Schweitzer Ski Resort: Where to Stay?
Schweitzer Ski Resort now has a new boutique hotel called, Humbird. Located above the town of Sandpoint, Humbird opened the 31-room and offers ski-in/ski-out access to 2,900 acres of uncrowded skiable terrain at Schweitzer. New to the Ikon Pass this year, Schweitzer is the largest ski resort in Idaho and neighboring Washington.
Humbird’s sleek design is an updated take on the classic ski lodge. The hotel embraces outdoor recreation and ties to the area’s natural surroundings. Abound with fun design elements and amenities, guests have plenty of ways to enjoy their stay. The snow retreat plays host to one of the best Après meet and greet sessions you will find. Get your canine fix at the hotel patio and check out Schweitzer’s ski patrol dogs.
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The three-story boutique hotel is home to a mix of room types. Guests have the option to reserve a single king, double queen, or call an oversized suite “home.” I personally love the guest rooms because the clean, slick decor features window seats set against a panoramic window overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Designed with travelers’ comfort in mind, rooms include special touches to aid mountain adventures such as boot dryers, locally roasted Evans Brothers Coffee, and mugs hand-painted by local artists. Locally produced bath amenities will offer a custom cedarwood and orange scent, formulated with aloe vera, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, and avocado oil to help combat the dry winter air. Rooms also come with binoculars to take further advantage of the sweeping views.
Humbird offers ample space to relax including the Glass Room which serves as the hotel’s unique living room. Surrounded by glass on three sides, the Glass Room offers treetop views stretching across multiple states. Flexible seating, perfect for relaxing or playing a game, melts into the design of the Glass Room to let the view and modern architecture shine. The Glass Room includes a foosball table and a large retractable projection screen, perfect to watch a movie. A third-floor rooftop deck sits atop the space with open-air views and a 12-person hot tub. Guests can also enjoy the well-equipped onsite fitness center and a heated outdoor community pool.
Schweitzer Ski Resort: Where to Eat?
Just off the lobby, Humbird’s onsite restaurant, Crow’s Bench, serves upscale Alpine-inspired cuisine. The hearty, yet elevated menu is a perfect indulgence after a day on the hill. Crow’s Bench features design elements that speak to the region’s lineage of outdoor recreation including globe lights hung above the bar that spell out “pray for snow” in Morse code.
As previously noted, Schweitzer’s Patrol Dogs will be among the guests working and playing at Humbird this season. The hardworking pups, who assist Schweitzer’s Ski Patrol with daily duties, will host meet and greet sessions at the hotel. The Patrol Dogs will add some furry fun to Humbird’s après scene on select dates by relaxing and playing with guests on the hotel’s outdoor patio.
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Phase two of Humbird, which includes a new Wellness Center and an innovative ski and gear storage system, is expected to open this summer. The new Wellness Center at Schweitzer will offer well-appointed therapy rooms for massages and spa treatments as well a tranquil relaxation room. The facility will also offer ski storage lockers for Humbird guests on a separate floor. The tech-centric ski lockers will be controlled by an app, allowing guests unfettered access to their equipment without a wait.
Schweitzer Ski Resort: Where to Play?
Schweitzer is one of the last truly independent ski areas in North America and offers uncrowded slopes, fantastic groomers, Nordic skiing, and tubing. The growing base area village is a great place to explore additional dining and entertainment options. Access to snowmobile tours, snowcat, and heli-skiing operations through partner, Selkirk Powder round out the resort’s winter amenities.
Humbird is part of the resort’s multi-year master plan to secure Schweitzer’s as the top four-season resort in the Northwest. The goal is to enhance the customer experience while adhering to the resort’s fiercely independent spirit. This winter, Schweitzer also debuted several on-mountain improvements including new on-mountain dining and RFID technology. Because of this, getting on the slopes is easier than ever.
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