Schweitzer Debuts Downhill Course, Terrain Park
In an effort to attract top regional racers, Schweitzer Mountain Resort spent some serious cash over the summer to cut a new downhill course that has been certified by national and international bodies.
As a result, Schweitzer Alpine Racing Schools will host a six-day major regional series Jan. 21-26 on the new course, including two downhill and two Super-G races. While separate entities, the racing school and the resort work together to promote racing at the northern Idaho mountain.
“For Schweitzer, it’s an opportunity to bring in higher-profile racing and, as a result, get more people aware of what the mountain has to offer,” Schweitzer’s Sean Mirer told SnoCounty.com.
The downhill run winds down the backside, off the Stella six-pack high-speed quad. Over the summer, crews widened the Shortcut trail so that the course can connect from Upper Cathedral Aisle to Lower Zip Down.
“The new start allows racers to start on a steep pitch, allowing them to maintain a higher rate of speed suitable for downhill racing” said Jamie Landwehr, head coach of the Schweitzer Alpine Racing Schools. “We’re hoping SARS Spur will allow Schweitzer to bring in higher caliber races.”
When no racing or training is going on, the general skiing and snowboarding public can check out the course.
Also new at the resort above Sandpoint is a new progression terrain park, called Southside, that replaces the Starfish park off the Basin Express on the front side. Adjacent to the Stomping Grounds park, the new facility will be larger and include more features, according to resort officials.
Returning visitors also may notice a new sun deck outside Taps Lounge, stronger internet wireless service and a new grooming machine.
Photo: Powderhound at Schweitzer Mountain (Schweitzer Mountain Resort/Facebook)