweitzer” really and how do we, in spite of growth and development, keep Schweitzer Schweitzer?

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