Maybe acres of glittering fresh snow on steep mountain slopes and access to 10 ski lifts that ferry more than 15,000 downhill skiers up Schweitzer Mountain every hour isn’t your kind of fun. Perhaps you are more of a “Sound of Music” singing in the sunny Alps kind of person. If that’s the case, then head up to Schweitzer Mountain where the snow is long gone, but there are lots of things to do on the mountain during summer.
The 6,400-foot mountain is home to more than 40 miles of trails for mountain bikers and hikers. It also connects to the Selkirk Recreation District which runs a bike shuttle to and from its trails during the summer months (Call (208) 610-8980 or visit them online)
You can bring your own mountain bike and helmet. or you can rent everything on the mountain. Once you get to Schweitzer Village, head over to the ski and ride center for your lift tickets and any equipment needs. This is also where small repairs can be made. Don’t forget to pick up a water- and weatherproof Schweitzer Summer Trail Map to help you figure out where you are going.
This map is packed full of information and it also comes in handy if you’d rather just hike off one of the many trailheads that dot Schweitzer Mountain Road – it’s easy to read and follow, even if you aren’t an experienced map user.
Dogs are welcome on the trails, but they must be on a leash at all times and dog owners are encouraged to pick up after their pets. Privately owned horses are not allowed on the trails, but you can book a mountain trail ride through Mountain Horse Adventures by calling 208.263.TROT – you have to set the ride up in advance.
The village is growing every year and has lots of lunch and dinner options, including a market where you can grab a few things for lunch, and Gourmandie, which features fine wines, gourmet meats, cheeses and fruit platters.
And of course, there is the unforgettable Sky House at the very summit, with stunning views in all directions and a great lunch menu.
Summer season runs through Labor Day with some chairlifts running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – weather and conditions permitting.