Plan your winter fun in North Idaho

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Few places in the U.S can match North Idaho for its variety of ways to play in the snow. From tame activities like winter sightseeing tours to more extreme sports like heliskiing, you’ll find it all in this strip of Idaho known as the Panhandle.  

If sightseeing in the scenic winter landscape is on your itinerary, head to Schweitzer Village and board a snowcat for a guided tour with Selkirk Powder Company to explore backcountry you thought you’d never see. These family-friendly tours are appropriate for all ages from kiddos to grandparents. 

Ramp up the action with a snowmobile tour guided by Selkirk Powder Company, geared for every level of experience. Choose from a tour to the terrain behind Schweitzer Basin or around pristine Priest Lake. Tours begin at Schweitzer Village.   

As the largest ski and snowboard mountain in Idaho, Schweitzer offers all the amenities you’d expect in a world-class ski resort. Located on a mountain above Lake Pend Oreille and the city of Sandpoint, the breathtaking views reach into Washington, British Columbia and, of course, Idaho. Whether you are a skier or snowboarder or neither, take a scenic lift ride to take in the view. For something a little different, mount a fat tire bike to enjoy the 20 miles of groomed trails on two wheels. For skiers and boarders, there are 2900 skiable acres and 92 trails plus open bowl skiing. And, of course, there are many lodging, dining and après options at Schweitzer, making it a perfect resort for a winter stay.  

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Powder hounds who wish to raise the adrenaline level can book a heliskiing excursion with Selkirk Powder Company, which lifts off on Granite Aviation at the Sandpoint Airport. You will ski the perfect powder in the backcountry at Priest Lake State Forest.    

For a more tranquil winter retreat, book lodging at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch near Sandpoint. This bed and breakfast lodge has all the amenities you need for a cozy stay and fun in the snow. Book a horse-drawn sleigh ride to enjoy the winter landscape the old-fashioned way. Stays come with a hearty country-style breakfast to fuel you for the day’s activities, whether that’s snowshoeing, building a snowman or just relaxing with a good book.   



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