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Schweitzer lauded by SKI Magazine

| November 10, 2020 1:00 AM

SKI magazine gives four Ski Idaho resorts serious props in its November issue — including Schweitzer Mountain Resort recognized as the "biggest little resort" that many skiers may not have heard of. The recognition was part of the magazine's 2021 Annual Ski Resort Awards.

In its Schweitzer Mountain feature, titled "Party in the Panhandle," contributing writer Paul Tolme describes Idaho's northernmost alpine ski area as "the biggest little resort you've probably never visited."

"With 2,900 acres of inbounds terrain — and an open boundary policy — it's Idaho's largest ski area," he writes, "bigger than Sun Valley and larger than any resort in neighboring Washington as well. Who knew?"

Schweitzer officials said recognition of the resort was exciting and said Tolme perfectly captured the resort's character.

“It was a pleasure to have Paul Tolme at the mountain last winter and introduce him to some of the wonderful people that make our Schweitzer family so unique," Dig Chrismer, Schweitzer marketing manager, said. "We are all so lucky to call this mountain home and I think Paul really captured our character well. This month’s issue of SKI, with Sun Valley and Brundage’s mentions as well, really showcases our Idaho ski areas for all the right reasons.”

Regarding Silver Mountain, Tolme writes in the accompanying "5 Under-The-Radar Resorts that Ski Big" sidebar: "No wonder Idaho is called the Gem State. Silver Mountain claims some gorgeous tree skiing across its two mountains, plus few crowds to compete with."

In addition to Sun Valley taking gold for the first time ever in the annual Resort Guide, Grand Targhee made the list at No. 28. The issue also boasts a three-page travel feature about Schweitzer Mountain with a sidebar about five under-the-radar ski resorts that includes Silver Mountain.

SKI Magazine's annual Resort Guide is based on the results of its Reader Resort Survey, the most comprehensive and longest-running rankings in the industry. Sun Valley ranked No. 1 in the categories of Lifts and Down-Day Activities and ranked in the top five in the categories of Grooming, Dining, Lodging, On-Mountain Food, Service, Accessibility, Local Flavor, Charm, and Overall Satisfaction.

SKI Magazine isn't the only noteworthy media outlet doling out accolades to Ski Idaho resorts. Brundage Mountain is a finalist for USA Today's Readers' Choice Award in the Best Ski Resort category. The awards are based on online voting, which ends Nov. 9 at noon. Brundage is currently in the top spot among the 20 contending ski areas.

To cast your vote for Brundage, go online to https://bit.ly/2UbtaPa.