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About Schweitzer, Idaho

Nestled in Northwest Idaho 12 miles from Sandpoint and less than two hours from the Spokane, Washington airport you’ll find down-to-earth Schweitzer Mountain Resort. This rustic, quaint ski area is considered a hidden gem, and SKI Magazine even nominated it “The Best Kept Secret in North America.” One, because you won’t have to fight crowds or waste your ski vacation in lift lines, and two, because there are 3,300 acres of skiable terrain and a consistent 300 inches of snow annually. Schweitzer has a wide variety of terrain options for all level of skiers, and the snowmaking capability to cover all their intermediate and beginner trails if by chance there’s a low snow year. Plus, the views atop the resort of Lake Pend Oreille aren’t too shabby either.

Schweitzer—which means “Swiss man” in German—derived its namesake from a former local hermit. And while its nomenclature might be peculiar, you’ll find nothing shifty about Schweitzer’s devoted locals and the resort’s services. Schweitzer boasts a decent range of restaurants that offer everything from fine dining to enjoyable après-ski cocktails and appetizers. For lodging, you’ll find a tirade of condo options, making a Schweitzer ski vacation an easy choice for families or large groups.


in or around Sandpoint, Idaho


Schweitzer's 300+ inches of average annual snowfall


by flying into Spokane, Washington


quality craft beer and diverse eats in Sandpoint


the beautifully wild glades of northern Idaho.


powder for breakfast


yourself to a solitary day of cross country skiing at Farragut State Park


a burgeoning ski town in northern Idaho

Ski Schweitzer

With 40 percent of the mountain designated as blues, intermediates are sure to love Schweitzer’s many wide-open cruisers. Black diamond-seekers are sure to enjoy Schweitzer skiing with nearly 50 percent of the terrain labeled as advanced to expert. Schweitzer’s steep corduroy, glades, open powder fields and hike-to terrain, are sure to satisfy skiers looking for a challenge. With intermediate to expert terrain dominating the Schweitzer skiing scene, beginners will be delighted to discover that the majority of the green runs are located at the bottom-half of the resort. You’ll be hard-pressed to find speed demons in this zone.

Start planning your ski vacation to this hidden gem and speak or chat with one of’s knowledgeable Mountain Vacation Specialists.

Best known for:

Expert Skiing

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Current Conditions

  • Last24Hrs:

    2.5 cm

  • Last48Hrs:

    2.5 cm

  • Base:

    20.3 cm



*based on the average of all Overall Experience ratings given in Traveler reviews.

Best vacation ever!

This was a bucket list vacation that was planned for us by Marcie at and she couldn’t have made it any better. Perfectly arranged flights, room and rental car. We’ve used this service before and will use it again! Awesome trip.