Schweitzer Mountain is truly a hidden gem among ski resorts in the Western U.S. I can easily say it has LEAPED into my top ten must-go resorts. I fell in love with this resort right from the moment I arrived not knowing at all what to expect. I was blown away; this resort truly is a place to visit.
Pulling in and unloading into the Selkirk Lodge, it was a short walk nextdoor to get our gear and hit the slopes. Once I got to the top of the Great Escape quad and looked back at Lake Pend Oreille I can tell you this resort has some of the best terrain I have seen and some of the best views. What a beautiful resort! From the winch cat black-diamond groomers to the tree skiing I had my hands full. The resort itself is almost 3,000 acres and skis really well with backcountry access and cat skiing right off the back side. No skier could ever get bored at this resort. This mountain is some of the best skiing I have ever had, granted I did get spoiled with some cat skiing and first tracks; the mountain itself is pretty surreal.
The staff at Schweitzer is hands down the friendliest group of people I have come across and it starts from the CEO Tom Chasse and goes all the way to down the line. I had the opportunity to take the chair up with Tom for first tracks and I must say he is a great guy and everyone who works at Schweitzer has nothing but good things to say about him and working for Schweitzer. You can tell that everyone at Schweitzer loves the mountain and loves their job and that makes visiting Schweitzer that much more enjoyable.
I would not have any problem recommending Schweitzer to anyone looking for a great ski vacation. It may not have the biggest village or a lot of shops but it definitely has the biggest heart and the friendliest staff.