For Idaho Pandhandle getaways, Schweitzer Mountain Resort may be one of the best for lift skiing and cat skiing. With both options available at the resort, skiers and riders can vary activities based on snow conditions and add in some family fun with tubing and the new zipline. Schweitzer is also offering several lodging specials for this winter.

Schweitzer’s two main lodges — the Selkirk and White Pine — sit slopeside in the base area. Accommodations in the lodges include a free buffet breakfast in the Chimney Rock Grill and use of the pool, hot tubs, and fitness room. You can also stay in touch with the news via a daily newspaper delivered to your room plus wireless Internet access.

Skier rips through powder at Schweitzer Mountain

A snowboarder enjoys fresh powder at Schweitzer. Photo courtesy of Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

The resort is offering a fourth-night-free package for either lodge. It is available anytime through April 8, 2012, except holidays.

The Stella Ski and Stay Package, named for its six-pack lift, starts at $96 per person midweek and $107 per person on weekends. Those rates are based on quad occupancy in a unit. The package, which is available anytime except holidays, includes a room in either lodge, breakfasts, two adult quick tip clinics, and lift tickets.

Schweitzer Winter Carnival Torchlight Parade

Schweitzer puts on a torchlight parade and fireworks show for Winter Carnival. Photo courtesy of Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

Schweitzer’s Winter Carnival Package bundles up the fun for Feb. 19-22. The Winter Carnival features family fun with ski joring, a rail jam, the Bio Luminesce Fire Dance, a downtown bonfire, and the Schweitzer Mountain Torchlight Parade. The Winter Carnival lodging package includes three nights of accommodations in either lodge, lift tickets for two adults and all children under 18 that fit within the room’s occupancy. It also includes the breakfast buffet and two adult quick tip clinics. The package starts at $1,154.

Vacations at Schweitzer Mountain can be booked online here or by calling 877-487-4643.