Sandpoint, Idaho- The 2023-24 season should have been a magnificent one for Schweitzer Resort. The Idaho ski resort, now owned by the Alterra Mountain Company, opened a new chairlift this winter, which was the first step in adding a second base area. However, the weather didn’t oblige until March.

Schweitzer saw minimal snowfall for a solid portion of the season. A lack of snow during Christmas week, along with a very cold front during MLK weekend, dampened visitation. Making it through the whole season was looking tricky for mountain operations, but luckily, seven feet of snowfall came through in March for die-hard skiers and riders. Unfortunately, most casual guests tend to throw in the towel. Ultimately, this was the roughest winter for Schweitzer since the 2014-15 season.

In a letter to Schweitzer guests, Schweitzer President & CEO Tom Chasse detailed this past season’s challenges, and the upcoming projects that will happen this offseason. Originally, they intended to complete phase two of the Schweitzer Creek Village (which is what the new Creekside Express services) this summer and fall. Due to financial constraints, this has been delayed to an unspecified date.

Phase two of Schweitzer Creek Village includes a new 1,400-space parking lot and a road connecting to the Roundabout.

The new base area will eventually consist of a terrain expansion. Eight trails and four lifts are planned, with this area appealing to beginner and intermediate skiers. In addition, the New Lift 4 will connect to the Stella terrain pod/the Outback Bowl. This New Lift 4 will also have a mid-station unload for those who want to ski the expansion terrain. The Schweitzer Creek Village will have a rental shop, a SnowSports School, and a day lodge.

Despite these hurdles, there are a solid amount of investments planned for this offseason. These projects include revegetation around the Creekside Express, adding a new playground (the old one was removed due to the new chairlift), adding a new grooming snowcat, making vehicle upgrades, replacing carpets in numerous buildings, and more behind-the-scenes projects. The local utility company will be making some upgrades so that their sewer and water systems can keep up with the future development that’s planned.

Click here to read Tom Chasse’s full letter to the Schweitzer Community.

Image/Video Credits: Schweitzer Resort

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