Posts tagged: Schweitzer Mountain
WINTER SPORTS — Fat bikes, snow bikes…. whatever you call them, they're catching on year-round with a niche of the cycling community that's mobilizing on ballooned out tires. Get a glimpse of from the saddle in this video: What's Up With Fat Bikes?
A snow bike division has been added to the event that welcomes all sorts of walkers, gabbers, goers — and now, fat bikers!
The event features a scenic course Schweitzer's nordic ski area trails with 3- and 5-mile options, plus a chance to win cool prizes.
Bikes must be purpose built with tires wider than 3.7 inches and pressure no greater than 10 psi. Bike or ski helmets are required. A few bikes are available for rent at the Source, (208) 255-3062.
Event fees are $10 entry and $10 trails pass (if you don’t already have a Nordic / Snowshoe season pass). Register from noon to 1 p.m. at the Hermit’s Hollow tubing yurt.
Snowshoe races begin at 2 p.m.
Snow bike event starts at 3 p.m.
WINTER SPORTS — Buried with more than 180 inches of snowfall this season, Schweitzer Mountain Resort reports the deepest early-season snowpack since records were started during the 1982-83 season.
Schweitzer has been able to open all 2,900 acres of terrain with a village depth of 77 inches and a summit depth of 109 inches, the resort reports.
“It feels like February” said Arlene Cook, Schweitzer’s Ski Patrol director. “When you can’t count the number of powder days you’ve had in December, you know it’s been a good season.”
Schweitzer began tracking daily snow reports in in 1976, but the records didn't include summit or village snow depths until the 1983, a resort spokesman said. Daily, year-to-date, snow totals weren’t calculated until the 2001-2002 season.
Schweitzer’s 180 inches of snowfall to date also is the most on record.
WINTER SPORTS — Schweitzer Mountain Resort reports it's donating $30,570 from a (Dec. 14) fund-raising event with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Community Cancer Services and the Bonner Partners in Care Clinic. It was Schweitzer’s first major event of the winter season.
The resort offered skiing for $10 a person and 3,000 tickets were sold for the Community Day.
“To see such a large turnout for an event like this really illustrates what kind of community this is,” said Schweitzer Activities and Events Director Mary-Weber Quinn. “We support and care about each other, and I think that was shown here today.”
WINTER SPORTS — Schweitzer Mountain Resort above Sandpoint announced today that it will open two chairlifts for skiing this weekend.
The Basin Express and Musical Chairs lifts will be open Saturday and Sunday. The resort will close during the week, then may reopen next Friday if weather cooperates, the resort said in a news release.
The lifts will operate from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. Lift ticket prices will be reduced to $40; children 6 and under will ski free. In addition, a lift ticket just for the Musical Chairs lift is available for $25.
The ski resort has 44 inches of snow and “forecasts before opening day are looking good for additional snowfall,” the release said.
On-mountain parking is free this weekend.
Info: (208) 263-9562.
Silver Mountain Resort will be opening it's gondola Friday and Saturday for scenic rides and snowplay, but the runs are not year ready for skiing.
WINTER SPORTS — Technology has made it easier than ever to monitor snow conditions at the region's mountain passes and winter sports resorts.
Click on the following links for web cam views of your favorite Inland Northwest ski area or the road to get there.
WINTER SPORTS — Technology has made it easier than ever to monitor snow conditions for the region's mountain passes and winter sports resorts.
Click on the following links for web cam views of your favorite North Idaho ski area or the road to get there.
IDAHO Web Cams
WINTER SPORTS — North Idaho cross-country skiers don't have to head to the annual Winterfest at 49 Degrees North this weekend to find free nordic skiing lessons. Schweitzer Mountain and the Sandpoint Nordic Club are offering free classic and skate-skiing lessons plus equipment demos on Saturday.
Trails will be groomed specifically for beginners and free rentals will be available at “The Roundabout” on a first-come first-served basis.
Schweitzer ski instructors conduct classic and skate sessions at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.
Freebies include hot chocolate and snacks, plus a coupon that entitles lesson-takers to a free Nordic Trail Pass to use at Schweitzer another day!
NORDIC SKIING — Cross-country skiers aren’t being left out in the cold as early snowfall covers trails and allows downhill ski resorts to open. Here’s the latest report:
Mount Spokane: The temperature was minus 10 degrees this morning when the state park rangers show up at Selkirk Lodge. They found drifted snow and blow-down trees on the trails. They planned to be cutting out trees today, then grooming with the snowmobile to provide skiing for Thanksgiving day. The snowcat groomer isn’t scheduled to be out until Dec. 1. Sno-Park permits are required. Remember, you can get them online this year if you wish.
49 Degrees North: Nordic trails will be groomed for Thanksgiving day but the Nordic yurt and services will not be open for customers until Friday.
Schweitzer: At least two trails are scheduled to be groomed for the resorts season opener starting Friday.
Methow Valley: The big snow dump largely missed the Methow, although the groomers were out packing the half a foot or so that’s on the ground to be ready for the next storm, said Don Portman at Sun Mountain Lodge. Meantime, skiers have been traveling up the North Cascades Highway to find plenty of snow near Cutthroat and Rainy Pass.
Echo Ridge: This nordic area above Lake Chelan has 10 inches of snow that will be flat-pack groomed on about half of the trail system for Thanksgiving day.
SKIING — As ski areas scramble to respond to the sudden onslaught of winter and more than a foot of fresh powder, some are revising their previously annouced schedules.
Schweitzer Mountain will open its downhill and nordic ski areas on Friday.
All five areas say they will be open through the weekend.