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A Little Time with Tom

As the snow is starting to fly on the mountain, Schweitzer is gearing up for another amazing winter season. Between all the meetings and planning sessions, I was able to sit down for a few minutes with Tom Chasse, Schweitzer’s CEO, to find out a little bit more about his thoughts on life in North Idaho, what keeps him sane running a weather dependent business, and where he sees Sandpoint heading in the future. 

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Breaking Up with Winter

I love snow. I love cold weather, wearing mittens, knitted hats and the sound of the lift as it carries me to the summit. I love it when I have to make fresh tracks on the roads in town early in the morning before the snow plows hit the streets. But after 430” of snow this past winter, I’ll be honest. I need to see other seasons.

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Ringing the Bell for "Black Diamond"

As part of my job at Schweitzer, I’m responsible for ringing the bell at the clock tower some mornings. This is a pretty big deal as the bell signifies that the lifts are open and those anxious skiers and riders waiting in line can finally be released to tackle the mountain. But my favorite days to ring the bell are the days the school groups are here.

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Thank You, Sandpoint

You may not know it but it’s been a challenging winter for lots of places around the western US. Unseasonably warm temps and lack of precipitation has caused a lot of ski resorts to limp though this season, making snow as and when they can. We, on the other hand, have been unbelievably lucky with the weather this winter. 

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Schweitzer's super bowls

But what I don’t think a lot of people realize is that Schweitzer has its own version of the Big Game as well. “What,” I hear you ask? Yes, Schweitzer has super bowls. Everyday. All we are missing is the musical at halftime. 

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No Need for a Resolution

No need for resolutions this 2018. We want you to do something a little simpler than that. 

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Oh Alder Tree, Oh Alder Tree ...

This year, I was a really good girl. I did my homework, ate healthy and even tried to get myself in shape for ski season. I kept thinking that if I was really, really good, Santa would reward me for my excellent behavior and give me the best present I could ever want. No, not another dog, more ski gear or even free housekeeping for a year.  All I wanted for Christmas was awesome tree skiing.

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Of Wild Snow Cats and Snow Guns

The language of the mountains can sometimes fool you. For example, the terms “snow cats” and “snow guns” can conjure up images of all sorts of crazy combinations of machinery or hairy beasts with powers like Elsa’s from “Frozen.”

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Enjoy the Seasons

I know that there are a lot of people who live in the area who are not as excited about the winter months in Sandpoint as I am. But after this particularly hot and dry summer, I am waiting with baited breath for the slushy city streets to be part of my daily routine again. 

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Colorful Trail Running

Labels are tough. They never really convey the whole truth about anyone or anything. That’s why it can be intimidating when you get referred to as a “trail runner.” 

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Homecoming - Schweitzer Style

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I see an envelope in the mail that I know contains a family wedding invitation, my immediate reaction is a mix of excitement and dread. Excited for the couple and the joy their wedding will bring but dread about hanging with third cousins I haven’t seen for at least 16 years.

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Less Than 185 Days to Go

Neighbors – April 2017

Some people I know suffer seasonal depression during our winters in Sandpoint due to the lack of sunshine. Most folks cheer on the return of spring, longer days, warmer temps, and the promise of summer around the corner. For me though, I find April kicks in my own seasonal depression as I slowly watch this fabulous snow melt away.

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March Mechanicals

​Every day, hundreds of people come to Schweitzer, click into their bindings and then plunk their tookuses on a chairlift – an amazing technical innovation that whisks skiers and riders to the summit in less time than it takes to get a latte at Starbucks.

But have you ever really stopped to appreciate these mechanical marvels that grace our mountain?

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Oh, Sandpoint... how do I love thee?

It’s February and in keeping with this month’s themes of love and chocolate, it seems the mountain finally wanted to come clean about some long held feelings it has for Sandpoint…

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Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month

January is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” and a great time to bring your family together at Schweitzer. Take up something new as a family and make it possible for a worldly-wise mom to be just as much of a novice as the know-it-all-teen. 

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What The Holidays Mean to US

It’s almost December and time for all the joyful insanity of the season to start. For the majority of us in the Pacific Northwest, that insanity looks something like holiday shopping, travel planning, and trying to figure what to feed everyone over the holidays. The expectations run high and it’s a mighty task not to succumb to numbing oneself down with Grandma’s “medicinal” egg nog.

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A Little Time with Tom

As the snow is starting to fly on the mountain, Schweitzer is gearing up for another amazing winter season. Between all the meetings and planning sessions, I was able to sit down for a few minutes with Tom Chasse, Schweitzer’s CEO, to find out a little bit more about his thoughts on life in North Idaho, what keeps him sane running a weather dependent business, and where he sees Sandpoint heading in the future. 

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Seven Turns

Both of my brothers-in-law have pretty horrific commutes to work. One suffers the gridlock and pandemonium in full D.C splendor while the other gets the daily Seattle guessing game of “where’s-the-back-up-today?” It’s hard for me not to gloat about my own commute. Sure, people in Sandpoint may not envy me the 7 switchbacks or the amount of gas I use on a weekly basis, but when I compare this drive to what millions of other people face in other places and cities in the US, I so win.

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Two Seasons of Schweitzer Fanatics

When the seasons change, these mountain fanatics find a whole ‘nother way to keep that adrenaline pumping – mountain biking. Now, I’m a mountain biker in that I own a mountain bike and ride it to the grocery store in Sandpoint. It may get a little dirty as I ride it through the backyard, but that’s been about the extent of my off-road riding.

Well, it was until some awesome mountain people got a hold of me.

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Where'd I Put That Left Glove?

Less than 100 Days till ski season: with the fall equinox upon us, it’s time to get serious.

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