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Countdown to 2022

Time to celebrate By Colin Anderson

As we look forward to a new year, there are plenty of fun ways to say goodbye to 2021—several of which will be found at one of our most famous landmarks.

As Christmas break begins, the activities and bustle at Schweitzer begin to really come alive. From December 17 through New Year’s Day, expect to find the mountain busy with visitors but also plenty to do outside of riding the slopes. Outdoor games and dining areas are set up, and there will be food and beverage specials throughout the village.

New Year’s Eve is always a night to remember on the mountain for those who’ve experienced it. After a day riding the powder, take rest and prepare to party. All the restaurants will be open with several specials to choose from. There will be all sorts of fun outside in the village and a more traditional 21 and older New Year’s Eve party at Taps! Ticket information can be found at

If you don’t want to head all the way up the mountain, consider ringing in the New Year at Sandpoint’s oldest hangout. The 219 will welcome revelers with drink specials, a great craft beer list and live music. This year, they welcome The Jason Perry Band. The group is a funk-rock powerhouse blending soulful original songs and exciting renditions of funk, rock and soul classics. Music starts at 9pm.

If you need a stern wakeup after all that celebrating, consider meeting Boy Scout Troop 111 at City Beach on New Year’s Day. Bring a towel because you’ll be encouraged to take the annual Polar Plunge by jumping into icy Lake Pend Oreille. Eager jumpers can meet up at the boat ramp, with the first brave souls set to hit the water at 11am. The troop will provide both male and female changing tents and warming areas. Hot coffee and cocoa will also be provided.

Have a safe and festive holiday season!

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