SANDPOINT, ID – Schweitzer Mountain Resort spent over $1 Million in capital improvements for the 2012, 2013 season.
The project is set to double the size of the Gourmandie market, remodel the interior of the Ski and Ride center, replace the drive and chairs on Musical Chairs, replace the electrical system on the Great Escape Quad and upgrade lodging amenities.
Schweitzer’s beginner lift, Musical Chairs, is set to become more efficient by installing a new variable speed drive and new chairs with outside bales. The outside bales will allow easier loading, and include a restraining bar. Improvements should increase the upload capacity and create a more user friendly lift. The high-speed Great Escape Quad’s electrical system will be redesigned and replaced creating a more efficient and reliable lift.
In the village, Schweitzer’s Ski and Ride Center layout will be redesigned. The new floor plan allows guests to flow from registration to rental products. The Source retail shop will be moved to the South side of the building. The exterior of the Mill Building received structural upgrades to the frame, new windows, siding, and cosmetically pleasing accents.
The Selkirk and White Pine Lodge located directly in the Schweitzer village have completed phase two of room upgrades. These upgrades include new LCD HD televisions and new media chests in each room of the White Pine and Selkirk Lodge. The Selkirk Lodge also received new tables and chairs in each room. Phase one was completed last summer with new bedding.
Gourmandie, the specialty foods market which features fine groceries, craft beers, cheese, and wine, has doubled in size. The larger storefront, located in the White Pine Lodge, includes additional seating to accommodate the growing popularity of its relaxing après scene and wine tastings.
Schweitzer’s Ski and Ride center will have two Surly Pugsley Snowbikes available to rent during the winter season. Snowbikes will be allowed on Schweitzer’s cross-country trail system; however details on rules and routes have yet to be determined.