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Inland Northwest Resorts Add Lifts, Amenities For New Season

Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho

Visitors and locals to inland Pacific Northwest resorts will find improvements – big, small and in between -- when they buckle up for the new season.

Most of the more than two dozen ski and snowboard operations in the border country of Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington had some work going on this summer to upgrade their mountains. Here are five resorts that made significant investments this offseason:

Schweitzer Mountain Resort. The resort above Sandpoint, Idaho, put up a beginner lift called Musical Chairs. Beginners and novices should feel more at ease loading and unloading from the variable-speed lift. The high-speed Great Escape quad got an electrical overhaul, and Gourmandie market has been doubled in size. 

Lookout Pass. Located on the Idaho-Montana border, beginners will no longer have to grapple with the bunny hill rope tow, which has been replaced by a triple chairlift on the Success run. 

Silver Mountain. The Kellogg, Idaho, resort has cut a new black run off Chair 4. At the top of the mountain, the locker room at the Mountain House Lodge is larger, providing more space for skiers and riders to store equipment and clothing during the day. 

Mt. Spokane State Park. Expansion of the main lodge at the state park ski mountain outside Spokane has begun. The work will produce about 100 more seats and an outdoor deck. The nonprofit ski area has installed a new drive in Chair 3. 

49 Degrees North. The new Angel Peak double chair should be ready at the resort located near Chewelah, Wash. The new lift brings more than 300 acres of terrain into play that had previously been accessed only by a long traverse or short hike.

Photo: Schweitzer Mountain Resort



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