Summer in Idaho: Schweitzer Mountain Resort with kids

Additional summer activities

Additional free, family-friendly activities abound. On-mountain trails range from toddler friendly, relatively flat trails to the black diamond, super challenging trails suitable for the extreme hiker and/or mountain biker.  In fact, if you’re willing to dedicate approximately two hours to summit the mountain on a fairly strenuous hike, you get a FREE ride down on the chairlift.

We visited in late July when the wildflowers were in bloom and the huckleberries were beginning to ripen. The staff did an exceptional job of pointing us to a trail that was suitable for our family and surrounded by acres of huckleberry bushes, providing easy picking for the kids. We learned we had a master huckleberry picker in our amidst, as our six-year-old son is a lightening fast huckleberry picker (and eater).

In addition to trails, there are eighteen holes of disc golf. The first nine holes are located near the village and the final nine are played at the summit. There is also a fitness course, geocaching, a tennis court (rental rackets available), a basketball hoop, multiple lawn games around the property, and the Village playground with an outdoor xylophone looking down over the valley below. 

Schweitzer offers so many activities, in fact, we were not able to experience them all. For those interested in an introduction to horse riding,  Schweitzer offers summer trail rides leaving near the Village, and one of the most popular summer activities on the mountain is downhill and cross-country mountain biking.  Over 20 miles of trails leave from the Village. Difficulty levels range from downhill thrills to mild cross-county trail rides. On weekends there is a bike shuttle service that will pick you up at the bottom of the Schweitzer access road and return you to the Village for a small fee. 

Note: New the summer of 2018, the resort is offering hosted 2 hour Rad powered e-bike tours leaving twice daily.  E-bike tours offer the inexperienced rider a way to see the mountain and all of its beauties trailside (pre-registration required).  Bike and gear rentals, a repair shop, lift tickets and staff specialized in trail recommendations can be found in the Summer Activity Center from 11am to 5pm daily.

Directions

It took us a little less than two hours to drive from Spokane International Airport to Schweitzer Mountain Resort.  The Selkirk Lodge is located an hour and fifteen minutes north of Interstate-90 at 10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Road, Sandpoint, ID 83864

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Aaron and Carrie Streepy have lived in and traveled the Pacific Northwest their entire adult life; the last ten years with at least one kid along for the ride. Now our family of five includes two aging parents who met as teenagers, a 10-year-old budding philosopher, a six-year-old jumping bean and a three-year-old dramatic actress all who love living in and exploring this corner of the US.

Disclosure: We checked out Schweitzer Mountain as guests of the resort for purpose of the review.  All opinions are our own.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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