Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort

Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of Idaho in USA. The resort is in the town of Sandpoint, ID.

We recently ranked all of Idaho's ski resorts, so you can see where Schweitzer Mountain stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Season Passes

Schweitzer Mountain is a part of the Ikon Ski Pass network. This allows you to buy one lift pass, and ski at all or most of the Ikon-sponsored slopes with it throughout the year, depending on the type of pass you bought.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Schweitzer Mountain around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Schweitzer Mountain Mountain Resort Terrain Overview

Schweitzer Mountain has a total of 92 ski trails, which are serviced by 10 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. The amount of skiable area in this park is huge, with a maximum of 2,900 acres available to skiers. This area is equivalent to 1,174 hectares, 4.5 square miles, or 11.7 square kilometers.

Schweitzer Mountain's slopes see on average 300 inches (91 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 25 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
2,900(12 km2)
Annual Snowfall
300"(9,144 cm)

Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort Elevation

Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 6,400 feet, or 1,951 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 4,000 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,400 feet (731 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

Schweitzer Mountain's summit elevation is higher than average. There are a lot of ski slopes that are much higher than this one (some stretch to 12,000 feet!), but it is not small by any stretch of the imagination.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
6,400'(1,951 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,400'(731 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
4,000'(1,219 m)

Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
67out of 100
←  EasyHard  →
Schweitzer Mountain's difficulty level of 67 is above average. 90% of its trails rated as either intermediate or expert-level, which doesn't leave much for the beginners.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Schweitzer Mountain has 2,900 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Schweitzer Mountain's difficulty level is higher than average, which is because 40% of its ski trails are rated as intermediate, and another 50% as expert.
Green Circle
10%(290 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
40%(1,160 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
50%(1,450 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort good for beginners?

Schweitzer Mountain is above average in its difficulty level, so... probably not? It will depend on which trails you take since only 50% of its trails rated for either beginner or intermediate skill levels.

Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort Location

Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort is located in the state of Idaho, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Sandpoint, ID.

Sandpoint, ID 83864 USA
View on Google Maps


GPS Coordinates:
48.35000, -116.59000

Getting to Schweitzer Mountain Mountain Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort), its coordinates of 48.35000, -116.59000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Sandpoint, ID to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Schweitzer Mountain.

Spokane International AirportGEGSpokane, WA67 mi
Castlegar/West Kootenay Regional AirportYCGCastlegar, BC81 mi
Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International AirportYXCCranbrook, BC94 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Turner MountainLibby, MT5,952 ft68%32 mi
Mt. SpokaneMead, WA5,889 ft49%38 mi
Silver MountainKellogg, ID6,300 ft58%43 mi
49 Degrees NorthChewelah, WA5,774 ft49%45 mi
Echo ValleyColville, WA3,900 ft48%64 mi
Salmo Ski HillSalmo, BC3,100 ft33%66 mi
Lookout PassMullan, ID5,650 ft44%74 mi
RED MountainRossland, BC6,807 ft70%76 mi
WhitewaterNelson, BC6,567 ft62%79 mi
KimberleyKimberly, BC6,500 ft60%96 mi

Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation6,400 ft
Base Elevation4,000 ft
Vertical Drop2,400 ft
(10% Beginner,  40% Intermediate,  50% Expert)
Skiable Acres2,900
Avg. Annual Snowfall300 inches
Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort Mountain Stats