|Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resost from east side of lake @ Hope, ID|
"Bragging Rights" is written by YellowStoneFly for the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. We not only have the best Idaho fly fishing, but we also have one of the WORLD's top 7 underrated ski resorts. We have had 260" of snow by March 1st. That works out to be over 21.5 FEET. WooooW! According to the CNN Travel article by Margaret Loftus, updated 5:10 PM EST, Fri February 24, 2012:
Schweitzer Mountain Resort - Idaho
|Skier on "Sundowner" |
"High up in Idaho's panhandle nine miles outside of Sandpoint, Schweitzer isn't as accessible as other West Coast resorts. As a result, it's unlikely you'll wait more than five minutes in the lift line. Then there's the 2,900 skiable acres -- more than neighbor Sun Valley. While the mountain is known for its off-trail skiing among the trees, the terrain varies from the bunny hill to steep, double-black pitches. The 6,400-foot summit affords skiers panoramic views of Idaho, Montana, Washington and Canada, as well as Lake Pend Oreille. Slopeside digs start at $164; adult lift tickets at $67."
And according to CNN Travel's: The West's best ski towns - December 24, 2010:
|Ski hill from ski village.|
Lastly, Sandpoint received Rand McNally and USA Today's Most Beautiful 2011 Town Award:
We invite you to beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho
"Sandpoint, in the northern tip of Idaho, is no ordinary vacation destination. Located on magnificent 43-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille, surrounded by the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains, and with Schweitzer Mountain ski resort minutes away, Sandpoint is blessed with outstanding attractions. But it goes deeper than that. The town itself is exceptional, home to a thriving arts community, the historic Panida Theater, a busy events schedule, a plethora of excellent restaurants, fine hotels and unusual shopping keynoted by the national retailer, Coldwater Creek. How do you describe extraordinary? Just say Sandpoint, Idaho."