Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SCHWEITZER CELEBRATES WINTER CARNIVAL

People around the world are discovering that Schweitzer offers a special winter experience. Each year the mountain celebrates the old man by Lighting up the Night with Winter Carnival. This winter the festivities begin on Saturday, January 19.

This is your chance to do it all, from running gates, playing ski poker, sending the kids on a scavenger hunt and taking in a spectacular fireworks display. But that’s not all. There’s a full weekend of Winter Carnival events.

What Schweitzer is really about, though, is great skiing and riding in its two massive bowls, breathtaking views and abundant glades. There’s plenty of room on nearly 3,000 acres, and even more outstanding out of bounds terrain.

This fall Skiing Magazine rated Schweitzer number 21 in its annual readers’ survey of the top 25 ski resorts in North America. The same issue rated Schweitzer among the continent’s top three hills for tree skiing.

In the last year Schweitzer has poured in more than $10 million in upgrades and improvements, including two new lifts: the Basin Express, a high-speed detachable quad, and the Lakeview Triple. This new tandem will increase total uphill capacity at Schweitzer by 28 percent this winter.

Other improvements include renovation of the Lakeview Lodge and new snowmaking capability—not that they need it this winter. They’re reporting a 106” base and more snow is on the way.

The Basin Express makes the mountain more family friendly, unloading mid mountain to wide-open gentle slopes and the Stomping Grounds terrain park. The Lakeview Triple starts mid mountain and takes snowriders to some of Schweitzer’s most challenging steeps and chutes.

It probably takes a week at Schweitzer to experience all the mountain has to offer. Off the back of the mountain, 2,000 acres of cat skiing await from the top of The Great Escape Quad. Don’t miss the Idyl Hour T-bar for a ride to Little Blue and some of the mountain’s fastest, longest cruisers and classic glades. The T-bar also gets you closer to some of Schweitzer’s legendary out-of-bounds terrain. If you’re lucky, you can tag along with a local for a hike to Big Blue. The sweet, deep powder turns are worth the hard work.

Another great amenity Schweitzer has going for it is the town of Sandpoint, just 11 miles down the hill. Sandpoint sits along the shore of Lake Pend Oreille. The town is full of great places to shop, eat and stay. Numerous Sandpoint properties offer lift tickets with their lodging.

Of course, there’s nothing like staying slopeside at Schweitzer. Check out the Slopeside Ski and Stay deals . Starting at only $64 per person, per night, you can stay in Schweitzer Village and get lift tickets for up to four people.

With all the new amenities and the all the great snow, this is the season to check out Schweitzer, soon to be one of your all-time favorite places to ski.

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Eight things every skier and rider must do at Schweitzer:

1. Dig into a loaded baked potato at the Outback Inn on a snowy wintry afternoon

2. Pause at the top of the new Lakeview Triple chairlift to take in the amazing view of Lake Pend Oreille

3. Explore the trees off the Idyle Hour T-bar and find a new line and some powder stashes.

4. Refuel at the end of the day with Buffalo Stew and a glass of hearty red, fireside at the Chimney Rock Grill.

5. Spend some time with the kids on the tubing hill

6. Resolve to start the new year with a new sport - take a lesson in nordic skiing, rent your gear at The Source, and see the wonder and peace and quiet of the nordic trails.

7. Say hi to the Stomping Grounds Terrain Park rangers, who are always there to fine tune jumps and supervise the action. Whether you hit the rails and jumps or just watch other get airborn, our terrain park is not to miss.

8. Re-connect with friends or family over a long weekend in a winter wonderland. Stay at the White Pine Lodge and soak in the hot tub after a long day on the slopes.

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