4. Schweitzer, ID
You’ll find down-to-earth Schweitzer Mountain Resort nestled in Northwest Idaho, about 12 miles from Sandpoint and less than two hours from the Spokane, WA, airport. This quaint, rustic ski area is considered a hidden gem because you don’t have to fight crowds or waste your ski vacation in lift lines. There are also 3,300 acres of skiable terrain, and a consistent 300″ of snow annually. Schweitzer has a wide variety of terrain options for all skill levels, and the snowmaking capacity to cover all its intermediate and beginner trails if it’s a low-snow year. The views atop the resort of Lake Pend Oreille aren’t too shabby either. As a bonus, if you fly Alaskan airlines to get there, you can ski for free the day of your flight.
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