Schweitzer opens early for the 2022/23 winter season Saturday, Nov. 19

Favorable natural snowfall, early season snowmaking conditions prompt early opening weekend 


Sandpoint, ID - November 10, 2022 – With more than three feet of natural snowfall and a head start on snowmaking, Schweitzer will open early for a bonus weekend of skiing and riding Nov. 19-20. The last time the mountain opened before its projected opening date was during the 2017-18 season.

“Since Mother Nature got a jumpstart on winter here in the Inland Northwest, we figured it was only right to open the mountain early,” says Tom Chasse, Schweitzer CEO & President. “Nothing is more exciting than being able to welcome skiers and snowboarders to Schweitzer for the first time each winter, and thanks to favorable temperatures and a few feet of natural snowfall already this month, we’re ready to do so.”

Schweitzer plans to run the Basin Express chairlift on Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with access to Midway trail. Season pass holders, including Sunday-Friday pass holders, as well as day guests are invited to get in a few early season turns over the weekend. Lift tickets will be available for purchase for $50 at the mountain. There will not be any beginner terrain available on opening weekend.

The mountain will close Monday, Nov. 20 through Thursday, Nov. 24 and will reopen for daily operations beginning Friday, Nov. 25.

“Our lift and terrain offering will continue to expand as conditions permit,” said Chasse. “The best resource for the most up-to-date information is our website. 

Pass holders who have renewed their pass from last season will be able to use their same pass thanks to the new reloadable RFID cards that were issued in 2021. For easy access to the lifts on opening weekend, renewing pass holders who have a 21/22 card can simply visit Schweitzer.com and sign a waiver to activate their 22/23 winter season pass. Season pass holders who are new to Schweitzer will have an RFID pass either mailed to them or available for pickup from Guest Services. For more information, stop by Schweitzer Guest Services open daily from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or call 208-263-9555 ext. 1246.

For more information about RFID, Schweitzer’s hours of operation, and the latest weather conditions, please visit www.schweitzer.com.


About Schweitzer

Considered by many as the best skiing in Idaho and the best family-friendly resort in the Pacific Northwest, Schweitzer is independently owned and proud of it. Schweitzer ranks as one of the nation’s top winter destinations with 2900 acres of amazing terrain thanks to its two massive bowls and renowned tree skiing. Recently, the mountain was recognized by Ski Magazine as #11 in the Top 30 Ski Resorts in the West. Located in the rugged Selkirk Mountains of the northern Idaho panhandle, and only 80 miles from Spokane, WA, Schweitzer overlooks the town of Sandpoint, ID and offers breathtaking views of three states, Canada and the impressive Lake Pend Oreille. For more information on Schweitzer call 877.487.4643 or visit www.schweitzer.com.