Winter visitors to Schweitzer Mountain Resort will find two new things on the slopes. Thinning has opened up some new glades and a new zip line that opened over Labor Day Weekend will be running for winter flying.

This summer, the resort thinned out a forested area in the terrain skied from the Basin Express Quad.

"Previously, the area was too thick to get through," Spokesperson Dave Kulis said. "Crews are opening area up, so it will be nice intermediate tree skiing."

The resort is already known for its tree skiing, with about 1,200 acres of thinned and natural glades to explore. Skiers and riders can find the new glade between Charlie's and Lower Sam's Alley.

"From the top of the lift, it starts on skier's left and works its way under the lift," Kulis said. "It'll be a great intro to that type of skiing."

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The new glades are between Charlie's and Lower Sam's Alley. Image Courtesy of Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

Over Labor Day Weekend, the resort opened its new 700-foot-long zip line. The line starts near the top of the tubing park and flies down toward Lake Pend Oreille. This winter, the zip line will be running for visitors to try out flying. Hours and prices will be announced later.

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The new zip line opened over Labor Day Weekend. Photo Courtesy of Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

Schweitzer is also bringing back the Ski3 packs.

"The ticket packs were extremely popular with everyone from locals to destination drive markets of Seattle, Portland and Calgary," Kulis said.

Ski3 ticket packs are on sale for $159 until Oct. 31. Those arranging lodging at the resort can bundle in the Ski3 packs for discounted lift tickets.

Ski3 ticket packs can be purchased online. The price for Ski3 packs will increase to $201 after the sale.

The resort also plans to introduce a beginner lift, lesson and rental package during the NSAA January Learn To Ski month. The package will cost $39.