Governor's Statewide Isolation Order and It's Impacts on Schweitzer


Good Morning Schweitzer Fans,

As many of you already know, yesterday afternoon Idaho Governor Brad Little issued a statewide isolation order for 21 days. 
For those interested in reading it, the full order can be found here:

Some of you may not realize, Schweitzer is more than a ski area, or our home mountain. For many it is their physical home.  There is a full community up here with year-round residents and we provide many public services for those residents.  This new order may raise questions about what services will still be open and operational and we wanted to cover that here.

First and foremost, for our employees #TeamSchweitzer, if you did not receive any information yesterday (in person or via email), please reach out to your Director or Employee Services and they can talk to you about how these changes affect you.  We want you to know that we are doing everything in our power to do what is in your best interest…for your health and safety and for your livelihood.

For those that live on the mountain, the Mountain Utility Company will continue to provide their normal services to keep life on the mountain flowing: road-clearing and maintenance, sewer and water services, etc.

For any of our owners, or year-round residents in the White Pine or Selkirk Lodge, we will still operate the front desk 24/7 with a single employee.  One building maintenance person will be onsite daily in case of emergencies (broken pipes, etc) and Public Safety will still maintain a presence in the village area.

The Mojo Coyote Café will be the ONLY food and beverage location open for take-out only.  For those in need of food on the mountain, please follow these directions:
  • Call them at (208) 255-3037
  • Place your order (menus are available at https://www.schweitzer.com/dining/mojo-coyote-cafe/)
  • Have a Credit Card or your pass number ready so we can manually enter it
  • Give us approximately 5-10 minutes to complete your order
  • Come pick up your order at the Selkirk Lobby entrance (we will have your items labeled with your name and a receipt of purchase)
All retail and rental shops are closed.

Guest Services will be open with one person from 11am – 4pm.  Please email them at guestservices@schweitzer.com or call 208-263-9555 x1246 with any questions or inquiries about passes, refunds, etc.  Please avoid showing up in person.  They will get back to you just as soon as they can.  

As a reminder, our normal policy concerning uphill traffic is in effect.  Schweitzer is private property and for your safety, uphill travel is prohibited at all times except on the Nordic trails.  The mountain is no longer patrolled and avalanche hazards may exist.

This is a challenging time for our Schweitzer Family, the community and beyond…but with everyone’s help, support of each other and commitment, we WILL get through it.  Together.

We miss you all and can’t wait to see you when this is behind us.




Governor Little issues statewide stay-home order, signs extreme emergency declaration

Wednesday March 25, 2020

Boise, Idaho – Following the guidance of Idaho’s public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order today for all Idahoans.

He also signed an extreme emergency declaration, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps to improve the condition of Idahoans whose job and incomes are being harmed by the pandemic.

“From the get-go, our focus has been to slow the spread of coronavirus to protect our most vulnerable citizens and preserve capacity in our healthcare system,” Governor Little said. “And from the beginning, I stated my commitment to making decisions about our response to coronavirus based on science. With confirmed community transmission of coronavirus now occurring in Idaho’s most populated areas, we need to take strong measures to ensure our healthcare facilities are not overburdened. I am following the guidance of our public health experts and issuing a statewide stay-home order effective immediately.”

The stay-home order requires citizens to self-isolate at home if you can, not just if you are sick. This excludes healthcare, public safety and other essential workers as defined in the order. If you are high-risk, avoid leaving home. People can leave home to obtain or provide essential services as defined in the order. Employers that do not provide essential services as defined in order must take all steps necessary for employees to work remotely from home. Grocery stores, medical facilities, and other essential businesses as defined in the order will remain open. Restaurants across the state are being ordered to close dine-in but drive-thru, pick up, and delivery will still be available. Non-essential businesses and services will close their physical locations. This includes bars, nightclubs, gyms, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, convention centers, hair and nail salons, and others not included in the “essential” category as defined in the order. People must limit public transit unless to provide or obtain essential services. People must limit all discretionary travel. People must limit all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals outside the household. When you go for a walk, run, bike ride, or other outdoor recreation near your home, stay 6-feet away from individuals who are not part of your household.

“Our healthcare and public safety workers are putting themselves in harm’s way to respond to the coronavirus emergency, and we owe it to them to do our part by following this statewide stay-home order,” Governor Little added.

The statewide stay-home order is effective immediately and will remain in effect for 21 days. Governor Little and public health officials will evaluate later whether to extend the order past 21 days.

Governor Little made the announcement at Gowen Field, where he visited with the Idaho National Guard personnel he recently mobilized to support civil authorities and local jurisdictions during the coronavirus emergency. At the Governor’s request, the Guardsmen are prepared to stand up a joint task force to provide mobile testing support, transport commodities, provide facilities, tents or other equipment, and other perform other duties as needed in Idaho’s coronavirus response effort. The Idaho Office of Emergency Management, a part of the Idaho Military Division, is the key emergency response planner and coordinator for interagency preparedness in Idaho.

“We will get through this together as long as we all play an active part in fighting the spread of coronavirus. I am proud of Idaho and the way we support and love our neighbors. Let’s keep it up,” Governor Little said.

The statewide stay-home order is being finalized with public health, local officials, and business today and will be available later today at https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.

View Governor Little’s extreme emergency declaration here.



COVID-19 Statement from Tom Chasse, Schweitzer President & CEO 

March 18, 2020 Update

SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT ANNOUNCES END OF 2019/20 SEASON
Decision Comes in light of CDC & Panhandle Health Recommendations Concerning COVID-19

Sandpoint, ID (March 18, 2020) – “After careful consideration and thought, we regret to inform you that Schweitzer Mountain Resort has decided that today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 will be the final day of operations for the 2019/2020 winter season,” says Schweitzer CEO & President, Tom Chasse. “The issues we are all facing from the COVID-19 pandemic have proved challenging and for the safety of our guests and employees, we know that this is the best decision to limit the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable members of our community, both on and off the mountain.”

“As we have stated from the beginning,” adds Chasse, “our goal was to keep the lifts spinning and our employees actively working as long as we could do so in a safe environment. The latest recommendations from Bonner General Health, Panhandle Health, the CDC, and the rest of the healthcare community have influenced our decision to close the resort. We realize that even if we limit indoor operations to restrooms only and run the lifts, there will be no way we can realistically enforce the latest guidelines discouraging gatherings of 50 or more people.”

“We know how much this decision will affect our Schweitzer and Sandpoint family and we do not take this decision lightly. We are working to help minimize the impact on our staff and will continue to offer them resources to mitigate these challenging times,” says Chasse.  

Guests who have lodging reservations can contact Schweitzer’s Front Desk for details on refunds or rescheduling. They can be reached at 877-487-4643. Guests with questions regarding Spring Fling Passes, day ticket purchases, or other ski related products can contact Schweitzer’s Guest Services for more information. Guest Services can be reached at 208.254.4010 x1246. We expect to have high call volume, so please be patient and we will respond as soon as we can.

“We appreciate the continued support from our local community and hope to welcome you all back to your home mountain soon. This isn’t how we would have liked to end the season but the overall health and safety of our Schweitzer community is paramount. Thank you for your understanding,” adds Chasse.


March 15, 2020 Update

The COVID-19 crisis is an evolving situation and at this point, we are taking extensive precautions to protect our guests & staff from the spread of the virus. We hope to continue operating until our closing date of April 12 but please continue to check in with us for updates as this situation progresses.

Here are some other precautionary actions being taken (many of which help limit large gatherings of people):

  • We are no longer accepting new lodging reservations.  (We plan to honor all existing reservations.)
  • We are no longer selling advance purchase lift tickets or Spring Fling Passes online.
  • We are no longer accepting Powder Alliance visits.
  • We are removing/limiting seating in large venues like the Lakeview Lodge and Chimney Rock to increase spacing/social distancing
  • F&B options like the salad bar, breakfast buffet and burrito bar are being closed.
  • ​We have canceled all live music in Taps for the remainder of the season.
  • The Stomp Games Banked Slalom has been canceled.
  • The annual Season Passholder Appreciation Party has been canceled.
  • The summit Easter Sunrise Service has been canceled.
  • Maximum attendance in our Day Care facility will be cut in half.
  • We will have increased access to cleaning/hygiene products for guest/employee use at all outlets.
  • The Caribou Room will be open on a daily basis to allow for extra spacing.
  • All Guest Services interactions will be moving to the outside ticket windows.

March 10, 2020 (updated 3/13/2020)

With concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus touching close to home in our neighboring state of Washington, we encourage our Schweitzer employees and guests to adhere to the recommendations suggested by the CDC and other healthcare professionals (Panhandle Health District, Bonner County Health, or your local healthcare provider.) While there are no confirmed cases in North Idaho at this time, we feel it's imperative to be informed and aware of how our actions can help in the fight against its spread.

The health and well-being of our guests and employees is our top priority and we are in touch with the Panhandle Health District on a regular basis for updates and information particular to our area.  We have stepped up our normal cleaning procedures around the resort to include housekeeping in all lodging units, custodial efforts in public restrooms and spaces and we follow all standards for food handling.

We have canceled the remaining social events for Prime Timers (our local seniors group) knowing that they are a high risk group.  We’ve relaxed our cancelation policies in lodging in an effort to work with concerned individuals and groups that had booked several months ago but are now affected by this pandemic.  Please contact Schweitzer's 24 hour reservation desk directly with any questions concerning a current reservation. 

We have had several outside organizations cancel their fundraising events which required indoor space and a large gathering of people.  Our plan is to continue our winter operations (lifts, tubing, snowshoeing, Nordic & alpine skiing) while we continue to monitor CDC/WHO recommendations. As this situation is rapidly evolving, we will adjust our operations plan accordingly.  

During lift operation hours, Schweitzer's first aid room is staffed by a Bonner General Hospital nurse and our on-site first responders are confident in providing any immediate care necessary on site. Schweitzer takes the spread of this virus very seriously and our management team has mandated CDC protocols be followed in all departments. The CDC states that the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, the following everyday preventative actions are highly recommended:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility.)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers. For more information from the CDC, visit their COVID-19 website

Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this global health issue.

Tom Chasse
Schweitzer President & CEO