Old Man Winter Returned to Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Posted By: Freeride Chronicles on February 24, 2016 1:09 pm

Lake Pend Orielle seen from Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Lake Pend Orielle seen from Schweitzer Mountain Resort

After some warm temps were impacting conditions last week in the Pacific Northwest, Old Man winter stopped into Schweitzer Mountain Resort last Friday and dumped some of his goodness on the mountain.

With an accumulation of 5″ on Friday and conditions rapidly improved throughout the day. As we put down a few cold PBR’s in Schweitzer’s Apre watering Hole, Tap’s we noticed it was getting harder to see the village as it was coming down with a vengeance, I knew Saturday was going to be on point.

Now if anyone has experienced Schweitzer Mountain in the Idaho Panhandle you know foggy mornings can be part of the routine but if you’ve been lucky enough to witness a clear morning sunrise let alone on a weekend you know your in for a great day.

Not a bad view to wake up to after  8" of accumalation overnight

Not a bad view to wake up to after 8″ of accumalation overnight

Friday night’s storm dropped 8″ over night bring the 24″ accumulation to 13″ and in some of the sweet pockets even more!

8:10 am Saturday Morning made my way up near he front of the line to only be beat out of that first chair spot by my longtime High School friend Ken Conger and the local Schweitzer Posse of Erich Thompson, Eric Einhorn and Joe. As dozens gathered for that 8:45 opening bell, the sound of Avy bombs going off was a sweet reminder of the 13″ accumulation. Hats off to the Schweitzer Patrol for getting there work done quickly and on time, making it safe for the public.

8:50 Opening Bell, Ken and I were off into the South Bowl venturing our way down the ridge to F-Chute a 35-40 degree run that opens up with a decent pitch.

Pitted!!! Skier-Devin Dufenhorst

Skier-Devin Dufenhorst

Oh yeah, the reset definitely made a difference as you could feel the firmness underneath every once in a while, gotta be light! It wasn’t the lightest snow but it was perfect for the previous conditions. It was damn good!

Wide open places Skier-Ken Conger

Wide open places
Skier-Ken Conger

Einhorn blasting through

Einhorn blasting through

After stringing together a few non stoppers back to the base and B-lining back up the lift we met up with Devin Dufenhorst and the 5 of us made our way back over and played around venturing into the R and F Chutes. Time to break out the camera now as we ripped numerous laps throughout the bowl.

Daredevil" Devin Dufenhorst leaving a Vapor trail through the bottom of R-Chute

Daredevil” Devin Dufenhorst leaving a Vapor trail through the bottom of R-Chute

Ken Conger getting after it in F-Chute

Ken Conger getting after it in F-Chute

Blasting through Skier-Eric Einhorn

Blasting through
Skier-Eric Einhorn

Money Shot for Duf

Money Shot for Duf

By 1pm most everything was hit hard had set up plus our legs were a little spent from pushing around the heavier than normal snow. WOW, what a day at Schweitzer Mountain.

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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.