by THE INLANDER & r & & r & 2,900 Acres | 20% Beginner | 40% Intermediate | 35% Advanced | 5% Expert & r & & r & 11 miles out of Sandpoint, idaho | 208-263-9562 |

Longest Run: 1.7 miles

Base Elevation: 4,000 feet

Village Elevation: 4,700 feet

Top Elevation: 6,400 feet

Vertical Drop: 2,400 feet

Average Snowfall: 300 inches

X-Country Trails: 32 kilometers

Downhill Trails:

84 runs, 2 bowls

Lifts: 3 doubles, 1 triple

1 high-speed six-pack,

2 high-speed quads,

1 handle tow, 1 T-bar, 1 carpet

Total uphill capacity:




9:00am - 4:00pm



Adults: $55

Juniors (7-17): $40

College (w/ID) and

Seniors (65+): $45

Kids (6 and under): Free

Beginner's Chair only: $20

Musical Carpet: Free

Cross-country trails

Adult: $10

18 and younger: $8

Showshoe trails: $4


$10, $7 for season pass holders


& lt;span class= "dropcap " & T & lt;/span & he best athletes in the world have a coach. Find yours at Schweitzer's Ski and Ride Center. When it comes to learning, Schweitzer ups the ante with their numerous offerings and the tremendously talented ski and snowboard instructors. Schweitzer offers diverse learning options, including Nordic and Adaptive skiing. Along with their numerous other offerings, Schweitzer offers the traditional full- and half-day private lessons. Through a private lesson, instructors are able to focus in on your specific needs and wants. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, learning is constant and not just for the beginner or intermediate skier or boarder. Learning and progressing is imperative for any skill level.

One of Schweitzer's learning opportunities is the Mountain Riders, a program geared for riders 7 to 12 years old who aren't afraid to have fun. The Mountain Rider program combines imaginative and energetic coaches with emphasis placed on the student. The program has many options that will fit any schedule or price point, including a half-day, full-day or three-day discount option. The half-day starts at $55 ($65 with rentals), full-day is $85 ($95 with rentals), and the three-day discounted package is $220 ($250 with rentals). The full-day and three-day options include lift tickets and lunch.

The ever-popular Funatics, an eight-week youth-oriented program, starts in early January. Perfect for the youngsters who love being on snow, this program meets once a week and is geared towards making your kid the skier or boarder he or she aspires to be.

The learning doesn't stop with the kids -- there are several options for adults, too. Outside the private or group lessons, Schweitzer offers multiple clinics for those seeking a specialized approach to learning. Back again for another season is the Mountain Divas, a four-week program geared towards the intermediate or expert woman who is looking to advance her skill in a testosterone-free environment. Prices start at $45 per day or $129 for all four weeks. Mountain Divas meets Tuesday mornings for three-hour sessions.

Another popular program for adults is the Nice Turns, an eight-week program that meets one day a week for a half day of learning and progressing. The program is $245 per adult or $465 per couple.

Featured Event: Dec. 31: Schweitzer has always been known for the incredible New Year's Eve parties. Well, this year is no different. Ring in the New Year with Sol Jibe. Tickets are on sale and sure to sell out, so get yours early: $40 per person, age 21 and older.

MOUNTAIN People: Mia Spampinato

& lt;span class= "dropcap " & M & lt;/span & ia Spampinato joined the Schweitzer team in 2006, when she moved to Sandpoint. Finding Schweitzer was easy -- her sister was already living there with her fianc & eacute;. When Mia arrived, she was looking for -- and found -- a nice, intimate community near the mountains and a lake. "This place is definitely unique with the overwhelming sense of community, friendly open arms and a genuine feeling of being part of a family, especially at Schweitzer," says Spampinato.

Originally Mia worked in the hotel, scheduling reservations and checking in guests, although she was looking for something full time and year-round. The position of Administrative Services Supervisor and Assistant to CEO Tom Chasse became available. She applied, was selected and started in May 2006.

What she enjoys about her position is that every day is different. The day usually starts with touching base with Director of Human Resources Scot Auld and Chasse to see what the day holds. She is there to make sure that administrative services are flowing smoothly and schedules are coordinated. She is also the person to go to for information. Mia explains, "I talk to a lot of people, [both] guests and employees. I love my job because every day holds something different. It keeps it fresh. My position lets me be a part of almost every aspect of the mountain."

When she is not working in the winter, you can find her out of the slopes improving her skills and her passion for telemark skiing. She also enjoys cross-country skiing and taking her improving tele skills out into the backcountry with her dog, Shasta, a Husky who lives with her on the mountain. During summer, she is on a bike, whether on the road or in the mountains. And to relax and cool down after logging miles on her bicycle, she floats on the lake, soaking up the sunshine. And her passions go beyond the outdoors -- she is an artist at heart who loves sculpting and throwing pottery on the wheel.

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection @ Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 13
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