Schweitzer’s New Summit Lodge Offers Views, Culinary Options
Rendering shows what new three-story lodge will look like. (Schweitzer Mountain Resort)
For the first time, skiers and snowboarders on Schweitzer Mountain will be able to unbuckle and kick back right on the mountain.
A $4 million day lodge has risen up on the ridge at the top of the Great Escape Quad to give Schweitzer visitors and locals a place to pause before hitting the 2,900 skiable acres at the North Idaho resort.
“I think that everyone who knows the mountain well will be thrilled to the options to eat, relax – and use a rest room! – on the summit,” Schweitzer’s Dig Chrismer told SnoCountry.com.
The lodge, which is expected to be ready for opening day in December, envelopes 8,000 square feet in three floors. The first floor will house ski patrol offices and (much-welcomed) rest rooms, while the second and third floors will be home to restaurants, bars, and private function rooms – plus an outdoor deck for three-state, two-country views from the 6,375-foot elevation.
Skiers and riders will have a choice of a full-service restaurant, bar and cafeteria to get recharged for the trip down – either on the steeps served by the Great Escape chair, along the ridge on Gypsy to South Bowl or the other direction into Outback Bowl. Snow Ghost double chair drops skiers and ‘boarders off near the new lodge, too.
“It’s a beautiful building but very much in keeping with the overall character of Schweitzer: easy going, family friendly, and perfectly placed to take in the amazing natural beauty all around us,” Chrismer told us.
Also new this season at the northernmost resort in Idaho, just above the town of Sandpoint, will be a new food and beverage technology system, upgrade of the entire ski rental fleet, and the purchase of new winch cat for more high-angle grooming.