Schweitzer Bike Park was the second stop for this year’s Bike Park Review Tour and is a place we’d heard lots about but had never visited. Located about 30 minutes north of Sandpoint, Idaho, Schweitzer Mountain Bike Park is primed for growth and has recently put a more dedicated focus on expanding their bike park terrain. That’s good news since their quad climbs 1,700 vertical feet and they’ve also got a trail that leads to a nearby trail network that yields roughly 4,000 feet of descent! Schweitzer is Idaho’s largest ski resort, meaning the infrastructure and size are there. All that to say, Schweitzer has a lot of potential and we were excited to see how the existing 40 miles of trail would stack up to the bike parks we’ve ridden all over the world.
Located at the base of the Canadian Rockies in the Selkirk Mountain Range and overlooking Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest and deepest lake, Schweitzer Bike Park and Village offer an idyllic setting for those looking to get away and experience some old school downhill bike terrain.
Lodging and On-Site Amenities
During our visit we stayed at the Selkirk Lodge, which sits at 4,700 feet and is placed conveniently right in the main village. It’s a great option for guests looking to ride the park as it is only steps away from the chairlift, village dining options and the mountain pub. The rooms are nice, clean and the benefit of having a pool, hot tubs and laundry made it perfect for our stay. It is about a 30 minute drive to the town of Sandpoint however, so if you’re looking to be in the mix downtown, be prepared for a commute. Plenty of other lodging options are available from Airbnb and Vacasa rentals to motels and lodges, but we would stay at the Selkirk again.
Compared to Whistler, the village is small but when looking at nearby Silver Mountain, it’s slightly bigger and nicer with more to offer visitors in terms of food and family friendly activities. COVID-19 restrictions had put a slight damper on some of the businesses but we were still able to get food, snacks and all the essentials handled during our stay. We look forward to going back to ride again and enjoy more of the village scene once things return to normal.
Non-biking and family-friendly activities in the village include: hiking, trampoline-bungee jump, rock climbing wall, zipline and horseback riding trails to name a few.
If you’d like to take the drive down to Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille, your options for sightseeing and activities grow even more from golfing to lake activities.