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Schweitzer Mountain Resort, ID

Date: March 2-9, 2013
Trip Leader: Steven Krapes
Trip Assistant: Raghu Naik

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An early morning departure: everyone on time: some even early, smooth and efficient sailing at the airports and a smooth bus journey thru flatlands, mountains, and rivers and a huge lake to Sandpoint kicked of this wonderful trip.  A stop on the way to Schweitzer at a world famous store (Walmart J ) had folks “fueling” up for the week. Purchases made there clearly indicated that quite a week of “liquid” enjoyment was ahead of us. We arrive mid afternoon at the Selkirk Lodge, and soon we are treated to a nice reception by the awesome staff and, in addition, a good dinner and wine tasting session thanks to the club. A good start. Oh yes, and this huge mountain looms in the background to be visited in the morning.

The Selkirk lodge had very comfortable rooms, with lovely views, a very convenient ski storage room, and a very cozy lobby with a fireplace where several drinks and food were shared.  With everything (rentals, stores, food) located with a few feet of the lodge and a good breakfast everyday at the slope side lodge, made for easy mornings.    Evening sunsets were amazing, as the clouds caught the waning sun and bathed the mountain in red.

Conditions the first two days were a bit atypical of Schweitzer. Not much snow, but a very deep base made for fast groomers and awesome sunshine. Schweitzer has some of the steepest groomers with Kaniksu (50+ degrees at top), K’Macs, and Bud’s Chute. By mid afternoon the packed snow warmed up enough for the tree skiers to enjoy several different tree sections all over the mountain. Lots of open skiing, two big bowls, all levels of skiing.  Staying close to the groomers was a good option as several folks found out while either rolling down, and edging down a ice mogul run called J.R.

A lot of bright sun made for some awesome views, great pictures, and … … a SUPERHERO skiing down the hill.. BATMAN took over the mountain, spreading his bat cape, flying down the mountain, signing autographs, captivating kids.. You can check out what the Schweitzer marketing team did by clicking on the picture at left (it is one of our members).

Sunday night après skiing included a drink on the club at the Tap Room, a few games of pool, and dinner at one of the several restaurants at the base.  Monday night also included an intense cardio snowshoeing “walk”.  Often uphill, dark, and after a day of skiing, it made it more than a walk.    The days following offered opportunities for x-country skiing and daytime snowshoeing.  Thursday included a tubing party. Champagne, wine, beer, cookies, a nice fire, and tubing down two lanes had folks enjoying the evening.

We heard of several folks doing the snow dance on Monday all over the mountain.. Well, it worked… SNOW.. SNOW.. SNOW.. it started snowing Tuesday am and went thru Thursday mid morning dumping ~8+ inches.  The whole mountain was now skiable: trees, glades, the bowls, the groomed trails, all had lovely soft powder.  Lots of playtime, hard work, and enjoyable days of skiing followed. The hut tubs soothed many muscles.  Some folks enjoyed rejuvenating massages at the spa. The week of skiing ended with a lovely day on Friday with good powder and bright sun.    Steve and Raghu wish to thank everyone for being great trip buddies!   We all had an awesome experience!.



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