SANDPOINT – Tamarack Resort isn’t the only mountain recreation spot in Idaho that’s getting a major overhaul this summer.
Construction now is underway on a 30-unit, ski-in/ski-out boutique hotel directly adjacent to the existing Selkirk Lodge at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.
“On busy weekends and holidays, it’s been challenging for us to offer enough accommodation in the village for our guests,” announced Schweitzer CEO Tom Chasse. “This new hotel will not only do that, but will also provide our guests with an enhanced experience and easy access to all that Schweitzer has to offer on a year-round basis.”
Excavation of the site began in late June with Spokane-based Walker Construction handling the general contractor duties, Schweitzer said.
“To be able to improve and enhance people’s experiences in this region has always been a focus of Walker Construction,” said Ed Walker, company owner and president. “We know Schweitzer Mountain is one of our area’s true jewels, and we are honored to team with Schweitzer…on this incredible new hotel.”
Portland-based Skylab Architecture is designing the new hotel, which will feature heavy timber construction along with reused materials like chairlift cables from around the resort.
The yet-to-be-named hotel is slated to open in fall 2020. Schweitzer did not divulge the project’s costs.
“This first summer is focused on getting the infrastructure and foundation in place, with the bulk of the actual construction occurring in the summer of 2020,” said Chasse. “When you visit Schweitzer this summer, it’ll be obvious we are a work in progress.”
The hotel will offer views of Lake Pend Oreille, a 50-seat restaurant, bar and outdoor patio with a fire pit on the north end of the building.
“We also plan to include a small coworking space, exercise area, communal ‘living room’ and outdoor spa,” said Chasse.
“We’ll be able to improve the arrival experience for all of our lodging guests and add additional underground parking for both the new hotel and the Selkirk Lodge. The hotel will also accommodate corporate and social events including retreats, family reunions, weddings and other private gatherings.”
Schweitzer’s plan to add more lifts, a new mid-mountain day skier area, and renovations to the existing infrastructure are expected to be implemented in the next 10 years.
Skiing at Schweitzer began as early as 1933, but the ski area opened 30 years later as “Schweitzer Basin” in the fall of 1963, according to the resort’s website.