While Schweitzer Mountain Resort is primarily known as a winter playground, the mountain also offers plenty of summer recreation. Ski trails transform into opportunities for downhill mountain biking, cross-country biking, or hiking with a view. “Searching out those elusive huckleberries while taking in the views of Lake Pend Oreille is a perfect way to pass a summer day,” says marketing manager Dig Chrismer. The resort village is open daily in summer, and offers trampoline jumping, zip lining, wall climbing, and sluicing from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. You can also catch a scenic chairlift ride to the summit and Sky House full-service restaurant and bar for awesome views. Chrismer says the view coming down the mountain is an unforgettable experience for skiers and riders who are used to only riding the chairlift up the mountain.
Schweitzer also puts on several popular events throughout the summer, including the Huckleberry Color Fun Run and Walk August 5. With a 5k and 2.5k option, Chrismer calls it a must-do family event. You’ll receive a t-shirt, sunglasses, powder pack for the post-race village color toss, a gourmet hotdog with huckleberry and veggie embellishments, and a complimentary full-day scenic foot passenger chairlift ticket. Schweitzer’s Fall Fest (August 31-Sept. 3) is in its 27th year of bringing live music and craft beer to the mountain. This Labor Day celebration will have free live music every day, with regional wine and over 75 micro-brews and ciders. Kids can enjoy a soda tent, where they can mix their own flavors. This event marks the last weekend of Schweitzer’s summer operations, so be sure to visit the resort in all of its summer glory before then! Schweitzer.com. //