Schweitzer announces jam packed summer event schedule

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 4, 2011 8:24 am

When snowy nights turn to warm evenings Schweitzer’s festival season comes alive. The summer lineup will kick off with Summer Celebration on June 25th. Free chairlift rides and live music will be offered during the grand opening of the season; followed by the Mountain Music Festival on July 16th, featuring live music, a beer garden, barbeque, kid’s activities and more. “Summer is a great time for celebrations at Schweitzer”, said Marketing and Sales Director Dave Kulis. “We love sharing the joys of summer on the mountain with the community.”

August 4-14th marks the annual Festival at Sandpoint concert series, a yearly music celebration on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. The annual Huckleberry Festival on August 7th offers a salute to Idaho’s state fruit. Local huckleberry foods, huckleberry picking, live music and kid’s games make this one of the most popular events of the year. Fall Fest will close out the season on September 3-4 with local microbreweries on site and even more live music. For more information on summer festivals and more, visit the events calendar at www.schweitzer.com

June 24 Schweitzer Opening Day
Get here early for first chair on opening day! Lift open from 11am – 5pm.

June 25 Schweitzer Summer Celebration
Our opening day celebration kicks off with free scenic chairlift rides and live music. Activities will include a
barbeque, climbing wall, bungee trampoline, hiking, disc golf, tennis, Diggler Scooters and mountain biking.

July 16 Mountain Music Festival
Enjoy an incredible lineup on the lawn with spectacular views, brews and barbecues. Admission is free. Kid’s
activities will run all day.

July 22-24 All Gravity Downhill Mt. Bike Event
Downhill mountain bike racing returns to Schweitzer as stop number three on the Northwest’s premier downhill
event. Three divisions will be offered for beginner, amateur and pro riders.

August 3-31 Twilight Bike Races
Every Wednesday in August mountain bikers unite at Schweitzer. The series attracts the regions best riders for
friendly competition on courses that change weekly. Each course includes a challenge station that in the past has
ranged from a climbing wall, to a slack line, to lawn games. The whole family can come for some great times as
kid’s races and after parties are offered too.

August 7 Huckleberry Festival
As the name implies, this is Schweitzer’s way of honoring the great northwest icon. A huckleberry pancake feed,
hosted huckleberry picking hikes, arts and crafts vendors, barbeque, huckleberry pie eating contest, special
huckleberry themed village activities and live music will make this one huck of a great day.

September 3-4 Schweitzer Fall Fest
Schweitzer’s 17th annual microbrew and music festival offers tasting tents featuring regional microbrews, wine
and soda. Several bands will ring in Autumn weather throughout the day while various kids’ activities take place.
Bands for all events will be announced. Visit www.schweitzer.com or call 208.255.3081 for event details, or call
877.487.4643 for lodging reservations.

Chairlift Rides carry guests up 1,700 vertical feet to the top of Schweitzer Mountain. Unlimited lift tickets for the full day are $20. Single rides are $10 for adults, $8 for juniors and seniors, and ages 6 and under are free. A family of four can have a single ride for $32, while each additional family member is $8. Mountain Biking can take you away on some great single-track trails. Schweitzer has more than 30 miles of varied downhill and cross-country mountain bike terrain. Schweitzer’s fan favorite trail, Bear Grass Cruiser,
offers the ultimate family adventure. Stretching 4.5 miles from summit to village, this trail is sure to please every member of the family.

Diggler Mountain Boards offer an exciting and adventurous alternative to downhill mountain biking. These scooters have big knobby tires and are used to coast from the top of the mountain to the village. Brakes are included.

Disc Golf is offered with two 9-hole courses, one on top of Schweitzer Mountain and another in the village. Disc rentals and basic instruction are available.

Guided Horseback Riding on local trails is a great way to explore the mountain. Mountain Horse Adventures and
their horses guide the way.

Hiking trails lead guests up the mountain to sweeping vistas of Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding region.

Huckleberry Picking is a North Idaho favorite in August. This is a weather dependent, seasonal activity that may
start by mid-July and/or go until mid September.

Tennis courts are available right in the village. Court time is free. Racket and ball rentals are available in the
Activity Center. Reservations recommended but not required.

Geocaching is a fun way to explore the mountain while looking for hidden treasure with Global Positioning System (GPS) units. Rent a GPS from the Activity Center or bring your own and get the coordinates from the Activity Center at no charge.

Trout Fishing is great on beautiful Colburn Lake. Catch and release only with non organic bait and barbless
hooks. No license necessary but Schweitzer fishing permits are required and available in the Activity Center.

Climbing wall is located in Schweitzer Village

Bungee Jump Trampoline offers thrills for those not quite ready to take a full plunge. Located in the village.

Giant Checkers and Chess bring a whole new meaning to ‘Check Mate!’ Checker and Chess pieces are availablefor use on the outdoor boards by visiting the Mountain Activity Center.

Selkirk Theatre is open for resort guests to watch movies upon request.

Photo: hendricksarch.com

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