Schweitzer Closing Weekend

Posted By: Freeride Chronicles on April 14, 2016 3:19 pm

Closing weekend at most ski resorts is usually a bittersweet like this past weekend at North Idaho’s Schweitzer Mountain Resort. This closer was one of epic proportion with crystal clear skies, temps in the 60′s and plenty of of good skiing and festivities to be had through the weekend.

Cates going back to his High School days busting out "THe Cheerleader"

Cates going back to his High School days busting out “The Cheerleader”

As we pulled up to the chairlift on Saturday morning you could feel the excitment in the air as dozens of the local die hards were in the line up trying to squeeze out every last drop of their ski season. With temps hovering just over freezing we made tracks to Jacks Dream off the Lakeview triple to see what we were in store for.

Good corn skiing on Jacks Dream

Good corn skiing on Jacks Dream

With it’s exposure this run should have good, edgeable snow. Our inclination was right so we yo-yoed a few laps there. Before we knew it our posse of friends with the same crazy, wacked out passion for skiing tripled in size.

Scott "The Evil Elf" Charging

Scott “The Evil Elf” Charging

Kurt Rasmussen making that wet snow fly!

Kurt Rasmussen making that wet snow fly!

With a group that consisted of local ski legend Dan Herby of Hot Dog the Movie fame, Cates, Dufenhorst, Savitz, The Evil Elf, Mullen, Rasmussen, Rizzuto and a few others who rolled in and out of the group. We did hot laps off the triple hitting the Face and Buds Run which is a steep groomer that was proving to be what spring skiing is all about.

Jeff Cates working it on Buds Chute

Jeff Cates working it on Buds Chute

The short rides on the Lakeview Triple were filled with plenty of jabs and laughs at each others expense. By 10:30 the corn was starting to go off and skiing was getting pretty damn good now, mix in a nice booter, some airtime and a soft spring snow landing, you have the making for a Moment of Glory. When the opportunity presents it self to Old Dogs, you got to seize it while you can!

Herby getting in the Calssic Mule Kick over Lake Pend Orielle

Herby getting in the Classic Mule Kick over Lake Pend Orielle

Old Dog Legasa stretching out a Old School Daffy

Old Dog Legasa stretching out a Old School Daffy

Nick Rizzutto sending it

Nick Rizzutto sending it

By noon conditions were still holding their own and we started venturing around hitting top to bottom runs on Stiles, K-Macs and C-Chute. With each passing lap on the Great Escape quad we would pass the infamous Wang Shack where the spring party mode was going off at Full throttle with plenty of PBR’s going down.

Slushfest in full effect

Slushfest in full effect

Devin Dufenhorst in C-Chute

Devin Dufenhorst in C-Chute

Conditions held up to about 2:30 pm about about the time our legs were getting tired of pushing that heavy snow around. It was time to throw in the towel and head to the parking lot for the annual Tailgate party and celebrate with a beer and ride on the Shotzski.

Celebrating the end of great ski season

Celebrating the end of great ski season

Nothing better than a Tailgate party at the end of the season

Nothing better than a Tailgate party at the end of the season

There’s nothing better than reflecting an incredible North Idaho ski season with a cold one and good friends. Talk about going out in style! See you next winter Schweitzer.

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A former member of the United States Freestyle ski team, Bob Legasa combined his passion for skiing, outdoors and storytelling and created Freeride Media. Bob has won numerous Society of Photo Journalism Awards and a highly coveted Emmy Award. With over 25 years as a professional Freestyle skier Bob has taken his knowledge of the sport into a variety of different fields including, Television, journalism, coaching, and event management. Bob's passion for skiing can be seen on The Freeride Chronicles Together with his wife Jane of 21 years Bob has two beautiful girls Alli and Hannah. The entire family loves to ski and they can be found most every winter weekend skiing at Schweitzer Mountain.


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