Trip Leaders: Brice Crossley & Jeannie Kilpatrick - Staubus
While the ski area was large, the ski village was small and very welcoming. At how many resorts have you been greeted by the senior staff starting with its CEO? The locals love their mountain and want you to enjoy it too. From the townspeople to the lift operators, everyone thanked us for coming and hoped to see us again soon.
And as for planned activities, every night we had group gathering for drinks, dinners, and the resort had local bands playing at their eatery sports bar. When the weather forecast threatened to shut down the mountain, the resort provided a free tour bus to Coeur d’Alene. FYI: the mountain did not shut down and some of us enjoyed 6 days of great spring skiing.
With most expenses paid and the trip leader refusing to accept additional funds or tips, the group found other great ways to spend. In addition to snowmobiling or snowshoeing the back country or air boarding down the slopes, the town of Sandpoint below the resort offered some wonderful galleries featuring works from Native Americans and local artisans.
You don’t want miss out on our next trip to Schweitzer Mountain because we are definitely coming back to this hidden gem. I’m sure some in our group have pondered going back this season to use the spring ski pass everyone has. It is almost April and the snow report has the base increasing to 137 inches now.