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Clock ticking for Schweitzer passes

Clock ticking for Schweitzer passes

Theres only a few weeks left to purchase a season pass to Schweitzer Mountain.

On November 1, ski enthusiasts will no longer be able to purchase passes at the pre-season price for the 2012-2013 season.

The only exception to this is college season passes which have an extended deadline to November 21st.

In most cases the passes are about $200 less than a normal season pass.

You can register for a season pass here.


Kids learn to ski for free at Lookout Pass

Kids learn to ski for free at Lookout Pass

It may be October but it's never too soon to start thinking about ski season. And Lookout Pass wants to help introduce kids to the world of winter sports with free lessons.

The ski area will start classes on Saturday January 12th for beginners at 10 a.m and intermediates at 11:30 a.m.. The lessons are for ages 6-17 and a lift ticket is included.

Students will need their own equipment or you can rent from their rental shop. They can also ride a bus to the ski area from one of the many bus stops in Liberty Lake, Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Silver valley and Western Montana.

You can register online here or by going to the first three weeks of ski school on January 12, 19 and 26th. Classes end March 16th, 2013.

List of changes for Schweitzer's 2012-13 winter season

Visitors to Schweitzer Mountain can expect some changes this upcoming 2012-13 season. A news release from the resort says they’re putting in about $1 million in capital improvements to the facility.

Some of the changes include improvements to the mountain’s lifts and adjustments in the facility’s amenities. Here’s a list of some of those changes:

  • The resort is doubling the size of their Gourmandie market. New seating will accommodate future wine tastings.
  • The beginner lift, Musical Chairs, will have a new variable speed drive with new chairs for easier loading. The resorts hopes the new chairs will increase skier capacity.
  • The Great Escape Quad is having its electrical system redesigned to make it more reliable.
  • A new floor plan is expected for the Ski and Ride Center, moving “The Source” retail shop to the south side of the building.
  • The exterior of the Mill Building has new cosmetic changes to match other structures.
  • Visitors will be able to rent Surly Pugsley snow bikes during the winter season for the resort’s cross-country trail system. Routes have yet to be determined.

Highest use of Hiawatha Trail recorded over weekend

Lookout Pass officials recorded a record amount of bicyclists using the Hiawatha trail over the weekend.

The CEO of Lookout Pass, Phil Edholm, said in an email that 1,200 bicyclists traveled through the route on Sunday.

The weather may have been to blame. Not only was it clear skies, but temperatures were decently warm for recreators on the 15 mile stretch of roadway, tunnels and trestles.

The trail's planned seasonal closure is slated for September 30.

Tear it up on Schweitzer bike trails

Tear it up on Schweitzer bike trails

It's time to "tear it up" on the trails of Schweitzer Mountain. Most downhill mountain bike trails on the mountain opened Friday.

The mountain hosts 10 trails that range from beginning scenic rides to striclty downhill paths that will give your shocks and brakes a workout.

There are a few rides that have unique features that riders don't want to miss. You can go across 12 handmade bridges and numerous freeride features on the Collector Trail or ride all the way to a lake on the the Colburn Trail. Plus there are plenty of views for anyone to enjoy/.

For the most part, the road is shared with hikers and horseback riders but there are a few that are strictly for cyclists only. 

Schweitzer said the Mid-Mountain skills state and the Redemption trail are still closed.  Both of these trails are for technical riders, especially the Redemption trail, where riders face multiple rock drops and a descent of 1300 feet. Employees said Redemption needs a little more work before it can open while Mid-Mountain needs more time to dry out. However, Schweitzer estimates both trails should be open in two weeks.

Big fun day planned at Schweitzer, with freebies

Big fun day planned at Schweitzer, with freebies

After several stops and starts, it seems like the summer weather is finally here to stay.  Although by North Idaho standards, all that means is that it's probably not going to snow again until after Labor Day.  

Yes, our summers are short, and summer weekends tend to book up fast.  If you don't have plans yet for Saturday, June 30th, it would be tough to beat spending the day on Schweitzer Mountain.  That's the grand opening weekend for Schweitzer's summer operations.  Among the highlights:

  • Free chairlifts on Great Escape Quad
  • Free live music
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Wine Tasting
  • BBQ
  • Fun for the kids (bungee trampoline, climbing wall, and more) 

One important note: due to late-season snowpack, the trails aren't ready for mountain biking.  So no bikes will be allowed on the chairlifts on June 30th.  But with a beer in one hand and a pulled pork sandwich in the other, who could ride a mountain bike, anyway?





Dad's Weekend in the Silver Valley

Dad's Weekend in the Silver Valley

Here's something fun to do this weekend for Father's Day. The gondola and mountain bike trails open this weekend for the Summer.

Dads ride for free on Sunday when accompanied by one or more of his children.  You can also golf at Galena Ridge Golf Course if you're looking for something a little more relaxing, although I'm not sure golf is always that relaxing. The indoor water park also sounds like a good option for dads and their families.