Schweitzer, ID, Opens Early for the 2022/23 Winter Season on Saturday, November 19th

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Schweitzer, ID, ahead of early opening day. Credit: Resort

Favorable natural snowfall, early season snowmaking conditions prompt early opening weekend

With more than three feet of natural snowfall and a head start on snowmaking, Schweitzer will open early for a bonus weekend of skiing and riding Nov. 19-20. The last time the mountain opened before its projected opening date was during the 2017/18 season.

“Since Mother Nature got a jumpstart on winter here in the Inland Northwest, we figured it was only right to open the mountain early. Nothing is more exciting than being able to welcome skiers and snowboarders to Schweitzer for the first time each winter, and thanks to favorable temperatures and a few feet of natural snowfall already this month, we’re ready to do so.”

– Tom Chasse, Schweitzer CEO & President

Schweitzer plans to run the Basin Express chairlift on Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with access to Midway trail. Season pass holders and day guests are invited to get in a few early season turns over the weekend with lift tickets available for purchase for $50 at the mountain. There will not be any beginner terrain available on opening weekend.

The mountain will close Monday, Nov. 20 through Thursday, Nov. 24, and will reopen for daily operations beginning Friday, Nov. 25. 

“Our lift and terrain offering will continue to expand as conditions permit. The best resource for the most up-to-date information is our website.”

– Tom Chasse

Pass holders who have renewed their pass from last season will be able to use their same pass thanks to the new reloadable RFID cards that were issued in 2021. For easy access to the lifts on opening weekend, renewing pass holders who have a 21/22 card can simply visit and sign a waiver to activate their 22/23 winter season pass. Season pass holders who are new to Schweitzer will have an RFID pass either mailed to them or available for pickup from Guest Services. For more information, stop by Schweitzer Guest Services open daily from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or call 208-263-9555 ext. 1246.

For more information about RFID, Schweitzer’s hours of operation, and the latest weather conditions, please visit

2022/23 trail map

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