Summer or winter, Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers a mountain-load of alpine activities for visitors. Ranked nationally in the top 32 resorts by both Ski and Snow Country magazines, Schweitzer is the largest ski and snowboard mountain in Idaho, and second only to Sun Valley in number of skier visits.
Nowhere else in North America does awesome cat skiing, the amenities of a full service ski resort, and easy access intersect so perfectly. There’s no need to commit to far flung backcountry lodges for multiple days because Selkirk Powder’s vast backcountry terrain is adjacent to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Now you can come up cat skiing just for the day, or stay for many more to experience a rich variety of skiing, both on and off-piste, that you just won’t be able to get enough of!
Come experience refreshing, deep powder with us in the sweet spot of America’s Northern Rockies, where geography and snowy weather patterns combine to make a skier’s and rider’s paradise.
Sandpoint’s Memorial Field is home to two active osprey nests – as well as scores of community events each year, from soccer, baseball and football games to the annual Festival at Sandpoint summertime music series. From early spring, when the ospreys arrive in Sandpoint following their migration from Central and South America, until they head south in autumn, the ospreys are a ubiquitous presence at the field – occasionally upstaging the human events as they return to their nests carrying a squirming fish, or circle with their distinctive, whistling calls. Visitors can visit the park any time to observe the ospreys, easily spotted in their nests atop to of the light standards in mid field.
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Explore the International Selkirk Loop, designated one of only 32 All-American Road National Scenic Byways in the U.S., and discover the wonderful surprises that await you around every corner!
For the touring bicyclist that wants a fantastic multi-day road ride, the International Selkirk Loop, offers one of the premier rides in the West, as it takes riders through the beautiful Selkirk Mountains, across the border into Canada and back south through eastern Washington. In North Idaho, riders will travel through Bonners Ferry, Sandpoint and Priest River – any of which makes a good starting point for the ride.
Offering a variety of excursions around magnificent Lake Pend Oreille in spring, summer and fall, Lake Pend Oreille Cruises provides a unique experience aboard its classic vessel, the Shawnodese.
The Bonner County Historical Museum is located in view of Lake Pend Oreille in beautiful Lakeview Park. The park has many amenities including picnic areas, a playground, tennis courts, and the Native Plant Society arboretum. Adjacent to Lakeview Park is Memorial Field which has a boat launch and is home to the Festival at Sandpoint every August.
With its trailhead little more than two miles from downtown, the Mickinnick Trail is one of the closest and nicest hikes adjacent to Sandpoint. But you’ll have to work for it, a bit: It rises more than 2,000 feet in its 3.5-mile length, meaning, a round-trip hike is 7 miles with a fairly strenuous climb. But the hike is certainly worth it, affording splendid views as you climb up through big granite features amid open forests and spring-summer wildflowers. On warm summer days, the east-facing aspect of the trail makes it more shady and user-friendly in the afternoon.
The Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail is a wonderful, and newly opened, lakefront trail that stretches 1.5 miles from its trailhead a couple blocks north of City Beach, clear to the adjacent town of Ponderay. Still under development, the trail already makes one of the finest walks or bike rides from downtown Sandpoint, along a very flat and wooded track right along the lake with expansive views east to the Cabinet Mountains. It’s ideal for a stroll or jog or bike ride; there aren’t beaches but in summer the adventurous can find many spots to take a leap into the lake. In winter, the trail makes a fine cross-country ski or snowshoe.
This craft brewer has more than 15 distinct beers with a sprawling, popular taproom that is dog friendly and often hosts special events and community fundraisers. Their Cream Ale, Fresh Hop Pale, Alpha Dog Imperial Ale – and several more – have all netted awards. Just north of Sandpoint at 1109 Fontaine Dr. in Ponderay, 208-263-9222.
With a rich history as a World War II naval training center, Farragut State Park combines the history with simply spectacular scenery at the very southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille. The large 4,000-acre park has 223 individual camping sites, seven group camps and 10 camping cabins. Activities include picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating, swimming, water sports, disc golf, archery, horseback riding and more; in winter, it is a premier cross-country skiing destination. For boaters there is a launch ramp and docks.
Lake Pend Oreille is Idaho’s biggest, at 43 miles long with 111 miles of shoreline. It’s also the deepest (at 1,158 feet deep, there are only four deeper lakes in the nation). Dug out by Ice Age glaciers and located amid three major frontal ranges of the northern Rocky Mountains, it has natural splendor galore to go with a fascinating human and natural history.
Biking at Schweitzer has something for everyone whether you’re a downhill junky, cross country fanatic or just looking for a fun outing on the mountain.
We offer over 20 miles of cross country fun. Start in our village and warm your legs up as you head out to Picnic Point to take in the sweeping views of the mountains and Lake Pend Oreille.
Right in the heart of downtown is one of Sandpoint’s most treasured gems, the Panida Theater. Built with distinctive Spanish Mission styling and opened as a vaudeville and movie house in 1927, the theater’s name was derived from the PANhandle of IDAho. After almost three generations delivering great live and cinematic performances for the town, the theater sadly declined and faced demolition in the mid 1980s – a fate that the town could not accept. A group of citizens launched a fundraising drive to save it, ultimately reclaiming the historic old theater in 1985. It is now operated by a nonprofit organization as a vibrant performing arts venue, albeit one that is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Your adventure begins with us after you check in, and then we’ll whisk you up a chairlift from the base of Schweitzer Mountain Resort and guide you to our summit operations lodge, where our carefully maintained fleet of snowmobiles is located.