Schweitzer Mountain Resort Announces
Closing of 2014/15 Season
Sandpoint, ID – Despite the best efforts of the Schweitzer Mountain Resort staff, the resort has made the decision to end the 2014/15 winter season at the close of daily operations on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Thanks to favorable early season weather and an improved snow making capability, Schweitzer was able to open the season early on November 22, the weekend before Thanksgiving.
“We fought a good fight, but Mother Nature certainly had other plans for the Pacific Northwest this winter,” said Tom Chasse, CEO of Schweitzer Mountain Resort. “We had a break from the warmer temps in late February and early March that enabled us to make some snow and improve the coverage on the lower elevations. The warmer temps and recent rain literally washed away our hopes to keep the mountain going until early April.”
Since February 5th, Schweitzer has operated on limited terrain. Despite that fact, the resort worked hard to provide an opportunity to ski and ride in a year which saw the early closure of many neighboring resorts. “We have to thank our grooming crew for working their magic with both the natural and man-made snow available,” said Bill Williamson, Mountain Operations Director for Schweitzer. “They were able to farm snow from around the mountain to keep access to the higher elevations where the skiing, even up through this past weekend, was very good.”
“We are pleased that we could operate as many days as we did,” said Chasse. “We are grateful to our dedicated passholders and Schweitzer enthusiasts who continued to ski and ride with us during a less than stellar season.”
Schweitzer averages 300 inches of snow in the village each winter, but this year the total only reached 128 inches. Despite the lack of snowfall, the resort was able to operate 120 days, one of the longest seasons in the region and days shy of Schweitzer’s 10-year average. “The Schweitzer winter season has ranged from 80 days in 2005 to 136 days in 2011,” noted Chasse. “Everyone loves snowier, longer seasons, but overall, this was the hand we were dealt. To operate 120 days with such challenging conditions is something we are very proud of.”
“It’s a funny business to be in when you are dependent on the weather for success,” said Williamson. “But it’s a cyclical thing. Bad years happen. And so do really good, epic years. Let’s hope next season is one of those.”
About Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Schweitzer Mountain Resort is quickly rising in the ranks of the nation’s top destination resorts with 2900 acres of amazing terrain and renowned tree skiing. Located in the rugged Selkirk Mountains of the northern Idaho panhandle and the northwest Rocky Mountains, Schweitzer overlooks the town of Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille. Schweitzer is well known for its two massive bowls, breathtaking views and amazing gladed terrain. For more information on Schweitzer Mountain Resort call 877.487.4643 or visit www.schweitzer.com.