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Schweitzer Mountain Resort is a ski resort in northern Idaho, 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Sandpoint in Bonner County. Located in the Selkirk Mountains, it overlooks Lake Pend Oreille to the southeast with views of the Bitterroot and Cabinet mountain ranges. The ski area is approximately 45 miles (72 km) south of the Canadian border.
Schweitzer Mountain has a summit elevation of 6400 feet (1951 m) above sea level with a vertical drop of 2440 feet (744 m). The average annual snowfall is over 300 inches (762 cm). There are 92 named runs and open bowls on Schweitzer’s skiable area of 2,900 acres (12 km2). The longest continuous groomed run is Little Blue Ridge Run, at 1.7 miles (2.7 km). Schweitzer’s uphill lift capacity is 12,502 people per hour.
Seven chairlifts (a high-speed six-pack, two high-speed quads, 1 fixed-grip triple, and 3 doubles) and 3 surface tows serve terrain rated at 20% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced, and 5% expert. The slopes on the front side (Schweitzer Basin) face east and south, those on the back side (Colburn Basin) face mostly northeast.
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Silver Mountain Resort is a ski resort in the Silver Valley region in the Idaho Panhandle, just south of Kellogg and Interstate 90 in Shoshone County. Originally opened as “Jackass Ski Bowl” in January 1968 on Wardner Peak, it was renamed “Silverhorn” in 1973 following an ownership change. After major improvements in 1990, most notably the gondola from the city of Kellogg and expansion on Kellogg Peak, the name was changed to “Silver Mountain.”