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07/23/10: Idaho resort lures Calgary sailor: Sail in summer, ski in winter at Lake Pend Oreille

A view of Dover Bay, a residential waterfront community on Lake Pend Oreille.
PHOTO: DOVER BAY

An aerial of The Idaho Club on the Pack River Delta and Lake Pend Oreille.
PHOTO: THE IDAHO CLUB

Cam Marriott is pulling his 26-foot sailboat, Lola Bel, out of the Okanagan Lake and putting down anchors in Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pond-duh-ray) set in the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains.

“It’s a nice lake, not too crowded or too much development, lots of trees, and numerous places to moor for swimming,” says Marriott,who purchased a recreational home at nearby Schweitzer Mountain Resort last summer.

Lake Pend Oreille has 177 kilometres of shoreline, 80 per cent of it state owned, which means it will never be developed, and much of that public land is accessible only by boat. Great for fishing Kamloops rainbow, Mackinaw and bull trout with its deepest point at 1,200 feet.

Though Marriott lives at Chestermere Lake near Calgary, a small boating lake, he is willing to drive the six-and-a-half hours to Sandpoint, Idaho, through the Crowsnest Pass or over Hwy. 93 through Radium, crossing the border at Yahk.

“The only disadvantage of our new place is we have to drive every time. There are no direct flights like there were to Kelowna. We just book on an extra day for travel,” says Marriott.

The Schweitzer Mountain home sits on a quarter-acre lot and is a low maintenance, two-storey 10-year-old detached home with hillside and nearby lake views, two bedrooms and a den, three bathrooms, walk out basement and fireplace located right at the ski hill.

“There is really no yard work because the natural forest surrounds the home,” says Marriott, who purchased it for approximately $315,000 US when the dollar was close to par and believes it was good value. Other opportunities at Schweitzer vary in price according to features.

MountainSide at Schweitzer is a slope side, eco-friendly community adjacent to and above the Schweitzer Mountain Village with fractional homes, single-family homes and premium lots for custom construction.

The fractional homes are just under 2,000 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, natural high quality finishes, open living space and great views of Lake Pend Oreille and the ski slopes in the backyard. The developer, Schweitzer Mountain Properties, LLC is seeking LEED certification.

Originally, this property was slated for high-end single-family homes, but it was decided to go with the fractional model for environmental and economic factors. It allows buyers to own part of a million-dollar home that they only use for part of the year, but it also benefits the community with fewer “dark homes,” meaning absent homeowners. It is an environmentally conscious way to own a second home due to the shared use and reduced ecological impact of individuals building second homes.

At $195,000, buyers own an eighth share that allows for a minimum of four weeks use per year.

All recreational homes enjoy the amenities of the ski hill and surrounding area.

Mount Schweitzer’s 1,174-hectare winter playground and ski resort consists of 92 named runs, two massive bowls with spectacular views all the way to Canada, featuring nine ski lifts — one high speed six-pack, two high speed quads, one triple, three doubles, one T-bar and a magic carpet. Schweitzer’s winter operation begins early December and runs through early April, seeing an average of 750 centimetres of annual snowfall. Schweitzer’s non-alpine skiing activities also include 30 kilometres of Nordic track, snow shoe trails and a tubing hill.

The village consists of several shops and restaurants, also open in the summer season. The one big addition in the summer is that Schweitzer manages Bottle Bay Marina on Lake Pend Oreille, consisting of restaurant, fuel dock, convenience store and six lakeside.

Another activity Marriott and family intend to sample this summer is mountain biking by taking the chair lift up the mountain, and cycling down. “It should be a thrill,” says Marriott. Schweitzer Mountain is 17 km from Sandpoint and from the summit you can see Canada, Washington, Montana and Lake Pend Oreille.

When not sailing or thrill seeking, the family enjoys the trendy dining, shopping and art galleries of Sandpoint on the lake where artists, retirees, entrepreneurs and resort workers all rub elbows at the local eateries and pubs. “We love the shopping, there are lots of boutique-style shops, and enjoy the choice of restaurants,” says Marriott. Coldwater Creek Women’s Apparel was founded in Sandpoint and is the national headquarters.

With Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint and extra health care coverage, Marriott is not concerned about medical assistance if needed. •


More to choose from near Sandpoint, Idaho, and Lake Pend Oreille

Located on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille against the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains, Sandpoint, Idaho, is a destination for outdoor recreation-boating, swimming, golfing, hiking, biking with all the pleasures of a charming town with plenty of art galleries, restaurants, pubs and shopping. Sandpoint was recently rated as one of the “Top Ten small towns in the Western U.S.” by Sunset Magazine.

An artistic community of 8,000, Sandpoint is in the northern panhandle, 90 minutes from the Spokane International Airport, and 100 kilometres south of the Canadian border. If mountain living at Mount Schweitzer is not your first choice, there are many opportunities for investment lakeside or tee side in master planned communities.

WATER FRONT NEAR SANDPOINT

Seasons at Sandpoint, a residential resort and spa on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, is just blocks from downtown for people who prefer to park and walk to dinner or shopping. A collection of town homes and condominiums with natural finishes, Pacific Northwest- inspired interiors with clean modern lines and spectacular views of the lake and mountains.

Residents at Seasons have access to a private beach and marina, concierge, spa and fitness facilities.

Prices range from $380,000 US for condominiums to $2.1 million US for the 4,000-square-foot waterfront homes. www.seasonsatsandpoint.com

Dover Bay, a residential waterfront community with a mix of home sites, custom homes, cabins, cottages and condominiums. Waterfront and view home sites range from around 5,000 square feet to over one acre, featuring panoramic views of the lake and mountains. Community amenities include over 3,300 feet of public beach, full-service marina, central waterfront village and fitness center.

More than half of Dover Bay’s dramatic 285 acres are set aside in perpetuity as undeveloped open space connected to the community, recreation areas and wildlife habitats. Part of this open space is a 70-acre nature preserve of marshes, wetlands, cattails and timberlands. Prices ranged from $200,000 US for 900 square foot cottages to over $1 million US for a custom built home. www.doverbayidaho.com

TEESIDE

Jack Nicklaus 18-Hole Signature Golf Resort is the only Jack Nicklaus course in the state of Idaho, set along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille.

The Idaho Club is just minutes from the town of Sandpoint. From custom-built homes to Lodge Homes, which are 1,800- to 3,300-square-foot finished homes. Prices range from $700,000 to $1.1 million US

Each home site offers unique views with just the right amount of seclusion, all wrapped around a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, with easy access to an array of resort-style amenity offerings for the whole family such as the Lake Club, 40 acres on the lake with a marina and beach. The clubhouse has a restaurant and bar.

Home sites offer dramatic views of the lake and the Selkirk Mountains or panoramic forest settings on Moose Mountain. Lodge homes on the golf course looking out over the wetlands are also available.

Custom home sites: $400,000 US per lot with a filtered mountain view to $1.2 million US for five acres with a panoramic view. For more go to www.theidahoclub.com

• For all your Sandpoint and/or Schweitzer real estate opportunities, contact Patrick Werry, Century 21 Riverstone, at 208-290-2016 or pwerry@sisna.com

• For info on Mount Schweitzer real estate, visit www.schweitzerrealestate.com

• For more information about Sandpoint, Idaho, go to www.visitsandpoint.com

A view of Dover Bay, a residential waterfront community on Lake Pend Oreille.
PHOTO: DOVER BAY

An aerial of The Idaho Club on the Pack River Delta and Lake Pend Oreille.
PHOTO: THE IDAHO CLUB

Cam Marriott is pulling his 26-foot sailboat, Lola Bel, out of the Okanagan Lake and putting down anchors in Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pond-duh-ray) set in the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains.

“It’s a nice lake, not too crowded or too much development, lots of trees, and numerous places to moor for swimming,” says Marriott,who purchased a recreational home at nearby Schweitzer Mountain Resort last summer.

Lake Pend Oreille has 177 kilometres of shoreline, 80 per cent of it state owned, which means it will never be developed, and much of that public land is accessible only by boat. Great for fishing Kamloops rainbow, Mackinaw and bull trout with its deepest point at 1,200 feet.

Though Marriott lives at Chestermere Lake near Calgary, a small boating lake, he is willing to drive the six-and-a-half hours to Sandpoint, Idaho, through the Crowsnest Pass or over Hwy. 93 through Radium, crossing the border at Yahk.

“The only disadvantage of our new place is we have to drive every time. There are no direct flights like there were to Kelowna. We just book on an extra day for travel,” says Marriott.

The Schweitzer Mountain home sits on a quarter-acre lot and is a low maintenance, two-storey 10-year-old detached home with hillside and nearby lake views, two bedrooms and a den, three bathrooms, walk out basement and fireplace located right at the ski hill.

“There is really no yard work because the natural forest surrounds the home,” says Marriott, who purchased it for approximately $315,000 US when the dollar was close to par and believes it was good value. Other opportunities at Schweitzer vary in price according to features.

MountainSide at Schweitzer is a slope side, eco-friendly community adjacent to and above the Schweitzer Mountain Village with fractional homes, single-family homes and premium lots for custom construction.

The fractional homes are just under 2,000 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, natural high quality finishes, open living space and great views of Lake Pend Oreille and the ski slopes in the backyard. The developer, Schweitzer Mountain Properties, LLC is seeking LEED certification.

Originally, this property was slated for high-end single-family homes, but it was decided to go with the fractional model for environmental and economic factors. It allows buyers to own part of a million-dollar home that they only use for part of the year, but it also benefits the community with fewer “dark homes,” meaning absent homeowners. It is an environmentally conscious way to own a second home due to the shared use and reduced ecological impact of individuals building second homes.

At $195,000, buyers own an eighth share that allows for a minimum of four weeks use per year.

All recreational homes enjoy the amenities of the ski hill and surrounding area.

Mount Schweitzer’s 1,174-hectare winter playground and ski resort consists of 92 named runs, two massive bowls with spectacular views all the way to Canada, featuring nine ski lifts — one high speed six-pack, two high speed quads, one triple, three doubles, one T-bar and a magic carpet. Schweitzer’s winter operation begins early December and runs through early April, seeing an average of 750 centimetres of annual snowfall. Schweitzer’s non-alpine skiing activities also include 30 kilometres of Nordic track, snow shoe trails and a tubing hill.

The village consists of several shops and restaurants, also open in the summer season. The one big addition in the summer is that Schweitzer manages Bottle Bay Marina on Lake Pend Oreille, consisting of restaurant, fuel dock, convenience store and six lakeside.

Another activity Marriott and family intend to sample this summer is mountain biking by taking the chair lift up the mountain, and cycling down. “It should be a thrill,” says Marriott. Schweitzer Mountain is 17 km from Sandpoint and from the summit you can see Canada, Washington, Montana and Lake Pend Oreille.

When not sailing or thrill seeking, the family enjoys the trendy dining, shopping and art galleries of Sandpoint on the lake where artists, retirees, entrepreneurs and resort workers all rub elbows at the local eateries and pubs. “We love the shopping, there are lots of boutique-style shops, and enjoy the choice of restaurants,” says Marriott. Coldwater Creek Women’s Apparel was founded in Sandpoint and is the national headquarters.

With Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint and extra health care coverage, Marriott is not concerned about medical assistance if needed. •


More to choose from near Sandpoint, Idaho, and Lake Pend Oreille

Located on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille against the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains, Sandpoint, Idaho, is a destination for outdoor recreation-boating, swimming, golfing, hiking, biking with all the pleasures of a charming town with plenty of art galleries, restaurants, pubs and shopping. Sandpoint was recently rated as one of the “Top Ten small towns in the Western U.S.” by Sunset Magazine.

An artistic community of 8,000, Sandpoint is in the northern panhandle, 90 minutes from the Spokane International Airport, and 100 kilometres south of the Canadian border. If mountain living at Mount Schweitzer is not your first choice, there are many opportunities for investment lakeside or tee side in master planned communities.

WATER FRONT NEAR SANDPOINT

Seasons at Sandpoint, a residential resort and spa on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, is just blocks from downtown for people who prefer to park and walk to dinner or shopping. A collection of town homes and condominiums with natural finishes, Pacific Northwest- inspired interiors with clean modern lines and spectacular views of the lake and mountains.

Residents at Seasons have access to a private beach and marina, concierge, spa and fitness facilities.

Prices range from $380,000 US for condominiums to $2.1 million US for the 4,000-square-foot waterfront homes. www.seasonsatsandpoint.com

Dover Bay, a residential waterfront community with a mix of home sites, custom homes, cabins, cottages and condominiums. Waterfront and view home sites range from around 5,000 square feet to over one acre, featuring panoramic views of the lake and mountains. Community amenities include over 3,300 feet of public beach, full-service marina, central waterfront village and fitness center.

More than half of Dover Bay’s dramatic 285 acres are set aside in perpetuity as undeveloped open space connected to the community, recreation areas and wildlife habitats. Part of this open space is a 70-acre nature preserve of marshes, wetlands, cattails and timberlands. Prices ranged from $200,000 US for 900 square foot cottages to over $1 million US for a custom built home. www.doverbayidaho.com

TEESIDE

Jack Nicklaus 18-Hole Signature Golf Resort is the only Jack Nicklaus course in the state of Idaho, set along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille.

The Idaho Club is just minutes from the town of Sandpoint. From custom-built homes to Lodge Homes, which are 1,800- to 3,300-square-foot finished homes. Prices range from $700,000 to $1.1 million US

Each home site offers unique views with just the right amount of seclusion, all wrapped around a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, with easy access to an array of resort-style amenity offerings for the whole family such as the Lake Club, 40 acres on the lake with a marina and beach. The clubhouse has a restaurant and bar.

Home sites offer dramatic views of the lake and the Selkirk Mountains or panoramic forest settings on Moose Mountain. Lodge homes on the golf course looking out over the wetlands are also available.

Custom home sites: $400,000 US per lot with a filtered mountain view to $1.2 million US for five acres with a panoramic view. For more go to www.theidahoclub.com

• For all your Sandpoint and/or Schweitzer real estate opportunities, contact Patrick Werry, Century 21 Riverstone, at 208-290-2016 or pwerry@sisna.com

• For info on Mount Schweitzer real estate, visit www.schweitzerrealestate.com

• For more information about Sandpoint, Idaho, go to www.visitsandpoint.com

By PAMELA IRVING
Special to the Edmonton Journal

Idaho resort lures Calgary sailor
Sail in summer, ski in winter at Lake Pend Oreille
A view of Dover Bay, a residential waterfront community on Lake Pend Oreille.
PHOTO: DOVER BAY

An aerial of The Idaho Club on the Pack River Delta and Lake Pend Oreille.
PHOTO: THE IDAHO CLUB

Cam Marriott is pulling his 26-foot sailboat, Lola Bel, out of the Okanagan Lake and putting down anchors in Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pond-duh-ray) set in the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains.

“It’s a nice lake, not too crowded or too much development, lots of trees, and numerous places to moor for swimming,” says Marriott,who purchased a recreational home at nearby Schweitzer Mountain Resort last summer.

Lake Pend Oreille has 177 kilometres of shoreline, 80 per cent of it state owned, which means it will never be developed, and much of that public land is accessible only by boat. Great for fishing Kamloops rainbow, Mackinaw and bull trout with its deepest point at 1,200 feet.

Though Marriott lives at Chestermere Lake near Calgary, a small boating lake, he is willing to drive the six-and-a-half hours to Sandpoint, Idaho, through the Crowsnest Pass or over Hwy. 93 through Radium, crossing the border at Yahk.

“The only disadvantage of our new place is we have to drive every time. There are no direct flights like there were to Kelowna. We just book on an extra day for travel,” says Marriott.

The Schweitzer Mountain home sits on a quarter-acre lot and is a low maintenance, two-storey 10-year-old detached home with hillside and nearby lake views, two bedrooms and a den, three bathrooms, walk out basement and fireplace located right at the ski hill.

“There is really no yard work because the natural forest surrounds the home,” says Marriott, who purchased it for approximately $315,000 US when the dollar was close to par and believes it was good value. Other opportunities at Schweitzer vary in price according to features.

MountainSide at Schweitzer is a slope side, eco-friendly community adjacent to and above the Schweitzer Mountain Village with fractional homes, single-family homes and premium lots for custom construction.

The fractional homes are just under 2,000 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, natural high quality finishes, open living space and great views of Lake Pend Oreille and the ski slopes in the backyard. The developer, Schweitzer Mountain Properties, LLC is seeking LEED certification.

Originally, this property was slated for high-end single-family homes, but it was decided to go with the fractional model for environmental and economic factors. It allows buyers to own part of a million-dollar home that they only use for part of the year, but it also benefits the community with fewer “dark homes,” meaning absent homeowners. It is an environmentally conscious way to own a second home due to the shared use and reduced ecological impact of individuals building second homes.

At $195,000, buyers own an eighth share that allows for a minimum of four weeks use per year.

All recreational homes enjoy the amenities of the ski hill and surrounding area.

Mount Schweitzer’s 1,174-hectare winter playground and ski resort consists of 92 named runs, two massive bowls with spectacular views all the way to Canada, featuring nine ski lifts — one high speed six-pack, two high speed quads, one triple, three doubles, one T-bar and a magic carpet. Schweitzer’s winter operation begins early December and runs through early April, seeing an average of 750 centimetres of annual snowfall. Schweitzer’s non-alpine skiing activities also include 30 kilometres of Nordic track, snow shoe trails and a tubing hill.

The village consists of several shops and restaurants, also open in the summer season. The one big addition in the summer is that Schweitzer manages Bottle Bay Marina on Lake Pend Oreille, consisting of restaurant, fuel dock, convenience store and six lakeside.

Another activity Marriott and family intend to sample this summer is mountain biking by taking the chair lift up the mountain, and cycling down. “It should be a thrill,” says Marriott. Schweitzer Mountain is 17 km from Sandpoint and from the summit you can see Canada, Washington, Montana and Lake Pend Oreille.

When not sailing or thrill seeking, the family enjoys the trendy dining, shopping and art galleries of Sandpoint on the lake where artists, retirees, entrepreneurs and resort workers all rub elbows at the local eateries and pubs. “We love the shopping, there are lots of boutique-style shops, and enjoy the choice of restaurants,” says Marriott. Coldwater Creek Women’s Apparel was founded in Sandpoint and is the national headquarters.

With Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint and extra health care coverage, Marriott is not concerned about medical assistance if needed. •


More to choose from near Sandpoint, Idaho, and Lake Pend Oreille

Located on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille against the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains, Sandpoint, Idaho, is a destination for outdoor recreation-boating, swimming, golfing, hiking, biking with all the pleasures of a charming town with plenty of art galleries, restaurants, pubs and shopping. Sandpoint was recently rated as one of the “Top Ten small towns in the Western U.S.” by Sunset Magazine.

An artistic community of 8,000, Sandpoint is in the northern panhandle, 90 minutes from the Spokane International Airport, and 100 kilometres south of the Canadian border. If mountain living at Mount Schweitzer is not your first choice, there are many opportunities for investment lakeside or tee side in master planned communities.

WATER FRONT NEAR SANDPOINT

Seasons at Sandpoint, a residential resort and spa on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, is just blocks from downtown for people who prefer to park and walk to dinner or shopping. A collection of town homes and condominiums with natural finishes, Pacific Northwest- inspired interiors with clean modern lines and spectacular views of the lake and mountains.

Residents at Seasons have access to a private beach and marina, concierge, spa and fitness facilities.

Prices range from $380,000 US for condominiums to $2.1 million US for the 4,000-square-foot waterfront homes. www.seasonsatsandpoint.com

Dover Bay, a residential waterfront community with a mix of home sites, custom homes, cabins, cottages and condominiums. Waterfront and view home sites range from around 5,000 square feet to over one acre, featuring panoramic views of the lake and mountains. Community amenities include over 3,300 feet of public beach, full-service marina, central waterfront village and fitness center.

More than half of Dover Bay’s dramatic 285 acres are set aside in perpetuity as undeveloped open space connected to the community, recreation areas and wildlife habitats. Part of this open space is a 70-acre nature preserve of marshes, wetlands, cattails and timberlands. Prices ranged from $200,000 US for 900 square foot cottages to over $1 million US for a custom built home. www.doverbayidaho.com

TEESIDE

Jack Nicklaus 18-Hole Signature Golf Resort is the only Jack Nicklaus course in the state of Idaho, set along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille.

The Idaho Club is just minutes from the town of Sandpoint. From custom-built homes to Lodge Homes, which are 1,800- to 3,300-square-foot finished homes. Prices range from $700,000 to $1.1 million US

Each home site offers unique views with just the right amount of seclusion, all wrapped around a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, with easy access to an array of resort-style amenity offerings for the whole family such as the Lake Club, 40 acres on the lake with a marina and beach. The clubhouse has a restaurant and bar.

Home sites offer dramatic views of the lake and the Selkirk Mountains or panoramic forest settings on Moose Mountain. Lodge homes on the golf course looking out over the wetlands are also available.

Custom home sites: $400,000 US per lot with a filtered mountain view to $1.2 million US for five acres with a panoramic view. For more go to www.theidahoclub.com

• For all your Sandpoint and/or Schweitzer real estate opportunities, contact Patrick Werry, Century 21 Riverstone, at 208-290-2016 or pwerry@sisna.com

• For info on Mount Schweitzer real estate, visit www.schweitzerrealestate.com

• For more information about Sandpoint, Idaho, go to www.visitsandpoint.com


Cam Marriott is pulling his 26-foot sailboat, Lola Bel, out of the Okanagan Lake and putting down anchors in Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced pond-duh-ray) set in the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains.
“It’s a nice lake, not too crowded or too much development, lots of trees, and numerous places to moor for swimming,” says Marriott,who purchased a recreational home at nearby Schweitzer Mountain Resort last summer.
Lake Pend Oreille has 177 kilometres of shoreline, 80 per cent of it state owned, which means it will never be developed, and much of that public land is accessible only by boat. Great for fishing Kamloops rainbow, Mackinaw and bull trout with its deepest point at 1,200 feet.
Though Marriott lives at Chestermere Lake near Calgary, a small boating lake, he is willing to drive the six-and-a-half hours to Sandpoint, Idaho, through the Crowsnest Pass or over Hwy. 93 through Radium, crossing the border at Yahk.
“The only disadvantage of our new place is we have to drive every time. There are no direct flights like there were to Kelowna. We just book on an extra day for travel,” says Marriott.
The Schweitzer Mountain home sits on a quarter-acre lot and is a low maintenance, two-storey 10-year-old detached home with hillside and nearby lake views, two bedrooms and a den, three bathrooms, walk out basement and fireplace located right at the ski hill.
“There is really no yard work because the natural forest surrounds the home,” says Marriott, who purchased it for approximately $315,000 US when the dollar was close to par and believes it was good value. Other opportunities at Schweitzer vary in price according to features.
MountainSide at Schweitzer is a slope side, eco-friendly community adjacent to and above the Schweitzer Mountain Village with fractional homes, single-family homes and premium lots for custom construction.
The fractional homes are just under 2,000 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, natural high quality finishes, open living space and great views of Lake Pend Oreille and the ski slopes in the backyard. The developer, Schweitzer Mountain Properties, LLC is seeking LEED certification.
Originally, this property was slated for high-end single-family homes, but it was decided to go with the fractional model for environmental and economic factors. It allows buyers to own part of a million-dollar home that they only use for part of the year, but it also benefits the community with fewer “dark homes,” meaning absent homeowners. It is an environmentally conscious way to own a second home due to the shared use and reduced ecological impact of individuals building second homes.
At $195,000, buyers own an eighth share that allows for a minimum of four weeks use per year.
All recreational homes enjoy the amenities of the ski hill and surrounding area.
Mount Schweitzer’s 1,174-hectare winter playground and ski resort consists of 92 named runs, two massive bowls with spectacular views all the way to Canada, featuring nine ski lifts — one high speed six-pack, two high speed quads, one triple, three doubles, one T-bar and a magic carpet. Schweitzer’s winter operation begins early December and runs through early April, seeing an average of 750 centimetres of annual snowfall. Schweitzer’s non-alpine skiing activities also include 30 kilometres of Nordic track, snow shoe trails and a tubing hill.
The village consists of several shops and restaurants, also open in the summer season. The one big addition in the summer is that Schweitzer manages Bottle Bay Marina on Lake Pend Oreille, consisting of restaurant, fuel dock, convenience store and six lakeside.
Another activity Marriott and family intend to sample this summer is mountain biking by taking the chair lift up the mountain, and cycling down. “It should be a thrill,” says Marriott. Schweitzer Mountain is 17 km from Sandpoint and from the summit you can see Canada, Washington, Montana and Lake Pend Oreille.
When not sailing or thrill seeking, the family enjoys the trendy dining, shopping and art galleries of Sandpoint on the lake where artists, retirees, entrepreneurs and resort workers all rub elbows at the local eateries and pubs. “We love the shopping, there are lots of boutique-style shops, and enjoy the choice of restaurants,” says Marriott. Coldwater Creek Women’s Apparel was founded in Sandpoint and is the national headquarters.
With Bonner General Hospital in Sandpoint and extra health care coverage, Marriott is not concerned about medical assistance if needed. •

More to choose from near Sandpoint, Idaho, and Lake Pend Oreille
Located on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille against the foothills of the Selkirk Mountains, Sandpoint, Idaho, is a destination for outdoor recreation-boating, swimming, golfing, hiking, biking with all the pleasures of a charming town with plenty of art galleries, restaurants, pubs and shopping. Sandpoint was recently rated as one of the “Top Ten small towns in the Western U.S.” by Sunset Magazine.
An artistic community of 8,000, Sandpoint is in the northern panhandle, 90 minutes from the Spokane International Airport, and 100 kilometres south of the Canadian border. If mountain living at Mount Schweitzer is not your first choice, there are many opportunities for investment lakeside or tee side in master planned communities.
WATER FRONT NEAR SANDPOINT
Seasons at Sandpoint, a residential resort and spa on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, is just blocks from downtown for people who prefer to park and walk to dinner or shopping. A collection of town homes and condominiums with natural finishes, Pacific Northwest- inspired interiors with clean modern lines and spectacular views of the lake and mountains.
Residents at Seasons have access to a private beach and marina, concierge, spa and fitness facilities.
Prices range from $380,000 US for condominiums to $2.1 million US for the 4,000-square-foot waterfront homes. www.seasonsatsandpoint.com
Dover Bay, a residential waterfront community with a mix of home sites, custom homes, cabins, cottages and condominiums. Waterfront and view home sites range from around 5,000 square feet to over one acre, featuring panoramic views of the lake and mountains. Community amenities include over 3,300 feet of public beach, full-service marina, central waterfront village and fitness center.
More than half of Dover Bay’s dramatic 285 acres are set aside in perpetuity as undeveloped open space connected to the community, recreation areas and wildlife habitats. Part of this open space is a 70-acre nature preserve of marshes, wetlands, cattails and timberlands. Prices ranged from $200,000 US for 900 square foot cottages to over $1 million US for a custom built home. www.doverbayidaho.com
TEESIDE
Jack Nicklaus 18-Hole Signature Golf Resort is the only Jack Nicklaus course in the state of Idaho, set along the shores of Lake Pend Oreille.
The Idaho Club is just minutes from the town of Sandpoint. From custom-built homes to Lodge Homes, which are 1,800- to 3,300-square-foot finished homes. Prices range from $700,000 to $1.1 million US
Each home site offers unique views with just the right amount of seclusion, all wrapped around a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, with easy access to an array of resort-style amenity offerings for the whole family such as the Lake Club, 40 acres on the lake with a marina and beach. The clubhouse has a restaurant and bar.
Home sites offer dramatic views of the lake and the Selkirk Mountains or panoramic forest settings on Moose Mountain. Lodge homes on the golf course looking out over the wetlands are also available.
Custom home sites: $400,000 US per lot with a filtered mountain view to $1.2 million US for five acres with a panoramic view. For more go to www.theidahoclub.com
• For all your Sandpoint and/or Schweitzer real estate opportunities, contact Patrick Werry, Century 21 Riverstone, at 208-290-2016 or pwerry@sisna.com
• For info on Mount Schweitzer real estate, visit www.schweitzerrealestate.com
• For more information about Sandpoint, Idaho, go to www.visitsandpoint.com


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