Schweitzer, 49° North announce expansion projects

SANDPOINT, Idaho - Two area ski resorts are planning expansions in this year's off-season. 

Schweitzer Mountain Resort is set to install two new chairlifts this summer to replace the existing Snow Ghost double chair. Dig Chrismer, Marketing Manager for Schweitzer, said the new lifts will consist of a fixed grip triple called the Colburn Triple and a detachable quad called the Cedar Park Express. In total, there will be four new runs created during the installation. 

Chrismer said this is the first phase of a master plan of improvements planned for the resort. She said the new plan includes more lifts and a dedicated beginner area, which officials expect to see happen over the course of the next five to 15 years. 

Schweitzer is 100 percent operated on private land and encompasses 7,000 acres in total. Chrismer said 2,900 acres are used for ski terrain and the resort does not anticipate increasing that number. She added that all of the improvements in the master plan will happen on the existing footprint of the resort. 

Meantime, 49° North is also planning to expand. Officials at the resort said they plan to expand by redoing chairlift one and the lodge. 

Resort officials also said the Kalispel Tribe is interested in expanding their partnership and have been talking with 49° North about possible opportunities. 

Both Schweitzer and 49° North are set to close for the season on April 7. 

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