telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
12/14/18, 10:28 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
Trip Reports Sponsor
Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
Info Exchange

NWAC Avalanche
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  Hot Air
| |-+  Lift-accessed Skiing Reports: non-backcountry
| | |-+  March 26, 2017 Schweitzer
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: March 26, 2017 Schweitzer  (Read 1945 times)

Posts: 2316

March 26, 2017 Schweitzer
« on: 03/26/17, 08:32 PM »

This is the beginning of our 3rd ski trip this season. The idea is to head east and then go to Canada. The Schweitzer area received 7” in the past 24 hours, so some of it should be packed powder. We used our Powder Alliance passes which worked because it is a Sunday (can't use on Saturdays). It is 9 miles from Sandpoint, ID, so our parking place was relatively warm and we could see the ski area. The top half of the ski resort was in the clouds, BUT it would clear.  That is what the workers “SAID”. Jill spoke with a ski instructor from Crystal, and he (along with ski instructors from all over the NW) was there for PSIA instructor testing. The Basin Express terrain was 80% cloud-free, and crowded with kids' lessons and part of the ski instructors’ classes/testing. The next lift we rode was the Great Escape n the ridge to the Stella 6 pack. Two ski Ambassadors at the top of the lift pointed into the cloud band and said it should be clear there, i.e. at Stella. The top half of that was in the clouds, so we skied down . After 400vf, it cleared and we began the “fun trails” – numerous groomers with packed powder except for the last 100 feet which was yesterday's corn that froze overnight. After 2 hours the lower half became creamy spring powder. We rode the Snow Ghost double for our last ride to the ridge. We have not been here in 5 years and I had forgotten all the great terrain of steep slopes, meandering trails through the trees,  and treed areas that are everywhere. We like this place. The location is very similar to Big White in British Columbia. These 2 areas are both located close to a major lake with Lake Pend Oreille near Schweitzer and Okanagan Lake near Big White, which is why they both can have a lot fog &/or clouds. Fun fact to know.
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  

Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC

Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.