Sandpoint, ID—As of January 2, 2007 Schweitzer is reporting 181 of snowfall. That’s double the snowfall to date over last year, and well over half the average snowfall for the season. With the snowiest months — January and February —yet to come, Schweitzer is well on track for a record-breaking snow year.
Conditions were ideal for the Christmas/New Year Holiday. Two feet of snow fell from Christmas Eve to the 26th and the sun came out for the rest of the week, just on time for the arrival of vacationing families. “We couldn’t have asked for better conditions, reported director of marketing and sales Dave Kulis, “we would have been disappointed if we didn’t break records. In the week of the 25th to the 31st, total gross revenues for Schweitzer exceeded any previous 7-day holiday period by 15%.
Currently, Schweitzer has 75 of settled snow depth at the summit.; more than any ski area in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and most areas in California. And a new storm cycle is on its way in. All 2900 acres of lift-served terrain are open and an additional 4000 acres are open for snow cat skiing.
Could the good karma be due to the arrival of Schweitzer’s new CEO Tom Chasse formerly of Attitash in New Hampshire? He’s not taking the credit but he’s grinning from ear to ear; “My 14-year old son is loving this mountain. He had the best day of his life last Wednesday. The Lakeside Chutes are in great shape for this time of year.
A Thanksgiving opening and continued excellent conditions have local retailers, restaurateurs and lodging properties smiling too. Bob Aavedal, owner of The Alpine Shop in Sandpoint and at Schweitzer doesn’t keep to close a watch on the numbers, but he remarked, “our ski equipment has been selling well and the volume of traffic in the store is significant. I don’t anticipate having a lot of close-out gear this spring and that’s great.
Executive director of The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce, Judy Baird said, “Overall, the people I have spoken with have had a great holiday season. November was slow but it really picked up once Schweitzer opened.
Schweitzer Mountain is an easy 90-minute drive from the Spokane International Airport. More information is available at www.schweitzer.com .