Schweitzer to open one lift Nov. 29

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Despite Mother Nature dragging her feet, Schweitzer Mountain Resort plans to kick off its 2019-2020 ski season Friday, Nov. 29 with limited terrain available.

Photo courtesy Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

The resort plans to operate seven days a week from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., though for now only the Basin Express Quad will be in operation servicing one groomed run: Midway. Beginner terrain will not be open yet, but discounted private lessons will be possible by appointment through Schweitzer’s Ski & Ride Center. 

Full-day lift tickets are $45 until more lifts and terrain open.

Marketing manager Dig Chrismer said that while “natural snow coverage is thin,” the resort is able to open thanks to Schweitzer’s snowmaking system and recent cold temperatures.

“We know that everyone is eager to get out there and we hope that even though it’s a limited skiing and riding experience right now, it’ll be enough to help get us back into ski shape, mentally and physically,” Chrismer said. 

“We hope everyone enjoys Thanksgiving with their families and will be ready to join their Schweitzer family for a few post-holiday turns on Friday,” she added. “We are as anxious as everyone is to explore more of the mountain but until snowfall allows, keep up those snow dances and have fun just being out there playing on Midway.”

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