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Schweitzer's new hotel celebrates area's logging past

| February 17, 2021 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — Since breaking ground in the spring of 2019, Schweitzer Mountain Resort has been working diligently to complete its new hotel project in the village.

The 66,580-square-foot, 31-unit hotel complex will be a ski-in, ski-out property that will provide essential arrival services and slope-side accommodations for Schweitzer's year-round destination guests.

In tribute to the area's logging history, Schweitzer has chosen to name the new hotel after the Humbird Lumber Company, once the economic lifeblood of the Sandpoint area.

"In the early 1900s, the Humbird Lumber Company provided steady employment and an all-encompassing community for its workers," Tom Chasse, Schweitzer CEO and president, said. "The mill transformed Sandpoint from a male-dominated logging settlement of 400 people to a bustling small town of 3,500 brimming with families. The spirit of Sandpoint and Schweitzer is rooted in the foundations laid by these persevering characters and our new hotel celebrates that history."

Humbird, designed by Portland-based SkyLab Architecture, will feature cross laminated timber, board-formed concrete, and large expanses of glass, permitting the natural views to frame the experience in each guest room and in the 50-seat restaurant and bar, Schweitzer officials said in a press release.

"The addition of Humbird will enable us to address the lack of accommodations on the mountain," Chasse said. "It's challenging at best to find a room over weekends and holidays so the additional units will help ease that lodging crunch."

The Humbird logo draws inspiration from stacks of skis, strong Bavarian themes, and Schweitzer's historical logos. It's a unique interpretation of the rhythm of Schweitzer's past, present, and future. Schweitzer officials said they anticipate Humbird being available for guests during in the 2021/22 winter season.