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Great mountain overall! Love the terrain. Speed chairs are tits! Too many people on the weekends. ... Full Review
1st visit 2021 and loved everything about it. Nice to have a lodge that allows pack lunches, access to storage, etc. Will be returning this winter for year 2, hope to have as much fun as we did last season. ... Full Review
Record season pass sales plus joining Ikon will ruin this mountain. Not enough parking, not enough restaurant capacity, 1 1/2 beginner run, bad weather(fog) rain often during season, dangerous riders throughout mountain make it a negative for families. It can be great, but only during the week, when the sun shines.... Full Review
Schweitzer is a great resort for families. With the exception of holidays, lift lines and crowds are almost non-existent. You will spend your time skiing, not standing in line. Currently there is only one section with beginning runs. That's frustrating for adults who are beginners but, for parents, it means that you know where your beginner children are. Plenty of blue and black terrain including great tree skiing. Schweitzer has an open gate policy and Selkirk Powder (located at Schweitzer) offers cat skiing.
The downside is the elevation. While some winters are fabulous, there are years that Schweitzer is plagued with warmer temps. The ski village and town of Sandpoint offer great restaurants and bars but this is not a party-all-night area. If you're into that scene, you won't like Schweitzer.... Full Review
I have skied Schweitzer for over 60 years with the exception of time I served in the military. When the weather is good it is a lot of fun to ski. Visibility more often than not is a challenge. As mentioned in some previous posts COVID shut the mountain down a month and a half early and Schweitzer’s answer to that was to increase season passes for the following year. This year has been underwhelming, with runs being shut down due to lack of personnel, the weather has been unpredictable so the groomers have been the best bet with the exception of the week between Christmas and New Years. Anyway it seems like they have hired new groomers with little experience. I think at this point Schweitzer is more interested squeezing extra dollars out of it’s customers while offering less in regards to actual ski conditions/experience. A new hotel is going up which has negatively affected their already limited parking situation. They offer a free shuttle that runs every half hour from a barn at the base of the mountain. It is a nine mile ride in some very basic busses. I purchased a $600 parking pass and a $300 plus locker on top of the annual passes for my wife and I. Last years total was $2800 or $2900. There are 4 other mountains in the area to chose from. They don’t have as much terrain to ski and fewer options for food and beverages with ample parking for less than half the price of Schweitzer. I am debating whether or not to continue my relationship with Schweitzer? I am sure they do not care if I stay or not because there are plenty of people to take my spot if I leave.... Full Review
Super laid-back atmosphere, hardly ever lines, even on weekends, terrain for everyone, and surprisingly big! Their college discounts are unmatched- $430 for a season pass if bought before October 31! Tree-skiing is pretty good, but I wish there was a little more. The ski patrol is pretty laid back- you won't get in trouble for skiing out of bounds terrain. Lifties are always upbeat and cheerful. Weather is sub-par, usually cloudy- but that's just the weather in northern Idaho. Plus, it makes the bluebird days that much better! Schweitzer isn't for everyone, but with the short lines, variety of terrain, and deep snow, hardcore ski-bums will find a bargain here! ... Full Review
Very enjoyable mountain to ski on. Never crowded and easy to access.... Full Review
One of the worst ski experiences that I have ever experienced.... Full Review
I grew up skiing Schweitzer. I always loved the quality of the snow, but last year was a bit dicey cuz resort sits at below 6000. Not a great snow year and the big bowl on the back was always chunky. Sadly, the management cut our ski season a month and a half early due to corona fears. I was okay with that because this mountain has A LOT of senior skiers. What kinda made me question my loyalty to the resort was the choice they made this year NOT to compensate last year's pass holders with some sort of discount. I was actually surprised to see they actually raised prices. Just leaves me with a bad feeling.... Full Review
I grew up skiing this mountain. They have made nice improvements since then on the backside. The high speed quads are nice. Unfortunately they completely detreed an entire bowl on the backside, which must have sounded like a good idea at the time, but actually caused it to heat under the sun and refreeze as crud most days. Sadly, last year they cut our season on March 10. It was an awesome March with several good snow showers. We could have easily skied til late April. I called this year to see if they were going to make good for pass holders this year with some sort of discount. Instead they actually raised the prices by 50 bucks. Classic Vail Resorts move.... Full Review
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