Ikon Pass holders can now put Idaho on their list of destinations for next winter when Schweitzer Mountain Resort becomes the 45th ski area on the pass next season.
The Northern Idaho resort is located up in the state’s panhandle, perched over the town of Sandpoint some 80 miles from Spokane, Wash. It’s a true destination resort with just under 3,000 skiable acres and 2,400 vertical feet, boosted by Tahoe-style views of Lake Pend Oreille but with none of the crowds. Schweitzer’s strengths are copious powder glades, open bowl skiing, and access to catskiing on 4,350 acres through on-site operator Selkirk Mountain Guides.
Like several of the other under-the-radar Idaho ski resorts—Sun Valley notwithstanding—Schweitzer has long prided itself on its independent streak, joining the Powder Alliance from 2013 through the end of the 2019-’20 season, but successfully staying away from the megapasses until now.
“When it comes to establishing a pass partnership, it was obvious that Ikon Pass was the right fit,” says the resort’s marketing manager Dig Chrismer on why Schweitzer decided to team up with the Alterra Mountain Company-owned pass product. “Look through the list of their partner resorts and it’s clear that they value the independent and unique character of those mountains.”
The new partnership gets Ikon Pass holders seven days of skiing at Schweitzer with no blackouts (five days, with blackouts, on the Ikon Base Pass). The ski area is also available on the four-day Ikon Session Pass.
The partner-resort setup was appealing to Schweitzer for several reasons, Chrismer explains. After the resort left the Powder Alliance, season pass holders expressed a desire for reciprocal pass benefits at similar ski areas, so Schweitzer partnered with a handful of resorts including Colo.’s Loveland, Powder Mountain in Utah, and Mont.’s Bridger Bowl to offer free passes or 50-percent off lift tickets. New for next season are reciprocal benefits at Grand Targhee, Wyo. and Whitefish, Mont.
Joining Ikon allows Schweitzer to keep those relationships intact for its season pass holders.
“This is a true partnership,” says Chrismer, “one that enables us to maintain our Schweitzer culture and vibe while allowing our pass holders to explore other likeminded mountains. It really is a huge win for us and for our diehard skiers and riders.”
Ikon Passes are on sale now for $999 for the full pass and $729 for the base pass ($899 and $649 respectively for people renewing). A full list of all prices, resort access, and relevant perks, including Ikon’s Adventure Assurance pass insurance, can be found here.